Tag: Law

The Trudeau Scandal Happens All the Time in America

The most acute political scandal in North America—the one withthe greatest chance of toppling a head of state anytime soon—is occurring notin the United States, but Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is barely hanging on to power after being accusedlast month of pressuring his attorney general to abandon the criminal prosecutionof […]

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The Weak Case for Packing the Supreme Court

The Trump era is giving Democrats a bruising lesson in the distribution of American political power. Thanks to the Electoral College, the Senate, and gerrymandering, Republicans have enjoyed outsized influence over the course of national events over the past few years. Democratic candidates and liberal thinkers thus have rallied around […]

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Fox hit with $179m (including $128m in punitive damages) judgment over shady bookkeeping on “Bones”

Fox has been ordered to pay $179m to profit participants on the longrunning TV show Bones; the judgment includes $128m in punitive damages because the aribitrator that heard the case found that Fox had concealed the show’s true earnings and its execs had lied under oath to keep the profit participants from getting their […]

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The Art of the Deal You Can’t Refuse

Donald Trump’s former personal attorney had a simple message for Congress on Wednesday: The president is a crook. “I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is,” Michael Cohen, a fixer for Trump for more than a decade, testified to the House Oversight Committee. “He is a racist. He […]

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Swatch sues Samsung over cloned watch faces in Galaxy Store

Some of the most iconic watch faces in the world are connected to incredibly expensive watches, but a smartwatch can imitate those spendy devices with a little bit of code. Swatch isn’t very happy about that, and it’s accusing Samsung of knowingly profiting from clones of Swatch designs for devices like the Galaxy Watch. It […]

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Deposition of opioid profiteer Richard Sackler reveals his bizarre defense: definitional games and insistence that words mean their opposite

Richard Sackler is the only known member of the powerful opioid family (previoulsy) to have been deposed; the 2015 deposition was published last week by Propublica and it reveals Sackler’s bizarre rationalizations for his family company’s deliberate creation of the opioid epidemic. Sackler talks like the kind of powerful man who gets […]

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Insider sources say Apple is shutting its east Texas stores to escape the jurisdiction of America’s worst patent court

The Eastern District of Texas is home to a crooked court that is in the pocket of patent trolls, handing down ludicrous rulings in favor of the trolls, whose “head offices” are tiny, unoccupied offices in empty, dusty office buildings, the rent on which entitles patent trolls to claim that their rights are being […]

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The TRUE Fees Act: legislative proposal to force cable/ISP companies to advertise the true cost of their services, inclusive of surcharges

The Truth-In-Billing, Remedies, and User Empowerment over Fees Act [TRUE Fees] has been introduced by Rep Anna Eshoo [D-CA] and Sen Ed Markey [D-MA]; if passed, it will force ISPs and cable operators to advertise the true costs of their packages, including all surcharges. As Karl Bode writes on Motherboard, the bill […]

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Alas, a Bipartisan Argument Against the Death Penalty

When the Wyoming Senate rejected a bill last week that would abolish the state’s death penalty, most of the national attention focused on comments by a single lawmaker. “The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and for me,” Lynn Hutchings, a Republican state senator, reportedly said. “Governments […]

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The Republican Party Is the Real National Emergency

President Donald Trump has announced that he will sign the compromise spending bill struck between Democrats and Republicans this week, which will avert another government shutdown and provide $1.375 billion for new barriers along the southern border. Unhappy with that amount—he had requested $5.7 billion from Congress—Trump said on Friday […]

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The Destructive Nihilism of Trump and the GOP

It’s long been clear that President Donald Trump won’t get anything resembling the border wall that he promised his supporters on the campaign trail. The government-funding deal struck between Democratic and Republican lawmakers earlier this week only confirms it. Congress will set aside less than $1.4 billion for bollard fencing—a […]

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Domineque Ray Died So the Death Penalty Could Live

The Supreme Court can’t make everyone happy, but it rarely makes everyone mad. Chief Justice John Roberts and his four conservative colleagues did just that last week when they let the state of Alabama execute Domineque Ray, a Muslim prisoner, without honoring his request to have an imam present at […]

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Trump’s Perfect Foot Soldier Sent Democrats a Clear Message

President Donald Trump makes no secret of his disrespect for the other two branches of government. He has taken to describing routine congressional oversight of his administration as “presidential harassment” and often harangues federal judges who rule against him in legal proceedings. Matt Whitaker, Trump’s hand-picked acting attorney general, seems […]

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Lawsuit says that America’s “break even” court records website shouldn’t be making 98%+ profits

PACER (previoulsy) is the controversial US system for publishing court records; although the records themselves are in the public domain (US government documents are not copyrightable), you have to pay $0.10/page to read them, which is supposed to pay for the cost of serving them. PACER makes some $150m/year, to support a service […]

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Huawei and its CFO Wanzhou Ming charged with financial crimes by US Justice Department

Things have gone from bad to worse for Huawei after its CFO was detained by Canadian authorities in December. US authorities have unsealed a 13-count indictment charging Huawei, two subsidiaries, and CFO Wanzhou Meng with an array of financial crimes including wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to the Justice Department, the charges […]

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King Donald’s Royal Moment

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, recently handed President Donald Trump a way to cancel next week’s State of the Union address without losing face. Instead, he refused her offer, setting in motion a standoff that has uncomfortable parallels to—if also important differences with—a pivotal moment […]

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Trump’s Cruel Proposal to End the Shutdown

Senate Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday announced the first hint of progress in negotiations over the government shutdown. The chamber has scheduled procedural votes on two separate bills for Thursday: one that would fund the government through February 8, and one that represents President Donald Trump’s opening bid for ending […]

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