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Richard Lloyd v. Google LLC: No Liability for Acquisition and Sale of Users’ Personal Information

By Jordan Kennedy - Edited by Madeleine DeMeules
Lloyd v. Google LLC [2018] EWHC (QB) 2599 (Eng.). Opinion In The High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, Media and Communications List, Case No: HQ17M01913 Richard Lloyd, filed suit in a representative capacity, seeking damages under the Data Protection Act for Google’s improper use of iPhone users’ personal information during the “Relevant Period” of June 1, 2011 to February 15...
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Music Modernization Act Signed Into Law

By Benjamin Sobel - Edited by Neva Little
Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (“Music Modernization Act”), Pub. L. No. 115-264 (2018), public law hosted by congress.gov. On October 11th, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Music Modernization Act, sponsored by Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The Act comprises three titles, each of which updates a distinct aspect of the protection, licensing...
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Ohio Data Protection Act: Exchanging Legal Protection for Cybersecurity

By Dominic Booth - Edited by Amy Zeng
Ohio Substitute Senate Bill 220, 132nd Gen. Assemb. (Ohio 2018) bill hosted by The Ohio Legislature. On August 3, 2018, Governor John Kasich signed the Ohio Data Protection Act (“Act”) into law. The Act will go into effect on November 2, 2018. A product of Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine’s, CyberOhio Initiative, the Act introduces an incentive-based compliance mechanism to encourage “covered...
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Cybersecurity Reports
23andMe v. Ancestry: Court Finds ‘Finding Relatives in a Database’ Patent to Be Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter

By Meera Midha - Edited by Alan Kim
23andMe, Inc. v. Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Ancestry.com LLC, No. 18-cv-02791-EMC (N.D. Cal. Sept. 23, 2018), motion to dismiss hosted by PacerMonitor.  With the rapid rise in popularity and availability of direct-to-consumer personal DNA testing, the landscape of service providers has swiftly expanded as the underlying technology has become increasingly accessible. As a result of this industry’s growth...
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Nobel Biocare Services AG v. Instradent USA, Inc: Federal Circuit Holds Dental Implant Patent Invalid

By Natalie Morrissey - Edited by Taylor Hodhod
Opinion hosted by Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. On September 13, 2018, the Federal Circuit held that six of Nobel’s claims within U.S. Patent 8,714,977 ("the ‘977 patent") were invalid as anticipated under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b). The decision affirmed that of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board after an inter partes review (IPR). The ‘977 patent was...
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Echavarria v. Facebook: Class Action Complaint Seeks Damages for the Massive Facebook Data Breach

By Elizabeth MeLampy - Edited by Anita Liu
Class Action Complaint, Carla Echavarria and Derrick Walker v. Facebook, Inc., No. 5:18-cv-05982 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 28, 2018), complaint hosted by SCRIBD. On September 28, Facebook announced it had discovered a security breach three days earlier that had affected 50 million users. According to Facebook’s press release, the hackers capitalized on three different bugs in the “View As” feature to steal...
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University of California v. Broad Institute: Court Affirms Broad’s Patent on Complex Cell Gene-Editing Tool

By Charlotte Lepic - Edited by Samuel Vallejo
Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. Broad Inst., No. 2017-1907 (Fed. Cir. Sep. 10. 2018), opinion hosted by Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In 2012, researchers from the University of California, University of Vienna, and Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively, “UC”) published their use of CRISPR-Cas9 to precisely cut the DNA of prokaryotes (single-celled organisms without distinct nuclei). Shortly...
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Is Your Smart Thermostat Safe from Hackers? California’s New Internet-of-Things Cybersecurity Law Seeks to Address the Issue

By Kira Hessekiel - Edited by Sam Santopoalo
California Senate Bill 327, 2018 Cal. Stats. ch. 886 bill hosted by California Legislative Information. On September 28, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 327 (“SB 327”), the first Internet-of-Things (“IoT”) cybersecurity bill on the books in any state. The new law will require manufacturers to equip Internet-connected devices —such as cellphones, home assistants, and other...
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Sportvision, Inc. et al v. MLB Advanced Media L.P.: MLB Accused of Stealing More Than Just Bases

By David Sackstein – Edited by Doug Stephens IV
Complaint, Sportvision, Inc et al. v. MLB Advanced Media L.P., No. 1:18-cv-03025 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 5, 2018), complaint hosted by SCRIBD. On April 5, 2018, Sportvision and its parent company, SportsMEDIA Technology (“SMT”), threw their first pitch in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York—and it looks like this game may well go into extra innings. When SMT acquired...
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Flash Digest – News in Brief

By Alicia Loh – Edited by Tue Tran
Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments for South Dakota v. Wayfair On Tuesday, April 17, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for South Dakota v. Wayfair, No. 17-494, 2018 U.S. LEXIS 2211 (2018), a case that could result in mandatory state and local sales tax for online purchases. South Dakota passed Senate Bill 106 in 2016 that required online retailers to...
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