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Federal Court Rules That Patent Troll Can’t Hide Its Machinations

“A federal judge has ordered that prolific patent troll Uniloc cannot hide its shell games from the public” writes Daniel Nazer for eff.org. As Judge Alsup suggested in court, Uniloc appeared to be using complex machinations to hide its patents or its assets, possibly to avoid being hit with sanctions.Ultimately, Uniloc should not be able to hide which entity owns (or claims to own) a patent. Source: eff.org

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How Commerce Secretary Ross got the science behind the census so wrong—and why it matters

“As the Cabinet secretary who oversees the Census Bureau, Ross has the authority to decide what appears on the decennial census” writes Jeffrey Mervis for sciencemag.org. The judge also concluded that Ross has been playing fast and loose with the scientific advice he sought from staff at the Census Bureau and outside researchers before announcing his decision on 26 March 2018. Source: sciencemag.org

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Supreme Court urged to toss Trump administration census question appeal

“U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan on Tuesday invalidated the administration’s addition of the citizenship question” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The Trump administration has yet to indicate its next steps in the case.The judge found that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census, concealed the true motives for his “arbitrary and capricious” decision to add the question in violation of federal law. Source: 95kqds.com

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The Face ID ruling is a big win for digital rights. Here’s what needs to happen next.

“Judge Westmore’s decision to write an opinion raises the profile of biometric passcode warrant applications as an issue that higher courts could consider” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. Digital rights organization the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) strongly advocates that the law treat biometric data as a potential form of self-incrimination.Digital rights advocates are clear that courts should treat biometric passcodes just as they do alphanumeric ones.But there’s still a long way to go before this legal opinion — that a biometric passcode is the equivalent of verbal self-incrimination — is…

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‘There is no way Sears is going to survive’: Sears may live on, but some say failure is inevitable

“In a statement to the Associated Press this week, Lampert said “there is every reason to fight” for Sears’ future” writes Hayley Peterson for businessinsider.com. “There is no way Sears is going to survive,” said Cohen, who is now the director of retail studies at Columbia Business School.The company’s advisers have elected to keep its lights on by accepting Lampert’s bid, but Sears’ future remains very much in doubt, according to former Sears Canada CEO Mark Cohen.Lampert’s bid still needs approval from the US bankruptcy judge at a hearing that…

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Congress should restrict national orders from district judges

“It is long past time for Congress to rein in power-besotted federal judges” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Another federal district judge yesterday issued another nationwide injunction on a matter of great political controversy.This continues an alarming trend — a SCOTUSblog explainer rightly called it a “relatively new phenomenon” — in which district court judges try to impose their own jurisprudential values to the whole country, rather than staying within their own lanes. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Delaware judge orders Papa John’s to turn over documents to founder

“WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – A Delaware judge said on Tuesday Papa John’s International Inc must turn over internal documents to the company’s founder who has been seeking to reassert control over the pizza delivery chain after he resigned as chairman in July” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The ruling comes as Papa John’s is working to identify potential buyers for the company, which has drawn the interest of private equity investors.The company noted the judge narrowed the scope of the document requests, while Schnatter called it a vindication of…

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Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 Census

“Ross’ decision to reinstate a citizenship question for the first time since 1950 was reasonable because the government has asked a citizenship question for most of the past 200 years, Laco said” writes Larry Neumeister for sun-sentinel.com. Among other things, the judge said, Ross didn’t follow a law requiring that he give Congress three years notice of any plan to add a question about citizenship to the census.Ross’ explanations for his decision were “unsupported by, or even counter to, the evidence before the agency,” the judge said.A federal judge blocked…

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DeSantis picks 2nd Miami appeals judge for Florida Supreme Court

“Last week, he named Barbara Lagoa, another Miami appeals judge, as his first appointment” writes Skyler Swisher for sun-sentinel.com. Ron DeSantis named a Miami appeals judge as the second of his three appointments to the Florida Supreme Court Monday morning, solidifying his stamp on the court and moving it further into a conservative direction. Source: sun-sentinel.com

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