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Mom is charged with aiding daughter’s illegal abortion after prosecution obtains Facebook messages

A Nebraska woman has been charged with performing or attempting an illegal abortion after prosecutors obtained Facebook messages indicating that she had obtained abortion pills for her daughter and then helped bury the fetus.

Federal judge tosses lawyer’s suit over cellphone border search

A federal judge in Texas has ruled against an immigration lawyer who contended that the government violated his constitutional rights when it seized his cellphone at the border.

New York is first state to require CLE course in cybersecurity

Lawyers in New York will have to take at least a one-hour cybersecurity course as part of their continuing legal education requirements beginning in July 2023.

Going Viral: Once unpopular, QR codes have taken off, thanks to the pandemic

When the pandemic hit, QR codes became very popular as people looked for a contact-free way to share information. Privacy advocates, however, see a darker side to QR codes. “Really sensitive information about you is being collected and monetized by the QR code-generation company,” says Nicole A. Ozer, technology and civil liberties director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

Sporting a new beard, Justice Alito defends abortion decision, remarks on ‘growing hostility to religion’

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is getting some attention for a recent speech and a new look—a beard described as “a work in progress” at the Volokh Conspiracy blog.

Law firms aiding staffers to secure abortions in post-Dobbs world see possible risks and rewards

As America’s culture wars intensify, the post-Roe landscape is possibly an even hotter legal battlespace than any seen before. As some law firms moved to help employees with reproductive health aid, blowback was swift from politicians hostile to abortion rights, with some even threatening to disbar those firm’s lawyers.

South Carolina bill would ban internet information on abortions; tech companies may face competing laws

Technology companies could face a “disparate patchwork” of laws regulating abortion information in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade, according to the Washington Post.

Georgia can immediately enforce abortion law defining fetus as ‘natural person,’ 11th Circuit rules

A Georgia abortion law expanding the definition of a “natural person” to include a fetus or an embryo is not unconstitutionally vague, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Lawyer’s name is scrubbed from BigLaw website after he joins abortion-aid warning to Sidley Austin

A lawmaker who joined a Texas legislative caucus warning Sidley Austin about aiding illegal abortions is no longer listed as of counsel at another BigLaw firm.

Google ordered to pay nearly $1M for discovery violations, including David Boies’ $1,950 hourly fee

A federal magistrate judge in California has ordered Google to pay more than $971,000 in attorney fees and costs for discovery violations in a lawsuit accusing the search engine company of privacy violations.

Ex-husband is allowed to represent embryo in wrongful death suit against abortion clinic

A judge in Arizona has allowed an ex-husband to serve as personal representative of an embryo in a wrongful death lawsuit that he filed against an abortion clinic and its doctors.

Marginalized communities could bear the brunt of post-Dobbs data surveillance

After the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade, many people have become concerned about protecting their data and covering their digital tracks. But according to some legal experts, people of color and marginalized groups will be most vulnerable to surveillance.

Online petition seeking impeachment of Justice Thomas has more than a million signatures

A MoveOn.org online petition calls for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign from the high court or face impeachment.

Chemerinsky: This SCOTUS term moved the law ‘dramatically in a conservative direction’

The U.S. Supreme Court's October 2021 term was one of the momentous in history. The only analogy I can think of is 1937 for its dramatic changes in constitutional law. This is the first full term with Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the high court, and we saw the enormous effects of having a 6-3 conservative majority.

Abortion ‘abolitionists’ seek equal protection rights for fetuses, prosecutions of women

State abortion bans that followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade didn’t go far enough for some opponents of the procedure.

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