Free & Alt resources; Precision Searching (LRC)

Learn in-depth legal research with our library research certificate program! Classes are held on Tuesdays at noon. Check Blackboard for the full list of classes with days, times and location, and find program information at http://library.uchastings.edu/services/certificate.php

Classes left for the Spring term:
– Free and alternative resources (3/17)
– Conducting precision searching (3/24)

Law in the News: Clinton e-mail flap reveals common practice

Reports this week that Hillary Rodham Clinton relied on her personal account entirely, and did not even have a government e-mail address during her tenure as secretary of state, have triggered a firestorm over the accountability of public officials and the security of valuable information. It turns out Jeb Bush had a personal account, too, while governor of Florida.

Both used their own digital servers, revealing the high degree of personal control they held over all their official e-mails.

The disclosures highlight an ethical controversy in all levels of government and underscore just how easily politicians can set up systems that operate beyond the scrutiny of the public they were elected to serve.
Read article on Boston Globe

Legal Research Certificate classes

Learn in-depth legal research with our library research certificate program! Classes are held on Tuesdays at noon. Classes left this term are: Administrative law; Free and alternative resources; Conducting precision searching.

Check Blackboard for the full list of classes with days, times and location, and find program information at http://library.uchastings.edu/services/certificate.php

Law in the News: Court dismisses 3rd lawsuit against hen cage law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit by a farmer that challenged a law banning the inhumane confinement of egg-laying hens.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the 2012 decision by a lower court to throw out the lawsuit by egg farmer William Cramer. Cramer’s lawsuit said the law is unconstitutionally vague.

It’s the third time courts have rejected lawsuits by egg farmers against California’s landmark Proposition 2.

The initiative approved in 2008 bans the inhumane confinement of egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and veal calves in cages so small the animals cannot stretch their limbs, lie down or turn around.

Read article on San Francisco Chronicles

Law in the News: Judge tosses challenge to SF ‘Airbnb law’ but future suits likely

Just days before San Francisco’s “Airbnb law” is scheduled to take effect, a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a challenge to the law from rival vacation-rental firm HomeAway but left the door open for HomeAway customers to file their own lawsuit.

The ordinance legalizes and regulates vacation-rentals in private homes. HomeAway claimed that it was tailored for Airbnb’s business model and asked for a preliminary injunction to stop it from taking effect Sunday. That implementation date can go forward, the court ruled.

HomeAway’s objections focused on residency and tax requirements.

Most of the 1,200 San Francisco rentals advertised on HomeAway and its subsidiary VRBO are second homes, whose owners live elsewhere and thus don’t meet the permanent residency requirement. And the law said that “hosting platforms” must collect and remit San Francisco’s 14 percent hotel tax. HomeAway argued that it is not a middleman like Airbnb, which handles the entire rental transaction, but merely a marketplace — more like Craigslist or the newspaper classifieds — where homeowners can list the spaces.

Read full article on SFGate