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Judge Posner Drops Truth Bombs Like It Ain’t No Thang

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Judge Richard Posner is the Republican-appointed judge we need on the Supreme Court. He may not be the one we deserve, and will almost certainly not be the one we get, but it is fun to imagine.

Transformative work of the day, Jenny Holzer edition

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

The Toast offers us Baby Jenny Holzer.

The View From Up North: More Mergers Means Dentons Is Outgrowing ‘Biglaw’

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Based on Dentons' aggressive growth, we may have to revisit the concept of "Biglaw."

Back In The Race: Do Lawyer Blacklists Exist?

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

If lawyer blacklists exist, can someone please tell Shannon Achimalbe?

Biglaw Partner Very, Very Sorry For Inappropriate Tweets

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

At least it seems clear this Biglaw partner has learned his lesson.

German Publisher Axel Springer Just Can't Stop Suing Ad Blockers, And Attacking Its Own Readers

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As you hopefully already know, we take a bit of a different view of ad blockers around here on Techdirt, recognizing that many people have very good reasons for using them, and we have no problem if you make use of them. In fact, we give you the option of turning off the ads on Techdirt separately, whether or not you use an ad blocker. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 11.25.15

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit completely obliterated a Wisconsin law that required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Posner said any health benefits conferred by the law were...Show More Summary


13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

T H A N K S Thanks very much for your readership and for your contributions to Tort Talk. I am grateful for your support of the blog. Sending you Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend. Dan Cummins ?

Morning Wrap: A Judge's Guantanamo Criticism | Tweeting-Lawyer Awaits Possible Sanction

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth questions the government over delays in reviewing Gitmo cases. A Barnes & Thornburg partner apologizes for tweeting photos from a federal trial—and now awaits a possible sanction. And an anonymous jury will sit in the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore. This is a daily roundup from ALM and other publications.       

The Risks of Plaintiff Lawyer DTC Advertising

We have been riding the Philly subway for years, but only recently realized how much the ads on the car walls have changed. Not so long ago there were lots of ads for vocational schools, inducing today's un- or underemployed to become tomorrow's truck drivers and beauticians. Show More Summary

Chinese Company Learns From The West: Builds Up Big Patent Portfolio, Uses It To Sue Apple In China

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For many years now, Western governments have been complaining about China's supposed lack of respect for intellectual monopolies, and constantly pushing the country's politicians to tighten the legal framework protecting them. To anyone...Show More Summary

Follow-Up: Professor Chien’s More Nuanced Arguments

Following my discussion of Professor Colleen Chien’s WSJ essay on “ignoring patent demand letters, Professor Chien pointed me back to her 2014 article titled Holding Up and Holding Out that served as the basis for the WSJ essay. In the...Show More Summary

Judge Does Mental Gymnastics To Deem Left Nut Brewing Trademark To Be Non-Offensive

19 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We had just been talking about the awkward place the Washington Redskins most recent legal filing has left the government in, regarding the team's trademark. In that filing, the team pointed out the sheer hypocrisy of the government's...Show More Summary

November 25 roundup

21 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Mississippi federal indictments in Mikal Watts BP case include fraud charges (arising from multiple wire transfers) against man who a decade ago, when pastor of a Hammond, La. church, pleaded guilty to fraud charges arising from fen-phen...Show More Summary

“Firefighter who flunked physical injured 10 days into job”

21 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Deemed a “priority hire” for FDNY under a federal court order, “probationary firefighter Choeurlyne Doirin-Holder injured herself Monday while conducting a routine check of equipment at Queens’ Engine 308 in South Richmond Hill.” She...Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Restoring Sight

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The visually impaired are a sizable group of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Some vision problems are easily corrected with glasses or contacts or various kinds of laser-based eye surgery. However, some retinal problems are much more difficult (or impossible) to treat. Show More Summary

California Police Used Illegal Wiretap Warrants In Hundreds Of Drug Prosecutions

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier this month, Brad Heath and Brett Kelman of USA Today reported that the DEA was running a massive amount of wiretap applications through a single judge in Riverside County, California. Judge Helios Hernandez has signed off on five times as many wiretap warrants as any other judge in the United States. Show More Summary

9th Cir. Allows EEOC to Collect Personal Employee Information

The Ninth Circuit has given the EEOC the go ahead to compel production of so-called "pedigree information" in employment investigations. Pedigree information includes things like an employee's name, Social Security number, address, and telephone number. The ruling came after the EEOC investigated the McLane Company for gender discrimination after......

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