Case Brief: Sign Here Petitions LLC v. Chavez

A recent decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals stated that the superior court “must act as gatekeeper protecting the right to free speech from meritless litigation to avoid a chilling effect on free expression.” In Sign Here Petitions LLC … Continue reading

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Title IX of the Education Amendments

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” While the law … Continue reading

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Arizona’s New Invasion of Privacy Jury Instructions

Arizona has long recognized the invasion of privacy torts described in the Restatement (Second) of Torts (Am. Law Inst. 1977). But until last month, it had not published a set of invasion of privacy jury instructions for Arizona’s civil courts to … Continue reading

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What are the Communications Decency Act’s Limits?

Like fake news stories, fake consumer reviews mislead trusting readers, decrease market competition, and devalue the businesses and individuals the fake reviews attack. You’ve heard the Russian proverb President Ronald Reagan popularized: trust but verify. When it comes to consumer … Continue reading

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Complying with Law Firm Data Privacy and Security Standards

Last week, the American Bar Association (ABA) revised its formal opinion on what constitutes reasonable data privacy and information security practices for lawyers and law firms. It is ABA Formal Opinion 477R: “Securing communication of protected client information.” You may … Continue reading

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Protecting Data and Privacy at the Border

The question of what the right balance is between personal privacy and national security is not a new one. But over the past few months, it has become a louder question drawing more attention not just from lawyers and politicians … Continue reading

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The Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016

Every day it seems more consumers rely on and create online reviews for products and services businesses offer. Individuals might search for reviews on sites such as Yelp or TripAdvisor or through Google before they buy a product or book … Continue reading

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Keeping Private Public Records Private: Slater v. Arizona Board of Regents

When college or university faculty members are accused of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, the institution is tasked with assessing and investigating the allegations and responding appropriately. The goals may seem straightforward: address the situation, help remedy the effects, and … Continue reading

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Dani Mathers’ Snapchat Body-shaming Exposes Her to Civil Liability

Playboy model Dani Mathers faces criminal charges for privacy invasion related to a July 14, 2016, body-shaming incident. According to several news accounts, Ms. Mathers was at an L.A. Fitness gym on July 14, 2016. While in the gym locker … Continue reading

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Why Burke Ramsey Will Win His Defamation Lawsuit against Werner Spitz

On October 6, 2016, through a team of attorneys led by Lin Wood, Burke Ramsey sued Dr. Werner Spitz for defamation. He filed the lawsuit in Michigan’s Third Circuit Court for Wayne County. You may view the complaint here. If … Continue reading

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