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Accidents Will Happen

- Hospitals and other types of workplaces will see their share of accidents. Whether the company gets sued as a result may depend on how well security officers and other employees are trained to respond to, document, and learn from those incidents.

Legal Report

- A court rules that police officers acted unreasonably in using Tasers but they were protected under the law as it stood at the time of the incident.

Trade Secrets

- At a recent hearing on “Cyber Threats and Ongoing Efforts to Protect the Nation,” members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence focused attention on China. Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) noted that cyber theft by the Chinese government is a particularly thorny problem because the activities are targeting U.S. companies rather than the U.S. government.

Government Contractors

- A bill (S. 1145) that would expand the government’s ability to prosecute U.S. contractors that commit criminal acts in other countries has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill must now be taken up by the full Senate.


- Two American citizens who were tortured by the U.S. government can proceed with their lawsuit against the United States and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, says a federal appeals court.

Social Media

- A trial court judge has ruled that a plaintiff does not have to “friend” opposing counsel to allow access to photos on her Facebook account. The judge ruled that the photos could be provided to the defense but that providing access to the private Facebook account as a method of discovery was an invasion of privacy.

Teacher Can Sue For Being Spied On While Getting Naked On Stolen Laptop

- A jury will decide if a laptop-locating company went too far to recover a stolen laptop.


- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that female Wal-Mart employees may not pursue a class action suit against the company for sexual discrimination.

Morning Security Brief: Battling Extremism Domestically, Cloud Security Registry, Gun Laws, and More

- The White House puts forth a plan for battling domestic terrorism. A cloud security registry for consumers is created. Florida's legislature overrides local gun laws. And more.

Legal Report

- An employee can be prosecuted under federal computer crime laws for accessing a proprietary da­tabase for the purpose of defrauding his company. Though the federal law was designed to prevent hacking, it also applies to theft of proprietary information in some cases, according to a federal appeals court.

Officer Guilty of Negligence for Shooting Unarmed Man

- A police officer is guilty of gross negligence after shooting an unarmed man who was being arrested for failure to pay child support. The officer, who claimed that he intended to draw his Taser, violated the law when he neglected to verify that he had mistakenly drawn his gun, according to a federal appeals court. The officer’s actions, ruled the court, were objectively unreasonable.

Domestic Spying

- A federal appeals court has ruled that the plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the government’s domestic spying law do have standing to pursue their case. The plaintiffs, including Amnesty International as well as journalists, international aid groups, labor organizations, and attorneys, argued that the amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) violate the U.S. Constitution. The appellate court overturned a lower court’s decision—that the plaintiffs had no grounds to sue because they had no evidence that they had been harmed by the law.

Some Countries Fight Organized Crime with a Tool Called Unexplained Wealth Orders

- Unexplained wealth orders (UWO) have been successful at helping Ireland combat organized crime, experts said at a panel exploring ways to counter transnational organized crime at the National Institute of Justice 2011 Conference today.

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