Copyright troll may be singing a different tune after this week.
Patent litigation isn’t as lucrative as it used to be, but those who were around for the glory days did very, very well for themselves.
* Conan O’Brien faces a new lawsuit alleging that he stole jokes from a Twitter user’s feed. Meanwhile, Conan mulls suit against Tinder for ripping off Pimpbot 5000 character. [The Hollywood Reporter] * Snoop blames racial profiling for his arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession in Sweden. Others say it’s “celebrity profiling,” suggesting that racial […]
You can see the judge’s patience wearing thin as he is writing the words.
Bookmark this post because now you know the proper Bluebooking for a comic book.
In Trump’s defense the lyric “For the homeless man/We got a kinder, gentler,/Machine gun hand” is in his platform.
* Hank Greenberg won his lawsuit against the government for illegally seizing insurance giant A.I.G. as part of a bailout. But the court awarded no damages, finding that shareholders weren’t harmed by the takeover. So, to translate this, the court basically said to Greenberg, “You were so bad at running your business that a cabal of bureaucrats acting illegally did better for shareholders than you.” That’s… gotta sting. [New York Times]
* Lost in the excitement of today’s Baker Botts decision was the Supreme Court declining to save North Carolina’s struck-down abortion law that would have required doctors to bend over backwards to dissuade women from getting an abortion. Over the dissent of Justice Scalia, the Court killed the law without giving it a chance. [Jezebel]
* If you’re going to Richmond, California, make sure you’ve left your Ultimate Nullifier at home. [Lowering the Bar]
* Something finally goes wrong for wealthy people moving into Brooklyn. SPOILER: it’s other wealthy people moving into Brooklyn. [Brownstoner]
* Justice Ginsburg tells the crowd at the annual ACS Convention that Natalie Portman held up the upcoming RBG biopic, On the Basis of Sex, demanding that the film have a female director. Men’s rights activists can take heart that a man will be directing the inevitable porn version. [The Week]
* Alan Dershowitz worries that the Zivotofsky decision gives the White House too much power over foreign policy as opposed to
some myopic former water commissioner awash in lobbyist money from AIPAC and apocalyptic-minded EvangelicalsCongress. [The Blaze]
* Do you hate patent trolls? Good. Consider supporting this feature comedy film trolling patent trolls. [Indiegogo]
* If you’re in D.C. Thursday morning, come hear our own David Lat discuss the future of the Roberts Court with some other people who are nowhere near as important. Like congresspeople and former federal judges and such. [Politico]
Yesterday, we reported on the manager’s amendments to the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act, or “PATENT Act,” a bi-partisan patent reform bill introduced by Senator Leahy and several other Senators.
* More whining about President Obama opining on Supreme Court cases while the justices “deliberate” — as though anyone’s opinion is up in the air. Apparently presidents have rarely done this. Fun fact: cynical lawyers have rarely gotten to the Supreme Court to attack a president’s landmark legislation on a tortured textual reading, but here we are. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
* It’s like the Hangover. Except in prison. With more drugs. [Legal Juice]
* Hey, remember when Jeb Bush got behind a law that required rape victims to publish their sexual histories in the newspaper until the law was shot down by the courts two years later? Good times. [Salon]
* The Right proclaims Jeb Bush really doesn’t believe in publicly shaming women for having sex. Hm. See item 3 supra. [Legal Insurrection]
* Wow. The Senate actually passed something. It’s a resolution hailing the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. Is it a sign of my cynicism that I’m shocked even that got approved? [Constitutional Accountability Center]
* Why the rationale of Roe doesn’t really matter. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* Fourth Circuit panel snipes at each other over whether to call out overzealous prosecutors. It got so bad they actually sealed the opinion. [Maryland Appellate Blog]
* Derek Khanna has a new report on patent reform written with Lincoln Labs. The fundamental premise: patents are not encouraging innovation any more. [Lincoln Labs]
* Watchdog is reporting that Kroll Associates conveniently overlooked dozens of terrible LSAT scores in its report on University of Texas admission standards. It bears repeating: just how dumb must Abigail Fisher be to not get into this school? [Watchdog]
* A short memoir about suing The Grateful Dead. [The Faculty Lounge]
Change is constant, as columnist Gaston Kroub notes: starting yesterday, filing civil cases in the S.D.N.Y. will be done electronically in the vast majority of cases.
* Lawyers who denigrate jury duty become inmates who denigrate jury duty. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
* After arresting a guy for crack possession and figuring out it was really “cracker crumbs,” the cops charged the guy with obstruction because admitting you’re wrong is so passé. Thankfully the cooler heads of the judicial system prevailed and the guy is getting a $35,000 settlement for his troubles. Did he have Wheat Thins? Because I’m pretty sure those are crack. [NJ.com]
* Oil heir Al Hill III, whom we’ve previously described as, “by most accounts, the epitome of the spoiled rich kid you desperately want to punch,” owes his lawyers some money. Like $40.9 million worth. [Texas Lawyer]
* Crowdsourcing: Is this racist? Personally, I think no if specifically intended as a parody, but we’ll see. [What About Clients?]
* On Tuesday, June 23, David and Seventh Circuit Judge John Tinder will be discussing “Judging, Clerking, Ethics, and Ambition” in the context of Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) at the Conrad Indianapolis at 50 West Washington. So, you know, swipe right if you’re excited about seeing Judge Tinder. Full details at the link.
* New developments in everyone’s favorite soap opera of a case: Faruqi & Faruqi LLP is cross-appealing the $140,000 judgment in favor of former associate Alexandra Marchuk. [Law360]
* Whoa. There’s one SEC Commissioner actually doing her job! So retro. Stay strong, Commissioner Stein. [Guile Is Good]
* Congress is working on a bill to prevent companies from foisting non-compete clauses on employees making less than $31,200/year. But, but, then someone else might learn the important trade secret of the Colonel’s 11 secret herbs and spices! [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* Senior and junior lawyers speak a different language. This article comes to us from the U.K., but the sentiment is universal, even if the phrase “bugger off” isn’t. [Legal Cheek]
* Prosecutor called Asian Americans “greedy foreigners.” That goes over about as well as you’d expect. [Angry Asian Man]
* David spoke with the Legal Talk Network about “the importance of friendship and family and the psyche of young lawyers who often compromise personal relationships for career ambitions.” If you guessed they were discussing Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link), then you’re right. [Legal Talk Network]
* Where are LL.M.s valuable? [LLM-Guide]
* Lawyer sues EFF for calling his patent stupid. We here at Above the Law would like to reiterate that this patent is brilliant and probably the most Earth-shattering invention since the light bulb. [Corporate Counsel]
* Maybe legalizing drugs doesn’t solve all the violence. [Seattle Times]
Thirty years ago this month, the Topps Company released Garbage Pail Kids, a series of trading cards/stickers designed to parody Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. Both induced mania in the 1980s, made their companies millions, then almost in tandem, lost their mass appeal. But before the madness stopped, the Kids met in court, where a judge determined whether the Garbage Pail Kids infringed Cabbage Patch Kids intellectual property.
Rather than considering the message, Chartier turned around and called the helpful emailer a “moron” and a “thief.” This is someone who has quite a strong view on what he believes is his “property.”