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Renowned Pissarro Art Stolen by Nazis at Center of "Choice of Law" Dispute

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

In 1939, Lilly Cassirer Neubauer, a Jewish woman, needed to flee Germany with her husband. Nazi officials offered the couple $360 and two exit visas in exchange for the family's prized possession: Camille Pissarro's 1879 oil painting "Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon. Effect of Rain." The Danish-French painter was considered a…

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10th Circuit: Pleading Guilty Without Entering a Plea Agreement Can't Lead to Harsher Sentence

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

Pleading not guilty in federal court is risky, as federal prosecutors have turned negotiating plea agreements into an art form. Defendants who take their chances at trial are often given lengthier sentences for failing to cooperate if convicted. But what about a defendant who pleads guilty without entering a plea…

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The SCOTUS Vaccine Mandate Cases Are Pretty Unique

By Camila Laval, J.D.

In addition to being the first vaccination cases in 100 years, the current challenges before the Supreme Court address OSHA standards and more.

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SCOTUS May Be Setting Up Another Win for Religious Schools

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

Many school rural school districts in Maine do not have a high school. But, while the state was willing to cover the tuition of affected students at private schools, religious schools were left out. Two families from rural Maine have challenged the state's policy on not using taxpayer dollars to send students to faith-based schools.

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DOJ Accuses Texas of Discriminatory Gerrymandering

By Laura Temme, Esq.

The Department of Justice filed suit in Texas this week, saying the state's new voting district maps discriminate against Latino and Black voters.

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Third Circuit Snuffs Out Philadelphia Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products

By Laura Temme, Esq.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held Philadelphia's attempt to curb tobacco use among minors was preempted by state law.

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