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DailyDirt: Watch Out! Here Comes The Spider-Man...

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Comic book superheroes have all kinds of incredible abilities. There are a few wall-crawling heroes, but the wall-climbing ability of a "Gecko Man" hasn't really captured as many fans as Spider-Man has. A bite from a radioactive spider...Show More Summary

Honda Tried To Get Jalopnik To Dox Commenter, Delete Posts, Meets The Streisand Effect Instead

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Criticism is part of life, of course, and I tend to believe that people show their true selves most transparently when they show how they deal with criticism. Unfortunately, we've covered entirely too many stories involving people and companies responding to online criticism poorly here at Techdirt. Show More Summary

Alt.legal: The $21BN Contract Lawyer Marketplace is Up For Grabs, ‘Hire An Esquire’ Plans to Catch It

The startup looking to make the temporary legal market more transparent, liquid, and fair to both buyers (law firms and corporate legal departments) and lawyers.

Federal Judge Not Amused By State Department's Continued Withholding Of Hillary Clinton's Emails

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A federal judge has expressed his displeasure at the State Department's ongoing foot-dragging over the release of Hillary Clinton's emails. US District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras told lawyers in a Washington, DC courtroom that "the government put me between a rock and a hard place" by failing to meet the deadline and asking for more time. Show More Summary

Congressional Reps Submit Bill Banning Encryption Bans

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Legislators in two states have proposed (largely unworkable) bans on the sale of encrypted phones, citing (of course) concerns about all the criminals who might get away with something if law enforcement can't have near immediate access to the entire contents of their phones. Show More Summary

EPA Losses Shed Light on Supreme Court’s Blocking of Carbon Rule

Recent Supreme Court rulings against the Environmental Protection Agency may provide some understanding of the justices’ rare move Tuesday to temporarily freeze the Obama administration’s carbon emissions initiative while it is litigated in the courts.

Non-Sequiturs: 02.10.16

Nope, Black History month still isn’t racist. Here’s an explanation one more time for those that need it. [Popehat] Hey! Now there is science to back up what we all knew: Voter ID laws suppress the vote. [Talking Points Memo] Not everyone gets access to the same justice: non-prosecution agreements are reserved […]

What Was The Point?

Well, the tallest oompa loompa just won New Hampshire; it’s a crazy world. The Trump naysayers keep waiting for the man to implode, but he seems more teflon than Gotti. Even calling other candidates vulgar terms doesn’t stop him. Almost seems like he’s taking on the role from “Office Space.” Just do or say whatever, […]

Don’t Just Sit There — Stand, move and stretch!

Heart disease. Blood clots. Osteoarthritis. Spinal damage. Whiplash cervical droop. Increase in uterine cancer. Increase in colon cancer. Diabetes. Decreased life expectancy. What can cause or contribute to all these horrible ailments? Some doctors and researchers believe that sitting too much can lead to these problems. Show More Summary

11 Lessons From LegalTech 2016

I go year after year and I am sure I will be back next year.

Facebook Prude-Patrol Nixes Another Work Of Art By A Feminist, Entirely Proving Her Decades-Old Point

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We're still fresh on the heels of Facebook's overly broad and prudish decency rules resulting in the takedown of a bronze piece of artwork in the form of a mermaid statue that features bare metal breasts. Womens' breasts, as we all know,...Show More Summary

#OscarsSoWhite: Inside Info From An Entertainment Law Expert

Until there are real changes, the Oscar will continue to go to… the white actor.

The People V. O.J. Simpson: Episode 2 REVIEW

In The People V O.J., understand that O.J. was tried as a famous person, not a black person.

When Reaching out for a Lawyer, Consumers Go for the Phone

Legal consumers might search for a lawyer online. They might check out your attorney website or browse through your blog. But when it comes time to get in touch, almost all legal consumers do so via phone.......

Whistleblower Suit Features Mermaids, Pirates, but No Causation

The Third Circuit dealt the final blow to a long-running whistleblower suit last Tuesday. Jeffrey Wiest, a former accounts payable manager for Tyco Electronics, alleged that he had been illegally terminated in retaliation for raising concerns over expenditures on lavish parties featuring mermaid greeters, pirate performers and fire dancers.......

Super Bowl Referee Is Law Partner, Internet Heartthrob

The real winner of Super Bowl 50 wasn't the Denver Broncos. It wasn't even Beyonce. It was referee Cletus "Clete" Blakeman, at least according to the Internet. And no, the web wasn't impressed with Blakeman's sometimes controversial calls; it was more about his looks. Blakeman's presence on the field......

U. of Arizona Opens LLB Program in China

A dry market has been afflicting the American law school model for years now. It's no secret that even under the most rosy of characterizations, the domestic JD is going though a bit of a bear market. At least one of America's law schools has decided to take a more......

Maryland's Assault Weapon Ban Deserves Strict Scrutiny, 4th Cir. Rules

In a 2-1 decision, the Fourth Circuit vacated a ruling by a Maryland district court which held that the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 was constitutional under the erroneously applied standard of intermediate review. The case, Kolbe v. Hogan, has been sent back to the lower district court for another round......

Judges, Court Staff Clash Over Future of California Court System

A public meeting on the future of the California courts recently exposed "a fundamental philosophical difference over how California courts should operate," the Courthouse News Service reports. On one side are the members of the Commission on the Future of California's Court System, an almost-all-judge panel tasked with examining......

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