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|Expungements are Now Possible for Non-Public Criminal Records|
Richard L. Hillman; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
May 16, 2016, previously published on April 15, 2016In 2015 the Michigan legislature made changes to MCL 780.621 that broaden a court's discretion to set aside both felony and misdemeanor criminal records, including non-public records.
|New False Accounting Offences in Australia Likely
to Increase Prosecutions for Foreign Corruption and Other Corporate Criminal
Steven W. Fleming; Jones Day;
March 30, 2016, previously published on March 2016The Australian Federal Parliament has enacted amendments to the Federal Criminal Code that are designed to address perceived deficiencies in Australia's legislative regime that prohibit Australians (individual and corporations) from bribing foreign government officials. Specifically, the amendments...
|Defendants City and Police Officers Awarded Fifty Thousand Dollars as Sanction against Plaintiff for Filing Frivolous Lawsuit|
Betsy G. Ramos; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
March 15, 2016, previously published on February 29, 2016Although our court rules and statutory law permit the award of attorney’s fees against a plaintiff and plaintiff’s counsel for the filing of a frivolous lawsuit, it is not often that the court will actually award fees. However, in Sherifi v. City of Atlantic City, 2015 N.J. Super....
|Federal Government Renews Call for Nationwide 0.05 BAC Limit|
Valerie Lewis Haber; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
March 2, 2016, previously published on February 19, 2016vThe federal government renewed its call for states to lower the legal alcohol limit for driving to 0.05. In its 2016 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, published on January 13, 2016,1 The National Transportation Safety Board again called on states to lower blood alcohol...
|Holistic Client-Centered Advocacy in Juvenile Delinquency Cases|
Benjamin Fuchs, Samantha Gurrentz, Lisa A. Polansky, Peter Sauer; Polansky Law Firm;
February 23, 2016, previously published by Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law, 2 Stetson J. Advoc. & L. 1 (2015) on February 17, 2016While the traditional juvenile defender focuses solely on resolving the delinquency or criminal charges, the “holistic” defender works with the client and an interdisciplinary team including social workers, other professionals, and family members to address the legal issues and...
|New Tort - Public Disclosure of Private Facts|
K. Paige Backman; Aird & Berlis LLP;
February 15, 2016, previously published on February 5, 2016In a strong and purposefully worded decision, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recognized a new cause of action referred to as “public disclosure of private facts.”
|Criminal Law and Health and Safety in the Workplace For Businesses and Their People|
Cynthia R. C. Sefton; Aird & Berlis LLP;
February 11, 2016, previously published on January 19, 2016Anyone in Canada who has the authority to direct how another person does work or performs a task should read, and pay careful attention to, the sentencing reasons of the Ontario Superior Court in what has come to be known as the “swing stage case.” A person with such authority can...
|Technology for Litigators: Pointing and Clicking Our Way Through Trial|
Daniel E. Monnat, Paige Nichols; Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered;
January 26, 2016, previously published by Kansas Association for Justice Journal on November 2015This article focuses on the uses of technology directly related to trial practice. For instance, in what ways are we allowed -- or perhaps required -- to use social media to aid our pretrial investigations of jurors and witnesses? And what technologies might we be allowed or required to use in the...
|University Revises Transfer Policies in Effort to Combat Campus Sex Assault|
Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
December 30, 2015, previously published on December 17, 2015One Title IX issue that has received considerable attention over the past several months is how colleges and universities should assess the student conduct records of students interested in transferring onto campus. Putting a finer point on it: should a finding that a student engaged in sexual...
|Bequests of Firearms under the New York SAFE Act|
Katherine McCurdy; Boylan Code, LLP;
December 14, 2015, previously published on November 25, 2015A simple bequest in your will is not enough to ensure lawful transfer of a firearm at your death. There are several hoops your executor and beneficiary will have to jump through to make sure the bequest is successful. You will want to make sure they are both as prepared as possible.