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The Complete Saga of Former U.S. Tax Court Judge Diane L. Kroupa is Now Finally Concluded

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As reported in my April 7, 2016, October 3, 2016 and October 27, 2016 blog posts, former U.S. Tax Court Judge Diane L. Kroupa and her then husband, Robert E. Fackler, were indicted on charges of tax fraud. Specifically, they...more

Judge Essex Updates Ground Rules to Limit Prehearing Briefs, Opening Statements

by Jones Day on

Last week, Judge Essex issued a notice updating his ground rules in active investigations pending before him...more

Complainants Mostly Strike Out at Commission on Judicial Conduct

by PretiFlaherty on

Except for one judge who made a racially insensitive comment to a colleague and was forced to resign (see previous post), Massachusetts judges, in the judgment of their watchdogs, pretty much behaved themselves in...more

“Bad Hombres” Only? Ninth Circuit Federal Judge Slams Deportation Process.

Last week, the Ninth Circuit reviewed a petition for a stay of deportation for Magana Ortiz, an undocumented immigrant. While unable to stop the deportation, Judge Stephen Reinhart used a concurring opinion to blast the...more

Official Report Leaves One Eager to Know More about 'Racially Insensitive' Judge

by PretiFlaherty on

There’s one intriguing item, and one only, in the latest annual report of the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct, which fills some 90 pages of text. (I read these things so you don’t have to.) It concerns a...more

Texas Judge Suspended When State Discovered She is a Non-Citizen.

The State of Texas recently suspended a municipal court judge, when the state learned that she was not a U.S. Citizen — a requirement for appointment, holding most public offices, and voting. Municipal Court Judge Young Min...more

The District of Delaware Announces New Procedures for Assigning Civil Cases

by Jones Day on

On May 26, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware announced new procedures for assigning cases and handling case-dispositive issues....more

Religious Institutions Update: June 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, No. 15-577. The lawsuit concerns whether the daycare operated by a Missouri church may qualify...more

District of Delaware assigns four visiting judges to fill vacancies, tackle post-TC Heartland filings

by DLA Piper on

Effective immediately, four district court judges have been assigned to serve as visiting judges to assist with District of Delaware cases. On Friday, May 26, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware...more

How much can a judge intervene in cross-examination before a trial becomes unfair?

by Dentons on

Lord Justice Jackson's reforms to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) enabled judges to take a more active part in case management: they can manage the parties' costs budgets, control the timetable, limit expert evidence and...more

What the Judge Had for Breakfast May Actually Matter

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Have you ever told your client that the outcome of the case “may turn on what the judge had for breakfast this morning?” No doubt you were speaking metaphorically, but it turns out you may have been more literally correct...more

SEC Enforcement, ALJs and the Appointments Clause – Part II

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the second of two articles reviewing the arguments of the parties in SEC v Raymond J. Lucia Companies, Inc., v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 15-1345 (D.C. Cir. Argument May 24, 2017). In that case the en...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - April, 2017 #3

by Brooks Pierce on

After a weeklong spring recess, the legislature ramped up last week to move legislation ahead of the upcoming “crossover” deadline, which is currently set for April 27th. Crossover is the date by which a bill that does not...more

Ethics Committee Blocks Judges From Joining California Cannabis Gold Rush

Yesterday, right on the cusp of 420, the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics issued an opinion regarding “Extrajudicial Involvement in Marijuana Enterprises,” stating that judges should refrain from owning...more

The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet to Take Senior Status

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 13, 2017, the United States Court for the District of Delaware announced that The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet will take senior status as of May 1, 2017. Judge Sleet has served as a District Judge for the District of...more

DOJ Renews Commitment to Immigration Enforcement

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 11, 2017, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to federal prosecutors announcing a renewed commitment to criminal immigration enforcement. The memo outlines immigration offenses that should be...more

The North Carolina Business Court Evolves

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Business courts are not so-named because they favor businesses, but because they are specifically designed to improve a state’s business environment by providing a forum to resolve complex disputes in an efficient manner. ...more

In Summary Order, Court Vacates Above-Guidelines Sentence for Lack of Justification, But Denies Request to Remand to Different...

Franco Lupoi was sentenced to 156 months on money laundering conspiracy and heroin trafficking conspiracy charges, in excess of the applicable Guidelines range and the 135 month sentence requested by the government. In its...more

New Ohio Decision Clarifies Role of Judge and Jury in Eminent Domain Cases

by Roetzel & Andress on

As a general rule, injuries that are shared in common with the general public are not compensable under Ohio eminent domain law. Ohio’s 4th District Court of Appeals recently ruled that the question of whether an injury is...more

Exterro Releases Third Annual Federal Judges Survey: E-Discovery Advice for Becoming a Better Attorney

by Exterro, Inc. on

Today Exterro announced the results of the Third Annual Federal Judges Survey: E-Discovery Advice for Becoming a Better Attorney. Twenty-two (22) Federal Judges completed this year’s survey, conducted by Exterro, answering 25...more

New York Appellate Court Affirms Denial Of Motion For Change Of Venue

by Carlton Fields on

In this reinsurance coverage case in a New York court, certain defendant reinsurers made a motion for a change of venue under NY CPLR 510 (2) on the ground that “an impartial trial could not be had” based on the fact that...more

Judges discriminated against in judicial pension scheme reforms

by Dentons on

Six High Court judges have succeeded in their claims against the Ministry of Justice about the introduction of the judicial pension scheme reforms. All six judges alleged that they had been discriminated against on the...more

President-Elect Trump’s First 100 Days

by Bryan Cave on

As the United States rings in a New Year, it also welcomes a new president. All eyes are trained on Washington in anticipation of what President-elect Donald Trump will tackle in his first 100 days in office. Trump’s initial...more

The New Wisconsin Court of Appeals

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Bill Gates once wrote that “[w]e always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” Mr. Gates surely wasn’t thinking about the turnover of...more

Judges v. Ministry of Justice and Lord Chancellor

by Dentons on

It is not every day that a group of over 200 judges get together to issue proceedings against the Ministry of Justice and the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss. However, this is exactly what has happened; the London Central...more

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