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Like fairness? You’ll love the new command economy

“Don’t teach women how to negotiate. Just ban salary negotiations altogether.” [Nora Caplan-Bricker, Slate] Tags: sex discrimination Like fairness? You’ll love the new command economy is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Non-Sequiturs: 11.27.15

That was fast! When Howard Bashman (of our sister site How Appealing) talks, the U.S. Supreme Court listens. [How Appealing] She doesn't mention it much on the campaign trail, but Carly Fiorina is the daughter of Article III aristocracy -- the late Judge Joseph T. Show More Summary

Revamping The ‘Counsel’ Role

What do we talk about when we talk about "counsel"?

Coincidentally Just In Time For Black Friday, It's The Techdirt Gear Clearance Sale!

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We never planned to have a Black Friday event, but we have been getting ready to hold big sale for a while now, and it just so happens to have serendipitously coincided with the (in)famous shopping event — so here it is! Starting today, we're clearing out all our existing Techdirt merchandise to make room for new offerings in the future. Show More Summary

Son Of Scalia Comes To Dad’s Defense

How would you like it if your father got unfairly criticized on national television?

Class-Action Attorneys’ Fees Under Fire

A case before California’s highest court could fundamentally change the way class-action attorneys are paid—and cut lawyers’ fees in the process.

Saudi Arabia plans to sue Twitter user who called it #ISISlike

Watch what you say about Saudi Arabia: According to a report in pro-government newspaper Al Riyadh, the Saudi justice ministry is planning to sue a Twitter user who suggested that a death sentence recently handed out to a Palestinian...Show More Summary

Oil Downturn Sends Texas Law Firm Packing

The extended slump in oil prices is spurring one Houston-based law firm to shut its doors. But the closure is unlikely to spell doomsday for big law firms that raced to Houston in recent years to grab oil and gas work.

What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks

As the world grapples with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the policy implications for issues such as the acceptance of refugees and continued military participation in the fight against ISIL have unsurprisingly come to the fore. Show More Summary

Are Canadian Internet Privacy Laws at Risk?

Appeared in the Toronto Star on November 23, 2015 as Paris Attacks Put Canada’s Internet Privacy Laws At Risk As the world grapples with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the policy implications for issues such as the acceptance...Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 11.27.15

Ed. note : We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. As we mentioned before Thanksgiving, we'll be on a reduced publication schedule today. Randall Kennedy, one of the African-American Harvard Law School professors whose portraits got marked with black tape, shares HLS alum Elie Mystal's reaction to the incident: he is unimpressed. Show More Summary

Preemption 201 – Recent Cases Raising Specialized Issues

In case you haven’t noticed, we like preemption. We’ve even called ourselves “obsessed” with it. And with good reason. Preemption, where it’s available, is the most powerful defense around – capable of wiping out an entire MDL with a single motion to dismiss. Show More Summary

Why the Supreme Court’s Endorsement of Technological Neutrality in Copyright May Be Anti-Technology

The Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited decision in SODRAC v. CBC today, a case that has major implications for the role of technological neutrality in copyright. As I noted when it was argued before the court, though the...Show More Summary

Yik Yak for good

Invoking Title IX, that law of so many uses, some identity advocates are demanding that colleges curtail student access to the chat service Yik Yak, popular for anonymous chatter on campus. While the press routinely portrays Yik Yak as a sump of digital hostility, Virginia Postrel found something quite different when she went on. Show More Summary

Two More Top Lobbyists to Leave Squire Patton Boggs

Lobbyist Kevin O'Neill, one of the highest ranking legacy Patton Boggs partners at Squire Patton Boggs, will leave the firm along with another lobbyist. The departures, like dozens over the past three years, highlight how few of the old Patton Boggs has stuck with the global firm as it attempts to rebuild its lobbying capabilities.       

Stupid Patent Of The Month: Infamous Prison Telco Patents Asking Third-Parties For Money

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Plenty of businesses rely on third-party payers: parents often pay for college; insurance companies pay most health care bills. Reaching out to potential third-party payers is hardly a new or revolutionary business practice. But someone should tell the Patent Office. Show More Summary

Sixth Circuit Appeals Court Prepares To Consider The Privacy Implications Of Mugshots

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is preparing for an en banc hearing on whether there is a privacy interest inherent in mugshots, or whether they are simply public records that can be obtained with an FOIA request. For the most part, mugshots have been considered public records. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Who Wants To Go To Space?

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Reusable rocket technology has been a 'holy grail' of sorts for space exploration. Building reusable components is supposed to make space travel more affordable, but the Space Shuttle is the prime example of how that's not necessarily true, as it cost over an order of magnitude more than originally planned. Show More Summary

Dear ZDNet: Comcast Has Been Sketchily Injecting Messages Into User's Browsers For Years

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Comcast has been dutifully modeling its behavior in such a way so as to fill up Techdirt's story pages for years now. So, when we come across a story somewhere discussing how Comcast is doing some bad new thing, it's tempting to simply assume it's true and move on. Show More Summary

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