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Net Neutrality Astroturfing Stirs Up Conflict Between Latino/Minority Groups

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've written a few times about the highly cynical astroturfing practice in Washington DC, in which certain lobbyist groups basically have "deals" with certain public interest groups. The basic deal is that the lobbyists guarantee big...Show More Summary

USPTO Moves to Strongly Enforce Eligibility Limitations

By Dennis Crouch Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court decided the subject matter eligibility case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 573 U.S. ___ (2014). The main point of Alice Corp. was to find that the eligibility-limiting holding of Mayo v. Prometheus, 566 U.S. ___ (2012) applies equally to the patenting of abstract ideas. […]

A Touchy Legal Question For FedEx, UPS: What’s in the Box?

A recent federal indictment rekindled a debate in the logistics business: How much responsibility do shippers bear for the contents of the box or envelope they deliver to your doorstep?

Is Something Rotten In The State Of Ohio?

What allegations are being made against Ohio attorney general Mike DeWine regarding his awarding of contracts for outside legal work?

Latest Abuse: Feds Reading Emails Between Prisoners And Their Lawyers

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another day, another story of abuse by federal prosecutors. The latest is that they're now regularly reading the emails between inmates and their lawyers. These are the kinds of things that most people believe should be part of confidential attorney-client privilege. Show More Summary

‘D.A. Shopping’ Bill Would Steer Rikers Criminal Cases Away from the Bronx

New York lawmakers want to take away the Bronx district attorney's jurisdiction over criminal cases arising out of the Rikers Island jail complex and turn them over to Queens prosecutors instead.

Caption Contest: A Sneaky Law Student’s Hidey-Hole

Law students are the worst. What was this guy trying to hide?

Epiphany: Rep. John Conyers Realizes Mid-Hearing That His Copyright Position Contradicts His Stand Against Overcriminalization

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's hard to imagine looking at the absurdly excessive copyright penalties on the books and thinking, "Hey, maybe these should be a bit higher." But Congress has shown itself to be exceedingly imaginative when it comes to cranking up...Show More Summary

Yelp statements about its filters not protected by anti-SLAPP law or CDA

3 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Demetriades v. Yelp, Inc., 2014 WL 3661491, No. B247151 (Cal. Ct. App. July 24, 2014) Demetriades operates restaurants and sued Yelp under California’s UCL and FAL based on claims about the accuracy and efficacy of its “filter” of unreliable or biased customer reviews. Show More Summary

Andrew Cuomo Investigated For Corruption In Blocking Investigations Into Corruption

A prominent law professor believes Governor Cuomo should resign if these allegations prove true. He probably won't.

140 Law - Legal Headlines for Friday, July 25, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines for Friday, July 25, 2014 from Wise Law on Twitter: New U.K.-Canada tax treaty lets authorities do audits in other country Alabama man claims penis mistakenly amputated at circumcision procedure Avoiding...Show More Summary

UK ISPs and Rights Holders Agree on Voluntary Notice-and-Notice Style Copyright System

Several years ago, the United Kingdom passed the controversial Digital Economy Act, which included provisions for disconnecting Internet users accused of repeat copyright infringement. That bill generated protests, but ultimately passed. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 07.25.14

“I don’t care if it’s legal, it’s wrong.” President Obama is pointing the finger at companies using cross-border mergers to avoid U.S. taxes, and he wants to put an end to corporate tax inversions. [Bloomberg] Thomas Christina of Ogletree...Show More Summary

Transformative work of the day

3 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log publishes an entire issue of Reason magazine that's not available in Reason's online archives "for reasons that will become obvious"--it's an entire special issue devoted to WWII "revisionism" and Holocaust denial. Talk to me about fair use factor three!

Comcast Ramps Up Ad Campaign Claiming To Support Net Neutrality, Even As It Really Supports Killing It

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We just wrote about how the FCC is now claiming that it will enforce its "transparency" rules that require some sort of truth in advertising. If that's the case, it might want to take a close look at Comcast's recent "truthy" advertising...Show More Summary

Philadelphia Bar Association Issues Advisory Opinion on Facebook Issues

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

The Professional Guidance Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association recently issued guidelines on how lawyers may instruct their clients on the use of social media sites after the legal representation has begun. Among the highlights...Show More Summary

Northeastern Pennsylvania Attorney Matt Keris Takes Over as President of Pennsylvania Defense Institute

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Matthew P. Keris In notable legal news out of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Attorney Matt Keris of the Moosic, Lackawanna County office of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin was recently installed as the President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute at their recent Annual Meeting at the Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford Springs, PA. Show More Summary

Reading list: social media flagging

3 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Kate Crawford and Tarleton Gillespie, What is a flag for? Social media reporting tools and the vocabulary of complaint, 4 New Media Society (2014). One of the points I most liked: [F]lags speak only in a narrow vocabulary of complaint. Show More Summary

“Friends May Be Liable for Man’s Drunken Cliff Fall”

“A man who fell off a cliff while intoxicated can sue the people who brought him there and waited hours to get him help, a California appeals court ruled.” [Jeff Gorman, Courthouse News] Tweet Tags: personal responsibility “Friends May Be Liable for Man’s Drunken Cliff Fall” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

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