Of late, executive orders have taken on renewed prominence in the news, what with President Obama promising to issue more executive orders on the one hand and Congressional discontent over their use on the other. Given the controversy, history can provide helpful context and perspective.
Here at the Tarlton Law Library, any patrons researching presidential actions can now turn to another resource: ProQuest Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations 1789-2014. This content can be found within the larger ProQuest Congressional database, which provides many features useful when compiling a federal legislative history, including finding aids, bill-tracking, indexing services, and selective full-text for numerous congressional and related publications.
What are executive orders anyway? They are directives that have the power of federal law, and are generally used to direct and manage how the federal government operates. Orders can be found in various places, but are first published in the Federal Register. The orders from a given year are then bound in Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Because of this lack of compilation, ProQuest Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations proves especially useful.
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Anyone who uses Adobe Digital Editions to access library ebook collections should read the following warnings regarding questionable privacy practices that have been revealed this week.
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The New York Times highlighted an interesting lawsuit this week over the use of the word “how” in Chobani’s recent ad campaign for its Greek yogurt. As the Chronicle of Higher Education also noted, this fight over how Chobani came to use the word “how” has devolved into an Abbott and Costello routine between the litigants, plaintiff, Dov Seidman, an author and management guru, and the defendants, Chobani and its ad agency, Droga5. The ad campaign, which focuses on the “how” of Chobani, has been seen most prominently on social media and in a 2014 Super Bowl commercial. The problem, however, according to Seidman, is that Seidman brought the original idea to Chobani and Chobani is now infringing on his trademark of the word “how.” How can a person sue to protect such a broad trademark of a single word? It’s a good question, and many experts aren’t quite sure that he can, at least not successfully. Here is how Seidman is trying, at least, in his complaint which also includes a reference to a Tweet from Chobani which seems to thank Seidman for the “how” idea.
To learn more about how trademark law works, I would recommend checking out the leading treatise in the field: McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition. You can also contact our resident intellectual property law expert, reference librarian and lecturer, Stephen Wolfson. Professor Wolfson is also teaching a class on intellectual property law research in the spring for students who might be interested.
To learn more about how the case is progressing, I would recommend using the dockets feature on Bloomberg Law. The docket number is 1:14-cv-04050 and the case was filed in the Southern District Court of New York. If you are not sure how to use dockets on Bloomberg Law, feel free to contact any of the reference librarians and we can, of course, show you how.
The U.S. Supreme Court is back in action today, hearing arguments in Heien v. North Carolina, a case about whether a police officer’s objectively reasonable mistake of law can provide reasonable suspicion sufficient to justify a traffic stop under the Fourth Amendment. If you want to learn how to pull the filings for this case (or any others), feel free to contact our reference librarians. The Court also issued orders from its September 29th conference this morning. In a bit of a surprise to many observers, the Court denied review of all seven of the petitions arising from challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.
Be sure to also stay tuned to the Tarlton Library News Blog and twitter feed (@TarltonLawLib) for news throughout the session. And for more on the U.S. Supreme Court and its activities in the coming term, check out Tarlton’s research guide on the Court.