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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 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 2017 10 21 The Law Is My Ass E41 on Supreme Court and Random News and impeachment

2017 10 21 The Law Is My Ass E41 on Supreme Court and Random News and impeachment

In this week's mercifully short (34 minutes!), guest-free, FORTY-FIRST (wow!) episode of The Law Is My Ass, Sid and Joe round up two weeks worth of Supreme Court oral arguments and Random News, and in response to a listener question, give the lowdown on how the whole process of presidential impeachment works. Along the way, they answer: Do the names of show segments have more gravitas when read with an echo effect? (Hint: indubitably!) Is anyone going to jail for poisoning the water in Flint, MI? (Hint: we can hope) Should you tell your secrets to Equifax or Whole Foods? (Hint: if those are your only two choices, just keep your secrets to yourself) Can schools punish students who don't wish to stand for the pledge of allegiance? (Hint: the courts will have to decide) Did Uber commit corporate espionage? (Hint: signs point to maybe!) Can municipalities regulate gun shops? (Hint: in the 9th Circuit they sure can!) Does the Innocence Project do great work? (Hint: YES!) Did US companies help fund Iraqi troops who targeted US forces? (Hint: Signs point to quite possibly) Can Joe Arpaio have his contempt conviction vacated? (Hint: not this week!) When will Trump's lawyers be richer than Trump? (Hint: about two more years) Is Trump going to be impeached any time soon? (Hint: doubtful!) And if that's not enough, you're expectations are just too high. Give it a listen, tune in next week to hear our guest, career Mediator Cathy Yanni, and in the meantime, keep it legal!

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8. The Law Is My Ass E09, February 18, 2017 with Veronica Guinto

The Law Is My Ass E09, February 18, 2017 with Veronica Guinto

Today, Sid and Joe talk to immigration lawyer Veronica Guinto about the so-called "Muslim Ban" and all the litigation surrounding it - suits in New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, Washington, Hawaii, and in front of the Ninth Circuit: what did they all find, where do they all stand, and what happens now that the administration says it's going to issue a superseding order? Also, Sid and Joe answer the questions "is the Ninth Circuit the most reversed circuit in the country?" (hint: the answer is "no"); "may I renounce my US citizenship?" (hint: the answer is yes); and based on what rule was Mitch McConnell picking on Senator Warren?  It's a great episode - and a long one! We hope you enjoy it. Keep it legal!

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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. 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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20. 2017 05 20 Law My Ass E21 Neal Katyal Ninth Circuit Argument

2017 05 20 Law My Ass E21 Neal Katyal Ninth Circuit Argument

In today's 21st episode of The Law Is My Ass, Sid and Joe ask whether Anthony Weiner must now register as a sex offender, whether Donald Trump has obstructed justice, with Fiat is the new VW, and whether Robert Mueller has conflicts of interest. Then just for kicks we replay rock-star Supreme Court advocate Neal Katyal's argument before the Ninth Circuit last week over the constitutionality and legality of the Trump administration's travel ban - with copious interruptions and comments from the peanut gallery (aka, from Joe and Sid). Check it out - and keep it legal!

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