Equifax Defends Legality of Executive Stock Sales

This summer’s hack of Equifax’s customer data has left nearly 150 million Americans in question of whether or not their data was included in the breach. The attack, which began in May and wasn’t caught until July, was further punctuated by a malware incident involving the company’s website in the following October, resulting in the suspension of a deal with the IRS. While the company will inevitably face legal repercussions, whether in the form of Justice Department action or through suits from individual customers, a recent internal inquiry has allegedly cleared members of the company from wrongdoing in at least one aspect of the case.

 

In the immediate days following the Equifax breach, it was reported that a group of several key executives sold off a large quantity of shares. With a value approaching $2 million, the sale of these shares was immediately the target of a probe led by the the Securities and Exchange Commission and Georgia’s U.S. Attorney’s Office. Equifax first became aware of the hack on July 29th, with the four executives in question jettisoning their stocks the following first week of August.

 

Given the timeline, it seemed more than likely that the sellers had been made aware of the hack, thereby making this an example of insider trading. However, Equifax maintained that Douglas Brandberg, an investor relations lead, Joseph Loughran, president of information solutions, John Gamble, the CFO, and Rodolfo Ploder, the president in charge of workforce solutions, were not among whose who had knowledge of the attack before its public announcement.

 

Equifax led its own internal investigation, which this week revealed its determination that the trade did not break any legal bounds. The investigative teamed performed well over 30 interviews and sifted through roughly 55,000 emails but found no evidence that the four executives in question had advanced knowledge, and likewise determined that the sales were approved following the necessary legal procedures. That said, it’s unclear if or how this internal investigation will affect legal proceedings from U.S. officials.

6 Things You Shouldn’t Do to the Flag

Here are some things that people do to the American flag that are considered disrespectful according to the Flag Code.

 

  1. Wearing American Flag Patterned Clothing

 

The U.S. Flag Code 176, letter D, states that the U.S. flag pattern is not to be used as wearing apparel. This means that all those flag printed bikinis, button-up shirt, socks, and even those Old Navy flag shirts, can be considered disrespectful.

 

  1. The Flag Shouldn’t Be Displayed Flat or Horizontally

 

The flag must never touch the ground. Most people know this, but only a few know that the flag has to be displayed vertically. The U.S Flag Code 176, letter C, states that the American flag should never be held horizontally.

 

  1. Disposable Flag Products

 

Using disposable flag printed cups and plates can be considered disrespectful. Therefore, think twice before buying any of those flag printed plates or cups.

 

  1. Using the Flag for Advertising Purposes

 

During Independence Day, you will see a lot of brand products being decorated with the U.S. flag. Well, according to the law, using the flag to advertise brand products is strictly prohibited.

 

  1. Using the Flag on Costumes or Athletic Uniform

 

Teams in the NBA, NFL and other leagues normally sell and wear jerseys and other athletic gear featuring the United States flag. However, the Flag Code states that no portion of the flag should be used as an athletic uniform or costume. Only a flag patch can be used on policemen, firemen, military personnel and members of patriotic organizations uniforms.

 

  1. Drawing on the Flag

 

Attaching or placing any drawing, figure, letter, mark or insignia on the flag is illegal. In simple words, don’t add anything to the U.S. flag or even edit a picture over the flag.

 

The Flag Code has it that the flag should not bear any mark, word, letter, figure, design or drawing of any nature.

Corporate And Individual Taxes To Get Cut In The Proposed Republican Tax Bill

As written in an article by Rachel Gerber on 2nd November 2017, the JURIST, also known as the Committee on Ways and Means of the Republican Controlled House of Representatives released a proposal on jobs act and tax reduction. Kevin Brady, who chairs the committee, introduced the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Thursday this week.

 

Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, co-sponsored Kevin Brady’s proposal. According to the article, Brady emphasized that the bill intended to help the American people who belonged to the low and the middle class. He further said that the American legislation got wholly focused on:

  • Growing the economy
  • Taking the jobs back to the local communities
  • Increase salaries for the workers
  • Ensuring that Americans got to save more of their earnings.

Rachel Garber indicated in the article that the proposed Act will not only lower tax rates for all the earning Americans within the low and middle class but will also lower business taxes. The article further explains that the Child Tax will get expanded and renamed the Family Credit to accommodate additional aid and support. Tax Credit will get added to the new Family Credit. High earning Americans will retain their usual tax rate of 39.6 percent. Rachel further indicates that the estate tax will get phased out by the end of the year 2023.

 

The article got published on Paper Chase, the JURIST’s news service provider. Comprising of a team of 30 editors and reporters who are law students, the Paper Chase provides real-time legal news. The team gets led by a university professor, Bernard Hibbitts, who teaches law at Pittsburg School of Law. The paper offers an educational service which explains why they get dedicated to presenting critical legal news. The format used in the presentation is accessible. The news is not only presented intelligently but also objectively. The materials get spread and presented rapidly.

Expert Tips on Finding the Right Attorney

Having a legal case to either start or one that is against you can be frustrating, confusing and highly problematic if you don’t have the right legal aid. This is why it is key that you find a good quality lawyer and attorney who is going to be there when you need them the most. The best way for you to accomplish this is to know what type of legal professional you’re going to need. For instance, if you are going to be taking a person to court for family law, you’re obviously going to want to hire an attorney who specializes in this type of legal option.

 

The problem that a lot of people have when hiring attorneys is that they do not look for one who is specialized in the field they’re using. Sure, you can hire a regular attorney for just about any case that you have coming up, but this does not mean that they are specialized in that specific field and they may not give you the legal assistance and aid that you need to win the case. You will find that searching for the right lawyer is key when it comes to finding the most out of this option.

 

You are also going to want to contact the lawyer’s office before making the decision to hire them for their services. This is a great option for a lot of people who are trying to improve their lives. This is why a lot of people are making the decision to work with professionals and know that these experts are there for them when they need it the most. There are lots of experts out there who are going to be able to take on the case for you and get you the information that you need in order for you to make the most out of this option when you are going to be going to court and need some type of legal assistance.

President Trump Adds More Legal Muscle To Prove The Russian Thing Is A Witch Hunt

Donald Trump can’t get a break. In fact, he can’t seem to get anything done in Washington, and that makes him angry and belligerent. His healthcare bill is toast, and his immigration bill is a political nightmare. The Republican Party can’t put a team on the political field that works together. And the Russian accusations are turning into a Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue for the president. Plus, people around the country have no faith in Trump.

But Trump has a plan. His plan is to fight lawyers with lawyers. The President now has one of Washington’s big legal dogs to fight for him. Ty Cobb, the Washington criminal attorney with a winning track record, is now the White House special counsel. Trump now has five lawyers working on the Russian thing, and they are all huddling to protect Trump from special Justice Department lawyers as well as congressional committees. Collusion with the Russians is the battle cry of Trump opponents. And those opponents include heavy duty political hitters with deep pockets.

There is little doubt. Trump is in for some nasty Washington battles. But the president is sending a strong message to the people that want to bring him down. The message is, he’s not going down. Trump is Teflon through and through, according to his allies. Nothing sticks to him even when it looks like something will stick. The president likes controversy. He likes to be in the trenches and tweet, even when there is nothing substantial to tweet about.

Cobb is a criminal lawyer, and he likes to be in the middle of turmoil. Mr. Cobb is a former federal prosecutor, and he was in charge of the organized crime and criminal division in Baltimore. Cobb has a private practice now, and he handles cases in 35 countries and 44 states, according to his law firm Hogan Lovells.

Federal Report’s Scathing Critique of Prison System’s Treatment of Mentally Ill

The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General recently released a report that heavily criticized the prison system’s treatment of mentally ill inmates.

There have been rumors circulating for years that prison systems from across the country were providing inadequate accommodations to mentally ill inmates. Other detractors argued that inmates were becoming more mentally ill due to the pressures of living behind bars and denied access to therapies and medications that might alleviate some of the mentally ill patients’ suffering.

The Department of Justice’s report, though, homed in on a prison in Pennsylvania for its analysis. The report noted the pending lawsuit against a Lewisburg prison and went on to claim that this prison had a number of lawsuits against it. The lawsuits were filed against the prison for the prison’s deficient mental health services.

The Department of Justice’s report also indicted the Bureau of Prisons more broadly by alleging that the Bureau of Prisons condoned the practice of keeping mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement for extended periods of time. This practice could be considered very detrimental to mentally ill inmates psychology well-being since keeping these kinds of inmates in solitary confinement has been shown to result in poorer mental-health outcomes over the long term.

The Bureau of Prisons was also called into question for the size of its solitary confinement cells. The Department of Justice considered these cells too small for housing inmates. Also at issue was the fact that many overcrowded prisons have resorted to cramming in multiple mentally ill inmates in the same small cell.

The issue of overcrowding is perhaps more pernicious since overcrowding has been associated with greater prison violence and even a greater number of prison deaths. The risks are that much higher with mentally ill inmates denied proper treatment or medication.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wants Police To Seize People’s Personal Assets

Jeff Sessions, the former Senator from Alabama, has always been a controversial figure. Sessions is against gay rights, using marijuana, and being politically honest. Now that Sessions is Attorney General of the United States, he is in a position to upset the budding cannabis industry. He wants to change some of the policies that the former Attorney General, Eric Holder put in place. Some Washington insiders say Sessions has an Edgar Hoover type mindset, and he can create serious legal issues for Americans.

Recently, Sessions was a speaker at the National District Attorneys Association meeting. Jeff didn’t waste any time telling those legal watchdogs and prosecutors he will enforce the asset forfeiture program that was put on hold by his predecessor. Sessions main target is drug dealers, but anyone could be the victim of this violation of civil rights, according to lawyers who understand the forfeiture policy. Sessions also want to reverse an Obama administration order that stops local officials from using the federal system to get around state laws. Former Attorney Eric Holder said Sessions is an extremist, and Wisconsin Representative Jim Sensenbrenner thinks Sessions forfeiture program is wrong and unconstitutional.

Senator Rand Paul thinks Sessions is opening the door for an extraordinary amount of lawsuits because the government is taking property away from people that have not had their day in court. Paul thinks assuming someone is guilty and taking their property away is a crazy and illegal idea. But in a civil forfeiture case, the police and prosecutors don’t have to prove guilt in order to take assets away. In a criminal forfeiture, authorities have to file charges, prove guilt, and get a conviction.

Sessions wants to stop drug traffickers, but he also wants to take down the legal sale of marijuana in the states that sell it for medical purposes. California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa wants to regulate asset forfeiture, and he is sponsoring legislation to do that. Issa thinks Sessions is going backward instead of forward if he gets his way. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas also thinks civil asset forfeiture is a bad idea. Justice Thomas thinks asset forfeiture is an egregious act, and it opens the door for people who abuse the intent of the program. Sessions may be one of those people, according to his opponents. Jeff Sessions is an old school politician who is out of touch and out of date, according to those opponents.

Legal Challenges

The field of law is changing rapidly in the United States today. This was one of the most popular fields for college graduates to enter at one time. However, this is now a field that is saturated with college graduates. A lot of students are graduating from law school with record levels of debt. Not only that, but they are having trouble finding a quality job to help pay the bills.

In the coming years, many people expect that the legal field is going to continue to go through various changes. With that being said, students need to be prepared to innovate through their career.

Online Services

One of the newest trends in the legal field today is offering online services for people who need legal help. A lot of people today struggle with finding affordable legal help in their area.

Online legal advice is a viable option for people who need a quick question answered. Not only does it cost much less time than going in and seeing a lawyer, but it saves lawyers time as well. Over time, a lot of people have had success getting their question answered in a short period of time. New graduates need to look at all possibilities when it comes to enhancing their legal career.

New Legislation

Another important trend in the legal industry is the new legislation being introduced in several states across the country. Many people today believe that online gambling should be legal. Now is a great time to start enacting legislation in various states.

As a legal student, this is an exciting time to live in for many people. There are a lot of people who want to see things enacted that have been illegal in the past. Many people today are still entering the profession because they want to help others.

Things That Are Impacting The Field Of Law Today

There are plenty of factors shaping all kinds of industries at any given moment. The field of law is not exempt from all of these changes. We take a look at a few of these today.

Electronic Discovery

What evidence is admissible in court is something that frustrates many people bringing lawsuits or battling criminal cases. Depending on the circumstances and what side of the case one is on, it can be frustrating to either side. That being said, new changes are coming to what may be admissible. Electronic discovery is now a thing being considered by a lot of courts.

Electronic discovery is basically the idea that things such as e-mails, voicemails, and the like something that may be brought into court. That is evidence that can break a case wide open and make or break it. Lawyers on both sides of any case will need to consider this change.

Marketing Via Social Media

The Balance has an article out which says that more lawyers than ever are using social media to market themselves and their services. It used to be considered unprofessional to do this, but that is no longer the case. It is too difficult to ignore the number of people on social media and the marketing potential that is available there. These days lawyers are happy to open a social media page for their practice.

Longer Hours And More Clients

Lawyers already have a busy life, but it is about to get even busier. The number of hours that lawyers are putting into their job is on the increase. They are taking on more clients and battling each other even more heavily for that business. If you are a lawyer, you can expect to burn the midnight oil more often, but that is good news for the profession.

The Future of the Healthcare Bill in the U.S.

Events in Law
The law is meant to provide order in the governance of a nation. Different countries have different types of laws. Under the law, there is a bill, which is a proposed law. This proposed law is brought to the parliament for discussions. Bills are constantly changing due to revision by the ruling government. The U.S. is not a stranger to this. With a new government in place, different bills are being revised or under consideration for revision. One of such is the Health Bill.

Regulations in the U.S. Health Bill
With new governance in place in the U.S., there are discussions for a new health bill. In the previous administration, there was the Obamacare, which at the moment the new administration is seeking to revoke. According to Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate seeks to revoke the Obamacare without placing another replacement. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/17/republican-health-bill-senators-oppose-vote

The Senate had previously recommended another health care bill but with two senators being a no-show, the bill was suspended. However, there seems to be hope in the pending health care bill. The Republicans seem to be burning the midnight oil as they try to look for a way forward with the bill.

Susan Collins and Rand Paul have voiced their disagreement with the bill. According to the two senators, they would prefer a health care bill that is different from the existing one. The fate of this bill seems to be hanging by a thread as it ignites mix reactions from the senate. https://www.m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_59702f8be4b0aa14ea7711b7?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Future of the Bill
In order to salvage the bill, the Republicans are making plans to add $200 billion to a Medicaid Program that the bill would cut. The Americans remain uncertain about the future of the healthcare bill. The Senate, on the other hand, continues to explore all options they can find.