From the monthly archives: February 2012

Every attorney hopes for a sympathetic client . . . and this was one of those cases.  A man donated half a million dollars to a local hospital to name a women’s center in honor of his mother who died of cancer, but the hospital never built the women’s center.  Oh, and did I [...]

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This Monday, the European Commission and the United States Department of Justice gave approval to a proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobile by Google.  A preliminary investigation was launched last August to determine whether the acquisition would substantially lessen competition; however, government officials were unable to find any substantial antitrust concerns.  Both the Commission and [...]

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Domestic Use of Drones

On February 15, 2012 By Amelia McKeithen

Americans have become increasingly accustomed to the use of drones, unmanned aircraft, in military operations abroad.  However, if drones were flying through neighborhoods here in the US, it may raise new issues.  New regulations expected from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may soon permit just that.  The FAA has historically limited civilian use of [...]

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The Internet Is For…Love? Not So Much…

On February 14, 2012 By Shane Valenzi

Lonely this Valentine’s Day? Thinking about filling the void with a kindred soul, scientifically plucked from the rat race of humanity via a meticulously crafted love algorithm to be your permanent soul mate and snuggle bunny, forever and ever? You’re better off going to a bar – at least, according to an article [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 13, 2012 By JETLaw

In the news…

Hacker group Anonymous closes in on a new target, the Croatian government. Tom Petty & Bob Dylan vs. the Major Labels? Saudi journalist arrested for controversial religiously focused tweets. Is there a basis for secondary [...]

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When $2 Billion is Not Enough…

On February 11, 2012 By Andrew Harline

As you probably know by now, Facebook is going public (details and legal analysis in Thursday’s post). But, did you know that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, is anticipated to foot the largest tax bill in US history? $2 billion. Holy cow, right? That sounds like enough money to fix a lot [...]

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Last Sunday, millions of people tuned in to watch “the big game.”  Everyone knows what “the big game” means (…just in case, it is an unofficial title for the Super Bowl).  Restaurants and stores all advertise their wares with banners telling you to either to “Stock up” or “Come on in” for “the [...]

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As Facebook Friends Wall Street, Legal Risks Grow

On February 9, 2012 By Niels Melius

Facebook recently announced a major status update: it’s going public.  On Wednesday, February 1st, the company filed registration papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in what marks the first step in becoming a publicly traded company.  If all goes according to the planned timeline, the social networking site will raise at least [...]

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Hey 90′s Music, We Need to Talk…

On February 8, 2012 By Joanna Collins

My iTunes collection is a petri dish of impulse purchases that I have grown to regret – this past December, for example, I decided that I just had to have a “finals week playlist” consisting entirely of Savage Garden and Celine Dion songs.  I hit repeat on that playlist more times than I care [...]

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Oklahoma Rep. Battles Violent Video Games

On February 7, 2012 By Michael Walker

By now you’re familiar with all the dangers: weight gain, desensitization, feelings of estrangement, and the wholesale degradation of America’s youth.

I’m not talking about illicit drugs. I’m talking about—users beware!—violent video games. In Oklahoma, State Representative William Fourkiller, a Democrat, is waging war against gory games. Last week, he introduced a bill [...]

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