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ACLU of Oregon has it right: even in near aftermath of violent Portland attack, government cannot revoke rally permits because of disapproval of the message being sent [Ronald K.L. Collins, Scott Shackford/Reason, John Samples/Cato]Show More Summary

Why Is US Government Giving A Pharma Giant Exclusive Rights To A Zika Vaccine Whose Development Was Paid For By The US Public?

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Here on Techdirt we've written much about the way Western pharma companies fight for their "right" to charge unaffordable prices for medicines in emerging and developing economies. In particular, they routinely take governments and local generic suppliers to court in an attempt to shore up highly-profitable monopolies on life-saving drugs. Show More Summary

Wall Street Is Starting To Get Very Nervous About Cable TV Cord Cutting

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Wall Street is finally starting to realize there's a storm brewing on the horizon for the nation's biggest cable companies. Cable stocks took a notable dip this week after MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett downgraded the entire cable sector because of worries surrounding cord cutting and streaming video competition. Show More Summary

Teaching Online Courses To Develop Your Practice And Grow Your Business

Ever considered developing a course to share your knowledge or expand your resume? Learn why top instructors feel it’s a winning proposition.

Wikileaks Attempts To Bully Wikileaks Documentary With C&D Notices

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The history of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange is a tortured one, to be sure. Once the darling of the left for exposing important misdeeds by the American government, the site then became a tool for the right in the last Presidential election with the publishing of emails stolen in a hack of the DNC. Show More Summary

Former University Official Files Libel Lawsuit Against His Replacement For Things A Journalist Said

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've covered a lot of ridiculous defamation lawsuits here at Techdirt. A ton. MANY. We like covering them so much we bought the company. But this defamation lawsuit passed on to us by Adam Steinbaugh is just baffling. Even more baffling, it's been filed with professional representation. Show More Summary

E-Discovery Production — Snow storms are avoidable

Who is to blame for a “document dump” – a “snow storm” – an obfuscation of information? Sometimes its intentional and sometimes it is not. Everyone – both plaintiff and defendant; both teams of lawyers. Requesters are imprecise and can be over reaching. Show More Summary

Petition to Enforce Settlement Granted in Monroe County Case

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent decision in the case of Wise v. Hyundai Motor Company, No. 3777 Civil 2011 (C.P. Monroe Co. Dec. 16, 2016 Williamson, J.), Judge David J. Williamson addressed a Motion to Enforce Settlement and, after reviewing the law of whether a valid contract of settlement had been reached between the parties, granted the same. Show More Summary

Petition to Enforce Medical Malpractice Settlement Granted in Lackawanna County

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent decision in the medical malpractice case of Brink v. Mallik, No. 2013-CV-1314 (C.P. Lacka. Co. June 9, 2017 Nealon, J.), Judge Terrence R. Nealon reviewed the current status of the law of settlements in his assessment of a Petition to Enforce a settlement. Show More Summary


3 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

CAREFULLY READ TRIAL MANAGEMENT ORDERS When a Trial Management Order is issued read the Order in its entirety--Judges expect them to be followed to the letter. Immediately have all deadlines marked on your calendar.Also mark a tickler...Show More Summary

The Conservative Case for Unions

Jonathan Rauch has written The Conservative Case for Unions in the Atlantic. Congratulations to Matt Dimick (Buffalo) for a prominent mention, and for Rauch's discussion of Dimick's work on the Ghent System. Here's an excerpt from the article: All workers...

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Good morning, breakfasters: Three decisions down Friday morning, along with an announcement from Chief Justice John Roberts that the term will wrap up on Monday. First we had Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Board, an employment discrimination...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Dear Walter, Pam, Mark, and the Judge, Welcome back to my favorite week of the year! Walter, it often amazes me that when we started this tradition it was radical online norm shattering, and today it’s just old-school journalism. I think...Show More Summary

U.S. Lobby Groups Take Aim At Canadian Copyright Law in NAFTA Comments: No Balance, No Fair Use, & No Cultural Exception

The U.S. just completed its consultation on negotiating objectives in the upcoming NAFTA re-negotiations (the Canadian consultation is open until July 18, 2017). There are well over a thousand comments, but a review of the lobby groups...Show More Summary

Facial Recognition Software Brings Personalized Ads To The Supermarket

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Facial recognition software is getting to the point where there are some very interesting things that can be done with it in everyday life. That includes really bad ideas like enabling the police to run record checks on everyone who passes in front of their body-worn cameras. Show More Summary

Want To Get Sued? A Self-Help Primer

Run your firm the way that you want to – it’s your business, after all!

Florida Cops Shut Down Secret Spy Plane Plan After Backlash By Locals

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Miami-Dade Police Department has decided to drop its wide-area surveillance plan in the face of public backlash. The MDPD tried to slip it past residents and the county government by claiming the acquisition of a secret spy plane...Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 06.22.17

Senate Republicans take another step forward on repealing the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. [MedCity News] Shocker: President Donald Trump has no "tapes" of his conversations with James Comey. [Talking Points Memo] Our own Elie Mystal breaks down this morning's Supreme Court decisions, in conversation with Brian Lehrer of WNYC. Show More Summary

Pakistan Sentences First Person To Death Over Social Media Posts

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

With the ubiquity of social media presence in people's daily lives, the past few years has seen the rise of concern over people's privacy of their social media accounts, as well as concern over how content shared on those accounts could be used against the account holder. Show More Summary

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