Though you have a good sense for what should happen when something becomes a law, you’re still never quite sure of the breadth of its impact—and how the courts will interpret it. With Georgia’s relatively young non-compete statute, three years old this week, that’s definitely still true.
Data is everywhere. Really, everywhere. The technology we used has enabled companies to collect more data than is imaginable—and now the biggest thing is figuring out how to use it. And that use of data, not so much the collection of it, was the focus of a report put forth last week by the the White House Big Data Working Group.
There’s a truth in the technology world, and a funny one at that, that if you’re looking to see which video format is going to become the next big thing, you should look at the adult video world. Well, it seems they were spot on with streaming video over the internet to TV sets too, because Wreal’s Fyre TV has been doing it since 2007. And now they’re upset that that Amazon is going with Fire TV as the name of their video product nearly a full decade later.
Believe it or not, electronic cigarettes are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Though, that will likely end very soon as the FDA has “deemed” the products tobacco and taken a major step towards regulating the products—products that, right now, are extremely popular.
In a suit that’s getting a lot of attention from employment lawyers and the employers they serve, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in EEOC. v. Ford Motor Company that telecommuting may be considered a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
When discussing any piece of pending legislation, it’s always worth nothing that it is just that—pending—and there’s no certainty it will eventually become a law. But whether the Massachusetts bill attempting to ban non-competes becomes a law or not, there are things that employers should do now to better protect themselves.
For small businesses, Yelp is a big deal. Just ask Virginia’s Hadeed Carpet Clearners, which supposedly lost $2.5 million in revenue due to a couple allegedly fake Yelp reviews. They’re now trying to unmask those anonymous reviewers, so they can have the reviews taken down, and the case is headed all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court.
E-discovery is a subject we don’t talk about a lot on the LexBlog Network, and I’m not really sure why that’s the case. Electronic discovery is at the backbone of all litigation nowadays and, with constantly-changing technology, the space is rapidly evolving.
Though it makes things less entertaining, it’s probably for the best: when the Supreme Court has a landmark case and industry-shaping issue on its hands, it likes to keep its opinions as narrow and specific as possible. Based on what we heard this morning in ABC v. Aereo, the same will likely happen in this case. Though, with SCOTUS oral arguments, you never really do know what they mean.
By the end of this summer, there will be legal marijuana retailers in Washington State. Rule-making around the state’s Initiative 502 is about complete and the biggest remaining step is holding a lottery to determine who gets licenses to produce and sell cannabis products. But for those lucky enough to win a license, that’s just the beginning as far as legal issues go.