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University of Oregon Slaps Student With Five Conduct Charges Over Four Words

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Ah, college. The embodiment of the open exchange of opinions and ideas, where today's youth go expand not only their horizons but their worldview. In this hopelessly idealistic portrayal, today's teens would grow into adults ready to face a world that isn't nearly as pleasant as previously indicated. Show More Summary

Driver leaves scene of accident

And returns accompanied by more victims. After a private car and public school bus were involved in a fender-bender in Jackson, Miss., police say, things began to get a bit wild: “Precinct 4 Commander James McGowan says the driver of...Show More Summary

Labor roundup

What’s wrong with the NLRB attack on McDonald’s franchising, cont’d [On Labor, earlier here, etc.] Postal union calls in American Federation of Teachers, other public employee unions to kill Staples postal partnership plan [Huffington Post] U.S. Show More Summary

The Judicial System's Blessing Of Police Use Of Excessive Force Makes It Nearly Impossible To Hold Bad Cops Accountable

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's not just the thin blue line insulating bad cops from accountability, it's the entire judicial system. From lower-level judges treating statements from police with amazing amounts of credulity even in the face of past misconductShow More Summary

DailyDirt: Skynet Is Just A Little Behind Schedule...

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Artificial intelligence projects are making significant progress (even though humans seem to keep moving the goalposts for what qualifies as AI). We haven't created any self-conscious computers yet, but some chips and software are more closely mimicking how the human brain works. Show More Summary

Lindsay Lohan’s `Grand Theft Auto’ Suit Must Overcome Tough New York Law

Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit over a fictional character in Grand Theft Auto runs up against a strict New York law protecting fictional characters.

Health And Human Services Ex-Cybersecurity Director Convicted Of Kiddy Porn

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There seems to be someone asleep at the wheel in the federal government's HR department, given how many questionable people have been put in high profile/high responsibility security positions. Kieth Alexander, uber-Patriot, locked his cyber-security expertise up with a patent. Show More Summary

Bingo!... Is Not Patentable Just Because You Put It On The Internet

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another day, another story of stupid software patents getting stomped out of existence thanks to the Supreme Court's Alice v. CLS Bank ruling. As we've been noting, this ruling is looking like it's going to invalidate a ton of software patents (and that's a good thing). Show More Summary

Checking In on the Town of Greece

When last we left the town of Greece, New York, the Supreme Court had just blessed its legislative prayer policy, announcing that expressly sectarian prayer, which persisted over many years, prior to town council meetings does not violate the storied tradition of nonsectarian legislative prayer and is therefore acceptable under the First Amendment. Show More Summary

Managing Partner Accused Of Embezzling $30 Million From Clients

A firm alleges that its former managing partner siphoned off a cool $30 million from client escrow accounts to live like a proverbial rock star.

Judge Denies Apple Request for Injunction vs Samsung Phones, Tablets

A federal judge Wednesday denied a request from Apple Inc. to bar Samsung Electronics Co. from selling smartphones and tablets in the U.S. that infringe on Apple patents. Apple had sought a permanent injunction against certain Samsung...Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 08.27.14

Dean Chemerinsky lays out how the Supreme Court is protecting local corruption. It’s what the Framers would have intended. [New York Times] In response to the latest article from Professor Michael Krauss, a former student suggests that maybe the so-called “justice gap” is a good thing. Show More Summary

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As summer draws to a close, we'd like to thank our sponsors here at ATL.

GOG Looking To Extend It's DRM-Free Message To Movies/TV

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If you like PC games, chances are you already know all about GOG, or Good Old Games. The GOG website has done more to extend the life of gently-aged games by building a platform for old games that will work on new machines while having one singular principal dominate their products: there shall be no DRM. Show More Summary

Can Lawyers Cover Events Better than Mass Media?

Let's consider two scenarios, highlighted by developments in the last couple weeks.

FBI Probes Possible Computer Hacking Incident at J.P. Morgan

Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a possible computer hacking attack on J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., in what people familiar with the probe described as a significant breach of corporate computer security.

PACER Officials Give Weak, Nonsensical Excuse For Why PACER Deleted Tons Of Public Court Records With No Notice

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We were among the first to report that the federal court system's PACER electronic database of court records had deleted a ton of old cases, and once our story went live, we saw a ton of lawyers, law professors and journalists flip out...Show More Summary

Katherine Heigl Ends Lawsuit Over Duane Reade Tweet (Exclusive)

The actress sued when the drug chain showed her carrying a shopping bag. read more

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