Facebook Firing Upheld

The US National Labor Relations Board has upheld the termination of an employee for remarks made during a private Facebook message. In Tasker Healthcare Group, d/b/a Skinsmart Dermatology, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board reviewed and ultimately upheld the termination … Continue reading

When is a Cell Phone a Cell Phone?

Lower court ruling that using Google Maps is not a use of a “hand-held cellular telephone” overturned. In R. v. Ferguson, the accused was acquitted at trial of a charge under the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act that she had … Continue reading

Better Put a Password on That…

Various decisions highlight the ongoing significance of whether a cell phone is password-protected. In R. v. Larose, Justice Maher of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench (Battleford) heard a motion by an accused to exclude evidence seized from his cell … Continue reading

USSC: Naturally-Occurring DNA Not Patentable

In its eagerly-anticipated decision of 13 June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that an isolated DNA strand was not subject to patent, though a synthetically-created strand could be. In Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, … Continue reading