Tag: Legal

Empire and Economics: The Long History of Debt Cancellation from Antiquity to Today

This panel discussion with Michael Hudson, Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, and New Testament expert Dr. Aliou Niang at the People’s Forum earlier this month. It’s a meaty Passover/Easer offering on the history of debt cancellation and as important, how that’s been central to important ancient records like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Rosetta Stone, […]

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Apple Begrudgingly Admits Qualcomm’s Tech Is ‘The Best’

For a while, it looked as though Apple’s legal spat with Qualcomm could be dragged on for years on end, similar to Apple’s legal battle against Samsung. However, to everyone’s surprise, Apple and Qualcomm settled their dispute where it was reported that Qualcomm will actually supply Apple with 5G modems for its 2020 iPhones. Advertising […]

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Americans Have No Idea What “Freedom of the Press” Means

Yves here. Of course, it’s no surprise that your humble blogger would take the point of view that “the press” is a lot broader than “big name news organizations.” However, it turns out that US courts also side with this view. But acknowledging the long-standing legal tradition of what “freedom of the press” amounts to, […]

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Apple’s 5G iPhones Might Arrive In 2020 With Qualcomm’s Chipsets

A report from earlier this month revealed that Apple might miss their rumored 2020 deadline to launch a 5G iPhone. The report claimed that Apple was having issues sourcing their 5G modems due to their ongoing litigation with Qualcomm, in which the latter company supplies the majority of the chipsets in upcoming 5G smartphones. Advertising […]

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CalPERS Wastes Fund Assets on a Sham Investigation to Intimidate Board Members

CalPERS has a thing about leaks. We’ll use the word “leaks” in the very loose way that CalPERS does. Experience has shown that the organization applies that label to the public disclosure of any negative information about it, even if the information was in no way confidential and the releasing party, such as a board […]

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Daniel Ellsberg On Assange Arrest: The Beginning of the End For Press Freedom

Jerri-Lynn here. In this Real News network interview, Daniel Ellsberg discusses the significance of the arrest of Julian Assange: “This is the first indictment of a journalist and editor or publisher…And if it’s successful it will not be the last.” [embedded content] SHARMINI PERIES It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you […]

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New Bill Wants To Ban Tech Companies From Tricking You Into Handing Over Personal Data

Privacy is a big issue these days, especially with many big tech companies having been caught trying to trick or manipulate users into handing over personal data without fully knowing what they are sharing. For example, Facebook had in the past offered their users a free VPN app that secretly tracked its users’ activities. Advertising […]

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Ukrainian Prosecutors: Why Doesn’t the U.S. Dept. of Justice Want Our Evidence on Democrats?

Yves here. I can come up with some additional reasons why Team Trump hasn’t seized on Ukrainian evidence of efforts to interfere in the election on behalf of Democrats. First is that it might be dismissed as a desperate “See, everyone does this” while RussiaGate still has some life to it. The story will have […]

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Sacramento Teacher Strike Is a Warning to #RedForEd Movement Everywhere

By Jeff Bryant, a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a communications consultant, freelance writer, advocacy journalist, and director of the Education Opportunity Network, a strategy and messaging center for progressive education policy. His award-winning commentary and reporting routinely appear in prominent online news […]

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New York Sues Big Pharma for Opioid Crisis

Yves here. In this Real News Network interview, Bill Black gives a high-level overview of the New York case against not just opioid profiteers, the Sackler family and their companies, but also other key participants, like “pain doctors” who were tied in to the Sackers’ marketing efforts. [embedded content] MARC STEINER: Not only do they manufacture […]

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As GOP Deploys ‘Nuclear Option’, New Reports Detail Damage Done By Trump’s Far-Right Takeover of Judiciary

Yves here. From time to time, we’ve pointed out how the hysteria over Trump and Russia has created a Democrat-friendly image of a bunkered. ineffective president. Despite Trump wasting a lot of energy on his wall, he has been putting in place quite a few elements of a fiercely pro-corporate agenda, such as further weakening […]

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The Delphic Oracle Was Their Davos: A Four-Part Interview With Michael Hudson About His Forthcoming Book The Collapse of Antiquity (Part 1)

Yves here. Classicist John Siman and Michael Hudson got to know each other at NC meetup last year, which led to the series of conversations that is codified in this series. Here, Hudson describes in antiquity, how oligarchs in Greece and Rome ended the practice of debt jubilees and became rentiers. By John Siman Note: […]

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A New Constitution for the UK Needs ‘Rights of Nature’ at Its Heart

Lambert: First, Lake Erie. Tomorrow, the world! By Gavin Barker, who is based in Truro. He campaigns on constitutional issues and also locally for constitutional reform and stronger public services, and is a participant in Assemblies for Democracy. Originally published at Open Democracy. Human rights are well established in constitutional and international law. But in […]

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What Oklahoma’s Opioid Settlement Means for Other States, Cities and Counties Suing Purdue Pharma

Yves here. Note that New York State is also going after the personal wealth of the Sacklers, arguing that the family both made illicit transfers from Purdue Pharma as well as illegally hiding money in foreign bank accounts. But that is an uphill battle. By Andrew Pollis, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University. Originally […]

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Man Behind Fatal Call Of Duty ‘Swatting’ Sentenced To 20 Years In Jail

A couple of years ago, a dispute between Call of Duty players resulted in one of them “swatting” the other, which unfortunately resulted in a man being killed. The person behind the call, Tyler Barriss, has since been sentenced to 20 years in jail for making false emergency calls to authorities. Advertising This is according […]

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Trellis raises $2 million to predict class action lawsuit payouts

Trellis Research today announced the close of a $2 million seed funding round for its platform that supplies lawyers with insights about the history of rulings from individual judges and predictions about payout to plaintiffs in class action lawsuits. Trellis uses a collection of more than five million California Superior Court records to inform users […]

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Rule of Law, American Style: John Bolton and Mike Pompeo Defy the International Criminal Court

Yves here. This post not only describes the current US row with the International Criminal Court, but also our messy history with it. By Rebecca Gordon, who teaches at the University of San Francisco and is the author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes. (Some of the […]

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