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DOJ Officials Express An Interest In Prosecuting Leakers And Whistleblowers

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've already discussed a memo read by some FBI officials that supposedly was a record of an Oval Office conversation between former FBI Director James Comey and Donald Trump apparently contains the president asking after the possible prosecution of journalists for publishing leaks. Show More Summary

Before bringing a monkey into the courthouse in your purse, read this

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“‘I said, ‘I need to see your monkey,’ [sheriff’s deputy Pat] McIver said. ‘She unzipped her purse, the monkey stuck its head out and looked around, and then she zipped it back up.'” Readers will not be surprised to learn that there is a service animal angle. Show More Summary

Does the law itself change when a federal agency files an amicus brief?

23 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

It might seem dangerous to entrust them with a power like that [Ilya Shapiro and Frank Garrison on Cato certiorari petition in donning and doffing FLSA case DuPont v. Smiley] Tags: administrative law, Supreme Court, wage and hour suits Does...Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: May 21st - 27th

23 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2012, the jury in the Oracle/Google patent trial ruled that there was no infringement, while Judge Alsup revealed his coding knowledge on the copyright side. MPAA boss Chris Dodd was saying they should stop...Show More Summary

Are Copyright and Patent Overlapping or Mutually Exclusive in Protecting Software Innovations?

Guest Post by Pamela Samuelson, Berkeley Law School.  Professor Samuelson’s newest article Functionality and Expression in Computer Programs: Refining the Tests for Software Copyright Infringement, is forthcoming in the Berkeley Journal of Law & Technology. Show More Summary

“Class-action suit aims to halt Zestimates in Illinois”

“A family of northwest suburban builders filed legal action last week to stop Zillow from posting its estimates of the value of Illinois homes. The Zestimates that Zillow posts are misleading and pose as accurate appraisals in violation...Show More Summary

“The rice industry is furious at the existence of ‘cauliflower rice'”

Some in the rice business would like to hang an FDA mislabeling rap on “cauliflower rice” — but not on “rice milk” [Chase Purdy, Quartz] Tags: advertising, competition through regulation, FDA “The rice industry is furious at the existence of ‘cauliflower rice'” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

More Legislators Jump On The 'Blue Lives Matter' Bandwagon

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Not wanting to be outdone by idiots in Congress, two idiot senators from the great state of Texas are pushing their own "Blue Lives Matter" legislation. Senators Cruz and Cornyn have (re)introduced the Backed and Blown "Back the Blue Act," which adds mandatory minimums to any act of violence against most government officials. Show More Summary

Samsung's 'Airtight' Iris Scanning Technology For The S8 Defeated With A Camera, Printer, And Contact Lens

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The thing about biometric scanning as a security practice is it is one of those things that sounds great. "Lock your phone with your fingerprint or facial scan", shout the manufacturers and security companies that came up with the scans. Show More Summary

The Various Shades of Blue (Slips)

For federal judicial nominations, the Senate adheres to a custom known as the “blue slip,” a form that senators fill out to register support for or opposition to nominees to serve on courts in their state. If a home state senator, Democrat or Republican, objects to the president’s nominee via blue slip, the chairman of […]

5 Ways In Which The Business Of Law Is NOT Changing Anytime Soon

Are we experiencing, or about to experience, a revolution in the world of legal services? Slow your roll....

PayPal Sues Pandora Over Yawn-Enducing Logos And Tweets About People Opening The Wrong App

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We're going to jump right into this one without too much of a preamble, other than a quick refresher on what trademark law is designed to accomplish and what triggers a concern for infringement. The idea behind the law itself is to allow...Show More Summary

Memorial Day — Thank you to those fallen heroes

  Giving your life to your country; to honor your family; to defend the ideals of a great country; and to defend our home land. Can there be anything more honorable than this? Many fallen heroes have heard the call to service of our country and have given their lives for a great nation. Show More Summary

Amicus: Clarence Thomas Is Colorblind

Listen to Episode 69 of Slate’s Amicus: This week, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that caught some court-watchers off guard. It ruled that North Carolina lawmakers had violated the Constitution by using race as a proxy for divvying up voters along partisan lines. Show More Summary

Lawyers Are 'Chronically Under-Performing,' Survey Finds

If you're sitting at your desk waiting for the phone to ring, that's usually not a good sign. It could be that you are not busy enough, and you know what that means. A new survey of law firm leaders confirms what you may have feared. According to legal......

'Google' Trademark Survives 'Genericide'

A federal appeals court ruled Google may keep its trademark for the name, despite claims that the word has come to mean "to search the internet." The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said trademarked names can lose their proprietary meaning as they become generic terms. However, the court......

Will He or Won’t He?

Two D.C. stories collided on Thursday when the 4 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a 10–3 decision in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, affirming virtually all of a Maryland district judge’s nationwide injunction...Show More Summary

4th Circuit Rules Against Trump's 2nd Travel Ban

A federal appeals court rebuked President Trump's latest travel ban against people from Muslim-majority countries, saying the executive order "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination." The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said the First Amendment forbids government from establishing "any religious orthodoxy, or favor or disfavor one......

Citepad: a Digital Keypad for Lawyers

Citepad is like a magic wand that floats over your screen and inserts legal terms, symbols, and phrases into documents with the touch of your finger. It does not turn your computer screen into a touch screen, but you "touch" the Citepad virtual keyboard with your mouse and "Voila."......

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