Toodledo : A to-do list to organize your tasks

Having a single place where all your to-dos are permanently stored and easily accessible will allow you to relax, knowing that you won’t forget anything. Toodledo’s hotlist, email and sms reminders, and sortable online to-do list will help you remember to complete tasks on-time.

For those of us who are procrastinators, Toodledo has a special tool that analyzes dates, priorities, time estimates, and other characteristics to create a customized schedule of the best use of your time.

Always have your todo list at hand. You can get Toodledo on your mobile phone, in your email, on your calendar, in your RSS reader, via IM, and integrated directly into your web browser. You can even print up a special foldable booklet that will fit in your pocket.

Easily work with other people on shared projects with Toodledo’s collaboration tools. A permission system allows you to set exactly who has the ability to read, add and edit your tasks.

The Government Domain: New & Free Regulations Trackers

The Government Domain: New & Free Regulations Trackers |

The independent web developers of this 2.0 world have done a great job in making federal legislative information available in new ways; see for examples. The same is happening with federal regulatory information. New, free, nongovernment resources have come online to complement the official U.S. government regulatory information sites, For this bounty, we can thank innovative developers and the relatively new availability of a free XML version of the Federal Register that can be downloaded in bulk. The Federal Register has long been available for searching and viewing for free, but subscribing to the data in bulk–necessary for meaningful repurposing–carried a cost that discouraged entrepreneurial individuals. In the meantime, both and have been redesigned and continue to provide content and functionality not available on the other free sites mentioned in this article.

From our old friends at LLRX. Read the entire article by Peggy Garvin.

Thanks to Tom Mighell for this link. Its good to see his Inter Alia newsletter is back from hiatus.

Justice with Michael Sandel

Justice with Michael Sandel – Home

Justice is one of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history. Now it’s your turn to take the same journey in moral reflection that has captivated more than 14,000 students, as Harvard opens its classroom to the world.

In this twelve part series, Sandel challenges us with difficult moral dilemmas and asks our opinion about the right thing to do. He then asks us to examine our answers in the light of new scenarios. The results are often surprising, revealing that important moral questions are never black and white.
This course also addresses the hot topics of our day—affirmative action, same-sex marriage, patriotism and rights—and Sandel shows us that we can revisit familiar controversies with a fresh perspective.

Watch all twelve episodes here.

US Supreme Court Rejects Facial Challenge To Release of Petition Signers, But Says As-Applied Challenge May Win

Religion Clause
The U.S. Supreme Court today by an 8-1 vote rejected a facial challenge to Washington state’s Public Records Act, but left open the possibility that a pending as-applied challenge could succeed. At issue in Doe v. Reed, (S. Ct., June 24, 2010), are objections to the release of the names of signers of a petition seeking a referendum to overturn Washington’s expansion of the rights of domestic partners. The Court concluded that the state’s interest in protecting the integrity of the electoral process is strong enough to justify the public release of most referendum petitions. But here plaintiffs claim that the objective of those seeking release is to post the names of signers on the Internet and urge backers of the domestic partnership bill to contact and harass them. Courts may prohibit disclosure if the signers can show a reasonable probability they will face harassment, threats or reprisals from either government officials or private parties.

While there was broad agreement on the result, the case produced six separate opinions, including a dissent by Justice Thomas who argued that the facial challenge should succeed because there are always less restrictive means for the state to use to preserve the integrity of the referendum process. Various concurring opinions differed on the strength of the remaining as-applied challenge in the case.

From Religion Clause by Howard M. Friedman, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Toledo

NYS Sales Tax Issues

The NY State Tax Audit staff have adopted an aggressive posture which, while focused on the restaurant business, really has significant red flags for real estate attorneys dealing with a variety of retailers, including restaurants, because of the Bulk Sales Tax Act provision for transferee liability.

As set forth in an alarming article from the Buffalo News, the requirement that a business have duplicate copies of all customer invoices for 3 years is one which trips up all sorts of businesses.

Contributed by:

Harry G. Meyer
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From Empire Justice Center:

The Situation:


All the state funding that has been the budget for general civil legal services has been eliminated, including the Governor’s own $1 million commitment – a total of $13.2 million.

New York’s Interest on Lawyer Account (IOLA) Fund is poised to cut grants by at least 70% percent because of abysmally low interest earnings – grants to providers would go from $25 million statewide to an estimated $6.5 million.

At the very same time, increasing numbers of New Yorkers are in need of civil legal services as their homes go into foreclosure, they lose their jobs are denied Unemployment Insurance or Public Assistance, they face eviction or seek an order of protection from an abuser and can’t afford to hire a lawyer to help them.

We need your help to preserve these critical services! Please take a moment to click here to send an email to your legislators asking them to make access to justice a top priority!

Apple Safari 5

The latest iteration of the Safari browser takes several bold steps by offering a streamlined approach to RSS feeds, along with offering new ways to look at paginated stories and galleries. Also, Safari now comes with local searches enabled from the location bar, so queries will be linked to users’ history and bookmarks. This version is compatible with computers running Windows XP and newer or Mac OS X 10.5 and newer.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010.

NYS Court of Appeals: Estate of Saul Schneider v. Finmann

Estate of Saul Schneider v. Finmann

At issue in this appeal is whether an attorney may be held liable for damages resulting from negligent representation in estate tax planning that causes enhanced estate tax liability. We hold that a personal representative of an estate may maintain a legal malpractice claim for such pecuniary losses to the estate.

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