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Justices block extension of absentee ballot deadline in Wisconsin

With an order that ended a day marked by twists and turns in the dispute over Wisconsin’s plan to hold its primary election tomorrow, the Supreme Court tonight granted a request by the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Wisconsin to block a lower-court order that had extended the deadline for absentee ballots to be submitted. by a sharply divided court means that in-person voting will go on tomorrow as scheduled; absentee ballots will be counted as long as they are eithe...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Wisconsin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican National Committee, Conley, Howe, Ginsburg, Democratic National Committee, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Republican Party of Wisconsin, Evers, Tony Evers, What's Happening Now


Coronavirus Update 4-7-2020 number 2: FFCRA loopholes (and another Zoominar)

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) have sent a scathing letter to Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia calling out the DOL for contradictions they see between the text of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the agency’s interpretive guidance. Among the issues that they red-flagged: The DOL requires certification before employees qualify for paid leave, even though the FFCRA does not require any such certification from employees. (I’ve also noted a ...
Tags: Law, Labor, Irs, DOL, Patty Murray, Jon Hyman, Norah, Eugene Scalia, Rosa DeLauro D Conn, Andre Hunter, Zoominar


Tuesday round-up

Yesterday evening, the court, by a vote of 5-4 along ideological lines, granted a request by the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Wisconsin to block a lower court order extending the deadline for mailing absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s primary election today. In a post for this blog that first appeared at Howe on the Court, Amy Howe reports that the opinion “by a sharply divided court means that in-person voting will go on [today] as scheduled; absentee ballots will be c...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Court, New York Times, Wisconsin, Kansas, Npr, Usa Today, Ada, Republican National Committee, Trump, Round-up, The Supreme Court, Howe, Adam Liptak


Opinion analysis: Federal employees need not show “but-for causation” to establish age discrimination liability

Yesterday the Supreme Court delivered a win for the plaintiff in Babb v. Wilkie : Noris Babb can establish that her employer, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act without having to prove that her age was the “but-for cause” of the agency’s employment decisions. However, a plaintiff who cannot establish that their age was the but-for cause of their federal employer’s adverse employment decision will not be eligible for many forms of relief, ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Alito, Clarence Thomas, Babb, Samuel Alito, U S Department of Veterans Affairs, Wilkie, LBGT, ADEA, Merits Cases


New Report from Insurance.com Names the Most and Least Costly ZIP Codes for Home Insurance

Foster City, CA – April 6, 2020 (PRNewswire) The highest homeowners’ insurance rates in the nation belong to ZIP code 33070, home to Islamorada Village of Islands, on Plantation Key in Florida, according to Insurance.com’s analysis of average rates for nearly every ZIP code in the country. ZIP codes in Louise, Texas and Mobile, Alabama rank second and third, respectively, according to Insurance.com, an independent consumer guide to insurance. Homeowners can enter a ZIP code in Insu...
Tags: Florida, Insurance, Costs, Radio, Mobile Alabama, Real Estate News, Hawaii Honolulu, Islamorada Village of Islands, Home Owners, Alabama Mobile, Louise Texas, Michelle Megna, Florida Islamorada Village of Islands, Texas Louise, Oklahoma Cashion, Kansas Quinter


Opinion analysis: Court upholds stop of vehicle based entirely on registered owner having revoked license

In a narrow opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday that a Kansas police officer had reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle about which he knew nothing more than that its registered owner had a revoked driver’s license. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court in Kansas v. Glover ; Justice Elena Kagan wrote a concurrence stressing the narrowness of the decision, which was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the lone dissenter. On April 28, 2016, Dougl...
Tags: Featured, Law, United States, Kansas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, U S Supreme Court, Kansas Supreme Court, Glover, Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Kansas Department of Revenue, Goldstein Russell


"Large numbers of people flocked to popular tourists sites and major cities across China over the country's holiday weekend..."

"... despite warnings from health authorities that the risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic remains far from over. Images from the Huangshan mountain park in Anhui province on Saturday April 4 showed thousands of people crammed together, many wearing face masks, eager to experience the great outdoors after months of travel restrictions and strict lockdown measures. A similar story played out in the capital Beijing, with locals flocking to the city's parks and open spaces...."CNN reports.What's...
Tags: Travel, Law, China, Cnn, Beijing, Anhui, Huangshan, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus


Keep Your Construction Claims Alive in Crazy Economic Times

Coronavirus is dominating the news.  Construction in Virginia is facing what is at best an uncertain future and at worst a series of large scale shutdowns due to COVID-19.  The number of cases seem to grow almost exponentially on a daily basis while states and the federal government try and patch together a solution.  All of this adds up to the possibility that owners and other construction related businesses could shutter and importantly payment streams can slow or dry up.  Aside from keeping y...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Don, Richmond VA, Construction Law, Mechanic's Liens, Business of Construction, Virginia Construction Lawyer, Mechanic's Lien, Bond Claims, Miller Act, Construction Mediator, Construction Claim, COVID-19, Payment Claims, Virginia Little Miller Act


Federal judge rejects R. Kelly’s coronavirus get out of jail request

A federal judge today denied a request that accused serial sexual abuser R. Kelly be released from jail, rejecting claims by his lawyers that he is at high risk of contracting COVID-19. READ THE DECISION: [PDF] The judge said they failed to prove their client is no longer “a flight risk or a danger to the community.” 'At least 2' workers at the jail have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. From reporting by Marina Fang for HuffPo: On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly reje...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Prison, Justice, Entertainment, Law, Chicago, Jail, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Criminals, Mcc, R Kelly, Marina Fang, Kelly, Chicago Sun Times


Zoom Videoconferencing 101

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Zoom Videoconferencing 101 It’s been a few weeks since we collectively began to “shelter in place.” Working from home has become the newfound reality for many lawyers, and many of you are likely in the process of trying to determine how to work remotely both effectively and efficiently. As you put systems in place to facilitate practicing law virtually, video conferencing has undoubtedly become ...
Tags: Google, New York, Law, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


"We were at once recipients of and contributors to the joy of witnessing the sudden appearance of creatures none of us had foreseen, but which we ourselves had nonetheless created."

Said the Surrealist poet Simone Kahn, quoted in "Explaining Exquisite Corpse, the Surrealist Drawing Game That Just Won’t Die."It's a game you might want to play, during our long confinement, with all the concern about about our body. Here are 2 fabulous examples by Man Ray, André Breton, Yves Tanguy, and Max Morise (in 1928):If you don't know how to do these drawings and don't want to read the linked article, look closely at these images and see where the paper folds are. One person begins the ...
Tags: Games, Law, Drawing, Surrealism, Man Ray, Ann Althouse, Yves Tanguy, Simone Kahn, Man Ray André Breton Yves Tanguy, Max Morise


Courtroom access: Despite hit-and-run injury, San Diego resident maintains streak of attending LGBTQ arguments

Eddie Reynoso from San Diego, California, has been traveling across the country to witness the justices argue cases concerning the LGBTQ community for years.  Beginning with Hollingsworth v. Perry , a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 defining marriage as between one man and one woman, Eddie and a small group from around the country have made an effort to be present for every major case in the LGBTQ rights space at the court – from Obergefell v. Hodges , in which the justi...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington, San Diego, Eddie, Perry, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San Diego California, ADF, Alliance Defending Freedom, Hodges, Obergefell, Hollingsworth, Clayton County Georgia


Coronavirus Update 4-6-2020 number 2: A 4th set of FAQs from the DOL on the FFCRA (and another Zoominar)

If you thought the DOL was done publishing FAQs on the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act with the publications of last week’s regulations, boy do I have a surprise for you. Over the weekend, the DOL published its 4th set of FAQs discussing the FFCRA (nos. 60 - 79). What has the DOL clarified in its latest set of FAQs? A local quarantine or isolation order includes shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders, but they on...
Tags: Law, DOL, Jon Hyman, FFCRA School


NSSF: Hunting is the Perfect Social Distance Activity

The NSSF recommends hunting as the perfect social distance activity. U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic that no one saw coming: hunting. While consumer demand for firearms is at record level, and while non-essential activities have been shut down in most states, it is no surprise that Americans would be looking forward to hunting seasons. Hunting is a perfect opportunity to be outside, alone or in small groups, enjoying nature and perhaps being able to bring home...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Maryland, Guns, Cdc, Washington, Virginia, Alabama, West Virginia, Alaska, Tennessee, Nebraska, Hunting, North Carolina


Learn New Career Skills For Free During Crisis

Learn new career skills for free during this crisis. Not only will it pay dividends down the road, but it just may help keep your mind occupied during these challenging times. Remember to think like a customer and learn from failures as you expand your own horizons. Building your career in the New Normal will take new skills and the ability to tackle unforeseen challenges, so keep learning on the front-burner as you navigate your way through these times. “With COVID-19 sending everyone inside, y...
Tags: Law, Careers, Career Tips for Lawyers


Lawyering in a Time of Corona

IT WAS INEVITABLE: as the courts shut down and the work-from-home edict spread, I was reminded of Luddite lawyers sitting in their offices. It would be a gargantuan undertaking to take files to and fro between home and office, and impossible to convert to a paperless office in the blink of an eye. Not surprisingly discoveries and mediations were cancelled, revealing those behind the curve. What we have preached as best practice for decades is now the only practice: paperless remote work is the o...
Tags: Instagram, Law, Netflix, Skype, Facetime, British Columbia, Supreme Court of Canada, Practice Of Law, Law Society of Ontario, Time Of Corona


The gentlest sunrise.

You have to imagine the sound of loons.Even softer... The time was 6:48 on a morning when the "actual" sunrise time was 6:29. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Fog, Ducks, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Opinion analysis: Court upholds stop of vehicle based on registered owner’s having revoked license

In a narrow opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday that a Kansas police officer had reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle about which he knew nothing more than that its registered owner had a revoked driver’s license. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court in Kansas v. Glover ; Justice Elena Kagan wrote a concurrence stressing the narrowness of the decision, which was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the lone dissenter. On April 28, 2016, Dougl...
Tags: Featured, Law, United States, Kansas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, U S Supreme Court, Kansas Supreme Court, Glover, Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Kansas Department of Revenue, Goldstein Russell


At the Monday Night Café...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Navigating Your Wedding + Married Life Finances with WalletJoy

In search of a comprehensive guide for your wedding finances and (hey-o) personal saving/budgeting strategies in general? Let me introduce you to your new Professor of Finance, WalletJoy! I’ll be the first to admit that getting a grip on all the moneys and implications surrounding wedding planning, life as newlyweds and the purchase of our first home was a marathon, not a sprint. Where are all my left-brainers at?! So when I discovered this up + coming digital resource that could help me underst...
Tags: Insurance, Wedding, Wedding Planning, Financials, Personal Finances, Wedding Budget, Budget Planning, Free Resource, Wallet Joy


Coronavirus Update 4-7-2020: What does OSHA have to say about coronavirus for employers?

OSHA, the federal agency responsible for health and safety, has been all over the coronavirus pandemic, providing a wealth of resources for employers.  That said, OSHA does not have a specific standard addressing viral pandemics. Instead, it regulates this outbreak via its general duty clause: “Each employer shall furnish to each of [its] employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physi...
Tags: Law, Cdc, OSHA, Jon Hyman, Meyers Roman, Use Environmental Protection Agency EPA


Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible. This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Canadian Securities Law 2. Meurrens on Immigration 3. LawLawLand 4. Trauma & Lawyers’ Mental Health 5. Canadian Legal History Blog Canadian Securities Law OSC Introduces Three-Year...
Tags: Law, Canada, Auckland, OSC, IRCC, University of Auckland, Monday’s Mix, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ontario Securities Commission, Meurrens, AUT University, COVID, Trauma Lawyers ' Mental Health, Institutional Trade Matching and Settlement NI, Mindy Caterina Garrett Jamieson, Trauma Lawyers ' Mental Health Your Mental Health


At the Tuesday Night Café...

... you can talk about whatever you like. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Fog, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Cybersquatting case in federal court shows inefficiencies of ACPA

A recent case from a federal court in Kentucky shows why the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1125(d) – the “ACPA”) can be – when compared to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) – a relatively inefficient way of resolving a domain name dispute.   Defendant was an infringer Here is a quick rundown of the facts. Defendant owned a business directly competitive to plaintiff ServPro. Plaintiff had used its mark and trade dress since the 1960’s. ...
Tags: Google, Law, Kentucky, Domain Names, Trademarks, Servpro, Blanton, ACPA, Summary Judgment, Cybersquatting, Udrp, Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, ServPro Intellectual Property Inc


Relist Watch: Kalsarikännit edition

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. As America begins its fourth week under quarantine with widespread working from home, we’ve begun noticing shifts grooming , attire and behavior as many of us remain cooped up for weeks on end. Because it’s often said that the Germans have a word for everything , it’s worth checking in with the people who gave us schadenfreude and weltschmerz to see what they have to describe the current crisis. Both hamsterkauf (“hamster buying” = panic...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Law, California, Washington, Court, America, Georgia, United States, Davis, Department Of Education, Thomas, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Sonia Sotomayor, Robinson, Homer Simpson


Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology. Technology Free Access to Easy-to-Use Compliance App Lesha Van Der Bij To say COVID-19 has sped up the pace of legal change is an understatement. Usually it takes months (or even years!) to make changes to Canadian laws, but now we are seeing significant amendments announced and in force on the same day. With many busines...
Tags: Law, Halifax, Jennifer Taylor, Tips Tuesday


'The Peter Parker Problem': With great (judicial) power comes great responsibility

What does that Spiderman story have to do with judges setting bail? From a psychological perspective, as it turns out, everything!Since everyone is looking for diversions while American society shuts down over the coronavirus, here's an interesting article I read recently that merits Grits readers' attention. Check out "The Peter Parker Problem." The premise: After Peter failed to help police apprehend a criminal who ran right past him and later killed his uncle,Peter is sure he caused his uncl...
Tags: New York, Law, California, Ball, Peter, Ben, United States Supreme Court, Santa Clara University, Peter Parker, David Ball, Gritsforbreakfast


No new grants today

The Supreme Court issued orders this morning from the justices’ conference last week, which was once again held with the justices – all of whom, according to the court’s Public Information Office, are healthy – participating by phone. The justices did not add any new cases to their docket for next term, nor did they call for the views of the federal government. The justices denied review in three cases that they had repeatedly considered at several consecutive conferences, with each denial...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Arizona, Catholic, Bell, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, 9th Circuit, EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Howe, Fifth Circuit


At the Lunchtime Café...

... talk about anything you like.The photo shows a mellow western view at 6:32 a.m. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Lunchtime Café


Open COVID Pledge


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