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From Obama Birthers to Anti-Immigration Activists: Who the Government Turned to for Bill C-51 Support During Committee Hearings

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

Morning Docket: 04.01.15

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

Justices Reject N.Y. Church's Bid to Use Public School Space

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.       ...

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 24TH - TORT TALK EXPO 2015 CLE SEMINAR

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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Record A Teacher Bullying A Student? That's A Suspension

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

Illinois Appellate Court Misapplication of Bartlett Preemption: The Monster Case of the Week

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

Lawmaker seeks ban on home-insurance “breed discrimination”

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

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

Morning Wrap: Agents Busted Over Bitcoins | Press vs. Police in Ferguson

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.       

Following Canada's Bad Example, Now UK Wants To Muzzle Scientists And Their Inconvenient Truths

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

“No-knock” raids and the Founders

16 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

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

Food roundup

16 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

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

Oral Arguments in Commil v. Cisco

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 […]

Flickr Now Officially Supports Public Domain Dedications

16 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

D.C. Firms by 2014 Financial Results: Emoji Edition

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? ????       ...

CAA vs. UTA, Corporate Raiding and the Ghost of Ed Limato (Analysis)

As CAA hires lawyer Anthony Oncidi to pursue claims against UTA and a group of defecting agents, legal theories (and challenges) emerge. read more

Judge Rules 'Three's Company' Parody Play to Be Fair Use

The judge granted a legal victory against DLT Entertainment, owner of the the 1970s sitcom starring John Ritter as Jack Ritter. read more

DailyDirt: Higher Education, Not So High-Minded Anymore?

20 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

10th Cir. OKs Exclusion of 700 Pages of Nonconforming Docs

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......

Nonresident N.Y. Lawyers Must Have Physical Office

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......

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