July 30, 2015

A Manhattan judge today denied a petition for habeas corpus to release two chimpanzees held by the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The petition was filed earlier this year by the Nonhuman Rights Project. Today's court decision cited the amic...

June 30, 2015

Apple lost its appeal in its e-book antitrust litigation with the government. My take: If Apple seeks review by the Supreme Court, and the high court takes the case, Apple is sure to win.


The decision was split three ways and the only ruling today was that Apple's cond...

May 22, 2015

Here's an update on where we stand with the chimp cases filed by the NonHuman Rights Project (NhRP). Last year, I filed an amicus curiae ("friend-of-the-court") brief with the Appellate Division of NY State Court opposing a petition filed by the (NhRP) to seek the rele...

April 22, 2015

I was asked to opine on whether chimpanzees should be recognized as legal persons in an article which appeared today in the New York Times. To my surprise, the quote was pulled by the editors as the Quotation of the Day


March 11, 2015


Yesterday, I filed an amicus brief on behalf of The Center for the Study of the Great Ideas in opposition to a lawsuit by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP) to release a chimp named Tommy from captivity. As reported last week, the NRP filed a motion with...

October 9, 2014

Yesterday, I attended the appellate hearing in the case of Nonhuman Rights Project v. Tommy, a suit filed by the NRP to free a chimp from captivity by means of a writ of habeus corpus. I filed an amicus brief opposing the writ on legal, practical and ethical grounds. A...

July 3, 2014

In my opening remarks earlier this week at the NYPL, I tried to point out the challenge authors and publishers have in responding to Amazon's oft-repeated mantra: that Amazon is only acting in the interests of consumers. Since consumers have an interest in the low pric...

July 2, 2014

Last night, just prior to our panel discussion at the NY Public Library, the panelists were given an opportunity to view an original draft of the Declaration of Independence on display at the Library. The photo shows Tina Bennett (literary agent with William Morris Age...

July 2, 2014

Last night at the NY Public Library I had the pleasure of meeting my co-panelist, the great James Patterson, or Jim as he prefers. The bestselling author has won high praise by announcing earlier this year that he will be donating $1 million to support independent book...

July 2, 2014

Here's the video of the 1 1/2 hour panel discussion, moderated earlier this evening by Tina Bennett (literary agent at William Morris) and featuring author James Patterson, Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu, me and others.

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