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The Trouble With Emojis: Emerging Legal Issues and Proposed Business Responses

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT; 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET; lunch served at 11:30 a.m. CT, 12:30 p.m. ET | Houston, TX

Broadcast from our office in Houston to our Austin, Dallas, New York, Richmond, and Washington offices. The program is also available via teleconference/webcast.


Emojis — the picture symbols that are so commonplace in texts and instant messages — pose a growing legal threat to businesses. As emojis multiply and increasingly appear in corporate communications, they create a surprising degree of liability exposure. Indeed, over 150 reported court decisions to date have involved the use and interpretation of emojis, in business contexts spanning breach of contract, discrimination, and harassment.

The trouble with emojis stems from their ability to create huge misunderstandings — and even unintended contracts — given their huge variety, their often subjective and multiple meanings, and their different appearances across messaging platforms. This program will explore the communication disconnects and legal problems arising from emojis, including case studies and quizzes to test your knowledge of emojis’ meanings, and will offer targeted responses to help protect businesses from legal liability.

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    Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston Office
    1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500
    Houston, TX 77002

    T +1.713.758.2222


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