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Binding Teams in Silicon Valley

After seeing his interesting new article, I asked Professor Andres Sawicki (University of Miami School of Law) to draft a this short essay about his work. — Dennis. In a recently published article, I report preliminary evidence supporting a novel view of what patents can do: keep inventive teams together. This evidence suggests that, in addition […]

Major League Baseball Whiffs in Attempt to Appeal Ruling Over TV Rights Deals

An antitrust lawsuit over how game telecasts are distributed is headed towards class certification and a high-stakes trial. read more

Appeals Court: Pom Wonderful Health Claims Were Deceptive

Pomegranate-juice maker Pom Wonderful LLC made false and misleading claims that its products were effective in fighting heart disease and prostate cancer, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday, upholding earlier Federal Trade Commission findings.

Caption Contest Winner: The Notorious R.B.G. Gets Inked

Who designed this supremely awesome Notorious R.B.G. tattoo, and where can you get one just like it?

Teen Arrested For Emoji-Laden 'Terroristic Threats'

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The question will probably never be satisfactorily answered, but here it is again: what constitutes a "terroristic threat?" According to the NYPD, it's a line of emoji (emoticons) guns pointing at an emoji cop's heads. Osiris Aristy, a 17-year-old from Brooklyn, does not hold back in his Facebook status updates. Show More Summary

Government’s Cloud Computing Strategy Focused on Keeping Data in Canada

Over the past few months, the Treasury Board of Canada has quietly been developing a government-wide policy on the use of cloud computing services. The initiative started with an industry engagement event in November that highlighted...Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 01.30.15

Next time on Nancy Grace: A recent graduate of Michigan State Law allegedly got a master's degree student from the school pregnant twice before he left the country. The woman allegedly murdered one of the babies, and the other is now missing. Show More Summary

false advertising claim based on "innovative/unique" survives

yesterdayIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Ferris Mfg. Corp. v. Carr, No. 14 C 04663, 2015 WL 279355 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 21, 2015) Ferris sued Roy Carr and Curaline. Ferris makes various wound care products, allegedly award-winning and covered by several patents. Carr was formerly a high-level Ferris employee, even a co-inventor on various Ferris patents related to wound dressings. Show More Summary

What Billions In Subsidies Bought: The Final Map Of Verizon's FiOS Fiber

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in 2003, we wrote about Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg's big bet to actually offer fiber-to-the-home for Verizon internet subscribers. Wall Street absolutely despised this move. While it was actually about offering consumers a better service (i.e., real broadband), short-sighted Wall Street folks don't like projects that cost a lot to build. Show More Summary

consumer survey on patent value admissible despite serious flaws

yesterdayIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Sentius Int’l, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., No. 5:13-cv-00825, 2015 WL 331939 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 23, 2015) (magistrate judge) A little different today: this is a survey in a patent case trying to determine the value of a patented feature to consumers. Show More Summary

Judge Williamson of Monroe County Follows Rule of Consolidation for Post-Koken Negligence/UIM Claims

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Another Monroe County decision in favor of consolidation of Post-Koken negligence/UIM claims was recently handed down by Judge David J. Williamson in the case of Cahill v. Fritz and Hartford Ins. Co., No. 7056-CV-2014 (C.P. Monroe Co. Show More Summary

Police Union: You Can Have Safe Neighborhoods Or Be Free Of Flashbang-Burned Toddlers, But Not Both

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A Georgia state senator has announced a bill to limit the use of no-knock warrants. These warrants have gone from the exception to the rule over the past several years, as our nation's drug warriors apparently labor under the assumption that drug dealers keep banker's hours. Show More Summary

Judge Zulick of Monroe County Reaffirms Pennsylvania Social Host Liability

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent decision in the case of Cicardo v. Mangual, No. 7668-CV-2010 (C.P. Monroe Co. Jan. 22, 2015 Zulick, J.), Judge Arthur L. Zulick of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas reaffirmed the law in Pennsylvania that one minor...Show More Summary

Ready for the Super Concave Serving Vessel?

Hilarious commercial from Staples makes fun of the trademark claims that keep businesses from talking about Super-You-Know-What sales, events, and gatherings this time of year. Earlier here, etc., etc. Tweet Tags: Super Bowl Ready for the Super Concave Serving Vessel? is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

“Human rights barrister” Amal Clooney

Yet another occasion to note that what passes for human rights advocacy is often nothing of the sort: famous “human rights barrister” Amal Clooney, alas, appears to be arguing the speech-suppressive side of a high-profile freedom of speech case. Show More Summary

Chinese Newspaper And Citizens Find Spyware Purchase Orders On Dozens Of Police And Local Government Web Sites

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It is hardly news that the Chinese authorities spy on their citizens, but a story in Global Voices adds a couple of fascinating twists to the story. The Beijing Times newspaper discovered that a district police department's Web siteShow More Summary

Environment roundup

Price of California eggs soars following animal-rights measure [WSJ via Michael Greve] “An Orangutan Has (Some) Human Rights, Argentine Court Rules” [Brandon Keim, Wired via Althouse, related U.S.] Trees cut down by utility “are priceless...Show More Summary

The MPAA Forces Craft Brewer To Abandon Its 'Rated R' Beer Brand

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The MPAA. Usually that's all I'd have to say and then we could all have good combo laugh/cry over exactly how cartoonishly dickish an organization could be. But now it's entered the realm of alcohol, where trademark silliness is all too prevalent. Show More Summary

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