Social Media, Software & Privacy

Our Social Media & Privacy Law practice is one of the fastest growing practice areas within the firm. Clients turn to our social media & privacy law attorneys to devise website terms and conditions for the online aspects of their business; to seek advice on digital best practices related to corporate disclosure; to pursue non-compete enforcement resulting from online activity of a former employee or competitor; and, in general, for their thoughtful application of long established law to new technology.

Many clients now realize that social media is an essential component to a business’ growth and success and with it comes unforeseen legal complications that require a keen understanding of social and digital platform concepts and how these platforms interact with established  principles of law.

The Meltzer Lippe Social Media & Privacy Law practice group offers clients a full range of legal services relating to the intersection of business practices and social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and more.

We understand readily that social media will continue to grow in legal and business importance at a lighting fast pace.  As consumers migrate onto digital platforms, making purchasing and legally binding decisions online daily, we are prepared to safeguard clients and companies from the numerous pitfalls social media business use presents. This includes protection and enforcement of our client’s intellectual property online and on social media, including  the removal of infringing materials on social media websites.

Labor and employment law, including drafting social media policies and advising clients on employee conduct on social media, has been the most obvious source of expansion for this innovative practice group. Our firm keeps abreast of recent National Labor Relations Board reports and decisions on social media and has been a leader in scholarship on trending employment issues, such as: pitfalls associated with using social media in the hiring process, issues of social media content ownership between employers and employees, and, of course, digital non-compete issues.

Social media and digital advertising, a rapidly growing industry, is another area where our firm stays up-to-date on developments in required disclosures and has been able to assist many, more traditional businesses in preventing unnecessary legal exposure.  Developments on this front include recent changes to the terms of service for Facebook and Twitter, regulatory changes via the Federal Trade Commission 2013 online advertising disclosure guidelines, and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s 2013 report regarding companies’ use of social media to announce key information in compliance with Regulation Fair Disclosure. Few realize just how much Corporate Law is being infringed by social media business use to the point where Meltzer Lippe’s keen understanding of securities law and social media platforms now operate hand-in-hand to the benefit of clients.

ATTORNEYS 

Pedram Tabibi
Pedram Tabibi

Partner

 
Practice Group: Social Media, Software and Privacy, Corporate / Business, Litigation
 
Area of Focus: All aspects of Social Media, Software Privacy Law
 
Overview: Pedram’s experience in the fields of social media law, intellectual property law and internet law includes privacy and publicity rights in Facebook advertising, formation of social media sweepstakes rules, social media authorization requests to Facebook, website terms of use and privacy policies, search engine keywords disputes on Google AdWords, Bing, Yahoo and AOL, domain name disputes, cyber-squatting, online trademark and copyright infringement, violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, website notice and take-down letters, website provider immunity under the Communications Decency Act, violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and violations of a non-compete agreements through Facebook and LinkedIn.
 

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Loretta M. Gastwirth
Loretta M. Gastwirth

Partner

 
Practice Groups: Litigation, Labor and Social Media, Software and Privacy Privacy
 
Area of Focus: Commercial Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution
 

Overview: She is a seasoned litigator primarily involved in commercial, intellectual property, Indian gaming law, trade secrets, construction, securities and employment litigation and arbitration.  She serves as an arbitrator on the prestigious Commercial Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association, determining complex commercial matters involving oil and gas, brokerage, software and manufacturing industries. Loretta has been appointed by various courts as a Mediator to resolve commercial disputes.

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Christopher P. Hampton
Christopher P. Hampton

Associate

Chris concentrates his practice on employment discrimination litigation, wage and hour compliance and litigation, and other traditional labor and employment law matters. He practices at the federal and state levels, where he has gained a plethora of experience handling employment and public discrimination matters, wage and hour litigation matters, and employment regulatory and compliance matters.

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Michael H. Masri
Michael H. Masri

Partner

Practice Groups: Litigation, Labor & Employment and Social Media, Software and Privacy

Areas of Focus:  Litigation

Overview: Michael has represented employers in connection with investigations, charges, hearings, complaints and appeals before Federal and State Administrative Agencies including but not limited to the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the United States Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

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Joshua D. Sussman

Joshua D. Sussman

Associate

 
Josh works with clients to understand their needs and resolve their business disputes practically and efficiently, both inside the courtroom and out.  As a certified mediator, Josh knows that most disputes do not result in litigation. When litigation does occur, and because of the direct mentoring he has received from senior members of the practice […]
 

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