Category Archives: Administrative law

VIII Summit of the Americas Commitment on anti-Corruption

On April 14, 2018, during the VIII Summit of the Americas, the heads of government agreed to the Lima Commitment with respect to “Democratic Governance against Corruption.” The commitment includes provisions to reinforce democratic governance, including” the strengthening of democratic institutions for the prevention of and fight against corruption in the Hemisphere.”  It comes at a time when many of the governments in the hemisphere, such as Honduras, Venezuela, and Brazil are undergoing a crisis of stability largely due to corruption issues. The commitment has a section on “transparency, access to information, protection of whistleblowers, and human rights, including freedom of expression.”  The section commits to increasing national anti-corruption measures or systems and strengthening conditions for the effective participation of civil society, social organizations, academia, the private sector, citizens, and other social actors….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules 5-4 that the Alien Tort Statute Cannot Be Used To Sue Foreign Corporations

In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Alien Tort Statute cannot be used to sue foreign corporations. With Justice Kennedy writing for the majority, the Court affirmed the Second Circuit’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit against Arab Bank PLC, a Jordanian financial institution with a New York branch. The litigants claimed that the bank had facilitated transactions that had benefited terrorists that had committed attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Kennedy was joined in his opinion by the four other conservative justices on the Court. Ensconced in the Judiciary Act of 1789, the ATS reads: “The district courts shall have original jurisdiction of any civil action by an alien for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.” Kennedy notes that the ATS was relatively obscure and only enacted sparingly over its first 190 years; after the horrors of World War II and the ensuing….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Series que un abogado no se puede perder

Si bien sabemos que la ficción no supera a la realidad, actualmente hay muchas series que realmente nos puedan deja r un agradable sabor de boca y es más pueden darnos diversos conocimientos, por ejemplo en televisión las series de abogados son sumamente polémicas y tienen la tendencia a mezclar vida cotidiana con esos momentos de acción en los juzgados, a si pues hoy te traigo las series que tiene que ver si eres abogado, ya sea por los temas que presenta o bien por la excelente adaptación que tienen en la vida real. A si pues sin más, vamos a comenzar… The good Wife o la buena esposa Sin duda es una de las series, en dramas legales, pues está llena de suspenso y caos interesantes, se trata pues de la esposa devota del fiscal, hasta que este es destituido de su puesto por cargos de corrupción y posibles lazos con prostitución. A si pues nuestra protagonista deja su puesto como esposa pera volver a….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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More Amicus Briefing?

Scott Dodson, Should the Rules Committees Have an Amicus Role?, 104 Va. L. Rev. 1 (2018). Lumen N. Mulligan JOTWELL readers do not need me to tell them that Scott Dodson is a leading voice in jurisdiction and procedure. His most recent article, as we have come to expect, meaningfully contributes to the contemporary discussion concerning the proper, and perhaps competing, roles for the Supreme Court and the Civil Rules Advisory Committee in interpreting the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Dodson calls for the Rules Committee to take a more active amicus curiae role in Civil Rules cases, suggesting that such an approach can substantially improve the reasoning and resolution of such cases without marginalizing the Court’s adjudicatory role. Dodson succinctly lays out the current state of affairs in which the Court is largely divorced from the Civil Rules promulgation process, despite nominally overseeing it. This state of affairs has led to the current situation in….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Questions the Executor should ask the Estate’s Accountant

The house is sold, the estate’s debts and bills have all been paid, the accounting has been presented to the beneficiaries, they have signed off on the Release & Refunding Bonds, and now it’s time for the estate’s Executor or Administrator to distribute the estate to the beneficiaries according to the Will or according to the requirements of the law. The estate may have acquired dividends or interest or rents on which income tax must be paid. An income tax return has to be filed for the Estate if more than $600 in gross income was received, and in fulfilling his/her fiduciary duty, the Executor/ Administrator wants to be sure to investigate all available income-tax saving opportunities. Here are a few of the questions to ask when you call the estate’s accountant: : What is the estate’s expected marginal tax bracket? Is it beneficial to pass the estate’s income and losses (if there is a loss on sale of assets such as stock or….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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