Published: July 30, 2013
WASHINGTON — Deep sequestration budget cuts have had “a devastating impact on federal court operations nationwide,” a top judicial official told a Senate committee last week.
Published: July 30, 2013
Land use attorneys across the state are hailing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that greatly reduces the amount of leverage municipalities can wield in granting developers permits.
A 5-4 majority in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District held that the U.S. Constitution’s takings clause not only applies to cases in which a project is approved with “extortionate” conditions, but also to those denied when a developer refuses to agree to the coercive demands of the government.
Published: July 29, 2013
Maryland’s top court has disbarred an attorney, by a vote of 5-2, for having an intimate relationship with her client in a divorce and child custody proceeding, having a financial interest in his child-support obligation, communicating directly with the opposing party and lying to bar counsel.
Published: July 26, 2013
WASHINGTON – The rise in health care-related consumer debt, student loans,shoddy record keeping by creditors and abusive practices by debt collectors are leading federal regulators and lawmakers to crack down on third-party debt collectors and call for tighter rules applying to them.
Published: July 23, 2013
Toss the term “mind-mapping” into conversation and you’ll likely draw sideways glances. It sounds like something that would happen aboard alien spacecraft, and, in raw form, it looks like the doodles of a bored college student.
But Columbia, S.C.-based consumer protection attorney Dave Maxfield believes lawyers can use the technique to great advantage, and he has created an app for that. He’s a big fan of visual information management and mind-mapping technology.
When Warren M. Yanoff agreed to review the fees a bank charged to administer an Ashburnham, Mass., woman’s $5.5 million estate, he assumed it was a run-of-the-mill guardian ad litem appointment, much like others he has accepted over the years.
He could not have been more wrong.
A Maryland attorney with a history of substance abuse will be disbarred for his illegal activities, abandonment of clients and misappropriation of client funds.
In a 100-page reproach of a Lawrence, Mass., petition preparer, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry J. Boroff has issued a strong warning against the unauthorized practice of law and articulated a restrictive interpretation of the work non-attorney petition preparers are allowed to conduct on behalf of debtors.
A lawyer who failed to make an $8,250 disbursement after a 2008 loan closing without ever explaining or repaying the money has been disbarred by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.
Jeanne Lynn Dove-Taylor of King George served as a settlement agent for a complex transaction involving a construction loan
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