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Company that owns rights to viral videos is suing for copyright violation

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Copyright Law

Posted Sep 15, 2016 04:40 pm CDT

By Stephanie Francis Ward

Jukin Media Inc., a business built around viral videos, with partners including the Huffington Post and Verizon Wireless, recently sued the rap-centric website WorldStarHipHop for copyright infringement.

WorldStarHipHop, which posts a variety of popular videos, is accused of stealling 300 clips from Jukin Media, including one that featured a mother wearing a Chewbacca mask, Law.com reports.

Jukin pays people for their videos, registers the images with the U.S. Copyright Office and licenses the content to various websites and television shows, according to the article. It recently settled a similar action with Defy Media, the company behind the websites Smosh and Screen Junkies, the Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq. blog reports.

WorldStarHipHop removed the videos in question last month, according to Law.com. Attorneys for Jukin say it’s in the business of content, not litigation.

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Louisiana can’t withhold Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood, 5th Circuit rules

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Health Law

Posted Sep 15, 2016 04:15 pm CDT

By Terry Carter

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s injunction against Louisiana’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. A three-judge appellate panel said the health services provider likely would prevail at trial because plaintiffs would be denied both access to and choice of a medical provider, the Associated Press reported.

The bid to withhold Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood was launched under then-Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and continued under the new governor, John Bel Edwards, an anti-abortion Democrat. The effort came on the heels of the release of controversial videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the provision of fetal tissue for research purposes.

Planned Parenthood told the AP that defunding efforts were undertaken in 24 states.

The Planned Parenthood clinics offer physical exams, contraception, screenings for breast and cervical cancers, treatment for sexually …
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Startup seeks to bring bail bond process online

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Legal Technology

Posted Sep 15, 2016 03:00 pm CDT

By Lorelei Laird

When Sandra Bland died in a Texas jail cell in 2015, Galen Weber got to thinking about bail.

Bland was being held on $5,000 bail. Her family and friends might have been able to raise it, but she was hundreds of miles away from her home in Illinois. Three days after being taken into custody, Bland died in an apparent suicide.

Weber is from New York, where bond agents require in-person payment, according to Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites. That’s inefficient, says Weber, a former data analyst for the Federal Reserve.

“[Bland’s] story prompted me to study the process of making bail—not so much the legal framework, but the nuts and bolts of how I concretely post bail,” Weber said. “What I found is that the process is pretty antiquated. There is a lot of consumer fraud, a lot of inefficiency. …
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Out of 12 Indiana Tech Law grads sitting for state bar, 1 reportedly passed

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Law Schools

Posted Sep 15, 2016 01:50 pm CDT

By Stephanie Francis Ward

Out of the first class to graduate from Indiana Tech Law School, only one person who took the July 2016 state bar exam passed, Indiana Lawyer reports.

The school graduated 20 students in May, and 12 sat for the state bar, according to the Indiana Lawyer. The publication examined the list of names of people who passed the July 2016 bar, and only one was an Indiana Tech student, it reports. A school spokesperson would not confirm or deny to the Indiana Lawyer that only one graduate passed the test.

“We had 12 graduates sit for the July bar exam. As is the case everywhere, we had a mixture of passage, failure and those within appeal range. So we won’t know our pass number until that process is done,” Brian Engelhart, vice president of university relations for Indiana Tech, told the Indiana Lawyer in …
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Firms’ revenues come increasingly from representing businesses, not individuals, census shows

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Business of Law

Posted Sep 15, 2016 01:30 pm CDT

By Stephanie Francis Ward

Law firm revenue for business representation grew between 2007 and 2012, but it decreased for consumer representation, Bill Henderson explains in a Legal Whiteboard post.

The Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor examined the U.S. government’s Economic Census data, which is released every five years and includes customer types for specific industries. In 2007, law firms reported that 66.1 percent of revenues came from businesses, while 29.1 came from individuals. In 2012, according to Henderson’s post, 70.8 percent of law firm revenue came from businesses, and 23.9 percent came from individuals.

Revenues for lawyers grew between 2007 and 2012, Henderson notes, from $225 billion to $246 billion.

“However, when we run the numbers, the total receipts for lawyers serving people declined from $65 billion to $59 billion,” he writes. “That is a relatively large absolute decline in just five years. …
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Law school cuts tuition by 35%

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Law Schools

Posted Sep 14, 2016 03:45 pm CDT

By Stephanie Francis Ward

The University of Tulsa College of Law, a private institution, is reducing tuition and ending its regional scholarship plan for the next school year.

This year, tuition at the law school is $37,960, the National Jurist reports. In 2017, it will be $24,600. TU Law announced the new tuition level earlier this month.

“This tuition reduction is designed to be really transparent about the cost of legal education,” said Lyn Entzeroth, the law school’s dean, to the National Jurist.

Tuition for the law school had risen 10 percent over the past three years, and so the school had offered more scholarships. A full 100 percent of the students received scholarships last year, according to the National Jurist. TU Law will continue to offer other need and merit scholarships. An analysis by the National Jurist’s publication preLaw found that on average, students during the 2014 …
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Military OKs gender reassignment surgery for Chelsea Manning; unclear whether it will cover costs

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Sentencing / Post-Conviction

Posted Sep 14, 2016 03:20 pm CDT

By Stephanie Francis Ward

The United States military will allow Chelsea Manning, a transgender soldier serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking government documents, to undergo gender reassignment surgery while she is incarcerated.

The Army has not said whether it will cover costs of the surgery, the New York Times reports.

During the 2013 trial, the soldier was known as Pfc. Bradley Manning. Her status as a transgender female became widely known after the verdict. Following Manning’s 2014 sentencing, a spokesperson for the Army prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, said that it did not provide inmates with hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery.

The Department of Defense did approve hormone therapy for Manning in 2015, and the next month a military court recognized her as a woman. The following year the military lifted a ban on open service for transgender soldiers, and made it clear those …
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Are there things you won’t post on social media because of privacy concerns?

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Question of the Week

Posted Sep 14, 2016 03:00 pm CDT

By Sarah Mui

This week in Austria, an 18-year-old sued her parents in an effort to get them to remove her childhood photos from Facebook, the Telegraph reported.

“They knew no shame and no limits,” the woman told Austria’s Heute newspaper. “They didn’t care if I was sitting on the toilet or lying naked in the cot, every moment was photographed and made public.”

Her parents refused her requests to take the photos down. She is seeking a court order that the photos be removed as well as financial compensation.

So this week, we’d like to ask you: What will you not post on your personal (or work) social media because of privacy concerns? Will you post photos of your children, home or vehicle? Will you not tag others out of respect for their privacy? Have you tightly adjusted …
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Software company used in faulty Georgia bar exam scoring gets hit with lawsuit

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Bar Exam

Posted Sep 14, 2016 02:10 pm CDT

By Stephanie Francis Ward

A company that designed software used to grade Georgia State Bar Exam essay answers is being sued, after a reported product glitch resulted in incorrect scores and 90 people being wrongly notified that they failed the July 2015 and February 2016 exams.

The action against the California company ILG Information Technologies was brought by Savannah lawyer Brent Savage, according to the Daily Report. Lloyd Dan Murray Jr., the name plaintiff, is one of the people who received word that they failed the exam, when in fact he passed. The Bryan County State Court filing seeks class-action status, and asks for damages which would include compensation for missed job opportunities.

The false notification came after Murray took the July 2015 exam, according to the article, and he retook the test in February 2016. The Georgia Supreme Court’s Office of Bar Examiners discovered the problem after …
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Detroit students are being deprived of their constitutional right to literacy, says federal lawsuit

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Education Law

Posted Sep 14, 2016 01:10 pm CDT

By Stephanie Francis Ward

Detroit students are being denied their constitutional right to literacy, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by various well-known U.S. Supreme Court advocates.

The case was brought on behalf of seven children, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report. They’re represented by the Los Angeles pro bono group Public Counsel, as well as attorneys from Sidley Austin and Miller Cohen.

Public Counsel picked Detroit schools as the target of their lawsuit because it has the lowest proficiency rates of any large urban school district in the country on national assessment tests, staff attorney Kathryn Eidmann told the Free Press.

The plaintiffs attend five of the city’s lowest performing schools, according to a Public Counsel press release, and student proficiency rates at the schools are around zero for core subject areas. At one of the …
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