Fastcase Introduces Free Advance Sheets

Last week at AALL in Boston, I had the chance to stop by and chat with Ed Walters and his FastCase team about their latest product offering – Fastcase eBook Advance Sheets.  Grouped by jurisdiction and then by month, users can download published and unpublished opinions of both federal and state courts to their iPad, Kindle, and, coming soon, Android.

I Don’t Always Design Websites, but When I Do . . .

‘Art’ is not new, ‘Design’ is not new, but Website Design is, mainly because the Web itself is relatively new. While theoretically in existence as early as the 1940s, it was established in reality in 1990. At that time, design had very little to do with Web pages, information was king, and the Web was all about pure text communication.

Sixth Circuit Holds “Instinctive Jump” is Not a Search in Violation of the Fourth Amendment – United States v. Sharp

On July 27th, 2012, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee’s ruling that a canine’s jump and subsequent sniff inside the defendant’s car was not a search in violation of the Fourth Amendment because the jump was instinctive and not the product of police encouragement.  The Sixth Circuit’s affirmation relied

App Developer Opposes Twitter’s Application for TWEET Mark

On July 19th, Rick Quereshi filed a Notice of Opposition against Twitter’s application for the mark TWEET.  Although Twitter applied for trademark protection of TWEET back on April 16, 2009, and the application was published for opposition later that year, Quereshi opposes the registration for the following reasons: 1) Twitter filed its application under an intent to use basis, yet

Team USA Made in America Act of 2012

In one week, the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics will mark the start of the summer games. Congress has embraced the Olympic spirit in the only way it knows how: legislation. Sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the Team USA Made in America Act of 2012 requires the United States Olympic Committee “to purchase or otherwise obtain only

Writer’s Picks July 17, 2012: High Noon and Negligent Weathermen

This week’s cases are more like news of the weird than any special legal precedent. Take Burke v. Air Serv. Int’l, Inc., which held that plaintiff was not entitled to rely on Westerns in the place of expert testimony. Yeah. In that case, the Plaintiff, a former British soldier, was severely wounded in an ambush in Afghanistan. He sued the transport

Sprint Asks Court to Subpoena Twitter, Facebook, Google for Identity of Self-Proclaimed Company ‘Mole’

Last week, Sprint filed several requests for the issuance of subpoenas in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The purpose of the subpoenas, according to the declarations accompanying them, is to reveal the identity of one who identifies him/herself as a ‘mole’ or insider in the company who may be violating Sprint’s copyright. The mystery mole

EMG Sues Google Over Touch Screen Navigation Patent

Yesterday, Santa Monica company EMG Technology, LLC filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging a patent violation. According to the complaint, Google’s Chrome Mobile browser infringes on United States Patent No. 7,441,196, entitled “Apparatus and Method of Manipulating a Region on a Wireless Device Screen for Viewing, Zooming and

Appeals Court Stays One of Two Preliminary Injunctions Against Samsung in Patent Case By Apple

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued a temporary immediate stay on the preliminary injunction a federal judge issued on Tuesday against Samsung for the Galaxy Nexus. In a separate order, the court denied a motion for an immediate stay on the preliminary injunction for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.