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Background Insider trading, though the iconic vision of Wall Street fraud and the subject of many dramatic trials and movies, is not expressly proscribed by any law or regulation in the United States. “Section 10(b) of the 1934 Act, 15 U.S.C. § 78j(b), prohibits the use ‘in connection with the purchase or sale of any security . . . [of] any manipulative or deceptive device or contrivance in contravention of such rules and regulations as Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 27, 2015

Internet Freedom Provided in Historic Net Neutrality Vote  The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve net neutrality rules despite significant opposition from cable companies and Republicans. The historic vote ensures that Internet content consumers wish to access will be treated equally by Internet service providers, regardless of content. On-demand Internet streaming provider, Netflix, hailed the net neutrality vote as a win for consumers, which will help further regulate wired and wireless Internet access more like Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 20, 2015

High Profile Vulnerabilities Continue to Make Headlines Lenovo users found out that new laptops had come preinstalled with malicious code, known as Superfish. The code is hidden deep within Windows and is very difficult to find, raising the question of how it got there in the first place. Lenovo is providing a removal tool to its users. (CNET) Kaspersky Lab, a Russian computer security firm alleged that groups linked to the U.S. Government had embedded spyware Continue Reading →

The Legal Response to Revenge Porn

It is not uncommon for couples to break up on less than stellar terms. There is quite a difference, however, between deleting an ex’s phone number and posting nude pictures or videos of him or her on the Internet in order to cause embarrassment or fallout with friends and family. This phenomenon, known as revenge porn, has increasingly received attention from the nation’s lawmakers and pro bono attorneys. This attention culminated in October of 2013, Continue Reading →

Snowden Revelations Inspire Greater Transparency in Technology Companies

Edward Snowden’s leaked documents first surfaced in The Guardian and The Washington Post in June 2013, exposing National Security Agency (NSA) efforts to gather the telephone records and digital data of millions of Americans. Through its PRISM program, the NSA was able to directly collect information from the internet servers of companies like Microsoft and Yahoo. The NSA was also able to engage in bulk collection of user data through targeted data collection protected by Continue Reading →

Undergoing Major Renovation (some links will be temporarily broken)

Hello, As you can see, we have changed the appearance of our site. This change is a component of a major migration to a new server, an up-to-date version of wordpress, among other internal improvements. All of the content from the old version of the site has been migrated. However, for the next few days, a few links (including the perma-links) will be broken as we comb through the site to adjust to the new file organization Continue Reading →

Hydraulic Fracturing: What’s the Controversy?

In the latest report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate researchers warn that drastic reductions to current greenhouse gas emissions are needed to avert devastating and irreversible climate impacts. One of the short-term strategies the IPCC considers in its report is the increased use of shale gas—an energy source often classified as “clean” because it emits less carbon than coal. But IPCC’s endorsement is cautious and conditional, partly because shale gas is Continue Reading →

U.S. International Trade Commission Affirms 10-Year Exclusion Order Against Chinese Chemicals for Misappropriating Trade Secrets

“This is classic misappropriation of trade secrets, with copying down to the thousandth decimal place.”1 Following up on our recent Article, the International Trade Commission recently upheld former Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Robert K. Rogers, Jr.’s ten-year product ban against Chinese parties for misappropriating U.S. trade secrets. The full Commission Opinion offers a lodestar to trade-secret litigants suffering from a lack of clear legal guidance in the wake of the 2011 TianRui Grp. Co. v. Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 24, 2014

Obama Administration Takes Technological Action Against Climate Change A week after the Senate Democrats hosted an overnight session highlighting climate change, the Obama administration launched the Climate Data Initiative, a broad effort to harness the power of data and data-driven tools to help communities across America prepare for the effects of climate change. Key components of the initiative include the launch of—a website which contains data and resources pertaining to sea-level rise and coastal Continue Reading →