A federal judge will allow the plaintiffs in a class action accusing Google of collecting unencrypted WiFi data through its Street View vehicles to see the results of a search of the company's Street View data.
Citibank may have "a gun to its head" in the Argentina debt-crisis saga, but the 2nd Circuit declined to diffuse the situation.
I suspect Florida gets a bit of a bad rap. It can't be all that bad.
Then yet another weird story turns up.
This is from the beginning paragraph of an 11th Circuit Court ruling issued last week called Berry v. Leslie:
"On August 21, 2010, after more than a month of planning, teams from the Orange County Sheriff's Office descended on multiple target locations. ... With some team members dressed in ballistic vests and masks, and with guns drawn, the deputies rushed into their target destinations, handcuffed the stunned occupants - and demanded to see their barbers' licenses."
Perhaps not surprisingly, these raids were in "predominantly Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods."
Read the opinion for more amazing details. My favorite part is the note that the same sheriff's department got swatted down in court for sending a SWAT team to inspect an auto repair shop.
The problem may be that the SWAT team doesn't have enough to do.
Or maybe this "scene right out of a Hollywood movie" was supposed to inspire a Hollywood movie.
I'm thinking Jim Carrey and Bill Hader as the SWAT team leaders and Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart and John Leguizamo in the barber shops. Bill Cosby should be there as a startled customer.
There's money to be made selling the rights to this comedy.
The movie theory may also explain yet another bizarre tale made public last week by the Court of Federal Claims in Robyns v. U.S., which prompted the judge to begin with a quote from Shakespeare's "Othello."
And end the ruling with a quote from Kafka's "The Trial."
I think the judge is angling to do the screenplay.
I won't go into the details of this case - the ruling goes on and on and on - but basically it's about a guy who went undercover with the Hell's Angels, got a lot of awards for his work, and then maybe (allegedly) wasn't properly protected by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents who, you'd think, would be on his side.
I'm just guessing here, but I think part of the problem is jealousy, because the plaintiff, Jay Dobyns, wrote a book about his work and now is an actor. Check him out on IMDb.
Nobody likes a glory hog.
Here, Bossie: The most astonishing quote of the week comes from an Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruling in Bryant v. Hammonds.
This is from a statement by the plaintiff: "The photographs depict cattle that were at [Hammonds'] fence line and came from nearly a mile on my call."
Now I want to see them catch Frisbees.
Getting Started: Buying and selling a law practice just got a lot easier.
Well, maybe. Anyway that's what an outfit (or probably just one guy) claims on a website called LawBiz Registry.
Maybe it's true - if you're really fast. There were a grand total of five practices for sale when I looked at the site last week.
Still, the Registry is just starting out, so maybe this will be a booming business. Just imagine the market for firms among all those law grads who can't find jobs. They're already hugely in debt, so why not take out another loan to buy a practice?
In case you're wondering, you can pay $99 a month to list your practice for sale - or you can fork over $489 for a book on how to sell your practice. I'm guessing the book recommends listing the practice for $99 a month.
Law practice is turning into real estate.
A recent piece in The Atlantic, called "The Law School Scam," compared what some for-profit law schools are doing to the sale of subprime mortgages. Law firm practice sales are the next logical step.
Expect to see courses on firm flipping.
Expect to see clients wondering who their lawyers are - and why the lawyers are living in cars.
The unprecedented civil trial of Arab Bank ended Monday with a federal jury holding it liable for 24 Hamas-sponsored suicide attacks in Israel.
Dozens of people were arrested Monday in New York's Financial District as Occupy offshoot Flood Wall Street protested, the day after hundreds of thousands converged in front of the United Nations for the People's Climate March.
A Brooklyn man injured in a 2003 Jerusalem suicide bombing may show that a bank knowingly supported funding of such Hamas-sponsored attacks, the 2nd Circuit ruled Monday.
Dozens of people, including Trayvon Martin's mom, stood outside the Duval County Courthouse demanding justice Monday as the retrial of a white man began on a first-degree murder charge of killing a black teenager for playing loud music.
United pilots who claim they are being cheated out of millions of dollars of seniority-based pay found little sympathy Monday from the 7th Circuit.
An attorney watchdog group sued the Texas State Securities Board for documents it claims will show that Texas attorney general candidate Kenneth Paxton broke the law.
More than 1,500 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer Healthcare for its Mirena intrauterine device, which allegedly "migrates" after insertion, but until last week few if any of them claimed that it migrated from the uterus to the rectum.
More than 20 pet dogs died in a sweltering, overcrowded Arizona kennel when the operators - including a son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake - crammed the animals into a 9-by-12-foot room, a dozen families claim in court.
In defiance of repeated court orders, the Los Angeles Downtown Industrial District Business Improvement District and the city continue to seize and destroy homeless people's property, the Los Angeles Catholic Worker claims in court.
Oglala Sioux claim in court that Jackson County, S.D., is obstructing Native Americans' right to vote by refusing to set up a voter registration and balloting site on the remote Pine Ridge reservation.
The middleman in a $5.6 million inside-trading scheme passed the illegal tips on post-it notes in Grand Central Station, and then ate the evidence, the SEC claims in court.
A hedge fund manager and his companies will not get a retrial in a securities fraud case springing from Thomas Petters' $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme, a federal judge ruled.
A former NFL player claims in court that the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors Club not only swiped his copyrighted art from him, but had the brass to trademark the stolen work.
Citing progress toward settlement, a federal judge denied Zappos' motions to dismiss and strike in a class action blaming it for a 2012 online breach of customer data.
Range Resources will pay $4.15 million for environmental violations at six of its drilling and fracking wastewater impoundments in the Marcellus Shale.
Commonwealth Edison will pay $46.2 million in restitution to customers to settle claims that it violated the Illinois Public Utilities Act.
A mother claims her 14-year-old son killed himself after years of being bullied in the Snohomish School District, in Snohomish County Court.
Arizona state prison guards at Safford Prison failed to intervene while dozens of inmates beat another one for 30 minutes, breaking his ribs, teeth and hand, puncturing his lung and inflicting other injuries, the victim claims in Maricopa County Court.
Accuracy in Media sued the Department of Defense and CIA for records on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya, in a federal FOIA complaint.
Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against the makers of "Call of Duty" is "absurd," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday.
A Navy contractor that hired a third party to send unsolicited text messages to cellphone users as a recruitment method may be liable for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the 9th Circuit ruled.
A federal judge says certification necessary to determine juice maker's potential liability in lawsuit claiming it sold "All Natural" home smoothie kits that contained non-natural ingredients.
A man accused of smuggling 32 ancient Peruvian artifacts into the United States can pursue his claim to the objects despite resisting pretrial discovery, a federal judge ruled.
A Texas legislator has no standing to sue to stop the introduction of "historical racing" betting terminals at horse racetracks in the state, a state judge ruled.
A San Diego high school must face claims that it fired the softball coach for demanding equal treatment in the girls' sports program, the 9th Circuit ruled Friday.
A class action lawsuit claiming Samsung's Galaxy S4 phone isn't as fast or high-performing as the company claims will not be sent to an arbitrator, a federal judge ruled.
The dairy industry must face a class action alleging that it limited raw-milk production to drive up the prices of yogurt, sour cream and other products, a federal judge ruled.
A Delaware judge dismissed a suit filed by the co-founders of the J.G. Wentworth companies, holding the pair are not entitled to the millions they sought.
An anti-war activist whose trespassing conviction the U.S. Supreme Court upheld last year persuaded the 9th Circuit on Monday to rehear his case.
The EU General Court threw out a former Zimbabwean minister's challenge of sanctions he faces for his membership in President Robert Mugabe's oppressive government.
A European company cannot trademark the shape of a decades-old ergonomic high chair, the EU's highest court ruled.
Claims that Uber keeps the fee it represents goes to drivers as a gratuity may stick to the ride-sharing company, a federal judge ruled.
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kevin O'Malley, a St. Louis native and attorney, as ambassador to Ireland.
An officer who embezzled $540,000 from a La Jolla synagogue was sentenced Friday to 18 months in federal prison.
A minister's murderer must be retried or released, the full 9th Circuit ruled Monday, for the second time, finding that police ignored his request for a lawyer.
A Texas judge has refused to void a lesbian couple's marriage or grant them a divorce, citing the state's constitutional gay marriage ban.
A U.S. attorney said his office is "ready to take legal action" amid reports that prison officials misled him about reforming Rikers Island's treatment of teenage prisoners.
A school district is not responsible for the behavior of three bullies it promptly expelled for harassing a Russian classmate, the 7th Circuit ruled.
A monument of the Ten Commandments will remain on the grounds of the Oklahoma capitol, a judge ruled Friday, setting up a showdown at the state's high court.
Medtronic will pay $63 million in taxes for its top officers as it restructures in a tax inversion, wasting corporate assets, unjustly enriching the execs, and breaching fiduciary duty, shareholders claim in a federal derivative complaint.
Four people claim Megalomedia stiffed them for overtime on a bogus "reality" TV show called "Texas Car Wars," during which they did not work for auto body shops, as advertised, but were working for Megalomedia, in Federal Court.
Syngenta "crippled" U.S. corn exports to China by prematurely releasing a genetically modified corn called Agrisure Viptera, Stracener Farming Co. claims in Federal Court.
Philadelphia police stole $800 from a man after a traffic stop, he claims in Federal Court.
When an HVAC tech requested the raise he'd been promised, his bosses at J.R. Putman gave him a "Hurt Feelings Report" with statements such as "I am a little bitch," "I am a cry baby," and "I want my mommy," and then fired him, the man claims in Federal Court.
Education Management Corp. inflated its share price with false and misleading statements, a class action claims in Federal Court.
Candy Spelling, widow of producer Aaron Spelling, claims a construction company owes her $30,000 for poorly installed planter boxes, in Superior Court.
Dunkin' Donuts misclassifies workers as managers and falsifies time cards to stiff them for overtime, a class action claims in Federal Court.