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TUBE SITE EPORNER.COM SUED FOR $4.05 MILLION FOR COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT

Private Media Group has filed another lawsuit against a tube site that it alleges has poached its material. The $4.05 million suit, filed in federal district court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is against tube site EPorner.com. The lawsuit alleges that the EPorner.com website contained ”over 27 separate instances of copyright infringement of plaintiff’s copyrighted and trademarked intellectual property.” Read more here.

QUEENS D.A. TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE WRONGFUL CONVICTION IN 1996 DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

Queens prosecutors have agreed to open a “full investigation” into the possible wrongful conviction of Tejpal Singh for a 1996 drive-by shooting. The case dates back to Aug. 25, 1996, when two men, Kamaljit (Goldie) Singh and Ramjit (Rocky) Singh were shot in a drive-by in the Richmond Hill section of Queens.  Goldie died, but Rocky […]

LAWSUIT: FLASHING HEADLIGHTS TO WARN ONCOMING DRIVERS OF PRESENCE OF COPS IS CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED SPEECH

When Erich Campbell passed two Florida Highway Patrol cruisers parked in the median near Tampa International Airport in December 2009, he flashed his headlights to warn oncoming drivers of the cops. You can guess what happened next: Campbell was pulled over and ticketed for improperly flashing his high beams. In August, Campbell filed a class-action lawsuit in […]

LAWSUIT ASSERTS THAT TATTOOING IS SPEECH PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT

The Arizona Court of Appeals is weighing whether the Mesa City Council denied the constitutional rights of two tattoo artists by denying them an operating permit 2 1/2 years ago. After several neighbors voiced concerns that the parlor would drag down the area’s quality of life, city officials refused to issue the tattoo artists an […]

GEORGIA SET TO EXECUTE DEATHROW INMATE DESPITE FACT THAT 7 OF 9 EYEWITNESSES HAVE RECANTED THEIR TRIAL TESTIMONY AGAINST HIM

Check out this editorial about Troy Davis, who is scheduled to be executed next week by the State of Georgia for killing a police officer 20 years ago. Davis was convicted on the basis of eyewitness identification, which is notoriously unreliable. According to the Innocence Project, seven of the nine eyewitnesses who testified at Davis’ trial have since […]

DOJ TO SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT: REVISE POLICING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AFFECTING LATINOS

A complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice in November 2008 called upon DOJ to formally investigate whether the Suffolk County Police Department was operated in a discriminatory manner by ignoring reports of bias crimes from the Latino community, and utterly failing to take any action to protect local Latino residents who were being […]

WOMAN SUES WHEN HER BREASTFEEDING VIDEO USED IN PORN

A New Jersey woman is suing after footage of her breastfeeding her daughter, which she agreed to have made as part of an instructional video, made its way to the internet, where — the internet being what it is – it was promptly spliced and remixed into porn, in a case implicating privacy rights and contract law.  Apparently, […]

FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS ENFORCEMENT OF FLORIDA’S “DOCS N’ GLOCKS” LAW ON FIRST AMENDMENT GROUNDS

A federal judge in Miami has blocked enforcement of Florida’s law restricting what doctors can tell patients about guns, ruling that it violates the First Amendment, the Associated Press reports. The “Privacy of Firearms Owners” law bans health care professionals from asking patients about gun ownership unless the information is relevant to the patient’s care, safety […]

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE BILL OF RIGHTS?

This year marks the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights. Take the First Amendment Quiz (created by USA Today and the First Amendment Center) and test your knowledge of our most fundamental freedoms.

S.D.N.Y. UPHOLDS NEW YORK GUN RESTRICTIONS

In Kachalsky. v. Cacace, 10-cv-05413, Judge Cathy Seibel of the Southern District granted summary judgment against plaintiffs raising a Second Amendment challenge to New York’s restrictive concealed carry laws.  After Heller, where SCOTUS rejected the District of Columbia’s total ban on handguns outside the home, courts are still left to hammer out what types of […]