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School Punishment of Online Speech: Evans v. Bayer By Stuart K. Tubis – Edited by Frank Sabatini Evans v. Bayer, No. 08-61952-CIV-GARBER (S.D. Fla. February 12, 2010) Slip Opinion The District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted in part and denied in part defendant’s motion to dismiss. The court dismissed the claim for injunctive relief to prevent Bayer from maintaining records of the suspension and to compel him to revoke the suspension nunc pro tunc. The court held ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 22 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Third Circuit Panels Rule Differently on MySpace Parody Cases By Abby Lauer – Edited by Alissa Del Riego Layshock v. Hermitage School District, No. 07-4465 (3d Cir. Feb. 4, 2010) Slip Opinion Snyder v. Blue Mountain School District, No. 08-4138 (3d Cir. Feb. 4, 2010) Slip Opinion Two different Third Circuit panels handed down seemingly contradictory decisions last week after considering whether offensive parody profiles of school principals created by students using MySpace outside of school were protected by the ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 6 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST
By Tyler Lacey Convicted Murderer Demands that Wikipedia Remove His Name from Victim’s Article On November 11, Wired reported that a convicted murderer in Germany has issued a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Wikipedia remove his name from his victim’s Wikipedia article. Wolfgang Werle murdered Bavarian actor Walter Sadlmayr in 1990, and was released on parole in 2007. The letter demands legal fees and compensation for “emotional suffering” caused by the publication of Werle’s name in connection with the murder since ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 14 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Constitutional Challenge to Gene Patents Survives Motion to Dismiss By Davis Doherty – Edited by Jad Mills Assn. for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. USPTO, et al., Case no. 09-CV-4514 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 2, 2009) Slip Opinion (hosted by Patent Baristas) The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claim that patents on a human gene violate the First Amendment and Article I of the Constitution for jurisdictional issues, lack of standing, ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 10 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Ninth Circuit Adopts National Obscenity Standard in Adult Website Spam Case By Ian B. Brooks – Edited by Alissa Del Riego United States v. Kilbride, No. 07-10528 (9th Cir. Oct. 28, 2009) Opinion The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the District Court for the District of Arizona, which had convicted and sentenced defendants Jeffery Kilbride and James Schaffer of transporting obscene materials for sale. The Ninth Circuit held that a national community standard “must be applied in regulating obscene speech on ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 2 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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