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Prosecutors Say Subpoenas Will Be Used For Serious Crimes Against Children, Use Them For Everything Else

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's always been true: if you give a government agency increased powers for a limited purpose, the limitations and the purpose will soon be shrugged off. The ACLU of Massachusetts is trying to get some prosecutorial power reeled back...Show More Summary

In-House’s Long Kiss Goodbye

Do in-house lawyers have more leeway to make mistakes than their Biglaw peers -- and if so, is this a good thing?

Quinn Emanuel Hit With Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The allegations are shocking, but the firm states that they are "utterly without merit."

How PTO Submissions Can Waive Privilege to Future Communications – Even for Trial Counsel and Subsequent Patent Owners

In re OptiumInsight (Federal Circuit 2017) The Federal Circuit has denied OptumInsight’s petition for writ of mandamus on privilege waiver. In the underlying litigation, OptumInsight has sued Cave Consulting for infringement of several healthcare analytics patents. Show More Summary

Canada’s National IP Strategy: My Submission on Awareness, Administration and Innovation

The Canadian government announced plans for the development of a national IP strategy in this year's budget. The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development held a series of roundtables late last month and invited public comment. Show More Summary

Time to Raise Your Billable Rate?

When is it time to raise your billable rate? When you want to buy a new BMW. Just kidding, sort of. Deciding when to raise your rates depends on a number of factors, but always involves calculating the bottom line: how much do you need to stay in business?......

Professional Development Behind Company Lines

Professional development is a major key to success, not just for lawyers, but also across many industries. Many firms and organizations happily pay for professional development that is related to your position, or to help you advance within the firm or company. Some will even provide employees with their own......

A Preview of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Movie

When it comes to movies based on real life, viewers must allow for some literary license. Even in the upcoming biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the justice would grant Felicity Jones some flexibility in portraying her. After all, the actress is English. One thing is certain, however. The movie,......

Court Splits on Government Prayer Debate

You may govern or you may pray, but not both at the same time. That's about as much direction as the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals gave on government prayers in Rowan County, North Carolina. In Voelker v. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the appeals......

Supposed Stickler For Transparency, FCC Boss Won't Release Net Neutrality Complaints

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When Ajit Pai was first appointed as the new head of the FCC, he promised to be a stickler for transparency at the agency. And in one way he followed through, by making it standard operating procedure to now publish FCC orders a month...Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 07.20.17

Buyer's remorse: Trump says he wouldn't have hired Jeff Sessions if he'd known Sessions would follow the law. [New York Times] Your grandma is now officially part of your close family according to the Supreme Court. [SCOTUSBlog] A fitting end to Trump's "Made in America Week"? Star of "O.J.: Made In America" may get out today. Show More Summary

Link To Interesting Article on the Evolution of Self-Driven Vehicles To Date

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

The advent of self-driven vehicles appears to be upon as as the technology continues to be developed.Here is a LINK to an interesting article written by noted liability expert Steven M. Schorr and Joseph R. Fowler entitled "Self-Driven: The Path Towards Autonomous Vehicles." In this article, Mr. Show More Summary

Supreme Court could revisit forced advocacy dues for public workers

A 1977 Supreme Court decision, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, upheld the constitutionality of forcing public employees to fund (through union dues) advocacy they might not like. More recently the Court has questioned the reasoning of Abood in Knox v. Show More Summary

DOJ Boss Promises The Return Of Everything That Didn't Work During The Last 40 Years Of Drug Warring

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn't much interested in the "justice" side of the Department of Justice. Instead, it appears he'd like to throw on his letterman's jacket and head back to his glory days as a hard-nosed, 1980s-vintage drug warrior. Show More Summary

Sessions to expand civil asset forfeiture

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced an expansion of the scope of civil asset forfeiture, under which government can seize and keep assets on suspicion without a criminal conviction or even the filing of a criminal charge. Reforms...Show More Summary

Oregon seizes kids because parents have low IQ

The parents have not been accused of abuse or neglect. “Both have standard high school diplomas.” But the state of Oregon considers their IQs to be too low and has seized their two sons in what has turned into a nearly four-year battle...Show More Summary

Connecticut Latest State To Add A Conviction Requirement To Its Forfeiture Laws

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Civil asset forfeiture continues to be curbed by legislatures around the country. Belatedly realizing the harm done to citizens by opportunistic law enforcement, lawmakers have been engaged in serious reform efforts over the past few years. Show More Summary

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