From the monthly archives: March 2013

Legal Madness

On March 29, 2013 By Samara Pals

As March Madness heats up this week, so do legal issues surrounding everything from office pools to antitrust suits. Depending on where you live, thanks to the federal system, the brackets people filled out and the ten dollars each participant contributed to office March Madness pools could mean the participants are committing anything from [...]

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A recent opinion of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York declared the Associated Press the victor in a copyright dispute.  The defendant was Meltwater, a service that provides “clips” of online news.  An article described this situation as a battle between copyright protection [...]

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Costa Rica May Be Left Out in the Cold

On March 27, 2013 By Sam Beutler

Last Friday, the United States escaped with a 1-0 victory in its World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica.  But the game will be remembered less for its outcome and more for the blizzard-like conditions that engulfed Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside of Denver, Colorado.  In the 58th minute, weather conditions forced El [...]

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Texting While Driving Kills… Maybe

On March 26, 2013 By Ryan Loofbourrow

California can’t seem to decide whether texting while driving is safe.  Back in 2009, California implemented its first ban on the practice.  That law banned any reading or sending text messages while driving.  However, the Auto Club found that the percentage of drivers who texted while driving actually doubled in the year after the [...]

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First Sale Gone Wild

On March 25, 2013 By Raymond Rufat

Have you ever been in the market for a textbook? If so, you, like most students enrolled in college these days, were probably shocked by some of the exorbitant prices that university bookstores charge for a book. For example, if you were in the market for a brand new Constitutional Law textbook you would be [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On March 25, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Indian government apparently sponsors botnet takedown competition–of a live botnet. Judge: Warner Bros. owns Superman rights. Android tethering feature likely infringes Nokia patent. Cyber attack on South Korean banks and TV networks destroys data instead of just listening in–but who’s to blame? Yankees prevent registration (PDF) [...]

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There’s another sports agent and college football scandal, and this one involves the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The North Carolina Secretary of State commenced an investigation into sports agents, which revealed that a Georgia man sent cash to Marvin Austin, a former North Carolina football player. The investigation also revealed that [...]

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When a judge issues an order demanding your appearance in court to explain why he shouldn’t throw you in jail, you know you’ve had a bad day. When you just add that to your list of required Rule 11 hearings, you know you work for Prenda Law.

For those who haven’t been following the [...]

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Kirtsaeng is a Thai national studying at Cornell. He bought and imported copies of textbooks published by Wiley Asia and tried to resell them in the United States, where similar books published by Wiley (US) were sold at a higher price. Wiley sued, saying the copies were infringing. Kirtsaeng argued that the books could be [...]

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On February 27th, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) reintroduced a “new and improved” Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act of 2013 (or “SHIELD Act,” pleasing fans of both acronyms and imagery of strife).  The legislation is intended to curb the rapid ascent of so-called “patent trolls,” which are reported to have [...]

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