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September 3, 2015
Suit Against Amazon Over Student Suicide Won’t Be Arbitrated

The suit against Amazon stemming from a University of Pennsylvania student who killed herself using chemicals allegedly bought through the online retailer is not headed for arbitration under a stipulation agreed upon by both sides.

September 3, 2015
Long conference is a longer shot for cert petitions; study suggests newbie law clerks are to blame

The statistics tell the story. Getting the U.S. Supreme Court to accept a cert petition during the “long conference” when summertime cert petitions are considered,…

September 3, 2015
Sony softened ‘Concussion’ storyline to avoid issues with NFL, hacked emails show

In the wake of litigation over dementia among professional football players attributed to repeated head injuries on the field, Sony Pictures Entertainment decided to make…

September 3, 2015
What are you doing when you get your best ideas?

This week, we took note of a judge who finds inspiration—legal inspiration, even—while swimming. “I’ve made some of my best law decisions right there…

September 3, 2015
How will driverless vehicles resolve right-of-way issues? The answer isn’t clear

As young attorneys see after graduating from law school, there is often a disconnect between formal legal rules and the way law is actually practiced.…

September 3, 2015
Served with process Tuesday, man shows up at court Wednesday with revving chainsaw, police say

Served with process Tuesday in a family-law case, the respondent showed up at a Canadian courthouse Wednesday morning—holding a revving chainsaw, police say. Sheriff’s officers…

September 3, 2015
Law firms in Florida can send text-message ads to prospective clients, state bar says

Rejecting a recommendation by an advertising subcommittee, the Florida Bar’s board of governors has OK’d the use of cellphone text messages for advertising law firm…

September 3, 2015
Parents don’t have right to public-school choice, 8th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has ruled that parents have no constitutional right to send their children to the public school of their choice. The St.…

September 3, 2015
Vivek Maru: Drawing the arc to global justice

After finishing at Harvard College and before entering Yale Law School, Vivek Maru, born and reared in the U.S., took off more than a year…

September 3, 2015
Former FBI lawyer says his home computer was accessed by hacker from China

A former deputy general counsel in the FBI says a hacker from China apparently accessed his computer. The lawyer, Marion “Spike” Bowman, is a lecturer…

September 3, 2015
Lawyers ‘lean to the left,’ study says; which schools, firms and practice areas are most liberal?

Many conservative commentators have aired claims that trial lawyers appear more liberal than the rest of the population, and they overwhelmingly contribute to Democratic candidates.…

September 3, 2015
Murder rate is way up in dozens of US cities, but why?

The murder rate is way up, so far this year, in dozens of U.S. cities, and federal and local law enforcement officials aren’t sure why…

September 3, 2015
Don’t suspend state attorney general’s law license, petition-signers urge disciplinary authorities

After a reported effort by Pennsylvania attorney disciplinary authorities to suspend the law license of the state’s embattled attorney general, her supporters are fighting back.…

September 3, 2015
Petco won’t sell goldfish to Iranians and Persians on spring equinox, lawsuit says

Initially puzzled by a pet store’s refusal to sell him a goldfish, a California man says he found out more during discovery in his civil…

September 3, 2015
Salt Lake City firm Open Legal Services operates as a nonprofit, keeping hourly rates low

The words nonprofit and law firm don’t usually go together. But Salt Lake City attorneys Shantelle Argyle and A. Daniel Spencer saw no reason why…

September 3, 2015
Lawyers need to move beyond ‘access to justice’ to close the legal services gap

By many measures, lawyers’ “access to justice” initiatives are entirely ineffective: • A study (PDF) from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the…

September 3, 2015
Chicago files $300M suit over red-light camera program

The city of Chicago has filed in a $300 million lawsuit against the former vendor for its controversial red-light camera ticketing program, seeking damages because…

September 3, 2015
New Microsoft law office management platform offers group access to legal docs on any device

A new law office management platform developed by the in-house legal department of Microsoft for its own use was worth the wait, a law blogger…

September 3, 2015
Skype co-founder sues ex-fiancee, seeks $472K ring and other gifts

A billionaire co-founder of Skype has sued his former fiancée, a Danish pop star, seeking the return of an engagement ring for which he paid…

September 3, 2015
Appeals court upholds limits on SCOTUS protests

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld restrictions on protests outside the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia…