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Attorney's Lien Beats Out Prior Tax Lien

An attorney’s lien takes precedence over a state tax lien even though the tax lien was recorded first, says the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island. In this case an attorney worked for a company on an ...

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Accountants Can Solicit Business In Person

Where certified public accountants are not allowed to solicit business in person or over the phone, this state law violates the First Amendment, says the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court’s ruling invalidates bans on CPA solicitation in Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota ...

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Wyoming

A man charged with incest has alleged he was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned in a lawsuit seeking $1.2 million. The unidentified man from Rock Springs has filed a civil rights complaint in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne against a Laramie ...

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Wisconsin

The state drinking age was held to be constitutional by the 4th District Court of Appeals in Madison. Lawyers argued unsuccessfully that because teenagers who reach adulthood can vote, serve in the military and own property, the La Crosse ordinance ...

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West Virginia

A warrantless strip search of a student in a nonemergency situation violates the student’s constitutional rights, the Supreme Court has ruled. The 4-1 decision overturned the Pocahontas County Circuit Court’s conviction of a 14-year-old eighth grader who stole $100. The ...

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Washington

The concept of multiple-personality disorder is recognized, but the state Supreme Court denied to rule on how it affects the legal sanity or insanity of a defendant. The unanimous opinion upholds the theft conviction of a woman who had a ...

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Virginia

The maternal aunts of a child adopted by his paternal aunt still have visitation rights to their nephew, a Roanoke city circuit judge ruled in a matter of first impression. Although under state law, adoption normally severs all legal relationship ...

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Vermont

A ski area has been found negligent for not helping an injured skier identify the person who ran into her. A Rutland Superior Court jury awarded $71,000 to Mary R. O’Connell of Holyoke, Mass., who broke her leg while skiing ...

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Utah

A family evicted from a substandard apartment had no alternative but to live on the street, claims a lawsuit filed against the Salt Lake City-County Health Department. Moroni and Susan Carlie of Salt Lake City allege they were evicted by ...

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Texas

A toll-free hotline to report “ambulance chasing” has given State Bar investigators more than 50 leads during its first month of operation, according to State Bar officials. The hotline was installed to fight improper solicitation under Bar rules and Texas ...

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