Friday, December 28, 2007

Woman Suing Fido Over Identity Theft


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Article published on Dec 28, 2007
By Hannah Glover

A Washington State woman is suing Fidelity for not stopping her husband from stealing her identity and bilking her and their children out of nearly $350,000....

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Dogs and Cats


Excerpts from a Dog's Daily Diary:

8:00am: Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30am: A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40am: Walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30am: Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00pm: Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00pm: Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00pm: Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00pm: Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00pm: Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00pm: Wow! Watched TV with my master! My favorite thing!
11:00pm: Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!


Excerpts from a Cat's Daily Diary:

Day 683 of my captivity: My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape . . . In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit a hairball on the floor.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am.

The audacity! There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released --and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded! The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. The captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe....... for now...

School 1967 vs. School 2007


Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.

1967 - Vice principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his own shotgun to show Jack.

2007 - School goes into lockdown, the FBI is called, Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors are called in to assist traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.

1967 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

! 2007 - Police are called, SWAT team arrives and arrests Johnny and Mark. They are charged with assault and both are expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario: Jeffrey won't sit still in class, disrupts other students.

1967 - Jeffrey is sent to the principal's office and given a good paddling. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2007 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra state funding because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1967 - Billy is more caref! ul next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some Aspirin to school .

1967 - Mark shares Aspirin with the school principal out on the smoking dock.

2007 - Police are called and Mark is expelled from School for drug violations. His car is searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

1967 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by local human rights group. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that making English a requirement for graduation is racist. US Civil Liberties Association files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover Independence Day firecrackers, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up an anthill.

1967 - Ants die.

2007 - Ho! meland Security and the FBI are called and Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. Teams investigate parents, siblings are removed from the home, computers are confiscated, and Johnny's dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls during recess and scrapes his knee. His teacher, Mary, finds him crying, and gives him a hug to comfort him.

1967 - Johnny soon feels better and goe s back to playing.

2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in federal prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.

Google Subpoena Quashed, Blogger Remains Anonymous


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by Wendy Davis, Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 7:45 AM ET


IN A CASE CLOSELY WATCHED by the blogosphere, a judge in New Jersey has ruled that the township of Manalapan isn't entitled to learn the identity of the anonymous blogger "daTruthSquad."

Judge Terence Flynn in Monmouth County late last week issued a two-page order quashing the town's subpoena against Blogspot owner Google in the case.
"We're grateful that Judge Flynn upheld the First Amendment rights of our client and recognized that anonymous speakers should not be intimidated into silence through the discovery process," Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Matt Zimmerman, who represents daTruthSquad, said in a statement.

The subpoena in the Manalapan matter was issued in the course of a malpractice lawsuit against former city attorney Stuart Moskowitz stemming from the township's 2005 purchase of contaminated land.

DaTruthSquad had written posts criticizing the township, prompting officials to speculate in court that daTruthSquad was Moskowitz's pseudonym. Moskowitz denied that allegation in court. The township then subpoenaed Google, demanding that the company disclose all information connected with daTruthSquad's blog, including drafts of posts, emails and other contact information.

The digital civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation got involved in the matter, arguing that the identity of the blogger was irrelevant to the malpractice case. "The townships seeks to improperly interfere with the First Amendment rights of a pseudonymous critic for reasons separate from any legitimate need for discovery," the group argued in its motion advocating that the court let daTruthSquad remain anonymous.

The case isn't the only time a court has ruled that bloggers are entitled to the same legal protections as writers whose criticism appears in more traditional media. Last year, an appellate court in California rejected an attempt by Apple Computer to learn the identity of sources who leaked information to bloggers. The appeals court in that state ruled that its shield law, protecting the identity of confidential sources, applied to material published by bloggers as well as the mainstream media.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Wages & Hours - Exempt or non-exempt


That is the question.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT of Labor (DOL)
has revised the “white-collar” exemptions
to the Fair Labor Standards Act
(FLSA) with the unoffi cial publication
on April 20, 2004 of new regulations
defi ning the executive, administrative,
and professional exemptions under the
federal wage-hour law. The revisions
address the criteria for determining
which employees are exempt from the
law’s minimum wage and overtime pay
provisions. The revised rules most likely
will be published in the Federal Register
on Friday, April 23, 2004. They will take
effect 120 days following

Film Map


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Film map
If you're looking for inspiration for something new to watch or simply just a bit of a film buff, then take a look at the Guardian's new film map - an innovative search mechanic. Enter any search criteria you want - genre, lead actors, year or country for example - into the search engine and it will throw up a map of all the films that best fit your criteria, and show you how they are interlinked. If you're a fan of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon concept, you'll have hours of fun.
Search the Film map here

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

SYNO


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Watch for a Buy

E-Discovery


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Subcategories of E-Discovery
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Computer Security
Conflicts
Cyberlaw
Digital Archives
Disaster Planning
Discovery
E-Discovery Update
Email
Email Security
Information Architecture
Information Mapping
Legal Profession
Open Source
Outsourcing
Presentation Software
Technology Trends
Training
Web Management
Web Utilities

Locating Lawyers


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Locating Lawyers (including Corporate Counsel): A Brief Overview of Attorney Directories and a 50 State Survey of Online State Bar Directories

By Scott Russell, Published on November 24, 2007

[Please note this article updates Reference from Coast to Coast - Finding Lawyers - Directories, Web Sites & State Bar Sources — December 17, 2001, by Margi Heinen and Jan Bissett]

Obtaining background information on attorneys is a common question asked of law librarians. Yet as routine as it may sound it isn’t always as simple as going to Martindale Hubbell. While Martindale has long been a primary reference point for finding attorneys, some firms are opting-out of the directory and . . .

New E-Discovery Blog


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As announced by Robert Ambrogi, a new blog, EDD Update, was recently launched by “an esteemed group of e-discovery and legal technology experts,” which is a joint project of ALM’s own Law Technology News and Law.com Legal Technology. Ambrogi cites LTN editor Monica Bay and Law.com Technology editor Sean Doherty in their welcome message: "Our concept of this blog is to provide a venue where we can post breaking news, key verdicts and judicial rulings, articles from Law.com and LTN, vendor press releases, and more -- and most importantly, where our expert authors will offer their fine-honed analysis and comments." Check it out