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Morning Docket: 09.29.16

“The ballot-selfie prohibition is like 'burn[ing down] the house to roast the pig.'" Just in time for Election 2016, the First Circuit has struck down New Hampshire's ballot selfie ban as unconstitutional, citing the fact that it curtailed...Show More Summary

LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Thursday September 29, 2016. Today we are talking about Wills and Estates. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Sep 29, 2016 at 6:18am PDT In Ontario, you may complete a Power of...Show More Summary

How I Taught A Jury About Trolls, Memes And 4Chan -- And Helped Get A Troll Out Of Jail

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few weeks ago, CNN had a story on how a jury failed to convict Peter Wexler, an unemployed IT worker, who had been arrested and spent nearly a year in jail (without bail) for writing some mean stuff on his blog. He was literally arrested...Show More Summary

46 California Cities Join Rush To Impose 'Netflix Tax'

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last year, Chicago proudly declared that the city would be expanding its 9% amusement tax (traditionally covering book stores, music stores, ball games and other brick and mortar entertainment) to online streaming services and cloud computing. Show More Summary

What Cord Cutting? Cable Sector Hiked TV Prices 40% In Last Five Years

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've noted time and time again that the cable and broadcast industry could compete with cord cutting by lowering prices, it just chooses not to. Even with last quarter seeing the biggest quarterly defection by paying subscribers ever...Show More Summary

Cross-Examination of Life Care Planning Expert on Affordable Care Act Precluded by Collateral Source Rule

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent decision in the case of Bernheisel v. Mikaya, No. 3:13-cv-01496 (M.D. Pa. Aug. 9, 2016 Mariani, J.), Judge Robert D. Mariani addressed a number of Pre-Trial Motions in Limine filed by Defendants in this medical malpractice...Show More Summary

“Woman Stuck by Needle in Target Parking Lot Awarded $4.6M”

Mrs. Garrison’s suit, in Anderson County, S.C., says she was in a Target store parking lot “when her daughter picked up a hypodermic needle. Garrison swatted it out of her hand and was stuck in her own palm. Garrison was bedridden because...Show More Summary

“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone”: Obama’s regulatory rush

An unprecedented volume of rulemaking by the Obama administration, at a pace of one major rule every three days, will soon be followed by an even more intense binge of the “midnight” regulation seen at the end of many presidential tenures. Show More Summary

UK Government Says Smart Meters Can Definitely Be Trusted Because GCHQ Designed Their Security

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The idea behind smart meters -- that detailed information about how you consume electricity will allow you to use power more efficiently and thus cut your bills and your home's carbon emissions -- is a good one in theory. And yet smart...Show More Summary

Game Developer Chooses To Connect With Pirates, Reaps Rewards As A Result

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While the industries that dominate digital products generally aren't great at recognizing the true nature of the threat of piracy to their businesses, it seems to me the video game industry is better at this game than most. Whereas the...Show More Summary

Federal Regulators Issue Warning Regarding Flood-Related Investment Scams

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Zamansky

In the wake of natural disasters, many people selflessly volunteer their time and donate money to help those in need. Unfortunately, there are also people who use these tragic events to take advantage of others. Sadly, this is a recurring...Show More Summary

Another Dauphin County Order Compelling Production of Virtual Surveillance (Facebook Info, etc.) Before Deposition of Plaintiff is Completed

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

The Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas has issued another decision compelling a defendant to produce virtual surveillance, i.e. online surveillance of a plaintiff's social media activity on Facebook, Instagram, etc, prior to the deposition of the plaintiff. Show More Summary

Court Dumps Cops' Complaint They Were Unfairly Treated After Shooting Two Unarmed Suspects 47 Times

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In 2012, Cleveland police officers engaged in perhaps the most one-sided "shootout" ever with two suspects at the tail end of an (unauthorized) police chase. By the time it was over, officers had fired 139 bullets into a vehicle they had trapped in a school parking lot. Show More Summary

Body Cameras Are Becoming Just Another Tool In The Police’s Arsenal Against Black People

What you are looking at is a picture of a black man who is not holding a gun who is about to die.

Non-Sequiturs: 09.28.16

Tiffany & Co. is taking on discount store Costco over counterfeit goods. [The Fashion Law] An in-depth look behind Sixth Circuit Judge Damon Keith's powerful dissent in Ohio's voting rights case. [Slate] The first successful veto override of the Obama presidency is for a bill to let the families of victims of 9/11 sue Saudi Arabia. Show More Summary

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Law Firm for Churches Launches in New York City

A new law firm has opened its doors near Times Square founded on the faith that churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions in New York City could use some legal help.

An Ongoing Lack Of Technical Prowess Is Resulting In Bad Laws, Bad Prosecutions, And Bad Judicial Decisions

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Everyone in government is talking cyber-this and cyber-that, even though a majority of those talking don't have the technical background to back up their assertions. This leads to dangerous lawmaking. The CFAA, easily one of the most...Show More Summary

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