Tag Archives: Torts

N.J. Federal Court: Privacy Claim Based on Coerced Access to Employee’s Facebook Posts May Proceed

A federal district court in New Jersey ruled this week that an employer might have invaded an employee’s common-law privacy rights by coercing a co-worker into giving the employer access to the employee’s Facebook profile. The plaintiff, a nurse and paramedic employed by a non-profit hospital service corporation, alleges that her supervisor forced a co-worker … Continue Reading

Judge Dismisses Misappropriation Suit Against “NCAA Football” Video Games

Last Friday, New Jersey federal District Judge Freda Wolfson dismissed a misappropriation suit against videogame maker Electronic Arts concerning the characteristics of virtual players in its college football series NCAA Football.  Ryan Hart, former quarterback for Rutgers University, claimed that EA misappropriated his likeness by including a player bearing his characteristics in the game, but … Continue Reading

Courts Address Locational Privacy Issues

As we previously noted here and here, locational privacy continues to be an area of ongoing interest.  Yesterday, a New Jersey appeals court ruled that a husband’s privacy rights were not invaded when his wife put a GPS tracking device in his car.  In Villanova v. Innovative Investigations, Inc., A-0654-10T2 (N.J. Sup. Ct. App. Div. … Continue Reading

In Snyder v. Phelps, Victory for Funeral Picketers

The Supreme Court has issued its second decision touching on privacy issues in a short amount of time.  In Snyder v. Phelps, the Court held that the First Amendment prevents legal sanction against those who protest with offensive slogans on public property within close proximity to a private event.   The Westboro Baptist Church, a … Continue Reading
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