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Supreme Court to Hear Drug-Sniffing Dogs Case Today

- The Court will hear oral arguments on whether judges can issue search warrants for private homes when drug-sniffing dogs gives a detection alert when outside the home.

Supreme Court to Rule on the Use of Drug Dogs

- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases involving the use of dogs to sniff out narcotics. In the cases, the Court is determining whether dogs can be used to ferret out drugs inside a private residence and what credentials are necessary to prove that a drug dog is properly trained.

Justice Department Announces Efforts to Secure the Voting Process

- The Justice Department has announced that it will implement its usual efforts on Election Day to make sure voters aren’t intimidated at the polls and their votes are counted accurately.

Morning Security Brief: U.K. Blocks Extradition of Hacker, Justice Fights Lawsuit, the EU Scolds Google, and More

- The U.K. blocks extradition of a hacker who breached U.S. military networks. The U.S. Department of Justice fights a lawsuit brought by a House committee over the Fast and Furious program. The EU demands that Google meet privacy standards.

Trade Secrets

- A U.S. district court has refused to dismiss a case in which the plaintiff, a night club owner, argued that his “friends” lists from Facebook and MySpace are trade secrets under the law. The court ruled that the plaintiff took reasonable steps to protect the information in question.


- How one hospital developed an aggression-management training program for nonsecurity staff that includes ways to help staff spot early signs of trouble and accurately document incidents.

Data Theft

- An employee granted unrestricted access to his employer’s computer network cannot be found guilty under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) if he later steals information from his employer, another district court has ruled. The decision agrees with the Ninth Circuit but conflicts with the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh circuits.

Court Rules that Mental Health Check is a Medical Exam Under the ADA

- In a precedential case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that a mental exam is treated the same as a physical exam under the ADA.

Bully for You

- Bullying has gone virtual, and schools need to know how to develop policies that address cyberbullying while respecting students’ rights to free speech and other issues.


- An employee with a condition causing unpredictable heart spasms may not pursue his claim of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A federal appeals court ruled that the employee’s health condition posed a direct threat to safety because the job required him to operate heavy machinery.

Legal Report

- Courts issue decisions clarifying when individuals can be compelled to turn over computer passwords to law enforcement, and lawmakers consider bills on cybersecurity, transportation, and whistleblowers.

Romancing the Workplace

- Companies can reduce the likelihood of harassment lawsuits stemming from romantic workplace relationships by preventing relationships between subordinates and managers and by having employees in romantic relationships sign Love Contracts.

Whistleblower Provisions Do Not Apply to Workers Outside the U.S., Court Rules

- A federal judge has ruled that the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that prohibit retaliation against employees do not apply to workers outside of the United States.

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