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Discourse.net

Discourse.net

By University of Miami law professor Michael Froomkin. Covers civil liberties, the Internet, Guantanamo, Iraq attrocities, politics and more.

http://www.discourse.net/
  • Jun 27

    Drone Shooting in the New

    Drone Shooting in the New
    Looks like my article, Self-Defense Against Robots and Drones (written with Zak Colangelo) isn’t a minute too early. ArsTechnica reports Man shoots downs neighbor’s hexacopter in rural drone shotgun battle. The parties in Joe v…
  • Jun 27

    I Did

    I Did
    Andrew Rudalevige, writing in the Monkey Cage, asks King v. Burwell: Who knew administrative law could be so much fun? As a long-time teacher of Administrative Law I’m continually amazed that people say Ad Law is dull. It may be…
  • Jun 27

    ICANN Is Up to Its Old Trick

    ICANN Is Up to Its Old Trick
    Must read: Kieren McCarthy, ICANN’s leaving the nest, so when will it grow up? The org that will run the internet still acts like a teenager. Protected by its important father, the US government, ICANN has become a surly, entitled,…
Rank this Week: 11

New York Public Personnel Law

New York Public Personnel Law

Provides summary and commentary on selected court and administrative decisions and related matters affecting public employers and employees in New York State. By Harvey Randall, Esq.

http://publicpersonnellaw.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 29

    Guidelines for the promulgating of rules and regulations by an administrative agency

    Guidelines for the promulgating of rules and regulations by an administrative agency
    Guidelines for the promulgating of rules and regulations by an administrative agencyGreater N.Y. Taxi Assn. v New York City Taxi & Limousine Commn., Court of Appeals, 2015 NY Slip Op 05514In this case the Court of Appeals addresses the…
  • Jun 29

    Termination as "a final agency action” is effected when the letter of dismissal is delivered to the officer or employee

    Termination as "a final agency action” is effected when the letter of dismissal is delivered to the officer or employee
    Termination as "a final agency action” is effected when the letter of dismissal is delivered to the officer or employee 2015 NY Slip Op 04892, Appellate Division, Third DepartmentAn internal investigation by the Division of State Police…
  • Jun 28

    The 2015 edition of the Discipline Book

    The 2015 edition of the Discipline Book
    The 2015 edition of this concise guide to disciplinary actions involving public officers and employees in New York State is now available in two formats - as a paperback print edition and in an electronic [e-book] edition. For more…
Rank this Week: 18

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Covers military law for trial practitioners and military members. By The Law Office of Philip D. Cave.

http://www.court-martial-ucmj.com/
  • Jun 26

    CAAF’s decision in Woods does not support MJIA

    CAAF’s decision in Woods does not support MJIA
    The Real Cost Of Having Commanders In Charge Of Military Justice This article has appeared in Task & Purpose as a result of United States v. Woods,  decided by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on 18 June 2015.…
  • Jun 25

    An interesting perspective

    An interesting perspective
    Protect Our Defenders (POD) has this to say about the recent vote on Sen. Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act. Last week, 50 U.S. Senators stood with survivors and voted for Senator Gillibrand’s Military Justice…
  • Jun 25

    Opening the door-or keeping it closed

    Opening the door-or keeping it closed
    As a defense counsel, I’m always looking for ways in which the prosecutor has opened the door to relevant evidence, but which for some reasons has been excluded or can’t be offered.  MRE 412 comes to mind, as happened to me…
Rank this Week: 60

Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • Jun 26

    This Week in EPA Science

    This Week in EPA Science
    By Kacey Fitzpatrick Are you watching the Women’s World Cup this weekend? There may be no commercial breaks but half time is fifteen minutes—the perfect amount of time to refill drinks, get a snack, and catch up on EPA science!…
  • Jun 26

    Summer Reading List: Learn About States’ Shapes, Social Physics, and Rust

    Summer Reading List: Learn About States’ Shapes, Social Physics, and Rust
    By Jeffery Robichaud I was in Seattle for a meeting this spring and realized that my kids had only two more weeks before they were off for the summer. My wife and I would face the yearly struggle of convincing them to read for…
  • Jun 25

    All That Summer Bring

    All That Summer Bring
    As you settle into the rhythm of summertime, we hope that you’re taking time to enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities that the New York City area has to offer! Our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ summer series brings you a variety…
Rank this Week: 65

Lawfare

Lawfare

Coveres actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions, including cybersecurity, Guantánamo habeas litigation, targeted killing, biosecurity, universal jurisdiction, the Alien Tort Statute, and the state secrets privilege. By Benjamin Wittes, Jack Goldsmith and Robert Chesney.

http://www.lawfareblog.com/
  • Jun 29

    The Third Annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict

    The Third Annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict
    I'm very happy to report that the 3rd annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict will occur at Oxford next week.  As I explained last summer, this event is co-sponsored by the ICRC's DC and…
  • Jun 29

    David E. Pozen on "Privacy-Privacy Tradeoffs"

    David E. Pozen on "Privacy-Privacy Tradeoffs"
    Readers who found engaging my recent paper with Jodie Liu, "The Privacy Paradox: The Privacy Benefits of Privacy Threats," will certainly want to check out a new draft paper by Columbia Law School professor David E. Pozen. Entitled "Privacy…
  • Jun 29

    Today's Headlines and Commentary

    Today's Headlines and Commentary
    “Grexit” may be on the horizon, as Greece holds a nationwide referendum on whether to accept an extension of the European Union’s promise of continued bailout funds in exchange for harsh austerity measures. The…
Rank this Week: 112

The Justice Blog

The Justice Blog

The Official Blog of the United States Department of Justice.

http://blogs.justice.gov/main/
Rank this Week: 105

Rulemaking

Rulemaking

Covers administrative rulemaking processes and administrative law issues. For members of the Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR).

http://rulemaking.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 182

Federal Regulations Advisor

Federal Regulations Advisor

Provides insights and commentary on U.S. government regulatory affairs. By Leland E. Beck.

http://www.fedregsadvisor.com/
Rank this Week: 201

Lobby Comply Blog

Lobby Comply Blog

Covers campaign finance, lobbying, procurement and ethics laws. By State and Federal Communications, Inc.

http://stateandfed.com/lobbycomply/
  • Jun 29

    Quebec National Assembly Proposes Lobbying Transparency Act

    Quebec National Assembly Proposes Lobbying Transparency Act
    The National Assembly in Quebec has introduced new legislation proposing to strengthen and expand lobbying activities. Bill 56, titled the Continued on Next Page
  • Jun 29

    Connecticut General Assembly to Convene Special Session

    Connecticut General Assembly to Convene Special Session
    The General Assembly will convene a special session today, June 29, 2015, to complete work on the state budget and Continued on Next Page
  • Jun 29

    Monday News Roundup

    Monday News Roundup
    Lobbying New York: “IG: State vendor lavished OMIG director with gifts, booze” by Brendan Lyons for Albany Times Union Wisconsin: Continued on Next Page
Rank this Week: 286

New Jersey Senate Republicans

New Jersey Senate Republicans

Provides legislative support to teh Republican senators in the Legislature of the State of New Jersey.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=Rr9IF0xl3RGXd835_w6H4A
  • Jun 29

    Senate Advances Bipartisan Kean Resolution to Halt Pilgrim Pipeline Project as Proposed

    Senate Advances Bipartisan Kean Resolution to Halt Pilgrim Pipeline Project as Proposed
    Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean opposing the proposed route of an oil pipeline that would run from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey was approved by the Senate. The Senate approved a resolution sponsored by Senators…
  • Jun 29

    Senate Adopts Oroho Bill Easing Restriction on Charity Raffle Fundraiser

    Senate Adopts Oroho Bill Easing Restriction on Charity Raffle Fundraiser
    Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho making it easier for religious, veterans’, civic and charity organizations to hold raffle fundraisers will go to the Governor’s desk for approval after being passed by the full…
  • Jun 29

    Senate Passes Bipartisan Kyrillos Sandy Bill to Spark Quick Recovery at the Shore

    Senate Passes Bipartisan Kyrillos Sandy Bill to Spark Quick Recovery at the Shore
    Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Kyrillos that would provide small businesses in a shore municipality with a tax credit to offset money spent on rebuilding or repairing due to Hurricane Sandy was approved by the…
Rank this Week: 365

Whistleblower Lawyer News

Whistleblower Lawyer News

Covers whistleblower and government law. By Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Newman & Associates.

http://www.whistleblowerlawyernews.com/
  • Jun 29

    Doctor and nurse win over $110 million in whistleblower case

    Doctor and nurse win over $110 million in whistleblower case
    Atlanta physicians Alon Vainer and Nurse Daniel Barbir of Cummings Georgia have been awarded over $110 million in for their role in a whistleblower case against DaVita Healthcare Partners, the nation’s largest kidney dialysis services.…
  • Jun 25

    Popcorn lung lawsuits increasing for lung damage of workers in popcorn factorie

    Popcorn lung lawsuits increasing for lung damage of workers in popcorn factorie
    Bronchiolitis obliterans is a medical term relating to a life threatening form of lung disease which the small airways are compressed by scar tissue. It has many causes including inhaling a chemical called Diacetyl, used in artificial butter…
  • Jun 24

    Education Affiliates for profit college pays $13 million for False Claims to DOE

    Education Affiliates for profit college pays $13 million for False Claims to DOE
    Education Affiliates (EA), a for-profit education company based in White Marsh, Maryland, has agreed to pay $13 million to the United States to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the…
Rank this Week: 420

Dissenting Justice

Dissenting Justice

Provides commentary on law, politics and justice. By Professor Darren Hutchinson.

http://dissentingjustice.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    FACTS: President Obama's Immigration Policies Are Absolutely LEGAL.

    FACTS: President Obama's Immigration Policies Are Absolutely LEGAL.
    Mainstream and rightwing media have done an atrocious job discussing the legal issues implicated by President Obama's immigration policy. While rightwingers clearly believe the president's policies... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • Aug 25

    Obamacare v. Affordable Care Act

    Obamacare v. Affordable Care Act
    Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne writes about Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor's political advertisement that touts his vote for the "Affordable Care Act." As Dionne reports, polls... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • Aug 25

    Election Day Tomorrow - Florida Democratic Governor's Primary

    Election Day Tomorrow - Florida Democratic Governor's Primary
    Tomorrow, Florida Democrats will choose a candidate to challenge incumbent Governor Rick Scott. Although Scott's first term was plagued with corruption, constitutional violations, and widespread... To view the rest of this article, please…
Rank this Week: 477

CFTC Law

CFTC Law

Covers futures, commodities and forex regulation. By Shipkevich Law Firm.

http://www.cftclaw.com/
  • Aug 8

    FIA Sets Forth Five Core Principles in Enhancing CFTC Market Surveillance

    FIA Sets Forth Five Core Principles in Enhancing CFTC Market Surveillance
    FIA Sets Forth Five Core Principles in Enhancing CFTC Market SurveillanceIn a response to a request by the CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee for comment on how best to develop a 21st century surveillance system, the Financial…
  • Aug 6

    Massad Says CFTC Hampered by Budget Constraint

    Massad Says CFTC Hampered by Budget Constraint
    Massad Says CFTC Hampered by Budget ConstraintsRecently appointed CFTC Chairman Tim Massad announced last week that there were “a lot of things” he would like to do to continue the CFTC’s goal of regulating financial…
  • Jul 28

    O’Malia Urges Regulators to “Do No Harm”

    O’Malia Urges Regulators to “Do No Harm”
    O’Malia Urges Regulators to “Do No Harm”CFTC Commissioner Scott O’Malia issued a stern warning to financial regulators in the United States and abroad that market fragmentation could have grave consequences on the…
Rank this Week: 432

Subject to Inquiry

Subject to Inquiry

Looks at white collar, congressional, SEC, energy enforcement and other government inquiries. By McGuireWoods.

http://www.subjecttoinquiry.com/
  • Jun 29

    CFPB’s TRID Rule Delayed Again – Uncertainty Persists for Good-Faith Grace Period

    CFPB’s TRID Rule Delayed Again – Uncertainty Persists for Good-Faith Grace Period
    The CFPB announced on June 17 that it would delay the effective date of the “Know Before You Owe” rule until October 1, 2015. However, the proposed rule issued by the Bureau on June 25 now delays the effective date to Saturday,…
  • Jun 29

    Supreme Court Strikes Down Warrantless Searches of Hotel Guest Registrie

    Supreme Court Strikes Down Warrantless Searches of Hotel Guest Registrie
    Hotels possess a treasure trove of private information about their guests. Everything from the guest’s name, address, credit card and vehicle information to the number of guests in the party, arrival and departure dates and the amount…
  • Jun 25

    Supreme Court Upholds Use of Disparate Impact in FHA Claim

    Supreme Court Upholds Use of Disparate Impact in FHA Claim
    In a decision certain to have major repercussions for the banking industry, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the use of disparate impact theories of liability – that is, suits that claim a law or practice has a discriminatory…
Rank this Week: 526

New Jersey Public Safety Officers…

New Jersey Public Safety Officers Law Blog

Covers employment issues related to corrections officers, firefighters, and police officers in New Jersey. By Frank M. Crivelli of Arpaia and Crivelli.

http://www.njpublicsafetyofficers.com/
  • Jun 18

    Is New Jersey State Healthcare Moving Toward the Implementation of a CDHP?

    Is New Jersey State Healthcare Moving Toward the Implementation of a CDHP?
    Yesterday, NJ.COM reported that Governor Christie was prepared to roll out sweeping pension legislation that would overhaul the way in which teacher pensions would be funded in the State of New Jersey.  Presently, teachers pensions in…
  • May 26

    Senate Passes Bill Increasing Penalties For Assaults Against Certain Law Enforcement Officer

    Senate Passes Bill Increasing Penalties For Assaults Against Certain Law Enforcement Officer
    As reported on Senatenj.com, the New Jersey State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Diane Allen and Christopher Bateman to increase penalties for assaulting a corrections officer, sheriff’s officer, and other law enforcement…
  • May 13

    NJ Unions Protest Cuts To Pensions In Big Statehouse Rally

    NJ Unions Protest Cuts To Pensions In Big Statehouse Rally
    As reported by NJ.com, from behind a podium on the Statehouse steps, Hetty Rosenstein briefly subdued a big crowd of public employees with the personal story of how her late father’s pension, earned over decades as head librarian of the…
Rank this Week: 684

Health Industry Washington Watch

Health Industry Washington Watch

Covers U.S. legislative and regulatory developments affecting the life sciences and health care industry. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.healthindustrywashingtonwatch.com/
  • Jun 29

    CMS Proposed 2016 Medicare Payment Rules in the Pipeline

    CMS Proposed 2016 Medicare Payment Rules in the Pipeline
    CMS recently sent several major proposed Medicare CY 2016 payment rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for regulatory clearance – the last step before publication in the Federal Register. Specifically, OMB is…
  • Jun 29

    CMS Releases CY 2016 ESRD PPS Proposed Rule

    CMS Releases CY 2016 ESRD PPS Proposed Rule
    On June 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule to update the Medicare end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2016. CMS anticipates that the…
  • Jun 29

    CMS Revises Expands ACO “Investment Model” Opportunitie

    CMS Revises Expands ACO “Investment Model” Opportunitie
    As previously reported, CMS announced a Medicare Shared Savings Program/Accountable Care Organization (ACO) “Investment Model” last fall to better coordinate care in rural and underserved areas where inadequate access to capital…
Rank this Week: 1344

The Poblete DC Dispatches

The Poblete DC Dispatches

Features updates on regulatory and public policy matters in Washington, DC in national security, trade, and international law.

http://jasonpoblete.com/
  • Jun 29

    And They Want to Be a State?

    And They Want to Be a State?
    Global markets, media, and politicos will be closely watching Greece this week as it seeks to find a solution (i.e., another bailout) to its close to $400 billion headache. Yet right here in the Western Hemisphere, we have a mini-financial…
  • Jun 24

    Spain’s Conservative Government to Subsidize Cuba Investment

    Spain’s Conservative Government to Subsidize Cuba Investment
    Spain’s conservative government, at least conservative from the European point of view, is wasting no time making the most of President Obama’s rapprochement with the Cuban regime. The state-subsidized COFIDES – kind of like…
  • Jun 22

    The Embargo and Encryption Export Controls Will Limit U.S. Exports to Communist Cuba

    The Embargo and Encryption Export Controls Will Limit U.S. Exports to Communist Cuba
    Data encryption technology is embedded in a wide-range of electronic products such as mobile devices and healthcare technologies. It is also important for a wide-array of services requiring security and privacy such as financial transactions…
Rank this Week: 1145

RegBlog

RegBlog

A regulation blog, in affiliation with the Penn Program on Regulation. From the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

http://www.regblog.org/
  • Jun 28

    Rowhouse Heat

    Rowhouse Heat
    Applying DOE’s proposed energy efficiency standard to furnaces in rowhouses would be counterproductive.
  • Jun 25

    The Regulatory Week in Review: June 26, 2015

    The Regulatory Week in Review: June 26, 2015
    The Supreme Court issues decisions on same-sex marriage and healthcare reform, Senators hold hearings on concept of regulatory budget, and more...
  • Jun 24

    How Cooperation Between Telecom Firms Can Improve Efficiency

    How Cooperation Between Telecom Firms Can Improve Efficiency
    Scholar argues that cooperation and competition can co-exist in the European telecom industry.
Rank this Week: 947

The TSA Blog

The TSA Blog

Covers innovations in security, technology and the checkpoint screening process. By the Transportation Security Administration.

http://blog.tsa.gov/
Rank this Week: 1032

National Indian Law Library --…

National Indian Law Library -- News

Covers Native American legal issues, published by the National Indian Law Library, a public law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law.

http://nilllibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 26

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 6/26

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 6/26
    United States Federal Trial Courts Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/2015dct.htmlBorrichio v. Casino (Employment Discrimination, Casinos)In re Curtis Vale Womelsdorf and Lavonne Mae Womelsdorf, Debtors (Bankruptcy)United…
  • Jun 19

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 6/19

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 6/19
    United States Federal Trial Courts Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/dct/2015dct.htmlNational Labor Relations Board Chickasaw Nation D/B/A Winstar World Casino and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 886, Affiliated with…
  • Jun 15

    NILL added new content to the the U.S. Supreme Court Indian Law Bulletin on 6/15

    NILL added new content to the the U.S. Supreme Court Indian Law Bulletin on 6/15
    U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2014-2015update.htmlPetition for Certiorari was granted in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (Tribal Court Jurisdiction) on June 15, 2015.…
Rank this Week: 766

Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawyer Blog

Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawyer Blog

Provides updates and commentary on whistleblower cases. By McCabe Rabin, P.A.

http://www.whistleblowerquitamlawyerblog.com/
  • Jun 26

    Education Company Agrees to Settle Five Qui Tam Case

    Education Company Agrees to Settle Five Qui Tam Case
    According to the Department of Justice, a for-profit education company based in Baltimore, Maryland, Education Affiliates (“EA”), has agreed to settle five qui tam cases alleging the company submitted fraudulent claims to the U.S.…
  • Jun 25

    Helpful Whistleblower Decision from D.C. Circuit

    Helpful Whistleblower Decision from D.C. Circuit
    On June 23, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a helpful decision for qui tam whistleblowers in U.S. ex rel Heath v. AT&T, Inc., Case No. 14– 7094, 2015 WL 3852180 (D.C. Cir. 2015).…
  • Jun 19

    Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown in Justice Department History

    Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown in Justice Department History
    According to the Justice Department, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force conducted a nationwide operation in 17 cities this week.  The sweep resulted in criminal charges against 243 individuals for their alleged participation in healthcare…
Rank this Week: 1322

Constitutionalism & Democracy

Constitutionalism & Democracy

A law blog by Albany Law School Professor Stephen Gottlieb and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship James Gathii

http://constitutionalismanddemocracy.wordpress.com/
  • Jun 25

    Hallelujah! What a relief.

    Hallelujah! What a relief.
    Copy editing finally done for Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics. It’s scheduled for publication in January by NYU Press – still a few months off but it feels like a…
  • Jun 24

    Jeanette’s award

    Jeanette’s award
    I haven’t been putting personal notes in my blog, but I had the pleasure, on the 9th, of attending a Red Cross Volunteer Recognition event where my wife, Jeanette, was presented with the J. Spencer Standish Community Service Award…
  • Jun 23

    Texas License Plate

    Texas License Plate
    What really matters about the decision about Texas license plates?[1] The conversation is all about the plates. That’s a part of what lawsuits do. They get us talking about the specific example, the thing that the plaintiff wanted to…
Rank this Week: 754

Oregon Legal Research

Oregon Legal Research

Features news, tips, and information about Oregon legal research.

http://blog.oregonlegalresearch.com/
  • Jun 23

    What if Readers Turned Pages for the Sake of Turning Pages?: Amazon, Taylor Swift, and Big Brother

    What if Readers Turned Pages for the Sake of Turning Pages?: Amazon, Taylor Swift, and Big Brother
    Do writers need their own “Taylor Swift” to protect their right to be paid for their labor? (See NPR’s story about Swift, Apple, and right to be paid.) The latest Amazon plan to pay authors based on pages turned (and…
  • Jun 18

    Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide

    Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide
    We try to update this Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide at least twice a year (you can also find the guide from the WCLL Legal Research Resources website), but additions, corrections, and suggestions are always welcome. You can…
  • Jun 11

    How to Serve (Deliver) Legal Papers in Oregon

    How to Serve (Deliver) Legal Papers in Oregon
    There is a new Multnomah County Circuit Court, Family Court FAQ guide on “How to Serve (Deliver) Legal Papers in Oregon.” (We thank Judge McKnight and her family law team* for this guide! They say “[i]t was developed for…
Rank this Week: 1258

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

Covers False Claims Act and related statutes. By Ben Vernia.

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
Rank this Week: 1056

Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot

Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot

Covers governance in higher education and in law firms, bankruptcy ethics, popular culture and the law, Enron and other corporate fiascos, and professional responsibility generally. By Nancy Rapoport, a law professor at UNLV's Boyd School of Law.

http://nancyrapoport.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 16

    Just a couple of thoughts on ASARCO.

    Just a couple of thoughts on ASARCO.
    I think that the dissent was closer to being right than the majority opinion was (of course I think so:  I was one of four folks on this amicus brief), and that Congress should fix the problem by adopting the test that we proposed in our…
  • Jun 10

    BRAVO, Team DRC-Hubo @UNLV!

    BRAVO, Team DRC-Hubo @UNLV!
    Taken directly from our announcement--couldn't have written it better myself:On behalf of Dean Rama Venkat, the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering is proud to announce that our team DRC-Hubo @UNLV finished in eighth place among the…
  • May 30

    Wishing Professor Paul Oh and his team the best of luck in the DARPA Robotics Challenge!

    Wishing Professor Paul Oh and his team the best of luck in the DARPA Robotics Challenge!
    Not that very long ago, UNLV was lucky enough to persuade Professor Paul Oh to join our faculty.  He and his team are about to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, and I'm rooting for Hubo (now the "Metal Rebel") to win.I've been…
Rank this Week: 777

Government Contracts Legal Forum

Government Contracts Legal Forum

Covers government contract issues including contract formation, strategies, bid protests and contract interpretation. By Crowell Moring.

http://www.governmentcontractslegalforum.com/
Rank this Week: 1113

New York Zoning and Municipal Law…

New York Zoning and Municipal Law Blog

Covers adverse possession, environmental law, municipal law, zoning and land use. Published by Silverberg Zalantis.

http://blog.szlawfirm.net/
  • May 27

    Court Finds Zoning Board Interpretation a Reasonable Exercise of Discretion

    Court Finds Zoning Board Interpretation a Reasonable Exercise of Discretion
    In a case primarily dealing with the authority of a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to interpret a zoning provision, the Court also addressed the issue of late filing of the ZBA decision. In the Matter of Stone Industries, Inc. v. Zoning Board…
  • May 16

    One Legal Nonconforming Use Does Not Permit Another Nonconforming Use

    One Legal Nonconforming Use Does Not Permit Another Nonconforming Use
    The Appellate Division upheld a zoning board determination that the existence of a legal nonconforming use did not give the property owner the right to maintain a different nonconforming use. In Bradhurst Site Construction Corp. v Zoning…
  • Apr 30

    Court Reverses Denial of Special Permit

    Court Reverses Denial of Special Permit
    The denial of a special permit was found to be arbitrary when unsupported by empirical evidence. In Matter of 7-Eleven, Inc. v. Incorporated Village of Mineola, the Appellate Division reversed the Village Board and the lower court and…
Rank this Week: 1367

Local Open Government Blog

Local Open Government Blog

Covers legal issues on open government laws in Washington state and the rest of the nation. By Foster Pepper.

http://www.localopengovernment.com/
  • Apr 3

    No Privacy Interest In Employee's Identity Connected To Existence Of Investigation When Allegations Are Not Described

    No Privacy Interest In Employee's Identity Connected To Existence Of Investigation When Allegations Are Not Described
    In Predisik v. Spokane School District No. 81, the Washington Supreme Court holds by a 5 justice majority that disclosure of employer investigation records that reveal an employee’s identity do not implicate employee privacy rights…
  • Mar 5

    Washington Supreme Court Grants Petitions to Review Nissen v. Pierce County

    Washington Supreme Court Grants Petitions to Review Nissen v. Pierce County
    On March 3, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court granted two petitions to review Nissen v. Pierce County, 183 Wn. App. 581, 333 P.3d 577 (2014).  In Nissen, the Washington Court of Appeals applied the Washington Public Records Act and held…
  • Mar 3

    Hillary Clinton Defends Use of Personal E-mail

    Hillary Clinton Defends Use of Personal E-mail
    On March 2, 2015, The New York Times reported that Hilary Clinton, during her tenure as Secretary of State, may have violated federal regulations by using her personal e-mail to conduct government business. The report says that Clinton aides…
Rank this Week: 764

Whistleblower Legal Update Blog

Whistleblower Legal Update Blog

A forum for thoughts, analysis, and ideas on the pressing issues facing whistleblowers today. By Stone & Magnanini, L.L.P.

http://www.whistleblowerlegalupdate.com/
  • Mar 4

    How Specific Must a Whistleblower Be in Pleading an FCA Claim?

    How Specific Must a Whistleblower Be in Pleading an FCA Claim?
    The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) require any party claiming fraud to provide specific allegations in their complaint. This includes lawsuits brought under the False Claims Act (FCA), which by definition include allegations of…
  • Feb 18

    Court Considers Public Policy Implications of Qui Tam Defendant's Counterclaim Against Whistleblower

    Court Considers Public Policy Implications of Qui Tam Defendant's Counterclaim Against Whistleblower
    In order to bring a whistleblower claim under the False Claims Act (FCA), someone has to take the risk of reporting information they have obtained from their employer regarding fraud. The law protects people from various forms of retaliation…
  • Feb 9

    Where is the Line?: When the Whistleblower Works for the Government

    Where is the Line?: When the Whistleblower Works for the Government
    As anyone who has ever seen an episode of Law & Order knows, prosecutors must often rely upon information and testimony provided by informants, whistleblowers, and even accomplices to help prosecute the most dangerous criminals. After…
Rank this Week: 1232

Legistative History and Intent

Legistative History and Intent

Covers important state and federal legislative history. From Legislative Intent Service, Inc.

http://www.legintent.com/news/
  • Dec 17

    Lawmakers eye University of California fee

    Lawmakers eye University of California fee
    Late last month, news that the University of California planned to increase tuition by up to 28 percent over the next five years sparked waves of walkouts and protests throughout the UC system. At the time, the California Legislature was in…
  • Dec 11

    Three Unconventional Laws That Allow People to Make Liberal, Wardrobe Choice

    Three Unconventional Laws That Allow People to Make Liberal, Wardrobe Choice
    Most people in the United States don’t need to dig in and do a whole ton of law research to know that they’re supposed to wear pants and other clothes in public. What might surprise you, though, is that there are tons of legal…
  • Nov 14

    Three Seemingly Pointless Laws Still on the Books Today

    Three Seemingly Pointless Laws Still on the Books Today
    Any legal professional who’s ever done even the smallest amount of law research has more than likely encountered a legal statute or two that seems devoid of any legislative intent at all. Unbelievably, the U.S. legal system is rife with…
Rank this Week: 1222

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Jun 29

    Senator seeks GAO investigation of CFPB payday loan rulemaking

    Senator seeks GAO investigation of CFPB payday loan rulemaking
    Barbara S. Mishkin In a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Senator David Vitter questioned “the adequacy and thoroughness of the CFPB’s analysis of small entity impacts” in connection with its payday…
  • Jun 25

    CFPB seeks comments on new information collection request

    CFPB seeks comments on new information collection request
    Barbara S. Mishkin The CFPB has published notices in today’s Federal Register seeking comments on the following information collections: “Consumer Response Government and Congressional Boarding Forms.”  The…
  • Jun 25

    CFPB begins public disclosure of consumer complaint narrative

    CFPB begins public disclosure of consumer complaint narrative
    Barbara S. Mishkin As of today, consumer narratives are publicly available on the CFPB’s consumer complaint database.  In its press release, the CFPB stated that the database now includes “for the first time over 7,700…
Rank this Week: 3742

El Blog de Derecho Publico de…

El Blog de Derecho Publico de Sevach

Covers public law and legislation. By Professor J.R. Chaves.

http://contencioso.es/
  • Jun 29

    Respuestas de la jurisprudencia a los problemas procesales contencioso-administrativo

    Respuestas de la jurisprudencia a los problemas procesales contencioso-administrativo
    ¿Ambicioso titular, eh?. Hay muchos y muy buenos libros sobre el proceso contencioso-administrativo. Lo que no abunda en los juristas son las ganas de profundizar en cuestiones académicas o recibir lecciones teóricas;…
  • Jun 27

    Veinte momentos incómodísimos al impartir charla

    Veinte momentos incómodísimos al impartir charla
    Para la mayoría de las personas lo de impartir charlas, ponencias o conferencias es un chollo. Hablas de lo que quieres, como quieres y te pagan. Nada de eso. Confieso que me paso la vida explicando que no es ninguna bicoca y que los…
  • Jun 24

    La crisis económica no es un comodín para abusos administrativos, Supremo dixit

    La crisis económica no es un comodín para abusos administrativos, Supremo dixit
    La crisis económica ha sido la coartada para la aprobación de numerosos Decretos-Leyes con las bendiciones del Tribunal Constitucional por considerar que justifica la “situación de extraordinaria y urgente…
Rank this Week: 1754

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Covers disability and social security, elder law, and VA benefits.

http://legalnewsyoucanuse.com/
  • Jun 28

    Cost basis adjusts at death so save the proof

    Cost basis adjusts at death so save the proof
    “Cost basis” in its simplest sense is the amount you paid for an asset whose value changes over time. A dollar is a dollar, but a share of stock might be purchased for $19 and later be worth $5 or … Continue reading…
  • Jun 27

    Time marches on and the Trust in your Will may no longer be needed

    Time marches on and the Trust in your Will may no longer be needed
    Estate planning can be thought of as a life-long process. A young person may not have much in the way of worldly posessions, but may have particular opinions about who should make the medical and financial decisions for them if ……
  • Jun 24

    Social Security Administration halts SSI overpayment notices concerning certain same sex couple

    Social Security Administration halts SSI overpayment notices concerning certain same sex couple
    If a disabled or elderly person receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), there are income and resource restrictions as a condition for eligibility. When two SSI recipients are married, the monthly benefit is lower than it would be to two…
Rank this Week: 2383

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Covers government law. By Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

http://www.uaslawblog.com/
  • Jun 26

    FAA Approves First Exemption Allowing UAS to Spray Crop

    FAA Approves First Exemption Allowing UAS to Spray Crop
    In a giant step forward for the commercial UAS industry, the FAA recently granted Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (“Yamaha”) a Section 333 exemption that authorizes Yamaha to conduct agricultural aircraft operations with the…
  • Jun 25

    UAS Sighting by White House, Inside FAA’s “No Drone Zone”

    UAS Sighting by White House, Inside FAA’s “No Drone Zone”
    Reported by the AP, another unmanned aircraft system (“UAS”) was recently spotted in the vicinity of the White House, prompting a security lock down.  This is the first publicly reported UAS incident by the White House since…
  • Jun 17

    UAS Appearing at Sporting Event

    UAS Appearing at Sporting Event
    Unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) are appearing more frequently at sporting events in the US.  FOX Sports reported on June 1, 2015 that local police questioned a man flying a UAS inside Citizens Bank Park during a…
Rank this Week: 1897

Whistleblower Attorneys Blog

Whistleblower Attorneys Blog

Covers qui tam and government law. By Greene LLP.

http://www.whistleblowerattorneys-blog.com/
Rank this Week: 1961

Pay to Play Law Blog

Pay to Play Law Blog

Covers pay-to-play legislative developments. By McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

http://www.paytoplaylawblog.com/
  • Jun 26

    SEC Promotes Pay-to-Play Compliance with a Friendly Reminder – and a Wells Notice

    SEC Promotes Pay-to-Play Compliance with a Friendly Reminder – and a Wells Notice
    With a friendly reminder and notice of an investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission has reminded us all, yet again, that it is moving forward with pay-to-play enforcement whether the regulated community is ready or not.  This…
  • May 22

    Ninth Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Hawaii Pay-to-Play Ban

    Ninth Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Hawaii Pay-to-Play Ban
    As we advised back in 2010, Hawaii is among an ever-expanding list of states which have seen their pay-to-play laws challenged on constitutional grounds. Just this week, however, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit…
  • May 10

    Big Bond Firms Test the MSRB’s Compliance Line

    Big Bond Firms Test the MSRB’s Compliance Line
    Readers of this blog know that MSRB Rule G-37 regulates the political contribution activities of banks and other entities which initiate the principal sales of municipal bonds. Specifically, Rule G-37 provides that any broker, dealer or…
Rank this Week: 3744

Small Government Contracts Blog

Small Government Contracts Blog

Offers legal news, notes and commentary of interest to small government contractors. By Steven Koprince.

http://smallgovcon.com/
  • Jun 26

    Government Nears 25% In Small Business Awards; WOSBs & HUBZones Lag

    Government Nears 25% In Small Business Awards; WOSBs & HUBZones Lag
    The government awarded 24.99% of prime contracting dollars to small businesses in Fiscal Year 2014, a sharp increase over the 23.39% figure from 2013. The SBA’s 2014 Small Business Procurement Scorecard, which was released today, shows…
  • Jun 26

    SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 22-26, 2015

    SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 22-26, 2015
    As June winds down and we head into the last weekend of the month, I hope you are finding time to relax and catch up on your Vitamin D this summer.  There was a lot in the news this week, starting with the Supreme Court’s decision…
  • Jun 24

    Will The Supreme Court Put “Veterans First” In The Kingdomware SDVOSB Case?

    Will The Supreme Court Put “Veterans First” In The Kingdomware SDVOSB Case?
    Is the Department of Veterans Affairs required to prioritize service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (“SDVOSBs”) when it buys supplies and services?  That, essentially, will be the question before the Supreme Court…
Rank this Week: 3557

Corruption Chronicles

Corruption Chronicles

Covers government transparency, accountability and integrity. By Judicial Watch.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/
  • Jun 26

    Open-Borders Sociology Prof. Behind New DHS Rule Freeing Illegal Alien Familie

    Open-Borders Sociology Prof. Behind New DHS Rule Freeing Illegal Alien Familie
    A renowned open-borders sociology professor with published research on “victims of deportation policies” is behind the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new regulation ordering the release of illegal immigrant families…
  • Jun 25

    U.S. Spends $250k to Bring “Baseball Cares” to Dominican Republic

    U.S. Spends $250k to Bring “Baseball Cares” to Dominican Republic
    Can baseball miraculously improve education, combat domestic violence and child abuse in an impoverished Caribbean island? The U.S. government seems to think so and it’s spending a quarter of a million taxpayer dollars to implement a…
  • Jun 23

    Govt. Takes Nearly 15 Years to Respond to JW Record Request

    Govt. Takes Nearly 15 Years to Respond to JW Record Request
    Highlighting the failures of public-record laws designed to keep government accountable, it took a federal agency nearly fifteen years to respond to a request filed by Judicial Watch for information concerning Osama bin Laden. The material…
Rank this Week: 2689

White Collar Alert

White Collar Alert

Provides news and insight to counsel and legal observers concerning white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, government litigation and regulatory compliance. By Montgomery McCracken.

http://whitecollarblog.mmwr.com
  • Jun 25

    Don’t Text with an Informant and iPads are Not Phone

    Don’t Text with an Informant and iPads are Not Phone
    While Dora the Explorer’s cousin, Diego, may proudly proclaim that “helping out each other is good for everyone,” apparently defendant Curtis Diego’s “friend,” Gary Still, had no such interest. Mr. Still,…
  • Jun 4

    Elonis v. United States: The Supreme Court Weighs In On Rap Lyrics, True Threats, and Criminal Intent

    Elonis v. United States: The Supreme Court Weighs In On Rap Lyrics, True Threats, and Criminal Intent
    Shortly after his wife decided to leave him, 28-year-old Anthony Elonis, under the pseudonym “Tone Dougie,” began posting “self-styled ‘rap’ lyrics” on Facebook that contained “graphically violent…
  • May 29

    Former Speaker Hastert Indicted: Structuring a Costly Cover-Up

    Former Speaker Hastert Indicted: Structuring a Costly Cover-Up
    Yesterday, the Department of Justice charged former House Speaker Dennis Hastert in an indictment stemming from his alleged agreement to pay an unknown individual $3.5 million “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct”…
Rank this Week: 2664

The Data Driven City

The Data Driven City

Explores technology, data, and laws related to city planning, urban renewal, and government in general.

http://datadrivencity.com/
  • Jun 25

    Land Banks and Land Banking

    Land Banks and Land Banking
    My former professor, Frank Alexander, has published the second edition of his excellent guidebook on land banking. According to the Center for Community Progress, the publication “combines research on land banks with practical…
  • Jun 9

    Excellent Profile of Cook County Jail as Mental Health Facility

    Excellent Profile of Cook County Jail as Mental Health Facility
    There is an excellent article about Cook County Jail in the Atlantic this week entitled “America’s Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail.” The article hits on some of the same points I made in this post from 2012 on the…
  • Jun 3

    New Article on “Eradicating Zombie Mortgages”

    New Article on “Eradicating Zombie Mortgages”
    Andrea Clark has posted an interesting article on SSRN entitled “Amidst the Walking Dead: Judicial and Nonjudicial Approaches for Eradicating Zombie Mortgages.” A version of the article will be published in an upcoming edition of…
Rank this Week: 3847

Whistleblower Protection Blog

Whistleblower Protection Blog

Covers legal issues related to corporate malfeasance and protection of whistleblowers. Published by the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund.

http://www.whistleblowersblog.org/
  • Jun 24

    Whistleblower Advocacy Group Campaigns For National Whistleblower Day

    Whistleblower Advocacy Group Campaigns For National Whistleblower Day
    The National Whistleblower Center issued an alert today asking its Action Alert Network to push Congress to enact a National Whistleblower Day. The action alert is below: Demand Congress Pass National Whistleblower Appreciation Day! Take…
  • Jun 18

    Senators Introduce Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act

    Senators Introduce Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act
    Washington, D.C. June 18, 2015.  Yesterday Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy introduced legislation to extend whistleblower protection for employees who provide information to the…
  • Jun 17

    Sarajevo Whistleblower Week Provides Forum to Discuss Different Approaches to Whistleblower Protection

    Sarajevo Whistleblower Week Provides Forum to Discuss Different Approaches to Whistleblower Protection
    The following is a guest blog by Bojan Bajic.* Sarajevo Whistleblower Week (SWW) 2015, which occurred in the last week of May in Sarajevo was seen in a light of “clash” of two approaches: the first one representing pro-active…
Rank this Week: 1906

Legislation Law Prof Blog

Legislation Law Prof Blog

Edited by Sara K. Rankin, Joel Rogers, Kevin Barry and Emily Benfer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legislation_law/
  • Jun 23

    King v. Burwell: Upcoming Ruling

    King v. Burwell: Upcoming Ruling
    Over the next month, roughly 6.4 million people may be losing subsidies for health insurance. The United States Supreme Court has heard oral arguments for the King v. Burwell lawsuit and a ruling is expected sometime in late June or...
  • Jun 17

    Michigan Governer Signs Religious Freedom Adoption Bill

    Michigan Governer Signs Religious Freedom Adoption Bill
    On Thursday June 11, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse adoption services to individuals based on religious grounds. Critics of the bill are concerned that the legislation…
  • Jun 12

    The Radical Reordering of Death Penalty Repeal: Nebraska Goes Retro

    The Radical Reordering of Death Penalty Repeal: Nebraska Goes Retro
    On May 29, just two days after Nebraska became the nineteenth state to abolish the death penalty, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he still plans to execute Nebraska’s ten death row inmates. Death penalty foes say he…
Rank this Week: 1442

Government Contracts Blog

Government Contracts Blog

The latest updates on developments affecting government contracts. Published by Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.governmentcontractslawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1950

Infra Insight Blog

Infra Insight Blog

Covers infrastructure news, policy and industry developments. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.infrainsightblog.com
  • Jun 22

    IRWA Professionals Keenly Interested in Design-Build Issue

    IRWA Professionals Keenly Interested in Design-Build Issue
    Identifying and allocating the risks associated with right-of-way acquisition in design-build projects was a hot topic for the standing-room only crowd at last week’s annual Education Conference of the International Right of Way…
  • Jun 19

    Federal Court Invalidates Illinois Tollway Corridor EIS Highlighting Risk of Inconsistency with Metropolitan Transportation Plan

    Federal Court Invalidates Illinois Tollway Corridor EIS Highlighting Risk of Inconsistency with Metropolitan Transportation Plan
    Relying heavily on critical comments by the applicable metropolitan planning organizations, a federal district court in Illinois has invalidated the EIS for the Illiana Tollway Project in Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The decision…
  • Jun 1

    Service Begins on Houston METRO Green and Purple Line

    Service Begins on Houston METRO Green and Purple Line
    Houston residents enjoyed free rides on Saturday, May 23, 2015 as part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO’s) opening of the Green (East End) and Purple (Southeast) light rail lines.  The two new lines are…
Rank this Week: 3976

AOTUS - Collector in Chief

AOTUS - Collector in Chief

Covers National Archives news. By David S. Ferriero of the National Archives.

http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/
  • Jun 17

    What’s New in the National Archives Catalog: British Photographs of World War I

    What’s New in the National Archives Catalog: British Photographs of World War I
    As part of our efforts to digitize photographic and moving image records related to World War I and World War II, we recently digitized a series of British Photographs from World War I (1914-1918) and made them available in our ……
  • May 19

    Paying Homage to Margaret Cross Norton

    Paying Homage to Margaret Cross Norton
    Last week I had an opportunity to visit with Dave Joens and his staff at the Illinois State Archives—the first AOTUS to visit since Wayne Grover was there in 1952.  Dave and I were able to reenact the original photo ……
  • May 8

    Meeting the Government’s Email Challenge

    Meeting the Government’s Email Challenge
    Free and equal access to government records is essential to this country’s democracy.  Citizens have the right to see, examine, and learn from the records that guarantee their rights, document government actions, and tell the story…
Rank this Week: 4584