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October 2017 Archives

Houston-area family duped, buys $2,000 fake World Series tickets

The Houston Astros won last night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers to take a two games to one lead in the World Series. A Spring family that had hoped to be at Minute Maid Park to watch the game shelled out $2,000 for four tickets -- but found out at the gate that the tickets were counterfeit.

Dealing with a grand jury: Avoid unexpected pitfalls

With a grand jury, it might sound like you'll get a fair shot at avoiding an indictment or criminal charges. But any time a grand jury is convened, it's typically not a good sign. Grand juries can be unpredictable and you must be cautious in how you act and represent yourself during grand jury proceedings.

Narrow definition of unauthorized access allowed in CFAA cases

The 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was intended to fight hacking. However, the law was passed in a time long before today's understanding of computers or the advent of the internet as we know it today. The U.S. Supreme Court recently had a chance to consider whether the CFAA was still adequate by hearing two cases decided by the Ninth Circuit. Unfortunately, the justices turned the cases away and left in place what may be far too narrow a definition of "unauthorized access."

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