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Female Judge Should Hear IUD Cases, JPML Told

Law360 (December 3, 2020, 8:44 PM EST) — An attorney representing a woman claiming that she was harmed by the ParaGard IUD made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. on Thursday told the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation that cases over the birth control device should be sent to a federal judge in Atlanta in part because the judge is a woman and the litigation concerns women’s products.

Robert Hammers of Schneider Hammers, who represents Patricia Rodriguez and others, championed U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May during a Zoom hearing Thursday during which the panel considered whether to consolidate the cases and potential venues, should the cases be combined….

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Judge dismisses criminal counts in Missouri duck boat deaths

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed neglect and misconduct charges against three employees of a tourist boat that sank on a Missouri lake in 2018, killing 17 people.

U.S. District Judge Doug Harpool filed an order Wednesday upholding a recommendation made in September.

Kenneth Scott McKee, of Verona, the captain of the duck boat; Curtis Lanham, of Galena, the general manager of the boat’s operator, Ride the Ducks Branson; and Charles Baltzell, of Kirbyville, the manager on duty that day, were charged with neglect and misconduct after the amphibious vehicle sank during a storm on Table Rock Lake near Branson. McKee also was charged with failure to properly assess the weather before launching the boat and not telling passengers to use flotation devices.

The boat had entered the lake on July, 19, 2018, despite severe weather warnings. Riders from Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and Arkansas were killed; 14

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Judge: Suit to overturn Texas law on drone photography can proceed – News – Austin American-Statesman

A lawsuit seeking to strike down a Texas law that restricts drone photography can proceed, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman rejected a request by state officials to dismiss the lawsuit, ruling that two journalism organizations and a reporter raised substantive points questioning the law’s constitutionality.

The lawsuit argues that the 2013 law places improper limits on news gathering, violating the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee by making it a crime to capture images of private property, or a person on that property, no matter where the drone is flying.

The lawsuit also challenges the law’s ban on using drones with the “intent to conduct surveillance,” arguing that the phrase is not defined and is vague enough to include most news-gathering activities, allowing for arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.

In his order,

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Boston Municipal Court Judge Serge Georges Jr. would bring district court, property law background to Supreme Judicial Court, supporters say

If appointed to the state’s highest court, Boston Municipal Court Judge Serge Georges would bring expertise in real estate law, substance use disorders and the daily churn of the state’s district courts — a perspective Gov. Charlie Baker says is sorely needed at the top.

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“This is a chance to put somebody who has presided over a drug court, who’s been deeply involved in the busiest district court in the Commonwealth of Mass. in a position where he can engage his colleagues in discussions about how their decisions affect the actual practice and delivery of justice every single day in the working courts across the commonwealth,” the Republican governor said Wednesday morning.

As the Governor’s Council heard remarks from and about Georges, they weighed not only whether the district court judge has the qualifications and character to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court, but whether the benefits outweigh

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Hong Kong judge to decide if cases facing People Power activist warrant national security law appointee



a group of people around each other: People Power vice-chairman Tam Tak-chi leaves the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre en route to court on Wednesday. Photo: Sam Tsang


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People Power vice-chairman Tam Tak-chi leaves the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre en route to court on Wednesday. Photo: Sam Tsang

The first of Hong Kong’s district judges designated to handle national security law proceedings has been tasked with determining if he or a similarly designated counterpart should hear the cases facing opposition activist Tam Tak-chi, who has not been charged under the Beijing-imposed legislation.

Chief District Judge Justin Ko King-sau on Wednesday assigned Stanley Chan Kwong-chi to hear the prosecution’s application to have Tam’s three cases tried by a judge specially tasked with overseeing hearings related to the security law.

Legco exodus, loyalty oaths mark national security law’s fifth month

The 48-year-old vice-chairman of the localist group People Power faces 14 charges at the District Court. Half are tied to the colonial-era offence of sedition, while the others relate to public order or social-distancing rules introduced because

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Pa. Judge OKs $14M Criminal History Privacy Settlement

Law360 (December 1, 2020, 4:30 PM EST) — After more than seven years of litigation and multiple trips to the Third Circuit, a Pennsylvania federal judge granted final approval to a class action settlement of up to $14 million with a suburban county outside of Philadelphia over claims it illegally published criminal records online, including $4 million in fees and costs for Abramson & Denenberg, Shub Law and Kohn Swift & Graf.

U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone granted final approval Monday of a deal with Bucks County, Pennsylvania, that will award more than 10,000 claimants $600 each in exchange for ending a long-running battle over the county’s “Inmate Lookup…

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Ga. Judge Rips Law Firm’s Atty Fees Bid In Insurance Row

Law360 (November 30, 2020, 7:53 PM EST) — A Georgia federal judge on Monday criticized a Kansas law firm’s attempt to collect almost $400,000 in attorney fees from an insurance company following a settlement in an underlying jail construction dispute, questioning the timing of the case.

U.S. District Judge Mark H. Cohen said the firm, Ron D. Beal PA, sat for years and did nothing to try to get $378,662 in attorney fees from Connecticut-based Hartford Fire Insurance Co., a subsidiary of The Hartford. Then the firm venue-shopped for its contract breach claim and chose Georgia solely because of its applicable six-year statute of limitations, he said during a…

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Judge in divorce case criticises husband’s ‘mean-spirited’ behaviour

A High Court judge, in granting a woman a decree of divorce, has found her estranged husband has still not fully disclosed his financial position and engaged in “bad” and “mean-spirited” behaviour towards her.

The man had sought to depict himself as a “reasonable” man seeking only what is fair and wishing his estranged wife well, Mr Justice Max Barrett said. However, over a prolonged period, he behaved badly towards her, requiring her, when she has little money, repeatedly to engage lawyers and seek all manner of orders against him, including to pay his share of utility bills, the judge said.

He had behaved in a “volatile” manner, with the result the woman previously obtained an interim barring order against him, later replaced by a related undertaking.

The woman was so fearful she left the family home at one point.

While the man maintained he has never been violent towards

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George Floyd cop Derek Chauvin gets divorce settlement rejected, judge says there’s a ‘badge of fraud’

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA: The police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, has had a divorce settlement between him and his wife, Kellie Chauvin, rejected by a judge in court. The divorce settlement would transfer most of his assets to his wife before his trial in court for the murder of George Floyd. The judge involved in the divorce case also cited the possibility of fraud.

Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce on May 31, shortly after the George Floyd case that inspired widespread protests throughout the United States. According to the Star Tribune, Kellie is asking for sole ownership of both of the couple’s homes — their primary home in Oakdale, and a townhouse in Windermere, Florida, which were bought in both their names after their marriage in 2010. Some have speculated that the true motive behind this divorce is to protect Derek Chauvin’s assets in case

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Sidney Powell, ex-Trump campaign lawyer, asks judge to have Georgia ‘de-certify’ Biden victory

Sidney Powell, the former Trump campaign lawyer challenging the president’s loss to Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden, asked a federal judge in Georgia to reverse the results of the race there Friday.

Ms. Powell, who sued various state and election officials in federal court Wednesday, subsequently filed an emergency motion requesting Mr. Trump be named the winner of Georgia’s presidential race.

Georgia has already certified the results of the presidential election for Mr. Biden, but Ms. Powell wants the court to intervene and issue an order requiring state officials to reverse course.

Ms. Powell filed the motion in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia a week after the state certified election results showing Mr. Biden received 12,670 more votes than Mr. Trump.

Citing unproven claims of fraud, she asked U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr., an appointee of former President George W. Bush, for emergency injunctive

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