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Quebec Takes on the Internet: Government Announces Plans to Require Website Blocking & Studies New Internet Access Tax

The Government of Quebec released its budget yesterday featuring two Internet-related measures that are sure to attract attention and possible litigation. First, it is moving forward with plans to study a new tax on residential Internet services in order to provide support for the cultural sector. Show More Summary

The Awful Truth

Last week, as an armed shooter raced through Ottawa’s Parliament buildings, my 14-year-old nephew found himself locked down in his Ottawa high school. School lockdowns have been a mercifully rare occurrence in most Canadian cities, and normally sleepy Ottawa is no exception. Show More Summary

Owner sues customer over negative reviews of dog obedience business

Jennifer Ujimori posted negative reviews on Yelp and Angie’s List after being dissatisfied with her experience with a Burke, Va. dog obedience class. Now the owner is suing her for damages. [Washington Post] Unlike D.C., Maryland and...Show More Summary

A new employer obligation to provide predictable scheduling?

With no statutory authorization or track record of earlier Department of Labor involvement — not that that’s stopped them in the past — the Obama Administration’s hyper-activist Wage and Hour Division may be exploring ways to deployShow More Summary

Good News: Internet Ad Industry Realizes It Needs To Embrace HTTPS

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

About a year ago, when we switched to default HTTPS, we pointed out that one of the major reasons why other news sites refused to do the same was that most ad networks would not support HTTPS. In fact, we had to end a number of relationships with ad partners in order to make the move (but we felt it was worth it). Show More Summary

Amicus: Ballot-Box Special

Listen to Episode No. 4 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab This week on Amicus: a pre-election special. Dahlia sits down with University of California–Irvine law professor Rick Hasen, founder of the Election Law Blog, to survey the landscape of state voter ID laws. Show More Summary

Who Decides Who Rules Jerusalem?

Zivitofsky v. Kerry has been variously styled as a proxy war for U.S. foreign policy toward Israel, an intimate question about the right to express one’s values through one’s passport, and a massive smack down between the congressional and executive branches over who gets to direct foreign affairs. Show More Summary

Let's Do Business: How Lifting The Embargo Has Opened The Door For Cuban Trademark Suits

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I'll miss the Cuban embargo. The easing of relations that it brings with it will likely mean the end of the 1950s-style spy games and crazy plots -- like the CIA plot designed to make a leader's beard fall out. Instead, we've finally decided that the United States is open for Cuban business. Show More Summary

Banking and finance roundup

Administration has abused the law in mortgage lender settlements [House Judiciary hearing: Paul Larkin, Ted Frank testimony] Department of Justice official says banks may need to go much farther in informing authorities of customersShow More Summary

Scales of Justice

Ernest Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea is about an old man who hasn’t caught a fish in 84 days and the ultimate destruction of his greatest catch, an 18-foot marlin. Oral argument in the Supreme Court’s classic Yates v. Show More Summary

Nationwide Layoff Watch: Almost 50 Partners And Staff — But Not Associates — Let Go At A Leading Law Firm

Which firm is dismissing 18 of its partners and counsel plus a slew of secretaries and staffers?

DailyDirt: Flying With The Greatest Of Ease

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Airplanes have been commonplace for quite some time now, and we've grown accustomed to what an airplane should look like. Ask any kid to draw a plane, and you'll probably get familiar results. However, this doesn't mean we've reached the end of novel plane designs. Show More Summary

Texas Bill Would Make It Illegal for You to Film a Cop Beating You

Section 38.15 of the Texas Penal Code makes it an offense to interrupt, disrupt, impede, or otherwise interfere with "public duties," including those being exercised by a police officer. That's the law pretty much everywhere, of course,...Show More Summary

California Legislators Pushing Warrant Requirement For All Access To Electronic Information, Including That Obtained By Stingrays

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Good news from California: a bill requiring warrants for Stingray device usage (among other things) has passed out of a Senate committee and is headed for an assembly vote. Among other sweeping new requirements to enhance digital privacy,...Show More Summary

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Ask Appeals Court for Its Hand in Video Leak Lawsuit

The couple sued YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for posting video of their marriage proposal, allegedly in violation of a confidentiality agreement. read more

Amicus: Jerusalem Born

Listen to Episode 5 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab This week on Amicus, Dahlia speaks with lawyer Alyza Lewin, fresh off oral arguments in this week's Supreme Court case Zivotofsky v. Show More Summary

Dangerously Underpowered NSA Begging Legislators For Permission To Go To Cyberwar

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Cyber-this and cyber-that. That's all the government wants to talk about. The NSA, which has always yearned for a larger slice of the cybersecurity pie, is pushing legislators to grant it permission to go all-out on the offensive to protect foreign-owned movie studios the USofA from hackers. Show More Summary

Date Set for Arguments in Obama Immigration Case

The Fifth Circuit is set to hear arguments next month in the lawsuit over President Obama's executive actions on immigration, the court has announced. Each side will be given an hour for their arguments which will take place April 17th, in New Orleans. The case, Texas v. United States,......

Puerto Rico Will No Longer Enforce Its Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Back in October, a federal judge in Puerto Rico bucked the same-sex marriage trend by declaring that the island wouldn't be going the way of almost every other court in holding same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Last Friday, though, Judge Perez-Gimenez's decision became a lot less relevant. Puerto Rico announced that......

Briefs Come in for Oklahoma Lethal Injection Case

Oral arguments are just about a month away in Glossip v. Gross, the SCOTUS case challenging Oklahoma's use of lethal injections, and the briefs are just beginning to arrive. Glossip challenges Oklahoma's use of a three drug lethal injection cocktail, which has been connected to several botched executions. The......

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