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United States: This Week's Florida Appeals: Week of August 14-18, 2017 - Carlton Fields

A round-up of this week's appeals in Florida - week of August 14-18, 2017

United States: AM Revitalization: The 800 Pound Gorilla is Still in the Closet - Womble Carlyle

While the FCC has taken some steps toward AM radio revitalization, including the current FM translator window, Womble Carlyle Telecom attorney Gregg Skall said bolder steps are needed to help the AM..

Justice Kennedy is said to be mulling retirement; will Roberts be the swing vote?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s swing voter, 80-year-old Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, is reportedly mulling retirement.According to CNN, former law clerks and others close to…
ABA Journal

New Mexico outlaws ‘lunch shaming’ in legislation said to be first of its kind

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill intended to end “lunch shaming” practices that embarrass children when their parents can’t pay the bill…
ABA Journal

Wrongly convicted man passes New York bar exam

Martin Tankleff, who was arrested at age 17 and would spend 17 years in prison for a wrongful conviction in the murders of his parents,…
ABA Journal

Judge receives ‘severe public censure,’ largely for misconduct showing lack of sensitivity

A California judge has received a “severe public censure,” largely for failing to appreciate how his courtroom conduct affected others and for failing to recognize…
ABA Journal

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Husch Blackwell’s next CEO is a nonlawyer

Paul Eberle, a nonlawyer, is slated to become CEO of Husch Blackwell in February. Husch Blackwell announced Eberle’s election this week, the Am Law…
ABA Journal

Judge rules out death penalty for mass killer over Orange County prosecutors’ misconduct

The worst mass killer in the history of Orange County, California, will not get the death penalty because of systemic misconduct by the district attorney’s…
ABA Journal

Legal technology patents have increased 484% globally in last 5 years

In the past five years, there has been a 484 percent increase in legal technology patents globally, according to new numbers from Thomson Reuters. …
ABA Journal

Magistrate judge retires after Facebook comments about ‘snowflakes’ and ‘nut cases’

A part-time magistrate judge in Georgia has resigned after his Facebook comments about “snowflake” counterprotesters and “nut cases” who tear down Confederate statues. Judge James…
ABA Journal

An ABA Journal ‘legal rebel’ who promoted uniform bar exam to retire

Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, will retire this month. Moeser, who pushed for acceptance of a uniform bar exam, tells…
ABA Journal

Statues of SCOTUS justice who wrote Dred Scott decision are removed

A statue of the justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision defending slavery was removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House after 145…
ABA Journal

More law school deans call for lowering California bar exam cut score

Law school deans at public hearings this week in San Francisco and Los Angeles called on the state of California to lower its bar exam…
ABA Journal

Federal court finds two Texas congressional districts are racially gerrymandered, must be redrawn

Two congressional districts in Texas are racially gerrymandered and must be redrawn, a federal district court ruled this week.The Texas Tribune…
ABA Journal

Facing criticism over Charlottesville suit, ACLU won’t defend armed protesters

The American Civil Liberties Union won’t defend hate groups’ right to march when they seek to bring firearms with them, a position announced in the…
ABA Journal

Banned vexatious litigant prevented from acting as McKenzie friend

Doctor was found to have brought a string of civil proceedings described as totally without merit.
Law Society Gazette

UK: High Court Rules Against The Use Of Privileged Documents By Trustees In Bankruptcy - TLT Solicitors

The court has no jurisdiction to direct a bankrupt to waive privilege in any document, the High Court has ruled (Leeds v Lemos [2017] EWHC 1825 (Ch)).

UK: Meeting Mnimum Energy Efficiency Standards: The Letter Of The Law - TLT Solicitors

From 1 April 2018 it will be unlawful to grant a tenancy of a property with an EPC rating of below E (known as a sub-standard property) unless an exemption applies and has been validly registered. So..

United States: The SEC And ICOs: Putting The SEC's Determination That DAO Tokens Are Securities In Context - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

The SEC has been watching the increase in ICOs for some time, and for good reason. The New York Times reported that $1.1 billion has been raised this year by companies, foundations, and decentralized..

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