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Lien On Thee

The California State Bar Court Hearing Department recommends disbarment for an attorney's abusive billing practices Respondent's procedures for dealing with complaining clients constituted overreaching. When clients complained about her billings, she would threaten to sue or file liens against them.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Respondent, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, California State Bar Court Hearing Department


Cannabis strength doubles across Europe in 11 years

A study tracking increased potency of both herbal and resin types of the drug points to greater dangers for usersCannabis potency has doubled across Europe in the past decade, according to the first study to track changes in the drug across the continent.The study, published on Sunday in the journal Addiction and conducted by researchers from the University of Bath and King’s College London, finds that both cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have increased in strength and price with potentially ...
Tags: Europe, Drugs, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Cannabis, University of Bath and King 's College London


Man dies and two others taken to hospital from NSW music festival

Man and a woman in stable condition after ingesting unknown substance at Lost Paradise Music festivalA man has died and two people are in hospital after suspected drug use at a music festival on the New South Wales central coast.The 22-year-old Queensland man was taken to Gosford hospital about 8pm on Saturday but died a short time later, police said. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Drugs, Society, Australia news, Culture, Queensland, Festivals, New South Wales, Music Festivals, Gosford


The NYT makes its 2020 presidential choice obvious.

On the front page:Inside, the text is clear. There's Kamala Harris and there are 3 other decent choices... and those 3 other guys need to step back and get out of the way:Senator Kamala Harris of California.... Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator... Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey... And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.... These four high-profile Democratic senators are poised to enter the 2020 presidential race in the next several weeks...The speed of the senators’ efforts reflects intense...
Tags: Law, California, Senate, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey, Nyt, Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Cory Booker


Consumer Law Issues: Charging Higher Prices for Use of a Voucher

I had a major airline issue me a voucher via email with a dollar amount attached as well as a voucher number and a number of terms. This was presented to me not as a rebookable ticket (attatched to a fare class, etc.) but rather as a dollar amount voucher. All transactions and communication take place in California. Example email: Quote: Dear Consumer, Find attatched your voucher number 100208280 for the value of $1,000 USD. This voucher comes with several restrictions: ...
Tags: Law, California, Consumer Law, NontransferableCan


Has the case come that will overturn Auer deference?

“A new case headed to the Supreme Court may challenge a great deal of deference courts currently afford federal agencies. Andrew Grossman comments.” [Cato Daily Podcast with Caleb Brown, on Kisor v. O’Rourke, earlier on Auer and Seminole Rock deference] Tags: administrative law, Supreme Court
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Administrative Law, Andrew Grossman, CALEB BROWN, Kisor, Auer, O'Rourke, Seminole Rock


Top Texas #CJreform Stories of 2018

Passage of the First Step Act was clearly the biggest criminal justice policy story of 2018, and congrats to all the Texans who were a part of that. But Grits wanted to take a moment to identify the biggest state-level Texas criminal-justice stories of the year. Here's the list I came up with. Let me know what else you think should have been included.1. Elections: Creuzot, Gonzalez, in, Abel Reyna, Nico Lahood out; Harris Co. and appellate courts sweep Democrat: Texas statewide races failed to "...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington, Austin, Gop, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Ward, Houston Chronicle, HARRIS, Legislature, Lone Star State, Huntsville


"TSA to deploy more floppy-ear dogs because they're less scary than pointy-ear dogs."

The LA Times reports. But TSA Administrator David Pekoske said... “We find the passenger acceptance of floppy-ear dogs is just better,” he said. “It presents just a little bit less of a concern. Doesn’t scare children.”Had you ever noticed the floppy-ears/pointy-ears difference in scariness? I don't know about the ears per se — clearly a German Shepherd is scarier than a Labrador Retriever. But...Come on!AND: Consider the lop-eared cat...Less scary than an up-eared cat? I think not! [Author: nor...
Tags: Cats, Airports, Law, Dogs, Tsa, Scary, LA Times, Ann Althouse, David Pekoske


What does "you do you" really mean?

That's a question I had to google after reading "The Thinnest Skins In Media In 2018/Their diapers runneth over" (HuffPo). The first entry on the list is "Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor And Respecter Of Troops." And this exchange is presented as evidence:See the relevant line, in the middle? "I'm not mad. You misquoted me, I pointed it out, and instead of correcting yourself you reacted like a child. You do you."My Google search turned up "How ‘You Do You’ Perfectly Captures Our Narcissistic Culture" (...
Tags: Google, Law, Corn, Cnn, Hillary Clinton, United States, Language, Ali, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Jake Tapper, HARRIS, Yashar Ali, Neera Tanden, Ann Althouse, Insults


Wisconsin Suspends Attorney Who Practiced While On Administrative Suspension

The Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended an attorney for nine months for practice while on administrative suspension Attorney Schiltz was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 1987. He had no disciplinary history prior to the filing of this complaint. His... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Schiltz


Beto O'Rourke's anti-Wall ad reframes the question around upscale American interests.

It's not about the longings of poverty-stricken outsiders anymore. Look! pic.twitter.com/XONeh8HUf1 — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 28, 2018 It's about the aesthetics of the environment, Big Bend National Park-type vistas of the Rio Grande, the seizing of property from Americans through eminent domain, the "exile" of American land on the Mexican side, and the sealing off of corridors used by animals.It's like that ad were made precisely for me. Here's what I blogged in February 2016:Wh...
Tags: Law, Mexico, Animals, Advertising, America, Arizona, Environmentalism, San Pedro, Trump, Newsweek, Rio Grande, John Henry, Big Bend National Park, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Javelina Pecari


"People are tired of having their compassion weaponized and used against them."

Sats Glenn Reynolds (quoting something I wrote yesterday).ADDED: The soundness of what I wrote yesterday is evidenced by Beto O'Rourke's brilliant shift to a new approach to attacking the the wall. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Empathy, Instapundit, Ann Althouse, Trump and immigration, Beto O'Rourke, Sats Glenn Reynolds


'We have a shower for pain relief': can Haiti's young midwives save a new generation?

The country has the highest maternal death rate in the Americas. But there’s a new solution: putting care in the hands of midwivesSylvie Delice was born on a hot, slow March afternoon in a clinic in Marigot, a coastal town in south Haiti. The labour was seven hours; her mother, Natalie, 24, a seamstress, was stoic throughout, helped by two midwives in pale pink scrubs. Sylvie arrived strong and healthy, and was named after her mother’s cousin. Natalie recovered well and went home the next day. T...
Tags: Health, UK, Africa, Americas, US, Society, World news, Afghanistan, Sudan, Midwifery, Haiti, Rwanda, Natalie, Sylvie, Marigot


One man's ceiling is another man's floor.

It's too *late* to wonder if O'Rourke is running, because he's already running. https://t.co/SKwrazTnMj— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 29, 2018 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Nate Silver, Adam Nagourney, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, O Rourke, Beto O'Rourke, SKwrazTnMj Nate Silver


"Now do : large female doctor pushing a stroller with a cat in it."

Link to tweet. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Technology, Law, Ethics, Ann Althouse


'I decided not to hide it': LGBTQ people return to their home towns

Leaving a small community for the big city used to be central to the gay experience. But increasingly LGBTQ people are going back home for good Criccieth is a proud sort of place. Locals call this corner of the Llyn peninsula the pearl of Wales, on account of the beach sweeping across to Snowdonia. In one of several tea rooms, the coasters read: “New York, Tokyo, London, Criccieth.” Peter Harlech Jones embodies this spirit. A small, well-presented 71-year-old, he’s been passionate about Cricciet...
Tags: Family, Marriage, Gay Marriage, Wales, Relationships, Life and style, Society, World news, Sexuality, LGBT rights, New York Tokyo London Criccieth, Peter Harlech Jones, Criccieth, Harlech Jones


My Most Popular Posts of 2018

What goes around comes around, as they say. In 2010, I started compiling a year-end list of my most-popular blog posts. That year, my most popular post was a first look at the newest version of Westlaw, WestlawNext. Fast forward to 2018, and my most popular post this year was a first look at the newest version of Westlaw, Westlaw Edge. In fact, news about Westlaw’s parent company, Thomson Reuters, occupied three of the top spots this year among my most popular posts. The other two were not about...
Tags: Utah, Law, Uncategorized, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Westlaw, Avvo Legal Services, Bob Ambrogi, Gorsuch, Westlaw Westlaw, Utah Nears Licensing of Paralegals


State Taxes: What to Do After a State Tax Return is Rejected

My question involves tax law for the state of: North Carolina So, after some very complicated stuff in a previous year due to moving abroad, foreign income exclusion, multiple state returns, and the like, I ended up having to file my 2015 NC individual income tax return (and Federal and State returns) quite late in 2016 (in October) with an extension. I filed and paid the balance due on the return (plus the penalties) prior to the extension deadline. However, it turns out that, several months l...
Tags: Law, US, Tax Law, NC


State Taxes: Rejected North Carolina Return Issue (from 2015)

My question involves tax law for the state of: North Carolina So, after some very complicated stuff in a previous year due to moving abroad, foreign income exclusion, multiple state returns, and the like, I ended up having to file my 2015 NC individual income tax return (and Federal and State returns) quite late in 2016 (in October) with an extension. I filed and paid the balance due on the return (plus the penalties) prior to the extension deadline. However, it turns out that, several months l...
Tags: Law, US, North Carolina, Tax Law, NC


Unemployment Benefits: What Happens to Trailing Spouse Benefits if You Move Back to California

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: CA I applied and was approved trailing spouse benefits in July 2017 due to moving to TX. I received and exhausted benefits through January 2018. I started a part time job in December 2017 and was eligible to apply for an extension in June 2018. I was approved the extension and I’m currently still collecting and working my part time. I have about 10 weeks left. However, my spouse is receiving a job offer to move back to CA. I will h...
Tags: Law, California, Employment and Labor


Trailing Spouse California to Tx but Moving Back to California

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: CA I applied and was approved trailing spouse benefits in July 2017 due to moving to TX. I received and exhausted benefits through January 2018. I started a part time job in December 2017 and was eligible to apply for an extension in June 2018. I was approved the extension and I’m currently still collecting and working my part time. I have about 10 weeks left. However, my spouse is receiving a job offer to move back to CA. I will h...
Tags: Law, California, Employment and Labor


Deprivation of Civil Rights: Regulation of Fortune Tellers and Psychics

My question involves civil rights in the State of: California Hello all, I have a question regarding civil rights with respect to fortune telling, I am trying to obtain a business license to a local city here in the state of California, but the city is restricting me to only be able to conduct business on certain streets in the city vs anywhere general retail would normally be allowed. they are also restricting the option to charge money for our services. I am looking for someone who can ...
Tags: Law, California, Civil Rights, Southern California


Civil Rights Against Fortune Tellers/ Psychics

My question involves civil rights in the State of: California Hello all, I have a question regarding civil rights with respect to fortune telling, I am trying to obtain a business license to a local city here in the state of California, but the city is restricting me to only be able to conduct business on certain streets in the city vs anywhere general retail would normally be allowed. they are also restricting the option to charge money for our services. I am looking for someone who can ...
Tags: Law, California, Civil Rights, Southern California, Civil Rights Against Fortune Tellers Psychics



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