Coronavirus Update 4-22-2021: The SBA has one pandemic job, and it failed @nivassoc #saveourstages

On April 8, the Small Business Association opened its Covid relief program for concert halls and other performing arts venues. Or at least it was supposed to. This $16 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program—part of the $900 billion rescue package Congress approved nearly four months ago—is supposed to offer grants equal to 45% of a venue's gross earned revenue up to $10 million per business. The SBA had to immediately close its SVOG portal when crashed from the volume of applications....
Tags: Law, Congress, PPP, WSJ, Oklahoma City, SBA, Stephen Tyler, Bauman, RRF, Jon Hyman, Small Business Association, National Independent Venue Association, SVOG, Chris Bauman, Zenith Music Group, Filip Andrejevic

Assessing status of police-reform bills as #txlege reaches inflection point

The Texas Tribune published a story in the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict interviewing families of police brutality victims pushing for the Texas George Floyd Act. While that omnibus legislation appears stalled, as we've discussed in two recent, special podcast episodes, it has also been broken up into a number of different bills, some of which are still wending their way through the process. We're now at an inflection point in the Texas legislative process: Bills that are out of committee ...
Tags: Utah, Texas, Law, Colorado, Senate, House, Dallas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Thompson, Legislature, Texas Tribune, Texas Commission, Ed Thompson, Gritsforbreakfast, Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

High Performance | Lightweight | Stain Resistance

Introducing Rothco's New Lightweight Tactical Shirt  Arriving in late 2020, Rothco's Lightweight Tactical Shirt offers superior performance and construction. Featuring a rip-stop fabric that is not only lightweight but stain-resistant as well. Watch the video below for a detailed breakdown of all the features.     [Author: Rothco NY]
Tags: Military, Rothco, Rothco NY, Lightweight Tactical Shirt, Military Shirt, Rothco Tactical Shirt, Tactical Shirt. Long Sleeve Tactical Shirt, Uniform Shirt

It's Not OK Just Because It's Adultery

Rejecting a referee's proposed three-month suspension, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered a two-year suspension of an attorney Attorney Ritland has held a Wisconsin law license since 1978, and has an otherwise clean disciplinary history. The wrongdoing involved in this case... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Ritland

A Message To Lady Gaga

The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department has sustained the viability of a defamation claim brought by a prominent music producer ("Dr. Luke") against a former client Kesha's statements that Gottwald drugged her, that he raped her,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Current Affairs, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Dr Luke, Gottwald, Legal Profession Prof, New York Appellate Division, First Judicial Department

Gunshots Draw Five-Year Suspension

The Oregon Supreme Court imposed a five-year suspension of an attorney In this lawyer discipline case, the Oregon State Bar charged respondent with violating Rule of Professional Conduct (RPC) 8.4(a)(2) (prohibiting commission of a criminal act that reflects adversely on... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, RPC, Oregon Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Oregon State Bar

New York Nixes Escrow Overdraft Protection

From the web page of the New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department By Joint Order dated April 7, 2021, signed by the Presiding Justices of the four Departments of the Appellate Division, Parts 1200 (Rules of Professional... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, New York Nixes Escrow Overdraft Protection

A Marijuana-Related Disbarment

The Colorado Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved a conditional admission of misconduct and disbarment Tauger has thrice been suspended from the practice of law. Twice he was suspended for conduct that included practicing law while he was suspended. He was most... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Colorado Presiding Disciplinary Judge, Tauger

Conviction Draws Interim Suspension

An attorney's conviction drew an interim suspension pending final discipline from the Minnesota Supreme Court. Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported on the conviction A Minnetonka attorney who worked with chiropractors to rip off auto insurance companies was sentenced Wednesday to... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Minnetonka, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Minnesota Supreme Court Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Coronavirus Update 4-21-2021, part 2: Does President Biden read my blog?

I've previously urged employers to pay employees for time off related to getting the Covid vaccine and for any time related to adverse reactions to the vaccine thereafter (here and here). Today, President Biden made the exact same argument in urging Americans to get vaccinated as soon as possible. CNN quotes President Biden's remarks from earlier today: As we move into the vaccination campaign focused on working-age adults, one concern I've heard from so many Americans is that they can't af...
Tags: Law, Cnn, Biden, Jon Hyman, Coronavirus

With chances for TCOLE Sunset legislation withering, bill heard to expand agency's authority to kick bad cops out of the profession

Your correspondent is beginning to despair that the 87th Texas Legislature may come and go without meaningful reform a the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the state's police-and-jailer-licensing agency.The TCOLE Sunset bill - which drew attention because of an especially harsh critique by Sunset staff calling it a broken system that's failing to achieve its mission - is now languishing with others in House Calendars and appears likely to be pushed off for two years. Instead the Calendars Co...
Tags: Texas, Law, Police, Senate, House, Sunset, Rodriguez, Texas Commission, KXAN TV, Gritsforbreakfast, Calendars Committee, TCOLE, 87th Texas Legislature, Senate Administration Committee

Sharing Blog Posts to LinkedIn Won’t Get Them Seen on LinkedIn

Lawyers and law firms are told to share their blog posts on LinkedIn to get their posts seen. Sharing blog posts is not enough to get your posts seen, if getting your posts seen, alone, is even a worthwhile end goal. What is seen on LinkedIn, just like Facebook, is fueled by algorithms. Since Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, four years ago, those algorithms have gotten better and better. When you share content on LinkedIn, the content is not seen by your connections or anyone e...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Linkedin

Federal Circuit Transitions

As expected, the Federal Circuit has announced the upcoming transition of Chief Judge from Judge Prost to Judge Moore scheduled for May 22, 2021.  Judge Prost has served as chief for seven years, and Judge Moore will begin her seven year term.  According to the court announcement, Judge Prost will continue in active service. Congratulations to the Court on a successful transition. Earlier this year, Judge Wallach announced his upcoming move to senior status set for May 31, 2021.  President Biden...
Tags: Law, Biden, Patent, Moore, Federal Circuit, Wallach, Prost, United States Court of Appeals, Tiffany Cunningham, Federal Circuit Transitions, Moore Tiffany Cunningham


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Tags: Law, Flowers, Ann Althouse

FAMM urges federal BOP to publish memos with home confinement criteria

In this post a few days ago, I asked "Why is DOJ apparently keeping hidden a new memo expanding the criteria for home confinement?". I still do not have an answer to this question, but I see that Kevin Ring at FAMM is hoping to get even more from the BOP via this new letter that starts and ends this way: I am writing to ask that you publish on the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) website any and all memos sent to wardens about the eligibility critera for CARES Act home confinement.  The BOP’s failure t...
Tags: Law, Doj, Bureau of Prisons, Bop, Douglas A Berman, Kevin Ring, FAMM

US lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine after advisers say benefits outweigh risk

The vaccine was temporarily halted while scientists investigated rare but dangerous blood clotsUS health officials have lifted an 11-day pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations following a recommendation by an expert panel. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the benefits of the single-dose Covid-19 shot outweigh a rare risk of blood clots.Panel members said it is critical that younger women be told about that risk so they can decide if they’d rather choose ano...
Tags: Science, Cdc, US, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Food And Drug Administration, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus

Arizona judge suspends Republican vote 'audit' being conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida company led by a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist

Officials unload election equipment into the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the state fairgrounds, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Phoenix. Maricopa County officials began delivering equipment used in the November election won by President Joe Biden on Wednesday and will move 2.1 million ballots to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate who have expressed uncertainty that Biden's victory was legitimate can recount them and audit the results. AP Photo/Matt York A state judge ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Lawsuit, Law, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Democrats, Gop, Arizona, Biden, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Trump, Phoenix, State

Kim’s Hitting The Books Again — See Also

Still Studying: Kim Kardashian continues her march to a law license. What Is Wrong With You People?: A terrible Tweet from 2016 is now the law in multiple states. Check It Out: Our legal technology non-event is here. What does that mean? See for yourself. Oh Nos, Not Court Chicanery!: Ted Cruz is a disingenuous dolt. That is all.
Tags: Kim Kardashian, Law, Ted Cruz, Kim, See Also

Crypto Hypocrisy

We should not expect corporate America, even those with a 'green' ethos, to manage their addiction to speculative finance.
Tags: Law, Finance, America, Bitcoin, Biglaw, Cryptocurrency, Mandeep S. Minhas

"There was almost a celebrity-like aura around him. It wasn’t a normal class. He would go on these long tangents about life and spirituality."

Said Amelia Brown, quoted in (NYT). The class Brown took with the professor, Bruce Conforth, was “Beatniks, Hippies and Punks.” [One former student] says, according to the court papers, that Mr. Conforth pressured her into a series of sexual encounters, some of them in his campus office, and later, after she had graduated, raped her in his Ann Arbor apartment. A second former student, Ms. Brown, said she was pressured into a sexual encounter with Mr. Conforth after he told her he had feelings...
Tags: Hollywood, Texas, Law, Rape, Michigan, Dan Brown, Sexual Harassment, South, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Raccoons, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brown, Vanessa Williams, Ann Althouse, Madison Man

Justices decisively reject imposing issue exhaustion on Social Security claimants

The Supreme Court on Thursday firmly rejected the government’s request that the court impose an “issue-exhaustion” requirement on Social Security claimants. In Carr v. Saul (consolidated with Davis v. Saul), all parties agreed that those claimants must take their claims first to the Social Security Administration – and these claimants did that. The question was whether they must raise, before the agency, all of the issues they will eventually raise when they get to court. In this case, for exam...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Social Security, Davis, Social Security Administration, Carr, Sonia Sotomayor, SSA, Sims, Saul, Sotomayor, ALJ, Merits Cases, Apfel, Appeals Council

Justices unanimously reject FTC’s authority to compel monetary relief

My post summarizing the oral argument in AMG Capital Management v. Federal Trade Commission suggested that it didn’t go well for the FTC because even Justice Stephen Breyer was unreceptive to the broad authority the commission was claiming in its efforts to recoup money from businesses accused of deceiving consumers. That understanding was born out Thursday when Breyer’s opinion for a unanimous court firmly and categorically rejected the commission’s argument. As Breyer explains, the case inv...
Tags: Featured, Law, Congress, Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Merits Cases, AMG Capital Management, AMG Capital

Doctrinal “dinosaur” or stare decisis? Justices wrestle with patent-law precedent.

The justices explored possible ways to limit the doctrine of patent assignor estoppel during oral argument in Minerva Surgical Inc. v. Hologic Inc. on Wednesday. The doctrine works like this. An inventor files a patent application on an invention and assigns the patent rights to an assignee — perhaps in exchange for money from the assignee, or perhaps as part of a contract with the inventor’s employer. After a patent issues, the assignee contends that the inventor has infringed the patent. In t...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Wolf, John Roberts, Minerva, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Hologic Inc, Ratner, Hologic, Hochman, Merits Cases, Neil Gorsuch, Robert Hochman

My Not-So-Linear Journey To Law Firm Ownership

Rather than a plan, I stayed open to possibilities.
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms, Iffy Ibekwe

Where Do International Judges Go To School?

The diversity of educational training at the international level appears robust. 
Tags: Law, Courts, Law Schools, Juris Lab, Taylor Dalton

Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be distributed with warning, advisers to CDC say

Change comes after vaccine was temporarily halted while scientists investigated rare but dangerous blood clotsIndependent advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine should be distributed with a warning label affixed, but that the benefits of preventing Covid-19 still outweigh the risks of rare blood clots.The change comes after distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was temporarily halted while scientists investigated rare bu...
Tags: Science, Cdc, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Johnson Johnson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Coronavirus

Pandemic’s Surge Of Online Activity Creates Bonanza For Cybercriminals  [Sponsored]

The pandemic-era tactics of bad actors — and how public and private entities are responding.
Tags: Privacy, Law, Sponsored Content, Unprecedented

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