Deceptively Slow To Update A Website?

from the patience dept

How fast do you need to update a corporate website when things change? We all have heard stories about how slow some people are to update websites — but at what point does it qualify as a legally deceptive act? According to Tech Law Advisor, an attorney is now suing his old firm for failing to remove his name from its website for nearly a year (they also didn’t remove his voicemail). He claims that it helped confuse the public and made it more difficult for him to set up his own law practice. Of course, as someone notes in the article, he probably needs to prove how damaging this actually was — and that may be difficult. So what is the legal responsibility of a firm to disassociate itself with its former employees? For smaller firms, it’s no surprise that updating a website can be slow, but it can happen at larger firms as well. For example, a few bloggers have noted that Google still has Evan Williams listed as the contact in Alexa for all Blogspot blogs, despite the fact that Williams left Google quite some time ago.

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Kat o Nine Tales (user link) says:

Re: Re: I don't know how damaging it was...

If he’s trying to “set up his own law practice” per the article, that isn’t an issue if you mean “hire” as in “create an employer/employee relationship.” “Hire” in the sense you’d hire a lawyer also makes this unlikely because of confidentiality rules unless you just don’t pay the guy.

Andrew Strasser (user link) says:

I personally like advertising...

It always helps to see that people didn’t forget you when you left would be my take on that hehe. This especially if you’re in the same business as you were before and these are possible clients or another business where they could be possible clients. Maybe confusing but still advertising and even bad advertising is good advertising.

Sam Alito says:

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Failure to update websites can be frustrating, but I’m not sure as to the actual damage. If an individual cannot bury past associations, it can definitely come back to haunt him, but if you know enough of the right people, it won’t hurt.

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Bob says:

The attorney is correct

He looks to have a good case. If it can be proven that the firm was continuing to use his identity and namesake for a reason, such as to increase profits by falsifying his presence at the firm, then he should win.

I find it ironic that a law firm has set itself up for this type suit. Surely they had the sense to remove his name from their website. Although maybe they didn’t have much sense to begin with, which could be why the lawyer understandably left.

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