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Morning Wrap: Dennis Hastert Learns His Sentence While Bob McDonnell Challenges His Own

Two of the nation’s most well-known Republican politicians had their days in court Wednesday, plus Robert Durst and Ruth Bader Ginsburg's reactions to when they were on the hot seat: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.       

Voltage Pictures Launches Canadian File Sharing Lawsuit With Reverse Class Action Strategy

Voltage Pictures, which previously engaged in a lengthy court battle to require Canadian ISPs to disclose the names of alleged file sharers, has adopted a new legal strategy. This week, the company filed an unusual application in federal...Show More Summary

Summary Judgment Granted Where Plaintiff Did Not Identify Correct Driver in Car Accident Suit

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the Delaware County Court of Common Please case of Moore v. Gilligan, PICS Case No. 16-0357 (C.P. Del. Co. Dec. 9, 2015 Green, J.), the court approved summary judgment in favor of a Defendant in a case where the Plaintiff did not identify the correct Defendant driver involved in the accident. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 04.28.16

ASS Law is back in the news: Earlier this week, professors on the George Mason University Faculty Senate voted 21-13 to reopen the naming process on the already twice-renamed Antonin Scalia Law School. These professors must know that their actions have no impact on the administration's decisions... Show More Summary

Blizzard Pretends IP Made It Kill Fan Server

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Blizzard, maker of World of Warcraft, has a long and dubious history when it comes to trying to twist intellectual property laws and requirements to be whatever they want it to be at the time. These instances have mostly revolved around...Show More Summary

Priceline Throws A Fit And Sues USPTO For Not Granting Them Trademark

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Priceline Group has something of a history with intellectual property. Several years back, Jay Walker, Priceline's founder, appeared to have transitioned to becoming a full-blown patent troll. In the year's since, the company heShow More Summary

Widener Law School Offers Online Higher Ed Master's Degree

Widener University will be another law school to offer online non-J.D. education -- this time, a master's degree in higher education compliance. The school is reticent to take credit in pioneering the program, though it did say it was unaware of any other school who offered this degree. It looks......

DailyDirt: A Mars Mission By 2018?!

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Space exploration is gradually becoming cheaper and more reliable. Reusable rockets haven't proven to be economical yet, but presumably, they will be. Robot missions that roll around on the surface of other worlds have been shown toShow More Summary

House Votes Unanimously In Favor Of Requiring A Warrant To Search Emails

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The push to reform ECPA -- the Electronic Communications Privacy Act -- have been going on basically as long as this site has been in existence (i.e. nearly 20 years). There are lots of problems with ECPA, but the big one that everyone...Show More Summary

Have You Suffered Losses in Energy Sector Investments?

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

For many years, energy company stocks and other energy-related investments were considered to be among the more-stable opportunities on the market for individual investors. While no investment is ever a sure thing (and if someone says...Show More Summary

The “Everybody Does It” Defense

Two big themes emerge on Wednesday in McDonnell v. United States, the appeal of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell of his felony public corruption conviction. The first is that if lawyers across ideological lines agree that McDonnell was wrongly convicted under a vague and unfair ethics statute, they must be correct. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 04.27.16

Amal Clooney lays the smackdown on Donald Trump, all without even uttering his name. Classy. [Vanity Fair] If you're convicted of a felony in connection with the murder of your mother, then you should probably expect to lose your law license. Show More Summary

Facebook Is Ubiquitous — Perfect For Lawyer Publishing And Networking

Like it or not, lawyers need to recognize Facebook has become America’s social network. The evidence is overwhelming.

Paparazzi By Drone: Is This Legal?

Do paparazzi drones cross some magical privacy line? The California legislature thinks so.

‘The Advocate’s Daughter’: An Interview With Anthony Franze

Meet Anthony Franze, a Supreme Court litigator and author of legal thrillers set at SCOTUS; his latest novel, The Advocate's Daughter, came out just last month.

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Top 6 Things Lawyers Need to Know About Metadata

The NSA wants it, eDiscovery professionals are obsessed with it, and your files are secretly full of it. It's metadata, the data about data that's kept in most electronically stored information. And it's had a major impact on the legal field over the past several years. So when it comes......

NJ Lawyers Get Sanctioned for Facebook Spying

When news came out that two New Jersey defense attorneys had spied on a plaintiff through Facebook, there was obvious buzz within the legal community over bright-line rules and attorney ethics. Just what qualifies as an "unauthorized" communication? Lawyers should always take steps to tread carefully in these "novel ethical......

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