Legal News

Defamation Law

Review Site Need Not Reveal Their Author
A social media business review site need not reveal the author of anonymous posts based on speculation they were written by the plaintiff in a defamation suit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held April 1. (Awtry v. Glassdoor, Inc., N.D. Cal., No. 3:16-mc-0028-JCS, 4/1/16
Source: BNA Social Media Report

Discovery Rules

Car Passenger To Turn Over Facebook Data
A car passenger who was injured in an accident must turn over a report of her Facebook data after failing to reveal she even had an account, the Eastern District of Missouri ordered April 21 (Rhone v. Schneider Nat'l Carriers, Inc., E.D. Mo., No. 4:15-cv-01096-NCC, 4/21/16).
Source: BNA Social Media Report

Health Data Privacy

Medical Data Transfer to Facebook Violates HIPAA, Suit Says
A group of medical websites allegedly violated federal health privacy laws by transmitting their users' search information to Facebook, according to a complaint filed in federal court (Smith v. Facebook, Inc., N.D. Cal., No. 5:16-cv-1282, complaint filed 3/15/16).
Source: BNA Social Media Report

Protected Opinions

Litigation Complaints Made On Social Media Not Actionable
Statements about litigation tactics made on social media, a blog, and an unsigned press release were non-actionable expressions of opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled April 28 (Live Face On Web, LLC v. Five Boro Mold Specialist Inc., S.D.N.Y., No. 1:15-cv-04779-LTS-SN, 4/28/16).
Source: BNA Social Media Report

Copyright, Trademark Issues

Social Media Business Consideration For All Companies
Business can't use social media in the same way that individuals use social media, and content that may be okay to post on an individual's social media page could subject a business to legal consequences if used on the social media page of a business. Before posting a photo, video or other content to social media, all businesses, including real estate companies, should keep in mind the laws of copyright, trademark, rights of privacy and publicity.
Source: BNA Social Media Report