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Image of article 'Orissa HC Refuses to Quash FIR Against BJP Leader Baijayant Panda in Land Grab Case'

Orissa HC Refuses to Quash FIR Against BJP Leader Baijayant Panda in Land Grab Case

Meanwhile, Jagi Mangat Panda in a statement denied the allegations levelled against them and alleged that the Odisha police in the past two months has registered about 20 "false cases" against OTV, its sister companies, employees and her family members, including her 84-year-old father.

Rejecting the arguments of the petitioner, the High Court said, "The allegations (in the FIR) prima facie satisfies the ingredients for offences under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Dismissing a petition filed in this regard by the Odisha Infratech Pvt Ltd, a company in which Baijayant Panda and his wife are major shareholders and promoters, Justice B P Routray on Friday also vacated an interim protection given to the couple by the high court earlier.

The Orissa High Court has refused to quash an FIR against BJP national vice president Baijayant Panda and his entrepreneur wife Jagi Mangat Panda for alleged grabbing of land, belonging to Dalit community, by a company promoted by the family.

Naming Baijayant Panda and his wife Jagi Mangat Panda, Managing Director of Odia news channel OTV, as promoters of the Odisha Infratech, the EOW had earlier said that the company used a driver of one of the directors, to act as a conduit to purchase the land.

Image of article 'A Judge Demolished The Trump Campaign’s Effort To Undo Biden’s Win In Pennsylvania And Push Fraud Conspiracies'

A Judge Demolished The Trump Campaign’s Effort To Undo Biden’s Win In Pennsylvania And Push Fraud Conspiracies

Instead, the campaign shoehorned fraud theories into claims that Pennsylvania election officials unconstitutionally gave counties a choice in deciding whether to let voters “cure” defective absentee ballots.

Even if Trump’s campaign or the individual voters could prove their case, the judge rejected the idea that the court should then toss out every vote in Pennsylvania.

After Restoring YouTube - dl, GitHub Revamps Its Copyright Takedown Policy

On October 23rd GitHub initially complied with a takedown request for the open-source project youtube-dl — and then after 24 days, reinstated it.

"If there's a silver lining to the episode, it's that GitHub is implementing new policies to avoid a repeat of a repeat situation moving forward," reports Engadget: First, it says a team of both technical and legal experts will manually evaluate every single section 1201 claim.

If the company's technical and legal teams ultimately find any issues with a project, GitHub will give its owners the chance to address those problems before it takes down their work.

GitHub is also establishing a $1 million defense fund to provide legal aid to developers against suspect section 1201 claims, as well as doubling down on its lobbying work to amend the DMCA and other similar copyright laws across the world.

In instances where there's any ambiguity to a claim, the company says it will err on the side of developers and leave their repository online.

Dominion Voting 'Lawyers Up' Before Abruptly Backing Out Of Pennsylvania Fact-Finding Hearing

Authored by Debra Heine via American Greatness (emphasis ours), Dominion Voting Systems Thursday night abruptly backed out of attending a fact-finding hearing that was set for Friday morning with the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee.

million Pennsylvanians who used Dominion’s voting machines have been “hung out to dry and slapped in their faces.”

“After weeks of accusations, why has Dominion Voting Systems not released any analysis of the success of its voting machines to the public in order to stop their accusers in their tracks?

“Today I am saddened to report to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania and the 1.3 million voters who trusted Dominion Voting Systems with their ballots, that Dominion Voting Systems has hung you out to dry and slapped you in your faces.”

Rep. Dawn Keefer noted that fourteen counties used the Dominion Voting Systems software, so they owe it to Pennsylvania voters to show up and answer some questions.

Image of article 'Trump And Republicans Had A Very Bad 72 Hours In Court Trying To Challenge The Election Results'

Trump And Republicans Had A Very Bad 72 Hours In Court Trying To Challenge The Election Results

One of the Trump campaign’s smaller-scale cases involved a set of 592 mail-in and absentee ballots in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a suburban area north of Philadelphia.

Friday, Nov. 13 11:25 p.m. Two weeks before Election Day, a group of Pennsylvania Republican voters and a congressional candidate filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that extended the state’s deadline for absentee ballots.

In Pennsylvania, a court agreed with Trump’s campaign that Secretary of State Kathleen Boockvar was wrong to extend a deadline for absentee voters whose ballots arrived after Election Day to confirm their identity.

Trump would have to find legal paths to flip multiple states that Biden won, and the only case pending before the Supreme Court involves the fate of the 10,000 absentee ballots that arrived in Pennsylvania after Election Day.

Image of article 'TikTok gets a reprieve as U.S. delays enforcement of sale order'

TikTok gets a reprieve as U.S. delays enforcement of sale order

Trump’s order requiring the sale of TikTok underscored the aggressive stance his administration has taken toward Chinese investment in the U.S. Only seven foreign acquisitions of American companies have been blocked or unwound by U.S. presidents since 1990, and Trump is responsible for four of them.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that it wouldn't enforce its order to shut down TikTok if a sale wasn’t reached by the deadline, citing a federal court ruling in Pennsylvania last month, according to the Wall Street Journal.

ByteDance was facing a deadline on Thursday to comply with an order from President Trump to sell TikTok’s U.S. operations.

ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese owner of TikTok Inc., has a new December deadline to submit documents as part of its court petition seeking to block a U.S.-government-forced sale of the video-sharing app.

Image of article 'Younger Lawyers Should Argue More Appeals And Motions'

Younger Lawyers Should Argue More Appeals And Motions

All told, senior attorneys like to argue appeals and motions themselves, since it is often seen as an honor to go to court on a case.

Younger lawyers should also argue more appeals and motions because they are often more familiar with a case than a partner or other senior lawyer.

The extra consideration associates may give to oral arguments can provide clients the best possibility at success on an appeal or motion.

One reason why younger attorneys should be more involved in oral advocacy is because they often devote more effort and dedication into arguing appeals and motions than senior lawyers do.

One time, when I was waiting to argue an appeal, I saw an advocate (who was either a law student under supervision or a young attorney) absolutely crush oral argument on a criminal case.

Image of article '2020 Election Day Brings Sports Betting Measures On The Ballots In 3 States'

2020 Election Day Brings Sports Betting Measures On The Ballots In 3 States

For the industry to get anywhere near that number, it needs states big and small, including Nebraska, South Dakota, and Maryland to adopt new laws and rules that permit sports betting within their borders.

A vote of “yes” supports authorizing sports and events wagering at certain licensed facilities with state revenue intended to fund public education.

Maryland, Nebraska, and South Dakota constituents are not only voting for candidates but also whether sports gambling should become legalized within their respective borders.

Maryland’s roughly 6 million constituents comprise more than double of those in Nebraska and South Dakota combined and is thus the most important state for sports betting operators in this election.

Image of article 'Biden Wins — When It Comes To Six-Figure Donations From Biglaw’s Leaders'

Biden Wins — When It Comes To Six-Figure Donations From Biglaw’s Leaders

Biden Taps Big Law for Fundraising Haul [American Lawyer] Staci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011.

Other leaders from Big Law include Buckley managing partner Ben Klubes, Wiley Rein managing partner Peter Shields and Cozen O’Connor chairman Steve Cozen.

But now we know that despite his plan to tax their hefty profits, managing partners and chairs from some of Biglaw’s most prestigious firms are showing their six-figure support to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Image of article 'The SEC May Not Have Read The Mailbags Full Of Angry Letters, But Someone There Apparently Read The Law'

The SEC May Not Have Read The Mailbags Full Of Angry Letters, But Someone There Apparently Read The Law

Of course, the unpopularity or general inadvisability of a proposal has never been an obstacle for the Trump administration, and it hasn’t been for Jay Clayton’s SEC over the last several months, anyway.

Platt noted that the SEC’s proposal relied on a quote from a 1975 Senate Banking Committee report that said the regulator had the “authority to raise or lower” the reporting threshold.

Why the SEC May Have Scrapped Its Controversial 13F Proposal [II]

“The whole proposal rested on the legality of being able to raise the reporting threshold, and the linchpin of their argument turned out to be completely inaccurate,” Platt said by phone.

Image of article 'On the BMA sale fail, Maryland millionaires, Tuesday’s election and a few other things nobody asked about    |    COMMENTARY'

On the BMA sale fail, Maryland millionaires, Tuesday’s election and a few other things nobody asked about | COMMENTARY

While both rulings were considered victories for Democrats, dissents by conservative justices left open the possibility of the court deciding the final deadline for mailed ballots after the election has come and gone.

For the rest of us, “deaccession” is hereby deactivated.Speaking of money, it sounds like the Mosby household could use a visit from Suze Orman.Or maybe Suze Orman and Dr. Phil.And speaking of Dr. Phil, I had a weak moment the other day and watched his weekday show for the first time.

As I suggested to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra last year, there’s more money in Maryland than the view from Baltimore allows.

The museum’s proposed fundraising sale of Warhol’s “Last Supper” and other works has been called off, so the BMA still needs money for its mission.

Image of article 'Court Reform Is Now Inevitable: John Roberts Can Do This The Easy Way Or The Hard Way'

Court Reform Is Now Inevitable: John Roberts Can Do This The Easy Way Or The Hard Way

Earlier: Liberal Calls For Court Packing Gain Steam, And Mitch McConnell Couldn’t Be Happier Congress Introduces First Supreme Court Term Limits Bill!

Bless term limits or watch the Court become a pinball machine for the next 50 years — by the end of which it could have 20-30 members and be a joke like the Swiss Supreme Court and its 38 judges.

A term limit for active duty service is not the same as firing a justice, who would still remain in the judiciary and could be called upon to hear active panel matters in the event of vacancy or recusal, but the Supreme Court could say this bill is unconstitutional.

The easy way, and the way that would be best for the country, would be a term limit system that cycled justices off of the “Supreme Court” after 18 years.

Despite the Constitution saying remarkably little about how the Supreme Court is composed or intended to operate, the “nine justices reigning for life” model has calcified in the imaginations of most Americans.

Image of article 'A Judge Ruled The Justice Department Can’t Take Over Trump’s Defense Against A Private Defamation Lawsuit'

A Judge Ruled The Justice Department Can’t Take Over Trump’s Defense Against A Private Defamation Lawsuit

Even if Trump did qualify as a government employee, Kaplan wrote that he wasn’t acting as an employee of anyone or advancing an employer’s business interests when he made the public comments denying Carroll’s claims.

Even if Kaplan determined Trump did qualify as a government employee under the law, the judge then had to decide if Trump’s denials of Carroll’s accusations fell “within the scope” of that employment.

The government argued that Trump was a federal government employee and that his conduct at issue — his public statements denying that he’d raped Carroll and that he’d ever met her — fell within the scope of that employment.

Kaplan wrote that the president didn’t fall under a law meant to shield federal government employees from being sued for doing their jobs, and that even if he did, his comments denying Carroll’s allegations weren’t “within the scope of his employment.”

That brief had included more expansive arguments about why Trump qualified as a federal employee — but Kaplan wrote the government would still lose on that even if he did consider their new arguments.

Image of article 'Fastly, Inc. Investors: Portnoy Law Advises Last Days to Participate Actively in the Class Action Lawsuit'

Fastly, Inc. Investors: Portnoy Law Advises Last Days to Participate Actively in the Class Action Lawsuit

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.

26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Portnoy Law Firm advises investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Fastly, Inc. (NYSE:FSLY) investors that acquired shares between May 6, 2020 and August 5, 2020.

Investors are encouraged to contact attorney Lesley F. Portnoy, by phone 310-692-8883 or email: lesley@portnoylaw.com, to discuss their legal rights, or click here to join the case via www.portnoylaw.com.

The Portnoy Law Firm can provide a complimentary case evaluation and discuss investors' options for pursuing claims to recover their losses.

Image of article 'A Federal Coronavirus Vaccine Contract Released At Last, But Redactions Obscure Terms'

A Federal Coronavirus Vaccine Contract Released At Last, But Redactions Obscure Terms

Given the pandemic, Love says he thinks the government should have included an exceptional circumstances authority to this part of the Moderna contract, which could potentially allow the U.S. government to own the vaccine patents.

While the publicly posted Moderna contract includes previously unknown details, extensive redactions leave the public in the dark about some of the company's obligations as well as the extent of protections for taxpayers.

JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images Even as the companies enlisted by the government's Operation Warp Speed project to develop COVID-19 vaccines say they're making quick progress, details of their lucrative federal contracts have been slow to emerge.

JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images A heavily redacted supply contract between the federal government and vaccine developer Moderna, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., was released Friday.

A heavily redacted supply contract between the federal government and vaccine developer Moderna, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., was released Friday.

Image of article 'Uber, Lyft Ordered To Classify Drivers As Employees, But Election Day In California Could Be More Important'

Uber, Lyft Ordered To Classify Drivers As Employees, But Election Day In California Could Be More Important

Given that, the court found that it is likely that Uber and Lyft will be found to come under the B prong of the ABC test of AB5, which defines an employee as a worker who performs a task that is part of the essential nature of the company's business.

The Court of Appeal for California's first district ruled Thursday that a preliminary injunction requiring Uber and Lyft to adhere to AB5 and reclassify their drivers as employees under the terms of that law will go into effect in approximately 30 days.

The question of whether Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) and Lyft Inc. (NYSE: LYFT) will fall under the jurisdiction of California's AB5 rule on independent contractors received significant clarity Thursday, less than two weeks before the state's voters will have their say on the rule.

Image of article 'Lawmakers question IRS readiness for next tax season amid backlogs from coronavirus'

Lawmakers question IRS readiness for next tax season amid backlogs from coronavirus

They asked Rettig for answers by next Thursday to their questions about whether the 2021 filing season will begin on time next year, on what date the IRS expects to open the filing season, and is the IRS prepared for it.

In addition to the typical filing season workload, they noted that the IRS has some additional responsibilities this year related to the tax provisions in the CARES Act.

“While we remain troubled by the backlogs and issues attendant to the current filing season overflowing into the next year, we also are worried that the next filing season will arrive without the normal IRS preparedness and the necessary pandemic contingency preparedness,” Neal and Pascrell wrote.

Image of article 'ASIC expense scandal puts chairman and deputy in the gun'

ASIC expense scandal puts chairman and deputy in the gun

Auditor-General Grant Heir in a letter to Treasurer Joh FrydenbergAndrew Leigh, a member of the parliamentary committee, said a year ago a media report stated that Crennan was paid more than the High Court Chief Justice, which should have raised a red flag to the government.

ASIC deputy chair Karen Chester was at the parliamentary committee hearing and admitted that ASIC hadn’t deal with it quickly enough.

But ASIC has sat on this for a year and did nothing until the Auditor-General Grant Hehir made the extraordinary decision of writing to the Treasurer.

The September 15 email warned Frydenberg to expect a letter from the Auditor-General under section 26 of the Auditor-General Act concerning payments made to key management personnel at ASIC.

ASIC waited until the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) started making noises in September 2020 with an email to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg giving him the heads up there was an issue.

Image of article 'Uber and Lyft must reclassify drivers as employees, appeals court finds'

Uber and Lyft must reclassify drivers as employees, appeals court finds

It is unclear if Uber and Lyft would appeal Thursday's ruling to the California Supreme Court, though Uber said in a statement to CNN Business that "we're considering our appeal options."

But Associate Justice Jon Streeter of the appellate court wrote in his decision Thursday that the injunction restraining Uber and Lyft from classifying their drivers as independent contractors was valid.

In August, a California court ordered Uber and Lyft to reclassify their drivers in the state as employees, delivering a win to the state.

The state has argued that by classifying their drivers as contractors, Uber and Lyft deprive those workers of benefits they are entitled to under a law that took effect January 1.

The ruling marks a significant development in a months-long legal fight between the companies and the state of California, which in May sued Uber and Lyft and claimed they were in violation of state law .

Walmart Preemptively Sues US Government To Avoid Penalties Related To Opioid Crisis: WSJ

Why It Matters: The lawsuit may not stave off legal action against the retailer but a court ruling in its favor could strengthen its defense in any lawsuit brought against it by the government, the Journal reported.

The retailer purportedly claims that the federal government is in pursuit of considerable financial penalties against it for allegedly filing dubious prescriptions, which in turn contributed to the opioid crisis.

Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT) has taken preemptive legal action against the federal government to avoid a civil lawsuit against the company related to the operation of its 5,000 in-store pharmacies, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The retailer is among several large companies facing legal action initiated by state and local governments for allegedly contributing to the opioid crisis.

Image of article 'NITB To Provides E-Office Portals To 12 Divisions And Ministries'

NITB To Provides E-Office Portals To 12 Divisions And Ministries

The NITB briefed the Cabinet Committee on Institutional reform (CCIR) on the implementation of the e-offices in the ministries and divisions.

The NITB officials further said that under the proposed transformation process, every file that leaves a division will be updated on its respective e-office by the particular ministry’s secretary.

It was proposed by NITB that the CCIR may recommend to the cabinet to direct that all inter-departmental correspondence, including summaries and letters, be strictly through e-office.

NITB said that the security features of the new version of e-office are being improved.

The CCIR noted the progress made by the NITB regarding the “use of E-Office for all Inter-Departmental Communication” and directed that, after a review, a new version of e-office software should be prepared.

Image of article 'An Imminent NIST Compliance Imperative for Defense Primes and Subcontractors'

An Imminent NIST Compliance Imperative for Defense Primes and Subcontractors

If you want to submit a bid on a new contract on December 10, then you will need to verify that you have a current 171 assessment (i.e., not more than three years old) on record and visible in the Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS).

Suppliers at the “Basic” level may self-certify, but those at the Medium and High levels will be subject to an assessment by DoD auditors.