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2003 Stories

Professors and Student Help Win State Supreme Court Victory
On Monday, June 30, the California Supreme Court ruled in Intel vs. Hamidi, refusing to allow the technology company to block Ken Hamidi, an ex-worker, from sending mass emails to Intel employees. Professors Mark Lemley ’91 and Deirdre Mulligan, with the assistance of Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy clinic student Laura Quilter ’03, wrote an amicus curiae brief in support of Hamidi. The brief was submitted on behalf of more than 40 computer and intellectual property law professors.

The decision reversed a lower court ruling that prevented Hamidi from sending Intel employees emails regarding his firing and the company’s labor practices. The brief argued that the lower court ruling created a new tort dangerous to the Internet, electronic commerce and free speech.

The court’s decision cites the brief, as well as “The Continuing Expansion of Cyberspace Trespass to Chattels,” a Berkeley Technology Law Journal article by Quilter. For more information, please contact Erin Campbell at 510-643-8010 or ecampbell@law.berkeley.edu.
(6/30/03)

 


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