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Montana governor given warning after trapping and killing a Yellowstone wolf

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., speaks during the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. Associated Press/Andrew Harnik Montana's governor was given a warning after he killed a Yellowstone wolf outside the park last month. Greg Gianforte had not completed a state-mandated certification course before trapping the wolf. A spokesperson for the governor said he immediately rectified the mistake and signed up...
Tags: Politics, Science, Montana, Washington, Trends, Hunting, Parks, Yellowstone, Rockies, Yellowstone National Park, Wolf, Robert Smith, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Gianforte, Greg Gianforte, Boise State Public Radio


If conservatives are liberals who've been mugged, maybe liberals are just conservatives who enjoy government power a bit too much

Grits must admit, I don't get it. For years, Republicans in Texas have complained about high taxes, which at the local government level are largely driven by public-safety budgets. Then, over the last couple of years, Texas Republicans including the Governor have become obsessed with homelessness in Austin after the city decriminalized their public existence.So when the city of Austin ratcheted back the police department budget by 4.6 percent and spent the savings on EMS and services for mental ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Reagan, Austin, Gop, Ronald Reagan, Goldman, Fort Worth, EMS, HARRIS, Legislature, Midland, Texas Department of Public Safety, House State Affairs Committee, Bizarro World, Adler


Legal Blogging With Conviction

Legal bloggers don’t often blog with a sense of conviction, unless you include the blogging style of legal reporting and commentary. A by The New York Times’ Dan Smith yesterday about a newsroom with urgency, one about racism at its core, got me thinking about blogging with conviction. Inspired by Boston’s 19th-century abolitionist newspapers, author Ibram Kendim, who redefined, ‘Racist’ and The Boston Globe are teaming up to build a newsroom to cover racism. “They started talking...
Tags: Law, Boston, Uncategorized, New York Times, The Boston Globe, Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, Dan Smith, Ibram Kendim, William Loyd Garrison


Covid ‘vaccine hesitancy’ in England and Wales is being overcome, study finds

More than 80% of people who were reluctant to accept a jab in December have changed their mindCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than four in five people who said last December they were either uncertain about or intended to refuse a Covid-19 vaccine had changed their mind by February and had accepted a jab or planned to, an analysis has found.Researchers tracked responses of 14,713 adults in England and Wales over the two months, finding that the change was consist...
Tags: Health, England, Wales, Society, UK News, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID


At the Sunrise Café...

 ... you can talk about whatever you want.  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


A Cyberattack Allegedly Knocked Insurance Giant CNA Offline

CNA Financial, one of the largest insurance providers in the U.S., is currently experiencing widespread network disruptions. Read more...
Tags: Science, Insurance, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Cyberattack, Internet Security, Cyberwarfare, Data Security, Computer Security, CNA, CNA Financial Corporation, Cyber Insurance, Business Finance, CNA Financial, Joshua Motta, Technology Internet


The WILD Legal Stylings Of Sidney Powell — See Also

I'm A Liar! Sydney Powell, basically. Breaking Down The Changes To US News Rankings: Law schools are paying attention. Mental Health Continues To Resonate In Biglaw: Real stories behind the stats. Buyouts! For staff at a Magic Circle firm. More Details Emerge: About the resignation of a law school dean.
Tags: Law, Sidney Powell, See Also


Practiced Court Witness Crispin Odey Can’t Save Colleagues From Unpleasant Tax Bill

It seems you do have to pay taxes on your bonus, even if they were deferred to satisfy some other meddling regulator.
Tags: Law, Finance, Bill, Crispin Odey, ATL Finance


A "Call for Comment" from the ABA's Plea Bargaining Task Force

I am happy to be able to highlight here a "Call for Comment" from the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section's Plea Bargaining Task Force: The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section has created a task force to more closely examine the role of plea bargaining in our modern system of criminal justice.  Its goal is to develop both broad policy oriented goals for the criminal justice system and, where necessary, specific recommendations for changes in the way plea bargaining o...
Tags: Law, Aba, Douglas A Berman, Thea Johnson, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section


Texas is Big: Albright did not Abuse Discretion in Moving Case from Midland to Waco.

by Dennis Crouch In re True Chemical Solutions, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2021) This is another mandamus petition out of Judge Albright’s courtroom — this time denied.  The patentee True Chem filed the declaratory-judgment lawsuit against PCC in the Midland division of W.D.Tex. back in 2018, before Judge Albright joined the bench.   In 2019 the case was reassigned to Judge Albright who conducted some of the proceedings in his Waco courtroom. Texas is big — the Western District of Texas is larger than most ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Patent, Midland, Albright, Waco, PCC, Federal Circuit, Midland Odessa, Tex, Western District of Texas, Dennis Crouch, Waco Division, True Chemical Solutions LLC Fed, True Chem, Waco Although True Chem


Am Law 100 Firm Jumps Into Spring 2021 Special Bonus War

This is on top of the thousands of dollars of reward bucks the firm announced just two weeks ago.
Tags: Money, Law, Bonuses, Biglaw, Fenwick & West, Associate Bonus Watch 2021


Consumer Privacy Protection: Are You Up To Speed On The CCPA? [Sponsored]

With new consumer privacy regulations rolling out across the country, make sure you’re aware of your clients’ responsibilities and risks under the CCPA.
Tags: Privacy, Law, Cle, Pli, Califonia, Sponsored Content, Small Law Firms, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Practising Law Institute (PLI, PLI Custom Small Law


Details Emerge Of Chain Of Events Culminating In CUNY Law Dean ‘Slaveholder’ Remark

There's still a lot that could've been handled better.
Tags: Law, Racism, Law Schools, CUNY School of Law, Mary Lu Bilek




"Was it fair?": Second Circuit judge questions charging practices of federal prosecutor

I helpful reader alerted me to an interesting concurring opinion by Judge Jon Newman in a Second Circuit decision yesterday in US v. Dumitru, No. 19-1486-cr (2d Cir. Mar. 22, 2021) (available here). Because my first job out of law school was clerking for Judge Newman, I tend to think everything he has to say is worth listening to.  But criminal justice fans may be especially interested in his discussion of prosecutorial charging in his short separate opinion in this case, and here is a small tas...
Tags: Law, US, Newman, Second Circuit, Dumitru, Douglas A Berman, Jon Newman, Andreea Dumitru


Former Sidley Partner’s Mental Health Struggle Resonates With Attorneys

People share the very real price of a Biglaw career.
Tags: Law, Mental Health, Biglaw, Sidley Austin, Gabriel MacConaill, Joanna Litt, Kent Halkett


Forging The Path To Game-Changing Innovation

The innovation process can sometimes yield ideas that are beyond the understanding of the target audience.
Tags: Technology, Law, Ken Crutchfield


Magic Circle Firm Offers Voluntary Buyouts To All Of Its London Secretaries

This is the kinder, gentler way to part with employees.
Tags: Layoffs, Law, Biglaw, Linklaters, Voluntary Buyouts, Biglaw Buyouts


New Article: “Content Moderation Remedies”

I’m excited to share my latest paper, called “Content Moderation Remedies.” I’ve been working on this project 2+ years, and this is the first time I’m sharing the draft publicly. I think many of you will find it interesting, so I hope you will check it out. The paper addresses the range of content moderation options between “leave up” and “remove.” Many such moderation/”remedial” options between those two endpoints have actually be deployed in the field. This chart, one of the project’s key deli...
Tags: Law, Domain Names, Content Regulation, Internet History, Michigan Technology Law Review


Informing Clients and Former Clients of Data Breaches

By David Hricik, Mercer Law School Law firms are targets of hackers, and patent firms in particular are so. Why? Because hackers know they have the “wheat” separated from the chaff, and hackers believe firms also have less robust security than their clients.  See Am. B. Ass’n. Formal Eth. Op. 483 (here). That is likely more so in disbursed work forces caused by the pandemic. In that opinion, the ABA explained the duties of a firm to use reasonable care to avoid hacking.  If a hacking occurred, t...
Tags: Law, Ethics, Maine, Aba, ESI, David Hricik Mercer Law


The fox reappears...

 Next time... I plan to get a better picture. I've got to reach for my old time-y camera. I'm keeping it right here on my desk. It's a mistake to grab the iPhone. What a fumbling idiot I become when suddenly excited by a chance to photograph the fox! I got that one picture and then — even though the beastie paused to take a shit — I could not get a second shot. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Fox, Ann Althouse


"During a trip to Italy, [his wife] gets behind the wheel of a Renault and speeds along a mountainside road outside of Siena."

"Suddenly, like Nicole in 'Tender Is the Night,' she declares, 'I’m going to kill both of us!' Roth grabs the wheel, and they continue on to the Rhône Valley. Roth started seeing Hans Kleinschmidt, an eccentric name-dropping psychoanalyst, three or four days a week. Asked later how he could justify the expense ($27.50 a session), Roth said, 'It kept me from killing my first wife.' He told Kleinschmidt that he fantasized about dropping into the Hoffritz store on Madison Avenue and buying a knife....
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Italy, Army, Manhattan, Philip Roth, Playboy, Driving, Renault, Siena, Nipples, Philip, Don, Nicole, Roth, Madison Avenue


The 7th nominee for the “Worst Employer of 2021” is … the penny pincher

The law of every state I can think of requires that an employer timely provide a departed employee with his or her last paycheck. I know of no law that says how that final payment must be paid. There should be a law, however, that prohibits an employer from doing so by dumping a pile of oily pennies in someone's driveway. That's exactly what happened to Andreas Flatens, who quit his job at A OK Walker Luxury Auto Shop because of the toxic work environment created by its owner, Miles Walker. H...
Tags: Law, Jamie, Walker, WGCL, Jamie Kennedy, Jon Hyman, Andreas Flatens, OK Walker Luxury Auto Shop, Miles Walker He claims Walker


New Casetext Product Lets You Use Its Powerful Search Tool To Search Just About Anything

Last year, the legal research company Casetext launched Compose, a first-of-its-kind product that uses artificial intelligence to help create the first draft of a litigation brief in a fraction of the time it would normally take. Interest in Compose was so great that it somewhat overshadowed Casetext’s release of a product that formed a core component of Compose, called Parallel Search, a powerful tool for finding conceptually related cases, even when they contain no matching keywords. Now, Case...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Casetext, Apple Inc, Frlekin, Markus Winkler, BERT Pablo Arredondo Casetext


Order of Examination – Patentability Conditions + Eligibility

Senators Tillis and Cotton have suggested that the PTO try a sequenced approach to examining patents.  First consider whether a patent application complies with Sections 102, 103, and 112; then consider eligibility. Letter: 3.22-TT-TC-Ltr-to-PTO-re-Sequenced-Examination See: Crouch & Merges, Ordering Patent Doctrine Decision-Making (2010)
Tags: Law, Patent, PTO, Tillis, TT TC Ltr


Patent rights, Taxes, and Printing Money

by Dennis Crouch One reason that patents remain a popular government program is that the system does not require any collection of taxes from the populace.  Rather, the government gives away property rights to individuals (or their corporate assignees ) who prove themselves worthy by disclosing a new and useful invention and who pay fees to run the system.  The patent-give-away is different than the land-giveaway associated with American Westward Expansion (often known as “Land Patents”). Altho...
Tags: Law, US, Patent, Midwest, Dennis Crouch, Duell, American Westward Expansion


Facebook guidelines allow for users to call for death of public figures

Exclusive: public figures considered to be permissible targets for otherwise-banned abuse, leaked moderator guidelines showFacebook leak underscores strategy to operate in repressive regimesDecoding emojis and defining ‘support’: Facebook’s rules for content revealedFacebook’s bullying and harassment policy explicitly allows for “public figures” to be targeted in ways otherwise banned on the site, including “calls for [their] death”, according to a tranche of internal moderator guidelines leaked...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Social Media, Society, UK News, Digital Media, Hate Crime


'No more shame': the French women breaking the law to highlight femicide

Alarming rates of violence have inspired a poster campaign that has spread beyond France to more than 15 countriesOn a weekday evening, in between coronavirus lockdowns and curfews, Camille, Natacha and Cindy are out with a bright yellow plastic bucket of glue, two large brushes and a wad of A4 paper, each sheet covered with a single letter.The women, all in their 20s, stop on the main road of this Paris suburb by the wall of what looks like a former bank. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, Police, Women, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Domestic Violence, Paris, Finland, Cindy, Camille Natacha


Is Viet Dinh The Most Powerful Lawyer In America?

Reports of his power are greatly exaggerated, says Fox’s top lawyer — but there’s no denying that he's had a most interesting and impressive career.
Tags: Politics, Law, America, Fox, Fox News, Fox News Channel, Paul Clement, Harvard Law School, Mark Filip, In-House Counsel, Media and Journalism, Viet Dinh, Fox Corporation



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