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US Senators Ask Apple/Android/Blackberry to Remove DUI Checkpoint Apps

by Joshua Auriemma March 24, 2011 News
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In a letter to Eric Schmidt (Google), James Balsillie (RIM), Michael Lazaridis (RIM), and Scott Forstall (Apple), Senators Reid (D–NV), Schumer (D–NY), Lautenberg (D–NJ), and Udall (D–NM) have urged the smartphone industry to ban smartphone apps designed to alert users to local DUI checkpoints. The law behind DUI checkpoints can be tricky, and it’s not an [...]

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Epic Warner Bros. Attorney Letter to Charlie Sheen

by Joshua Auriemma March 8, 2011 News

Whatever you do in this life, unless your name is John W. Spiegel and you work at Munger, Tolles & Olson, you haven’t had the opportunity to lay down the most epic of all public smackdowns in recent history. This letter, posted on TMZ,1 calls out Sheen’s recent behavior in a hilariously not-so-subtle fashion, which [...]

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Judge Grants Super Broad Sony Subpoena Unmasking Twitter/YouTube/Google Visitors

by Joshua Auriemma March 6, 2011 Legal Decisions

The parties in Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC v. Hotz, et al. apparently came to an unfortunately overbroad ESI agreement, before the Electronic Frontier Foundation managed to send off a letter in opposition to the judge, whereby Twitter, YouTube, Bluehost, and Google have been compelled by a N.D. Cal. magistrate judge to turn over data relating to [...]

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What EVERY Lawyer and Law Student Needs to Know About the New Facebook “Not Now” Change

by Joshua Auriemma September 24, 2010 Geekery

It sounds harmless enough: in the past when someone requested to add you as a friend on Facebook, you would get a request allowing you to “Add” or “Ignore.”  Facebook recently announced that the “Ignore” button would change into a “Not Now” button.   No big deal, right?  Not necessarily. To understand why we as [...]

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Santa Stealing to Pay Elves

by Joshua Auriemma December 23, 2009 News

Yesterday (12/22/2009) a man dressed as Santa Claus entered Sun Trust bank in Nashville and demanded money at gunpoint. While he kept the punchline under wraps until his exit, on his way out, he exclaimed “I needed it to pay the elves!” This begs the question: if Grandma got run over by a reindeer while [...]

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Announcing Lawhackr

by Joshua Auriemma December 22, 2009 News

It occurred to me the other day that when other law students and lawyers are talking with me, they’re significantly more interested in my take on tech-related stuff than anything else (my clearly genius legal interpretation, for instance).   I figured it was about time I develop a blog specifically geared towards introducing the legal [...]

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Non-profit Files Disciplinary Complaints Against Torture Memo Lawyers

by Josh Camson December 2, 2009 News

On November 27th a group of lawyers filed complaints with the Washington, D.C. Board of Professional Responsibility to disbar William Haynes II, John Choon Yoo, and Alberto Gonzales for their participation in the torture memos.

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Legal Researchers Rejoice! Google Scholar Provides Access to U.S. Case Law

by Sean McGilvray November 17, 2009 Legal

It’s official: All you budding legal scholars out there have a powerful new research tool, and it comes from Google. In a move that probably takes it off the Christmas card mailing list of Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw, Google has given its research portal Google Scholar the capability to search through American case law. The official [...]

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Law School Proliferation

by Jon Bartelson November 6, 2009 Law School

Southern New England School of Law seeks to donate itself to the University of Massachusetts system, thereby creating the first public law school in Massachusetts. Does the current economic climate lend itself to law school proliferation?

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