By Jim Calloway
At the OBA Annual Meeting, during a discussion about smartphones, an attendee pulled out an old-style flip phone and smiled at us. This happens a lot, although not nearly with the frequency it did several years ago. Sometimes the lawyer is a bit sheepish about still having an old flip phone and other times they are quite proud of it, having avoided what they view as the additional complexity and expense of operating a smartphone.
I am not judging anyone for their phone. Even the most fervent users of smartphones would agree that they are a mixed blessing. Even carrying a flip phone still means that most serene weekend afternoon or private moment can be interrupted by a call. It is a part of life today. And flip phones do have the advantage of never having a reported episode of bursting into flame.
The idea of individuals carrying a device that is a phone and a powerful computing device connected to the internet is not going to go away. I used to do seminars about apps for lawyers’ mobile devices, but now it is easy to do a quick search for any function and find articles comparing and contrasting various mobile apps.
A challenging thing about technology, however, is knowing what you don’t know.
So let’s cover a few things lawyers can do with their smartphones today.
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By Adnan Farooqui
Legislators in South Carolina have moved a new bill which would make it illegal for a smartphone, tablet or computer to be sold in the state without a porn filter. The filter will render the device incapable of accessing online porn. However, those who want the ability to access adult content online will have to pay an additional $20 in order to purchase a smartphone, tablet or computer without a porn filter.
The sponsors of the bill haven’t really provided any technical details about how the porn filter is going to work, whether it’s going to be installed at the factory for the aforementioned devices or if sales representatives will install it at the point of sale. There’s also the question of this entire act infringing on First Amendment rights.
New York is one of 20 states that have filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against six generic drug makers alleging that they entered into numerous illegal conspiracies in order to favorably affect the market for an antibiotic and an oral diabetes medication in their favor, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said Thursday.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)
Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Aurobindo Pharma USA, Citron Pharma, Mayne Pharma, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA are being targeted by the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that the companies engaged in the alleged illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for doxycycline hyclate delayed release, the antibiotic, and glyburide, the oral diabetes drug. An investigation, initiated in Connecticut in July 2014, related to a number of additional generic drugs is ongoing, Schneiderman’s office said.
The lawsuit alleges that senior executives and subordinate marketing and sales executives coordinated to reduce competition with knowledge that their conduct was illegal and that they sought to avoid communicating in writing or delete written communications after they became aware of the investigation.