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The Indispensable Man’s Indispensable Role in Securing IP Rights

Randolph J. May February 17, 2016
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In our recent book, The Constitutional Foundations of Intellectual Property – A Natural Rights Perspective, Seth Cooper, my Free State Foundation colleague, and I recounted the roles played by several key figures of the Founding generation with respect to the inclusion of the Intellectual Property Clause in the Constitution. These key figures included, of course, James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” and Noah Webster, often called “The Father of Copyright.” [Read More]

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State Court Docket Watch News Clips: 9/25/2015

Zach Mayo September 25, 2015
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  • Washington's attorney general, Bob Ferguson, has asked the state's supreme court to review its recent decision declaring the state's charter school program unconstitutional. Read more at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General
  • The Florida Supreme Court has asked the Florida Bar to prepare a rule banning lawyers from using for-profit client referral services that are not owned by lawyers. Read more at WCTV.

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State Court Docket Watch News Clips: 9/15/2015
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State Court Docket Watch News Clips: 9/15/2015

Zach Mayo September 15, 2015
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  • The Attorney General of Washington asked the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider its opinion declaring the state's charter school program unconstitutional. The motion contends that the reasoning of the opinionhinging on the fact that the state's charter schools are governed by appointed, rather than elected, boardscalls into question the constitutionality of a variety of state education programs. Read more at the Yakima Herald.
  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to reverse a lower court opinion permitting the City of Pittsburgh to continue paying off-duty police officers more than on-duty police officers when called to work the same special events. The original arbitration decision had sided with the police union's objections to the practice. Read more at Trib Live.

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State Court Docket Watch News Clips: 9/8/2015

State Court Docket Watch News Clips: 9/8/2015

Zach Mayo September 08, 2015
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  • The Washington Supreme Court ruled that the state's charter school voter initiative is unconstitutional. Since the charter schools are governed by appointed, rather than elected, boards, the court held that they cannot be funded out of money designated for "common schools." Read more at the Seattle Times.
  • The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that each member of a proposed class must demonstrate that they suffered damages in order to participate in a class action. Read more at cleveland.com.
  • NorthJersey.com has an overview of the upcoming term of the New Jersey Supreme Court, which features cases on topics ranging from gun rights to Governor Chris Christie's public pension reforms.