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Walk-from-park abuse charge “unsubstantiated,” CPS to track parents anyway

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“The long-awaited decision from Montgomery County Child Protective Services has arrived at the home of Danielle and Alex Meitiv, and it finds them ‘responsible’ for ‘unsubstantiated child neglect’ for letting their kids walk outside, unsupervised. Show More Summary

Don’t Go Changing: The Canadian Broadcaster Fight Against Legal and Regulatory Reform

Throughout the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission TalkTV hearing, Canadian broadcasters such as Bell (CTV), Rogers (CITY), and Shaw (Global), tried to assure Canada's regulator that they were ready to embrace the digital future and prepared for regulatory change. Show More Summary

The Road Not Taken: Triage

What happens when you've got a personal emergency during work? You learn how to triage and give up control.

Beyond Biglaw: 5 Tips For Dealing With Billing Guidelines

You want to get paid, and for the client to think you are a great lawyer -- so follow this simple advice, from boutique-firm columnist Gaston Kroub.

Clear Language Or Clear Intent? Supreme Court Hears Obamacare Subsidies Case

King vs. Burwell is a battle between the textualists and the purposivists, except the both agree context matters in the law.

A sidewalk triangle in Greenwich Village

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes.” That’s the message on a tiled mosaic triangle inset in a sidewalk at Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street in Manhattan’s West Village. It hearkens back...Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 03.03.15

"Taking the bar is like riding a bike. A bike that's on fire." Never before has there been a better way to describe what it's like to take the bar exam. Here's how some recent examinees were able to survive. Miraculously, no one preemptively sent a letter like this. Show More Summary

Nokia CEO: We Have To Get Rid Of Net Neutrality, Otherwise Self-Driving Cars Will Keep On Crashing Into Each Other

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It would be an understatement to say that net neutrality has been in the news quite a lot recently. One of the supposed arguments against it is that requiring all data packets to be treated equally within a connection will prevent companies...Show More Summary

How Similar Is 'Blurred Lines' To A 1977 Marvin Gaye Hit?

The trial over whether Robin Thicke and Pharrell copied their 2013 megahit comes down to complex musicology. read more

Blog slowdown (updated)

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

[Originally posted Feb. 25 and carried forward to Mar. 3] I’m slowing down the pace at Overlawyered while I attend to some personal matters. (Update: I’m recovering from surgery, which went well.) Comments moderation should now be back...Show More Summary

Capcom Removes Advertised Offline Co-Op From Resident Evil Reboot, Updates Steam Page After Sales Begin

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Capcom's never really had much of a consumer-friendly reputation. Between being all about SOPA and utilizing innovative DRM measures such as "You only get one save file per game cartridge ever at all," it would be tough for the company to claim some kind of goodwill dividend should it screw up and find the need for one. Show More Summary

Can’t convict? Chip away defendants’ rights

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“[Attorney General Eric] Holder told POLITICO that between now and his departure… he will call for a lower standard of proof for civil rights crimes.” [Mike Allen, Politico] Tags: Department of Justice, Eric Holder Can’t convict? Chip away defendants’ rights is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

The Rewards From Effective Reform Could Be Great

A group of 51 intellectual property scholars have submitted the following letter to Congress with the conclusion that “a large body of evidence... indicates that the net effect of patent litigation is to raise the cost of innovation and inhibit technological progress.” – Dennis = = = = = To Members of […]

Is America About To Experience The Billion-Dollar Pain Of Corporate Sovereignty First Hand?

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Readers of Techdirt have been hearing about corporate sovereignty -- the ability of foreign investors to sue governments directly in special courts over alleged losses, also known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) -- for a while now. Show More Summary

Gay Party Company Goes After Another Gay Party Organizer Over Generic 'Gay Days' Trademark

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Trademarks on generic terms and phrases make for the silliest, and often the strangest, battles. In particular, I find it detestable when companies that are serving small, niche groups of people who have every reason to band together in solidarity, instead bicker unnecessarily over even the most common kinds of language. Show More Summary

Apple-Samsung Lawsuit Raises Important Questions about Scope of Injunctions

Guest Post by Professor Daryl Lim (John Marshall Law School) Apple and Samsung will once again lock horns at an appeals court. Apple is seeking a permanent sales ban on patented features contained in Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone and nine other older smartphone models. The U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which will […]

DailyDirt: Curious Carbon Configurations

22 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Carbon gets a lot of negative publicity because it's associated with carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, but the element itself is critical to life and has numerous fascinating properties. Carbon comes in a variety of allotropes, and we're discovering other carbon-based structures all the time. Show More Summary

Mike Baird, Premier Of New South Wales, Has Video Of Him Reading Mean Tweets Taken Down Because REM

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

REM's music has found itself at the center of copyright disputes in the past, but those instances have mostly occurred in the more traditional sorts of disputes, such as accusations that one band copied another band and blah blah blah. Show More Summary

Marvin Gaye Family Says Jury Has Been "Poisoned" By 'Blurred Lines' Trial Testimony

The judge is asked to do something about "confusing, wrong, and entirely prejudicial" comments by Robin Thicke's side. read more

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