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Second Circuit holds employer-disparaging Facebook activity protected by labor law

By Bhargav Srinivasan – Edited by Henry Thomas

Triple Play sports bar fired two employees after they responded to a Facebook post from a coworker suggesting that the bar improperly filed its taxes.  The NLRB found that the Facebook activity was protected concerted speech.  On appeal, the Second Circuit affirmed the decision of the NLRB, rejecting Triple Play’s theory that the profanity in the Facebook comment was made in the presence of customers and lost protection.  While the case was non-precedential, it departed from the trend of courts finding similar firings permissible.


Posted On Nov - 17 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief
By Katherine Walecka

First Amendment Protects Peer-Reviewed Publication Regarding Competitor’s Product

Second Circuit Affirms Finding of No Material Mistake in Wiretap Application Against Raj Rajaratnam

High Damages in Peer-to-Peer Distribution Suit Affirmed as Statutory, Not Punitive


Posted On Jul - 15 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Class Certification Vacated: Google’s Library Project Gains Ground

Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc.
By Jonathan Sapp – Edited by Michelle Sohn

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated and remanded the lower court’s certification of the plaintiff class. The Second Circuit held that class certification should not precede a determination of Google’s fair use defense. The determination of the defense will “necessarily inform and perhaps moot” the Second Circuit’s analysis of class certification issues. Author’s Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc., No. 12-3200-cv, slip op. at 4 (2d Cir. July 1, 2013).


Posted On Jul - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Blogger’s Threats Toward Judges Not Protected Speech, Second Circuit Holds

United States v. Turner
By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

The Second Circuit affirmed the E.D.N.Y.’s conviction of Harold Turner for “threatening to assault or murder” Seventh Circuit Judges Easterbrook, Bauer, and Posner on the basis of his blog posts about a decision the three had made regarding the Second Amendment. Turner, slip op. at 2­–3.  The Second Circuit upheld that Turner’s conduct constituted “a true threat [that] was unprotected by the First Amendment.” Id. at 16.


Posted On Jun - 30 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Entrepreneur “Owns” Oprah as Second Circuit Reinstates Trademark Suit

 Kelly-Brown v. Winfrey
By Alex Shank – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the District Court for the Southern District of New York’s (S.D.N.Y.) dismissal of trademark infringement claims against Oprah Winfrey, rejecting her fair use defense. Kelly-Brown alleged that Winfrey had used her trademarked phrase “Own Your Power” “as a mark” on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine, its website, and at a magazine event.


Posted On Jun - 18 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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