HSBA Presentation for Insurance Coverage Section

    I was honored to be a panel member at the recent Hawaii State Bar Association convention for the Insurance Coverage Section. I spoke on coverage for flood, volcanoes, and climate change.   [Author: Tred Eyerly]
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The 16th nominee for the “worst employer of 2019” is … the shameful wall builder

If you’re a health care facility whose employees erect a “wall of shame” of disabled patients, and then you drag your feet when an employee, who was also a patient, reports the misconduct, you might be the worst employer of 2019. From the Bangor (Maine) Daily News: Employees at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston created a “wall of shame” where they displayed confidential medical records of patients with disabilities detailing issues with their genitalia and bodily functions, a...
Tags: Law, Lewiston, McCann, St Mary, Maine Human Rights Commission, Jon Hyman, Bangor Maine Daily News, St Mary 's Regional Medical Center, MyKayla McCann

Heroes Of The Community, Every One Of Them

Oohhh … they were told there was a gun involved.  So what?  A man has the right to carry a gun on his own property.  This one comes from reader and commenter Ned. By the way, “You’re under arrest for resisting arrest.” It’s called a tautology. But those cops would have had to go to school to learn that.
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Roundup: Oversight overlooked, the I-35 Fine Corridor, a last chance to end forensic hypnosis, and more

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: Agency regulating judges toothless and useless Texas' State Commission on Judicial Conduct is a toothless agency. Its investigators appear to do a good job, but they're too cozy with the judges they regulate and the results just don't sufficiently protect the public. This Houston Chronicle editorial speaks to that point: "The State Commission on Judicial Conduct should be embarrassed by the wrist slap it gave three current and eig...
Tags: Texas, Law, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Houston Chronicle, Legislature, Fifth Circuit, Harris County, McAllen, CCA, Don Willett, Texas Legislature, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Canales, Chuck Lindell

Pro Se Plaintiff's Motion to Dismiss Federal Claim against Carrier Without Prejudice Denied

    The Hawaii federal district court denied the pro se plaintiff's motion to dismiss his claim against the carrier without prejudice.  Greenspon v. AIG Specialty Ins. Co., et al. , 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144148 (D. Haw. Aug. 23, 2019).      Greenspon secured a default judgment against AIG's insured in state court in 2014. In November 2018, AIG removed the case to federal district court. Greenspon filed a motion to remand.  On February 25, 2019, the court denied Greenspon's motion for remand beca...
Tags: Insurance, Aig, Hawaii, Tred Eyerly, Greenspon, Removal, AIG Specialty Ins Co

Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Will the Cops Be After Me

My question involves criminal law for the state of: VA I am a graduate student in college and recently I was really drunk and out at the bars. I honestly had never been this intoxicated before but I was out with a few friends and the bars shut down so we left and went to a nearby convenience store. It was around 2am so the convenience store was no longer able to sell alcohol. Anyways my friends and I decided to steal some alcohol from the back while the only store attendant there was busy with ...
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California Governor Signs All Pending CCPA-Related Bills Into Law

Ryan Blaney, Christina Kroll and Divya Taneja On October 11, 2019, the California Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed into law five CCPA-amending bills and an additional CCPA-related bill that were awaiting his signature. The CCPA, or the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, gives California consumers certain rights to learn about and control how a business within the CCPA’s scope handles the personal information that business collects about the consumer. In anticipation of the official finalized...
Tags: Law, California, Personal Data, Gavin Newsom, Amendment, Personal Information, CCPA, Privacy Law, Divya Taneja, California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”, State Privacy Laws, Ryan Blaney Christina Kroll, Ryan Blaney Lary Alan Rappaport Christina Kroll

Federal Taxes: Child Tax Credit when Child Resides Overseas

Hello there, I am moving overseas next year with my child, who is a U.S. citizen minor. I would like to know if his father will be entitled to claim the child tax credit here in the U.S. when his child is living overseas, as long as I sign the corresponding form or statement? Thanks for your assistance!
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Common drug could prevent thousands of head injury deaths

Researchers say tranexamic acid treatment has potential to save tens of thousands of livesA cheap and widely available drug could reduce the risk of death from common head injuries and save tens of thousands of lives each year, researchers say.Tranexamic acid slows down the breakdown of blood clots, and is already used to control heavy bleeding in people who have experienced trauma elsewhere in the body – for example from being shot or stabbed. Continue reading...
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Recently the #LawNeedsWellnessBecause hashtag was trending on Twitter. Lawyers weighed in on why mental health should be a priority. Amongst the #LawNeedsWellnessBecause tweets, the structure of how lawyers practice was pointed to as a contributor to stress, anxiety, and burnout. Despite the structural factors influencing mental health, there is almost an exclusive focus on fixing the individual. In the article “How mindfulness privatised a social problem: The £3.4trn industry encourages a preoc...
Tags: Law, O'Brien, Hillel, Practice Of Law, Borden Ladner Gervais, Purser, Hettie O'Brien

Law and Justice party wins one of largest victories in Poland's democratic history

The leader of Poland’s governing party has vowed his party will carrying on changing Poland “for the better” after it romped to one of the biggest wins in the country’s modern democratic history in Sunday’s general election. Law and Justice scooped 43.59 per cent of the vote, around 16 per cent more than the Civic Coalition, a centrist grouping, while a left-wing bloc came third with 12.56 per cent. The turnout of 61 per cent was the highest in three decades. The result puts the party within tou...
Tags: News, Justice, Law, European Union, Poland, Catholic Church, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Confederation, Mateusz Morawiecki, Malgorzata Kidawa Blonska, Civic Coalition, Grzegorz Braun

Can a Seller Cancel a Contract Due to Title Issues

My question involves real estate located in the State of: Illinois We recently entered into a contact to buy a home. Our home was on the market and we got an offer on our home the same week we put an offer down on a home we love. We got past attorney review period for both homes (the one we were selling and the one we were buying). Both contracts were signed the same week, our contract (as the buyers) stated that we needed to close on our home in order to purchase the home we love. Inspecti...
Tags: Law, Illinois, Buying, Selling and Conveying Real Estate

Poland's populist Law and Justice party win second term in power

Parliamentary elections prove closer than expected, with party losing control of upper housePoland’s ruling rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party appears to have won a second term in power, final results from Sunday’s parliamentary election showed, but its drive to push through its agenda may be hampered by its loss of the upper house.What had earlier looked like a clearcut victory for PiS morphed into a closer than expected contest for the more powerful lower house and an opposition win in the ...
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UK to face questions over Northern Ireland citizenship laws

Irish foreign secretary will raise the issue after Emma DeSouza lost immigration caseIreland is to press the British government to review domestic laws on citizenship in Northern Ireland after a UK court ruled that people born in the region are legally British citizens even if they identify as Irish.Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign secretary, said he would raise the case of Emma DeSouza with the Northern Ireland secretary on Tuesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Society, UK News, Ireland, Northern Ireland, British identity and society, Foreign, Simon Coveney, Emma DeSouza

What do Hong Kong protests have to do with you? Plenty

If you think Hong Kong demonstrators demanding their freedoms doesn’t have anything to do with you, think again. From Chinese students in Southern California, to tourists, to American diplomats and investors, what matters in the former British colony matters here. Just ask the heads of Activision Blizzard, Apple and the NBA, all of whom this month immediately kowtowed to China when the government made clear it was upset with those organizations over what Beijing considered meddling in Hong Kong’...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, England, News, Law, Washington, Senate, China, US, San Francisco, Sport, Beijing, Soccer, United States, House, Nba

Auto Insurance: [Washington State] Didn't Have Proof of Insurance in the Vehicle

My question involves insurance law for the state of: Washington My wife was cited for not having valid proof of insurance. The expired paperwork we had in the car was all the same policy information, but we didn't print out the most recent paperwork that showed it was still valid. For Washington state does she need to respond to say she is contesting it, wait for the trial date, and show the judge our proof of insurance then? Or can she just go right away to the court clerk and show the cler...
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Election results give hope to opposition in Poland and Hungary

Analysts say tactic of cooperation against nationalist parties appears to be workingA narrower-than-expected win for Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) and a serious setback for Hungary’s governing Fidesz show eastern Europe’s illiberal nationalist parties are not entirely invincible, analysts and commentators have said.“It looks like this may be a small step in the right direction – but it’s clear the opposition still has an awful lot of work to do,” said Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a ...
Tags: Europe, Justice, Law, World news, Hungary, Poland, Fidesz, Agata Gostyńska Jakubowska, European Reform Continue

Recommendations: Hidden Compartment/Storage Furniture

Good day, all! Looking for a reputable company to build some hidden storage furniture for a buddy of mine as a Christmas present. It would be mainly to store important documents, a few small firearms, and family heirlooms. Any suggestions from folks who have or know someone who knows this type of furniture? Example:
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Naturalization: What's the Best Route to Get Proof of U.S. Citizenship

Hello, I hope you will help me with this important question. In short, my niece was 15 years old when her mother was naturalized to become US citizen. She is now 19 years old. As we speak, she doesn't have any proof of the citizenship through her mother.. We were thinking to file for N-600 but looks like that process could take more than three months.. However, filing for US passport might be short route because processing time to obtain the passport takes less than three weeks.. If we de...
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This video answers the most common questions on law and ethics of street photography

Ethics and law in street photography is something that creates a lot of confusion and debate in the community. No matter how well you know the law, you’ll often come into situations that will be new to you. Also, not everything is black and white in street photography: sometimes even lawful things can still be […] The post This video answers the most common questions on law and ethics of street photography appeared first on DIY Photography.
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Columbus Day

In the US, we are still celebrating Columbus Day at the Federal Level. So, USPTO and the Courts are closed. (The Law School is still in operation and I’m teaching today.) U.S. Patent 4,915,391 claims: 1. A board game comprising: a. a game board having an endless path of contiguous blocks, some of the blocks representing property which is purchasable and a plurality of the blocks each displaying two alternative directions, b. a plurality of destiny cards, each card describing an event, c. a plu...
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How to Do a Law Firm Conflicts Check

Our rules of professional conduct dictate that we hold certain information in confidence. We hold that confidence to the exclusion of all others, and can even resist a subpoena to protect our clients’ secrets. Similarly, we take an oath to zealously advocate for our clients. In an ideal world, these two responsibilities would never run afoul of each other. But they do. And when they do, lawyers could lose clients, money, their job, or even their license. To prevent these problems all lawyers kno...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Blog, Sam, Sue Smith, Scott, Cooperstein, Client Intake, Todd Scott, Eric Cooperstein, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, Michelle Turbanic, Turbanic, Clio Rocket Matter

New Paper Explains Why Technologists Should Rally Behind Section 230

At the request of James Grimmelmann, and with his editorial support, I wrote an essay for the Communications of the ACM called “Internet Immunity and the Freedom to Code.” The abstract: The Internet’s freedom to code is in jeopardy. In 1996, Congress enacted 47 U.S.C. § 230, which says Internet services aren’t liable for third-party content in many cases. In practice, for over two decades, Section 230 has legally immunized coders’ decisions about how to gather, organize, and publish third par...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Law, Congress, San Francisco, United States, Airbnb, DOE, Grindr, Ugc, Homeaway, Daniel, James Grimmelmann, Derivative Liability, Internet History

Jeep could return to the battlefield with the toughened-up Gladiator XMT

Jeep and AM General have developed a military version of the Gladiator pickup truck. Called the XMT, it certainly looks ready for battle, thanks to a host of exterior upgrades.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Military, Pickup Trucks, Jeep, Off-Roaders, Military Vehicles, Jeep Gladiator, Midsize Pickup Trucks

Rights groups urge Cyprus to drop false rape case against Briton

Woman, 19, to go on trial after revoking claim she was raped by 12 Israeli touristsHuman rights and feminist groups are calling for Cypriot authorities to drop the case against a British teenager accused of falsely claiming she was raped by 12 Israeli tourists in a hotel room.The 19-year-old, who reported the alleged assault almost three months ago but was then arrested after revoking her criminal complaint, is due to go on trial on Tuesday on a charge of public mischief. She has pleaded not gui...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Human Rights, Law, Israel, UK News, World news, Cyprus, Rape and sexual assault

Private Sales: Bought a Malfunctioning Macbook Pro

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Missouri/Indiana Bear with me on this: I bought a MacBook pro off a guy who lives in Indiana, I live in Missouri. I found it on the facebook marketplace. After multiple mediums of confirming the device works on my end (pictures, phone calls conversations) spanning a couple of weeks, I received the Macbook pro and it proved to not be in the condition as described (the Touch Bar malfunctions, even though the seller claims the device had ...
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Poland's populist Law and Justice party voted back in

Almost complete election results show party has done even better than four years agoPoland’s ruling rightwing Law and Justice party has scored a convincing victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, with almost complete results indicating a parliamentary majority and another four-year term in office.According to results from 99.5% of constituencies published by the electoral committee on Monday, Law and Justice took 43.8% of the vote, ahead of the country’s biggest opposition grouping, the lib...
Tags: Europe, Justice, Law, Eu, World news, Poland, Brussels, Warsaw, Psl, Donald Tusk, European Council, Confederation, Jarosław Kaczyński, Piotr Buras, Grzegorz Schetyna

Poland's populist Law and Justice party increases majority

Almost complete election results show party has done even better than four years agoPoland’s ruling rightwing Law and Justice party has scored a convincing victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, with almost complete results indicating a parliamentary majority and another four-year term in office.According to results from 99.5% of constituencies published by the electoral committee on Monday, Law and Justice took 43.8% of the vote, ahead of the country’s biggest opposition grouping, the lib...
Tags: Europe, Justice, Law, Eu, World news, Poland, Brussels, Warsaw, Psl, Donald Tusk, European Council, Confederation, Jarosław Kaczyński, Piotr Buras, Grzegorz Schetyna

"There Are Way Too Many Prosecutors in the Federal Judiciary: It’s time for a moratorium."

The title of this post is the headline of this notable new Slate commentary authored by Clark Neily discussing this notable recent report he did with the Cato Institute.  Here are excerpts from the Slate piece: It’s no secret that federal judges do not, by and large, look like the rest of us.  They are whiter than average, more male, and more likely to have attended elite schools and worked at big law firms.  But there’s another quirk of the judiciary that hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it d...
Tags: Law, David, Donald Trump, Cato Institute, Douglas A Berman, Clark Neily, Cato Institute Here

UK court rules against Derry woman in Irish identity case

Citizenship case raises questions over why UK law has not incorporated Good Friday rightsPeople born in Northern Ireland are legally British, unless they register a change in citizenship, even if they identify as Irish under rights granted in the Good Friday agreement, a UK court has ruled.The case involved Emma DeSouza, a Derry-born British citizen who in 2015 applied for a residence card for her US-born husband, Jake. She made the application identifying herself as an Irish citizen. The Home O...
Tags: Europe, UK, US, Society, UK News, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Derry, British identity and society, The Home Office, deSouza, Jake She, Emma DeSouza

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