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Contract Law: Can You Sue for Customer Support Being Slow and Making Mistakes

My question involves business law in the state of: New York Long story short our domain name went down because we had an outdated confirmation email there (our fault, although 0 attempt was made to contact any other way). This should however be a very quick thing to resolve (2-3 days at best), what we faced instead is 3-5 day response times for the past 3 weeks. Support not keeping any track of what previous parties talked about and just repeating the same thing over and over getting nowhere. W...
Tags: Law, Business Law, New York Long


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Stephanie Nebehay: ‘Driving force’ China accounts for nearly half global patent filings: U.N. (Source: Reuters) Matt Yemma: Province Brands of Canada Achieves Major Milestone (Source: Yahoo Finance) Ilkka Kangasniemi: BBS-Bioactive Bone Substitutes Plc: The Patent Application Regarding a Bone Protein Preparation has been Accepted in Canada (Source: Yahoo Finance) Kiri Masters: Amazon’s New ‘Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation’ Process Stops Bogus IP Claims (So...
Tags: Amazon, Law, China, Canada, Uspto, Gizmodo, Wall Street Journal, Patent, Reuters, Stephanie Nebehay, Yahoo Finance, Koenig, Knobbe Martens, Juvan Bonni, Klarquist Sparkman, Matt Yemma


Online Background Checks

My question involves criminal records for the state of: OR Does anyone here have any familiarity with online background check processes? Do they update their records after a conviction has been expunged or sealed, or does this information remain in their systems forever? I know it’s illegal for employers to do this, but they will often look at online background checks of prospective candidates before continuing on with the hiring process.
Tags: Law, Criminal Records


With Little Fanfare, AG William Barr Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program

Via reader Joe, this terrible report. Last Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a memorandum to all U.S. attorneys, law enforcement agencies and top ranking Justice Department officials announcing the imminent implementation of a new “national disruption and early engagement program” aimed at detecting potential mass shooters before they commit any crime. Per the memorandum, Barr has “directed the Department [of Justice] and the FBI to lead an effort to refine our ability to iden...
Tags: Politics, Justice, America, Fbi, Military, Islam, Gun Control, Donald Trump, Doj, Christ, Justice Department, Joe, Samuel, Jeremiah, Barr, DOJ FBI


Psycho Cops

But then, that’s being redundant.  This one comes to you via reader Ned. I don’t know which Shelby County this is (there are two of them).  But whichever Sheriff is to blame, his boys need retraining. This isn’t a “Terry Stop.”  No one to whom he is talking is suspected of a crime.  The gun owner isn’t breaking any laws. And I’ve pointed out before that if a cop issues a command to touch your firearm, that’s no different than him touching your firearm.  Both actions are idiotic.  Nothing anyo...
Tags: Police, Military, Open Carry, Shelby County, Ned, Nathaniel Black


Eviscerating America’s Civil Liberties

Your political elites are experts at that. Do we still need the PATRIOT Act? Did we ever? All laws are certainly a product of their times. But this seems much more acutely true of the USA PATRIOT Act, which was passed in a rush and under duress without due consideration. Particularly in light of the revelations from Edward Snowden – that the government is spying on everything they possibly can – it’s worth asking if there’s any walking back. He points out that the police state apparatus was orig...
Tags: Politics, Usa, America, Military, Edward Snowden, Stasi, George W Bush, Bob Bullard


Supreme Court Sides With Islam

Via David Codrea, this awful decision by the supreme court. The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to review the case of Caleigh Wood, a Christian eleventh-grade public high school student in Maryland who, despite threats of receiving a failing grade, refused to deny her faith by making a written profession of the Muslim conversion prayer known as the Shahada—“Thereis no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” [ … ] The legal question at stake was whether La Plata High School viola...
Tags: Politics, Maryland, Supreme Court, Military, Islam, Christian, Thompson, Don, Roberts, Muhammad, David Codrea, La Plata High School, Shahada, Supreme Court Sides With Islam, supreme court The U S Supreme Court, Caleigh Wood


Heated Wax Case Reveals Bare Motives of Animus

On Dec. 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 217A, proclaiming and adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Despite the supposed importance and significance that conflicts such as WWII should have had in emphasizing the importance of human rights, their role in our society is being undermined in some quarters only 70 years after the creation of this milestone document. Much of the derision around human rights discourse in Canada is focused on populations whe...
Tags: Law, Canada, Hitler, Tribunal, Ontario, Moore, United Nations General Assembly, Bains, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Human Rights Tribunal, Dasilva, Oger, Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, Yaniv, Schrenk 2017 SCC, Jessica Yaniv


Custody and Visitation Issues: Father Requesting Joint Custody to Avoid Paying Child Support

My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Missouri. I have two children ages 7 and 8. I split up with their father right before the youngest turned 1 and the oldest was 2. Their father developed an alcohol and drug problem. I had to leave After the breakup, I did continue to allow him to see his kids for some months after. Though he wouldn't pay me any child support always had some excuse and then a relative of mine told me they saw him with our kids at a well-known heroin a...
Tags: Law, Child Custody, Support And Visitation


American Congress Approves “Anti-Meme” Act

The United States House of Representatives has voted in favor of an act that could see people fined for sharing memes. Congress voted in favor of the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019”, introduced by New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, by a margin of 410 to 6 (with 16 abstentions). The act allows […]
Tags: Politics, Usa, Law, Internet, International, Copyright, Anime, Meme


Sunset, just now.

Actual sunset time: 5:58. Photo taken at 5:50. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Lake Mendota, photos by Meade


FTC Finds Truly Organic is Not

By way of a federal court order that became final last month, Truly Organic Inc. and its founder will pay $1.76 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission greenwashing complaint alleging that their nationally marketed bath and beauty products are neither “certified organic” nor “vegan” as falsely claimed. According to the FTC’s complaint, in this era when many consumer purchases are influenced by environmental claims, since at least 2015, the defendants advertised, labeled, offered for sale, a...
Tags: Law, Youtube, Usda, Organic, Environmental, Vegan, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Federal, Andrew Smith, Stuart Kaplow, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Kaplow, Greenwashing, Greenwash, Green Washing


The morning run.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees


Al-Baghdadi died "like a dog," "like a coward," and “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way."

Said President Trump.Trump's words and face were very expressive...pic.twitter.com/7esnNSoa5D— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Isis, Law, Trump rhetoric


"He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way... and he had dragged three of his young children with him."

"They were led to certain death. He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children. His body was mutilated by the blast, the tunnel had caved in on it in addition, but test results gave certain, immediate and totally positive identification it was him. The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread — terrified of the American forces bearing down on him.... Bagh...
Tags: Law, Dogs, Clear Speech, Trump rhetoric


Mayor Pete Buttigeig releases extensive criminal justice reform plan expanding on prior Douglass Plan

Back in July, as detailed in this post, Mayor Pete Buttigieg introduced this notable platform titled "The Douglass Plan: A Comprehensive Investment in the Empowerment of Black America."  The plan, which aspires to "dismantle old systems and structures that inhibit prosperity and builds new ones that will unlock the collective potential of Black America," gives considerable attention to "Criminal Justice Reform," with nearly a quarter of this 18-page document focused on such matter.  Not content,...
Tags: Law, Congress, America, United States, Ati, Pete, Criminal Justice Reform, Black America, Buttigieg, Douglas A Berman, U S Sentencing Commission, Pete Buttigieg, Pete Buttigeig, Empowerment of Black America


Washington Post headline: "Austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State dies at 48."

Look at this, on the front-page at The Washington Post:It's as though the paper is honoring him.I wonder how long that will stay on the front page in that form. It's the teaser for obituary, and there is another article — to the left — about the military raid, "Trump says Islamic State leader Baghdadi blew himself up as U.S. troops closed in." Note how that forefronts Baghdadi's agency. He "blew himself up." If you click through to the obituary, the headline is different — "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,...
Tags: Headlines, Isis, Law, WaPo


This week at the court

On Friday, the justices will meet for their November 1 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, This Week at the Court


Donald Trump's Predictably Self-Aggrandizing Speech:

I like this OpEd by Sean O'Grady in the UK's Independent on Donald Trump's bizarre speech on the death of al-Baghdadi. I will just add: From the first line of the Trump's announcement, it was clear he lacks comprehension of even... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: UK, Law, Donald Trump, Trump, Baghdadi, Sean O Grady


Sunrise, 7:28.

The "actual sunrise" time today was 7:26. Here's how 7:26 looked: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota


Tenure for doctors has its limits

From Institute for Justice’s Short Circuit newsletter: “How many times can an eye surgeon accidentally operate on the wrong eye before his surgical privileges are revoked? Three is the magic number at the Murfreesboro, Tenn. Veterans Affairs hospital. Sixth Circuit: And the revocation does not violate the due process of law.” [or constitute retaliation under employment discrimination law; Ahad v. Wilkie] Tags: employment at will, hospitals, medical, retaliation
Tags: Law, Medical, Uncategorized, Hospitals, Wilkie, Retaliation, Employment At Will, Institute for Justice s Short Circuit, Ahad


Family of teenager who died from lethal ecstasy dose support drug legalisation

Luke Campbell’s mother and sister say ‘lip service policies’ such as Priti Patel’s war on drugs are doomed to failA mother in Devon who prevented two young dealers that had sold her son lethal ecstasy tablets from going to jail has warned that home secretary Priti Patel’s vow to renew the war on drugs is doomed to fail.Claire Campbell along with her daughter Esther said they are speaking out over how they saved two teenagers from prison by asking the judge to put them on a restorative justice sc...
Tags: Drugs, Society, UK News, Drugs trade, Priti Patel


Beauty and the beam: the future of LED therapy looks bright

It’s non-invasive and has been proven to work. But can LED therapy really be a miracle cure for everything from acne to tired skin? Rachel Cooke sees the lightIf I said I knew of a sure-fire way to lastingly improve your skin and that all you would have to do to experience this seeming miracle would be to sit for 13 minutes every week beneath a gently pulsing light with your eyes closed, what would be your response? Would you whip out your credit card and rush to book yourself an appointment? Or...
Tags: Fashion, Life and style, Society, Acne, Beauty, Skincare, Rachel Cooke


I read in the NYT that there are a lot of surprising cameos in this 9-minute "SNL" cold-open spoof of a Trump rally...

... including Darrell Hammond in his old role as Bill Clinton and Fred Armisen as Erdogan, so I was really pushing myself to stick with this:But I clicked it off at 2:10. It was that fatal combination of boring and irritating. Nothing was funny. I watch the actual Trump rallies, and Trump is funny. The original is already funny. Now, I do understand that if you hate him, you won't find him funny, and then, maybe for you what "SNL" is doing allows you to get some insulation and to enjoy what is t...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Bill Clinton, Erdogan, Snl, Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Trump, Darrell Hammond, Ann Althouse, Cruel Neutrality, Trump and pop culture


Trump is still only teasing the "Something very big has just happened!".... but news reports say that our forces have killed al-Baghdadi .

Here's how it looks at Trump's Twitter page right now:A pinned tweet. That's the tweet I called "Kind of disturbing actually" last night. Why "disturbing" when it suggests good news, doesn't it? I found it kind of disturbing because of the oddness of getting news this way — it's coy and it's social media. It feels like the way a friend might begin to tell us that she's fallen in love.To my ear, the "has" gives it a special feeling. "Something very big has just happened," not "Something very big ...
Tags: Twitter, Isis, Law, Journalism, Syria, Trump, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, Baghdadi, Ann Althouse, The Presidency, Trump rhetoric, Trump And The Military, JournoList, United States Special Operations, My name goes here


Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. PÉNAL (DROIT) : Les nouvelles dispositions relatives au processus de sélection du jury ne s’appliquent pas rétrospectivement aux actes criminels commis avant le 19 septembre 2019. Intitulé : R. c...
Tags: Law, Canada, Lindor, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice


"You’re canny about media. You know that you can’t hurt The Times and The Post by having a childish fit of pique..."

"... that just sells more newspapers. The only way you could cut the clicks is if you calmed down, behaved properly and acted like a decent human being, so that there weren’t always 20 breaking news stories every day about your conspiring and grifting and lying and lunacy."That's from "Extra, Extra! Prez Won’t Read All About It/Snowflake Trump wants us off his lawn" by Maureen Dowd.And that's exactly what gets my tag "civility bullshit." It's a little too obvious, though, this demand for a unila...
Tags: Law, Times, Trump, Maureen Dowd, Dowd, Ann Althouse, Civility Bullshit, Trump and the press, Snowflake Trump


ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi Reportedly Killed in U.S. Military Raid in Syria

(WASHINGTON) — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy leader of the Islamic State group who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world’s most wanted man, is believed dead after being targeted by a U.S. military raid in Syria. A U.S. official told The Associated Press late Saturday that al-Baghdadi was targeted in Syria’s…
Tags: Isis, News, Islamic State, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, The Associated Press, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, Baghdadi, al Baghdadi, Onetime


Syria’s Kurds dreamt of a ‘Rojava revolution’. Assad will snuff this out | Kenan Malik

A brave social experiment looks doomed at the hands of Syria’s dictatorThree hundred thousand people displaced. Villages and infrastructure destroyed. Allegations of white phosphorus use. The costs of the Turkish invasion of northern Syria to create a “safe zone” are immense, the latest twist in the seemingly intractable Syrian war.Beyond the immediate human costs, there lies also a deeper loss. Rojava, the Kurdish name for the autonomous region of northern Syria, into which the Turkish army is ...
Tags: Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Kurds, Inequality, Women's rights and gender equality


U.S. Airstrike Reportedly Takes Out Baghdadi in Idlib

Donald Trump is very excited. He will hold a presser during Sunday morning news shows to tell everyone a U.S. airstrike he approved took out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. There are multiple reports among Middle East sources claiming... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Isis, Law, Middle East, Donald Trump, Idlib, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, Baghdadi



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