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DLSE Publishes Voluntary Template for Required Employer AB 450 Notice

by Fisher Phillips on

Last year Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 450 – the “Immigrant Worker Protection Act” – to prohibit employers from voluntarily consenting to federal immigration agency access to worksites without a judicial warrant,...more

Media Coalition Gains Access to Sealed Warrant Materials in Las Vegas Mass Shooting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Las Vegas judge, at the urging of a coalition of news media organizations and over the objection of police, today ordered the release of sealed search warrant materials connected to the investigation of the largest mass...more

A Quick Look at Parallel Proceedings

Hypothetical Bad News. You or your company has been served with a civil investigative demand requiring you to produce documents and answer questions from the government. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating you...more

The ICEman Cometh? Recent War of Words Puts California Employers in the Crosshairs of National Immigration Debate

by Fisher Phillips on

Immigration has been a major flashpoint between California and the Trump Administration during the past year. In 2017, the California Legislature passed significant legislation impacting how California employers deal with...more

Understanding eDiscovery in Criminal Cases, Part Three: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

...The government will usually get its ESI by consent or warrant. Typically, when the federal government seeks data in criminal cases (and most states have a similar procedure), it requests a search and seizure warrant by...more

Google Puts Its SCA Warrant Appeal on Hold as High Court Prepares to Hear Microsoft Case

The fight over the privacy of electronic communications and the government’s ability to reach emails stored abroad in criminal investigations has finally moved to the U.S. Supreme Court. ...more

US v. Microsoft Litigation Provides the Supreme Court with a Rare Opportunity to Further Clarify and Define the Role of Comity in...

The United States Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in the landmark case of United States v. Microsoft Corp. This matter presents the Court with an opportunity to establish new precedent in the field of international...more

New Year Brings Major Changes To California Employers’ Immigration Practices - FAQs Regarding California AB450 – The Immigrant...

by Fisher Phillips on

Soon after ringing in the New Year, California employers will need to spend the beginning of 2018 coming to grips with a significant new law that will require an immediate adjustment to immigration-related business practices....more

Because We Can: Border Patrol Agent’s Presumed Authority To Search Your Electronic Devices

by Ifrah PLLC on

Getting past U.S. Customs used to be an annoyance, an aggravating delay. But unless you were attempting to bring into the country something untoward (say, a delightfully stinky French cheese), you were not overly concerned...more

Court Rejects DOJ’s Depiction of Google as “Willful and Contemptuous” Tactics in Ongoing Battle over SCA Search Warrant

A federal judge in California has agreed to hold Google in contempt for not following his order to turn over data stored overseas. The order is largely symbolic, however, since a contempt order is required for Google to...more

Federal Agent’s Misrepresentation in LG Search Warrant Affidavit Insufficient to Clear Qualified Immunity Hurdle

In Ganek v. Leibowitz, No. 16-1463 (2d Cir. Oct. 17, 2017) (Raggi, Chin, Carney), the Second Circuit reversed and remanded a district court’s determination that federal law enforcement authorities were not entitled to...more

U.S. v. Microsoft: Supreme Court to Review Scope of Search Warrant Compliance in a Digital Age

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The US Supreme Court has granted certiorari to review a decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed a District Court’s refusal to quash a warrant issued by the Department of Justice to Microsoft that would...more

UPDATE: Blurring The Line Between Foreign and Domestic: The Expansion of Search Warrant Powers Overseas

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

The fight over whether the government may access the data of companies and individuals that is stored overseas has officially made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. On October 16, the Supreme Court agreed to review the...more

Location, Location, Location: Microsoft Debate Over Government’s Access to Overseas Data Heads to the Supreme Court

On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Court agreed to review the Second Circuit’s decision in United States v. Microsoft Corp., a case that highlights the current tension between law enforcement needs and privacy concerns in a...more

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Microsoft Corp. v. United States in Law Enforcement Access Row

by Hogan Lovells on

Last Monday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the Microsoft search warrant case, a case in which Microsoft challenged the U.S. government’s right to use the warrant process to obtain certain emails stored overseas. ...more

California Requires Employers to Have "Sanctuary" Worksites

by Payne & Fears on

Expanding California’s efforts to not cooperate with federal immigration authorities, Assembly Bill 450 imposes new requirements on employers when responding to government immigration worksite enforcement actions....more

Google Requests Contempt Order For $10,000 Sanctions Per Day Against…Google: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

Last month, we wrote that Google went 0 for 2 in August in its request for review of warrant cases related to the Stored Communications Act of 1986 (SCA) and the order to produce ESI stored internationally that is subject to...more

Supreme Court to Hear Microsoft Emails Case

In an order issued on October 16, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States v. Microsoft Corporation, a case with potentially far-reaching implications for the privacy of electronic data maintained by...more

Justices to Hear DOJ Appeal on Microsoft Ruling: Is Email Stored Abroad Subject to a U.S. Warrant?

The Supreme Court is poised to finally answer the question that’s been plaguing federal courts across the country: must U.S. tech companies comply with warrants issued under the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) that demand...more

California Seeks to Restrict ICE Workplace Raids

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Employers should take practical steps to comply with a new bill requiring them to demand search warrants from ICE agents. Key Points: ..Employers need to train facility heads to respond to ICE Agents seeking access to...more

Justice Department Accuses Google of “Alarming” Tactics in Fight over SCA Search Warrant

The ongoing dispute between the government and Google concerning the company’s refusal to hand over customer data stored on foreign servers has taken an odd twist. Now, the Justice Department is demanding that Google be...more

Supreme Court to Discuss Granting Review in Microsoft E-Mails Case October 6

The U.S. Supreme Court recently indicated that it will consider the federal government’s petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Microsoft Corp. at its conference scheduled for October 6, 2017. United States v....more

Google Goes 0 For 2 in its Request for Review of SCA Warrant Cases: eDiscovery Case Law

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As Tom O’Connor and I discussed last week in our ACEDS webinar Key eDiscovery Case Law Review for First Half of 2017, Google was ordered earlier this year to produce foreign stored emails by judges in California and...more

“Not so fast, my friend*” — Judge Orders DreamHost Comply with DOJ’s Disruptj20 Search Warrant, with Caveats

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Can the government force the hosting service of an activist website company to turn over vast amounts of user data in order to track down political protesters? According to a federal court ruling, the answer — Yes, but...more

U.S. Attorney General Announces Plans to Pursue Leak Investigations

by Jackson Walker on

Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a potential sea change in the Department of Justice’s treatment of the news media. Sessions proclaimed that the Justice Department will pursue leak...more

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