Law in the News: Google Sued Over Claims Android Tie-Ins Hurt Competition

Google Inc. was sued over claims it abused its market power by forcing hand-held device makers that use its Android operating system to also provide the search engine company’s applications. Google’s requirements that manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) adopt less popular applications in order to use consumer favorites such as YouTube are “designed to maintain and extend its monopolies,” according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California. Worldwide, 78 percent of smartphones were run on Android in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to IDC. Apple Inc.’s iOS had 18 percent of the market, while Windows had 3 percent and BlackBerry Ltd. had 0.6 percent.

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Law in the News: In California, a handful of cities begin neighborhood patrols to warn residents of water waste

At least 45 water agencies throughout California, including Sacramento, are imposing and enforcing mandatory restrictions on water use as their supplies run dangerously low. Sacramento is one of the few bigger agencies actively patrolling streets for violators and encouraging neighbors to report waste.

They teach residents to avoid hosing down driveways, overwatering lawns or filling swimming pools. While gentle reminders are preferred, citations and fines can follow for repeat offenders
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Law in the News: $100M suit targets FedEx in fatal Northern Calif. crash

A San Diego attorney who filed the first lawsuit against FedEx after its truck collided with a tour bus in Northern California spoke with 10News Thursday.

Attorney King Aminpour filed a $100 million negligence lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of the family of 17-year-old Jennifer Bonilla of Los Angeles, one of 10 people killed in the crash.
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Jump start your exam review period with Study Aids!

Study aids are an excellent tool to review legal subjects, and may include outlines, practice questions, charts and other useful review tools.  As the final exams approach, you may want to check out our Study Aids Guide . The guide lists study aids available at the UC Hastings library by legal topic. Many study aids are kept at the 4th floor Circulation Desk reserves area, and can be checked out for two hours (or, in some cases, 24 hours).

Website highlight: Ravel Law

Ravel Law is a scholarship tool that analyzes cases with graphical displays. Search for a case by keyword, and the system will display its history in easy to understand visual formats . The Judge search displays opinions written by Supreme Court judges using the visual method.

Registration: Ravel Law is free to .edu users. Students can register with their UC Hastings IDs.

More about Ravel Law: Unraveling Ravel Law blog entry by Ashley Ahlbrand

Legal News: Common Web Encryption Tool Is Flawed, Researchers Say

Common Web Encryption Tool Is Flawed, Researchers Say
An encryption tool used by a large chunk of the Internet is flawed, potentially exposing reams of data meant to be hidden from prying eyes. The bug, nicknamed Heartbleed by researchers at Google Inc. and cybersecurity firm Codenomicon, could have affected two-thirds of active websites when it was disclosed Monday, they said.
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