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Texas plans to fingerprint all drivers

A step too far for the surveillance state? And has it even been authorized by Texas law? [Dave Lieber, Dallas Morning News and more via Jon Cassidy, Watchdog.org] Tweet Tags: surveillance, Texas Texas plans to fingerprint all drivers is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

FedEx Indicted For Failing To Look Into Its Packages To See If Any Online Pharmacies Were Sending Drugs

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in March of last year, we were somewhat disturbed by UPS agreeing to forfeit $40 million to the US government for shipping drugs from "illegal internet pharmacies." Not that such drugs or pharmacies should be legal (that's a whole...Show More Summary

Inspector General's Report Slams DOJ For Mishandling Its Investigation Of FBI Crime Lab Problems

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When it comes to putting people in prison, it seems as if law enforcement can't act fast enough. But when it comes to getting them out -- especially after the uncovering of misconduct or malfeasance -- there seems to be a distinct lack of urgency. Show More Summary

Lawsuit Filed To Force NYPD To Respect Citizens' First Amendment Right To Record Police Officers

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The NYPD may be arbitrarily slapping the word "secret" on its internal documents and making sure all of its intelligence stays safely within its walls, but when it comes to communicating with the outside world, it's apparently a one-way transaction. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: New-Fangled Pizza Making

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Pizza is a really popular menu item. Seriously. It's everywhere. So it shouldn't be too surprising that folks are trying to deliver pizza to people in new and better ways. While we probably won't see pizzas delivered by drone anytime soon (thanks, FAA!), it looks like we can look forward to seeing pizzas in more and more vending machines. Show More Summary

As Feared, UK Data Retention Act Passed In Record Time; Fight Back Has Already Begun

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It was just a week ago that Techdirt warned about a new "Snooper's Charter" that would be rammed through the British Parliament in record time. As feared, that has happened, and the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill -- DRIP to its friends -- has received the Royal Assent and is now law in the UK. Show More Summary

High Court Halts Utah Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said Utah for now does not have to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed during a short time window when they were allowed in the state.

Guy Files Dishwasher User Manual As An FCC Comment On Net Neutrality

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The FCC has confirmed that over 1 million comments have already been filed in the open comment period concerning net neutrality and the open internet. The official comment period closes tonight at midnight (and even that's kind of meaningless...Show More Summary

Anthony Pellicano Back in Court, Agrees to Deposition in Michael Ovitz Case

The Hollywood private investigator's appeal up to the 9th Circuit will determine when he gives a deposition in Anita Busch's lawsuit. read more

Is Bingham Experiencing The Urge To Merge?

Which firms might end up tying the knot with Bingham?

Non-Sequiturs: 07.18.14

Latter-day Dan Fielding seems to have used his office to meet the ladies: alleged to have had an affair with and then impregnate a woman he prosecuted. When she raised the issue with his wife, he filed a motion to revoke her probation. Show More Summary

NSA On Snowden's Claims Of Passing Around Nudie Pics: We Totally Wouldn't Allow That... If We Knew About It

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Following on the news that Ed Snowden told the Guardian how NSA employees routinely passed around pictures they had intercepted of "extremely attractive" people who were naked, the NSA has issued one of its typical non-denial denials. Show More Summary

Obama to Bar Contractors from Discriminating Against Gay Workers

President Barack Obama will act Monday to bar federal contractors from discriminating against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers, with only a limited exemption for religiously affiliated contractors, a senior administration official said Friday.

Question of Negligence Could Limit Flight 17 Compensation Claims

The families of victims of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner shot down over Ukraine are certain to receive some compensation for their losses. But the fact that the disaster appears to be the result of a criminal act could put a damper on damages ultimately paid out.

Once Again, Millions Of Rickrolls Go Silent As The Original Rickroll Is 'Blocked' On YouTube

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Apparently, like clockwork, the original RickRoll video on YouTube has to disappear from the site every two years. In 2010, we wrote about the video being taken down from YouTube due to a "terms of service violation" that was never explained. Show More Summary

Breaking: GCs Still Making a Ton of Money

Earlier this week, Corporate Counsel released the results of its 2014 GC Compensation Survey, which lists the top 100 (with caveats) best-paid general counsel. And while we all know that GCs make a lot of money, when you actually see the figures, I assure you, your jaw will drop. So......

Holler: Our Favorite Posts From the Blawgosphere (Week of July 13)

Sorry folks: no porn or leather this week. Instead, our weekly shout-out to the best law-related things on the Internet is a bit more tame, and some might say pragmatic. It's office attire. And a guy kicked out of court for his attire, which mocked the judge's ongoing ethics scandal.......

EsqSocial: Because Lawyers Plus LinkedIn Equals PROFIT

"You know what would be a great idea? Like, LinkedIn, but for only lawyers man." "Totally man. Like lawyers and social media and stuff." Damn it, damn it, damn it. Why didn't I think of this? Oh wait, that's right, because it has been been done -- repeatedly: (deep breath)......

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