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Terry Stop OK; Eyewitness ID Not Suggestive: 1st Cir.

Terry stops allow a police officer to briefly detain someone if the officer has reasonable suspicion that the suspect is, or was recently, involved in criminality. An officer can conduct a Terry frisk if he has reason to believe the suspect is armed and dangerous. The purpose of a Terry......

Governor Rick Perry loses his right to buy guns or ammo

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Because the federal gun-disabilities provision in question, 18 U.S.C. § 922(n), kicks in on bare indictment for a felony, as opposed to conviction. [The Blaze] But is that constitutional? [Eugene Volokh, more; earlier on Perry indictment]...Show More Summary

Recruiting From Competitors Isn't Sabotage: Overstating The Uber/Lyft Fight

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Verge got a lot of attention yesterday for its story on "Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft." If you follow the space at all, you know that there have been stories making the rounds for months claiming that people working for Uber were scheduling competitors' rides and then cancelling them, thereby tying up competitors' systems. Show More Summary

Google Domains Review, Plus How to Get New Top-Level Domains

My invite is here! I'm now a member of the special persons club who are privileged enough to get to pay Google Domains to register a new domain name! Despite that sarcastic tone, I was actually pretty excited to get in the door. The problem is, once I got there,......

Morning Docket: 08.27.14

Judge Posner dished out a whole lot of benchslaps at yesterday’s Seventh Circuit arguments over Indiana and Wisconsin’s bans on same-sex marriage. [BuzzFeed] Major U.S. and Canadian law firms chow down on Burger King’s whopper of a deal with Tim Hortons. Show More Summary

5 Classic Torts Cases Made Simple for 1Ls

Welcome to 1L torts class! In case you're wondering, "tort" is an Old French word meaning "very lengthy negligence fact pattern." You'll spend the next year reading many cases about old ladies falling down, whether it's at their own homes, on a railroad platform, or in a slippery parking lot.......

'Occupy Nashville' Appeal Seems an Easy Case for the 6th Cir.

As the Second Circuit wraps up its Occupy Wall Street case, the Sixth Circuit is just getting started with its own Occupy issues.On Monday, the court heard oral arguments in Occupy Nashville v. Haslam. While there are no transcripts available yet, the contours of the issues follow established case law......

Alcoholics Anonymous Confidant's Insider Trading Conviction Upheld

There was a guy, a guy we'll keep anonymous (this case does involve Alcoholics Anonymous, after all) who was an insider at the Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corporation ("PHLY"). In mid-2008, he had a few relapses, and when he returned to AA, his long-time AA confidant, Timothy McGee, asked about the......

Bob McDonnell Cross-Examined by Prosecutors, Wife's Counsel

The circus that is the McDonnell Corruption Trial continued on Monday, this time with former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on the stand facing intense cross-examination by both the government and his co-defendant wife's counsel. After Bob McDonnell spent days last week testifying as his own star witness, telling jurors that......

10th Cir. Hears Arguments in Kansas Voting Rights Case

Kansas recently passed a law requiring voters to prove their citizenship before they can register to vote. Arizona also passed such a law. But here's the rub: Federal law doesn't make voters prove their citizenship through a document like a passport or a birth certificate. Under federal law, voters merely......

It's a Small World After All

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. It just is not realistically possible for countries to be isolationist in this current era. Indeed, the entire world is interconnected by the Internet and other technologies. Consider this fact that shows how......

Obamacare to Blame for Cubs' 'TarpGate'? Either Way, 'Embarrassing'

Last week, Major League Baseball had its first protest upheld in more than two decades. The San Francisco Giants protested a called game, which the Chicago Cubs won 2-0 after five innings of play, thanks to a rain-out due to the Cubs' grounds crew's inability to pull the tarp over......

Ready to Nationalize Trade Secret Law?

By Dennis Crouch On the Congressional tees this fall sit a pair of trade secret reform bills with the joint purpose of creating a private cause of action at the federal level for trade secret misappropriation. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014 and The Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014 Unlike other major branches […]

ECF: Ignoring It Means Entire Case Fails

Luddite. Technophobe. Fogey. Fossil. Geezer. We’ve been called all of those. We plead guilty. We prefer matches to lighters, manual transmission to automatic, fountain pens to uniballs, and wind-up watches to quartz. We refuse to (that is, cannot) redline documents. Show More Summary

Justice Dept. Official: We Could Get Lois Lerner's Emails From Backups, But It's Too Hard So Naaaaaah

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I try not to go for conspiracy theories generally, but this ongoing IRS nonsense involving conveniently disappearing emails potentially pertaining to the scandal involving targeting certain groups is making my skeptics beacon go off....Show More Summary

Intellectual Property Casebook Now Available As A Free Download

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

About a month ago I wrote about James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins of the Center of the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School releasing a free download of an Intellectual Property Statutory Supplement (which normally big publishers try to sell for around $50). Show More Summary

12-year-olds playing unsupervised at the park

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Apparently 43 percent of Americans now believe there should be a law against that [Lenore Skenazy] Happily, after years of advocacy from Skenazy (especially) and others, we’re seeing more written from the calmly rational side: “Why I...Show More Summary

Environmental roundup

19 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Fine for killing birds” is susceptible of two meanings, you know [Coyote on energy production] Lacey Act criminal provisions, of Gibson Guitar raid fame, owe much to influence of domestic forest products companies, and that’s just one...Show More Summary

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Lands Dumb Criminal In Cuffs

19 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For those of you who have just woken up from a two-week coma, there are a couple of things you should know. People in Missouri are really pissed off. Iraq is being Iraq. ISIS isn't a fictional spy agency on Archer any longer. And, finally,...Show More Summary

DOOR PRIZES/RAFFLE PRIZES: The Tort Talk Expo 2014 Is A Month Away: RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE

21 hours agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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