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Whistleblowers

- The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s opinion, ruling that whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act includes employees of a public company’s private contractors and subcontractors. The plaintiffs had been employed by private companies that manage mutual funds for public companies that have no employees. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered the Court’s opinion, writing that its interpretation of the law “protects the employees of investment advisors, who are often the only firsthand witnesses to shareholder fraud involving mutual funds.”

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.

Gun Control

- A federal judge upheld Connecticut’s gun control law, which was passed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In his ruling, the judge wrote that while the law “burdens” individuals’ Second Amendment rights, it is related to the government’s interest of public safety and crime control.

Data Brokers

- A federal court allowed a man to pursue legal action against an investigative service that provided his personal information to a data broker. The court ruled that the service “failed to use reasonable care” in distributing the man’s information, which was later used for an improper purpose.

Fire Prevention

- After two years of the worst wildfires in the state’s history, Colorado’s Legislative Council formed the Wildfire Matters Review Committee to review and propose legislation related to wildfire prevention, mitigation, and related matters. The committee’s findings were published in January 2014 and recommended changes to state law, including new bans on agriculture burning and fireworks.

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.

Noncompete Agreements

- A state appeals court has ruled that a company’s noncompete agreement is unenforceable because it is overbroad. The court ruled that the company has “no protectable interest in public information” and “cannot deem by fiat all information…acquired through employment is confidential.”

Introduction to Surveillance Studies

- The author of Introduction to Surveillance Studies offers a look at the history of surveillance, its tools and technologies, the reasons for using those tools, and the social issues surrounding the increasing use of cameras.

Managing

- Learn the most important crisis communications elements to apply before, during, and after a crisis to protect your litigation strategy.

Morning Security Brief: No Supreme Court Review of NSA Case, Ricin Letter Link, and More

- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a review of ruling on government access to phone records. A link has emerged between the shut-down of the Silk Road contraband Web site and a letter containing Ricin sent to the White House. The director of national intelligence has released a high court document authorizing the collection of communications records.

Privacy

- New York’s high court has ruled that an employer’s around-the-clock tracking of an employee’s movements was unreasonable. The court ruled that while an employer can track an employee’s movements without a warrant in some cases, the tracking was excessive in this specific case.

Criminal Records Restrictions

- As the list of state and local laws related to ex-offenders continues to grow, companies must thoroughly assess whether they are complying with legal restrictions.
 




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