The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security completed its clause-by-clause review of Bill C-51 yesterday with a hearing that Green Party leader Elizabeth May described as the "most offensive she has experienced." In all, the government rejected 61 Green Party amendments, 28 NDP amendments, and 13 Liberal amendments. Show More Summary
And the law school deans rejoiced! Enrollment is scraping the bottom of the barrel, but applications are only down by 2.9 percent so far this year. If you cross your eyes and squint, you may be able to see some signs of stabilization for the legal academy. Show More Summary
Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday brought to an end a long-simmering dispute over the use of New York City public school space for religious services. ...
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Is a public school classroom a private space? That seems to be the assertion of school administrators after an 11-year-old student recorded a teacher bullying a student. A St. Lucie County teacher has been fired after a student used her cellphone to record a teacher bullying another student. Show More Summary
It was big news that there will be a six hour return of The X-Files, a show that dazzled us from 1993 to 2002. The "myth-arc" episodes about an alien invasion, black oil, and the disappearance of Special Agent Mulder's sister were overwrought and confusing, but the standalone entries were television at its creepy best. Show More Summary
Home insurance companies often charge higher premiums to homeowners whose breeds of dog have a bad loss experience, and that practice is unfair and even “ridiculous,” thinks Connecticut lawmaker Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield). If “breed...Show More Summary
Two former federal agents were busted for alleged theft of bitcoins. The press meet the police in a new federal suit over reporting in Ferguson, Missouri. And the Supreme Court turns down two potentially explosive First Amendment cases. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.
Techdirt has been following for a while Canada's moves to stop scientists from speaking out about areas where the facts of the situation don't sit well with the Canadian government's dogma-based policies. Sadly, it looks like the UK is taking the same route. Show More Summary
Radley Balko on the aftermath of a Cambridge, Md. “no-knock” police raid gone very wrong: “if the Fourth Amendment is due to the Founders’ offense at British soldiers forcibly entering homes in daylight hours after knocking and announcing...Show More Summary
If the law was symbolic, consumers were apparently unswayed by its symbolism: L.A. zoning ban on new freestanding fast-food restaurants had no effect on obesity [The Guardian, NPR, Baylen Linnekin, earlier] More on draft new federalShow More Summary
by Dennis Crouch Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the pending patent dispute Commil v. Cisco, Case No. 13-896. The Patent Act creates a cause of action for actively inducing infringement of a patent. Here, the Federal Circuit ruled that a defendant’s belief that a patent is invalid is a defense to induced infringement […]
As we had noted in our story about Elon Musk declaring all SpaceX photos public domain, Flickr (where most of those photos were hosted) did not allow an official public domain dedication. And while it offered Creative Commons licenses, the CC0 public domain dedication was not among the options. Show More Summary
So far this year, the NLJ has covered several financial announcements from D.C.'s largest firms. Why not corral them and a few other firms of interest into one helpful post? ???? ...
As CAA hires lawyer Anthony Oncidi to pursue claims against UTA and a group of defecting agents, legal theories (and challenges) emerge. read more
The judge granted a legal victory against DLT Entertainment, owner of the the 1970s sitcom starring John Ritter as Jack Ritter. read more
Going to college used to be a reliable education path to a well-paying career -- as well as a way to create a society of engaged and informed citizens. The workforce has changed a bit over the last few decades, and college degrees aren't necessarily the best indicators of employee performance anymore. Show More Summary
Calling something a legal "technicality" is like calling a judge an "activist" or, in George Orwell's formulation, anyone a "fascist." The word doesn't mean anything except "I don't like that person." In the law, "technicality" just means "I lost." The Tenth Circuit emphasized the importance of process, though, as it......
Must nonresident attorneys keep a physical office in the State of New York in order to practice there? Ekaterina Schoenefeld, a lawyer licensed in both New York and New Jersey, was surprised to find out that was the case after attending a CLE class in New York City. She was......