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The candidate that might have the biggest impact on you or your community is not at the top of the ticket, but instead at the bottom – candidates for judges.  I often stress to my clients that the judicial system is part of a community’s business infrastructure and to pay attention to these races. I…

Revised Assange Indictment Triggers First Amendment Concerns, Complicates Extradition

On May 23rd the Justice Department returned a superseding indictment against Julian Assange that not only includes and expands on the prior claim stemming from an attempt to hack into the Pentagon’s Secret Internet Protocol Network but adds sixteen additional charges stemming from obtaining and publishing classified information. Counts 5, 18: Attempted Unauthorized Obtaining and…

Controversial Yelp Documentary Premieres Tonight in SF

In 2015, Prost Productions secured $90,000 from Kickstarter for the production of its documentary on Yelp, “Billion Dollar Bully.”  Yelp’s share price fell 5 percent immediately thereafter. Tonight in San Francisco, the film gets its long-awaited premiere at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco (click here for details/tickets).  The film will be available for purchase…

CLA/TIP Monthly Call –The Debate over CaCPA with Prof. Eric Goldman

The Debate over the California Consumer Privacy Act with Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Goldman The California Lawyers Association’s Intellectual Property Section, Technology, Internet & Privacy Subcommittee’s February Call  Wednesday, February 13th at Noon Pacific Time Dial-in number 855-520-7605 / Passcode 1211276419# Agenda Part 1: Introduction Welcome/Introductions Part 2: Presentation by Professor Goldman Professor Goldman will address…

Is Your Contractor an Employee and Why it Matters?

One mistake startups make, particularly in the tech sector, is to misclassify employees as independent contractors.  Employees come with costs – tax withholding; paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment taxes; overtime (where appropriate) and even benefits – that are absent with independent contractors. The IRS emphasizes that if the business controls what work is accomplished and directs…

Uber Enters FTC Consent Decree Over Failure to Protect Consumer Data

In 2014, press reports revealed that Uber employees improperly accessed riders’ personal information using an internal company tool called the “God View.”  To respond to the controversy, Uber posted this statement on its site:   Uber has a strict policy prohibiting all employees at every level from accessing a rider or driver’s data. The only…

It’s Time to Speak Up to Save Your Internet

  It’s Time to Speak Up to Save Your Internet Today is the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, in which more than 50,000 people, sites, and organizations, including Amazon, Etsy Facebook, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Netflix, OK Cupid, Reddit, Twitter and Vimeo, will demonstrate to oppose the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to…

Blogger Sentenced To Ten Years In Jail In Vietnam

JONATHAN TURLEY Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, is a leading Vietnamese blogger known as “Mother Mushroom” has been writing for years to expose the torture and oppression of the one-party state.  This week Vietnam showed the world that, despite its portrayal as one of the world’s emerging economies, it remains an authoritarian warmed-over Communist regime.…