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Image of article 'State Board of Ed OK’s first Act 46 divorce, warn others could come'

State Board of Ed OK’s first Act 46 divorce, warn others could come

Margaret MacLean, a former State Board member and leading anti-merger activist, said that while several districts are likely to follow Halifax and Readsboro’s lead, the floodgates may not necessarily be opened, since the law appears to require all parties to vote in favor of dissolution.

It used tax breaks to encourage voluntary mergers between school districts, and, in its final phase, tasked the State Board of Education with deciding how to reorganize those that had rejected unification.

Donna Russo-Savage, a staff attorney with the Agency of Education, told board members that the body had little discretion in the process, and that statutes that predated the merger law basically required them to greenlight the dissolution so long as students living in the district would continue to attend a school that met the board’s education quality standards.

Board members voted 7-2 Wednesday to allow the Southern Valley Unified Union School District to break up into two separate, single-town school districts.

The State Board of Education members have for the first time approved the dissolution of a school district created under Act 46, the sweeping merger law passed in 2015.

Image of article 'Hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen agrees to buy N.Y. Mets from Wilpon family'

Hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen agrees to buy N.Y. Mets from Wilpon family

Cohen, who already was a limited partner who owned 8 percent, will now get 95 percent of the team, as long as the other owners vote him in.

The sources said the firm running the auction, Allen and Company, became concerned that the A-Rod group would make that decision public and that would move Cohen to lower his bid.

However, money often wins out and Cohen is worth roughly $14 billion and the record price paid — particularly amid a pandemic — is going to be enticing to other owners who know the value of one franchise impacts all the others.

A vote of all owners is expected to come before November and Cohen would need 23 yeses to succeed Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz and become the fourth controlling owner since the franchise’s inception in 1962.

Now it is just up to the other owners to see if that is actually what Cohen would do with the team.

Antitrust case against Google to expand, with about a dozen states joining - Bloomberg (NASDAQ:GOOG

The U.S. antitrust case against Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is set to expand as about a dozen states are expected to join in the litigation, Bloomberg reports.

The states, mostly led by Republicans, have been conducting a parallel investigation of Google's online ads, paced by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

How many state sign on to the federal case may be dependent on seeing the full complaint from the Justice Dept., according to the report.

Different states have focused on other parts of Google's business, and Democratic-led states have generally sought more time to broaden the probe.

Previous reporting had U.S. Attorney General William Barr pressing to file its case against Google quickly, over objections of career department lawyers seeking more time to build the case.

Image of article 'My Pillow Guy Hires Lin Wood To Sue Anderson Cooper For Defamation Over Poison Plant COVID Drug'

My Pillow Guy Hires Lin Wood To Sue Anderson Cooper For Defamation Over Poison Plant COVID Drug

My Pillow Creator Michael Lindell Threatens CNN with Legal Redress Over Anderson Cooper Interview [Newsweek] Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore where she writes about law and politics.

Our best guess is that Wood was referring to neutralization tests which the Army was conducting at the time to determine Oleandrin’s efficacy against the coronavirus — an in vitro assay, which is neither a Phase 1 or Phase 2 trial, and certainly doesn’t involve 1,000 human subjects.

According to Newsweek, which, again, has not published the letter from Wood, “Among Cooper’s statements that Wood says in his letter are false are that Phase I and Phase II clinical studies have not been conducted; that the drug ‘has never been tested;’ and that tests do not exist ‘anywhere outside a lab in a test tube.'”

By amazing coincidence, Mike Lindell has a financial stake in Phoenix Biotechnology, and would thus stand to benefit if the federal government decided to buy up millions of doses of the drug and start touting it as the “answer to the virus.”

“While I am fully aware that [Anderson] Cooper’s sarcastic, mocking, derisive, and demeaning tone, attitude and facial expressions toward Mr. Lindell are not legally actionable,” he wrote to CNN’s executive vice president David Vigilante, “I have complete confidence that Cooper’s false and defamatory accusations are actionable.”

Image of article 'Former Volkswagen CEO to face charges of organized commercial fraud'

Former Volkswagen CEO to face charges of organized commercial fraud

Former Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn will face charges of conspiracy to commit organized commercial fraud with a high likelihood of conviction, a court probing the carmaker’s diesel emissions scandal said on Wednesday.

A court in Braunschweig, Germany, near where Volkswagen is headquartered, expanded the list of charges beyond fraud to include organized commercial fraud, preliminary remarks published by the court at the start of the trial showed.

Winterkorn and other Volkswagen executives face charges for their role in allowing diesel cars with illegal emissions-masking software to hit the road.

Because Volkswagen vehicles had higher pollution levels than was declared, they should have been subject to higher road tax, and former Volkswagen executives should therefore also face charges of tax evasion and false advertising, the court added.

Volkswagen said that while it was no longer the target of prosecutors after settling charges, it wanted to emphasize that all of the accused were innocent until proven guilty.

Image of article 'How an email cost former QBE boss Pat Regan $10 million'

How an email cost former QBE boss Pat Regan $10 million

The company would be painfully aware that dismissing a senior executive can become a legal nightmare in the event the conduct that prompted his departure became public.

And Wilkins, who lived through the post-royal commission purge of AMP directors and needed to temporarily step into the breach as chairman and chief executive, is only too aware of the damage a long tail crisis can inflict.

Having retired as a non-executive director of AMP earlier this year he narrowly escaped being drawn into its latest fiasco - which began in June when a senior executive previously accused and fined for alleged sexual harassment, Boe Pahari, was promoted to head the company's largest division, AMP Capital.

It was the board’s poor management of the sexual harassment crisis that ultimately led to its chairman David Murray and senior director, John Fraser being forced to resign - courtesy of the shareholder-held gun pointed at their heads.

AMP’s new chairman, Debra Hazelton, last week announced the board was looking at sale options for all AMP businesses.

Either Russians Are The Dumbest Idiots On Earth, Or...

Makes me wonder if these doctors were not all CIA/BND agents trying to save Navalnyi’s life… Clearly, the FSB are also stupid: they can’t even get aircraft or doctors to obey them… But it gets worse.

In despair, the clueless FSB might have caused Navalnyi do die in a car “crash”.

In spite of the fact that Navalnyi has broken the terms of his suspended sentence and in spite of the fact that such a person cannot leave the country, these Russian imbeciles allowed him to fly to Germany while his body was still full of Novichok sloshing around.

Not only did the use exactly the same “Novichok” (or so says the German media), they allowed Navalnyi’s aircraft to make an emergency landing and the FSB did nothing to prevent an ambulance to bring Navalnyi to a hospital.

Well, for one, their so-called super-dooper biowarfare agent “Novichok” seems unable to kill anybody.

Image of article 'Everyone: Maybe We Should Test This Bar Exam Software; State Supreme Court: LOL, No.'

Everyone: Maybe We Should Test This Bar Exam Software; State Supreme Court: LOL, No.

The bar exam may not be the weightiest issue facing the court but if this is their approach to it, how can they be trusted with anything else?

State supreme court justices are elected in Illinois.

Instead, the Illinois Supreme Court took less than 48 hours to issue a conclusory, “why would we test software?”

After Michigan stumbled running a test, bar examinees looking to the October nationwide free-for-all asked if the court could just ask ExamSoft to run a full stress test or two before the big day to make sure it’s not all going to collapse.

It may have been the most straightforward and common sense petition the Illinois Supreme Court ever received.

Image of article 'US House Panel Subpoenas US Postal Service Chief'

US House Panel Subpoenas US Postal Service Chief

According to a Postal Service inspector general audit released on Monday, election boards mailed more than 1 million ballots out to voters late in this year's primary election season -- within seven days of an election -- putting "these ballots at high risk by not allowing sufficient time for delivery" and their return.

At last week's hearing, DeJoy sought to assure Americans that delays caused by cost-cutting efforts would not cause ballots to go uncounted in November's election, when up to half of U.S. voters could cast ballots by mail.

DeJoy, who made changes in mid-July that critics said were significantly delaying deliveries, agreed to suspend operational changes until Election Day on November 3 but did not reverse all reforms.

A spokeswoman for Maloney confirmed on Wednesday the subpoena had been served and that DeJoy must turn over documents by September 16.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy received a subpoena from a congressional panel on Wednesday seeking documents connected to his decision to implement changes that Democrats said threatened mail deliveries and the 2020 election.

Image of article 'Criminal Trials Resume With Oversized Jury Boxes and Masked Lawyers, Defendants'

Criminal Trials Resume With Oversized Jury Boxes and Masked Lawyers, Defendants

WASHINGTON—Federal courthouses across the country are reopening after months of closure forced by the spread of the coronavirus, as jury trials resume with masked lawyers and judges, socially-distanced juries and witness stands that are sanitized after every use.

Chicago’s federal courthouse welcomed jurors back in early August, taking virus-related precautions at every step from downtown parking, which the court validated to encourage jurors to show up, to a supersize jury box created for the chief judge’s courtroom.

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AGR uncertainty ends

The Supreme Court verdict on the terms of paying past dues linked to adjusted gross revenue (AGR) has brought to an end the uncertainty surrounding the 15-year-old telecom case, though a review petition is still an option.

The judgment has come almost a year after the top court had upheld the government’s definition of AGR, and that meant a payout of Rs 1.47 trillion in dues by 15 telecom companies (many of which have shut down, sold out, or are in insolvency).

On Tuesday, a Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra asked the telecom companies to pay 10 per cent of the AGR dues upfront before ...

Portnoy Law: Lawsuit Filed On Behalf of Fastly, Inc. Investors

01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Portnoy Law Firm advises investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Fastly, Inc. ("Fastly" or "the Company") (NYSE:FSLY) investors that acquired securities between May 6, 2020 and August 5, 2020.

Investors are encouraged to contact attorney Lesley F. Portnoy, to determine eligibility to participate in this action, by phone 310-692-8883 or email, or click here to join the case.

The complaint alleges that the defendants made misleading and/or false statements and/or failed to disclose: (1) that ByteDance, operator of TikTok, was Fastly's largest customer, which was already understood to have serious security risks and was already under intense scrutiny by U.S. government officials; (2) that there was a material risk that Fastly's business would be negatively impacted if any adverse actions were taken by the U.S. government against TikTok or ByteDance; (3) and that as a result, the positive statements made by the defendants' about the Company's business, operations, and prospects were materially misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

The Portnoy Law Firm represents investors in pursuing claims arising from corporate wrongdoing.

The Firm's founding partner has recovered over $5.5 billion for aggrieved investors.

Image of article 'Reminder: DOJ And Other Honors Program Applications Are Due Soon'

Reminder: DOJ And Other Honors Program Applications Are Due Soon

Here are other governmental honors programs, listed in order of their application deadlines (click on each department’s or agency’s name for more information): These are just examples.

The DOJ Honors Program is the biggest and best-known of the federal entry-level attorney hiring programs, but it’s not the only one.

The number of slots in the program goes up and down, based in part on DOJ budget projections, and it dipped as low as 70 to 75 in the fall 2011 application cycle, in the wake of the Great Recession.

For the 2020-21 Honors Program, there appear to be just 145 positions (not counting the 23 to 25 possible slots for informal participants) — a sizable, 34 percent drop from last year’s number of 221 positions.

If so, this reminder is for you: the deadline for applying to the DOJ Honors Program, the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind, is just one week away, on Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Image of article 'United Airlines Says "Forever" But It Only Means "Until We Change Our Mind'

United Airlines Says "Forever" But It Only Means "Until We Change Our Mind

But the case produced this memorable exchange between Judge David Hamilton, Judge Diane Wood, and counsel for United: Judge Hamilton: You expect people to rely on this promise.

It boiled down to whether United’s promise to potential MillionMilers to entice more business was superseded by the carte blanche clause in the MileagePlus contract that United could make changes to its program at anytime without notice.

United argued that the terms of it MileagePlus program superseded any promises to MillionMilers, which did not have a separate contract.

Indeed, United had promised just months ago that MillionMiler benefits were safe: The case went to trial.

United had promised its MillionMiler members (those who travelled at least 1,000,000 miles on United) two systemwide upgrades upon qualification and two confirmed regional upgrades per year as part of their lifetime benefits package.

Image of article 'New Uber contract could have chilling effect on class action, says lawyer'

New Uber contract could have chilling effect on class action, says lawyer

Samfiru, however, worries the contract could have a chilling effect on the class-action he started in 2017 with Ontario Uber Eats driver David Heller.

Uber said in a statement to The Canadian Press that "with the updated arbitration clause, dispute resolution is now more accessible to drivers, bringing Uber Canada in line with other jurisdictions."

Uber, instead, wants drivers to agree to settle their issues with the company through arbitration or on an individual basis, Samfiru said.

TORONTO -- Uber Technologies Inc. is trying to keep its Canadian drivers from joining or starting class-action lawsuits against the company -- a move that threatens to upend a $400-million fight from drivers wanting to be recognized as employees, says a lawyer.

If drivers sign Uber's contract, they'll have to stay out of his class action unless they read some of the contract's fine print and email the company at an address he said was provided to opt out of the clause.

Image of article 'Fine of Re 1 for Bhushan in contempt case, failing which 3-month in jail'

Fine of Re 1 for Bhushan in contempt case, failing which 3-month in jail

The on Monday imposed a token fine of Re 1 on advocate Prashant Bhushan, convicted in a contempt case for tweets against the judiciary, which if he failed to deposit by September 15, the penalty will then be 3 months in jail and the senior advocate will be barred from practicing law for three years.

On August 25, a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari had reserved the order on the sentence, after Bhushan declined to apologize for his derogatory tweets against the judiciary.

The bench observed that Bhushan gave wide publicity to the supplementary statement submitted in the court, where he refused to express regret for the tweets against the judiciary.

Imposing fine, the bench said if Bhushan defaults then he will be barred from practice for three years, and would have to undergo imprisonment of three months.

During the hearing the bench also gave 30 minutes to Bhushan to think over his stand for not expressing regret in connection with the tweets.

Image of article 'Tesla targeted in failed ransomware extortion scheme'

Tesla targeted in failed ransomware extortion scheme

In subsequent meetings monitored and recorded by federal agents, Kriuchkov laid out a scheme to have the worker infect Tesla computers with a program that would steal valuable data before scrambling plant systems with ransomware, according to the complaint.

According to the billionaire, the scheme took aim at the electric car company's 1.9 million-square-foot factory in Sparks, Nevada, which makes batteries for Tesla vehicles and energy storage units.

(AP Photo/John Locher, File) In a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk solved a mystery involving a 27-year-old Russian, an insider at an unnamed corporation and an alleged million-dollar payment offered to help trigger a ransomware extortion attack on the firm.

According to the billionaire, the scheme took aim at the electric car company's 1.9 million-square-foot factory in Sparks, Nevada, which makes batteries for Tesla vehicles and energy storage units.

According to the billionaire, the scheme took aim at the electric car company's 1.9 million-square-foot factory in Sparks, Nevada, which makes batteries for Tesla vehicles and energy storage units.

Image of article 'CSIOS Corporation Selected as a 2020 Maryland Cybersecurity Defender of the Year Award Finalist'

CSIOS Corporation Selected as a 2020 Maryland Cybersecurity Defender of the Year Award Finalist

POTOMAC, Md., Aug. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CSIOS Corporation announced today that The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. selected CSIOS as one of three finalists for the 2020 Maryland Cybersecurity Defender of the Year Award is the fourth annual awards celebration which will highlight the best and brightest of Maryland's cybersecurity industry.

The 2020 Maryland Cybersecurity Defender of the Year Award will be presented by PNC Bank to an exceptional Maryland cybersecurity services company that has succeeded in protecting businesses or government entities from cyber threats, attack and/or damages.

The winner will be announced at the Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration on Sept. 16, 2020.

"We are pleased and honored to be nominated for the 2020 Maryland Cybersecurity Defender of the Year Award," said Cesar Pie, President and CEO of CSIOS Corporation.

"We congratulate all other nominees on their achievement and look forward to participating at the award celebration event next month."

Image of article 'Russian arrested for trying to recruit an insider and hack a Nevada company'

Russian arrested for trying to recruit an insider and hack a Nevada company

August 18: In a subsequent meeting, Kriuchkov tells CHS1 that the gang refused to pay him an upfront fee, as they have never done so before; however, they agreed to the $1,000,000 payment.

Kriuchkov also claimed that a member of the group is an employee at a government bank in Russia and that the group paid $250,000 for the malware, which was written specifically for CHS1's company.

Kriuchkov also suggests that his gang can make the malware infection appear as it originated from another employee if CHS1 had anyone in mind they wanted "to teach a lesson."

During this meeting, Kriuchkov attempts again to convince CHS1 to participate in the scheme, this time claiming that his group has been orchestrating these "special projects" for years and that all other employees who cooperated were never caught and still work for their employers.

August 3: During the last day of the trip, at a bar late at night, Kriuchkov tells CHS1 he works for a group on "special projects" through which they pay employees for installing malware on their employers' networks.

Image of article 'Billionaire Robert Smith fighting U.S. criminal tax inquiry'

Billionaire Robert Smith fighting U.S. criminal tax inquiry

In 2000, Brockman helped provide $1 billion for Smith to begin a private equity firm, a person familiar with the matter said.

That’s because prosecutors are building what may be a larger tax case against a Smith associate — Robert T. Brockman, a Houston businessman — according to Bermuda court records and people familiar with the matter.

The matter hinges largely on whether Smith was actually the beneficial owner of Caribbean entities that received proceeds from his company’s first private equity fund, according to two of the people.

Federal authorities have spent four years examining whether Smith failed to pay U.S. taxes on about $200 million in assets that moved through offshore structures, some of those people said.

Equity financing was provided by Goldman Sachs’s private equity arm, GS Capital Partners; Smith’s Vista Equity Fund II; and another Brockman trust called Spanish Steps.

Image of article 'DoT says stall RCom case till SC ruling'

DoT says stall RCom case till SC ruling

The court is examining that if the spectrum belongs to the government and if it is sold under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) then do banks recover their dues first, and not the government which becomes an operational creditor.

DoT has argued that proposed resolution plans are contrary to public interest, and resolution applicant have no intention of reviving RCom or RTL, while the current resolution plans are mere arrangement to dispose of the assets of Rcom and RTL.

The department said that it remains fundamentally opposed to any resolution plan that involves nu-llifying the DoT’s statutory dues payable under licence agreeme-nt u/s 4 of Indian Telegraph Act.

DoT is understood to have filed a 19-page affidavit before NCLT, Mumbai and prayed that the resolution plan be set aside in the light of the matter of insolvency of RCom and RTL being sub-judice in the Supreme Court.

The Department of Teleco-mmunications (DoT) on Friday submitted an affidavit in the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) opposing the resolution plan for Reliance Communications (RCom) and its unit Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL), as no dues are being paid to the government from the proceeds of the ongoing insolvency proceedings.

Image of article 'Column: DeJoy's appointment as postmaster general looks even more dishonest than you thought'

Column: DeJoy's appointment as postmaster general looks even more dishonest than you thought

Williams testified that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had been steadily injecting himself into USPS operations well before DeJoy's appointment, though he was unable to say whether Mnuchin played a direct role in the appointment.

Williams told the Congressional Progressive Caucus that he resigned from the USPS board when it became clear it was about to appoint DeJoy.

But congressional testimony this week by David Williams, a former USPS inspector general and former vice chairman of the service's board of governors, put some meat on those bare bones.

Thus far, speculation about the appointment of DeJoy, who assumed his job in mid-June, has focused on his role as a major fundraiser for President Trump and the fact that he is the first postmaster general in some two decades to not have any experience with the USPS.

Although DeJoy had run a logistics company that had held a contract with the USPS, that was "narrow" expertise in terms of the demand on the postmaster general, Williams said.

Image of article 'California Bill Recommends Lowering Cut Score Retroactive To 2015'

California Bill Recommends Lowering Cut Score Retroactive To 2015

Earlier: California Supreme Court Refuses To Apply New Cut Score Retroactively No Dummies, It’s Not ‘Racist’ To Say Lowering The California Bar Exam Cut Score Will Improve Diversity California Bar Exam Moves Online… And Finally Lowers Cut Score Joe Patrice is a senior editor at Above the Law and co-host of Thinking Like A Lawyer.

HR 103, introduced earlier this week by State Assembly member and judiciary committee chair Mark Stone, is a resolution calling upon the state supreme court to adopt retroactivity to 2015.

Faced with these well-reasoned arguments, the California Supreme Court decided to ignore them completely and mumble something about Montana being different.

And while there was a sideshow about how this was “racist” — it’s not — the California Supreme Court relished an opportunity to pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

(Image via Getty) When California made the decision to lower its cut score going forward to a 1390, most celebrated the move as an effort to both address an ongoing access to justice problem and to improve absolute diversity in a profession that had suffered from protectionist cloistering.