United States: The Company Computer System, the Employee and Email Privacy – Susan Brenner

1 02 2015

Ctappeald4d3This post examines an opinion the California Court of Appeals for the Second District recently issued in a civil case:  American International Group, Inc. v. Superior Court, 2014 WL 7463887 [doc]. The court begins by explaining how the case arose and what it involved: It began with “American International Group, Inc., and International Lease Finance Corporation” (collectively ILFC) suing Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The High School Teacher, the Blog and the First Amendment – Susan Brenner

13 01 2015

Classroom_3rd_floorNatalie Munroe filed a federal civil rights suit under 42 U.S. Code § 1983 against the Central Bucks (Pennsylvania) School District, its Superintendent N. Robert Laws, and Principal Abram Lucabaugh, alleging that “the school administration harassed and eventually terminated her after discovering a private blog in which Munroe has expressed criticism of the school, her co-workers, and her students.”  Munroe v. Central Bucks School District, 2014 WL 3700325 (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 2014). Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The Rap Song, the Coaches and Free Speech – Susan Brenner

2 01 2015

United_States_Courthouse_(Natchez,_Mississippi)In December 2010, Taylor Bell was an eighteen-year-old senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School who had “no record” of any disciplinary problems aside from a single in-school suspension for tardiness. Bell is an aspiring rap musician, has written lyrics and music since he was a young boy, and began recording and seriously pursuing music in his early teens.  Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Defamation, Facebook and the Seventh-Graders – Susan Brenner

25 10 2014

SWW-classroom1This post examines a recent opinion which the Court of Appeals of Georgia issued in a civil case: Boston v. Athearn, 2014 WL 5068649 (2013). This was a case in which Alexandria Boston (`Alex’), a minor, through her parents Amy and Christopher Boston, brought an action againt Dustin Athearn (‘Dustin’), a minor, his parents, Sandra and Michael Athearn, and other defendants. Read the rest of this entry »





False Light, the Ripoff Report and Defragmentation – Susan Brenner

30 07 2014

36th_Street_exit_Grand_Rapids_I-96This post examines a recent opinion from the Michigan Court of AppealsRooks v. Krzewski, 2014 WL 1351353 (2014). Joseph Krzewski appealed when, after a bench trial, a udge held he “portrayed” the two plaintiffs, Jonathan Rooks and Bradley Guizinga, “in a false light.” Rooks v. Krzewski, supra.  The judge ordered Krzewski to “remove the false statements about [them] from the Internet and enjoined him from republishing any of the false statements.” Rooks v. Krzewski, supra.  (For more on false light, check out this post.) Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Facebook, Cyberbullying and the First Amendment – Susan Brenner

27 07 2014

BulliesA “15-year-old high school student” who was “prosecuted for ‘cyberbullying’ under a local law enacted by the Albany County Legislature” pleaded guilty to one count of cyberbullying and then challenged his conviction on appeal.  People v. Marquan M., 2014 WL 2931482 (Court of Appeals of New York 2014).  In his appeal, Marquan M. claimed the statute violated the  First Amendment. People v. Marquan M., supra. Read the rest of this entry »





The “Recovering Drug Addict,” the Blog and Defamation – Susan Brenner

10 06 2014

T Boone Pickens JrAs Daily Mail explained at the time, a year (or so) ago, Texas oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens, Jr. and three of his children — Elizabeth Cordia, Pamela Pickens, and Thomas B. Pickens III – sued his son Michael O. Pickens.  Pickens v. Cordia, 2014 WL 2134540 (Texas Court of Appeals 2014). Read the rest of this entry »








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