Still Locked Out: In Blumenthal v. Brewer, Illinois Supreme Court Refuses Property Division for an Unmarried Couple

Laws about marriage and family have been shaped by the practical needs of society, and by religious beliefs. The project of the American legal enterprise, informed by the mandated separation of church and state, and constitutional protections of privacy and

The Ends of the Earth – How Far Can U.S. IP Rights Holders Pursue Foreign Infringers?

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. I.  Introduction. We all witnessed the uproar over PIPA and SOPA at the beginning of the year.  Internet free speech advocates took to cyberspace in a call for action against these proposed laws.  Advocating for

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The Great Firewall of Britain

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. We started hearing rumblings of anti-porn censorship by European governments at the beginning of the year. Back in March, the E.U. Parliament voted on a proposal that would have set out the path for laws

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The Sunshine State: A Ray of Hope for Adult Content Producers

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Mandatory Condom Law Spurs Potential Exodus from L.A. Area In late January, 2012, the city of Los Angles passed a landmark law requiring all adult content producers to mandate the use of condoms by performers

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United We Stand; Divided We Fall – If Only It Were That Simple

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. Liberal or conservative?  Mac or PC?  Romney or Rick?  Exacerbated by politics, economic theories, technological preferences and even something as trivial as your reality TV show of choice – these days, it always seems like

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Unspoken Words: The Chilling Effect of NSA Surveillance Abuses

by Guest Blogger: Kimberly A. Harchuck In early 2012 when the news first went mainstream that the NSA was building its “Spy Center” in Utah, public reaction was much closer to Area 51-esque skepticism than the warranted level of alarm.  However,

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Victory! In Milward v. Shaheen, The Eleventh Circuit Upholds First Amendment Rights Of Students Who Objected To Forced Transvaginal Ultrasounds

Students in the sonography program at Valencia College were asked to volunteer to undergo transvaginal ultrasound examinations by other students in the program. It quickly became clear that this request was a demand when instructors, including the program manager, retaliated

Where Angels Fear to Tread – The Dangers of Asserting Unfair Competition Claims Involving 2257 Compliance

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” Although trite, this saying is particularly applicable to participants in the contemporary adult entertainment industry.  Invoking criminal laws designed to break the backs of adult

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Witnessing Transformation – Performers into Producers

Author Lawrence G. Walters, Esq. The beginning of a new year in the adult entertainment industry is always filled with excitement, trade shows, and hopes for success in the year ahead.  Now is also the time when the industry tries

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