Facebook Entries Negate Car Crash Victims’ Physical Injury Claims

On the ever-popular subject of social media posts that belie the statements litigants make in court, consider Boudwin v. General Ins. Co. of America, 2011 WL 4433578 (La. App. Ct. Sept. 14, 2011). The litigation is the result of a…

Allegedly Lacking Parental Supervision of Teens’ MySpace Activity Doesn’t Support Custody Change–Gillum v. Gillum

Gillum (Davies) v. Gillum, 2011 WL 2084148 (Ohio App. Ct. May 27, 2011) The parents are divorced, and mom has custody of the kids. The dad is now trying to obtain custody. There is some mildly amusing discussion about which…

Court Allows Courtroom Tweeting in Criminal Trial–State v. Komisarjevsky

State v. Komisarjevsky, 2011 WL 1032111 (Conn. Super. Ct. Feb. 22, 2011) In a sexual assault and homicide case, the defendant asked the judge to ban the media from posting tweets from the courtroom. Connecticut court rules explicitly prohibit “broadcasting”…

Contrary MySpace Evidence Strikes A Litigant Again–HAC, Inc. v. Box

HAC, Inc. v. Box, 2010 OK 89 (Okla. Dec. 14, 2010) I’ve repeatedly blogged on social networking sites providing evidence that undercuts a litigant’s position (my last post on the topic). Today’s example involves a minor working in a grocery…

Another Inside Look at Phone to Phone Inc., With Some Troubling Allegations

I got the following email from an ex-employee of Phone to Phone Inc. (as usual, republished with permission): ____ I came across your website detailing your frustrations with phonetophone while checking around wondering how my old employer was doing. I…

Another Unhappy Phone to Phone Inc. Ex-Employee Speaks Out

I got the following email (reposted with permission, of course): _____ I responded to an ad from this company for employment on [day 1], 2010. Their ad requested paralegals for a legal writing position for a large legal online network…

Blog Comments as Evidence of Consumer Confusion–QVC v. Your Vitamins

QVC, Inc. v. Your Vitamins, Inc., 2010 WL 2985801 (D. Del. July 27, 2010) This case involves two competitive products. Lessman, the principal behind one of the products, posted 4 blog posts deconstructing his competitor’s products. The competitor sued Lessman…

A Report About a “Sketchy” Interview With Phone to Phone Inc.

It has been a while since I’ve blogged about Phone to Phone Inc., the company that earned my enmity (and piqued my curiosity) after an annoying telemarketing assault last year. Initially, I was curious about their shady marketing practices, but…

Law Professor: We Should Petition the FDA to Certify Vegetarian Foods

Carrie Griffin Basas, ‘V’ is for Vegetarian: FDA-Mandated Vegetarian Food Labeling I became a vegetarian over a quarter-century ago, when the vegetarian market was small/fringe-y. Back then, it was hard to get a supply of high-quality and trustworthy vegetarian food,…

MySpace Postings Foil Another Litigant–Sedie v. U.S.

Sedie v. U.S., 2010 WL 1644252 (N.D. Cal. April 21, 2010) I’ve previously blogged about online postings exposing litigant duplicity, i.e., arguing one thing in court but saying something contrary online. (1, 2) This case is typical of the trend…