MSBA Legal News Digest

National Legal News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014


  • Expelled Nazis Paid Millions In U.S. Social Security. Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Then the Nazi hunters showed up. Go to TPM Header

  • FantasySCOTUS. FantasySCOTUS is the leading Supreme Court Fantasy League. Thousands of attorneys, law students, and other avid Supreme Court followers make predictions about cases before the Supreme Court. Participation is free and Supreme Court geeks can win cash prizes up to $10,000. Go to LexPredict Header

  • Separate class-action suits leveled against NHL, CHL. Two separate class-action lawsuits rocked North American professional hockey leagues Monday [Oct. 20]: the National Hockey League came under fire for its handling of concussed players while the Canadian Hockey League - the governing body of three regional hockey leagues across the U.S. and Canada - was served with a class-action suit alleging teams conspired to force players into signing contracts that breach minimum wage laws. Go to Sports Illustrated Header

  • Bucking The Fashion Trend, Converse Kicks Up A Fuss About Knockoffs. Nike-owned Converse, the company responsible for the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe, is suing to stop other shoemakers from copying what it says are distinctive elements of its design: the rubber toe cap, the rubber bumper and two thin, black stripes. Go to National Public Radio Header

  • Airbnb, New York State Spar Over Legality Of Rentals. Airbnb has a problem. The website for short-term room rentals is growing quickly. But in many cities, these rentals are illegal. Now, New York's attorney general has documented the extent of the illegal activity, by delving into the company's business records. Go to National Public Radio Header

  • After Citizens United: The Story in the States. After Citizens United: The Story In the States documents in comprehensive detail the transformative effect 2010's Citizens United has had on state and local elections across the country. Go to Brennan Center for Justice Header

  • DOJ Announces New Policy to Support Defendants' Right to Counsel. Attorney General Eric Holder, along with Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, announced today [Oct. 14] that the Department of Justice will no longer ask criminal defendants who plead guilty to waive their right to bring future claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. Go to DOJ Header

  • Minimalist Shoes Smacked With Lawsuit, As Health Claims Get The Boot. The running world's recent trend of "minimalist" shoes has earned popularity partly from idea that they're more natural than regular running shoes. Now, not so much — minimalist shoemaker Vibram has just settled a class-action lawsuit for $3.75 million, agreeing to stop making health claims. Go to National Public Radio Header

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