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Regulator Accuses Gerber of Misleading Parents About Benefits of Baby Formula

The federal government is accusing the country's biggest baby-food maker of deceiving parents about the potential health benefits of one its baby formula products.

Pessimism Is Considered Prudence

Lawyers, as whole, tend to be a negative bunch. Reserved, contrarian, and antagonistic. It’s just part of the job. “But it doesn’t have to be that way!” some new lawyers like to say. “I’m going to have a optimistic attitude about my career! I’m going to follow my passion!” This mindset likely comes from being told for years…

Whirlpool Wins First Round Of ‘Smelly Washer’ Litigation But More Trials Likely

Whirlpool wins the first round of what may be a lengthy process to determine whether it must pay consumers over smelly front-loading washers.

Disagree in Good Faith?

Joan Biskupic’s new biography of Sonia Sotomayor, Breaking In, opens with a telling story from the justice’s first year on the Supreme Court. At a party celebrating the end of the term, Sotomayor decided to shake up the staid affair....Show More Summary

Reinventing The Law Business: Making Partner — Doing The Math

Why are large law firms so stingy when it comes to making new partners?

Judge Rejects Bid of Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams to Win 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

A California judge rules that Marvin Gaye's family has made a sufficient showing that elements of "Blurred Lines" may be substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up" read more

FBI's Use Of 'Sneak And Peek' Warrants Still Steadily Increasing, Still Has Nearly Nothing To Do With Fighting Terrorism

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another tool supposedly "crucial" to the War on Terror is just another lowly footsoldier in the War on Drugs. Some long-delayed reports on Section 213 "sneak and peek" warrants have finally been released by the US government, providing more detail on the constantly-expanding use of delayed-notification warrants by the FBI. Show More Summary

3 Simple Tips for Law Firms on Facebook

Truth be told, if someone asked me whether their law firm should have a Facebook page, my gut reaction would be "no." Why? Practically speaking, it's a lot of work for little payout, more so now that Facebook has entered the "Pay to Play" era. A Facebook page that pays......

10 Things to Do After Getting Bar Results, Pass or Fail

It's bar results season! On Tuesday, New York dropped results a day earlier last year, and weeks earlier than expected, reports Above the Law. Californians are going to be waiting in agony for at least a few more weeks. If you're from one of the flyover states, the length of......

13 Legal Tech Stories Scarier Than Dracula or Wolfman

Think Verizon and the NSA shouldn't be in the same category as Wolfman and Frankenstein? Think again: Behind you! It's... it's... packet shaping! So maybe James Clapper isn't as scary-looking as Lon Cheney in "Phantom of the Opera," but the implications of warrantless surveillance are terrifying. For Halloween,......

Mediation Ordered in Trinity Guardrail Case

Last week, we covered the enormous verdict in the Trinity guardrail case: $175 million which, when tripled under federal law, could mean a verdict of $525 million. While Trinity has indicated it plans to appeal the jury verdict, that may not be necessary. Why? The judge in the case has......

5 Things Lawyers Can Learn From Fantasy Football

I only just started playing fantasy football this year. I knew it was a thing people did, and they enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give it a try. I enlisted some friends and we created a league. Fair warning, though: I know almost nothing about football. I just know......

Both Comcast And Verizon Agree To Pay Millions To Settle Overbilling Claims

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The big broadband players keep trying to tell us (and politicians and regulators) how good they are and how much we can trust them. Part of their whole pitch on killing net neutrality is that they'd never do anything to harm consumers. Show More Summary

FTC challenges Gerber allergy-protection claims in court

yesterdayIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Read the FTC's explanation. The FDA approved an extremely limited claim about very sketchy scientific evidence, and Gerber converted that into "the first and only infant formula that meets the criteria for a FDA Qualified Health Claim," with accompanying gold badge, while advertising that its formula could guard against children developing allergies. Show More Summary

UPS Policy Change

Yesterday the Washington Post reported that UPS has changed its policy about providing light duty assignments to pregnant employees. The link to the story is here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2014/10/29/with-supreme-court-case-pending-ups-reverses-policy-on-pregnant-workers/ -- Sandra Sperino

Eric Holder Says He Regrets Lying To A Judge And Saying A Reporter Was A 'Co-Conspirator' But The Law Made Him Do It

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Giving a talk at the Washington Ideas Forum, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about two different (though, similarly named) journalists that the DOJ has been absolutely egregious in trying to abuse for the sake of questionable leak investigations. Show More Summary

Guest Post on Adverse Event Reports & Updating Cheat Sheet

It takes time and effort to keep all our scorecards and cheat sheets up to date. So we were fell all over ourselves when a Reed Smith associate, Kevin Hara, offered to update our cheat sheed on adverse event reports. The result is this guest post. Show More Summary

Can't replead TM as false advertising when functionality precludes TM

yesterdayIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Honeywell International Inc. v. ICM Controls Corp., 2014 WL 5438395, No. 11–569 (D. Minn. Oct. 24, 2014) This litigation involves claims for patent infringement, copyright infringement, violations of the Lanham Act, and violations of the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act based on ICM’s alleged copying of combustion control devices. Show More Summary

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