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7 Top Developments in Social Media and the Law

Over the past dozen years or so, social media has certainly made its mark on the legal profession. Lawyers now connect with clients on Facebook, release legal podcasts, and some even have an Instagram account. But social media's reach stretches well beyond legal marketing; social networks have change the......

'Wish I Had The Power' To Hack Enemies' Emails, Says Man Very Close To Having Such Power

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This weird presidential election continues to get weirder. Donald Trump, perhaps upset about being overshadowed this week by the Democratic Convention, held a press conference on Wednesday morning where he said a whole bunch of completely nutty stuff. Show More Summary

Student Urges SCOTUS to Stay out of Transgender Bathroom Case, for Now

Gavin Grimm just wants to be able to use the bathroom in peace -- and, for a while, he could. When Grimm, a high school student in rural Virginia who was born female but identifies as male, first notified his school administrators that he was transgender, he was allowed......

Landlord and Tenant Law in a Changing New York

The de Blasio administration announced yesterday that it was beating its affordable housing goals, but if you're a New York City resident, you might be forgiven if you haven't noticed. Rents continue to skyrocket in NYC, and if you're a legal professional, that means more than just struggling to......

2nd Circuit Decertifies Class After Jury Returns $32M Verdict

A lesson of particular interest to class action civil procedure came out from a unanimous Second Circuit recently. That court of appeals affirmed a lower federal district court's decision to decertify a class of debtors on grounds of lack of commonality and typicality, even though the jury returned a $32......

The Best Midsize And Boutique Law Firms To Work For

When it comes to a law firm workplace, bigger isn't always better.

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Saul Goodman isn't exactly the type of lawyer most of us aspire to be. Goodman was made famous as the desperate, slimy, and completely endearing attorney in "Breaking Bad." Played by Bob Odenkirk, Goodman was the bumbling accomplice to Walter White's meth-making mastermind. And the character was so popular......

New Jersey Statutes on FindLaw: Updated, Free, and Mobile-Friendly

Need to know about traffic laws in the Garden State? Are you wondering whether the European house sparrow can be hunted in Bergen County? And just what sorts of fireworks are allowed down on the Jersey Shore? Find the answers here at FindLaw. Whether you're researching New Jersey family......

Porn Star's Libel Suit Survives Dismissal at the Ninth Circuit

The Ninth Circuit has greenlit a defamation lawsuit brought against the British tabloid Daily Mail Online by the former soft-core porn model Danni Ashe. It's a bit of a victory for those "public figures" who generally fight an uphill battle with regards to defamation suits.......

Legal Citation Is Outdated. Here's How Folks Are Trying to Fix It.

If you want to understand why a federal district court in Oregon ruled that kids could sue over global warming, you've got to look all the way back to shellfish gathering under Emperor Justinian, among other things. Which is to say, to understand the law and how the law......

Verizon to Buy Yahoo! for $4.8 Billion

Netscape, Yahoo, Google. Each of these names were iconic during their times -- some of them still are. But Yahoo's time as a stand-alone company is finished. This new development was announced this week. Now, with $4.83B less in its coffers, Verizon is walking away with the spoils of acquisition......

High-Ranking Law Schools in America's Cheapest Cities

Do you pride yourself in finding the best deals or stretching your dollar out to its limits? Then you might want to take a look at this list showing some of America's "cheapest" cities by living expenses that featured law schools as highly ranked as the University of Texas. It's......

BigLaw Firms Have Podcasts Now; Should Others Follow?

You can't throw a Bluebook without hitting a legal podcast, these days. Of course, there's "Serial," last year's breakout hit that explored the murder of Hae Min Lee, earning more than 5 million downloads on iTunes. (Let's not talk about the disappointing second season.) And there's also "More Perfect,"......

Non-Sequiturs: 07.27.16

Democrats tend to nominate a lot of lawyers, no, A LOT. [Need To Share News] Pokémon Go, and the associated legal issues, are only the beginning for augmented reality games. [Fox45] Good news if your verbal tics include the overuse of "um" -- it makes you seem more authentic. Show More Summary

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Court Says Bugs The FBI Planted Around California Courthouses Did Not Violate Anyone's Expectation Of Privacy

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The FBI's surreptitious recording devices -- scattered around three California courthouses -- raised a few eyebrows when the recordings were submitted as evidence. The defense lawyers wondered whether the devices violated the conversants'...Show More Summary

Federal Prosecutors Use All Writs Order To Compel Suspect To Unlock Phone With His Fingerprint

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Law enforcement is still trying to break into iPhones and still using the All Writs Act to do so. A sex trafficking prosecution involving the ATF has resulted in a suspect being ordered to cough up his, um, fingerprint, in order to allow investigators to access the contents of his phone. Show More Summary

The Obligatory Takedown Of Every Stupid Line Of Bill O’Reilly’s Version Of Slavery

Fine. Here is a response to every stupid line in Bill O’Reilly’s slave worker fantasy.

Russian Copyright Law Allows Entire News Site To Be Shut Down Over A Single Copied Article

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've noted for a long time now that copyright laws are regularly used as a tool for censorship. In Russia, abusing copyright law for censorship and to harass political opponents has become standard. Remember how the Russian government...Show More Summary

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