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Calif. State Judges Can't Belong to the Boy Scouts Anymore

Ah, the Boy Scouts. They teach you how to use knives, camp in the woods, and make things out of other things. The Boy Scouts have been under fire in recent years, though. Turns out they're a Christian organization that, until 2012, refused to admit openly gay Scouts, and still......

EEOC Wins 'Mark of the Beast' Religious Discrimination Suit

Here's what's not interesting about this case brought by the EEOC: An employee was forced to retire because of his religious beliefs. A West Virginia jury found in favor of the employee, Beverly R. Butcher Jr., and awarded him $150,000. Here's what is interesting about this case: Butcher's employer, Consol......

Nobody Saw This Coming: Now China Too Wants Company Encryption Keys And Backdoors In Hardware And Software

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A concerted campaign among officials on both sides of the Atlantic to attack strong encryption has intensified in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings. Most recently, we've had a leak of a document in which the EU's "Counter-Terrorism...Show More Summary

Be Disciplined, Not Motivated

Discipline can allow one to grow and change, a lack of discipline will likely lead to stagnation. So do you want to be free or be a slave?

Sexism In The Legal Profession: An Uncomfortable Truth

I’ll stop writing about sexism in the legal profession when there aren’t any more things for me to write about. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll ever run out of material.

Even under BRI, A Wired-Connection is not “Wireless”

by Dennis Crouch In re Imes (Fed. Cir. 2015) The Federal Circuit has again rejected USPTO’s broadest reasonable claim construction as unduly broad.  The Federal Circuit here maintains the BRI standard, but suggests that more emphasis should be placed on the ‘reasonable’ prong and less on ‘broadest.’ More formal claim construction is becoming a common […]

IRS Shuts Down Another High-Profile Asset Forfeiture Case, Gives $447,000 Back To Its Rightful Owners

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Thanks to our nation's tax laws and liberal asset forfeiture programs, the IRS can seize funds from a bank account if it believes the account holder is attempting to bypass income reporting requirements by making deposits under the arbitrary $10,000 cutoff. Show More Summary

Warner Bros. Sued for Distributing 'Laws of Attraction' Without License

German production companies say the movie giant didn't live up to its obligations under a 2013 settlement deal. read more

What You Can Learn From Dan Smith, Who Will Teach You Guitar

Lawyers in small firms need their marketing to be active. You need to find a way to make that phone ring.

Lawyer Arrested For Doing Her Job

Public defender arrested for pointing out that the cops can't question her clients outside her presence.

New Research Challenges Assumptions About Aging Prison Population

Why is America's prison population getting old? The conventional wisdom says it's because of harsher sentencing policies and antidrug laws adopted in the 1980s. New research, however, suggests another factor may be behind the graying of inmates—the growth of offenders entering or re-entering prison in middle age.

Judge Rakoff: DOJ Forensic Panel Hobbled by Bias

A Justice Department commission on forensic science has lost one of its most prominent members, Manhattan federal judge Jed Rakoff, who quit the advisory body in the wake of a decision not to let participants examine how forensic evidence is prepared for trial.

Feds Gagged Google Over Wikileaks Warrants Because They Were 'Upset By The Backlash' To Similar Twitter Warrants

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier this week, we wrote about how the feds got a warrant demanding all email and other information about three Wikileaks-associated reporters. While the warrants issued in 2012, Wikileaks only found out about it a few weeks ago when Google told them, saying that an earlier gag order had been partially lifted. Show More Summary

“Can Public Policy Stop Obesity?”

New Cato Unbound issue on the theme with Christopher Snowdon, Baylen Linnekin, Russell Saunders, and Jennifer Harris. Tweet Tags: obesity, taxes “Can Public Policy Stop Obesity?” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

CRTC Rules Bell’s Mobile TV Service Violates Telecommunications Act: “No Fast Lanes and Slow Lanes”

The CRTC has issued a major new decision with implications for net neutrality, ruling that Bell and Videotron violated the Telecommunications Act by granting their own wireless television services an undue preference by exempting them from data charges. Show More Summary

Wells Fargo Adds Senior Lawyers

Wells Fargo recently snagged two former Bank of America Corp. high-ranking lawyers to fill openings in its litigation and workout division

Conspiracy and Its Discontents

Federal conspiracy laws make pretty much everything a crime. Good luck out there.

“Lawyer’s personal assets, bank accounts at risk as opponents seek to collect $1M sanction”

Debra Cassens Weiss at the ABA Journal has more on that curious sanctions order out of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court in which attorney Nancy Raynor of Malvern, Pennsylvania, could lose everything because a judge found that sheShow More Summary

Morning Docket: 01.29.15

“I will be myself. I will be Loretta Lynch.” During the first day of her Senate Judiciary hearing, our would-be attorney general was cool, calm, and collected while delivering the news that she's not Eric Holder. [National Law Journal] ...Show More Summary

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