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Ticket checker on the Minneapolis metro thinks he's an immigration cop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2s-R4v8wiY A transit officer in Minneapolis, whose main job is to ask "Tickets, please!", was filmed May 14 wanting "Papers, please!". The video posted on Facebook on May 20 has over 1 million views. In the clip, the officer asks the man, “Do you have a state ID?” The man appears to shake his head no. “Are you here illegally?” the officer asks next. Morales then intervenes and asks the officer, “Are you guys authorized to act as immigration police?” “No...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Law, Minneapolis, Cops, Immigration, Papers Please, Metro, Morales, Metro Transit Police Department, John Harrington, Metro Transit Police


Can Your HSA Contribution Amount Be Changed During The Year?

Life doesn’t usually give the courtesy of telling you when it’s about to change drastically. It doesn’t provide a crystal ball. If it did, that ball certainly would come in handy late in the year during the medical insurance enrollment period when we pick our medical coverage and set our health savings account (HSA) contribution amount for the following year. While you likely can’t switch your medical plan, you have a little more wiggle room when it comes to your HSA contributions. We’ve had an...
Tags: Marketing, Insurance, HSA, Health Savings Account, Medical Insurance


Silverwood – Free Admission Memorial Weekend for Military, Police Officers & Firefighters!

  If you’re still looking for a fun mini-vacation for Memorial Weekend, Silverwood Amusement Park in North Idaho is offering FREE admission to American Heroes for Memorial weekend – May 27, 28th & 29th. All military personnel, police officers, EMS & firefighters (identification required for each of these) will receive FREE admission to the amusement park.  Also, their immediate family members (spouse & children) will get discounted admission when you purchase your tickets at the front gate. The...
Tags: Entertainment, Military, Frugality, EMS, Pacific Northwest, Northwest, North Idaho, Silverwood, Northern Idaho, Thrifty NW, Silverwood Theme Park, Memorial Weekend Silverwood Amusement Park, Silverwood More, Silverwood Campground Farragut State Park


Supreme Court Reins-In Patent Venue

by Dennis Crouch In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the Supreme Court has significantly shifted the balance away from the geographically fringe Eastern District of Texas – holding that the residence requirement of 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) refers only to a defendant’s State of Incorporation for patent infringement venue purposes. Read the Decision: 16-341_8n59. The short (10-page) unanimous opinion authored by Justice Thomas reaffirms the court’s prior decision in Fourco Glass Co. v....
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Patent, Thomas, Eastern District of Texas, Federal Circuit, Eastern District, Dennis Crouch, Janicke, TC Heartland LLC, VE Holding Corp, Johnson Gas Appliance Co, Fourco Glass Co, Transmirra Products Corp, Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC the Supreme Court


White House Budget Strongly Condemned by Public Lands Sportsmen

The White House WASHINGTON -(Ammoland.com)- Public lands fish and wildlife habitat, public access funding, and hunting and angling opportunities will face severe negative impacts in the administration’s fiscal 2018 budget, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announced today.Key resource agency funding is slashed, important staff positions are eliminated and programs important to public lands and sportsmen are cut in the budget, a draft version of which was released in March.Notable measure include a...
Tags: Budget, Guns, Congress, Washington, White House, America, United States, Hunting, Interior Department, Bha, Interior, Zinke, Ammoland, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Hunting News, Public Land


Opinion analysis: Justices rein in Federal Circuit’s lax rules on patent venue

Where have I read this before: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – patent-holding plaintiffs win; Supreme Court – corporate defendants win. The Supreme Court struck yet another blow against the expertise of the Federal Circuit, the specialized appellate court for patent cases, with Monday morning’s opinion in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, rejecting the rules on patent venue that the Federal Circuit has been administering for more than 25 years. The odd part of it is t...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Analysis, Marshall, Thomas, Antonin Scalia, East Texas, Clarence Thomas, Federal Circuit, U S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Merits Cases, TC Heartland LLC, Piney Woods, Neil Gorsuch


Why Every Small Business Owner Needs Disability Insurance

by Richard Reich, President of Intramark Insurance May has finally arrived and that means that it’s time to mark Disability Insurance Awareness Month. As a small business owner, it’s important to prepare for the worst-case scenario, in which you’re no longer able to perform the duties essential to running your business. If you’re young and healthy, the idea of becoming disabled might seem like a remote possibility, but being in near-perfect health is actually the best time to purchase a policy....
Tags: Startups, Insurance, Disability, Disability Insurance, Business Advice, Professionalisms, Disability Insurance Awareness Month, Richard Reich, Intramark Insurance May, Council for Disability Awareness, Save Money and Start


Petition of the day

The petition of the day is: Evergreen Partnering Group, Inc. v. Pactiv Corp. 16-1148 Issues: (1) Whether Eastman Kodak Industry Co. v. Image Technical Services, Inc.‘s Rule 56 standard or the more stringent “tends to exclude the possibility of independent action” standard articulated in Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Zenith Radio Corp. applies where the alleged conduct, unlike in Matsushita, is not inherently pro-competitive and is not economically or otherwise irrational; and (...
Tags: Law, U S Court of Appeals, Matsushita, Cases in the Pipeline, 1st Circuit, Evergreen Partnering Group Inc, Pactiv Corp, Eastman Kodak Industry Co, Image Technical Services Inc, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd, Zenith Radio Corp


Opinion analysis: Court offers clear statement of black letter law on international service by mail

In Water Splash v. Menon, the Supreme Court resolved whether the Hague Service Convention –formally known as the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters – prohibits or authorizes service by mail. Eight members of the court (Justice Neil Gorsuch did not participate) unanimously adopted the view advocated by the U.S. solicitor general, which one might also dub the Goldilocks approach: The convention neither authorizes nor prohibits s...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Law, Analysis, Alito, Menon, Samuel Alito, Merits Cases, Neil Gorsuch, Tara Menon, Texas 14th Court of Appeals, Menon the Supreme Court


Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice. PracticeTax Tips for Legal Professionals Jackie Porter It’s tax time and the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. Do you feel that you are paying to much taxes but only complain to your accountant when its tax time? A better approach to to be proactive. Check out t...
Tags: Law, Tips Tuesday, Susannah Tredwell, Jackie Porter


Live blog of orders and opinions (Update: Completed)

We live-blogged this morning as the court released orders and opinions.The transcript is available at this link. The post Live blog of orders and opinions (Update: Completed) appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, Live


Opinion analysis: Court strikes down N.C. districts in racial gerrymandering challenge

Two North Carolina congressional districts, District 1 and District 12, have – as Justice Elena Kagan observed today – “quite the history before” the Supreme Court. In the last 25 years, the districts have been at the heart of four earlier racial gerrymandering cases at the court. Last year, a three-judge district court invalidated both of the districts, on the ground that state legislators had illegally packed the districts with African-American voters, which in turn reduced the influence of Af...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Virginia, Analysis, North Carolina, Charlotte, Vra, State, John Roberts, Alito, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy


Symposium: Court clarifies review of racial gerrymandering, but does not impose strict scrutiny on every intentional creation of a majority-minority district

Kristen Clarke is President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Ezra Rosenberg is Co-Director of the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  As we prepare for the upcoming round of 2020 redistricting, the opinions in Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections and Cooper v. Harris make clear that what constitutes unlawful racial gerrymandering will prove critical. Although states and localities can act intentiona...
Tags: Featured, Law, North Carolina, Kennedy, Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, HARRIS, Cooper, Perry, Roberts, Easley, Alito, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Clarence Thomas


11 things to understand about Denver

THERE ARE SOME THINGS the whole country knows about Denver: Our football team is the greatest, we have incredible access to the mountains, our airport is a major hub for travelers. Then there are the things you only understood after visiting The Mile High City. For starters? It really is one mile high in elevation. But there’s so much more to Denver than what the guidebooks describe. Whether it’s the building rules about not blocking the mountain view, the warmer-than-you-think temperatures, th...
Tags: Travel, Post, Law, Colorado, Denver Nuggets, Denver Broncos, Wilco, America, Things To Do, Patagonia, Vacation, Denver, Hall of Fame, Facts, Colorado Rockies, Max


Don’t Miss the Free Online Training Tomorrow on How to Get Great Google Rankings in 2017!

If you’re not showing up on the first page of Google for your most relevant keywords, you should be very concerned.  Why?  Because 94% of people using Google for search only look at the first page of search results! Getting on that first page of Google is highly competitive for the legal industry. Attorneys spend millions of dollars every year on Pay Per Click (PPC) and banner advertisements, trying to drive more traffic to their website. Far too often it comes down to how much money a law firm ...
Tags: Google, Law, Seo, Ppc, UCSD, Google PPC, Google rankings, Rainmaker Institute, Michael Veinbergs, Local Marketing Geeks Michael, SEO for law firms


PolicyGenius raises $30 million from Norwest Venture Partners

 Consumers increasingly are going online to search for insurance, and when they do, PolicyGenius wants to be right there to help them find the right policy. To expand its offerings and support more customers, the company raised a $30 million Series C funding round led by Norwest Venture Partners. Read More
Tags: TC, Insurance, Tech, Norwest Venture Partners, PolicyGenius, Norwest Venture


Symposium: Court provides clarification of redistricting challenges, but conflict on use of race remains

Kimberly Hermann is General Counsel at Southeastern Legal Foundation. The government should not consider race when it is drawing electoral district lines – the lines should be drawn based on where people live, not based on the color of their skin. With that said, we would be naïve to ignore the delicate balancing act thrust upon state legislatures when drawing redistricting maps. Electoral districting is one of the most difficult tasks that state legislatures face. On the one hand are the many ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Virginia, North Carolina, HARRIS, Cooper, Clarence Thomas, Thornburg, Merits Cases, Bethune Hill, Virginia State Board, Virginia North Carolina, Supreme Court This, Gingles


Where Insurance and Contracts Collide in Construction

Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As has been said a “few” times here at Construction Law Musings, the courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia strictly interpret the actual terms of a construction contract.  A recent case in the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond provides yet another example of this fact. In , the Court looked at whether a waiver clause in the prime contract between the owner, Cedar Street Genesis, and the general contractor, MGT Constructio...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Virginia, Court, Construction, Contracts, Richmond, Circuit Court, Richmond VA, Lien, FSI, Construction Law, Virginia Construction Attorney, Business of Construction, Virginia Construction Mediator, Virginia Photo


Petition of the day

The petition of the day is: Bloomingdale’s, Inc. v. Vitolo 16-1110 Issue: Whether the Federal Arbitration Act preempts a state-law rule that prohibits enforcement of a pre-dispute arbitration agreement with respect to a state statutory claim unless the agreement allows the claimant to pursue representative relief on behalf of all similarly-situated individuals. The post Petition of the day appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, Vitolo, Cases in the Pipeline, Bloomingdale 's Inc


Morning light and shadows...

... on Meade's alliums: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Flowers, Meade, Ann Althouse


Today’s orders

Today the Supreme Court declined to wade into the battle over “soft money,” unregulated contributions to political parties. The Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002, also known as “McCain-Feingold” after the senators who spearheaded it, bars state and local political parties from using soft money for activities related to federal elections – for example, vote-registration drives and get-out-the-vote efforts for elections that include candidates for federal offices. The law also bars th...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, California, Michigan, Lee, McCain Feingold, U S Patent and Trademark Office, Clarence Thomas, Louisiana Republican Party, SAS Institute, Cases in the Pipeline, Appeal Board, Peruta, Neil Gorsuch


Symposium: The court continues winding down unnecessary racial redistricting

Richard H. Pildes is the Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU Law. In 2014, he argued predecessor case Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama on behalf of the appellants, and he continues to represent those plaintiffs. In this decade’s redistricting, the major constitutional development, apart from Shelby County v. Holder, has been the court’s commitment to ensuring that intentional race-based districting not take place except where a strong basis exists for concluding that the...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Virginia, Alabama, Barack Obama, Johnson, North Carolina, Reno, Vra, Nyu, HARRIS, Cooper, Shaw, Shelby County


The coded gaze: biased and understudied facial recognition technology

Rod McCullom at Undark has a terrific overview of the perpetual "virtual lineup," where half of all American adults "are enrolled in unregulated facial recognition networks used by state and local law enforcement agencies." (more…)
Tags: Post, Science, Crime, News, Race, Society, Coding, Facial Recognition, Criminology, Algorithmic Discrimination, Algorithmic Transparency, Racist Algorithms, Rod McCullom, Undark


Vermont Boy Invents New Camouflage for Hunting, Launches KickStarter Campaign

See3D Camo Clothing STRAFFORD, Vt. -(Ammoland.com)- See3D Camo, founded by a son and father team, is launching a new product that rethinks hunter safety wear.The See3D Camo suit is an orange leafy suit that incorporates safety orange and “3D leaf” technology to greatly improve how the hunter’s outline blends into their surroundings. The new suit makes them invisible to deer, yet highly visible to other hunters.Patented this year, the new hunting suit achieves two contradictory goals: improved ...
Tags: Guns, Gear, Kickstarter, Hunting, Vermont, Peter, Camo, Camo LLC


"There's an image I really want to do with that Trump orb thing."

I said earlier this morning, after starting the day with a post about the Trump orb and then a post about that statue of Karl Marx — you can see it — that China gave to Trier, German (Marx's birthplace). I still haven't taught myself how to photoshop 2 images together, but my complaint about how I was too lazy to learn somehow lit a fire under Rick Lee, and he made this:Rick Lee is a professional photographer. You can see his website here. And I know you might ask what that new image is even s...
Tags: Law, China, Sculpture, Karl Marx, Trump, Ann Althouse, Photoshopping, President Trump, Rick Lee, Trier German Marx


"Why the Phrase 'Late Capitalism' Is Suddenly Everywhere/An investigation into a term that seems to perfectly capture the indignities and absurdities of the modern economy."

By Annie Lowrey in The Atlantic.A job advertisement celebrating sleep deprivation? That’s late capitalism. Free-wheeling Coachella outfits that somehow all look the same and cost thousands of dollars? Also late capitalism. Same goes for this wifi-connected $400 juicer that does no better than human hands, Pepsi’s advertisement featuring Kendall Jenner, United Airlines’ forcible removal of a seated passenger who just wanted to go home, and the glorious debacle that was the Fyre Festival. The phra...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Law, Advertising, Atlantic, Capitalism, Communism, Reddit, Coachella, Rhetoric, Bernie Sanders, Pepsi, Ann Althouse, Annie Lowrey, Kendall Jenner United Airlines


Written Description’s Shifting Focus to the Accused Embodiment

by Dennis Crouch Rivera v. ITC and Solofill (Fed. Cir. 2017) After conducting an investigation, a divided majority of commissioners of the USITC found no-violation of Adrian Rivera’s U.S. Patent No. 8,720,320 directed toward a re-usable K-cup that work with coffee pods. Investigation No. 337-TA-929.  In particular, the decision found all asserted claims invalid for lack of written description. On appeal, the Federal Circuit has affirmed — finding substantial evidence supported the Commission’s h...
Tags: Law, Itc, Patent, Fed, Rivera, Federal Circuit, ICU Medical, Eli Lilly Co, Written Description, USITC, Ariad Pharm Inc, Dennis Crouch Rivera, Solofill Fed, Adrian Rivera, Solofill, Alaris Medical System Fed


The Accessibility of the LSAT: A Response to Dean Sossin and Dean Holloway

Harvard Law’s recent relaxation of the LSAT requirements by allowing applicants to take the GRE has spurred a debate in the Canadian context about whether it is prudent to maintain the strict LSAT requirements for law school admissions. So far, the deans of two law schools – Dean Sossin of Osgoode Hall and Dean Holloway of Calgary Law – have taken a public stand in support of the LSAT. The arguments cited are not new. The LSAT, it is argued, is a useful comparative tool that allows admission com...
Tags: Law, Miscellaneous, Canada, United Kingdom, Oxford, Quebec, Mcgill, Ontario, Harvard Law, GRE, Legal Education, LSAT, Law School Admission Council, Osgoode Hall, Dean Sossin, Osgoode


Symposium: The Goldilocks principle of redistricting

Hans A. von Spakovsky is a Senior Legal Fellow and Manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative at The Heritage Foundation and former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Justice Department. Along with John Fund, he is the co-author of “Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk” and “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department.” For anyone who seeks clarity in what states must do in redistricting to comply with the Voting Right...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Court, North Carolina, Reno, John Fund, Democratic Party, John Roberts, HARRIS, Cooper, Easley, Shaw, Alito, U S Justice Department


Symposium: A recipe for continued confusion and more judicial involvement in redistricting

Andrew Brasher is the solicitor general of Alabama. I think the most important aspect of Cooper v. Harris is not the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision on North Carolina’s Congressional District 1, but its divided decision on Congressional District 12. Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama left open two questions that Cooper and an earlier case from this term, Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, try to answer: (1) How does a court go about deciding whether a state drew an indiv...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Alabama, North Carolina, Reno, Democratic, HARRIS, Cooper, Easley, Shaw, Virginia State Board of Elections, Cromartie, Congressional District, Alabama Democratic Conference, Merits Cases



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