Law.com: M-H to Keep Ratings


Law.com reports “LexisNexis Group’s Martindale-Hubbell has no
plans to abandon its lawyer ratings, the company insisted in
response to blog postings about its layoff of attorney rating
specialists.” For the full story, see here.

Deep Web Research 2009


Deep Web Research 2009 | LLRX.comThis Deep Web Research 2009 article By Marcus P. Zillman is divided into the following sections:

Articles, Papers, Forums, Audios and Videos
Cross Database Articles
Cross Database Search Services
Cross Database Search Tools
Peer to Peer, File Sharing, Grid/Matrix Search Engines
Presentations
Resources – Deep Web Research
Resources – Semantic Web Research
Bot Research Resources and Sites
Subject Tracer Information Blogs

This guide is designed to provide a wide range of resources to better understand the history of deep web research. It also includes various classified resources that allow you to search through the currently available web to find key sources of information located via an understanding of how to search the “deep web”.

Layoff Tracker


Layoff Tracker – Law Shucks

As of December 22, there have been over 1,759 layoffs this year. Law Shucks has mashed the numbers and come up with a graph and chart. Scroll down for the chartwhich details the lawyer and staff layoffs by big firms.

Happy Holidays 2008 from The Sienko Law office

http://sienkoxmas2008.wordpress.com/


Click above to see our second Holiday Blog. I hope you enjoy it.  The links on the left will play music videos and radio in various formats. Don’t forget to click the “play” arrow.  Keep trying until one works for you. 
Please feel free to leave greetings by clicking on the “Comments” link.

The Complete Lawyer: Doing Business Internationally


This edition of The Complete Lawyer: Doing Business Internationally offers invaluable insights from both American and foreign lawyers on the do’s and don’ts of legal and cultural issues and working with lawyers and clients in other countries. For example you will read about:

In China, You Play By Another Set Of Rules
Mexico: Working With The “Manaña” Culture
Notes From Nigeria: Nurture Your Soft Skills
The Middle East: Business Is Booming

FINDLAW: Daily Opinion Summaries for New York Court of Appeals – 12/18/08


CONTRACTS, FAMILY LAW, INTERNATIONAL LAW

Kipnis v. Kipnis, No. 213
A prenuptial agreement executed under French law is enforceable in New York and prohibits wife from claiming portion of husband’s separate property.
CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, SENTENCING

People v. Mills, No. 207, 208
In order to qualify for resentencing under the Drug Law Reform Act of 2005, class A-II felony drug offenders must not be eligible for parole within three years of their resentencing applications. Once a defendant has been released to parole supervision for a class A-II drug felony conviction, he no longer qualifies for resentencing for that particular conviction under the Act.

GAMING LAW, SPORTS LAW

In the Matter of Suffolk Reg’l Off-Track Betting Corp., No. 209
Off-Track Betting Corporations cannot credit commissions derived from daytime harness racing against mandated maintenance of effort payments. Racing Law section 1017-a requires that maintenance of effort payments be distributed on a track-by-track (not regional) basis. Racing Law section 1017 requires these Corporations to make dark day payments to their respective regional harness tracks.
INJURY AND TORT LAW

D’Onofrio v. City of New York, No. 169, 170
Under Pothole Law, City was not liable for injuries of plaintiffs who fell on city sidewalks because the injuries were not caused by sidewalk defects of which City had been given prior written notice. As to first plaintiff, although City had written notice of the sidewalk defect, plaintiff’s injury was not caused by that defect. As to second plaintiff, symbol on pothole map was not sufficiently clear to constitute written notice of the sidewalk defect.

New Lawyer Conduct Rules Adopted; Standards Aligned With ABA Model


The New York Law Journal – New Lawyer Conduct Rules Adopted; Standards Aligned With ABA Model

New Lawyer Conduct Rules Adopted; Standards Aligned With ABA Model

By Joel Stashenko
December 17, 2008

 

ALBANY – Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and the four presiding Appellate Division justices have formally adopted a new set of attorney ethics rules that proponents say brings New York lawyers in line with their counterparts in most of the rest of the country. 

The Rules of Professional Conduct (full text) align ethics standards in form and numbering sequence with the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct. That change will make it easier for New York attorneys to reference ethics rules and advisory and legal opinions nationwide when researching issues, supporters of the new rules say.

“It is a tremendous relief to now speak the same language as the rest of the country,” said Steven C. Krane, chairman of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, which proposed the revisions. “The code is dead. Long live the rules.”

Starting April 1, 2009, the Rules of Professional Conduct will replace the New York Code of Professional Responsibility.

IRS to help homeowners refinance or sell homes – Yahoo! News

RS to help homeowners refinance or sell homes – Yahoo! News

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The plan announced by IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman would speed up a process where financially distressed homeowners may request that a federal tax lien be made secondary to liens by the lending institution that is refinancing or restructuring a loan.

Taxpayers will also be able to ask the IRS to discharge, or remove, its claim to a property in certain circumstances where the property is being sold for less than the amount of the mortgage lien.

“We need to ensure that we balance our responsibility to enforce the law with the economic realities facing many American citizens today,” Shulman said, stressing that “we don’t want the IRS to be a barrier to people saving or selling their homes.”

Google Books


If you go to “Google Books” there are millions of books that can be searched and the search takes you right to the page in the book where your search words are located in context; i.e., you can search individuals, companies, products, cures, etc over 100,000’s of pages in seconds.

They now have magazines as well.

Courtesy of Mel Solomon on the General Practice listserv.

Australian court serves documents via Facebook


Australian court serves documents via Facebook – web – Technology – smh.com.au

Hat tip to @BentleyTolk

Nick Abrahams
December 12, 2008

The big question about Facebook is does it have any valuable commercial application? Well it seems that the courts have found one.Today in what appears to be a first in Australia and perhaps the world, Master Harper of the ACT Supreme Court ordered that a default judgement could be served on defendants by notification on Facebook.

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