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Judge to Food and Water Watch: put that in your whistle

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

We’ve occasionally taken note that relators stepping forward under whistleblower laws are not always the public benefactors implied by the term whistleblower. Now here’s this from a suit that a former contractor filed, teaming up with...Show More Summary

September 2 roundup

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Police have traced the crime wave to a single micro-neighborhood in the California capital [Sacramento Bee] “Adam Carolla Settles with the Patent Trolls” [Daniel Nazer/EFF, Reason, related eight days earlier and previously] eBay takes on Landmark in the E.D. Show More Summary

Happy Labor Day!

I'd write more, but I'm actually laboring to finish an article. Not sure if that's appropriate, ironic, or just sad. -JH

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Since we're taking the day off for Labor Day today, we pushed our usual weekend posts out a bit, so this is appearing here on Monday. This week we wrote about a crazy law proposed by Rep. Mike Honda that would make merely possessing or buying "body armor" a crime that could result in 10 years in jail. Show More Summary

Patent Grants

  The chart below shows the number of utility patents issued each quarter with data through August 2014 (2014 Q3 uses an estimate for September 2014).  You will note that the number of patents issuing continues to rise. The USPTO issues new patents each week on Tuesdays morning.  Of the top-twenty weeks with the most issued […]

LA to Raise Minimum Wage

The issue of the appropriate minimum wage continues to be a source of controversy. There has been little movement on the federal level over this question, but many states and local jurisdictions have acted to raise the limits. I recently...

“The increasing criminalization of corporate behavior in America…”

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“…is bad for the rule of law and for capitalism,” opines The Economist, saying regulation-through prosecution has become “an extortion racket,” from hundreds of millions in Google drug-ad settlement money spread among Rhode Island police departments, to New York Gov. Show More Summary

Tort Talk Expo 2014 Fast Approaching - Please Consider Registering to Reserve Your Spot

17 hours agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

The September 26, 2014 Tort Talk Expo 2014 CLE Seminar (3 Substantive, 1 Ethics Credit) is fast approaching.In addition to those CLE credits, there will be door prizes, prizes offered by the table vendors, and Raffle Prizes to win. Attendees...Show More Summary

Calling Patent Attorneys to Pro Bono

The complexity of patent law and the restrictions on who is permitted to practice have served patent attorneys well — with the resulting generous incomes. The problem though is that these same complexities raise a barrier to entry for many small companies and individual inventors. Over the past few years, the USPTO has improved and […]

This Week In Techdirt History

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago... This week in 2009 we (along with the rest of the web) had a lot of posts about newspapers. We asked how they could claim to be serving the public while shutting that public out with paywalls; we noted that comparing...Show More Summary

Obama Administration, Trial Lawyers Mount Attack On Franchise System

The franchise system, as well as the use of subcontractors, is under assault by lawyers and the Obama administration.

Kennewick Man: science 1, Army Corps and DoJ 0

The U.S. government was intent on “repatriating” the ancient remains of Kennewick Man for burial to Indian tribes in compliance with the perceived spirit of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), though any relation between those remains and current tribes is at best notional. Show More Summary

Awesome Stuff: Lock It Up

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This week's awesome stuff is all about security, but not of the "cyber" variety. No, we're taking a look at some brand new takes on good old fashioned locks. Lock Your Mail! Though technology has drastically changed the role of snail mail in the world, that doesn't mean the latter can't benefit from the former. Show More Summary

ALS group drops attempt to trademark “ice bucket challenge”

The retreat came after Mike Masnick at TechDirt and Joe Mullin at ArsTechnica pointed out some of the reasons the attempt might be problematic, among them that the challenge had been used widely by other charities before it caught on in August in connection with ALS. Show More Summary

As Expected, Aereo Pleads Its Case For Survival

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Aereo is back in a district court trying its "okay, fine, you say we look like a duck, we'll act like a duck" explanation so that it can stay in business and pay the statutory rates for a cable company. As you hopefully know by now, this is in response to the Supreme Court's "you're a cable company!" ruling. Show More Summary

Brett Ratner Sued Over 'Hercules' Party Injury

A partygoer alleges that the director didn't want to call 911 about her torn Achilles tendon to avoid "bad publicity" read more

Awesomeness: Millions Of Public Domain Images Being Put Online

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Here's some nice news. Kalev Leetaru has been liberating a ton of public domain images from books and putting them all on Flickr. He's been going through Internet Archive scans of old, public domain books, isolating the images, and turning them into individual images. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Protein Is Protein...?

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Some foods are considered delicacies, but some edible stuff can be just strange or disgusting. It's actually a bit puzzling how some ingredients and dishes are created. Sure, some weird food items are simply the result of people eating something to avoid starvation, but not always. Show More Summary

Record BofA Settlement Includes $30 Million Legal Aid Windfall

The $16.65 billion Bank of America deal announced last week contains a boon for a program that provides civil legal aid to the poor through interest from lawyer trust accounts.

President Obama Finally Gets Around To Nominating A New IP Czar

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While we're still waiting for the White House to actually nominate a new head of the US Patent and Trademark Office, the other big administration "intellectual property" job has also been vacant for over a year: the "Intellectual Property...Show More Summary

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