Employers: Beware of Pokemon Go Players

As reported in the ABA Journal, the unprecedented runaway success of the mobile augmented-reality game Pokemon Go is beginning to create problems in the workplace. For example, as the app directs you to certain places, you could end up in “off limits” areas or a location with enhanced safety issues. Then of course is the distraction issue

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The Power to Destroy

In the United States, folks in regulated industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, public companies, energy companies and the like face a risk every day. That is the risk that the regulator will decide to look into whether they might have done something wrong. It might start with a simple letter requesting they voluntarily submit information.

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Is This Real or The Onion? Law School Drops Tuition By One-Third

Could it be a sign of things to come? The ABA Journal reports that the University of Tulsa College of Law decided to cut its tuition for next year by 35%, dropping it down to $24,600 from $37,960. They are also reducing scholarships at the same time. This private school is not exactly the top of

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Georgia Tells Dozens that Passed the Bar they Failed

As if becoming a lawyer isn’t hard enough. As has been widely reported, Georgia messed up and accidentally told 90 people they failed the bar exam in February of 2015 and 2016 when in fact they passed. They say they are doing their best to get in touch with people to correct the error. They

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Let Us Never Forget – 15 Years Later

To my faithful blogees: I have sent an updated version of the below to dozens of current and former colleagues and friends each year around the anniversary of the horrific September 11 terrorist attacks here in NYC. Given the 15 year milestone I have decided to post it here (but have removed references to names

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SEC Seeks to Ban Waivers of Whistleblower Rights in Severance Agreements

Two weeks ago, as many were enjoying their summer vacation, the Securities and Exchange Commission exacted a $340,000 penalty from a company called Health Net Inc. Why? Because in firing employees and asking them to sign termination agreements, in order for the departing employee to get severance and other benefits, the company insisted that they

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Judge: Feds Can’t Prosecute those Following State Cannabis Laws

In a very meaningful new case, as discussed in more detail on our law firm’s health care blog at http://bit.ly/2b4m508, a federal appeals judge said the US Government cannot use federal money to prosecute those who are complying with state cannabis laws, even if it violates federal law to do so. Why is this? Because in September 2015

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Autonomous Cars: The Buggy Whip Moment for the Auto Industry is Here

It may just be as important a development as the first mass production of cars by the Ford Motor Company in the 1920s. That same company, Ford, announced yesterday it will build a fleet of driverless cars for ride sharing or ride-hailing by 2021. That was news enough. They also said the cars will have no

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DEA Denies Cannabis Schedule Change, Enhances Research

In what is mostly a blow to the burgeoning legal marijuana industry, the Drug Enforcement Administration decided not to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, continuing to deem it as dangerous as heroin and LSD. Meanwhile, other very addictive drugs like oxycodone and methamphetamine are listed lower

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$19 Trillion Case Against Google Tossed

That’s not a typo. Colin O’Kroley of Cincinnati sued Google for $19 trillion. He claimed the search engine wrongfully suggested he was involved in criminal activity. According to the ABA Tech Journal, a search for O’Kroley’s name brings up something called “Texas Advance Sheet” which reads “indecency …in Trial Court Cause N…Colin O’Kroley v. Pringle.” When one

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