Police officers are often forced to fight an uphill battle when they are faced with criminal charges. Although the accused is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, officers are scrutinized not only by the prosecutors and judges, but also the media and the public.
The “dream” witness of a lawyer is well prepared, appears calm, gives concise and coherent answers, and states facts clearly and convincingly. In reality, witnesses often are very nervous, afraid of making mistakes, ramble, get off the point, mix facts with their own inferences, and – sometimes worst of all – try to help one party by clearly stating only those facts they think are in favor of that party.
One day before Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban was set to go into effect, a state Supreme Court Judge in Manhattan rejected the law. According to Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling, the soda ban rule was “arbitrary and capricious.”
Clients – especially those with little or no legal experience – often have a very diffuse picture of how civil litigation works. In some cases, their understanding of trials is entirely based on scripted reality TV shows such as Judge Judy.
This week, American Electric Power (AEP) – the nation’s largest power utility – reached a landmark settlement in an air pollution lawsuit that has been ongoing since 1999.
Today everything can be accessed over the internet. With that access, however, also comes the risk of your information getting hacked. LinkedIn, an employment and networking media site, faced this issue a month ago when 6.5 million member passwords were leaked online.
For close to a half a century, New York City’s Landmark Law has greatly enhanced Manhattan by preserving and protecting its most notable historic buildings and neighborhoods. However, as the number of properties under the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s jurisdiction rapidly grows, there is growing concern in the Real Estate industry.
In my last post, I mentioned the case of Brownmark Films v. Comedy Partners, which involves the viral Youtube video entitled “What What (In the Butt).” South Park featured their own version of the WWITB video in a 2008 episode and Brownmark Films (the creator of the original) sued, claiming South Park’s parody version to be copyright infringement. However, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals disagrees:
Facebook Co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, a newly minted billionaire, has recently made headlines after he renounced his U.S. citizenship, allegedly to avoid paying taxes after Facebook’s IPO. Mr. Saverin now resides in Singapore. In light of Mr. Saverin’s suspected tax scheme, there are now legislators working on passing a new legislation called the Ex-PATRIOT Act- “Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy.”