On November 12, 2013, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lawson v. FMR LLC to decide whether Sarbanes-Oxley’s whistleblower protection extends to employees of a publicly traded company’s contractors.
As I have previously blogged, my colleagues and I have filed certiorari petitions in two significant cases affecting class-action litigation, Sears Roebuck & Co. v. Butler (pdf) and Whirlpool Corp. v. Glazer (pdf). The petitions challenge decisions that bless broad class actions on behalf of largely uninjured purchasers of front-loading washing machines whose product-defect claims depend on the particular model purchased, the purchaser’s use and care of the machine, and numerous other purchaser-specific determinations.
Class Actions and the Supreme Court: Exploring This Term’s Biggest Cases with Mayer Brown’s Archis Parasharami
On the LexBlog Network, the class action cases appearing before the Supreme Court are always the ones garnering the most attention—the reason being that many of the lawyers writing on these cases are the ones working them. One such example is today’s guest on LXBN TV: Archis Parasharami of Mayer Brown and the firm’s blog, Class Defense.
Sometimes lawyers who are negligent inform their client that the lawyer was negligent in representing the client. Many times, however, negligent lawyers do not tell the client about the lawyer’s negligence.
We ordinarily think advertising claims should be judged by how consumers perceive them and not what politicians think they should mean, but a recent bill passed in California threatens to do just that and sow even more confusion into the use of “Made in ____” claims.
As I noted months ago in my discussion of Instagram’s flip-flop on its terms of service related to selling user photos, we love our online services, but do not like when they change the rules about what they will and will not do with our private information.
The phenomenon known as “revenge porn” is a growing concern for many people, so much so that it’s starting to catch the attention of state legislators, who want to enact criminal statutes to punish its perpetrators. But although it seems like a step in the right direction, there are better ways to combat revenge porn than passing criminal laws.
Transparency is central to respecting the privacy of individuals and it is paramount that organisations develop transparent online privacy policies so that individuals understand how their personal data is handled in this virtual context.
Now that 60 Minutes has apologized for airing a false eyewitness account of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, what can investigators, journalists and others who deal in facts learn from the incident, well summarized by the Columbia Journalism Review here?