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Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Claim Dunkin’ Donuts Sprinkles on Extra Taxes

Who's to blame when a customer is charged too much in sales taxes? Plaintiffs' lawyers suing the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts in New York and New Jersey say the coffee and doughnut restaurant chain should have known about state sales tax rules exempting packaged coffee and bottled water sold at its stores.

Government Lawyers Think Open Records Reform Proposal Hands Over Too Much Power To The People

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The state of Massachusetts has some of the worst open records laws in the nation, which have not been updated since the 1970s. The main problem is the statutes provide no deterrence for abusive behavior by government agencies and very little in the way of recourse for public records requesters. Show More Summary

5 Ways to Celebrate Black History in Your Firm

It's Black History Month, the annual celebration of African American contributions to culture, society, and, of course, law. While Black History Month is hardly the card-sending, cocktail-houring, office-partying event that some other winter holidays are, it's still worth celebrating in your firm. Here's how.......

Australia's Arrogant, Irresponsible Trade Minister Rejects Calls For Cost-Benefit Analysis Of TPP

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Mike has just written about the way the US public is being short-changed over the promised "debate" that would follow the completion of the TPP negotiations. That broken promise is just part of the general dishonesty surrounding the whole deal. Show More Summary

How Lawyers Are Content Marketing Geniuses

We swear we're not making this up: lawyers are absolutely dominating the field of content marketing. According to Contently, law firms both large and small are getting into the game of providing regular (and useful) content for potential clients. This is perhaps a little surprising considering the profession's reputation for keeping......

Non-J.D. Program Enrollment Is Way up in Law Schools

According to Prof. Derek Muller of Pepperdine University's School of Law, 10 percent of law school enrollment is in one of the variety of non-J.D. programs. For non-lawyer types, this means that 1 in 10 students in law school have no intent to eventually become a lawyer. There has been......

Nothing To Fear

Fear doesn’t go away, but it can be managed so it isn’t so overwhelming. Here are some tips from a law professor to help you conquer your fears.

Is It Time to Take a New Look at Your Arbitration Agreements?

Arbitration remains an essential litigation prevention tool, and one that's regularly been given favorable legal treatment by the Supreme Court and Congress. But two recent opinions, one from the Supreme Court and one from the Fourth Circuit, serve as an important reminder of some of the limits to arbitration......

Non-Sequiturs: 02.09.16

That hashtag you're using might just be a registered trademark, but that doesn't mean it should be. [Buzzfeed] Yale Law students filed a class action representing people held in quarantine for 21 days amid fear of the Ebola virus. [Hartford...Show More Summary

'White Knight' Laws Should Be Treated With Skepticism, Brief Says

From the past to the present, there have been hundreds of laws that seek to "protect" women by denying them full rights: laws shielding women from the corrupting influence of politics, and voting; laws guarding women from hearing "sordid evidence," by keeping them off juries; laws keeping women from......

Arbitration Agreements Can't Wholly Reject the Law, 4th Cir. Says

Payday loans tend to be exploitative. Tribal payday loans tend to be really exploitative, since those quick cash advances can be made outside the restrictions placed on non-tribal lenders. That means payday loans with annual percentage rates of over 500 percent in some of the worst cases. This case......

A Lifetime of GPS Monitoring for Sex Offenders Is Constitutional

A Wisconsin law requires convicted sex offenders who have been released from civil commitment to wear a GPS ankle bracelet all day, every day, for the rest of their lives. And that is not an unconstitutional violation of their privacy, the Seventh Circuit ruled recently. The ankle monitor sends......

TPP Potentially Is Coming to Its 12 Member States

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, aka the TPP, has been approved recently by 12 member states. If the published text of the treaty next is ratified by each state (a process that could take some......

What American Territory Graduates the Most Non-Lawyer JDs?

Think one territory: Puerto Rico. According to data collected from the ABA and put together by Startclass, the territory of Puerto Rico takes the crown for graduating JDs who don't eventually put their degrees to work as attorneys. Not to say that there is a causation issue here, but if......

8 Years Later, Still No Hi-Speed Train; Case Goes Back to Court

If you've been wondering whatever happened to California's high speed rail, you're not the only one. The latest news is that it's back in court. So far, the project hasn't been very "high speed" at anything except rustling up legal issues.......

Famous Authors File Supreme Court Brief in Google Book Scanning Case

Several famous authors filed a brief with the Supreme Court, asking it to hear a lawsuit over Google digital book library. Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel, Steven Sondheim and others lent their names to the brief, contending Google is guilty of "massive copyright infringement. The Supreme Court has......

Ted Cruz Won’t Prevent the Next John Roberts

Ted Cruz is very angry at John Roberts. He is so angry at Roberts that on the presidential campaign stump he has begun calling the appointment of Roberts a “mistake.” In a September debate, Cruz went so far as to deride the chief justice...Show More Summary

Martin Shkreli Faces Copyright Suit Involving Wu-Tang Album

As he battles charges of securities fraud, former drug executive and Wu-Tang Clan patron Martin Shkreli may also have to defend himself against a federal copyright lawsuit.

Why the Return of Junk Bonds Poses Risk for Individual Investors

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Zamansky

Junk bonds are back. A type of high-yield security that involves loaning money to a non-investment-grade company, “junk bonds” got their name because they are also extremely high-risk for both institutional and individual investors.Show More Summary

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