When Is It Appropriate For Teachers To Call Students "Rat-Like" or "Dunderheads" in a Pseudonymous Blog? Never.

When Is It Appropriate For Teachers To Call Students “Rat-Like” or “Dunderheads” in a Pseudonymous Blog? Never.

Natalie Munroe was a teacher in Central Bucks School District. She received good reviews over the years. In 2009, she started a blog, Where are we going, and why are we in this hand basket? (last post, April 2014) She blogged as…

Stalking Conviction For Friending a Prosecutor's Facebook Friends?--State v. Moller

Stalking Conviction For Friending a Prosecutor’s Facebook Friends?–State v. Moller

Online stalking and threats are hot topics today, especially in light of the Supreme Court granting cert in US v. Elonis (we plan to recap that case before oral arguments). Today’s case highlights the grey area between veiled threats and…

Griping Blogger Can Show Photo Of Griping Target–Katz v. Chevaldina

Chelvadina griped about Raanan Katz on her blog. As is common practice for bloggers, Chelvadina included a headshot photo of Katz. The court says the photo is unflattering (I’ll let you decide). Chevaldina found the photo on an Israeli website…

Email Harvesting: Repeated Emails From LinkedIn May Violate Publicity Rights

Email Harvesting: Repeated Emails From LinkedIn May Violate Publicity Rights

This is a lawsuit alleging that LinkedIn improperly mined users’ contact lists and sent them repeated invitation emails. While Judge Koh eliminated the Stored Communications Act and California anti-hacking statute claims, a chunk of the lawsuit remains. Harvesting contact lists…

Plastic Surgeon's "Before & After" Photos Violate NY Publicity Rights--Manzione v. Mashkevich

Plastic Surgeon’s “Before & After” Photos Violate NY Publicity Rights–Manzione v. Mashkevich

Dr. Grigoriy Mashkevich performed rhinoplasty on Catherine Manzione and took before-and-after photos of Manzione. Confusingly, Manzione apparently signed two seemingly inconsistent form consent agreements regarding the photos. One said: I do not want my photos to be used. I understand…

Revenge Porn/Cyberstalking Conviction Doesn't Violate First Amendment--US v. Osinger

Revenge Porn/Cyberstalking Conviction Doesn’t Violate First Amendment–US v. Osinger

V.B. and Osinger had a relationship. When it terminated, he continued to contact her in a variety of ways (email, text, etc.). They originally lived in Illinois, but V.B. moved to California, where she accepted a job. Before she moved,…

Police Officers Aren't Liable For Investigating Cyberstalking and Revenge Porn--Keaton v. Hannum

Police Officers Aren’t Liable For Investigating Cyberstalking and Revenge Porn–Keaton v. Hannum

Keaton is an Indiana lawyer who was charged with stalking and otherwise harassing his ex-girlfriend, Zook (then a law student). When she broke it off, Keaton continued to contact her. When she changed her phone number, he engaged a private…

Facebook Post Isn't Good Reason To Remove Attorney From Probate Court Case Assignment List

Facebook Post Isn’t Good Reason To Remove Attorney From Probate Court Case Assignment List

Butler is an attorney licensed in Michigan. She enrolled on the list to receive case assignments from Washtenaw County Probate Court. While she was on the list and receiving assignments, she made a post to Facebook regarding the performance of…

Dead Sea Scrolls Impersonation Case Convictions Partially Affirmed

Dead Sea Scrolls Impersonation Case Convictions Partially Affirmed

I previously blogged about the Dead Sea Scrolls impersonation and harassment case, involving some rather elaborate schemes implemented by the son of Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Norman Golb. (“Conviction Upheld for Impersonating Dead Sea Scrolls Scholars by Sending Out Emails…

Another Questionable IP Lawsuit Over a Derogatory Twitter Account

Another Questionable IP Lawsuit Over a Derogatory Twitter Account

Uli Behringer is the the CEO of “Music Group,” a company I had not heard of prior to this lawsuit. Apparently ticked off at the antics of “@NotUliBehringer” and “@fakeuli,” Behringer and his company tried to get Twitter to take…