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ALS Association Responds To Public Outcry; Withdraws Trademark Application On Ice Bucket Challenge

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Yesterday we wrote about the ALS Association trying to trademark "ice bucket challenge" despite having absolutely nothing to do with the ice bucket challenge or its rise to viral fame. A lot of other news sites also wrote about the story, and there was quite an uproar on Twitter. Show More Summary

SEC Doles Out $300k Whistleblower Award to Compliance Officer

The Securities and Exchange Commission handed out its first whistleblower award to a compliance staffer on Friday.

Magical 'Cancer Cure' Wins EFF's Stupid Patent Of The Month

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Good news everyone! The Patent Office has granted a patent on a cure for cancer. Last December, the Patent Office issued Patent No. 8,609,915 on a “potent drug” that “rebukes cancer, cancer cells, and kills cancer.” According to the patent, this drug cures a litany of other maladies. Show More Summary

Help With California’s Learned Intermediary Doctrine . . . From West Virginia

While we are often critical of federal courts that reach out to make new state law, today we commend a far-away judge for bringing California’s learned intermediary doctrine law back to its basics. The case is Sanchez v. Boston Scientific Corp., No. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 08.29.14

Ed. note: Due to the Labor Day holiday, we’re on a reduced publication schedule today. We’ll be back to our normal Saturday schedule tomorrow. But you don't care about that. More importantly we’ll be off on Labor Day and back to normal on Tuesday. Show More Summary

'Die Hard' Director John McTiernan Reveals Next Film Projects at Bankruptcy Hearing (Exclusive)

The filmmaker, who went to jail for his role in the Anthony Pellicano case, tells a judge that his new movie ('Warbirds') will star John Travolta and that he will be paid more than $1 million read more

Recent Patent Transfers

Sandisk transferred a handful of patents and applications to newly formed company known as Sudek Technologies. The patents stem from the work of MusicGremlin – which was bought by Sandisk several years ago. How much would you pay for the following claim with a 2003 priority date? 1. An electronic device comprising: an interface through […]

George Lucas Wants Desperately To Preserve Old Movies... Unless They're His; So Fans Are Trying To Do It Instead

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Kevin Carson points us to a fascinating story in The Atlantic about fans trying to recreate the "original" version of Star Wars ("Episode IV -- A New Hope for the folks who feel like being pedantic) from 1977. As various fans have pointed...Show More Summary

UK to Introduce New Anti-Terror Legislation

The U.K. government will introduce new legislation to make it easier to seize people's passports to counter the security threat posed by Islamist extremists traveling to and from conflict areas like Syria and Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday.

Never Forget Steve Stipanovich

Josh Shaw reminded the world that athletes are liars like all of us.

FISA Court Twists PATRIOT Act To Pretend It's Okay To Spy On Americans Based On Their Constitutionally Protected Speech

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've written before about how it appears that the DOJ/FBI and NSA have conducted surveillance on Americans almost entirely based on First Amendment-protected activities. Whenever that issue comes up, the Intelligence Community and its...Show More Summary

Messing With Big Oil Can Spell Big Trouble

An in-depth article in Rolling Stone takes a close look at the never-ending litigation between Steven Donziger and Chevron.

Call for Papers: "Applied Feminism and Work"

Deborah Thompson Eisenberg (Maryland) sends along this call for papers from the University of Baltimore's Center on Applied Feminism: CALL FOR PAPERS: "APPLIED FEMINISM AND WORK" The University of Baltimore School of Law's Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for...

Will Anti-Money Laundering Efforts Work Against the Islamic State?

The Islamic State runs a self-sustaining economy that makes it one of the world’s richest terrorist groups, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. It’s going to be a challenge for traditional anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing systems to track funds tied to the group.

Do You Build Invoices Or Relationships?

An egregious episode offers a lesson in client service.

The Interesting Thing About Google's Delivery Drones Is Not The Drones, But Massive Societal Shift They Envision

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Alexis Madrigal, over at The Atlantic, has the big scoop story concerning Google's project to create delivery drones, in its Google X moonshot factory. The project, unimaginatively dubbed Project Wing, has many people comparing it to Amazon's similarly announced plans for delivery drones. Show More Summary

Writer observes misery of tow impound lot

And thinks to blame economic inequality, but not municipal coercion [David Sheff, Time] For a Northern California tow-and-impound saga that makes even San Francisco look mild, see earlier coverage here, here, and here. Tweet Tags: San Francisco, traffic laws Writer observes misery of tow impound lot is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Article Outlines Current Status of Restatement Debate in Pennsylvania Products Cases

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Here is a LINK to a recent article entitled "Restatement Rift Remains as Bar Awaits Tincher Ruling" written by Saranac Hale Spencer, P.J. D'Annunzio, and Max Mitchell in The Legal Intelligencer on the current status of the Restatement (Second) versus (Third) debate in Pennsylvania products liability cases. Show More Summary

Is It Torture Now? ISIS Apparently A Fan Of CIA’s Waterboarding Techniques

To argue that the CIA's prolific use of torture and waterboarding has had no impact on how groups treat captured Americans seems like a stretch.

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