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Bit-Actor Sues Fox For $250 Milion Over Stereotypical Mob Character In The Simpsons, Says It's Based On A Role He Hadn't Performed Yet

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You know Frank Sivero from movies like The Godfather Part 2 and Goodfellas. He's the diminutive side-kick guy. One of several in those movies, actually, and one of many mobster sidekicks throughout the movie industry. What you may not...Show More Summary

Warner Bros. Unit Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring,' 'The Hobbit' (Exclusive)

According to today's filing, New Line Cinema participated in "money laundering to acquire and conceal their victims' assets and to cheat their victims of their income." read more

On “Right To Try” Legislation

Since the beginning of 2014, five states that we know of have enacted what is called “Right to Try” statutes. See Ariz. R.S.A. §36-1311 to -1314; Colo. R.S.A. §§25-45-101 to -108; La. R.S. §1300.381-386; Mich. C.L.A. §§16221, 26451; V.A. Show More Summary

Court: Remains of Jim Thorpe Can Remain in Jim Thorpe

The remains of Jim Thorpe can remain in Jim Thorpe, Pa. That was the ruling handed down on Thursday by a federal appeals court in Philadelphia in an unusual case involving a dispute between the family of the legendary Native American athlete and a small Pennsylvania town named after him.

Dr. White Coat on the pink-panties case

The Emergency Physicians Monthly columnist, often linked in this space, on a case noted in our open thread last week: From comments at … Employee of a surgicenter goes to facility for a colonoscopy. When he wakes up, he was wearing pink underwear. Show More Summary

James Clapper's Report On Progress Towards President's Surveillance Reforms Mainly Explores Executive Branch Loopholes

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James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, has issued an interim report on the intelligence community's minimal progress towards minimal compliance with the minimal reforms ordered by the administration last year in response to the Snowden leaks. Show More Summary

Daimler (Bauman) As a Removal Tool in Multi-Plaintiff Cases

Here’s another guest post, by Richard Dean and Peter Reed of Tucker Ellis. They describe a successful combination (what we might call a “one-two punch” if that phrase were not already taken) of lack of personal jurisdiction under Bauman...Show More Summary

Pennsylvania Legal World Grimaces as Email Scandal Inflames State

For Pennsylvania's legal world, the pornographic email scandal that prompted the suspension of a judge on the state's highest court has had a rubbernecking fascination: Not everybody agrees with the punishment, but lawyers and retired judges say it's hard to look away from the scabrous details.

Liability roundup

How legal doctrine changes in a state-based system: “The Diffusion of Innovations in Tort Law” [Kyle Graham] Are courts growing (appropriately) disillusioned with cy pres? [James Beck and Rachel Weil, WLF; Beck, D&DL, on Redman v. RadioShack]...Show More Summary

140 Law - Legal Headlines for Thursday, October 23, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Thursday, October 23, 2014: Slava Voynov's lawyer says Kings defenceman 'never hit the woman' - Toronto Sun Toronto lawyer to be sentenced for fraud | Toronto & GTA |Show More Summary

M.D. Fla. Double Trouble on Fraudulent Joinder

What the deuce is it about today? The date is made up of two 2’s. Today is the 76 th birthday of two of our favorite, though couldn’t-be-more-different, actors: Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius/Last Tango in Halifax) and ChristopherLloyd (Back to the Future/Taxi). Show More Summary

Justice Ginsburg Issues Timely Correction in Texas Voter ID Dissent

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the unusual step of announcing that her dissent in the Texas voter ID case had included an error—and that she had corrected the opinion on the court’s website.

It’s an emotional-support alpaca, so let us in

Author Patricia Marx decided to brazen her way through New York restaurants, museums, high-end fashion shops, and other institutions with five “un-cuddly, non-nurturing animals” such as a turtle, snake, and turkey, and some therapist paperwork that was easy enough to procure. Show More Summary

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Mobile Road Warrior

Today is the OBA TECHxpo at Toronto. My good friend Bob Tarantino and I will be presenting "The Ultimate Guide to Being a Mobile Road Warrior:"With the right tools you can work on anything, anywhere, anytime. Come to this session to learn how. Show More Summary

Kesha Denied Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances in 2011 Deposition

The pop star's mother also gave sworn testimony about what her daughter didn't tell her read more

Georgia Court Takes a Holistic Approach to Pleading

Holism is a concept modernly used most commonly in medicine –treating both the body and the mind. We don’t see it too often in legal parlance as it’s come to be associated with a somewhat touchy-feely approach. Not something litigators are often accused of being. Show More Summary

City Of London Police Fail And Censor Their Way To A Lot More UK Taxpayer Money

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've written plenty about the City of London Police and its Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), which despite an official jurisdiction covering a square mile of London, has made it clear that it considers itself Hollywood's private police force worldwide when it comes to stopping copyright infringement online. Show More Summary

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