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Developers of Common Interest Communities: Be Prepared for the Next “Perfect Storm”

Originally posted 2012-05-18 14:11:52. For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Musings, I welcome a friend. John Tarley is an attorney with the Williamsburg law firm of Tarley Robinson, PLC. John is the managing partner for the firm and leads the firm’s business and litigation practices. A large part of the firm’s practice involves homeowners’ associations, as the firm represents nearly 100 associations throughout southeastern Virginia. In his spare time, John teaches two classes a semester ...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Guest Post, John, Construction, Chris, Hoa, Williamsburg, Circuit Court, Richmond VA, Homeowners Association, Judicial Circuit, Budget and Finance Committee, Drywall, Guest Post Friday


Rainy Day Reading

Poking around this afternoon on some state agency websites, I ran across several disparate items I wanted to record for my own purposes which may also interest Grits readers: State Prosecuting Attorney: Check out an interesting Power Point detailing different legal provisions establishing prosecutors' duty to disclose evidence to the defense in Texas, as well as limitations on defense attorneys' ability to advise clients on how to handle potentially incriminating evidence. Texas Indigent Def...
Tags: Texas, Law, Abbott, Texas Commission, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Indigent Defense Commission, Texas Forensic Science Commission


At the Lakeside Café...

... you can talk all night.And don't forget about the Althouse Portal to Amazon. Here's something good I just had delivered: a Versa-brella. I thought I needed to buy a big patio umbrella with a heavy stand to arrange for the shade I needed to enjoy the deck, but for $20, I got a very nice, highly adjustable umbrella that clamps to my Adirondack chair. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Umbrella, Amazon Here, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Althouse Portal


"The historian Grace Vicary has argued that codpieces were, in a sense, the P.P.E. of their day, born as a means of containing a disease..."

"... in this case syphilis, which was then sweeping through Europe. Treating the French pox, as it was known, called for 'a whole galaxy of herbs, minerals, syrups, and decoctions,' Vicary writes, applied directly in 'a variety of messy unguents and poultices.' If you wanted to protect your fancy wardrobe from stains, the reasoning goes, you would do well to isolate the whole package in an oversized box. Plus, Renaissance men carried a lot of junk on their belts—this was the era that gave us the...
Tags: Art, Europe, Fashion, Law, History, Cleaver, Montaigne, Michel de Montaigne, Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther Party, Ann Althouse, Charles V, Genitalia, Vicary, Grace Vicary, Jakob Seisenegger


Secession – in America, and America: Part One

For the Symposium on Timothy William Waters's Boxing Pandora: Rethinking Borders, States, and Secession in a Democratic World (Yale University Press, 2020) and F. H. Buckley's American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup (Encounter Books, 2020). Timothy William Waters As Socrates said, “I only know general things.” [1] Boxing Pandora ’s argument is general. But if it works, it should work for America too – at least for a world with America in it. If the world were...
Tags: Law, France, America, Spain, Pandora, Kansas, Steve Martin, Coase, North Atlantic, Valencia, Brexit, Branding, Guest Blogger, Buckley, Tsai, Indiana University Maurer School of Law


"But wait, there's something weird about arguing that hazmat suits shouldn't be worn because they could give you 'a false sense of security.'"

"That seems like an all-purpose reason not to take just about any safety measures. The government used to say that's a reason not to wear masks, until the government started saying we need to wear masks."My son John reacts to a WaPo article that asks "Should you wear a hazmat suit on a plane?"The WaPo article quotes a CDC official who says "Wearing a hazmat suit on an airplane is unnecessary and could cause undue concern for other travelers." Likewise, wearing a mask could cause undue concern. A...
Tags: Safety, Law, Cdc, Masks, John, WaPo, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus


"For years, critics have expressed disgust at Trump’s statement that 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn't lose any voters.' Yet..."

"... they now afford Biden the same immunity even if he turns into the ancient god Cronus and starts snacking on boiled babies."Writes Jonathan Turley in "Why Joe Biden can do no wrong" (The Hill). Here's the mythical image:Cronus was eating the babies raw, by the way. Not boiled. Maybe Turley is mixing it up with...Anyway, what does Turley have to say here except to give us the statements of Biden supporters? I've been avoiding blogging this kind of stuff, because it's so disgusting and trite a...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Mythology, New York Times, Fifth Avenue, Biden, Goya, Trump, Hypocrisy, McCain, Turley, Linda Hirshman, Jonathan Turley, Cronus, Lisa Bloom, Ann Althouse


Memorializing more drug war casualties: updating the federal drug sentences that COVID-19 turned into death sentences

In this post a few weeks ago, I noted how many individuals among the first federal inmates to die from COVID-19 were in federal prison for drug offenses.  The first documented federal prisoner to die due to the coronavirus was Patrick Jones who died on March 28 and was involved with crack cocaine.  The first female federal prisoner to die was Andrea Circle Bear who died April 28 and was involved with meth.  And the 50th documented federal inmate to die from the virus was Vernon Adderley who died...
Tags: Florida, Law, US, United States, Hawaii, Juan Mata, Eastern District of Texas, Southern District of New York, Western District of Texas, Western District of Virginia, Patrick Jones, Douglas A Berman, Southern District of Texas, Southern District of West Virginia, Southern District of California, COVID


Watch or Listen to the Legaltech Week Journalist Roundtable for 5.22.20

The Legaltech Week journalist roundtable is back, with a week-in-review discussion by leading legaltech journalists from the U.S. and U.K. who discuss and dissect the week’s top stories. Joining me this week as panelists are Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase; Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal IT Insider; Molly McDonough, media consultant, former publisher and editor-in-chief of the ABA Journal; and Joe Patrice, editor, Above the Law. Among the storie...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, ABA Journal, Zoom, U K, Nicole Black, MyCase, Joe Patrice, Caroline Hill, Molly McDonough, Legaltech Week, Legaltech Week Journalist Roundtable


WHO halts hydroxychloroquine trial for coronavirus amid safety fears

Malaria drug taken by Trump could raise risk of death and heart problems, study showsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe World Health Organization has said it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the malaria drug Donald Trump said he is taking as a precaution — from its global study into experimental coronavirus treatments after safety concerns.The WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet that s...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Epidemics, Who, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Lancet, Trump, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus outbreak


German court rules against Volkswagen in 'dieselgate' scandal

Carmaker must pay compensation to motorist who bought minivan fitted with emissions-cheating softwareVolkswagen has lost a landmark legal battle in Germany’s highest civil court over compensation for the buyer of a secondhand minivan fitted with emissions-cheating software.The world’s largest carmaker must take back the plantiff’s manipulated car and pay him €28,257.74 (£25,325), in a case that will lead to the company paying compensation to 60,000 German VW owners. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Money, Law, Climate Change, Germany, Environment, World news, Consumer affairs, Vw, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Automotive Industry, Volkswagen, Volkswagen (VW


Burundi ruling party candidate wins election amid rigging claims

Evariste Ndayishimiye is declared winner with 69% of voteA ruling party candidate, handpicked by the outgoing president, has won Burundi’s first competitive election since a decade-long civil war began in 1993, electoral officials have announced.Evariste Ndayishimiye, who stood for the CNDD-FDD party, was declared the winner with 69% of the vote on Monday. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Africa, World news, Burundi, Evariste Ndayishimiye, CNDD FDD


In Any Construction Lawsuit, Be Sure to Name the Right People

Originally posted 2017-12-01 12:30:43. Map of the United States District Courts in Virginia, showing the boundaries of the Eastern and Western Districts, and their divisions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The title of this post may seem obvious.  Of course you need to name the right people.  “Why even write about this?”  you may ask yourself.  The answer to this question is that the list of all of the parties necessary to a successful lawsuit may not be so obvious. One example is the case of a ...
Tags: Lawsuit, Law, Wikipedia, Virginia, Court, Guardian, Construction, Alexandria, Fed, Adi, Richmond VA, United States District Court, Plaintiff, Construction Law, Virginia Construction Attorney, Mechanic's Liens


20+ years of changing blog design at Overlawyered

Longtime reader Jim Dedman reminds us of what this blog looked like in 1999: Requiescat in pace, @Overlawyered (1999 – 2020). Thanks again for everything, @WalterOlson! pic.twitter.com/1UDw7WUCKh — Jim Dedman (@JimDedman) May 21, 2020 As I noted when the blog turned 20: Internet Archive’s first snapshot of the front page was taken Oct. 7, 1999, and featured the pink-and-grey color scheme that the site was to retain for many years. (Plus a webring — does anyone remember those? — an articles...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, About the site, Cato, Cato Institute, Glenn Reynolds, Jim Dedman, Jeremy Kolassa


"President Donald Trump on Monday morning threatened to move August’s Republican National Convention out of North Carolina unless there are guarantees the state will let everyone attend."

"'I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August. Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed ... ..full attendance in the Arena,' he began in a string of four tweets. Trump added: 'In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Demo...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Republican Party, North Carolina, Conventions, Donald Trump, Charlotte, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, Coronavirus, Great State of North Carolina


"'All the answers are: I don’t think about it. And P.S. I’m dumb,' he said as a blanket reply to all my questions. I laughed."

He = Joe Rogan. I = Bari Weiss, writing "Joe Rogan Is the New Mainstream Media/Talking to the podcasting king about his monster [$100 million] Spotify deal" (NYT).If you want to understand why podcasting is killing, he says, you first need to appreciate the world-changing, brain-rewiring transformation in how we consume information.Reading or watching the news is no longer immersive, as it was when you sat down with a bunch of papers or in front of a living room TV. Now it is a fragmented experi...
Tags: Audiobooks, Podcast, Law, Journalism, Joe Biden, Intelligence, Venezuela, Msnbc, Bernie Sanders, Joe Rogan, Rogan, Ann Althouse, Bari Weiss, Pete Buttigieg Elizabeth Warren, Rogan Sam Harris, Tulsi Gabbard Andrew Yang


Lien Waivers Should Be Fair — And Efficient

Originally posted 2015-02-13 09:11:46. This week for our Guest Post Friday here at Construction Law Musings, we welcome back my good friend Scott Wolfe. Scott, a thought leader in the construction industry, combines his construction background, tech experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and legal education to bring a unique perspective to the industry’s construction payment problem. Scott is the founder of zlien, a venture-backed construction payment platform. A licensed attorney in six states, ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Guest Post, Construction, Contracts, Don, Scott, Richmond VA, Associated General Contractors of America, United States Environmental Protection Agency, New Orleans Louisiana, Lien, Guest Post Friday, Construction Law, Mechanic's Liens, Virginia Construction Lawyer


Happy Memorial Day from Construction Law Musings

Well, the “official” beginning of Summer is upon us and shows that time moves forward even in the oddest of times. The office is closed and I am enjoying the day off with my family (not as much with friends this time due to COVID-19) and thinking about those that served this country.  I hope that you are doing the same. Here’s wishing all of the readers of this construction law blog a great Memorial Day. Thanks for your readership and comments and a special thank you to all of our men and women ...
Tags: Law, Memorial Day, Announcements, Richmond VA, Construction Law, Virginia Construction Mediator, Construction Law Musings, Construction Attorney


Construction Mediation is Exhausting, but Worth It!

Originally posted 2010-12-27 09:00:05. Here at Construction Law Musings, we have discussed mediation from numerous angles.  From a great Guest Post from Vickie Pynchon (@vpynchon) on Ways Your Construction Mediation will Fail to my own personal musings on the subject. All of the thoughts from these posts flooded to mind during one long mediation experience recently.  The parties had already tried a court sponsored mediation that lasted maybe an hour and, a few months later, were ready to charg...
Tags: Law, Contract, Construction, Lawyer, Richmond VA, ADR, Mediation, Dispute Resolution, Construction Law, Business of Construction, Vickie Pynchon


Red, White and Blast-Off

(Editor’s note: The following is a reposting of an Airman magazine story and an episode of BLUE, which aired in 2017 on AFTV, about Air Force astronauts assigned to NASA. Additional information from NASA is added to mark the culmination of a nearly decade-long goal to once again launch American astronauts from U.S. soil via NASA’s Commercial Crew Program with SpaceX and Boeing. On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Air Force Col. Robert Behnken and retired Marine Col. Douglas Hurley are scheduled to pilot...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Navy, Iraq, Russia, US, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Military, United States, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Kansas, Tokyo


The NYT calls the pandemic "the greatest existential threat in our lifetimes" — presumably greater than nuclear annihilation and anthropogenic climate change.

Maybe whatever is going on right now seems bigger than everything else, but the pandemic, at its worst, was only set to wipe out 5% of us, and nuclear war was going to kill us all. As for climate change, if it's not worse than killing 5% of us — mostly the old — then it's not as bad as it's been portrayed in the press.I'm reading "The Most Patriotic Thing You Can Do Right Now/Our nation is rising, however imperfectly, to meet the challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic. That needs to be said...
Tags: Law, Global Warming, Military, Nyt, Donald Trump, Nuclear War, Patriotism, Ann Althouse, HIllary rhetoric, People of the world, Coronavirus


"Some stories about the fact that in order to get outside and perhaps, even a little exercise, I played golf over the weekend."

"The Fake & Totally Corrupt News makes it sound like a mortal sin - I knew this would happen! What they don’t say is that it was my first golf in almost... ...3 months and, if I waited 3 years, they would do their usual 'hit' pieces anyway. They are sick with hatred and dishonesty. They are truly deranged! They don’t mention Sleepy Joe’s poor work ethic, or all of the time Obama spent on the golf course, often flying to.... ....Hawaii in a big, fully loaded 747, to play. What did that do to the...
Tags: Isis, Law, Obama, Hawaii, Golf, Trump, ISIS Caliphate, Ann Althouse, Trump and the press, Sleepy Joe


Is the number of federal prisoners about to spike up as BOP moves nearly 7000 new inmates into federal facilities?

The question in the title of this post is my reaction to this new BOP press release titled "Bureau of Prisons Announces Update on Inmate Movement." The press release is dated May 22, and it starts this way: The Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) and the United States Marshals Service (USMS) announced today that they will begin movement of approximately 6,800 new inmates who have been committed to the Bureau in recent months. The Bureau, in coordination with the USMS, has decreased internal movement of ...
Tags: Fcc, Law, California, Ap, Bureau, Yazoo City, Bureau of Prisons, Bop, USMS, Douglas A Berman, Bureau of Prisons Bureau, United States Marshals Service USMS, Mississippi FCC Victorville, FTC Oklahoma City, Total Federal Inmates


Are they gender-shaming Trump at The Atlantic? I'm reading "Donald Trump, the Most Unmanly President."

By Tom Nichols. Subtitle: "Why don’t the president’s supporters hold him to their own standard of masculinity?"I haven't read this yet, but from the title and subtitle, I'm guessing that The Atlantic thinks it's okay to do this because it's not judging Trump by its own "standard of masculinity." It's fine with all sorts of gender expression and fluidity and all that complex stuff that elite folk believe or pretend to believe in.  But it conjures up an idea of the Trump supporters, attributes tro...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Atlantic, George Orwell, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Trump, Hypocrisy, Nichols, Tom Nichols, American Psychological Association, Masculinity, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Trump's masculinity, Childishness


Memorial Day, sunrise.

5:31... 5:13... [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Remember when we all laughed at Mitt Romney for blowing out the candles on his birthday cake...

... by pulling them out of the cake — one by one — and blowing on them individually? He was mocked as some sort of germophobic freak.But look at the video now, and you'll think it's not enough — he needs to turn away from the cake and blow in the opposite direction or the entire tradition of candles on a birthday cake is over.That was a bit over a year ago. I noticed it just now because I'd gone into my "birthday" tag because — in last night's café — the first commenter, Andrew, asked me, "Did y...
Tags: Health, Law, Aging, Blogging, Birthday, Bob Dylan, Smithsonian, Mitt Romney, Bob, Andrew, Dylan, Romney, Saliva, Ann Althouse, Young Althouse, Andrew (the commenter


Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible. This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Environmental Law and Litigation 2. Lash Condo Law 3. Darin Thompson’s CPD podcast 4. Vincent Gautrais 5. Paw & Order Environmental Law and Litigation A review – inspection vs. inv...
Tags: Law, Canada, Litigation, Ontario, CPD, Monday’s Mix, Vincent Gautrais, Tara Vasdani, Darin Thompson, Paw Order Environmental Law, Tara Vasdani Tara Vasdani @taravasdani, Camille Labchuk, Kaitlyn Mitchell


Relatives of Armenian axed to death by Azeri officer call for justice

ECHR is examining actions of Hungary and Azerbaijan over release of killer Ramil SafarovRelatives of a murdered Armenian army officer killed with an axe by an Azerbaijani counterpart on a Nato training programme in Budapest are hoping the European court of human rights will hand down rulings against Hungary and Azerbaijan on Tuesday.Gurgen Margaryan was murdered in February 2004 by Ramil Safarov, while both men were attending a three-month Nato English-language training course in the Hungarian c...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, World news, Budapest, Hungary, Nato, Armenia, Azerbaijan, European Court Of Human Rights, ECHR, Gurgen Margaryan, Ramil Safarov


Memorial Day Open Thread

This is a day to honor those who served in the military and made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. In light of the 97,000 plus Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the last 90 days, I don't see any reason it can't also... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Myanmar army accused of new atrocities in attack on Rakhine village

Less than three years since a crackdown against Rohingya, troops are again accused of war crimes – this time against Rakhine Buddhists Kyaw Thu* waited until night fell before taking his family to the bank of a river not far from their village. While millions across the world were told to remain at home to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic, he and his neighbours were forced to flee.That night in March, he recalls, residents from Tin Ma village, in Rakhine state, clambered anxiously into bo...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Religion, World news, South and Central Asia, United Nations, War Crimes, Myanmar, Rohingya, Buddhism, Rakhine, Rakhine Buddhists Kyaw Thu, Tin Ma village, army Continue



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