A First-Amendment-hostile concept pioneered in Europe, the “right to be forgotten,” rears its head in the New York assembly, though it looks unlikely to go anywhere soon [Eugene Volokh, Scott Shackford/Reason, earlier] Tags: First Amendment,...Show More Summary
“Utah poised to outlaw mentioning people’s names online with intent to ‘abuse’ or ‘harass’” [Eugene Volokh] In win for Paul Alan Levy, Eugene Volokh & co., filer of fake R.I. lawsuits aimed at search engine takedown agrees to settleShow More Summary
The proposed legislation is modeled on the European Union's "right to be forgotten" rules mandating removal of certain material from search engines upon request from the subject of that material. Eugene Volokh argues that, regardless of the legal principles involved in Europe, this law would be unconstitutional in the U.S.
Like many bad laws, I'm sure this bill lying on the Utah governor's desk has its heart in the right place. But, like many bad laws, its head is completely up its ass. Eugene Volokh reports there's Yet Another Cyberbullying Bill on the threshold of passage. Show More Summary
Eugene Volokh responds to the recent Florida Supreme Court decision on open carry. He first cites part of the ruling. Before the Fourth District, the State argued that by restricting how firearms are carried in public so that they may only be carried in a concealed manner under a shall-issue licensing scheme, deranged persons and criminals […]
FLASHBACK: InstaPundit Is Not A News Service. EARLIER I MENTIONED THIS POST by Eugene Volokh, on other people’s insistence that he blog topics of interest to them, regardless of whether they were of interest to him. (Pejman also weighs in on this, offering to blog anything the demanders demand, for an adequate fee: “Kids, I’m […]
CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: 7th Circuit strikes ban on target practice by minors, and near-ban on firing ranges. More here from Eugene Volokh.
EUGENE VOLOKH ON BUZZFEED: When ‘there is serious reason to doubt’ rumors and allegations, is it libelous to publish them?
"[I]s the publisher free to publish them on the theory that it is accurately reporting what has been alleged, even if the allegations are not accurate?"Eugene Volokh does the legal analysis. It's complicated. You have to understand the...Show More Summary
EUGENE VOLOKH: Donald Trump 1, New York Times “fact-checking” 0.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Eugene Volokh: Silencing professor speech to prevent students from being offended — or from fearing discrimination by the professors. As always, of course, the concern about offense or discrimination is transparently one-sided.
Following up on Saturday's post, Volokh: The IRS May Not Deny Tax Exemptions To ‘Hate Groups’: Sam Brunson (Loyola-Chicago), More on Hate Groups and Tax Exemptions: Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Eugene Volokh asserts that the IRS cannot constitutionally deny tax exemptions to “hate groups” based on their views, abhorrent...
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Washington Post (The Volokh Conspiracy): No, The IRS May Not Deny Tax Exemptions on the Grounds That a Group Is a Supposed ‘Hate Group’, by Eugene Volokh (UCLA): [T]he IRS can’t deny tax exemptions on the grounds that a group “hold[s] views...
I agree with the bottom line of Eugene Volokh’s analysis here: Shurtz’s foolish decision to wear blackface at a party to which her students were invited is not legal harassment and, as an isolated incident, should not be a firable offense. (Although I remain unclear what exactly the sanction is: is it just a temporary […]
EUGENE VOLOKH: At the University of Oregon, no more free speech for professors on subjects such as race, religion, sexual orientation. Again, contrary to the university’s explicit assurances in its free speech policy, the university report shows that “[t]he belief that an opinion is pernicious, false, and in any other way despicable, detestable, offensive or […]
Following up on my previous posts (links below); Washington Post (The Volokh Conspiracy): At the University of Oregon, No More Free Speech for Professors on Subjects Such as Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation, by Eugene Volokh (UCLA): Last week, the University of Oregon made clear to its faculty: If you say...
Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy points to a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision [PDF] that lets trademark holders know that just because some use of their trademark is less than complimentary doesn't mean the use "tarnishes"...Show More Summary
At last month’s Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, Eugene Volokh debated Deborah Rhode on whether hostile environment law on and off campus often violates the First Amendment. The discussion also got onto Model Rule 8.4Show More Summary
Colleagues demand Oregon law prof resign over Hallowe’en costume [Paul Caron/TaxProf; Eugene Volokh (“We have reached a bad and dangerous place in American life, and in American university life in particular.”)] Title IX and expression:...Show More Summary
Eugene Volokh: Veteran suffering from PTSD calls suicide hotline, admits to gun ownership, but repeatedly explains he doesn’t have a weapon at the ready. His interlocutor calls D.C. police anyway, who send in SWAT. He surrenders. Police search his home, see nothing concerning in plain view. Hours later, they re-enter, rip the place apart — […]