In a recent court filing, the Justice Department argued that judicial sanctions against Russia in this case would be contrary to U.S. foreign policy interests and inconsistent with U.S. law. The Jewish group, Chabad-Lubavitch, based in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, has already persuaded Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court here that it has a valid claim to the tens of thousands of religious books and manuscripts, some up to 500 years old, which record the group's core teachings and traditions.
"WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is opposing a Jewish group's bid to have civil fines levied against Russia for failing to obey a court order to return its historic books and documents — a dispute that has halted the loan of Russian artworks for …"
Russia, which doesn't recognize the authority of the U.S. court, has refused. It says the collection is part of Russia's national heritage. In 1992 and 2005, all 100 U.S. senators wrote the Russian government requesting the materials be returned, but to no avail. According to court papers, Russian President Boris Yeltsin once gave an explicit assurance to President George H.W. Bush's Secretary of State James Baker that the Russian government would return the materials to Chabad.
September 11, 2012
That pipeline, and a new one planned to capitalize on increased production from Pennsylvania's new gas fields, are at the heart of a battle involving two states, a gas company, dueling decades-old documents, the federal government and Feighner, whose property sits smack-dab in the middle of the new pipeline's route. It's a position the 86-year-old Feighner, who worked in the oil industry as a chemist for more than two decades, never thought he'd find himself in — and one he doesn't appear to relish. Defining where it belongs depends largely on the half-mile-long ribbon of land where the predecessor of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. laid the original pipeline in the mid-1950s. In the 1960s, the land became part of the National Park Service's Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, a fact that informs the current dispute.
"MONTAGUE, N.J. — George Feighner can drive a few miles from his house in this bucolic corner of northwestern New Jersey and cross over an underground pipeline that has sent gas flowing to New Jersey and the rest of the Northeast for more than 50 years …"
The gas company claims the easements it acquired from the two property owners in 1955 authorized the building of just one pipeline. In legal filings, it reiterates that it is legally barred from going through the park. Because a route through the park is currently prohibited and because the Park Service would oppose any attempt to change the law, "it is not a reasonable alternative," the company's attorneys wrote. The energy regulatory commission is reviewing whether to grant requests by Feighner and several New Jersey environmental groups to reconsider its May decision approving the pipeline route.
September 4, 2012
When Wilkes-Barre Area School Board voted to pay attorney Ray Wendolowski $195,000 as solicitor for one year, critics balked, citing far lower solicitor rates in other school districts.
"But a review of total legal fees spent in area districts in the 2011-12 school year shows that the deal with Wendolowski is not that far out of line – if the district avoids bringing in other attorneys. Wendolowski inked a two-page agreement with the …Wilkes Barre Times-Leader"
Wendolowski’s appointment as solicitor drew additional fire because he has served as assistant solicitor for years, with attorney Anthony Lupas in the solicitor’s slot. Lupas resigned last year after a severe fall, and has since been charged with running an investment scheme that bilked people out of at least $6 million over 18 years. The two attorneys operate separate law businesses.
August 6, 2012
As our economy limps along, few are talking about of the greatest threats to American job-creating businesses: the thousands of lawyers who use ambiguous laws to extort cash settlements from businesses investing in America. Sadly, these parasites typically use legal fictions and class actions to bring lawsuits. Rarely, if ever, does the lawsuit serve any useful purpose for society, other than filling the already-bursting coffers of the lawyers. Of course, these same lawyers are among the largest contributors of political funding to ensure that these absurd laws not only stay on the books but are expanded.
“Sadly, these parasites typically use legal fictions and class actions to bring lawsuits. Rarely, if ever, does the lawsuit serve any useful purpose for society, other than filling the already-bursting coffers of the lawyers. Of course, these same …”
If we want to build American businesses like construction clean up, offices and create jobs, we need to change the laws that encourage excessive and costly litigation. For instance, we need to change the laws so that if the plaintiff loses, they pay the legal fees of the defendant. This change alone, called “loser pays,” is used in the other countries, like the United Kingdom, and would produce a dramatic drop in frivolous lawsuits. In an unprecedented rational move, legislators may actually consider this type of proposal in the patent area. Today Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) are introducing the Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act, which will allow the losing litigant to be assessed legal fees in software and computer hardware patent litigation. This “loser pays” rule is not a comprehensive solution to the patent troll plague, but it is a helpful and sensible first step.
August 2, 2012
Legal gun sales in California are on pace to set a record this year, according to state projections, although no one can say exactly why.
"SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California legal gun sales on pace to set a record this year. The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/OrubZu) says the state Department of Justice expects 725000 weapons will be legally purchased this year, nearly twice the …"
Traditionally, handgun sales far surpass those of rifles and shotguns. But that changed after 2000, when state lawmakers restricted buyers from purchasing more than one handgun a month.
July 28, 2012
Legal Clarity on Generic Drugs New York Times A federal court in Philadelphia has brought some common sense to a devious tactic used by companies to frustrate efforts to speed the advent of generic drugs.
"A federal court in Philadelphia has brought some common sense to a devious tactic used by companies to frustrate efforts to speed the advent of generic drugs."
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has brought some welcome common sense to the thorny question of how to judge patent cases in which brand-name drug companies pay substantial sums to generic competitors who then delay bringing their drug to market.
July 18, 2012
Decades have past and still weed is under the prohibited drugs ruling. One reason for it that the government is saying the plant is harmful, yet not one person have died because of consumption. Instead, many are cured miraculously especially those who have cancer.
"Still Waiting On Legal Weed Ruling. By Matt Mernagh – Saturday, June 9 2012. It's been 30 days since R v. Mernagh was argued before Ontario Court of Appeal. If we're lucky a ruling from the panel of three judges – who are known to vote in …Cannabis Culture"
It will be likely that it will still take time for the divine plant to be legalized. Nonetheless, those who believe and fight for the positive contributions of the plant should not take things lightly for the alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries are sure tough competitors.
June 11, 2012
Yes, it's possible for an ordinary citizen to prepare his very own documents to present in legal matters. Yet, it is still best to be guided accordingly by an expert legal adviser.
"By Elaine Pofeldt Many entrepreneurs have been turning to the growing number of online sources of inexpensive, boilerplate legal documents to save money hiring lawyers. Yet those documents can be like kryptonite: a hidden, and often forgotten, …"
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June 9, 2012
Even the people in the world of sports also are dealing with legal matters. Such calls for the best legal adviser there is to ensure a win.
“Former Celtic assistant coach Thompson has started legal proceedings against … Former Celtic assistant coach Alan Thompson has started legal proceedings against the Scottish champions after being dismissed over the weekend. Thompson, a former Celtic …”
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