Athletes from eight different schools including Illinois, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, Indiana, Penn, Iowa State and Michigan State Universities have filed suit against several companies, individuals and Internet service providers after secret videotapes taken in the schools' locker rooms were sold over the Internet and through the mail.
The lawsuit charges defendants with invasion of privacy, unlawful use of the plaintiffs' images for profit, and mail and wire fraud under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The 28 unnamed plaintiffs have been described as male football players.
David Sobel, general counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, stated that the ISPs named in the suit will likely evade responsibility for their customer's actions, given that the Communications Decency Act maintains that ISPs are not responsible for the content of their customer's Web sites. "I think the law goes a little further than it probably ought to in shielding ISPs, particularly in case where they have knowledge of what's there," commented Sobel.
In related news, New York state police officials are investigating allegations that 8 state troopers encouraged two young women to strip and pose naked for pictures at the Woodstock '99 festival this weekend.
Lt. Jamie Mills commented, "obviously, such allegations are disturbing and would be considered inappropriate."
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .