NY Court of Appeals Holds Local Governments Have Authority to Regulate Hydrofracking Through Zoning

We are asked in these two appeals whether towns may ban
oil and gas production activities, including hydrofracking,
within municipal boundaries through the adoption of local zoning
laws. We conclude that they may because the supersession clause
Nos. 130 & 131
in the statewide Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law (OGSML) does
not preempt the home rule authority vested in municipalities to
regulate land use. The orders of the Appellate Division should
therefore be affirmed.

 

 

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Fourteen LinkedIn Tips for (the Rest of) 2014 | LLRX.com

 

Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer and legal technology author. Allison C. Shields is the president of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. They are co-authors of the books LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers and LinkedIn in One Hour.

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LinkedIn has surged past 300 million users. It remains the most popular social media platform for business and professional use. In fact, it’s becoming rare to find people in any kind of business who say that they are not on LinkedIn.

At the same, a certain sense of complacency has settled over the use of LinkedIn. We often hear people say that they’ve been on LinkedIn for a while and they haven’t found it all that helpful, especially for reaching potential customers and clients. Since LinkedIn has been around for more than 10 years, there’s also a sense of “been there, done that” about it. Some people are always looking for the next new thing in social media.

In fact, most of us have barely scratched the surface of either the features or the potential of LinkedIn. LinkedIn has steadily added new features, especially in the past year or so. This will be a great year to take your use of LinkedIn up a level or two, and increase the value and benefits of the platform to you and your business.

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Read complete article here.

 

Home Screen: Ian O’Flaherty — MacSparky

 

 Ian O’Flaherty (Twitter) (Website) is the developer of Trial Pad (App Store) and Transcript Pad (App Store).

Besides the obvious bias towards my own apps, TrialPad and TranscriptPadKeynote is a favorite. It can assist anyone to create great looking presentations. I use Keynote not only for presentations, but also to create fully functional mock-ups of new app ideas, or to see how a new user interface element might look within one of my existing apps. I thinkGoodNotes is one of the better note taking apps, and is ideal for my needs. Besides note taking, I use it to bring in screen shots of apps to draw on and sketch various user interface changes or ideas, especially with its shape recognition mode. My RSS reader of choice is Mr. Reader as I like the way you can organize and skim through your feeds, and I’ve recently started usingPocket to save interesting articles to read later when I have more time. I have tried various podcast apps but keep coming back to Apple’s own Podcasts to listen to great podcasts, such as Mac Power Users 😉

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Aperture is Dead. Long Live Photos! | ApertureExpert

 

More than you ever wanted to know about Aperture and Photos! from Joseph at Aperture expert:

On the surface, it doesn’t seem like good news, but there’s a lot more to this than a few lines of text. First, the official words.

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.” — Apple, Inc.

In short, Aperture as we know it is dead. So let’s take a step back and figure out what this really means, because obviously photography is far from unimportant to Apple. There are more questions than answers now than ever before, and I’ll try to come up with all the right questions and all my best answers. Call this interpretation, speculation, or clairvoyance — but here’s how I’m reading into this.

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July 15, 2014 CLE – False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement – Albany, New York

 

NDNY-FCBA CLE – “False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement:  All Points of View”
Albany, July 15, 2014

9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

Registration at 8:30 a.m.

4.5 credits – Professional Practice

The civil False Claims Act is one of the fastest growing areas of federal litigation, particularly because of its unique qui tam provisions, which allow private citizens to file suit alleging fraud on behalf of the government. If the government prevails in the action, the whistleblower (known as a “relator”) receives up to 30 percent of the recovery. The Department of Justice secured $3.8 billion in False Claims Act settlements and judgments last fiscal year alone, of which relators received $345 million. Several million of those
dollars were recovered as a result of cases filed in the Northern District of
New York.

This comprehensive CLE features a well-balanced faculty of local and national False Claims Act practitioners who will speak from varying perspectives and address all aspects of False Claims Act and qui tam matters. Our speakers include representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, the New York State Office of the Attorney General, a federal Inspector General’s Office, as well as members of the relators and defense bars, to ensure a balanced discussion.

What You Will Learn
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this CLE has something for you – from a presentation by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian on the types of cases that his office is bringing in upstate and central New York, to practical solutions regarding litigation strategy presented by seasoned practitioners in this field.

The CLE will include a primer on the False Claims Act, an overview of the federal government’s role in False Claims Act litigation, and a panel discussion that will address various topics ranging from dealing with parallel civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings to emerging issues in qui tam litigation.

Time is reserved throughout the program to address registrants’ questions.

Register Now!

There is no charge for this program.  Program is free for members of NDNY-FCBA…Non-members may join NDNY-FCBA and also be admitted free.

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Every Legal App For Android-Lawyerist

 

Lawyerist:  “There are plenty of Android apps for lawyers including apps for case management, billing, trial preparation, and legal research. This list includes every legal app for Android that we could find in the Google Play store…”.

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Speaking of Yiddish, U.S. District Court in New York Needs Translators – WSJ

 

The buildup to the mistrial in New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith‘s bribery case wasn’t just courtroom drama. It became a whole megillah.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas had ordered prosecutors to turn over 93 hours of a cooperating government witness’s telephone conversations to defense attorneys because the recordings might help the defense. But complicating matters, 20% of those conversations were in Yiddish.

Though the New York region is home to more than 75% of the nation’s 159,000 Yiddish speakers, according to U.S. Census data, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has but a single interpreter on call.

Read WSJ entire article on Yiddish interpreters for courts in New York here.

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