To laypeople, the idea of having a gene patented may sound impossible. However, an amendment to federal patent legislation could allow pharmaceutical and biotech companies to patent genes, a decision that would have significant consequences for a variety of industries, medical care providers, and patients. New Amendment Could Change Legal Precedent Legal precedent was established […]
Algorithms that generate risk assessment scores are proprietary software, and neither courts nor lawyers know just how such scores are generated.
In Packingham v. North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a North Carolina statute prohibiting certain social media use by registered sex offenders.
Cell phones, laptops, credit cards, emails, tablets. Today’s technology is ubiquitous, and increasingly uses monitoring software to provide better service by storing information about consumer movement in computer databases. Information that can tell a precise, coherent narrative about a person’s location at a particular time is invaluable information to law enforcement, but is it constitutional […]
Supreme Court justices are notoriously opaque when it comes to detailing why they take up some cases but reject seemingly similar appeals. This trait was pushed front and center this week as the Supreme Court decided to hear debate on EPA enforcement of the Clean Water Act despite rejecting a similar case brought by General Electric Co. just three weeks earlier, reports the New York Times. Both cases claimed that the EPA routinely violates due process under the Fifth Amendment, but environmental lawyers predict the Supreme Court decided to hear Sackett v. EPA because it included the question of wetlands regulation, to which the Court has previously shown “overt hostility.”
In a controversial decision in mid-June, the Supreme Court rejected class action status for 1.6 million women who sought to sue mega-store Wal-Mart for employment discrimination in what would have been history’s largest class action lawsuit. More than a year earlier, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals approved the lawsuits, arguing that the #1 company on Fortune’s list of 500 largest companies must address claims that women are paid less than men for the same jobs and are less likely to receive promotions. But by a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court said it was a stretch to decide the fate of 1.6 million discrimination lawsuits at once, a major set back for Wal-Mart discrimination plaintiffs.