For small businesses, Yelp is a big deal. Just ask San Francisco’s Hadeed Carpet Clearners, which supposedly lost $2.5 million in revenue due to a couple allegedly fake Yelp reviews. They’re now trying to unmask those anonymous reviewers, so they can have the reviews taken down, and the case is headed all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court.
E-discovery is a subject we don’t talk about a lot on the LexBlog Network, and I’m not really sure why that’s the case. Electronic discovery is at the backbone of all litigation nowadays and, with constantly-changing technology, the space is rapidly evolving.
Though it makes things less entertaining, it’s probably for the best: when the Supreme Court has a landmark case and industry-shaping issue on its hands, it likes to keep its opinions as narrow and specific as possible. Based on what we heard this morning in ABC v. Aereo, the same will likely happen in this case. Though, with SCOTUS oral arguments, you never really do know what they mean.
By the end of this summer, there will be legal marijuana retailers in Washington State. Rule-making around the state’s Initiative 502 is about complete and the biggest remaining step is holding a lottery to determine who gets licenses to produce and sell cannabis products. But for those lucky enough to win a license, that’s just the beginning as far as legal issues go.
The EEOC has recently made policing employers’ use of credit checks on employees a big priority of theres. But, it hasn’t gone well for the commission. It didn’t go well when they sued Kaplan Education for their use of credit checks as a hiring screen—and it really didn’t go well when they decided to appeal the decision.
With any innovative technology, there’s bound to be some growing pains. With the IRS recently deeming Bitcoins property, and not currency, this could certainly fall into that category—though many have said it’s much worse. Still, there is some good to this.
Appropriately managing employee social media use can be a sticky subject for employers. They have to balance between taking the necessary steps to protect themselves and making sure they’re not infringing any of their employees’ rights.
Driverless cars, undoubtedly, will be the greatest advancement in automobile safety ever—and it’s not even going to be close. The amount of lives this technology will save is unfathomable. But sometimes, new technology doesn’t always work perfectly. So if there’s an accident involving a driverless car, who’s liable?
Data breaches, almost more than any other legal arena, have become a breeding ground for class action lawsuits. So in the wake of the Heartbleed bug, companies are more wary than ever of legal liability from data breaches caused by the bug.
There’s boung to be a good deal of gray area with any new piece piece of legislation. No matter how clearly defined things seem to be, sometimes it takes some litigation to figure everything out. The same holds true with the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which was enacted in September of last year.