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The Short Version: Despite numerous court decisions upholding individuals' right to film the police in public, police officers nationwide continue to arrest citizens for doing so, often charging them with either violating their state's wiretapping law or obstruction of justice. However, in all states except Massachusetts and Illinois, state wiretapping laws cannot be use ...
The Short Version: An employer's right to control the way a worker performs his or her job is the most important factor in determining whether an employment relationship exists. However, here, both Uber and its drivers have compelling argument regarding Uber's right to control or lack thereof.
In December 2010, Marquan M., a 15-year-old student of Albany, New York's Cohoes High School, created a Facebook page under the pseudonym, "Cohoes Flame," on which he began to anonymously post pictures of his male and female classmates that were accompanied by, among other personal information, derogatory remarks about these students' alleged sexual practices and preferences.
The Short Version: Part of the success of companies flourishing through facilitation of the gig economy is a result of their being able to create companies offering services that are performed by workers classified as independent contractors–not employees–to whom the companies are subject to neither minimum wage and health insurance requirements nor liability for their worker's misdeeds.
The Short Version: Consider who you are reviewing before clicking submit. Small business, new businesses, and business professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, are more likely to defend their reputation in court than their larger or more established counterparts. Color your review with language that makes it clear that your review conveys your opinion.
The Short Version: The Supreme Court has decided to hear the appeal of Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man sentenced to 44-months in prison for making threatening Facebook posts about his wife and others that he claims were merely rap lyrics inspired by Eminem. The basic legal question surrounding the case is whether a person can be found guilty of threatening another per ...
The Short Version: The parents of a son who fatally overdosed on a drug purchased from a user of a Topix forum sued the website, claiming that Topix constituted a public nuisance because it “knowingly, willfully and intentionally operat[ed] its business in a manner that facilitates extensive trafficking in illegal drugs.
The Precap: Allowing Internet service providers (ISPs) to charge websites a premium because their content uses a lot of bandwidth is like allowing electricity companies to charge air conditioning manufacturers a premium during the summer because their product uses a lot of electricity. You pay for electricity just like you pay for broadband, and these companies should no ...