My Wife Has Lung Cancer. Read Her Story

My Wife Has Lung Cancer. Read Her Story

Nothing in life prepared me for the moment when the doctor told me my wife Lisa had lung cancer. We knew something was wrong with her; she had a persistent cough for weeks that the doctors couldn’t fix. But lung…

Why I No Longer Respond to Unsolicited Inquiries About Legal Matters

Several times a week, I get emails (and occasionally phone calls) from people inquiring about legal topics and asking me a question. If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve made such an inquiry to me. Often, due to my…

Some Exciting Changes to the Blog–PLEASE READ

[Cross-posted from the Technology & Marketing Law Blog] I don’t often make purely administrative posts, so let me start by thanking you for reading the blog. Whether you’re a long-time reader or a relative newcomer, it means a lot to…

Are the Days of Independent Legal Blogging Over?

[UPDATE: Maybe the headline is throwing folks off, so let me reiterate my key question: has there been any noteworthy legal blog started since 2010 that isn't attached to a big law firm? Also, if you read to the end,...

How the Shutdown of Google Reader Threatens the Internet (Forbes Cross-Post)

In the early 2000s, the Internet was eclipsing other mass media like print publications and broadcasting. ¬†Panicked by this development, some scholars projected a dystopian future where Internet users would create their own “Daily Me” (a term popularized in Nicholas…

Disability Leave Foiled By Facebook Photos–Jaszczyszyn v. Advantage Health

Jaszczyszyn v. Advantage Health Physician Network, 2012 WL 5416616 (6th Cir. Nov. 7, 2012) Another entry in the ever-popular series of litigants foiled by social media evidence. Sara Jaszczyszyn (an even more impressive name than Balasubramani…is this her?) took FMLA…

Bad PR Pitch to Blogger #852, This Time by netTALK

As a long-time blogger, I get pitches from press relations folks all of the time. Many times the pitches are not very well tailored. Instead, it seems like the PR rep gathers up a list of random bloggers’ emails addresses…

Plaintiff’s Claims to Be “Bedridden” and “Vegetative” Rebutted by Facebook Evidence–Cajamarca v. Regal Entertainment

Cajamarca v. Regal Entertainment Group, 2012 WL 3782437 (E.D.N.Y. August 31, 2012) Yet another entry in the running series of litigants getting ensnared by contrary evidence on social media. The underlying case involved a “break room incident.” The plaintiff alleged…

Facebook Jokes About “Naked Twister” Could Undermine Sex Discrimination Claim–Targonski v. Oak Ridge

Targonski v. City of Oak Ridge, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99693 (E.D. Tenn. July 18, 2012). The EEOC complaint. The latest entry in the ever-popular annals of social media evidence potentially undermining a litigant’s judicial posture. In this case, Targonski…

Protip: Kegstands and Vertigo Are Inconsistent With Each Other–Johnson v. Ingalls

Johnson v. Ingalls, 2012 WL 1537480 (N.Y. App. Div. May 3, 2012) The latest entry in my popular series of blog posts about plaintiffs burned by inconsistent evidence in their social media accounts. Today’s case addresses the admission of about…