/ January 24, 2014

Episode 3: Paywalls, Revenge Porn, and Massage Tables

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Some interesting stories to cover today. Also of note, PACER has been down a large majority of the day for reasons yes unknown.

1. The 2014 US News Job Rankings came out today. The rankings take into account things like career mobility, earning potential, salary expectations, and number of positions. So you may or may not be surprised to hear that lawyers are ranked the 51st best profession this year, behind such jobs as nail technicians, massage therapists, and maintenance workers.

2. I spoke briefly about Navarette v. California which was argued at the supreme court this week. If you don’t recall, this is the case that could decide whether anonymous tips are sufficient to give rise to probable cause. The Oyez project now has the audio recording of the argument up in case you’re interested in listening to it.

3. The FTC has been cracking down on hospitals acquiring doctor groups lately and today it had another big win today when it received a favorable ruling disallowing an Idaho health system from merging with the state’s largest independent doctor group on anti-competitive grounds.

4. The so-called “most hated man on the internet” was arrested yesterday after being federally indicted for conspiracy back in December. He was indicted for unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, and aggravated identity theft. Hunter Moore, founder of a revenge porn website, maintains his actions are protected by the Communications Decency Act.

5. The Governance Lab has put together a list of selected readings on big data. The series is meant to provide an “annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics.” Here at Fastcase we think this is going to be one of the single most important issues in the legal profession during the 21st Century, so we strongly encourage our listeners to explore these readings.

6. Readers of Eugene Volokh’s Volokh Conspiracy (like myself) are going to find themselves subject to a paywall in the next six months. As you may know, the Washington Post purchased the successful blog recently. Volokh said that, “Six months is the longest we could get.”

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