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Satan- and Zombie-Themed Holiday Displays Pose Test for Officials

Legal clashes over holiday displays in public spaces have become more common this time of year, as atheists and other groups that advocate separation of church and state have countered traditional Nativity scenes with irreverent decorations.

scientific claims in ordinary ads aren't protected opinion

4 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Eastman Chemical Co. v. Plastipure, Inc., 2014 WL 7271384, No. 13–51087 (5 th Cir. Dec. 22, 2014) A jury found that Plastipure (and defendant CertiChem) engaged in false advertising (discussed here). The court of appeals affirmed the entry of an injunction. Show More Summary

Could The FAA's Drone Policies Violate The First Amendment?

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Law professor Margot Kaminski has a fascinating post detailing how the FAA's "drone licensing" program could very much violate the First Amendment. A while back, she'd already expressed concerns about the FAA's attempt to ban the use...Show More Summary

A Pregnant Woman Is Not A Talking Incubator ?

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a very important ruling for women's health this week.

Comcast, NBC Have Learned Little, Still Cling Tightly To Broken 'TV Everywhere' Mindset

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For years the cable and broadcast industry has tried to pretend it's keeping pace with the times via an initiative called "TV Everywhere." TV Everywhere essentially lets cable subscribers watch a selection of limited content on limited devices -- if you have a traditional cable connection. Show More Summary

The Billable Hour: Perpetuating The ‘Home Alone’ Phenomenon Of The Civil Justice System

Sometimes plaintiffs’ lawyers feel like unwilling actors in a series of bad movie sequels. When will the madness end?

Be Discoverable — Google Loves Law Blogs And So Should You

You cannot afford to sit on the digital sidelines. You either adapt to this new digital universe or fade away into that distant, analog sunset.

The View From Up North: Biggest Story of 2014

May 2015 bring you all the business wisdom you already think you have.

E-Readers, Tablets, Smartphones Are Ruining Your Sleep: Study

Having trouble sleeping at night? Here's the latest culprit: backlit digital screens. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, the blue light from backlit devices (that would be pretty much everything: smartphones, tablets, and most e-readers) can lead to reduced melatonin, which leads to less......

Sony Bullying Twitter Over Users' Posting of Hacked Documents

Boies' bluster is still blustery. And it may be having the opposite of the desired effect. Last week, we told you about the letters noted litigator David Boies has sent on behalf of Sony to numerous media outlets. The letters basically threaten to rain down fire and brimstone upon anyone who......

From the 2nd Cir.: Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

Y'all are nasty. Just kidding. But you do like nasty blog topics. (We all do.) Need proof? Here are the 10 most popular blog posts from FindLaw's U.S. Second Circuit blog for the past year. The docket includes incest, sprayed feces, oral suction during circumcision, plus a litany of other......

4th Cir. Strikes N.C. 'Informed Consent' Abortion Script for Doctors

On Monday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appellate court to overturn a state's "informed consent" law for abortions. These laws require physicians to recite a state-mandated script before performing an abortion. In the case of North Carolina, physicians were required to conduct an ultrasound, point......

The Top 11 Stories From the 11th Cir. for 2014

A federal judge allegedly gets into a physical fight with his wife. A lawyer gets "seized" at a security checkpoint when she refuses to take off her coat. A child pornographer gets a rehearing because his lawyer was late coming back from lunch. These were among the most-viewed posts in......

An Excuse for Midday Drinking? It Boosts Creativity: Study

Like many lawyers, we can't live without a midday break. Why? A wee little dose of creativity in the coffee. You see, it turns out that drinking may indeed inspire creativity, just as all the greats (here's to you, William Faulkner) said it did. But the researchers behind this study......

2014 at the 7th Cir.: So Many Posner Benchslaps

As part of our ongoing year-in-review series across all of FindLaw's Legal Professional blogs, we decided to take a look back at the 10 most popular posts of the past year in the Seventh Circuit. What posts were a hit with you, our dear readers? Posner. Posner benchslappings. And sanctions......

Court Makes Obvious Ruling: Cops Can Use Fake Social Media Accounts

Here's some non-news: Cops use social media to catch criminals. But it's not just criminals broadcasting their misdeeds to the wider world, unimpeded by privacy settings or discretion. No, cops can and do make fake profiles to stalk criminals without being detected. If a cop walks into a bar, pretends......

Microsoft Settles With Patent Holding Co. VirnetX for $23M

In September, we blogged about the ongoing legal battle between VirnetX, a patent holding company (or patent troll, depending on your point of view), and Apple. VirnetX claimed a patent on the process of establishing a secure tunnel between two computers on the Internet. Apple uses something like this technology......

Judge Tosses Sheriff Arpaio’s Obama Immigration Suit

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s plan to shield nearly five million people from deportation.

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