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    Trademark Tacking: An Overview

    On January 21, 2015, in the case Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, the United States Supreme Court determined that, when there is a question as to whether two trademarks can be tacked for purposes of determining priority, that question should be decided by a jury.  This, of course, raises the question:  what is trademark […]

    Canadian Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Prostitution Laws

    Canada rang in the New Year quite loudly this year. In the closing days of 2013, the Canadian Supreme Court held in a 9-0 decision that the nation’s anti-prostitution laws were unconstitutional as they interfered with the life and liberty of sex workers.[1] The ruling provided the Canadian Parliament with one year to draft legislation […]

    Social Media and E-Discovery Preservation Tips

    As access to technology and social media sites has become increasingly fluid with everyday functions, it is only natural for such internet sites to contain information pertinent to legal actions. Correspondingly, due to the number of media sites available and the varying types of media content and retention policies each site possesses, it has become […]

    Cyber-bullies charged with Distributing Child Pornography in Canada

    In April 2013, Rehtaeh Parsons died after her parents took her off life support following a suicide attempt after months of enduring cyber bullying. The harassment was the result of a photo depicting Parsons allegedly being raped at a party back when she was 15 years old in November of 2011. According to Parsons’ parents, […]

    Student Success Act

    In 2002, George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act (“NCLBA”). Once considered a revolutionary piece of legislation, its “one size fits all” standardization has proven to be an impossible undertaking for some schools to achieve. In particular, the NCLBA requires all students, from third through eighth grade, to become proficient […]

    FMLA: Paternity Leave Not Just for Princes

    With news about the new royal baby, Prince William’s scheduled two-week paid paternity leave from the Royal Air Force has reignited a debate about social stigmas of stay-at-home dads and men who take off from work for the birth of their children. After all, so goes the argument, men aren’t the ones giving birth, why […]

    Judge “X” has Added You as a Friend

    With the advent of electronic social media “ESM”, Judges are no stranger to communications through social media sites such as Facebook. Judges who utilize social media networking sites are bound by the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Model Code of Judges (the “Code”). The Code states that judges should avoid any contact that could jeopardize, or […]

    Court Quotes Mark Zuckerberg’s Opinion of Where Privacy is Going on the Web

    Fawcett v. Altieri, et al, No. 100008-12, (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Richmond County January 11, 2013). Since this blog’s inception we have frequently posted about the discovery of social media content; however, it is rare, indeed, when a decision we review cites to the opinion of a social media website’s chief executive office. In Fawcett v. […]

    FCC Releases a “Smartphone Security Checker” to Help Consumers Protect Their Mobile Devices

    In the world of electronic data, the information we send and receive is not limited to solely computer generated files, but also includes information stored on mobile devices.  As this technology advances, so does the importance of protecting against unwanted intrusions. On December 18, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), and its public and private […]

    NLRB Advice on Acceptable Social Media Policies

    The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Division of Advice provided some much need guidance on what constitutes a permissible social media policy.  On October 19. 2012, an Advice Memorandum was released recommending the dismissal of an unfair labor practices claim against Cox Communications.  In making its determination, the NLRB found that enforcement of the company’s […]