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Ford Tries to Shut Down Independent Repair Tool with Copyright

EFF – “…The Ford Motor Company…recently sued Autel, a manufacturer of third-party diagnostics for automobiles, for creating a diagnostic tool that includes a list of Ford car parts and their specifications. Ford claims that it owns a copyright on this list of parts, the “FFData file,” and thus can keep competitors from including it inContinue Reading

2014 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary

The Chief Justice’s 2014 Year-End Report – December 31, 2014. “The Supreme Court is currently developing its own electronic filing system, which may be operational as soon as 2016. Once the system is implemented, all filings at the Court—petitions and responses to petitions, merits briefs, and all other types of motions and applications—will be available to the legal community andContinue Reading

Mortgage Securitization Discrimination

Beverly Adkins et al. v Morgan Stanley “The National Consumer Law Center is co-counsel for African American plaintiffs in a prospective class action lawsuit brought against Morgan Stanley. The lawsuit claims that the Defendant violated federal civil rights laws, the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act as well as state laws byContinue Reading

City of Los Angeles v. Patel

Lamparello, Adam, City of Los Angeles v. Patel: The Upcoming Supreme Court Case No One is Talking About (December 27, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2543157 “Focusing solely on whether a hotel owner has a reasonable expectation of privacy in a guest registry is akin to asking whether Verizon Wireless has a reasonable expectation of privacyContinue Reading

Irish Government Joins Microsoft Against US Govt Access to Cloud Based Servers

The Register: “The Irish government today supported Microsoft in its ongoing fight against US prosecutors – who appear to want access to server hard drives anywhere in the world. Microsoft has garnered serious backing from the technology industry in its case against American investigators. The Feds believe they have the right to access emails stored onContinue Reading

FOIA Suits Jump In 2014

“More freedom of information lawsuits were brought against the federal government in fiscal year 2014 than in any year since at least 2001, according to a new analysis of court records by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). A total of 422 Freedom of Information Act suits were filed in federal district court last year comparedContinue Reading

FBI 2013 Hate Crime Statistics

“Today, the FBI released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report, which revealed that 5,928 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported by our law enforcement partners to the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2013. These hate crime incidents impacted a total of 7,242 victims—which are defined as individuals, businesses, institutions, or societyContinue Reading

The Second Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: What Hath Heller Wrought?

Charles, Patrick J., The Second Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: What Hath Heller Wrought? (December 1, 2014). William & Mary Bill of Rights, Vol. 23, 2015 Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2532722 “This article explores the impact District of Columbia v. Heller has had on the public discourse. It is a discourse that will beContinue Reading

Stubborn Things: An Empirical Approach to Facts, Opinions, and the First Amendment

Herz-Roiphe, Daniel, Stubborn Things: An Empirical Approach to Facts, Opinions, and the First Amendment (November 25, 2014). 103 Michigan Law Review First Impressions (2014 Forthcoming). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2530768 “This essay offers an empirical approach to assessing whether compelled disclosures are “factual” for the purposes of the First Amendment — the central issue atContinue Reading

Law Enforcement Without Borders

CDT – “A critical case is now working its way through the US courts—one that raises important questions for users and providers of cloud services in both the US and Europe. As part of a US criminal investigation, a US federal court has ordered Microsoft to hand over a customer’s files that the company holdsContinue Reading

Immigration Court Filings Rise12 Percent; Backlog Continues to Climb

“During FY 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed 222,956 applications for removal orders in Immigration Court, up 12.2 percent from the previous year. Despite an overall increase, there was a substantial drop in the number of applications that were based on allegations of criminal activity by the individual. In fact, only 20,217 outContinue Reading

How Many Americans Could Lose Subsidies If the Supreme Court Rules for the Plaintiffs in King vs. Burwell?

Kaiser Family Foundation: “This map based on Foundation analysis of Congressional Budget Office estimates of Marketplace enrollment provides a state-level breakdown of the number of Americans who in 2016 could be denied financial assistance to help pay insurance premiums for plans purchased in the Affordable Care Act’s federally operated insurance exchanges. In a related column in The WallContinue Reading