Disbar for alcohol abuse; detection and prevention of alcohol and substance abuse in the legal profession; alcoholic lawyer; disbarment for drug abuse; attorney ethics violation; ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct; lawyer legal ethics; CLE. If defendant plea of guilty is based on reasonably competent advice, it is intelligent plea not open to attack on the ground defendant counsel may have misjudged admissibility of defendant confession. When a prospective juror harbors preconceived notions of defendant guilt that cannot be set aside by consideration of the evidence, the juror must be dismissed for cause to ensure an impartial jury. When the evidence discloses any possibility that a juror views arise from the sufficiency of government evidence, disqualification must be denied.
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; Multi-level protection of executive officers from removal is contrary to Article II of the Constitution's vesting of the executive power in the President; Sarbanes-Oxley; inferior officers Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Thomas; when services provided by shareholders and their counsel result in a financial benefit to the corporation, they are entitled to a fair fee. Underwriters performing a due-diligence investigation of two bond offerings by World Com, had a limited number of conversations with the stock issuer and its auditor, made only cursory inquiries, failed to look behind formulaic answers to questions. First Derivative Traders; For purposes of Rule 10b-5, the maker of a false statement is the person who has the ultimate authority over the statement, including content and distribution. Independent source doctrine applies to both evidence obtained for the first time during independent lawful search, and also to evidence initially discovered during, or as consequence of unlawful search, but later discovered independently. A buyer of goods, who gives value for the goods and receives them after the certificate of title is issued, takes the goods free of a security interest perfected in another jurisdiction.
Direct action; special injury test disapproved for determining whether a direct action exists; standing to assert direct action depends on whether the individual, not the corporation, suffered harm and would benefit from the recovery or remedy. F & W Acquisition LLC, recission, fraud, contracts may not be rescinded based on misrepresentations made during negotiations unless one party to contract made misrepresentations, knowing them to be false. Derivative Litigation, A director's independence turns on whether the director is, for any substantial reason, incapable of making a decision with only the best interests of the corporation in mind. Failure to instruct the jury on a material element of the prosecution's case violates the defendant's due process rights. A buyer may revoke acceptance of goods when a nonconformity impairs the value of the goods to the individual buyer, taking into account the needs and circumstances of the individual buyer.
The Reform Act provides a three-part process for identifying the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit: notice; greatest financial stake in the outcome of the controversy; Rule 23 requirements of typicality and adequacy. The substantive fairness of a class action settlement and attorney's fees depends on: (1) the complexity, expense, and duration of the litigation; (2) the reaction of the class to the settlement; (3) the stage of the proceedings and the extent of discover If a board is pursuing a merger for strategic reasons, it may decline to entertain a competing bid that may yield a higher short-term gain for its shareholders in favor of a merger that ensures greater long-range gains. Delaware General Corporation Law 144 provides a safe harbor for interested transactions if the material facts as to the director\'s relationship or interests as to the contract or transaction are disclosed or are known and majority of disinterested direct Abry Partners V, L. One who inflicts an injury upon another that results in death cannot avoid liability because the victim could have taken better care of himself or herself.
A plaintiff seeking to challenge a government regulation as an uncompensated taking of private property may proceed only by alleging a physical taking, a total regulatory taking, a Penn Central taking, or a land-use exaction. United States; CERCLA does not mandate joint and several liability; scope of liability must be determined from traditional and evolving principles of common law. Atlantic Research Corp; CERCLA § 107(a)(4)(B) provides Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) with a cause of action to recover, from other PRPs, costs voluntarily incurred in cleaning up a contaminated site; contribution. Movants, protective order, federal rule of civil procedure 30(b)(2), record a deposition by nonstenographic means and is given the choice of the method of recording, absent annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, and undue burden or expense. Benguet Consolidated Mining Co.; exercise general jursidiction gives court authority to hear all claims at place of defendant's domicile or place of service, without showing connection between specific claims and forum state. Independent counsel; subpoena duces tecum; ad testificandum. RAM Holdings, Inc.; When the examination of extrinsic evidence does not lead to an obvious, objectively reasonable conclusion, the court may apply the forthright negotiator principle. Donovan; A contract is not enforceable if an essential term is indefinite or a promise to perform is illusory, but may enforce if extrinsic evidence makes more definite and the promise to perform less illusory.
The EPA may consider both the health effects of pollution and the cost of abating it when determining whether a state SIP fails to comply with the Clean Air Act. Navigable waters; The phrase the waters of the United States, as used in the Clean Water Act, includes only those relatively permanent or continuously flowing bodies of water forming geographic features; wetlands are not navigable waters. Goldstene; If the California motor vehicle emissions regulations are granted a waiver by the EPA to the Clean Air Act, enforcement is not prevented by the doctrine of conflict preemption or by express preemption. Duke Energy Corp; A Clean Air Act permit is required for any physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a major stationary source that would result in a significant net emissions increase of any pollutant. EPA; EPA is not properly exercising its duty under the Clean Air Interstate Rule unless it is promulgating a rule that achieves something measureable toward the goal of prohibiting sources within one state from affecting another state. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; NHTSA has a duty to assess environmental impacts, including impact on climate change, of rules; enviornmental impact statement. Defenders of Wildlife; Endangered Species Act § 7(a)(2)'s application limited to actions in which discretionary federal involvement or control, and thus it does not apply in the context of mandatory EPA actions. Punitive damages awards must be weighed against the compensatory damages; reprehensibility of the defendant's conduct, disparity between actual harm caused and amount of the punitive damages awarded. Content based restriction, prior restraint, requiring permits for all public assemblies does not infringe on the freedom of speech, content neutral regulation of access to public property, provides adequate standards. Fourth amendment; right against self incriimination. The fifth amendment does not prevent compelled disclosure of client materials disclosed to an attorney where the materials would not be privileged in the hands of the client. The privilege against self incrimination protects against being compelled to provide information to a grand jury about the existence of sources of potentially incriminating evidence.