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If You Want Happy Clients, Don't Confuse Them

As a lawyer, it is your job to help clients navigate the confusing, and unforgiving, legal system. We lawyers can often forget that we provide a service, rather than a product, to our clients. If clients don't understand, or even know, what you're doing for them, then they are......

Surrogate Mother Can't Regain Her Children, 9th Cir. Rules

Attorney Robert Walmsley has been on the forefront of surrogacy law since before it became the law. That's because he represented the biological parents against a surrogate they hired in Johnson v. Calvert, the groundbreaking case that upheld a surrogacy contract in California in 1993. And so it was......

3 Important Tips for Working While Going to Law School

There's no doubt about the fact that law school is expensive. Most law students have to take out student loans in order to afford it. To reduce the financial burden, most students will seek out summer work, and many students will also explore working during the school year. Although......

How Tech Has Shifted Law Firm Division of Labor

Before cellphones and wearable technologies, it was odd to see someone talking to the air. Today, other than the fashion faux pas of having bent-cigarette headphones hanging out of your ears, it seems normal. That's the evolution of technology at work. But how is that evolution affecting work at......

Fake Prescriptions Case Goes Back to Trial Court

Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson is different, and it has nothing to do with the spelling of her name. It has to do with her words and how she crafts an opinion. Any judge who can introduce a standard of review with a "quick heads up," knows how to catch......

Buying the Crushed Remains of Your Adversary

Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel is making people wonder about whether it is morally (and legally) okay to purchase the crushed remains of your former legal adversary. Thiel has been making headlines over his desire to purchase Gawker, whom he played a large part in destroying. He did so......

Trump DOJ Considering Challenging Brunetti Scandalous Mark Decision

In Brunetti, the Federal Circuit extended Matal v. Tam, 137 S. Ct. 1744 (2017) to further reject the Lanham Act’s restriction on registration of immoral or scandalous marks — finding the limitation to be an unconstitutional restriction of free speech. (In Tam, the Supreme Court found the restriction on registering disparaging marks to be unconstitutional.) In […]

Philippines Trying To Shut Down Popular News Site For Reporting On President Duterte

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Philippines has a "free speech" amendment in their Constitution not unlike the American First Amendment. In the Philippines, it's actually their 4th amendment: No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression,...Show More Summary

Ivy League Law School Suffers Second Student Death This Academic Year

The deceased student's mother said he'd always dreamed of becoming a lawyer.

Law Students: Where Are Your Grades?

Law students grow more and more anxious with each day that passes without grades. What's going on?

The Tricks Biglaw Firms Use When Selling Lobbying Services

In-house counsel are looking for lawyers who will shoot them straight, tell them when we they're being unreasonable, and deliver them tangible wins.

‘Out, Damned Spot!’ The DOJ Wages A Petty Retribution Campaign Against Howard Root

The DOJ threatens to take its ball and bat and go home rather than allow anyone to hear that they've lost a case.

LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Thursday January 18, 2018.Today we are talking about Wills and Estates. For more information on Employment Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates, and Estates Litigation, visit our website at http://www.wiselaw.net. - Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit our Toronto Law Office website: www.wiselaw.net Visit our website: www.wiselaw.net

Senate Push To Save Net Neutrality Needs Just One Vote, But You Still Shouldn't Get Your Hopes Up

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A Congressional effort to reverse the FCC's attack on net neutrality needs just one vote to move forward, but still faces a very steep uphill climb toward success. Fifty senators have endorsed a legislative measure to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC's repeal of the rules. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 01.18.18

When USA Gymnastics agreed not to go after McKayla Maroney for violating an NDA to report a serial sex abuser it sounded like a dog-bites-man tale of an entity fully aware that sticking to the letter of its NDA would be irresponsible and immoral. Show More Summary

Wage and hour roundup

Among this administration’s most notable accomplishments — hurrah for Labor Sec. Alex Acosta and team — is to ditch its predecessor’s horrible overtime rules [Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post on opinion letters and internships] DoL rollback...Show More Summary

Appeals Court Says Accessing Data In A Way The Host Doesn't Like Doesn't Violate Computer Crime Laws

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled [PDF] that accessing publicly-accessible info in a way the hosting entity has said isn't permissible isn't a violation of the law. In this case, it's a couple of laws, since Oracle's bid to...Show More Summary

Investors Should Beware Of Potential Cryptocurrency Investment Rip-Offs

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

Bitcoin has reached the mania stage, starting 2017 trading at $1,000 before almost hitting $20,000 last month and then falling to $10,000 on Tuesday. The skyrocketing price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has attracted scads of speculators looking to make a quick buck, setting off alarm bells for securities regulators. Show More Summary

“Split up the Ninth Circuit—but Not Because It’s Liberal”

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Ilya Shapiro on the case for breaking up the overburdened, overbusy Ninth Circuit, which can be made independently of the usual ideological concerns [Cato/WSJ] Because of the Ninth’s uniqueShow More Summary

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