Nick Sibilla of the Institute for Justice says the re-regulation plan has some devilish details: Portions of the current proposal could cripple entrepreneurship. For starters, food trucks that park at an expired meter could face $2,000 fines for a first-time offense. From there on, fines would escalate quickly, reaching $4,000 for the second infraction, $8,000 [...]Show More Summary
The revelations of Edward Snowden about the NSA's snooping of citizens both inside and outside the US are posing more questions than they answer at the moment. One key area is whether the use of encryption -- for example for email --...Show More Summary
Japan recently agreed to join in the negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that has many significant problems, which we've been highlighting for years. Apparently, Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has no interest in listening to those concerns. Show More Summary
Yesterday, in the case of Maracich v. Spears, the Supreme Court ruled that the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994 (DPPA) prohibits trial lawyers from accessing names and contact information from states’ drivers license databases with the intention of soliciting potential clients for litigation. Under DPPA, the general rule is that states must keep the [...]Show More Summary
“Make patent trolls pay in court” [Judge Randall Rader, Colleen Chien, and David Hricik, NYT] “Let’s play”: Nintendo claims “monetization rights” to fans’ videos on YouTube [Doctorow, BoingBoing] I only read it for the cease and desist notices: Kansas University lawyers go after Twitter feed featuring suggestive display of university licensed apparel [Gawker] Alleged misdeeds [...]Show More Summary
Deborah Widiss (Indiana-Bloomington) passes on a call for paper for the upcoming program of the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law – Title VII at 50: Looking Forward, Looking Back.” Here is the annoucement: The AALS Section on Employment Discrimination...
Late Sunday, the Guardian revealed that during the G20 summit in London in 2009, the UK government made sure to intercept phone calls and internet communications of foreign politicians and officials who were attending. As the article...Show More Summary
Bloomberg News Jon Leibowitz departed the FTC in February. Recent Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz is moving from Official Washington to the world of Big Law, joining law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. The firm said Mr. Show More Summary
The suit seeks unspecified damages for the sons of JoDon Romero, saying they have suffered signs of posttraumatic stress disorder since watching footage of their father shooting himself. read more
Why re-invent the wheel when you can copy from millions of years of evolution? Okay, so there aren't that many animals that use the wheel for locomotion, but there are plenty of other tricks that biology has figured out. By studyingShow More Summary
(Orin Kerr) This morning the Supreme Court decided a very important criminal procedure case, Salinas v. Texas, by a 5-4 vote. I’m guessing that you haven’t heard of Salinas. And it probably won’t get much attention in the press. But it should: Salinas is likely to have a significant impact on police practices. And it’s a fascinating [...]
For airline travelers, the difference between a direct flight and a layover is often a matter of convenience. But when the passenger is an indicted defendant, the stakes can get much higher.
Around and around we go, when the futility will stop, nobody knows. I'm referring, of course, to a large swath of government and industry groups around the world that apparently just love to play whac-a-mole with torrent sites, which don't host infringing files. Show More Summary
We've pointed out before how stupid it was for people like Jammie Thomas and Joel Tenenbaum to fight the copyright infringement lawsuits launched against them. In Tenenbaum's case it was monumentally stupid, because he flat out lied to the court and then had to admit it in court. Show More Summary
The former SAC Capital Advisors LP trader at the center of one of the most lucrative insider-trading schemes ever charged will get access to the laptop of the government’s main witness against him, according to court documents made public Monday.
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Justin Henry says he sometimes worked more than 40 hours per week for no pay as an intern at Atlantic Records in 2007. read more
This will come as no surprise to anyone, but NSA boss General Keith Alexander is pestering Congress for a new law which would provide blanket immunity for companies helping the NSA collect data on everyone. Gen. Keith Alexander has petitioned...Show More Summary
(Eugene Volokh) Lloyd v. Hardesty (Cal. Ct. App. May 31, 2013) (nonprecedential); for more on the factual backstory, see an earlier opinion in the case: The trial court entered a... restraining order prohibiting Wax from harassing Lloyd or her daughter. In particular, the court’s order provided that “(1) Wax ‘shall not make direct contact with  [...]