Experts: Paula Deen is done despite legal win


08.14.13 (8:12 pm)   [edit]

Experts: Paula Deen is done despite legal win

Google's Legal Defense Ignores Its Own, Longtime Privacy Promises

Looks into succession of the brand, maybe the sons," says Bragman. To a corporate sponsor, past or potential, Deen is "volatile," Johnson says. "We're still going to hear (and see) the video deposition come out at some point where she used the n-word. It's just going to reinforce" if not exacerbate her negative image. "If you're a corporate sponsor, why bother with something that's controversial?" Johnson says. "They're looking at it from a dollars-and-cents standpoint. She doesn't appeal to millennials. She's alienated the African-American community." So the thinking is, why continue with, or join, "this soap opera?" When you get an invitation to get on Dancing With the Stars, as Deen reportedly did, "you know you've jumped the shark. That's where she is right now: She's a caricature of herself," Johnson says.
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North Carolina's sweeping voter ID law faces legal challenge

ncvoterlawap.jpg The hours to cast an early ballot remain the same, and there will be 10 days for voters to cast their ballot early. However, the new law will not allow a person to register and vote on the same day. Other changes include an effort to reduce the pay-to-play culture of politics by placing additional campaign finance restrictions on lobbyists, according to the governors office. Supporters of the legislation say it is meant to prevent voter fraud, which they claim is both rampant and undetected. Critics, including Democrats and libertarians, suggested the true goal is to suppress voter turnout, especially among blacks, the young, the elderly and the poor. North Carolina is among a number of states with GOP strongholds that have passed stricter voter identification laws, redrawn political maps fortifying Republican majorities and reduced early voting under President Barack Obama. Such states claimed victory after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision in June, effectively wiped out part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that required federal "preclearance" of election-law changes in all or parts of 15 mostly Southern states with a history of discrimination. The law was enacted during the 1960s to outlaw racial discrimination against voters. That high court ruling cleared the way for North Carolina's Republican leadership to enact voting law changes without prior federal approval.
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JPMorgan Chase's List of Legal Challenges

PHOTO: Genene Jones  Chelsea McClellan "I clearly told Romo it (anything he could do for Rodriguez) was about legal performance enhancement." NIGHTENGALE: Yankees can't love A-Rod's start Conte told the Daily News that he met with MLB's department of investigations for two hours last week. An MLB official confirmed the meeting for USA TODAY Sports. The official requested anonymity because he had not been authorized to talk publicly. Conte, the founder Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative which supplied a number of world-class athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, went to prison in 2005 for his role in the doping scandal. Conte now operates Scientific Nutrition for Advance Conditioning, a legal sports supplement company, with his daughter, Veronica Conte. "I was eager to meet with (MLB) because I wanted to answer their questions (about Rodriguez)," Conte said during an interview with the Daily News in the SNAC offices. "I also wanted to give my input and have them take it back to (Commissioner) Bud Selig. I wanted to share my ideas about improving Major League Baseball's drug program. I've been waiting for this opportunity for a long time." Rodriguez received a 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball for ties to Biogenesis, a Miami anti-aging clinic run by Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez is appealing the suspension. According to the story, Conte said his telephone exchanges with Rodriguez and Bosch gave him the impression that the self-styled "biochemist" was deeply involved in what Bosch called "A-Rod's program." Conte said Rodriguez referred to Bosch as "his nutrition guy." PHOTOS: A-ROD THROUGH THE YEARS Alex Rodriguez hits his 648th career home run, his first of the season.
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Victor Conte: A-Rod came to me for legal supplements

Alex Rodriguez hits his 648th career home run, his first of the season. The RBI moves him past Stan Musial for fifth on the all-time career RBI list with 1,951. The bank, the nation's biggest, faces a swirl of investigations and lawsuits in addition to the $6 billion loss with the memorable nickname. JPMorgan also is accused of wrongdoing in how it marketed mortgage-backed securities, how it chases down credit card payments from delinquent borrowers, and whether it should have noticed that Bernie Madoff was running a giant Ponzi scheme. The bank has only recently cleared away other legal problems, including settling regulators' accusations last month that it manipulated energy prices. The legal entanglements are an unwelcome development for a bank usually lauded for stellar risk management and considered the darling of Washington until as recently as last year, when the trading loss came to light. After emerging from the financial crisis better off than most of its peers, JPMorgan was the only big bank with a CEO who had the street cred and guts to both challenge President Barack Obama and be his confidante. The shift in JPMorgan's reputation is a reminder that banks, supposedly chastened by the financial crisis, are still being haunted by it. Its struggles are also a microcosm of the government's tightening influence on the industry, and a reminder of how quickly fortunes can change. Kathleen Day, a professor at Johns Hopkins University who lectures on the history of financial crises, questions whether the bank's board of directors is doing its job to rein in managers from excessive risk. "The allegations are serious and unusual," Day says, "and the list just seems to go on and on." To be fair, investors haven't seemed overly concerned so far.
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Legal Events to Watch This Week

However, regarding those plaintiffs complaining about their e-mails to Gmail users being scanned and processed, Googles lawyers said (PDF): The state law wiretap claims of the Non-Gmail Plaintiffs fail for similar reasons. While the non-Gmail Plaintiffs are not bound to Googles contractual terms, they nonetheless impliedly consent to Googles practices by virtue of the fact that all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing. Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipients assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their communications are processed by the recipients [email] provider in the course of delivery. Indeed, a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties. Smith v. Maryland, 442 U.S. 735, 743-44 (1979). Thats some awesome reasoning right there, especially considering that the Smith case was about telephonynot, in 1979, a rich field for the kind of data-mining that Google performs on its users e-mails today. Im no expert in U.S./California privacy lawto be clear, Im not a lawyer, periodbut, while it is certainly true that e-mail has inherent insecurities , Googles line of argument seems problematic on several levels. For one, secure e-mail does exist if end-to-end encryption is in place and crucially, if the e-mail provider isnt storing e-mails in unencrypted form so it can scrape it for keywords. Does Google stand by Consumer Watchdogs interpretation that if you care about your email correspondents privacy dont use Gmail? But where might Gmail users have got the crazy idea that their Web mail correspondence is private and secure in the first place? Perhaps from their providers promises, such as these examples: You have a variety of tools that can help keep you safe and keep your information private and secure . Were constantly working to ensure strong security, protect your privacy Our top priority is to protect the privacy and security of our users. This behavior is designed to help protect your privacy We want to protect your privacy And so on. It does look as if Google is trying to have its cake and eat it, too.
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Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, continues in Texas. Monday, Aug. 12 Dusten Brown, who faces anarrest warrant for not giving Baby Veronica back to her adoptive parents, is expected to surface in a Cherokee Nation . . . . . Error message Name We welcome thoughtful comments from readers. Please comply with our guidelines . Our blogs do not require the use of your real name. Comment RSS The Law Blog covers the legal arenas hot cases, emerging trends and big personalities. Its brought to you by lead writer Jacob Gershman with contributions from across The Wall Street Journals staff. Jacob comes here after more than half a decade covering the bare-knuckle politics of New York State. His inside-the-room reporting left him steeped in legal and regulatory issues that continue to grab headlines.
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RD Legal Funding Offers Financing to CPAs with Fees Associated with BP Claims

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Legal team forms to explore options for same-sex couples in S.C.

In this year Legal team forms to explore options for same-sex couples in S.C. Group is reviewing all aspects of the law Posted by Corey Hutchins on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 4:10 PM click to enlarge Jonathan Boncek In this year's Pride Week issue , we profiled Rebekkah and Jackie, a gay couple who say they plan to marry out of state. Are you in a same-sex relationship in South Carolina and want to know your legal options following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act? Attorneys for a South Carolina GLBT rights group and the American Civil Liberties Union, among others, have formed a special legal team to help. The Post-DOMA Litigation Task Force will focus on legal options available to same-sex couples who live in South Carolina but have a legal marriage from one of the 13 states and Washington, DC which currently offer marriage, according to a statement today from South Carolina Equality . Six additional states allow unions or full domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples. The team is reviewing every aspect of the Supreme Court's ruling, South Carolina's laws, and the state and federal court system. "Advice from this Task Force ... will be based on an extensive review of case history and legal expertise, with emphasis on the specifics of the South Carolina judicial system needed to win the any case that comes before us," according to the group's website. In South Carolina, same-sex couples who have applied for marriage licenses have been consistently denied . In January, a lesbian couple was turned down when they applied for a marriage license at a courthouse in Charleston. In the United States, the zip code where you live should not determine whether you have full equality under the law, said SC Equality director Ryan Wilson in a statement. There are many same-sex couples, like my partner and I, who are living in South Carolina with legally binding marriages from another state who are being denied recognition by South Carolinas various state agencies. He said he and his partner shouldn't have to move away from the beautiful state they've called their home just to find a place in the country where we are given full, equal rights. Wilson told City Paper calls have flooded his group since the High Court's decision on DOMA came down in June. People want to know what their rights are in an area of the country where state rules are at odds with those at the federal level. We're not qualified to answer them or give legal advice, Wilson says about the callers. We finally realized we need lawyers who know this stuff [to help.] The group, all volunteers, is chaired by Malissa Burnette, a South Carolina attorney and SC Equality board member.
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