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- Courts rule on premises liability, privacy, and employment. Plus legislation on hiring, data security, crime prevention, and more.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Police Need Warrant to Track Suspects

- The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the police must obtain a warrant before using GPS to track suspects.

Eyewitness Testimony

- The New Jersey Supreme Court has handed down a list of new rules regarding the admission of eyewitness testimony in court. Read the full ruling online.

Hostile Work Environment

- A female neurosurgeon has been awarded $1.6 million in damages on a hostile work environment claim. The jury found that the surgeon was belittled by a male colleague, who called her “a little girl,” and asked whether she could really perform a “big operation.”

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.

Torture

- 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.

Discrimination

- 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.
 




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