Monthly Archives: October 2012

California Court: Citizens United Ruling Doesn’t Bar Compelled Disclosure Of Donors Under Campaign Finance Laws

A Superior Court judge in Sacramento, California entered a preliminary injunction, holding that an Arizona nonprofit organization that contributed money to a political action committee in the Golden State must submit its donor records for review by a state watchdog … Continue reading

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Court: Website That Encouraged Posting of Copied Content Not Liable For Copyright Infringement

A federal court in Arizona dismissed copyright infringement claims in which the Ripoff Report — an online consumer complaint posting forum — contended that its competitor,, “encourage[d] and permit consumers to post content that has been exclusively licensed to” … Continue reading

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IRS Denies 501(c)(6) Business League Tax Exemption To Member Service Org.

In a private letter ruling released on October 19, 2012, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service held that a nonprofit organization purportedly dedicated to improving the business interests the health care professionals’ industry was not entitled to a federal income tax … Continue reading

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Canada: Employee Had Valid Privacy Expectation In Workplace Computer Despite Employer Policy To Contrary

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that an employee may have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of his workplace computer, even though the employer’s policies disavow any privacy interest. R. v. Cole, 2012 SCC 53 (Canada Oct. … Continue reading

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Del. Court: Partnership Agreement Validly Disclaimed Fiduciary Duties to Limited Partners

Delaware’s Court of Chancery dismissed breach of fiduciary duty claims by limited partners against the controlling partner of their limited partnership, where the partnership agreement expressly disclaimed any fiduciary duties owed to the limited partners.┬áHITE Hedge LP v. El Paso … Continue reading

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No Unemployment Compensation For Worker Fired for Disparaging Tweets

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court upheld the denial of unemployment benefits to a claimant whose former employer fired him for posting disparaging comments about his workplace and co-workers on the micro-blogging website Twitter. Burns v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. … Continue reading

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