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September 21, 12:12 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "'The Case Against the Supreme Court' pushes for reforms"

"'The Case Against the Supreme Court' pushes for reforms": David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this review of law professor Erwin Chemerinsky 's new book, " The Case Against the Supreme Court ."




September 21, 12:09 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Better late than never: Expect a high court OK on marriage equality soon."

"Better late than never: Expect a high court OK on marriage equality soon." Law professor Michael J. Klarman has this op-ed online at The Los Angeles Times.




September 21, 12:05 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "What If Counterfactuals Never Existed? Hypotheticals are ruining the study of history."

"What If Counterfactuals Never Existed? Hypotheticals are ruining the study of history." Online at The New Republic, law professor Cass R. Sunstein has this review of Richard J. Evans 's book, " Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History ."




September 21, 12:01 AM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   Employer Compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act: Recent Study

How well do firms comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act? Not as much as you might think. That's the finding of a recent paper: Amy Armenia, Naomi Gerstel, and Coady Wing, "Workplace Compliance with the Law: The Case...




September 21, 12:00 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Court candidate Michelle MacDonald cleared of DWI, guilty of obstruction"

"Court candidate Michelle MacDonald cleared of DWI, guilty of obstruction": Thursday's edition of The Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minnesota contained an article that begins, "Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald was convicted Wednesday by a Dakota County jury of obstructing legal p...




September 20, 11:55 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Panel set to choose two new Supreme Court justices Sunday; Former Attorney General Menachem Mazuz considered a frontrunner, but 
the women's spot is anyone's guess"

"Panel set to choose two new Supreme Court justices Sunday; Former Attorney General Menachem Mazuz considered a frontrunner, but 
the women's spot is anyone's guess": Haaretz has this report (subscription required for full access).




September 20, 11:54 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Back and Forth with Professor John Yoo"

"Back and Forth with Professor John Yoo": The Daily Californian has posted online this interview .




September 20, 11:49 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Gov. Scott Walker and two Republican state senators stepped up attacks Saturday on Democrat Mary Burke in the wake of a report..."

"... that sections of her jobs plan were copied from other Democratic campaigns." But Walker stopped short of calling for Burke to withdraw from the race, a proposal that was being pushed by state Sens. Leah Vukmir of Wauwatosa and Alberta Darling of River Hills.... During a campaign st...




September 20, 11:45 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Thousands of stray Chihuahuas roam Bay Area neighborhoods."

"Chihuahuas have been popular for years, thanks to movies like 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' and celebrities' taste for toting the little dogs in purses." But now they're turning up in huge numbers as strays — either abandoned, escaped or feral. "Eight years ago, there'd be a line out the door of peo...




September 20, 11:35 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Waiting on food at a restaurant and realized..."

"... that I had the same fashion sense as the table..."




September 20, 11:32 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Wait a minute, if I can fix my diet from ancestral health principles, what else can I fix through ancestral health principles?"

Asks the devotee of the paleo lifestyle.




September 20, 10:32 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Chief Justice Roberts: Scalia, Ginsburg wouldn't be confirmed today."

"Chief Justice Roberts: Scalia, Ginsburg wouldn't be confirmed today." Nebraska Radio Network has this report . You can access at this link (28.1 MB mp3 audio file) audio titled "U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts answers questions from 8th US Circuit Chief Judge William Riley at UNL."




September 20, 09:20 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Groups ask state Supreme Court to block voter ID for Nov. 4"

"Groups ask state Supreme Court to block voter ID for Nov. 4": Patrick Marley of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an article that begins, "Two groups representing minorities asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday to block the state's voter ID law for the Nov. 4 election, seeking a new way ...




September 20, 09:16 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Citibank Goes Back to Judge Who Blocked Argentina Payment"

"Citibank Goes Back to Judge Who Blocked Argentina Payment": Bloomberg News has this report .




September 20, 03:19 PM   /   Althouse   /   Blending in and sticking out.

Today, on Picnic Point. AND: Speaking of orange... how Iris got the orange ball (over at Puparazzo).




September 20, 02:40 PM   /   How Appealing   /   Some upcoming appellate-related events that I'm planning to attend

Some upcoming appellate-related events that I'm planning to attend: On Thursday, September 25, 2014, I will be in Washington, DC to attend The Heritage Foundation's " Supreme Court Preview of the 2014 Term " featuring Michael Carvin and Paul Clement . And in mid-November 2014, I will be attending...




September 20, 02:20 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "7th Circuit Dismisses Obamacare 'Take Care' Clause Challenge For Lack of Standing, 3 Days After Argument"

"7th Circuit Dismisses Obamacare 'Take Care' Clause Challenge For Lack of Standing, 3 Days After Argument": Josh Blackman has this post at his blog discussing a decision that Circuit Judge Frank H. Easterbrook issued yesterday on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeal...




September 20, 02:11 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. Visits the College of Law"

"Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. Visits the College of Law": The University of Nebraska College of Law has posted online at Facebook these photos of yesterday's event.




September 20, 01:58 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "U.S. court voids RadioShack class-action settlement over card receipts"

"U.S. court voids RadioShack class-action settlement over card receipts": Jonathan Stempel of Reuters has this report . And at Forbes.com, Daniel Fisher has a post titled " Appeals Court Rejects $1 Million Fee In Radio Shack Coupon Settlement ." Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner wrote yesterday's r...




September 20, 11:26 AM   /   Sports Law Blog   /   Some Perspective, Please




September 20, 09:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Weekend Roundup




September 20, 07:49 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Debbie wears so many hats, so well."

Said Hillary, quoted in "Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s awkward day with party leaders." Was that mean?




September 20, 06:57 AM   /   Althouse   /   Did you ever notice the 2 different pronunciations of the word "have"?

Test yourself. Say: I have to read this blog post . Then: I have better things to do . I just became conscious of that difference when I was listening to an audiobook and could tell that the reader believed he was encountering a "have" that meant "must" when it was in fact a "have" that referred ...




September 20, 06:47 AM   /   Althouse   /   When it comes to Christina Hoff Sommers and sexism in video games, Jonathan Mann will not stand down.

(Via Metafilter .)




September 20, 06:30 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Designing a hamster wheel big enough for a person takes some serious design skills."

"Godshaw and his associates at Autodesk's Pier 9 fabrication facility ended up creating an 80-inch diameter wheel with a 24-inch-wide base. The wheel moves thanks to four skateboard wheels underneath. A preexisting standing desk was simply fitted inside the wheel." I love my standing desk , but I...




September 20, 02:15 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Intellectual Property Infringement as Vandalism (Part 3)

This is the third installment of my post on my new co-authored piece Intellectual Property Infringement as Vandalism (the first part is here and the second here). The problems that have arisen in the discussion over whether intellectual property infringement is theft have a number of causes. Cont...




September 20, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Lowe Asks, What if Great Britain Had Let the American Colonies Leave with Just a Vote?




September 20, 12:29 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   IPO Trade Secrets Webinar

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar on "Trade Secrets in the Life Sciences" on September 24, 2014 beginning at 2:00 pm (ET). Dianna DeVore of Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP; Matthew Pugmire of Pfizer, Inc.; and Michael Samardzija ...




September 20, 12:27 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Patent Reissue

Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Patent Reissue: Strategic Use for Pre- and Post-AIA -- Correcting Errors in Patents, Determining Whether and When to Pursue a Reissue Application, and Mastering the Recapture Rule" on October 21, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). Erika ...




September 20, 12:26 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Patent Licensing

Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Patent Licensing: Advanced Tactics for Licensees Post-AIA -- Structuring Contractual Protections and Responding When Licensed Patents Are Challenged in Post-Grant Proceedings" on October 16, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). William C. ...




September 20, 12:24 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   MBHB Webinar on Judicial Decisions Impacting Licensing

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP will be offering a live webinar entitled "Recent Judicial Decisions Impacting Technology Licensing " on October 21, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am (CT). MBHB attorney Patrick Gattari give participants an overview of the recent judicial decisions and tr...




September 20, 12:16 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Groups edge in on Klayman NSA surveillance case"

"Groups edge in on Klayman NSA surveillance case": Josh Gerstein has this blog post at Politico.com.




September 20, 12:14 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "The Senate and the Courts: The federal judiciary will follow the election returns."

"The Senate and the Courts: The federal judiciary will follow the election returns." Edward Whelan has this article in the September 29, 2014 issue of The Weekly Standard.




September 20, 12:03 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Chief Justice Roberts decries efforts to politicize Supreme Court"

"Chief Justice Roberts decries efforts to politicize Supreme Court": The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star has this report .




September 19, 10:14 PM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   Joint-Employer Hearing

The House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions held a hearing last week, titled "Expanding Joint Employer Status: What Does it Mean for Workers and Job Creators?" Among the speakers was Harris Freeman, who supported the NLRB's ability to...




September 19, 10:05 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Petition of the day

The petition of the day is: Carroll v. Carman 14-212 Issue: (1) Whether, when a police officer approaches a residence to conduct a “knock and talk,” the Fourth Amendment requires the officer to go to the “front door” even where it reasonably appears that some other entrance is also customarily us...




September 19, 07:42 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives




September 19, 07:41 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Power Point Presentation Leads To Remand

The Illinois Review Board has remanded a matter in light of the following The Hearing Board found that Respondent engaged in egregious misconduct including intentionally misappropriating client funds in two separate matters, lying to a police officer, lying to the...




September 19, 05:58 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Judiciary to Restore Online Access to Case Archives"

"Judiciary to Restore Online Access to Case Archives": Jacob Gershman has this post at WSJ.com's "Law Blog."




September 19, 04:54 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "In Lincoln, chief justice says law, not politics, drives Supreme Court's rulings"

"In Lincoln, chief justice says law, not politics, drives Supreme Court's rulings": The Omaha World-Herald has this news update . And The Associated Press reports that " US chief justice worried about partisanship ."




September 19, 04:50 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "U.S. court tosses Argentina, Citigroup appeal in bond case"

"U.S. court tosses Argentina, Citigroup appeal in bond case": Nate Raymond of Reuters has this report . I previously had this post linking to coverage of yesterday's oral argument of the appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit .




September 19, 04:50 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Argument preview: Able opponents trade arguments in high-stakes dispute over deadlines for filing class actions

It is almost a joy to read the papers in Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMac MBS, Inc., with David Frederick squaring off against Ted Olson. The issue sounds tedious at first – whether the filing of a securities class action tolls the statute of limitations for all membe...




September 19, 04:49 PM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   EEOC Update: Report on Federal Sector Complaints

Image from eeoc.gov In an extremely interesting new report by the EEOC, the agency outlines common errors made by federal agencies when reviewing complaints of discrimination. The report focuses primarily on the inappropriate dismissal of these complaints on procedural grounds....




September 19, 04:38 PM   /   How Appealing   /   In papers of interest recently posted at SSRN

In papers of interest recently posted at SSRN: Law professor Sharon Elizabeth Rush has an article titled " Federalism, Diversity, Equality, and Article III Judges: Geography, Identity, and Bias " (via " Legal Theory Blog "). Law professor Rochelle C. Dreyfuss has an article titled " Abolishing Ex...




September 19, 04:22 PM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   Duff Named "Centennial Distinguished Professor"

Congratulations to Michael Duff (Wyoming) who has been designated the "Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law" at Wyoming for 2014-17. rb




September 19, 04:18 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Online court archive PACER says it will restore access to missing records"

"Online court archive PACER says it will restore access to missing records": Andrea Peterson has this entry today at "The Switch" blog of The Washington Post.




September 19, 03:37 PM   /   Conglomerate   /   Alibaba's IPO

Despite a delayed start, Alibaba's IPO seems to have gone off without the technical glitches that have marred some recent...




September 19, 03:19 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Large portions of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s jobs plan for Wisconsin appear to be copied directly from the plans of 3 Democratic candidates who ran for governor in previous election cycles."

Andrew Kaczynski reports (at Buzzfeed). A spokesman for the Burke campaign told BuzzFeed News an “expert” named Eric Schnurer who also worked on the other campaigns as responsible for the similar text, a case of self-plagiarism. The problem of plagiarism isn't just the loss (if any) to the pe...




September 19, 02:26 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Google.com in EU Sights in Bid to Fill Right-to-Be-Forgotten Gap"

"Google.com in EU Sights in Bid to Fill Right-to-Be-Forgotten Gap": Bloomberg News has this report .




September 19, 02:20 PM   /   Althouse   /   Stuart Taylor Jr. responds to the attack on his source for the story about the political atmosphere in the office of the John Doe prosecutor.

This follows up on something discussed on this blog a week ago in "John Doe prosecutor John Chisholm objects to what Stuart Taylor Jr. said about his anti-Walker vendetta" and "Did Stuart Taylor Jr. misidentify his unnamed source for his article impugning the motives of the John Doe prosecutor?" ...




September 19, 12:30 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Oklahoma judge dismisses Ten Commandments lawsuit"

"Oklahoma judge dismisses Ten Commandments lawsuit": The Associated Press has this report . Earlier, The Oklahoman previewed today's hearing in the case in an article headlined " Oklahoma lawsuit on state Capitol Ten Commandments monument gets hearing ."




September 19, 12:14 PM   /   Conglomerate   /   Introducing Guest Bloggers Robert Bird and David Orozco

For the next couple of weeks, we'll have the chance to hear from two law professors who, like me, are...




September 19, 12:07 PM   /   How Appealing   /   We have liftoff

We have liftoff: Fans of the blog in the vicinity of Doylestown, Pa. are invited to say hello this evening during my wife's book launch event at The Doylestown Bookshop from 7 to 9 p.m. The book has recently received additional coverage from USA Today and The Huffington Post .




September 19, 11:58 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Pregnancy discrimination: Special delivery."

"Pregnancy discrimination: Special delivery." At the "Democracy in America" blog of The Economist, Steven Mazie has a post that begins, "Activists on warring sides of the abortion debate rarely take the same position when it comes to Supreme Court cases involving women's rights."




September 19, 11:55 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Opposition Grows to Removal of Public Case Files"

"Opposition Grows to Removal of Public Case Files": Pamela A. MacLean has this post at her "Trial Insider" blog.




September 19, 11:40 AM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Janet Levit Stepping Down As Dean Of Tulsa Law

University of Tulsa law dean Janet Levit will step down at the end of this school year. She has led the school since 2007.




September 19, 11:20 AM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Georgia Law Dean Finalists

They are: Lonnie Brown and Bo Rutledge from UGA, Mike Gerhardt from UNC, and Mark McKenna from Notre Dame. H/T Paul Caron.




September 19, 10:37 AM   /   Empirical Legal Studies   /   Call For Proposals: American Psychology - Law Society Annual Conference

Erik Girvan (Oregon) reminded me about the American Psychology -- Law Society's upcoming annual conference (19-21 March 2015) in San Diego, CA. More specifically, submissions for paper and panel proposals are due by Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Information for those...




September 19, 10:09 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I decided since then to trust myself as the arbiter of what’s 'enough' and have turned down plenty of offers since, and because I have yet to feel any sexual attraction to anyone..."

"... I have never allowed anyone else to talk me into anything I know I don’t desire. I think I’d recognize it if it happened to me. Most other people find it unmistakable. If a food smells delicious to everyone else but bland or bad to me, I don’t owe anyone the demonstration of actually eating ...




September 19, 10:04 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Texas Supreme Court may take up Kountze cheerleading case"

"Texas Supreme Court may take up Kountze cheerleading case": The Beaumont Enterprise has this report .




September 19, 10:01 AM   /   TRUTH ON THE MARKET   /   Enterprise Cities, Competition, and Economic Growth

Shanker Singham of the Babson Global Institute (formerly a leading international trade lawyer and author of the most comprehensive one-volume work on the interplay between competition and international trade policy) has published a short article introducing the concept of “enterprise cities.”  Th...




September 19, 10:00 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Supreme Court justice underscores constitutional values"

"Supreme Court justice underscores constitutional values": The Yale Daily News has this report .




September 19, 09:57 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "NC court candidates talk experience, fairness"

"NC court candidates talk experience, fairness": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Two recent targets of hard-knuckled ads in their run for North Carolina Supreme Court seats said Wednesday they're worried big outside money is harming the public's perception of the courts and discou...




September 19, 09:54 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Scottish Voter Turnout

So, Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. This morning on the bus (I should run a series called “Idle Data Analysis on the Bus”) I looked at how the high turnout compared to other Scottish elections. Data on turnout is easily available back to 1970. Here are two views of it. Yo...




September 19, 09:53 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Nevada court rules tax on strip clubs legal"

"Nevada court rules tax on strip clubs legal": The Las Vegas Review-Journal has this report on a ruling that the Supreme Court of Nevada issued yesterday.




September 19, 09:46 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "After Supreme Court fight, Ramsey takes a quieter role"

"After Supreme Court fight, Ramsey takes a quieter role": Brian Haas has this article today in The Tennessean.




September 19, 09:40 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Kansas Justices Back Senate Candidate's Withdrawal"

"Kansas Justices Back Senate Candidate's Withdrawal": This article appears today in The New York Times. My earlier coverage of yesterday's Kansas Supreme Court ruling appears at this link .




September 19, 09:36 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "If Mark Fuller resigns or is impeached, there will be 4 open federal judgeships in Alabama"

"If Mark Fuller resigns or is impeached, there will be 4 open federal judgeships in Alabama": Kent Faulk has this front page article in today's edition of The Birmingham News.




September 19, 09:33 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Law firm's success is behind $50M gift to Drexel"

"Law firm's success is behind $50M gift to Drexel": In today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chris Mondics has an article that begins, "They say it is good to be king. It might be better, though, to be a very successful trial lawyer."




September 19, 09:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   A Conference on "the Antislavery Origins of the Civil War"




September 19, 09:29 AM   /   Althouse   /   "How U2 became the most hated band in America."

U2's Songs of Innocence "was released as part of Apple’s keynote event, dished out to iTunes subscribers for free." The album reportedly cost Apple $100 million, a figure the company is likely to eat. Rather than generating the kind of hype Apple is accustomed to, Songs of Innocence generated a h...




September 19, 09:18 AM   /   Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot   /   UNLV's State of the University Address.




September 19, 09:09 AM   /   Althouse   /   "There have been times when I wanted children and other times I've been grateful not to have them."

"I am a mess if I have to say goodbye to my dog for longer than five days. I don't know how I would deal with kissing my children as I left for work. I know there are women who are able to do that. I don't know if I could." From "25 Famous Women on Childlessness." Interesting to read the whole co...




September 19, 09:07 AM   /   Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot   /   And another feel-good story....




September 19, 09:06 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Friday round-up

Briefly: At Re’s Judicata, Richard Re discusses Tuesday’s comments by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggesting that the Court might decline to grant any of the pending petitions challenging state bans on same-sex marriage because there is currently no division among the circuits. (Lyle also covered...




September 19, 09:05 AM   /   Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot   /   Awesome young inventor....




September 19, 08:51 AM   /   Althouse   /   Does the male gynecologist need to explain himself?

Apparently. 10 do. One reason is you get to restrict your practice to females. One doctor said men were bad patients. Another didn't like "old patients and chronic conditions that never seemed to be cured" or (rejecting pediatrics) "the annoying parents of healthy kids!" Some feel comfortable aro...




September 19, 08:33 AM   /   Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot   /   Why I am no longer a Democrat (the short version).




September 19, 08:22 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Interview on the Black Box Society




September 19, 08:06 AM   /   Althouse   /   Senate votes 78-22 for Obama's anti-ISIS plan.

Among the "no" votes: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Elizabeth Warren. From earlier in the day, Jeremy W. Peters in the NYT: "ISIS Vote Weighs Heavily on Senators With 2016 Ambitions." In a speech before the vote on Thursday, Mr. Paul tried to square his belief that America cannot be the world’s police...




September 19, 08:00 AM   /   proSOXblog - Headline News   /   Legal and Practical Challenges to Conflict Minerals Rule Continue

On September 12, the NAM et al. filed their  joint response  to the SEC et al.’s petition for a rehearing en banc of the decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia largely upholding the conflict minerals rule (the “Rule”) but striking d...




September 19, 07:35 AM   /   Althouse   /   After the push to restrict access to sugared drinks...

... suspicions turn to artificially sweetened drinks.




September 19, 07:30 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   Sometimes Legislative Purpose is Clearer than the Effects of a Law

by Michael Dorf Ever since Roe v. Wade in 1973, pro-life politicians at the state and federal level have sought to undermine the abortion right in two main ways. First, by enacting new abortion restrictions and making their voices heard in the judicial selection process, they seek to have Roe ove...




September 19, 07:06 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Million Dollar Escrow Shortfall Draws Short-Term Probation

An attorney who "failed to safeguard entrusted funds of at least $1 million" in connection with real estate transactions was placed on probation for six months by order of the Pennsylania Supreme Court. The misconduct arose in a series of...




September 19, 06:00 AM   /   Conglomerate   /   Business Law At Oklahoma State

They've been doing some interesting hiring at OSU, lately, and this year they will be doing some more. The position...




September 19, 02:40 AM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Thinking About Methodologies

If there is one thing all US law schools teach, it is how to ‘think like a lawyer.’ Edward Rubin, in his penetrating article Why Law Schools Do Not Teach Contracts and What Socioeconomics Can Do About It, identifies what...




September 19, 12:59 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   PTAB Update -- A Review of the First Round of Comments (Part 1)

By Andrew Williams -- The USPTO has been seeking feedback on the PTAB trial proceedings established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. A Federal Register Notice from June 27, 2014 contained the "Request for Comments on Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial a...




September 19, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Lifset's "Power on the Hudson"




September 19, 12:23 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Who Is Justice Ginsburg Talking To?

Justice Ginsburg recently offered some surprising public remarks on the pending same-sex marriage petitions currently before the Supreme Court. (H/t Dale Carpenter at VC.) In particular, Justice Ginsburg suggested that the Court should not (would not?) grant the currently pending petitions at the...




September 19, 12:11 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Congress's Inaction Could Be Legal Basis for Stronger Executive War Powers"

"Congress's Inaction Could Be Legal Basis for Stronger Executive War Powers": Charlie Savage will have this article in Friday's edition of The New York Times.




September 18, 11:08 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Alabama judge urged to resign over domestic violence incident"

"Alabama judge urged to resign over domestic violence incident": David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this news update .




September 18, 11:05 PM   /   Sports Law Blog   /   Dark Days in the ICC




September 18, 10:45 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Barry Bonds' conviction seems to trouble appeals court"

"Barry Bonds' conviction seems to trouble appeals court": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this news update . Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined " Barry Bonds' conviction draws dubious reaction from appeals court ." And Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercu...




September 18, 10:34 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Death row inmates contest Tenn. electric chair law"

"Death row inmates contest Tenn. electric chair law": The Associated Press has this report .




September 18, 10:10 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Petition of the day

The petition of the day is: Middleton v. McDonald 13-1342 Issue: Whether a veteran whose disability picture “more nearly approximates,” 38 C.F.R. § 4.7, but “does not satisfy” the criteria required for a higher rating is ineligible for that higher rating.




September 18, 09:55 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Scalia's Liberal Streak: The conservative justice's most brilliant -- and surprisingly progressive -- moments on the bench."

"Scalia's Liberal Streak: The conservative justice's most brilliant -- and surprisingly progressive -- moments on the bench." Mark Joseph Stern has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.




September 18, 09:53 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "A choice of evils: Should democracies use torture to protect against terrorism?"

"A choice of evils: Should democracies use torture to protect against terrorism?" Law professor Alan M. Dershowitz has this op-ed in today's edition of The Boston Globe.




September 18, 08:18 PM   /   TRUTH ON THE MARKET   /   Tesla Wins Big in Massachusetts

On September 15, Tesla won a big victory in Massachusetts. As we have previously chronicled at length on TOTM ( see, e.g., here, here, here, here, here and here), the car dealers are waging a state-by-state ground war to prevent Tesla from bypassing them and distributing directly to consumers. Th...




September 18, 07:49 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Scotland Referendum Open Thread.

I’ll be open about my preference, only in order to tell a story. The issue came up last week in a class of mine which contains a student from the UK. I made an off-hand comment (overstating the case) that I was a bit shocked to find out that I am a hard line unionist. […]




September 18, 06:50 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Court permits Taylor to withdraw from Senate race; Roberts, Orman left to fight through 2014 campaign"

"Court permits Taylor to withdraw from Senate race; Roberts, Orman left to fight through 2014 campaign": Tim Carpenter of The Topeka Capital-Journal has this news update . The Kansas City Star has a news update headlined " Kansas court scrubs Democrat Chad Taylor from ballot for U.S. Senate ." Yo...




  

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