Facebook Fighting Strange Case in Western NY

This week, a Federal lawsuit was filed in Buffalo NY against Facebook, Inc. and its principal shareholder Mark Zuckerberg, by a man named Paul Ceglia. Ceglia claims that Zuckerberg answered Ceglia’s ad back in the day to help Ceglia develop software for a street-mapping program Ceglia was trying to get started. Ceglia claims he paid… Continue reading Facebook Fighting Strange Case in Western NY

Sup.Ct: California Prisons Are “Cruel and Unusual” Punishment

Conditions in California’s overcrowded prisons are so bad that they violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, in a 5-4 decision that was accompanied by a blistering dissent by Justice Scalia. The Court ordered the state to reduce its prison population by more than 30,000 inmates… Continue reading Sup.Ct: California Prisons Are “Cruel and Unusual” Punishment

New NYC Bill Proposal: Buy a “Knock-Off” Go to “Lock-Up”!

NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin has a bad idea for a new law:  Folks who buy a fake designer handbag or shoes would face a misdemeanor charge (a criminal charge punishable by $1,000 fine and up to one year  in jail, per item). That’s buy a fake bag, not sell a fake bag. While it may… Continue reading New NYC Bill Proposal: Buy a “Knock-Off” Go to “Lock-Up”!

“I Hope You Dance” – Just Not At The Jefferson Memorial

A federal court in Washington on May 17, 2011 ruled that “silent expressive dancing” is prohibited inside the Jefferson Memorial in a decision that shows the limits of the Constitution. Mary Oberwetter likes Thomas Jefferson – alot. So much so, that she and 17 of her closest friends decided to honor his 256th birthday by… Continue reading “I Hope You Dance” – Just Not At The Jefferson Memorial

More Reasons for Litigants Not to Delete Info

I previously wrote about how Federal courts are hitting litigants hard for getting rid of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) (“Kings of E-Storage Fined for Losing Emails, August 2010), well know State courts have jumped on the bandwagon and have started to set a trend as to the penalties they will impose for destruction of ESI. … Continue reading More Reasons for Litigants Not to Delete Info