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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Wireless Wiretapping Law for Lack of Standing

Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA
By Samantha Rothberg – Edited by Jacob Rogers

The Supreme Court reversed and remanded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which had held that a group of attorneys, journalists and human rights organizations had standing to challenge the FISA Amendments Act on the basis of an “objectively reasonable likelihood” that the plaintiffs’ communications would be intercepted under the law.

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Posted On Mar - 9 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Fifth Circuit Says First Amendment May Protect Domain Names

Gibson v. Texas Dep’t of Ins. – Div. of Workers’ Comp.
By Michael Hoven – Edited by Daniella Adler

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the Northern District of Texas, which had dismissed John Gibson’s claim that a Texas law barring him from using the words “Texas” and “workers’ compensation” or “workers’ comp.” in his domain name violated the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments.

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Posted On Dec - 6 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Verizon Challenges FCC’s Open Internet Order By Andrew Crocker — Edited by Heather Whitney Brief for Appellants, Verizon v. FCC, No. 11-1355 (D.C. Cir. July 2, 2012) Brief hosted by GigaOm On July 2, Verizon, joined in part by MetroPCS, filed a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in an appeal of the FCC’s final order adopting its 2010 Open Internet Order, also known as the network neutrality rules. In the brief, ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 10 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Supreme Court Rules Against the FCC, but Avoids First Amendment Issues By Sarah Jeong – Edited by Jennifer Wong Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, Inc., No. 10-1293 (U.S. June 21, 2012) Slip Opinion The Supreme Court ruled last week that the Federal Communication Commission’s (“FCC”) rules on “fleeting expletives” did not give fair notice to networks like Fox and ABC, and were therefore unconstitutionally vague. While all eight justices (Justice Sotomayor recused herself) were unanimous in a judgment ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 2 - 2012 1 Comment READ FULL POST
By Erin Pritchard New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech Proposed legislation in New York would require New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, to “remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post” says a report from Wired. The legislation is proposed in both the state Senate and Assembly, but no votes on the measures have been taken. Critics ... Read More...
Posted On May - 27 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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