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State Legislation: Washington: Stalking

- A new law (formerly S.B. 1856) establishes new rights for tenants who are being stalked or harassed by their landlords or employees of their landlords. Under the new law, such victims may be released from the terms of their rental agreement. If the victim wishes to stay in the property, he or she may change the locks on their doors without the landlord’s permission. If the harasser has left the landlord’s employ, the tenant must provide the landlord with a key to the new lock. If the tenant has a restraining order against the landlord, the tenant need not provide a key. In such cases, the landlord may enter the rental property in an emergency if accompanied by law enforcement or a fire official acting in his or her official capacity.

9-11 Terrorism Trial Could Move to New Venue Because of Security and Cost Concerns

- Political opposition, the threat of terrorism, and security costs have begun to eat away at the Justice Department's decision to try the mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks and four co-conspirators in federal court in Manhattan, according to numerous media reports today.

Christmas Day Bomber Indicted

- The Department of Justice charged the 23-year-old Nigerian yesterday with trying to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day.


- A California court has ruled that a company can be responsible for a crash that occurred after a tow truck was stolen from its parking lot. The convicted gang member crashed the truck into a bus stop, killing three people.

Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments in Communications Privacy Case

- The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a case brought by police officers who claim that their employers illegally read their private text messages.

Man Wrongly Accused of Terrorism May Not Sue the U.S. Government

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a U.S. citizen who was wrongly accused and held for two weeks under suspicion of terrorism may not pursue his lawsuit against the government.

Hear About a Court Ruling on "Suicide by Cop" and other issues from the December Podcast

- Join editor Laura Spadanuta as she talks with staff editors and security practitioners about issues covered in this month's magazine, including the problems encountered when someone decides to commit "suicide by cop" and how stores are using technology to fight loss from internal and external theft.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Background Screening

- A company must pay $77,000 in penalties for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The company conducted background checks without notifying the subjects that the checks were being conducted. (U.S. v. Rail Terminal Services, LLC, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, No. C091111, 2009)

Legal Report

- A court rules that an employer is responsible for the actions of an employee returning from a conference; however, a fire department is not liable for a sexual assault committed by firefighters. Congress considers legislation on food safety and bioterrorism.

A Complete Guide to Premises Security Litigation

- Want a comprehensive guide to premises security litigation? If so, here's the book every corporate counsel’s office needs on their shelf.

Alleged 9-11 Mastermind To Be Tried in New York City, DOJ to Announce

- The Department of Justice will announce today the prosecution of the self-described mastermind of the 9-11 attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and four co-conspirators in federal court in New York City, reports The New York Times.

Dog-Scent Lineups Called Junk Science

- Dogs, especially their noses, have been an important law enforcement tool for ages, whether its scent tracking or sniffing out drugs or explosives. But one use has come under harsh criticism recently: the dog-scent lineup, reports The New York Times.

Employee Monitoring

- A company that installed a surveillance camera to record activity in an empty office after hours to discover who was viewing pornographic material did not invade the privacy of the two employees who used that office during the day, California’s Supreme Court ruled.

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