DNC Files Civil Suit Against Trump, Russia Over Election Hacking | New York Law Journal

By Colby Hamilton

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Alleging a massive international conspiracy, the Democratic National Committee filed suit in Manhattan federal court Friday against members of the campaign of President Donald Trump, WikiLeaks, and the Russian government for the hacks of the DNC’s computers by Russian agents in support of Trump’s bid for the presidency.

The 66-page complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York pulls together a master narrative of the various strands made public since the DNC’s computers were hacked in 2015 and 2016 ahead of the presidential election.

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Comey Memos Provide Intimate Look Into Trump Presidency – The New York Times

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WASHINGTON — President Trump spoke in intimate and candid terms to the former F.B.I. director James Comey about some of the most sensitive matters before the agency, including the salacious dossier detailing Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia and the investigation into Michael T. Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser, according to Mr. Comey’s closely guarded memos.

The redacted and declassified memos — running 15 pages in total, and sent to Congress from the Justice Department on Thursday night — detail a series of phone calls and encounters between the two men in the months leading up to Mr. Comey’s firing. They offer an extraordinary look at the private interactions among leaders at the highest levels of government.

[Read the memos here.]

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Clients hang up in disbelief when lawyer calls to tell them of $61M verdict over unwanted calls–ABA Journal

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The West Virginia law firm of Bailey & Glasser wants its class clients to know they are eligible for an award as a result of a $61 million verdict against Dish Network for its marketing calls.

Lawyer John Barrett and his colleagues are having a hard time getting their message across when they call to deliver the news, the Wall Street Journal reports. The clients are hanging up before the lawyers or a paralegal can explain, or they are hanging up in disbelief after hearing the figures.

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NY AG: To allow state prosecutions of pardoned Trump aides, change double jeopardy–ABA Journal

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to change the state’s double jeopardy law to allow prosecutions if President Donald Trump issues “strategically timed” pardons to indicted aides or other individuals.

Schneiderman asked state lawmakers for a change to the “double jeopardy loophole” on Wednesday, report the New York Times, the New York Law Journal, the Atlantic and Politico. A press release is here, and the letter is here.

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Does Email Tracking Violate Ethics Rules? – Attorney at Work

By  | Apr.17.18 | Daily DispatchEthicsProfessionalism

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Spymail Violates the Rules of Professional Conduct

A recent Professional Conduct Advisory Opinion from the Illinois State Bar Association, (Opinion No. 18-01, January 2018) joined at least three other jurisdictions in concluding that the practice of using hidden email tracking software would be unethical for a variety of reasons. (See Alaska Bar Association Ethics Opinion No. 2016-01; New York State Bar Association Ethics Opinion 749; and Pennsylvania Bar Association Formal Opinion 2017-300.)

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Sandy Hook parents sue Alex Jones of Infowars over hoax claim

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

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The parents of two children killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School have sued radio host Alex Jones and his Infowars website over claims that the Connecticut mass shooting was “a giant hoax.”

One suit was filed by Leonard Pozner and his ex-wife, Veronique De La Rosa, whose 6-year-old son, Noah, was killed. The other suit was filed by Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jessie, also was killed. Both allege defamation.

Twenty children were among 26 people killed in the shooting. The shooter, Adam Lanza, also killed himself.

Texas Lawyer provides copies of the lawsuits, filed late Monday in Texas state court. Publications with coverage include the Hartford CourantBuzzFeed News, the New York TimesGizmodo and the Huffington Post.

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SRFax and Other Internet Faxing Alternatives… – TidBITS

 

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As amazing as this may be to people under 30, many Mac users still need to send and receive faxes. That’s especially true for people who regularly deal with government agencies that won’t accept email, or email attachments, because of security concerns, or those bound by HIPPA guidelines. Certain industries, like construction, also still rely heavily on faxes. Yes, it’s silly to use 19th century fax technology in 2016, but you try convincing a government agency to change its ways.
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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Recent changes reported in fax services make this article still relevant.