Sincerely Frivolous

A Delaware Master in Chancery has recommended that a case filed pro se be dismissed [Plaintiff] Kelly’s main theory of her case is that [defendant] Trump creates the illusion of being a devout Christian, while engaging in acts that Kelly... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Current Affairs, Delaware, Trump, Kelly, Chancery, Legal Profession Prof

House committee considering Class C misdemeanor debt, arrests

In lieu of a public hearing (with the capitol still closed off from COVID), the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee announced it would accept written testimony regarding its Interim Charge #2 regarding Class C misdemeanor arrests, debt, and the use of citations in lieu of arrest for certain low-level Class Bs. I prepared testimony for the committee on behalf Just Liberty, check it out here. Here's a notable excerpt framing the situation through data (endnotes in original):Class C misdem...
Tags: Law, US, House, Dallas, Houston, Forbes, Plano, Sandra, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Office of Court Administration, Just Liberty

Law school applicants up more than a third so far this year...

...which will bode well for law school faculty hiring next year, and may even lead some schools to invest this year in new faculty. Given... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Brian Leiter

At the Morning Moon Café...

  ... you can write about anything you want. The moon photograph was taken facing west at 6:37 a.m. At exactly that time, facing east, it looked like this: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Moon, Ann Althouse

Symposium: Defending Smith by ignoring soundbites and considering the mundane

This article is the final entry in a symposium previewing Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Lisa Soronen is executive director of the State and Local Legal Center, which filed an amicus brief in support of Philadelphia. When the Supreme Court agreed to hear Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, local governments across the country let out a collective groan when they read the second question presented. How could the Supreme Court decide whether to “revisit” (read: overturn) the 1990 decision Employment ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Oregon, Css, Pandora, Philadelphia, Smith, South Carolina, Fulton, U S Court of Appeals, Catholic Social Services, Sandra Day O'Connor, Chicago Park District, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, 3rd Circuit

What Types of Insurance Do You Really Need?

Insurance is a tricky business. There are more types of insurance than you’re ever likely to need, but some of them are absolutely essential, or even required by law. Here’s a look at the kinds of insurance you’ll definitely need to concern yourself with.Read more...
Tags: Personal Finance, Household, Money, Car Insurance, Finance, Insurance, Health Insurance, Ask Lifehacker, Lifehacks, Auto Insurance, Renters Insurance, Property Insurance

What Types of Insurance Do I Really Need?

Insurance is a tricky business. There are more types of insurance than you’re ever likely to need, but some of them are absolutely essential, or even required by law. Here’s a look at the kinds of insurance you’ll definitely need to concern yourself with.Read more...
Tags: Personal Finance, Household, Money, Car Insurance, Finance, Insurance, Health Insurance, Ask Lifehacker, Lifehacks, Auto Insurance, Renters Insurance, Property Insurance

Gearing Up For A Week Of Explaining Election Law — See Also

Poor Life Choices: Rudy allegedly performed all of his shenanigans in front of a law student who was taking notes. First Amendment Punt: The Supreme Court hasn't banned the First Amendment yet, but once Amy Coney Barrett learns what it says they'll surely revisit it. So Now We've Got To Dust This Off: Explaining laches to friends and neighbors. On Their Way: BSF's raises aren't in yet, but they're on the way.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Rudy, BSF, Amy Coney Barrett, See Also

Reviewing just some of many Campaign 2020 posts

My very first post this election cycle, which for which I created the category archive Campaign 2020 and sentencing issues, was way back in February 2019.  Over 20 months and nearly 100 posts later, I am so very glad that Campaign 2020 is now so very close to being over.  And I am also glad that Election Night eve gives me an excuse to review posts from this election cycle and flag 10 posts now worth highlighting again: From February 2019, Brennan Center produces policy brief on "Ending Mass Inc...
Tags: Law, America, Joe Biden, Rnc, Brennan Center, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Biden Sanders Unity Task Force

Federal Circuit: No Appeal of IPR Institution Denial, even If Denied for Extra-Statutory Reasons

by Dennis Crouch In re Cisco Systems Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2020) PTAB denied Cisco’s petitions to institute inter partes review (IPR) against two patents owned by Tel Aviv Univ. (Ramot).  The statute is clear that the decision of whether to institute is not appealable, but Cisco filed for writ of mandamus with the Federal Circuit.   Mandamus has now been denied. The Statute empowers the USPTO Director to decide whether or not to institute an IPR. “The Director shall determine whether to institute ...
Tags: Law, Tel Aviv, Cisco, Patent, Apple Inc, PTO, Federal Circuit, IPR, Dennis Crouch, PTAB, Google LLC, Cisco Systems Inc Fed, Uniloc 2017 LLC, Maxell Ltd, Federal Circuit Mandamus, Parallel District Court Litigation

Closing Thoughts On Section 230: The Good, The Bad & The Unapologetically Ugly

The question is no longer whether Section 230 should be revised, but how. 
Tags: Technology, Law, Section 230, Tom Kulik

BREAKING: Governor Issues Rollback of Business Openings; New “Phase 2.1” Coming Friday

At his press conference on Monday afternoon, Governor Lamont previewed a new set of changes to the Sector Rules that businesses have been operating under. These changes rollback some of the openings under Phase 3, and Lamont has called this new version “Phase 2.1”. We’re still awaiting all the details this week; the changes are expected to take effect on Friday. But here’s what’s been released thus far: Restaurants will revert back to 50 percent capacity indoors with 8 people at a table maximum...
Tags: Law, Connecticut, Lamont

Background reading before argument in Jones v. Mississippi, the latest SCOTUS foray into Eighth Amendment limits on juve sentencing

Remarkably, it has been more than a decade since the US Supreme Court kicked off its interesting (and uncertain) new line of Eighth Amendment jurisprudence with its ruling in Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. 48 (2010).  Graham declared sentencing juveniles to life without parole (LWOP) for non-homicide offenses to be unconstitutional, and was quickly followed by Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012), which held that mandatory LWOP sentences were unconstitutional for juveniles convicted of homicide. ...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Court, US, Alabama, United States, Graham, Louisiana, Jones, Montgomery, US supreme court, Miller, Barrett

Paul Singer Is Sad To See Quibi Go

In fact, he’s rather insistent it stick around for a little longer. Or a lot longer, depending on how long it takes to get his money.
Tags: Law, Finance

President Trump is going to Win -- and when he does, I want you to join my Patreon, or PayPal recurring -- if you have not already.

My dispatches on Patreon are free, but I need you to join so that I can travel to all 50 States and tell you what is happening. Because our lives depend on this. [Author: [email protected] (Michael Yon)]
Tags: Featured, Military, Trump, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon

Guest Post: Patent Prosecution Trends Following the Patent Eligibility (101) and 112 Guidelines

By: Colleen V. Chien, Professor of Law; Nicholas Halkowski, first-year associate at Wilson Sonsini and 2020 JD grad; Maria He, Masters Graduate of the Masters in Business Analytics Program at Leavey Business School, and Rodney Swartz, PhD, patent agent, Intellectual Property Associate at SRI International, and third-year JD student; all at Santa Clara University and writing in their personal capacity. This post is the third in a series about insights developed based on data released by the USPTO...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Office, Uspto, Patent, Alice, Congressional, Williamson, Patent Office, SRI International, Federal Circuit, Santa Clara University, Wilson Sonsini, Harrity, Colleen V Chien Professor of Law, Nicholas Halkowski

So Far, Trump’s ‘Army’ Of Poll Watchers Looks More Like a Small Platoon

This story was originally published by ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Donald Trump Jr. looked straight into a camera at the end of September as triumphant music rose in a crescendo. “The radical left are laying the groundwork to steal this election from my father,” he said. “We cannot let that happen. We need every able-bodied man and woman to join the army for Trump...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Law, Congress, Colorado, Kentucky, Wilco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Austin, Gop, House, Arizona, Davis

Case preview: Court to consider life sentences for juveniles – again

The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory life-without-parole sentences are unconstitutional for defendants who were under the age of 18 when they committed their crimes. Four years later, in Montgomery v. Louisiana, the court made clear that Miller’s ban on mandatory life-without-parole sentences applies retroactively to convictions that had become final before Miller was decided. After Miller and Montgomery, state courts can sentence individual juveniles to life witho...
Tags: Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Virginia, Court, Alabama, States, Louisiana, Jones, Montgomery, Miller, U S Supreme Court, Howe, Mississippi Supreme Court, Henry Montgomery

Grandma Wong in Hong Kong: my interview with John Batchelor and Gordon Chang

I will go on today again with Gordon and John at 1500EST. Not sure if this one will be live. [Author: [email protected] (Michael Yon)]
Tags: Hong Kong, Featured, Military, John, Gordon, Wong, Gordon Chang, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, John Batchelor

Inspiring Words From Kamala Harris On The Eve Of Election 2020

It's Kamala's turn -- and yours. Make your vote count.
Tags: Law, Government, Kamala Harris, Quote Of The Day, Election 2020, Kamala

SCOTUS Punts Protest Case, First Amendment Lives To Fight Another Day

Cops get qualified immunity, but protestors owe a duty of care to cops? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Tags: Law, Police, Government, Courts, First Amendment, Deray Mckesson

Price Transparency Rule Finalized, But Insurers Say It Will Not Rein In Costs

The final rule requires insurers to disclose information on prices for healthcare services and cost-sharing with patients. The government says it will help lower prices, but insurers aren't so sure.
Tags: Law, Health Care / Medicine

New Patently-O Law Journal Essay: Parsing the Impact of Alice and the PEG

New Patently-O Law Journal Essay by Colleen V. Chien, Nicholas Halkowski, Maria He, and Rodney Swartz. Abstract: Almost two years have passed since the USPTO issued its January 2019 Patent Eligibility Guidance (PEG), itself a response to the Supreme Court’s Alice decision, and what many perceived as its destabilizing impact on the certainty of patent prosecutions. Leveraging new  data releases, we report on trends in prosecution following the USPTO’s PEG and the Guidance on 112, finding 1) a dec...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Uspto, Dc, Patent, Alice, Federal Trade Commission, Donald, PAUL, Mayo, Duffy, Ninth Circuit, Patent Office, Federal Circuit, ARIAD

Document Comparison: Let Election Decide  

Remember to vote tomorrow. Every vote counts!
Tags: Technology, Law, Olga V. Mack

RIP: Ironman Lawyer Steve Adams

In May 2017, a lawyer I’d never heard of called me with an audacious proposal. He wanted to organize what he believed would be the best conference ever for solo and small firm lawyers. And he wanted my help. Steven R. Adams was a lawyer who built a successful Ohio criminal defense practice but who felt that the legal conferences he’d attended weren’t teaching solo and small firm lawyers the skills they needed to start and grow their practices. So he decided to take matters into his own hands and...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Ohio, Steve, Cincinnati, Steve Adams, Indianapolis Ind, Steven R Adams

"Galumphing toward the apocalypse."

  It's a podcast. You can subscribe at all the usual podcast places, including iTunes (by clicking here).  Topics: Melanie jokes, Lady Gaga throws beer, Marathon mind will do, Joe the stalking horse, fluffy wedding photos ape the West, Trump’s devilish plan, Anonymous is anonymous, woman’s way of knowing, Ben Franklin’s rising sun, Scotland’s intrafamily spies, Biden reveals his bunglers, and Meade talks and talks to phonebank women. AND: Here's the Chaplin "wrench scene" I talk ab...
Tags: Podcast, Law, Scotland, Ben Franklin, Lady Gaga, Biden, Joe, Chaplin, Melanie, Meade, Melania, Ann Althouse, West Trump

Johnny Depp’s defeat in libel case hailed by domestic violence charities

The trial highlighted tactics used to silence and discredit victims, say campaignersJohnny Depp’s defeat in the London libel courts has been hailed by domestic violence charities as a victory that should encourage other victims to come forward and seek justice.The judgment on Monday by the high court that the Sun was justified in describing the Pirates of the Caribbean star as a “wife beater” was welcomed by lawyers and campaign groups who support those who have experienced domestic abuse. Conti...
Tags: London, Media, Law, Film, UK News, Newspapers & magazines, National newspapers, Newspapers, Culture, The Sun, Johnny Depp, Caribbean, Amber Heard, Depp

If You Had ‘Laches’ On Your Election BINGO Card, Congratulations!

The 2020 election takes a weird legal turn.
Tags: Law, Government, Courts, Andrew Hanen

Recent Law School Graduate, Who Happens To Be Son Of Lev Parnas, Writes Tell-All Book About Trump-Ukraine Scandal

He's got quite the story to tell after witnessing many of the meetings that led to Trump's impeachment.
Tags: Law, Government, Ukraine, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Law Schools, Trump, Aaron Parnas, Lev Parnas

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