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  • Lance Armstrong in happier days. Will he be this victorious in litigation disputes? (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 05.15.15

    * Lance Armstrong is feuding, again, with former teammate Floyd Landis — this time over discovery [National Law Journal]

    * Remember July 2014 when we all learned that ExamSoft — the bar examination software — totally crapped out on test takers? Yeah, they just reached a $2.1 million settlement.  #NeverForgetBarghazi [Law360]

    * Rejoice haters of measles and other preventable diseases! California is moving to end “personal belief exemptions” for mandatory vaccines. [NPR]

    * In oral arguments for an appeal of the conviction of Jesse Litvak, a bond trader convicted of securities fraud involving government bailout funds, the Second Circuit was skeptical over the fairness of the trial. [New York Law Journal]

    * The FDA finally arrives in the year 2015; plans to ease restrictions on gay blood donors. [Jurist]

    *  Senate Judiciary Committee recommends prosecutor Robert Capers the next U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, filling Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s vacancy. [Wall Street Journal]

    * An analysis of who the winners will be under Google’s new plan to buy up patents before the trolls. [JD Supra]

    30 Comments / / May 15, 2015 at 8:54 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.13.15

    * Attorney General Holder reminds the DOJ not to hire hookers. [Politico]

    * A new demographic angry over gay marriage: gay men who want to protect their sham marriages. Didn’t expect this to be a fight. [Slate]

    * Once you’ve finished binge-watching on Netflix, we ask: is Matt Murdock an ethical lawyer? [Radford & Keebaugh]

    * Patent attorney David Healey at Fish and Richardson is coming out. Here’s the trailer. [YouTube]

    * Richard Hsu talks about jumping off of perfectly good cliffs with Shane Glynn, Product Counsel at Google. [Hsu Untied]

    * Garry Trudeau explains that just because we can say something doesn’t mean we should. Ken questions this logic. In the end though, he proves too much: there are so many powerful, biting criticisms to make that we shouldn’t have to resort to dumb caricatures. [Popehat]

    * Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate on the death penalty. Watch it online Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. [Fora.tv]

    * Is it just me, or does her account actually sound awfully suspicious? [Gawker]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB_FZa8SNic

    9 Comments / / Apr 13, 2015 at 5:04 PM
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    Law Schools

    The Decision: Sometimes It’s Just Not Worth It

    Should this person really go to any law school?

    48 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 6:23 PM
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    eDiscovery

    Finding the Needle When You Can’t Locate the Haystack – How do you narrow down the scope of e-discovery?

    Joffe v. Google, No. 3:10-md-02184, currently pending in the Northern District of California, is predicted to be the biggest corporate wiretap case in history – assuming the plaintiffs have standing.

    / Mar 12, 2015 at 3:02 PM
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    Technology

    Google signs UK Undertaking to Improve its Privacy Policy

    On 30 January 2015, Google signed an Undertaking with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to improve and amend the Privacy Policy it adopted 1 March 2012.

    / Feb 24, 2015 at 4:55 PM
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    Biglaw, Minority Issues, Women's Issues

    Tech Industry Leaders Are Beginning To Accept The Diversity Challenge; U.S. Law Partners Should Do The Same

    Which law firms will take the lead on promoting diversity in the legal profession?

    31 Comments / / Jan 30, 2015 at 3:02 PM
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    eDiscovery, Technology

    Lost in the Cloud: Dropbox, Data “Insecurity,” and Employee Shenanigans

    Chances are, more than a few of your employees have discovered the ease and utility of cloud-based storage and file sharing tools. They are incredibly useful. But, along with the upsides that these tools offer–like increased efficiency and team collaboration – they also can cause serious data “insecurity” headaches for employers.

    / Jan 9, 2015 at 11:46 AM
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    Google / Search Engines, Technology

    Privacy Policy Challenge: Google Ordered to Cease Data Profiling in Germany

    Ed note: This post originally appeared on Peter S. Vogel’s Internet, Information Technology & e-Discovery Blog. A recent administrative order was issued for Google to “to take the necessary technical and organisational measures to guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling.” Last […]

    / Oct 6, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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    Technology

    Begun The Cloud War Has: Cloud Storage Competition Gets Serious

    After recent changes in features and pricing, how do the different cloud computing services compare?

    4 Comments / / Sep 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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    Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    UK High Court Considers Implications Of The Google Spain Case For The First Time

    In July 2014, the High Court (the ‘Court’) considered for the first time the implications of the landmark decision in Google Spain, when delivering an interim judgment in the case of Hegglin v Persons Unknown [2014] EWHC 2808 (the ‘Judgment’).

    / Sep 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM
  • Kamala D. Harris is 'by far, the best looking attorney general.'

    Biglaw, Eric Holder, Google / Search Engines, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 09.26.14

    * Solicitor General Don Verrilli may be a frontrunner to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, but the competition seems to be stiff. Kamala Harris, anyone? [USA Today]

    * FBI Director James Comey is annoyed by Apple and Google marketing their encryption prowess for privacy’s sake — it’ll “allow people to place themselves beyond the law.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * White & Case just hopped aboard the onshore outsourcing train with its announcement that it would open a services center in Tampa, Florida. The move will create about 100 jobs, but we’d love to know how many it’s negating. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, has been on an “acquisition spree” in England. Earlier this month, it picked up patent practice, and now it’s in talks with a litigation shop. [Am Law Daily]

    * “Law school is a major gamble,” and people are more informed, but that somehow isn’t stopping people from applying. This is a great article to read if you’re still considering going all in. [New York Observer]

    15 Comments / / Sep 26, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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    Drinking, FTC, Health Care / Medicine, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Politics, Racism, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.04.14

    * Bob McDonnell, former governor of Virginia, guilty of 11 counts of corruption. Maureen McDonnell guilty of 8. If only they’d gotten that severance motion. [Wonkette] * The best way to catch drunk drivers is to give them something to crash into. [Legal Juice] * Chaumtoli Huq, a former general counsel to the New York […]

    1 Comment / / Sep 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM
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    ACLU, Baseball, Google / Search Engines, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Laurence Tribe, Non-Sequiturs, Prostitution, Sex, Technology, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.15.14

    * Suit filed questioning the parentage of Blue Ivy Carter. Plaintiff claims to be the real… mother? Hm. You’d think that would be pretty easy for everyone to remember. [International Business Times]

    * The Washington D.C.-area NFL team has filed suit to get its trademark back. They think the USPTO are Indian Givers. [DCist]

    * The ACLU is asking courts to define “freedom of the press” in the wake of Ferguson. I understand their impulse, I just don’t think they’re gonna like the answer. [Fox2Now]

    * A 71-year-old lawyer allegedly called two escorts over to his house and they asked for more money. Even for rich lawyers it’s the principle of the thing. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Sad to see Professor Larry Tribe join the “let’s blame the teachers instead of funding public schools” parade. But now that he’s become a high-profile supporter of ending tenure for those teaching the young, perhaps he’ll renounce his own tenure. Or at least fight to revoke it from all his colleagues. [National Law Journal]

    * A Colombian lawyer is suing FIFA for $1.3 billion over bad officiating. Of all the things FIFA deserves to get sued over, this isn’t making the list. [Washington Post]

    * Congratulations to Rob Manfred, a Harvard Law grad formerly of Morgan Lewis, on his promotion to MLB Commissioner. He will continue the proud tradition of keeping us bored all summer long while we wait for football to come back. [New York Times]

    * New lawsuit says Google kept records of plans to infringe intellectual property… on Post-Its. Unwise. Office supplies are for back-to-school shopping, not writing down wrongful acts. [Valleywag]

    * If you’re a current 3L or a law grad about to come off a clerkship, NOAA has a job opportunity for you. Imagine how exciting it will be when the next Sharknado happens! [USAJobs via NOAA]

    13 Comments / / Aug 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM
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    Biglaw, Google / Search Engines, Litigators, Partner Issues

    In Defense Of Cleary Gottlieb

    Is this elite law firm getting a bum rap?

    10 Comments / / Aug 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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    Antonin Scalia, Career Alternatives, Crime, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.07.14

    * The new icon of the Islamic State is a hipster with a law degree. Where’s his Career Alternatives piece? (Alternate quips: For his money, the evening call to prayer must be on vinyl. When decrying alcohol as sinful, he prefers PBR. The scimitar in that picture is from the vintage store. Which direction is Mecca from the Williamsburg Bridge?). [The Telegraph]

    * A high school teacher showed up to work intoxicated and without pants on the first day on the job. And thus ends Elie’s career as a high school teacher. [CBS Houston]

    * Google is tipping off authorities about criminal activity in Gmail accounts. I believe this message is brought to you by Hotmail. [CNBC]

    * Smaller law firms are capturing more and more M&A work per a study by CounselLink. Biglaw may be coming “back” when it comes to hiring, but the trend of clients shifting work to smaller firms continues. [Wall Street Journal]

    * We talk a lot about the justice gap in this country. Now some enterprising Utah lawyers are out there making legal services affordable. [The Atlantic]

    * “This is not a life story that will end well.” Indeed. [Law Lemmings]

    * Thanks to Betterment for sponsoring a great event last night with expert in-house counsel on becoming a startup company lawyer. Check out what you missed. [Betterment]

    * A video of Notorious RBG describing the 2013-14 Term. She also explains her approval of the title of Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg. Embed below…. [Derrick Wang]

    7 Comments / / Aug 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM
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    Books, Canada, Death Penalty, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Non-Sequiturs, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.18.14

    * Donald Trump slapped with sanctions. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * The very, very, very long arm of Canadian jurisdiction. [Slate]

    * Alafair Burke, author of All Day and a Night (affiliate link), lists her favorite “lawyers are people too” books. In other words, fiction. [Omnivoracious]

    * The latest assault on Hillary Clinton — dusting off an old story about a particularly nasty case where she served as a court-appointed attorney — is the latest in a string of political attacks on the foundation of the criminal defense system. [Washington Post]

    * Tomorrow, the Family Violence Appellate Project is throwing a battle of the bands! “Banding Together To End Domestic Violence” features bands from law firms and businesses competing at San Francisco’s 1015 Folsom club. Voting is “Chicago-style,” with each vote $1. Buy tickets and submit “votes” at their website. [Family Violence Appellate Project]

    * Professor Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law appeared on Rachel Maddow last night to discuss whether or not doctors should participate in executions. I guess no one would be around to complain about the six-month-old issue of People in the waiting area. Video below. [Rachel Maddow Show]

    0 Comments / / Jun 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM
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    Google / Search Engines, Legal Research, Lexis-Nexis, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Small Law Firms, Technology, Westlaw, Wikipedia

    Is Wikipedia A Reliable Legal Authority?

    Small-firm columnist Keith Lee looks at how widely courts are citing Wikipedia.

    27 Comments / / May 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM