Can someone patent the biological essence that makes you, you? Everyone has genes, and scientists have discovered many exciting things about human genes. However, the question of whether human genes can be patented stirs considerable controversy. Jay Kesan explains in this week’s Legal Issues in the News.
Legal Issues in the News
When we think of high stakes sports situations, it’s usually the final minutes or last play of the game. In this week’s Legal Issues in the News, Travis McDade discusses a couple examples of when the opening moments mattered the most.
June always brings a bumper crop of Supreme Court opinions, and this June was no exception. In this week’s Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt talks about the practical tax effects, yes, tax effects of the same-sex marriage cases.
The National Security Agency, or NSA, has been in the news a lot lately. Much of what the NSA does remains shrouded in secrecy, but recent revelations provide an opportunity to reflect on how to best provide for the safety and security of our way of life, while retaining the core values that define this way of life. Jay Kesan has more in this week’s Legal Issues in the News.
What would you think if the U.S. maintained a database with everyone’s DNA? Sound like a sci-fi movie? In this week’s Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt explains why some conspiracy theorists are disagreeing with a recent Supreme Court case.
If someone told you someone sold them a lemon, would you think first of a Datsun or a dachshund? In this week’s Legal Issues in the News commentator Travis McDade discusses Illinois’ latest consumer protection measure.
That cool new gadget you just bought is probably covered by more patents than the dollars you paid for it. And what if you have to repair this gadget? The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that patent law only allows so much tinkering before patents covering the gadget are considered to be infringed. Jay Kesan has more in this week’s Legal Issues in the News.
Compensation Fund Czar Kenneth Feinberg has been tasked to administer One Fund Boston. In this week’s Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt explains how the fund will operate, and what makes it different from compensation funds in the past.
When cherished memories become valuable memorabilia the situation can sometimes lead involved parties to court. Travis McDade has the details of one such high-profile case in this week’s Legal Issues in the News.
Have you heard? Justin Beiber is gay, an explosion rocked the Whitehouse, and a protest group has plans to disrupt the Bay Area rapid transit system. It’s not all true, but it’s all on Twitter. And it is disrupting us. In this week’s Legal Issues in the News, Jay Kesan asks what the law should do about this?