By Jason Knott · December 26, 2018 • Integrators cannot force employees to work through lunch, nor can employees opt to waive their lunch break.
By Jason Knott · December 18, 2018 • Certain state laws prohibit audio recording in covert applications, so can you disguise an Amazon Echo or Google Home?
By Jason Knott · November 20, 2018 • Legal expert Ken Kirschenbaum advises integrators to be careful about adding credit card surcharges.
By Jason Knott · October 15, 2018 • Vizio settles $17 million class-action lawsuit regarding its Smart Interactivity software that tracked viewers usage habits and sold data to third parties without permission.
By Julie Jacobson · September 19, 2018 • Adopted as the motorized shading line for Savant home automation, J Geiger filed for a preliminary injunction against Lutron for alleged patent and trade-dress infringements, but judge rules Geiger presented 'not a scintilla of evidence' on certain claims.
By Julie Jacobson · August 13, 2018 • Security dealer hires full-time 'independent' 1099 salesman who gets bit by a dog during a sales call. Who is liable for medical expenses and lost wages?
By Jason Knott · July 25, 2018 • Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Security Industry Association (SIA) say U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods will hurt the smart-home industry, especially the thermostat and security markets.
By Julie Jacobson · June 24, 2018 • Exes are remotely controlling smart thermostats, lights, cameras, other smart-home devices to 'watch and listen' and 'scare or show power,' NYT reports.
By Jason Knott · June 20, 2018 • Supplying surveillance video for ‘lawful purposes’ of apprehending suspects is OK., but there are numerous complex legalities for which dealers need protection.
By by Ken Kirschenbaum, esq. · May 30, 2018 • Former ADT salesperson can proceed with lawsuit for claims such as "Failure to adequately reimburse plaintiff for expenses he incurred while using his personal vehicle for work" and "Failure to provide wage statements."
By Jason Knott · March 28, 2018 • With the proliferation of front door camera systems such as Ring, Nest Hello, and others, the liability and ownership rights to the images is coming to the forefront.
By Julie Jacobson · February 26, 2018 • Sonos seeks injunction and double damages for D&M's ‘willful infringement’ of Sonos patents in the Denon HEOS line. Judge invalidates another D&M patent. (Julie Jacobson)
By Julie Jacobson · January 18, 2018 • CES 2018: Ring reportedly settles with ADT in Zonoff lawsuit for $25 million, plans to launch super-cheap 'Ring Alarm' security system soon, adds Z-Wave sensors, acquires Mr. Beams (Wireless Environment, LLC). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · January 7, 2018 • In patent-infringement case, SkyBell says Ring (Bot Home Automation) competes on hype, not innovation. Meanwhile, Ring says Nest is a copycat.
By Jason Knott · November 15, 2017 • President Trump signed the Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act that exempts security systems from having to abide by DoE's 'no-load' energy restrictions.