July 2009 Archives

Blackberry Apps for Lawyers

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Nicole Black highlights an assortment of Blackberry applications for research, document management, mobile communications, news, music, dictation and more - all of which would benefit just about any law practice.

Law.com - FTC Delays Enforcement of Identity Theft Rules That Would Affect Lawyers

FTC officials announced in a statement that they would not begin enforcement of what they call the "Red Flag Rule" until Nov. 1. In the meantime, the statement said, the agency plans to add more information to its Web site. The agency is also emphasizing that it is unlikely to bring enforcement actions "if entities know their customers or clients individually, or if they perform services in or around their customers' homes, or if they operate in sectors where identity theft is rare and they have not themselves been the target of identity theft.


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Outline by the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco, this free download focuses on the principals of fair debt collection as it applies to consumers, culminating with Title 15 of the U.S. Code, otherwise known as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act of 1978. (15 U.S. §1692 et seq.) (FDCPA).

In the wake of the FDCPA, all but eight states adopted their own debt collection regimes. The outline looks at all facets of fair debt collection, offering an overview of the debt collection industry, even including a look at how the laws apply to attorneys who collect consumer debts. (FDCPA does apply.)

There is a particularly useful section on dealing with "debt buyers".

Hat Tip to PLI for making this outline available for free.


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myCorporateResource.com--Empowering the Corporate Community - Home

myCorporateResource.com is designed to empower corporate professionals with the latest in legal and commercial information from the world's top law firms and industry insiders. Every year the top 100 American law firms produce more than 10,000 Client Alerts addressing the key commercial and legal issues faced by their clients. At this site they aggregate, review, sort and summarize this content -for free- to give you a really useful corporate resource.

Hat tip to Tom Mighell at inter-alia.net

FINDLAW: U. S. Second Circuit Blog

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U.S. Second Circuit

Findlaw's U.S. Second Circuit blog features daily summaries of federal appellate opinions published by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which hears appeals from U.S. District Courts in Connecticut, New York and Vermont.

NAF Barred from Credit card & Consumer Arbitrations

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Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

Swanson Also Wants Congress to Ban "Fine Print"€ Forced Arbitration Clauses

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and the National Arbitration Forum, €”the country'€™s largest administrator of credit card and consumer collections arbitrations, €”have reached an agreement that the company would get out of the business of arbitrating credit card and other consumer collection disputes.

           " €œI am very pleased with the settlement.  To consumers, the company said it was impartial, but behind the scenes, it worked alongside credit card companies to get them to put unfair arbitration clauses in the fine print of their contracts and to appoint the Forum as the arbitrator.  Now the company is out of this business,"€ said Swanson.


Read entire Press Release from Minnesota AG


Hat tip to Bob Ambrogi, who looks at the implications of this move and the connections to collections industry giant Mann-Bracken..

Law.com - ABA Plans for Litigation Over FTC Rules on Identity Theft

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Law.com - ABA Plans for Litigation Over FTC Rules on Identity Theft

The president of the American Bar Association said Wednesday that the group is preparing to go to court if it cannot persuade the Federal Trade Commission to exempt lawyers from new regulations to protect against identity theft.

H. Thomas Wells Jr. said in an interview that the New York-based firm Proskauer Rose has signed up to represent the ABA pro bono. The trade commission is scheduled to begin enforcing the regulations Aug. 1, and Wells said the bar association would file a lawsuit by the end of next week if necessary to head off enforcement.

"If they stay with the Aug. 1 date and we don't get some kind of sign, we'll be filing before Aug. 1," said Wells, a partner at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Ala.


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Welcome! TwitWall - Instant Blogging Companion for Twitter

Just sign-in and your blog is created automatically.
When its too long to tweet, just TwitWall it! With TwitWall, you can embed your favorite videos and widgets, upload your photos, mp3 music or podcasts, - you name it. You can still enjoy the many customization features of Twitter.

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NYLJ: Service Concerns Prompt Bid to Reopen 100,000 Defaults

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The New York Law Journal -Free Breaking News; Service Concerns Prompt Bid to Reopen 100,000 Defaults

A civil suit filed in Erie County by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo on the court system's behalf seeks to vacate defaults in all cases where American Legal Process of Lynbrook was used and the only evidence that process was properly served was an affidavit from the company. It seeks to compel the assistance of 35 law firms and two debt collection agencies, each of which used the process server at least 100 times. (See the complaint.)


Read the entire breaking news story here.

Erin Andrews peephole video leads to malware

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Virus writers and hackers are using the Erin Andrews peephole video as a lure to infect you with malware on your Mac or PC. Watch this video from Sophos to find out more.

The Anatomy Of The Twitter Attack

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The Anatomy Of The Twitter Attack

This TechCrunch article explains in detail how seemingly simple lapses in our everyday security can lead to a loss of critical personal and business information.

The hacker depended not upon great technology or programing skills; but upon simple human failings, which have created an information ecology easily compromised.

The article is long; but well worth reading, especially if the answer to your "secret question" is your pet's name.

Shorten URLs Blog

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Shorten URLs Blog — Tips on URL Shortening and dealing with those pesky Long URLs

Shorten URLs Blog
Tips on URL Shortening and dealing with those pesky Long URLs with links to five (5) of the top sites.

Free-The Future of a Radical Price

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The complete best-selling book, true to its name, is now available online for FREE:

FREE (full book) by Chris Anderson


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Held at the ABA headquarters in Chicago, this public program series focuses on law and legal issues of general interest. Past programs are now available for download.

Programs include The Response, Guantanamo Courtroom Drama: Screening and Q&A with Producer/Actor/Lawyer Sig Libowitz;

The Lincoln Myth: How pop culture defines America's great lawyer/president; and

A Conversation with Joseph Margulies, author of Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power.

My Kind of MCLE

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Committee on Green Real Estate MCLE Program and An Evening with the
New York Mets and Atlanta Braves

The Real Property Law Section would like to invite you to the Committee on Green Real Estate's first MCLE program. Topic of discussion will be on the green building techniques that were applied to the New York Mets' construction of Citi Field. One hour of continuing legal education credit will be provided. After the program you can also sign up to attend the New York Mets v. Atlanta Braves game.

To view the full details of this event and to register go to: www.nysba.org/MetsBaseball.

Postbox BETA

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About Us — Postbox

Postbox automatically analyzes your e-mail messages, documents, photos, and links to web pages; then it catalogs all this information making it faster to search for and retrieve.

Easy-to-use tagging features let you organize messages the way you want and then focus on one project at a time without missing out on important new messages. You can also view messages by conversation, edit messages, and create to-do items that appear in mailbox windows.

Windows and Mac versions available for BETA testing. Download here.

VLC 1.0.0

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VideoLAN - Open Source multimedia and streaming solutions for every OS!

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
It doesn't need any external codec or program to work.

This free player is available for Windows/Linux/Mac. Download here.

Bankruptcy Court Approves GM Asset Sale

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IRS Updates S Corporations Page and Forms

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S Corporations

S corporations are corporations that elect to pass corporate income, losses, deductions and credit through to their shareholders for federal tax purposes. Shareholders of S corporations report the flow-through of income and losses on their personal tax returns and are assessed tax at their individual income tax rates. This allows S corporations to avoid double taxation on the corporate income. S corporations are responsible for tax on certain built-in gains and passive income.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: June 30, 2009


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Airline Seating Charts - Best Airplane Seats - SeatGuru

The ultimate source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities, and airline information.

Detailed seatmap graphics

In-depth comments about seats with limited recline, reduced legroom, and misaligned windows

Color-coding to help identify superior and substandard seats

In-seat power port locations

Galley, lavatory, exit row, and closet locations

MCLE Free Articles and Forms

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MCLE Online Library Browse Page

FREE Articles and Forms from the Massachusetts CLE site. These articles and forms are part of the MCLE online library. For ten (10) days they are accessible for free, then regular charges apply.

While much of the material is Massachusetts-specific, a significant portion is not; e.g., extensive bankruptcy materials, estate planning and supplemental needs trusts, bankruptcy and domestic relations.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see articles.

"Reasonable Doubt"

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LinkedIn: Discussion: The New York State Bar Association

CJ is BLOGGING FOR THE BAR. Please check it out...
My Blog is called "REASONABLE DOUBT" (link below) and is about my experiences starting a 2nd career as a lawyer & now trying to find a job.

The page is still under construction at the NYS Bar Association but I can & will begin to repond to all comments immediately.

My first post is titled "Believing in the Face of Reasonable Doubt - Part I." Thanks very much & I look forward to hearing from you.



The first post is very well-written. It seems not much has changed in 30 plus years, since we were where she is now. I'm already interested in reading more and following CJ' career. Post more soonest!!

FireFox 3.5

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Firefox web browser | Faster, more secure, & customizable

The final, stable, secure release of FireFox Version 3.5 is now available for download. Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux are all ready now for free.

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