Steve Bannon Is Behind Bogus Study That China Created COVID

A new study purporting to show that the novel coronavirus was manufactured in a Chinese lab was published by a pair of nonprofit groups linked to Steve Bannon, the former top Trump strategist now facing felony fraud charges.The study, co-authored by a Chinese virologist who fled Hong Kong this year, claims that “laboratory manipulation is part of the history of SARS-CoV-2.” Its findings were quickly picked up by a handful of prominent news organizations such as the New York Post, which hyped the...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, New York Post, News, China, Society, Fox, Daily Mail, Fox News, Columbia University, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, Wuhan, Trump, Tucker Carlson

At the Blue Mound Café...

... you can write all night.Secondary vantage point: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Jon Stewart: Congress is abandoning veterans exposed to toxic 'burn pits'

Thousands of American veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to burn pits, which may have caused diseases like asthma and cancer.Burn pits were used as a crude way to dispose of waste, including plastics, body parts, dead animals, and hazardous chemicals.Despite gaps in the research linking exposure to medical conditions, advocates say the benefit of the doubt should go to veterans. Plastics, medical waste, rubber, hazardous chemicals, human feces, batteries, dead animals, and...
Tags: Health, Law, Congress, Iraq, America, War, Afghanistan, Medical Research, United States, Innovation, Disease, Jon Stewart, Fox News, Capitol Hill, Vietnam, Stewart

Event announcement: Syracuse Law 2020 Supreme Court Preview

On Friday, Sept. 25, at 1:30 p.m. EDT, Syracuse College of Law will host a virtual panel to discuss major cases set for the 2020-21 Supreme Court term. The panel will be moderated by Syracuse Law Vice Dean Keith Bybee and will feature New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent Adam Liptak, litigators Reeves Anderson of Arnold & Porter and Upnit Bhatti of Orrick, and Judges Mae D’Agostino of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and Rosemary Pooler of the U.S. Court of App...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Cle, Adam Liptak, U S Court of Appeals, Orrick, Arnold Porter, New York Times Supreme Court, Syracuse College of Law, Keith Bybee, Reeves Anderson, Event Announcements, Rosemary Pooler, Syracuse Law 2020 Supreme Court Preview, Upnit Bhatti, Mae D'Agostino

Hands On with Lexis+, New Premium Research Service from LexisNexis That Officially Launches Today

Two months ago, LexisNexis announcing its planned launch of a premium legal research service, Lexis+, which it said would take a bold approach to providing legal research, AI-driven analytics and practical guidance within a unified and fully integrated platform. As I reported at the time, the company positioned the new service not as a successor to its current research platform, Lexis Advance, but rather as a higher-end alternative designed for users who want an all-in-one, end-to-end platform t...
Tags: Law, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Georgia, Bloomberg, Canada, Thomson Reuters, Lexis, Casetext, State Farm, LexisNexis, Shepard, Westlaw, New Shepard, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Advance

I photograph the sun and a swimmer.

Photo by Meade.My photo (a bit later): [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Swimming, Meade, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade

Thursday Thinkpiece: Trump, Twitter & the Law

Periodically on Thursdays, we present a significant excerpt, usually from a recently published book or journal article. In every case the proper permissions have been obtained. If you are a publisher who would like to participate in this feature, please let us know via the site’s contact form. Trump, Twitter & The Law Author: Sheldon Burshtein ISBN: 978-1-988824-61-1 (Trade Paperback) Publisher: Durvile Page Count: 796 Publication Date: September 1, 2020 Regular Price: $49.95 (Paperback) Excerpt...
Tags: Transportation, New York, Isis, Law, Obama, Congress, Navy, California, Nsa, Senate, White House, China, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, Court

Corporations Hiring Blogging Lawyers, Not Blogging Law Firms

It’s regularly said that people and businesses hire lawyers, not law firms. This played today in an interview of Linda Lu, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at TransUnion, by Practical Law The Journal: Litigation. TransUnion’s Legal & Compliance department has approximately 200 associate lawyers. Lu is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. As to hiring outside counsel, Lu was asked, “What three things does a law firm need to do to impress you?“ Lu replie...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Lu, TransUnion, Legal Compliance, Linda Lu

Sex Trafficking Lawsuit Against Craigslist Moves Forward–ML v. Craigslist

In April, that Craigslist can be sued for sex trafficking torts, that Section 230 didn’t support Craigslist’s motion to dismiss, and that the statute of limitations might not apply even though the facts at issue took place in 2008 or before. Craigslist contested the magistrate report but makes no progress with the supervising judge. Section 230 Craigslist pushed back on the plaintiffs’ allegations that Craigslist had been involved with creation or development of the sex traffickers’ ads. The ...
Tags: Facebook, Craigslist, Law, Senate, Marketing, Chicago, Salesforce, Doj, DOE, Kik, Ferrer, JB, New House, CDA, Woodhull, Content Regulation

Survey: Half of U.S. job seekers on the hunt because of coronavirus

As of August 2020, United States' unemployment rate remains at 8.4 percent, more than double February 2020's numbers. A new survey, commissioned by Amazon, found that roughly half of today's job seekers are looking as a result of coronavirus. Amazon released survey highlights in advance of its Career Day event, where it will seek to fill some of its 33,000 open corporate and tech positions. The United States economy added 1.4 million jobs this August, reducing the unemployment rate to 8.4 perce...
Tags: Amazon, Work, Education, Markets, Economics, Society, United States, Innovation, Universal Basic Income, Social Change, World Economic Forum, Industries, Andrew Yang, Kenzie Academy, Coronavirus, Beth Galetti Amazon

In the scramble to blame the west-coast fires on Trump, the NYT says Trump "scorns science."

The words appear on the front page, "Trump Scorns Science as Fires Rage; Biden Calls Him 'Climate Arsonist'":You can see the idea they're using: "Climate took center stage in the election as President Trump denied global warming had any role and Joe Biden said this denial had fed the destruction." The NYT is saying that the failure to concede that global warming had some role in the fires is a rejection of science. And I guess we're expected to see Joe Biden as a science devotee for saying the f...
Tags: Headlines, Law, California, White House, Fire, America, Journalism, Global Warming, Joe Biden, Nyt, Biden, Trump, Politics And Science, Newsom, Ann Althouse, Wade Crowfoot

Coronavirus Update 9-18-2020: advocacy for others as protected conduct under the ADA

In Kirilenko-Ison v. Board of Education of Danville Independent Schools, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee who engages in advocacy with their employee regarding the rights of a disabled third-party engages in activity that the ADA protects from retaliation.  That case involved two school nurses fired alleged for advocating for the rights of their disabled students. It's not difficult, however, to see how this holding translates to a situation involving, for example, COVID a...
Tags: Law, Ada, Jon Hyman, Kirilenko Ison, Gabrielle Henderson

Monday round-up

President Donald Trump’s release of 20 new potential Supreme Court nominees continued to generate reactions over the weekend. In The Hill newspaper, John Kruzel notes that the new list “includes a half dozen former clerks of Justice Clarence Thomas, a reflection of the staunch conservative’s growing clout in the Trump era.” At E&E News, Pamela King examines how five of the people on Trump’s list have handled environmental issues during their legal careers. In an op-ed for NBC News, Brian Fallon ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Cnn, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump, Round-up, Brian Fallon, Hill, Clarence Thomas, Tom Cotton R Ark, John Kruzel, Sens Ted Cruz R Tex, Caroline Kelly, Trump era At E E News Pamela King, Alison Main

Malcolm Gladwell live | How to re-examine everything you know

Add event to your calendar In a time when we're all forced to be distant, we are directed into mind states of introspection, examination, and, too often, confusion. Malcolm Gladwell joins Big Think Live to discuss this unique moment in time with Radiolab's Latif Nasser. Together, they'll dive into Gladwell's latest season of Revisionist History, as well as the choices journalists and media figures make in recounting current events, social and political movements, history, and the ever-el...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Media, Society, History, Brain, Innovation, Storytelling, Mind, Malcolm Gladwell, Radiolab, Gladwell, Latif Nasser

SoloSuit, Utah Startup to Help Debtors, Goes National

SoloSuit, the Utah-based legal startup that helps consumers respond to debt collection lawsuits, and that originally emerged from LawX, the legal design lab at BYU Law School, is going national. George Simons, who helped develop SoloSuit as a BYU Law student and is now the company’s owner and CEO, announced the expansion yesterday during a presentation as part of the Startup Battlefield pitch competition during the TechCrunch Disrupt 2020 virtual conference, where the company is competing for a ...
Tags: Utah, Law, Uncategorized, United States, BYU, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Simons, BYU Law School, George Simons, SoloSuit Utah Startup

Breyer’s Constitution Day message: Participate

Justice Stephen Breyer kicked off Constitution Day on Thursday morning by urging law students to fulfill the Constitution’s promise through civic participation. Breyer sat down with George Washington University Law School students via Facebook Live in a discussion moderated by GW Law Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew and Associate Dean Alan Morrison. Just one day after the Supreme Court announced it would hold October oral arguments remotely, Breyer said that a “plus” of the new system is that it encoura...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Facebook Live, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Alan Morrison, What's Happening Now, George Washington University Law School, Dayna Bowen Matthew

The Revolution Is Here…But Will It Survive COVID-19?

Marx predicted that a Communist revolution would arise in a mature capitalist society like England or Germany. Instead, it took root in backward economic Tsarist Russia. Sometimes you take what you can get. The revolution has arrived in Canadian legal education. Nobody started it. COVID-19 forced it upon us. The question is where this revolution will lead? This fall, every law student in Canada will take most or all of their courses online through distance learning. Last fall, almost every law s...
Tags: England, Law, Germany, Canada, Victoria, Mcgill, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Marx, Ryerson, Taleb, Lakehead, Legal Education, Law Society of Upper Canada, Federation of Law Societies of Canada, Ontario Superior of Justice, Calgary UBC


USPTO Fees are changing at the end of the month. PCT Fees are changing on October 1, 2020; US National fees are changing on October 2, 2020. In general, the fees are going up, not down.  Beat the fees – file by September 30, 2020.
Tags: Law, US, Patent

Pre-Grant Compensation for Patent Infringement

What happens if someone infringed your patent application after you have filed your patent application but before it is granted? In many instances, this can be a surprisingly long period of time – typically several years. It can also be a crucial time in the development and commercialization for a new company. The Patent Act provides some relief, but you can only get a remedy after the patent has granted. As an example, for patents granted in 2019, the median duration patent applications are pen...
Tags: Law, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Patent Office, Western Oilfield Equipment Rentals Ltd

Statements from Supreme Court justices on the death of Justice Ginsburg (updated)

The eight members of the Supreme Court, along with retired Justices Anthony Kennedy and David Souter, released on Saturday addressing the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The full text of their remarks is below the jump: Chief Justice John Roberts: Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute ...
Tags: London, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Virginia, Court, America, God, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ruth, Sonia Sotomayor, Mary, John Roberts, D C Circuit, Ginsburg, Marty

Surge in Global Regulations Burdens Corporations and Challenges their Law Firms, Survey Finds

As global compliance regulations have surged over the past decade, corporations in both the U.S. and U.K. say that responding to regulatory changes creates operational pressure for their businesses, increases their risk, and has a negative affect on their profitability and growth, according to a new survey out today. One impact of these mounting regulatory pressures is that companies often delay taking steps to comply because of budget constraints or a lack of resources, the survey found. Roughl...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Thomson Reuters, Bob Ambrogi, U S and U K, Bob Rowe, Integreon, Pensar Media

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 practice, research, writing and technology. Research & Writing Have a Copy of the Bill to Refer to When Searching Hansard Susannah Tredwell Hansard is a very useful tool when trying to determine the intent of an act. Researchers often look at a specific section of an act and what it was intended to achieve. …
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Mediation: A Warning Not to Bully a Client Into Settlement

If a lawyer fails to prepare his client for mediation, and bullies her into a settlement, a court may find the lawyer negligent and award damages to the client amounting to the difference between what she settled for and what she likely would have obtained in court (or arbitration). That is what happened in Raichura v Jones, 2020 ABQB 139, a recent decision from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.[1] In this case, the lawyer was ordered to pay damages of $131,939. In other words, this case is a ...
Tags: Law, Toronto, Calgary, Gates, Legal Ethics, Jones, Ontario, Turk, Standard of Care, Batna, David Gates, Alberta Court of Queen 's Bench, Aaron Franks, Lorne Wolfson, Deanne Sowter, Central Trust Co

Coronavirus Update 9-17-2020: The pandemic plight of working moms

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on employees. A recent report published by Policy Matters Ohio illustrates just how tough it's really been. Ohio had fewer jobs in April 2020 (4,704,000) than at any time in the past 30 years.At the height of COVID-related unemployment, 31.7% of Ohio workers were out of work because of employer layoffs, furloughs, and closures.Unemployment peaked at 17.3%While unemployment and jobless numbers are starting to rebound, there are still n...
Tags: Law, Ohio, EEOC, Department of Labor, Jon Hyman, Leonard Beck

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist pioneer and progressive icon, dies at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer who fought for gender equality as a lawyer and became a beloved hero of the progressive movement as a justice, died on Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer. When she was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg was a reserved and relatively unknown court of appeals judge, but during the course of her 27 years on the court she became an improbable pop-culture icon, inspiring everything from an Oscar-nominated documentary film to her own action ...
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Reflections on George Bizos, on whose shoulders we stand

The conviction of young activists is going to play a huge role in sustaining and improving on the legacy of our struggle heroes The post Reflections on George Bizos, on whose shoulders we stand appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Society, Change, Constitution, Citizenship, Openaccess, George Bizos, Top Six, South Africa (country

Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible. This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Legal Post Blog 2. Know How 3. The Lean Law Firm 4. The Factum 5. All About Information Legal Post Blog Howard Levitt: Why employees can’t refuse to return to work because they fea...
Tags: Law, Court, Canada, Ontario, Supreme Court of Canada, Hansard, Monday’s Mix, Maranda, Court of Appeal for British Columbia, Parliamentary Historical Resources Conducting

Tuesday round-up

Briefly: At the Freedom Forum, Tony Mauro examines some of the steps the Supreme Court has taken in recent years to make the court’s work more transparent (such as an electronic filing system and live audio of oral arguments during the pandemic) and offers a wish list of improvements that would further improve transparency (such as an ethics code, cameras in the courtroom and better disclosures about the justices’ financial and health information). In The Hill newspaper, Harper Neidig writes th...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Donald Trump, Trump, Round-up, Tony Mauro, Harper Neidig, Neomi Rao, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Daniel Cotter

SCOTUStalk heads to the ballot box: The Supreme Court and the 2020 election

Ever since Bush v. Gore, the case that effectively decided the 2000 presidential race, the Supreme Court increasingly has been asked to intervene in fraught disputes over election procedures. Add in a pandemic, and the 2020 election season promises to be unprecedented. This week on SCOTUStalk, SCOTUSblog’s social media editor, Katie Barlow, joins Amy Howe to break down the court’s influence on the election. They survey major election-related rulings the justices have already handed down this sum...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Alabama, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, Biden, Rhode Island, Gore, Trump, Bush

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