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November 2014 Legal Report

-  Courts consider whether a company must share documents related to an internal bribery probe with shareholders and if a city’s policy on firearms is constitutional. Pakistan enacts new terrorism laws, and U.S. legislators address cybersecurity.

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- Legislation referenced in this month's Legal Report.

Data Breach Jigsaw

- Varying state data breach notification laws make it difficult for companies to navigate the legal landscape in the event of a security incident.

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- Courts consider whether the FTC can sue a hotel chain for inadequate information security and whether a whistleblower can collect twice on similar information. Australian legislators define privacy, and U.S. legislators address government surveillance.

Legal Report Resources

- Links to legislation and resources used in this month's Legal Report.


- A federal court has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can advance with a lawsuit against a hotel group for allegedly failing to safeguard consumers’ personal information. The FTC accused the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation of failing to implement adequate security in its computer system, which led to three data breaches between April 2008 and January 2010.

U.S. Judicial Decisions and Federal Legislation

- Courts consider the use of drones to target terrorists and the applicability of workers’ compensation to undocumented workers.

Legal Report

- Courts consider whether a data broker is liable for a privacy breach, Congress tackles chemical safety, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission releases its annual enforcement and litigation report.

Concealed Carry

- A federal appeals court ruled that San Diego County’s policy of requiring “good cause” for concealed carry gun permits is unconstitutional. In its opinion, the court wrote that there is a constitutional right to carry a weapon, such as a handgun, outside the home for protection and that the Second Amendment protects Americans’ right to bear arms.


- An employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it terminated an employee for a temporary condition that he alleged made him disabled, according to a new ruling by a federal court. The court ruled that an “impairment” is not excluded from being a “disability simply because it is temporary.”

Legal Report

- Court rulings on negligence and pregnancy discrimination are discussed. Also, Missouri requires schools to report threats, while Wisconsin intoduces a bill to protect student information.

Pregnancy Discrimination

- A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer who terminated a pregnant employee is guilty of pregnancy discrimination. The court ruled that because her managers discussed her pregnancy in relation to her termination, saying that her “belly would be in the way,” the comments were discriminatory.

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- A New York court has ruled that a parolee can sue a company that furnished an erroneous drug test, and Congress tackles issues of sexual orientation discrimination and passenger screening equipment.

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