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Yelp Customer Reviewers Sue to be Paid like Regular Employees

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, by Ryan Niland A group of customer reviewers (or “Yelpers”) from the popular crowdsourcing website Yelp has filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to be paid as employees of the company.  The lawsuit, which Yelp characterizes as frivolous, alleges that Yelp violates state and federal law by paying certain writers within the

AT&T Sells Phone Records to the CIA, Insisting it’s Lawful

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, by Kelly Morris The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is to pay AT&T more than $10 million a year for call data. The deal was brokered in order to assist the CIA with foreign counterterrorism investigation, according to a report last week in the New York Times, and will give the CIA

Open for Comment: JOBS Act Title III Proposed Rules

Thursday, November 7, by Timothy McKeever On October 23, the SEC issued long-awaited proposed rules for Title III of the JOBS Act, taking a big first step towards allowing crowdfunding from non-accredited individual investors for the first time. Crowdfunding allows companies to raise capital by attracting individuals to invest in the company through online “funding

Sweetie: The Legality of Using a Virtual Child to Catch a Webcam Predator

Thursday, November 7, 2013, by Tony Lucas This past week, Terre des Hommes, an international organization advocating for children rights, turned over the names, contact information, and IP addresses of over 1,000 adults in more than 65 countries suspected of engaging in webcam child sex tourism to law enforcement authorities.  This event caught the attention

In Offering Stock in Professional Athletes, Fantex Has Legal Hurdles to Clear

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, by Christian Landreth Even though a back injury has prevented Houston Texans running back Arian Foster from making news for his on-field performance in recent weeks, he has remained in the headlines for his latest off-field business venture. Foster has partnered with Fantex Brokerage Services, which bills itself as “he first

States Split on Legality of Amazon Tax

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, by Britton Lewis It has been said time and time again that the only sure things in life are death and taxes, but I’d stipulate there is a third certainty—online shopping—and it appears that two of those certainties may be on a collision course before the Supreme Court.  Online shopping through

Lavabit Founder Continues to Fight for Email Privacy Protections

Thursday, October 31, 2013, by Matthew Henry Following the national security revelation made by Edward Snowden last summer, attention quickly turned to the means in which he transmitted the information. Snowden had used an email service known as Lavabit. Ledar Levinson founded Lavabit in 2004. Whereas similar services utilized advertisements, Lavabit charged a modest yearly

Ohio Plans to Use Untested Combination of Drugs for Upcoming Execution

Thursday, October 31, 2013, by Stella Kreilkamp This week, Ohio prison officials announced that Ronald Phillips, convicted of raping and killing a 3-year-old girl, would be executed with a combination of two drugs never before used in an execution.  Ohio plans on using the untested combination of a sedative, midazolam, and a painkiller, hydromorphone, because