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Popehat v. James Woods SLAPP-down Match; Coming Soon To A Court Near You

6 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A month ago, we wrote about actor James Woods bizarrely suing a trollish Twitter user who had been mocking Woods on the site. The whole lawsuit seemed ridiculous. The specific tweet that sent Woods over the edge was this anonymous user...Show More Summary

Pokemon Company Shuts Down Pokemon PAX Party Because Fun Is A Tool Of Team Rocket

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I guess at this point that most people already know that Pokemon Company guards its intellectual property with the same dedication that a dog guards its food bowl after it's been filled with a rare-cooked bone-in ribeye (am I the only one that enjoys giving dogs good food?). Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Eating At Chipotle

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Some people really like eating at Chipotle. It's supposed to be healthy (although it really depends on what you order). The ingredients are often (but not always) from sustainable sources, and customers enjoy their meals. A few really fanatical eaters have devised some bizarre eating games with Chipotle food. Show More Summary

Interview Horror Stories: How To Respond To A Raging Racist?

How should candidates respond when subjected to offensive behavior during the recruiting process?

Universal Music Has No Sense Of Humor, Takes Down Hilarious Twitter Profile Pun Parody Of Nirvana Song

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier today Techdirt writer Tim Geigner pointed me to a YouTube video that used Twitter user names to create a punnish version of the 80s hit "Tainted Love" retitled Tweeted Love. It's pretty amusing: In checking out the YouTube account...Show More Summary

American Teen Gets 11 Year Sentence For Pro-ISIS Tweets That Taught People How To Use Bitcoin

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier this summer, the DOJ proudly announced that a Virginia teenager, Ali Shukri Amin, had taken a plea deal for "providing material support to ISIL" (the terrorist organization that everyone outside of the US government calls ISIS). Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 08.28.15

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Curious about what Ant-Man has to say about Civ Pro? And while you're there vote for ATL fav Legal Geeks for best podcast in The Geekie Awards. [Legal Geeks] Speaking of podcasts, here's a great one about the movement to abolish the death penalty, with a particular focus on the recent spate of botched executions. Show More Summary

Is Your Office Temperature Sexist?

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

On Thinking Like A Lawyer, we explore the vagaries of professional fashion and temperature.

Kenyan Copyright Collection Society Shockingly Found To Be Paying Artists Very Little

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The very existence of copyright collection societies, those organizations that try to find any way to squeeze any amount of money of any businesses that in any way do anything with any music, is predicated on one excuse: they do all of this for the artists. Show More Summary

Breaking News - Ohio Sets Class Actions Right.

One of the most basic prerequisites to having court rules is that the rules aren’t supposed to change substantive law. With class action rules, like Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 and its state-law analogs, courts seem to have a hard time remembering that. Show More Summary

Lawyer Reprimanded For Being A Concerned Friend

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Would you violate your ethical responsibilities for a friend?

After Court Defeat, EPA Presses Forward With Water Rule in Some States

The Environmental Protection Agency pressed forward with its new water pollution rules on Friday, saying a court ruling blocking them from going into effect applied only to 13 states that brought the case.

Demonstrators Can’t Use Supreme Court’s Outdoor Plaza, Appeals Court Says

Demonstrators can’t use the Supreme Court’s outdoor plaza as a stage for their messages, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

In-House Counsel — Myths vs. Realities

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Know what you're getting yourself into before making any lateral decision.

Is It Time to End the Ancient Documents Rule?

You can trust old things. That's the logic of the ancient documents rule, which allows lawyers to introduce hearsay evidence so long as the document is old enough and appears authentic. How old is old enough? Just 20 years. Ironically, that thinking is probably out of date, given the amount......

Disbarment Could Be Ahead for Infamous Prenda Law Attorney

The law might finally be catching up to some of the Internet's least favorite lawyers. An attorney from the infamous Prenda Law firm is currently facing disciplinary action in Illinois. That lawyer, John Steele, and his partner Paul Hansmeier, are thought to be the "masterminds" behind Prenda Law's long......

You Can't Copyright a Chicken Sandwich

Sorry gourmands, chefs, fast food line cooks, you cannot copyright a sandwich, no matter how tasty it might be. One forward-looking Puerto Rican gastronome learned that the hard way last Friday, when the First Circuit tossed his copyright violation suit over a chicken sandwich. Way back in 1987, Norberto......

Stat of The Week: NFL Criminality Hugely Exaggerated

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The comparative arrest rates of NFL players and the general public might be surprising

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