Constitution

  • The American Civil Liberties Union files a lawsuit in Arizona challenging Arizona’s “anti-revenge porn” law on the grounds that it restricts First Amendment free speech and freedom of the press protections.

Copyright

  • North Jersey Media Group sues Fox News over the use of a 9/11 image that was posted on the Facebook page of a Fox News host.

Crime

  • A grand jury declines to charge NASCAR champion tony Stewart for striking and killing Kevin Ward Jr. during a race.

Environment

  • Facebook announces its intent to re-evaluate it’s association with the American Legislative Exchange Council due to ALEC’s opposition to climate change policies.
  • Yahoo discontinues its membership with ALEC.

Internet and Net Neutrality

  • Congress pushes off its consideration of online sales tax legislation until after midterm elections.
  • Pharmaceutical companies express their concerns with the Food and Drug Administration’s new social media rules which may hold the companies responsible for misinformation spread online by third parties.

Litigation

  • Cablevision files a defamation lawsuit against the Communication Workers of America.
  • A California federal judge denies Universal Pictures’ motion to dismiss MGM and Danjaq’s lawsuit which alleges that Universal’s Section 6 spy film infringes on its copyrights over the James Bond franchise.
  • A producer of “Judge Judy” sues after allegedly being forced out from a new show, “Judge Faith.”
  • A judge denies Nicollette Sheridan a retrial of her allegations that she was fired from Desperate Housewives in retaliation for complaining that creator Marc Cherry struck her during an on-set argument.
  • A California appeals court affirms a trial court judge’s ruling that Bo Zenga waited too long to file his wiretapping lawsuit against Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey.
  • DJ Khaled files a lawsuit against his former record label, Entertainment One, alleging unpaid royalties for four albums released between 2006 and 2010.

Patents

  • Court holds that patent troll MPHJ cannot sue the Federal Trade Commission for investigating MPHJ’s shakedown practices.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

  • FBI director James Comey expresses his concerns with Apple and Google mobile device encryption initiatives.
  • FBI and Department of Homeland Security warn that disgruntled and former employees pose significant cyber threats to U.S. businesses.
  • Federal officials warn the public about the “Shellshock” bug affecting Unix-based software systems.

Sports

  • Judge Shira Scheindlin denies Major League Baseball’s motion to certify an immediate appeal of her ruling that the league’s antitrust exemption doesn’t apply to television broadcast rights.

Telecommunications

  • Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai and Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) write an op-ed criticizing the FCC’s advertising rules that ban stations from selling each other’s ads.
  • DirecTV shareholders vote to approve the company’s $48.5 billion sale to AT&T.

Trademark

  • Organizers of the “Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run” are now changing the run’s name after MGM, which owns the rights to Rocky II, objected on trademark grounds.
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