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FBI Investigates Journalist For An Obvious Joke Tweet, Because What The Hell Is Wrong With The FBI?

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Here's today's insane story of FBI ridiculousness: the FBI has been investigating an editor at Huffington Post, Nick Baumann, for an obvious joke tweet mocking fake news. Really. To understand what happened, it requires a bit of background,...Show More Summary

Law Firm That Sued 20-Year-Old Crash Victim Over Negative Review Now Owes $26,831 In Legal Fees

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

After being insulted online by a 20-year-old student with back injuries resulting from a collision with a drunk driver, the Khuu law firm of Houston, Texas, claimed it "had no choice" but to burn its already-questionable reputation to...Show More Summary

Iceland vs Iceland Trademark Spat More Clear: Iceland Foods Opposed Iceland's Trademark Application

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We recently wrote about the strange situation going on between a British company, Iceland Foods, and the nation of Iceland. What was clear was that this spat was over the trademark on the word "Iceland" held by the grocer, which had been ridiculously granted to cover all of Europe by the EU. Show More Summary

Cops Who Repeatedly Treated Refusal As Consent Watch Their Seized Evidence Vanish

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Some people just don't work well without direct supervision. When not responding to calls, officers are often left to their own discretion. Some do well with this freedom. Others… well, others do this sort of thing. [PDF] Officers Biandudi and Wyle were patrolling a Pinellas County neighborhood in a marked police car. Show More Summary

Law Passed To Protect Customers From Non-Disparagement Clauses And Other Ridiculous Restrictions

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Sitting on the president's desk is a bill [PDF] that will finally prevent companies from tying customers up with restrictive contracts at the point of purchase -- including forbidding the insertion of non-disparagement clauses. The bill...Show More Summary

Daily Deal: PDFpen 8 All-Purpose PDF Editor For Mac, Last Chance Sale

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If you're a Mac user looking for an alternative to Adobe Acrobat Pro, you should consider PDFpen 8 Pro. Enjoy advanced features like interactive forms, table of content creation, powerful exporting capabilities, and more. This is the last chance to buy it on sale in the Deals store for only $62 for the Pro version. Show More Summary

What it takes to Prove a Motivation to Combine

by Dennis Crouch In re NuVasive (Fed. Cir. 2016) In an important obviousness decision, the Federal Circuit has reversed the PTAB IPR decision – holding that the PTAB failed to sufficiently explain its ruling that a person having ordinary skill in the art (PHOSITA) would have been motivated to combine the prior art teachings to create the patented […]

Christmas Comes Early to Associates at BigLaw Firms

Who'd have thought Santa Claus was masquerading as a partner at a big law firm? Whether you believe in him or not, the BigLaw partners have sent out early Christmas cards with promises to stuff their associates' socks with plenty of cash. How much? Try on a $100,000 bonus for......

Should You Sell Clients' Uncollected Debt?

Times are tough when you have to borrow money to pay your bills. Well, it's about that time for more than a few law firms. And it's not just the solo practitioners working on shoe-strings. According to reports, even some BigLaw firms are reaching for money at the end-of-the-year rope.......

Criminal Charges Against 'Pizzagate' Shooter

Fortunately for all involved, Edgar M. Welch surrendered to police before anyone was injured. Still, the man who took it upon himself to find out whether a popular Washington D.C. pizza restaurant was a front for a child sex slavery ring committed very real and very dangerous crimes even if......

Suing for a Negative Yelp Review Can Backfire Badly

Perhaps you had a bad day. A client fired you. A judged snarled at you. A dog bit you. OK, you're not a postal carrier; you're a lawyer. But if a dog didn't bite you, maybe someone Yelped at you. Whatever you do, however, don't sue them because it will......

alt.legal: A Challenge For the Public Good

What can alt.legal companies do to advance the public interest and bridge the justice gap?

Non-Sequiturs: 12.07.16

Which Biglaw giants are "committing tens of millions of dollars in free legal services" to the gun control cause? Seems like they're getting a great return on that investment... [New York Times / Dealbook] The EU fined JPMC and two other banks $552 million for manipulating futures. Show More Summary

Is It Time To Call A New Constitutional Convention?

If we think the system is rotten, perhaps we should throw open the floodgates?

6 Things Lawyers Take For Granted

Lawyers don’t appreciate those skills that are second nature to us.

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