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Flip-Flop: Nike Now On The Receiving End Of Trademark Threat Over USPS Inspired Sneakers

Nike finds itself on our pages again. We're fresh off of the settlement Nike reached with MSCHF over the Lil Nas X "Satan shoes". That settlement sees MSCHF agreeing to buy back at retail prices 666 modified Nike Air Max 97s after Nike sued over trademark. It could have been an interesting case, bringing in all kinds of questions about resale rights,...

Court Says Two Cops Who Deployed Deadly Force Can Use Florida's Victims' Rights Law To Hide Their Names From The Public

Laws written with good intentions are being used in bad faith by public servants hoping to shield themselves from public scrutiny. Multiple states have passed versions of "Marsy's Law" -- legislation that grants more rights to victims of crime, including blocking the release of personal info under the theory this will protect victims' privacy and head...

Techdirt Podcast Episode 278: Two Curious Cases

It's one more podcast cross-post this week! A recent episode of the Institute for Justice's Short Circuit podcast dug into two very interesting legal cases: one that explores one of the more rarely-invoked pieces of Section 230, and another that tests the limits of the Fourth Amendment. Mike joined IJ attorney Josh Windham and host Anthony Sanders to...

States Are Rolling Out Massive ALPR Networks To Take Down Dangerous... Uninsured Drivers

There's a new player in the automated license plate reader arena. Rekor Systems is a bit different. While it does sell its own cameras, it also sells software that turns existing cameras into plate readers. It recently contributed a couple of sponsored posts to Police1 touting its ability to fight all sorts of dangerous crime. Rekor’s...

Patent Loving Judge Keeps Pissing Off Patent Appeals Court, But Doesn't Seem To Care Very Much

You may recall last fall we had an absolutely astounding story about Judge Alan Albright, a former patent litigator, who was appointed as the only judge in the federal district court in Waco. He very, very quickly made it clear that he wanted all patent cases to come to him, turning the Western District of Texas into the new favored home of patent trolls,...

Daily Deal: The Premium 2021 Project And Quality Management Bundle

The Premium 2021 Project and Quality Management Bundle has 22 courses to help you learn how to handle any project and deliver efficient results. You'll be introduced to the fundamentals of project and product management, the keys to being a successful leader, and how to prepare for various certification exams. Courses cover Six Sigma, Agile, Jira, Lean,...

Tennessee Lawmakers Decide Chris Sevier Has Good Ideas, Push His Bill To Compel Speech From Media Outlets

There's no freer speech than compelled speech. That's the conclusion some Tennessee legislators have come to. Sure, they managed to whip up an actual anti-SLAPP law that's starting to curtail the state's reputation as a place where anyone can be sued for anything they say… including things they didn't actually say. But the stuff flowing...

Wireless Provider Openly Shares Private Data Of 2 Million Subscribers

Another day, another notable privacy scandal we won't do much about. Q Link Wireless is the latest company to be under fire for particularly lax security and privacy standards after it exposed the private data of its 2 million wireless customers. The company's My Mobile Account app (for iOS and Android) is supposed to let subscribers monitor...

Iowa Senate Approves Bill That Would Add Qualified Immunity To The State Law Books

In 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court decided to align the state with one of the worst aspects of federal jurisprudence. Deciding it was too much to demand law enforcement officers perform their duties without violating rights, the state's top court decided to adopt a form of qualified immunity so plaintiffs could be just as screwed in state courts as in...

Activists Say Biden Camp Taking Too Long To Properly Staff The FCC

If you'll recall, the Trump administration rushed the appointment of Nathan Simington to the FCC last year, despite Simington having absolutely no real experience or qualifications for the role. That's because Simington was appointed for two other reasons. One being the idiotic (and utterly hypocritical if you tracked the net neutrality fights) effort...

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