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Police Officer Had Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy In Text Messages Sent And Received On Pager

Quon v. Arch Wireless Operating Co., 529 F.3d 892 (9th Cir. 2008) Arch Wireless contracted to provide wireless text-messaging services for the City of Ontario, including its police department. Pursuant to the city’s general Computer Usage, Internet and E-mail Policy, the use of the city’s computers and other electronic equipment, networks, etc., was limited to city-related … Continue Reading

Court Upholds $775,000 Jury Award Against Employees Who Libeled Former Employer And Company Executives

Varian Med. Sys., Inc. v. Delfino, 113 Cal. App. 4th 273, 6 Cal.Rptr.3d 325 (2003) Varian and two of its executives, George Zdasiuk and Susan B. Felch, sued two former employees, Michelangelo Delfino and Mary Day, after Delfino and Day used Internet bulletin boards to post more than 13,000 derogatory messages about Varian and the two executives. … Continue Reading

Employer’s Anti-SLAPP Motion Against Employee Was Properly Denied

Du Charme v. IBEW, Local 45, 110 Cal. App. 4th 107 (2003) Frank Du Charme sued the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 45 and Cecil Wynn, the individual who was assigned to operate Local 45 after it was placed in trusteeship in conjunction with an investigation into its financial operations. Among other things, … Continue Reading

Employee Did Not Trespass By Sending Thousands Of E-Mails To Former Employer

Intel Corp. v. Hamidi, 30 Cal. 4th 1342 (2003) Kourosh Kenneth Hamidi, a former Intel engineer, formed an organization named Former and Current Employees of Intel (FACE-Intel) to disseminate information and views critical of Intel’s employment and personnel policies and practices. Over a 21-month period, Hamidi sent as many as 35,000 messages to e-mail addresses … Continue Reading

Employer May Have Violated Federal Law By Accessing Employee’s Secure Website

Konop v. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., 302 F.3d 868 (9th Cir. 2002) Robert Konop, a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines, created and maintained a website on which he posted bulletins critical of the airline and the incumbent union, the Air Line Pilots Association. Konop controlled access to his website by requiring visitors to log in with a … Continue Reading

Employee Had No Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy In Home Computer Provided By Employer

TBG Ins. Serv. Corp. v. Superior Court, 96 Cal. App. 4th 443 (2002) The employer in this case had provided its employee, Robert Zieminski, with two computers – one for the office and the other to permit Zieminski to work at home. The employee had signed the company’s “electronic and telephone equipment policy,” which, among … Continue Reading
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