Legal Briefs: What’s Happening in the Law?

September 28, 2014

Each week, we bring you updates on the legal world.

Looking ahead…

With the release of the new iPhones this past week, Apple has started a battle with the government over phone data access. Previously, the government could access unencrypted data on the cellular devices via a court order. Now, the government will still be able to get the data, but it won’t receive the encryption code needed to make sense of it. Expect several court cases about this. (New York Times)

United States Attorney General Eric Holder stepped down from his post this past week. Now, everyone wants to know who is going to replace him. Here’s a list of potential candidates, but get ready to be surprised. (USA Today)

And in case you missed it…

The Justice Department is creating a new policy to ban law enforcement from profiling subjects across the country. Sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion will be among the excluded factors. (Los Angeles Times)

Justice Elena Kagan performed her first same-sex marriage. One member of the happy couple—Mitchell Reich—is her former law clerk. (Washington Post)

Disney is facing an ice-cold lawsuit from a woman alleging that the company stole her life story and used it for Frozen (recent blockbuster, in case you missed it everywhere). The amount the plaintiff claims she is owed…250 million dollars. (CNN)


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