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December 6, 2011

Ifrah Law Blog Wrap-Up for November 2011

By: Jeff Ifrah

In November 2011, we at Ifrah Law expressed our views on a number of current issues in our blogs, Crime in the Suites and FTC Beat. This post summarizes and wraps up our thoughts from the month.

ACLU Wins FOIA Appeal on Prosecutors’ Use of Cell Phone Location Data

The Justice Department must turn over the names and docket numbers of numerous cases in which the government accessed cell phone location data without probable cause or a warrant.

Read the full post here on the Crime in the Suites blog.

Options for Suing the Federal Government Under Bivens Unlikely to Expand

U.S. Supreme Court argument indicates that the Justices are unlikely to extend Bivens to cover cases against private employees.

Read the full post here on the Crime in the Suites blog.

Judge Imposes 15-Year Sentence in FCPA Case; Appeal to Follow

This case will test the Justice Department’s expansive definition of “foreign official” under the statute.

Read the full post here on the Crime in the Suites blog.

High Court Hears Argument in GPS Fourth Amendment Case

The Justices grapple with issues of search and seizure in an online, wired world.

Read the full post here on the Crime in the Suites blog.

In Appeal of Construction Fraud Case, DOJ Seeks Tougher Sentences

This case, arising from Boston’s “Big Dig” project, will test the limits of a trial judge’s sentencing discretion.

Read the full post here on the Crime in the Suites blog.

Self-Regulation Reigns, for Now, on Consumer Data Privacy Issues

The online advertising industry is inching its way to more comprehensive policies regarding the collection of consumer data.

Read the full post here on the FTC Beat blog.

Google, Microsoft Assume Roles of Judge, Jury and Executioner on the Web

The Internet giants cancel the Web connections of companies that are accused by the government of mortgage fraud but have not been convicted.

Read the full post here on the FTC Beat blog.

New House Hearing Shows Strength of Hill Support for Legal Online Gaming

Many members of Congress remain serious that legal and technical obstacles can be overcome and that legislation can be passed in this area.

Read the full post here on the Crime in the Suites blog.

Convicted of Fraud but Changed Their Lives; Appeals Court Takes Note

A couple committed mortgage fraud back in the late ‘90s. The 7th Circuit gives them sentencing credit for self-rehabilitation.

Read the full post here on the Crime in the Suites blog.

More Big Pharma Companies Cough Up Big Dollars in DOJ Settlements

How high will these settlements go? The government has the power to strong-arm drug companies into settlements. How much will it demand?

Read the full post here on the Crime in the Suites blog.