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Tech-Savvy Kids Costs Apple Millions, Forces change in iTunes Billing Practices

  When you start having to key in your length iTunes password for every, individual purchase, you now know who to blame.  Following the conclusion of a three year investigation into Apple’s billing practices, the Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that Apple will be paying at least $32.5 million to settle complaints over children racking

Personal Genetics Firms must Show Their Work to Avoid Breeding Trouble

  The more we learn about human genomics and the effects of an individual’s DNA on their future health, the more possibilities “personalized medicine” seems to have as the future in modern diagnostic and treatment procedures. However, it sometimes also appears that for every advance in medical technology that could increase the efficacy of personalized

The CBP and your C Drive: Federal Judge Approves Searches of Electronic Media at the Border

  “There is no discernable silver lining to this opinion,” ACLU attorney Catherine Clump concluded when a Federal Judge dismissed an ACLU challenge to the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) discretionary policy of searching and seizing electronic media at the border. The civil liberties organization filed their challenge in the Eastern District of New York

More Legal Trouble for Facebook in 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, by Christina Wheaton On January 9, 2014, a Colorado man filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook in San Jose, California. Facebook users are able to create Facebook pages on the social network, often for companies or individuals, which may be “Liked” by other Facebook users.  In his complaint, Anthony Ditirro

Security Measures Lead Amazon.com Employees to Sue for Unpaid Wages

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, by Samuel Williams Online retail giant Amazon.com, Inc. faces threats on a daily basis. Threats from its competitors, from the state of the economy and even from its own workers. In 2012 an employee working at an Amazon distribution facility in southern California stole 726 iPod touch players and 49 laptops

Google Announces $17 million Settlement Over Use of Unauthorized Tracking “Cookies”

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, by Christina Wheaton On Monday, November 18, 2013, Google announced a $17 million dollar settlement to be paid out to thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia. The settlement follows a record breaking $22.5 million dollar fine issued by the Federal Trade Commission against Google in August of 2012 regarding the

Nondisclosure of Juror Facebook Friendships: Cause for Retrial?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, by Benjamin Szany The dynamics between jurors and social media is not a new concern for the American judiciary. The legal system has dealt with jurors learning “facts” about their case from social media, jurors publishing insights regarding their case on social media, and jurors accessing social media in the courtroom

Iowa Judge Stops Shut-Down of Nation’s Largest Telemedicine Abortion Program

Thursday, November 14, 2013,  by Amelia Serrat On November 5, 2013, Polk County District Judge Karen Romano temporarily suspended a ban on Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s telemedicine abortion program in Iowa.  The ban, which was set to go into effect on November 6th, was passed by the Iowa Board of Medicine on August 30th. 

Apple v. Samsung: Round II

Thursday, November 14, 2013, by Catherine Perez As we may well remember, Samsung lost a monumental lawsuit to Apple in August of 2012. Apple sued Samsung for copyright infringement and was awarded over 1$ billion dollars in damages. Without an indication as to why the jury awarded such an exorbitant amount, Judge Lucy H. Koh