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1. K. Michelle - Kiss My Ass

K. Michelle - Kiss My Ass

Featured from episode 7 of LHHATL

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2. 2017 03 11 Law My Ass E12 Michael Nelson and Nato Green labor

2017 03 11 Law My Ass E12 Michael Nelson and Nato Green labor

Special guest cohost, San Francisco comedy legend (according to W. Kamau Bell!) Nato Green joined Joe to engage guest attorney Michael Nelson in a deep dive into the policy, practice, politics and law of unions and labor organizing. Along the way, they also drank some bourbon, discussed the new Trump administration travel policy, spontaneously combusting lawyer trousers, recommended reading for those interested in labor history, and Nato dropped an F-bomb (hence the "explicit" rating this week). All that and interesting listener questions about jerky sponsorship, Korean impeachment, and gays in the workplace. Also, after we stopped recording, Nato recommended another book - it's called Strike for America by Micah Uetricht. We'd send you to Amazon, but their labor practices aren't all that great . . .

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3. 2017 07 08 Law My Ass E28 with Eric Schillinger on the Senate Obamacare repeal

2017 07 08 Law My Ass E28 with Eric Schillinger on the Senate Obamacare repeal

In this the 28th Episode of The Law Is My Ass, Sid and Joe talk about a recent dissent from cert denial filed by Justices Thomas and Gorsuch that gives a pretty good sense of where they lie on gun rights. They debut a new theme song for the Random Legal News of the Week, in which they answer "does EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt want to poison your kids?" (Hint: quite possibly); "can you bilk investors *and* concertgoers out of millions of dollars to put on a bogus music festival and then drive your Maserati into the sunset?" (Hint: it would seem not); "do plaintiffs win all the time?" (Hint: emphatically no; and "isn't what Volkswagen did with their emissions cheating criminal?" (Hint: it sure looks that way). Then they talk to podcast regular Eric Schillinger about the state of the Senate's efforts to repeal the ACA (aka Obamacare), who benefits, who loses, and why. All that, and one of the best listener questions the podcast has ever had! Give it a listen, and keep it legal!

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4. 2017 06 17 Law My Ass E25 with Jamie Lee Williams on Carpenter v. US and data privacy

2017 06 17 Law My Ass E25 with Jamie Lee Williams on Carpenter v. US and data privacy

For this the Silver Anniversary Edition of The Law Is My Ass (it's our 25th episode! How crazy is that?) - we welcome back to the podcast the always brilliant and funny Jamie Lee Williams of the Electronic Frontier Foundation to talk about whether the government can track all of your movements all the time (Hint: at the moment, probably). We also talk about how to protect your text messages and your computer browser history (hint: imperfectly). Before we get to that we talk about the Ninth Circuit's landmark decision in the Hawai'i travel ban appeal - ruling against the Trump administration on STATUTORY and not constitutional grounds! We round up the week's five (count 'em - FIVE!) mostly unanimous Supreme Court decisions including Justice Ginsburg's equal protection opinion in Sessions v. Morales Santana. And as if all that weren't enough, we talk about new suits against the Trump administration, good news for DACA dreamers bad news for your Christmas plans in Havana, good news for high powered criminal defense attorneys in Washington DC; this morning's mixed news for Bill Cosby; the crime of encouraging suicide; and the Philando Castile verdict.

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5. The Law Is My Ass E06, December 10, 2016 with Shawna Reeves and Neil Granger

The Law Is My Ass E06, December 10, 2016 with Shawna Reeves and Neil Granger

On this the final episode of 2016, financial elder abuse experts Shawna Reeves and Neil Granger join Joe Creitz and Sid Singh to talk about some of the ways that reverse mortgages, annuities, and other sneaky financial products are deceptively marketed to the elderly to bilk them out of their money. Sid and Joe also talk about the unanimous Samsung v. Apple decision from the Supreme Court this week, and contemplate the question "is a rectangle with rounded corners worth $399 Million?" We also talk about the Supreme Court's unanimous insider trading decision, and the idea that givers as well as recipients benefit from gifts. All that, plus listener questions, Hawaiian rum, and whether or not we can file a class action lawsuit against Russia for hurting all of our feelings. Check it out, have a great New Year, and keep it legal!

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6. 2017 04 08 The Law Is My Ass E16 Gorsuch ACA Eric Schillinger Lena Zwarenseyn

2017 04 08 The Law Is My Ass E16 Gorsuch ACA Eric Schillinger Lena Zwarenseyn

This week Mike Pence got a smack down from the US District Court, the Ninth Circuit scheduled a hearing on the administration's appeal of the Hawai'i injunction against the travel ban, Sid dropped an F-bomb, and we had two in depth interviews: Eric Schillinger was live again to talk about the substance and the mechanics of the AHCA (aka "Trump Care"), and the next legislative steps we might expect; and Lena Zwarensteyn joined Joe once again to debrief the activities last week in the Senate that led to the final approval of President Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (he's a Justice now, if you hadn't heard). All that and more legal news and listener question(s). Check it out and keep it legal!

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7. 2017 09 02 Law My Ass E35 with Rutgers Law Prof Katie Eyer on transgender law

2017 09 02 Law My Ass E35 with Rutgers Law Prof Katie Eyer on transgender law

We're excited that Sid is back from his summer comedy tour of Scotland, and thrilled to present you Joe's interview of Rutgers Law Professor Katie Eyer about laws affecting the transgender community! Before that, Sid and Joe give a shout out to sponsors Green Light Jerky and perennial supports Roberts Bartolic LLP and their  ERISA Watch Newsletter. And in the Random Legal News of the Week with Sid and Joe, you'll learn: Does Wells Fargo cheat its customers? (Hint: apparently); Did Obama wiretap Trump Tower? (Hint: nope); Is Judge Posner retiring? (Hint: nope, he is retired #MovingFast); Can Wyoming sue VW for diesel pollution? (Hint: doubtful); How many judges can President Trump nominate in one week? (Hint: tune in next week and we'll give you a number); Can Texas outlaw sanctuary cities? (Hint: not this week); Is the New York Times a good source of information? (Hint: about Gill v. Whitford, so far, yes!); Can you go to prison for not paying a parking ticket? (Hint: in Florida, yes! #winning); Do courts think that calling someone transgender is an insult? (Hint: at least one court says that it is not!) Give it a listen, and keep it legal!

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8. 2017 06 03 Law My Ass E23 with Sachin Chheda on partisan gerrymandering

2017 06 03 Law My Ass E23 with Sachin Chheda on partisan gerrymandering

In this the twenty-third episode of The Law Is My Ass, Sid and Joe march through some of the more interesting legislation and litigation of the week, including a thorough discussion of all four of the week's mostly-almost-unanimous Supreme Court decisions. Then we have a great interview with Sachin Chheda of the Fair Elections Project to talk about partisan gerrymandering and the status of the Wisconsin gerrymandering suit now in front of the Supreme Court, in which they answer just how rigged do electoral districts have to be in order to be illegal (hint: 7%); would a stay tell us anything about the court's views on the merits (hint: probably not); and who will we blame for the Packers' shortcomings now that we don't have Olivia Munn to kick around anymore (hint: probably the fans). All that and a great listener question! Give it a listen, and keep it legal!

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9. 2017 08 19 Law My Ass E34 Judge Alex Kozinski full interviewunedited

2017 08 19 Law My Ass E34 Judge Alex Kozinski full interviewunedited

A shout out to all our new subscribers, and our thanks to Roberts Bartolic LLP's ERISA Watch newsletter for plugging the prior episodes featuring our interview with Judge Alex Kozinski! This week we're on vacation (there's some sort of eclipse-type thing happening and Joe is going to watch it, while Sid continues to try to make Scottish people laugh out loud) - but we're offering a special episode consisting solely of our full, unedited interview with Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski. No travel ban update (the hearing is August 28 in Seattle ;); no Random Legal News of the Week (there was so much - but it will have to wait); not even any music! This week it's just Joe and Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski taking about everything from brief writing, to Ayn Rand, to His Honor's views on the death penalty.  Enjoy this special 90-minute episode, check back for new episodes starting in September, and in the meantime, as always, keep it legal!™

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10. 2017 05 27 Law My Ass E22 Doug Geyser on Bulk Debt Collectors

2017 05 27 Law My Ass E22 Doug Geyser on Bulk Debt Collectors

Sid and Joe review the week's three Supreme Court decisions (only one of which amounts to much),  the Fourth Circuit's 200-page decision holding that the Trump administration travel ban is unconstitutional and illegal, Joe interviews Supreme Court litigator Doug Geyser about last week's most significant Supreme Court case (Midland Funding v. Johnson), and the dubious bulk debt industry generally; beyond that, Sid and Joe answer your listener questions, including whether or not Justice Thomas has turned over a new leaf on race by ruling against North Carolina in this week's gerrymandering case (hint: probably not); whether Justice Gorsuch's desire for an oral argument in this week's summary affirmance of a campaign finance decision means that he hates all campaign finance laws (hint: probably not); and whether Mike Flynn's decision to take the Fifth and refuse to testify to congress about Russia means that the investigation is over (hint: not by a long shot). Give it a listen, and keep it legal!

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11. 2017 04 01 Law My Ass E15 Greg Rougeau Bankruptcy

2017 04 01 Law My Ass E15 Greg Rougeau Bankruptcy

This week Sid and Joe give their regular weekly update on the travel ban litigation (hint - it's back at the Ninth Circuit!); the week's biggest Supreme Court decisions; developments in the Trump University fraud class action settlement; Congress's interesting decision to eliminate all privacy protections for internet browsing data; and Michael Flynn's oddly public request for immunity in exchange for his testimony And is if all that weren't enough, featured guest expert, Bankruptcy specialist Greg Rougeau talks Sid and Joe through Chapters 7, 9, 11 and 13 of the Bankruptcy code, and explains the apocryphal tale of "The Red Bench." All that and a shout out to our first official sponsor, Green Light Jerky! Don't miss it! And keep it Legal!

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12. 2017 08 15 Law My Ass E29 with Chris Holland on Patents Copyrights Trademarks and Trade Secrets AKA IP

2017 08 15 Law My Ass E29 with Chris Holland on Patents Copyrights Trademarks and Trade Secrets AKA IP

The administration is back to losing motions and filing appeals about its travel bans, the latest occurring one day before the precast. Sid and Joe bring you up to speed in their weekly "Travel Ban Litigation Update"  In the Random Legal News of the Week with Sid and Joe, your hosts talk about bar exams, skeevy law professors, skeevier judges. racist AirBnB hosts, litigious UBER drivers, more lawsuits against the President, and answer the question "Is laughing, alone, a criminal offense when you direct it at Jeff Sessions" (hint: apparently it is not). But the star of this week's episode is intellectual property law expert Chris Holland, who talked about the ins and outs of pants, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, noncompetes, the "right of publicity," fair use, parody, and answered some fascinating questions like "Can a blogger annotate and repost home photos downloaded from the internet?" (Hint: maybe); can the Kardashians market TuPac t-shirts without TuPac's estate's permission? (Hint: almost certainly not); Can we trademark "The Law Is My Ass" (Hint: yes, but it still wouldn't be worth anything); how do you spell "incontestability" (Hint: we just did); can you drive a Lexis or do legal research in a Lexus (Hint: unlikely). All that and listener questions - so tune in, and keep it legal!

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13. 2017 10 28 The Law Is My Ass E42 on mediation and ADR with Cathy Yanni

2017 10 28 The Law Is My Ass E42 on mediation and ADR with Cathy Yanni

In this the 42nd Episode of The Law Is My Ass, Sid and Joe round up the Supreme Court's week, the new developments in the Travel Ban Litigation at the Ninth Circuit, and interview mediator extraordinaire Cathy Yanni about mediation. Along the way, they answer some questions: Is standard of review interesting? (Hint: No, but it's important) Is travel ban 2.0 moot? (Hint: it's now officially the mootest) Does the FBI protect its informants from murder (Hint: the dead ones don't think so) Can climate forecasting software be used to do DNA matching? (Hint: ProPublica has its doubts) Did the Senate sell us all out to the big banks last week? (Hint: that's an unqualified "yes") Does Betsy DeVos hate disabled children? (Hint: signs point to yes) Is the Mueller investigation producing some fruit? (Hint: late summer melons, perhaps) Is mediation good or bad? (Hint: on balance, good) All that and a great listener question about corporate First Amendment rights in the post-Hobby Lobby era! Give it a listen, and keep it legal!™ 

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14. The Law Is My Ass E08, February 4, 2017 with Jamie Lee Williams of the EFF

The Law Is My Ass E08, February 4, 2017 with Jamie Lee Williams of the EFF

Sid and Joe talk with Jamie Lee Williams of the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) about data privacy, government intrusion, bot-nets, Rule 41, and what you can do to protect your electronic information from spying eyes. Plus an update on the status of the Trump Administration's executive order seeking to halt all travel and immigration by citizens of certain Muslim nations.

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15. The Law Is My Ass E07, January 28, 2017 with Eric Schillinger

The Law Is My Ass E07, January 28, 2017 with Eric Schillinger

Today Sid and Joe talk about the legality of the Trump Administrations new pseudo Muslim ban and the lawsuit that the ACLU filed against it.  Here is a link to the executive order: https://www.scribd.com/document/337740314/Trump-Executive-Order-1#download Here is a link to the ACLU's lawsuit: http://static.politico.com/14/2a/f36cb79143f09381f4c1acac7ab4/trump-lawsuit.pdf [Note - our February 4 episode will be devoted to this topic]   Once they got that out of the way, Sid and Joe had a great conversation with employee benefits expert Eric Schillinger of the ERISA boutique law firm Trucker Huss about the mechanics, economics, politics, and real world impact of the impending ACA (i.e., "Obamacare") repeal.  

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16. 2017 09 23 Law My Ass E38 with Eric Schillinger on Graham-Cassidy

2017 09 23 Law My Ass E38 with Eric Schillinger on Graham-Cassidy

In this the 38th episode of The Law Is My Ass, Sid and Joe interview podcast-regular and benefits expert Eric Schillinger about the Graham-Cassidy bill that the Senate is considering RIGHT NOW as it's likely last effort to repeal Obamacare in this fiscal year. What does it mean, and how would it affect you? Listen and find out! And as if that weren't enough, we tackle the following pressing legal questions: Is there another way to look at the Second Amendment? (Hint: yes) Do Californian's have to stop force feeding their geese again? (Hint: yes, but abusing chickens, cattle and pigs is still allowed) Is Equifax in deep doo-doo? (Hint: you know the answer) Is Wells-Fargo trying to pull a fast one? (Hint: guess) Is Taylor Swift going down for copyright infringement? (Hint: Joe votes no, Sid votes yes, and Eric abstains) Can Jeff Sessions punish cities that don't want immigration officers storming into their jails? (Hint: courts say "no"!) What web giant has the funniest in-house IP attorneys? (Hint: starts with N, ends with x, and has an "etfli" in the middle) All that and more in this week's shorter-than-usual episode of The Law Is My Ass. Tune in, and keep it legal!  

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17. 2017 07 01 Law My Ass E27 Professor David Takacs on environmental laws and the Paris Climate Accord

2017 07 01 Law My Ass E27 Professor David Takacs on environmental laws and the Paris Climate Accord

On this the 27th episode (!) "Independence" edition of The Law Is My Ass, Sid and Joe correct some of the deficiencies in news coverage about the Supreme Court's decision in the travel ban litigation, cover the other five Supreme Court cases decided this week, talk about religious freedom and the first amendment, and then . . . a terrific interview with U.C. Hastings Professor David Takacs about environmental law and regulation, with a good breakdown of the Paris Climate Accord and what it means that the US "pulled out." So, was this week's Supreme Court decision in the travel bad case a big win for the President? (Hint: no.) Is it legal for border agents to shoot kids standing on Mexican soil? (Hint: maybe not.) Can churches resurface their playgrounds using public funds? (Hint: apparently so.) Is Justice Gorsuch making friends at his new job? (Hint: perhaps two!) Is the Senate still trying to take your health care away? (Hint: probably, but tune in next week to be sure.) And can the Trump administration destroy the environment? (Hint: depends.) All that and some great listener questions about extortion, Zillow, McMansions, and the doctrine of fair use. Check it out, and keep it legal! Happy fourth of July!

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18. 2017 07 29 Law My Ass E31 with Vernon C. Grigg III on criminal inquiries into the administation

2017 07 29 Law My Ass E31 with Vernon C. Grigg III on criminal inquiries into the administation

In this the 31st episode of The Law Is My Ass, with Sid away in Scotland, Joe and guest co-host Vernon C. Grigg III (who was also our guest in episode 24 on the topic of obstruction of justice) covered a ton of ground, including: What's happening with the Travel Ban litigation? (Hint: nothing, more or less) What's happening at the Supreme Court? (Hint: death penalty appeals) As between MJ and OJ, who is the week's winner? (Hint: OJ) Any new law suits against Trump? (Hint: Seriously? We can barely keep up with all the old ones!) Anybody sue Apple lately? (Hint: The University of Wisconsin just got a HALF A BILLION DOLLAR award in a patent suit against Apple...) Can Trump pardon himself? (Hint: reasonable minds may differ) Is Trump going to fire Sessions and Mueller (Hint: seems like a bad idea) Is the whole Trump family going to jail for "collusion"? (Hint: "collusion" is not a crime) With the DOJ arguing that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians, are there legal prohibitions against such discrimination? (Hint: Probably) All of which begs the question, what the heck does "begs the question" mean, and should lawyers say it? (Hint: not what you think, and it's up to them) Listen in for your weekly dose of all things law - thank you as always for listening, and keep it legal! ***YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS NEXT WEEK'S EPISODE WITH OUR VERY SPECIAL GUEST: NINTH CIRCUIT JUDGE ALEX KOZINSKI ! ! !***

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19. 2017 03 25 Law My Ass E14 Lena Zwarensteyn Judicial Appointments

2017 03 25 Law My Ass E14 Lena Zwarensteyn Judicial Appointments

This week Sid and Joe update you on the ongoing travel ban litigation; congressional efforts to allow internet providers to buy, sell, and share all your internet usage data (one wonders whether US Senators ever look at porn on the internet . . .); the Supreme Court's new IDEA ruling (reversing an opinion of 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch), and on the eve of the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court confirmation vote (or filibuster, as the case may be) we interview Lena Zwarensteyn of the American Constitutional Society in Washington DC about judicial nominations and confirmations; and we tackle listener questions about treason, contempt, and comedy.  All that and more on this, the 14th episode of The Law Is My Ass. Keep it Legal!

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20. 2017 04 29 Law My Ass E18 Katy Young Cannabis Law

2017 04 29 Law My Ass E18 Katy Young Cannabis Law

Joe and Sid cover the legal news of the day - including the upcoming Ninth Circuit and Fourth Circuit oral arguments in the travel ban litigation appeals; the new ruling against President Trump's "sanctuary city" EO; recent Supreme Court cases; Justice Breyer's cell phone; and an exciting interview with cannabis law expert Katy Young! All that and listener questions too!

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