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Lawyerly Skills Can Pay Off: 5 Things You Can Negotiate

Americans don't really negotiate over things as much as people do in other countries. We're accustomed to just paying the sticker price and moving on with our lives. But there are a plethora of things you can acquire for a cheaper price by putting your fancy lawyerly negotiatin' skills to......

Apple Suffers $23M Loss in 2-Way Pager Patent Suit

Apple was hit with a $23.6 million loss in federal court on Tuesday, with a ruling that the tech company infringed on five patents owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTel). According to Inside Counsel, the Texas federal court found that Apple infringed on five of MTel's two-way pager network......

Sen. Al Franken Now Asking Privacy Questions of Uber

On Monday, we learned that Emil Michael, senior vice president of business at Uber, said at a dinner party that he planned to spend "a million dollars" to hire researchers to investigate and harass reporters who wrote stories critical of Uber. The tone of Michael's statements, as reported by BuzzFeed's......

Jehovah's Witnesses Can Proselytize in Gated Communities: 1st Cir.

In response to a series of violent crimes, Puerto Rico enacted a law allowing municipalities to erect gates enclosing public streets. The gates were manned by security guards, and those that weren't staffed by humans required a resident key to enter. So, who's claiming that these gates infringe on their......

5 (Kind of) Thanksgiving-Related SCOTUS Rulings to Savor

There's no more American holiday than Thanksgiving. (Well, except maybe Independence Day. And doesn't Canada have a Thanksgiving, too?) A day filled with overeating, over-drinking, and then football? Sign me up! Thanksgiving has popped up over the years at the U.S. Supreme Court as well, though it didn't involve Chief......

Mumia Abu-Jamal Sues to Block Pa. Criminal Gag Law

Last month, we reported that the Pennsylvania legislature had passed Senate Bill No. 508, a law that would allow a crime victim to prevent the crime perpetrator from talking about the crime if doing so would make the crime victim feel bad. The Pennsylvania law in this case was pretty......

Attorney Myron May ID'd as FSU Shooter: Here's What We Know

Boy, what a week for Lawyers (Allegedly) Behaving Badly. Today, police announced the Florida State University alum who shot three people at the FSU library early this morning was a lawyer too. Myron May, 31, graduated from FSU and then received his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law.......

Is Your Company on Instagram? 3 Things GCs Should Watch For

The potential legal pitfalls of a company's social media presence are matched only by the seemingly endless variety of social media platforms about which to worry. Facebook and Twitter should certainly be in your wheelhouse by now, but you may or may not be familiar with Instagram, a mobile-based......

A Rundown of Roca Labs' Defamation Litigation

Have you been following this story? Roca Labs sells "neutraceuticals" that it claims on its website create the same effect as a gastric bypass without surgery. Many unsatisfied customers who bought Roca Labs' products vented on a website called Pissed Consumer. Roca Labs, pursuant to a clause in its contract......

Can Free Consultations Pay Off for Lawyers?

Smooth or crunchy? Sean Connery or Roger Moore? Free consultations or no? These are the debates that characterize our times. Because this is a legal blog, we're going to have to save the first two for another blog (although, off the record, the answers are "crunchy" and "Roger Moore"). We're......

Why Should Lawyers Care About the 'Serial' Podcast?

"Serial" is the hot new podcast that's taking the nation by storm. A spin-off of "This American Life," "Serial" is the story of Adnan Syed, a kid from a Baltimore suburb who was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend in 1999. The show's creator, "TAL" producer Sarah Koenig, was......

How Many Lawyers Are on the Ferguson Commission and Who Are They?

On Tuesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced 16 people would come together to form the Ferguson Commission, a panel appointed to help the community heal after the shooting death of Michael Brown. According to The Associated Press, two attorneys will sit on the Ferguson commission, along with pastors, a......

Mont.'s Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down by Federal Judge

Montana today became the 34th state to permit same-sex marriage after a federal district judge found the state's prohibition on gay marriage unconstitutional. For those keeping score at home, it's now one federal circuit and two district courts in favor of same sex marriage bans, as opposed to four circuits......

Michael Lewis Didn't Defame Wing Chau in 'The Big Short': 2nd Cir.

Michael Lewis' nonfiction book The Big Short, published in 2011, chronicled the 2008 financial crisis as seen through the eyes of some of the people involved in it, including the hedge fund managers who "shorted" (bet against) the market. In one chapter of the book, Steven Eisman, one of Lewis'......

Del. Court OKs Suit Against Zynga Directors for Alleged Self-Dealing

When you're the CEO of a new company, when is the time to sell your shares and make some actual cash? The answer is probably "not very soon" -- at least not so soon that it looks like there's some impropriety. Case in point: Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, the......

4th Cir. Denies Stay for S.C. Gay Marriage Ruling

There must have been some degree of pearl-clutching from gay marriage opponents on Tuesday, as the Fourth Circuit denied South Carolina's request to stay last week's federal ruling against the state's gay marriage ban. When U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel had struck down the Palmetto State's prohibition on......

Lawyering On the Go: 5 Tips for Working While Traveling

I hope you've purchased your Costco-sized bottle of antacids: The holiday season means travel, and travel means stress via missed flights, delayed flights, poor weather, nasty people, and luggage that's in Boston instead of Albuquerque (but don't worry; you'll get a $25 voucher for your troubles). So how can you......

Did PACs Post Codes on Twitter to Violate Campaign Finance Laws?

Following Citizens United, FEC v. SpeechNow, and McCutcheon, what remains of federal election law is that political action committees can't coordinate with candidates and parties if they want their expenditures to remain "independent." There are, however, no limits to the ways in which PACs will exploit loopholes (and that's a......

UConn Adjunct Law Professor Nabbed in Prostitution Sting

On Friday, police in Southington, Connecticut, put an ad on a prostitution website soliciting clients. They got a lot of replies, including six suspects who were arrested at a local motel, apparently hoping they could get in on that prostitution they'd heard so much about. And wouldn't you know it?......

Red Cross Volunteer Nuns Aren't 'Employees' Under Title VII: 6th Cir.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits, among other things, employment discrimination based on religion. That's great, but what about volunteers? Sister Michael Marie and Sister Mary Cabrini, two Catholic nuns, were Red Cross volunteers in Chillicothe, Ohio. They were never employees, but they believe the positive......

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