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Dismissal for want of prosecution is not a PLRA "strike"
  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • USA
  • October 17 2011

Jeffrey Paul, an inmate in an Indiana federal prison, brought suit alleging that prison personnel used excessive force in removing him from his cell, in violation of the Eight Amendment.

Remember to review your will on divorce!
  • Kingsley Napley
  • United Kingdom
  • October 6 2011

On divorce - the pronouncement of Decree Absolute, or the final decree - any gift in a Will to a former spouse lapses (as if they had died) and passes instead to the next in-line beneficiary.

Mediation a sensible alternative to expensive affairs
  • Morton Fraser
  • United Kingdom
  • October 3 2011

It is no secret that court cases can be lengthy, expensive affairs.

Elements of an effective ethics screen
  • Armstrong Teasdale LLP
  • USA
  • September 14 2011

State rules of professional conduct and related authorities contain considerable guidance on when an ethics screen may prevent a conflict of interest from imputing or spreading from one person at a firm to taint everyone else at the firm with a conflict.

Compensation of attorneys: amendments to the Power of Attorney Act 1 effective September 1, 2011
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Canada
  • September 12 2011

On September 1, 2011, numerous amendments to the Power of Attorney Act (the “Act”) came into force.

Amendments to the Power of Attorney Act: new duties and powers for attorneys effective September 1, 2011
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Canada
  • September 12 2011

Effective September 1, 2011, the Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2007 came into force, substantially amending the existing Power of Attorney Act (British Columbia) and the Power of Attorney Regulation, B.C. Reg. 202011.

Use it or lose it - increased gift and GST exemption amounts expire on 123112
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 1 2011

On December 17, 2010, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the "2010 Act") was signed into law, making significant modifications to the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer ("GST") taxes.

$22.5 million verdict reversed where employer admitted its vicarious liability for employee’s negligence
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 13 2011

Jose Carcamo, a truck driver for defendant Sugar Transport, caused Dawn Renae Diaz to suffer severe permanent injuries as a result of a traffic accident on Highway 101.

Illinois and New York state tax treatment of domestic partner health coverage
  • Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • USA
  • July 11 2011

Recent changes to Illinois and New York state laws impact health benefits, specifically the taxation of covering domestic partners, civil union partners and same-sex spouses.

"after acknowledged children" denied inheritance rights
  • Farrell Fritz PC
  • USA
  • June 30 2011

Although acknowledging that the Appellants’ position was “sympathetic”, on June 14, 2011, the Appellate Division, Second Department affirmed the decision of Surrogate Riordan of Nassau County, denying two children of the decedent the rights accorded after-born children under EPTL 5-3.2.