The Occupy Wall Street protests have inspired various public policy debates. However, one issue has nothing to do with capitalism, jobs or the economy. In this week in Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt examines the First Amendment rights of protesters to "occupy" anything.
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
Do you have a constitutional right to lie? What if Congress thinks the subject is too important for falsehoods - can you actually go to jail for telling a tall tale? That's what the Supreme Court must decide in an upcoming case. Travis McDade explains in this week's Legal Issues in the News.
Original Thinkers v Fast Acters
A month ago, President Obama signed into law the first major overhaul of patent law in over fifty years. Some call it a sorely needed restructuring necessary to meet the demands of a globalizing world filled with new and emerging technologies but also saddled with an overburdened Patent Office, while others see it as a catastrophe for start-up companies and small businesses. Here's Jay Kesan with this week's Legal Issues in the News.
Celebrities appear to be defamed every day, in supermarket check-out lanes across the country. In this week's Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt explains why defamation suits may be more trouble than they are worth.
That's My Boy...I'm Pretty Sure
Paternity suits are a fairly common fixture in American courts, usually filed by a woman seeking to get a man to pay his fair share of raising a child. But sometimes that equation is turned on its head in a very strange way, as when a man takes a woman and her child to court to get their money. The decision in one such case was handed down two weeks ago in Washington, D.C. Travis McDade explains in this week's Legal Issues in the News.