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19 Aug 9:15 pm
"State Supreme Court declares fine against casino employee unconstitutional": Adam Brandolph of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has a news update that begins, "The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday called a $75,000 fine that an Allegheny County judge dealt to a former Rivers Casino poker dealer 'unconstitutionally excessive,' considering he stole $200 in poker chips, and sent the case back for an 'appropriate fine.'" You can access today's unanimous ruling of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at this link. [read post]
19 Aug 9:11 pm
"Louisiana Supreme Court settles Justice Department inquiry into attorney admissions": The Times-Picayune of New Orleans has this report. [read post]
19 Aug 9:08 pm
"McCrory appoints Mark Martin chief justice of NC Supreme Court": The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina has this report. [read post]
19 Aug 9:07 pm
"Utah poll: Most oppose gay marriage, think Supreme Court will legalize it; Most Utahns oppose it but believe Supreme Court will reject the state's arguments." Matt Canham of The Salt Lake Tribune has this report. [read post]
19 Aug 8:52 pm
"Federal appeals court adds Wisconsin voter ID hearing": Patrick Marley of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this news update. [read post]
19 Aug 8:39 pm
The topic of related party transactions (RPTs) has acquired tremendous importance lately and has been the subject matter of intense discussion and debate both on this Blog (here) and elsewhere (here, hereand here). The discussions focus on the specifics and the interpretation of the Companies Act and the Rules promulgated by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) that deal with RPTs.In the meanwhile, the OECD has issued a report entitled Improving Corporate Governance in India: Related Party Transactions and Minority Shareholders Protection (h/t: Corporate Law and Governance). The… [read post]
19 Aug 8:26 pm
Over the last nine weeks, President Obama has sent five war powers notices to Congress in what may be the most concentrated period of Presidential war powers reporting in history.  These notices include four notices regarding Iraq (on June 16 and June 30, and August 8 and 17) and one notice regarding Libya (on July 27). So, how are war powers reports prepared?  Unless the process has changed in the Obama Administration, the draft report to Congress is prepared by lawyers in the the State Department’s office of Political-Military Affairs, based on factual… [read post]
19 Aug 8:26 pm
REPORT: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack. That would certainly challenge the media narrative, wouldn’t it? Related: Report: More than a dozen witnesses say Brown attacked officer. [read post]
19 Aug 8:20 pm
Adam Carolla at Hollywood's Roxy Theater in 2013. Eric Neitzel Yesterday, news broke that the highest-profile opponent of podcasting, "patent troll" Personal Audio LLC, and podcaster Adam Carolla had reached a settlement. The settlement referred to a court-approved press release, which was finally published (PDF) today on Personal Audio's website. The press release really includes nothing new. Through discovery, Personal Audio simply found out podcasters—even famous ones like Carolla—just don't make that… [read post]
19 Aug 8:07 pm
REALLY? BECAUSE HE’S PRETTY MUCH EXACTLY LIKE SARAH PALIN PREDICTED. Mitt Romney: Obama Even Worse Than He Expected. [read post]
19 Aug 8:03 pm
#WARONMEN: Professors slam Pixar for sexist portrayal of boys in Disney films. [read post]
19 Aug 8:03 pm
Two Texas payees each sold structured settlement payment rights in a series of transactions to two factoring companies – creating situations that led to disputes between the factoring companies and, recently, to parallel opinions, in cases arising from Texas Structured Settlement Protection Act (SSPA) proceedings, from the Texas Court of Appeals. In those opinions, J.G. Wentworth Originations, LLC v. Freelon, No. 01-13-00059-CV (Tex. Ct. App. Aug. 12, 2014), and J.G. Wentworth Originations, LLC v. Perez, No. 01-13-000264-CV (Tex. Ct. App. Aug. 12, 2014), the appeals court… [read post]
19 Aug 8:01 pm
Under U.S. patent laws, Section 101 states that “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.” Judicially, the courts have limited the breadth of Section 101 by stating laws of nature, natural phenomena and abstract ideas are ineligible for patent protection.  In its recent decision, the United States Supreme Court provided limited guidance as to when a claimed invention falls… [read post]
19 Aug 8:00 pm
MOST OF THESE STORIES WILL TURN OUT TO BE FALSE ALARMS: Hospital: Calif. patient may have been exposed to Ebola. [read post]
19 Aug 7:57 pm
ETLJB 20/08/2014 From Fundasaun Mahein, 19 August 2014 Press Release - In Mahein’s Voice No. 83, Fundasaun Mahein conducts a discussion concerning the policy of dismissal inside the institution of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [read post]
19 Aug 7:52 pm
Many of our Miami motorcycle accident attorneys ride for pleasure or to commute, so we know that left turn motorcycle accidents are particularly common. Motorcycle crashes involving a left turn usually involve a car executing a turn across the lane in which a motorcycle is traveling, such as turning at an intersection or pulling out of a driveway or strip mall parking lot. When the driver of a passenger car violates a motorcyclist's right of way by turning immediately in front of a bike, the rider may be left with virtually no option for avoiding the collision. Under circumstances… [read post]
19 Aug 7:52 pm
Wrongful convictions in New York are probably a lot more common than we think. But proving a wrongfully conviction is indeed rare. It's not easy peeling away at a skillful prosecutor's evidence, especially from behind bars. But some convicts have done it. And when they do, we should all rejoice because, "but for the grace of God, there go I". Does society owe such a person compensation? You bet. And compensation is what happened today in New York when Jabbar Collins (shown in the photo), a man who spent 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, and then spent three… [read post]
19 Aug 7:50 pm
*The collateral damage caused by a non-existent condition that actually exists--the oft-denied FDIC mortorium on de novo bank approvals--includes bank M&A activity. According to the American Banker's Robert Barba and industry participants that he interviewed, a vital portion of the bank "M&A food chain" has been eliminated. "It was normal for your bank to get bought and, two or three years later, sit around a kitchen table, decide to start a bank, plot to get local shareholders," said Timothy Chrisman, principal of executive the search firm Chrisman & Co. in Los… [read post]