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Newsworthiness in the Algorithm Age

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:03:28 +0000

Newsworthiness has long been the first line of defense against invasion of privacy tort claims. Publishing private information about someone, like someone’s medical records or phone number, can bring legal liability. But a plaintiff in a privacy-invasion lawsuit has to show that the facts made public aren’t a matter of public concern. When making legal determinations on newsworthiness, courts have […]


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AM Roundup: Trump Winnows SCOTUS List

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:02:41 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.



Ethics Office’s Tweets at Donald Trump Cause a Stir

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:03:10 +0000

A typically sedate government Twitter account sprang to life Wednesday in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump's announcement that he would exit his family business.


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Congress Passes Bill Expanding Consumer Rights to Post Negative Reviews

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:43:28 +0000

It could soon become harder for companies to punish consumers for posting negative reviews about their products or services.


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‘Shoe Bomber’ Says He Can’t Afford to Pay Fine

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:29:50 +0000

Richard C. Reid, aka the “Shoe Bomber,” wants a federal judge to declare him bankrupt. The al Qaeda-trained terrorist tried to light a bomb in his shoe on a Paris-to-Miami flight weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks and is serving a life sentence at a “supermax” prison in Colorado. In a handwritten letter to U.S. […]


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Preet Bharara: McDonnell Ruling No Grounds to Toss Silver Conviction

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:18:29 +0000

What does former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s triumph at the Supreme Court mean for the federal corruption case against Sheldon Silver? It’s apples and oranges, Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara’s office told a federal appeals court this week. Lawyers for the former New York Assembly Speaker have seized on the McDonnell ruling in their appeal to […]


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AM Roundup: IRS vs. Bitcoin

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:54:56 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.



Ted Cruz, Mark Meadows Proposal Would Allow Unlimited Campaign Contributions

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:19:49 +0000

Two conservatives in Congress have proposed allowing donors to give unlimited amounts of money to federal political candidates, a long-sought measure given fresh energy with the imminent Republican control of Congress and the White House.


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India High Court Orders Movie Theaters to Play National Anthem

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:49:34 +0000

Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, Dispenser of India’s destiny. Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind, Gujarat and Maratha, Of the Dravida and Odisha and Bengal; It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas, mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is chanted by the […]


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AM Roundup: Market-Manipulation Trial Gets Underway

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:40:11 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.



Obama Administration Targets ‘Disturbing Schools’ Law in Court Filing

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:37:51 +0000

State laws used to criminally prosecute disruptive public-school students may be unconstitutional, the Department of Justice is arguing in court papers.


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Leading Questions: Inside the Trump University Settlement

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:27:27 +0000

A lead lawyer for consumers suing Trump University for fraud talks about what led to a $25 million settlement.


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For First Time, Australia High Court to be Led by a Woman

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:27:03 +0000

The most powerful judge Australia is a woman who dropped out of high school. Susan Kiefel in January will become the next chief justice of the High Court of Australia. Her appointment, announced Tuesday by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis, marks the first time that a woman will preside over the country’s […]


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Trump Breaks Ranks With Scalia on Flag Burning

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:53:57 +0000

The president-elect made clear Tuesday his view that the freedom of speech shouldn't encompass the right to burn the American flag.


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Before Trump Tweets, Appeals Court Doubted Concerns About Illegal Immigrant Voting

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:49:49 +0000

Speculation that vast numbers of illegal immigrants are on voter rolls isn’t just coming from President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter account. A similar concern was aired by Republican Kansas officials in a recent case before skeptical federal appeals court judges weighing a Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration at state DMV offices. Mr. […]


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Massachusetts AG Protests Order Summoning Her to Texas for Exxon Deposition

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:04:26 +0000

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is protesting a Texas federal judge's order that she travel to Dallas next month to be deposed in Exxon Mobil Corp.'s lawsuit against her office.


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AM Roundup: Trump Alleges ‘Millions of People’ Voted Illegally

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:50:05 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.



AM Roundup: Judge Halts Overtime Pay Regulation

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:38:40 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.



Judge Sanctioned for Saying Americans Should Leave U.S. if They Can’t Stomach Trump as President

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:38:30 +0000

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Primomo says he wasn't injecting politics into a U.S. citizenship ceremony when he told newly sworn-in Americans that they should leave the country if they can't accept Donald Trump as their incoming president.


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Can North Carolina Lawmakers Decide the Governor’s Race?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:57:13 +0000

North Carolina lawmakers can declare the winner of a contested election under the state's election law. But that doesn't mean the loser would have no recourse in court.


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