From the monthly archives:

March 2012

TweetFACTS In the recent case, Zalewski v. Shelroc Homes, LLC 1:11-CV-1159 (N.D.N.Y. 3/6/12), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York grappled with the issue whether to disqualify plaintiffs’ attorney, Lee Palmateer, because he had once been interviewed by defendants with a view to representing them in the identical or substantially similar action. The court […]

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TweetPresident Obama recently unveiled his proposed budget for fiscal year 2013. While the proposal will likely never pass in its current form, it does offer businesses and their attorneys some valuable insight into the administration’s priorities for the upcoming year. Since we suspect that no one (even members of Congress) has time to read the […]

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TweetThe Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota recently initiated a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Nebraska against some of the world’s leading beer manufacturers, including Anheuser-Busch, Molson Coors Brewing Company, and Miller Coors LLC, demanding $500 million in damages. The tribe alleges that the beer makers knowingly contributed to alcohol-related problems on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The […]

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TweetIf you ever wondered where the new frontier for law firms is, you might want to look just South of the U.S. border. That’s right, Mexico is the new destination for U.S. and foreign law firms.  Why? Because  Mexico boasts a burgeoning economy, making it attractive for foreign law firms. Some U.S. and international law […]

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TweetTwo oil and gas companies accused of illegally working together in auctions of four natural gas leases on federal land in Colorado have agreed to pay $275,000 each to settle the claim.  The case settled in mid-February is the first federal challenge to an anti-competitive bidding agreement for mineral rights, according to the U.S. Department […]

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TweetThe AP recently filed suit in the U.S. Southern District of New York against the entity Meltwater News for what the AP claims is copyright infringement and ‘hot news’ misappropriation. Meltwater is a digital news aggregator that summarizes news content for paying subscribers. All the subscriber has to do to access the digital “news clippings” is enter a search […]

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TweetThe U.S. Treasury Department recently entered into an agreement with five European countries to prevent U.S. taxpayers from dodging taxes by hiding their money in foreign accounts. Also as part of this increased effort to pursue U.S. tax dodgers who hide their money overseas, the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations to […]

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TweetThe Delaware Coalition for Open Government, a group which supports open government, sued the five judges on the Delaware’s Chancery Court to force them to open up currently secret arbitration proceedings in business disputes to the public, claiming that court rules adopted to implement such secret arbitrations violate the constitutional and civil rights of citizens […]

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TweetCalifornia Attorney General Kamala Harris recently reached an agreement with Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Research in Motion in which the six companies conceded that California law requires apps to have privacy policies.  They agreed tha they would require app developers who collect personal information to include these privacy policies. The overwhelming majority of the most-downloaded mobile apps […]

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TweetA recent survey by ALM Legal Intelligence entitled “Fans, Followers and Connections: Social Media ROI for Law Firms” has disclosed that law firms are finally reaping dividends from their use of social media. Over 40% of the American law firms surveyed reported that participating in social networks and blogging led to new clients or business leads. About 180 law firm partners, marketers and administrators […]

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