Few face greater peril under the campaign finance and criminal laws than an undisputed bad actor. Yesterday, former Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson admitted in a plea agreement that he willfully caused Representative Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign to falsely report payments made to two companies.
New Mexico judges are chosen through a process that is truly unique. Since 1988, judicial vacancies have been filled by commission-based appointment. Appointees then face a partisan election to keep their seats. At the conclusion of their terms, judges stand for retention for subsequent terms.
I have seen the future of entertainment, and it is drones! Well, perhaps not right away, but sooner than we might think.
On August 20, 2014, the Seventh Circuit vacated a judgment against Momence Meadows Nursing Center in an anticipated decision that may limit the scope of “worthless services” liability under the False Claims Act.
Not So Happy Meals? New York City Council Moves to Ban Free Toys Offered with Certain Food and Beverage Products
The New York City Council introduced a bill last week that would prohibit restaurants from offering free toys or other giveaways aimed at children in connection with certain meals and food and beverage products.
A few days ago Amazon announced, as reported in India’s Economic Times, it will be testing drone deliveries in Mumbai and Bangalore, both locations where it has warehouses. Apparently, it’s plan is to use an octocopter for deliveries taking 90 minutes to three hours.
Similar to the growing U.S. interest in exploring civilian uses of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), efforts are underway across the African continent to deploy UAS in innovative ways such as protecting wildlife, expanding internet connectivity to isolated communities, and delivering humanitarian aid. In Kenya, Dickens Olewe and his African SkyCAM project is helping journalists to revolutionize their news reporting and coverage.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District received quite a bit of national coverage in the development world. If you’ll recall, Koontz held that the nexus and proportionality standards that apply to the government’s attempt to exact land in exchange for a land use permit similarly apply to monetary exactions.
The United Kingdom Ministry of Justice recently announced the government’s “commitment that from the age of 10, children and young people involved in all family court hearings in England and Wales will have access to judges to make their views and feelings known.” The changes, which will be implemented as soon as possible, will also give children over 10 the opportunity to have input during mediation proceedings.
Seemingly undeterred by his stinging defeat in the Texas EquuSearch’s v. FAA case, attorney Brendan Schulman is making another attempt to have the D.C. Circuit invalidate the FAA’s UAS rules. As our readers will remember, Texas EquuSearch brought an action earlier this year seeking to declare any effort by the FAA to regulate commercial UAS operations invalid. As we predicted, that action was dismissed without ever reaching the merits.