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Danny Masterson accusers must have claims resolved by the Church of Scientology, judge rules

The Church of Scientology Celebrity Center in Hollywood, California. Getty Images Former members of the Church of Scientology must have their claims against the organization resolved by the organization itself, a California court ruled Thursday. The ruling stems from a lawsuit accusing actor Danny Masterson of sexual assault and claiming the Church of Scientology harassed his accusers to silence them. The court's order exempts actor Bobette Riales, who was never a Scientologist. Visit Busi...
Tags: News, Law, California, Court, Trends, Charles Davis, Danny Masterson, Masterson, Los Angeles County, Cedric Bixler Zavala, Mars Volta, Bixler, Church of Scientology, Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles, Chrissie Carnell Bixler, Andrew Brettler


The lives they lived and the court they shaped: Remembering those we lost in 2020

The lead plaintiffs in three landmark civil rights cases. A government lawyer who argued at the Supreme Court more than anyone else in the 20th century. A chief justice’s right-hand man. A trailblazing feminist who became a transformative justice. These were among the people we lost in a year that was so defined by death. As the year comes to a close, SCOTUSblog looks back at some of the individuals who died in 2020 after living lives that brought them – at different times and for different reas...
Tags: John Lewis, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, China, Virginia, Court, Alabama, America, Georgia, Reagan, Cnn, Pennsylvania, United States, Ronald Reagan


Hey! I stayed up ‘til 9!

 Happy new year, everybody... and good night! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse


2020 brought a wave of discrimination and harassment allegations against major companies like Amazon, McDonald's, and Pinterest. These are some of the year's high-profile legal battles.

Jeremy Moeller, Chesnot, and Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo movements have exploded in recent years, shedding light on systemic racial and gender bias across American society, and in particular, within American workplaces. In 2020, workers spoke publicly in increasing numbers, often by taking their employers to court over pay disparities, harassment and abuse, and toxic company cultures. Major businesses including Google, Amazon, McDonald's, Pinterest, and J...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, News, Pinterest, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Cbs News, Life, Disney, Nbc News, US, Careers


In year-end report, Roberts praises “unsung heroes” of the pandemic

Chief Justice John Roberts issued his annual year-end report on Thursday, and the theme – perhaps unsurprisingly – was the coronavirus pandemic. Roberts paid tribute to everyone in the federal court system and the federal government who allowed the courts to carry out their work safely, but he singled out what he called the “‘first to fight’ in the judicial family – the trial courts and their staff.” Roberts began his report, as he often does, with a historical reference: the outbreak of influen...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Donald Trump, Trump, John Roberts, Roberts, Howe, John Jay, What's Happening Now


Happy New Year At Last (and open thread)

Happy New Year, everyone! May the vaccines work, and may 2021 see the end of the rampage of COVID-19. Let us not let the lives of those we lost be in vain. Please heed science and not the word of elected politicians. Take a moment to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law


Wisconsin police arrest hospital worker suspected of intentionally spoiling Covid vaccine doses

Investigation launched after medical centre says worker admitted leaving 500 doses out of refrigerationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePolice in Wisconsin said on Thursday evening that they had arrested a hospital employee who was fired after being suspected of intentionally spoiling hundreds of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.Law enforcement and federal authorities in the US had already been investigating after a health center in the state said an employee admitted to ...
Tags: Health, US, Society, World news, US news, Wisconsin, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


A Lot Of Coffee, A Hospital, And An Ocean: Learning To Listen To Whispers About Wellness 

I’m not broken, but I have to accept that I have a chronic, legitimate medical issue. 
Tags: Law, Health and Wellness, Health / Wellness, MothersEsquire, R.B. Guard


Happy New Year To ATL’s Advertisers

We've appreciated your support throughout 2020. Thank you!
Tags: Law, Advertising, ATL, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad, Thanks to Advertisers


Good Riddance To 2020

Lawyers are not normally patient people. (Surprise!) But I think this year may have slowed down the overdeveloped sense of urgency that we all have.
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms, Jill Switzer, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Key London hospital preparing for Covid-only care as cases surge

University College hospital scrambling to convert theatres, recovery areas and stroke wards into ICUsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne of London’s biggest hospitals has warned it is on track to become virtually Covid-only amid a surge in cases in the capital that has left it scrambling to convert operating theatres, surgical recovery areas and stroke wards into intensive care units for the very sick.As the daily coronavirus case numbers in the UK continued an appare...
Tags: Health, UK, England, London, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, University College London, University College, UCLH, Coronavirus, Marcel Levi


Prosecutor Live-Tweets Trial Against Pro Se Defendant

Spoiler alert: The state is going to win.
Tags: Crime, Law, Trials, Pro Se Litigants


February argument calendar includes immigration, voting-rights cases

The Supreme Court on Thursday released the calendar for its February argument session, which begins on Feb. 22, 2021. Like the argument calendar for January 2021, the session is relatively light: It is slated to feature eight hours of argument over six days, but with the very real prospect that two cases will be removed from the calendar if President-elect Joe Biden changes the controversial policies at the heart of the disputes after taking office next month. The justices scheduled oral argumen...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Mexico, Senate, Georgia, Joe Biden, United States, Arizona, Biden, Social Security Administration, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Sierra Club, Lange


Reddit survey: What is the worst thing that is legal?

Reddit user u/Musuhubber asked, "What is the worst thing that is legal?" A lot of people weighed in, and it's hard to say which is the worst because they're all terrible: Comment from discussion Pho-Cue's comment from discussion "What is the worst thing that is legal?" — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Ethics, Reddit, Legal System, Musuhubber


"In Scottish custom, Unspoken Water was water believed to have healing properties when collected 'from under a bridge, over which the living pass and the dead are carried...'"

"'... brought in the dawn or twilight to the house of a sick person, without the bearer’s speaking, either in going or returning.'... The custom is long obsolete. The 1901 The Book of Saint Fittick by Thomas White Ogilvie contains an elderly woman's account of being 'the last wife in Torry to cure a bairn wi' unspoken water ... comin' or gaun I spak' tae naebody — for that's what mak's unspoken water.'" From "Unspoken Water," Wikipedia, clicked on from "Religion and Water," Wikipedia, which I ...
Tags: Law, Scotland, Wikipedia, Religion, Water, Superstition, Dylan, Meade, Torry, Ann Althouse, Thomas White Ogilvie, Water Wikipedia


Thursday round-up

Here’s a round-up of Supreme Court-related news and commentary from around the web: My Joe Biden Story (Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times) What’s To Come For The Supreme Court (Here and Now, WBUR) The Next Big Patent Eligibility Push Is On at the Supreme Court (Scott Graham, The National Law Journal) Happy new year! We rely on our readers to send us links for our round-up. If you have or know of a recent (published in the last two or three days) article, post, podcast or op-ed relating to t...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Joe Biden, Round-up, Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court Here


Toothbrush walks into a bar

by Dennis Crouch Maxill, Inc. v. Loops, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2020)f [Maxill v. Loops] The Loops patent covers a flexible toothbrush — and the claims require “an elongated body being flexible throughout the elongated body.”  US8448285 (Claim 1). Apparently, these brushes are sold primarily to “institutional” settings such as prisons. Early in the case, the patentee moved for summary judgment of infringement.  The district court denied the motion, and acted sua sponte to enter summary judgment of non-i...
Tags: Law, Toothbrush, Patent, Federal Circuit, Dennis Crouch, Maxill, Loops, Maxill Inc, Loops LLC Fed, William Addis


Missed deadline complicates Trump’s plan for census data, despite court’s ruling that allowed him to move forward

Twelve days after the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to proceed with a plan to change how census numbers are used to determine congressional representation, the Census Bureau confirmed that it would not meet a key year-end deadline to provide state-by-state population counts to the president. Instead, the bureau indicated on Wednesday, it aims to furnish the numbers “in early 2021.” Those state population totals, once finalized, are typically used to allocate seats in the House o...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Joe Biden, United States, Commerce, House, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, Ross, Trump, Howe, Census Bureau, Jeffrey Wall, Wilbur Ross


The tundra swans are back on Lake Mendota.

This morning at sunrise:  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Video, Law, Birds, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


New California laws in 2021 address coronavirus, fires, business

By DON THOMPSON | Associated Press SACRAMENTO — What a strange legislative year it was. The coronavirus pandemic forced California state lawmakers to twice shut down their sessions for weeks at a time — the first unexpected work stoppage in 158 years. Masked lawmakers tried to limit the number of bills they considered, but still ran out of time on the final night, partly because quarantined Republican senators had to vote remotely. Related: New year rings in new public safety and driving laws in...
Tags: News, Law, Minneapolis, California, California News, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Wildfires, Associated Press, LA County, New California, DON THOMPSON, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


COVID And Double Jeopardy

The New Jersey Appellate Division has held that double jeopardy does not prevent a retrial of a murder charge that led to a mistrial due to the pandemic. A jury had been empaneled when the shutdown occurred On October 26,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Current Affairs, New Jersey Appellate Division, Legal Profession Prof


New York Suspends Former Prosecutor For Discovery Violations

A former Suffolk County prosecutor has been suspended for two years by the New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department for violations of discovery obligations in a felony murder trial The respondent has admitted violating his prosecutorial obligations... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Suffolk County, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Judge Censured For Advocacy Concerning Daughter's Education

The New York Judicial Conduct Commission has imposed an agreed public censure of a supreme court justice. From the commission press release From January 2018 through March 2018, Judge Panepinto publicly supported the teachers at Buffalo City Honors School (“CHS”)... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Panepinto, Legal Profession Prof, Judicial Ethics and the Courts, New York Judicial Conduct Commission, Buffalo City Honors School


2020 Concludes With Intestate Celebrity Estates

More than ever, I am like a broken record, repeating, urging, and advocating that all individuals execute last wills and testaments, powers of attorney, and healthcare proxies.
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms, Trusts and Estates, Cori A. Robinson


Trusts And Estates In The Year 2020

More than ever, I am like a broken record, repeating, urging, and advocating that all individuals execute last wills and testaments, powers of attorney, and healthcare proxies. More than ever, I am like ...
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms, Trusts and Estates, Cori A. Robinson


Wisconsin health worker 'deliberately spoiled 500 Covid vaccine doses'

Investigation launched after medical centre says worker admitted leaving doses out of refrigerationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePolice and federal authorities in the US are investigating after a Wisconsin health centre said an employee admitted to deliberately spoiling 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine.Aurora medical centre, in Grafton, first reported that the doses had been spoiled on Saturday, saying a staff member had accidentally left them out of refrigeration o...
Tags: Health, US, Society, World news, US news, Wisconsin, Vaccines and immunisation, Aurora, Grafton, Coronavirus


The Biden Administration Is Already Breaking Promises On Immigration

Advisors say it will take months to cancel 'Remain in Mexico,' despite Biden promises to end it on 'day one.'
Tags: Law, Mexico, Immigration, Biden, Lorelei Laird, Coronavirus, COVID-19



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