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AM Roundup: FCC Tests Its Authority Over States

Mon, 2015-03-02 06:32
Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.

Whatsapp’s Near-Suspension in Brazil Highlights Legal Concerns for Web Firms

Fri, 2015-02-27 15:10
The decision by a county judge that nearly forced the suspension of Facebook Inc.’s Whatsapp throughout Brazil this week has added to legal concerns for Web firms in the fast-growing market.

Embassy Bombing Trial’s ‘Victim Witness Coordinator’ Played Key Role

Fri, 2015-02-27 13:04
Behind the scenes of the landmark U.S. terrorism prosecutions stemming from 1998 U.S. embassy bombings is Wendy Olsen-Clancy, who plays the key role of making sure witnesses are on hand to testify in trials like the one that ended this week.

Debevoise Lawyer is Newest New York Bankruptcy Judge

Fri, 2015-02-27 09:41
Michael Wiles, until recently a partner at New York law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, will be sworn in Tuesday as the newest judge in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York,

AM Roundup: FCC Sets New Era of Internet Oversight

Fri, 2015-02-27 07:33
Reuters
Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news. A new era of oversight: The Federal Communications Commission set aside two decades of laissez-faire policy to assert broad authority over the Internet, voting to regulate broadband providers as public utilities and overruling laws in two states that made it harder for cities to offer their own Web service. [WSJ] Foiled by online posts: The alleged aspirations of the three Brooklyn suspects accused of conspiring to aid Islamic State began to take shape last August, when one of them threatened President Barack Obama on an online Uzbek-language message board, drawing the attention of the U.S. Secret Service. [WSJ] Emboldens and challenges: Social-media use by Islamic State and its supporters is creating a challenge for U.S. law enforcement, which is worried about the influence of online propaganda but is also exploiting reliance on the Internet to spot and track potential recruits. [WSJ]

What is an Unfair Business Practice? Commissioner Wants FTC to Vote

Thu, 2015-02-26 15:37
A conservative member of the Federal Trade Commission is pushing the agency to clarify how it will use its powers to police unfair business practices. Commissioner Joshua Wright in a speech Thursday called for an FTC vote that would define the scope of the agency’s authority under a century-old law that gives the commission the power to bring cases against companies that engage in unfair methods of competition.

Kleiner Perkins Discrimination Case Turns to Money

Thu, 2015-02-26 13:27
The Ellen Pao discrimination trial turned from sex to money Thursday, and got right at the heart of the case: Why are nearly all the partners who make the big money at the legendary Silicon Valley venture-capital firm men?

Saudi Arabian Convicted in 1998 Embassy Bombings Trial

Thu, 2015-02-26 13:22
A federal jury has found Khaled al-Fawwaz guilty of participating in a conspiracy by al Qaeda that led to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa—another win in the U.S. government’s efforts to prosecute suspected terrorists in civilian courts.

5 Big Threats Seen by U.S. Intelligence Officials

Thu, 2015-02-26 11:15
U.S. intelligence officials released their annual “Worldwide Threat Assessment” report. The officials didn't rank threats in order of severity, but here are some of those presented Thursday.

Senate Panel Backs Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

Thu, 2015-02-26 10:26
WASHINGTON—The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to move Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama ’s nominee for attorney general, to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote. The committee approved the nomination of Ms. Lynch, currently Brooklyn’s U.S. Attorney, by a vote of 12 to 8. Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah joined all of the committee’s Democrats in voting yes.

AM Roundup: SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers

Thu, 2015-02-26 07:28
Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news. Probing whistleblower treatment: The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing whether companies are muzzling corporate whistleblowers. [WSJ] New bounty program: New York’s Attorney General will propose a whistleblower program that pays bounties, a move that would open the door for big awards to tipsters in banking. [WSJ] Three accused of plot to join ISIS: Three Brooklyn, N.Y., men were arrested and accused of plotting to join or aid Islamic State in Syria, offering a glimpse into the militant group’s recruiting tactics—and how U.S. counterterrorism officials are fighting back. [WSJ] Battle over head scarf: Abercrombie & Fitch Co. found itself decidedly out of fashion at the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices showed little tolerance for the retailer’s rejection of a Muslim job applicant because she wore a head scarf. [WSJ] A blow to licensing boards: The Supreme Court dealt a blow to professional licensing boards that use their powers to limit competition, in a case over teeth-whitening services in North Carolina. [WSJ]

‘One Court’ Corporate Bylaws Working

Wed, 2015-02-25 12:46
Hundreds of public companies have adopted bylaws over the past two years requiring shareholders suing them to do so in a single court -- an effort, advisers say, to impose some order on what had become a litigation feeding frenzy.

Supreme Court Throws Prosecutors Overboard in Fisherman Case

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:43
A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled prosecutors were wrong to rely on the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance law to prosecute a commercial fisherman, in a decision that could limit use of the law in cases that aren’t about corporate fraud.

Judge Strikes Down Maine Law for Importing Prescription Medicines

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:38
A federal judge invalidated a Maine law that allowed residents to purchase prescription medicines from some foreign pharmacies.

AM Roundup: Net Neutrality’s Ever-Evolving Battle Lines

Wed, 2015-02-25 06:41
Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.

What the Public Doesn’t Get to See About the Net Neutrality Proposal

Tue, 2015-02-24 15:13
If you've been following the debate over Internet regulations, you might have gotten the impression that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has already released his plan for "net neutrality."

British Secret Agents Describe Surveillance in Trial of Alleged al Qaeda Operative

Tue, 2015-02-24 14:44
Jane Rosenberg
Four MI5 agents took the stand in disguise in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday to describe their surveillance of a Pakistani-born man accused of participating in terror plots to bomb targets in England, Denmark and New York City.  

Holder: No Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman

Tue, 2015-02-24 13:17
Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said the Justice Department won’t bring federal charges against former neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman in connection with the 2012 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Silk Road Mastermind’s Bitcoin Trail Wasn’t Complicated

Tue, 2015-02-24 11:17
Il Whan Yum, a senior director in the litigation consulting group of FTI Consulting, testified in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the convicted mastermind of the darknet marketplace Silk Road.

U.S. to Grant Work Permits to Spouses of Some Skilled Immigrants

Tue, 2015-02-24 06:49
Spouses of certain high-skilled immigrants working in the U.S. will soon be able to apply for work authorization of their own, the Obama administration is announcing Tuesday.
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