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Jan 16, 2019

Disabled plaintiffs must be customers to sue over websites

  Plaintiffs with disabilities cannot sue credit unions that they are not members of, and cannot become members of, for failing to make their websites accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The court affirmed a district court’s ruling dismissing a public accommodations claim brought by […]

Mar 18, 2015

A three-year plan for better content marketing

As more and more people search for lawyers online, having no content marketing strategy will eventually put you at a disadvantage. Creating a website is a beginning, but unless you maintain it and add new content, it’s no more effective than hanging a shingle and hoping clients will wander in off the street. A steady […]

Dec 11, 2014

Firm seeks to add value via online innovation

The general economic picture in the U.S. may be improving, but there is at least one area where recovery has been slower. During the downturn, companies looking to slash costs cast a more critical eye on their legal bills, pressuring law firms to cut rates and deliver more value. While the economy may have achieved […]

Jul 12, 2013

Civil Rights – Plaintiff Can Sue for Website ‘Chilling Effect’

Cooksey v. Futrell A plaintiff who operated a “Diabetes Warrior” website advising on the “Paleolithic” diet for diabetics can sue on a First Amendment claim after a state agency that licenses dieticians sent him a “red-pen” review of “areas of concern” that could be construed as the unlicensed practice of dietetics; the 4th Circuit says the district court erred in holding[...]

Feb 25, 2011

Lawsuit claims competitor copied firm’s site, slogan

The website for Raleigh's Kurtz & Blum is sleek and well-designed, complete with photos of the attorneys, easily navigable links and a slogan at the top designed to instill client confidence: "We're in your corner." In a lawsuit, Kurtz & Blum claims that The Wright Law Firm of Charlotte, and its principal, Roderick M. Wright Jr., copied its website design right down to the "We're in your c[...]

Feb 25, 2011

From print to pixels, legal ethics struggle with new media

Not only does nearly every lawyer practicing have his own website, but potential clients are much more likely to plug "DWI lawyer" into a search engine than to look in the Yellow Pages. And as legal marketing has morphed into new arenas with ever-changing technology, there's some concern that regulatory agencies and state bars have not kept up. Ryan Blackledge (pictured), who serves on the N.C. Ba[...]

Jan 21, 2011

Ethics Committee grapples with pop-ups, Groupon and Google

Watch the pop-ups. That's the word from the N.C. State Bar's Ethics Committee, which is looking into the use of live-chat services on attorney websites - specifically, whether the use of a live-chat button would violate Rule 7.3(a), which provides that an attorney may not solicit business by "in-person, live telephone or real-time electronic contact." A staff opinion discussed at Thursday's Ethics[...]

Sep 3, 2010

Web 2.0 adds new ethics twists to legal marketing

By CORREY STEPHENSON, Lawyers USA, the national sister paper of Lawyers Weekly [email protected]   While many lawyers are taking advantage of abundant networking and marketing opportunities using Web 2.0 platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, they should be aware of a number of ethical pitfalls. From concerns about breaching client confidentiality on Facebook to the [[...]

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