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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.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Defamation

- A restaurant owner may not sue a man who made negative remarks in an online forum. Ed Doherty, the owner of several restaurants, was quoted in an online article saying that respecting his employees was key to his success. Michael Murray, the father of a young woman who had sued Doherty, claiming she had been sexually harassed by restaurant managers when she worked for Doherty, posted a response to the article. Murray said that Doherty was “repugnant” and that his comments were untruthful. Doherty filed a defamation lawsuit against Murray. A New Jersey court dismissed the case, ruling that some of Murray’s statements were opinion and others were protected because they touched on issues of public concern. (Doherty Enterprises, Inc., v. Michael Murray, Superior Court of New Jersey, No. ESX-L-10079-08, 2009)

Identity Theft

- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a person cannot be convicted under a federal statute forbidding aggravated identity theft unless the person knowingly misappropriated the identities of others.

Ruling Against Fraud Alert Companies

- A recent court ruling dealing a blow to fraud-alert companies leaves consumers in the dark.

Legal Report

- The strip search of a middle school student is unconstitutional; plus legislation on chemical facilities, food safety, and airport screening.
 




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