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Obama Art Unveiling Suppressed

Artist Michael D’Antuono was scheduled to publicly unveil his painting (pictured below) in New York’s Union Square Park this morning, to commemorate Obama’s 100th day in office. However, due to “thousands of emails and phone calls; online blogs and other public commentary received in the first 48 hours following its release”, the event was [...]

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Freedom of the Press (or lack thereof) in Iran

Saberi is a former North Dakota beauty queen

Conservative blogger, Michelle Malkin, reports on something that both sides of the political aisle should be able to agree about:

U.S. journalist Roxana Saberi turns 32 today in an Iranian prison. After an hour-long trial, she was sentenced to eight years behind bars for “espionage.” She [...]

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Can McDonald’s really sue you for how you make your sandwich?

Short Answer: No. Probably not.

I call this one "the McBaby." Should I try to patent it before McDonald’s does?

McDonald’s Corp. is getting some recent attention in the blogosphere for a patent application, originally filed in late 2004, which describes its “Method and Apparatus for Making a Sandwich.” What’s interesting to [...]

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Sex with clients is not unethical in England... Just don't bill for it

The American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Mode Rules for Professional Conduct state, in the section about Conflicts of Interest:

A lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced. Rule 1.8(j)

(Interesting side note: this is the only conflict that is not imputed [...]

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In Michigan, Dog Semen is Outside the Jurisdiction of a Family Court

Thank God, that’s settled.

This story was originally published on The Legal Satyricon.

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Confusion?... We don't need no stinkin' confusion!

The Wall Street Journal published a story about how Monster Cable was trying to bully the owners of a mom-and-pop business into changing their name. According to David Tognotti, Monster Cable’s general manager and an attorney, the company considers “Monster” a famous mark — on a par with Barbie dolls or Camel cigarettes, giving [...]

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The USPTO is Going Soft on Patent Applications

Kerry Gorgone reports on the touching story of a pint-sized “inventor” who “came up” with the idea for attaching an IV bag pole to a kiddie car, so that hospitalized children can play while getting their meds. It seems the kid filed a patent application for the device and is charging a licensing fee [...]

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