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Los Angeles sues Big Banks over Real Estate Tax losses

Los Angeles sues Big Banks over Real Estate Tax losses

City attorney takes aim at big banks Source: latimes.com Author: Michael Hiltzik Much of what Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer alleges in his lawsuits against four big banks for their mortgage and foreclosure practices isn’t debatable. In his latest lawsuit filed May 30 against JP Morgan Chase, Feuer alleges that mortgage lenders swarmed into […]

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Brazil net neutrality law – Internet Communications are Inviolable and Secret

Brazil net neutrality law – Internet Communications are Inviolable and Secret

Brazil enacts Internet ‘Bill of Rights’ Brazil’s president signed into law on Wednesday a “Bill of Rights” for the digital age that aims to protect online privacy and promote the Internet as a public utility by barring telecommunications companies from charging for preferential access to their networks. The law signed by President Dilma Rousseff at […]

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Journalistic Freedom – United States ranks 46th

Journalistic Freedom – United States ranks 46th

Biggest rises and falls in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to […]

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Status of Medical Marijuana and Legalization Initiatives

Status of Medical Marijuana and Legalization Initiatives

Legal pot faces myriad obstacles Delays raise tensions over medical use, sales, availability, more Drive down virtually any thoroughfare in Seattle and you are likely to pass several medical marijuana dispensaries. On Rainier Avenue, in southeast Seattle, the Northwest Cannabis Market sits between a fish store and an Italian bakery. A mile or so down […]

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Placement / Staffing Agencies – You may now raise your rates.

Placement / Staffing Agencies – You may now raise your rates.

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 39: Common Law Employees and Offers of Coverage on Behalf of Other Entities under the Final Employer Shared Responsibility Regulations Distinguishing employees who are full-time from those who are not takes up a good deal of real estate in final regulations published in the Federal Register on February […]

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2013 Privacy and Transparency Report - Electronic Frontier Foundation

2013 Privacy and Transparency Report – Electronic Frontier Foundation

Graphic: Which Internet Biggies Are Even Slightly Concerned About Your Privacy? When it comes to online privacy, many consumers assume that their service provider, or the websites they are browsing, have the users’ best interest in mind and that these companies won’t simply hand over your information to authorities. These people are mistaken, as are those […]

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Money transfers between PACs and Political Parties – McCain Feingold Loophole

Money transfers between PACs and Political Parties – McCain Feingold Loophole

A National Strategy Funds State Political Monopolies By his third year as chairman of the Alabama Republican organization, Mike Hubbard believed his party had just about everything it needed to win control of the State Legislature. He had a plan: an 88-page playbook for the 2010 campaign, with detailed, district-by-district budgets and precise voter turnout […]

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Judge’s Retirement System exempted from Pension Reform

Judge’s Retirement System exempted from Pension Reform

Pension reform lawsuits mounting Two organizations representing retired state employees are the latest to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s new pension reform law. The Retired State Employees Association, which has more than 9,000 retired state workers as members, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Sangamon County. The Illinois State Employees Association Retirees sued […]

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No privacy law in India – So, they follow NSA example with CMS (Centralized Monitoring System)

No privacy law in India – So, they follow NSA example with CMS (Centralized Monitoring System)

India’s new surveillance network will make the NSA green with envy India doesn’t seem to worry that the surveillance scandal recently rocking the US might perturb its own citizens. The country is going ahead with an ambitious program that will let it monitor any one of its 900 million telecom subscribers and 120 million internet […]

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How to Avoid TCPA liability

How to Avoid TCPA liability

Five Ways to Avoid a Lawsuit in Wake of Latest Telemarketing Rules Do you know what type of phone numbers are on your outbound marketing call lists? Chances are your telemarketing calls, prerecorded or live, are being made to consumer phone numbers provided by third-party sources. And, if you’ve been paying attention, landlines are a […]

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Economists’ Predictions for 2014

Economists’ Predictions for 2014

AP survey: US income gap is holding back economy The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn’t bad just for individuals. It’s hurting the U.S. economy. So says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated Press. Their concerns tap into a debate that’s intensified as […]

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A 2011 article about Privacy Laws – e-mail  privacy protections and the ECPA

A 2011 article about Privacy Laws – e-mail privacy protections and the ECPA

1986 Privacy Law Is Outrun by the Web Concerned by the wave of requests for customer data from law enforcement agencies, Google last year set up an online tool showing the frequency of these requests in various countries. In the first half of 2010, it counted more than 4,200 in the United States. Google is […]

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TCPA does not preempt Indiana law banning robocalls

TCPA does not preempt Indiana law banning robocalls

Indiana Robocall Ban Given New Life By Federal Court An Indiana state law banning a variety of automated telephone calls was given new life as a federal appeals court concluded that the law was not preempted by federal law. In a decision released late on Thursday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago […]

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Google collides with multiple European privacy laws about prior consent, privacy policies, hearings and data protection law fines.

Google collides with multiple European privacy laws about prior consent, privacy policies, hearings and data protection law fines.

Dutch regulator: ‘Google spins an invisible web of our personal data’ A Dutch regulator on Thursday said that Google’s privacy policy update in March 2012 that covers all the online services offered by the search giant is in breach of local laws. “Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent,” Jacob […]

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More Spam - Thanks healthcare.

More Spam – Thanks healthcare.

Scams sprout with rollout of Obamacare Ohio resident James Dick already had deleted an inbox’s worth of bogus e-mails about the Affordable Care Act when his telephone rang.On the other end: a convincing-sounding man claiming to be from the national Medicare office. He told Dick that he was ready to send him a new Medicare […]

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Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform requested

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform requested

SC Johnson Applauds House Discussion on TSCA Modernization Consumer Products Company Supports Updating 37-Year-Old Chemical Statute RACINE, Wis., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — SC Johnson, one of the world’s leading makers of household brands, applauds the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce for its focus on the much-needed legislative reforms to the Toxic Substances […]

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China Tightens Consumer Laws

China Tightens Consumer Laws

China’s consumer law to curb multinationals’ double standards: expert China’s newly revised consumer rights law, which tightens the liability of businesses, may help prevent multinationals from applying double standards on Chinese consumers, said a legal expert here on Tuesday. The revision to the law on consumer rights and interests was adopted by China’s top legislature […]

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Glass Steagall Take Two

Glass Steagall Take Two

Scaling back ‘too big’ The 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act would reduce the risk of another crash Five years have passed since the financial crisis, but we all remember its darkest days. Credit dried up. The stock market cratered. There were legitimate fears that the dominos of our financial system would never stop falling. The crash […]

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Politicians Share Our Privacy Woes

Politicians Share Our Privacy Woes

Employees improperly used driver’s license database, according to suit set to be filed today Eighteen people plan to file a lawsuit in Minneapolis federal court this morning, claiming that government employees in Winona and more than 50 other Minnesota counties and cities violated their privacy by inappropriately using the state’s driver’s license database. The complaint […]

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If the ACA works, Private Business will be the Reason

If the ACA works, Private Business will be the Reason

Health care providers, insurers pitch state exchanges A coalition of health care providers, insurers, bill collectors and community groups have stepped in to promote exchanges where people can buy health insurance even in the states that have declined to create or promote their exchanges. While the supporters may differ on other issues, they share a […]

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Ohio 27th state to implement Face Recognition

Ohio 27th state to implement Face Recognition

Ohioans not told how license photos used Without informing the public and without first reviewing security rules for the system, Ohio law enforcement officers started using facial recognition technology more than two months ago, scanning databases of driver’s license photos and police mug shots to identify crime suspects, The Enquirer has learned. After they launched […]

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Survey Shows – ObamaCare Hurts Employment

Survey Shows – ObamaCare Hurts Employment

Obamacare’s jobs diagnosis: What does the data say? The White House message on the Affordable Care Act has been consistent since the law’s inception in 2010: Obamacare will be simple and economical. “The data reflects that there is no support for the proposition that businesses are not hiring full-time employees because of the Affordable Care […]

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New Gun Laws And Restrictions Have Passed

New Gun Laws And Restrictions Have Passed

States Pass Congressional Gun Plans Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday that the White House won’t stop fighting for gun control measures—even though none of the proposals has come close to getting through Congress since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., six months ago. The Senate has considered 10 gun-related measures […]

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Public Policy vs. Administration Policy – IRS targeting

Public Policy vs. Administration Policy – IRS targeting

The ‘why’ behind the IRS scandal Let’s begin with a premise. Challenging, delaying, questioning or bullying organizations about their non-profit, educational purposes chills both free speech and a free press. The current ruckus involving Internal Revenue Service policies aimed at conservative political groups supports that notion to be sure. What we are learning now is […]

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Freedom Of Speech Is Not Free - Occupy Movement Tracked As Terrorist

Freedom Of Speech Is Not Free – Occupy Movement Tracked As Terrorist (Video)

Dissent or Terror: Counterterrorism Apparatus Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide Newly revealed documents show how police partnered with corporations to monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy have obtained thousands of pages of records from counterterrorism and law enforcement agencies that detail how so-called fusions centers […]

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California Sues JPMorgan Chase

California Sues JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase sued for running debt collection mills California is suing Chase bank for cheating thousands of credit card account holders of due process while attempting to collect on debts, court papers say.Papers filed by Attorney General Kamala Harris has accused JPMorgan Chase & Co., Chase Bank USA and Chase Bankcard Services of running “debt […]

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Inaccurate News Reporting Legal Consequences

Inaccurate News Reporting Legal Consequences

When the media — traditional or new — gets a suspect wrong, what are the legal ramifications? From Lockerbie to Richard Jewell to anthrax: The Boston Marathon bombings were far from the first incident to spark inaccurate reporting about an alleged suspect. Here’s what the case law tells us about liability. There has been outstanding […]

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Congress Wrestles Blame For The Boston Bombings

Congress Wrestles Blame For The Boston Bombings

Five Questions in Congress About the Boston Bombings Congress doesn’t agree on much these days, and the Boston bombings are no exception. The tragedy has triggered a wide-ranging debate about why the marathon plot went undetected, who shoulders the blame and how the security weaknesses the bombing highlight can be shored up. Here are five […]

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Legislators Exempt from Freedom of Info Act

Legislators Exempt from Freedom of Info Act

Public records law should apply to legislators Gov. Nikki Haley criticized state lawmakers Thursday for delaying passage of a bill that would require them to comply with South Carolina’s public records law. “What is it that they are afraid to share?” asked Haley during a conference call with journalists. Last month, Haley lauded 11 members […]

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Employers Push Health

Employers Push Health – 4/4/13

Companies Get Strict on Health of Workers Employers are increasingly trying to lower health care costs by using incentives to persuade workers to make better lifestyle choices, a new survey shows, but what remains less clear is whether a reward is better than a punishment — or whether the programs work at all. The survey, […]

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Opinion On Aca Remains Divided

Public Opinion on Health Care Reform – 3/21/13

Health Care Reform Survey Shows Public Divided And Unaware About Key Benefits                                         Nearly three years after President Barack Obama enacted landmark health care reforms, the American public remains uninformed and divided about the law, according […]

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Canada Border Misconduct

Canada Border Misconduct – 3/14/13

Border agent fired for giving organized crime pals a pass A Thunder Bay, Ont., border official has been dismissed after socializing with organized crime figures and refusing to do secondary examinations on some who’d been tagged for more extensive searches. The officer “maintained a social relationship with known organized crime figures in Thunder Bay that […]

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How Republicans and Democrats would stop Sequestration - 3/6/13

How Republicans and Democrats would stop Sequestration – 3/6/13

What Both Sides Have Offered to Avoid the Sequester For weeks, President Obama and Congressional leaders have talked — to the press, not to each other — about their respective ideas for replacing the indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts known as sequestration with more rational savings. At Mr. Obama’s invitation, they finally will meet on Friday, the […]

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50 States Comparisons

50 States Comparisons – 3/6/13

50 States Comparisons   This is a worthwhile download.  Updated annually, it ranks all U.S. States and quantifies things like: tax burden, cost of doing business, state debt, gaming revenue, lottery expenses, population change, commodity production, education scores and salaries, utility prices, crime rates, law enforcement spending, relative health, social security payout and many others.  […]

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The 10th Amendment and Gun Laws

The 10th Amendment and Gun Laws

Amid national gun reform, Wyoming takes contrarian stance   In the midst of a national gun-control effort to curb firearm violence, Wyoming’s lawmakers have introduced a raft of measures aimed largely at protecting and expanding the right to bear arms. The Wyoming Firearms Protection Act has drawn national media attention by proposing to ban enforcement […]

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Insurance Carriers Can’t Figure out Obamacare

Insurance Carriers Can’t Figure out Obamacare – 1/6/13

Obamacare tries the patience of American Business Nearly three years after President Barack Obama signed landmark legislation to overhaul the country’s health care laws, comprehending the stipulations and provisions included in its thousands of pages – many still being written – is proving to be a mountainous task for U.S. business owners. The Patient Protection […]

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Employee Monitoring Types

Employee Monitoring Types – 12/16/12

9 Ways Your Employer Can Legally Spy On You I’ve always said that Florida is the center of weirdness in the universe, so it came as no surprise to me that the recent story about a voyeur who installed a spy camera in the ladies’ room at work, allegedly to make sure his co-workers were doing their […]

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Employee Social Media Policies – 12/2/12

More Employers Creating Social Media Policies for the Workplace As social media use continues to overlap more fluidly between the personal sphere and the business world, more employers are writing dedicated social media polices, and many are also monitoring employee use of social media sites at work, according to a new survey. The data comes […]

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Compliance Failure Costs

Compliance Failure Costs – 11/10/12

MoneyGram Reaches Agreement with U.S. Authorities DALLAS, Nov 09, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — MoneyGram International, Inc., a leading global payment services company, announced today that it has reached a settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (“MDPA”) and the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the Criminal Division of […]

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After firing entire police force, NJ city adds new, unarmed officers

City Fires All Police, Hires Civilians

After firing entire police force, NJ city adds new, unarmed officers CAMDEN, N.J. — Next year, when a new county police force starts patrolling Camden, replacing an embattled city department, residents will see many new faces beyond the armed officers. Dozens of unarmed, uniformed civilians—without arrest powers—will be trained to collect evidence at crime scenes, […]

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What Protects Us Vs Food Recalls - 10/20/12

What Protects Us Vs Food Recalls – 10/20/12

In wake of food recalls, what’s keeping us safe? This summer, Giant Food stores across the Delmarva Peninsula gave managers a nightmarish puzzle. A massive tomato recall forced the grocer to determine where tomatoes had originated and which stores the tomatoes had been shipped to, said Terry McGowan, director of food safety and quality assurance […]

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Is Our Money Spent Well? Fraud Waste Abuse and Big Scary Numbers

Is Our Money Spent Well? Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Big Scary Numbers – 10/20/12

Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Big Scary Numbers   When the spending of public money is at issue, fraud, waste and abuse are almost always lumped together–and joined with big scary numbers to make our society seem worse and government more incompetent. Better policy responses depend on drawing appropriate distinctions among fraud, waste and abuse and […]

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Hire an Esquire: attorney staffing startup aims to get ‘lost generation of lawyers’ hired

Lost generation of Attorneys

Hire an Esquire: attorney staffing startup aims to get ‘lost generation of lawyers’ hired   Local startup Hire an Esquire wants to shake up the legal world. Its mission is simple: make hiring attorneys as easy and efficient as possible, without hurting the attorneys’ bottom line. It may not sound sexy, co-founder Julia Claire Shapiro […]

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On CFPB's First Birthday, Watchdog Is Still Vulnerable - 7/24/12

On CFPB’s First Birthday, Watchdog Is Still Vulnerable – 7/24/12

On CFPB’s First Birthday, Watchdog Is Still Vulnerable To Possible Dodd-Frank Repeal   The CFPB is the brainchild of Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren, who now is the Democratic challenger against U.S. Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will have its first birthday on Saturday, but we’re only cautiously celebrating. […]

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Districts miss teacher evaluation deadline – 7/3/12

Many districts miss teacher evaluation deadline, risk aid ALBANY — Fewer than a quarter of the state’s school districts met a July 1 deadline to submit teacher and principal evaluation agreements to the state Department of Education, as required by an amended law passed this year. Of New York’s roughly 700 districts, 164 had submitted […]