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Pot Still as Bad as Heroin, Remains Schedule I Drug, Court Rules

Marijuana will remain on the federal list of Schedule I drugs, next to heroin and LSD. After a five day evidentiary trial, the District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a motion to dismiss an indictment involving marijuana growing, which challenged the classification was unconstitutional. Under the......

Weed Law Round Up: Is Your Future Going Up In Smoke?

Forget Bird Law; Weed Law is one of the hottest legal fields right now. As more states turn slowly towards legalization -- 23 states and D.C. allow medical marijuana, while four have fully legalized it -- many lawyers are looking to specialize in this growing (no pun intended) market. So, do you......

DUI Can Be Established With Circumstantial Evidence: Cal. Sup. Ct.

Can a court use circumstantial evidence, along with blood and breath tests, to conclude that a driver was above the legal limit for alcohol intoxication? That's the question the California Supreme Court answered earlier this month, and it answered in the affirmative after Ashley Coffey challenged her driver's license suspension......

After Years of Investigation, EU Accuses Google of Antitrust Violations

When I was in law school, course materials repeatedly referred to "Google or Bing," as in, don't use them for legal research. It was a combo that was, literally, laughable. Bing? Almost no one used Bing back then. And that's a problem, according to the European Union. With Google......

Walmart Doesn't Have to Include Proxy Proposal -- Do You?

The nation's largest retailer, of both discount goods and guns, doesn't have to include a proposal from shareholders in its proxy materials, the Third Circuit ruled on Tuesday. A lower court had ruled that Walmart violated securities law when it refused to include a proposal by a shareholder and......

Wall Street Journal Suggests Snowden Gave China Its 'Great Cannon' Software... Based On Pure Random Speculation

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There's been lots of talk lately about China's "Great Cannon" -- the DDoS tool that China used to launch a massive attack on GitHub a few weeks ago. Much of the research on this tool was provided by Citizen Lab. That report is great and interesting. Show More Summary

Pam Samuelson on futures of fair use

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

University of Washington School of Law: Fair Use In The Digital Age: The Ongoing Influence of Campbell v. Acuff-Rose's "Transformative Use Test" (aka Campbell at 21) Opening Keynote Address: Professor Pam Samuelson: Possible Futures of Fair Use Campbell had a “transformative” impact on fair use law. Show More Summary

Who Are The Most Influential Lawyers In The World?

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Lawyers represent 11 percent of this list. Which legal eagles soared into the Time 100?

Chris Dodd's Email Reveals What MPAA Really Thinks Of Fair Use: 'Extremely Controversial'

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Two years ago, we were among those who noted how odd it was to see the MPAA in court arguing in favor of fair use, since the MPAA tends to argue against fair use quite frequently. The legal geniuses at the MPAA felt hurt by our postShow More Summary

Facebook Service Breaks Onto The Scene: Is a Person’s “Virtual Life” Now a Viable Platform for Service of Process?

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

There is no more fundamental a legal concept than service. It is the event that places a litigant on notice of the pendency of a claim or request, and triggers the timing for a response.

Balancing The Three-Legged Stool Of Success In Our Legal Careers

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Be careful, because if you lean too far on the stool one way for too long, then you will eventually fall over.

AGENDA FOR TORT TALK EXPO 2015 ANNOUNCED

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

TORT TALK EXPO 2015 Thursday, September 24, 2015 Mohegan Sun Casino and Hotel Wilkes-Barre, PA (3 Substantive, 1 Ethics Credit [to be requested]) Door Prizes - Vendor Giveaways - Raffle Prizes AGENDA: [Registration 11:30 am - 12 noon] 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - "Lessons from Forrest Gump" A TORT TALK AUTO LAW UPDATE by Daniel E. Show More Summary

Getting Your Legal Writing Right

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Wise Law Blog

I remember the time that a favourite client of mine gave me a schooling in the art of legal writing – and proofreading. A retired lawyer (and the consummate gentleman), he had retained me to draft revisions to a fairly complex Last Will and Testament. Show More Summary

Nobody’s Perfect: Leaked Contract Reveals Sony Requires Netflix To Geo-Block But Acknowledges Technology Is Imperfect

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Michael Geist

The Wikileaks release of tens of thousands of Sony documents includes revelations about opposition to the copyright treaty for the blind, political fundraising, concerns about fair use in treaties, strategies to fund screening roomsShow More Summary

Presidential Hopeful Carly Fiorina Displays Astounding Ignorance In Slamming Net Neutrality

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Carly Fiorina, whose claim to fame was basically presiding over HP while the company's value dropped in half, has made it clear that she's planning to run for President, despite her sole political experience being losing a Senate race in California against Barbara Boxer. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 04.17.15

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

“The top is eroding and the bottom is growing." Even as class sizes get smaller and tuition gets lower, the law school brain drain continues. America's best and brightest won't be fooled into studying law when the job market is still so unstable, but others have been. Show More Summary

More Plaintiffs Go Home (Eventually And Based on Bauman)

Two days ago, we posted on a West Virginia Supreme Court decision that told non-resident plaintiffs the closing time refrain “you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.” OK, we took some liberties there, but the non-resident plaintiffs who had gone shopping in a non conveniens forum could not stay even after poking around for two years. Show More Summary

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