Monthly Archives: February 2013

February 28, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Bernard Bernard was charged with drug distribution. He had a history of mental illness and was evaluated twice for competence to be tried. After being found competent, Bernard moved to represent himself. The district court ruled that … Continue reading

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February 27, 2013 South Carolina Court of Appeals published opinions

Charleston County Assessors v LMP Properties, Inc. Assessor appealed the administrative law courts decision to use December 31, 2003, the time of the last property valuation, rather than December 31, 2007, the last calendar day before the tax year, to … Continue reading

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February 27, 2013 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinions

Landers v Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Launders brought suit alleging his bank employer constructively and wrongly discharged him and committed several torts against him. Bank (which was eventually succeeded in interest by FDIC) moved to compel arbitration under a clause … Continue reading

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Does Your Law Firm Need an App?

Tech attorney guru Dennis Kennedy recently posted an article about law firms and apps on the ABA Journal Law News Now .  Kennedy noted the omnipresence of apps for both iPads and Androids, indicating that Wired reported that the Apple Store … Continue reading

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The ABA, Judges & Social Media

On February 21st, the American Bar Association (ABA) issued Formal Ethics Opinion # 462 which addresses the issue of judges and their use of social media.    Based on the ABA’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct, the opinion advises judges that … Continue reading

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February 27, 2013 United States Supreme Court opinions

Amgen, Inc. v Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds   Funds brought a class action securities fraud on the market suit against Amgen arguing Amgen failed to disclose problems with two of its drugs thus leading to a fall in share … Continue reading

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February 26, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

Moore-King v County of Chesterfield, Virginia County assessed a business fee and a fortune teller special tax on Moore-King pursuant to county ordinances. County also required her to obtain a license from the sheriff before continuing operations or face a … Continue reading

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Supreme Court’s Decision on FISA & Surveillance

  The United States Supreme Court handed down a divided opinion this morning in Clapper v. Amnesty International regarding the application of the federal FISA statute, 50 U.S.C. Section 1881(a).  Justice Alito, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices … Continue reading

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February 26, 2012 United States Supreme Court opinions

Clapper, Director of National Intelligence v Amnesty International USA Amnesty and others sued for a declaration that 50 USC 1881a, which authorizes electronic intercepts for intelligence gathering when the target is not a United States citizen or permanent resident when … Continue reading

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Lincoln: Aspiring to Greatness

  Before the statues and the memorials are built, attesting to an individual’s greatness, there must first be accomplishments.  Most would agree that Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, was a great and transformational president. His legacy, holding the union together between 1861-1865 … Continue reading

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