LinkedIn to Facebook: The Risks of Tweeting in the Workplace

In the Digital Age we live in now, everything you could want to know about a person is likely just a click away. From the TV shows “liked” on Facebook to today’s lunch as the latest tweet, there is a smorgasbord of information available out in the Interwebs; and for better or worse, more and […]

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Are Your Cell Phone Text Messages Safe from Government Eyes?

Politics just wouldn’t be politics without scandals, and the scandal last week in Michigan was a doozy. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, after having testified in open court that he’d never been romantically involved with his chief of staff, found himself in hot water with the law (and, we assume, his wife) when it was revealed […]

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The Devil Made Me Do It

Each October in the United States, grocery stores beef up their candy displays, and thrill-seekers go searching for the scariest movie, creepiest haunted house, or spookiest ghost story. Devil Indeed, horror movies about the Devil and his minions, claiming to be inspired by actual events tend to fly off the shelves as All Hallows Eve […]

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The Snackpidemic: Obesity Litigation in America

An epidemic is a disease that simultaneously affects a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at in given time period. America currently boasts a $68 billion dollar snack industry as well as 23.4 million children ages 2-19 who are overweight and obese. These two stats demonstrate that America could be […]

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Counterfeit is the New Black: Copyright, Fashion, and Forever21

Global warming may be a fact of life, but fashion still changes with the seasons. Consumers of high-fashion clothing continuously demand new looks from designers like Armani, Chanel, and Christian Dior. A buyer who has spent thousands on a single item of clothing would not tolerate the embarrassment of showing up at a fashion party […]

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Word of the Week: Affirmative Defense

Each week we select a legal term or phrase that’s commonly misunderstood, interesting, or could prove a matter of life-or-death to our readers (perhaps in some sort of deadly legal-trivia type situation). An affirmative defense is a legal strategy used by defendants in which they admit to the case against them, but offer an excuse, […]

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LEGO Blocks Get EU Court Copyright Block

LEGO Group, the Danish manufacturer of the beloved building toy, has been riding high lately. Where other toy companies seemed to be falling victim to age compression (the idea that children are not LEGO Litigationspending their time playing with toys as much as they used to), LEGO has remained not only profitable, but popular. Successful […]

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Does Scrabble’s C&D Spell the End of Scrabulous?

Last week there was a great disturbance in the force, as though thousands of voices around the internet cried out all at once. Scrabulous Sees the Writing on the WallThe noise was caused by the announcement that Hasbro, Inc., the makers of the board game Scrabble, had sent a “cease and desist” letter to Rajat […]

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Wiretapping, Telecom Companies, and You

The current wiretapping debate in Congress, and the media circus surrounding it, has focused on the expiration of the Protect America Act of 2007 (initially passed last August). The more pressing and oft forgotten issue, however, is the administration’s longstanding violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).Telecom Immunity Wiretapping On December 17, 2005, President […]

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Enemy of the Estate: How Will Congress Fix the Estate Tax Debacle of 2010?

Perhaps God himself put it best when he said, “[n]aked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs.” While many have tried to take earthly possessions with them, often in unusual ways, the fact is that one’s property is generally left to living friends or relatives. For the very […]

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