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Pioneer of Class Action Litigation Passes

Posted by pbsweeney on February 26, 2007

Sorry to read of the passing of David Berger, 94, the “people’s attorney” as he put it himself, who pioneered the concept of class-action lawsuits for a multitude of “little guys.” His more famous cases include Three Mile Harbor & the Exxon Valdez action. Read his full obituary in the Philedelphia Inquirer here..  What a life!

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Ease End Networking Luncheon

Posted by pbsweeney on February 19, 2007

SAVE THE DATE:
MARCH 7TH, 2007 at 12:30 p.m.

STONEWALLS RESTAURANT
(AT THE CHERRY CREEK GOLF COURSE)
967 REEVES AVENUE, RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK 11901
631-506-0777

Cost: $26.00 Per Person
Includes Soup or Salad, Entrée and Dessert, Coffee or Tea and Tax and Gratuity

RSVP by March 2, 2007
Jennifer Maloney (631) 208-1063
jmaloney@tellusabstract.com

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08 Candidates Still Milking the Money Cow Behind the Barn Door

Posted by pbsweeney on February 2, 2007

Fascinating post on The Politico blog by Ken Vogel on how early candidates for the ’08 election are bypassing federal campaign law with state based committees. So you thought the McCain Feingold law was actually gonna work, huh? Apparently, if a candidate is officially undeclared, his soft money PACS can rake in the dough, in some states without individual or corporate limits. So who is availing themselves of this strategy? Among others, our own former Governor Pataki. Read the whole story – it’s clear that there’s work to be done on campaign finance reform on the state level.

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NYS County Clerks List

Posted by pbsweeney on February 1, 2007

So we came across this handy list of all of the county clerks in the state, with full contact info. Certainly beats tracking down by individual county. Print it out, or please note that we’ve added the list to our permanent links at left under real estate & research. It’s current as of January 2007. NYS County Clerks

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AOL Fraud Trial Finale

Posted by pbsweeney on January 31, 2007

The vastly under-reported AOL fraud trial in federal court is finally drawing to an end, with closing arguments begining yesterday, and arguments for the defendants set for today.

As the dot-com economy collapsed in 2001, executives at America Online allegedly conspired with a now-defunct technology firm in Las Vegas to inflate revenue, using secret side deals and backdated contracts to deceive investors, prosecutors said.

The government made its closing argument Tuesday at the trial of two midlevel AOL executives and a senior officer at Las Vegas-based PurchasePro. The trial has stretched more than three months, one of the longest trials in the history of the federal courthouse in Alexandria, known as the “rocket docket” for its dispatch in handling cases. For a great trial notebook 101 story filed by Matthe Barakat, click here… A fascinating tale of the mind boggling mechanics of corporate fraud.

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Will the Supremes Go Live?

Posted by pbsweeney on January 30, 2007

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation that will require the Supreme Court to permit television coverage of open Supreme Court proceedings, unless a majority of the Justices determine that the due process rights of one or more litigant would be violated.

The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Russell Feingold (D-Wiss.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas).

This is Spector’s third attempt at getting this legislation through. In 2005 his bill never made it to the floor for a vote. At the time he was quoted as saying: “In the context where the Supreme Court decides, really, the cutting-edge questions of our day, it’s very much, in my view, in our interest to have the Supreme Court televised.” In 2000 the Senator co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) that went nowhere as well.

With more than half the Justices on the record opposing the idea, it should be interesting to see how the debate unfolds, particularly surrounding questions on the separation of power between the the Legislative & Judicial branches of government.

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Cats Are Paroled

Posted by pbsweeney on January 29, 2007

Well, I’m not sure paroled is the right word. Maybe evicted is the proper legal term. All we know is, we didn’t serve the papers.  A new wardon has decided that these useful prison farm cats must get the boot. Is that a howl of protest we’re hearing? The following is a quote from the AP story via CNN.

WINDSOR, Vermont (AP) — At the Southeast State Correctional Facility, inmates are subjected to head counts several times a day. But not Ziggy, Marmalade, Smokey and Shane — they come and go as they please. They’re prison cats — but only for now. They are being involuntarily paroled by the new superintendent of Vermont’s largest women’s prison, to the chagrin of inmates who feed them, pay for their care and cherish them.

“It is not a physical plant that is conducive to a pet program,” said Superintendent Anita Carbonell. “I know a lot of the inmates consider them pets, but they aren’t really.”

View the complete story today on CNN here…

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Beware the Pettifogger

Posted by pbsweeney on January 24, 2007

Merriam Webster’s word of the day yesterday was pettifogger – how delightful! I can’t wait to use it in a sentence.

“pettifogger • \PET-ee-fog-ur\ • noun
1 : a lawyer whose methods are petty, underhanded, or disreputable 2 : one given to quibbling over trifles
Example Sentence:
Charles Dickens’s Uriah Heep was a complete pettifogger, an unctuous villain whose name became a byword for a falsely humble hypocrite.
Did you know?
In its earliest English uses, “pettifogger” was two separate words:…” more

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More Time to Win

Posted by pbsweeney on January 19, 2007

And the answer is yes, to those of you who wrote asking if we could extend the deadline for entering to win a $20.00 Starbucks gift coupon for the best tip of the new year to improve your practice operations. We’re extending to January 30th, so share the wisdom! Have a nice latte or lunch on us and everyone is happy.

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Who is Where in Riverhead’s New Supreme Court

Posted by pbsweeney on January 17, 2007

riverhead.jpg Hampton’s Legal had reason to be up at the new Supreme Court in Riverhead today. It’s a spectacular addition with additional parking contiguous to the building on Court Street. The three-story, 95,000 square-foot courthouse was erected behind the existing 70 year old buildings and is connected to them by two enclosed bridges. The new courthouse has an atrium lobby, nine courtrooms and chambers, a jury assembly room, jury impaneling rooms, a children’s center, a public cafeteria and conference space. It’s a beautiful space and a welcome addition.

Signage is a little dicey yet, but court personnel are very helpful. Hamptons Legal has obtained a current directory of the offices for individual judges. If you are headed up there, email us and we will let you know who is where.

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Best New Year Tip Contest – Win a $20.00 Starbucks Gift Certificate

Posted by pbsweeney on January 8, 2007

Some of us relish the turning of the year; the end of holiday and associated obligations and the end of “wait till after the holidays” laments and delays. Some of us dread returning to the problems that are still sitting around from last year.

So what’s the best way to start the year off? Take a running jump into the work and let everything sort itself out? What about a little review and revise? With the end of the old year fresh in our minds, why don’t we address some of our old or chronic complaints and see if this year might find us in a different place when the year runs out again.

Hamptons Legal says, what’s your best tip on starting off the work year fresh? What have you instituted in your practice that has solved a chronic problem or annoyance? Or what are you trying right now to make the year better? Win a $20.00 Starbucks gift certificate for sharing your tip with the rest of us! Post your tip in the comment section and Hamptons Legal Staff will select one winner to receive a $20.00 Starbucks gift certificate and three winners who will receive a $5.00 certificate for honorable mention. Be sure to provide an email address so we can get the prize to you! Contest closes January 18th, so enter now folks.

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Florida Pornament Debate

Posted by pbsweeney on December 20, 2006

“The selling of sexually explicit tree ornaments called “Pornaments” at a chain of novelty stores across Florida has led a Miami lawyer to ask stores to stop sales, or else face legal action. The nine ornaments — spoofs portraying Mr. and Mrs. North Pole, reindeer and Frosty the Snowman in sexually risque positions — are selling for nine dollars and are on display on public shelves.” More…

Meanwhile, of course, the ornaments are almost sold out. I guess ecstatic snowpeople and reindeer strike some people as just silly and funny, rather than dangerous.

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Forms Continued LIRX

Posted by pbsweeney on December 19, 2006

While we’re on the subject of forms, here’s another favorite that is listed at the right – the LIRX searchable database of rules, forms and dockets for just about everywhere in the country. Another brilliant search engine that will quickly provide an answer without wading through a tedious state or federal agency website. It’s so simple!

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forms.gov

Posted by pbsweeney on December 18, 2006

Forms.gov, where have you been all my life? Wading through US government agency websites to find a specific form has been one of my personal pet peeves, as the design and usability is often perplexing, to be polite about it. Enter forms.gov, which is a sweet portal that allows one to enter any US government form number or a logical keyword or two, and generate a search that spans the vast reservoir of extent federal forms. There are options to search by category, agency or most frequently requested. The results are very clear and simple in thier presentation with a nice clean look. A welcome change from the results one is used to wading through on, say, the IRS website. Forms.gov, my only regret is that it’s taken us this long to meet!

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New Google Patent Search

Posted by pbsweeney on December 16, 2006

The recent slaying in Chicago last week of a patent attorney and 2 colleagues by a client who thought his idea was being stolen, only makes the beta premier of Google’s new patent search engine even more welcome. Now instead of trying to mastermind a patent search on the US goverment site, (good luck with that), regular folks can find some clue as to whether their idea is a winner by using the new Google Patent Search. It won’t replace an attorney’s work, but so far there are 7 million patents online and counting. Hamptons Legal sees one of the big benefits to attorneys will perhaps be the reduction of clients who walk into their offices with unrealistic expectations for an idea and have taken their passion around the bend of normal. Maybe some of this will be nipped in the bud with a simple search in a very accessible data base.

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