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We thought Jeffrey Simoneaux’ whistleblower case against DuPont was dead. On January 23rd of this year a federal jury in Baton Rogue, Louisiana ruled in favor of DuPont and tossed the False Claims Act and anti-retaliation suit brought by the former long time employee. Ordinarily, when a jury renders its verdict the case is over. Jeffrey Simoneaux isn’t an ordinary whistleblower, however.
As they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words. How about charts and graphics? Check out this chart that summarizes preserving and enforcing construction lien and payment bond rights in Florida. Check out this chart that summarizes Miller Act payment bond rights in Florida in comparison to Florida private and public payment bond rights.
At ONE400, we frequently ask ourselves, “What makes a great law firm logo?” An effective logo should be memorable, timeless, and unique, but an effective law firm logo has the added challenge of being professional yet approachable, and conservative but relevant. It’s not an easy task to meet all of this criteria, but we managed to find five logos that inspire us and hopefully you as well.
Will flakka become the newest Penalty Group 2 Substance in Texas? Many people have heard of designer drugs such as Molly or Ecstasy, but the latest drug to hit the streets goes by a different name, Flakka or Flocka. The name comes from the Spanish slang term for a beautiful woman (“la flaca”), This new drug, also known “gravel” based on its physical appearance, can be snorted, s ...
Morgan Stanley Restructures Number of Management Roles Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC: In its latest round of restructuring, Morgan Stanley has altered the number of management roles at their branch, complex and regional levels.
A chapter 13 case is started by filing a petition with the Bankruptcy Court along with the schedules and statements that explain the person's financial situation. Under chapter 13, the debtor must submit a plan or reorganization to provide for his various classes of debt - priority, secured, and unsecured.
A record-breaking number of law firms, law-related corporations and partners contributed to the 2015 Chicago Bar Foundation Investing to Justice Campaign. Thanks to the efforts from those involved in addition to the Chicago Bar Foundation, Chicago’s legal community successfully raised more than $11.5 million to support victims in the Chicago area in need of legal assistance.
By: Robert J. Nahoum The notorious debt buyer Erin Capital Management and its lawyers Eltman, Eltman & Cooper has sued you for an old debt that they bought from an original creditor. You are considering whether to fight them or to reach a reasonable settlement and get on with your life. You now have to determine how much is a good settlement with Erin Capital Management? ...
I’ve read a couple articles recently that warn about taxes when student loans are forgiven under the Income Driven Repayment program for federal student loans. The articles are, Beware Taxes When Your Student Loan Debt is Forgiven by Lifehacker (@lifehacker); and There’s a huge catch if the federal government forgives your student debt by Business Insider (@businessinsider).
The client appears with a letter from a walker. She writes something like: “I went in the dark about your property. And I fell head first on the pavement. The cause was, that in the dark there was a unlit iron chain, which is stretched on your property. It hangs in the middle of about 20 to 30 cm above the ground and thereby it acts as a tripping hazard. It is not visible in the dark.
Arrest Record vs Police Records, vs Criminal Records, vs Convictions Posted by Matthew Sharp under Expunctions and Non-Disclosures July 1, 2015 When someone is arrested, charged with a crime or convicted of a crime in Texas, information about the incident will be stored in their records. However, people may be confused about which records are stored and how they are recorded.
The Bar cares when you’ve stayed too long at the bar. Attorneys need to be mindful that a conviction for drunk driving may impact their ability to practice law. Practitioners who are subject to the disciplinary jurisdiction of the USPTO, for example, must advise the Office of Enrollment and Discipline within 30 days of any criminal conviction, misdemeanor or felony.
“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom” – Albert Einstein As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of our country’s independence, I am reminded that we, as lawyers, owe a significant ethical duty to exercise independence in the representation of our clients.
When a person files for bankruptcy in Florida and owes a gambling debt in Nevada, which states' law apply in determining whether the claim on the gambling debt should be allowed or whether it is dischargeable or nondischargeable? A 2006 Florida bankruptcy ruling dealt with this issue. The Bankruptcy Court reviewed that normally a federal court hearing a matter pursuant to diver ...
The issuance by the Floirda Third District Court of Appeals in Miami of the recent decision in Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, etc. v. Harry Beauvais, et al., Case No. 3D14-575, may be an appropriate time to review what actions a Miami homeowner that seeks to save their home from foreclosure.
By: Robert J. Nahoum The notorious debt buyer Midland Funding, LLC has sued you for an old debt that they bought from an original creditor. You are considering whether to fight them or to reach a reasonable settlement and get on with your life. You now have to determine how much is a good settlement with Midland Funding? Firstly, there are important practical considerations ...