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Harris’ Parting Shot: Expanded Complaint Against Backpages

On Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the state’s new U.S. Senator.   Before leaving, however, she continued her war against Backpages.com and its executives over the publication of prostitution ads. As outlined previously, Backpage has been under increased scrutiny from Congressional investigators and state attorney generals, leading to the…

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Congressional Report Sides Firmly With Strong Encryption, Rejecting Back Doors

After the standoff between the Justice Department and Apple over accessing an encrypted cell phone connected to the San Bernardino terrorist attack, members of the House Judiciary and Energy & Commerce Committees created a bi-partisan Encryption Working Group (“EWG”) to “conduct a thorough and objective review of the encryption challenge.” The EWG has issued its initial…

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President Obama Signs Consumer Review Fairness Act

It started with the infamous Kleargear case, where an innocent couple where left in the cold of winter in Minnesota unable to finance a new boiler because a website had reported its failure to pay a penalty for writing a bad review to its credit bureaus.  The couple eventually won a large default judgment against…