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SIGNATURES, TRADEMARKS AND LAW GEEKS

Great. Is that guy litigating your divorce, too?

Once upon a time, a man was injured in a car accident away from the job. His employer had a plan that was designed to advance him money for accident-related expenses.

Only his attorney refused to sign an agreement that the plan would be reimbursed first if he won any compensation from the other party in the accident.

What's the end of the story? Did the man get his advance $$$ anyway? Did he win or lose his appeal to the 4th Circuit Court, in which his attorney argued that denying the benefits was wrong under ERISA?

Find out here on Jottings by an Employer's Lawyer.

What's in a name: Famous trademarks

Bill Heinze has two bookmarks for any brand marketer -- not to mention I/P attorneys:

  • What it takes to be a famous mark if you're claiming someone's diluting the mark. This list of 16 links includes an October 2004 uber-report by the International Trademark Association and lots of international data.
  • Here's how bad faith registration decisions break down in the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Database.

The professor is in

Why lawsuits aren't "nongovernment actions," via Eugene Volokh of The Volokh Conspiracy.

All ye law geeks

Gather 'round. The Common Scold posts a link to a new law technology discussion group on Google. Crime & Federalism recommends Google Gmail for all law types -- check out what a couple of his readers (thus far) think of this advice.

Wonder if any of this applies to you? Assess your geek factor here, courtesy of May It Please The Court.

At the watercooler

Road rage is going to look calm in comparison to this, writes Monica Bay.

Juan Non-Volokh notes that Esquire's hosting smackdown numero dos: William F. Buckley against Gore Vidal.

Randy Barnett is surprised to report that television interviews of jurors from the Scott Peterson trial have reinforced his faith in the jury trial system for criminal cases. Here.

Michael Cernovich reviews a new book from the Cato Institute, "Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything." He writes:

"The government only goes after real criminals," you think to yourself. The latest offering from the Cato Institute says: Think again.

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