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Muzzling the Muzzlers: The Consumer Review Fairness Act

When you’re the only lawyer in your family, you get a lot of legal questions from family members regardless of your practice area. Whether it’s personal injury, criminal law, real estate—whatever—you become the go-to source for all things legal. Even though I’ve been practicing in the technology, internet, and intellectual property fields for over two…

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Oversharing claims another worker (yet again)…

After my last post on the Consumer Review Fairness Act and protecting a person’s right to complain, I came across this story which highlights the dangers of complaining too much—especially about your employer’s customers. Tamlynn Yoder, a server at an Outback Steakhouse in Florida, lost her job when she complained on Facebook that a customer, a local mega-church, failed to tip her for…

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D’oh! Stupid Television. How I’ll be missing you soon.

I have a dumb TV. A really dumb TV. How dumb? So dumb that it doesn’t even know who I am. It has no idea what I watch on it. Or when. It doesn’t listen to me no matter how much I talk to it. Without my Comcast voice remote giving it the technological crutch it needs, my TV would ignore me completely when I…

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Hey….hands off my (free) porn!

We here in Boston like to think of ourselves as relatively sophisticated folk. We know that Boston is one of America’s oldest and most historical cities. We’re proud of our prestigious world-class universities. We enjoy our thriving technology and entrepreneurial scene. We even have some great restaurants. But just like most other people in any American city, we really like….our porn. Yes, that’s right: We uptight…

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Monkey See, Monkey Do. Lawyer See, Lawyer Sue.

One of the first rules I learned as a young litigator—painfully sometimes—was a pretty important one: Don’t waste the court’s time.  Don’t waste the court’s time with frivolous lawsuits or motions or appearances if you can help it. It’s a good rule to live by in any court, but certainly in those busy courts with congested…

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