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Marriott hack spurs tightening of California data-security laws

“There is a real danger when our personal information is not protected by those we trust,” Levine, the California lawmaker, said Thursday” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Since 2005, some 9,000 data breaches affecting 11.5 billion records have been reported in the U.S. alone, he said.”While sharing some personal identification information can make e-commerce and travel more convenient, data breaches are becoming all too common in our nation.”. Now, one of the latest and largest cases — the pilfering of 327 million guest records including passport information from the Starwood Hotels chain acquired…

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Statewide rent control about to become law in Oregon

“Lawmakers noted Oregon will be a pioneer in statewide rent control if the measure becomes law” writes Associated Press for marketwatch.com. New York has a statewide rent control law but cities can choose whether to participate.SALEM, Ore. — Faced with a housing shortage and skyrocketing rents, Oregon is poised to become the first state to impose mandatory rent controls, with a measure establishing tenant protections moving swiftly through the Legislature. Source: marketwatch.com

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Judge: Prosecutors violated law in dealings with Jeffrey Epstein victims

“A judge ruled on Thursday that federal prosecutors broke the law by failing to keep victims adequately informed about a plea deal that Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent financier, cut to avoid federal prosecution for sexual encounters with numerous underage girls” writes Josh Gerstein for politico.com. Marra’s decision came in a lawsuit that some of Epstein’s victims filed back in 2008 seeking to have the non-prosecution deal nullified because of the treatment of the victims.Critics of the deal have said federal prosecutors were outmatched by Epstein’s well-connected, high-powered defense team, which…

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Want to end the Chinese trade war? Fix patent rights

“If generics can expose name-brand companies to double jeopardy by challenging patents in two legal processes, that upsets the good that the original Hatch-Waxman achieved” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The U.S. has established a pretty good model for patent rights in the drug space with the Hatch-Waxman law.Americans have access to more affordable medicines than ever before, and it’s because the U.S. led the way in balancing the patent demands of name-brand and generic drug companies. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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California Democrats to Congress: Don’t bulldoze our privacy law

“Congressional efforts to pass a national data privacy law could face a major obstacle: California’s powerful bloc of House Democrats” writes Natasha Korecki for politico.com. That’s because many California Democrats are happy with their home state’s new privacy law, which is tougher than what Republicans in Congress seem likely to entertain.Democrats have been critical of any proposal to override state privacy laws since talk of a federal law began in earnest last year.Lately, however, California Democrats have been firmer in their outright opposition to crafting any federal law that either…

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President might have a solid case for emergency declaration, analysts say

“Many legal analysts who watched Donald Trump declare a national emergency over immigration on Friday thought the president had weak legal grounds for doing so” writes Tom Mccarthy for theguardian.com. According to a running list of national emergency declarations compiled by the Brennan Center for Justice, presidents have declared emergencies in 59 instances since the 1976 law was enacted.Legal challenges to Trump’s emergency declaration quickly materialized, with three Texas landowners and an environmental group suing on Friday, 16 state attorneys general suing on Monday and Democrats in Congress promising at…

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Startups-Focused Law Firm Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Payments

“The corporate law firm, which has helped over 300 startups raise more than $500 million in venture capital, now accepts direct cryptocurrency payments via Bitpay” reports bitcointoday.club. We speak our clients’ language and now accept payment in their preferred currency.” What do you think about law firms accepting bitcoin payments?. Cryptocurrency ventures that don’t wish to convert their holdings to fiat can now pay for legal services with bitcoin cash (BCH) or bitcoin core (BTC) with Atrium.Also Read: Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Donations via Bitpay Atrium, a legal services…

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I owe how much? Americans are shocked by the impact of Trump’s tax law

“The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center projected the tax law would reduce individual income taxes by about $1,260 on average, although it benefits higher earners more” writes Adam Jeffery for cnbc.com. The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising, confusing — and occasionally frightening — for some Americans, especially those accustomed to getting money back from the government. “We were very comfortable with our tax law, it had basically been there since 1986, suddenly all these things that were very important to people…

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This new California law is supposed to protect immigrant home cooks. It may help tech giants instead

“But Wang acknowledges the possibility that tech giants could create an online, gig-based platform that dominates the home-cooked food space and extracts profits from home cooks” writes Frank Shyong for latimes.com. She alleges that tech giants are the true beneficiary of AB 626 because the law contains regulations allowing for the sale of home-cooked food over the internet. “This bill was really marketed as something that would help immigrants and people of color.COLUMN: If Chinatown is a metaphor for anything, it’s America » The final version of the law includes…

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