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Indiana Farmer Takes On Monsanto at Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments over a patent dispute between Monsanto and an Indiana farmer. The case began in 1999 when Vernon Bowman, a 75-year-old soybean farmer, planted unmarked animal feed grains on his land; when they matured, the plants contained Roundup Ready, “the popular herbicide-resistant genetic trait . . . that Monsanto […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 15th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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$222,000 Illegal Downloading Damages Award Reinstated

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The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the $222,000 damages award against a woman the music industry says illegally downloaded and shared music online. The legal proceedings brought by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) against Jammie Thomas-Rasset have been going on for six years; originally the RIAA sued Thomas-Rasset alleging she illegally […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 19th, 2012 at 6:05 am

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Appeal in Illegal Downloading Case

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The United States Supreme Court has declined to review the $675,000 fine Joel Tenenbaum had been ordered to pay for illegally downloading and sharing music. As we told you at LegalZoom.com back in September 2011: The Recording Industry Association of America originally sued the student, Joel Tenenbaum, in 2009. A jury subsequently found him guilty […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 22nd, 2012 at 11:20 am

Posted in Internet Law,Technology

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SCOTUS: GPS Tracking Requires Warrant

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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) held that law enforcement officials cannot attach GPS tracking devices to individuals’ vehicles without a warrant. In United States v. Jones, the Court was faced with whether Antoine Jones’ conviction for drug trafficking should be upheld where law enforcement officials obtained a warrant to attach a GPS device […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 2nd, 2012 at 10:26 am

Posted in Fourth Amendment

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Does Flushing Your Toilet After a Police Knock Mean They Can Search Your House Without a Warrant?

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During oral arguments about a case involving the constitutionality of a warrantless search, some United States Supreme Court justices hinted that they might be inclined to OK a warrantless search based on the police’s contention that they felt evidence was being destroyed inside a home. The case is Kentucky v. King in which the justices […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 13th, 2011 at 10:11 am

Posted in Fourth Amendment

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