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.” […]

German Parliament approves law sanctioning social media operators that do not delete hate speech

On June 30, 2017, the German Parliament, the Deutscher Bundestag, approved the Telemedia Act, Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG), which obligates the operators of Internet social media platforms to remove posts within 24 hours that violate German law and have been reported by other users. “Effective sanctions” shall apply to the social media platforms that do not react […]

Misrepresentation in attorney’s LinkedIn profile leads to ethics sanctions

On December 19, 2016, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued an order accepting a recommendation from the State’s Disciplinary Board to suspend an attorney for one year and one day for engaging in unauthorized practice of law. Among other counts, the Respondent allegedly maintained a LinkedIn profile representing to […]

Lawyer who ignored client’s Facebook inquiries about his case received a 90-day suspension

On April 27, 2017, the Nebraska Supreme Court ordered the suspension of an attorney from the practice of law for a period of 90 days followed by 1 year’s monitored probation. The Counsel for Discipline of the Nebraska Supreme Court filed formal charges against the attorney. According to the charges, the attorney had taken over […]

California federal court allows service of process on foreign defendant via Twitter

On September 30, 2016, a California federal court granted permission to serve process through Twitter on a foreign defendant. Plaintiff St. Francis Assisi (a non-profit corporation) sued the defendants Kuwait Finance House, Kuveyt-Turk Participation Bank Inc., and Hajjaj al-Ajmi (an individual) for damages and equitable relief arising from the defendants’ financing of the terrorist organization Islamic […]

Chipotle’s social media code of conduct limiting employees’ posting found unlawful

On August 18, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed the administrative law judge’s (ALJ) ruling that Chipotle maintained an unlawful social media code of conduct that violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Chipotle fired an employee shortly after he tweeted several times on employees’ working conditions and wages. Chipotle social media policy included […]

German prosecutors are investigating Facebook for not deleting hate posts

On November 4, 2016, Der Spiegel, a German newspaper, reported about an ongoing investigation on Facebook over hate posts. According to the complaint filed in Hamburg, Facebook is allegedly not removing illegal content, such as racist or violent posts, from its pages – even after being requested to do so. More information is available here in English. For […]