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 Employees to Sue for Unpaid Wages

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, by Samuel Williams Online retail giant, 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

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