What the Supreme Court is doing behind closed doors – CNNPolitics

Clashes among the justices over some of these orders, and the internal rules that guide them, have spilled out into the public sphere. Earlier this month, Justice Stephen Breyer, in a dissenting statement signed by his three fellow liberal justices, suggested that the court majority is arbitrarily applying its rules, at least in death penalty … More What the Supreme Court is doing behind closed doors – CNNPolitics

Former internal auditor claims San Diego diverted ratepayer funds charging an illegal tax

Source: Former utilities department leader says city diverted ratepayer funds to unrelated services The claim’s accusations of illegal activity center around a provision in California law that limits the rates that can be charged for governmental services. The provision generally limits those rates to an amount “which does not exceed the reasonable cost to the … More Former internal auditor claims San Diego diverted ratepayer funds charging an illegal tax

Arbitration Pacts Get Supreme Boost Over State Contract Law

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Lamps Plus v. Varela specifically calls out California’s rule for ambiguous contracts. Nevertheless, the decision also said that a state’s public policy concerns aren’t elevated above the FAA’s command to enforce arbitration agreements, said Robert Friedman, the co-chair of Littler Mendelson’s alternative dispute resolution group. The state contract law doctrine … More Arbitration Pacts Get Supreme Boost Over State Contract Law

The Profitable Prospects of Snitching for the IRS – WSJ

Nearly all successful whistleblowers seeking large awards, and many seeking smaller ones, use specialized tax attorneys to prepare their submissions. Their fee is typically 25% to 40% of an award. The attorneys say the package for the IRS needs to include items such as account statements, internal memorandums, emails and perhaps even voice recordings. Yes, … More The Profitable Prospects of Snitching for the IRS – WSJ

How victims of mass shootings may be able to go after gun manufacturers

Lawyers for the victims have sued Remington contending that the company marketed rifles like the one used in the crime in its advertising and product catalogs in a deceptive way by extolling the militaristic and assaultive qualities of the rifle and reinforcing the image of a combat weapon — in violation of a Connecticut law … More How victims of mass shootings may be able to go after gun manufacturers

A Texas couple has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for forcing a young girl to work in their home for 16 years – CNN

Mohamed Toure, 58, and Denise Cros-Toure, 58, were convicted in January of forced labor, conspiracy to harbor an alien and alien harboring. They both are citizens of Guinea — where the young girl was taken from — and lawful permanent residents of the US, but may lose their US immigration status and be deported to … More A Texas couple has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for forcing a young girl to work in their home for 16 years – CNN

Chalking tires to enforce parking rules is unconstitutional, court finds

A federal appeals panel ruled in a Michigan case that a parking officer who marks your tires with chalk is trespassing. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reinstated a 2017 case brought by Alison Taylor, who was issued 15 parking tickets in three years in Saginaw, Michigan, by … More Chalking tires to enforce parking rules is unconstitutional, court finds

Dozens of Lawyers Vie to Lead Data Breach Case Against Marriott

The fight over who will lead class actions brought over Marriott’s data breach began Friday, when dozens of lawyers submitted applications for leadership positions. More than 80 lawsuits were filed over the breach, which Marriott International Inc. announced Nov. 30, compromised the personal data of 500 million guests of its Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide … More Dozens of Lawyers Vie to Lead Data Breach Case Against Marriott

Supreme Court leans toward restricting access to business data – POLITICO

Justices heard arguments on Monday in the case, which pits business groups against news organizations and open-government advocates. In 1974, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an exemption for “confidential” business records did not apply to information that simply wasn’t public. The exemption, the judges said, could only be used in cases where … More Supreme Court leans toward restricting access to business data – POLITICO