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BB&K Police Bulletin: Investigatory Stop Still Valid Even If Officer Made Mistake of Law

An Officer’s Objectively Reasonable Mistake of Law Can Support Finding of Probable Cause - Overview: The U.S. Supreme Court held that an officer’s mistaken belief that a driver had violated a state vehicle code...more

On the Ninth Day of Privacy, my true love gave to me….

a tracking device in my car …. she is now my ex-true love…. A year ago, privacy and data security issues in the media were all about credit cards and identity theft. Concerns about privacy related to location data...more

Repeat drunk drivers need harsher penalties, Illinois police chief says

While Illinois enforces certain DUI laws, such as mandatory ignition interlock devices for all drunk driving offenders, law enforcement officials believe that stricter DUI penalties may be in order to reduce the number of DUI...more

Drone on Drones: New Court Decision Reflects Shifting Views on Privacy in Public

Whenever drone policy is raised as a topic, privacy concerns follow close behind it as a discussion point. The idea of aerial surveillance that is cheaper, less time-intensive and requires fewer man hours to get off the...more

Aviation & Aerospace and Surface Transportation Quarterly Newsletter

In This Issue: - Update on Developments in California Drone Law - One Community Gets Relief from Aircraft Noise - California Once Again Relinquishes Clean Air Act Enforcement Responsibility to the...more

Sleeping Employee Wins $1 Million under the ADA

In a clear example of what not to do under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a simple and avoidable mistake turned into almost $1 million in liability for an employer accused of firing an employee for sleeping on the...more

State AGs Looking to Crack Down on Telemarketers Press FCC and FTC

A majority of the nation’s state and territorial Attorneys General have collectively urged the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to revisit rules and policies in ways that would help law...more

Growing Use of Vehicle Monitoring Devices Fuels Increase in Privacy Concerns

In recent years, companies in the United States and abroad have increasingly turned to vehicle tracking devices and remote shut off devices to offer lower priced insurance products and auto loans to higher risk borrowers. On...more

New York Court Uses 1789 All Writs Act To Force Cellphone Company To Assist Law Enforcement Gain Access To Locked Cellphone

A New York federal magistrate court has ordered an unnamed cellphone manufacturer to attempt to unlock a password-protected cellphone so that a search warrant may be executed. In early October, the court authorized law...more

EEOC Files Contempt Action Against Charlotte Security Provider Metro Special Police

Security Provider Failed to Make Payments Agreed Upon in Litigation Settlement, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has filed a...more

Thoughts on Ferguson

It’s been two days since the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri reached its decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a caucasian police officer, in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teenager. The case, which has...more

Sixth Circuit Remands Memphis Title VII Disparate Impact Case, Yet Again

It’s hard not to feel sorry for the residents of Memphis, Tennessee. Depending on which source you consult, its violent crime rate hovers between three and four times the national average, and various publications describe it...more

Smart is the New Tough: A Changing Approach in America’s War on Drugs, Crime?

Fact: the United States incarcerates its citizens at the highest rate in the developed world. Indeed—save one small chain of islands, whose entire population is just a fraction of our prison population—the United States’...more

Apple Strengthens Privacy Protections

Apple recently changed its privacy policy which has made headlines – it will no longer unlock iPhones and iPads for law enforcement. Prior to this change, Apple would assist law enforcement in unlocking Apple devices when...more

Operation Fashion Police Fights Money Laundering in L.A.'s Fashion District

On September 10, approximately 1,000 federal agents raided Los Angeles' fashion district, seizing documents, electronic data and approximately $90 million in cash, with nine people arrested for alleged money laundering...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #7

..Laundry time. Make sure you are getting what you’re paying for. That’s good advice in a lot of areas of human endeavor and it’s certainly true of online advertising. We wrote last month about efforts by the online...more

Lopez v. City of Lawrence Decision Criticizes “Disparate Impact” Analysis

In the context of analyzing a Title VII Civil Rights and Massachusetts law “disparate impact” claim, a federal court has cast considerable doubt on the efficacy of statistical tools employed in “disparate impact” analysis. In...more

Where to Draw the Line With Undercover FBI Operations

Several news publications have been making much ado about a tactic the FBI used in 2007 to locate an individual suspected in a series of bomb-threats to Washington state high schools. The FBI created a fake news article,...more

UK Treasury Calls for Information on Digital Currencies

On November 3, the UK Treasury issued a call for information on digital currencies, including Bitcoin. Views are being solicited from the public, the financial services industry, regulators, and law enforcement agencies....more

Status Updates - November 2014 #2

..Bad chords. A European musician’s attempt to stop a negative concert review from continuing to appear in Internet search results is raising questions about whether the EU’s “right to be forgotten” ruling could prevent the...more

Talking to the Feds: Do's and Don'ts

When the FBI—or any other law enforcement agency—wants to question you, it won’t make an appointment. Instead, agents arrive unannounced, knowing that the element of surprise works in their favor. People who are unprepared...more

What’s in a Like?

In the pre-Facebook era, the word “like” was primarily a verb (and an interjection sprinkled throughout valley girls’ conversations). Although you could have likes and dislikes in the sense of preferences, you could not give...more

Tempting the Legal Finger of Fate: No Winners Here

Back in 2006, John Swartz and his wife Judy were driving through the Village of St. Johnsville, in New York, on the way to visit Judy's son. While sitting in the passenger's seat, John noticed a police car, whose occupant,...more

Administration and SIFMA Announce New Steps to Make Financial Data More Secure

On October 17, 2014, President Obama directed the federal government to take steps to improve the security of financial transactions in the United States. As part of the “BuySecure” Initiative, the President pledged a...more

Court Decisions in the U.S. and China Bolster Law Enforcement’s Ability to Prosecute Global Corporate Corruption

On October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court declined to accept an appeal involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”)—the U.S. statute that criminalizes the bribing of foreign officials. The...more

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