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December 7 roundup

“Lawyer sues 20-year-old student who gave a bad Yelp review, loses badly” [Joe Mullin, ArsTechnica] Gown makers’ associational liberty not to sell to Trump family should also protect florist Barronelle Stutzman [Stephanie Slade/Reason;...Show More Summary

Lawsuit: New York’s Stun Gun Ban Violates Second Amendment

Second Amendment advocates are challenging New York’s ban on stun guns in a lawsuit asserting a constitutional right to possess Tasers. The suit, filed in federal court in Albany, is the latest case seeking recognition for the right to bear “electronic arms.” New York is one of several states banning individuals from possessing stun guns, which […]

Lawsuits Allege ‘Objector Blackmail’ in Class Action Litigation

A pair of legal complaints filed this week allege that "objector blackmail" is corrupting class-action litigation.

T-Mobile Applauds Likely Death Of Net Neutrality Under Trump

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While T-Mobile has certainly brought some welcome changes to the wireless industry (including a CEO with a rare sense of humor), the consumer-friendly brand they've established has consistently fallen short when it comes to one major subject: net neutrality. Show More Summary

Convicted FBI Sting Target Challenges Investigation, Domestic Surveillance; Ends Up With Nothing

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld [PDF] a terrorism conviction, despite its own concerns about the government's behavior during the investigation. (h/t Brad Heath) Mohamed Osman Mohamud appealed his conviction for attempting...Show More Summary

Google v. Equustek: The SCC Hearing on Internet Jurisdiction and Free Speech

The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments in Google v. Equustek Solutions, a hugely important Internet case with implications for Internet jurisdiction and free speech online. I wrote about the lower court and appellate court decisions...Show More Summary

SEC Adopts New Rules to Enhance Investment Transparency

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

Earlier this fall, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced new reporting and disclosure rules designed to help protect individual investors against fraudulent practices involving mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Show More Summary

More BigLaw Firms Are Suing for Clients' Unpaid Bills

The old wisdom against suing your client is giving way to a new normal. According to recent reports, more BigLaw firms are breaking the old mold and suing their clients for unpaid fees. They say clients expect more of them, and so lawyers should expect more from their clients. This......

Outside Counsel Is Out, Legal Tech Is In, and Your Salary Is 'Meh'

Corporate purse tightening continues to impact how in-house legal departments work, a new study shows. Companies increased their total legal spend by just a single percentage point, according HRB Consulting's 2016 Law Department Survey. But how that cash is being spent is changing. Corporate legal departments are reducing their......

LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday December 7, 2016. Today we are talking about Family Law. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Dec 7, 2016 at 6:27am PST The property rights of common law spouses uponShow More Summary

Morning Docket: 12.07.16

"Voters deserve to know that personal priorities will never take precedence over the national interest." Thanks to President-elect Donald Trump's unwillingness to release his tax returns, a New York lawmaker has introduced the Tax Returns...Show More Summary

Amidst The Game Release Boom On Steam, It's Time For Valve To Weaponize Its Community For Curation

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A review of stories here at Techdirt about Steam, the chief online retailer for digital games distribution, offers a mixed return of grades on its approach. Valve has a tricky wire upon which to balance as it seeks to protect the relationships it has with both its gaming customers and the publishers that sell their games on Steam. Show More Summary

Some Good News From This Election Cycle: Alabama Has Its First African-American Woman District Attorney

In a world that cannot secure a conviction when a cop shoots an unarmed, fleeing man in the back five times, we'll take the small victories.

Israeli Government Pushes National Biometric Database With Claims Of Security Superiority Nobody Thinks Are True

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There has been something of a push in recent years in different countries to build biometric databases of varying degrees. These efforts are typically marred by pushback and controversy, with countries like Argentina using these databases...Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 12.06.16

Using Whole Woman's Health against attacks on voting rights. [Rewire] Is imagination more important than logic in legal reasoning? [Guile is Good] Tips for texting your client. [Reboot Your Law Practice] The latest legal loss for Gucci. Show More Summary

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