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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 interactive 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.

Vinson & Elkins LLP is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.00 credit hours. Vinson & Elkins has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York for the period of June 2, 2017 to June 1, 2020. This Transitional and Non-Transitional continuing legal education program has been approved in accordance with the Continuing Legal Education Board of the State of New York for a maximum of 1.00 credit hours, in the area of Professional Practice. Vinson & Elkins LLP is a Multiple Activity Provider for The State Bar of California. This activity is approved for 1.00 general hours. Vinson & Elkins is registered with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor. This registration does not constitute an endorsement by the board as to the quality of our CPE program. This course is eligible for 1.00 CPE credit hours, of which 1.00 hours can be applied to the area of Other. No prerequisites required.

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

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