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6th Cir. Upholds 1-Day Sentence for White Collar Criminal

For his role in a tire recycling scheme gone bad, Paul Musgrave was convicted of four counts of white collar crime. His punishment? Essentially no punishment at all. Despite a sentencing guideline range of 57 to 71 months' imprisonment, the district court ordered Musgrave to serve a day in......

Jared Fogle's Latest Pitch: A Plea for a Shorter Sentence

Jared Fogle, the disgraced former Subway pitchman, is attempting to reduce his sentence by pushing an argument that's sure to cause a stir: sex fantasies with minors cannot support an enhanced sentence. It's an argument that some legal analysts regard with some skepticism, particular when seen in context of the......

Tips for Training Associates for Loyalty

Associate attorneys occupy a strange area in the law firm hierarchy. As far as clients are concerned, one lawyer is the same as the next: they charge too much. But there’s much more to the whole associate makeup than just that overly abridged characterization. Part of the problem is that......

3 Things Law Students Should Do This Summer -- Besides Work

Ah, law school summers. Those long days on the beach and care-free nights, finding young love in the sand dunes. Actually, that's the start of "Grease," not a law school summer. When you're in law school, summer tends to mean one thing: work. And you should be focused on......

Virginia Politicians Cannot Sue Over Redistricting, Supreme Court Rules

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Virginia's court-imposed redistricting yesterday, ruling that three Virginia Congressmen could not show that they were harmed by the new plan. The ruling brings an end to a long-standing dispute over Virginia's congressional districting which arose after a federal district court ruled in......

WWII Vet Writes 2nd Cir., Reprimands the Panel Over 'Deflategate'

The Deflategate scandal is beginning to strike some as getting a little long in the tooth, particularly owing to the fact that the entire scandal revolves around the PSI of a football, but it looks like it will continue on. While probably everyone is tired of this scandal, no one......

Morning Wrap: Ten Cases to Watch in the D.C. Circuit | Hulk Hogan's Litigation Funding

The D.C. Circuit is poised to issue major rulings over the next several months on net neutrality and campaign finance. Forbes and The New York Times dig into suspicions of secret funding for Hulk Hogan's suit against Gawker. Volkswagen makes progress on its deal with the feds, drivers. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 05.25.16

Sorry to ruin your childhood, but a Pennsylvania judge found that there is enough evidence for Bill Cosby to stand trial for his felony assault charge in the Andrea Constand case. Cosby has waived his right to a formal arraignment, and could face up to 10 years in prison if he's convicted. Show More Summary

Law firm advises: protect your brand via (c)

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

The advice from Drinker Biddle includes using the DMCA to get uses of your TM taken down, which is pretty much exactly the definition of one significant category of DMCA abuses.

Silicon Valley Billionaire Peter Thiel Accused Of Financing Hulk Hogan's Ridiculous Lawsuits Against Gawker

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

So here's a crazy and unfortunate story. On Monday evening, the NY Times posted a rather weird story suggesting that there was someone with a grudge against Gawker funding the various lawsuits against the site, including Hulk Hogan's...Show More Summary

Appeals Court Tells Government It Must Extend Educational Institution FOIA Fee Price Break To Students

16 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The perennial FOIA Reform Masquerade Ball is again under way, with legislators attempting to dodge blustery requests to "cut in" by administration officials and similarly-motivated federal agencies. The dance usually ends with Congressional...Show More Summary

Champerty and maintenance explainer (Gawker/Hogan/Thiel edition)

17 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

[Wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media over its publication of a sex tape resulted in a Florida jury’s award of $140 million against the widely loathed journalistic entity. There had been rumors that someone staked Hogan the money to sue. Show More Summary

International free speech roundup

17 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Tonight in New York City, Cato presents its Milton Friedman Award to Danish journalist Flemming Rose, a key figure in the [still-ongoing] Mohammed cartoons episode, and author of The Tyranny of Silence [David Boaz, Cato] Troubles inShow More Summary

Employer sues to unmask GlassDoor commenters

17 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

GlassDoor is a Yelp-like forum on the topic of what it’s like to work at employers, and a much-used tool for those checking on the job market. Now California law firm Layfield & Barrett and its attorney Philip Layfield have filed a suit...Show More Summary

Lawyer Conference in Cuba Moved to Miami Over Political Fears

Despite warming relations between America and Cuba, the annual meeting of the Inter-American Bar Association has been relocated from Havana to Miami. An abundance of caution, apparently, is to blame. If the conference had moved forward, it would have been the first time IABA had met in Cuba since the......

DailyDirt: 3, 2, 1... Liftoff

22 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Re-usable spacecraft sound like a good idea -- if they actually saved any costs and refurbishing them was economical. There are only a few examples of re-usable space vehicles so far, and NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011, narrowing the field a bit. Show More Summary

Study: One Out Of Every 178 Posts To Chinese Social Media Is Government Propaganda

22 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In Russia, we've talked about how Vladimir Putin employs a massive army of Internet trolls to ridicule and shout down political opponents and critics. In China, the government's tactics are notably different. According to a new study...Show More Summary

Virtual Reality Research Aims to Transport Jurors to Crime Scenes

The hype and promise surrounding virtual reality is spilling into the criminal justice system.

“Our Textbooks Do Not Teach About Agenda 21”

Mary Lou Bruner believes that Barack Obama worked as a gay prostitute in New York during his 20s in order to pay for a drug habit. She additionally likes to refer to the president as “Ahab the Arab,” because she thinks he’s a Muslim and is fluent in Arabic (and because she is apparently a fan of Ray Stevens). Show More Summary

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