The Lawyer.com 12/06/02
Clayton Utz off the hook in BAT shredding case
By Emma Vere-Jones
Victoria Court of Appeal finds no evidence that Sydney firm devised strategy
to destroy documents.
The Victoria Court of Appeal yesterday (5 December) overturned a decision in
the case against British American Tobacco (BAT), which found that BAT and
Sydney-based firm Clayton Utz had wilfully shredded documents relevant to
litigation against the company.
Boston Globe 12/08/02
Scandals send clear message
Incriminating e-mails put financial sector on a high compliance alert
The Guardian 12/10/02
Australian court in landmark internet ruling
In a decision that could threaten online publishing around the globe,
Australia's highest court gave a businessman the right to sue for defamation
over an article published in the US and posted on the internet.
National Review 12/11/02
by Joel Mowbray
Saudi spin doctors reverse course and appear before Congress.
After finally accepting subpoenas, the House of Saud's lobbyists and PR
belatedly appearing before a congressional committee Wednesday morning to
answer for their roles in helping the Saudi government deny freedom to scores
of American citizens. The Saudi spin doctors — Jack Deschauer (partner at
Patton Boggs), Michael Petruzzello (managing partner of Qorvis
Communications), and Jamie Gallagher (president of the Gallagher Group) —
have decided not to repeat their noshows from last week's hearing, although
they still have no intention of aiding Congress in its quest to rescue
American citizens unable to leave the desert prison.
ZDNet News 12/10/02
Sklyarov takes the stand in DMCA trial
Lisa M. Bowman, CNET News.com
The Russian programmer arrested and jailed in July 2001 over software that
can crack Adobe's eBooks has testified for the defence in the first major
test of the controversial copyright law.
Knoxville News-Sentinel 12/10/02
Judge bars CTI from destroying data, documents
GE claims Knox firm got proprietary information
By Larisa Brass, News-Sentinel business writer
A lawsuit accusing Knoxville-based CTI Molecular Imaging of stealing trade
secrets from GE Medical Systems took another turn last week after a Kansas
district court judge issued his second injunction against CTI and a former GE
employee who now works there.
The restraining order bars CTI from deleting any electronic data or
destroying other documents it may have received from Lawrence Kessler while
he was still an employee at Wisconsin-based GE Medical Systems. The suit was
filed in Kansas because that's where Kessler lived and worked for GE.
Miami Herald 12/10/02
Witness: I faked tribe's invoices
BY ELENA CABRAL
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A former employee of a man charged with embezzling millions from the Seminole
tribe told jurors Monday how he used a computer program to replicate the
signature of tribal chairman James Billie on back-dated invoices. Mike Scott
said he was told to toss the computer disk into Lake Okeechobee when he was
L.A. Daily News 12/10/02
Court rules police hid records
By Nicholas Grudin
GLENDALE -- The Glendale Police Department deliberatelywithheld the personnel
records of an officer involved in a case where a suspect was accused of
resisting arrest, a court commissioner has ruled.
Houston Press 12/12/02
The Chronicle locks away the Post archives
Is It Wrong to Guess at URLs You Weren't Meant to Find?
by Sandy Kendall
Journalists and similar literary drudges are used to being called hacks, but
recently a Reuters journalist has been called a hacker, with criminal charges
On Oct. 24, Reuters published the (disappointing) third-quarter earnings
results ofSwedish enterprise solutions vendor Intentia before the company had
released them.How? According to Reuters, by guessing the URL where the
information might be stored,and finding it there. The information was not
meant to be public, but Intentia had put iton its Web server. It was not
password-protected, but there were no links to it normention of the page’s
URL anywhere. Nonetheless it was easy for the enterprisingjournalist to guess
because the URL was the same as that of the publicized secondquarter results
page, with a “Q3” instead of a “Q2”. Bloomberg reported Intentia’s
shareprice fell 23 percent on the day. Which, of course, might have happened
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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