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Va. Sup. Ct. Hears Arguments Over Anonymous Reviews on Yelp

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a new type of Yelp case. By now, we're familiar with the defamation and the SLAPPs and the non-disparagement agreements and the not-technically-extortion-but-sounds-like-it. Well, Yelp v. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning is different. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning wanted to sue the authors of critical......

6th Cir. Reverses Ohio Jail Voting Decision for Lack of Standing

It sounds like one of Jerry Seinfeld's rejected comedy routines: "And what's the deal with Ohio and voting restrictions?" With Ohio's voter ID law headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit decided another bit of Ohio's election law. But this one's a little bit different.......

Tsarnaev Friend Robel Phillipos Found Guilty of Lying to Feds

After 35 hours of deliberations, a jury has convicted a friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of two counts of lying to federal officers. According to prosecutors, Robel Phillipos lied about going to Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts three days after the bombings, on April......

S.F.'s 2-Year Payouts for Ellis Act Evictions Nixed by Fed. Judge

The Ellis Act acts as a check on California's fairly tenant-friendly landlord/tenant laws. Even notwithstanding tougher locals laws (like those in Los Angeles and San Francisco), the Ellis Act allows a landlord to evict a tenant if he's getting out of the landlord business altogether. Here's the kicker: In San......

EFF: Tenn. School's Tech, Social Media Policies Are Unconstitutional

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent quite a letter to the superintendent of schools in Williamson County, Tennessee, calling out the district's Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) policy for its restrictions on student speech online. BYOT policies are becoming increasingly popular as schools realize it's in everyone's best interest to......

Who's the Biggest Player in the Patent Fast-Track Game? Google

Last year, we blogged about the new "fast track" (Track One Prioritized Examination) system for patent applications. The idea is simple: Pay more upfront, do less work, and get your patent faster. By many accounts, the new fast track was definitely faster than older expedited methods (an average of 184......

Search Party

It used to be that when police violated a suspect’s Fourth Amendment rights through an unconstitutional search, evidence derived from the search would be thrown out.

Back In The Race: The Pure Solo Business Plan

How can you get by as a "pure solo" or "true solo," a solo practitioner without any associates or support staff?

Lawyer Urges Ethics Panel To View Nude Photos Of Judge Lori Douglas

What does a Canadian judge share in common with Jennifer Lawrence? Controversial nude photos.

DC Councilman Leaves Cab Union Rep's Business Card In His Stack Of Anti-Uber Amendments

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Uber's ride-sharing service has proven to be a handy measuring stick for corruption levels in local governments. Chances are that if there's serious opposition, it's tied to incumbent service providers -- cab companies and other for-hire services that aren't interested in making room for competitors. Show More Summary

'Titanic' Bit Actor's Lawsuit Over Back Pay Survives in Lighter Form

Vijay says he was paid as an extra even though he should have received the more lucrative SAG rate and royalties read more

Unmasking Yelp Users Would Hurt Free Speech, Warn Google and Facebook

Web giants Google, Facebook and Twitter are warning that giving companies the power to unmask anonymous Yelp reviewers would strike a blow to Internet free speech.

Contract Attorney OT Suit Moves To Second Circuit

What causes lawyers to strike out (via lawsuit) at the law firms that hire them?

140 Law - Legal Headlines for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Wednesday, October 29, 2014: Marriage between an uncle and his half-niece is legal, New York’s top court rules Jian Ghomeshi: CBC releases memo citing ‘claim of impropriety'...Show More Summary

Verizon Launches Tech News Blog... That Bans Any Articles About Net Neutrality Or Government Surveillance

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Patrick O'Neil, over at The Daily Dot, has a scoop about Verizon getting directly into our game: tech blogging. It's launched a brand new tech news website, called SugarString, which apparently is supposed to compete with other tech news sites. Show More Summary

More Engineers => More Patents

In a new article, Economist John Winters (OSU) looked at the link between collegiate STEM training (university degree) and innovation-intensity (per capita patenting). The findings are not surprising — locations with more STEM graduates have a higher per capita rate of patenting. Show More Summary

How Managers Consider Job-Applicant Criminal History

How do managers actually consider a job applicant’s criminal history, given the law? A recent study finds that it has a lot to do with how much discretion those managers have under company policy: Sarah E. Lageson, Michael Vuolo, an...

Sheriff: We Need Armored Vehicles to Intimidate People

"People may not understand why," said Sheriff's Capt. Greg Bean, "but an armored vehicle is almost a necessity now." Here's why he says he needed one: Looks can be deceiving, though, and in any event the man, at least, certainly...         ...Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 10.29.14

“I thought it was hilarious. And I imagine my colleagues who have seen it would share that view.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has seen John Oliver’s talking Supreme Court dogs, and she totally LOLed about it. [WSJ Law Blog] Hey guys,...Show More Summary

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