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White House Admits That It Still Supports Parts Of SOPA: Wants To Make Streaming A Felony

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last week, we wrote that Senator (and still for the next few weeks, Majority Leader) Harry Reid was looking for ways to push for a piece of SOPA, making streaming a felony, into law. The story we'd heard from multiple sources was that he was looking to attach it to the USA Freedom Act. Show More Summary

Guy Sues Disney For Not Letting Him Build A Working X-Wing And Making $930 Million

But before the complaint is over we learn about how great Florida State is at football and get a review of world literature.

CenturyLink: We Lobby For Protectionist State Laws Because You Didn't Want Faster Fiber Anyway

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As we've noted, the very first place to start if we're seriously interested in fixing U.S. broadband competition problems is the protectionist laws ISPs paid to have passed in nearly two-dozen states. These laws hinder or outright ban...Show More Summary

Beyond Biglaw: Holiday Party Time

The holiday party represents an opportunity for career advancement; how can you make the most of it?

Atlanta Fire Chief Suspended for Writing Religious/Homophobic Book

Thanks to Phil Sparkes for sending us a note about this gem. From yesterday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended without pay for one month because of authoring a religious book in which he describes homosexuality...

The Independent Grand Jury That Wasn’t

It was a big Monday night for St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch. Stepping to the lectern, with the eyes of the country fixed firmly on Ferguson, McCulloch used his moment in the spotlight to deliver an odd, extended ramble...Show More Summary

Eyewitness Testimony Sucks, Says Ferguson Prosecutor

Eyewitnesses in the Michael Brown case told too many different stories for a true bill.

Prosecutors Release Ferguson Grand Jury Evidence

St. Louis County prosecutors on Monday night released thousands of pages of grand jury evidence from the Darren Wilson investigation. Here are links to the documents.

Associate Bonus Watch: Skadden ‘Beats’ Simpson, Kinda

For certain senior associates, Skadden will be paying more than the market -- how much more?

Morning Docket: 11.25.14

"Have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways." Louisa Moritz, one of Bill Cosby's alleged victims, is interested in filing a class-action lawsuit against the comedian. [Fox News Latino] If you're interested, here's all...Show More Summary

Interesting Legal Intelligencer Article on the Future of Products Liability in PA in Light of Tincher

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Here is a LINK to a November 25, 2014 article by Max Mitchell of The Legal Intelligencer entitled "Products Liability Cases in Pa. Face an Uncertain Road."The article outlines the grey areas in the future of Pennsylvania products liability law in light of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's recent decision in Tincher. Show More Summary

IRS Finally Examines Backup Tapes, Recovers 30,000 'Missing' Lois Lerner Emails

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Whether or not the IRS is subjecting certain politically-affiliated groups to an unfair amount of attention remains to be seen. What is indisputable is that the agency's document retention policies are an unenforced joke. As citizens,...Show More Summary

140 Law - Legal Headlines for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Tuesday, November 25, 2014: F. Lee Bailey loses his quest to practice law again after past misdeeds Toobin: Ferguson prosecutor's icy tone fanned flames (Opinion) As Fords...Show More Summary

UK Government Brings In Yet More Counter-Terrorism Measures -- Including Internal Exile

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The UK has the sad distinction of leading the way in the West when it comes to playing up the terrorism threat to justify the introduction of disproportionate surveillance laws. One of the favorite rhetorical tricks employed here isShow More Summary

Patent Jobs 2014

We have a new set of Patent Law job postings on the Patently-O Job Board: Patent Attorney/Agent – Law Firm – Washington, D.C. Patent Attorney – Law Firm – Chicago, IL Patent Attorney – Law Firm – Alexandria, Va. IP Paralegal/Docketing Specialist – Law Firm – Milwaukee, Wisc. Patent Attorney or Agent – Law Firm – […]

Corporate Sovereignty's Chilling Effects

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As we've noted before, corporate sovereignty -- known more formally as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) -- has emerged as the most contentious element of the transatlantic trade deal TAFTA/TTIP, currently being negotiated. Not...Show More Summary

“America’s Most Fee-Ridden Cities”

I’m quoted in this Reason TV segment by Zach Weissmueller on the problem of municipalities that stake their finances on overzealous fee collection: “When you have towns like those in St. Louis County that get in some cases, 40 percent...Show More Summary

Food roundup

Hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama trends on Twitter after high schoolers tweet it with pics of unappetizing lunch trays, provoking “shut up and eat what’s put in front of you” reactions from some who support the new federally prescribed rules. Show More Summary

Far Cry 4 Publishers Messing With Pirates By Getting Them To Admit They Are Pirates

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Ubisoft and DRM go back a long, long way. In nearly every case, it hasn't exactly gone well for the game company, either. Its uPlay launcher, for instance, sort of stripped all the DRM out of publisher's games, which didn't make them too happy. Show More Summary

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