A lawsuit filed against President Obama by the self-styled "America's Toughest Sheriff" was dismissed today by Judge Beryl A. Howell in the D.C. District Court. In his complaint, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio claimed that Obama's new immigration policy, announced last month, was unconstitutional. Rather than dismiss Arpaio's case out......
While a lower court had found that New Zealand police had violated the law in its poorly written warrant to raid Kim Dotcom's rented mansion, the Supreme Court has now decided that it was legal enough. They admit that while the warrant...Show More Summary
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Will Google's self-driving car put a dent in personal-injury lawsuits?
We again post the day after a holiday, when stores are flooded with shoppers—this time exchanging gifts purchased last time. We discuss a case involving discussions of “consumer value” and “fair market value.” So, you might think we would go back to that shopping well. Show More Summary
How will changes in the law school population affect diversity in the legal industry?
A three-judge High Court in Ireland ruled on Friday that removing a 26-year-old clinically brain-dead pregnant woman from life support wouldn't violate the Catholic country's constitutional ban on abortion.
If you haven't heard all the episodes of the recently-launched Techdirt Podcast, now's the time to catch up. You can listen to all five episodes below, visit us on Soundcloud, subscribe via iTunes, or grab the RSS feed. If you're new...Show More Summary
Christmas miracle? Not quite. Mark Stopa is a defense-side foreclosure lawyer in Florida who wants to give away a house. The deadline to apply has already passed, but we wonder who the lucky winner will be. Stopa announced November 3 that one lucky family would win a brand-new foreclosed house......
As they like to say, lawyers are risk-averse. And no lawyers are perhaps more risk-averse than inside counsel. Every time someone in the company comes to you, your answer is probably going to be "no." And that's why GCs should steer clear of the holiday party, where liability abounds. This......
Executing a crazy person? Preposterously one-sided arbitration agreements? A forklift is a motor vehicle? Yes, yes, and yes, said the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals over the course of the year.The Fifth contains many, um, colorful cases. Ten of those were the most popular of the year, and here they......
Staten Island is sometimes referred to as New York City's "forgotten borough." If residents there are looking for more respect, a recent opinion handed down by a federal appeals court in Manhattan won't help their case.
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... 12 Waivers Waving -- Yup, the best way of going about stopping a class action is preventing it from starting. And how do you do that? Binding arbitration with a class action waiver, of course. 11 Circuits Piping......
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Eric Turkewitz, who practices and blogs about personal injury law, hopes so. Tweet Tags: autos, Google “Will Google Cars Eviscerate the Personal Injury Bar?” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal syste...
Prof. Stephen Bainbridge, writing at his site the evening before last: I had a slip and fall at a restaurant tonight after Christmas Eve dinner. (No. It’s not what you’re thinking. I had only had two beers. It was dark and the step was...Show More Summary
Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.
Why British pubs are in decline [new Institute of Economic Affairs report from Christopher Snowdon] After legal battle with chicken chain, Vermont man wins “Eat More Kale” trademark [AP, earlier here, etc.] “Why D.C. Breweries Say They’re...Show More Summary
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! You can read some highlights from past Overlawyered coverage of the holiday here. Tweet Tags: best of, Christmas and other holidays Christmas highlights of Overlawyered past is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
Over a year ago, we wrote about a wonderful piece in Foreign Affairs by Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore, noting that the real "danger" of the Snowden and Manning revelations was that it effectively killed off the US's ability to use hypocrisy as a policy tool. Show More Summary