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The Scent of Jasmine

I rose to shake hands with my client and asked her to sit down. You see, at first I didn’t recognize her. It was only when I glanced down at her hand and saw the ring that I knew it was she. An old and now estranged friend had given it to her.

An Appraisal of the Causes and the Panacea to Nigeria's Growing Interconnect Debts

The deregulation of the telecommunications sector in 2001 led to the issuance of telecom licenses to major telecom providers in Nigeria. Unlike the pre-deregulation era which was characterized by poor services by NITEL, Nigeria’s sole telecom provider, there has been an increase in international trade and investment as a result of the telecommunication revolution. The adverse effect of this is the staggering amounts of interconnect debts in Nigeria’s telecommunication sector.

Use of a Defendant's Grand Jury Testimony at Trial in New York

A practitioner must always be cognizant of the possibility of a defendant's Grand Jury testimony being used at trial. This article explains how it is that this can happen.

New Rules in Albania for Combating Late Payment in Commercial Transactions

Invoices released to business and public entities are now an executive title in Albania.

Arbitration: Your Counterparty is a Resident of Ukraine

Particularly, Ukraine, as the successor of the USSR, is the co-signatory of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 1958) and the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration of 1961, and the Law of Ukraine "On International Commercial Arbitration" almost verbatim repetition of the Model Law UNCITRAL "On international Commercial Arbitration" of 1985.

Corporation Ordered to Pay €205,694, in Lieu of Salaries and Repatriation Expenses

Last month Judge Padovani Grima ordered the Ladybug Corporation to pay the 22 crew members, the sum of €205,694, in lieu of salaries and repatriation expenses, after that the owners had stopped communication with the International Transport Workers’ Federation, refused to take calls and had abandoned the crew and vessel.

Technology & Communications Law - Malaysia

A basic insight into the laws of technology and communications in Malaysia.

Five Points You Should Know About the Cheques (Checks) in the UAE

The payment of the cheque (check in American English) should not be conditional. Whereas, if the payment of the cheque was related to some conditions, and those conditions were not fulfilled, the cheque will still remain due on its date

Cheques (Checks) in the UAE

Cheque (Check in American English) is a replacement for money. It is one of the most common methods to execute payments especially in commercial transactions. Since a cheque is meant to replace money, people must have trust in it. Therefore the UAE penal law levied a punishment against anyone issuing insufficient funds its due date. Such a crime is known as the bounce cheque crime.

Deconstructing the “Act of Production” Doctrine

Tax cases are document-intensive cases. As any white-collar criminal defense attorney knows all too well, summonses and grand jury subpoenas routinely seek documents. And there is a good reason why. If the government cannot get the requested documents, it often cannot make a case. It is for this reason that the seminal issue in document production cases is whether the taxpayer has a Fifth Amendment privilege with respect to documents that he possesses.

Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were injured in a personal injury accident, you are probably swimming in a sea of questions. What do I do next? Should I file a legal claim? Can I recover compensation? The first step in getting those questions answered – and possibly recovering money damages – is to meet with a personal injury lawyer.

Council Adopts European Account Preservation Order

The Council of the EU adopted yesterday the regulation establishing a European Account Preservation Order.

Cyprus New Limitation of Actions Law

It is common amongst common law jurisdictions to have laws that prescribe the maximum time after an event that legal proceedings based on that event may be instigated. This is called a statute of limitation of actions.

Healthcare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits Plentiful

A large portion of the whistleblower lawsuits that are filed are related to the healthcare industry. The government funding of Medicare and Medicaid has lead to the large number of complaints related to healthcare fraud.

Ten Ways To Avoid Becoming a Guest of “Club Fed”

Contrary to popular belief, the IRS doesn’t want to throw you in jail. Criminal investigations consume a lot of resources, take time, and are expensive. For most taxpayers, a criminal investigation isn’t a first step, but rather the last step in a lengthy process to get you to resolve your tax debt. In other words, it’s rare that an agent will show up on your doorstep one day with cuffs in hand.

Voter ID Law Strike Down a Victory for Justice

When a federal judge ruled that a voter ID law citing it violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, they upheld the rights of all in the face of political motives.

What Should I Do When I Have Been Served With a Lawsuit?

Being served with a lawsuit whether the lawsuit is against you personally or against your business is a stressful thing. While the summons and complaint give you instructions on your deadline to respond to the complaint, those instructions are not complete. This article will help you remain calm when you are served with a lawsuit in Georgia by providing you with more detail on your rights after you have been served.

Azerbaijan Is on Its Way to Creating Ambitious Electronic Court System

Azerbaijan is creating its electronic court system. The President of the country issued the respective order (the “Order”) back few months ago . The Order lists the elements of the system. It should include electronic filing, case tracking, notifications, electronic cabinet etc.

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Ban on Affirmative Action

A common law system (one where previous court opinions define the meaning of the law) can be very useful. It can also result in some rather bizarre arguments being taken seriously, and even garnering the support of some members of the Supreme Court. Case in point: the plaintiffs position in Schuette v BAMN which the Supreme Court decided this week.

MH370 - The Montreal Convention from a Malaysian Perspective

An insight for the unfortunate whose relatives were traveling on MH370.

Testosterone Lawsuits Continue to Rise

Testosterone lawsuits continue to rise, with new lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of Testim and AndroGel earlier this month. Just a few years ago testosterone was hyped as some kind of miracle drug for men, but new evidence has come to light indicating at testosterone is linked to increased stroke and heart attack risk and a number of other serious side effects.

Most Common Personal Injury Accidents

Millions of people are injured or killed in personal injury accidents every year. Personal injury claims fall under the umbrella legal discipline of tort law, which establishes liability for negligent or intentional misconduct that result in injuries, deaths, or damages.

Bilateral Arbitration Treaties: A Few “Bits” More and No “Buts” within the Portuguese Jurisdiction

In his “Kiev Arbitration Days” after-dinner speech in November 2012 (“BITS, BATS and BUTS”), Gary Born presented a suggestion that can leave no one indifferent (speech published as “Essay” by Young Arbitration Review, March 2014 Edition). His idea is to take advantage of the legal framework and experiences gained from the world of investment arbitration and bring that framework and those experiences into international commercial arbitration.

New Study Shows that Testosterone May Have Negative Impact on Brain

Testosterone has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including stroke and heart attack, and now a new study has found that the use of testosterone in certain men may have a negative impact on the brain.

Recognition of Foreign Judgments in Poland

The foreign judgment depending on its nature shall be a subject to different procedures with a view to its enforcement in Poland. In simple terms those judgments in general could be divided into three groups: property related, being a subject to execution by enforcement proceedings, non-property related (e.g., divorce and other judgments in family affairs) and inheritance.

Testosterone Lawsuits Go Before Judicial Executive Committee

Testosterone lawsuits continue to mount against the makers of various testosterone supplements, and a Judicial Executive Committee was recently created to centralize at least 30 of those lawsuits which allege that testosterone caused heart attacks, strokes, and other injuries. The consolidated cases are pending before U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly in the Northern District of Illinois.

Mediation in Turkey: An Alternative Method for Dispute Resolution

Mediation as an alternative dispute resolution has been regulated by European Union Directive 2008/52/EC providing the application of mediation for civil and commercial cases in the member states of the European Union ("EU"). In some of the Member States of the EU the mediation is recent and has been regulated short time ago by their national laws and mediation has been enacted by a separate law.

Dealing with Harassment from Debt Collectors

The Texas Debt Collection Act and the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prohibit debt collectors from taking certain actions when dealing with alleged debtors. They also provide remedies for people when collectors fail to comply with the statutes. This article is to help you determine whether a debt collector has violated the law and what you can do about it.

What Temp Workers Need to Know about Workplace Injuries

If you are one of the millions of temp workers in this country, you may be unsure of your employment rights, including protections against discrimination, eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits, and wage and hour rights. Temporary workers can rest assured: while you may not have the same job security that full-time employees have, you do have a number of employment rights and protections.

The Dangers of Talc Powder for Women and Children

Talc-based powders are used by many women as part of their personal hygiene routine and many parents use baby powder on their infants to prevent diaper rash. Despite the popularity of talc-based products, however, they present many dangers to women and children.

Settling Your Family Law Case When a Settlement Proposal Is in the Margin of Error

The decision on when to settle a family law case is a difficult one. This article suggests that the time in most circumstances to settle is when a settlement offer is within the margin of error.

Proposed Florida Laws Strip Medical Care Decisions Away from Doctors during Personal Injury Claims

You could be forgiven for thinking messing around with health care coverage rules was the sole domain of democrats these days, but the new laws which will deeply interfere with the choices a doctor will make and options available for the seriously injured have sprung from the minds of two republican lawmakers.

Androderm Lawsuit Filed in California Court After Testosterone Therapy Linked to Cardiac Events

Testosterone lawsuits are being filed across the United States against drug manufacturers like Eli Lilly and Watson Pharmaceuticals who make prescription testosterone. Men claim to have suffered heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolisms after taking prescription testosterone drugs.

Limitation on Enforcement of Judgment Debts in Hong Kong

Pursuant to section 4(4) of the Limitation Ordinance (Chapter 347) (“the Ordinance”), there is a time limit of 12 years for creditors to bring an action on a judgment debt from the date on which the judgment became enforceable. After expiration of the 12 years, no such action can be taken.

Enforcement of Foreign Awards in India

Prior to the enactment of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (“Act”) the enforcement of foreign awards were governed by the Arbitration (Protocol and Convention) Act, 1937 and the Foreign Awards (Recognition and Enforcement) Act, 1961 (“1961 Act”). The law on annulment of domestic awards was governed by the Indian Arbitration Act, 1940 (“1940 Act”). The 1961 Act was enacted by the Indian Legislature to implement the New York Convention.

Oregon Stryker Hip Recall Claims

Information on Stryker hip implant recalls and asserting claims in Oregon.

Should Testosterone Products Contain a Heart Attack Warning on Labels?

In light of recent data indicating that testosterone is dangerous for many men, Public Citizen – a public advocacy group – is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require black box warnings about heart attack and stroke risks to be included on the labels of testosterone products.

What Women Need to Know About Talc Body Powders

Many women use talc-based body power as part of their personal hygiene routine, and they may be putting their health at risk as a result. In a recent study, researchers examined data collected from eight separate studies and found that women who regularly use talcum powder in the genital region increase their risk of ovarian cancer by 24 percent.

What Is the Difference between Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Accident and injury victims often wonder about their legal rights after an accident. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the defendant(s) may be liable for money damages in either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Clients often have a number of questions about the differences between a personal injury lawsuit and a wrongful death lawsuit, and this article explains some of the major similarities and differences.

How Does Malaysian Law Deal With Acts of Piracy at Sea?

Piracy is a prevailing problem with no reasonable solution in sight. How safe is your ship or consignment passing through the seas surrounding Malaysia and what laws apply to this region?

Federal Whistleblower Complaints Can Be Filed Online

Whistleblowers are now able to file certain complaints online. Whistleblower complaints that are overseen by OSHA can be filed online.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Adoption of New Legislation for Better Industrial Environment

Adoption of a new legislation for a better industrial environment in the DRC: bill on the rescue of the industry in danger.

Nevada State Athletic Commission Bans Testosterone Replacement Therapy from Combat Sports

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has banned testosterone-replacement therapy from combat sports, including boxing and mixed martial arts. The decision was made based on evidence that testosterone unnaturally increases the athlete’s competitive abilities and that it is not a necessary medical treatment for many of its users.

Business Rescue in the New Companies Act of 2008

The New Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 replaced the old Companies in May 2011. Pursuant to the Amendment of the Old Companies Act, Chapter 6 of the new Companies Act introduces the Business Rescue Procedure (BRP). Business Rescue is a procedure that facilitates the rehabilitation and restructuring of a company that is undergoing financial difficulties. The business rescue procedure aims to maximise the possibility of the business to remain solvent.

Review of The Owner/Design Professional Agreement from The Design Professional's Perspective

This article reviews some of the issues addressed in a standard Owner/Design Professional Agreement, outlines concerns from the Design Professional’s perspective, and discusses how the Design Professional can reduce liability on a project and ensure equitable adjustments to the contract price and schedule for changed or additional design services. The agreement contemplated by this article is one to be used as part of a traditional design-bid-build approach.

Talc and Other Dangerous Personal Care Products

The cosmetic and personal hygiene industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. The United States cosmetic industry alone is the largest in the world, with total revenue in excess of $54 billion. Unfortunately, not all cosmetic and personal care products are safe for use and some are even linked to serious medical conditions – yet they remain on store shelves. Some of the most dangerous personal care products on the market today are talc-based products.

Johnson & Johnson Found Liable in Baby Powder Lawsuit

Talc is used in a number of cosmetic and personal hygiene products, such as baby powder and feminine body powders. But new evidence and a recent lawsuit suggested that, despite its widespread use, talcum powder could be incredibly dangerous.

HK New Companies Ordinance : Changes to Directors’ Duties

The entirely new Companies Ordinance (Cap 622) (“New CO”) will come into force on 3 March 2014. We highlight the New CO’s major changes relating to registration of charges and private limited companies.

The Hidden Risks of Talcum Powder

Talcum powder – which is commonly referred to as baby powder or body powder – is a widespread cosmetic and personal hygiene product that has a number of uses. Talcum powder is made from a soft mineral called hydrous magnesium silicate, which is crushed, dried, and then milled. Talcum powder works by absorbing moisture and reducing friction, thereby protecting the skin.

Elder Abuse Hurts Families

The cycle of violence is hard to break. Problems can occur when a child that was abused becomes the caregiver for the parent that did the abusing. Elder abuse can be the result when a child that was abused is forced to take care of a parent later in life.

Various Means of Reducing Legal Counsel Fees in M&A Projects

Legal counsel fees are usually one of the most wishful targets for reduction by industrial clients. However, not all the clients know how effectively reduce legal fees without loosing appropriate level of comfort and quality of legal services. This article sets out available means of reduction legal counsel fees.

New Administrative Courts in Albania

Since May 2012 , the Albania Parliament adopted the law on the establishment and functioning of Administrative Courts in all three levels of the judiciary , including the Administrative College of Supreme Court .

Testosterone Shown to Cause Stroke and Heart Attacks

Testosterone therapy is used by a number of men believed to have low testosterone levels. Although low testosterone can cause fatigue, decreased libido, and muscle and bone loss, testosterone is sometimes prescribed unnecessarily – which can lead to serious side effects and medical conditions.

Were You Injured After Taking Testosterone Supplements?

Testosterone therapy has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including heart attack, stroke, and even death. For men under the age of 65 with a history of heart disease, the risk of heart attack nearly triples when taking testosterone supplements and doubles for men over the age of 65 even if they have no history of heart disease.

Liability for Testosterone and Other Unsafe Pharmaceuticals

The use of testosterone replacement therapy has increased exponentially in recent years. In fact, the Washington Post reports that the number of men starting testosterone therapy has almost quadrupled in the United States since 2000. But new data has also come to light indicating that the use of testosterone therapy can be dangerous, particularly to men over the age of 65 and men with a history of heart disease.

Serving Judicial Documents in China

Giving legal notice to a defendant in a court proceeding is an important part of many civil and commercial lawsuits. Here is some guidance on the different ways judicial documents can be served on a party of a court proceeding in China.

Six California Residents Arrested For Financial Elder Abuse Scams

Six California residents have been arrested for scams that targeted senior citizens. The suspects were arrested in southern California.

Should I Sue for my Auto Accident Injuries?

If you were injured in a car accident, you may be facing mounting medical bills and be unable to work. In addition to the physical pain that you are in, you may also be angry and confused about what to do next. Many car accident victims wonder if they should accept an insurance settlement or pursue legal action by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Do Electronic Medical Records Impact Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?

According to some experts, research shows that electronic health records “improve quality and safety and, as a result, prevent adverse events and reduce the risk of malpractice claims.”

Disagreement About Handling of California Caregiver Abuse Cases

Long -term care advocates and officials disagreed at a recent Assembly hearing.

Fair Use in Trademarks

Unlike copyrights, the defense of fair use in trademark law is relatively new and not as developed.

Los Angeles Assisted Living Facility Held Responsible for Injuries of Resident

A Los Angeles County assisted living facility has been ordered by a judge to pay a woman who was injured by a fall.

Incorporating IBA Guidelines Into A “Code of Ethics”: A Step Too Far?

The Board of Directors of the “ACL Arbitration Centre” (the Arbitration Centre of the “Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Lisbon Commercial Association”) recently approved a new set of rules for arbitration proceedings administrated under its auspices.

Shelby County v. Holder and the Constitutionality of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act

Appeals Lawyers Analyze Shelby County v. Holder and the Constitutionality of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

An Overview of Arbitration Procedure and Practice in Malaysia

A basic insight into Arbitration practices and procedures and how Malaysia is slowly yet steadily following international guidelines on Arbitration.

Health Care Industry the Target in Whistleblower Lawsuits

The United States Department of Justice has provided the public with some information regarding recent whistleblower cases. In one of the cases there have been allegations made against Health Management Associates.

Scammers Offering Free Initial Services Target Seniors for Financial Elder Abuse

In California, senior citizens have been a target for con-artists and scammers. A recent scam has affected seniors in the state and officials want the public to be aware of the scam. This scam has been called the "free inspection scam."

MOTIVATION OF ARBITRAL AWARDS: A FEW NOTES

Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong. -William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

Asymmetrical Arbitration Clauses Under the Portuguese Law

An asymmetrical, unilateral or non-mutual arbitration clause may be grossly defined as the one that grants one party to an agreement the right to select either arbitration or litigation as a means to resolve disputes arising from the underlying agreement, yet denies that right to the other party.

California Cities Can’t Avoid Constitutional Liability for A Taking by Dissolving their Redevelopment Agencies

For years local redevelopment agencies were the bane of private property rights in California. Until recently these agencies were clothed with the power to seize private homes through eminent domain and then give that property to private developers like Costco or Wal-Mart, all in the name of community development.

$48 Million Settlement in Medicare Fraud Case

A California based nursing home operator has agreed to pay $48 million dollars in a settlement related to two whistleblower lawsuits.

Alternate remedy to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence & Pre-trial Discovery

Notwithstanding the earlier request to the Central Authority it is open to either party to request the judicial authority of the contracting state to issue a fresh letter of request for taking evidence directly to the High Court of the State in which the witness resides or carries on its business. The fresh letter of request addressed to the concerned High Court of the Indian State would be executable under the provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (‘Code’).

What is Physician-Patient Privilege and Why is It Important?

  By HG.org
Most of us have probably heard or been told that anything we tell our doctor is confidential. While this may be reassuring, it may have left you wondering why it was true and what the reason for that confidentiality was? How far does it extend? Would it hold up in court?

What New Bankruptcy Rules Came Into Effect in 2013?

  By HG.org
Nearly every year, the rules of procedure for various types of courts change. Bankruptcy courts are no exception. Bankruptcy courts are governed by the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. Often these changes are relatively small and technical, and only of interest to bankruptcy attorneys, but this year the rules changes primarily affect cases filed by individuals. So, what new bankruptcy rules came into effect on December 1, 2013?

How Do I Sue the Person Suing Me?

  By HG.org
Once embroiled in a lawsuit, one can often feel powerless, angry, abused, and confused. Indeed, many feel as though they did nothing wrong but that the other party – the one suing them – did. In that situation, it may be possible to actually sue the person who brought the original lawsuit. But how does one do that and what are the limitations?

What is Parol Evidence?

  By HG.org
One of the most confusing concepts to many lay people involved in legal disputes over a contract is the idea of parol evidence. It seems incomprehensible that one should not be able to rely on this evidence to explain what they expected to happen, yet it serves a purpose in the American legal system. So, what is parol evidence and why does it matter?

Dispute Resolution Forum Selection Uncertain with Arbitration Commission Secession - China

The Shanghai branch of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) recently split from CIETAC after the launch of its 2012 arbitration rules. The Shanghai branch (Shanghai CIETAC) declared itself an independent adjudication body with its own arbitration rules and its own panel of arbitrators. However, CIETAC denies the validity of the secession.

Experts Say Medical Practice Corrupted by Pharmaceutical Industry

We would like to think the medications prescribed to us by doctors have been proven safe and effective in careful scientific research, and approved by regulatory bodies that reviewed the evidence with public safety as their primary concern. However, a growing number of very well respected authorities are now suggesting that assumption is far from the truth.

Petition Seeks to Protect Consumers’ Right to Access Data from Drug Studies

December 9, 2013 A battle is currently underway that will determine whether drug makers can hide data about the safety and effectiveness of the drugs they sell or whether they will be required to release this critical information to the public.

Securities and Exchange Commission Saved $439 Million For Whistleblower Rewards

The Securities and Exchange Commission has saved money to spend on it's whistleblower rewards program. It is likely that there will be larger rewards in the future as tips have increased recently.

What is Hearsay?

  By HG.org
Easily, one of the most complicated subjects for law students to grasp and one of the most commonly misused terms in the English language is hearsay. Many incorrectly use it to refer to something that is speculation or rumor. What is hearsay? Is it admissible in court? Are there exceptions?

Is a Polygraph Test Admissible as Evidence?

  By HG.org
Have you ever wondered why, in a system of justice that relies so heavily upon people telling the truth, every witness is not strapped to a polygraph machine (i.e., a lie detector)? It is a logical question that leads to others about how interrogations and investigations are conducted when polygraphs are used. So, is a polygraph test admissible as evidence?

Why Does a Lawsuit Take So Long?

  By HG.org
One of the most common questions attorneys get while representing a client is “when will this case be over?” This is an obvious question given that the attorney probably costs money, the lawsuit takes time and energy, and living with worries about the outcome of the case can be a constant source of stress. Still, lawsuits take time, and parties who expect a case to be over in a few weeks are usually disappointed. So, why does a lawsuit take so long?

Who's Who and What's What in the Courtroom

  By HG.org
Going to court can be a stressful experience, especially if you have never been. Aside from the fears of what may be at stake or concerns about a new social setting, many are scared of embarrassing themselves by not knowing who does what, what things are called, etc. There are actually a number of traditional rules, terms, and procedures many are unaware of, and though not usually that important for the lay person, knowing what they are could be useful in putting one's mind at ease.

Common Tricks Attorneys Play in Civil Litigation

  By HG.org
For young attorneys, those who do not go to court often, or pro se litigatnts (those representing themselves), running up against an experienced litigation and trial attorney can be a stressful experience. Regardless of how much merit your case may have, a good litigator can derail your case, even before trial, using a few procedural tricks. Following are a few of them, how you can use them like an expert litigator, and things you can do to fight back.

What is a Standard of Review in an Appeal?

  By HG.org
Sometimes, after one finishes the trial, the case is still not over. One side or the other (or sometimes both) may feel that the court made an error in either allowing or preventing something to be shown in court, applying the law, or in some procedural matter. When one files the appeal, they are asked to describe which standard of review they believe will apply to the higher court's review of the case. So what is a standard of review and why does it matter?

Sutter Health Settles Whistleblower Case for $46 Million

Sutter Health decided to settle a whistleblower case before trial. The case involved allegations of double billing for anesthesia services at hospitals in California.

Methods of Service of Process

Service of process must be done accurately and according to the rules of each jurisdiction. Generally, three methods of process are permitted: personal service, substituted service, and service by publication. Personal service, or hand delivery, is always preferred as it is seen to be most accurate. Substituted service is allowed when the defendant is unable to be contacted in-person. Service by publication is only used as a last resort, as it is quite unreliable.

Whistleblowers Programs Could Help Regain Funds From Tax Dodgers

According to the California Franchise Tax Board, the state is owed more than 6.5 billion dollars in tax revenue. Some contend that implementation of a whistleblower rewards program could help to bring in some of that lost revenue.

Patients Abandoned By Caregivers at Castro Valley Assisted Living Facility

A Castro Valley assisted living facility was shut down by state social services last month. Patients were left with minimal staff to attend to their needs.

Whistleblower Comes Forward to Talk About Experience at SunFirst Bank

A whistleblower recently spoke at a conference in Las Vegas to discuss her experiences. She was the compliance officer at a bank where gambling funds were processed. She cooperated with federal regulators and exposed the illegal operations at the bank.

Identifying and Preventing Elder Abuse

Senior citizens across the nation are being taken advantage of. Physical elder abuse and financial elder abuse have become commonplace.

The Many Benefits of Mediation

This article details the benefits of mediation versus a trial or hearing in a divorce or child custody dispute. Divorce and child custody disputes can be emotionally and financially draining. Mediation can help all parties involved settle disputes through a neutral party, a mediator, often at a lower cost with mutually beneficial results.

How to Avoid Predatory Lending

Predatory lending encompasses a wide range of deceptive and unfair practices. Learn how you can avoid the lending scams that will put your home at risk of foreclosure.

When to Negotiate and When to Litigate

  By HG.org
One of the most challenging decisions parties often face in a legal proceeding is knowing when to negotiate and when to litigate. Should they slug it out until the bitter end to get that huge judgment they think they will win, or should they be trying to resolve the dispute, avoid expense, and work things out? Or, are they coming to the table too soon? Is it going to be seen as a sign of weakness?

I Won My Lawsuit, Now How Do I Collect?

  By HG.org
So, you have won your lawsuit, but the other side has not simply cut you a check. What do you do? How can you go about collecting your judgment? These are a few tips to help you with the collections process:

How Do I Get the Other Side to Pay My Attorney Fees if I Win a Lawsuit?

  By HG.org
It is one of the most common questions attorneys receive: how does one sue to get back their attorney fees in a lawsuit? Whether a family law case, a contract dispute, or a tort action, many believe they are entitled to recover their attorney fees from the other party if they win. But, is it that simple?

How Binding and Mandatory is Arbitration?

  By HG.org
The phrase “mandatory binding arbitration” sounds very final, but what does it really mean? How binding is an arbitration proceeding? Can one appeal an improper ruling? Can one avoid arbitration all together?

How Effective Is Mediation in Child Custody Disputes?

  By HG.org
Disputes over child custody can be among the most heated. After all, the stakes are incredibly high when the issue of being able to see your own children is on the line. As a result, it may seem like the prospect of ever reaching an agreement with your child's other parent is highly unlikely, but mediation can often lead to surprisingly positive results.

Lack Of Complete Diversity Of Citizenship Of Members Of Equine LLCs Requires Dismissal Of Federal Action

The issue of diversity of citizenship is of particular interest to equine ownership and contract disputes, because many equine-related entities are organized as limited liability companies (LLCs). The citizenship of LLCs is subject to a different rule than the citizenship of corporations, a distinction that may escape the attention of attorneys.


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