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Yet Another Bad Idea: Dropping Facial Recognition Software Into Police Body Cameras

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The FBI (and other US government agencies) are already moving forward with facial recognition technology, which will allow law enforcement to scan people like license plates, if everything goes to plan. So far, consultation with theShow More Summary

Emergency Roadside Kit for Trial Lawyers

It may sound like a tool for ambulance chasers, but actually an emergency roadside kit for trial lawyers is a good idea. There's nothing as rookie as having to borrow a pen from the bailiff or a notepad from the clerk in the middle of a trial. It's not......

Ex-Millionaire's Sentence for Fraud Upheld

Where to begin the story of Luke Brugnara, the former real estate mogul turned art con... His criminal spiral downward began sometime in 2014. His sentence will not be over until about 2022. Perhaps the best place to start is in the middle of his case, when the judge......

Best Time to Get Married During Law School

From the annals of law school posts, we perused dozens of student missives about when is the best time to get married during law school. The consensus answer was to do it during a winter break or early summer, but definitely not before finals or taking the bar exam.......

Time for Exit Interviews at Uber?

With litigation pending against Uber over its self-driving technology, a group of its engineers are reportedly headed for the doors. Recode reports that the company is facing an exodus of key talent. Instead of waiting for a court decision that could terminate their division, the engineers are looking elsewhere.......

The Legend of Honest Charlie

Courtesy of Judge Charles Ramos of the New York Supreme Court’s commercial division comes the legend of “Honest Charlie.” Who was Honest Charlie? According to a tale told in open court, Charlie was a flimflam man and habitué of the Corinthian-columned courthouse in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square. His story was brought alive at a recent […]

Smartphones and Driving DO NOT MIX

Tragic automobile accidents forever change the lives of those involved. I have seen it too often in my career. For the victim, a life may be tragically cut short. For the at-fault party, they will live knowing that their negligence caused serious injuries to not just the victim, but also to the victim’s family and... Show More Summary

Sorry East Texas: Supreme Court Slams The Door On Patent Jurisdiction Shopping

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another Supreme Court case on patents, and another complete smackdown of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), the court that is supposed to be the "expert" on patent cases. This morning the ruling on the TC Heartland case came out, and it could help put an end to jurisdiction shopping for patent cases. Show More Summary

FCC Guards 'Manhandle' Reporter Just For Asking Questions At Net Neutrality Vote

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The FCC apparently doesn't want to talk much about its plan to gut meaningful oversight of some of the least competitive companies in any American industry. Last week, we noted that the FCC had voted to begin the process of gutting popular...Show More Summary

Daily Deal: CentOS And Red Hat Linux Certified System Administrator Course

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Start mastering Red Hat Linux and even prepare for the RedHat Certified System Administrator Exam (RHCSA) with the $19 CentOS and Red Hat Linux Certified System Administrator Course. Seeing as Linux powers most of the Web, every full stack hacker should be familiar with the operating system and its various tools. Show More Summary

Sally Yates Is All Of Us

Sally Yates didn't always want to be a lawyer.

A box size whopper? Slack fill claims for candy continue

2 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Bratton v. Hershey Co., 2017 WL 2126864, No. 16–cv–4322 (W.D. Mo. May 16, 2017) Bratton sued over alleged slack fill in Reese’s Pieces and Whoppers candy boxes. He alleged that: Consumers spend an average of 13 seconds making an in-store purchasing decision. Show More Summary

Suing for false advertising as abuse of process

2 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc. v. Scranton Products, Inc., 2017 WL 2126320, No. 14-CV-00853 (M.D. Pa. May 16, 2017) In May 2014 SP sued Bobrick, alleging that it “carefully orchestrated a campaign to scare architects, product specifiers,...Show More Summary

coffee cup lid trade dress survives functionality challenge

2 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

If I have the right image of the defendant's coffee cup lid, this is a good example of the difficulties separating scope from validity: the challenged design is noticeably different from the registered design, and it seems to me that...Show More Summary

Theresa May Plans To Regulate, Tax And Censor The Internet

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

With UK Prime Minister Theresa May recently calling for a new election there, which she is expected to win easily (despite recent reports of narrowing polls), last week May's Conservative party released its Manifesto (what we in the US tend to call a party's "platform"). Show More Summary

Mala Corbin on Clerks, Free Speech, and Marriage Licenses

Caroline Mala Corbin (Miami) has just posted a new essay on SSRN that hits several of the workplace social issues sweet spots connected with LGBTQ rights and claims of conscience: A Free Speech Tale of Two County Clerk Refusals, forthcoming...

Porn Troll Disbarred

Who knew that fraud was such a sticking point for these folks?

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