Bar/Bri Sued Again–Brewer v. West Publishing

Brewer v. West Publishing Co., No. 05-06211 (C.D. Cal. complaint filed Aug. 24, 2005). A second class-action antitrust lawsuit has been filed against Bar/Bri (the first was the Rodriguez case). The basic storyline tracks the Rodriguez complaint, but some tidbits…

Blogging Class…During Class?

Lydia Loren reminds her Cyberlaw students during the first class to sign up for an account on her blog. What happens? Students sign up right then and there–during class! (She knows because the account sign-ups are time-stamped). She wonders about…

eBay / Shopping.com Merger Closes

The eBay/Shopping.com merger has closed. Congratulations to all involved. In honor of the merger, I wore my original eBay-logoed T-shirt from 1999 during Dina’s birth. (In the old days, I had worn an Epinions shirt during Jacob’s birth).

The Goldman Family Welcomes Baby Dina

Lisa, Eric and Jacob are pleased to welcome a baby girl to our family: Dina Rebecca Goldman Born August 28, 2005, 4 pm Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee, WI 7 lbs, 4 oz // 19 inches Everyone is healthy and…

Are All Law Professors Democrats?

The NYT runs a story about a forthcoming Georgetown Law Journal article assessing political contributions from law professors at 21 highly-ranked law schools. The findings: * 1/3 of these professors gave to political campaigns * “81 percent who contributed $200…

VegNews Best of… Survey

VegNews is running its annual survey of the best of vegetarian products and services. I voted for Native Foods (LA, Palm Springs, Palm Desert) as the best vegetarian restaurant. I was torn because I also cannot get enough of A…

Taxes, Attention Consumption and Competition

I’ve already kvetched about unwanted attention consumption on airlines, but Declan hits a very raw nerve that gets me ranting about attention consumption again…this time, with respect to taxes. The short story is that Intuit, makers of TurboTax, doesn’t want…

I Am an Elite Frequent Flyer

Since the late 1980s, I’ve flown a few hundred of thousands of miles. However, I almost always pick an airline based on price/schedule instead of brand loyalty. As a result, I currently have a free ticket on a half-dozen different…

Airlines, Attention Consumption and Noise-Canceling Headphones

On almost every flight, I’m reminded of how airlines do not try to avoid unnecessary consumption of passengers’ attention. Some of this is the fault of the FAA, which requires various announcements and disclosures. Other consumptions presumably are attributable to…

The Ubiquitious Internet, Part 2

Car camping is down 28% since 1998. Backpacking down 33% in the same period. How to stimulate interest in these activities? Some campground operators think they have found a solution: offer wireless Internet connections at the campground. I’m a big…