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Mar
04

On February 28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a pre-publication final rule setting stricter energy conservation standards for commercial refrigerators. The DOE’s various efficiency standards—covering over 50 categories of industrial, commercial, and residential appliances and equipment—are a cheap and effective way of protecting the environment, saving manufacturers and consumers money, and encouraging

Mar
04

Two years ago a California man was pulled over for using a map application on his iPhone 4 while driving on a Fresno highway.  Steven Spriggs was ticketed and convicted of violating Vehicle Code Section 23123(a), which prohibits drivers from using a cell phone while driving unless it is designed to allow hands-free listening and

Feb
27

The medical industry has come under siege by hackers.  Recent reports have shown that healthcare organizations are being attacked at a high rate, with roughly three hundred and seventy-five attacks occurring within one year.  Several reasons have been postulated for the amount and severity of these attacks, which may have serious repercussions for patients and

Feb
25

In June of 2013, Edward Snowden released information showing that the National Security Agency was collecting data from phone calls, texts, and emails of people all over the world. The resulting revelations sparked mass outrage at the invasion of privacy and a nationwide debate over the amount of access the government should have in our

Feb
20

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act was abused again earlier this month to bring suit against Yahoo!. Responsible for increasingly clogging up courts, the TCPA has been used aggressively against debt collectors and telemarketers, the intended target industry – but it’s curious to find a suit on a friendly text message. Yahoo! offers instant message users

Feb
18

During the 2014 State of the Union address delivered on January 28, President Obama expressed support for anti-patent assertion entity (PAEs), or patent troll, legislation, “Let’s pass a patent reform bill that allows our businesses to stay focused on innovation, not costly, needless litigation.” Companies such as Apple and White Castle have come out to

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