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Lawyers’ Ethical Duties Re Internet Scams

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York has issued Opinion 2015-3 regarding, “Lawyers Who Fall Victim to Internet Scams.” The Opinion addresses the following: – If you get an email solicitation that appears to be fake, “the best approach is to ignore such solicitations altogether.”  A …

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law & order

Was There a Numbers Station in Palm Beach?

        Was There a Numbers Station in Palm Beach County? [PDF of June 2015 Palm Beach Bar article is here] In the past two years, we have been increasingly exposed to the “cool” side of math: cryptography and encryption.  Algorithms were not something you likely learned in …

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Uncategorized

PDFZilla for Lawyers

I have written a few articles on iPhone/iPad apps for business people, lawyers, and mediators but it has been a while since I’ve recommended PC software (“Clean Your PC in 30 Minutes” from 2011). PDFZilla is worthy of a review and recommendation.  There’s a free trial version — and there’s …

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Defamation

Florida Second DCA: ShesAHomewrecker.com Case

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal recently ruled in Melissa Leach v. Tara Michelle Kersey that, under case-specific facts, sending messages, Facebook friending, and posting about another person on She’s A HomeWrecker.com were not “cyberstalking” under Florida Statute 784.0485. Under the cyberstalking statute, there must be at least two incidents …

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Virtual Currency

Christopher Hopkins Discusses “Bitcoin Litigation” at Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair

Thanks to the Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair for inviting me to speak about Bitcoin Litigation this Saturday. We discussed five pending bitcoin-related lawsuits including suits involving (1) mining hardware sellers, (2) mining companies, (3) exchanges, and (4) a suit over ownership of coins. More importantly, we discussed ways to avoid litigation AND …

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iOS

Add the (hidden) Star Trek Vulcan Emoji to Your iPhone/iPad

A week ago, CNET reported that a Vulcan emoji may be officially added to the iPhone. Over the weekend, however, CNET confirmed its release. Watch this video for the steps: Or follow these written instructions. Note, you must upgrade to iOS 8.3 to view or use this. 1.  On your …

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Uncategorized

Understanding the Fight Over .Sucks Domains

You may be aware that a new global top level domain (gTLD) called .sucks will be available.  Like .COM or .ORG, companies and individuals will be able to register sites ending with .SUCKS. The distribution of theses .SUCKS domain is controlled by Vox Populi Registry, Inc., which won the rights …

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Data Breach

Storm v Paytime — Data Breach Case

According to Judge John E. Jones, III, “[t]here are only two types of companies left in the United States… ‘those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they’ve been hacked.’” Citing the now infamous USAToday article statistic that 43% of companies have experienced a data breach, the US …

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Marijuana

Christopher Hopkins Appears As Counsel for Medical Cannabis Trade Association of Florida, LLC

We previously posted regarding the three petitions challenging the Florida Department of Health’s Rule 64-4 (here). Christopher Hopkins filed his notice of appearance as counsel (here) for the Medical Cannabis Trade Association of Florida (MCTAF) in its rule challenge matter. MCTAF’s petition is here.  See the News Service of Florida story (here). …

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Virtual Currency

Christopher Hopkins to Speak at Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair

Christopher Hopkins will be speaking about “Bitcoin Litigation” from 1-2 pm, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair.   In addition to his role as a digital currency advocate and one of the first lawyers in the bitcoin space, Mr. Hopkins is lead counsel in virtual currency …

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Marijuana

Three Florida Petitions Challenge DOH Rules re Charlotte’s Web Medical Marijuana

Confused by the various letters and lawsuits regarding Florida Department of Health’s Proposed Rule 64-4 in order to implement the “Charlotte’s Web” law, Florida Statute 381.986? Here is an overview of the developments over the last month and an overview of the three suits: As you likely know, the Florida …

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iOS

Florida Bar Webinar: Apps for Florida Lawyers

Thanks to the several hundred attendees who viewed the live Florida Bar webinar, Apps for Florida Lawyers! The Bar will provide 1.0 hour of CLE credit. Learn more than 50 iPhone and iPad apps as well as a lengthy discussion regarding how to use an iPad during a deposition, how …

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Marijuana

Mother of a 4-Year Old File Challenge to Florida Dept of Health’s Medical Marijuana Rule

Nine days after the Florida Department of Health’s Rule Hearing on proposed Rule 64-4.001-.009, the mother of a four year old girl has filed a Rule Challenge with the court. The Department had recently filed a Revised Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs (SERC). The Petition was filed March 11, 2015.  In Dahlia …

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SCOTUS

U.S. v. Elonis — U.S. Supreme Court’s Facebook Case

A former amusement park employee’s Facebook posts may prove wrong most federal courts or will clearly carve out a rare First Amendment exception. The case of U.S. v. Elonis focuses on whether statements, often phrased as rap music, could be a “true threat” which would make it a crime if …

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E-discovery

Crowe v. Marquette — New Facebook Discovery Case (and possibly lying about it) from Louisiana

In a federal case which appears to be about an employee who claims to be injured on the job, the defendant sought the plaintiff’s Facebook content based upon a lead that the plaintiff had posted that he had been injured while fishing before going to work.  So the defendant-employer asked …

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