April 9, 2018

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Today’s episode runs wild with an in-depth look a the CLOUD Act slipped in to the latest omnibus spending bill.

First, however, we break down the recent viral video from Deadspin showing dozens of Sinclair-owned TV stations reading pro-Trump talking points on the air. How did this happen? What leverage does Sinclair have over your local newscaster? Listen and find out.

During the main segment, the guys break down the CLOUD Act and what it means for international data privacy.

After that, we answer a listener question about the WWE and independent contractors.

Finally, we end with the answer to Thomas Takes the Bar Exam Question #70 about contracts.

Show Notes & Links

  1. Click here to watch the viral video from Deadspin; you can see excerpted bits from the Sinclair contract sent out via Twitter here and here.
  2. This is the text of the CLOUD Act, and you can click here to read the EFF’s warnings about it.
  3. Finally, for guidance about independent contractors vs. employees, you can check out the Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet 13 as well as the guidelines promulgated by the IRS.

Law Talkin' Stuff

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  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:02:25] Sinclair-owned TV stations
    • [00:06:30] The news anchor's contract
    • [00:12:05] Liquidated damages clause scrutiny
  • [00:18:38] Main Segment: CLOUD Act
    • [00:19:20] Stored Communications Act
    • [00:24:05] What does the CLOUD Act do?
    • [00:36:55] How worried should we be?
  • [00:39:40] Listener Questions: Is the WWE illegally misclassifying their wrestler as independent contractors instead of employees?
  • [00:50:55] New Patron Tuesday
  • [00:53:30] Thomas Takes the Bar Exam: Breach of contract due to rumors of bankruptcy (answer)
  • [01:00:30] Outro

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