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Germany's Speech Laws Continue To Be A Raging Dumpster Fire Of Censorial Stupidity

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Germany's new law, targeting hate speech and other unpleasantness online, is off to a roaring start. Instead of cleaning up the internet for German consumption, the law has been instrumental in targeting innocuous posts by politicians and taking down satirical content. Show More Summary

Justices Embrace Narrow View of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday narrowed the scope of whistleblower protection under the Dodd-Frank Act, ruling unanimously that employees must first report alleged securities violations to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.       

Law Firms Should Provide Student Loan Assistance To Their Associates

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Offering relief from student loans would allow large law firms to project a much gentler image.

Science Fiction Law — Still Reeling: Minority Report, Sixteen Years Later

Michigan Law Professor Nicholson Price is teaching an interesting seminar this semester merging science fiction and legal analysis.  We agreed that his students should write blog posts and that I would publish the most worthy on Patently-O.  The first post comes from Lauren Kimmel and is focused on stopping future crimes. – DC Guest Post by Lauren […]

Saipan Governor: "I Didn't Lie" About Unpaid Workers

But representatives of workers don't buy it. Thanks again to Aaron Halegua for the latest. rb

Obtaining Student Loan Discharges Under The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Could Be Harder For Attorneys

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Expect a big inquisition from the Department of Education since they are potentially discharging hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 7: The Likely Expansion of the Block List to Non-IP Issues

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Michael Geist

The case against the Bell coalition website blocking proposal has already identified at least two sources of likely expansion and over-blocking: expanding the scope of piracy sites and the over-blocking of legitimate sites that has frequently occurred with site blocking systems around the world. Show More Summary

Schneider on Negotiating While Female

Andrea Schneider (Marquette) busts some myths about women negotiating salaries in her new article (SMU L. Rev.), just posted on SSRN, Negotiating While Female. Here's the abstract: Why are women paid less than men? Prevailing ethos conveniently blames the woman...

Southampton Law Looking for LEL Ph.D. Folks

Southampton Law School (southeast of London is searching for two positions: Pay transparency & gender pay differences: devising an effective regulatory framework -closing date: 28/02/2018. Addressing the impact of new forms of work on gender equality - closing date: 28/02/2018....

Canada Releases Most of the Updated TPP Text…But the Side Letters Are Still Missing

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Michael Geist

The Canadian government and other TPP partners released the text of most of the CPTPP yesterday. The release contained few surprises as the TPP remains intact and a new annex identifies the suspended provisions. The list of suspended...Show More Summary

More Than Half Of U.S. States Now Pushing Their Own Net Neutrality Rules

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Large ISP lobbyists, the FCC and agency head Ajit Pai are going to be rather busy for the foreseeable future. In the wake of the agency's extremely unpopular net neutrality repeal, consumer groups note that 26 states (27 including a new effort in Kansas) have now taken action to protect net neutrality themselves -- with more efforts on the way. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 02.21.18

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Lawyers for Brendan Dassey of Making a Murderer have filed a writ of certiorari, asking the Supreme Court to review a decision made by the en banc Seventh Circuit that upheld his conviction for murder. Earlier, a federal magistrate overturned his conviction and a panel of the Seventh Circuit affirmed. Show More Summary

Choice of Law Analysis Reviewed by Western Federal District Court of Pennsylvania

16 hours agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the case of Alley v. MTD Products, Inc., No. 3: 17-CV-3 (W.D. Pa. Dec. 20, 2017 Gibson, J.), the court denied summary judgment filed by the Defendant in this products liability case involving alleged injuries from a snowblower. This...Show More Summary

More on Prosecution Disclaimer

By Dennis Crouch Arendi v. Google (Fed. Cir. 2018) In its petition for inter partes review (IPR), Google argued the obviousness of all 79 claims of Arendi’s of U.S. Patent No. 6,323,853. The PTAB granted the petition (acting on behalf of the PTO Director) and issued a final decision cancelling the claims. In its decision, […]

German Court Says Facebook's Real Names Policy Violates Users' Privacy

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

With more and more people attacking online trolls, one common refrain is that we should do away with anonymity online. There's this false belief that forcing everyone to use their "real name" online will somehow stop trolling and create better behavior. Show More Summary

February 21 roundup

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Minimum 18 age for marriage, stadium subsidies, bill requiring landlords to distribute voter registration material, dollar-home programs, and more in my latest Maryland policy roundup [Free State Notes; earlier on NJ first-in-nationShow More Summary

Spend $3,000 on a vacation? Your call. On an investment? No way!

23 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“The SEC’s ‘accredited investor standard’ effectively means that most Americans — unless they have at least $1 million in assets or $200,000 in annual income — are increasingly cut off from investment opportunities.” [Thaya Brook Knight, Cato Policy Analysis and summary] Tags: Securities and Exchange Commission Spend $3,000 on a vacation? Your call. Show More Summary

France Says 'No' To Company Hack-Backs Following Online Attacks -- But Wants To Keep The Option Open For Itself

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Ten years ago, Techdirt was warning about the hype surrounding the concept of "cyberattacks", and after that "cyberwar", both of which were routinely presented in apocalyptic terms. As we now know, the real online battles are being fought much more subtly in the form of low-profile foreign organizations subverting nations in sophisticated ways. Show More Summary

Top 10 Legal Headlines for the Week of February 20, 2018

140Law : Here are our Top 10 Legal Headlines for the week of February 20, 2018. For links, visit 140Law at A post shared by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Feb 20, 2018 at 7:00am PST - Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit our Toronto Law Office website: Visit our website:

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