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Privacy isn't in the Constitution, but it is everywhere in Constitutional Law

June 17, 2022

All told, though the word isn’t in the Constitution, privacy is the foundation of many constitutional protections for our most important, sensitive and intimate activities.


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When Who Dun It Becomes What Dun It

May 26, 2022

Not all fields are prepared for technological innovation, and one of them is patent law. Patent law is based on the assumption that inventors are human; it currently struggles to deal with an inventor that is a machine.

Read more at Above The Law

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Five big cases of people breaking inmates out of jail

May 10, 2022

Here’s five big cases involving corrections officers, prison employees, family members and lovers who sprung dangerous inmates and felons out of confinement.

Read more at The Hill

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Can I Sue the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)?

April 27, 2022

Yes, you may be able to sue the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its employees. The nature of your lawsuit will depend on what happened, who did it, and what you want to get out of it.


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Law enforcement, regulation & the search for crypto-savvy investigators

April 22, 2022

Cyber thieves stole $6.9 billion in 2021, and every indication is that 2022 will be worse, no matter what authorities do to prevent it.

Read more at Reuters

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U.S. Businesses Get Hit With Record Numbers of Disability Lawsuits

April 14, 2022

Industry associations and business owners say serial plaintiffs filing dozens or hundreds of cases are increasingly using the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act to extract tens of thousands of dollars in settlements — and not to promote access as the landmark civil-rights law intended.

Read more at The Washington Post

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Email scam costliest type of cybercrime

April 13, 2022

A public school district in Michigan was tricked into wiring its monthly health insurance payment to the bank account of a California nail salon. The district — and taxpayers — fell victim to an online scam called Business Email Compromise, or BEC for short.

Read more at Fortune

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Town Fines 80-Year-Olds $30K, Federal Judge Is NOT Pleased

March 31, 2022

It’s easy around these parts to get deeply cynical about law and justice and the federal judiciary. But sometimes there’s a story like this and a direct, scathing opinion like this.

Read more at Above The Law

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Qualified immunity defense proposal dropped by judicial panel

March 29, 2022

A judicial panel on Tuesday abandoned a proposal by the U.S. Justice Department to give federal officials more time to respond to lawsuits against them related to their duties, particularly when they rely on a "qualified immunity" defense often use to shield law enforcement accused of excessive force.

Read more at Reuters

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FBI to form digital currency unit

February 17, 2022

The creation of the FBI's "virtual asset exploitation" unit comes after the Justice Department's largest-ever financial seizure earlier this month. It charged a married New York couple with allegedly laundering bitcoins now valued at over $4.5 billion that were stolen in the 2016 hack of the digital currency exchange Bitfinex.

Read more at Reuters

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