Welcome to JHTL

at Suffolk Law

JHTL is student-run by an Editorial Board of past JHTL staff members. Students who become JHTL staff members are able to receive academic credit for working on a piece for publication, cite-checking, and writing a book review. The Editorial Board coordinates and supervises the research and writing development for all JHTL staff members. Staff members are selected through the summer write-on competition, and membership is open to all students who qualify, not just those concentrating in Intellectual Property.

A unique feature of JHTL as a Suffolk Law Honor Board is its ability to publish all articles online, which allows members to publish their materials while still at Suffolk. Making articles available on Westlaw, Lexis, and the JHTL Web site allows members of the legal community direct access to our timely articles, notes, and case comments.

For more information about the JHTL, please contact us at jhtl@jhtl.org.

If you are interested in submitting an Article for publication, please review our policy on Article Submissions.

Welcome to JHTL

Striking the Balance between Drone Technology and Privacy

In the past several years, drones have become increasingly popular and have had significant positive impacts on our society. At the same time, law suits regarding privacy rights have ensued across the country.

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Now Streaming Patent Trolls

Patent troll suing Netflix over download feature is just one example of thousands

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New Airline Ban Causing Laptop Safety Concerns

Describing how the new airline ban will effect airline customers in a negative way.

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Amazon App Store: Primed for a Refund

After several years of litigation Amazon has decided to settle a case and pay out $70 million for in-app purchases made by children without parental permission.

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Book review

2015 – 2016

Anticipating Child Exploitation due to Blurred Boundary Lines by Media and Society

Written by Holly A. Smith and reviewed by Angelica Diaz

e-Discovery: The Untold Story of my Quest for Justice

Written by Laura A. Zubulake and reviewed by Caroline Murphy


In conjunction with Suffolk Law’s Intellectual Property Concentration, and under the guidance of Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, JHTL produces a series of podcasts on topical issues of law, technology, and IP:

Introduction Podcast

Welcome to the JHTL Podcast 2015-2016 series! In this episode we introduce the creators and interviewers Jerry Chapin, Andrew Glenny, and Olivia Vaché, all students at Suffolk University Law School interested and/or studying technology in law.

  • Striking the Balance between Drone Technology and Privacy
    By Michael Filbin Over the past several years, drones have emerged as one of the most iconic topics in technology. While it is true that drones have been around for nearly a century in the military, it wasn’t until recently that the drone market exploded in growth and became widely available for civilian use. This…
  • Now Streaming Patent Trolls
    By: Alex Samaei In February 2017, Blackbird Technologies sued Netflix claiming patent infringement over the company’s added download feature.  Blackbird owns an ambiguous patent #7,174,362 which was originally intended to protect the automation of custom-making CDs full of data, but is being applied to the download of streaming content because of the patent’s vague language.…
  • New Airline Ban Causing Laptop Safety Concerns
    By: Sayyedeh Parastoo Vakili Packing and planning for your next long trip recently became more stressful and difficult. The United States government is banning people from carrying electronic devices from eight different countries having a direct flight to the United States. This rule applies to flights from ten airports in eight Middle Eastern and North…
  • Amazon App Store: Primed for a Refund
    By Alex Samaei Has a child ever made an in-app purchase on your phone when you’re not looking? Well, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Amazon have recently settled a long-running lawsuit which could entitle you to a refund. Amazon held out in this decision as Apple and Google both settled years ago, avoiding litigation…
  • Disclosure in the Digital Age: The FTC Sets Forth New Regulations for Social Media Marketing
    By Jenna Andrews What do Rihanna, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kim Kardashian all have in common? They are three of the largest social media influencers in the world. Collectively, they have the ability to influence the purchasing decisions of over 500 million people through their social media activity. Products such as Nike sneakers, Apple Watches, and…
  • Uber: Veering Off Course
    By Noelle Phelan In recent years, use of ride sharing technology such as Uber has become an increasingly popular way to get around. However, as the application’s popularity has increased, so have the amount of regulations many cities have attempted to place on the company. In order to ensure a fair market, and safety for…
  • Balancing Censorship and Hate Speech: Germany’s Approach to Blocking Illegal Content on Social Media in the Fake News Era
    By Conor L. McSweeney The Cabinet of Germany recently approved a draft bill of legislation targeting social media firms with significant financial penalties if they fail to remove illegal content within statutorily defined timeframes. The Cabinet is representative of the leading ministers from the ruling coalition of parties in the Parliament of the Federal Republic…
  • How to Export Encryption Products While Staying Compliant
    By Brandon Basso Every defense contract for the acquisition of encryption products will have an ‘export control’ section that states the following: “U.S. export law as contained in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulation (EAR) is applicable to any controlled technical data provided under this Agreement.  Any such controlled…
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