Court puts temporary hold on North Carolina redistricting order

Last week a three-judge federal court in North Carolina struck down the state’s federal congressional map, ruling that Republicans had drawn the map to give themselves an advantage over Democrats – specifically, the court stressed, to guarantee Republicans’ “domination of the state’s congressional delegation.” The court ordered the state legislature to come up with a new plan by January 24, but tonight the Supreme Court put that order on hold, to give the state’s Republicans time to appeal. In a...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Republicans, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Howe, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Gill, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, Rick Hasen

Local SEO Tips for Attorneys [INFOGRAPHIC]

To realize the importance of being proficient at Local SEO, all you have to do is search for your area of practice on Google.  Without even typing in a city or state, Google will serve up law firms that match your search query that are geographically closest to you.  Google knows that if you are looking for a lawyer, it is highly likely you’ll want one that is close to you.  Hence the importance of optimizing your law firm website for Local Search. Of course, your competitors are probably gettin...
Tags: Google, Law, Seo, Local Seo, SEO for law firms, Seo For Lawyers

DS-15 Hunter Special Editions from Dark Storm Industries

Dark Storm Industries recently announced a trio of special edition AR-style rifles targeted for the hunting market. The new DS-15 Hunter special edition rifles are chambered for the 300 BLK cartridge, feature a camouflage finish and are available in three different styles to match your state’s legal requirements. The standard Dark Storm Industries model is a […] Read More … The post DS-15 Hunter Special Editions from Dark Storm Industries appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: News, Guns, Hunting, Daily News, DSI, Camo, Ar-15, Rifle, Rifles, Dark Strom Industries

Justices to review travel ban challenge

The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on the challenge to President Donald Trump’s September 24 order, the latest version of what is often known as his “travel ban,” which limited travel from eight countries: Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela and Chad. The announcement, which came in a brief order today, had been widely expected since last month’s ruling in the case by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which upheld a federal district court decision block...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, United States, Hawaii, Chad, Muslim, Donald Trump, Trump, 9th Circuit, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, What's Happening Now, Legal challenges to Trump's entry ban, 4th Circuit The 4th Circuit

Regulation, Statutory Interpretation, and Questionable Libation

Generally speaking, products we ingest like food, beverages, drugs and nutritional supplements are subject to basic regulations so we as consumers know what we are putting into our bodies. Things like ingredients, quantity, and source come to mind as basic information that should be available on packaging, or otherwise be readily discernable when interacting with these regulated products. Unfortunately, and to the detriment of consumers and producers alike, the legislation and administrative reg...
Tags: Law, Canada, Graham, Parliament, Administrative Law, Anheuser Busch, Tax Court, Tax Court of Canada, David E Graham, Mark Anthony Group Inc, Her Majesty the Queen Though Mark Anthony Group, Mark Anthony Group, Okanagan Premium Cider, Elmer Driedger

Argument analysis: Justices parse Fair Labor Standards Act protections for service personnel at car dealerships

Encino Motorcars v Navarro was up for a repeat performance yesterday, as the justices heard argument for the second time on the question whether the Fair Labor Standards Act protects the service advisors who greet you when you take your car to a dealership for service. The last time they heard the case, almost two years ago, the justices decided that the 2011 Department of Labor regulation bringing those advisors under the FLSA was invalid – criticizing the department for an utter failure to exp...
Tags: Featured, Law, National Labor Relations Board, Kennedy, Trump, Sonia Sotomayor, Lewis, John Roberts, Fred, Roberts, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy

Petition of the day

The petition of the day is: D. T. v. W. G. 17-913 Issue: Whether the 14th Amendment gives adoptive parents the same right as biological parents to direct the upbringing of their children. The post Petition of the day appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, Cases in the Pipeline

Sarsılmaz puts out MPT76 Prototypes, Production to ensue

The independent Turkish small arms company Sarsılmaz has released their first pre-production prototypes of the MPT76 and should soon begin production on their share (10,000 rifles) of the 7.62x51mm NATO MPT76 rifle contract ordered by the Turkish Armed Forces. MKEK has since already been producing MPT76s since 2015(20,000 rifles), and along with Kalekalip (15,000 rifles) will form one […] Read More … The post Sarsılmaz puts out MPT76 Prototypes, Production to ensue appeared first on The Firearm...
Tags: News, Guns, Defense, Turkey, Companies, Military, Nato, Contract, Misc, New Product, Daily News, Ar-15, Sarsilmaz, Rifle, Rifles, MPT76

Between Brussels and the Bear: The economic and moral argument against the euro

Between Brussels and the Bear: The economic and moral argument against the euro “I am not opposed to the introduction of the euro in Poland,” said Matuesz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland, last October, shortly before taking that office. It was a shocking stance for a head of state who clearly distances himself from pan-European structures. It’s surprising even if followed by the disclaimer that his country is “not yet” ready to adopt the EU’s commo...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Law, Russia, Religion, Eu, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Nato, Italy, Poland, Brussels, Estonia, Ecb, Slovakia, Lithuania

Employee’s refusal to take drug test dooms discrimination claim

Can an employee, terminated for refusing to submit to a “reasonable suspicion” drug test, sue the employer for discrimination? According to one recent federal district court opinion (and good ol’ common sense), the answer is no. James Tombeno worked for FedEx for 22 years as a sales executive. At the time of his hire, Tombeno signed an agreement that required him to submit to drug and alcohol testing upon FedEx’s request. FedEx required Tombeno to submit to a drug screen after his superviso...
Tags: Law, Ada, Fedex, Jon Hyman, James Tombeno, Tombeno

New research findings by computer scientists "cast significant doubt on the entire effort of algorithmic recidivism prediction"

This notable new research article in the latest issue of Science Advances provides a notable new perspective on the debate over risk assessment instruments. The article is authored by computer scientists Julia Dressel and Hany Farid and is titled "The accuracy, fairness, and limits of predicting recidivism."  Here are parts of its introduction: In the criminal justice system, predictive algorithms have been used to predict where crimes will most likely occur, who is most likely to commit a viol...
Tags: Law, Broward County Florida, Hany Farid, Douglas A Berman, Northpointe, Angwin, Julia Dressel

Twitter 280 character cap jumps engagement and stock price

Twitter is seeing big growth as a result of its move last September from a 140 character cap to a 280 character cap. Growth both as to more engaged users and its market value. BuzzFeed News reports, via SocialFlow findings, that tweets longer than the old 140-character limit are generating much more engagement than tweets that are under 140 characters. While the number of clicks on a link in Twitter were comparable before and after the change, retweets and likes were nearly double for tweets ov...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Socialflow, BuzzFeed News, Motley Fool, Though Twitter

Electronic Wills Down Under and Closer to Home

This column canvasses some recent developments in the law affecting electronic wills and reviews the Canadian position. The forms an electronic will might take have been tested down under in recent years. Consider if the law anywhere in Canada would have, or should have, produced similar results. Australia In Yu, Re [2013] QSC 322, the High Court of Queensland gave probate to a will contained in the iPad of the deceased Mr. Yu, who had killed himself. The will was done up like a traditional will...
Tags: UK, England, Law, Wales, Australia, Court, US, Canada, United States, Queensland, United Nations, Commission, New South Wales, New Zealand, Nevada, Quebec

Soldiers, military police move into 4 Rio de Janeiro slums

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian officials say more than 3,000 soldiers and military police officers have moved into four big slums in Rio de Janeiro seeking to arrest drug traffickers and hunt for the men suspected of gunning down a police inspector last week. Military spokesman Col. Roberto Itamar says 3,000 soldiers are involved […]
Tags: News, Ap, Military, Rio De Janeiro, Nation & World, Col Roberto Itamar

Thursday round-up

Yesterday the justices heard oral argument in two cases. The first was Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, which asks whether service advisors at car dealerships are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime-pay requirements. Mark Walsh offers a first-hand account of the argument for this blog. Yesterday’s second argument was in McCoy v. Louisiana, in which the court will decide whether the law allows a defense attorney in a capital case to concede a defendant’s guilt to the jury over the def...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Virginia, Court, United States, Muslim, SEC, Npr, Louisiana, Collins, Securities And Exchange Commission, Trump, Round-up, Reuters, Mark Sherman

This week’s oral argument audio now available on Oyez

Oyez has posted audio and transcripts from this week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court. The court heard argument this week in: Hall v. Hall Dalmazzi v. United States Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro McCoy v. Louisiana The post This week’s oral argument audio now available on Oyez appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Louisiana, Hall, Oyez, Merits Cases, Hall Dalmazzi, United States Encino Motorcars LLC, Navarro McCoy

EFF to NSA: you scammed your way to another six years of warrantless spying, and you'd better enjoy it while it lasts

Last week, cowards from both sides of the aisle caved into America's lawless spy agencies and made sure that Congress would not get a chance to vote on amendments to the renewal of Section 702, the rule that has allowed the NSA to conduct mass, warrantless surveillance on Americans in secret, without meaningful oversight or limits. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Privacy, Law, Congress, Snowden, Spooks, Nsa, America, Surveillance, COWARDS, Section 702, It Won't Last

Joshua Law hails interns

Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law presented certificates to students of the Vocational Training Council's Shine Skills Centre today who participated in a government internship scheme. The Civil Service Bureau arranged an eight-week internship programme for the 28 students at 17 government agencies from October last year. Mr Law said, as announced in the Policy Address, the Government will substantially increase the number of internship places for students with disabilities to 100 this y...
Tags: Law, Vocational Training Council, Civil Service Bureau, Joshua Law

Who did it better: Google Photo Books or ReSnap?

By Lisa Salazar (@Lihsa) I've wanted to compare generated photo books for a while now. I can now cross this off of my bucket list. What I mean by "generated" is that the platform will perform an initial import, or selection from your batch of photos on your phone. Today, I compare Google Photos Book and ReSnap, comparing platforms, pricing, editing and layouts. Google Photos Book If you have a Google account, you have a Google Photos account. To take full advantage of Google Photos, my ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Photography, Instagram, Law, France, Social Media, Smartphones, Italy, Google Photos, 0px Helvetica Neue, Lihsa, Lisa Salazar, Google Photo Book

Friday round-up

Last night the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to take the highly unusual step of agreeing to review a lower-court decision preventing the federal government from dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, even though the appeals court has not yet ruled on the case. Amy Howe covers the government’s request for this blog; her coverage first appeared at Howe on the Court. Additional coverage comes from Ariane de Vogue at CNN, Robert Barnes at The Wa...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, Washington Post, Politico, Court, Nbc News, Bloomberg, Cnn, New York Times, Ohio, Louisiana, North Carolina, Trump, Round-up, Reuters

WIRTW #490 (the “hilarious world of depression” edition)

Mental illness, especially among our youth, is an issue about which we do not pay nearly enough attention (to wit: this week’s suicide of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski). Today, I recommend that everyone check out The Hilarious World of Depression podcast. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests … to lear...
Tags: Law, Connecticut, Michigan, Washington State, Ada, Rhett Miller, Robin Shea, Eric Meyer, OSHA, Dan Schwartz, FLSA, Rhett, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Mike Haberman, John Moe

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to intervene on DACA

In June 2012, President Barack Obama signed a policy known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (popularly known as DACA), a program that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to apply for protection from deportation. Today the federal government went to the Supreme Court, asking it to intervene immediately in a legal dispute over whether the Trump administration can end DACA – and to rule on the dispute before the court’s summer recess. The clash now at...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Court, San Francisco, Barack Obama, United States, Department Of Justice, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Howe, Russell, U S Court of Appeals, Jeff Sessions, DACA, Kevin Russell

Petitions to watch | Conference of January 19

In its conference of January 19, 2018, the court will consider petitions involving issues such as whether Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co. and Auer v. Robbins should be overruled; whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit erred in holding that Andrew Kisela, the police officer who found Amy Hughes walking down her driveway toward another woman while carrying a large kitchen knife, acted unreasonably when he shot and wounded Hughes after she ignored commands to drop the knife given ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, Missouri, Arizona, Army, Faa, Sykes, Robbins, 9th Circuit, Richardson, Hughes, U S Court of Appeals, Reese, Hidalgo, Garza

ABA on Client Confidentiality in the 21st Century

Here is this week's Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** ABA on Client Confidentiality in the 21st Centur y These days, news is shared in many ways, with online news outlets and social media sites contributing to the rapid - and sometimes viral - dissemination of information. Not surprisingly, details distributed online can sometimes trigger client confidentiality issues. For that reason, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics a...
Tags: New York, Law, Social Media, Web/Tech, Aba, Committee, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, West Thomson

"I would say, having been called fake news myself, that the President of the United States is the king of fake news. He is the king of fake news."

"He said Barack Obama was not born in this country. He said Mexican are rapists and criminals. He has said many things. He has said he lost the election because undocumented people voted by the millions. He said that he had the largest inauguration crowd of all time. The list goes on and on."Said Jim Acosta at a free-press forum at the Newseum on Wednesday night, which turned out also to be the night President Trump announced his "Fake News Awards" on the RNC website. Now, I see (looking at my ...
Tags: Law, Barack Obama, Journalism, United States, Language, God, Royalty, Elvis, Trump, Rnc, Burns, King of Rock, Acosta, Jim Acosta, Ann Althouse, Insults

How to Find The Very Best Lawyer For You

Naturally we all hope that we will never be in need of a lawyer, but when that time does come, should it ever, it is vital that you understand exactly how to get the best lawyer for you. Two years ago I found myself in need of a lawyer and thankfully I had a good friend who had connections to the best Sydney criminal lawyers in the city. I understand that not everyone has a ‘friend’ like that and so if you find yourself in need of a lawyer, for any situation, here is how to get in touch with the...
Tags: Food, Education, Law, Sydney, Lawyer, Law Firm, Best Lawyer, Local Bar Association

At the Snow Bike Café...

... put on your electric boots and ride.Don't have any safety yellow bike wear thermo overshoes? Get them on Amazon, here. And get whatever else you want on Amazon using the Althouse Portal. You know, there actually is something called "electric boots." It's not just a stray phrase from "Bennie and the Jets." Check it out: here. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Shoes, Biking, Don, Bennie, Ann Althouse

2018 Sneak Peak - Your First Look At Two-Tone Camo Shorts

There might be freezing cold temperatures across the U.S and even snow in the south but that doesn't mean we can't start thinking about what's ahead for springtime...And nothing says spring like a fresh new pair of new camo shorts!  This spring Rothco will be releasing brand new never-before-seen Two-Tone Camo BDU Shorts. Just like our popular Tone-Tone Camo Pants, these split camo style shorts will feature two unique camo patterns in one pair of shorts ane will be available in Pu...
Tags: Military, Rothco, Rothco NY, Purple City Camo Stinger Savage Camo Red City Camo

And when you're a star they let you do it — you can do anything — and they can tell an eagerly listening world exactly what you were like.

People want access to the star, as Donald Trump famously observed: He's automatically attracted to beautiful women — like a magnet.... And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. They let you do it. You can do anything... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.That's the up side of being a star: You're attracted to somebody beautiful and she lets you have her body.But the downside is that, because you're a star, if she ever has an inclination to tell the story of what s...
Tags: Law, Sex, Donald Trump, Aziz Ansari, Sexual Harassment, Grace, Ansari, Stormy Daniels, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Trump troubles, The Dossier

Two Big-D capital-murder cases overturned for prosecutor misconduct

Stanley Mozee and Dennis Allen, two Dallas men convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life prison for a 1980 robbery, have finally been cleared of capital-murder charges after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals approved habeas relief last week.  Their cases were championed by the national Innocence Project and my former employers at IPOT. The CCA set aside their convictions without confirming their innocence. (In cases lacking exonerating DNA or other forensic evidence, that's typically b...
Tags: Texas, Law, Dallas, Brady, Allen, CCA, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Dennis Allen, Rick Jackson, Gritsforbreakfast, Jessica Brand, Stanley Mozee, Dallas News RELATED, Mozee

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