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Digest for Week of February 9th, 2017

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The Tell-Tale Pacemaker: Man Charged With Arson After Police Examine Pacemaker Data

Casey C. Sullivan, Esq.
February 9, 2017
Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart' tells the tale of a man, so wracked with guilt and paranoia after a well crafted murder that he begins to hear the beating of his victim's heart from under his floorboards and...
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FCC Puts the Brakes on 'Zero Rating'

William Vogeler, Esq.
February 8, 2017
In what may be the first casualty of net neutrality rules, the new Federal Communications Commission announced it will not investigate internet service providers who may offer "zero-rating" data plans to customers. The FCC notified AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and...
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Legal Implications of Autonomous Ships

William Vogeler, Esq.
February 8, 2017
An oil tanker, weighing half a million tons, is churning through San Francisco Bay without a crew. What could possibly go wrong? This is more than a hypothetical question. It is the future. Robot-assisted boats are already coursing through...
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Subsidized Internet Use for Low-Income Customers to Be Stopped by the FCC?

Peter Clarke, JD
February 7, 2017
FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet. Changes keep coming fast, and now nine companies that recently have been part of a program intended to offer subsidized internet access to...
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Judge Splits With 2nd Cir., Orders Google to Produce Foreign-Stored Emails

Casey C. Sullivan, Esq.
February 7, 2017
Last July, the Second Circuit ruled that the federal government could not force Microsoft to turn over emails stored on a foreign server in Ireland. Two weeks ago, a divided Second Circuit declined to reconsider that ruling en banc,...
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Target's Data Breach Settlement Delayed

William Vogeler, Esq.
February 6, 2017
For Target, the $10 million settlement would have closed the door on one of the biggest data-breach cases of the time. The company had already agreed to pay banks with MasterCard $39 million and Visa $67 million. Even the...
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When the Internet Goes Down, Will Your Practice Survive?

Casey C. Sullivan, Esq.
February 6, 2017
When disaster strikes, can your firm recover and ensure that you're still able to serve clients, practice law, and meet your duties? Do you have a plan in place for emergencies, like earthquakes, hurricanes, or the loss of your...
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What Should Small Firms Know About AI?

William Vogeler, Esq.
February 3, 2017
What should solo practitioners and small firms know about AI? He was only the highest-scoring point guard in the history of the NBA, that's what! He stood toe-to-toe with Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, crossed...
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Technology Law Case Summaries


Beck v. McDonald

February 6, 2017
Consumer Protection Law, Health Law, Military Law, Government Benefits, Cyberspace Law
(United States Fourth Circuit) - In consolidated appeals brought by veterans who received medical treatment and health care at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dorn VAMC) against the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Dorn VAMC officials, alleging violations of the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. section 552a et seq., and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. section 701 et seq., after two data breaches at the Center compromised their personal information, the district court's dismissal of the actions for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction is affirmed where Plaintiffs failed to establish a non-speculative, imminent injury-in-fact for purposes of Article III standing.
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Integrated Dynamic Solutions, Inc. v. VitaVet Labs, Inc.

December 22, 2016
Remedies, Commercial Law, Cyberspace Law, Contracts
(California Court of Appeal) - In a contracts action, arising from a dispute between plaintiff computer software consultant and defendant VitaVet over an agreement to build custom software for defendant's e-commerce needs, the trial court's grant of a preliminary injunction ordering plaintiff to deliver the source code and technical specifications to defendant is affirmed where the facts establish this as an 'extreme case' where a preliminary injunction altering the status quo is available under City of Corona v. AMG Outdoor Advertising, Inc., 244 Cal.App.4th 291 (2016).
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