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With Patriot Act About to Expire, Traveling Obama Uses ‘Autopen’ to Beat the Clock

Late Thursday night, the Patriot Act was minutes away from expiring. Although disagreements in Congress led to some members attempting to hold up legislative efforts to prepare a bill extending the Act, a bill was finally ready for President Barack Obama's signature in the waning hours Thursday night. However, there was a logistical issue: Obama was attending an international summit in France and was not in a position to physically sign the bill presented by Congress. The Los Angeles Times reports that with minutes to spare, however, Obama found a way around this problem by directing that the bill be...

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‘Hangover II’ Injunction Denied, but Tattoo Dispute Goes Forward

On Thursday, the blockbuster sequel "The Hangover Part II" opened in theaters around the world as planned, despite the efforts of artist Victor Whitmill. As discussed here previously, Whitmill filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Warner Bros. alleging that he owns the rights to the well-known "Mike Tyson tattoo" and that it cannot be reproduced on anyone's body other than Mike Tyson without his permission. In "Hangover II," Ed Helms' character wakes up to find what appears to be the Tyson tattoo inked on his face. In his lawsuit, Whitmill sought damages and an injunction on the Memorial Day weekend...

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‘Loser Pays’ Bill in Texas Just 3 Signatures Away from Becoming Law

The introduction of a "loser pays" system in any U.S. jurisdiction sounds like the type of pie-in-the-sky proposal that creates lots of headlines but never ends up happening. But Texas Lawyer's Tex Parte Blog reports that a "loser pays" bill in Texas was passed by the Texas House Wednesday night in a 130-13 vote and will become law if it receives three more signatures: those of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry. Groups that had taken opposing sides on the issue of "loser pays," such as Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas...

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