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Discrimination, Preemption, and Arizona’s Immigration Law

A Broader View
by  Lucas Guttentag  

The Supreme Court is expected to decide within days whether Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement statute, S.B. 1070, is unconstitutional. Arizona’s law is widely condemned because of the discrimination the law will engender. Yet the Court appears intent on relegating questions of racial and ethnic profiling to the back of the bus, as it were. That…

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The Money Crisis

How Citizens United Undermines Our Elections and the Supreme Court
by  Russ Feingold  

As we draw closer to the November election, it becomes clearer that this year’s contest, thanks to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, will be financially dominated by big money, including, whether directly or indirectly, big money from the treasuries of corporations of all kinds. Without a significant change in how our campaign finance…

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Health Care and Constitutional Chaos

Why the Supreme Court Should Uphold the Affordable Care Act
by  Eric Segall & Aaron E. Carroll  

The Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will likely be handed down on the last day of this year’s term. If the Court finds that the ACA—either in whole or in part—violates the Constitution, the health care industry will be shaken to its core. And, no matter what legal…

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How the War on Drugs Distorts Privacy Law

by  Jane Yakowitz Bambauer  

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon determine whether a trained narcotics dog’s sniff at the front door of a home constitutes a Fourth Amendment search. The case, Florida v. Jardines, has privacy scholars abuzz because it presents two possible shifts in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. First, the Court might expand the physical spaces rationale from Justice…

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In Memoriam Best Mode

by  Lee Petherbridge & Jason Rantanen  

On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA” or “Act”). It embodies the most substantial legislative overhaul of patent law and practice in more than half a century. Commentators have begun the sizable task of unearthing and calling attention to the many effects the Act may have on…

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The Dead Past

by  Alex Kozinski  

I must start out with a confession: When it comes to technology, I’m what you might call a troglodyte. I don’t own a Kindle or an iPad or an iPhone or a Blackberry. I don’t have an avatar or even voicemail. I don’t text. I don’t reject technology altogether: I do have a typewriter—an electric…

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Animus Thick and Thin

The Broader Impact of the Ninth Circuit Decision in Perry v. Brown
by  Nan D. Hunter  

There is a concern among supporters of marriage equality, especially those in the legal academy, that the decision of the Ninth Circuit in Perry v. Brown was too good to be true or, perhaps, too clever to be sustainable. Judges Reinhardt and Hawkins crafted a decision that struck down Proposition 8 with reasoning that applies…

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In Search of Cyber Peace

A Response to the Cybersecurity Act of 2012
by  Scott J. Shackelford  

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which was recently introduced in the Senate Homeland Security and Governance Affairs Committee, is the latest legislative attempt to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity. If enacted, the bill would grant new powers to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to oversee U.S. government cybersecurity, set “cybersecurity performance requirements” for firms operating…

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Physical and Regulatory Takings

One Distinction Too Many
by  Richard A. Epstein  

At this moment, it looks as though the law of eminent domain takings is in a quiet phase, as the Supreme Court has not recently taken any major case that examines the foundations of the field. One apparently settled area of takings jurisprudence deals with rent control, where the Court provides only scant protection to…

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The Ninth Circuit’s Perry Decision and the Constitutional Politics of Marriage Equality

by  William N. Eskridge Jr.  

In Perry v. Brown, the Ninth Circuit ruled that California’s Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause. Reacting to the state supreme court’s recognition of marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples, Proposition 8 was a 2008 voter initiative that altered the state constitution to “restore” the “traditional” understanding of civil marriage to exclude same-sex…

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The Right to Be Forgotten

by  Jeffrey Rosen  

At the end of January, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, announced the European Commission’s proposal to create a sweeping new privacy right—the “right to be forgotten.” The right, which has been hotly debated in Europe for the past few years, has finally been codified as part of a broad…

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Famous for Fifteen People

Celebrity, Newsworthiness, and Fraley v. Facebook
by  Simon J. Frankel, Laura Brookover & Stephen Satterfield  

A recent case in the Northern District of California, Fraley v. Facebook,[1] recalls singer-songwriter Momus’s prescient parody of Andy Warhol: “In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen people.”[2] Although Momus was discussing the revolution in the recording and distribution of music made possible by digital technologies that allowed performers outside the mainstream to…

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Paving the Regulatory Road to the “Learning Health Care System”

by  Deven McGraw  

The poor quality and high cost of health care in the U.S. is well documented. The widespread adoption of electronic medical records—for purposes of improving quality and reducing costs—is key to reversing these trends.[1] But federal privacy regulations do not set clear and consistent rules for access to health information to improve health care quality.…

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Yes We Can (Profile You)

A Brief Primer on Campaigns and Political Data
by  Daniel Kreiss  

caucus living within one hundred miles of the straw poll in Ames, Iowa.[1] In the months leading up to the caucuses Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign purchased ads that ran before all YouTube videos watched by voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.[2]Meanwhile, through sophisticated voter modeling, targeted communications based on voters’ political interests, and tracking the…

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Privacy in the Age of Big Data

A Time for Big Decisions
by  Omer Tene & Jules Polonetsky  

We live in an age of “big data.” Data has become the raw material of production, a new source of immense economic and social value. Advances in data mining and analytics and the massive increase in computing power and data storage capacity have expanded, by orders of magnitude, the scope of information available to businesses,…

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A Reasonableness Approach to Searches After the Jones GPS Tracking Case

by  Peter Swire C. & William O’Neill Professor  

In the oral argument this fall in United States v. Jones,[1] several Supreme Court Justices struggled with the government’s view that it can place Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices on cars without a warrant or other Fourth Amendment limit. Chief Justice Roberts asked: “You think there would also not be a search if you…

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The 2011 Basketball Lockout

The Union Lives to Fight Another Day—Just Barely
by  William B. Gould IV  

Sports in 2011 was synonymous with labor-management relations, which became contentious in two of the three sports in which collective bargaining agreements expired—football and basketball. The National Basketball Association (NBA or the owners), for its part, made it clear that it would utilize a lockout as a means of economic pressure to obtain the kind…

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The Iraq War, the Next War, and the Future of the Fat Man

by  Stephen L. Carter  

When the last American combat troops departed Iraq in December, they left behind a disordered democracy that may not survive, along with a great deal of ethical confusion. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 represented the apotheosis of “anticipatory” self-defense—the theory that the use of armed force can be justified to prevent an attack that…

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How to Reach the Constitutional Question in the Health Care Cases

by  Daniel J. Hemel  

Although the Supreme Court has agreed to hear three suits challenging the 2010 health care reform legislation, it is not at all clear that the Court will resolve the constitutional questions at stake in those cases. Rather, the Justices may decide that a Reconstruction-era statute, the Tax Anti-Injunction Act (TA-IA), requires them to defer a…

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Don’t Break the Internet

by  Mark Lemley, David S. Levine & David G. Post  

Two bills now pending in Congress—the PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (Protect IP) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House—represent the latest legislative attempts to address a serious global problem: large-scale online copyright and trademark infringement. Although the bills differ in certain respects, they share an underlying approach and…

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