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Alleged Neo-Nazis Lose First Amendment Challenge to Anti-Riot Act in Ninth Circuit

By Adam Toobin – Edited by Justin Cho
United States v. Rundo, No. 19-50189 (9th Cir. 2021) The First Amendment does not bar the prosecution of three alleged neo-Nazis for violations of the federal Anti-Riot Act, according to a recent ruling from the Ninth Circuit. The three-judge panel reversed the district court’s ruling, which had struck down the 1968 statute as unconstitutionally overbroad. The indictments themselves emerged out...
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What is the future of Reddit after meme stocks fever?

By Sudheer Poluru – Edited by Carlos A. Pérez-Garzón
In the investing world, it is common to hear the terms growth stocks and value stocks. Now, a third category is gaining popularity: meme stocks. Meme stocks generally (1) “trade more on hype than its underlying fundamentals” and (2) are “popular with millennial-aged retail traders.” In recent months, retail traders on Reddit forums were at the center of huge swings...
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Taylor Swift’s Battle with a Fantasy Theme Park over her new album "Evermore"

By Cynthia Ahmed – Edited by Nathan Truong
Evermore Park, a fantasy theme park built to immerse its customers in a “European hamlet of imagination”, opened its operations in Utah in 2018. Subsequently, in December 2020, Taylor Swift released an album titled Evermore. Although Swift’s album brought the artist success with sales of over 1 million copies during its first week of release and further established Swift as...
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Waiving IP Rights to Address Global Vaccine Inequality

By Justin Cho - Edited by William Locke
In light of the glaring disparity in COVID-19 vaccine supply between rich and poor countries, India and South Africa introduced a controversial proposal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in October 2020. Backed by many developing countries with few or no vaccine doses, the proposal asks the WTO to allow member countries to waive intellectual property rights related to COVID-1...
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Eighth Circuit: State Law Forbidding Government Contractors from Boycotting Israel is Unconstitutional

By Amre Metwally — Edited by Aris Hadjipanteli
Arkansas Times LP v. Waldrip, No. 19-1378 (8th Cir. Feb. 12, 2021), opinion hosted by USCourts.gov. Anti-boycott laws are nothing new in the United States—roughly 27 states have already enacted restrictions that seek to minimize activities that boycott Israel. The content of the legislation varies by state, though the measures can include requiring government contractors to “certify” that they will...
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Microsoft email hack affecting 30,000 still an active threat

By Mary Rhauline Torres — Edited by Savely Zakharenko
A hack of Microsoft (MS) Exchange email servers, used by government and business customers worldwide, is considered to still be an ongoing threat despite already affecting 250,000 organizations worldwide, including 30,000 in the U.S. alone. Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center believes that Hafnium, a hacking group based out of China and purportedly sponsored by the Chinese government, is responsible for the...
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Virginia’s New Consumer Data Protection Act: Will Others Follow?

By Lars Lindgren — Edited By Jessica I. Valenzuela Ramirez
Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act of 2021 (“VCDPA”) Va. Code Ann. § 52 The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (“VCDPA”) was signed into law on March 2, 2021 and will go into effect on January 1, 2023. With California passing the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) in 2018, Virginia became the second state to enact comprehensive privacy legislation. State Senator...
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FTC v. Facebook: Social Media Giant Sued for Anticompetitive Conduct

By Brent Mobbs — Edited by Alex Maged
FTC v. Facebook, Inc., File No. 1910134 (FTC Dec. 9, 2020). [Complaint] FTC Sues Facebook The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has sued Facebook for anticompetitive conduct under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, which prohibits improper monopolization of a market. In support of this claim, the FTC cites Facebook’s 2012 acquisition of Instagram, its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp, its API...
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Covid-19 and the Online Courtroom: Benefits and Drawbacks

By Carolina Rabinowicz – Edited by Pablo Lozano
Less than a year ago, the prospect of widespread online trials seemed eons away. However, after nine months of a pandemic-induced global shutdown, it seems that the sci-fi scenario of online courtrooms has become today’s brave new reality: Many countries have moved courtrooms online to avoid fully abridging access to justice during the pandemic. After the first Zoom-only criminal jury...
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Woodring v. Jackson County, Indiana: Seventh Circuit Permits Nativity Scene on Government Property

By Mariah Bellamoroso – Edited by Caleb Kim
Woodring v. Jackson County, Indiana, No. 4:18-cv-00243 (7th Cir. Feb. 2, 2021), opinion hosted by USCourts.gov. Earlier this month, a divided Seventh Circuit panel held that a county courthouse’s annual nativity display did not violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, rejecting the Supreme Court’s three-part test from Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971) in favor of the “historical practices” rule the Supreme...
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