Today, a New York State appeals court ruled that a lower court had, "erred" in ordering the NYPD "to release the home addresses of handgun licensees in electronic form."
Fred Wilpon and his partners in New York Mets ownership just won big, twice. Following their $162 million settlement with Irving Picard, the trustee for the victims of Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme, word was put out that Wilpon had sold 12 minority shares in the New York Mets, worth $240 million.(3)
On its surface, the wide-ranging patent lawsuit Yahoo filed against Facebook this week looks like a clash of the Internet titans. But underneath, New York's tech startup scene is bristling at the news; and not for any great love of Mark Zuckerberg's I.P.O.-bound social network. It's because this Yahoo suit breaks the informal rules that bind New York's tech community together.
There is some basis in the law for Wolfson's idea that the press can be excluded from certain kinds of government operations, according to Ellen Yaroshefsky, who's a professor at the Cardozo School of Law.
"You can imagine a very narrow circumstance where police are arresting someone and don't wanna show who it is, or if they need to keep their identity secret, if they think they're violent," said Yaroshefsky. "Those are circumstances that could justify a very narrow restriction." "But we have a very robust view of the role of the press here," she said.(1)
Lawyers for Occupy Wall Street wade through 'legal morass' of First Amendment rights at Zuccotti Park
In the past, the fact that the park is privately owned but mandated to be open to the public 24 hours a day, has made it a relatively simple matter for city authorities and the private owners to treat the ongoing protest as a hot potato. The city regularly issues statements supporting the First Amendment rights of the protesters, and pointing out that any attempt to remove them from the park would be at the behest of Brookfield.
But the question whether there can be a First Amendment claim on behalf of the protesters that could keep them there despite efforts by the city or the owners of the park to remove them is a murky one, lawyers researching the case on behalf of the protesters said in interviews with Capital.
"We’re researching it as we speak," civil rights attorney Margaret Ratner Kunstler, who is working with the Guild on behalf of protesters, said.(2)
We've now reached the Apology Stage in the current drama, with Facebook spokespersons admitting that the company mishandled introduction of the new feature. And here, as in the past, it's especially puzzling because I think "Tag Suggestions" actually sounds quite useful and raises few legitimate privacy objections.
It's been a little more than a week since Christian Louboutin, the French shoe designer who was at the forefront of the movement to bring back the four-inch heel in the early '90s, sued Gucci-owned fashion house Yves Saint-Laurent in a Manhattan federal courthouse: Since 1992, Louboutins have been known for their lacquer-red soles, and, the designer's counsel claimed, a red sole introduced by Yves Saint-Laurent violated the trademark feature he registered in the U.S. in 2007.(4)
It looks like Gawker just handed Sarah Palin a gift in her battle against the liberal media establishment.(2)