Employee Terminated For Ill-Advised Facebook Post Gets Unemployment Benefits

Employee Terminated For Ill-Advised Facebook Post Gets Unemployment Benefits

This is an unemployment benefits case. Sarah Black, who was employed by Puget Sound Security Patrol made the following post to her Facebook account in February 2012: u kno wat, I do not give a f[* * *] about a…

Facebook May be On the Hook for Scanning Private Messages for Links

Facebook May be On the Hook for Scanning Private Messages for Links

This is a privacy lawsuit against Facebook: Plaintiffs allege that Facebook scans the content of their private messages, and if there is a link to a web page contained in that message, Facebook treats it as a “like” of the…

Tweeted Article About Law Grad's Suit Over Stalking Investigation Isn't Defamatory

Tweeted Article About Law Grad’s Suit Over Stalking Investigation Isn’t Defamatory

This is a defamation lawsuit brought by a law grad (Enjaian) against the legal press based on a story involving Enjaian’s own (personal) legal matter. (I blogged about the most recent example here: “Legal Blog Faces Defamation Liability for Mischaracterizing Prior…

Criminal Harassment Charges Survive First Amendment Challenge, Even Without The Threat of Personal Injury

Criminal Harassment Charges Survive First Amendment Challenge, Even Without The Threat of Personal Injury

This is a criminal harassment case. As recounted by the court, the Johnsons lived on the same street as the victims, the Lyonses. The Johnsons acquired some land adjacent to the Lyonses and sought to develop it, but ended up…

Facebook Putdown Leads to Lawsuit Between Sorority Sisters--Grimes v. Saban

Facebook Putdown Leads to Lawsuit Between Sorority Sisters–Grimes v. Saban

This is an assault case brought by Sarah Grimes against her sorority sister, Kristen Saban. Grimes and Saban went out for a night of partying. Afterwards, Saban and Grimes were allegedly arguing, with Saban telling Grimes “no one liked her…

Appeals Court: Accepting Lawyer's Prove-me-Wrong Challenge Does not Form a Contract

Appeals Court: Accepting Lawyer’s Prove-me-Wrong Challenge Does not Form a Contract

This is a great case where a defense lawyer made a passing statement that his client could not have committed a murder he was charged with due to the sheer impossibility of traveling logistics. The Defendant was spotted via surveillance…

First Amendment Bars School Discipline For Student's Rap Video About School Coaches

First Amendment Bars School Discipline For Student’s Rap Video About School Coaches

Bell was a student at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi. A few female students told Bell that two male athletic coaches had made inappropriate comments toward them. Bell, an aspiring rapper, made a video about the two coaches….

Lawyer Disciplined for Sending Facebook Message to Adverse Party

Lawyer Disciplined for Sending Facebook Message to Adverse Party

An 18 year old had sex with a co-worker and ended up pregnant. She gave up the baby for adoption, but the biological father did not consent. The mother had signed an adoption consent form. Prior to the date of…

Legal Blog Faces Defamation Liability for Mischaracterizing Prior Legal Proceedings--Huon v. Above the Law

Legal Blog Faces Defamation Liability for Mischaracterizing Prior Legal Proceedings–Huon v. Above the Law

Plaintiff, a lawyer, was charged with assault in 2008 and charged in 2009 for cyberstalking and witness harassment (based on one of his blog posts?) involving the same alleged victim. He was acquitted of both charges. His charges and trial…

Appeals Court Affirms Harassment Order Based on Vague Testimony of Indirect Contacts

Appeals Court Affirms Harassment Order Based on Vague Testimony of Indirect Contacts

This is a civil harassment case. Kwan and Murcia both worked at CVS but at different stores (both as managers). Kwan filed a request for a harassment restraining order against Murcia, alleging that he was cyber harassing her and texted…