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NY Judge Says Prior Restraint Is America's Best Defense Against Internet 'Chaos'

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A Long Island judge is swiftly making a (terrible) name for himself with a (terrible) ruling in a defamation lawsuit. The ruling making Acting Supreme Court Justice John Galasso look like an unconstitutional idiot has nearly nothingShow More Summary

Morning Docket: 04.21.17

"I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power." AG Jeff Sessions seems toShow More Summary

ALT alt.legal Innovation Awards Winner: 5 Questions With Jake Heller

Casetext seeks to make legal research faster, less expensive, and more certain.

Motion to Sever and Stay Bad Faith Claim Denied in Fayette County Case

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In a recent March 23, 2017 Order only out of the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County in the case of Rimel v. Mutual Benefit Insurance Company and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, No. 2450 of 2016, G.D., (C.P. Fayette Co. Show More Summary

Bifurcation of Coverage and Bad Faith Issues Denied in Eastern District Case

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the case of Eizen Fineberg & McCarthy, P.C. v. Ironshore Specialty Ins. Co., No. 16-2461 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 7, 2016 Slomsky, J.), the court denied a carrier’s Motion to Bifurcate the insured’s bad faith claim from a coverage claim. The...Show More Summary

Progressive politicos helped hotel industry as it schemed to strangle AirBnB

At the New York Times, Katie Benner investigates documents from the hotel industry’s intensive efforts to use government regulation to derail competition from AirBnB, which focused especially on cultivating “alliances with politicians,...Show More Summary

The US Charging Assange For Publishing Documents Would Be An Unprecedented Attempt To Chill A Free Press

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Obama waged a war on whistleblowers during his eight-year run. Sure, it was done under a sunny facade of "transparency," but the former president set the gold standard for whistleblower prosecutions, performing more than every other president until then… combined. Punishing whistleblowers is for amateurs. Show More Summary

“Can the police retaliate against a citizen for refusing to answer police questions?”

Orin Kerr at Volokh Conspiracy sorts through the complications of a Fifth Circuit case that has arguable Fifth, Fourth, and First Amendment angles. Tags: constitutional law, Fifth Circuit, First Amendment, Fourth Amendment “Can the police...Show More Summary

Free speech roundup

“Keeping this case in a pending status gives us one hell of a club” — how Nixon used antitrust to intimidate media [Guy Rolnik, Stigler Center ProMarket] For ruthlessness in bullying hostile press, Nixon and LBJ had nothing on FDR and...Show More Summary

Corporate Sovereignty Used To Bully Ukraine, Colombia And Italy For Protecting Public Health And The Environment

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Corporate sovereignty provisions in investment treaties have become much better known than they were when Techdirt first wrote about them in 2012. Despite that growing awareness, and widespread outrage at the idea that corporations can...Show More Summary

Law Revue Video Contest 2017: The Finalists!

Who will prevail in the latest Law Revue Video Contest? Vote for your favorite!

Jeff Sessions Thinks Hawaii’s Not a Real State. We Shouldn’t Be Surprised.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a man once deemed too racist to become a federal judge in Alabama by Senate Republicans, told talk radio host Mark Levin on Tuesday evening that a federal judge in Hawaii had no right to enjoin a presidential executive order on immigration. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 04.20.17

Just how long can we expect Neil Gorsuch to be on the Court? [Empirical SCOTUS] Cherokee Nation is taking drug manufacturers to court over the opioid epidemic. [Turtle Talk] Respect isn't weakness. [Katz Justice] President Trump is going after LL.M.s. Show More Summary

The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

So rumors have started flying that Google is about to build some ad blocker technology into Chrome, that would block ads that the company considers to be "unacceptable ads" -- as determined by the "Coalition for Better Ads." Of course, while a coalition for "better ads" sounds like a good thing, this Coalition for Better Ads has been criticized. Show More Summary

Hurdles Self-Employed Lawyers Face When Seeking a Firm Job

For you self-employed attorneys, going to work at a law firm is more than a job change. It is a life change. Whatever your reason for having been self-employed, you have had the primary benefit of being your own boss. Law firm lawyer, not so much. Of course, there......

Standard Of Review: ‘Better Call Saul’ Returns With An Old Friend In Tow

Better Call Saul is a very good show, but it has something of an identity problem.

Gun-Toting Plaintiff Blows Statute of Repose

Sorry for this, but Edward Burdett shot himself in the foot. Literally, Burdett shot himself in the foot and then sued the gunmaker. Adding insult to injury, a judge dismissed Burdett's case because he blew the statute of repose. In Burdett v. Remington Arms Company, the U.S. Fifth Circuit......

The Initial Resolutions: A Key Incorporation Document

The initial resolutions fill in the gaps in the operation of the corporation that were not covered in the bylaws.

Copyright Preempts Right of Publicity, 9th Circuit Rules

A federal appeals court ruled that federal copyright law preempts state-based publicity rights, rejecting claims by former student athletes over photos downloaded from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said the Copyright Act protects the photographers' copyrights, which cannot be trumped by state......

Judge Erred in Ruling on Issue Not Raised

Sending back a wrongful death case, a federal appeals court said a trial judge erroneously ruled on a summary judgment issue that had not been raised in the case. The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals said neither party had argued whether the StudentCity tour company caused the accident......

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