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Learning about U.S. constitutional law with “Star Wars”

Posted on May 20th, 2015 by projectcounsel

Star Wars I am your father

 

20 May 2015 – In an upcoming paper for the Michigan Law Review, scholar Cass Sunstein draws on Star Wars to make a couple key points about how constitutional law evolves. He writes:

“Human beings often see coherence and planned design when neither exists. This is so in movies, literature, history, economics, and psychoanalysis—and constitutional law. Contrary to the repeated claims of George Lucas, its principal author, the Star Wars series was hardly planned in advance; it involved a great deal of improvisation

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16 May 2015 - Norton Rose Fulbright’s 2015 Litigation Trends Annual Survey … its largest so far, with 803 participants working for companies headquartered in 26 countries worldwide … was released this past Thursday (link below).

For the e-discovery ecosystem, it is chock-a-block with interesting stats. More than half of general counsels say that they are now using technology-assisted review in conducting discovery with most of them clustered in the life sciences and healthcare…

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At EMC World it’s …. data lakes!!!!

Posted on May 4th, 2015 by projectcounsel

EMC World 2015

4 May 2015 – We are here in Las Vegas at EMC World (running from May 4th to May 7th) and already we are brain dead from the familiar industry buzzwords — big data, cloud, the Internet of Things and plenty more. But for data scientists, the term to track is enterprise data lakes, which may ultimately feed information to predictive analytics applications.

EMC has built a federated company network (spanning EMC,…

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Facebook shadows

 

 

 

31 March 2015 – Having just come back from the Max Schrems case in Luxembourg (which was admirably covered by our eTERA Europe colleague, Gregory Bufithis) we were awash in the claims of Facebook committing multiple breaches of European data protection laws. Much of it was due to the infamous Facebook “Like” button which collects details about users’ browsing habits.

So today’s story in The Guardian comes as no surprise:…

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U.S. judicial advisory panel approves change for e-data warrants

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by projectcounsel

E-data warrants

 

19 March 2015 – A judicial advisory panel on Monday voted to expand the ability of courts to issue warrants to access electronic data outside their jurisdictions over concerns raised by Google that the amendment would unfairly expand the government’s search and seizure authority.

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules voted 11-1 to amend Rule 41 of the Federal Rules for Criminal Procedure, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman told Read more.

Kipper Williams cartoon 22 November 2012

 

19 January 2015 – The Serious Fraud Office has retracted its probe into the sale of Autonomy to HP in 2011 on grounds that the information presented to it provides “insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction”.

The investigation began in early 2013, following a referral from HP. In 2012, the company alleged Autonomy had “outright misrepresented” its value – leading to a $8.8bn (£5.8bn) writedown from HP.

The body responsible…

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The Decade of Discovery 

30 December 2014A few months ago Doug Austin wrote a very detailed commentary about the documentary “The Decade of Discovery” (click here). The documentary was written and directed by Joe Looby, a colleague well-known to all of us as a founder of the forensic technology practices at Deloitte and FTI. 

You can watch a trailer by clicking here: http://www.10thmountainfilms.comHis film production company is called 10th Mountain Films in honor of his father, who served in the 10th Mountain

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The EU may not unify its data protection rules after all

Posted on December 8th, 2014 by projectcounsel

EU data protection 

Catarina Conti and Alexandra Dumont

8 December 2014 - European Union countries members are backpedaling on a plan that would give U.S. tech firms a one-stop shop to deal with data protection issues in the EU.

Justice ministers had discussed a plan to let tech firms like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple deal with only one data protection authority (DPA) in Europe. The plan, drafted by the European Commission…

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Fitbit data to be used in court as evidence

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by projectcounsel

Wearable tech

 

20 November 2014 - As we have noted in numerous posts, all those wearable tech/biometric devices have become our own “black box” flight recorders … flexible, wearable, stretchable, even implantable … talking to our cell phones, to measure skin temperature, pressure from swelling, hydration levels, electrical signals from the brain and heart, diet, etc., etc. Our mega metadata. And the day would come when all that data is determined to be crucial evidence in a…

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Tax dodge 

Catarina Conti / Eric De Grasse

7 November 2014 - The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has published details on how four high-profile audit firms have been named-and-shamed as architects of a tax minimization structure used by hundreds of the world’s big-name companies, including a slew in the tech sector. The ICIJ has published details of how the structure worked, along with identifying many of the companies involved, here. Its “Luxembourg Leaks” investigation says PwC,…

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