- Court strikes down Obama recess appointments: The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Obama’s appointment of three NLRB members was unconstitutional because Obama claimed them as recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess.
- Debt collectors posing as Facebook friends: Some collectors masquerade as friendly personalities to catch an alleged debtor’s attention.
- Sheriffs raise concerns about NY’s new gun law: Some sheriffs said the law takes positive steps to address mental health issues and access to illegal guns, but they said it also infringes on Second Amendment rights,
- Important IRS deadline for small businesses is just daysaway: If your business paid any individual $600 or more in 2012, the IRS wants to know about it.
- Two sue Subway for 'short' footlong subs: Plaintiffs' lawyer says the company should either make their sandwiches 12 inches long or stop advertising them as footlongs.
- Reid, McConnell reach Senate filibuster deal: The agreement focuses on limiting the ability to stall action at the very beginning of debate and after a bill has passed the Senate and before negotiations begin with the House.
- Foes of New York City soda size limit doubt racial fairness: The NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, a network of 100 northeastern groups, say minority-owned delis and corner stores will end up at a disadvantage compared to grocery chains.
- Facebook $20 million “sponsored stories” class-action settlement could mean $10 for users:
The lawsuit alleges that Facebook “unlawfully used the names, profile pictures, photographs, likenesses, and identities of Facebook users in the United States to advertise or sell products and services through Sponsored Stories without obtaining those users’ consent.”
Friday, January 25, 2013
Some of the stories about courts, the law and lawyers in the news this past week:
For more on each of these stories, click the links above.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Finger Lakes Times:
The ongoing dispute between the town [of Seneca Falls] and the owner and a potential developer of the Arcade Building downtown will highlight tonight’s Town Board meeting.
The building, at 81-83 Fall St., is now owned by Jack Pross of Michigan. It is primarily a commercial building, with a single apartment in the rear of the street level floor.
Pross wants to sell it to Basil Vlahos of Ithaca for conversion to up to eight apartments on the building’s four floors.
The sale is contingent upon Vlahos getting approval for the residential use. He was granted a variance by the town Zoning Board of Appeals.
However, the town Planning Board opposed the variance.
The Town Board...voted in December to challenge the ZBA decision in court. [On the ground that] the residential use is inappropriate for downtown and would change the character of the downtown, among other reasons.
They also claim there is not enough parking for an eight-unit building.
The town has hired attorney Steven Getman of Ovid to handle the legal challenge.