The Law with a Side of Bacon: Social Media Breakfast MSP Panel Discussion on Law & Social Media


 It's What's For Dinner


Fully cookes bacon smbmspEarly Wake Up Call {For This Night Owl}


This morning I participated in the Social Media Breakfast Social Media and the Law panel discussion moderated by Albert Maruggi. Joining me on the panel were three esteemed members of the bar; Blt fixins smbmsp Teresa Thompson, James Quinn, and Jon Garon. Thomson Reuters sponsored this meeting of SMBMSP. It was a lively discussion of many areas of the law that impact how social media is used and consumed.

Much of the discussion centered on employment issues and use of social media, both as a means of business marketing and a person's private account. We briefly touched on how the courts are using social media as material to be included in discovery requests and as a part of the jury selection process.

BLT smbsmp I wish we had had more time to discuss the FTC Guidelines regarding disclosure, defamation issues and blogging, whether to trademark and whether there's a need to acquire an insurance policy as a social media participant. That's the beauty of the law; one discussion leads to a host of other interesting legal issues.

The Scoop

So, what's with the bacon and BLTs? Bacon is a part of the Social Media Breakfast's logo/theme. So, Thomson Reuters gave each panel participant a package of Hormel's Fully Cooked Bacon {and a deluxe edition of the newest version of Black's Law Dictionary, published by West, and engraved with each person's name, weighing a full 10 pounds; I'm not exaggerating...I weighed it}.

My Darlings and my dogs were most excited about the bacon. And that's what we had for dinner; BLT's. The bacon is fully cooked, but I still crisped it in the microwave for 2 minutes. It was really tasty; which is much more than I expected from fully cooked bacon that doesn't have to be refrigerated until opened. And just to be on the safe side with the FTC and the disclosure guidelines: Thomson Reuters gave me the bacon as a gift. I followed the directions on the box, ate it and enjoyed it!

Enjoy the weekend. We, in Minnesota, are beginning to see the ground... without snow on it. That's not the case in my yard, but maybe by Monday. Over and out...


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