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Startup Lawyering 2.0

October 24, 2016 by Joe Green

A new paper describes the day-to-day work of lawyers who advise startup companies, and provides an overview of what distinguishes the practice of startup lawyers from the practice of other types of corporate lawyers. … Read More

Westlaw Topical Highlights: Securities, October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016 by Gary Rodekuhr

Topical Highlights for Securities provides summaries of significant federal and state judicial decisions and legislative and administrative activities affecting Securities law. … Read More

It’s Not Your Vault: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

October 19, 2016 by Jared Correia

Editor’s note: Jared Correia is a paid guest blogger. In case you were instead focused on what you were going to be for Halloween — there is a Harry Potter costume in my closet; just sayin’ –you should know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  While it is true that some lawyers do spend more time thinking about their Halloween costumes than they do about cybersecurity, it doesn’t take a magician to improve the way that most law firms protect data online.  It just takes the right tools. . . . In the modern environment, legal services consumers … Read More

German Regulator Orders Facebook to Cease Collecting WhatsApp User Data

October 24, 2016 by Jeff Matsuura

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information recently ordered Facebook to cease collection and use of personal information obtained from users of the popular app, WhatsApp, in Germany. … Read More

Are recordings made by police body cameras public or private?

October 10, 2016 by Christy Klancher

In an effort to build trust between law enforcement members and the communities they serve in the wake of several controversial police shootings, recently the Department of Justice awarded $20 million to 100 police departments for the purchase of body cameras. … Read More

Revising California’s Jury Instructions on Insurance Bad Faith: The Nature of the Tort of Insurance Bad Faith

October 3, 2016 by John K. DiMugno

My last post discussed briefly two significant revisions to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) on insurance bad faith. This post examines in greater depth revisions designed to clarify the nature of the tort of insurance bad faith. In defining the tort of insurance bad faith, courts have focused on the reason for its recognition— ensuring that policyholders receive the peace of mind they thought they were purchasing when they entered into an insurance contract. To that end, insurers are required to give the interests of their insureds at least as much consideration as they give their … Read More

Utility Vehicle had Defectively Designed ‘Kickoff’ Brakes; Plaintiff Takes $7.9M After 50% Finding of Fault

October 18, 2016 by Jury Verdicts

Nester v. Textron Inc. d/b/a E-Z-GO (W.D.Tex.) Utility Vehicle had Defectively Designed 'Kickoff' Brakes; Plaintiff Takes $7.9M After 50% Finding of Fault … Read More


Giving haunted hayrides wasn’t use of land for an agricultural purpose

Giving haunted hayrides wasn’t use of land for an agricultural purpose.

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