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The Stolen Valor Problem: Bringing Clarity to Speech Restrictions for False Claims of Military Honors
April 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Hommel, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2014, is the author of the ninth article in a ten-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hommel discusses false identification of military personnel who have engaged in....... [more]

HP offers $108 million to settle bribery charges by SEC, DOJ
April 10, 2014
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday charged Hewlett-Packard (HP) with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by making improper payments to various government officials in order to obtain or keep contracts within certain countries. The US Department of Justice (D....... [more]

California AG appeals decision striking down sentencing laws
March 28, 2014
The California Attorney General's Office on Thursday appealed a federal judge's decision striking down two sentencing laws. Judge Lawrence Karlton held that the laws were unconstitutional because they affected the punishment for crimes committed before the laws were enacted. Marsy's Law, otherwise....... [more]

US appeals court upholds San Francisco gun laws
March 26, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday unanimously upheld two San Francisco gun laws, stating that the laws reasonably attempt to increase public safety without infringing on Second Amendment rights. The laws, found in San Francisco's Police Code at Sections 4512 and 613.10, requi....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules California DNA collection law constitutional
March 21, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ruled that California's controversial voter-approved DNA collection law likely passes constitutional scrutiny. This is the second time that the court has looked at the case. The law allows police to collect a DNA sample from any adult arreste....... [more]

Federal judge decides not to combine Google privacy lawsuits
March 19, 2014
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California decided on Tuesday not to combine several lawsuits against Google for violating the privacy rights of its Gmail users into a single class action suit. The plaintiffs allege that Google violated state and federal privacy....... [more]

Supreme Court justice denies request to block California ammunition ordinance
March 13, 2014
US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday rejected without comment an emergency application to block enforcement of an ordinance that effectively prohibits the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines by civilians in a California city. Section 9.44.050 of Sunnyvale Ordinance No....... [more]

Federal judge rejects injunction against Samsung
March 7, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday refused to grant Apple's request for an injunction against three Samsung touchscreen software features, which were found to have infringed on Apple patents. US District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request to ban....... [more]

Heckler's Vetoes in High School
March 7, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Ashutosh Bhagwat of University of California, Davis School of Law argues the US Court of Appeals' decision to uphold the ban on American flag shirts at Live Oak High School on Cinco de Mayo may have constituted a heckler's veto over the rights of free speech ...On February 27....... [more]

Will Supreme Court Bring the Fourth Amendment into the 21st Century?
March 5, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Hanni Fakhoury of the Electronic Frontier Foundation questions whether the high court will use this latest opportunity to modernize Fourth Amendment protections...The US Supreme Court recently agreed to review two cases—United States v. Wurie and Riley v. California....... [more]

Federal government sues Sprint for wiretap expenses
March 4, 2014
The US government on Monday filed a lawsuit against Sprint Communications, Inc., alleging the company overcharged them for telephone wiretapping services. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, asserted that Sprint knowingly submitted false "reimburse....... [more]