Lawyers – Farris Law Firm Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:09:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lawyers – Farris Law Firm 32 32 Lawyers to appear at civil suit hearing in Gabby Petito’s death Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:33:45 +0000

Attorneys for the parents of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie are scheduled to appear in Sarasota County Court in Florida at a hearing to dismiss a civil suit brought by the Petitos.

Gabby Petito’s parents Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt have filed a lawsuit against Christopher and Roberta Laundrie after their daughter was murdered. The Petitos claim in the lawsuit that Brian Laundrie, Petito’s boyfriend, told his parents he killed her before returning home alone from their trip out West.

The Laundries filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Judge Hunter Carroll is also due to hold a hearing in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s mother. Schmidt seeks damages in excess of $30,000 and demands a jury trial.

Tara and Joe Petito react as North Port City Police Chief Todd Garrison speaks during a press conference for their missing daughter Gabby Petito, Sept. 16, 2021, in North Port, Florida .

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Petito and Brian Laundrie were on a trip through the county last year, documenting their trips on social media. Petito suddenly disappeared on August 25. Brian Laundrie returned alone to North Port, Florida.

Eleven days after the search began, Petito’s body was found in a remote area of ​​a Wyoming national park in September. The cause of death was ruled to be strangulation.

In January, the FBI concluded that Petito was murdered by Brian Laundrie, claiming that Laundrie wrote in a notebook that he killed her. The notebook was found near his body, along with a backpack and a gun.

Austin: A battle between progressives | (ACOEL) | American College of Environmental Lawyers Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:49:42 +0000

The city of Austin has become a battleground for progressive initiatives. On June 9, City Council approved a resolution addressing water quality, flooding and environmental justice. Surprisingly, these laudable objectives can go against other equally important objectives, such as the limitation of urban sprawl and affordable housing.

The resolution calls for the development of city-wide water pollution control measures for industrial facilities, including semiconductor manufacturing plants, concrete batching plants, automobile manufacturing, manufacturing batteries and fuel storage facilities. The resolution calls for a monitoring program for these threats to watersheds in Austin communities. The watersheds of communities of color are disproportionately impacted by these threats.

Additionally, the resolution addresses flooding exacerbated by an increase in impervious ground surfaces due to the intensity and density of residential and commercial development. Austin’s growth has caused a substantial increase in runoff into undersized infrastructure, increasing the severity of flooding, threatening life and property, and degrading water quality.

How do we have a conflict? Quite simply, the battle is about the density of development. On the one hand, progressive activists in the neighborhood see the endorsement of density associated with development as a threat to traditional single-family residential neighborhoods in central Austin. The council member who presented the resolution represents these wards. On the other hand, progressive city planners support increased density in these neighborhoods to combat sprawl and meet housing demand as Austin continues to grow. Failure to encourage density is seen not only as accelerating the flight of minorities from their historic communities of color, but also as discouraging middle class and affordable housing projects. Last week’s resolution can be seen as another skirmish in the battle to determine not just Austin’s skyline, but its neighborhoods.

Lawyers’ protest brings dispute resolution committee to Belagavi | Hubballi News Fri, 17 Jun 2022 21:54:00 +0000

Belagavi: The government has approved the establishment of the Karnataka State Consumer Dispute Redress Commission in Belagavi, bowing to the request of the belagavi Bar Association which organized a dharna for four days to achieve this.
The Undersecretary of Government issued the order on Friday evening, following the instructions of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. The ordinance mentions that the procedure for the creation of the commission will be launched in Belagavi with the sanction of the required positions.
MP for Belagavi (south), Abhay Patil spoke to Bommai, who is in Delhi, on Friday morning and heard the news.
After that, Bommai instructed the relevant department to issue an approval letter for the commission.
MPs Patil and Anil Benake delivered the sanction letter to the protesting lawyers in the evening.
Their request having been granted, the lawyers withdrew the indefinite agitation led by the President of the Bar Prabhu Yatnatti. The hustle and bustle quickly turned into a party space.
The lawyers’ protest had won the support of different political leaders, including those of the BJP and the Congressand the agitation grew stronger day by day.
The lawyers had questioned the negligence of the Minister of Forests Umesh Katti for the commission going to Kalaburagi. He was sanctioned by Belagavi two and a half years ago. The lawyers had boycotted the court proceedings for four days.


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Ghislaine Maxwell calls for reduced sentence, cites inmate’s death threat Thu, 16 Jun 2022 06:48:43 +0000
  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers have requested a sentence of just over five years in prison.
  • They said a fellow inmate said she was paid to strangle Maxwell in his sleep.
  • Prosecutors have recommended that Maxwell serve 20 years behind bars.

Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell argued Wednesday that she should spend fewer years in prison than the 20-year sentence recommended by prosecutors, citing alleged threats from other inmates and what they described as a troubled childhood .

One of their allegations was that a fellow inmate threatened to kill Maxwell, according to a pre-sentencing memo seen by Insider.

“One of the inmates in Maxwell’s living unit told at least three other inmates that she had been offered money to murder Maxwell and that she planned to strangle him in his sleep,” wrote the lawyers.

The inmate said killing Maxwell was worth serving another 20 years in prison, the lawyers claimed. The report adds that the inmate who made the threat was moved to another facility, “presumably” for Maxwell’s safety.

Lawyers also said Maxwell’s father, the late Robert Maxwell, abused her. They described him as “a physically large man with a booming voice” who would “blow up, threaten and rant at children until they were reduced to pulp”.

“Mr. Maxwell was relentless, with children ending in tears, punishments doled out and the whole family in utter distress,” the lawyers wrote.

Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 on suspicion of helping convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein organize the sexual abuse of underage girls and participating in the abuse herself. The British socialite maintained that she was innocent.

In December, she was found guilty of three counts of conspiracy, a separate count of sex trafficking and a charge of transporting a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

Her lawyers said Wednesday that she should not be held accountable and punished for Epstein’s actions, calling the late financier the “mastermind” of the abuse. Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell in 2019.

“Indeed, if Ghislaine Maxwell had never had the deep misfortune of meeting Jeffrey Epstein more than 30 years ago, she would not be here,” argued her lawyers.

The lawyers asked for a sentence of just over five years, much less than the 20 years recommended by probation authorities.

Maxwell, 60, faces a maximum sentence of 55 years behind bars. He was reduced from a potential 65 when U.S. Circuit Judge Alison Nathan ruled in April that two of his guilty charges overlapped. Nathan is due to sentence Maxwell on June 28.

Maxwell is represented by Bobbi Sternheim, Christian Everdell, Jeffrey Pagliuca and Laura Menninger.

Twitter’s “Firehose”, Elon Musk and how lawyers find out about the game Tue, 14 Jun 2022 14:44:01 +0000

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Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter was rocky from the start. For one thing, he didn’t seem to have given it much thought initially. I guess when you’re worth over $200 billion, buying a social media company at just over $40 billion wouldn’t be existentially ruinous, even if the thing turned out to be a lemon.

Twitter was also not thrilled to be acquired initially. The deal moved to new milestones so quickly it’s hard to even remember it was only two months ago when Twitter’s board adopted a poison pill in order to prevent the takeover.

Despite all the early missteps, Twitter management seems to have resold the merits of selling Elon Musk for $44 billion. From the company senior executives informed employees on June 8 that they planned to hold a shareholder vote on the sale by early August. Now, however, it’s Musk who has cold feet.

In what some observers saw as a feign to renegotiate too high an offer price, or an excuse to scuttle the deal entirely, Elon Musk began complaining about the number of bots and fake accounts on Twitter. He mocked Twitter’s official stance that only 5% of active accounts on its platform are fake.

That may be a valid concern, though falling stock prices sent Musk’s net worth plummeting in the months after he first proposed to buy Twitter. It probably made the deal less attractive to him. This lends credence to the idea that Musk might be looking for a way out.

However, taking it at face value, Musk made a series of comments about Twitter’s fake account problem and the company’s failure to provide the internal data needed to make an independent judgment on the number of fake accounts. his accounts which are false. Musk’s lawyers told Twitter on June 6 that the world’s richest man could walk away from acquiring Twitter if he doesn’t get the information he’s been looking for.

In response to the threat from Musk’s lawyers, Twitter reportedly now agrees to give Elon Musk access to his so-called ‘firehose’ — the raw flow of millions of tweets broadcast daily on the platform.

It’s unclear what the exact scope of this accommodation will be for Musk, but if he gets completely unrestricted access to the firehose, it would mean he would essentially see what a user who follows every account on Twitter would see. In other words, it would get a stream of data so large that it would be impossible to make sense of anything without robust automation, advanced computing power, and a damn good strategy.

It’s not entirely unprecedented for an outside organization to drink from Twitter’s fire hose. For instance, MIT researchers had access to the firehose stream, as did Google, many years ago. Still, the fire hose is one of Twitter’s biggest money-making assets, and the company certainly won’t open the fire hydrant for just anyone.

Twitter’s move here could very well be a genuine attempt to assuage Musk’s concerns about bots, fake accounts, and spammers. On the other hand, the lawyer in me is suspicious.

There are two very common approaches that skeezy attorneys take throughout the discovery process (which is the mandatory process of gathering and exchanging information in a trial). In some cases, the lawyer on the other side insists that he has provided everything he has to provide that is relevant, while (presumably wrongly) withholding certain things. The other approach is to provide absolutely everything and the kitchen sink, knowing full well that the other side doesn’t have the resources to sift through hundreds, thousands, millions of pieces of evidence sufficiently in detail to capture anything that might be important.

Twitter’s firehose stream could be good for a lot of things. Which I can’t imagine it’s really good for allowing a complete stranger to the company to tap into it and find a new way to use it to catch all the fake accounts on Twitter before the deal of acquisition is voted in a month and a half.

That seems like an incredibly short time to figure out how to use the Twitter feed. That being said, Elon Musk has surprised everyone many, many times before.

Jonathan Wolf is a civil litigator and author of Your debt-free JD (affiliate link). He taught legal writing, wrote for a wide variety of publications, and made both financial and scientific knowledge his business and pleasure. Any opinions he expresses are probably pure gold, but are nonetheless solely his own and should not be attributed to any organization he is affiliated with. He wouldn’t want to share the credit anyway. He can be reached at

Local injury lawyers will distribute bicycle helmets to students Sun, 12 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0000 More than 4,000 will be donated this year through OTLA’s Helmets on Kids program.

White Macgillivray Lester LLP and the Brain Injury Association of Thunder Bay and Area

THUNDER BAY – On Tuesday, June 14 at 10:40 a.m., local injury attorneys from White Macgillivray Lester LLP and the Brain Injury Association of Thunder Bay and Area (BIATBA) will be at St. James Public School (243 St. St. James, Thunder Bay) where they will provide free bicycle helmets to all students (180 students). The Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Eco Superior will also be on hand to provide information on bike safety.

This event is part of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association’s provincial Helmets on Kids initiative, which will help distribute more than 4,000 bicycle helmets to school-aged children in cities and regions across Ontario.

Duncan Macgillivray is Founding Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at White Macgillivray Lester LLP in Thunder Bay, Past President of BIATBA and Treasurer of OTLA and Coordinator of Children’s Helmets in Thunder Bay.

“Head injuries are the number one cause of serious injury and death among children on bicycles,” said Macgillivray, “OTLA members are proud to dedicate their time and energy to raising awareness of how the Helmet wearing can help prevent the devastation caused by bicycle accidents, and we’re proud to partner with other like-minded community organizations.

The OTLA Helmets on Kids Community Partnership was launched by OTLA members in 2002. Since its first event, held in London, Ontario, this initiative has distributed more than 25,000 helmets to elementary school students. The program was introduced in Thunder Bay by OTLA and BIATBA in 2012 and has distributed over 1,700 free headsets. This will be the first Helmets on Kids event since the COVID19 pandemic.

The campaign’s mandate is to put a bicycle helmet on the head of every child who needs one and to educate and raise awareness among school-aged children about wearing bicycle helmets. All helmets are purchased with funds donated by OTLA attorneys and their firms.

This year, Bike Helmets on Kids events will take place in May and June in Ottawa, Toronto, Aurora, Halton Region (Burlington), Peel Region, Barrie, Sarnia, Haliburton, Milton, Aurora, Sudbury, Windsor, Simcoe County (Midland) , and Thunder Bay. Each event is also supported locally by community partners. In Thunder Bay, the OTLA has an ongoing partnership with the Brain Injury Association of Thunder Bay and Area. The Brain Injury Association of Thunder Bay and Area (BIATBA) supports people living with an acquired brain injury through education, public awareness, information and advocacy.

For the 2022 Helmets on Kids campaign in Thunder Bay, local OTLA attorneys from White Macgillivray Lester LLP made significant financial donations to help purchase helmets for the Helmets on Kids campaign. All work on the campaign is done by OTLA members, BIATBA members and their partner organizations on a voluntary basis.

The Bike Helmets on Kids campaign has received awards from the Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC), the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) and the Ontario Safety League (OSL) for its contribution to prevention awareness injury and safety education.

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, cycling-related injuries are by far the most common injuries caused by summer sports and recreational activities, accounting for half of all hospitalizations. Among the most serious cycling injury admissions in the past decade (those requiring admission to a specialized trauma center), 78% of people hospitalized with head trauma were not wearing a helmet at the time of their injury.

DeSantis lawyers ask Florida court to dismiss redistricting plan challenge | Florida News | Tampa Fri, 10 Jun 2022 14:00:12 +0000


Lawyers for Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration this week asked a federal court to challenge a new congressional redistricting plan — or at least to stay the trial while other redistricting cases are resolved.

Lawyers for DeSantis and Secretary of State Cord Byrd filed a 29-page document on Wednesday mostly saying the constitutional challenge should be dismissed. They took issue with equal protection arguments from suffrage groups and other plaintiffs, who say the plan intentionally discriminates against black voters.

“Plaintiffs argue that a racially neutral redistricting plan is unconstitutional and therefore requires a racially based redistricting,” the state’s attorneys wrote. “That’s not how the Equal Protection Clause (of the US Constitution) works.”

The plan, which DeSantis pushed through the Legislature in a special session in April, reduced the number of districts eligible to elect black members of the US House and is expected to increase the number of Republicans in the delegation. of the State Congress.

The plaintiffs, including Common Cause Florida, FairDistricts Now and the Florida State Conference of the NAACP, argued in a revised lawsuit filed last month that the plan was “enacted, at least in part, for the purpose of disadvantaging black voters. ”

“It flagrantly flouts the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause prohibition on laws enacted for an odious purpose, that is, intentional discrimination on the basis of race,” the lawsuit said. “It also flagrantly ignores the Fifteenth Amendment promise that the right to vote shall not be denied or curtailed on the basis of race.”

The case focuses heavily on changes to Congressional District 5 in North Florida and Congressional District 10 in the Orlando area. Districts in recent years have elected black Democrats Al Lawson and Val Demings.

District 5, for example, in the past stretched from Jacksonville west to Tallahassee, but the new plan concentrates it in the Jacksonville area. DeSantis argued that maintaining the past configuration would involve unconstitutional gerrymandering.

In addition to challenging the plaintiffs’ constitutional arguments, attorneys for the DeSantis administration also said the case should be dismissed for other reasons, including that the plaintiffs lacked legal status.

The fight in federal court continues to unfold in a separate challenge to the redistricting plan in state court. Leon County Circuit Judge Layne Smith last month issued a temporary injunction against the plan, but the 1st District Court of Appeals stayed Smith’s decision.

The temporary injunction issue remains pending in the Tallahassee Court of Appeals, making it all but certain that the DeSantis-backed redistricting plan will be used in this year’s election. The candidate qualification period for the elections will take place next week.

In Wednesday’s filing, lawyers for the DeSantis administration argued that the federal case should be put on hold if not dismissed. This request stemmed, in part, from the case pending in state court.

“The plaintiffs’ amended complaint does not contain any allegations warranting continued federal oversight in this matter as Florida state courts adjudicate a similar matter. … To proceed, while the state is engaged in ongoing litigation and where state litigation could very well resolve the claims here, creates unwarranted federal interference in the state process,” the filing states.

State attorneys also pointed to a redistricting case in Alabama that is pending in the US Supreme Court.

“Rather than moving forward with federal litigation here, principles of judicial economy and efficiency favor awaiting adjudication in (the Alabama case),” they argued. .

Epic Games releases lawyers on BSC token with market cap around $300 Tue, 07 Jun 2022 14:12:47 +0000
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Tim Sweeney, CEO and co-founder of Epic Games, recently castigated to a token that trades under the name “Fortnite Token”. He also criticized “cryptocurrency markets” for enabling the trading of these cryptocurrencies. It should be noted that the total market capitalization of Fortnite Token does not exceed $300.

Notably, Sweeney’s remarks against fraudulent cryptocurrencies come at a time when Epic Games is preparing to roll out the first NFT game to its store.

Epic Games CEO reports Fortnite cryptocurrency ‘scam’, says lawyers ‘are on it’

On Monday, Sweeney took to Twitter to clear up any possible confusion, announcing that there was no cryptocurrency tied to Fortnite. “There is no Fortnite cryptocurrency,” he said, adding that Twitter accounts promoting such tokens are “scams” and that the company’s lawyers will take legal action against them. them.

The CEO also attacked “cryptocurrency markets” that allegedly “allow” the trading of these unofficial and unauthorized cryptocurrencies. “Also, shame on the cryptocurrency markets that allow this sort of thing,” he said.