Today in 1935: The first “neutrality act” is signed into law

Aug 31, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 31, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt reluctantly signed the Neutrality Act into law, the first of many through 1941.

Today in 1988: The Civil Liberties Act is signed into law

Aug 10, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1988, the Civil Liberties Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. The Act provided reparations to Japanese Americans for their internment during World War II.

Smart Cars, Privacy, and Security

Jun 6, 2012 By: Craig Blakeley and Jeff Matsuura

As cars get smarter, the risk of privacy and security violations increase. These technological advances need to be balanced against such costs

Do not open ’til April Fool’s Day

Mar 30, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

Editor’s note: In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, Westlaw Insider presents these short satire news stories. They are intended to be humorous and not to be taken as reports on reality in any sense.

Court Time: Courts can rule on Executive-Legislative spat over Jerusalem

Mar 28, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the judiciary can hear a dispute over a law holding that state documents list Jerusalem as part of Israel, and the Executive’s refusal to enforce it.

Court Time: SCOTUS pulls a Citizens United on Kiobel

Mar 7, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court recently rescheduled oral arguments for Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum so that it could expand the ruling’s scope, just as it did for Citizens United v. FEC.

Why Mother's Day's inventor came to hate it

May 6, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Mother’s Day found Anna Jarvis came to hate the holiday she invented because of exploitation of it by merchants and marketers.

Apple sued over iPhone location tracking

Apr 28, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Apple is being sued over its practice of tracking iPhone and 3G iPad users’ locations and movements, only two days after the news became public.

Today in 1970: Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act is signed into law

Apr 1, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1970, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act is signed into law, making changes that we find commonplace today.

One Year Out: Can Congress regulate inactivity?

Mar 29, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Opponents of 2010’s health care reform law argue that it is beyond Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause to regulate “inactivity.”