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Compromise Verdict Upheld Even Though Parties Stipulated to Amount of Economic Damages

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In its recent decision in Kinderman v. Cunningham, No. 1604 EDA 2013, 2015 Pa. Super. 30 (Pa. Super. Feb. 11, 2015 Bowes, Ott, Jenkins, J.J.) (Op. by Bowes, J.)(Ott, J., Dissenting), the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that a new trial...Show More Summary

Canada Extends Copyright Terms, Finally Giving Musicians Who Released Works More Than 50 Years Ago A Reason To Create

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For reasons no more sound than it possibly felt a bit inadequate when comparing copyright term length with its next-door-neighbor, Canada has increased the copyright term for sound recordings and performances from 50 years to 70 years. Show More Summary

Regulatory crime blotter: Wisconsin-only beer found for sale in Minnesota

Felony charges possible: “undercover police traveled to Maple Tavern where they were served the Wisconsin-only beer.” [KMSP, Minneapolis Star Tribune] Tags: beer and brewers, Minnesota, Wisconsin Regulatory crime blotter: Wisconsin-only beer found for sale in Minnesota is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

If You Really Think TPP Is About 'Trade' Then Your Analysis Is Already Wrong

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

George Mason University professor Bill Schneider recently had an interesting blog post over at Reuters in which he discusses how Hillary Clinton is in a tough spot concerning the TPP and TTIP agreements, in that much of the Democratic party is now vehemently against these "trade" deals, while historically, the Clintons have been for them. Show More Summary

“Inmates file claims for $18 million after Seahawks TV privilege revoked”

A sudden wave of claims by inmates of the Yakima County, Wash., jail demanded a cumulative $18 million in damages over a variety of alleged problems from clogged sinks to “denial of outside yard time. The claims, 15 in all, were filed by inmates housed in the same unit of the jail’s annex. Show More Summary

Banking and finance roundup

Critics say by naming payment processors in massive enforcement action over debt collection practices, CFPB is implementing its own version of Operation Choke Point [Kent Hoover/Business Journals; Barbara Mishkin, Ballard Spahr; Iain Murray, CEI] Green sprout in Amish country: “Bank of Bird-in-Hand is the only new bank to open in the U.S. Show More Summary

A Residence With Locking Doors And A Working Toilet Is All That's Needed To Justify A No-Knock Warrant

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

No-knock warrants have become the strategy of first choice for many police departments. Most of these target those suspected of drug possession or sales, rather than the truly dangerous situations they should be reserved for. The rise in no-knock warrants has resulted in an increased number of deadly altercations. Show More Summary

Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

One always hopes for the best, but there are multiple reasons to think that Loretta Lynch will be even less friendly toward liberty issues than predecessor Eric Holder, himself no favorite of this space. “Loretta Lynch zealously defended civil asset forfeiture during her confirmation hearings, and was a devoted practitioner of it as a U.S. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: The Drones Are Coming

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've talked about all kinds of drones before and about the FAA restrictions on using the more toy-like versions outdoors. Sometimes people do stupid stuff with drones -- and it really doesn't help to create an environment where people can enjoy drones responsibly. Show More Summary

Blistering Hubris, Bald-Faced Lies And Atrocious Customer Service Kill Comcast's Merger Ambitions Dead

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Comcast's week just got notably worse with the news (barring some last minute miracle) that the cable giant will likely be walking away from its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable after leaks suggested the DOJ and FCC will likely be blocking the deal. Show More Summary

Attorney Representing Whistleblowing Cops Claims Police Department Dropped Spyware On His Hard Drive

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This news is infuriating if true. And its chance of being true are pretty high, considering how little cops having the whistle blown on them care for those blowing the whistle. In this case, police officials didn't just stonewall a court order to produce records. Show More Summary

Judge Tells FBI To Stop Screwing Around And Search For Documents Requested By Man Seeking To Clear His Name

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In 1991, Adolfo Correa Coss was convicted of drug trafficking, but has steadfastly maintained his innocence. While working towards clearing his name, he discovered an FBI informant named Guillermo Casas had a hand in his arrest and indictment. Show More Summary

Attorney Who Defeated Pao Sex-Bias Suit Now Defending Twitter

The employment lawyer who defeated Ellen Pao's discrimination lawsuit against venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has landed another high-profile Silicon Valley gender-bias case.

Biglaw Bonus Season Round-Up: An ATL Infographic

You know what they say: a picture is worth a Davis Polk bonus package.

Complex Investment Products Are In The SEC’s Crosshairs

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

Financial advisors have been pushing complex investment products to their yield-starved retail investors. Such opaque and complex products have names like structured products, equity-indexed annuities, leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds and alternative mutual funds. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 04.23.15

Apparently Daredevil has nailed the dramatic representation of young attorneys. [The Legal Artist] Professor Campos thrashes those who deny the law school scam. Um... these analogies may be a tad over the top. [Lawyers, Guns & Money] Judge Kozinski movie night!!! [Los Angeles Times] Discovery is awesome. Show More Summary

Thanks To The Ninth Circuit For A Supreme Event!

This past weekend, the Ninth Circuit held an open house in which it welcomed members of the public to its beautiful courthouse in Pasadena, California.

Jeb Bush Compliments Obama For Continuing And Expanding His Brother's War On Terror

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn mannerShow More Summary

J.P. Morgan, Skadden Lose Out Big If Comcast Deal Falls Apart

If Comcast Corp.’s planned $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. falls apart, J.P. Morgan would lose its second-place spot in the 2014 M&A rankings.

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