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26 Apr 9:00 am
Mayor de Blasio and Council Member Espinal Publish Progress Report on Promised Commitments for East New York Neighborhood Plan As first anniversary of East New York rezoning approaches, comprehensive list offers unprecedented transparency and steady progress by Administration on commitments to the community Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Member Rafael L. Espinal and the Mayor’s Office of Operations recently published a list of commitments detailing improvements promised to the East New York community as part of the neighborhood-wide rezoning… [read post]
26 Apr 8:57 am
Micah Altman and Michael McDonald in American Politics Research: In the last decade, Ohio reformers advocated redistricting by formula: selecting the redistricting plan that scores best on a predefined objective scoring function that combines prima facie neutral criteria with political … Continue reading → [read post]
26 Apr 8:55 am
Burden, Canon, Mayer, and Moynihan in Political Research Quarterly: Conventional political wisdom holds that policies that make voting easier will increase turnout and ultimately benefit Democratic candidates. We challenge this assumption, questioning the ability of party strategists to predict which … Continue reading → [read post]
26 Apr 8:55 am
Securus Tech v. Global Tel*Link (Fed. Cir. 2017) (IPR2014-01278) (Pat. No. 7,860,222) In this nonprecedential decision by Judge Chen, the Federal Circuit has partially-vacated and remanded – finding that the Board (PTAB) had failed to explain its obviousness decision. Although obviousness is a question of law, essentially all of the building blocks to that conclusion are factual queries.  The result then is that obviousness decisions by the PTAB are difficult to overturn on appeal – since an agency’s factual findings are given substantial deference on… [read post]
26 Apr 8:53 am
Albuquerque Journal: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made a $400,000 cash donation to the political committee supporting the proposed tax on sugary beverages in Santa Fe, bringing his investment in the effort to more than $1.13 million. … Continue reading → [read post]
26 Apr 8:49 am
Investment Trust Companies v Revenue and Customs Comrs [2017] UKSC 29 ‘The claimants were “closed-ended” investment funds constituted as limited companies. Between 1992 and 2002 they received supplies of services from investment managers rendered pursuant to agreements which provided for the managers to be remunerated by the payment of fees plus VAT “if applicable”. Under the legislation then in force such services did not qualify for exemption and the managers charged VAT at the standard rate. The managers made periodic VAT returns which accounted for the… [read post]
26 Apr 8:48 am
Anthony Cavender, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, writes in an article in JD Supra that begins:On April 14, a U.S.... [read post]
26 Apr 8:44 am
Steven T. Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, also vowed massive tax cuts in the planned overhaul, reducing to 15 percent the rate paid by businesses. [read post]
26 Apr 8:43 am
Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Dammermann v Lanyon Bowdler LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 269 (12 April 2017) Otkritie Capital International Ltd & Anor v threadneedle Asset Management Ltd & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 274 (12 April 2017) Mastercard Inc & Ors v Deutsche Bahn AG & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 272 (12 April 2017) Peires v Bickerton’s Aerodromes Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 273 (12 April 2017) Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Barker & Ors, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 437 (06 April 2017) Turk (Deceased) v R [2017] EWCA Crim 391 (06 April 2017) High Court (Administrative… [read post]
26 Apr 8:40 am
Perhaps the Trump tax proposal shouldn't be taken too seriously, as it's apparently being rushed out to meet the self-imposed "100 days" deadline and may face mixed prospects at best on the Hill. But when an administration actually claims it wants to do something, it can't just be laughed at as non-serious, even if the proposal is in fact a joke substantively. After all, they're showing us who they are. And what's more, who knows what might end up happening?That said, suppose the Trump plan includes a 15% rate for corporations and "small business," defined as all passthroughs as well… [read post]
26 Apr 8:39 am
Via WBIW, what looks to be a long news release that begins:(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana General Assembly has passed, and... [read post]
26 Apr 8:36 am
Our Winston-Salem recall drug case law firm represent individuals who have been injured by a dangerous or defective prescription medication. If you, or family member, was prescribed a drug that resulted in serious side effects and severe adverse reactions, you are likely entitled to receive financial compensation for your damages. From our offices in North Carolina, we represent clients in the Winston-Salem area including those in Walkertown, Rural Hall, Lewisville, Clemens, Bermuda Run, Wallburg, Kennersville, Colfax, Oakridge, Huntsville, Midway, and Pfafftown. Our law office will… [read post]
26 Apr 8:36 am
Here are the materials: CA9 Order Denying Petition En Banc Petition Prior posts here. [read post]
26 Apr 8:36 am
Public records published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on April 20, 2017 indicate that former Massachusetts-based Liberty Tree Advisors broker David Stone has been sanctioned by FINRA and suspended from acting as a broker. Fitapelli Kurta is interested in speaking to investors who have complaints regarding Mr. Stone (CRD# 2786995). David Stone has spent eleven years in the securities industry and was most recently registered with Liberty Tree Advisors in Acton, Massachusetts (2007-2017). Previous registrations include Collins Stewart in New York, New York; SG… [read post]
26 Apr 8:35 am
"Does Kantian Ethics Condone Mood and Cognitive Enhancement?" by Robert R. Clewis has been published in the most recent issue of Neuroethics: Abstract The author examines whether Kantian ethics would condone the use of pharmaceutical drugs to enhance one’s moods... [read post]
26 Apr 8:34 am
You should file for workers’ compensation benefits immediately after being injured or diagnosed with a medical condition. The longer you delay, the greater the odds that your employer’s insurance carrier will have doubts and decide to deny your claim. In order to file, you must have been injured at work or during a job-related activity. Here’s how to determine whether your condition is severe enough to warrant benefits. On the Job Accidents Almost any injury that impacts your ability to work may entitle you to workers’ compensation. This can be anything from… [read post]
26 Apr 8:34 am
There's an upcoming case at the Supreme Court that has some rather far-reaching implications. Trinity Lutheran v. Comer concerns a Missouri recycling program, a religious school, and a whole passel of issues. In this case, religious freedom advocates seem to claim that grant money isn't nearly as fungible as when it goes to Planned Parenthood. The post Fungibility Key in Trinity Lutheran Case appeared first on Legal Reader. [read post]
26 Apr 8:32 am
Here, from the Maryland Journal of International Law: PDF Paths in the Wilderness?: The Politics and Practices of Hopi Religious Freedom in HopitutskwaJustin B. Richland     PDF Hope for the Hopi in a Post-Hobby Lobby World: The Supreme Court’s Recent Interpretation of RFRA and Strengthening Native Americans’ Religious-Based Land Rights ClaimsSara Movahed [read post]
26 Apr 8:32 am
I am going to start posting the student reflections from the trip on a regular basis for the next couple weeks–hope you enjoy! For the start of our Israel trip this year, we first stopped for an overlook of Jerusalem. Here our tour guide, Asaf, gave us a very brief history of Israel—6,000 years in 6 minutes…well maybe it took 10 minutes.  Following a fabulous dinner at Focaccia-Bar (I highly recommend), several students explored night life in Jerusalem during Shabbat. Stephen Bollom shared his experience with identities changed to protect the innocent (sort… [read post]