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And This Is Why Noncompete Clauses Are The Worst

Making an entry level employee sign a noncompete is just wrong.

Congress Might Actually Be Moving Forward On Fixing Outdated Email Privacy Law!

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've been talking about and asking for ECPA reform for many, many years, and it might finally be moving forward. ECPA is the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which details how the government can get access to your electronic communications. Show More Summary

Strictly Construing Amended Claims Against the Patentee

by Dennis Crouch In Cioffi v. Google, the Federal Circuit sided with the patentee, Cioffi — holding that the district court erred in its construction of the asserted patent claims and thus vacated the holdings non-infringement and invalidity via indefiniteness. (Non-precedential opinion).  Now, Google has petitioned the court for an en banc rehearing asking the […]

Non-Sequiturs: 02.04.16

Listen, I support people leaving the law to take a job that is more fulfilling, but Emily Boutard quit her job to make tiny furniture. I just hope the paycheck isn't correspondingly small. [deMilked] Law professor Alafair Burke uses her real life experiences in the law to write her novels. Show More Summary

NBC, Filthy Pirates, Sued Over Use Of Photographer's Work Without Permission

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

NBC has made its views on piracy quite well-known over the years. For instance, we all know that it thinks that piracy is the most horrible damned thing that exists on this planet, so much so that it would please like ISPs to act as its personal police force. Show More Summary

Clinton’s ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card

Fortunately for Clinton, criminal indictment will likely never happen because she has a "get out of jail free" card from her Constitution-shredding bedfellow.

Appeals Court Says Maryland Gun Law Should Face Tougher Review

A federal appeals court Thursday said an earlier ruling upholding Maryland's firearm restrictions was flawed and asked the judge behind the decision to revisit the case.

Is Chicago Challenging New York For M&A Dominance?

Can the Windy City blow NYC out of its traditional top perch in M&A work?

Techdirt Reading List: Information Feudalism: Who Owns The Knowledge Economy?

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We're back again with another in our weekly reading list posts of books we think our community will find interesting and thought provoking. Once again, buying the book via the Amazon links in this story also helps support Techdirt. As...Show More Summary

Stoner Jeff Spicoli Gets Quoted In Brief — Against Sean Penn

Quoting a classic movie stoner against the actor that that played him.

Six Hundred Million Dollars

The E.D. Texas is out with a $600,000,000+ jury verdict against Apple in favor of VirnetX.  (VirnetXVerdict). Interesting, after the huge verdict bump, the market cap for the company is $250.9M. That may be about right after paying for fees, costs, and taxes. However, there will still be appeals.

Reinventing The Law Business: You Lost Your Job In A Law Firm – What Do You Do Now? (Part 2)

Tips from managing partner Bruce Stachenfeld about recruiters, networking, résumés, and more.

Cheap and Easy Tips for Marketing Your Practice

Advertising and marketing is one of the biggest expenses that small firm and solo attorneys have to face. Sooner or later, almost every small firm has advertised in a local paper or magazine. But these ads can be expensive and their hit rates can be somewhat unreliable. Are there cheaper......

Attorney Thomas Tamm, Champion of Civil Liberties, Faces Ethics Charges

A man known for his civil liberties work faces disciplinary action by the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel -- the body responsible for ethics violations by attorneys licensed with the D.C. bar. And what clearly egregious instance of misconduct did this man commit to warrant this charge? Embezzlement? Conspiracy? No,......

Contractor Doctors Can Sue Under 1973 Rehab Act

Further complicating the growing conflict over employees and contractors, the Fifth Circuit recently declared that independent contractors can sue "any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance" on discrimination suits. According to this circuit, Section 504 (The Rehabilitation Act of 1973) does not adopt the definition of who is covered......

Russia Blocks Another Archive Site Because It Might Contain Old Pages About Drugs

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Russian block party continues. The government agency in charge of censoring the internet is still working its way backwards, hoping to erase the collective memories of the web… or at least, keep Russian citizens from seeing certain bits of the archived past. Show More Summary

If You’re Average, You’re Probably Going Out Of Business

If you’re in a small firm, you should be scared as hell after reading this.

Court to Take Another Look at Florida Law on Doctors Asking About Guns

Medical professionals challenging a Florida law discouraging doctors from asking patients about guns are getting another chance to try to knock down the statute.

Law School Cancels Barrister’s Ball Because Of Donald Trump

Which law school is embroiled in a YUGE controversy over its Barrister's Ball?

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