Topic Archives: 9th Circuit

U.S. v. Cotterman: Ninth Circuit Holds Reasonable Suspicion Required for Forensic Laptop Search at the Border

The Fourth Amendment generally requires that government searches must be reasonable, which typically can be satisfied via a warrant. Searches at the border, however, traditionally occupy a special status in connection with U.S. Fourth Amendment law. Recognizing that “the government’s interest in … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit relaxes electronic search procedures in United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing rehearing

In a revised en banc opinion (PDF), the Ninth Circuit overturned guidelines promulgated last year involving seizure of computer records from a company allegedly providing steroids to professional baseball players. The en banc opinion relaxes the previously issued federal procedures … Continue reading

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Vernor v. Autodesk: Ninth Circuit test for distinguishing software owners from licensees

On Friday, the Ninth Circuit clarified its test for determining whether a software purchaser is a licensee or an owner of the purchased copy in Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc. The result affirms the ability of software publishers to restrain licensees’ … Continue reading

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