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Digital Sales Tax? The Supreme Court Could Decide Soon

South Dakota’s Attorney General has filed the first of an expected wave of state petitions asking the Supreme Court to reconsider an opinion from 1992, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, that restricts states’ ability to tax remote retailers. Similar “kill- Quill” lawsuits are pending in the state courts in Alabama, Indiana, Tennessee, and Wyoming. Quill

Catch Me If You Can, But Not When I am In “The Cloud”

Nearly all Internet users interact with “the cloud” every day, but most never consider what‑or where‑“the cloud” is. The “where” of data is not a straightforward inquiry. The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear a major digital privacy case, United States v. Microsoft Corp., which will determine whether law enforcement officials can demand

If Your Home is a Re-Modeled School Bus, Do Police Need a Warrant to Search It?

An unconventional housing trend has arisen amongst millennials who want to travel the nation in a mobile home, but cannot afford the $50,000 to mid-$100,000s+ it costs to buy an RV. Their solution is a “skoolie,” or “a school bus that has been purchased by a private owner and converted for some purpose other than

Cybersecurity Insurance For All?

In the past year, it seems like the rate of cybersecurity incidents has been increasing. It is irrelevant whether these breaches are old or new; the issue is that they are occurring. On October 16, 2017, Chubb Ltd. (“Chubb”) released the results of a survey it conducted on businesses cybersecurity preparedness. The survey found that

Can We Truly Make Ads Honest, Or Is This More Fake News?

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Mark Warner, Amy Klobuchar and John McCain aims to put online political advertising on a level playing field with the traditional mediums of television, radio, and print. House Resolution 4077, also known as the “Honest Ads Act,” comes as a direct response to the investigation

Water Markets: Potential Solution To Shortage, New Infrastructure May Be Key

Market forces govern almost all commodities subject to shortage. Exceptions to this rule include public utilities (although this is slowly changing with the application of deregulated electric grids). This change developed as a response to shortage and inefficiencies of monopolized service providers. In the Southwest United States, a similar shortage and inefficient use governs water

FERC’s Response to DOE’s Proposed Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule: Will the Process Continue Moving So Rapidly?

September 28th, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for a “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.” This rule directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to attribute greater value to “baseload” resources like coal and nuclear by allowing them to recover full cost of plant service. These resources are touted to

Exploring the Meaning of a Facebook Like

In the quest for data on anti-administration activists, the Department of Justice requested the “names of an estimated 6,000 people who ‘liked’ a Facebook page about an Inauguration Day protest.” The DOJ has since dropped that specific request, but at a hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Borchert revealed a persisting interest in “likes” of another