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'We Should Put A Metal Detector On The Other Side': The Laughable Waste Of TSA Body Scanners

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If anyone needed the perfect example of the giant waste, fraud, and abuse a government emboldened by fear and ineptitude can achieve, that example absolutely has to be the TSA's body scanners. These glorious devices didn't work in catching...Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 08.27.15

Should town clerks opposed to gay marriage be required to issue licenses to all couples? The Sixth Circuit says.... [How Appealing] John H. Ray III, the African American ex-associate at Ropes & Gray who claimed the elite firm discriminated against him, loses in court again, this time before the First Circuit. Show More Summary

Morning Wrap: Colorado Movie Theater Shooter Sentenced, Virginia TV News Shooter Case History Detailed

The Colorado movie theater shooter’s time in court comes to an end, and details emerge about the southern Virginia TV news shooter’s history of lawsuits: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.       

Batting Down Generic Plaintiffs’ Amarin Hail Mary Pass

We received a couple of odd anonymous comments to our “breaking news” post about the Amarin First Amendment victory for truthful off-label promotion. Both of them raised the same suggestion: “Does the logic of this opinion permit a generic...Show More Summary

Study: 15% Of Wireless Users Now Tracked By Stealth Headers, Or 'Zombie Cookies'

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier this year AT&T and Verizon were caught modifying wireless user traffic to inject unique identifier headers (UIDH). This allowed the carriers to ignore a user's privacy preferences on the browser level and track all online behavior. Show More Summary

Truck Accidents — Fatigue, Impairment and Violations

Across the interstates and highways of America, trucking accidents are happening at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, many of these fatal collisions are avoidable. Errors due to fatigue, texting, and driver impairment are frequently found to be the causes of these collisions. Show More Summary

Drunken Monarchy Fight: King Of Beers V. Queen Of Beers In Trademark Tussle

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Normally, when we find two breweries involved in a trademark dispute, as has become common these past few years, the dispute tends to be over the extravagant artwork on the label or the equally extravagant names of specific beers. Is...Show More Summary

“In settlement with Southwest Airlines, lawyers got cash, plaintiffs got drink coupons.”

“A federal appeals court has upheld a settlement in which Southwest Airlines passengers got free drink vouchers but lawyers who sued the airline got $1.65 million in cash.” [AP “Big Story”] Tags: airlines, coupon settlements, Southwest...Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Getting From Point A To B... Really Really Quickly

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Transportation has evolved from simply walking to riding to flying to sailing and orbiting and all kinds of modes of travel. We've grown accustomed to speeds of 100-600 mph or so, but it's possible to go a lot faster. A Concorde jet could go over 1,000 mph, but those planes aren't in service anymore. Show More Summary

If You're Selling Gift Cards Over The Internet, There's A Patent Troll Coming For You

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

An integral aspect of the dark art of patent trolling is knowing an exploitable patent inside and out. Patent 6,233,682 (the '682 patent, as it's referred to in lawsuits [which is pretty much the only place it's being referred to]) is...Show More Summary

Pa. Court Unseals Explicit Emails That AG Kane Says Led to Conspiracy

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today unsealed a trove of court documents on Wednesday connected to a pornographic email scandal that embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane says is at the root of a cover-up conspiracy against her.

Law Schools Need To Lie More About The Market

Law professor is tired of all the bad news about the legal market and he wants law schools to do a better spin job.

Windows 10 Reserves The Right To Block Pirated Games And 'Unauthorized' Hardware

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While Windows 8 annoyed many users for its attempt to duct-tape two disparate computing styles (traditional Windows and a touch interface) together while demanding you stand impressed by the genius of such a move, Windows 10 initially appeared to be seeing some positive responses (at least among those who use Windows). Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 08.26.15

District Judge Henry Wingate suspends Mississippi's death penalty. The full written decision is expected later this week. [BuzzFeed] Wondering why Roger Goodell is taking a hardline over Deflategate? He's just acting like any good dictator and securing his power. Show More Summary

Do Lawyers Need Social Media Training?

Rather than focus on social media training for lawyers, wouldn't it make more sense to for law firms and bar associations to encourage lawyers to use social media like the vast majority of Americans?

Old Lady Lawyer: When Network Was Not A Verb

Columnist Jill Switzer wonders: how much networking does it take before you see results?

Court Dismisses Ripoff Report's Malicious Prosecution Lawsuit Against People Who Sued It Five Years Ago

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There aren't too many user-generated-content-reliant sites that defend their Section 230 turf more viciously than Ripoff Report. This has earned it a thuggish reputation, something its pay-for-play quasi-reputation management offerings do little to dispel. Show More Summary

Common Causes of Action in FINRA Arbitration

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

If you lost money in stocks or other investments due to financial advisor fraud or misconduct, filing for arbitration under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) guidelines may be your only opportunity to recoup your losses. Show More Summary

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