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I’ll be presenting at a Webcast on trends in social media and the law next Friday, June 6, along with Michele L. Gibbons of Jones Day.  See below for a program summary.  You can register by clicking this link:

Social Media Crash and Burn:
Cleaning up the Mess and Rebuilding
LIVE Webcast

In today’s digital age, corporations spend more on online advertising than in print to the tune of billions. However, as the corporate world utilizes social media, they should also be ready and responsive when the inevitable crash and burn occurs. Poorly executed social media campaigns have cost companies and individuals, big time.

Getting ahead of the game is always a good technique to help mitigate the risk and minimize the damages. Once a campaign is out in the wild, there’s no stopping it. You need to think ahead. Join this LIVE Webcast as some of the industry’s great minds share their opinions on best practices for using social media effectively and safely. They will also provide an in-depth look at its features and practical uses. The discussion will also include the following:

Thursday, June 6, 2013
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET)

Credit Info:
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Method of Presentation:
Group-Based-Internet
Recommended CLE/CPE Hours:
1.75 – 2.0
Advance Preparation:
Print and review course materials
Course Code: 134422 

• Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Media as a Marketing Tool
• Things to Consider in Generating and Implementing Social Media Policies
• Securing Data: Understanding CDA’s Safe Harbor and Privacy law
• Effective Ways of Mitigating and Managing Risks That May Exist
• Significant Legal Issues Related to Social Media Usage
• Damage Control
• Up-to-the minute Regulatory Updates
Social Media Crash and Burn: Cleaning up the Mess and Rebuilding — LIVE Webcast is a must-attend event for In-House Counsel, Risk Officers and Administrators, Data Security Professionals and other related professionals.

Speakers:
Paul G. Karlsgodt, Partner, BakerHostetler
Michele L. Gibbons, Of Counsel, Jones Day
(Note: if CLE or CPE is needed, a minimal/partial processing fee is $49 for the registrant. Otherwise, it’s 100 percent free to participate in the webcast.)
Register for this event
Email: info@knowledgecongress.org with any questions.
(Please note, complimentary passes are available for the first 30 registrants. Once all of the passes are used, attendees can register for the deeply discounted rate of $25 each, courtesy of BakerHostetler.)

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This is not class action related, but it is blawg related.

I will be participating in a CLE webcast on July 27, 2012, which has the working title Social Media for Lawyers: Do’s, Don’ts, Why Nots, and You Probably Shouldn’ts.  The will be presented by the West LegalEdCenter.  My co-panelists will be Kristine Scott, Corporate Compliance Director – Privacy, for Aon Service Corporation, and fellow class action blogger H. Scott Leviant of The Complex Litigator.  Below is a brief summary of the program.  I’ll post more details as soon as they are available.  We hope you can join us!

In this webcast, our panel will address the common ethical and legal pitfalls associated with the growing use of blogs, Twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media in law firms and corporate environments.  The three unique perspectives  offered by the panelists on this timely subject will provide useful information for both in-house lawyers and private practitioners in a variety of firm sizes and practice areas. 

Part I will address the unique ethical issues facing the plaintiffs’-oriented or small firm lawyer.  Issues include the ethics of “friending” judges, how to ethically use social media in advertising, whether to segregate personal and professional social media use, how to provide legal commentary without giving legal advice, selecting social media based on practice type (one size does not fit all), and the circumstances under which it is appropriate to use social media to publicize events in a pending case.

Part II will address ethical and risk management issues facing corporate lawyers and executives.  Topics to be addressed in Part II include best practices in social media policies, the use of social media by employers in vetting potential employees, protection of employee or customer privacy, and how and when it is appropriate for an employer to  monitor employee social media use.

Part III will focus on ethical issues for large firms and lawyers in large firms.  Topics include maintaining a level of appropriate decorum without boring your audience, when and how to talk about clients in social media, the danger of “issues” conflicts and other conflicts of interest, and best practices in law blog comments policies and disclaimers.

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Here are some blog posts of interest to class action lawyers from this past week.  Special thanks this week to Kimberly Kralowec of The UCL Practitioner and Scott Leviant of The Complex Litigator for adding links to ClassActionBlawg.com on their blogrolls…

The Complex Litigator critiques the continued use of coupon settlements in class action settlements:

http://thecomplexlitigator.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/04/coupon-only-set.html

The UCL Practitioner summarizes the latest decision on what constitutes restitution recoverable under the California UCL and Proposition 64:

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/04/new-ucl-restitu.html

Carlton Fields’ Class Action Blog highlights the recent Florida Court of Appeals decision in Nelson v. Wakulla County, — So. 2d –, 2008 WL 1774184 (Fla. 1st DCA April 21, 2008), upholding a trial court’s rejection of a proposed class action settlement–a must read for anyone getting ready to finalize a class action settlement.

http://www.carltonfields.com/classactionblog/blog.aspx?entry=211

The D&O Diary reviews a recent paper by Columbia Law School Professor John Coffee regarding the impact of opt outs in securities class actions …

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/04/articles/optouts/class-action-optouts-the-impact-of-competition-on-securities-lawsuit-resolution/

… and discusses the latest trend in subprime-related class actions:

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/04/articles/subprime-litigation/auction-rate-preferred-securities-whats-next-in-subprime-litigation/

SCOTUS Blog provides an interesting analysis of a petition for writ of certiorari in class action litigation brought against various companies who allegedly aided and abetted the Government of South Africa during the apartheid era.

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/conference-call-companies-want-apartheid-case-tossed/

See this discussion in Appellate Review regarding a split in the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals on whether post-filing events can change whether a class action is removable under the Class Action Fairness Act:

http://coareview.blogspot.com/2008/04/split-noted-can-events-after-filing-of.html

Class Action Defense Blog offers a summary of a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision resolving Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) issues arising in three would-be class action lawsuits.

 http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/04/fcra_class_action_defense_case_3.html

See an April 22 entry in How Appealing for a link to a recent Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding the impact of filing a motion for reconsideration on the deadline for seeking interlocutory review of a class certification order:

http://howappealing.law.com/

Thanks to the folks at Drug and Device Law Blog for posting a link to a great article last week in The Mass Tort Litigation Blog.  The article comments on oral arguments given before the United States Supreme Court in a case involving intriguing issues of non-class-action virtual representation and nonparty preclusion:

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/mass_tort_litigation/2008/04/taylor-v-sturge.html

Wage Law, The California Wage and Hour Law Weblog summarizes a recent California Court of Appeal decision permitting precertification discovery for the purpose of identifying potential class members who might be suitable replacements for a class representative who lacked standing:

http://wagelaw.typepad.com/wage_law/2008/04/supreme-court-d.html

Mortgage Fraud Blog reports on a recent decision by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissing a mortgage fraud class action complaint filed against several banks for allegedly failing to supervise and monitor a mortgage broker:

http://www.mortgagefraudblog.com/index.php/weblog/permalink/judge_dismisses_lender_from_mortgage_fraud_suit/

Perilocity predicts class action lawsuits against software vendors arising out of identify theft:

http://riskman.typepad.com/perilocity/2008/04/class-action-co.html

Disgusted Beyond Belief vents articulately about common political criticisms that class action lawsuits are generally frivolous and benefit only greedy lawyers and not consumers…

http://disgustedbeyondbelief.blogspot.com/2008/04/class-action-lawsuits.html

…but the folks at Overlawyered might disagree, as they reiterate their criticism of would-be class action lawsuits filed against Coke in commenting on a recent Missouri Supreme Court decision rejecting class certification in Diet Coke artificial sweetener case:

http://www.overlawyered.com/2008/04/update-diet-coke-sweetener-cla.html

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Here are some blog entries of interest to class action lawyers from this past week:

The Complex Litigator provides a thoughtful response to recent criticisms of California class action law and plaintiffs’-oriented class action lawyers.  (See earlier article for analysis):

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/04/daily-journal-f.html

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/03/class.html

Pom Talk blog for institutional investors discusses proposed EU class action reforms:

http://www.pomtalk.com/pomtalk/2008/04/european-union.html

D & O Diary summarizes subprime-related shareholder derivative lawsuits (see internal link for information on class action lawsuits):

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/04/articles/subprime-litigation/subprimerelated-derivative-lawsuits-the-list/

CAFA Law Blog gives a soulful account of a recent Fifth Circuit decision upholding a Louisiana District Court’s decision to deny remand of a class action filed by the State of Louisiana:

http://www.cafalawblog.com/-case-summaries-hot-off-the-press-looks-like-its-going-to-rain-all-night-for-louisiana-ags-class-action-against-insurers.html

UCL Practitioner addresses proceedings in the lower courts following the California Supreme Court’s Gentry decision regarding enforceability of class action abitration waivers:

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/04/second-district.html

Boston ERISA  & Insurance Litigation Blog comments on the impact of the Supreme Court’s LaRue decision involving ERISA Section 502(a)(2) claims and a recent Seventh Circuit Court of appeals decision following LaRue.

http://www.bostonerisalaw.com/archives/401k-plans-what-larue-wrought.html

Securities Litigation Watch provides some details and background on the Deutsche Telekom securities class action trial:

http://slw.riskmetrics.com/2008/04/holy_international_securities.html

Class Action Defense Blog discusses class action discovery issues addressed by the United States District Court for the District of Maryland a hybrid class action – FLSA collective action:

http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/04/class_action_defense_discovery.html

Ask Korea Law offers an introduction to the Class Action Act of South Korea:

http://korealaw.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/introduction-to-the-securities-related-class-action-act-of-south-korea/

Portfolio.com comments on attorneys’ fees awarded to various firms in diet drug class action:

http://www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/daily-brief/2008/04/11/fat-fees-for-diet-drug-disaster

Carlton Fields’ Class Action Blog summarizes a Florida decision reversing class certification on standing grounds:

http://www.carltonfields.com/classactionblog/blog.aspx?entry=209

This article in Industry Week discusses a survey of trends in securities class actions in 2007:

http://www3.industryweek.com/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=16096

Drug and Device Law blog discusses a recent opinion by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversing class certification in a fraud case involving alleged defective heart valves.

http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com/2008/04/class-cert-reversed-again-in-st-jude.html

An unsuspecting class member laments receiving a $1.42 class action settlement check at FutureGringo.com…

http://www.futuregringo.com/index.php/2008/04/10/a-class-action-windfall/

…and Nation’s Restaurant News takes exception to a firm’s use of the English language in announcing that it “commenced” a class action lawsuit:

http://nrnfoodserviceblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/class-action-by-any-other-name.html

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