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Lawyerly Skills Can Pay Off: 5 Things You Can Negotiate

Americans don't really negotiate over things as much as people do in other countries. We're accustomed to just paying the sticker price and moving on with our lives. But there are a plethora of things you can acquire for a cheaper price by putting your fancy lawyerly negotiatin' skills to......

Apple Suffers $23M Loss in 2-Way Pager Patent Suit

Apple was hit with a $23.6 million loss in federal court on Tuesday, with a ruling that the tech company infringed on five patents owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTel). According to Inside Counsel, the Texas federal court found that Apple infringed on five of MTel's two-way pager network......

Jehovah's Witnesses Can Proselytize in Gated Communities: 1st Cir.

In response to a series of violent crimes, Puerto Rico enacted a law allowing municipalities to erect gates enclosing public streets. The gates were manned by security guards, and those that weren't staffed by humans required a resident key to enter. So, who's claiming that these gates infringe on their......

5 (Kind of) Thanksgiving-Related SCOTUS Rulings to Savor

There's no more American holiday than Thanksgiving. (Well, except maybe Independence Day. And doesn't Canada have a Thanksgiving, too?) A day filled with overeating, over-drinking, and then football? Sign me up! Thanksgiving has popped up over the years at the U.S. Supreme Court as well, though it didn't involve Chief......

Mumia Abu-Jamal Sues to Block Pa. Criminal Gag Law

Last month, we reported that the Pennsylvania legislature had passed Senate Bill No. 508, a law that would allow a crime victim to prevent the crime perpetrator from talking about the crime if doing so would make the crime victim feel bad. The Pennsylvania law in this case was pretty......

Attorney Myron May ID'd as FSU Shooter: Here's What We Know

Boy, what a week for Lawyers (Allegedly) Behaving Badly. Today, police announced the Florida State University alum who shot three people at the FSU library early this morning was a lawyer too. Myron May, 31, graduated from FSU and then received his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law.......

Is Your Company on Instagram? 3 Things GCs Should Watch For

The potential legal pitfalls of a company's social media presence are matched only by the seemingly endless variety of social media platforms about which to worry. Facebook and Twitter should certainly be in your wheelhouse by now, but you may or may not be familiar with Instagram, a mobile-based......

A Rundown of Roca Labs' Defamation Litigation

Have you been following this story? Roca Labs sells "neutraceuticals" that it claims on its website create the same effect as a gastric bypass without surgery. Many unsatisfied customers who bought Roca Labs' products vented on a website called Pissed Consumer. Roca Labs, pursuant to a clause in its contract......

Bonus Season Comes Early! (And It’s Not Cravath)

We have our first Biglaw bonus announcement. Let the games begin!

The President Has As Much Immigration Authority As Congress Gives Him

The U.S. Supreme Court has had surprisingly little to say about whether the President or Congress has the power to set immigration and deportation policy.

As Expected: Trial Lawyers Made A Huge Miscalculation In Killing Recent Patent Reform

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in May, we wrote about how, despite pretty much everyone agreeing on a (decent, if not amazing) patent reform bill in the Senate, the whole thing got shot down, when the trial lawyers called Senator Harry Reid, asking him to kill...Show More Summary

It Has Arrived: the Long-Threatened House Lawsuit Against Obama

House Republicans on Friday filed a long-threatened lawsuit against the Obama administration over what GOP leaders have called executive overreach by President Barack Obama.

Court dismisses suit by man who fell off chair in lawyer’s office

New Jersey: Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Dennis O’Brien has granted summary judgment to the defendant law firm of Wolff, Helies, Duggan Spaeth and Lucas and dismissed Thomas Hickey’s suit over his injuries in falling off a reclining chair in its office during a deposition. Show More Summary

Obama Enters the Net Neutrality Ring with a Call for Title II Reclassification

After months of cryptic messages ostensibly in support of new open Internet rules (a policy colloquially known as “net neutrality”), on November 10th, President Obama issued a formal policy statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s” or the “Commission’s”) Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”). Show More Summary

The Legal Rule Behind The Conspiracy At The Root Of HTGAWM

It seems our freaked out law students have all been scared about the felony murder rule.

Year-End Tax Planning 2014

Year-end tax planning is especially challenging this year because Congress has yet to act on a host of tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013. Some of these tax breaks may be retroactively reinstated and extended, but Congress may not decide the fate of these tax breaks until the very end of this year (and, possibly, not until next year). Show More Summary

Westminster drops tobacco-ban proposal

“Bowing to a forceful majority of opinion, the [Westminster, Mass.] Board of Health has killed its proposed ban on tobacco sales.” [Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise, AP ("This is a free country?" sign), Chris Snowdon ("The anti-smokers of Westminster... Show More Summary

The Spencer Effect: No More Warrantless Access to Subscriber Info With Five Minutes of Police Work

The Canadian Press reports that the RCMP has abandoned some Internet-related investigations because it is unable to obtain warrantless access to subscriber information. The article is based on an internal memo expressing concern with the additional work needed to apply for a warrant in order to obtain access to subscriber information. Show More Summary

Wish You Had NSA's Cool Spying Toys? Now You Can -- As Low-Cost Open Hardware

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Alongside the disturbing revelations of indiscriminate, global surveillance carried out by the NSA and its Five Eyes friends, leaked documents have shown another side of modern spying: the high-tech gadgets created for the NSA's Tailored Access Operations group, discussed by Techdirt at the end of last year. Show More Summary

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