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Court rules against group over ad slamming Horne
Current Cases | 2014/08/11 10:46
An Arizona appeals court has ruled against a political group that spent about $1.5 million during the state's 2010 attorney general race on a TV commercial that was critical of Republican candidate Tom Horne.

A three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a lower-court judge who concluded the commercial by Committee for Justice and Fairness was issue-oriented, rather than advocating for Horne's defeat.

The group claimed its ad confronted issues of child safety, but the appeals court rejected that argument, saying the only purpose for running the TV spot just weeks before Horne's general-election showdown with Democrat Felecia Rotellini was to advocate for Horne's defeat.

"In this case, reasonable minds could not differ as to whether CJR's advertisement encouraged a vote against Horne," the appeals court wrote.The appeals court said the group, which is funded primarily by the Democratic Attorneys General Association, should have registered as a political committee and filed campaign finance reports.Horne's 2014 campaign had no immediate comment on the ruling.

Thomas Irvine, an attorney for the committee, said it's unknown whether the group will appeal the decision.


Appellate court overturns high-speed rail rulings
Breaking Legal News | 2014/08/05 15:04

A state appellate court on Thursday overturned two lower court rulings that had stalled funding for California's $68 billion bullet train, handing a big win to Gov. Jerry Brown's signature project and allowing the state to resume selling bonds to pay for it.

The court overturned rulings by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny last year in which he said the high-speed rail project no longer complies with the promises made to voters in 2008 when they approved selling nearly $10 billion in bonds. In siding with Kings County and Central Valley landowners, Kenny invalidated the sale of $8.6 billion in state bonds and ordered the California High-Speed Rail Authority to write a new funding plan.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs had argued that the state failed to identify all the funding for the first full segment of the rail line in the Central Valley, a cost of about $26 billion, and instead had found just $6 billion to pay for construction. They also argued the state did not have all the necessary environmental clearances as voters were promised.


Court schedules night deer hunting arguments
Attorneys in the News | 2014/08/05 15:03
Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes will get a chance next month to tell a federal appeals court why members should be allowed to hunt deer at night.State officials have long banned night hunts out of safety concerns.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled in the early 1990s that the ban applies to Chippewa hunters.The tribes asked Crabb in 2012 to reconsider her decision but she refused.

The Chippewa have since asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to allow tribal night hunts, arguing night hunting has become more common and the state can't argue it's unsafe.

The court has set oral arguments for Sept. 16. The tribes and state attorneys will each get 20 minutes to speak. It's not clear when the court might rule.


Clark & Fox Launches New Website
Legal Business | 2014/08/01 13:41


John M. Clark, Michael Fox, Georgia S. Foerstner and Erin Nulty are pleased to announce the formation and opening of Clark & Fox (www.clarkfoxlaw.com) , a law firm solely serving and representing the insurance industry. Patrick J Reilly, III and Megan Foster join them as associates, and Scott Patterson as Of Counsel. Clark & Fox brings over 80 years of collective experience in representing and servicing the insurance industry, including doing so in complex liability defense matters, reinsurance/coverage cases and investigating and prosecuting insurance fraud for state and local law enforcement. All of the attorneys also have its extensive and intimate knowledge of the London insurance market. Founders John M. Clark and Michael Fox both participated in the Secondee Counsel Program with Lloyd’s of London syndicates serving as in-house counsel.

"I am thrilled to start a company with these attorneys and staff,” says co-founder, President and CEO John M. Clark. "The strong insurance background of attorneys and staff demonstrate a penchant for helping insurance companies of all sizes both domestically and internationally with all of their needs. We truly appreciate and understand through all of our experience the insurance industry’s unique needs and we can assist and partner with them to achieve their goals in an efficient and cost effective manner."

Although its main offices will be based in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the firm will have a national presence with offices also located in New York City, Cleveland Ohio and Maryland\Washington DC. The firm will be solely focused on representing and servicing the insurance industry. The firm provides practical and efficient solutions to the legal issues faced by insurance carriers of all sizes in today's complex and fast-paced litigation friendly environment.

Whether the need is for Clark & Fox team to represent an insured in a complex liability manner or provide counseling and advice on a complicated reinsurance or insurance coverage issue, our experience and expertise in insurance leveraged with our state of the art technology allows us to be flexible to meet our clients needs. We partner with our clients and leverage our industry knowledge, contacts and technology to provide effective and business oriented counseling in ways that often go beyond traditional legal advice. In addition, we are also there if our clients need us to vigorously defend and represent their interests in complex and contentious litigation.

Its co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, John M. Clark, will lead the firm. Georgia S. Foerstner, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm's attorneys and staff.

For more information about Clark & Fox please visit www.clarkfoxlaw.com. Also, you may contact any of the partners as follows:

John M. Clark jclark@clarkfoxlaw.com or 856-288-2403
Michael Fox at mfox@clarkfoxlaw.com or 856-345-0374
Georgia S. Foerstner at gfoerstner@clarkfoxlaw.com or 856-345-0377
Erin Nulty enulty@clarkfoxlaw.com or 856-432-1570

   


Brown appoints legal affairs aide to appeals court
Court Watch | 2014/07/28 11:57
Gov. Jerry Brown has named a senior aide to become an associate justice on the Sacramento-based Third District Court of Appeal.

Brown announced the appointment of Jonathan Renner on Friday.

The 44-year-old Democrat from Sacramento has been Brown's legal affairs secretary since 2011.

He was senior assistant attorney general at the California Department of Justice from 2009 to 2010, when Brown was the state's attorney general. Renner previously held other high-ranking positions within the attorney general's office.

The appointment requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. It includes the current attorney general, Kamala Harris, and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye ("TAWNY canTILL SOCK-a-OO-ay").

If confirmed, Renner will begin his term Jan. 5. He would fill the vacancy created when Cantil-Sakauye moved to the California Supreme Court.


German court receives suit against EU bank union
Elite Lawyers | 2014/07/28 11:54
A group of German professors has filed a complaint to the country's highest court against the European Union's plans to create a so-called banking union, a central part of the effort to make the continent's financial system more resilient.

The Federal Constitutional Court said Monday it had received the complaint. It wasn't clear when the court might rule; verdicts on previous attempts to block measures meant to stem Europe's debt crisis took at least several months.

The group behind the complaint says the banking union "has no legal basis in the European treaties."

It objects to handing the European Central Bank direct supervision of the eurozone's biggest lenders with binding powers over national authorities, and opposes plans for a separate authority with the power to dissolve or restructure failing banks.


Court further limits reach of gas drilling law
Class Action | 2014/07/21 15:29
A Pennsylvania court has further limited the reach of a major 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations, ruling Thursday that state public utility regulators cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry.

The Commonwealth Court decision threw out the Public Utility Commission's newly authorized power to withhold drilling fee revenue from municipalities whose zoning it deems to illegally restrict drilling activity.

The decision is another blow to an effort by Gov. Tom Corbett and the Republican-controlled Legislature to respond to the drilling industry's complaints about municipal zoning. It follows a state Supreme Court ruling in December that said the law could not strip local zoning authority over drilling activity, such as the placement of rigs, pipelines, waste pits and compressor stations.

John M. Smith, a Pittsburgh-area lawyer who helped represent the seven municipalities that sued, said they were pleased that the court "once again protected the rights of local governments and Pennsylvania citizens."

The Commonwealth Court ruling rejected three other challenges in the lawsuit to elements of the sprawling law.

Those three victories led Corbett's office to say the opinion "speaks volumes to the constitutionality of state regulation of oil and gas activities." A spokesman would only say that the office is evaluating the impact of the ruling on the intended role of the utility commission.


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