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Status Updates: Appeals court upholds anti-cyberbullying law; better marketing through neural networks; restaurant owner turns the...

Cruel intentions. Laws seeking to regulate speech on the Internet must be narrowly drafted to avoid running afoul of the First Amendment, and limiting such a law’s applicability to intentional attempts to cause damage usually...more

Scandal Serve as a Reminder of the Importance of Morals Clauses

This week, long-time Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle reached a plea agreement on charges of child pornography and having sex with minors.? ?Although the sandwich shop noted that it no longer has a relationship with Fogle,...more

Landlords Beware

Courts from California to New York have long held landlords accountable for contributory trademark infringement in knowingly leasing real property for unlawful trades, manufacture or business, when those landlords rent space...more

SEC, Insider Trading and Cyber Security: An International Hacking—Insider Trading Ring

Cyber security is a key focus for virtually everyone these days. The SEC, for example, has been issuing releases discussing disclosure requirements and offering guidance for a number of years. Prominent issuers have reported...more

Does Arizona Have a Revenge Porn Law?

Modern technology has given birth to a host of crimes that did not exist just a decade ago. Revenge porn is one of those crimes. As an Arizona revenge porn criminal defense attorney, I am consistently asked whether or not...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #53

We are pleased to present the 53rd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases regarding compelled turnover of Facebook data, a revived securities class...more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges Tied to Payments to Health Care Professionals

The SEC filed another settled action in which payments to health care professionals at state owned entities in China were alleged to be violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Although the company furnished extensive...more

Status Updates: CA’s anti-revenge-porn law scrapped; civil rights claim against blogging prosecutor dismissed; Match buys...

There oughta be a law? As we’ve reported previously, states all around the country have enacted laws that criminalize the posting of revenge porn—nude photographs published without the subject’s consent, often by an ex-lover...more

The FBI has been busy

The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced yesterday (July 8, 2015) that VLADIMIR TSASTSIN pled guilty to wire fraud and computer intrusion charges “arising from his operation of a...more

Welcome to the Digital Age, Officer

California SB 178 Seeks to Apply Warrant Requirement to Electronic Devices and Online Data - The California Senate is currently reviewing the proposed California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (SB 178), which...more

Supreme Court Requires Proof of Criminal Intent Even If Facebook Threats Are Obvious to a Reasonable Person

On June 1, 2015, in Elonis v. United States, ____ U.S. ___ (2015) (Docket #13-983), a case involving statements made on the Criminal Defendant/Petitioner’s Facebook page, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit’s...more

The USA FREEDOM Act Heightens the Need for Carriers to Examine their Data Retention Practices

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, Barack Obama signed the USA FREEDOM Act into law. Among other reforms, the USA FREEDOM Act adopts a series of modifications to federal foreign intelligence gathering statutes and procedures to...more

US v. Heinz May Bolster Expansive FIRREA Interpretation

The U.S. Department of Justice’s aggressive use of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act to sue banks for fraud just received an unexpected boost, and from an unlikely source: In a criminal case...more

At the Intersection of Technology and Law: Recent High Court Rulings Related to Social Media.

Once Again at the Intersection of Technology and Law: Maryland’s Court of Appeals Elaborates on Authentication of Documents Related to Social Media. “The rapid rise of social networking websites, themselves a branch...more

Ironman Promotion Gets ‘Bonked’

For non-triathletes the word ‘bonk’ is when an athlete runs out of energy. In May 2015, the World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman) agreed to forfeit $2,761,910 in lottery proceeds to the United States Attorney’s Office....more

SCOTUS rules Facebook posts not threatening without intent

The Supreme Court of the United States of America (SCOTUS) ruled on June 1, 2015, that violent Facebook posts of a husband about killing his wife with a mortar launcher and blowing up FBI agents cannot be considered...more

The Future Of The NSA’s Bulk Telephone Metadata Program

Section 215 of the Patriot Act expires today. Section 215 addresses the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s ability to gather business records. In 2006, after passage of amendments to the Patriot Act, the Bush administration...more

The Communications Decency Act May Disappoint

California boldly made an example out of a felonious website owner who operated a website dedicated to shaming, embarrassing and harassing complete strangers. Following the first-ever prosecution of the operator of a “revenge...more

Seizure of memory cards from digital cameras allowed under plain view doctrine

Courts today are faced with applying traditional Fourth Amendment search and seizure doctrines to twenty-first century digital technology. In one such case, the Massachusetts Appellate Court upheld a lower court’s holding in...more

Three Point Shot - May 2015

"Wild Thing" Forced to Tap Out in Battle against ESPN - Last month, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals forced former professional wrestler Steve "Wild Thing" Ray to tap out in his battle against ESPN by dismissing the...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2015

In This Issue: - Second Circuit Rules Patriot Act Does Not Authorize Bulk Metadata Collection; Congress Reconsiders Certain Patriot Act Authorities - SEC Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Companies...more

Unanimous Supreme Court Rejects Wartime Tolling of Statute of Limitations for Civil False Claims but Opens Door to Successive Qui...

On May 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court resolved uncertainty surrounding the application of wartime tolling of the statute of limitations under the civil False Claims Act (FCA), but simultaneously opened the door to...more

Future Unclear For NSA’s Bulk Telephone Metadata Collection Program

Fast approaching is the June 1 expiration of certain provisions of the Patriot Act, including § 215 (codified as 50 U.S.C § 1861), which is the basis for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk telephone metadata collection...more

Public Interest and Corruption

Corporate Crime analysis: What is the relevance of public interest to corruption offences? Alison Geary and Sahil Sinha of international law firm, WilmerHale discuss the implications of the decision in R v...more

Facebook: Friend or Foe? Protecting the Right To A Fair Trial In A World Dominated By Social Media

In an interview before his Spartans were slated to play Duke in the Final Four, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo unabashedly stated, “I don’t think social media is beneficial to any human being on the planet.” ...more

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