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Written By: Sally Wang Edited By: Charlie Stiernberg Editorial Policy Introduction: Drug marketing faces the problem of an arms race — competitors attempt to out-compete each other by boosting their marketing efforts, at great expense, only to find that the baseline level of marketing needed to maintain the status quo has increased accordingly. These inefficiencies are costly and often harmful to the stakeholders — drug companies, patients, payors (e.g., Medicare/Medicaid or health insurance companies) and physicians. The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) is in ... Read More...
Posted On May - 25 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Ninth Circuit Creates Circuit Split by Narrowly Construing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act By Abby Lauer – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg United States v. Nosal, No. 10-10038 (9th Cir. April 10, 2012) Slip Opinion The Ninth Circuit affirmed the Northern District of California in an en banc decision construing the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). The court held that a person who violates an employer’s computer use policy is not criminally liable for federal penalties ... Read More...
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Seventh Circuit Wrestles with Constitutionality of Warrantless Cell Phone Searches By Brittany Horth – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg United States v. Flores-Lopez, No. 10-3803 (7th Cir. 2012) Slip opinion The Seventh Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, which had held that a warrantless search of a cell phone in order to obtain its phone number is permitted under the Fourth Amendment. Judge Posner acknowledged that the issue had implications for computers and other electronics ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 6 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Federal Circuit Invalidates Real Estate Investment Claims Following Bilski Precedent By Elettra Bietti – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg Fort Props., Inc. v. Am. Master Lease LLC, No. 2009-1242 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 27, 2012) Slip Opinion The Federal Circuit affirmed the District Court for the Central District of California, which had granted summary judgment in favor of Fort Properties. In a pre-Bilski decision, the district court had invalidated all 41 claims in American Master Lease’s (“AML”) real estate investment patent for ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 6 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Charlie Stiernberg What Changed in Google’s Privacy Policy Google recently announced changes to its privacy policy and terms of service, prompting concerns by a bipartisan group of congressmen over the future safety of customer data. Reuters reports that Pablo Chavez, Google’s director of public policy, responded directly to the lawmakers’ questions in a letter, stating that “the updated privacy policy does not allow us to collect any new or additional types of information about users.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 11 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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