Category: Law

Controversial Anti-Terror Law May Be Passed Soon in China

Controversial anti-terrorism law in China Anti-Terror-Buttonmay be passed into fruition within the month, a report from Reuters says.

U.S. President Barack Obama has raised concern over this matter himself with Chinese Presiden, Xi Jinping as the proposed law speaks of “backdoors” to be a legal requirement for technology firms. These backdoors would serve as an alternate means for sensitive information, such as classified encrypted keys to the government, to be acquired in the event of a national emergency.

The law has been drafted and proposed in order to combat recent events that have been growing more and more alarming as of late as extremist groups grow bolder and more brutal with every attack. However, those opposed to the law have stated that the requirement would put “unfair regulatory pressure” on other companies, should the law come to pass, the report from Reuters states.

Xinhua, a state news agency in China, has said officials have called that the draft for the law is already at a stage of maturation and that it has been “suggested to be put forward for approval”. The increasingly growing threat of violence at the Western regions of Xinjiang due to violence caused by militants and separatists, which makes officials more and more adamant for the anti-terrorism law, though China denies abuse of rights in Xinjiang.

Domestic and foreign technologies would have to adhere to the protocols demanded by the anti-terrorism law, should it be passed.

Kentucky Clerk’s Refusal to Grant Licenses Causes Discussion

Kim DavisKim Davis, a clerk from Rowan County, was released on the 8th of September after having been sentenced to jail for her refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis cited that issuing licenses to same-sex couples would be against her religious beliefs and that it would be against her conscience. She has stated to say that it would be against her beliefs to grant same-sex couples with a license for she is of the belief system that marriage should only be between what she would constitute as a “man” and a “woman”.

It came to light in other reports that Davis had previously granted the marriage license to a couple between a transgender man and a cis female who identifies as pansexual. (In accordance with the beliefs of her religion, the transgender man in question would be, to them, a woman thereby proving that Davis has already, technically, issued a marriage license between a same-sex couple.)

The clerk had served 6 days in prison for her discriminatory defiance though thousands from all over the country went in support of her religious convictions. She has been charged with contempt of the law for her actions and has been told to cease from issuing any further marriage licenses. However, Davis’ camp has stated that she has every intention to keep issuing licenses despite the warnings of US District Judge, David Bunning.

Several others have claimed to contest the legalization of same-sex marriage due on religious grounds. Clark’s defiance is the first openly contemptuous act against the legalization.

Same-sex marriage was legalized in all fifty states of America on the 26th of June 2015.

Improbable Legal Defenses that Worked

Still fresh in the outraged mind of the public, the “affluenza” defense that got a rich teenager off multiple homicide charges is just another example of some flaws in the American jury system.

Ethan Couch was 16 years old when he plowed through a stalled vehicle, killing four people and injuring two of his own passengers. He had been impaired with alcohol (testing 0.24 for blood alcohol content) and diazepam at the time of the incident. Texas is particularly harsh on driving while intoxicated (DWI) and normally the teenager would have been facing multiple second degree felony charges, each count good for 20 years in prison. Instead, he mounted the “affluenza” defense which argued that he had been so spoiled by his rich parents that he was unable to appreciate the consequences of his actions, and got probation and private rehab instead.

A similar improbably defense that worked is the Twinkie defense, in which a defendant claimed that he had been so hopped up on sugar that he was unable to control himself when he killed two people. Despite the fact that Dan White had a very good motive for murdering San Francisco mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk (he wanted his job back) his defense got him a conviction for voluntary manslaughter rather than murder.

Neither the Twinkie defense nor affluenza that so outraged the thinking public is recognized as legitimate diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association, but the fact is these trials set a dangerous precedent. It sends the signal that criminals can get away with anything if they can get enough experts to say they were crazy at the time they committed a crime. Now that’s crazy…

Social Network Sites after Death

Over a billion people across the world have created a profile on the social networking site Facebook. Millions of people also use other social networks such as Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and a number of other sites.

Logging on to these sites has become a daily habit like taking a shower or eating a meal, but what happens to someone’s accounts after he or she is no longer living? It is a question that many people think about and has even grabbed the attention of lawmakers in New Hampshire and other states.

Earlier this month, State Rep. Peter Sullivan introduced a bill that would give control over a deceased’s social networking pages to the executor of the estate. This includes one’s Facebook, Twitter, and additional accounts like Gmail to be passed to the executor of one’s estate in the event of death.

Sullivan is proposing such a bill in order to provide a sense of peace and closure to family members that lose a loved one. He said the bill would also prevent any form of bullying on a deceased’s Facebook or Twitter page.

Along with New Hampshire, five other states, including Oklahoma, Idaho, Rhode Island, Indiana, and Connecticut, have legislation dealing with one’s online and digital presence after death.

Currently, there are online services available such as Entrustet, Legacy Locker, and My Webwill, so individuals can pass on digital assets and account information to trusted sources. People can also speak with a probate lawyer.

Contract Disputes At Your Tech Startup

According to the website of Cedar Rapids business lawyers Arenson Law Group, PC, contracts can be incredibly complex, detailed, and often confusing legal documents that many parties would rather not deal with. Indeed, the process can be quite overwhelming. However, in a number of business and work relationships, contracts are absolutely essential to make sure that all involved parties’ interests are protected and upheld. Whether looking at a contract between an www.slaterpugh.comemployer and an employee, a business and a vendor, or any other legally binding agreement, the nitty gritty of contracts can be confusing, but is nonetheless incredibly important.

As such, it is important that when you are first establishing a contract with another party, you do everything possible to make sure that it is drafted as clearly and thoroughly as possible, not only to make sure your interests are fully represented and protected, but also to prevent against disruptive and potentially damaging contract disputes down the line.

Contract disputes can occur in a number of ways, and can take place while a contract is being drafted or can occur after a contract has been established and one of the involved parties feels that the contract has been violated in some way.

For tech startup owners, contract disputes in any form can be incredibly damaging, as they have to potential to divert a business owner’s attention away from running and growing their business, at a time when work is hectic and there are few resources to spare towards resolving the dispute. When contract disputes arise, they have the potential to slow, or even bring to a stop, normal business operations, especially if the dispute involves an important client or business partner.

Additionally, depending on the nature of the dispute, they can damage a company’s reputation in their field, regardless of the party at fault for the contract dispute or violation. Because of the seriousness of these situations, most contract disputes cannot be handled without the assistance of an internet lawyer. These professionals can help alleviate some of the burden of managing the dispute and working towards a resolution, and may be able to help settle a problem faster and more efficiently than if a business owner attempted to do so on his or her own. However, even with the availability of professional assistance, businesses should do everything in their power to avoid becoming entangled in a contract dispute of any kind.

The Social Network All Over Again

Pinterest, the social media platform which allows users to create boards on which they can “pin” their favorite online media, has become the subject of a lawsuit leveled against the company and one of its first investors, Brian Cohen. The lawsuit alleges that the concept and technology for Pinterest were not original creations, but rather that Cohen and his business partners stole the idea from another site, RendezVoo, with which Cohen was also connected.

The suit has six total causes of action that it alleges harmed RendezVoo’s founder, Theodore Schroeder, who filed the suit. Overall, Schroeder is seeking an award of more than $75,000 in damages which, in consideration of the considerable success Pinterest has found, seems fairly insignificant in the long run. However, Pinterest’s business attorneys are still planning a defense against the suit, though it’s quite likely that the suit will eventually be settled out of court, much as the strikingly-similar Facebook case eventually was.

Holiday Season Dangers: Dog Bites

Dog BiteDuring the holiday season, visits from friends and family members are a common occurrence. Unfortunately, reports of injuries caused by family pets tend to increase during this time, and in most cases, the injuries could have been avoided.

If a dog owner doesn’t exercise the right safety precautions, they may be unable to stop their dog from attacking another person in the event of an unexpected trigger or uncontrollable provocation. Dogs are supposed to be kept on a leash when in public and, if potentially a danger to others, should be restrained behind a fence. Especially in the case of potentially dangerous breeds, dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pet and may be held legally liable if that pet injuries someone.

A dog bite or attack may leave a person with considerable injuries that may require immediate medical care. Depending on the extent of the injuries, a person may need to go through a significant treatment and recovery process that can be physically, emotionally, and financially taxing. However, compensation may be available for these injured individuals through a personal injury lawsuit against the dog’s owner.

Legal Recourse for Dog Bites

Bites and attacks may leave a person with a sizable medical bill to address, as well as other expenses and a lack of income due to time spent away from work recovering. Compensation may be able to address the following financial concerns after a dog bite or attack:

  • Medical treatment expenses, including skin grafts and antibiotics
  • The cost of staying in the hospital while recovering from an attack
  • Long-term care in the event of particularly vicious attacks or falling injuries
  • Emotional damages and psychological therapy
  • Lost wages due to time spend off of work for medical operations and recovery

If an attack is particularly serious and causes life-long disability or disfigurement, a person may be entitled to pursue compensation that will support them for years into the future. While it may be difficult to consider legal recourse following a tragedy like a dog attack, it is advisable to discuss the circumstances of your claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer. This way, you will not be forced to pay out-of-pocket for medical bills, lost wages, and other unforeseen expenses following an avoidable accident like a dog bite.

Watch Out For Holiday Season DUIs

BeerOver the holiday season, millions of Americans participate in festivities to celebrate this special time of year. Unfortunately, this can put the lives and safety of others at risk as many people choose to drink more often and in larger quantities. As a result, during the holidays accidents caused by drunk drivers spike, often resulting in serious injuries to all those involved in the accident. Fortunately, DUI accident victims may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, pain, suffering, and losses that they suffer at the hands of a drunk driver.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to take legal action against the party or parties who caused your suffering. Because of the high costs that many of the consequences of a DUI accident may cause, laws throughout the country allow accident injury victims to pursue compensation for their pain and suffering.

DUI Accident Injuries

Injuries caused by drunk drivers are often extremely serious. Some of the most common DUI accident injuries include the following:

[ Broken bones
[ Whiplash
[ Internal organ damage
[ Spinal cord injuries
[ Traumatic head injuries

These and other DUI accident injuries can have devastating consequences for those who suffer in them, not to mention their families. However, no one should have to pay for the consequences of a drunk driver’s reckless decisions on their own. Thus, if you have been the victim of a DUI accident, you should contact a good lawyer to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal rights and options when a drunk driver has caused you and your family to suffer after an accident. An attorney can help you understand what you may be able to do to get the justice you deserve in this difficult situation.

Ohio Gets Cracking With Creeper Tracking

In Ohio, a state which currently has more than 19,000 registered sex offenders living within its borders, new technology is helping to monitor the actions of these individuals. The office of Ohio’s attorney general has helped to create an online database through which sex offenders can update their information online, speeding up the reporting process and helping law enforcement agencies better track the movements of registered sex offenders at all times.

Even more intriguing is a new mobile app that allows police officers to identify all registered sex offenders within a quarter-mile radius of a sexual assault or missing person investigation. In combination, these two technological tools should allow Ohio law enforcement agencies to more effectively protect the communities under their care. However, many of these new technologies have been controversial among criminal defense lawyers and other parties, who claim that they unduly punish individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes, making it difficult or in some cases, impossible, for them to secure housing, jobs, and other opportunities, even after they have served their sentences in full.

Mobile Technology and Client Portals

For attorneys, communication is a crucial part of success.  Computer services targeting lawyers are not a new concept, but there have been many recent changes to the way that attorneys can use applications, such as cloud storage systems, to better their client relationships.  Advances in mobile technology have allowed people to make the most of these services via mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads, allowing both attorneys and clients to access critical information from anywhere with the simple touch of a screen.

Client portals are unique online storage spaces that give attorneys and their clients access to case-relevant documents from any device with an internet connection.  These secure portals can be used to:

  • Share documents
  • Make travel arrangements
  • Answer questions
  • Pay bills
  • Set reminders
  • Request client feedback

By utilizing client portals, law firms have been able to keep clients up-to-date in real time and include them in important discussions.  While this can make cases easier, it also may help to increase client loyalty by helping them feel connected to what’s happening in their case.  Hopefully , this will allow smaller firms that make the most of client portals to better compete with larger firms and improve their ratings in order to grow their business.

Many personal injury law firms have been able to make the most of technological advances in their practice without encountering problems pertaining to security. However, it is important to ensure that the portal service selected has proper security protections in place to safeguard the sensitive information stored in the cloud system.

Tweets Not Private

Hach & Rose, LLPRecently, Twitter decided to hand over deleted tweets from an Occupy Wall Street protestor’s account to a criminal judge in New York. Prosecutors had subpoenaed the social networking giant to receive access to the tweets, but until recently, Twitter had refused to turn them over. However, after months of pressure, Twitter capitulated and gave prosecutors access to the information they sought.

At issue in the case is whether or not an individual’s tweets should be considered private communications. In this case, the protestor’s tweets are alleged to contradict his claim that police led protestors into the street in order to arrest them for obstructing traffic. According to a New York personal injury lawyer, the “social” nature of tweets and similar communications renders them ineligible for privacy protection, as they are intended to be broadcast to a public audience.