Cosby lawyers blame his accuser for release of his deposition by court reporting service-ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

Lawyers for Bill Cosby argued in a motion (PDF) on Tuesday that his accuser in a 2005 sex-abuse suit was trying to “smear” him and should have ensured that court reporters knew his deposition transcript was still confidential.

The New York Times obtained the deposition transcript from a court reporting service and summarized the contents in a story that asserted the deposition was never sealed. But lawyers for Cosby say the court reporting service, Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe, should not have released the document under terms of the suit’s settlement, report the Legal Intelligencer, the New York Times, the Guardian and Time magazine.

The filing by lawyers at Cozen O’Connor says Cosby’s accuser in the suit, a Temple University employee, should be sanctioned partly for release of the deposition transcript to the media through her “own hired court reporter … without a word to the defendant.” The motion does not include specifics on sanctions sought and says relief will be sought separately.

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A New Appellate Court Opinion on “Pocket Dialing” – Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog

Yes, I know we all call it something else other than “pocket dialing,” but congratulations to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for using a more polite term.

Huff vs Spaw (Download in PDF) was issued this week.

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How National Licensing Could Help Close the Justice Gap–Lawyerist

By Jenny Odegard

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South Dakota is leading the charge on relocating new attorneys to under-served communities by offering a stipend of $12,000 per year for five years. This number is meant to nearly cover the cost of attending their local university’s law school, which should be a tempting offer for hundreds of newly licensed attorneys looking for an opportunity to make an impact. Yet this program has a modest goal of recruiting only 17 attorneys by the year 2017.

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The Uniform Bar Exam is a nationalized test with a portable score to all of the states that have adopted the test. While the UBE is not a nationally portable law license, it is an opportunity to apply for admission without having to sit for an additional full bar exam.

Sixteen states, most recently including New York, have now adopted the test. States still conduct their own character and fitness evaluation, and most require a shorter, less burdensome local education requirement. States also set their own passing score, which means test takers may not be certified for admission in the state they took the exam but could qualify elsewhere without retaking it.

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Document in Cosby Case – The New York Times

A document unsealed by a federal judge in Philadelphia, part of a case brought against Bill Cosby in 2005 by Andrea Constand, a staff member with the basketball program at Temple University, Mr. Cosby’s alma mater. RELATED ARTICLE

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Free Old Time Radio MP3 Downloads from “The Golden Age of Radio!”

Old World Radio

http://www.oldradioworld.com/

Before television (or Netflix, or Buzzfeed) families around the country used to sit together in the evenings and listen to the radio. This website gathers some of the classic radio favorites that defined the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Organized by Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci Fi/Superheroes, Western, Detective Stories, Music, and Miscellaneous, each of the categories includes famous entertainers, including big band leaders like Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman as well as famous comedians like Abbot and Costello. For readers who are new to old-time radio, there is also a Recommended Favorites section that includes Vintage Commercials, The Shadow, CBS Radio Mystery Theater, and Amos ‘n’ Andy. In particular, the 1957 Chevrolet commercial, which can be located in the Vintage Commercials tab, should not be missed.

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

Editor’s Note:  They have 54 episodes of “X minus One”–my personal favorite.

ACA Information Center for Tax Professionals–IRS

IRS Offers Three Webinars on Affordable Care Act Provisions for Employers and Coverage Providers 

This series of educational webinars is designed to help you understand the Affordable Care Act’s employer provisions and related requirements. The IRS is presenting three different webinars later this month that will be repeated in August and September.

The webinars are designed for business owners, tax managers, employee benefits managers and health coverage providers. All times are Eastern.

Employer Shared Responsibility and Information Reporting

Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Information Reporting Requirements for Applicable Large Employers

Information Reporting Requirements for Providers of Minimal Essential Coverage

For more information about the Affordable Care Act and tax provisions for employers and health coverage providers, visit http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/ACA-Information-Center-for-Tax-Professionals.

Getting started with Windows 10 — download the essential guide

The Windows 10 launch date is now little more than two and a half weeks away. While a lot of people have tried out the various preview builds that have been made available, the majority of people upgrading will be doing so with little to no knowledge of what to expect. Ahead of Microsoft’s most important operating system launch for years, Lenovo has published a user guide that will help bring you up to speed.

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The ‘Starting to use Windows 10′ guide is for Lenovo customers, but the 23 page PDF can be downloaded by anyone who’s looking for a quick introduction to the operating system.

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