Argument analysis: Justices appear divided in debate over anti-fraud securities rules

The dividing lines were apparent at Monday’s argument in Lorenzo v Securities and Exchange Commission, as several justices seemed to think it self-evident that the conduct of petitioner Francis Lorenzo amounted to a fraudulent scheme under the federal securities laws, while at least one justice, Neil Gorsuch, appeared ready to rule for Lorenzo. To understand the debate, some background is useful. This case follows from the Supreme Court’s 2011 decision in Janus Capital v First Derivative Traders...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, SEC, Janus Capital, Securities And Exchange Commission, Sonia Sotomayor, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan, Lorenzo, Janus, Robert Heim, Gorsuch, Merits Cases, Heim

More Business Pressure On Firearms Manufacturers

Not unexpected news from Florida: Florida has joined a coalition of major pension funds and investment companies that have adopted a set of principles aimed at encouraging gun manufacturers and retailers to act responsibly. Ash Williams, executive director of the State Board of Administration, which oversees the state pension fund and other investments, said the agreement carries no mandates for gun-related companies. But he said it is designed to raise awareness of issues that could impact the ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Military, Williams, Gun Control, Ash Williams, More Business Pressure On Firearms Manufacturers, State Board of Administration, Responsible Civilian Firearms Industry

Agency Bad Guidance Practices at the Patent and Trademark Office: a Billion Dollar Problem

David Boundy’s writing often focuses on the intersection between administrative procedure and Patent Office operations. In his new Patently-O Law Journal essay, Boundy walks through several ways that the USPTO’s procedural failures are creating difficulties for patent applicants. Example 1: The secret 2007 restriction memo Example 2: Unpublished rules for ADS submission of bibliographic data Example 3: MPEP § 2144.03(C) misstatement of the law of intra-agency Official Notice Example 4: MPEP § 1...
Tags: Google, Law, Uspto, Dc, Patent, Journal, Alice, Federal Trade Commission, Hyatt, Donald, PAUL, Mayo, Duffy, PTO, Patent Office, Trademark Office

Doing Document Review Right [Sponsored]

You MUST go with outside contractors in order to achieve the cost savings necessary in most cases.
Tags: Asia, Law, Sponsored Post, Sponsored Content, Document Review, Kinney Recruiting, Asia Chronicles, Brett Evans, Counsel Unlimited

Parking Violations: Private Business Not Enforcing Handicap Parking Law

My question involves a question about displaying a handicapped permit in the State of: Vermont I went to visit my Father who lives in a memory care unit of an assisted living home. There are 2 parking spots designated as handicap spots for residents only. There is one designated handicap spot which does not say resident only. When I was there yesterday all three spots were taken but only one of the three cars was displaying a handicapped placard/permit. I went inside and noted to the concierge ...
Tags: Law, Vermont, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets

Campaign underway to grow LexBlog’s worldwide legal blogging network

A campaign got underway today to grow LexBlog’s worldwide legal blogging network. This morning, two members of LexBlog’s publishing team began reaching out to legal bloggers in the United States whose blogs are not already in LexBlog’s legal news and commentary network.  LexBlog announced a few months ago the launch of a first of its kind legal news and commentary network delivering timely and targeted articles from legal bloggers, worldwide. At no cost, legal bloggers could have their b...
Tags: Law, Canada, United States, Lexblog Community

Campaign underway to grow Worldwide Legal Blogging Community

A campaign got underway today to grow LexBlog’s Worldwide Legal Blogging Community.  This morning, two members of LexBlog’s publishing team began reaching out to legal bloggers in the United States whose blogs are not already in LexBlog’s legal news and commentary network.  LexBlog announced a few months ago the launch of a first of its kind legal news and commentary network delivering timely and targeted articles from legal bloggers, worldwide. At no cost, legal bloggers could have thei...
Tags: Law, Canada, United States, Lexblog Community, Worldwide Legal Blogging Community

Custodial is Again Interfering with Phonecalls. Filing a Motion for Failure to Obey

My question involves a child custody case from the State of: NYC Custodial is again interfering with phone conversation with my child. We spent two months talking via whatsapp now he calling me from a new number and she says to use skype if I want to see him via camera and I dont use that. Plus, this new number seems to Be from an app and I can barely listen to my child. Custodial said she wont allow him to use her number because my Child saw on my phone pictures of her little child and ste...
Tags: Law, Child Custody, Support And Visitation, Custodial, NYC Custodial

At the Monday Night Café...

... you can talk about whatever you like. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse

"Researchers have identified 14 behaviors that qualify as financial infidelity."

"They include lying about a purchase (unless it’s a gift for the person you’re lying to, of course), pretending a new purchase is an old one, hiding purchases/receipts, taking money out of savings without telling a spouse, hiding credit card statements, concealing debts, opening a secret credit card, and filing for bankruptcy without telling a spouse (which seems like it would be very difficult to pull off, but has apparently been done). You won’t find many people willing to admit to having done...
Tags: Law, Relationships, Economics, Ann Althouse, National Endowment of Financial Education

Now, what do you do?

Me so hungry from r/WatchPeopleDieInside One answer at Reddit is, "Go to the counter and give them the handle and then order, 'I believe this is yours.'" [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Reddit, Viral Video, Ann Althouse

" Why are Victorian houses so creepy?"/"As a child, I'd internalized this enough that..."

"... I thought 'haunted' was the name of the architectural style. I only found out I was wrong when I described my aunt's house as haunted and people were confused" (Metafilter). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Architecture, Ann Althouse, Misreadings

On The Roosting Of Chickens — See Also

LAW PROFESSOR IN TITLE IX INVESTIGATION: Details are still emerging as to the nature of the investigation into IU Law professor Ian Samuel. WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED FROM BONUSES SO FAR: What's taking so long? PORN PROBLEMS: Biglaw firm gets benchslapped. I AM HERE FOR THIS 1L'S TATTOO: I mean, she even got a mouse cursor tatted on. OH YEAH, TRUMP IS OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE AGAIN: This time it's witness tampering.
Tags: Law, Ian Samuel, See Also

Determination of Fault: Using Middle Lane As a Passing Lane

My question involves a traffic collision from Dallas Texas: I was driving on a road with 2 lanes on each side and a middle turn lane. Traffic was stopped for about 1/4 mile of where I needed to turn left. Business on both sides of the road. I decided to use the middle lane to drive past the traffic and to the intersection. I was going about 40 miles an hour for about 300 feet and then hit someone pulling out from a business to turn left. I was cited for using the middle lane as a passing...
Tags: Law, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Dallas Texas

T14 Law School Groups Taking A Stand Against Biglaw Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

And they're putting their money where their mouth is..
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Dla Piper, Sidley Austin, Mandatory Arbitration Agreements, Pipeline Parity Project

"I would go back to DNA. If you grow up in a household where people are refusing to take responsibility for their lives, chances are you’re gonna refuse."

"You’re gonna see yourself as a professional victim. And once that’s locked into you, it takes a lotta self-awareness, a lotta work to come out from under it. I’m shocked at the number of people that I know who fall into this category. And it has nothing to do with whether you’re successful or not. It’s just your baggage. So that’s important to communicate to your children: They have to take responsibility for who they are, their actions, what they do. They’ve got to own their lives."Said Bruce ...
Tags: Law, Fathers, Springsteen, Esquire, Ann Althouse, Trump and pop culture, Said Bruce Springsteen

"Facing the prospect of sharing political power for the first time in almost a decade, Republicans in Wisconsin are racing to set new limits on the authority of Democrats..."

"... who will soon take over the offices of governor and attorney general. It was the latest effort by leaders of a state to try to shift authority in the face of an election loss, and it set off furious protests from Wisconsin Democrats, who said they would not stand for the moves and called on residents to raise loud objections. Republicans called lawmakers to the state capital this week to weigh a sweeping plan that could diminish the power of Tony Evers, the Democrat who beat Gov. Scott Walk...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Democratic, Capitol, State Capitol, Evers, Tony Evers, Ann Althouse, Wisconsin protests, Capital Times

Missing The Forest For The Trees: Some Considerations For Your Trademark Protection Strategy

Trademark protection requires a trademark owner to weigh a number of competing factors, and developing and executing a trademark protection strategy should always involve a qualified trademark practitioner from the get-go.
Tags: Law, Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Tom Kulik

Shopping for a wallet?

I'm looking at the Buffway Slim Minimalist Front Pocket RFID Blocking Leather Wallets for Men & Women. Lots of colors. Amazingly cheap. But maybe you're wondering "Does it have to be used as a front pocket wallet?" That question is asked and answered in the Q&A section at the link:I don't believe there is any law requiring you to keep this in your front pocket, but I can't speak to the legislation in your town, county, state, or country. I was once arrested for wearing socks on my hands, but aft...
Tags: Shopping, Law, Ann Althouse

"For Trump, Cohen Plea Deal's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Exoneration."

Writes Paul Sperry at Real Clear Investigations.On page 7 of the statement of criminal information filed against Cohen, which is separate from but related to the plea agreement, Mueller mentions that Cohen tried to email Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office on Jan. 14, 2016, and again on Jan. 16, 2016. But Mueller, who personally signed the document, omitted the fact that Cohen did not have any direct points of contact at the Kremlin, and had resorted to sending the emails to a general pres...
Tags: Europe, Law, Vladimir Putin, Senate, Prague, Kremlin, Clinton, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Steele, Mueller, Paul Sperry, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Trump Cohen Plea Deal

‘The Fastest-Growing Law Firm In The History Of The World’

Good thing the founder isn't prone to hyperbole.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day, Small Law Firms

Attorney Absolved Of Armenian Genocide Settlement Funds Misappropriation

Dismissal of ethics charges has been ordered by the California State Bar Court Review Department In this contested proceeding, Rita Mahdessian was charged, inter alia, with misappropriating in excess of $385,000 in cy près settlement funds awarded to a California... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, California, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, California State Bar Court Review Department, Rita Mahdessian

A Client Who Represents Himself… Knows His Case Best

When it comes to facts, clients can't be topped. Law on the other hand...
Tags: Crime, Law

1L Gets Statutory Tattoo And It’s Awesome

And if they repeal the law, the tattoo will still be awesome.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Section 230, Santa Clara Law School

District Court Patent Litigation Way Down

There are several ways to measure the relative amount of patent litigation — but the easiest way is to look at new case filings.  The chart below comes from LexMachina data and includes a forecast for the remainder of 2018.  Note the continued slide in patent infringement complaints — down about 45% from 2013.
Tags: Law, Patent, District Court Patent Litigation Way Down

Biglaw Firm Gets Benchslapped Over Controversial Representation Of Porn Company

The judge thinks their client is treating the court as an ATM.
Tags: Technology, Law, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Fox Rothschild, Royce Lamberth, Strike 3, Lincoln Bandlow

LawNext Episode 21: Blockchain, Smart Contracts and the Future of Law, with Casey Kuhlman of Monax

Is the traditional form of contracting broken? Are static legal agreements irrelevant in a fast-moving global economy? Casey Kuhlman, CEO of the blockchain and smart contracts company Monax, believes we’re on the brink of a paradigm shift in how we form and execute legal agreements. Kuhlman and Monax are the principal forces behind the launch of the Agreements Network, which he describes as the “legal layer for a networked world.” The Agreements Network provides a base blockchain layer and ot...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Law, Scotland, Africa, Somaliland, Kuhlman, LawNext, Monax, Casey Kuhlman

Renewed talk in Ohio of exempting those with "serious mental illness" from the death penalty

As reported in this local article, headlined "Should those with serious mental illnesses be exempt from the death penalty in Ohio?," there is renewed discussion in the Buckeye State of a task force proposal to carve out an exception to the death penalty for those with "serious mental illness." Here are the details: If Ohio is going to execute convicted murderers, it shouldn't execute individuals with serious mental illnesses, a bipartisan group of lawmakers says. That is the aim of House Bill 8...
Tags: Law, Gop, Ohio, John Kasich, U S Supreme Court, Ohio House, Legislature, Lakewood, Ohio Senate, Richard Cline, Buckeye, Republican Rep, Douglas A Berman, Bill Seitz, Ohio Public Defender, Green Township

Computer Crime: Ex Sent Nude Pictures and Video Almost 10 Years After Breaking Up

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Illinois Sorry if i put this in the wrong section, wasn't quite sure. Basically I have been happily married for over 4 years and have a child. This guy that I dated almost 10 years ago dropped me a line on Facebook. Just basic chat and seemed very nice. We didn't have a bad breakup and thought could accept him as a friend. He lives in Texas and thought just catching up. He asked basic questions and told him I was happily married and have ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Illinois, Criminal Charges

What Have We Learned From Biglaw Bonus Season So Far?

Making sense of the first two weeks of bonus season.
Tags: Money, Law, Bonuses, Biglaw, Associate Compensation, Associate Bonus Watch 2018

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