Arizona Legal News

  • It is a scary time to be an investigative reporter in the United States.  In recent years, the United States government seized two months worth of phone logs from Associated Press office phones in New York, Washington D.C., Hartford Conn., and the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery. United States Attorney General also signed off on a search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen’s emails.  Last week, the State Department launched a free press campaign the same day the Department of Justice asked the United States Supreme Court to force James Risen into jail.  [TechDirt]
  • Big data can lead to big problems, if not used with extreme care. President Barack Obama is saying there is a potential for discrimination in the use of ‘big data’ by the United States government and private corporations on issues such as housing and employment discrimination.  [Associated Press]
  • The cloud is convenient, getting cheaper, and more secure. But the cloud and the laws surrounding the information in the cloud haven’t been sorted out yet.  From government seizures of entire private cloud storage sites, to terms of service constantly changing, there are unique problems that occur up in the cloud.  [NPR]
  • Courts have at times extended medical negligence to faulty equipment, which unintentionally broke during a procedure.  It does not appear courts have looked at the issue of whether negligence extends to manufacturers of equipment that intentionally breaks due to malicious intent.  Can hospitals or product manufacturers of vulnerable equipment liable?  [Wired]
  • There is a growing overlap between social media and class action lawsuits, sometimes called ‘tweet suits.’  Plaintiffs use social media to find other similarly situated potential plaintffs to join in the lawsuit.  The courts will have to sort out if it is permissible to air one’s dirty laundry on social media, in part, to find co-plaintiffs for a class action suit.  [NPR]

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