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BDS and Terrorism Sympathies as Fair Comment

When the Ontario’s Libel and Slander Act was amended in 2015 under the Protection of Public Participation Act, the explicit purpose of implementing the 2010 recommendations by the Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel. Since that time, the interpretation of these provisions continue to evolve. This past week, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Lascaris v. B’nai Brith Canada, overturning the decision of the Superior Court of Justice that had granted the anti-SLAPP motion under s. 137.1(3) o...
Tags: Law, Israel, Canada, Middle East, Palestine, Court of appeal, Smith, Grant, Ontario, Bds, Levant, Superior Court, Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, St Germain, Awan


Everybody’s Lying About The Link Between Gun Ownership And Homicide

B J Campbell: There is no clear correlation whatsoever between gun ownership rate and gun homicide rate. Not within the USA. Not regionally. Not internationally. Not among peaceful societies. Not among violent ones. Gun ownership doesn’t make us safer. It doesn’t make us less safe. A bivariate correlation simply isn’t there. It is blatantly not-there. It is so tremendously not-there that the “not-there-ness” of it alone should be a huge news story. A correlation coefficient (R^2) of < 0.5%.  Wo...
Tags: Politics, Usa, Military, Gun Control, J Campbell, Mother Jones Vox


Universal Background Checks Become The Law In New Mexico

News from New Mexico: Extensive advocacy work by proponents of stronger gun regulations in New Mexico has led to a new law that will require federal background checks for most gun purchases, including online sales and at gun shows. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who took office in January, signed Senate Bill 8 into law on Friday. It will take effect in July. “We all have a constitutional right to be safe in our homes and communities,” Lujan Grisham said, according to the Albuquerque Jo...
Tags: Military, Gun Control, Associated Press, New Mexico, Santa Fe, AG, Hector Balderas, Senate Bill, Albuquerque Journal, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Lujan Grisham, New Mexico Gun Laws


Gun Dealers Who Fail To Comply With New Firearms Law Will Face ‘Legal Jeopardy,’ Inslee, Ferguson Warn

News from Washington: For the third time in the last month, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has sent a letter to the mostly rural areas in Washington where county sheriffs have threatened to not enforce the new, stricter gun laws that state voters approved last year. On Thursday, Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter to 262 gun dealers in counties where sheriffs have said they won’t enforce the new law, known as Initiative 1639. The letters warned that the dealers are still respons...
Tags: Washington, Military, Gun Control, Ferguson, New Mexico, Inslee, Jay Inslee, Bob Ferguson, AG, Washington State Gun Laws, Inslee Ferguson Warn


In Memoriam: William C. Powers, Jr. (1946-2019)

I was shocked to learn of the passing of Bill Powers, former Dean of the Law School and President of the University of Texas at... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Law School, University of Texas, Brian Leiter, Bill Powers, William C Powers Jr


At the Brown Café...

... you can talk brown talk or whatever you like.The image comes from the 1869 book, "The Slang Dictionary: Or, the Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and 'Fast' Expressions of High and Low Society." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Slang, Ann Althouse, Brownness, Brown Café


"Isn’t it a pity that you need to analyze cases? You can’t just go around with your mouth open waiting for a spoon that will feed it to you in one big, luscious bite!"

"Students should sue. The teachers should just give you the law," said Professor Robert S. Summers, transcribed by my son John when he was a student at Cornell Law School, quite a few years ago and posted to John's blog when Professor Summers retired in 2010. John wrote, "Summers took the Socratic method to the extreme. He rarely made any direct statement about anything, almost always preferring to ask questions instead." Now, we see, "Robert Summers, pre-eminent legal scholar, dies at 85" (Corn...
Tags: Law, Oregon, John, Law School, Cornell, Rwanda, Summers, Russia Egypt, Cornell Law School, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, Robert Summers, Cornell Chronicle, Socratic Method, Robert S Summers, New Canaan Connecticut Summers Cornell


Rounding up some of many thoughts about Paul Manafort's (first) federal sentence

Lots of folks have had lots and lots to say about Paul Manafort's first federal sentence of 47 months in prison (basics here).  I am disinclined to make any definitive assessment of whether I think justice has been served in this matter until we see the results of his first federal sentencing later this week.  In the meantime, however, I am happy to share a sampling of just some of the copious commentary from notable folks about Manafort's fate to date: From (former federal prosecutor) Frank Bow...
Tags: Law, US, Nancy Gertner, Ken White, Douglas A Berman, Frank Bowman, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Renato Mariotti, Rachel Marshall, Elie Honig, David Oscar Markus Four


On the 25th Anniversary of Lead Based Paint Disclosures

Use of lead is not new. Lead was one of the first metals discovered by man and was in use before 3000 BC. Beginning in 753 BC, the ancient Romans used lead for making water pipes and kitchen cookware. Today many believe lead poisoning was the culprit for the infertility of Julius Caesar (.. who did manage to father one child despite that he enjoyed women as much as he enjoyed wine) and his successor, Caesar Augustus (.. who was sterile), and was a contributing factor in the fall of the Roman emp...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Environmental, Epa, Federal, Julius Caesar, Stuart Kaplow, Caesar Augustus, Lead paint, Kaplow, Disclosure of Lead, Lead Based Paint, Sample Landlord


The Phantom Post

RyanMinkoff [CC] About a year ago something happened to me professionally that really set me off.  I fired up my laptop and spewed all of the venom in my heart into a ranty draft blog post.  Before posting it, I sent it to a few people for review.  They all agreed I’d been wronged.  Several encouraged me to publish immediately, a few suggested I should give it some more thought. I was going through some personal difficulties at the time and I feared that some of my vehemence may have been mis...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Linkedin, Plagiarism, Community, Ron Friedmann, Zena Applebaum, Ryan McClead, Toby Brown, Geeks Toby Greg Casey, Angry Rant


Non Sequiturs: 03.10.19

* "I Thought I Could Be A Christian And Constitutionalist At Yale Law School. I Was Wrong." So writes Aaron Haviland, a 3L at Yale Law School. [The Federalist] * But if you can survive YLS as a conservative, you might thrive in the world beyond -- just ask Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who's now a powerful voice on judicial nominations. [Bench Memos / National Review] * How often does the Notorious RBG see a brief citing the Notorious BIG? Check out this fun read, filed in the Supreme Court on ...
Tags: Twitter, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Washington Post, Georgia, Rap, Sentencing, Free Speech, Fastcase, Alex Spiro, Yale Law School, TransUnion, Nancy Gertner, Stephen Cooper, Non-Sequiturs


Mental Health within Athletics: The Invisible Competition

Imagine a common scenario, two athletes on the bench. One struggling with depression, and one recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. Which seems more severe? Glaring social stigma points to the athlete with the physical injury. But mental illnesses are just as detrimental to performance. After battling depression my freshman year, and rupturing my Achilles during my sophomore year, I can declare firsthand that both setbacks are equally valid. Committing to Towson Univers...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Society, Ncaa, Mental Illness, Stigma, Publishers, Athletes, Mental Health And Wellness, Drexel University, Towson, Towson University, Kean University, Mental Health America, Collegiate Athletes, Physical Injury


Murder-Suiside

My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: ohio can I file a wrongful death against his estate as he murdered her.,my mother then took his own life!
Tags: Law, Accidents and Injuries


Teenage knife crime calls for cohesion and education | Letters

Readers discuss solutions to knife crime, the importance of schools and the benefits of youth servicesGary Younge’s questioning whether the solution to teenage knife crime lies in increasing police numbers is welcome recognition of the more complex reasons for the actions causing it (Teenagers are being killed. More policing is not the answer, Journal, 7 March).Disadvantaged young people have suffered a succession of austerity measures dating back to 2010, including decimated youth services, red...
Tags: Politics, Crime, Education, Children, Police, Austerity, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Secondary Schools, Ofsted, Further Education, Knife crime, Younge


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Corey M. Horowitz: Network-1 Receives New Patent from U.S. Patent Office (Source: Bakersfield.com) Barbara Shecter: Huawei to Boost Research and Development Spending in Canada, Even if Government Blocks its 5G Tech (Source: Financial Post) Sebastian Blanco: NIO Aiming to Innovate with Battery Cooling, Patent Applications Suggest (Source: Green Car Reports) Adi Robertson: Facebook Filed a Patent Application for a ‘Civil’ Political Debate Forum (Source: The Ve...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Canada, Huawei, Forbes, Daniel, Bakersfield, Financial Post, Adi Robertson, Daniel Nazer, Sebastian Blanco, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, USPTO Commentary and Journal Articles, Corey M Horowitz, Barbara Shecter


If I Convert to a Chapter 13 from a 7

My question involves bankruptcy in the state of: ga right now I am in the middle of a chapter 7, went to my first 341, it was continued for a later date due to she wanted more paperwork, that she already had, but whatever. we have to do an amendment for the means test. so I am pretty sure that will pop me to a 13. fine. but all my debt is credit cards and 1 personal loan. I am on disability. my NON-Filing spouse does work. we have no debts together. the debts are all mine. so, can they make HIM...
Tags: Law, Bankruptcy Law


This week at the court

On Friday, the justices meet next for their March 15 conference; John Elwood’s Relist Watch compiles the petitions that likely were relisted for this conference. The calendar for the March sitting, which will begin on March 18, is available on the Supreme Court website. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, This Week at the Court, John Elwood


"If even a successful businessman and entrepreneur like Governor Hickenlooper can't openly support capitalism in the Democratic primary, it's clear this is Senator Sanders' party now."

Said Howard Schultz (the Starbucks founder who may run for President as an independent), which was quoted on "Face the Nation" this morning, in a question to John Hickenlooper, whose answer was so dispiriting that I turned off the TV in the middle. Transcript:GOV. HICKENLOOPER: I've been-- the point I was making is that we defined people by these labels that- that often have all kinds of associations and baggage with them in that sense. Do I believe in small business? Of course I believe in smal...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, Capitalism, Howard Schultz, Starbucks, Donald Trump, Sanders, Nafta, Democratic Party, John Hickenlooper, Hickenlooper, Margaret Brennan, Face the Nation, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign


Research on medical conditions of pregnancy

“The scientists and doctors would get excited….But as soon as their lawyers heard ‘sick, pregnant women,’ nothing happened,” Moore said. “There’s such a sense of liability.” [Carolyn Y. Johnson, Washington Post/Bartlesville, Okla., Examiner-Enterprise] Tags: pharmaceuticals, product liability, safety
Tags: Safety, Law, Uncategorized, Pharmaceuticals, Product Liability, Moore, Carolyn Y Johnson


Rent and Utilities: Rent Increase in New Jersey 16.67%

My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: New Jersey I live on 2nd floor, 2 family private home where landlord does not reside in Hudson County, 07029 zip, NJ.My current rent is 1200/mo. I just received a rent increase to $1400/mo. I pay my rent usually before date due and have never been late. No problem with landlord whatsoever. This is an increase of 16.67%. Is this legal? I live in Harrison, NJ. Thanks in advance for your help!
Tags: Law, New Jersey, Landlord-Tenant Law, Harrison, Hudson County


"The meh is, like, worshipped now. For what?" — demands Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

[email protected]’s critique of “moderates” is spot on.Moderates are more naive than the visionaries if they think tinkering around the edges will solve systemic problems in our democracy and economy.It’s time to rewrite the social contract, not manage decline.pic.twitter.com/3Xhd3R1WYK— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) March 9, 2019 By chance, I watched that right after "Scooby-Doo! Out of Context"...pic.twitter.com/YgE6E9jBci— Scooby-Doo! Out of Context (@ScoobyDooOoC) March 10, 2019 ... so it felt all ...
Tags: Law, Cartoons, Aoc, Ann Althouse, I'm for Boring, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio-Cortez


Trump Wants $8.6 Billion for Worthless Wall

Donald Trump is asking Congress to pass his budget bill includes $8.6 billion to help pay for his worthless wall. I do not want a wall. We do not need a wall. Mexico will not pay for a wall. America will not see a dime from El Chapo. Instead,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Congress, Mexico, America, Donald Trump, Trump Wants


"'All of Venezuela, to Caracas!' Guaido yelled while standing atop a bridge.... 'The days ahead will be difficult, thanks to the regime.'"

From "Venezuela's Guaido calls for massive protest as blackout drags on" (Reuters).Addressing supporters in southwestern Caracas, Guaido - the leader of the opposition-run congress who invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January - said Maduro's government "has no way to solve the electricity crisis that they themselves created."..."We're all upset that we've got no power, no phone service, no water and they want to block us," said Rossmary Nascimiento, 45, a nutritionist ...
Tags: Law, Venezuela, Caracas, Maduro, Socialist Party, Ann Althouse, Guaido, Caracas Guaido, Reuters Addressing, Rossmary Nascimiento


"This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines..."

Said Jussie Smollett's lawyer, quoted in "Jussie Smollett lawyer calls 16-count indictment 'vindictive'" (The Hill).The most-up-voted comment over there is:"This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines"That's exactly what your client did. Now lay in that bed. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Jussie Smollett, Ann Althouse, Race And Law


Attorney Consents To Disbarment After Solicitation Of Murder Conviction

An Illinois attorney has agreed to disbarment by consent. From the Administrator's motion On December 2, 2010, a Will County grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Respondent in the matter entitled, People of the State of Illinois v. Robert... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Illinois, Robert, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


That chord.

Yeah, that was the Rickenbacker 12-string @GeorgeHarrison used in "A Hard Day's Night." Look at the chord he's playing. It's from the instrumental break of "Bells of Rhymney." :-) https://t.co/e9Z3w2hpAq — Roger McGuinn (@RogerMcGuinn) March 9, 2019 Wikipedia says: G7add9sus4, G7sus4, or G11sus4 and others below.Part of the chord is an Fadd9 It is F with a G on top. https://t.co/ecpxEHtSJb — Roger McGuinn (@RogerMcGuinn) March 9, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, George Harrison, Beatles, The Byrds, Roger McGuinn, Ann Althouse


Paper tigers: when scientists hoax publishers

Stephen Fleischfresser explores the murky, but sometimes funny world of prank journal papers.
Tags: Society, Stephen Fleischfresser


Did you survive the saving of daylight?

I'm fine with the coming and going of Daylight Saving Time. I only have to survive all the commentary — every damned time DST comes or goes — about how we shouldn't do Daylight Saving Time. Boring! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Time, DST, Ann Althouse, I'm


Mixing up the clichés at the NYT: "Will Trump Trade the Future for a Hill of Beans?"

That's the headline for a piece by The Editorial Board, with the subtitle "The outlines of a potential trade deal with China suggest President Trump once again is prioritizing superficial gains over America’s long-term economic interests."The bean cliché never comes up in the text of the column, though actual beans — soybeans — are part of the discussion, which created the temptation to use a bean cliché in the headline.His decision to go it alone, rather than making common cause with longstandi...
Tags: Law, China, Fiction, America, Metaphor, United States, Commerce, Nyt, Jack, Humphrey Bogart, Trump, Hotten, Editorial Board, Ann Althouse, Trump and foreign policy, Trump economics


QJE: Investments in education continue to provide economic benefits two and half centuries later (Michael Simkovic)

A recent article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics (the leading journal in economics) finds evidence that early investments in education in the 1600s through... [Author: Michael Simkovic]
Tags: Law, Michael Simkovic



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