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Talk About Leaving Things To The Last Minute via Funny & True Stories @ NotAlwaysRight.com

Client: “If I get documents to you by the end of the day, can you still file them with the court today?”

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Is there a “Statute of Limitations” on filing a GANG RAPE lawsuit? NO.

Exploring the definition of  “gang rape” and the process of filing a gang rape lawsuit this week. There is no statute of limitations on filing a “gang rape” lawsuit via Title IV.

Gang rape, also called serial gang rape, group rape, or multiple perpetrator rape in scholarly literature, is the rape of a single victim by two or more violators (typically at least three). Gang rapes are forged on shared identity of the same religion or race.

Gang rapes often involve two or more men as perpetrators. These rapes have characteristics beyond those found in rape by individuals; for example, gang rapists tend to be younger and serial in their crimes, the gang is more often under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Gang rapes are more violent; the sexual and non-sexual injuries to the victim are often far more severe. The gang members typically dehumanize their target victim(s) before and during the rape. Everywhere there is a tendency to blame the victim; ho…

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Related: Gang rape lawsuit settled

I think the romance of dating was ruined by the internet. I’ve given up on it for several reasons but mostly because I met too many crazy and/or incompatible people there. Maybe the matching logarithm was skewed on purpose, just to frustrate us. Keeping compatible people apart could be profitable; keep everyone mismatched so they […]

via Online Dating: Part One: Rape Culture — Seoul Sister

50+ Concordia students join class action suit — KOIN.com

PORTLAND, Ore. (Portland Tribune) — A class action lawsuit has been filed against Concordia University, by students who say they were misled about the university’s financial status and want refunds on their tuition.

On Monday, Feb. 10, the private, nonprofit Christian university in Portland abruptly announced plans to close by the end of the academic year. In a statement and video, university Interim President, Rev. Thomas Ries said the college’s board of regents voted the prior Friday, Feb. 7 to cease operations at the end of the spring 2020 semester.

A statement released by the university cited “years of mounting financial challenges, and a challenging and changing educational landscape.” In a lawsuit filed by attorney Michael Fuller, students say those years of financial challenges were not disclosed by the university to students, who applied and paid tuition fees to the college expecting to complete their degrees there.

“Concordia University misled hundreds of students about its financial condition, and collected tuition in 2020 that students would not have paid had the students known the truth about Concordia University’s looming closure,” the complaint states.

Concordia Athletics. February 10, 2020 (KOIN)

The university indicated it has more than 6,000 current students.

Fuller said the university likely knew it was in financial trouble, but continued to recruit students both at its Portland campus and through its online degree programs, who likely had no chance of ever earning a degree there.

“A university can choose not to disclose its financial information to its students, but if it turns out the students were misled, then they have a case,” Fuller said, likening the situation to “selling someone a lifetime supply to a gym when you know it’s going to close tomorrow.”

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The attorney said he was contacted by Concordia students the day of the announcement, and now has more than 50 students joining the lawsuit.

Many of those students have been in this situation before.

In 2018, another private Oregon university- Marylhurst University, shuttered. Fuller helped Marylhurst students file a class action lawsuit against the school, which was eventually settled for undisclosed amounts.

Many of Marylhurst’s former students turned to Concordia when they needed to transfer to a new school, Fuller noted.

“Within an hour or two (of the announcement) I had been contacted by three or four of my former clients,” Fuller said of former Marylhurst students who are now finding themselves caught in the middle of another private college shut down fiasco.

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Marylhurst University (KOIN, file)

“A lot of them have maxed out their financial aid and taken out private loans to pay for school,” he said.

The lawsuit alleges Concordia misrepresented its services by omission, leaving students to pay for college credits that may not transfer to other universities, and without the ability to graduate. Concordia even touted a long-range plan that said, “by 2024, ‘all students of Concordia University-Portland will be actively engaged in a university that enjoys a strong national reputation in select programs preparing leaders for the transformation of society through educational experiences grounded in relationships and centered in servant leadership, rigor, and Lutheran identity and values.’”

Fuller said universities typically have insurance policies that cover legal issues like this, but noted, “if (Concordia) promises to give tuition refunds to every single one of the students, I’ll dismiss the case and cover my own costs.”

The university has yet to respond to the legal complaint and has not responded to requests for comment on other financial matters surrounding its nonprofit foundation.

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The attorney said he was contacted by Concordia students the day of the announcement, and now has more than 50 students joining the lawsuit.

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Rule 502(d) Orders: The Most Effective and Underused Protection against Property and Asset Claims

Rule 502(d) Orders: The Most Effective and Underused Protection against Privilege Waivers

by PLC Litigation

 

Originally Published on 05 Mar 2013 • USA (National/Federal)

This Legal Update highlights the advisability of entering into a Rule 502(d) order under the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE), which allows parties to provide for the return of privileged documents produced during discovery without fear that the disclosure waives the attorney-client privilege or work product protection. Surprisingly, Rule 502(d) orders are currently underused by federal court practitioners, despite being favored by federal judges.

 502 was enacted in 2008 in response to widespread complaints that the cost of protecting against waivers of attorney-client privilege or work product protection during discovery has become prohibitive because of the concern that even an inadvertent or insubstantial disclosure waives protected communications or information (see Advisory Committee Notes to FRE 502), particularly in cases involving e-discovery, which may encompass a large number of documents. Rule 502(a) and (b) explain under what circumstances the unintentional disclosure of privileged information does and does not constitute a waiver of privilege.
Under Rule 502(d), however, the court may issue an order providing that a party’s disclosure of documents protected by the attorney-client privilege or work product protection does not waive the privilege (unless there was an intent to waive the privilege). According to the Advisory Committee notes, this is true even when a party produced documents without conducting any screening for privileged material (see Advisory Committee Notes to FRE 502(d)).
Rule 502(d) order is a unique discovery tool because:
  • The no-waiver effect also applies in other federal and state court proceedings.
  • The parties may incorporate into the order a specific and detailed agreement regarding its scope and effect in the litigation.
  • Privileged documents must be returned to the disclosing party “irrespective of the care taken by” the party in reviewing them prior to production.
  • The court may issue the order sua sponte, without the parties’ agreement.
(FRE 502(d) and (e) and Advisory Committee Notes to FRE 502(d).)
Judges favor Rule 502(d) orders because they are designed to reduce the cost of privilege review and allow parties to review and produce documents expeditiously and without lengthy and expensive motion practice regarding potential waivers of privilege. Recently, several judges have expressed their approval of Rule 502(d) orders and relied on them to find that a party’s disclosure of privileged documents did not waive the attorney-client privilege or work product protection. For example:
  • Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York opined that it is malpractice to not seek a Rule 502(d) order from the court before the commencement of document discovery (see View from the Bench: Judges on E-Discovery at LegalTech Day Two, Law Technology News, Evan Koblentz (Jan. 31, 2013)).
  • In Chevron Corp. v. The Weinberg Group, the court entered a Rule 502(d) order allowing the defendant to knowingly produce privileged materials without waiving any privileges regarding the subject matter of the documents in any proceeding (Misc. Action No. 11-409, at *1 n.1 (D.D.C. Oct. 26, 2012)). Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola wrote that he was “troubled that the [defendant] has just now discovered Rule 502(d), the use of which may have prevented the protracted litigation and discovery battles that have plagued this case for the past two years.”
  • In Rajala v. McGuire Woods, LLP, the court held that an inadvertently produced document did not waive privilege and could be taken back by the producing party (clawed back) because the court had entered a Rule 502(d) order before the disclosure. The court determined that the terms of the Rule 502(d) order, and not the provisions of Rule 502(a) and (b), governed the handling of inadvertently produced documents and noted that the purpose of the order was to reduce the time and costs involved in a document-by-document privilege review (No. 08-cv-2638, , at *5 (D. Kan. Jan. 3, 2013)).
  • In Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. v. AIG Financial Products Corp., the court held that the Rule 502(d) order issued by the court before the defendant’s production of privileged documents gave the defendant the right to claw back those documents “no matter what the circumstances giving rise to their production were” (No. 09-cv-8285, , at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 7, 2013)).
For an example of a claw-back provision that parties may incorporate into a confidentiality order or an FRE 502(d) order, and for additional information on Rule 502(d) generally, see Standard Clause, Privilege Waiver Clause with Claw-Back Provision.

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Wrote a negative review about a business? You may end up being sued —

(KHON) – Reading the fine print of a contract can be a daunting task, but here’s yet another reason to read before you sign. “In many cases, consumers are being challenged in leaving reviews on review sites or sharing their opinion of what interactions they had with businesses, because they’ve signed contracts or agreements with…

via Wrote a negative review about a business? You may end up being sued — KRQE News 13

Great Advice for Selecting an Attorney

A long-standing joke about lawyers is that they are actually “liars” who will take any money from you that they can. Don’t become a statistic and fuel this joke – select a lawyer that will really work for you! Read this article for tips on selecting BTR Law Firm that really knows their stuff.

Inquire about the fees that you are going to have to pay. These fees can vary greatly depending on their demand and experience, so you must know what you’re paying before choosing them. It is highly problematic to lose your attorney after your matter is already underway.

Never hire the first lawyer you come across. There are so many out there that it can be tempting to select the first one you come in contact with. Take your time and consult with a few before you make your decision. You don’t want to make the mistake of choosing the wrong one.

A good tip to remember when looking to hire a lawyer is to make sure you find a lawyer that has the necessary experience that you’re looking for. If you’re going to court soon for a criminal case, it wouldn’t make sense to bring on a divorce lawyer, you’ll need a criminal lawyer.

There is a great deal of legwork necessary in a legal case, both research and actually talking to witnesses, which will lead to the development of the presentation of your lawyer in court. That means any lawyer who tells you you’ll win up front has no idea what they’re talking about.

You should make sure you have a solid case before attacking someone in court. Keep in mind that some lawyers only have their own interest in mind and will advise you to go to court regardless of how solid your case is. Present your case to different professionals and do some research on your own before you go to court.

When meeting with a prospective attorney, ask him or her who you will primarily be talking to about your case. In some situations, lawyers give part of their caseload to a junior associate. If you feel you really connect with a certain attorney, suddenly finding out you will be working with another person may be quite upsetting. These feelings could be exacerbated if you don’t get along with the other person, too.

If you need a good lawyer for your business, use your network. You could ask your banker, partners, insurance agent or even your distributors if they know any good lawyers in the area. Do not hesitate to refer this lawyer to people you know if you have a good experience.

Never just randomly pick a lawyer out of a phone book or directory to work on your case. Since you do not know anything about a lawyer using this method, you could end up with someone who is incompetent or inexperienced. You could ask loved ones if they know of a lawyer who can help or look at online reviews.

Avoid lawyers who actively seek your business. Consider it a red flag if a lawyer solicits you after an accident without you having expressed any interest. These “ambulance chasers” tend to have sketchy business ethics, so it is best to steer clear of them. A good lawyer will have clients seeking their help, and doesn’t need to resort to this type of behavior.

A big mistake that people make is hiring a lawyer who contacts them after some sort of accident. Not only is it against the rules of professional conduct, in many states it is illegal. This is sometimes referred to as “ambulance chasing” and is frowned upon in the legal community.

If you need a specialized lawyer, ask the lawyers you are considering about their specialized training. There are seminars and additional classes lawyers can take to learn more about a specific issue. For instance, lawyers who are qualified to help you with filing for bankruptcy should be members of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Instead of becoming a victim who must pay high bills for little quality service, do your homework and find a reliable lawyer. You can easily find someone that will help you in the courtroom. Remember these tips next time you find yourself in a sticky situation, so you can come out on top!

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Bill Cosby Resorts to Playing the Race Card to Avoid Standing Trial In Sex Assault Case — BCNN1 WP

In a just-filed motion for dismissal, the disgraced comedian’s lawyers are arguing that because of his race, he won’t receive a fair trial.

via Bill Cosby Resorts to Playing the Race Card to Avoid Standing Trial In Sex Assault Case — BCNN1 WP