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Ello: The Hot New Anti-Facebook Social Network

MySpace came, then went. So did Friendster. Tumblr was cool once, but then Yahoo bought it and it may or may not be still cool. Facebook and Twitter, for now, have staying power. But Facebook is evil, man. It's like gathering all of your data to push ads down your......

Eric Holder Was The Worst Attorney General For The Press In A Generation: We Deserve Better

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would resign yesterday, after serving as the nation’s top law enforcement official since President Obama came into office in 2009. Holder will leave behind a complex and hotly debated legacyShow More Summary

What Needs To Happen For the Bingham / Morgan Lewis Deal To Proceed

There's good news for some Bingham partners, and bad news for others.

DOL Rule on Veterans and Federal Contractors

image from www.dol.gov. The Department of Labor just issued a final rule which will lower the federal contractor reporting requirements when these employers hire veteran workers. From the DOL’s press release on the rule: “ 'Over the next decade, this...

Judges On Twitter: Is This A Problem?

< 1 minute agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Judicial tweeting might be unusual; does that make it problematic?

MPAA Tries To Ignore The Fact That The Study It Paid For Reveals Very Few Top Films Are Available On Netflix

6 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

One of the key points that many people have been making for decades is that copyright infringement likely wouldn't be such a big problem if they actually made works more available in convenient and reasonable ways. This was never an excuse for infringement, but an explanation and a suggestion on ways to minimize the amount of infringement happening. Show More Summary

Thought Crime: UK Leadership Wants To Ban Predicted 'Extremists' From Social Media, TV, Events

10 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Theresa May, the current UK Home Secretary, has announced that, if re-elected, her party (the Conservatives) will push for "extremist disruption orders" which would effectively ban people declared "extremist" (using a very broad definition) from using social media or appearing on TV. Show More Summary

EEOC Sues Pizza Giant for Disability Discrimination

image from eeoc.gov In what looks to be a fascinating case, the EEOC recently sued Papa John’s under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The agency alleges that the company failed to permit an employee with Down Syndrome a reasonable accommodation...

Hey, Let’s Make Law School More Expensive! Top School Dean Proposes Tuition Increase

52 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

How much will next year cost for these students already paying over $50K/year?

States v. Nations: An International Challenge

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. The fact that states and nations do not line up neatly on the geographical global map continues to create international problems. Under the Montevideo Convention of 1933, a state is defined as "an......

Is Your Company's Dress Code Discriminatory?

Let's talk dress codes. Obviously, your company can't have a dress code requiring women to wear super-revealing clothes; this isn't Sterling Cooper Draper Price. But dress code discrimination in 2014 takes a different form, by presuming what men and women will wear and dividing them up accordingly or failing to......

How Do Solos and Small Firms Find Low-Cost CLEs?

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but in California, we're required to take 25 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) every three years. It seems like a long time, right? And yet, invariably, you approach two and a half years only to realize you've done none of the......

Is Your Legal Writing Terrible? 3 Points to Ponder

Last week in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Steven Pinker -- a professor at Harvard and author of several books about psychology and language -- explained why he thinks academics write so terribly. Poor academic writing comes down to a couple things, including: failure to explain, a desire to hedge,......

Ohio Early Voting Blocked by U.S. Supreme Court

After a district court blocked Ohio's attempts to limit early voting opportunities, and after the Sixth Circuit refused to issue a stay pending appeal, the state was down to a Hail Mary petition in the last few minutes of the game. With early voting set to commence, including the "Golden......

Pa. AG Reveals State Officials Who Exchanged Pornographic Emails

As a general rule, one shouldn't send porn through a work email account during work hours. As a more specific rule, one shouldn't do that if one is a state official, and as an even more specific rule, the head of the state police really shouldn't be doing that at......

Kiobel Forecloses Another Alien Tort Statute Claim in 11th Cir.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last term in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum has already put the kibosh on one Alien Tort Statute (ATS) claim in the Eleventh Circuit: In that case, the court said that Kiobel foreclosed using the ATS where all the conduct took place outside the United......

D.C. District Judge Blocks Wyo. Wolf Hunting

Grab yer guns and head out of Wyoming fellas, cuz there ain't no wolf huntin' here, at least for now. A couple of years ago, we brought you the big news: Gray wolves were being taken off the Endangered Species Act (ESA) list after 10 years of waiting, all thanks......

Springfield, Ill.'s Panhandling Ban Is Constitutional: 7th Cir.

An ordinance in Springfield, Illinois, prohibits panhandling in the historic downtown shopping district. The ordinance is specific in that panhandling is an oral request for money right now -- not an immediate request for money via a sign or an oral request for money at a later date. Don Norton......

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