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The Hypothetical That Took Down A Website

Columnist Keith Lee wants to know: if you're going to steal someone's intellectual property, why on earth would you steal from LAWYERS?

Standard Of Review: Suits Doesn’t Suit Me

As a lawyer, columnist Harry Graff found it extremely difficult to look past all improbable things that occur on this show.

Senate Panel Backs Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

WASHINGTON—The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to move Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama ’s nominee for attorney general, to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote. The committee approved the nomination of Ms. Lynch, currently Brooklyn’s U.S. Show More Summary

Today’s Tech: How A Solo Lawyer Uses A Surface Pro In His Practice

Two of our technology columnists, Nicole Black and Jeff Bennion, talk tablets.

Seth MacFarlane Sued Over 'Ted' Talking Bottle Opener

Michael Cram says his invention has been supremely successful with 10 million units sold and a "Family Guy" licensing deal. He says a knock-off threatens all that. read more

The Supreme Court, Fishing, and the Rule of Lenity

The Supreme Court has rediscovered the Rule of Lenity, but the opinions highlight how fragile the rule is.

AM Roundup: SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news. Probing whistleblower treatment: The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing whether companies are muzzling corporate whistleblowers. [WSJ] New bounty program: New York’s Attorney General...Show More Summary

Important opinion from Hawaii Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Hawaii has issued an important opinion that offers a new way to think about the McDonnell Douglas test. Adams v. CDM Media USA, Inc., 2015 WL 769745, No. SCWC-12-00000741 (Hawaii Feb. 24, 2015). In Adams, the...

2nd Cir. Panel Reverses Itself on Occupy Wall Street Arrests

A peculiar bit of appellate procedure attended the issuance of an amended opinion in Garcia v. Does, the "Occupy Wall Street" case in which Occupy protesters claimed they were escorted onto the Brooklyn Bridge by police, then arrested when they were halfway across. Though the protesters won in federal district......

SCOTUS: A Fish Is Not a 'Tangible Object' for Sarbanes Purposes

Destroying a fish isn't a federal crime, the Supreme Court ruled today, in another victory for sanity when it comes to prosecutorial over-charging. By a surprising 5-4 split, the Court said that the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that prohibit destroying a "tangible object" refer to tangible objects used to......

Walmart Settles EEOC Age, Disability Discrimination Suit for $150K

While Walmart's in-house counsel may know all the rules regarding age and disability discrimination, some of Walmart's in-store employees clearly do not. The EEOC filed suit against Walmart on behalf of David Moorman, a former manager at a Walmart store in Keller, Texas, alleging age and disability discrimination in violation......

3 Warning Signs Your New Associates May Not Stick Around

After a long interview process, you've just hired some new associates. Congrats! Now it's time to get to work. As you invest hours and other resources into training your new associates, you'll want to make sure they stay long enough to provide a good return on your investment. Still, despite......

Apple Liable for $533M in Infringement Against Patent Holding Co.

Apple suffered quite a setback Tuesday, when a federal jury handed down a $532.9 million verdict against it, in favor of patent licensing company Smartflash LLC. Smartflash claimed that Apple's iTunes software infringed on patents it held relating to downloading files from the Internet. A look at the allegedly (or,......

Supreme Court Tosses Fla. Fisherman's Sarbanes-Oxley Conviction

In an explanation that may have seemed self-evident, the U.S. Supreme Court has clarified that dumping undersized red grouper overboard in an attempt to deceive fish and game officials is not the same as shredding financial documents to mislead auditors, regulators, and shareholders. The Court reversed a ruling from......

Fun With ABA 509 Disclosures: Best, Worst Law School Bar Pass Rates

Have you always wanted to compare different ABA-accredited law schools' numbers? Do you have a strange affinity for Excel? Well, now you can put both of your odd hobbies together! The American Bar Association has made available its "509 disclosures" -- all the self-reported numbers that ABA-accredited schools have to......

Morning Docket: 02.26.15

Kim Kardashian is reportedly seeking law firm experience despite having no "legal training" or "redeeming qualities," and she wants Amal Clooney to give her a hand. [Legal Cheek] Do you remember Jennifer Gaubert, the New Orleans lawyer and radio host who hooked up with her cab driver... Show More Summary

Reference to Opinions in Police Report Prohibited at an Auto Accident Trial

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the case of Harris v. Phila. Facilities Mgmt. Corp., No. 39 C.D. 2014 (Pa. Cmwlth. Dec. 2, 2014 Simpson, McCullough, and Covey, J.J.)(Op. by McCullough, J.), the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court addressed the propriety of a reference...Show More Summary

Don’t Mix Apples & Bricks – Tincher Didn’t Change Pa. Drug/Device Law

In our initial post about Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., 104 A.3d 328 (Pa. 2014), we stated up front that we didn’t think that Tincher changed Pennsulvania law applicable to prescription medical products much, if at all. We wrote: For prescription products, the short answer is “not much..”... Show More Summary

Hyatt’s Family Tree

by Dennis Crouch In the ongoing saga between the USPTO and Hyatt, the USPTO recently submitted an interesting family tree of related applications filed by Gilbert Hyatt.  Nice redaction. It is unclear to me why the entire block is redacted since some of the Hyatt patents have issued and therefore are public as is the application of […]

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