Chemerinsky: Some potential blockbusters as new SCOTUS term gets underway

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for ABA Journal, Oct. 2, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court begins its October 2017 term with an unusual number of potential blockbuster cases on its docket. The court will have five days of oral arguments covering nine cases during the month. Some of the likely most important cases concern arbitration, immigration, and partisan gerrymandering.

After UC Berkeley blocks Dershowitz speech, its law school steps in

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by Law.com, Oct. 2, 2017

“I heard from the Jewish Law Students Association that Alan Dershowitz wanted to speak on campus,” Chemerinsky said. “I immediately called him and then sent him an email inviting him. I have known Alan for a long time and think very highly of him. He always is welcome to speak at U.C. Berkeley Law School.”

Dave Denslow: Free speech must prevail to protect other rights

Erwin Chemerinsky book cited by The Gainesville Sun, Sept. 29, 2017

UF, as a public institution, has no choice but to allow Spencer to appear. Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman make this clear in their book entitled “Free Speech on Campus.” Chemerinksy …. and Gillman … explain Supreme Court decisions by which universities must ban serious and immediate threats of violence, continual harassment and speech that interferes with classes. But they may not prohibit speech because it is hateful.

Should Facebook be regulated?

Ann Ravel interviewed by MSNBC, Velshi & Ruhle, Sept. 29, 2017

“I would like to see it be a joint responsibility with the FEC and an agency that is capable of doing the investigations. We cannot just rely on Facebook or any other platform to be responsible for doing that.”

We need new regulations to protect us from Facebook and Equifax

Pamela Samuelson quoted by VentureBeat, Sept. 28, 2017

Pamela Samuelson says the FTC has “statutory authority to regulate unfair and deceptive practices [and] can act on that authority by initiating claims against those who fail to maintain adequate security.” She notes that the FTC has usedthese powers before, nudging firms to have privacy and security policies.

Equifax continues to scramble after massive breach

Christopher Hoofnagle interviewed by NPR, Sept. 28, 2017

“You might sign up because it’s free and it sounds like a good idea to protect yourself against identity theft. But if you read the fine print, you’ll see that it gives these companies the ability to sell your personal information to anyone they want.”