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‘Michael Jordan’ of Court Reporting Suffers Upset Defeat

Jo Ann Bryce didn't win any medals in Sochi, but in the Olympics of court reporting, she's a champion.

Patton Boggs Managing Partner Comes Clean On Why Merger Was Necessary

Get the real dirt on why this merger needed to happen, straight from the horse's mouth.

White House Going With 'Security By Obscurity' As Excuse For Refusing To Release Healthcare.gov Security Details

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

These days, in the computer security world, it's pretty well known that if you're relying on security by obscurity, you're not being secure. Somehow that message has not reached the techies working on Healthcare.gov. I guess it shouldn't...Show More Summary

NYC Public Advocate Unveils Plan to Outfit Cops with Body-Mounted Cameras

Public Advocate Letitia James detailed a proposed $5 million pilot program Thursday that would outfit dozens of New York Police Department officers in high-crime precincts with body-mounted cameras.

ExamSoft Finally Apologizes For Botching The Bar Exam (Refunds Not So Much)

ExamSoft finally apologizes three weeks after the fact. Maybe it was written in July and it's just taken this long for the ExamSoft software to load it up.

Dentist Auctions Off 12-Year-old Unpaid Judgment Against Kim Kardashian

In October 2002, Los Angeles dentist Dr. Craig D. Gordon won a $1,605.73 default judgment against a 22-year-old patient named Kim Kardashian. Nearly a dozen years later, the dentist has finally gotten his money back with interest and more through an online auction.

Accelerating ex parte PTAB Appeals: For a Fee

By Dennis Crouch The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is burdened with a statutory mandate to quickly reach final determination in its post-issuance review trials. To meet that requirement, the PTAB has put tremendous resources into its trial teams to ensure sufficient bandwidth to handle the hundreds of inter partes trials. At the same […]

Judge Says You Don't 'Own' The Facebook 'Likes' On Your Page

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In a world where people are always pushing the idea of "intellectual property" over just about everything, is it really any surprise when people assume all sorts of property-like rights in things that clearly shouldn't have any suchShow More Summary

Hollywood Docket: Street Art, Folk Songs and Cryptocurrency

The latest entertainment law news including Duke University's reaction to a lawsuit from John Wayne's heirs. read more

5 Ways to Maximize Your Billable Hours (Without Being Unethical)

Groan. The dreaded billable hour, which, like the last five minutes of a football game, never seems to end. Obviously you need to bill all your time, and you've got to be ethical about it, but are you selling yourself short? A survey conducted by timekeeping software provider Chrometa of......

Reinventing The Law Business: An Ode to Large Law Firms

Do Biglaw firms get a bad rap? Managing partner Bruce Stachenfeld thinks so.

Dude Gets Law Review Cite as a Tattoo. We Have Other Ideas.

This is fun: Above the Law just ran a caption contest on a photo of some dude's (or very hairy lady's) leg, which is now adorned with a tattoo of a law review citation: 11 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 827 (2014). We (read: I) have nothing better to do......

NEW TREND IN HONG KONG / CHINA LATERAL HIRING – MID-LEVEL TRANSACTIONAL US ASSOCIATES LANDING FCPA / WHITE COLLAR LITIGATION SPOTS WITH SUBSTANTIAL HAIRCUT

Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past seven years. You can reach them...Show More Summary

Citizens United, Episode IV: A New Hope for Party Contribution Limits?

The D.C. Circuit Court has been quiet this week, but an opinion from the D.C. District Court is set to create a rumbling that no amount of Tums can abate. In Citizens United v. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 struck down limitations on campaign spending by corporations. That......

Brand-Name Drug Cos. Can Be Sued Over Generic Labels: Ala. Sup. Ct.

Vicki and Danny Weeks sued five drug companies in federal court over injuries Danny Weeks suffered after years of taking metoclopramide, the generic version of Reglan. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, in turn, certified to the Alabama Supreme Court the question of whether brand-name manufacturers......

Decades-Old Ban on Philly Cops' Campaign Contributions Struck Down

This is one of those cases that seems obvious, until you consult the history books. You might think to yourself, of course a city can't ban its police officers from contributing to political campaigns -- that's ridiculous. Except, in 1917, the "Bloody Fifth" Ward incident happened: Cops beat up an......

'Dark Knight Rises' Lawsuit Over Fake Software Name Falls Flat

Frivolous lawsuits like this have to be the bane of studios' existence. (Get it? Bane!) In "The Dark Knight Rises," Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) sought a computer program ("Clean Slate") that would wipe all traces of her sordid criminal past from the world's computers. The fictional program was mentioned twice, and......

Police Must Ask Who Owns Which Bag When Searching Car: 5th Cir.

What is the scope of consent when the driver of a vehicle consents to a search of the car, but there are multiple passengers, all of whom have luggage in the trunk? The Fifth Circuit answered that question this week in U.S. v. Iraheta.The case involved a lawful traffic stop......

Snippets: Stay Granted in Va.; SCOTUS Ice Bucket Challenge?

The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the Fourth Circuit's decision in the Virginia gay marriage case, which means licenses won't be handed out to same-sex couples tomorrow. Anyone surprised by this? Thought so. And despite a national trend toward increased support for same-sex marriage, at least one state is still......

Delaware Is 1st State to Pass Law on Digital Assets After Death

Delaware has moved into the digital rights vanguard by passing a law granting families the right to control a loved one's digital assets after his or her death. According to Ars Technica, Delaware is the first U.S. state to accomplish this kind of legislation, although some states (like Idaho......

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