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30 Jul 3:25 pm
Pennsylvania Court holds that Reliance Standard's failure to conduct an in-person independent medical examination of a plaintiff suffering from depression/anxiety was an abuse of discretion. [read post]
30 Jul 3:22 pm
Here’s some advice I would give to anyone contemplating becoming a general contractor:  Don’t.   The liability insurance coverage picture is too muddy, and coverage for completed operations is too uncertain.  My secondary, and perhaps more realistic, advice: Review your subcontractors’ general liability coverage and make sure there’s adequate protection if you need to bring suit against the subs for negligence.  Don’t rely on certificates of insurance. (My general contractor clients laugh when I tell them things like that. Who has… [read post]
30 Jul 2:51 pm
Half of the world's population is projected to be carriers of a virus that was previously unknown to be present in human digestive systems. Researchers isolated the newly discovered virus, crAssphage, by screening fecal samples. The virus itself is so widespread that it is assumed that this virus is as old as the human race. Infants and children were screened for the virus and researchers concluded that the virus was not transferred from the mother but contracted later in life. The virus replicates within Bacteriodetes within the gut. The hampered Bacteriodetes influence… [read post]
30 Jul 2:48 pm
According to the entertainment industry, car accidents are always exceedingly dramatic. They seem to only occur at a high rate of speed, culminating in a chaotic spectacle impressing viewers munching on popcorn in their seats. The problem is that entertainment industry is meant to be taken as just that—entertainment. Car accidents do not always end in movie-worthy fashion, but that does not mean serious injuries are not possible from smaller car accidents or those where the physical property damage is not immediately evident. What happens if I am injured in a slow speed… [read post]
30 Jul 2:37 pm
Litigators are like unruly kids, which is why this benchslap with a sanction straight out of elementary school is so appropriate. [read post]
30 Jul 2:36 pm
Harris County, TX — A woman was killed in Harris County, Texas, on Monday, July 28, 2014, in a wrong-way accident that police believe was caused by alcohol consumption. The accident took place in the 11500 block of the Hardy Toll Road, around 11:45 at night. Police have identified Teodoro Aguilar as the man driving in the wrong direction. Aguilar crashed into Reynard, killing her. Aguilar was taken to a local hospital, having sustained serious injuries. Police have charged Aguilar with intoxication manslaughter for causing the accident. Scene of the Accident The post Anita… [read post]
30 Jul 2:31 pm
After more than five hours of mediated talks between the government and the hedge funds on Wednesday, neither side appeared closer to a deal. [read post]
30 Jul 2:27 pm
MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Administrative Law, License suspension: Under the interstate Driver License Compact, a licensing state is afforded no discretion as to whether to record on a driver’s record a conviction reported to it by another party state; therefore, a driver may not, at an administrative license suspension hearing in Maryland, challenge the validity ... [read post]
30 Jul 2:25 pm
Criminal Law Driving on suspended license  BOTTOM LINE: Even though evidence showed that defendant’s license had expired subsequent to its suspension, evidence was sufficient to support defendant’s conviction of driving on a suspended license because the expiration of defendant’s license did not invalidate the suspension and defendant’s privilege to drive thus remained suspended despite the ... [read post]
30 Jul 2:24 pm
Encinitas, CA — Police have identified Mireya Colores as the woman killed in a tractor trailer accident on I-5 in Cardiff, California, on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The accident occurred around 2:15 in the morning. Colores was changing lanes on the northbound side of the 5 when she lost control of her vehicle. She, along with two passengers, crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler that was parked on the right side of the road. Although emergency workers made attempts to save her life, Colores died at the scene. Her two passengers were transported to a nearby hospital. There’s… [read post]
30 Jul 2:24 pm
I testified last week at a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights briefing on sexual harassment law in education, and I found these comments from Commissioner Michael Yaki — a former senior adviser to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors — to be particularly interesting. The briefing discussed both the handling of sexual assault claims and campus speech codes, with some of the discussion of the latter going beyond just sex and covering material that’s offensive based on race and other characteristics. Here’s an excerpt from… [read post]
30 Jul 2:24 pm
A month ago, we wrote about an effort by several plaintiff’s lawyers, representing terrorist victims, to seize the Iran domain name (.IR).  Turns out there was even more to it than we were aware of at the time, as the same group of lawyers have filed similar writs of attachment against Syria (.SY) and North Korea (.KP). ICANN (the organization that runs the world domain name system) has now filed its response.  ICANN makes several interesting legal arguments: ccTLDs (the country domains) are not “property” subject to attachment rather they are an addressing… [read post]
30 Jul 2:23 pm
IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE - generated by our News Release ListServer DO NOT REPLY --------------------------------------------------------------------------- IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE Teresa Baker Public Information Officer Headquarters 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642 (208) 884-7122 Fax (208) 884-7087 For Immediate Release: 07/30/14 at 2:30 p.m. COEUR D'ALENE - Motorists may notice an extra law enforcement presence when driving on two of the country's most highly traveled and dangerous interstates during a four-day enforcement campaign beginning on Friday. Idaho… [read post]
30 Jul 2:23 pm
Ofcom has published a call for input, entitled "Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things", regarding issues that might affect the development of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) sector in the United Kingdom. Ofcom is the UK's independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industry. It regulates the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobile devices, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. It operates under a number of Acts of Parliament, in particular the Communications Act 2003. IoT (which… [read post]
30 Jul 2:22 pm
NASA has selected a proposal from the University of Maryland for a new instrument that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change. A laser-based system from the University ... [read post]
30 Jul 2:22 pm
In the next few weeks, high school athletes across the Bay State will lace up their cleats and begin summer athletic training camps in preparation for the fall athletic season. As anticipation and excitement surrounding official team workouts rises, so too will the temperature and humidity. Consequently, the combination of outdoor physical activity and hot weather conditions will lead to an increase in heat-related sports injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"), heat-related injuries are the leading cause of death and disability among high school… [read post]
30 Jul 2:20 pm
Administrative Law License suspension  BOTTOM LINE: Under the interstate Driver License Compact, a licensing state is afforded no discretion as to whether to record on a driver’s record a conviction reported to it by another party state; therefore, a driver may not, at an administrative license suspension hearing in Maryland, challenge the validity of an ... [read post]
30 Jul 2:15 pm
Employment Opportunities Mission. Founded in 1847, Xavier High School is an academically rigorous, Catholic, Jesuit, college preparatory school in New York City that educates intelligent, motivated young men of diverse backgrounds and means. Xavier teaches students to take responsibility for their lives, to lead with integrity, to act justly in service of others, to pursue excellence in every endeavor and to deepen their relationship with God. Ultimately, Xavier forms young men who will go forth to transform the world for God’s greater glory. Xavier… [read post]
30 Jul 2:15 pm
The boutique investment bank reported that it earned $33.9 million on an adjusted basis, excluding charges stemming from its I.P.O. The profit amounted to 42 cents a share, easily exceeding analysts' estimate of 24 cents. [read post]
30 Jul 2:14 pm
Maryland bar-exam takers were among those who experienced difficulties uploading their answers Tuesday, the first day of the two-day exam. A processing issue dubbed “Barmaggedon” on social media sites caused upload delays for test takers in several states, according to ExamSoft Worldwide Inc., a Boca Raton, Florida-based software company that offers the exam in 43 ... [read post]