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On July 29, 2015, actor James Woods, care of his attorney Michael Weinsten (Lavely & Singer), filed a complaint in the Superior Court of California for Los Angeles County for defamation and false light invasion privacy against Twitter user “Abe List” and multiple other Doe defendants who, the complaint alleges, “may be held [...]

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The onset of the NFL preseason means two very important things: (1) the 2015 NFL season is nearly upon us; and (2) football fans around the country are preparing for the fantasy football draft in hopes that their gridiron god prospects don’t turn out to be false prophets. With daily fantasy football goliaths such as [...]

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Guest Post: Tweeting Away Patient Privacy

By Edmund Semmes On August 13, 2015 · Updated August 13, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In July, HIPAA made sports headlines and even trended on Twitter when New York Giants’ defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul, sought treatment at a Miami hospital after wounding his hand while handling fireworks. This became common knowledge after ESPN reporter Adam Schefter tweeted a photo taken of Paul’s medical record with a caption stating that [...]

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Naturally Occurring or Mind-made?

By Edmund Semmes On August 12, 2015 · Leave a Comment

What’s the difference between the manifestation of an idea and the creative expression of the idea?  About 80 years of legal protection, according to Home Legend LLC, a recent petitioner to the Supreme Court.  Home Legend filed for certiorari on July 24, seeking review of an Eleventh Circuit decision that granted copyright protection to [...]

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Beijing won its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics last week, but since then, “The Snow and Ice Dance,” one of the 9 official songs Bejing used for its campaign, has been questioned for plagiarism. Some Internet users and media believed that the song is substantially similar to “Let It Go” [...]

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical procedure that has received FDA approval as a treatment for essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The procedure involves an implanted pulse generator (IPG) connected by a thin steel wire to a lead with multiple cylindrical band electrode contacts at the distal end. The electrodes contact [...]

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No Pardon for Snowden

By Allison Laubach On August 3, 2015 · Leave a Comment

On July 28, 2015, the White House responded to a petition requesting a pardon for Edward Snowden. The petition, created over two years ago, was submitted through the government platform We the People, which requires the White House to respond to any petition that receives 100,000 signatures within 30 days of its publication.  It easily [...]

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Neiman Marcus Shoppers Suffer Financial Injuries! Possibly

By Edmund Semmes On July 29, 2015 · Updated July 29, 2015 · Leave a Comment

The Seventh Circuit recently held that a class of plaintiffs had standing to sue for the risk of injury caused by the exposure of 350,000 customers’ credit card information to malware by Neiman Marcus in Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, LLC. The court distinguished Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA, 133 S.Ct. 1138, 1147 [...]

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