Two big-name legal research companies are battling in federal court over the right to exclusively publish the law—in this case, the Georgia Administrative Rules and Regulations. The lawsuit (PDF) comes as states across the nation partner with legal research companies to offer exclusive publishing and licensing deals for digitizing and making available online the states' reams of laws and regulations. The only problem is that the law is not copyrightable—or so says one of the publishers involved in the Georgia litigation.
'Government plans to liberalise legal sector for foreign law firms'
The government is mulling liberalisation of the legal sector by permitting foreign law firms to operate here, a senior government official said. "There has always been a demand to liberalise the legal sector by permitting foreign law firms to operate in India. Although India has not yet made any commitments to liberalise the sector, but it is considering opening up the sector to foreign law firms," the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) said in a press release quoting Law and Justice ..
New law on legal highs approved in UK
The UK government’s Psychoactive Substances Act – a ‘blanket ban’ on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – has received Royal Assent, or formal approval from the queen, and is due to come into effect on 6 April this year.
The ban covers ‘any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect’. Those caught producing or supplying such drugs face a maximum prison sentence of seven years. The measures are being introduced to tackle the rapid production of new ‘legal highs’ which are not covered by existing legislation.
Utah lawmakers propose bill which would allow law enforcement to shoot down drones
Utah lawmakers' proposed solution to getting recreational drones out of the way of emergency response units? Shoot them out of the sky. Legislators throughout the U.S. are working to figure out the best way to regulate drones as they become increasingly prevalent, particularly when it comes to interfering with emergency response work.
Legal World Reacts to the Death of Justice Scalia
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died while on a trip to the Big Bend area of Texas, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. The longtime conservative jurist, known for an acerbic wit and occasionally biting opinions and dissents, was 79.