Legal News Feeds on Twitter : JD Scoop

POSTED OCTOBER 26, 2008 ON JDSCOOP BY ADRIAN LURSSEN

For your reference, here is a list of legal news feeds to follow on Twitter.

Lurssen has limited this index to Twitter accounts that automatically (and solely) stream links to articles, alerts, and news on legal subjects. Simply “follow” whichever streams interest you the most.

ShowDocument.com


Show Document | Live and Free document sharing session

ShowDocument.com is a free application that HBRLabs, Inc. have made available to users to meet and discuss documents in a real time fully-synchronized fashion. The platform requires no download and / or installation. Just click and use.

All one needs to do is take three steps:

1. Select a document you would like to share.
2. Upload it
3. Start the session

As soon as the session’s host is in, he or she gets a code that can be used to invite other people to join the session. The code for the session can be sent through chat or e-mail or mentioned simply over the phone.

The guest either clicks on the link or inserts the code on the home page and join the live Interactive session.

Credit Card Debt Law


Credit Card Debt Law

The Federal Reserve Board proposed rules which, if implemented, will drastically change the practices of credit card companies toward consumers. There should be a long and drawn out battle over the next year, and this website will attempt to follow that battle.

Notifu


Notifu will allow you to send a message to an individual or group, confirm the message was received, and get responses to act upon.

Today, Notifu is 100% free (including sending SMS and voice messages to anywhere in the world); however, it is likely in the near future that they will have a Free Edition and Pro Edition and some features will require the Pro Edition (like sending SMS messages, sending voice messages, etc).

The following browsers are supported:

Chrome 0.2 
Firefox 2.0 
Internet Explorer 6.0 
Opera 9.6 
Safari 3.1

Both Registered Users and Unregistered Users have access to the same features; however, an Unregistered User cannot access their Notifu messages and contacts after leaving the http://www.notifu.com site.

The purpose of the Try It Unregistered button on the home page is to provide a quick and easy way to try Notifu without even registering.

Their Wiki serves as a FAQ resource.

FINDLAW: Daily Opinion Summaries for New York Court of Appeals – 10/28/08


ADMINISTRATIVE LAW, PROPERTY LAW & REAL ESTATE, PUBLIC UTILITIES, TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS, WATER LAW

In the Matter of Brooklyn Assembly Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Inc. v. Dep’t of Envtl. Prot. of the City of New York, No. 153
In a petition seeking to force city water agencies to provide a statutorily-authorized exemption allowing petitioner-church free use of city water, denial of petition and dismissal of cause are affirmed where: 1) the agencies were not required to expand the scope of the exemption to cover petitioner’s partially-qualifying property; and 2) the agencies were not required to interpret the exemption in the context of analogous property-tax exemptions for religious organizations.

 

 

CIVIL RIGHTS, CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE

People v. Jones, No. 160
Denial of defendant’s Batson challenge is affirmed where defendant failed to establish a prima facie case of discrimination in the peremptory challenge of an African-American juror.

 

 

CIVIL RIGHTS, ETHICS & DISCIPLINARY CODE, ETHICS & PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, FAMILY LAW, PER CURIAM

In the Matter of Jung, No. 150
Petition for review of a determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which imposed the sanction of removal from office as a family-court judge, is denied where petitioner’s policies limiting parents’ rights to be heard and to counsel during custody proceedings were due-process violations, resulting in gross and repeated deprivation of litigants’ rights.

 

 

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, GOVERNMENT LAW, JUDGMENT ENFORCEMENT, TRANSPORTATION

Boudreaux v. State of Louisiana Dep’t of Transp., No. 182
In a suit to satisfy a money judgment in a negligence case by reaching New York assets owned by the State of Louisiana, denial of plaintiffs’ request to amend filing of the Louisiana judgment is affirmed where neither the Full Faith and Credit clause nor the doctrine of comity required New York courts to enforce a money judgment against Louisiana when such judgment was unenforceable in Louisiana due to constitutional and statutory limitations.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION, INJURY AND TORT LAW, LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

Cohen v. Mem’l Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr., No. 218 SSM 25
In a suit under Labor Law section 240(1), summary judgment for plaintiff is reversed where no Labor Law section 240(1) liability exists where an injury results from a separate hazard wholly unrelated to the risk which brought about the need for the safety device in the first place.

 

 

GOVERNMENT LAW, PROPERTY LAW & REAL ESTATE

In the Matter of City of New York, regarding Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area, Phase II, No. 156
In a condemnation proceeding in which the landowner claimed numerous woodworking tools as compensable trade fixtures, an order awarding compensation for the tools is reversed where: 1) the claimed items would not “lose substantial value” if removed from the premises; and 2) on remand the court could consider whether the items otherwise met the test for trade fixtures, under a three-pronged “annexation-adaptability-permanency” test.

 

 

INJURY AND TORT LAW, LANDLORD TENANT LAW, PROPERTY LAW & REAL ESTATE

Litwack v. Plaza Realty Investors, Inc., No. 159
In a negligence suit brought by a tenant arising from the discovery of toxic mold in her apartment, summary judgment for defendants is affirmed where the plaintiff failed to present evidence to show that defendants were on notice of a possible hazardous mold condition.

FINDLAW: Daily Opinion Summaries for New York Court of Appeals – 10/21/08


AGRICULTURE, CONSTRUCTION, CONTRACTS, INJURY AND TORT LAW

Brothers v. New York State Elec. & Gas Corp., No. 146
In an action by a forestry worker injured on the job, alleging negligence by his employer for which defendant, which contracted with the employer to perform the work, should be held vicariously liable, summary judgment for defendant is affirmed where: 1) a contractual obligation does not necessarily constitute a nondelegable duty in tort; and 2) on the facts of this case, liability could not be extended to defendant.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION, CONTRACTS, INJURY AND TORT LAW, LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

Brooks v. Judlau Contracting, Inc., No. 147
In an action brought by an ironworker for injuries sustained on the job while employed by defendant’s subcontractor, dismissal of plaintiff’s third-party claim against the subcontractor is reversed where section 5-322.1 of the General Obligations Law allows a general contractor, who has been found to be partially at fault, to enforce an indemnification provision against its subcontractor for that portion of damages attributable to the negligence of the subcontractor, so long as the indemnification provision does not purport to indemnify the general contractor for its own negligence.

 

 
CONSTRUCTION, INJURY AND TORT LAW, LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

Stringer v. Musacchia, No. 158
Plaintiff who was injured while building a shed for an acquaintance while on a hunting trip was not an “employee” covered by Labor Law section 240(1), as he was providing casual, uncompensated assistance to another person with a repair or construction project in an informal arrangement that did not give rise to mutual duties or obligations between them and bore none of the traditional hallmarks of an employment relationship.

 

 

CONTRACTS, EVIDENCE, FAMILY LAW

Graev v. Graev, No. 139
In a suit over the termination of spousal-support payments after husband claimed that wife had triggered a “termination condition” for such payments by cohabiting with another man, judgment in favor of wife is reversed and case remanded where: 1) the word “cohabitation” was ambiguous as used in the separation agreement; 2) neither the dictionary nor case law supplied an authoritative or plain meaning; 3) “cohabitation” does not require changed economic circumstances; and 4) remand was necessary to determine the intent of the parties based on extrinsic evidence.

 

 

CONTRACTS, INJURY AND TORT LAW, INSURANCE LAW

Sorbara Constr. Corp. v. AIU Ins. Co., No. 157
In a suit seeking to require an insurer to defend or indemnify an insured, judgment for defendant-insurer is affirmed where: 1) when a policy of liability insurance requires that notice of an occurrence be given “as soon as practicable,” such notice must be provided within a reasonable period of time, and failure to give such notice relieves the insurer of its obligations under the contract, regardless of whether the insurer was prejudiced by the delay; and 2) notice provided under the worker’s compensation policy at the time of the incident did not constitute notice under the liability policy even though both policies were written by the same carrier.

 

 

CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE

People v. Lucas, No. 148
Conviction for first-degree murder is affirmed over a claim that the indictment was legally insufficient because it “double-counted” the death of the victim by asserting that defendant had killed him in the course of committing a first-degree kidnapping. 

socialmedian: The law and technology network



socialmedian: The law and technology network 

The law and technology network News Network is yet another creation of Niki Black, author of Sui Generis-a New York Law Blog.

Niki’s News Network is designed to help lawyers track and share news about The law and technology. Niki has usedsocialmedian for her latest group.
socialmedian is a targeted social media site, currently in beta, which allows you to subscribe to a network dedicated to a specific topic of interest, along with a group of like-minded folks, who want to share the latest news and sites for their topic. If you register for the free subscription, you can also start your own news network.

Both Niki’s news network and socialmedian are worth a look, if only because you are not likely to run into your teenagers here.

Express Scribe Transcription Playback Software


Free Transcription Software for Windows or Mac
Digital Transcription Audio Player Software

Express Scribe is free professional audio player software for PC, Mac or Linux designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings.

The program is installed on the typist’s computer and can be controlled using a transcription foot pedal or keyboard (with ‘hot’ keys). This computer transcriber application also offers valuable features for typists including variable speed playback, multi-channel control, file management and more.

Express Scribe is completely free and can be used without any restrictions. They make it free with the hope you will like it so much you will recommend their commercial digital dictation suite to others.

Penn. Courts ‘Tweet’ on Micro-Blogging Site


Legal Technology – Penn. Courts ‘Tweet’ on Micro-Blogging Site

By Amaris Elliott-Engel
The Legal Intelligencer
October 22, 2008

The process of getting the 1st Judicial District of Pennsylvania up to 21st-century speed with its filing system has required a planned-out process. But the 1st Judicial District has been brisk about getting onto Twitter, an online service that allows users to send brief updates about their activities to other users.

When the FJD and other partners held the fugitive safe surrender program Sept. 17 to 20, the FJD sent out updates about the safe surrender program via Twitter to 10 of its volunteers who don’t have BlackBerrys and were unable to receive e-mail updates remotely.

But because most people have cell phones, that group of 10 was able to receive updates on their cell phones via Twitter, according to David Wasson, chief deputy court administrator.

“During fugitive safe surrender we saw that it was a way to communicate with all the volunteers,” Wasson said.

Twitter users can receive Twitter updates on the Web site. Users can also receive updates by text messages on their cell phones because of the communications protocol Short Message Service. Updates can also be received via e-mail and other Web applications.

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Read entire article

Hat Tip to Niki Black

Second Circuit Rejects Constitutional Challenges to NY Lis Pendens


The New York Law Journal – Diaz, plaintiff-appellant v. Paterson,* defendants-appellees

Second Circuit: Real Property Constitutional Challenges to State’s Lis Pendens Law For Failure to Provide Notice, Hearing Are Rejected

Read full text of 2d Circuit Decision here.

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