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Supreme Court grants certiorari (as Cato had urged) in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, on First Amendment rights of individual public employees against unions, potentially major sequel to Harris v. Quinn (our coverage) and Knox v. Show More Summary

It's 2015 And Congress Is Now, Finally, Allowed To Use Open Source Technologies

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

First, the good news: members of the House of Representatives in the US Congress are now allowed to use open source technology in their offices, rather than the very limited list of proprietary offerings they were given in the past.Show More Summary

Kessler Doctrine Cuts-Short Customer Lawsuit

SpeedTrack v. Office Depot (Fed. Cir. 2015) In a civil procedure focused decision, the Federal Circuit has affirmed that SpeedTrack’s infringement action is precluded under an expanded version of the “Kessler doctrine” originally created by the Supreme Court in Kessler v. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: It's Not So Simple To Get To Mars...

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The shortest distance between the Earth and Mars varies depending on where the two planets are in their respective orbits. In July 2018, Mars will be a little under 36 million miles away (pretty close to the closest possible distance of 33.9 million miles). Show More Summary

City Claims It Will Take 9,000 Hours And $79,000 To Fulfill Gawker's Request Emails Related To Abusive Police Officer

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The McKinney (Texas) Police Department is under lots of outside scrutiny, thanks to the racially-tinged antics of its police force -- namely the since-departed Officer Eric Casebolt, who barrel rolled into infamy in a cell phone-captured video that culminated in him pinning down a 14-year-old girl while waving a gun at two teens. Show More Summary

First Week at the Firm: How to Handle Your Court's Local Rules

Welcome to First Week at the Firm, a FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips. Sure, in law school you studied the Federal Rules of Civil......

FISA Court Authorizes 'As-Is' Bulk Phone Collections For The Next Six Months

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"The more things change, the more everything is just Smith v. Maryland (1979)." Or so the FISA Court notes in its latest order authorizing the continued collection of bulk phone records under… well, not Section 215, which expired, but...Show More Summary

Is the Supreme Court More Liberal Than Obama?

The Supreme Court just ended its most liberal term in memory. From marriage equality to health care to housing discrimination to legislative districting, the court decided a number of high-profile cases in ways favored by the political left. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 06.30.15

Justice Kennedy's writing style... maybe it's a little over the top. [PrawfsBlawg] If you're looking for representation at the Supreme Court, go small. [Law360 (sub. req.)] Marriage equality is only one more step for activists. Next up, fair housing and overall equality. Show More Summary

As Uber Crackdown In France Continues, Uber Downloads In France Reach Record Highs

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We've been covering France's bizarre war against Uber, starting with last week's taxi driver riots in which they overturned Uber cars, set fires, and held drivers and passengers hostage. This was followed by a bizarre caving in by the...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Dear Mark, Walter, Kenji, Marty, and Judge Posner: Well it seems as though in addition to granting a stay in the Texas abortion clinic closures case, and agreeing to hear the Texas affirmative action case for a second kick at the can,...Show More Summary

Does Social Media Do Any Good At All In Marketing?

Technology columnist Jeff Bennion walks through the different social-media platforms... and expresses skepticism.

House Enlists Liberal Justices in Case Against Affordable Care Act

Lawyers for the House of Representatives are claiming the U.S. Supreme Court's liberals as new allies in a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act that's pending in Washington federal district court. The House's lawyers said Monday's Supreme Court decision upholding Arizona's independent redistricting commission supports the House argument that it... Show More Summary

Court Strikes Down EPA's Mercury Regulations

There's a reason doctors advise pregnant women to avoid eating fish -- there's a high risk that they are contaminated by mercury, a powerful neurotoxin to which pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable. How do fish end up full of mercury? Most commonly, the cause is air pollution released by......

Marriage Today, Climate Tomorrow?

Is it time to pursue global warming prevention in the courts?

Techdirt Podcast Episode 31: Closing In On Virtual Reality

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The promise of virtual reality has been teasing us since the late 60s, and yet it never seems to arrive in a fully realized form, and often gets relegated to the realm of mockery. Recently, however, VR (and its cousin, augmented reality)...Show More Summary

Child Birth Injuries — Cerebral Palsy and Avoidable Birth Injuries

It is still a chilling memory. I still remember the moment my wife and I met with the maternal-fetal medicine specialist when my wife was pregnant with our second child.  She was in her second trimester and “we” were classified as a high risk pregnancy.  I remember my wonderful wife on the examination table and... Show More Summary

‘Robert Bork Wouldn’t Have Changed History’? Not So Sure About That.

A columnist argues that Robert Bork wouldn't have changed history. If this sounds crazy, that's because it is.

With This Withering Dissent, I Thee Wed

Following the landmark Supreme Court decision last week in Obergefell v. Hodges, it quickly became manifest that the soaring poetic language from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion would be repurposed by romantics everywhereShow More Summary

Are Lawyers The New Linotype Operators?

No, there's still hope for lawyers, according to an important new book about the legal profession.

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