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Happy Birthday to the Americans with Disabilities Act

image from eeoc.gov The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25 tomorrow on July 26, 2015. This statute garnered substantial widespread support when it was enacted over two decades ago, and continues to be a cornerstone of civil rights law. The...

Lawsuit Accusing Ford, IBM of Aiding Apartheid Cannot Proceed, Court Says

A group of South Africans will not be allowed to pursue a lawsuit accusing Ford Motor Co. and International Business Machines Corp. of helping their government perpetuate human rights abuses during apartheid, a federal appeals court said Monday.

At Some California Law Schools, Failures Outweigh Successes

The names of California's best law schools are familiar across the legal industry. But further down the pecking order--much further--are nearly two dozen unaccredited California law schools that in theory offer an alternative way of becoming a lawyer. Show More Summary

Public Confidential Information: California Weighs In, Asks for Comments

By David Hricik   I’d normally only put this on the ethics page, but Dennis is on vacation and this issue pops up a lot in patent practice. Suppose you get a call from a third party about a matter you’re handling for a client.  She tells you that she had written a blog post […]

“Jdate Sues Competitor Jewish Dating App For Using The Letter ‘J'”

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Jdate’s parent company, Spark Networks, discreetly filed a lawsuit late last year against Jswipe, the ‘Tinder for Jews’ dating app, claiming intellectual property over the letter “J” within the Jewish dating scene (the company refers to the branding as the ‘J-family’). Show More Summary

Bring Your Own Device legal exposure

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Businesses have grown dependent on the practice of employees’ using their own mobile devices in the workplace and for work. Yet the legal complications are rising, including a California appellate decision that “reaffirmed employer obligations...Show More Summary

Bill Corbett on Young v. UPS

Friend-of-Blog Bill Corbett (LSU, Frank L. Maraist Professor of Law and Wex S. Malone Professor of Law) has just posted his wonderful piece on Young v. UPS, which is available here. The article, Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.: McDonnell...

Citing Breyer's Dissent, Okla. Inmates Want Death Case Reheard

After absorbing defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court lethal-injection case Glossip v. Gross in June, lawyers for three Oklahoma death row inmates decided to take advantage of what they saw as the decision’s silver lining. That bright spot was Justice Stephen Breyer’s unusual dissent that declared the time had come for the court to take a full... Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Out Of This World (And On To Others)

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Astronomers only somewhat recently confirmed the existence of planets orbiting other stars like our own -- in 1995. Since then, we've found nearly 2,000 exoplanets, and we're honing in on more Earth-like planets that look like our own little world. Show More Summary

Police Shut Down Hologram Concert Of Rapper Because They Don't Like His Lyrics; Pretty Clear First Amendment Problem

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Chicago Tribune has a disturbing story about how the police in Hammond Indiana shut down an entire music festival because they didn't like a particular rapper, Chief Keef, who appeared via hologram (supposedly to avoid arrest for some outstanding warrants in the mid-west). Show More Summary

California Bar Exam Cut From Three Days To Two

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Major reform for one of the most idiosyncratic -- and toughest -- bar exams in the nation.

Non-Sequiturs: 07.27.15

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Conan O’Brien faces a new lawsuit alleging that he stole jokes from a Twitter user’s feed. Meanwhile, Conan mulls suit against Tinder for ripping off Pimpbot 5000 character. [The Hollywood Reporter] Snoop blames racial profiling for his arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession in Sweden. Others say it’s “celebrity profiling,” suggesting that racial […]

Even If The State Of Georgia Can Copyright Legal Annotations, Should It?

16 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last week, we wrote about the fact that the State of Georgia is suing Carl Malamud for posting PDFs of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, and sending them around. I've been discussing this with a number of lawyers and other experts over the weekend and have to say that I made a significant error in the original post, which I apologize for. Show More Summary

Cashed: The Tax Man Continues To Be The Plague Of Pot

16 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

We should not expect the courts to give the marijuana industry any tax relief -- that is going to have to come from Congress.

John Oliver Explains Everything Wrong With Mandatory Minimums

16 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Explaining everything wrong with mandatory minimums in 15 minutes.

India's New Net Neutrality Guidelines Suggest Facebook's Internet.org Is Just Glorified Collusion

17 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

India's government has finally released the country's recommendations for new net neutrality protections, and the report makes it very clear: they're not impressed with Mark Zuckerberg's vision of a Facebook-dominated, walled-garden Internet future. Show More Summary

Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: Inseparable

17 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Three impressive couples; who deserves top honors?

Both Michael Hayden And Michael Chertoff Surprise Everyone By Saying FBI Is Wrong To Try To Backdoor Encryption

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Well, here's one we did not see coming at all. Both former Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff and former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden have said that they actually disagree with current FBI director Jim Comey about his continued demands to backdoor encryption. Show More Summary

The Bar Exam Is Horrible — Here’s How You Can Make It Less Horrible

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The bar exam is boring and stressful, but hopefully you'll be able to make it slightly less miserable for yourselves after reading this advice.

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