[Protip] Don’t Advertise Illegal Things on Facebook

A woman in Washington State is in hot water after it was discovered via Facebook that she was committing welfare fraud. The woman, who was not identified, reportedly used the social network to sell food stamps. (The sale of food stamps is a prohibited practice.) Tipsters- meaning the woman’s friends on Facebook- alerted the relevant […]

Coventry First Sues Anonymous Twitter Critic, About To Discover Streisand Effect

Pennsylvania based secondary life insurance company Coventry First is suing an anonymous Twitter user who has set up a fake Twitter account criticizing the company. The Twitter user with the fake Twitter profile @coventryfirst first posted on May 27, and Tweets among other things that “the faster people die the more coventry first profits!” and […]

Louisiana To Sex Offenders: No Facebook For You

Sex offenders in the Deep South will not be able to legally use social networking sites under a new law set to pass in Louisiana. House Bill 55, which has passed the Louisiana Senate and will become law once signed off by Governor Bobby Jindal, will make it a crime for anyone convicted of a […]

Women Creates Facebook Sting, Learns Her Husband Is Planning To Kill Her

David Voelkert, 38, met 17-year-old Jessica Studebaker on the social network Facebook and the pair quickly started a friendship that led David to tell the teen about his plan to track down and kill his ex-wife, there was just one problem with his plan, it turns out Studebaker was a fake account created by his […]

Should Facebook Be an Option For Process Serving?

Keep an eye on your Facebook inbox… in the not too distant future, it might contain a summons. The practice is legally murky, and hasn’t quite gained prominence in the states. But defendants have been successfully served in the UK and Australia, beginning with a foreclosure notice served through the social network down under in […]

[Twitter Rulings] Man Ordered to Repeat Tweet 100 Times in Court Settlement

Although the tweeting isn’t court ordered, a Malaysian man has been bound by the terms of a settlement to resend the same apologetic tweet one hundred times. Social media has often been lauded as the great leveler of fields, giving everyone a (nearly) equal voice to express opinions, settle grievances, voice passionate devotion, et al. […]

[Legal] Courtney Love Sued For Second Time Over Twitter Rants

Never a stranger to controversy, Courtney Love should be lauded for her unique ability to use new and emerging technologies to get into more legal trouble. A complaint filed late last week in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Love of libel, and details statements the rocker made on Twitter accusing one of her former attorneys […]