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Appeals Court Tosses Lawsuit Against Broadcasters For Violating Publicity Rights During Football Game Broadcasts

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Javon Marshall -- a former college athlete spearheading a putative class action against several broadcasters for uncompensated use of his likeness -- has just seen the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court send him (and everyone "similarly situated")...Show More Summary

140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of August 22, 2016

Here are the leading headlines from Wise Law on Twitter Nova Scotia's law society won't appeal Trinity Western ruling to Supreme Court Should landlords be required to provide air conditioning during heat waves? Indigenous relationships...Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 08.22.16

"You're going to make a federal case out of this - a dispute between two sorority sisters?" A fight between two sorority sisters recently landed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, but it turns out the suit was dropped quicker than a misbehaving pledge. Show More Summary

Baker & McKenzie Rebounds After Down Year

Law firm Baker & McKenzie's revenue rose 8% to $2.62 billion in their latest fiscal year.

D.C.’s fast food zoning rules

“Emergency regulations” adopted in 1985 by the District of Columbia sharply restrict where fast-food restaurants may operate, and despite an effort in 2007 to refine the definition of a fast-food place, it remains rigid: any eatery where...Show More Summary

The NYPD's Third 'Forfeiture' Option: Call Seized Items 'Evidence;' Never Give Them Back

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's not just asset forfeiture being used by law enforcement to take property away from people. With civil asset forfeiture (as opposed to criminal asset forfeiture), property is deemed "guilty," even if its former possessors are not. Show More Summary

Indian Child Welfare Act symposium at Cato Unbound

I’m one of four participants in a symposium at Cato Unbound this month on the Indian Child Welfare Act. Timothy Sandefur (Goldwater Institute) writes the principal paper to which I respond; other responders include Profs. Matthew L. M. Show More Summary

Food and nanny state roundup

Has Obama administration endorsed anti-GMO campaign with new labeling law? Not really [Thomas Firey, Cato, earlier here, here, etc.] United Nations anti-tobacco meeting seeks to exclude persons overly involved with tobacco production,...Show More Summary

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This week there was a lot of reaction to the DNC's creation of a Cybersecurity Board that doesn't include a single cybersecurity expert, and both our first place comments (as well as a couple editor's choices) came in response to that post. Show More Summary

What to watch for in tonight's GOP presidential debate

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Crossroads

Five things to look out for in Monday's Republican presidential debate

“Plaintiffs are only allowed one bite at the sno-ball.”

For those who like judicial puns and wordplay, it’s on display in this Fifth Circuit decision on litigation between competitors in the southern Louisiana frozen confection business. [New Orleans Times-Picayune] Tags: competition through...Show More Summary

The Positive Aspects of EEOC v. R.G & G.R. Funeral Homes

This is a follow-up to Marcia's post immediately below. Christine Duffy (Senior Staff Attorney, ProBono Partnership, photo left) posted a comment to Marcia's post that I found particularly enlightening, so I phoned her yesterday and asked if I could copy...

“Family of NYC autistic teen found dead to get $2.7M”

14-year-old Avonte Oquendo left his school in Queens without permission and was later found dead. “A law passed after his death required schools to install audible door alarms.” [Associated Press] Tags: disability & schools, NYC, schools “Family of NYC autistic teen found dead to get $2.7M” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

This Week In Techdirt History: August 14th - 20th

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2011, the MPAA got hilariously and incoherently angry about a GigaOm post pointing out that file sharing continues to grow. After we criticized their response, they came back yet again with a string of empty...Show More Summary

Awesome Stuff: A Recycling 3D Pen

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Three years ago, the 3Doodler pen became a huge hit on Kickstarter, and for a brief period it seemed like these handheld 3D printing tools might be the next big gadget. But after that initial rush, they never fully took off, and not everyone was satisfied with the performance of the pen itself. Show More Summary

Mikal Watts acquitted in Gulf spill claims fraud case

“San Antonio plaintiffs’ attorney Mikal Watts was acquitted Thursday by a Mississippi federal jury of multiple fraud counts after federal prosecutors charged that he submitted the names of phony clients seeking to recover from the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill.” Two others associated with Watts’ firm were also cleared of charges. Show More Summary

Federal Election Commission To Crack Down On 'Deez Nuts' As Presidential Candidate

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In this somewhat insane presidential election, about the only non-terrifying entertainment that came out of it happened last summer when Public Policy Polling (PPP) released a poll showing that "Deez Nuts" would get 9% of the vote. The...Show More Summary

Why The NSA's Vulnerability Equities Process Is A Joke (And Why It's Unlikely To Ever Get Better)

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Two contributors to Lawfare -- offensive security expert Dave Aitel and former GCHQ information security expert Matt Tait -- take on the government's Vulnerability Equities Process (VEP), which is back in the news thanks to a group of hackers absconding with some NSA zero-days. The question is whether or not the VEP is being used properly. Show More Summary

Woman Sues After Police Destroy Her Home During 10-Hour Standoff With The Family Dog

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When the only thing standing between law enforcement and a suspect they're seeking is a person's home, well… the home's got to go. As seen previously here at Techdirt, police officers pretty much razed a residence to the ground searching for a shoplifting suspect. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 08.19.16

Is it time for Mike Pence to act on pardoning a wrongfully convicted man? [Huffington Post] Let the postmortems begin: Who killed Gawker? [New York Magazine] Lewis & Clark Law School fails Communications 101. [Law and More] This is a huge step backwards for Title VII enforcement. Show More Summary

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