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Wisconsin Town Sends In The BearCat Tank To Collect Civil Fine From Seventy-Year-Old

23 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

So, hey, let's say you're an old guy in a tiny town in central Wisconsin. Old, like, seventy-five, let's say, and the tiny town is farm country where you have a twenty-acre plot of good old American heartland. Now, let's say that the...Show More Summary

Update: court rules against Noriega “Call of Duty” suit

A California state court, interpreting the state’s “right of publicity” law, has ruled that the rights of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega were not infringed when he was turned into a character in the videogame Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Show More Summary

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines Opportunity to Review Important Voir Dire Issues

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

According to an October 30, 2014 article by P.J. D'Annunzio in The Legal Intelligencer entitled "Pa. Justices Deny Appeal in Juror Bias Med Mal Case," the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued an Order declining to entertain the appeal from the 6-2 en banc Superior Court decision in the case of Cordes v. Show More Summary

New Zealand's Trade Minister Admits They Keep TPP Documents Secret To Avoid 'Public Debate'

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A couple years ago, then US Trade Representative Ron Kirk explained why the negotiating text of trade agreements like the TPP needed to be kept secret: because if the public debated it, the agreement probably wouldn't be approved. He used, as an example, a failed trade agreement where the text had been public. Show More Summary

October 31 roundup

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Government Is the Biggest Threat to Innovation, Say Silicon Valley Insiders” [Tuccille, Reason] Acrimonious split between Overlawyered favorite Geoffrey Fieger and long-time law partner Ven Johnson [L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press]...Show More Summary

Spain Passes Copyright Law; Demands Payment For Snippets And Linking To Infringing Content

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Apparently ignoring just how badly this worked out for publishers in Germany, the Spanish Parliament has passed a law to fine aggregators and search engines for using snippets or linking to infringing content. As plenty of folks have described, the bill is clearly just a Google tax. Show More Summary

'American Hustle' Sparks $1 Million Libel Lawsuit by Former New Yorker Writer

Journalist Paul Brodeur says his reputation was damaged by claims about microwaves the film falsely attributes to him read more

DailyDirt: Cyborgs All Around Us

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Technology is becoming ever more essential in our daily lives, but as long as the devices we use are still separate things outside of our bodies, we haven't yet fully adapted to technology. However, as technology gets a bit more advanced, it won't seem too strange to start implanting technology in ourselves. Show More Summary

Patent Attorneys Face Multiple-Jeopardy

Earlier in the week, I wrote about the issue of “multiple-jeopardy“. This week, the patent-world has also faced “Double Jeopardy” with two patent attorneys competing and winning their rounds on the television show Jeopardy. Congratulations to Patent Attorney and Blogger Ryan Alley (Ryan Alley IP) on his Jeopardy win this week! Alley made it a “true daily […]

James Franco Settles Lawsuit Over Charles Bukowski Biopic

A copyright claim had been made by an individual who says he owns film rights to Bukowski's semi-autobiographical novel read more

Vermont's Automatic License Plate Readers: 7.9 Million Plates Captured, Five Crimes Solved

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The sales pitch for automatic license plate readers is how great they are at helping cops solve crimes. From hunting down stolen cars to tracking pedophiles across jurisdictions, ALPRs supposedly make policing a breeze by gathering millions...Show More Summary

Paramount Beats Movie Investors' Fraud Claims at Trial (Exclusive)

A six-year-old case over money from "Mean Girls" and 24 other films comes to a conclusion after a judge stops the fight read more

Which Corporate Form Is Best for Your Law Firm?

In the 1980s cartoon classic "Garfield's Halloween Adventure," Garfield sings a song about what he should be for Halloween. The same song could apply to new lawyers forming some kind of firm. There are just so many corporate forms to be! Should you be a PC, LLC, LLP, or another......

Prosecutors Badly Botched Grenade Case, Says Justice Department Watchdog

Federal prosecutors and agents put lives at risk by allowing a suspected arms smuggler to sneak thousands of grenade components across the Mexican border into the hands of drug cartel members, according to a new report by the Justice Department's inspector general's office.

TSA Was Arbitrary and Capricious in Dismissing X-Ray Bin Company

As you're waiting in line at the airport to get your full body scan, or have your stuff rifled through, you might peer over at the stack of bins, into which you're hastily stuffing your laptop and shoes, and notice that there are ads in them. Since 2007, the TSA......

Oral Arguments on N.C. Abortion Ultrasound Law at 4th Cir.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case about a controversial North Carolina abortion law yesterday. The Woman's Right to Know Act requires a doctor providing an abortion to give the patient an ultrasound at least four hours before an abortion and requires the doctor to......

Regulator Accuses Gerber of Misleading Parents About Baby Formula

The federal government is accusing the country's biggest baby-food maker of deceiving parents about the potential health benefits of one of its formula products.

#DearFindLaw: Which Bar Association(s) Should Law Students Join?

This week on #DearFindLaw, we're presented with the issue of joining a bar association while in law school.There are many bar associations to choose from, and if you're a law student, you've probably got to join one eventually, right? After all, it's not a "cocktail party" if it's just......

Cal. Supremes to Review Confidentiality of Police Personnel Files

A police officer's personnel file could be a gold mine for a defendant -- past misconduct, especially the really juicy stuff like beating a defendant or falsifying a police report, could destroy an officer's credibility and sway an otherwise teetering jury. But who screens those police files to determine whether......

One-Word Mistake by Judge Nixes Conviction, 50-Year Sentence

I will now explain the presumption of innocence and the people's burden of proof. The defendant has pleaded guilty to the charges. The fact that a criminal charge has been filed against the defendant is not evidence that the charge is true. You must not be biased against the......

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