Old Maps Online


Map lovers will find hours and hours worth of cartographic joys on this site that draws sources from the U.S. Geological Society, the National Library of Scotland, the Land Survey Office of the Czech Republic, and many other participating institutions. Beginning as a project between Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland and The Great Britain Historical GIS Project, OldMapsOnline “aims to demonstrate a combination of tools for publishing historical maps with a focus on their easy accessibility for the general public.” To scout the site readers may like to type a location into the search engine. For instance, entering New London, Connecticut returns maps from 1848, 1893, 1958, and 1989 of New London’s harbors, landmarks, neighborhoods, and roads. Meanwhile, entering Abu Dhabi returns dozens of maps dating back to the 18th century, including a beautiful Map of Persia compiled by the British War Office in 1891. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015. https://www.scout.wisc.edu

Editor’s Note:  Try looking up your location in New York State.  You may find, as I did, some extraordinary historical maps, which lay out the Great Lots upstate.  I found this feature very useful for interpreting deed legal descriptions.

Laws Struggle to Keep Up as Hoverboards’ Popularity Soars – The New York Times



Self-balancing motorized boards have many names: hoverboards, Swagways, self-balancing scooters and, among the Star Trek crowd, personal transporters. But whatever they are called, they now have parents, lawmakers and others struggling to figure out how safe they are and how to regulate them because in most places the rules have not caught up with the new technology.

Read entire NYTIMES article.







See also:  A Civil Liberties Lawyer Explains Why “Hoverboards” Are Illegal In NYC: Gothamist


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Attorney General Tells DraftKings and FanDuel to Stop Taking Entries in New York – The New York Times

The New York State attorney general on Tuesday ordered the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop accepting bets from New York residents, saying their games constituted illegal gambling under state law.

The cease-and-desist order by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is a major blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that introduced sports betting to legions of young sports fans and has formed partnerships with many of the nation’s professional sports teams.

Given the New York attorney general’s historic role as a consumer-protection advocate, legal experts said the action was likely to reverberate in other states where legislators and investigators are increasingly questioning whether the industry should operate unfettered by regulations that govern legalized gambling.

“It is clear that DraftKings and FanDuel are the leaders of a massive, multibillion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country,” Mr. Schneiderman said, adding, “Today we have sent a clear message: not in New York, and not on my watch.”

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Real Estate Shell Companies Scheme to Defraud Owners Out of Their Homes – The New York Times


A review by The New York Times of several dozen cases, and interviews with lawyers, prosecutors and others knowledgeable about fraudulent deed transfers, suggests they are accelerating even as officials struggle to address them. The city’s Department of Finance said it was investigating 120 cases, many of them hard to crack because of the role played by LLCs, officials said. Underscoring the rising alarm over the problem, the state attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, and the Brooklyn borough president, Eric L. Adams, held a forum last month to warn property owners about it.


Read entire NYTIMES article here.

New York Leads the Way on Transgender Rights – The New York Times-Editorial

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced an executive action establishing the first-ever

 statewide regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination.

The regulations extend the provisions of a 1945 state human rights law to prohibit 

discrimination on the basis of gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations 

like restaurants, hospitals and schools. They also protect transgender people from discrimination 

when seeking mortgages, credit cards and other financial services. Transgender people who

 have experienced discrimination can file a complaint in court, with the attorney general or 

with the State Division of Human Rights. If the division finds that discrimination has occurred, 

it can award compensatory damages, require policy changes, and levy fines and penalties of up to $100,000.

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Overhaul of Spousal Maintenance Takes Effect This Month | New York Law Journal

Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal

October 1, 2015

ALBANY – Significant revisions will take effect in October in calculating pre- and post-judgment maintenance payments when spouses divorce in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill (A7645/S5678) that represents the culmination of a spousal maintenance review that started in 2010, when New York became the last state in the country to adopt a no-fault grounds for divorce. At that time, legislative sponsors of no-fault divorce said they had cobbled together a last-minute compromise on maintenance and would circle back to make improvements in the coming years.


The portions of the new law pertaining to temporary maintenance will take effect Oct. 26; changes to permanent maintenance calculations will take effect on Jan. 25.

Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202738613407/Overhaul-of-Spousal-Maintenance-Takes-Effect-This-Month#ixzz3nfE8v5Di

For Sole Practitioners, the Future’s Not What It Used to Be

For Sole Practitioners, the Future’s Not What It Used to Be

by Stephen P. Gallagher and Leonard E. Sienko, Jr. 

(NYSBA Journal, Oct. 2015)

The nitty-gritty – and the joys – of a solo practice in the new (and changing) world order.


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