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Lawyer-Juror's "Gross Misconduct" Does Not Overturn Verdict

The Indiana Supreme Court has affirmed a trial court determination that gross juror misconduct - omission on a questionnaire that the juror had been charged and was a victim of domestic violence - did not warrant a new trial. Notably... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Indiana Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof


Opinion analysis: Court rejects challenge to states’ authority to regulate pharmacy reimbursements

The Supreme Court’s opinion Thursday in Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association firmly rejected an attack on state statutes that protect pharmacies from the prescription-reimbursement intermediaries that health-insurance providers use to administer their prescription-drug programs. The case involves pharmacy benefit managers like Caremark and Express Scripts, which have come to be the exclusive avenue through which most of us purchase prescriptions covered by our health insurance....
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Arkansas, Travelers, Sonia Sotomayor, ERISA, Sotomayor, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caremark, Medicaid Medicare, Rutledge, PBM, Merits Cases


Indiana Sanctions School's Outside Counsel

The Indiana Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded an attorney For several months in the fall of 2015, a prominent high school instructor preyed upon a fifteen-year-old student. The discovery of this criminal conduct, and subsequent attempts to cover it up,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Indiana Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Indiana Sanctions School


ROSS Intelligence Comes to a Close

It’s the type of story we like to bandy around in legal technology circles. Precocious law student interested in technology founds a start-up with some friends. They create some innovative solutions, and make it big enough to establish a company. In 2014, three students founded ROSS Intelligence, an artificial intelligence driven product using Watson, to build tools that enhance lawyers’ abilities through natural language queries. The company was widely celebrated as the type of successes that e...
Tags: Technology, Law, Canada, Watson, Ross, Westlaw, ROSS Intelligence, ROSS Intelligence Comes


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Mike Peterson: Mobile ECG Device firm AliveCor Sues Apple for Alleged Patent Infringement (Source: Apple Insider) Christopher Yasiejko: SmileDirectClub Patent on Business Is Invalidated by Judge (Source: Bloomberg) Atty. Aaron Wininger: Prison for Over 200 Fraudulent Chinese Patent Applications Yielding 900,000 RMB in Government Awards (Source: The National Law Review) Todd Bishop: Microsoft Patents Tech to Score Meetings Using Body Language, Facial Expressi...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, New York Times, Uspto, Patent, Todd Bishop, Jorge L Contreras, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Christopher Yasiejko, Mike Peterson, AliveCor Sues Apple, Bloomberg Atty Aaron Wininger, Thomas Cueni, Qin Li Prof Mark Shuai Ma, Terry J Shevlin


'Stockwell Six': two men could have convictions overturned

Cases of two men accused of trying to rob a police officer in 1972 are being referred to court of appealTwo men who were jailed nearly 50 years ago on the word of a corrupt detective could finally have their names cleared.The cases of two members of the so-called “Stockwell Six”, who were accused of attempting to rob that officer on the underground, are now being referred to the court of appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). Continue reading...
Tags: London, Crime, Law, Police, UK News, Court of appeal, Criminal Cases Review Commission CCRC


Blood donor rules to be relaxed for gay and bisexual men in England

Policy change due in 2021 will allow gay and bisexual men in long-term relationships to give bloodGay and bisexual men will be able to donate blood more easily from next summer following a landmark policy change, the NHS blood service has announced. The move has been welcomed by campaigners who have fought to overturn rules that “perpetuate inequality”.Men in a long-term relationship with another man will be able to donate blood from next summer, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said. The rules ...
Tags: Health, England, Society, NHS, LGBT rights, NHSBT


The Birds: Migratory Bird Treaty Act redux without Tippi Hedren

Three weeks ago the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a regulation to finally resolve and codify the legal principal that an incidental bird take resulting from an otherwise lawful activity, for example a sparrows flies into a solar panel, is not prohibited under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Fish and Wildlife Service is the federal agency delegated the primary responsibility for managing migratory birds consistent with four international migratory bird treaties (between the United St...
Tags: Law, Russia, United States, Harper Lee, Solar Panel, Mbta, Federal, Wildlife Service, Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, FWS, Valerie Caproni, Damocles, Kaplow


An awesome reading list on "Second Look Sentencing"

Greg Newburn has created this terrific new posting under the title "Second Look Sentencing: A (Running) Reading List for Legislators, Staff, Advocates, and Everyone Else." I highly recommend all the items linked in this great reading list, and here is the post's preface to the list: The idea of “Second Look” sentencing — that the law should allow some mechanism by which institution a l actors can legally revisit sentences to ensure they remain appropriate (or to adjust those that never were) — ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Los Angeles County, Florida Legislature, Broward County Florida, George Gascon, Douglas A Berman, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Greg Newburn, Michael Satz


Windrush payments to be fast-tracked and made more generous

Home secretary will announce radical reforms to compensation scheme after criticismRadical reforms to the Windrush compensation scheme are to be announced by the home secretary, with the aim of making the payments more generous and swifter, in response to mounting criticism from the scandal’s victims at protracted delays and low offers.Anyone who has already received an offer of payment under the scheme will have their cases reviewed, with a basic minimum award of £10,000 set to be offered to ev...
Tags: Politics, Law, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Priti Patel, Windrush, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal


"Two centuries ago, a disturbing new two-wheeled contraption appeared on the streets of New York. Pedestrians and drivers of horse-drawn vehicles saw the velocipede as a cluttering, dangerous nuisance..."

"... and it was quickly banned. It took more than 40 years for it to reappear, this time as the bicycle. A century ago, a disturbing new four-wheeled contraption appeared on the streets of New York. Pedestrians and drivers of horse-drawn vehicles saw the automobile as a cluttering, dangerous nuisance, but they found it impossible to resist. Despite the suspicion, the entire city was redesigned to accommodate it: sidewalks were narrowed, traffic signs installed, rules written, roads built, and po...
Tags: New York, Law, NYC, Scooters, Urban Planning, Driving, Biking, Ann Althouse


At the Sunrise Café...

  ... you can talk about whatever you want. And you can do your shopping through the Althouse portal to Amazon — which is always right there in the sidebar.  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Snow, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Althouse


Trump is more likely to regain the presidency in 2024 if the GOP fails in the Georgia runoffs and loses the Senate majority.

True or false? I'd put up a survey, but I'm afraid you'll vote impulsively, so I'm just starting a discussion. I'm assuming Trump will keep raging and rallying and never stop. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Senate, Georgia, Gop, Trump, Ann Althouse, what Trump did to the GOP, Trump 2024


Polish women travel abroad for abortions ahead of new law

Support services in Poland and abroad say numbers increasing even before legislation is in placePolish women are increasingly being forced to travel abroad to seek abortions even though a court ruling to tighten the country’s already strict laws has not yet coming into force, activists have said. The constitutional court ruled in October that abortion is illegal even in cases where there are severe foetal abnormalities. Around 1,000 abortions a year, almost all of the country’s legal abortion pr...
Tags: Health, Europe, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Poland, Abortion


This week at the court

On Monday, the court will release additional orders from the Dec. 11 conference at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions at 10 a.m. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, This Week at the Court


2020 Patent Exam – Are you Smarter than a 2L?

At the University of Missouri, my patent law class is practice based – with students drafting claims, rejecting claims, responding to office actions, and participating in a patent law moot court competition. The class is pretty much fully packed. Still, I also give them a short final exam to ensure sure that they have learned the basics.  This year’s exam is based upon an actual pending patent application for the Boss Hammer.  Note – I played with the actual facts and claims a bit to make it all...
Tags: Law, Ikea, Uspto, Warren, Patent, Steel, University of Missouri, Raymond, Daniel Raymond, Raymond Published App Patent Center, Boss Hammer Co, Patent Examiner, Will Raymond


Why did Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms turn down a position in Joe Biden's cabinet?

Is it that she wants to keep her political path separate and independent from Biden's or just that the offer wasn't good enough?Bloomberg reports:Bottoms had been rumored to be under consideration to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development or to head the Small Business Administration, a cabinet-level post. A reporter for the New Yorker said Friday she’d been offered the less prestigious role of ambassador to the Bahamas. The transition denied that report on Friday, and Taylor did again Sat...
Tags: Law, Atlanta, Joe Biden, Biden, Taylor, Bahamas, New Yorker, Small Business Administration, Housing and Urban Development, Ann Althouse, Keisha Lance Bottoms


"Under China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, the Communist Party’s creeping interference on the smallest details of Chinese life is being felt more and more."

"Censors have blurred the bejeweled earlobes of young male pop stars on television and the internet so that, in their mind, the piercings and jewelry don’t set a bad example for boys. Women in costumes at a video game convention were told to raise their necklines. With soccer a national priority under Mr. Xi, the crackdown has spread to sports. Last year, members of the men’s national soccer team were forced to play in long sleeves in stifling heat at the Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi after the governm...
Tags: Jewelry, Law, China, Sports, Xi Jinping, Tattoos, Abu Dhabi, Hairstyles, Communist Party, Ann Althouse


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) : Alexandre Bissonnette, condamné à l’emprisonnement à vie après avoir été reconnu coupable de 6 meurtres et de 6 tentatives de meurtre à la grande mosquée de Québec, devra purger 2...
Tags: Law, Canada, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Dominique Bélanger Date, Bissonnette, Alexandre Bissonnette, Juges François Doyon Guy Gagnon


"Two statues that were torn down by protesters in June — one that has come to represent women’s rights and the other honoring an abolitionist — are expected to be reinstalled this coming summer."

"Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday that the state Department of Administration has been awarded $60,000 in federal grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts to help restore the 'Forward' and Col. Hans Christian Heg statues. Restoration of the two statues has begun and both are anticipated to be reinstalled by mid-2021. Evers also has asked the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board to consider a new statue on the Capitol grounds of the late...
Tags: Law, Sculpture, Protests, Madison, Capitol, Phillips, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin State Journal, Evers, state Department of Administration, Tony Evers, Ann Althouse, Vel Phillips, Destruction Of Art, Hans Christian Heg


Has a year of living with Covid-19 rewired our brains?

The pandemic is expected to precipitate a mental health crisis, but perhaps also a chance to approach life with new clarityShow your support for rigorous, independent Guardian journalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen the bubonic plague spread through England in the 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton fled Cambridge where he was studying for the safety of his family home in Lincolnshire. The Newtons did not live in a cramped apartment; they enjoyed a large garden with...
Tags: Psychology, Health, England, Science, Neuroscience, Society, World news, Mental Health, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Cambridge, Isaac Newton, Lincolnshire, Coronavirus


"Transforming the Progressive Prosecutor Movement"

The title of this post is the title of this notable paper newly posted to SSRN and authored by Darcy Covert. Here is its abstract: It is a near universally accepted principle that prosecutors are the most powerful actors in the criminal system.  In response, a new movement has emerged: Its proponents argue that, by electing progressive district attorneys, we can use the power of prosecutors to end mass incarceration and restore fairness to the criminal system without changing a single law.  The...
Tags: Law, Supreme Court Justice, Douglas A Berman, Progressive Prosecutor Movement, Darcy Covert Here


'I was amazed': meet the London teens recording the vivid lives of their streets

In our second report for this year’s Guardian and Observer appeal, we talk to photographers in Hackney, east London, recording their area’s culturePlease donate to our appeal hereThe young photographers of Future Hackney’s youth project were back on the street last week, cameras and equipment to hand, in the latest – socially distanced – chapter of their continuing enterprise to record the vivid lives and stories of Ridley Road, one of east London’s most vibrant communities.Tapiwa Cronin, 15, an...
Tags: Photography, London, Society, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Charities, Voluntary sector, Young People, Hackney, Ridley Road, Tapiwa Cronin, Kiarra Joseph, Donna Travis


UK ‘reneges on vow to reunite child refugees with families’

Home Office accused of making ‘no arrangements’ for transfers of unaccompanied minors after EU rules expire at end of yearUnaccompanied children in France are being told by the French authorities that they should give up hope of being reunited with family in the UK after the Home Office failed to offer the help it had promised.With the deadline to enter the UK legally and safely under the EU’s family reunification rules due to expire at the end of the year, the Home Office is accused of reneging...
Tags: Europe, UK, Children, France, Eu, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Child protection, Social Care, Child rights


Navy ends search and rescue operation for sailor overboard the USS Roosevelt

A search and rescue effort for a sailor presumed overboard off the USS Theodore Roosevelt has been called off, and the sailor is presumed dead, Navy officials from the Third Fleet announced late Saturday, Dec. 12. Two days ago, the ship’s crew initiated the search after a lookout spotted what appeared to be a person in the water at 7:30 a.m. A sailor was unaccounted for during a command-wide muster, officials said. The search off the Southern California coast — which included the Roosevelt and f...
Tags: News, Navy, Accidents, Sport, Soccer, Military, San Diego, Southern California, Missing Persons, U S Coast Guard, Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Third Fleet, Top Stories OCR, Eric Anduze, San Diego Sailors


Children face Christmas 'cooped up' with abusers amid rise in helpline calls

NSPCC warns of ‘pressure cooker elements’ after figures show increase in incidents since the start of lockdownThe NSPCC is warning that this Christmas poses an unprecedented challenge for many British children, with new data from the charity revealing it has received more than 31,000 calls since April from adults anxious about child abuse or neglect.Its chief executive, Peter Wanless, said the cumulative impact of the effects of the pandemic meant young people would be “cooped up” with their abu...
Tags: Children, Society, UK News, Domestic Violence, Child protection, NSPCC, Peter Wanless, Coronavirus


Galveston has a Civilian Review Board that's somewhere on the spectrum from lame to non-existent

Grits earlier mentioned the report from the Kinder Institute at Rice analyzing civilian oversight systems in Texas. The one in San Antonio, they noted, was so obscure that members of the public calling for oversight didn't know it existed. The SA board was the only one of those studied by the Kinder Institute which wasn't independent of the police department.Grits learned today, though, that their list was incomplete. Galveston has a civilian review board which analyzes the sufficiency of Intern...
Tags: Texas, Law, City Council, Galveston Daily News, Santa Fe, San Antonio, Rice, Internal Affairs, Harris County, Galveston, Austin Houston, Tillotson, Gritsforbreakfast, Kinder Institute, Dolph Tillotson, Civilian Review Board



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