Appeals court rules against imprisoned American
Legal Topics | 2014/11/17 16:05
A federal appeals court has ruled against a government subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba who is seeking to sue the U.S. government for the destruction of his business.

Alan Gross was detained in December 2009 while setting up Internet access as a subcontractor for the U.S. government's Agency for International Development. It was his fifth trip to Cuba to work with Jewish communities on building Internet access that bypassed local censorship.

Cuba considers USAID programs illegal attempts by the U.S. to undermine the Cuban government. Gross was tried and sentenced to 15 years in prison in Cuba, where he remains. Gross and his wife sued for negligence.

In a 3-0 decision Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the U.S. government is immune from any claim arising in a foreign country. It affirmed a lower court judge's dismissal of the case.

The Grosses said the government is cloaking itself in immunity after sending Gross into a situation it knew would be dangerous.

Scott Gilbet, a lawyer representing the Grosses, said he will be seeking further review in the courts and that "we are very disappointed in the decision."

The $60 million lawsuit blames the U.S. government and the contractor Gross was working for, Maryland-based Development Alternatives Inc., for failing to appropriately prepare him for his work in Cuba. The Gross family settled for an undisclosed amount with Development Alternatives.


Intellectual Property Matters and Trademark Attorney
Court Watch | 2014/11/17 16:03
If needed, The Firm's Intellectual Property Practice will litigate intellectual property disputes, along with creating and executingplans for the creation of new intellectual properties.

When it comes to everything from transactions and disputes about copywright to counseling about trade secret, trademark, and various intellectual property issues, The Firm is knowledgeable.

Much of our intellectual property practice is involved with protecting, securing, and managing our clients intellectual property. In addition, we also structure, implement, and develop agreements in order to boost the value of our client's intellectual property.

To augment the value of your intellectual property, our Firm can help you secure and manage trademarks and trademark licensing. In addition to that, we will help you protect your trademark as well. All over the United States we are known for guarding and enforcing trademarks with enforcement actions in Federal and State courts, as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.


Italian court deliberating appeal in quake trial
Legal Topics | 2014/11/11 15:03
An appeals court is deliberating the fate of seven experts who were found guilty of failing to adequately warn residents of the risk before an earthquake struck central Italy in 2009, killing more than 300 people.

The guilty verdict and six-year jail sentences handed down two years ago sent shock waves through the scientific community, which argued that the allegations represented a complete misunderstanding about the science behind earthquake probabilities.

An appeals court in L'Aquila is expected to issue a verdict on the appeal later Monday.

The defendants, all prominent scientists or geological or disaster experts, were accused of giving "inexact, incomplete and contradictory information" about whether small tremors felt by L'Aquila residents in the weeks and months before the 6.3-magnitude quake should have been grounds for a warning.


Massachusetts Real Estate Attorney
Court Watch | 2014/11/11 15:03
For more than 30 years, Attorney Alan H. Segal has been lending legal
expertise to the Greater Boston Massachusetts area from his Needham,
Massachusetts Law Office. With great attentiveness, Alan and his
associates have given legal consultation in business law, estate
planning, and Massachusetts real estate law.

You can find Alan on the radio, cable, and local television sharing
his ideas about current legal news. Navigating your way through the
legal system can be a confusing and difficult task. He and his staff
know that and want to be there for you as "YOUR LAWYER".

To visit the Law Office of Alan H. Segal, head to the intersection of
Highland Ave and Route 128/95 on the Newton / Needham border, next to
Staples.

Attorney Alan H. Segal has been known as a renowned Massachusetts real
estate attorney for over 30 years. Sellers, buyers, and lenders of
Massachusetts real estate property are all represented by his
practice.

It is prudent to seek the guidance of a real estate agent like Alan to
help with all real estate home buying in Massachusetts, as all such
transactions have legal issues and tax consequences.

If you need an experienced Massachusetts real estate attorney contact
us today for a free and confidential consultation!

If you require an experienced real estate attorney in Massachusetts,
contact us today! The consultation is confidential and free!


Palm Beach Construction Law
Attorney News | 2014/11/07 12:50
Our Principal, Mr. Heitman, has extensive experience with both the law and construction. He is both a Florida Licensed Professional Engineer, as well as a Certified Construction Attorney. This puts him in the unique position to lead on both the jobsite, courtroom, and boardroom.

Much like you on your jobsite, we do everything to legal code and correct the first time. We will be straightforward with you about your case and inform you on all your options. We will not cut corners, paying careful attention to every aspect of your case, from the contracts to the construction disputes. Also like you, we think that no project is too big or too small to be given our utmost attention. We want to make you, your project, and your company is given thorough legal representation.

Heitman Law Firm serves it's clients by first comprehending the specific issues our clients face and then tailoring our representation to those specific needs. Construction law cases often involve legal,technical, engineering, design, constructability and scheduling issues. We speak the language of construction. We understand your business. We know how to read a set of plans. Our client service is based on the idea that the client should not be required to pay to bring us up to speed on the construction issues. Instead, we make it our business to be ahead of the learning curve.

Heitman Law Firm has the technical knowledge to understand the issues you face and the legal acumen to address these issues. With construction law, the cases are often multi-faceted and multidisciplinary. We are well versed in construction, business, and law, resulting in attorneys that are up to speed. You need to spend your time teaching us about construction, because we are already familiar. Instead of getting caught up in jargon, we are able to keep up to speed with both your construction issues and the current laws. This keeps us ahead of the curve and far ahead other attorneys in Palm Beach.


Court reaffirms BP is liable in Gulf oil spill
Headline Legal News | 2014/11/07 12:50
A federal appeals court panel has reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court decisions that could ultimately bring $18 billion in penalties.

The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments that there were errors in its June 4 ruling on BP's Clean Water Act liability. The ruling released Wednesday night is not the final say from the court. BP and its minority partner in the Macondo well, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., have a request pending for the full 15-member court to reconsider the issue.

The June order and Wednesday's follow-up were issued by Judges Fortunato Benavides, Carolyn Dineen King and James Dennis. They upheld U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling holding the well owners are liable.

BP and Anadarko had argued they were not liable because equipment failure on the leased rig Deepwater Horizon caused the April 2010 disaster. An explosion on the rig killed 11 workers and sent millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf in what became the nation's worst offshore oil disaster.

Barbier has also ruled that BP was "grossly negligent" in the disaster. BP has asked Barbier to reconsider that finding, which, if it stands, would be a factor in whether the water act penalties for the company reach an estimated $18 billion.

Under the Clean Water Act, a polluter can be forced to pay from $1,100 to $4,300 per barrel of spilled oil. The higher limit applies if the company is found grossly negligent — as BP was in Barbier's ruling. But penalties can be assessed at lower amounts.

Government experts estimated that 4.2 million barrels spilled into the Gulf. BP has urged Barbier to use an estimate of 2.45 million barrels in calculating any Clean Water Act penalties.

Barbier has scheduled a trial in January to help decide how much BP owes in federal Clean Water Act penalties.


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