Paparazzi By Drone: Is This Legal?

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Paparazzi using drones — the so called “dronerazzi” — are using them to learn whether celebs are home, what time they take their kids to school, and when they walk the dog. Not long ago, Miley Cyrus videoed a paparazzi drone as it flew over her Hollywood home. Actress Jennifer Garner complained about drones flying above her back garden. The intrusiveness of the paparazzi is nothing new. Federico Fellini believed the paparazzi to be like buzzing insects, so much so that in his 1961 film, La Dolce Vita, he named a character playing a photographer “Paparazzo.” Fellini explained that “Paparazzo … Continued

Feds Must Respond to Lawsuit

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More than three years ago, a mysterious company filed a mysterious lawsuit against “John Does 1-15” with a pretty outrageous claim. The lawsuit alleged that the IRS raided the company on March 11, 2011, and that agents in the course of an investigation of a former employee stole more than 60 million medical records of more than 10 million Americans. “After being put on notice of the illicit seizure, the IRS agents refused to return the records, continued to keep the records for the prying eyes of IRS peeping toms, and keep the records to this very day,” stated a … Continued

New York Legalizes Fantasy Football

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The nearly year-long legal battle between the state of New York and daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites DraftKings and FanDuel has all but come to an anticlimactic end today, with Governor Andrew “Not the one from TV” Cuomo putting his name to a new law that explicitly legalize certain DFS contests within the Empire State. At issue was whether the DFS sites violated New York state laws regarding illegal gambling. In Nov. 2015, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office concluded that DraftKings and FanDuel constituted unlawful “contest of chance” as defined in the statutes, and directed the two sites to … Continued

Court Reporters Speed Test

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Every year, there is a speed test for court reporters hosted by the National Court Reporters Association. This year, the 77th annual National Speed Convention was hosted in the Hilton Chicago. The winner gets to have the bragging rights of being the fastest and most accurate court reporter. While it may seem to any outsiders to be a simple test for fast typing, any court reporter will tell you that is not true. The average education for court reporters is 2 1/2 years of schooling and ongoing education to keep up with laws. 1,100 court reporters showed up for the test this … Continued

What is the Witness’ Name?

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Court reporters have the responsibility of getting the names of deponents, witnesses in court, and attorneys.  Getting the spelling of a witness’ name can be challenging sometimes and here are a few tips on how to always get them right. 1. Always ask the witness for their full name, and never rely on a deposition notice or the attorney’s suggested spelling of the name. 2. Upon asking for the deponent’s name, if the answer is something like, George Fallon, I always follow up with the question, “Do you have a middle name?” Otherwise, it is inevitable once we go on … Continued

Courthouses in NYC

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  There are 8 total courthouses in NYC you should definitely know about:   1. New York City Supreme Court Address: 60 Centre St, New York, NY 10007 Phone:(646) 386-3600   2. United States District Court Address: 500 Pearl St, New York, NY 10007 Phone:(212) 805-0136   3. Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy Address: 500 Pearl St, New York, NY 10007 Phone:(212) 805-6125   4. NYC Civil Court Address: 89-17 Sutphin Blvd, New York, NY 10038 Phone:(212) 791-6000   5. Midtown Community Court Address: 314 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 Phone:(646) 264-1300   6. New York City Criminal Court Address: 100 Centre St, New … Continued

City Hall

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New York’s City Hall is one of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions. Designed by Joseph François Mangin and John McComb Jr. and completed in 1812, it is one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated City Hall an individual landmark in 1966 and its central rotunda an interior landmark in 1976. In 1993, the African Burial Ground and the Commons, which includes City Hall and the surrounding park, was designated a Historic District. The building’s rich history, art, and antique collections are documented … Continued

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