This is real law: Can Corporate Counsel Tame Cloud Computing?

By the Real Law Editorial Team Owning data can be like owning a tiger. Both are extremely powerful and useful-even essential-for your particular business. Specific laws govern how both are to be treated and maintained. It is also very, very bad if you lose either of them. Which brings us to...

Dispute Over Ownership of Ex-Employee's LinkedIn Account Highlights Significance of Robust Social Media Policies

On October 4, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Eagle v. Morgan [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] granted in part and denied in part an employer's motion for summary judgment on an ex-employee's federal claims under the Computer Fraud...

State Net Capitol Journal: More Hot - And Reheated - Issues For States In 2013

Last week, SNCJ took a look at some of the most pressing issues facing states in 2013. Here are a few more, some of which are either ongoing considerations for state lawmakers or matters likely placed square on their radars by last month's elections. VOTER ID - According to the National Conference...

Supreme Court Denies Injunction Pending Appellate Review Of Birth Control Issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In an in-chambers order, the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 26 denied a request for an injunction pending appellate review of a lower court's decision rejecting a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of a mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Regulatory Lead Time an Important Consideration in Development of Ohio Drilling Units

By Kathy Milenkovski and Neal Pierce During the past year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has conducted hearings on three applications for unitized operation under Ohio Revised Code 1509.28. Additional hearings are on the schedule for January 2013. This statutory provision, part of the oil...

Dickstein Shapiro LLP: Emerging Insurance Coverage Issues From Superstorm Sandy

By Kirk A. Pasich, John E. Heintz and Jared Zola, Partners, Dickstein Shapiro LLP In Superstorm Sandy: Emerging Insurance Coverage Issues , partners in Dickstein Shapiro LLP's Insurance Coverage Group discuss insurance coverage considerations for businesses and communities affected by "Superstorm...

Keller and Heckman LLP: Revamping Kids Privacy: FTC Finalizes COPPA Rule Changes

By Sheila Millar, Tracy Marshall, and Crystal Skelton Excerpt: On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC" or "Commission") issued final rule amendments concluding its review of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") Rule ("final...

Free White Paper Download: Cloud Computing: Data Has a New House

By Terry Williams of LexisNexis and Richard Perrin of Dickstein Shapiro To get an idea of the "pitch" for cloud computing in the law firm, imagine this fictional conversation between a senior litigation attorney at a large law firm and an executive of a company thatprovides cloud computing...

California's Rainwater Recapture Act Lets State Residents Capture, Use Harvested Rainwater

By Scott Slater and Courtney Davis of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, L.L.P. Passage of the Rainwater Recapture Act of 2012 affords residential users and private and public entities with a new source of on-site water supply, which should reduce reliance on potable water for landscaping needs and...

State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy Becoming Battleground Issue

Last month's "fiscal cliff" deal temporarily extended several federal renewable energy incentives, such as the tax credit for producers of wind energy. But with investor confidence in renewable energy still somewhat shaky in comparison to more established energy sources like natural gas...

Reservations in Favor of a Stranger to Title

By Lisa McManus Pursuant to common law, no interest in land may be created in favor of a stranger to the title by means of a reservation or exception in a conveyance of the land. Patrick H. Martin and Bruce M. Kramer, Williams & Meyers, Oil and Gas Law § 310 (LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2012...

Cybersecurity Will Be Hot Button Issue For Affected Companies

I am sure many readers were disturbed as I was by the February 19, 2012 New York Times article reporting that a Chinese army unit apparently has been executing a concentrated cyber-hacking program targeting U.S. companies and critical U.S. infrastructure. (The report of consulting firm Mandiant that...

State Net Capitol Journal: Gay Marriage Battle Begins in Minnesota

Emboldened by Minnesota voters' simultaneous rejection of a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex unions and termination of GOP control of both houses of the Legislature in November, a pair of DFL lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to overturn the state's statutory ban on same-sex...

Sands Anderson PC: The Affordable Care Act: What Employers Need to Do Now to Plan for 2014

By Jessica Rogers Beginning January 1, 2014, most U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have qualified health care coverage pursuant to the Affordable Care Act ("Act"). The Act requires employers defined as "large" to offer that coverage for its "full-time"...

Wyoming Man’s ‘Just Compensation’ Case Reinstated by Washington, D.C., Appeals Court

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A Wyoming man whose lawsuit-in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., for "just compensation" for use of his private property as a federal trail-was dismissed in November 2011, won a victory March 26 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

California AG Advocates 'Surprise Minimization' to Protect Mobile Device Consumers from Unexpected Privacy Practices

Hailing her state as the "epicenter of modern innovation," California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued recommendations for app developers and providers, advertising networks and others as part of an effort to give consumers "meaningful information" about privacy choices...

William A. Ruskin: Among Environmentalists, Hydrofracking is Not a 'Yes or No' Issue

By William A. Ruskin On April 10, 2013, I participated in " Justice Speaks ," an event sponsored by the Justice Action Center at New York Law School on hydraulic fracturing. Joining me on the podium was Daniel Raichel , a Project Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council ("...

State Net Capitol Journal: Connecticut Enacts Sweeping Gun Control Law

In Connecticut, where less than four months ago Adam Lanza fired 154 shots in four minutes from a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, killing 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, lawmakers passed and Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed what some called the most comprehensive gun control...

Fulbright & Jaworski Releases Trade Secrets and the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing - Toward a Global Perspective

This Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. paper is in collaboration with the global law firm Norton Rose. Trade Secrets and the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing provides a global view of how governments have attempted to strike a balance between the benefits of hydraulic fracturing technology innovation...

Sands Anderson PC: A Cloud of Suspicion: Legal Issues Surrounding Cloud Computing

By Donna Ray Berkelhammer We have seen a rise in the number of start-ups offering cloud-based services and are reviewing an increasing number of SaaS or cloud-based software services contracts for our clients. Cloud computing may be a viable business model for either vendor or business owner, but...

William A. Ruskin: Balancing The Rights Of Landowners, Wind Power Developers And Mineral Rights Owners

By William A. Ruskin It is the dream of many landowners in the United States to one day have both oil wells and wind turbines on their land. For this happen, however, landowners must play an active role in keeping oil and wind companies from trying to overreach each other in concurrent development...

Illinois House of Representatives Fails to Vote on Marriage Bill

"This is a stunning failure in the Illinois House. Lambda Legal's lawsuit will move forward..." At the close of the legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives did not call for a floor vote or advance The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, the bill that would grant...

High Court: Ban On Benefits For Same-Sex Married Couples Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a 5-to-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife for purposes of all federal statutes...

Supreme Court Finds No Standing To Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Proponents of California's Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage did not have standing to appeal a ruling finding the ballot initiative unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court held June 26 in a 5-4 ruling ( Dennis Hollingsworth, et al. v. Kristin M. Perry, et...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: Hot Issues Won’t Vary Much in 2014

By Rich Ehisen | For most states, 2013 was a welcome respite from the usual election year political gridlock. That all changes next year, with 38 governorships, 46 legislative chambers, 33 United States Senate seats and all 435 House of Representatives seats up for grabs. But amidst all that politicking...