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After Harris v. Quinn, states and unions begin dropping mandatory dues collection for home health carers [Michigan Capitol Confidential, Fox; my two cents at Free State Notes on Maryland's heel-dragging] Macy’s in suburban Boston isShow More Summary

Vermont's Case Against Notorious Scanner Patent Troll Moves Forward

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last year, there were a few stories concerning a really despicable (more than usual) patent troll called MPHJ Holdings. Joe Mullin, over at Ars Technica, had dug deep into the details, finding a bunch of shell companies all sending demand...Show More Summary

Feds to put monitors inside two banks

Via Politico, a WSJ news item from last month that should not pass unremarked: New York’s banking regulator is pushing to install government monitors inside the U.S. offices of Deutsche Bank and Barclays … as part of an intensifyingShow More Summary

Police In Ferguson Sign Court Agreement Promising Not To Interfere With Media... Then Go Threaten And Arrest Media

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've been writing about the efforts by the police in Ferguson, Missouri to intimidate and arrest reporters trying to cover the protests and the police (over)reaction there. What's now come out is that, last Friday, the police actually...Show More Summary

USPTO RCE Backlog Coming Down

In its most recent annual report, the USPTO indicated that 560,000 non-provisional utility patent applications were filed during the fiscal year. (FY2013). The report fails to mention that 30% of those “new” filings were not actually new, but rather were merely Requests for Continued Examination (RCEs) filed by applicants in already pending cases. For many […]

PricewaterhouseCoopers Unit to Pay $25 Million Fine

A PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP unit will pay $25 million and be suspended from some consulting work for two years to settle allegations that the firm improperly altered a report on a Japanese bank's compliance with anti-money-laundering laws, New York state regulators said Monday.

A Supreme Victory for Residential Homebuilders

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In its August 18, 2014 decision in the case of Conway v. Cutler, No. 80 MAP 2013 (Pa. Aug. 18, 2014)(Op. by McCaffery, J.), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a subsequent purchaser of residential real estate cannot pursue a contractual...Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Learning How To Teach Teachers

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As the school year in the US begins, students are getting their class schedules and teacher assignments -- and some teachers are going to be better than others. One school can be ranked higher than another, but if your kid has a great teacher, school rankings may not be a meaningful measurement. Show More Summary

Why Do People Trust Wikipedia? Because An Argument Is Better Than A Lecture

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I've never really understood the debate about how trustworthy Wikipedia is compared with once-printed, more "official" encyclopedia volumes, like the old Encyclopedia Britannica. What rarely made sense to me was the constant assertions...Show More Summary

Legendary Mexican Actor's Son Can Attend Movie Premiere Without Threat of Jail Time

Mario Moreno Ivanova was held in contempt after losing a trial to Columbia Pictures read more

D.C. Cir. OKs Natural Gas Compression Station in Minisink, N.Y.

To what degree must federal agencies consider alternatives when building energy infrastructure? A little bit, said the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday in Minisink Residents for Environmental Preservation and Safety v. FERC. Just because an agency considered an alternative, however, doesn't mean it's obligated to use the alternative.......

'Success' in ERISA Case Includes Having Case Sent Back to Ins. Co.

What counts as a "success on the merits" for purposes of attorney fee-shifting in an ERISA claim? Diahann Gross' employer, Sun Life Insurance, denied her disability leave claim for numbness and fibromyalgia. In an earlier appeal, the First Circuit said that Sun Life's insurance plan contained an incorrect standard for......

Do Small Firms, Solos Need Law Student Interns?

It's approaching back-to-school time for law school, which means students will be looking for internships and externships (if they don't have them already). With all these students out there, should your small firm get in on the action by hiring a law student intern? Maybe -- but maybe not. Using......

3 Questions: 1972 Gay Marriage Case, Circuit Split, Stay for Va.?

Same-sex marriage: It's the hottest legal topic out there, one that despite a bit of issue fatigue, we end up covering every single day because there is some fascinating legal development at hand. What's the latest on the many gay marriage appeals? After the Fourth Circuit declined to issue a......

5 Common Legal Resume Myths Dispelled

It's a dog-eat-lawyer world out there, and resumes can make a world of difference. But there are many myths about legal resumes that you'll want to dispel.Resumes, of course, are how you get your foot in the door. But don't treat them as the be-all, end-all of getting a job;......

Guard Can't Read Legal Mail From Prisoner to Attorney: 9th Cir.

Prisoners' mail is almost always subject to being opened and read thoroughly by prison officials looking for contraband, which can include attempting to exchange information between gang members, for example. Legal mail, on the other hand, is supposed to be sacrosanct: Guards aren't supposed to open mail marked "legal mail"......

Docs in Fla.'s 'Docs v. Glocks' Case Seek En Banc Rehearing

Free speech? Or professional conduct regulation? The Florida law at issue prohibits doctors from asking a patient about his or her guns, unless gun ownership is relevant to the patient's medical care. A violation can lead to a suspended or revoked license to practice medicine, along with a fine of......

Prisoners Deserve Notice Before State Takes Their Funds: 3rd Cir.

In addition to paying for their crimes figuratively by going to prison, defendants also have to pay literally in the form of restitution, fines, and fees. In Pennsylvania, prisoners have inmate accounts that they use for purchasing such things as soap, toothpaste, and over-the-counter medications. A Pennsylvania law allows the......

Miss. Wants an En Banc Shot at Abortion Law Appeal

The decision that kept Mississippi's only remaining abortion clinic open, despite a state law requiring the doctors working there to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals (which were unwilling to extend such privileges), was so unusual that we gave it the double-post treatment. We first talked about the Fifth Circuit......

Horse-Racing RICO Claim Involving Ex-Gov. Blagojevich Can Proceed

You remember Rod Blagojevich, right? The former governor of Illinois who was convicted of corruption for attempting to sell former U.S. Senator Barack Obama's senate seat? (I wonder what happened to that guy?) Blagojevich and his awesome hair resurfaced in an opinion from the Seventh Circuit on Friday, where the......

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