Abnormal Use blogger Jim Dedman admires blogger and LA lawyer Ken White’s “fierce commitment to freedom of expression. He often highlights in his posts attempts by lawyers—or others—to silence online speech, and I would never want to find myself the target of his commentary.” But it’s more than just a blog, says New York Personal Injury Law Blog’s Eric Turkewitz, noting the signature “Batman-like Popehat signal to seek out pro bono assistance around the country for First Amendment defense.” … [Read more...] about 7th Annual Blawg 100
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Locke had asked Congress to impose an emergency 15 percent increase in patent fees to make up for the shortfall. Instead, Congress promised an extra $100 million if the agency could bring in $100 million more than expected. But when a surprising uptick in patent applications made it seem likely that an extra $100 million in patent fees would be generated for 2010, Congress promptly reneged, leaving the agency’s budget unchanged and the general budget as the landing place for any windfall. … [Read more...] about A Patent on Problems
The opinion involves a Nigerian citizen suspected of bank fraud, in part because he had a “Nigerian-sounding” name. Immigration officers entered his apartment, dodging questions about a warrant, the opinion states. There they searched a briefcase without the man’s consent and found an expired tourist visa. Orhorhaghe v. INS, 38 F.3d 488. … [Read more...] about Illegal Aliens on I.C.E.
Kesler, of Columbus, Miss., is no bleeding heart: He has represented two other defendants in capital murder cases; as a prosecutor, he once tried a murder case in which the defendant received the death penalty. And he concedes that a reasonable person might look at the evidence against Brewer and conclude that he was guilty. … [Read more...] about Out of the Blue
Occidental denies plotting or paying for the attack. In court documents, Oxy repeatedly insists that if Galvis has any gripe at all, it lies with the Colombian government. Nevertheless, Occidental finds itself a little too close for comfort to the cutting edge of a growing list of lawsuits in U.S. federal courts that accuse multinational corporations of tolerating exploitation of local populations in their overseas operations through torture, murder, rape, slavery, and other abusive human rights and labor practices. Occidental could move to the top of the list as observers on both sides of the litigation expect the U.S. Supreme Court to determine sooner rather than later the extent—if any—of corporate liability under a 1789 law the plaintiffs have used to sue the companies here. … [Read more...] about Foreign Fight