Legal Solutions blog weekly roundup

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Here’s a quick check-in with our friends over at the Legal Solutions blog to see what’s been going on in the legal world this past week:

Within the next two weeks, the United States Supreme Court will publish two opinions, United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, and potentially change the look of marriage throughout the country. To understand the scope and importance of the pending Supreme Court opinions, it is important to first review the current status of same-sex marriage throughout the country.

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The Supreme Court announced quite a few decisions on Monday, but unfortunately, the most anticipated rulings on same-sex marriage, affirmative action in school admissions, and the Voting Rights Act were not among them. Nevertheless, we did get an opinion on Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

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Recent revelations about National Security Agency monitoring of communications have brought the issue of personal privacy in the digital environment to the center of public attention. This heightened concern regarding privacy will likely attract greater scrutiny to the rapidly expanding and diversifying commercial uses of personal data. Social media and other online services now routinely collect, analyze, and distribute massive collections of personal information, and those services continue to develop new ways to use that data.

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided against a biotech firm that had sought to patent the locations and mutations of the BRAC 1 and BRAC 2 genes, which are associated with an increased risk in breast and ovarian cancer in women. A patent would have given the company, Myriad Genetics, control and a lucrative stake in certain types of tests and treatments for these cancers.

 

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