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Standard Of Review: ‘Suits’ Upends The Status Quo, But Still Strains Credulity

Legal shows don't have to be 100 percent accurate, but it is nice when they at least make an effort.

“A liberal legal icon condemns the IRS’ abuses”

Overlawyered gets a mention today in a New York Post editorial today, but the greater credit should go to Prof. Larry Tribe for his willingness to be swayed by the evidence on the Internal Revenue Service targeting controversy (earlier). Show More Summary

“No, You Can’t Sue Starbucks For Putting Too Much Ice In Your Drink, Judge Rules”

“In an epic takedown of a ruling issued Friday, a federal judge tossed a fraud lawsuit against Starbucks, dismissing claims that the coffee chain was defrauding customers by using a misleading amount of ice in their cold (i.e. iced)Show More Summary

LawFact of the Day: Civil Litigation

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Thursday August 25, 2016. Today we are talking about Civil Litigation. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Aug 25, 2016 at 7:10am PDT Ontario’s Small Claims Courts have jurisdiction to award damages of up to $25,000 in lawsuits brought before the Court. Show More Summary

Comcast/NBC Tone Deafness, Not 'Millennials' To Blame For Olympics Ratings Drop

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Olympics watchers repeatedly begged Comcast for live opening ceremonies, more live events, less host prattle, and fewer ads ahead of the recent games in Rio. What did Comcast deliver instead? A smorgasbord of abysmal bloviation, tape delays, and so many advertisements that many people stopped watching in disgust. Show More Summary

NY false advertising law lacks rigid false/misleading distinction

2 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Classic Liquor Importers, Ltd. v. Spirits International B.V., --- F. Supp. 3d ----, 2016 WL 4419457, No. 15 Civ. 6503 (S.D.N.Y. 2016) Classic Liquor is a newcomer to the liquor business that recently launched a line of vodkas under the mark ROYAL ELITE. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 08.25.16

Demand for legal services may be down, but to keep up appearances, law firms are raising their rates. Despite those rate increases — which are driving revenue across most firms — Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Legal Specialty Group says, “We do not expect the results to match the record peak performance experienced in 2014.” […]

Pictures from Canada

2 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Canada, like many other countries, considers "taking unfair advantage" of a trademark to be a distinct problem, making it less favorable to parody and other uses than the U.S. as a matter of formal law. What difference does that make...Show More Summary

Inconceivable: allegedly made-up price comparison allows consumer suit

2 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Chester v. TJX Cos., 2016 WL 4414768, No 5:15-cv-01437 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 18, 2016) When an opinion begins with the quote, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means,” it’s not going to go well for the false advertising defendant. Show More Summary

Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Allows Cell Phone/Punitive Damages Claims to Proceed Beyond Summary Judgment (But for Non-Cell Phone Reasons)

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Tort Talkers may recall that I recently reported on the trial court decision denying Preliminary Objections filed by a Defendant in the cell phone/punitive damages case of Paszkowski v. Kleintop, No. C-0048-CV-2014-11600 (C.P. North....Show More Summary

Canadian Law Enforcement Want Government To Force People To Turn Over Their Passwords

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Legislators and law enforcement (for the most part…) have been hesitant to demand companies build backdoors into their encryption schemes. The unwillingness to cross this government overreach line hasn't really tempered cursing of the impending darkness, however. Show More Summary

Engineers Say If Automated Cars Experience 'The Trolley Problem,' They've Already Screwed Up

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As self-driving cars inch closer to the mainstream, a common debate has surfaced: should your car be programmed to kill you if it means saving the lives of dozens of other people? This so-called "trolley problem" has been debated atShow More Summary

Free speech roundup

Free speech hero Flemming Rose’s acceptance speech on winning the 2016 Cato Institute Friedman Prize; “A Timeline of Attacks on Free Speech” is one of many features of new book Defending Free Speech, edited by Steve Simpson and highly...Show More Summary

Plagiarism Actions

Drobetsky v. Chicago School of Prof. Psych. (Ill. App. 2016) [1152797_R23] There is no general cause of action for ‘plagiarism’ – it comes up most often in student and employment cases. Drobetsky was a masters degree student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Show More Summary

FISA Court: Government Can Collect Content Along With Dialing Data Using Pen Register Orders

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Director of National Intelligence's office has cleared another FISA court opinion [PDF] for release. These are getting far more interesting to read, even if little seems to be changing about the FBI/NSA's collection methods. TheShow More Summary

Lawyerly Lairs: Professor Laurence Tribe’s $3.4 Million Mansion

The eminent constitutional scholar has a lovely, albeit eccentrically decorated, home.

Non-Sequiturs: 08.24.16

A debate between two British academics in honor of National Ukrainian Independence Day. [Debates.EU] Fascinating podcast with Professor Steve Drizin who heads up the legal team defending Making A Murderer's Brendan Dassey. [Scalar Learning] You really don't want a stressed out jury on your hands. Show More Summary

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