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Cultivated Compendium is my periodic round-up of important, cutting-edge or interesting legal news as well as some of my original reporting and musings.


 

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September 11th, 2013
A judge today rejected a putative class action in which readers of Lance Armstrong's books alleged they were subjected to fraud and false advertising in "inspirational true accounts" that "should have been labeled fiction" due to Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs. Instead, the books were protected as free speech. Continue Reading
September 11th, 2013
With 70 percent of American Indians living in urban areas, the nation's first legal clinic for city-dwelling American Indians and their unique legal problems is still going strong after seven years. Continue Reading
September 11th, 2013
When we think of disasters, we don't automatically think of legal services. But this interview with a legal aid attorney shows that legal advocacy is a huge part of recovering from disasters like Superstorm Sandy. "If in the future legal services are understood to be an essential part of disaster relief, that would be a big improvement. Now that we have experience, future disaster responses will be much more coordinated. We know what... Continue Reading
September 11th, 2013
In the wake of a ticket-fixing scandal and ensuing federal prosecution, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on whether the justices, along with the court that hears judicial discipline cases, can suspend judges that get into trouble, @zneedlestli reported for The Legal Intelligencer.
September 11th, 2013
(The Legal Intelligencer- second of two-part series on The Future of Long-Term Care Litigation) While health care headlines focus on the implementation of Obamacare's individual mandate and establishment of insurance exchanges, the landmark legislation also is going to affect long-term care for older Americans. Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities must have had compliance and ethics programs in place by March, but... Continue Reading
September 11th, 2013
The Legal Intelligencer Amaris Elliott-Engel (first of two-part series on The Future of Long-Term Care Litigation) When Rhonda Hill Wilson started representing clients in the field of long-term care litigation, there was not a lot of interest in representing elder Pennsylvanians for the torts they might have been wronged by. Damages were only thought of in an "economic sense," said Wilson, of the Law Offices of Rhonda... Continue Reading
September 11th, 2013
A United Nations official has called on courts in South Carolina and Oklahoma to respect the human rights of a little girl who is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is the subject of a cross-state custody dispute. Veronica lived the first two years of her life with adopted parents in South Carolina and the next two years with her American Indian father, who argues he did not consent to the adoption. When the US Supreme... Continue Reading
September 11th, 2013
A law professor opines the injunction against Aereo rival FilmOn X by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia could adversely affect Aereo's separate expansion plans to capture broadcast TV transmissions through individual antennas and retransmit the programming over the Internet, the Boston Herald reports. This copyright case is primed to test the scope of intellectual property. Continue Reading

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