Legal Briefs

Supreme Court Narrows Use of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Supreme Court

Episode 1803

Going before the Supreme Court, the decades-long Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been narrowed in its application on constitutional grounds.  Leo says that the act is only really used to prosecute when no other law applies, and the particular case was regarding a police officer who was prosecuted for improperly accessing a driver's license database.

Class Action Lawsuit Continues Against Apple

Gavel

Episode 1142

A class action lawsuit against Apple is ongoing over the iPod and an old sync feature. The suit is all about the fact that Apple iTunes would erase an iPod if it wasn't recognized by the computer. The lawsuit represents 8 million users for about $350 million, of which half will go to lawyers, of course. That leaves everyone else with a settlement of about $0.50 a piece.