Federal Judge Denies SEC’s Bid to Regulate Corporate Cybersecurity in Landmark SolarWinds Case

NEW YORK — In a landmark decision, a federal judge in Manhattan ruled against the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) attempt to regulate corporate cybersecurity practices, settling a significant lawsuit centered around the extensive SolarWinds cyberattack. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer concluded that the current statutory framework provides the SEC authority only over financial controls, not the broader scope of internal cybersecurity measures. This ruling came amid fears from various business sectors concerned about potential penalties from the SEC following breaches, particularly those executed by sophisticated hacking groups. Companies worried that stringent regulatory oversight … Read more

California Enacts Landmark Law to Shield LGBTQ+ Students’ Privacy from Mandatory Disclosure

Sacramento, Calif. — California has set a precedent as the first state to enact legislation barring school policies that mandate employees to disclose students’ sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression without their consent. Governor Gavin Newsum signed the bill into law this Monday, amidst increasing national debate over the rights of LGBTQ+ students and the involvement of parents in learning about their children’s identities. The law targets emerging conservative-driven policies that demanded schools to inform parents about changes in a student’s pronouns or names, underlining the state’s protective stance over personal privacy. According to … Read more

Oklahoma Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse: Jury Finds Adam Joseph King Guilty in Landmark Case Protecting Cherokee Nation Minor

TULSA, Okla. – After deliberating for less than two hours, a jury found Adam Joseph King, a 35-year-old man from Pryor, guilty on charges of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor Under 12 and Abusive Sexual Contact with a Minor Under 12 in Indian Country. The verdict comes after a trial where damning evidence was presented against King, who committed the crimes against a child who is a member of the Cherokee Nation. U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson spoke on the outcome, emphasizing the bravery of the young victim and the importance of cooperation between various … Read more

Seattle Protesters Win $700K in Landmark Case Over Chalked Anti-Policing Messages

Seattle, WA — In a verdict that underscores the tensions between police conduct and protest rights, a Seattle jury has awarded $700,000 to three protesters who were jailed after using chalk to write anti-police messages on a public barricade. This decision marks a significant moment in ongoing national debates over free speech and law enforcement’s response to civil dissent. The case stemmed from incidents during the heightened protests in Seattle, which were part of the larger national uprising against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in 2020. The demonstrators, whose chalked slogans included … Read more