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Stat of The Week: NFL Criminality Hugely Exaggerated

The comparative arrest rates of NFL players and the general public might be surprising

Citing References – An Alternative Look

A lot has been said for the increased number of references being submitted to patent examiners.  It is true that the average number of references submitted per application continues to skyrocket and for patents issued in 2015 that average number is 40 references. Show More Summary

Securities Fraud as a Form of Elder Abuse

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

Senior citizens need to be particularly careful when choosing who to trust to manage their retirement accounts and other financial assets. Even with many seniors choosing not to report mismanagement and scams, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that elderly individuals lost as much as $2.9 billion to financial exploitation in 2010. Show More Summary

Steve Ballmer Shrugs Off $60 Million TV Offer For Clippers Games, Considers Streaming Instead

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It was really only a matter of time. As cord-cutting continues as a trend and the cable TV market as we know it today struggles to stay relevant by grasping at major pro and college sports broadcast deals, the injection of a tech-industry giant into the sports ownership arena meant that the chance of streaming for sports could only increase. Show More Summary

We Call Trial Judges ‘The’ Court For A Reason

At oral argument on a motion, a trial judge's view of the law is pretty much the only one that matters, as columnist John Balestriere explains.

Interrogatory Asks Model To Discuss Her Vagina… Yes, Sadly This Is Real.

While you were worried about poor kids in jail unable to get a speedy trial, our legal system was doing this.

Supreme Court Declines to Rehear Death Penalty Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by three Oklahoma death row inmates for a rehearing of their case in order to re-examine the constitutionality of capital punishment. The high court's order denying the rehearing petition was issued without comment or dissent.       

Read the Ruling: Appeals Court Reverses on NSA Phone Surveillance

A federal appeals court on Friday rolled back a federal judge's controversial ruling against the National Security Agency's bulk phone-surveillance program.

More Bad News For Biglaw Associates?

Junior associates at one major firm will be forfeiting a traditional and coveted Biglaw perk -- but maybe this is the wave of the future?

Appeals Court Strikes Down Ruling Finding NSA Phone Records Collection Unconstitutional

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in December of 2013, judge Richard Leon of the DC district court, ruled that the NSA's bulk metadata collection under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act was unconstitutional and issued an injunction against it (though, recognizing the inevitable appeal, Judge Leon stayed the injunction). Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Smartphone Lens Trio

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Taking pictures with a smartphone is convenient and easy, and now you can take those photos to the next level with this Smartphone Lens Trio for 56% off. The kit comes with 1 fisheye lens, 1 wide angle lens that also converts to a macro lens, and magnetic rings that work with iPhones, Android and other camera phones. Show More Summary

Leading Questions: New Orleans Lawyer William Hines Reflects on Katrina

On the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans attorney William Hines spoke to Law Blog about how his 400-lawyer law firm, Jones Walker, weather the storm, and how far the city still has to go.

‘Sister Wives’ Polygamists Cite Gay Marriage Ruling in Court Fights

In a pair of federal lawsuits, reality television stars are pushing to legalize polygamy.

Lack of Proximate Cause for Failure to Warn Nets a Directed Verdict

A week ago, in a post-script to a post on Daubert decisions, we reported that the trial court in Hexum v. Eli Lilly & Co., No. 2:13-cv-02701-SVM-MAN, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109737 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 18, 2015), had granted directed verdict at the end of plaintiffs’ case. Show More Summary

UK Music Collection Society PRS Sues SoundCloud

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There have been rumors for months that various elements of the legacy recording industry were gearing up to sue SoundCloud, the super popular and useful audio hosting site (we use it to host the Techdirt Podcast). In the last year or...Show More Summary

Workplace Safety After Virginia

There are many compelling storylines to come out of the recent tragic events in Virginia. One issue is the topic of workplace safety. A fascinating article in the NY Times today looks squarely at that question, examining what employers can...

Investors On Margin, Beware: The Market Sell-Off Will Hit You Hardest

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

The market sell-off last week was the worst week for United States stocks since 2011 and put the S&P 500 Index 7.5% below its recent peak on May 21. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 10.1% since the May high. Huge losses were suffered in Europe and Asia, as well. Show More Summary

Bill That Was Supposed To Limit Police Drone Activity Changed By Lobbyist To Enable Weaponized Drones

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

North Dakota state representative Rick Becker had a good idea with his House Bill 1328, which would forbid the use of drones by law enforcement in the state without a warrant. A few other states have been looking at similar proposals, after there have been growing concerns about police using drones for surveillance activities. Show More Summary

Former Biglaw Associate Looks For Love On TV… Again

A good-looking attorney with a prestigious background is up for more public dating.

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