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Johnny Manziel's Lawyer Accidentally Texts The AP And Then Threatens To Sue Them If They Report On It

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's become common game by many in America and elsewhere to crap on lawyers whenever the opportunity presents itself. This is done unfairly in many cases, with a lack of understanding of what the adversarial nature of our legal system requires of legal advocates. Show More Summary

California Pot: Golden State Will Vote on Recreational Marijuana

Yesterday, California's Secretary of State announced that the recreational marijuana measure had obtained more than enough signatures to be included on this November's ballot. The amount of money supporters have raised is $3.53 million according to the Sacramento Bee -- 31 times more than opponents have raised to block the......

People Support Ethical Automated Cars That Prioritize The Lives Of Others -- Unless They're Riding In One

6 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As self-driving cars have quickly shifted from the realm of science fiction to the real world, a common debate has surfaced: should your car be programmed to kill you if it means saving the lives of dozens of other people? For example,...Show More Summary

Robot Editors Are Proofing Your Legal Documents Today

BigLaw firms still employ summer interns and summer associates to do a lot of the grunt work associated with editing and proofreading, but solo and small firm attorneys don't usually have that luxury. What do the smaller guys do when there's not enough money to go around? These days, more......

Thin-Skinned Chinese Govt. Declares Media War On Lady Gaga For Meeting With The Dalai Lama

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's pretty common knowledge at this point that the Chinese government spends a great deal of time and effort attempting to censor the internet at its own whim. And, while the walls of censorship erected are penetrable with enough effort,...Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Out With A Whimper

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Our planet's environment is in a delicate balance with the ecosystem that's largely invisible. We have a thin ozone layer protecting everything from harmful UV rays. Plants seem to be doing a great job of supplying breathable oxygen....Show More Summary

Posner Apologizes for Saying the Constitution Is Useless

Judge Richard Posner wants to be clear: The U.S. Constitution is actually worth reading.

Court: Teenager Must Face Manslaughter Trial for Texts Urging Boyfriend to Kill Himself

The highest court in Massachusetts ruled that a teenage girl should face manslaughter charges over the 2014 death of her boyfriend who killed himself after she sent numerous text messages strongly urging him to take his life.

Ford Dealership Swipes Game Image For Ad, Thinks It's Kosher Because It Came From A DMCA Compliant Site

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A brief review of the many, many posts we've done here about the DMCA and its notice and takedown platform will reveal to even the casual reader that the whole thing is rife with complications, abuse, and inconsistencies. It can be a...Show More Summary

Leak Reveals Secret FBI Guidelines That Basically Give Them Free Rein To Spy On Journalists And Sources

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Eleven months ago, we wrote about a lawsuit filed by the Freedom of the Press Foundation seeking to get a copy of the DOJ's infamous new rules for spying on journalists. The new rules came about after it had come out that the DOJ had...Show More Summary

3 Easy Tricks to Work Faster in Your Law Practice

There's never enough time. If this is something you find yourself repeating again and again, you're not alone. Some studies that suggest that this feeling of "too much to do, too little time to do it" might actually be an indication of our ability to handle stress. But there are......

CA Farmers Sue to Block 'Piece-Rate' Modifications

A California farming interest league has filed a complaint in Fresno County Court alleging that Assembly Bill 1513, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, is unconstitutionally vague, according to Court House News. The law is essentially an updated version of a pay scheme that California has had in place......

The 10 Most Important Supreme Court Decisions of This Term

The Supreme Court's October 2015 Term was truly historic. This term saw the death of Justice Scalia, which was immediately marked by politicized fighting over his replacement, even before the memorials had begun. It saw Justice Thomas speak during oral arguments, for the first time in a decade, and......

Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week From the Land of Microsoft

If you've been paying attention to employment trends, you'll have noticed that Seattle is one the hottest markets sucking up legal talent. Watch out California and New York -- Seattle might just be the next big legal hub. This week, as part of our affiliate program with Indeed, we went......

Allstate Victorious in Unjust Enrichment Claims

The Eleventh Circuit has ruled that Allstate Insurance company is owed $663,000 in fees arising out of a multitude of false claims that were made by several Florida clinics. The circumstances of the case indicated that hundreds upon hundreds of insurance claims were completely bogus. The defendants appealed their loss......

After Polling Jurors, Judge Imposes Minimum Child Porn Sentence

Is five years too short of a sentence for a man found with 19 videos and 93 images depicting child pornography? Not according to Judge James S. Gwin of the Northern District of Ohio. Gwin imposed the minimum sentence against Ryan Collins, but only after polling the jurors who......

FRCP 41(d) Provides Limited Right to Recover Attorney's Fees, 4th Rules

Things got a little better for parties seeking to recover attorney's fees in the Fourth Circuit this week. On Tuesday, the Fourth ruled that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(d), which seeks to deter forum shopping and "vexatious" lawsuits, allows courts to award attorney's fees, but with limits. Some courts......

Live the Dream: Turn Your Legal Internship Into a Job Offer

Congratulations, you've managed to secure yourself a summer internship position at a firm and you're certainly relieved by your good fortune. But already, you're letting yourself fantasize: "Can I work here as a lawyer?" Yes, you can, but there's a fair bit of luck involved, too. Fortunately, there are a......

Adnan Syed, Featured on Season 1 of 'Serial,' Gets New Trial

The first season of NPR's 'Serial' podcast took the nation by storm last year, partly due to its innovative storytelling style -- investigating what many believe was a false murder conviction -- and partly due to its main subject -- Adnan Syed. Syed, who was serving a life sentence for......

Chatbot Helps Drivers Appeal Over $4 Million In Bogus Parking Tickets

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In what is likely a sign of the coming government-rent-seeking apocalypse, a 19-year-old Stanford student from the UK has created a bot that assists users in challenging parking tickets. The inevitable result of parking nearly anywhere...Show More Summary

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