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Judge Decides Free Speech Is Still A Right; Dumps Prior Restraint Order Against Mattress Review Site

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A couple of weeks ago, a federal judge in Utah decided prior restraint was the best way to handle a recently-filed defamation suit against Honest Mattress Reviews by Purple Innovations, makers of the Purple Mattress. Purple's lengthy...Show More Summary

Spannabis 2017: Lessons On Spain’s And Barcelona’s Marijuana Industry

Barcelona's medical marijuana marketplace remains immature and risky, but it has tremendous potential.

San Francisco Ponders The Largest Community Broadband Network Ever Built

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Despite being considered one of the technology capitals of the country, San Francisco and the Bay Area continue to suffer from a lack of broadband options -- just like the rest of us sorry sods. If they're lucky, most locals there still only have the option of one of two large ISPs: AT&T and Comcast. Show More Summary

ABA TECHSHOW Post-Mortem: Not Your Granddaddy’s Legal Tech Conference

TECHSHOW is more than 30 years old, but the atmosphere felt as fresh and energetic as at any contemporary conference.

Police Get Search Warrant for Everyone Who Googled a Fraud Victim's Name

Do not Google these words: "Douglas" and "passport photo." If you do, you could find yourself on the wrong end of a search warrant. The Edina Police Department has obtained a search warrant for anyone who Googled that name in connection with a theft of $28,500 from a Minnesota......

Ninth Circuit Splinters Over Trump Travel Ban Rehearing

A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit upheld an order blocking President Trump's first travel ban last month. The administration subsequently reissued a new executive order replacing the first and voluntarily dismissed its appeal to the earlier injunction. That should be the end of that debate, right? Not exactly.......

Will Courts Ever Settle the Independent Contractor v. Employee Debate?

Are workers like Uber drivers or GrubHub deliverymen independent contractors or employees? This is one of the central questions in a growing sector of the economy, where app-based companies can help you get a ride to the airport or send someone over to do your laundry. Most of those......

Judges Are Getting Real Cute With Their Citations

Clever, subtle, cutting judicial citations are nothing new. The Ninth Circuit's recent opinion halting President Trump's travel ban is a perfect example, full as it was of citations to cases like Ex parte Endo (leading to the end of Japanese internment) and Texas v. United States (halting President Obama's......

Court Revives Long-Running Sex-Bias Suit

A federal appeals court revived a Southern University professor's gender discrimination case, saying that she could allege a hostile work environment through continuous conduct going back two years before she filed her complaint. The decision is significant because it clears up questions facing trial judges about the continuing violation......

Is Gay Sex 'Sex,' Legally Speaking? Florida Supreme Court Says Yes

It's not often that courts provide us with insight into sexual intercourse. But yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court shed some much-needed light on that topic. If you're looking for some tips into the arts erotic, though, this isn't the case to turn to. (I don't believe such a case......

Probationer Waived Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege in Sex Offender Treatment

A federal appeals court ruled that a Virginia man waived the psychotherapist-patient privilege in a sex offender treatment program when he agreed to probation. The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals also said the defendant voluntarily made statements in the program that waived his privilege against self-incrimination in the......

4 Tips for Not Getting Sued When Changing Jobs

As lateral hiring picks up, here's what not to do before and after leaving your current employer.

Appeals Court Says Prior Restraint Is Perfectly Fine, Refuses To Rehear 3D-Printed Guns Case

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It looks as though the Supreme Court may have to step in and settle a particularly thorny question involving the First Amendment, Second Amendment, national security interests, and 3D-printed weapons. Cody Wilson and his company, Defense...Show More Summary

Patentlyo Bits and Bytes by Anthony McCain

Nancy Urizar: Supreme Court Of The United States To Hear Oral Arguments In Patent Exhaustion Case Andy Lucas & Robyn Chatwood: Intellectual Property Rights In A Virtual World Deanna Okun: US Must Bolster Fight With China Over Intellectual Property Rights Matthew Humphries: Sony Patent Wants Every Gadget To Double As A Wireless Charger Evan Engstrom: […]

More Biglaw Firms Join The Future Of Law Practice By Offering Telecommuting Programs

This isn't just a nice perk for associates; it's beneficial to their firms as well.

Things Looking Even Worse For Prenda's Paul Hansmeier: Bankruptcy Fraud On Deck

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

So, let's just say that things probably haven't been looking very good for Prenda's Paul Hansmeier lately. Obviously, there was a long series of legal losses in the Prenda and Prenda-related cases, but those are in the distant past now. Show More Summary

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