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Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-Up, June 1-20
This is the sixth of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs.
1. Perjury, Obstruction and Barry Bonds’ Conviction
Read why we regard the Barry Bonds obstruction of justice verdict as troubling: It sets a bad precedent for the grand jury system and allows prosecutors to unfairly pin an obstruction of justice charge on a witness.
2. FTC Says These ‘Free’ Offers Were Anything But Free
In yet another salvo aimed at online marketers, the FTC goes after a Canadian company in the latest federal action targeting companies involved in what is known as the upsell industry. Our post looks at how the FTC wants ads to be worded.
3. Disqualification of AUSA in Scruggs Case Is Message to Prosecutors
In this case, the government may have imprisoned an innocent defendant for 14 months. The only remedy that took effect was the removal of a particular prosecutor. We wonder: Was that really enough?
4. FTC Tries to Stay One Step Ahead of Internet Fraud
In this interesting case of “location fraud,” the FTC calls out an Internet seller who allegedly misled British purchasers by claiming to be based in the U.K. and therefore supposedly subject to stringent U.K. consumer protection rules.
5. Online Poker Finds New Supporter on the Hill
An outspoken GOP conservative House member is also a poker player – and he has pledged to support legalization and to move it through a House committee.
6. Good-Faith Rule Applies to Document Destruction
A court rejects charges that in a civil case, DuPont was guilty of “spoliation,” or the intentional destruction of evidence. The court says the proper test for document destruction is one of reasonableness and good faith in the circumstances, and DuPont didn’t act in bad faith.