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

Placing Consumers on An Equitable Playing Field

By Matthew Kalhofer The unfair and deceptive terms and conditions agreements that are included in most online transactions, have adversely affected the consumer seeing as it is the consumer who is generally the less educated of the parties to the transaction,...

AirDrop Technology Opening the Door to Anonymous Sexual Harassment

iPhone’s AirDrop software technology has created a new form of sexual harassment. The software allows people to share photographs and other media content with fellow iPhone users in their contacts or anyone their AirDrop may connect to in public. The AirDrop design software allows images to appear without people having the chance to block them. More and more people are taking advantage of AirDrop to anonymously send lewd or threatening images to complete strangers.

Payback is a Billion: Will Facebook’s Landmark $5 Billion Settlement Really Change Any-thing for Consumer Privacy?

In the past Facebook was sued due to privacy related violations. Now there is an alarming allegation coming out of the wood-work that Facebook failed to conduct minimal screening of third-party app developers.

Social Media and Wiretap Statutes: How a Seemingly Innocent Social Media Post May Not Be So Innocent

By posting a recording of a phone call that he had with his agent and coach on his Instagram and YouTube accounts, Antonio Brown came under fire for potentially violating California’s wiretap statute. Antonio Brown’s situation brings up the broader issue of how the widespread use of social media platforms to record and post interactions between individuals has further complicated the already complex preexisting state wiretap statutes.

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

Podcasts

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.

JHTL Blog
  • Placing Consumers on An Equitable Playing Field
    By Matthew Kalhofer The unfair and deceptive terms and conditions agreements that are included in most online transactions, have adversely affected the consumer seeing as it is the consumer who is generally the less educated of the parties to the transaction, acquiescing to such terms and conditions. Industry practice has begun to shift towards favoring…
  • AirDrop Technology Opening the Door to Anonymous Sexual Harassment
    iPhone’s AirDrop software technology has created a new form of sexual harassment. The software allows people to share photographs and other media content with fellow iPhone users in their contacts or anyone their AirDrop may connect to in public. The AirDrop design software allows images to appear without people having the chance to block them. More and more people are taking advantage of AirDrop to anonymously send lewd or threatening images to complete strangers.
  • Payback is a Billion: Will Facebook’s Landmark $5 Billion Settlement Really Change Any-thing for Consumer Privacy?
    In the past Facebook was sued due to privacy related violations. Now there is an alarming allegation coming out of the wood-work that Facebook failed to conduct minimal screening of third-party app developers.
  • Social Media and Wiretap Statutes: How a Seemingly Innocent Social Media Post May Not Be So Innocent
    By posting a recording of a phone call that he had with his agent and coach on his Instagram and YouTube accounts, Antonio Brown came under fire for potentially violating California’s wiretap statute. Antonio Brown’s situation brings up the broader issue of how the widespread use of social media platforms to record and post interactions between individuals has further complicated the already complex preexisting state wiretap statutes.
  • A Rare Win for Pirates in Sports
    By Michael O’Dea As an increasing number of millennials are opting to #CutTheCord, few are feeling that cut more deeply than major sports leagues and the cable providers that broadcast them. What started as an unreliable source, both in quality and availability, has become many sports fans’ first choice for tuning in to their team.…
  • For Security’s Sake: Limiting the Regulation of Biometric Data to Commercial Activity
    This blog discusses the potential outcome of a suit against Home Depot and Lowes for violation of the Illinois Biometrics Information Privacy Act in utilizing software which tracks the movement of individuals in their stores based on facial recognition. The merits of implementing a commercial purpose limitation on the regulation of biometric data is then discussed.
  • 5G is Here
    5G is here, and if one believes the hype, things are never going to be the same. 5G is the 5th generation of wireless communications standards. Economists expect 5G to be a revolutionary force extending beyond cell phones, estimating the global economic impact of 5G in new goods and services will reach $12 trillion by 2035.
  • Environmental Debate: When Will Environmental Concerns Outweigh Political Agendas
    A discussion surrounding the environmental debate over the use of air guns for seismic mapping of the ocean. Through a review of previous Court decisions regarding the use of sonar, this blog discusses the more current issue of air gun use for eventual offshore drilling needs.
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