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Third Circuit Vacates FCC Fine By Jon Choate — Edited by Stephanie Weiner CBS Corp. v. Federal Communications Commission Third Circuit, July 21 2008, No. 06-3575 Slip Opinion On July 21, the Third Circuit vacated an FCC order fining CBS $550,000 for the nine-sixteenths of one second broadcasting of Janet Jackson’s bare right breast during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII in February 2004. The court held that the FCC had departed from its prior policy in fining CBS ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 26 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
New Law Expands Government Surveillance Powers By Daniel Ray — Edited by Sarah Sorscher H.R. 6304 — FISA Amendments Act of 2008 Full Text of Enrolled Bill Senate Vote Summary GovTrack.us Summary On July 9, the Senate passed H.R. 6034, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and President George W. Bush signed it into law the following day. The new law modifies the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (“FISA”) to expand (subject to certain new checks) the federal government’s ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 12 - 2008 2 Comments READ FULL POST
Ninth Circuit Applies Fourth Amendment to Text Messages at Work By Anna Volftsun — Edited by Evie Breithaupt Quon v. Arch Wireless Operating Company, Inc. Ninth Circuit, June 18, 2008, No. 07-55282 Slip Opinion On June 18, 2008, the Ninth Circuit held that the City of Ontario, California violated the Fourth Amendment when Ontario Police Department officials viewed text messages sent by a department employee. The court also held that Arch Wireless, the city’s service provider, had violated the Stored ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 28 - 2008 2 Comments READ FULL POST
Fifth Circuit Holds No Safety Exception to Communications Decency Act ISP Immunity By Anna Volftsun — Edited by Nicola Carah Doe v. MySpace, Inc. Fifth Circuit, May 16, 2008, No. 07-50345 Slip Opinion On May 16, 2008, the Fifth Circuit unanimously upheld the Western District of Texas, finding Section 230(c)(1) of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA 230”) barred a parent’s claims for negligence and gross negligence against the social networking site, MySpace.com. The suit was brought on behalf of Doe’s ... Read More...
Posted On May - 31 - 2008 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Seventh Circuit Clarifies Online Service Liability for Illegal Advertisements By Michelle Yang — Edited by Wen Bu Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc. Seventh Circuit, March 14, 2008, No. 07-1101 Slip Opinion On March 14, the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment by the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for Craigslist, holding that the online bulletin board did not violate the Fair Housing Act by providing “an electronic meeting place” that hosted, ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 19 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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