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California Supreme Court hears Case on Email Privacy and the Public Records Act

Posted Dec 9, 2016

The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in San Jose, City of v. S.C. (Smith) on whether written communications pertaining to city business, including email and text messages, which are sent or received by public officials and employees on their private electronic devices using their private accounts are “public records” within the meaning of the California Public Records Act .  The case has potentially huge ramifications for the privacy rights of public employees and open government.  Read this article in Courthouse News Service.


Supreme Court Rules on Insider Trading

Posted Dec 9, 2016

Clarifying the “personal benefit” to an insider necessary to establish insider trading, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled  unanimously that people making unauthorized disclosures of material and nonpublic information to friends or relatives as a gift, whether in the form of cash or in the form of a tip, are in violation of insider trading laws.  Read the opinion analysis in SCOTUSblog.  Read articles in the New York Times and Washington Post.


Supreme Court Reverses Apple Patent Win

Posted Dec 9, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed  a federal circuit court ruling that had awarded Apple $400 million dollars in damages against Samsung in their contentious patent war.  In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that Samsung’s penalty for infringing Apple’s smartphone design patents may be limited to components of the phone rather than the entire product.  Read articles in Jurist and Mercury News.