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    April 13, 2018 · Travel,Litigation,93A,Contracts,Internet fraud
    A dream vacation. House on the beach in Placencia, Belize. Beds for 14 people. Personal chef. A car to tour Belize. To reserve the "Jewels of Belize" for his family vacation, Peter Haim made a $46, 565 deposit. Soon after he did, though, the supposed home renters disappeared, along with his...
    March 6, 2018 · Defamation,Anti-SLAPP,Litigation,Invasion of privacy,Attorney's fees
    A couple of years ago, VTDigger published a long article exploring how a Vermont judge handled allegations of sex abuse that were brought in the midst of a child custody feud. Drawing from law enforcement documents and other sources, the story told how difficult sorting out truth from fiction can...
    February 27, 2018 · Whistleblower,SEC,Securities,Dodd-Frank
    Many employees who see wrongdoing in their companies try to navigate the crisis by sounding the alarm inside the company. They go to their supervisor, or maybe further up the ladder. But if you do that for a securities law violation and then get fired in retaliation, the Supreme Court now says...
    December 15, 2017 · False Claims Act,First Amendment,Anti-SLAPP,FINRA,Securities
    We have to admit: 2017 was challenging. But by keeping our nose to the grindstone and working - and whistling - our way past all the year's distractions, we pulled off some stunning victories, set new areas of caselaw, and opened new areas for our practice. Despite itself, 2017 was a landmark...
    October 29, 2017 · Defamation,Litigation,Disparagement,Contracts,FINRA
    When broker Jerry L. Springer left his job at UBS Financial, UBS pulled out all the stops to keep him from taking his clients with him, according to published accounts, and encouraged the customers to file FINRA complaints. UBS told Springer's clients he had left after he was discovered...
    A few years, a Vermont resident named Brady Toensing filed a public records request with the state Attorney General's office, trying to figure out who was lobbying the Attorney General. The AG answered that there were no documents. Well, Toensing asked, did you search their private email...
    September 7, 2017 · Defamation,Anti-SLAPP,Libel,CDA,Communications Act
    Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed the defamation case our client, Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, brought against Techdirt, its editors and writers and a blog commenter, after Techdirt had called Dr. Ayyadurai a fraud for saying he had invented e-mail back in the 1970s. We will not comment here on that...
    June 9, 2017 · Evidence,Employment
    This year, James Comey found himself in the uncomfortable spot many of us have found ourselves. His new boss was asking him to do things that seemed wrong and could lead to trouble down the road. "A combination of things - the circumstances, the subject matter, and the person I was interacting...
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