Tips for avoiding bad luck on Friday the 13th: don’t walk under a ladder, cross the street to avoid the black cat, and read today’s strange but true law news:
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For your interest, here’s a recap of most popular posts right now on the various thorny legal issues to navigate with social media use (at home and at work). It’s a diverse mix of articles, with a common theme: have fun, but be careful out there.
No, it would not be too ironic to tweet, share, recommend, or otherwise socially approve of these terrific social media-themed posts. It would simply be appropriate. Just saying:
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Significant moments in legal history: on this day in 2000, the US Supreme Court released its decision in Bush v. Gore, confirming George W. Bush as President of the United States.
Fake LinkedIn profile + fake Twitter hashtags = trademark infringement and false advertising? (David Kluft at Foley Hoag)
Concern about GMO foods appears to be growing in Hawai’i… (Geraldine Edens, Christopher Marraro, and Peter Whitfield at BakerHostetler)
Five labor and employment issues when taking your startup global – in one handy infographic… (Ute Krudewagen at DLA Piper)
Do Google products violate the Wiretap Act? It all depends on whether you ask Judge Koh or Judge Grewal… (Bob Scott at Davis Wright Tremaine)
Dear tax evaders: the jig is up. Really… (Miriam Fisher at Latham & Watkins)
So where do we go from here with immigration reform? (Ronald Shapiro)
Retailers: here are your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions… (Edward Harold at Fisher & Phillips)
Crowdfunding isn’t as simple as it looks… (Stephen Honig at Duane Morris)
The EPA thinks it takes more than good fences to make good neighbors… (Brian Potts at Foley & Lardner)
What do small business owners need to know about bankruptcy? (Perry Draper Law)
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Wise words for this holiday season, from attorney Michael Kass of Armstrong Teasdale:
“[T]he lighthearted, and sometimes drunken, atmosphere at office holiday parties does not equate to a free pass for unwanted touching, lewd comments and other types of inappropriate behavior that otherwise would not be tolerated… [E]mployers who fail to protect themselves can be held liable for workers’ conduct that might easily get out of hand at festive events particularly when there is drinking.”
These updates can help you reduce the risk of inappropriate behavior at your holiday party:
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Yes, there IS still time to save money on your 2013 taxes… (Duane Morris)
Turns out the city of Riverside, California, really can prohibit the cultivation of marijuana within the city limits… (Tamara Bogosian, Paul Cappitelli, and Ross Trindle at Best Best & Krieger)
Good rule of thumb for the holiday season: if it’s not tolerated at the office, you shouldn’t let it happen at the office party either… (Michael Kass at Armstrong Teasdale)
No surprise here: hospital charges are the largest driver of medical cost inflation… (Marshall Burack at Akerman)
Looks like it’s time to close the Cayman accounts… (Shearman & Sterling)
Naturally, if you’re not careful, you might just get what you wish for… (Daniel Herling at Mintz Levin)
Nope: “Dope!” does not indicate consent… (Field Law)
Here’s what should go into your last will and testament… (Walter Shjeflo at Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu)
A look at the future of health care, from a health care entrepreneur… (Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel)
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Here’s a look at the most popular intellectual property updates on JD Supra for the past week (video above is #2 on the list, from Richard Hsu):
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It’s what global employers need to know in 2014, why you don’t want to steal photos from Twitter, and how the FTC will monitor mobile apps. Plus a whole lot more:
How to make an entertaining and informative law video? Just like this… (Richard Hsu at Shearman & Sterling LLP)
You need to know these 10 hot employment issues for global companies in 2014… (Rebecca Signer Roche, JD Supra Perspectives)
Not only is it bad form to steal photos from Twitter, it can also be very expensive… (Susan Neuberger Weller at Mintz Levin)
Wait - did Jeff Bezos take us all in? (Ben Kwan at Winthrop & Weinstine)
The FTC’s recent enforcement of data privacy rules shines some light on how the agency will monitor mobile apps… (Stephanie Sharron and Emily Tabatabai at Orrick)
The SEC just granted its first “bad actor” waiver – and fortunately, it wasn’t to Mel Gibson… (Stephen Quinlivan at Leonard, Street and Deinard)
Yes, flying is dangerous, but maybe not for the reasons you think… (Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck)
Publishers and advertisers should stand ready for further regulation of native advertising… (Robert Driscoll, Nancy Felsten, Alison Schary, and Joanna Summerscales at Davis Wright Tremaine)
Here’s a look into the future of EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants… (Andrea Hayden at Pepper Hamilton)
Just what are digital assets, and why do we need to worry about them, anyway? (Margaret Van Houten at Davis Brown)
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On this day in 1872, P. B. S. Pinchback becomes governor of Louisiana, the first serving African-American governor of a U.S. state.
Delaware’s pretty much got the market cornered on significant Chapter 11 reorganizations… (Bloomberg Law)
“I’ll see your fracking ban, and raise you one lawsuit…” (Paul Enockson at BakerHostetler)
Here’s a Paula Deen-inspired recipe that every employer and HR manager will enjoy… (Craig Cowart at Fisher & Phillips)
Does the First Amendment protect social media posts of government employees? (Morrison & Foerster)
Wait – there are TWO “Ghostman” movies in the works? (Loeb & Loeb)
Yes, B-Y-O-D is here to S-T-A-Y… (Ellen Pyle at McDermott Will & Emery)
Considering China? Here’s your guide to doing business in the country… (Jun Dai, Yao Rao, and Dennis Unkovic at MERITAS)
Consumers aren’t the only ones harmed when counterfeiters masquerade as legitimate retailer websites… (Melissa Alcantara at Dickinson Wright)
Don’t know if that news article you’re reading is sponsored content? The FTC’s got your back… (David Deitch at Jeff Ifrah)
The Innovation Act, passed in the House of Representatives late last week, contains more than 50 pages of patent reforms… (Jeff Becker at Baker Botts)
Can’t make it to the beach? Lose yourself in the JD Supra Weekend Reader:
How long until Snapchat becomes the tool of insider traders? (Alice Hsu at Akin Gump)
When it comes to year-end planning, what’s the one thing most small business owners don’t do but should? (James Irving, Isabella Lee, and Kristin Murphy, JD Supra Perspectives)
And sometimes, “I’ve got a new job” announcements on social media are just announcements… (Rebecca Rizzo at Pillsbury)
Welcome to the 21st century. Here’s how to inspire your millennial workforce… (JD Supra Perspectives)
The CDC just released new guidelines for school food allergy management plans… (Amy Kosanovich Dickerson at Franczek Radelet)
First the FDA, now a customer class action: things are going downhill fast for 23andMe… (Kevin Noonan at MBHB)
Here are five reasons why your business needs to have – and regularly update – an employee handbook… (Randi Kochman and Michael Morea at Cole Schotz)
What do startups need from their lawyers? Solutions, expertise, precision… (Debbie Rosenbaum, JD Supra Perspectives)
Unlike your mother, your employer isn’t particularly worried that YOU will get sick if you don’t wash your hands regularly… (Howard Mavity at Fisher & Phillips)
Uh-oh: your Amazon Prime Air delivery might take a little longer than expected to get to your house… (David Kent at Sedgwick)
Who will take care of your online accounts when you’re gone? (Sarah Butters and David Shayne at Holland & Knight)
Whether or not the employee actually wrote the Facebook post that got him fired didn’t even matter… (Richard Raysman at Holland & Knight)
Virginia will not recognize joint tax returns filed by married same-sex couples… (Thomas Aldous at Williams Mullen)
Goes without saying? We’ll say it anyway: do not post that which should be kept private… (Pallie Zambrano at McManis Faulkner)
We’ve all been there: buying the house next to your ex so you can aim a 12-foot high “flipping the bird” sculpture in their direction. But is the “art” a public nuisance? (Steven Stein at Greenberg Glusker)
Even the FDA thinks you could shoot your eye out with that (laser) gun… (Michael Barasch at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson)
Your holidays will definitely be happier if you don’t set yourself up for unnecessary employer liabilities… (Stephanie Leach at Snell & Wilmer)
The Texas Supreme Court is set to determine if it is trespassing when wastewater from a distant fracking well pollutes your property… (Andrew Doggett at BakerHostetler)
C’mon Massachusetts – daddy needs a new pair of shoes… (Michael Tarantino at Adler Pollock & Sheehan)
The problem with the latest version of the “patent troll” bill? It’s being written by non-practicing lawmakers… (Andrew Williams at MBHB)
Sandwich recipes are trade secrets? Yup - since 2002… (Daniel Corbett at Orrick)
What’s wrong with the IRS tax exemption for ministers? For starters, it’s unconstitutional, says one court… (David Gair at Looper Reed & McGraw)
Here’s your year-end estate planning guide… (Katten Muchin Rosenman)
Medical marijuana will be blowing into the Windy City in 2014… (Michael Groebe at Foley & Lardner)
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What happens to your online accounts when you’re gone?
You won’t be around forever, sorry to say. And when you’re gone, your online accounts – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn to be sure, but also your accounts with Netflix, the bank, and the electric company – will need to be managed.
From attorneys Sarah Butters and David Shayne of Holland & Knight, the four key components your “computer digital account” plan:
1. Prepare a digital asset inventory — create and remember to frequently update the list of your online accounts and digital assets.
2. Secure the inventory — keep the list in a safe place to prevent misuse, but arrange for your fiduciary to have access to it when the need arises.
3. Select a digital fiduciary — choose an appropriate fiduciary to access and manage your digital assets in your absence and upon your death or incapacity.
4. Arrange for access — inform your fiduciary how to find your inventory when you cannot access it and authorize him or her in writing to access your computer and electronic accounts with your passwords.
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