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Best of Overlawyered — February 2014

The one piece on bar fight litigation to read if you’re going to read only one; “Family sues Bronx Zoo after child swallows souvenir penny;” U.K.: “Policeman who smashed up pensioner’s car receives £400,000 compensation” “New car smell” blamed for fatal accident; U.S. Show More Summary

Librarians Are Continuing To Defend Open Access To The Web As A Public Service

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Librarians have built up quite a reputation for activism in all the right ways. Whether taking a stand against DRM, expanding libraries' catalogs to include new digital media and art, or embracing indie authors, librarians come off as much more of a hip crowd than you might expect. Show More Summary

Former Billionaire Tim Blixseth Jailed Over Missing Funds

A frustrated judge throws former billionaire Timothy Blixseth in jail for failing to account for millions from the sale of a resort.

Nebraska, Oklahoma Sue Over Colorado’s Pot Legalization

Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana unconstitutional, claiming in a lawsuit filed Thursday that lifting the pot ban overstepped federal powers and spurred cross-border drug trafficking.

140 Law - Legal Headlines for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter: Man who has lived in Canada for 60 years may apply as political refugee…in Canada Osler lawyer’s efforts make traffic court disclosure the norm for self-represented litigants...Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Winning A Nobel Prize And Thinking Differently

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A fairly sizable list of Nobel laureates suffer from Nobel disease -- a phenomenon in which respected scientists publicly espouse somewhat crazy ideas. Perhaps just being famous also causes this affliction...? Or maybe there should be more research on this topic, worthy of an Ig Nobel award. Show More Summary

Officer Put On Leave For Tweeting To Bait Public Into Violence

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It seems like there are so many police-behaving-badly stories that have come out recently, it's no longer all that noteworthy. Mind you, I don't know that the policing situation is generally actually getting worse, as it might seem,Show More Summary

FCC Refuses to Strip Redskins Owner's Broadcast License Over Team Nickname

It rejects claims the Redskins name is profane and indecent; or that Snyder lacks the character to hold a FCC license read more

On-Campus With Elie: Over The Cliff We Go

More bad numbers, and still law schools do nothing.

Non-Sequiturs: 12.18.14

3D printing and lightsabers and intellectual property. [Concurring Opinions] Speaking of IP law, let's talk Santa Claus and intellectual property. [Trademark & Copyright Law Blog / Foley Hoag LLP] "ExamExtensionGate" stirs up conservatives, but also a lot of liberal to moderate Boomers, because... Show More Summary

Myriad Loses Again: Patents On Genetic Testing Ruled Invalid

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in 2013, the Supreme Court struck down patents that Myriad Genetics had obtained on naturally-occuring DNA sequences linked to breast cancer. As a result of that judgment, other companies started offering diagnostic tests based on the genes in question. Show More Summary

Google Seizes on Sony Hacked Docs to Attack MPAA Conspiracy

Google's general counsel says the MPAA's anti-piracy campaign is "deeply concerning" read more

American Apparel CEO Fired

Many of you likely use the example of America Apparel CEO and founder Dov Charney when discussing sex discrimination in class. This CEO has long been publicly accused of sexual harassment in the workplace. Given the creative environment in which...

SmallLaw Holiday Party Networking Guide

Free booze combined with the prospect of mingling with vulnerable potential clients can prove irresistible to a hungry attorney still getting used to the street.

Techdirt Podcast Episode 5: The Internet From Space!

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This week's episode of Techdirt Podcast is all about thinking outside the box (and the atmosphere) on the subjects of broadband and global connectivity. There have been many attempts to build practical satellite-based internet access...Show More Summary

Congress and the Courts Are Learning to Get Along

To improve their relations, federal judges have been meeting with legislators under the auspices a Pew Charitable Trusts program.

TV Broadcasters Attempt to Delay Aereo's Sale of Technology

Currently in bankruptcy, Aereo blasts the move as a calculated strategy to continue the bleeding read more

Inventing to Nowhere

Although it is very much part of a PR campaign, the new documentary Inventing to Nowhere is also really well done.  Now streaming online:

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