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The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013: A Misguided Attempt to Bring Hydropower to the Forefront of the Renewable Energy Landscape

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, by Matthew Spangler Abstract On August 9, 2013, the President signed into law the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, intended by the House to “facilitate the development of new hydropower resources in the United States by streamlining the federal licensing requirements for small hydropower projects and qualifying conduit hydropower facilities.”

Social Media Parody Accounts: Safe from the CFAA

Thursday, October 3, 2013, by Benjamin Szany If you follow @Queen_UK, @notzuckerberg, or @FauxJohnMadden on the popular social media website Twitter, take comfort in a ruling from the Oregon District Court which protected users of those parody accounts from litigation under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA, 18 USC § 1030). In an opinion

Who’s Piloting the Drones? Shifting CIA Drone Operations to the DoD

Thursday, October 3, 2013, by Nicholas Turza That the President frequently employs drone strikes against national security threats – mainly Al-Qaeda and their ilk in hiding spots such as Pakistan and Yemen – is certainly no secret. But the legal authority under which those operations is, literally, the code of secrets. Rather than operating under

EA Sports Settles O’Bannon Lawsuit

Thursday, October 3, 2013, by Catherine Perez The O’Bannon vs NCAA, EA Sports, and CLC lawsuit has been the hot topic of NCAA advocacy for months. Although originally filed in 2009, the suit took a significant turn in July when the District Court of Northern California rejected EA Sports’ proposed First Amendment defense. This left

Current Patent Reform Proposals May Be Premature and Threaten an Independent Judiciary

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, by Daniel Parisi A tornado of patent reform proposals are currently being considered in Congress which pose risks of premature action and dangerous infringement on traditional judicial authority.  Congress should take its time and not get swept away.  In a keynote speech on September 17, 2013, Honorable Federal Circuit Judge O’Malley

States Call Federal Bluff: Online Gambling and State Legislation

Thursday, September 26, 2013, by Britton Lewis In recent months, Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware have legalized and begun regulating online gambling, although any attempt at reaching a federal consensus has stalled among the legislature.  The legality and credibility of online gambling has been, at best, ambiguous since 2011 when the Department of Justice indicted