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Report: President Trump Picks Former Verizon Lawyer Ajit Pai To Head FCC

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As many expected, Donald Trump has chosen former Verizon lawyer and current FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to head the FCC, according to a report by Politico. According to two anonymous insiders "familiar with the decision," Pai, who met with Trump on Monday, should be formally announced as FCC boss in short order. Show More Summary

Tech Startups: ‘Digital Sweatshop With Snacks’?

Four takeaways about age discrimination, from employment lawyer Richard B. Cohen.

Great moments in U.K. hate speech law

After a professor’s denunciation, West Midlands police in the United Kingdom recorded as a reported “hate incident” a cabinet minister’s speech to a Conservative Party conference. In the speech, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, whose duties...Show More Summary

Does Refusal to Register a Mark Violate the First Amendment?

by Dennis Crouch USPTO v. Tam (Supreme Court 2017) The Supreme Court today held oral arguments in the trademark battle over whether the rock band can register its name THE SLANTS. The PTO argues “no” because the name is disparaging to Asians and Congress does not allow registration of marks “which may disparage … persons, […]

A new presidential administration

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Donald Trump’s inaugural address missed the mark a bit in discussing the oath of office, and would have profited by a mention or two of the Constitution, I argue at Cato at Liberty. Meanwhile, my colleague Ilya Shapiro has this send-off...Show More Summary

CBS & Paramount Finally Settle With Fan Film Axanar

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A little over a year ago, we first wrote about the unfortunate situation in which CBS & Paramount had sued a group of people trying to make a fan film in the Star Trek universe, called Axanar. Beyond the basic legal questions, there was a bigger issue here. Show More Summary

Policing For Dummies: DOJ/Baltimore PD Edition

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Apologies to everyone in America. The Department of Justice can't fix what's wrong with the nation's police departments. It's up to those departments to make the changes and stick to them. There has to be a desire to change, otherwise...Show More Summary

Building Your House On The Rock: The Secrets To Great Networking

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The most effective leaders say they surround themselves with people who are smarter than they are.

Copyright Clash Over ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Ends in Settlement

The “Star Trek” fan film won’t be long and its budget won’t be prosperous, but it gets to live. Those are essentially the terms of a just-announced settlement in the high-profile copyright case against the makers of a crowdfunded Star Trek film. Paramount Pictures Corp. and CBS Studios Inc., which own the copyrights to the […]

An Important Program Worth Saving

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Let's hope the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable survives this transfer of power.

Ark: Survival Mod That Replaces Dinos With Pokemon DMCA'd, Possibly By Another Rival Modding Group

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This story is a rather fast-moving, so let's dig in. Ark: Survival is a survival game in which you hunt dinosaurs. Being a PC game, there is a fairly healthy modding community working with the game to expand it, make slight alterations to it, and even inject other instances of pop culture into it. Show More Summary

More Confusion on Trump’s Next USPTO Director

Folks are having fun today with Federasl Government web page conversions. We still do not have confirmation that Michelle Lee will stay-on as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director.  The newly updated COMMERCE.GOV website shows the position vacant while other positions remain filled. It should all be figured out by Monday. If you […]

Don’t Assume How Involved Your Clients Want To Be In Their Cases

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Make sure you learn how involved clients want to be so you can serve them better.

Investment Fraud: Should You Mediate Before You Arbitrate?

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

When seeking to recover fraudulent investment losses from a broker or brokerage firm, the primary method for doing so is filing an arbitration claim with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). However, there is also another...Show More Summary

Trump Lays Down His Law

Number of times Donald J. Trump mentioned or invoked the “Constitution” in his inaugural address: 0 Number of times Donald J. Trump mentioned the “law” or “rule of law” in his inaugural address: 1 (in reference to the police) Number of times Donald J. Show More Summary

President Trump Previews Law-Enforcement Priorities

We’ll soon know more about President Donald Trump’s criminal-justice agenda. But a law-enforcement policy statement posted Friday on the newly Trump-controlled White House webpage offered a preview of his administration’s priorities and how they could break from those of Barack Obama. Show More Summary

Red Cross Claims Makers Of 'Prison Architect' Violated The Geneva Conventions By Using A Red Cross

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Let's start this off by stipulating that the Red Cross is an organization well known for doing very real humanitarian work. While some have raised questions as to exactly how ethically it spends donor money, the organization is still on the front lines in helping those suffering from natural and man-made disasters. Show More Summary

Are Texas Personal Injury Ads Causing Harm to Patients?

Doctors v. Lawyers No, it's not a lawsuit or an Alien v. Predator movie. It's a real-life drama unfolding in Texas, where personal injury attorney ads have prompted doctors to fight back. With a survey showing lawyers advertise there more than most places in the country, doctors have mounted......

Who Should Trump Nominate to the Supreme Court?

Earlier this afternoon, Donald Trump became President Donald Trump. That means many things, but most importantly to this blog, it means that a new Supreme Court justice is on his or her way in the near future. The list of potential nominees, once at 21, has reportedly now been......

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