The Daily Populous

Saturday February 24th, 2018 day edition

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A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Murray Energy against HBO and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, according to Lawful Masses, a legal website and livestream series hosted by copyright attorney Leonard French.

Oliver revealed in the episode that when the show attempted to contact Murray Energy, it received a cease and desist from the company’s legal team.

Murray Energy has a history of threatening litigation against media outlets and journalists who are critical of their practices or employees.

The original filing was littered with hyperbolic speech and attempts to garner sympathy that hardly amounted to legal claims.

The defendants’ attorneys filed a First Amendment-based motion to dismiss, which a West Virginia judge upheld, ruling that the case should be dismissed with prejudice, which keeps the plaintiffs from filing the charges against Oliver and HBO again.

Yes, Oliver, HBO and their attorneys will be writing the judge’s statement based on findings and facts that support the court’s rulings.

Check out “your favorite copyright attorney” break down the case’s dismissal here and revisit Oliver’s expose on Murray and the coal industry below. »

Sean Miller of Arizona, Christian Dawkins discussed payment to ensure DeAndre Ayton signing, according to FBI investigation

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FBI wiretaps intercepted telephone conversations between Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, a key figure in the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption, in which Miller discussed paying $100,000 to ensure star freshman Deandre Ayton signed with the Wildcats, sources familiar with the government's evidence told ESPN.

According to people with knowledge of the FBI investigation, Miller and Dawkins, a runner working for ASM Sports agent Andy Miller, had multiple conversations about Ayton.

The telephone calls between Miller and Dawkins were among 3,000 hours of conversations intercepted from Dawkins' phone by the FBI. »

Whitefish Bay High School student on leading walkout: 'leadership from adults wasn't getting us anywhere'

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Hentzen, a senior at Whitefish Bay High School, is now organizing a walkout March 14 in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

A Whitefish Bay High School student is organizing a student walkout in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

The Arrowhead Union High School District and Hamilton School District planned to talk about the issues the last week of February. »

FCC chair Pai receives NRA gun award for courage

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai received the National Rifle Association's (NRA) “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

The NRA-sponsored award was given to Pai in recognition of months of heavy criticism over his successful push to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules.

"Ajit Pai is the most courageous, heroic person that I know,” said Dan Schneider, the executive director of the American Conservative Union, while introducing the FCC chairman. »