azcentral.com: The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of some provisions of the “Affordable Care Act” (Obamacare). At this point, however, an article in azcentral.com explains why analysts expect that the ruling will not change the tide that will cause more employees in Arizona to pay more fees for health care. Employers [...]
New York Times: “New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.
The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire [...]
Law.com: “A former law student has won a bid in bankruptcy court to discharge nearly $340,000 in education debt because her diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome rendered her unable to repay the loans.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland on May 17 found that Carol Todd, who attended the [...]
Thomson Reuters: “Apple Inc and five major book publishers have failed to persuade a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit by consumers accusing them of conspiring to raise electronic book pricestwo years ago.
The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York is related to government charges in April accusing [...]
ABA Journal: “Last week, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton warned lawyers in Roger Clemens’ perjury trial that they were dragging out the case and boring the jurors.
The trial is now in its fifth week, and two jurors are gone. They were dismissed after they were caught sleeping during the testimony, [...]
miamicriminallawyer.com: “Even a small charge is worth fighting.” That was unfortunately true for the woman featured in this article, who lost her job when her employer, Wells Fargo, discovered a 40 year-old conviction. After five years of awards for employee excellence, she was terminated for a 1972 shoplifting conviction.
azcentral.com: A dog-fighting ring in Phoenix was busted recently and nine people have been arrested. Two more spectators left with injured dogs, which were never found. Dog-fighting is usually associated with other illegalities. There is a strong body of evidence that animal cruelty is linked to other crimes, particularly crimes against humans. According to the [...]
abajournal.com: The practice of law is changing – you can only hope your lawyer is as flexible. Below we highlight from this article a comparison chart of the “new normal” vs. its “old normal” counterpart. Our favorite: “Make things more simple.” If only…
abajournal.com: According to this article, a landmark Florida case will be heard this week by the Florida Supreme Court. The Court weighed in on its reasoning for hearing a twice-dismissed action:
“The question certified to us by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in this case transcends the individual parties to this action because it [...]
findlaw.com: We can breathe a collective sigh of relief:
First there was the Sundance Kid, and now there’s the “go-kart bandit.” A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with about 100 home burglaries in Nashville, Tenn., the New York Daily News reports.
The teen’s name wasn’t released because he’s a minor. But police believe [...]
huffingtonpost.com: Forget Mexico, Colombia…Colorado, a key swing vote state, may be swinging against Obama if his administration does not stop shutting down dispensaries. For the entire article, click here.
The state has embarked on an ambitious effort to regulate its thriving medical marijuana industry. When it comes to marijuana policy, Colorado’s voters, businesses, tax collectors, [...]
thomsonreuters.com: Today in Missoula, Montana, a lawsuit against the author of Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson, was thrown out today with the judge citing “flimsy” claims by the Plaintiff:
But U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon dismissed the case for what he said was the “imprecise, in part flimsy, and speculative nature of the claims [...]
huffingtonpost.com: A federal judge has halted plans to “de-fund” Planned Parenthood in Texas:
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it bars eight Planned Parenthood clinics that don’t provide abortions from participating in the program based on their affiliation with legally and financially separate entities that offer abortions.
findlaw.com: On Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court will hear from both sides of the argument as to whether states can adopt their own policies on handling illegal immigration. Arizona’s lawmakers appear to be staunchly supportive of such sovereignty:
“If the federal government had been doing and would continue to do its job in securing [...]
time.com: An employment opening on craigslist.com offers a position to someone who can update the user experience. This article imagines the possibilities.
kliv.com: A home depot worker has sued against the major chain store for denying the worker a chair to use as he greeted customers. The lawsuit is taking place in East Palo Alto, California. California has been home to several attorneys who have filed literally hundreds of lawsuits alleging ADA discrimination, according to this article in [...]
cnn.com: John Edwards’ trial began today in Greensboro, North Carolina. The prosecution claims that Mr. Edwards broke the law to hide the fact that he was going to have a baby with his mistress. According to cnn.com, Mr. Edwards faces prison time if convicted of the charges of filing false and misleading campaign disclosure reports.
Yahoo News: “The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge. Young adults with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by [...]
Arizona Department of Health Services: The Department of Health Services in Arizona is considering adding four new conditions to the approved list for “debilitating” conditions. Apparently the health department has made it through the first phase of deciding whether to add (1) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; (2) Generalized Anxiety Disorder; (3) Migraines; and [...]
Yuma Sun: “If you think the kind of incident that resulted in the death of a Florida teen cannot happen here, you’re wrong.
Arizona adopted its own “stand your ground” law two years ago. And not a single legislator spoke out against it at that time.
In fact, the [...]
ABA Journal: “Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg feared Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom would be put off if he approached him through lawyers.
On April 5, Zuckerberg picked up the phone himself to call Systrom about buying the photo sharing service, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. In three days of meetings in [...]
cnn.com: In this video, CNN reveals that workplace bullying may be on the rise. 27% of US workers have felt bullied in the workplace. The rise may be due to the belief by workers that there are no other good jobs available to them. Commentators express that in an environment where people feel overwhelming stress [...]
reuters.com: The latest in the pink slime controversy: In an ironic twist, the producers of “pink slime,” the filler material used for hamburgers and other fast foods, is likely one reason that lobbying efforts in the agribusiness industry were handsomely rewarded with $123.8 million in 2011 (according to opensecrets.org). Apparently, the money that could be [...]
Huffingtonpost.com: The goal of every taxpayer should be to “get as close to zero as possible,” Bell says. “The wisdom is that every time you’re getting a refund, you’ve really giving the government a loan. I personally try to owe Uncle Sam just a little money; under $100 is my personal goal. That way, I [...]
It was big news last week when prosecutors charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. But Zimmerman could walk free if a judge decides his actions fall under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which gives broad leeway to people to shoot in self-defense. There is no way to undo [...]
cnn.com: A ruling is expected in a race discrimination class-action in Iowa based on an update from cnn.com:
The plaintiffs’ attorneys say the discrimination is not necessarily a result of overt racism. They say the discriminatory hiring was often the result of implicit bias – an unconscious preference of the mostly white hiring officials for [...]
forbes.com: According to the latest from Forbes, Fox news employee who provided material to the Gawker to expose the “seedy underbelly” (not our choice of words) of Fox news may have more than a civil lawsuit on his hands. According to New York state law, he may have committed a crime. Fox News says he’s [...]
azdhs.gov: The Arizona Department of Health Services has revised its rules. It is now accepting applications May 14-25, but applicants are warned not to apply early. The Department expects to take 30 days to review each application. If information is missing, the applicants will be given 20 days to supply that information. The Department expects [...]
ABA Journal: “Citing unidentified sources, major news organizations are reporting that a Florida prosecutor plans to file unspecified criminal charges against a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford.
In a case that has ignited a national controversy, George Zimmerman said he killed an unarmed black youth in self-defense. [...]