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When Smart Devices Talk: AI and Fourth Amendment Rights

When Smart Devices Talk: AI and Fourth Amendment Rights

Artificial intelligence (AI) is woven into the fabric of our everyday lives, whether it is smartphones in our pockets or virtual assistants in our homes or offices. While smart devices aim to make our lives easier, their proliferation raises important questions about privacy. Today there are a wide variety of smart home products available on…

A.I. for the Legal Industry to Become More Prevalent

A.I. For the Legal Industry to Become More Prevalent?

 

A recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump, the American A.I. Initiative, directs federal agencies to prioritize A.I. investments, assist in building a workforce in the A.I. world and set governance standards. It is hopefully to be the catalyst many experts believe will define the future of everything from health care to warfare. While…

Supreme Court to Consider Cap on Fees for SSDI Representation

Supreme Court to Consider Cap on Fees for SSDI Representation

Will the Supreme Court limit attorney’s fees for representation of clients before the Social Security Administration? Over half of all people who file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are denied those benefits. After being denied, individuals can follow an appeals process, starting with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and culminating, possibly, with arguments…

California Judge Makes Major Decision in Biometric Privacy Rights

California Judge Makes Major Decision in Biometric Privacy Rights

A California judge ruled that the government can not force any person involved in an investigation to use biometric means, such as a fingerprint, thumbprint, face or iris scan, to unlock a phone or other device. This decision is potentially major, and could affect personal privacy rights everywhere in the future. US Magistrate Judge Kandis…

Avvo's Lawyer Ratings Protected by the First Amendment

Avvo’s Lawyer Ratings Protected by the First Amendment, Judge Rules in False-Advertising Suit

In what may yet turn out to be a case with a controversial decision, U.S. District Judge Koeltl ruled that Avvo’s lawyer ratings are statements of opinion and are protected by the First Amendment and the New York Constitution. This case, however, may head to an appeal as the First Amendment only offers protection from…

Apple Case Radically Could Alter Distribution Channels

Apple Case Could Affect How Antitrust Cases Are Viewed in the Future

A pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling could force a radical change in the way manufacturers distribute their products to consumers via third parties. In Apple V. Pepper, a lower court ruled the popular manufacturer of iPhones and iPads is shielded against federal class action lawsuits accusing it of price-gouging. The class says Apple forces it…

Facebook Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Facebook’s Targeted Job Ads Allow Companies to Exclude Women, Says ACLU Lawsuit

Facebook is facing a gender discrimination lawsuit that accuses the company of allowing employers advertising on its platform to target employment ads exclusively to male candidates. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on September 18. It alleged Facebook has given advertisers a way to…

Law Firms Need to Be Cautious of Loopholes in Copyright Protections

Until recently, many believed that there was solid copyright protection for original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, photographic and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software and architecture. However, in a decision rendered in Russell Brammer, Plaintiff, v. Civil Action No. 1-17-cv-01009 Violent Hues Productions, LLC, Defendant that assumption about copyrighted material…