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Judge Narrows JM Eagle Verdict To Five Plaintiffs, Dealing Blow To Whistleblower Case

A federal judge has slashed the effect of a jury verdict in a whistleblower case against PVC maker JM Eagle, while questioning what went on at trial.

January 29 roundup

Bi-counsel-ar? “Lawyer Defending Congressman’s Wife in Bigamy Case Accuses Client of Having a Second Lawyer” [Slate] “Why tort liability for data breaches won’t improve cybersecurity” [Stewart Baker] Pennsylvania passes a new gun law,...Show More Summary

Sheriffs' Association Urges 'Investigation' Of Assistant Attorney General Nominee For Her Pro-Drug Legalization Comments

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When it comes to the business of law enforcement, there's one golden rule: thou shalt not derail the money train. Drug enforcement is a multi-billion dollar industry -- not just here in the US, but all over the world. "Industry" is the correct term. Show More Summary

European Commission Wants Collection And Retention Of Passenger Data For Everyone Flying In And Out Of Europe

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another day, another shameless exploitation of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. We've just reported on an EU call for Internet companies to hand over their crypto keys; now the European Commission is trying to push through a requirement for wide-ranging information about everyone flying in and out of Europe to be collected and stored for years. Show More Summary

“The pumpkin weighed 8.4 ounces and was ‘squishy.'”

A Florida appeals court has reinstated a jury’s verdict of no liability in the case of a woman who while shopping at Wal-Mart was struck in the back with an 8.4 ounce (that’s ounce, not pound) ornamental pumpkin. According to the court’s footnote 1, the projectile in question was “squishy.” The trial lasted three weeks. Show More Summary

Chubby Vs. Fat: The Pointless Noodle Trademark War

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Nothing breeds pettiness like trademark law. For some reason, the intellectual property law with perhaps the best intentions too often devolves into the most silly and unneeded exchanges over the similarities of common words and the desire to cease the shared use of common images. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: These Things Are Not Really Making You Any Smarter, But Try Them Anyway?

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's not easy to get smarter, and there are very few things you can do that might make you smarter that have any kind of scientific evidence to support them. (However, you really should exercise more. There's plenty of evidence thatShow More Summary

Silk Road Trial Shines Spotlight On Former Drug Dealer

In his six months as a heroin dealer on Silk Road, Michael Duch was making $60,000 to $70,000 a month. He would hide bags of heroin inside moisture-sealed packages designed to ward off drug-sniffing dogs and sell them to almost 3,000 buyers across the U.S.

The Many Ways In Which A Google-Powered Mobile Network Could Be A Game Changer

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

By now, you may have already read last week's news, broken by The Information (paywall -- but covered widely by lots of other sources), that Google plans to launch a mobile cellular service in the US late this year -- as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator -- basically offering a cellular service, but using someone else's physical network). Show More Summary

Verizon Doubles Down On Bogus Claim Title II Will Kill Broadband Investment

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've noted repeatedly that the broadband industry's claims that Title II reclassification will hurt broadband network investment just aren't supported by the facts. Title II, which governs the vocal components of wireless networks,Show More Summary

Musical Chairs: Differing Views On A Prominent Partner’s Move

Is this a big blow to Kirkland & Ellis, or is K&E glad to see her go?

Non-Sequiturs: 01.28.15

SWAT team called in to break up a poker game between a bunch of rich people. The militarization of the police seems like it's going great. [Washington Post] The SPLC is lodging an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore after he explained that he intends to defy federal law. Show More Summary

Nicole Porter Scholarship Now Available on SSRN

I have just learned that friend-of-blog and employment law scholar/expert Nicole Porter (Toledo) has just uploaded a significant amount of her wonderful scholarship on SSRN. I am sure that most of our readers are familiar with Nicole's substantial contributions to...

Spying On Sharing: Canada's Intelligence Agency Collecting Data And IP Addresses From Free File-Sharing Sites

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If it can be accessed with minimal effort, it's safe to say one government or another is looking at it. Here in the US, phone records, license plate data, cell site location information and any number of communications traveling across international internet backbones are all fair game for the world's law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Show More Summary

Let’s Talk Technology And The Law

Join us March 18 for a fun and informative panel discussion about law and technology.

Tor Isn't A Child Porn Enthusiast's Best Friend, No Matter What The DOJ Claims

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Anything that makes law enforcement's job slightly more difficult is swiftly turned into a pariah. And usually the worst kind of pariah: a child molestor. Apple and Google both announced encryption-by-default going forward on their mobile phone operating systems. Show More Summary

How Effective Is A General Law Blog For The Entire Law Firm?

Go with individual blogs. You’ll discover what blogging is all about and build word of mouth and relationships in niche areas serving you for the long haul.

Deflated PMA Preemption: Off-label Promotion and Failure to Report Keep InFuse Case Alive

This post is from the non-Reed Smith side of the blog only. Having to report on a negative InFuse decision happens about as often as meteorologists correctly predict snowstorms. Boy did they get it wrong for New Jersey and Pennsylvania this week. Show More Summary

Snowden And Schneier Point Out Another Reason Not To Undermine Internet Security: Information Asymmetry

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Neither Edward Snowden nor Bruce Schneier needs any introduction around here. So Techdirt readers won't require much encouragement to watch an interview of the former by the latter, conducted last week at the Harvard Data Privacy Symposium. Show More Summary

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