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Reargument analysis: Justices seek a “middle position” in takings litigation case

During yesterday’s argument in Knick v. Township of Scott – the second time the court has heard the case this term – the justices seemed to be looking for a compromise position. The court granted review in the case to decide whether to overrule a 1985 precedent, Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank, which requires local-government takings plaintiffs to follow the state’s compensation procedures before alleging a taking in federal court. Williamson County is controversi...
Tags: Featured, Law, Congress, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, United States, Francisco, Sachs, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan


Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Will Shoplifting at Universal Studios Affect Immigration

My question involves criminal law for the state of: One of my friend from India on tourist visa unfortunately shop lifted at Universal studios last year. He was caught by authorities and given a letter which said he confirms that he was involved in shop lifting and hence he is barred from entering Universal Studios in LA for next one year and the legal team of universal studios will contact him as per law of the land. But its been a year he has not received any mail or communication from univ...
Tags: Law, La, India, San Francisco, Criminal Charges, Universal Studios, Universal Studios Affect Immigration


Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Shop Lifting at Universal Studios

My question involves criminal law for the state of: One of my friend from India on tourist visa unfortunately shop lifted at Universal studios last year. He was caught by authorities and given a letter which said he confirms that he was involved in shop lifting and hence he is barred from entering Universal Studios in LA for next one year and the legal team of universal studios will contact him as per law of the land. But its been a year he has not received any mail or communication from univ...
Tags: Law, La, India, San Francisco, Criminal Charges, Universal Studios


Twitter’s TOS Upheld Despite Unilateral Amendment Clause—Brittain v. Twitter

This is one of the many Trump-associated lawsuits (#MALGA) by so-called conservatives against Internet companies for allegedly squelching their voices. In this case, Craig Brittain, an erstwhile political candidate, had several campaign-related Twitter accounts suspended (including @CraigRBrittain, @AuditTheMedia, @SenatorBrittain, and @Brittain4Senate), allegedly costing him 500,000 followers. He sued for “$1 billion in damages, a declaration that Twitter interfered in the 2018 federal election...
Tags: Twitter, Law, California, San Francisco, Arizona, Brittain, Trump, Twitter Inc, Craig Brittain, Licensing/Contracts, Zappos Brittain


"The Twitter hashtag '#KamalaHarrisIsACop' is popular among her progressive detractors..."

"... who point to her work in law enforcement that they say disproportionately affected people of color. 'Kamala Harris is entitled to no scrutiny, just like every other Democratic politician who is loved by Clinton donors. Also, war is peace,' progressive commentator David Sirota tweeted sarcastically in 2017. It came during a stretch where he highlighted her role as California attorney general in the approval of a California hospital merger criticized by nurses and abortion rights activists, a...
Tags: Twitter, Law, California, Police, San Francisco, Kamala Harris, Clinton, Trump, HARRIS, San Francisco Chronicle, David Sirota, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics


The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018

What a whirlwind of a year it has been for legal technology. Barely a week into 2018, industry-changing news broke of Avvo’s sale to Internet Brands. Legal tech news has been nonstop ever since – so much that it’s a struggle to keep up with it all. For several years now, I’ve closed out the year with a round-up of the 10 most important legal developments (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Last year, I bypassed the top 10 to focus on a single overarching development, The Year of Women in Legal Tech. This ...
Tags: Europe, Utah, Florida, UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Uncategorized, Toronto, San Francisco, Georgia, Analytics, Portland


The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018

What a whirlwind of a year it has been for legal technology. Barely a week into 2018, industry-changing news broke of Avvo’s sale to Internet Brands. Legal tech news has been nonstop ever since – so much that it’s a struggle to keep up with it all. For several years now, I’ve closed out the year with a round-up of the 10 most important legal developments (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Last year, I bypassed the top 10 to focus on a single overarching development, The Year of Women in Legal Tech. This ...
Tags: Europe, Utah, Florida, UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Uncategorized, Toronto, San Francisco, Georgia, Analytics, Portland


Brennan Center releases its latest (encouraging) accounting of crime in 2018

Ames Grawert and and Cameron Kimble at The Brennan Center have produced this new report titled "Crime in 2018: Updated Analysis."  Here is how it gets started: In September, the Brennan Center analyzed available crime data from the nation’s 30 largest cities, estimating that these cities would see a decline in crime and murder in 2018. Our report, Crime and Murder in 2018: A Preliminary Analysis, concluded that crime and murder in 2018 are again declining nationwide, continuing the historic dow...
Tags: Law, Washington, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Baltimore, Brennan Center, Douglas A Berman, Ames Grawert, Cameron Kimble


Crisanto Street: a child living in a mobile home in Silicon Valley - video

In the shadow of Silicon Valley, a hidden community thrives despite difficult circumstances. For one resident, eight-year-old Geovany Cesario, impending change is bittersweet. When the time comes to leave Crisanto Avenue, which Geovany affectionately calls Crisanto Street, he uses his camera to document the day Continue reading...
Tags: Children, San Francisco, Society, Homelessness, Silicon Valley, Gentrification, Documentary films, Geovany, Geovany Cesario, Crisanto Avenue, Crisanto Street


Vote Now: Pick the Startup Alley Finalists for ABA TECHSHOW

Vote now. Help us pick the legal technology startups that will be selected for the third-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW. Fifteen companies will be selected to face off in a pitch competition on TECHSHOW’s opening night and to exhibit in a special portion of the conference’s exhibition hall. In October, we issued a call for entries. From all the entries we received, a panel of judges whittled the applications down to 25. Now your votes will select the final 15. The 15 startups with the most...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Law, Washington, Uncategorized, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cisco, Chicago, Miami, Pasadena, BYU, Financial Times, Aba


Immigration groups and Republican officials urge justices to deny stay in asylum case

Last week the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to block a ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco in a challenge to a new U.S. policy on asylum, announced last month as thousands of migrants moved from Central America towards the U.S. border. The rule would prohibit immigrants who enter the United States illegally along the southern border from seeking asylum, but U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar barred the government from enforcing the rule, so the government asked the Supreme Court...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, San Francisco, United States, State Department, Department Of Justice, Doj, Central Intelligence Agency, Central America, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Trump, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Jon Tigar


Vote Now: Pick the Startup Alley Finalists for ABA TECHSHOW

Vote now. Help us pick the legal technology startups that will be selected for the third-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW. Fifteen companies will be selected to face off in a pitch competition on TECHSHOW’s opening night and to exhibit in a special portion of the conference’s exhibition hall. In October, we issued a call for entries. From all the entries we received, a panel of judges whittled the applications down to 25. Now your votes will select the final 15. The 15 startups with the most...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Law, Washington, Uncategorized, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cisco, Chicago, Miami, Pasadena, BYU, Financial Times, Aba


Wednesday round-up

Amy Howe reports for this blog, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court, that the Trump administration yesterday asked the Supreme Court to put a hold on a lower-court ruling that bars enforcement of a new policy prohibiting immigrants who enter the country illegally across the U.S.-Mexico border from requesting asylum. Additional coverage comes from Robert Barnes for The Washington Post, Andrew Chung at Reuters, Bob Egelko at the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Burke at The Hill, Gr...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Mexico, Court, San Francisco, Fox News, Donald Trump, Medicaid, Justice Department, Robbins, Trump, Round-up, Reuters, U S Supreme Court, Robert Barnes


Government asks justices to intervene on asylum ban

Last month President Donald Trump blasted a ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco that blocked the government from enforcing a rule that would prohibit immigrants who enter the country illegally from requesting asylum. Trump criticized U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who issued the order, as an “Obama judge” and predicted that the government would “win that case in the Supreme Court of the United States.” Trump’s comments elicited a rare public rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts, and tod...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, California, San Francisco, United States, Donald Trump, Francisco, Trump, John Roberts, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Jon Tigar


It was 50 years ago today: "The Mother of All Demos."

"'The Mother of All Demos' is a name retroactively applied to a landmark computer demonstration, given at the Association for Computing Machinery / Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (ACM/IEEE)—Computer Society's Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco, which was presented by Douglas Engelbart on December 9, 1968," says Wikipedia.The live demonstration featured the introduction of a complete computer hardware and software system called the oN-Line System or, more commonly,...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Wikipedia, San Francisco, History, Computers, Xerox, Ann Althouse, Apple Macintosh, Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Fall Joint Computer Conference


"As Franken and his wife, Franni Bryson, made the rounds, thanking supporters in the philanthropists’ San Francisco home at the February 2018 event, the conversation broke off into another subject: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand."

"The New York Democrat had, in their opinion, pulled the rug out from under Franken, a Minnesota Democrat beloved by the group, forcing him out without any real vetting of the allegations facing him. 'It was said not in front of Al to impress him; it was said privately in a corner. A group of us were standing there talking about it. He was one of our best weapons against this administration, his presence on these committees. [Gillibrand] did the damage that Republicans could not do themselves,' ...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Senate, San Francisco, Manhattan, Sexual Harassment, Campaign Finance, Al Franken, Democratic Party, Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, Franken, Gillibrand, Ann Althouse, New York Democrat, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Franni Bryson


Environment roundup

So many private actors, from Michael Bloomberg on down, helped steer New York AG office to sue Exxon [John Solomon, The Hill; Tom Stebbins, Crain’s New York Business; Francis Menton, RealClearEnergy; earlier here, here, here, here, etc. ] “Whatever the merits of the plaintiffs’ policy objectives, their campaign to circumvent the political branches poses a serious threat to the rule of law and the constitutional principle of separation of powers.” [Jim Huffman, Quillette] “Emails Show Law Firm ...
Tags: Europe, New York, Supreme Court, Law, Climate Change, Uncategorized, San Francisco, New York Times, Monsanto, Endangered Species, Kremlin, Michael Bloomberg, Exxon, Weyerhaeuser, New York AG, Matt Apuzzo


A Thanksgiving bonfire at dawn: celebrating Native American resistance on Alcatraz

While most people are still asleep, thousands gather each year to remember the occupation that helped inspire the modern Native American protest movementAt 4.30am on Thanksgiving morning, the sun had yet to rise over Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Yet more than 5,000 people were gathered in a hushed circle around a burning pyre, as Native American dancers moved and swayed in the flickering light.Welcome to the Indigenous People’s Thanksgiving Day, formerly known as Unthanksgiving Day....
Tags: Thanksgiving, Activism, Protest, California, San Francisco, Life and style, Society, US news, Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans, Alcatraz Island, Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay Yet


Changing The Story

In October 2016, Dr. Eric Schmidt, then the Executive Director of Alphabet, Inc., Google’s parent company, and chairman of the Defense Innovation Board (DIB), independent technology and capability advisors to the Secretary of Defense, were touring the Combat Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. jQuery(document).ready(function($){ // If multiple elements are selected, it will use the first element. ...
Tags: Isis, Congress, Nsa, Boston, Iraq, Defense, San Francisco, Qatar, Military, Silicon Valley, John, Opsec, Air Force, Eric Schmidt, Henry Ford, Pivotal


California’s rent control temptation

Even if California voters defeat Proposition 10 on Nov. 6, battles over rent control are likely to continue, I write in my new Cato post: Though once favored in voter surveys, Proposition 10 has sagged lately, well behind in one poll and ahead in a second by only 41-38 with 21 percent undecided. But advocates of liberty (and all who prize the lessons of Economics 101) shouldn’t get complacent. … It’s true that many California localities, the Bay Area especially, are experiencing skyrocketing h...
Tags: Law, California, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Land Use And Zoning, Bay Area, Cato, WO writings, Landlord Tenant Law


Can Silicon Valley find its moral compass in a fight over homelessness?

Big tech faces a test as San Francisco weighs a ballot measure that would tax companies to help the homelessFor years, a Google search for “tech” and “homelessness” in San Francisco would invariably be populated by various rants and open letters from startup founders and other entrepreneurs decrying the “riff-raff” and “degenerates” they were forced to encounter on their streets on their way to work.These tone-deaf tech bros came to define the tenor of San Francisco’s second dotcom boom, fueling...
Tags: Google, Technology, California, San Francisco, Society, US news, Homelessness, Silicon Valley, Versailles


Will a fight over homelessness help Silicon Valley find its moral compass?

Big tech faces a test as San Francisco weighs a ballot measure that would tax companies to help the homelessFor years, a Google search for “tech” and “homelessness” in San Francisco would invariably be populated by various rants and open letters from startup founders and other entrepreneurs decrying the “riff-raff” and “degenerates” they were forced to encounter on their streets on their way to work.These tone-deaf tech bros came to define the tenor of San Francisco’s second dotcom boom, fueling...
Tags: Google, Technology, California, San Francisco, Society, US news, Homelessness, Silicon Valley, Versailles


How a bookstore owner turned a tech billionaire into a homelessness activist

Christin Evans’ Twitter conversation with Salesforce’s Marc Benioff led to his role as a key advocate for San Francisco’s Prop CIt was a late-night Twitter argument that Christin Evans never planned to have. The San Francisco bookstore owner and homeless advocate used the platform to voice her frustration over a comment from the Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff – but she never thought he’d reply.“Is this for real?!” she wrote above a retweeted comment attributed to Benioff referring to San Francisco...
Tags: Technology, California, Housing, San Francisco, Society, US news, Poverty, Homelessness, Silicon Valley, Salesforce, Marc Benioff, Benioff, Christin Evans


Trump wants to end birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants

The 14th Amendment currently guarantees citizenship to any child born on U.S. soil.President Donald Trump hopes to modify the law to prevent children born to illegal immigrants from receiving citizenship, which would theoretically combat the so-called immigration practice of non-residents having "anchor babies."The bold (and likely unrealistic) move comes just before the midterms, and a day after the president sent 5,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to prepare for the arrival of groups of So...
Tags: Hbo, Politics, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Mexico, Immigration, US, San Francisco, Policy, Canada, United States, Innovation, South America, Donald Trump


Ballot measures on tax issues

The Tax Foundation has published its guide for this year to tax-related ballot initiatives. Among the measures: easier transferability of Prop 13 limited assessment to another home (California), new taxes on business to fund homelessness programs (San Francisco), replace flat with progressive income tax (Colorado), require two-thirds legislative vote for tax hikes (Florida), create taxpayer cause of action against unlawful expenditures (New Hampshire), carbon tax (Washington). Tags: politic...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Taxes, Law, Colorado, California, Washington, Uncategorized, San Francisco, New Hampshire, Tax Foundation


"People talk all the time about what they dream of, and I decided to stop talking about it and just do it. I was looking for more meaning."

Said Carla Shiver, 38, who "divorced her husband, packed her Yorkie Pomeranian, Stanford, in the car and drove west" — quoted in "Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco" (NYT):The idea of sharing a bathroom was initially alarming, but the pictures of the house looked nice and Ms. Shiver wanted to meet new friends. For $2,200 a month, she now rents a Starcity room with a queen-size bed, a bedside table and a chair....“I’ve run a household; I’ve done the bills; I’ve mowed the yard, a...
Tags: Real Estate, Law, Dogs, San Francisco, United States, Names, Solitude, Bathrooms, Nyu, City Life, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Shiver, Carla Shiver, Ms Shiver, Yorkie Pomeranian Stanford Stanford


Morning Docket: 10.24.18

* As she steps away from public life in the wake of her dementia diagnosis, rather than banish retired Justice Anthony Kennedy to the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor bequeathed her chambers to him. The Supreme Court will miss her. [National Law Journal] * Judges say the darndest things: Bill Cosby's bid to get a new trial and reduce his sentence was summarily turned down by Judge Steven O'Neill, who noted in a simple, one-page ruling that "no he...
Tags: Supreme Court, Entertainment, Law, California, Nbc News, San Francisco, Bill Cosby, Trials, Intellectual Property, West Coast, Law Schools, ABA Journal, Bay Area, Thomas Jefferson, Murfreesboro Post, Anthony Kennedy


Event announcement: Supreme Court preview in San Francisco

On October 30 at 12:00 p.m. PDT, the Bar Association of San Francisco will host a preview of the Supreme Court’s October 2018 term. Speakers will include Kristin Linsley, Rory Little, Anna-Rose Mathieson and Judge Marsha Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit; Ben Feuer will serve as moderator. More information about this event is available on . The post Event announcement: Supreme Court preview in San Francisco appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, San Francisco, U S Court of Appeals, Bar Association of San Francisco, Ben Feuer, Marsha Berzon, Event Announcements, Kristin Linsley Rory Little Anna Rose Mathieson


"Da Vinci is believed to have had a condition called intermittent exotropia — commonly referred to as being 'walleyed' — a form of strabismus, eye misalignment..."

"... that affects about 4 percent of the U.S. population. Those with exotropia usually end up favoring one eye over the other, which means they are more likely to see the world as if it were, say, painted on a flat canvas. 'When they’re in that condition . . . they’re only seeing the world monocularly, with much reduced depth cues,' the study’s author, Christopher Tyler, a professor at City University of London and researcher at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, told ...
Tags: Art, Eyes, Law, San Francisco, Pablo Picasso, The Washington Post, Picasso, Da Vinci, WaPo, Tyler, Leonardo da Vinci, Ann Althouse, Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, City University of London, Christopher Tyler, Rembrandt Edgar Degas


In the Latest Legaltech Investment, Court Buddy Raises $6 Million Series A

Court Buddy, a San Francisco-based company that matches consumers and small businesses with attorneys who provide a la carte services at fixed rates, has raised a $6 million Series A round of funding, bringing the total raise by the company to $7.1 million. The company says it will use the new round of funding to ramp up growth in new markets and to hire top talent to to support the company’s growth and expansion plans. The venture capital firm NFX led the round, which was joined by First Round ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, James Jones, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Warner Bros, American Bar Association, James, James Currier, Kristina, Bob Ambrogi, NFX, Monique Woodard, Court Buddy, Niija Kuykendall, First Round Capital Kapor Capital



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