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The Alternate Reality of Prior Art

Thought pioneer Dan Abelow fits within an interesting designation.  So far in 2017, his U.S. Patent Application No. 2012/0069131 – mysteriously titled “Reality Alternate” – is the Most-Oft examiner cited U.S. prior art reference.  The document – now patented as U.S. Patent No. 9,183,560 – covers a method of providing “a portal for a user … to be present […]

“Congress Is About To Eviscerate Its Greatest Online Free Speech Achievement”

Congress wouldn’t be foolish enough to cut a good-size hole into Section 230, would it? Well may you ask. [Eric Goldman, ACS Blog, earlier] Tags: social media “Congress Is About To Eviscerate Its Greatest Online Free Speech Achievement” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

This Week In Techdirt History: September 10th - 16th

6 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2012, we were watching as the House of Representatives got ready to move forward with extending the FISA Amendments Act despite huge problems and a worrying lack of information about secret interpretations of the law. Show More Summary

Court: no gravy train for states in VW litigation

Auto emissions design is an issue of federal regulation, and other elements of the legal process protect the rights of affected individuals, a federal court rules. So, no, states don’t get to file lawsuits of their own just because they want to. Show More Summary

Gerrymandering Goes Back to Court

Listen to Episode 72 of Slate’s Amicus: When the Supreme Court term opens next month, perhaps no issue will be more urgent—and more complicated—than voting rights. One of the first cases the justices will hear is Gill v. Whitford, a challenge to the 2011 redrawing of district lines in Wisconsin. Show More Summary

JP Morgan Clients Say Circuits Are Split on SLUSA Standards – Law360

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Patricia Holtz, lead plaintiff in a Securities Class Action case, is asking the US Supreme Court to reinstate her case against JP Morgan after the bank used SLUSA to justify having the case removed from Illinois State court to federal court. Show More Summary

When Godwin's Law Met The Streisand Effect

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Okay, here's a fun post for a Friday evening: Earlier this week, I was at World Hosting Days, where I gave a keynote speech about the importance of CDA 230 and things like intermediary liability protections -- and why they are so important to protecting free speech online. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 09.15.17

Interested in volunteering at a DACA renewal clinic? You can do it even if you're not an immigration lawyer. Sign up here to get training and match with a site in need of your assistance. [Lawyers for Good Government] Adding healthy habits to your already packed schedule can seem like an impossible task, but you really can do it. Show More Summary

See Also: I Love It When People Fight

SUDDENLY RETIRED JUDGE RICHARD POSNER HAS BEEN DISHING IT TO HIS FORMER COLLEAGUES: In case you missed our "uncensored" interview with him, read it here. But the Seventh Circuit doesn't seem to want to take it anymore. Chief Judge Diane Wood has... Show More Summary

Was Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Unconstitutional?

Sometimes it’s easy to believe that the only lawyers trying to hold the Trump administration in check work for Bob Mueller. But keep your eye on the other attorneys who keep popping up in unlikely places. This week, they migrated south...Show More Summary

From The Career Files: Rejection

Rejection: So many of us live our whole lives trying to avoid it. But we don’t even really understand what it is.

So, You Want To Be A Space Lawyer…

You really can get a certificate in space law from an accredited law school.

Music Industry Is Painting A Target On YouTube Ripping Sites, Despite Their Many Non-Infringing Uses

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Concentrated attacks on technology tools that can sometimes, but not always, be used for nefarious purposes have quite a long history, from Google and Wikipedia, to suing online sites like Craigslist over how users use the service. Even...Show More Summary

CareFirst BCBS Can Take Its Data Breach Case All The Way To SCOTUS

A D.C. appeals court has granted CareFirst’s request to file an appeal with the Supreme Court.

Secret Police

Cameron Mease, a senior staff attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services, was walking in downtown Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday morning when he saw a group of six or seven men shove someone against a fence, put him in handcuffs, and drag him into an unmarked van. Show More Summary

With Greater Efficiency Comes Greater Revenues

The Matter Management Checklist offers small firms invaluable guidance through the entire lifecycle of a matter, from client intake to determining profitability.

Unlimited Data Customers Report Fewer Network Problems Than Capped Users

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in 2011, you might recall that AT&T and Verizon stopped offering users unlimited wireless data plans. Taking advantage of a lack of competition at the time, the duo worked in concert to shove users toward confusing, metered plans that imposed a usage cap, then socked users with overage fees upward of $15 per gigabyte. Show More Summary

The Seventh Circuit Responds To Judge Richard Posner

Chief Judge Diane Wood disputes Judge Richard Posner's claims about pro se litigants and cameras in the courtroom.

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