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Radio silence re: ransomware attack on Texas courts

Your correspondent received a notice my information was in a data breach at a company called Blackbaud which is a digital platform for managing nonprofit donors. The company paid a ransomware demand, despite advisories against doing so from the US Treasury. Insurance companies, by contrast, have defended ransomware payouts. This reminds me we've received almost zero information about the ransomware attack on Texas courts last year, and no journalist of whom I'm aware has dug into the topic beyon...
Tags: Texas, Law, Gritsforbreakfast, Forensic Science Commission, Office of Court Administration, US Treasury Insurance


At the Snowface Café...

 ... go ahead and talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Snow, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade


Affidavit Evidence During a Pandemic

So you have a dog nipping at your feet, a child pulling on your sleeve, something cooking on the stove, and your phone rings in the middle of your Zoom conference call. The affidavit that you have open on your computer certainly isn’t getting your undivided attention. This probably isn’t going to be your best work. Justice Myers of the Superior Court of Justice heard a consent motion to transfer a case under Rule 13.1.02 (2) in Polgampalage v Devani. Although these motions can be rather routine,...
Tags: Law, Toronto, Windsor, Myers, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Windsor Court, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Ontario Limited, Devani, Hudson 's Bay Company ULC, Justice Myers of the Superior Court of Justice, Polgampalage


Appealing Denial of Summary Judgment (without a subsequent JMOL motion)

by Dennis Crouch Ericsson Inc., et al. v. TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited, et al. (Supreme Court 2021) A jury sided with Ericsson with a $75 million verdict for the patentee. (See the verdict image above).  On appeal, the Federal Circuit flipped the verdict — holding that the asserted patent was ineligible under Section 101.  In a new SCT petition, Ericsson challenges the decision on procedural grounds — arguing that TCL did not properly preserve the eligibility issue for appeal. ...
Tags: Texas, Sixth Circuit, Supreme Court, Law, Jordan, Patent, Ericsson, Tcl, Ortiz, Fifth Circuit, Federal Circuit, Prost, Oritz, JMOL, Federal Circuit Decision, Dennis Crouch Ericsson Inc


Lockdown easing in England: key dates and phases in the roadmap

Here is the timetable for easing lockdown in England that the PM will put to MPs on MondayThe lockdown exit plan: schools and social contact firstCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll schools – primary and secondary – will open from 8 March, despite opposition from the main teaching unions who have called for a staggered reopening. Schools will be allowed to restart outdoor sports matches as well as other outdoor activities. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Rare Earth Metal Theft by Catalytic Converter

The theft of catalytic converters to sell for the value of the rare earth metal components is a thing once again. A catalytic converter is a component part of the exhaust system of a fossil fuel motor vehicle that catalyzes, or accelerates the break down of vehicle emissions making them less harmful. The catalyst of a catalytic converter is usually Platinum (Pt), Palladium (Pd), and Rhodium (Rh). All three of these platinum group metals are rare. Two of the three are currently worth more per oun...
Tags: Law, China, Environmental, Washington Dc, New York Times, Manchester, Epa, Wichita, Stuart Kaplow, Lynchburg, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Kaplow, Rare Earth Metals, environmental attorney Maryland, environmental law Maryland, Catalytic Converter


UK's anti-terror chief urges rights groups not to boycott Prevent review

Neil Basu says move to protest appointment of William Shawcross could harm processBritain’s best chance of reducing terrorist violence risks being damaged amid a huge backlash to the government’s choice of William Shawcross to lead a review of Prevent, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian.Assistant commissioner Neil Basu’s comments came after key human rights and Muslim groups announced a boycott of the official review of Prevent, which aims to stop Britons being rad...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Police, Islamic State, UK News, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Amnesty International, Muslim, Counter-terrorism policy, Metropolitan Police, Far Right, Priti Patel, William Shawcross


Legaltech Week 2.19.21 – In Which I Play A Drunk Cylon and Molly McDonough Moderates

 If you missed Legaltech Week on Friday, here are the audio and video. Thanks to my futile attempt to connect from a remote location in Florida, I come across as a drunk Cylon (thanks Dennis Kennedy) and Molly McDonough steps in to moderate. Top stories this week and when they appear: 3:36 – Launch Factory seeks legal tech founders. 8:58 – Thompson Reuters ALSP report. 12:38 – Lawyer referral services. 23:22 – Digitizing state courts to increase access to justice. 30:10 – Drunk Cylon? 3...
Tags: Florida, Law, ABA Journal, Dennis Kennedy, Victor Li, Bob Ambrogi, Legaltech News, Matt Homann, Joe Patrice, Thompson Reuters, YouTube Subscribe, Stephen Embry, Caroline Hill, Molly McDonough, Legaltech Week, Victoria Hudgins


UK's anti-terror chief fears rights group boycott threatens Prevent review

Neil Basu says move to protest appointment of William Shawcross could harm processBritain’s best chance of reducing terrorist violence risks being damaged amid a huge backlash to the government’s choice of William Shawcross to lead a review of Prevent, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian.Assistant commissioner Neil Basu’s comments came after key human rights and Muslim groups announced a boycott of the official review of Prevent, which aims to stop Britons being rad...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Police, Islamic State, UK News, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Amnesty International, Muslim, Counter-terrorism policy, Metropolitan Police, Far Right, Priti Patel, William Shawcross


UK's top counter-terror officer backs Prevent amid row over review

Neil Basu urges rights groups not to boycott process led by Priti Patel’s pick, William ShawcrossBritain’s best chance of reducing terrorist violence risks being damaged amid a huge backlash to the government’s choice of William Shawcross to lead a review of Prevent, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian.Assistant commissioner Neil Basu’s comments came after key human rights and Muslim groups announced a boycott of the official review of Prevent, which aims to stop Br...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Police, Islamic State, UK News, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Amnesty International, Muslim, Counter-terrorism policy, Metropolitan Police, Far Right, Priti Patel, William Shawcross


I finally made it out to see the sunrise once again.

 Had not made it out since February 2. Just too cold! And I only need it to be feels-like 9° to be willing to do it. I've done these sunrise runs since September 2019, and — not counting when we were out of town — I'd only ever missed an occasional day, maybe 2 days once or twice. I think I've missed more days this February than in all the other time combined. Ah, well! I was happy to get out.  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Snow, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade


Valuable accountings of crime trends present and past

My morning surfing led me to two notable new pieces with oceans of interesting information about crime and all the debatbale accounts for why it has gone up and down in the United States. Here are links and short excerpts from lengthy pieces which both merit a full read: "What Drove the Historically Large Murder Spike in 2020?  The pandemic, police violence, and more guns all contributed to an unprecedented rise in murders across the United States" by Rob Arthur and Jeff Asher at The Intercpt.  ...
Tags: New York, Law, America, Fbi, Chicago, United States, Levitt, Lubbock Texas, Zimring, Shreveport Louisiana, Douglas A Berman, John Roman, Jeff Asher, Rob Arthur


Roundup of Some Influential 1990s Internet Law Articles

Section 230’s 25th anniversary sent me on a nostalgia kick, which prompted me to revisit some articles that influenced me when I first started thinking about Internet Law (I graduated grad school in 1994). Due to their age, many of these articles are unknown by millennials and GenZ. I thought a short bibliography would be interesting. Obviously, this list could be much longer. [Note: I acknowledge the limited diversity of the authors on this list.] John Perry Barlow, The Economy of Ideas: Selli...
Tags: Law, Lance, John Perry Barlow, Internet History, Michael Goldhaber, Jennifer Mnookin, John Quittner, Coasean Analysis of Marketing, Ithiel de Sola Pool Technologies, Lance Rose Netlaw, Lance Rose


"Ames was grilled about her 'ethnic background,' chastised by a colleague at a training session when she shared her grandparents’ experience during the Holocaust in Poland..."

"... and 'admonished' when she declined requests at superintendents meetings to take part in the comic book movie-inspired 'Wakanda Forever' salute to 'black power,' she charges in the legal filing.... At an implicit-bias workshop where superintendents were asked to tell their personal stories, [Karen] Ames talked about her grandparents’ loss of two children during the Holocaust — only to have colleague Rasheda Amon tell her, 'you better check yourself,' the lawsuit alleges. 'That is not about b...
Tags: Law, Careers, Poland, Bronx, DOE, Gestures, Ames, Department Of Education, Black Panthers, Feb, Wakanda, Amon, Manhattan Supreme Court, Richard Carranza, Race And Education, Ann Althouse


Coronavirus live news: Fauci says Americans may still be wearing masks in 2022; UK records 215 deaths

Fauci says other measures likely to be relaxed earlier; UK also registers 9,834 new cases Exclusive: Hancock’s ex-neighbour investigated by UK medical regulatorUK: changing events could put brakes on recovery roadmap, says ministerIsrael’s use of Covid vaccines in prisoner swap deal sparks row Scientists say clinical trials for ‘variant-proof’ vaccines could start soonSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.05pm GMT There have been a further 9,834 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, accord...
Tags: Health, UK, India, Society, World news, United States, Vaccines and immunisation, Mumbai, Reuters, Maharashtra, Hancock, Fauci, ministerIsrael


What must Boris Johnson consider before easing Covid lockdown?

Analysis: PM will have to weigh up issues such as case rates, new variants and holiday rules in England roadmapCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson will set out his roadmap for easing restrictions in England on Monday, including the reopening of schools, care homes, retail and, eventually, hospitality. Here are some of the key questions he must resolve. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, England, Education, Society, UK News, Working From Home, Schools, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Coronavirus


"So, Trump will easily win a congressional seat in Florida if he runs in 2022. The census update likely means the GOP picks up 5+ seats in the house..."

"... to take control. And then the GOP makes Trump speaker. Then Trump has control over the legislative agenda and impeachment. Fun ensues." So said Tom, commenting on the first post of the day today.I don't know if Tom is the first person to say that, but what an interesting scenario. It has happened before that a former President has gone on to serve in the House of Representatives: [John Quincy] Adams considered permanently retiring from public life after his 1828 defeat, and he was deeply hu...
Tags: Florida, Law, Congress, Washington, Suicide, Boston, Gop, United States, Harvard University, House Of Representatives, Jackson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Trump, Adams, George Washington


Has political correctness gone too far?

Political correctness is often seen as a debate between two extremes, but there are nuances in the middle of the spectrum. Is there such a thing as being too PC, and if so, where is that line? While philosopher Slavoj Žižek, comedian Lewis Black, and actor Jeff Garlin acknowledge that some topics can be hurtful or even oppressive and should thus be approached with "good taste and self-restraint," they also argue that PC culture has tipped the scales far beyond being balanced. "If we continue to ...
Tags: Politics, Bullying, Society, Language, Innovation, Slavoj Zizek, Martin Amis, Speech, Black, Lewis Black, Jeff Garlin, Paul F Tompkins Jim Gaffigan


Jane Monckton Smith: ‘Domestic abuse isn't a row. It's when one person has become a threat to another’

The author and professor of public protection on the red flags of coercive control and how courts should change to give abuse victims an equal voiceJane Monckton Smith is a criminologist specialising in domestic homicide. A former police officer, she is professor of public protection at the University of Gloucestershire, and is recognised for her groundbreaking work on coercive control and stalking. In her new book, In Control: Dangerous Relationships and How They End in Murder, she lays out the...
Tags: Books, Education, Society, Domestic Violence, Culture, Criminology, The Home Office, University of Gloucestershire, Society books, Jane Monckton Smith, Monckton Smith


I only signed up for Spotify because I wanted to hear what Joe Rogan had to say about the crisis in Texas...

... but I keep getting this:    I was going to get interested in the other features of Spotify — maybe use it as my music source — but I'm only here because of Joe Rogan and Joe Rogan won't play. I tried Googling for an answer, and came up with hopeless junk like this. I'm about to give up on Spotify. They're asking $9.99 for their service. That would be a great deal if it worked. But if the app is balky and malfunctioning, they ought to pay me. ADDED: I wondered, who owns Spotify? Spotify is i...
Tags: Spotify, Texas, Law, Ted Cruz, Stockholm, Joe Rogan, Ann Althouse, Gimlet Media and Anchor FM Inc, Cancun Joe


Hot from the oven at 5 a.m.

 Meade made bread... for the second day in a row. He even milled the grains and seeds — wheat, oats, teff, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds. Teff?! I had never heard of it. Eragrostis tef, also known as teff, Williams lovegrass or annual bunch grass, is an annual grass, a species of lovegrass native to the Horn of Africa, notably to modern-day Ethiopia. It is cultivated for its edible seeds, also known as teff.... The name teff is thought to originate from the Amharic word teffa, whic...
Tags: Photography, Law, Wikipedia, Bread, Ethiopia, Horn of Africa, Amharic, Meade, Ann Althouse


Transgender Oath Keeper petitions for release from jail following charges relating to the Capitol siege, reportedly citing safety fears

This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Jail shows Jessica Watkins. Watkins and Donovan Crowl, both from Ohio, are being held at a county jail in Dayton, after being arrested Monday, January 18, 2021. Montgomery County Jail via AP Jessica Watkins, an Oath Keeper, was arrested in January and charged with conspiring to storm the Capitol. She has petitioned to be released from jail and for the courts to consider home detention. Watkins believes she is at "particular risk" as a tr...
Tags: Politics, Law, Congress, Trends, Afghanistan, Transgender, News UK, Army, Ohio, Capitol, Dayton, BuzzFeed News, Watkins, Dayton Ohio, Capitol Building, US Capitol


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. PERSONNES : Les demandeurs ont prouvé qu’un registre de l’état civil qui ne reconnaît pas l’identité de genre des personnes transgenres et non binaires, ou qui limite leur capacité à corriger la ...
Tags: Law, Canada, Canadiens, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Québec PERSONNES, Juge Gregory Moore Date


"When I’m rolling, I just want to breathe deeply and enjoy it. The simple act of breathing can be extremely pleasurable."

Said Carl Hart, chair of the Columbia University psychology department, quoted in "Columbia professor: I do heroin regularly for ‘work-life balance’" (NY Post). At 54, the married father of three has snorted small amounts of heroin for as many as 10 days in a row and enjoyed it mightily – even if, as he recalls in his new book “Drug Use for Grown-ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear” (Penguin Press), he’s experienced mild withdrawal symptoms “12 to 16 hours after the last dose.... Hart, who...
Tags: Law, Drugs, America, Columbia University, Columbia, Ny Post, Hart, Penguin Press, Ann Althouse, Carl Hart


Coronavirus live news: cases of some variants falling in UK; German third wave could be imminent due to variants

UK health secretary says cases of South African and Brazilian variant appear to be falling; German experts say variants behind stalling decline in infectionsUK: Ban on outside sport can end, top scientist urges JohnsonLong Covid: ‘It’s a year since I’ve felt like myself’Surge in referrals for eating disorders among under-18s during CovidSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.01am GMT The number of cases of South African and Brazilian variants of Covid-19 in the UK appears to be falling, the Bri...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, World news, South Africa, Labour, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Sky News, Keir Starmer, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Sophy Ridge, JohnsonLong Covid


"Lindsey Graham, who says that Trump is a 'handful,' a word usually leveled at spirited women, is going to Mar-a-Lago this weekend to golf with his sovereign lord..."

"... and try to explain the importance of the 2022 midterms to Trump’s legacy. But Trump doesn’t give a damn, except how he can use the midterms for revenge or self-promotion.... By coddling Trump on his election fakery, the Republicans gave it so much oxygen, it led to tragedy. Trump, the supreme ingrate, wasn’t grateful for McConnell’s nay vote. He promptly composed a masterpiece of spleen, a statement threatening to primary Mitch’s candidates and calling him 'a dour, sullen, and unsmiling po...
Tags: Law, Washington, Wikipedia, Ted Cruz, Language, Sharp, Mitch McConnell, Native Americans, Kate, Shakespeare, Cruz, Mitch, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Cancun, Harvard Law School


"Sex Offenders and the Free Exercise of Religion"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new article authored by Christopher Lund now available via SSRN. Here is its abstract: In a variety of ways, sex offenders in the United States find themselves in a difficult position.  One of the lesser-known ways relates to the free exercise of religion.  Sometimes by categorical statute, and sometimes by individualized parole, probation, or supervised-release condition, sex offenders can find themselves legally barred from places where chil...
Tags: Law, United States, Douglas A Berman, Christopher Lund


John Rawls: an ideal theorist for nonideal times?

Fifty years ago, the publication of John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice started a conversation in political philosophy that continues today. Rawls’s voice remains central in contemporary philosophical debates across a wide variety of topics—from arguments about principles of economic justice to questions of fair policies for international relations; from basic philosophical methodology to the grounds of democratic legitimacy.Despite the enduring significance of Rawls’s work in contemporary politica...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Justice, Law, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Sen, Mills, Rawls, Amartya Sen, John Rawls, Arts & Humanities, 20th Century Philosophy, Subtopics, Matthew Adams


"I never would have made that Nazi comparison if I’d known everybody was going to be such a Nazi about it."

 "SNL" lampoons Britney Spears, Ted Cruz, Andrew Cuomo, and Gina Carano. There's some good enough stuff in there. The best is Pete Davidson's Andrew Cuomo impersonation. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Nazis, Ted Cruz, Snl, Nazi, Britney Spears, Andrew Cuomo, Gina Carano, Pete Davidson, Ann Althouse, Cancel Culture, Coronavirus, Britney Spears Ted Cruz Andrew Cuomo


Coronavirus live news: South Korea to begin vaccine rollout as top vaccine maker told to prioritise India

South Korea to begin vaccinating people by 27 February; Serum Institute of India says it has been directed to prioritise ‘huge needs of India’UK: Ban on outside sport can end, top scientist urges JohnsonLong Covid: ‘It’s a year since I’ve felt like myself’Surge in referrals for eating disorders among under-18s during CovidSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.49am GMT Teachers and school staff in Malta will start being vaccinated next week, after they were pushed up the vaccine list back in Jan...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Germany, India, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Malta, Times of Malta, Serum Institute of India, JohnsonLong Covid, Charmaine Gauci, Times of Malta She



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