Internet Law

2013 ABA Journal Internet Law articles.

11th Circuit decision ‘effectively closes the internet’s doors to the blind,’ plaintiff’s lawyers say
Websites are not public accommodations that must be accessible to blind customers unless they create an intangible barrier that excludes disabled people from accessing goods and services in a physical store, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Can Congress stop Twitter from blocking users? Thomas considers idea as Supreme Court vacates Trump decision
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas considered ways that Congress could regulate Twitter and other digital platforms in a concurrence Monday to the high court’s decision to vacate a decision involving former President Donald Trump.
Google’s use of Java code was fair use, SCOTUS rules in Oracle copyright battle
Google did not violate copyright law when it copied a portion of Java programming language for use in its Android platform for smartphones, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 6-2 decision.
Supreme Court rules for Facebook in dispute over texts; justices spar over ‘series-qualifier canon’
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for Facebook on Thursday in a dispute over the reach of a law that restricts calls to cellphones made with an “automatic telephone dialing system.”
Chemerinsky: SCOTUS weighs whether freedom of speech applies to students off campus using social media
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear its last oral arguments of the term in April, and it will finish with a First Amendment case of potential great importance. Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. involves whether a student can be punished for speech on social media over the weekend.
‘Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel’ and the problem with internet sleuths

Real people suffered as a result of web detectives’ resolve in their “investigation” in the Elisa Lam case.

Tesla’s board failed to appoint general counsel who could keep Elon Musk in line, unsealed suit alleges
Tesla’s board of directors failed to secure a general counsel who could curtail “erratic” tweeting Tesla CEO Elon Musk, according to a shareholders’ derivative lawsuit unsealed Friday.
Law firm’s fan account for presidential pets is ‘out of the Twitter doghouse’

A law firm’s Twitter fan page for President Joe Biden’s pets is “out of the Twitter doghouse” after a pun-filled letter was dispatched to the social media company’s general counsel.

Public defender with Patreon for FOIA lawsuits shares her thoughts on lawyers and social media

Lawyer Beth Bourdon is willing to go places where other attorneys may be hesitant, including this summer when she joined Parler—to see how long she could post potentially offensive materials without getting kicked off the conservative social media site.

Afternoon Briefs: Law deans want to delay employment reporting; Edelson parody videos tout untraditional mold

Law school deans want more time for reporting employment outcomes

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, law school deans have asked the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyers knock ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome;’ attorney flashes medical pot card

Trump lawyers seek dismissal of impeachment case

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to dismiss the impeachment case against him. Their brief argues that the…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer regrets pepper-spray incident; ex-FBI lawyer avoids prison

Lawyer expresses regret after he is pepper-sprayed by mayor

A lawyer who was pepper-sprayed by the mayor of Portland, Oregon, has expressed regret for the incident that provoked the response.…

Lawyer suspended for Facebook advice on how to shoot an abuser and avoid conviction
A Nashville, Tennessee, lawyer has been suspended for advising a Facebook friend on how she could use the castle doctrine to protect herself if she shot a former boyfriend she had accused of abuse.
Afternoon Briefs: Law dean Chemerinsky opposes Trump Twitter ban; safe injection site shot down

Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky opposes Trump Twitter ban

Twitter and Facebook had the right to remove posts by President Donald Trump that amounted to incitement, but a total ban on…

Afternoon Briefs: State bar considers ousting Giuliani; pelt-wearing protester is judge’s son

State bar will consider Giuliani ouster

The New York State Bar Association is considering whether to expel lawyer Rudy Giuliani from its voluntary membership rolls under a bylaw that…

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