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You still believe “private” Facebook posts are really private?

Posted in Litigation & Appeals, Privacy Law, Social Media Law

Do you post things “privately” to Facebook, which you wouldn’t ordinarily post to a public forum that anyone could access (as opposed to being limited to your Facebook friends or circles)? A few weeks ago, I wrote about the consequences of deleting something from the internet, questioning the extent to which those things are really “gone.” Very… Continue Reading

Sutton Knocks Another One Out of the Park, Shuts Down $19 Trillion Suit Against Google

Posted in Cyber-defamation, Defamation, Internet & Media Law, Litigation & Appeals

Pro tip: If ever you Google yourself, and are unhappy with the results, don’t sue Google. Why not? Because under a federal law known as the Communications Decency Act, websites and/or services that only republish or display content created by third-parties — i.e. sites that don’t create their own substantive content — are not liable for the substance of… Continue Reading

Government “Appeals” Judge Orenstein’s Ruling

Posted in Litigation & Appeals, Privacy Law, Technology Law

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (that’s Brooklyn, for everyone in the rest of the world) has filed an “appeal” of Magistrate Judge James Orenstein’s order denying its motion to compel Apple to develop software to bypass the security measures built into iOS to withstand a brute force attack. Why is “appeal”… Continue Reading

NJ Supreme Court Limits Eligibility for Expungement

Posted in Litigation & Appeals, New Jersey

If you needed another reason not to break the law, here’s one: Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that expungements are no longer available for individuals with multiple convictions for a “single spree” of crimes. Expungement is the process of erasing a criminal conviction from a person’s record. The way it works is, typically, after a first-time… Continue Reading

Two Rules for Representing Yourself in Legal Proceedings

Posted in Litigation & Appeals, New Jersey

Everybody’s probably heard the old adage, “He who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client,” but apparently people either don’t believe it, or they believe they’re the exception to the rule. I say that because the percentage of “pro se” (i.e. self-represented) litigants continues to rise year after year. Why do people represent… Continue Reading

What Does Your Browser History Say About Your Parenting?

Posted in Internet & Media Law, Litigation & Appeals

Most people think about browser history in the context of hiding from your spouse/significant other the fact that you sometimes look at online porn (not that I would know from personal experience), or, perhaps, not letting your kid know that you’ve been reading online reviews about the new bicycle or gadget he’s been hounding you… Continue Reading

What is a great lawyer?

Posted in Litigation & Appeals

There are a lot of lawyers out here. So if you want to be a successful lawyer, you have to differentiate yourself from the crowd. My dilemma, however, is that I try to avoid tooting my own horn (no pun intended). How does one differentiate themselves from others, without showcasing or highlighting the things that… Continue Reading