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Court Stops Missouri’s Law Restricting Online Teacher/Student Communications

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A few weeks ago, we talked about Missouri’s Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which restricts student-teacher online communications. The law was set to come into effect August 28, but a Missouri judge has agreed with the plaintiffs, represented by the Eastern Missouri ACLU, in a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality and has issued an preliminary injunction […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 29th, 2011 at 11:04 am

Facebook Opposes Trademark of Shagbook

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The UK online dating site Shagbook has applied for a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) — and if there were a “dislike” button available, Facebook would’ve clicked it. Since there’s no such button, Facebook followed the usual procedure of filing an opposition, a proceeding in which one party, who “believes […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 11th, 2011 at 7:06 am

Teacher-Student Online Communications Restricted in Missouri

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Missouri State Capitol by David Shane on Flickr Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed into law the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which restricts online interaction between students and teachers. The law is named for Amy Hestir, a former student in the Missouri public school system who was a minor when she was sexually assaulted […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 2nd, 2011 at 9:56 am

Small Business News Weekly Roundup: 7/29/11

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In this week’s roundup, we’ve got tips for protecting your business from the economic effects of a US default, real-world stories from small business owners about their experiences with Facebook ads, and news from Google and the SBA that might benefit your business. What a US Default Might Mean for Small Business: Entrepreneur Magazine gives […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

July 29th, 2011 at 6:56 am

Free Joe . . . Tuesday? More Free Legal Advice on Facebook

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Good news! You can now get free legal advice every Tuesday and Friday on the LegalZoom Facebook Page! By now you’re probably familiar with Free Joe Friday, the legal Q&A with rockstar attorney Joe Escalante that we host on our Facebook page every Friday. We started Free Joe Friday back in October of 2010 as […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

July 25th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Facebook Faces Another Lawsuit Over “Like” Button

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Facebook is facing yet another legal challenge over its “Like” feature—this time as it pertains to cookies and tracking user information. As you might recall, Facebook “likes” are also the subject of a lawsuit involving whether the buttons violate children’s right to privacy. According to the complaint filed by three California residents, “Unbeknownst to Internet […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 23rd, 2011 at 10:24 am

Do Facebook “Likes” Violate Minors’ Right to Privacy?

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A St. Louis law firm has sued Facebook in federal court for allegedly using the names and photos of minors to promote their products and services without parental consent. The theory behind the lawsuit filed by Korein Tillery is that when a minor clicks the “like” button for a page of a business or other […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 6th, 2011 at 10:00 am

NLRB Files Complaint for Employee Fired for Facebook Posting

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is taking up the case of a car dealership employee who was fired after criticizing his employer on Facebook. The complaint states that a salesman at Knauz BMW in Lake Bluff, Illinois posted photos and comments on Facebook criticizing his management’s choice of hot dogs and bottled water for […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 26th, 2011 at 7:23 am

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California’s “Do Not Track” Bill Clears First Hurdle

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California is currently weighing legislation that would require websites to gain user permission before collecting data through cookies in what is believed to be the country’s first “Do Not Track” bill. SB 761 was introduced by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D – 27th District) and is sponsored by Consumer Watchdog, a California-based advocacy group. It passed […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 19th, 2011 at 11:45 am

Suing the Penal System, Facebook Hacking, and More Free Joe Friday 4/15/2011

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What are the legal ramifications of someone hacking into another individuals Facebook account? Is it a state or federal offense?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

April 19th, 2011 at 7:37 am