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Court Says Cop Calling 911 With Suspect's Phone To Obtain Owner Info Is Not A Search

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

An interesting ruling out of Georgia states that an unconventional method to determine a cell phone's owner is not a search under the Fourth Amendment. The appeals court decides [PDF] that the information obtained has no expectationShow More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 07.21.16

Despite some big-ticket cases, the Supreme Court still leans right. [Empirical SCOTUS] The Kafka-esque treatment of a mentally ill rape victim, who was locked up over the Christmas holiday to make sure she'd testify, will infuriate you. Show More Summary

Digital Footprints That Small Law Firms Should Track

Before the internet age, discovery was a matter of digging through endless paper files. But the problem is that paper can be shredded, torn, burnt. In today's digital world, electronic forensic evidence abounds in every nook and cranny -- sometimes with great overlap. Small firms must use some creativity to......

3 Tips for Gathering Digital Evidence

Many lawyers are still unaware of some of the basic steps behind the procurement of digital evidence. In many ways, the basics are not too different from typical civil discovery -- it's just that the medium is different (and more impermanent). Here are some tactical considerations you should keep in......

5 Myths About Law Students and Lawyers That Need to Die

People tend to think in broad generalities and they can hardly be blamed for it. The public has its stereotypes about every profession, whether it be programmer, teacher, or doctor. As for lawyers, the stereotypes can be flattering at first, and a little annoying later on. Here are a few......

Utah Can't Withhold Federal Funds From Planned Parenthood

Utah Governor Gary Herbert can't withhold federal funds from the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, the Tenth Circuit ruled last week. The governor had instructed Utah officials to withhold $272,000 in so-called "pass-through" federal funds designated for STD treatment and sex education. The move came shortly after conservative activists......

Legal Considerations With Corporate Wellness Programs

Imagine you are in-house counsel for a large company and its executives have come to you for advice on the current corporate employee rage: wellness programs. What do you tell them? How do you best counsel your client? Wellness programs are a relatively new craze as far as corporate perks......

Ed Snowden And Bunnie Huang Design Phone Case To Warn You If Your Phone Is Compromised

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Bunnie Huang is having quite a day -- and it's a day the US government perhaps isn't too happy about. Huang has worked on a number of interesting projects over the years from hacking the Xbox over a dozen years ago to highlighting innovation happening without patents in China. Show More Summary

Movie Industry in First Amendment Clash With Anti-Smoking Activists

A consumer-fraud complaint targeting the Hollywood film industry is pitting anti-smoking activist fears against free speech concerns.

The Last Word On Chris Christie’s Wacky Public Show Trial

Whose speech was dumber: Clint Eastwood's or Chris Christie's?

SmallLaw Financial Mistakes To Avoid

There are so many bills SmallLaw attorneys are on the hook for that a financial hiccup can be devastating.

Justices Ignored

This week, two ghosts have been walking the floor of the Republican National Convention each night after all the hate and fear have been swept up and packed away for the morning. Judge Merrick Garland—whose name is never mentioned—and...Show More Summary

Techdirt Reading List: Don't Panic: A Legal Guide (in Plain English) For Small Businesses & Creative Professionals

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We're back again with another in our weekly reading list posts of books we think our community will find interesting and thought provoking. Once again, buying the book via the Amazon links in this story also helps support Techdirt. We've...Show More Summary

‘I Don’t Know’: Most Accurate Police Justification For Shooting Black People Yet

The reality is that “I don’t know” has become the legally accepted synonym for “reasonable use of deadly force.”

Lex Machina Expands Analytics From IP Into Securities Law; Other Practice Areas To Follow

Securities cases are available in Lex Machina starting today; antitrust cases will come in September.

Donald Trump Threatens 'Art Of The Deal' Ghostwriter, Claiming His 'Disloyalty' Somehow Amounts To Defamation

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier this week there was a fascinating piece in the New Yorker by Jane Mayer, interviewing Tony Schwartz, who is credited as the co-author to Donald Trump's first and most famous book, The Art of the Deal (Schwartz is interchangeably...Show More Summary

court grants motion to dismiss on nominative fair use grounds

3 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Beachbody, LLC v. Universal Nutrients, No. 16-02015, 2016 WL 3912014 (C.D. Cal. July 18, 2016) Beachbody sued Universal and Wal-Mart for using its “shakeology” mark on product packaging and purchase receipts. The court granted defendants’ motion to dismiss—apparently the standard is higher when you sue Wal-Mart. Show More Summary

Supporting Trump Or Clinton? Plead the Fifth!

In-house columnist Stephen R. Williams has taken a professional vow of political silence for the rest of the election season.

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