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Morning Docket: 09.19.14

Voters in Scotland just said no to independence from the United Kingdom (although it might not have been a big deal for the legal profession if the vote had gone the other way). [New York Times] Drexel Law gets a whopping $50 million gift — and a new name, the Thomas R. Show More Summary

New Zealand Whistleblower Reveals He Was Told To 'Bury' Unflattering Info About The Gov't Spying On Dotcom

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The list of incredible screwups concerning the investigation, raid and prosecution of Kim Dotcom in New Zealand is fairly incredible. At nearly every step of the way we find out more and more about just how monumentally questionable the whole thing was. Show More Summary

“California Destroys Winery Over Use of Volunteers”

“California has a state law that prohibits for-profit companies from using volunteer labor.” That spelled doom for little Westover Winery in Castro Valley, which cleared around $11,000 in profits a year for its owning couple and used unpaid volunteers, many of them amateurs who wanted to learn the wine business. Show More Summary

Pa.R.E. 611(c)(2) Amended, Effective Immediately

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Here is a LINK to the amended Pa.R.E. 611(c)(2) which governs the court's discretion to control the direct and cross-examinations of witnesses at trial. The amendment is effective immediately.The amendments pertain to the scope of the...Show More Summary

Good News: Mobile Devices Now Competing To Be Much More Secure Against Prying Eyes

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While the more cynical folks out there have insisted that the tech industry is a happy partner with the intelligence community, the reality has been quite different. If anything, in the past many companies were simply... complacent about the situation, not realizing how important these issues were. Show More Summary

EU Council Presidency Presents Paper On Tackling Copyright Infringement That's Little More Than ACTA Reheated

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The political machine of the European Union is undergoing a major makeover. Elections recently took place for Members of the European Parliament, bringing in many new faces. Later this year, a new array of Commissioners will take up jobs in the European Commission. Show More Summary

“Help the disabled by fixing ADA scams”

The Sacramento Bee editorializes against the state’s well-established ADA racket, which has been going for many years now and is not being cleaned up through legislative reform because too many people find financial or ideological advantage...Show More Summary

California toughens criminalization for unlicensed contractors

If you hire some consenting but unlicensed neighbor for a not-very-big repair or construction job in California, there’s now a greater chance he or she will be headed for jail, no matter how happy you may be with the quality of the work. Show More Summary

Jimmy Kimmel Joins John Oliver In Explaining Net Neutrality

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few months ago, John Oliver did an amazing job making net neutrality into a mainstream issue, by reducing it to its core element: that it's all about "preventing broadband provider fuckery." That was a great segment that truly went viral. Show More Summary

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp: Still Failing To Understand The Internet After 20 Years Of Flops

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has a surprisingly long -- and stunningly unsuccessful -- history of trying to become a major force in the Internet world. This goes all the way back to 1993, when it rather presciently bought an online company called Delphi Internet Services. Show More Summary

Langewiesche responds to Garvin

Via p.r. agent Karen Hinton, William Langewiesche has now responded in our comments section (as well as elsewhere) to Glenn Garvin’s critical Miami Herald column (linked here) regarding Langewiesche’s 2007 Vanity Fair piece on the Chevron-Ecuador litigation. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Going To Space

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Only three countries have developed manned space vehicles: Russia, US and China. However, since the retirement of NASA's space shuttle program, the US has not had a vehicle (of its own) ready to take astronauts to space. The European...Show More Summary

Senator Leahy Asks Why The Federal Court System Dumped A Bunch Of Court Documents Down The PACER Memory Hole

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last month, we were among the first to report that the federal court system's electronic document system, PACER, had deleted a bunch of cases. The folks who run PACER came back with a completely nonsensical defense of the move, claiming they were updating some systems and some of the documents were on older systems that weren't compatible. Show More Summary

Teleseminar by the Reed Smith Side of the Blog

This coming Wednesday, September 24th at 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT, three of your Reed Smith bloggers, Steve Boranian, Steve McConnell, and myself (Bexis) will be presenting a teleseminar that we've entitled, "And the Verdict Is…: Recent...Show More Summary

Drexel Law Gets $50 Million from Philadelphia Trial Lawyer

At a time when plunging enrollment has law schools struggling to balance their budgets, an extra million or so dollars couldn't hurt. What about $50 million? That's how much Philadelphia trial lawyer Thomas R. Kline is donating to Drexel University School of Law.

Did Apple Keep Or Remove Its Warrant Canary Concerning PATRIOT Act Requests?

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last fall, we wrote about how Apple has placed a warrant canary in its first ever Transparency Report, noting: Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 09.18.14

Judge Mark Fuller is back in the news, with Senator Richard Shelby leading a chorus of legislators calling for the judge to resign in light of his domestic violence arrest. [All In with Chris Hayes / MSNBC] Further fallout from Hobby Lobby: suborning child labor is free exercise. Show More Summary

Judge Rejects Lawsuit Over Alki David's CNN Interview on Michael Jackson Hologram

Pulse Entertainment sued the entrepreneur for taking credit for its work at the Billboard Music Awards read more

A Tale of Two Incentives (with side notes on Welsh accents and the power of labels)

In early August, the Tennessee Court of Appeals decided a case of first impression, Torres v. Precision Industries, et al., No. W2014-00032-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Aug. 5, 2014), examining whether an undocumented worker can state a common law claim for...

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