MSBA Legal News Digest

National Legal News | Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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  • Texas Supreme Court says pet owners can't sue for pets' sentimental value. Texas pet owners can be compensated only for their animal's market worth โ€” not their sentimental value โ€” under a decision issued Friday [Nov. 14] by the state Supreme Court. Go to Dallas Morning News Header

  • Former convict cooks up social change with restaurant chain. With his direct and intense stare, it is hard not to be a little intimidated by Singaporean chef Benny Se Teo. A high school dropout, he spent more than a decade in and out of prison and rehabilitation centres because of a heroin addiction. Go to BBC Header

  • Lawsuit settled over N.J. nuclear plant fish kills. Three environmental groups have settled a lawsuit against New Jersey's environmental protection department, clearing the way for the agency to rule on whether a South Jersey nuclear plant is doing enough to prevent unnecessary fish kills. Go to North Jersey Media Group Header

  • 'Vaccine court' keeps claimants waiting. A system Congress established to speed help to Americans harmed by vaccines has instead heaped additional suffering on thousands of families, The Associated Press has found. Go to Associated Press Header

  • Yates v. United States: Angling for A Narrower Statute (and Other Fish-Related Wordplay). The justices made waves Wednesday [Nov. 5] during Supreme Court arguments in Yates v. United States, a case about a federal obstruction of justice statute, 18 U.S.C. ยง 1519, that was passed as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation, which was originally intended to broaden federal white collar criminal laws after the Enron debacle. Go to National Review Header

  • Victims Of Online Threats Say Perpetrators Aren't Being Caught. It is illegal to threaten someone online. But in recent weeks there have been a number of high-profile threats against women โ€” among the targets were several feminist video game critics and an actress who starred in a video about street harassment of women. Go to NPR Header

  • Madoff trustee recoups nearly $500 million more for customers. Former customers of Bernard Madoff may soon recover an additional $496.8 million as a result of a settlement with two "feeder funds" that was announced on Monday [Nov. 17] by the trustee liquidating the swindler's firm. Go to Reuters Header

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