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Morning Docket: 03.29.17

17 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Almost 2,000 lawyers have signed on to a complaint filed by the Lawyers for Good Government with the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Committee which alleges that Attorney General Jeff Sessions violated the state's rules of professional...Show More Summary

Berry on IP

by Dennis Crouch Just returned from a quick family spring break visit to Galveston.  Wendell Berry is probably my favorite poet. He focuses mainly on communities and their interaction with the land and conservation efforts, and writes in ways that easily resonate.  He does have some harsh words for intellectual property (as well as property law […]

Non-Sequiturs: 03.29.17

A retired Wisconsin law professor's mission to save democracy. [Salon] The Supreme Court case that could save funding for sanctuary cities. [Talking Points Memo] I bet you were wondering where the (allegedly) embezzled money all went. Show More Summary

Tractor Owners Using Pirated Firmware To Dodge John Deere's Ham-Fisted Attempt To Monopolize Repair

6 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've been noting for a while how numerous states have been pushing so-called "right to repair" bills, which would make it easier for consumers to repair their own products and find replacement parts and tools. Not surprisingly, many tech companies have been working overtime to kill these bills. Show More Summary

3 Exciting, Promising Trends in Law and Technology

When it comes to technology, the legal industry isn't known for being an early adopter. But after years of dragging their feet, many firms have now started to embrace legal tech, even if that embrace is a bit tepid. There are legal tech conferences, legal tech blogs (ahem), legal......

Bad Law. Bad Prosecution. No Scandal.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Tuesday that the state has brought felony charges against David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for secretly recording private discussions. Daleiden and Merritt, anti-abortion...Show More Summary

Is This the Greatest Judge You've Never Heard Of?

The legal profession is full of lionized legal minds. Most anyone who attended law school could rattle off a quick canon of great jurists: John Marshall, Learned Hand, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Clarence Thomas, etc. But that list may be missing at least one name, the Sixth Circuit's......

Spaces Are the New Frontier in the Lawyer Writing Wars

Lawyers love to get worked up about obscure grammar and style rules, almost as much as they like to get in a huff over obscure laws. (Emoluments, anyone?) There's the long-running fight pitting case law aficionados against the caselaw'ers. A recent First Circuit ruling that was decided on the......

Retail Apocalypse Means Business for Employment Counsel

Retail apocalypse. It conjures up images of angry workers, desolate parking lots, dogs and cats living together... Well, angry workers and desolate parking lots will be at the mall closures for sure. Dogs and cats living together, only if a pet store chain is closing. In any case,......

SCOTUS Rejects Texas's Death Penalty Standards for Disabled Inmates

Texas's standards for evaluating mentally disabled death row inmates are unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday. Until Tuesday, when asked to determine if an inmate was too mentally disabled to execute, Texas relied on a medical definition from 1992, since superseded, and a set of nonclinical factors known as......

For-Proft Law Schools for Sale?

Amidst reports of falling educational standards and profits, three for-profit law schools are reaching out for help and may be headed to a fire sale. InfiLaw Systems -- which operates Arizona Summit Law School, Florida Coastal School of Law and Charlotte School of Law -- is reportedly taking steps......

Judge Alsup Wants Uber & Waymo To Teach Him How To LiDAR Prior To Self-Driving Car Case

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Judge William Alsup certainly continues to make himself known for how he handles technology-intensive cases. In techie circles, he's mostly known for presiding over the Oracle/Google Java API copyright case, and the fact that he claimed...Show More Summary

Trend Is Law Firms Moving Blogs Off Websites: ABA Publication

Law blogs should be located off websites on a separate domain to build influence, achieve better search engine performance (SEO), and generate business.

Are Solos Still Being Told Not To Use Social Media?

Are we still cautioning solos about using social media -- in 2017?

Harpur's New Book: Discrimination, Copyright, and Equality

Camabridge University Press has just published, as part of the Cambridge Disability Law and Policy Series, Paul Harpur's (Queensland Law) Discrimination, Copyright and Equality: Opening the e-Book for the Print-Disabled. Here's the publisher's description: While equality laws operate to enable...

Hot Sperm, Cold Eggs, And Thieving Penguins

A gay penguin couple has achieved notoriety for stealing eggs from straight couples.

No, You Can't Buy Congress's Internet Data, Or Anyone Else's

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In the wake of yesterday's unfortunate Congressional vote to kill broadband privacy protections (which had only just been put in place a few months ago, and hadn't yet taken effect) we've been seeing a lot of... bad ideas. People are rightfully angry and upset about this. Show More Summary

alt.legal: If Money is Speech, Then Crowdfund Your Favorite Public Interest Lawsuit

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

A new venture offers citizens, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, a way to participate in important courtroom battles.

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