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Academic Commentary
30 Jun 2014
by Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses some of the possible implications of the Supreme Court's recent decision on cell phone searches ... In one of the most significant Fourth Amendment rulings ever handed down by the Supreme Court, all nine justices agreed in … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Wednesday charged Hewlett-Packard (HP) [corporate website] with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) [text, PDF] by making improper payments [press release] to various government officials in order to obtain or keep contracts within certain countries. The US Department … [read more]

Legal News
29 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The New Jersey Superior Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that knowingly sending a text message to someone who is behind the wheel creates liability for any causes of action that result from a potential collision. Previously, liability was only assigned to the driver that was texting. Defendant … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A wireless communications industry group filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Friday challenging a San Francisco ordinance requiring disclosure of cellular phone radiation emission levels. The complaint, filed by CTIA [official website] in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website], argues that the ordinance unlawfully … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The San Francisco Board of Supervisors [official website] on Tuesday voted to approve an ordinance [transcript] that would require retailers who sell cellular phones to display the varying amounts of radiation emitted by the different cell phone models. The ordinance passed by a vote of 10-1 and Mayor Gavin … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday banned all UN employees [UN News Centre report] from using cellular devices while driving in an effort to take the prohibition against cell phone use global. Ban is teaming up with US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, US Ambassador Susan Rice … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in two cases. In Christian Legal Society v. Martinez [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether a state law school may deny recognition to a religious … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that a Pennsylvania prosecutor cannot file child pornography charges against a teenage girl whose topless photo was found on a number of her schoolmates' cell phones, upholding a preliminary injunction. Wyoming County prosecutor George … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Department of Transportation (DOT) [official website] announced Tuesday a federal ban on texting while driving [press release] for commercial truck and bus drivers. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood [official profile] said [remarks] that the prohibition will take effect immediately. Drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be … [read more]

Legal News
31 Dec 2009
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A plethora of state laws set to take effect after Friday, New Year's Day, seek to regulate everything from social policy to highway safety. Texting while driving will become illegal [AP report] in Illinois, Oregon, and New Hampshire, which will join nearly twenty other prohibiting states and the federal … [read more]

Legal News
26 Oct 2009
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] An Ontario law [text] banning the use of handheld devices while driving took effect [press release] Monday, outlawing text messaging and talking on a cellphone while behind the wheel. The ban makes it illegal to use any handheld wireless communication devices but also extends to any device with a … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed an executive order [text] making it illegal for federal employees or government contractors to use text messaging while driving. The order encompasses employee use of government owned or leased cars, as well as privately owned cars used for government business. The order … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A former vice president for Hewlett Packard (HP) [corporate website] pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] Friday to one count of theft of trade secrets [18 USC s. 1832 text] for giving HP protected information he obtained while working for IBM [corporate website]. Atul Malhotra said in his plea that before leaving … [read more]

Legal News
16 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Mercury Interactive on Monday settled [press release] derivative lawsuits filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California regarding allegations of stock options backdating. The software company, acquired [CNET report] by Hewlett Packard (HP) [corporate website] in November 2006, will pay $117.5 million as part of … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] adopted new privacy rules [FCC press release, PDF; order, PDF] for telephone and wireless companies on Tuesday aimed at strengthening safeguards against pretexting [JURIST news archive], the disclosure of personal telephone records to unauthorized individuals. The new rules include carrier authentication requirements, … [read more]

Legal News
14 Mar 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A California state judge on Wednesday dropped the felony charges [felony complaint, PDF; JURIST report] against four defendants in the Hewlett-Packard (HP) pretexting scandal [JURIST news archive] after the defendants pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of fraudulent wire communications and agreed to complete 96 hours of community service … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2007
by JURIST Staff

[JURIST] President Bush Friday signed into law [press release] new federal legislation seeking to protect traditional, wireless, and internet phone calling consumers by preventing phone companies from selling their private phone records without customer authorization and criminalizing attempts to obtain those fraudulently. The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jan 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Bryan Wagner, the private investigator involved in the Hewlett-Packard corporate spying scandal [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges [criminal information, PDF] of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Wagner was accused of using used the social security number of a targeted reporter to obtain the reporter's telephone … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Jan 2007

JURIST Contributing Editor Nancy Rapoport of the University of Houston Law Center says that recent revelations about stock option backdating at Apple Computer suggest that it may be time for corporate board members even in the most highly-respected companies to make some needed New Year's resolutions to protect their enterprises, … [read more]

Legal News
9 Dec 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] passed a bill [HR 4709 text] by voice vote Friday that would make obtaining phone records through fraud or lying a criminal act. People found guilty of so-called "pretexting" would face fines and imprisonment for up to 10 years. Punishment may be doubled if … [read more]

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