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Greenberg Traurig Expands Los Angeles Office With IP Attorney Joseph Geisman
Posted on 15 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has announced that Joseph Geisman has joined its Intellectual Property and Technology Practice as of counsel in the firm's Los Angeles office. Before joining Greenberg Traurig... Read More

New York Judge Finds First Amendment Protects Writer Of Expletive-Filled Protest On Speeding Ticket Payment Form
Posted on 23 Sep 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

In May 2012, Connecticut resident William Barboza received a speeding ticket while driving on New York State Route 17 through the Village of Liberty, New York. Barboza pleaded guilty by mail and received a payment form in the mail. In August 2012, Barboza... Read More

High Court Considers Whether Conviction For Threats Requires An Intent Showing
Posted on 2 Dec 2014 by Mark Rogers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1 heard oral arguments over whether a conviction for making threatening communications under 16 U.S. Code Section 875(c) requires a showing of intent to harm by the speaker ( Anthony... Read More

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari In Copyright Restoration Dispute
Posted on 7 Mar 2011 by Melissa Ritti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The constitutionality of Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), which restores copyrights in foreign works formerly within the United States' public domain, will soon be debated before the U.S. Supreme... Read More

9th Circuit Splits On Tattooing’s 1st Amendment Protection; Finds It Fully Protected/Purely Expressive Activity
Posted on 28 Sep 2010 by Travis Burchart

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit recently addressed whether a municipal ban on tattoo parlors violated the First Amendment. Splitting with several jurisdictions, the Ninth Circuit held that tattooing was purely expressive activity fully... Read More

Parole Condition Imposing Complete Ban on Parolee's Use of Internet Unconstitutional
Posted on 2 Apr 2018 by Gabriela Nolen

Bobby Ross's release on parole was subjected to numerous conditions. Because he was a sex offender, Ross's parole officer imposed on Ross a special condition of parole prohibiting him from possessing or having contact with any computer, electronic... Read More

Supreme Court Says Vermont Law Restricting Prescribing Data Is Unconstitutional
Posted on 23 Jun 2011 by Tom Moylan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Vermont's law restricting the sale of doctors' drug-prescribing information to data miners for use in marketing drugs to doctors is an unconstitutional, impermissible restriction on free speech content and on... Read More

Nebraska Lawyer Seeks Class Certification And Injunction
Posted on 19 Oct 2012 by William Perry Pendley

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A Nebraska attorney on Oct. 12 filed additional pleadings in his lawsuit against the Nebraska State Bar Association in federal district court in Lincoln charging that it violates his rights under the Constitution's... Read More

Nebraska Lawyer's Lawsuit Against State Bar Association Will Go Forward
Posted on 5 Feb 2013 by William Perry Pendley

DENVER - A Nebraska federal district court on Feb. 4 refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Nebraska attorney who sued the Nebraska State Bar Association in federal district court in Lincoln charging that it violates his rights under both the Constitution's... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Lawyers' Use Of Internet To Influence Jurors
Posted on 20 Jun 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin In an earlier article, we discussed the danger posed to an impartial jury system by the " Googling Juror ." In his article titled " Lawyers' Use of Internet to Influence Jurors " (New York Law Journal, 6... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court: Employee Speech Before Grand Jury Is Protected
Posted on 20 Jun 2014 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) An employee’s testimony before a federal grand jury was protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because he spoke as a citizen on a matter of public concern, not pursuant to his job responsibilities... Read More

Consumer Web Site Review Of Texas Lawyer Leads To Defamation Lawsuit
Posted on 26 Apr 2011 by Lee Berlik

Consumer review sites continue to grow in popularity. Sites like Angie's List , Avvo , and Yelp (to name but a few) allow people to post their experiences with lawyers, doctors, hairdressers, restaurants, roofers, and just about anyone else, and assign... Read More

Supreme Court: No First Amendment Protection For Government Employee's 'Petition'
Posted on 20 Jun 2011 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A government employer's actions alleged to be retaliatory are not limited by the First Amendment's petition clause unless the employee's petition is related to a matter of public concern, the U.S. Supreme... Read More

Split 6th Circuit Says Graphic Cigarette Pack Warnings Are Constitutional
Posted on 19 Mar 2012 by Michael Lefkowitz

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (Mealey's) Given that tobacco companies have learned to circumvent bans on marketing to minors, a divided Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said March 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal for large, graphic... Read More