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    Supreme Court to Protect Information on Cell Phones

    The digital age has created a world in which over-sharing is the norm and electronic devices are capable of storing significant amounts of one’s personal information. However, in an important step to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens, the Supreme Court has declared information on cell phones and smart phones off-limits for warrantless searches. In […]

    NY High Court Hears Fracking Preemption Cases

    Earlier this month the New York State Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Matter of Norse Energy USA v. Town of Dryden and Cooperstown Holstein v. Town of Middlefield, in which the Court has been asked to decide whether the New York State Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law (“OGSML”)[1] preempts local zoning regulations […]

    Financial Advisors Advance Their Cause for Overtime Pay

    According to Judge Frank Maas of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the first step was taken in the settlement process between Merrill Lynch & Co. and over 500 field financial advisors.  Recently he granted preliminary approval for a $6.9 million settlement stemming from claims that the advisors were misclassified […]

    Pursuit of a “Smoking Gun” May Be a Recipe for Disaster

    In the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly recently held that plaintiffs alleging price-fixing in the text messaging market were not entitled to an adverse inference after failing to prove that defendants T-Mobile and CTIA destroyed emails in bad faith.  Judge Kennelly also granted the defendants’ motion for […]

    Second Circuit Rules New York City’s Prohibition of Religious Services in School Facilities Constitutional

    Recently, in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York[1], the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the “Second Circuit”), in a 2-1 decision, reversed the lower court’s decision and ruled that the New York City Board of Education’s policy, which prohibits community groups from organizing and holding […]

    Facebook: What Exactly are We Sharing When We Update Our Statuses?

    Facebook’s newest feature may have you thinking twice about your status updates. However it’s not what you write that you should worry about, but rather where you write it. The social media giant has unveiled the latest addition to its series of status update features: an app that uses technology and data from the music […]

    Think Before You Tweet

    In November, 2013, a 20 year old woman, Kayla Mendoza, allegedly drove between 84 and 96 miles per hour the wrong way down a Florida highway. Her car allegedly collided with the car of Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio, both 21, who were killed as a result of the crash. What is worse about this […]

    Bullying: Slowly But Surely, the Law Recognizes an Age-Old Problem

    How far is too far when it comes to protecting your child from an alleged school bully?  A mother in Santa Rosa, California may very well have pushed the limits of good parenting in attempts to protect her daughter earlier this month.  30-year-old Delia Garcia-Bratcher is due to be charged with one felony charge of […]

    Online Privacy: Friend or Foe to the American Public?

    A recent court ruling in Europe will present new challenges to online corporations such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.  Not only will this directly affect their operations in the E.U., but it will also have implications for such companies’ operations and customers in the United States as well.  Last week, the highest court in […]

    Employers Sick Over New Paid Sick Day Laws: The Epidemic is Spreading

    Newark is the latest city to enact a mandatory Paid Sick Leave law, joining Jersey City and New York City. These laws will be impacting employers long after the latest bug goes around the workplace. These cities are joining other cities and states across the country, including Seattle, Connecticut, and San Francisco, in requiring employers […]