Illinois District court finds that improper collection and retention of face-scan measurements doesn’t constituted an injury-in-fact sufficient to meet Article III standing requirements

    On December 28, 2018, Google won summary judgment in a class action alleging that the company handles images in violation of the Illinois 2008 Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). According to the District Court, “plaintiffs have not suffered an injury sufficient to establish Article III standing and their claims are dismissed.” In a (putative) class […]

ABA Formal Opinion 480

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility   Topic: Confidentiality Obligations for Lawyer Blogging and Other Public Commentary   “Lawyers who blog or engage in other public commentary may not reveal information relating to a representation, including information contained in a public record, unless authorized by a provision of the Model Rules.” […]

South Carolina State Bar Ethics, Advisory Opinion 14-01

Ethics Advisory Committee Topic: Fees and Duty of Confidentiality – Matching Services The Committee was asked to opine on the ethical propriety of following arrangement: potential client pays a fee to a group XYZ which acts as an attorney matching service for family court matters. XYZ pays $800 to attorney to consult with the client, and attend one […]

Oregon State Bar Formal Opinion 2013-189

Oregon State Bar Formal Opinion No. 2013-189  Approved by Board of Governors, February 2013 Topic: Lawyers’ Use of Social Networks Oregon lawyers may access publicly available information on social networking sites, can request access to non-public information if the person is not represented by counsel in the matter, and may in very limited circumstances advise or supervise […]

New Hampshire Bar Association Opinion #2012-13/4

New Hampshire Bar Association’s Ethics Committee  (submitted for publication by the NHBA Board of Governors at its February 21, 2013 meeting) Topic: The Use of Cloud Computing in the Practice of Law Summary of the Committee: “The internet has changed the practice of law in many ways, including how data is stored and accessed. ‘Cloud […]

Texas Ethics Opinion 622

Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas  Topics: “Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer obtain information regarding a potential new client’s payment history from a database containing information supplied by other lawyers on the payment history of their clients, structure an engagement agreement to provide legal services to […]

Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, Opinion 2012-1

Topic: Surreptitious Recording by Lawyers   Syllabus of the Board: “A surreptitious, or secret, recording of a conversation by an Ohio lawyer is not a per se violation of Prof.Cond.R. 8.4(c) (conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation) if the recording does not violate the law of the jurisdiction in which the recording takes place. […]

District of Columbia Bar Opinion 357

Opinion No. 357 of the District of Columbia Bar’s Legal Ethics Committee   Topic: Former Client Records Maintained in Electronic Form   Conclusion of the Committee: “Social media is a constantly changing area of technology. Social media can be an effective tool for providing information to the public, for networking and for communications. However, using […]

Virginia Bar Association, Legal Ethics Opinion 1850

 Ethics Committee  Topic: Outsourcing of Legal Services Conclusion of the Committee: “A lawyer may ethically outsource legal support services to a nonlawyer who is not associated with the firm or working under the direct supervision of a lawyer in the firm if the lawyer (1) rigorously supervises the nonlawyer so as to avoid aiding the […]