YouTube Smacked With $170M Bill for Child-Targeted Ads

Google on Wednesday agreed to pay a record $170 million fine and to make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube, as regulators said the video site had knowingly and illegally harvested personal information from children and used it to profit by targeting them with ads.

Critics denounced the agreement, dismissing the fine paltry and the required changes as inadequate for protecting children’s privacy.

The penalty and changes were part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and New York’s attorney general, which had accused YouTube of violating the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or Coppa.

Regulators said that YouTube, which is owned by Google, had illegally gathered children’s data — including identification codes used to track web browsing over time — without their parents’ consent.

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Purdue Pharma prepares ‘free-fall’ bankruptcy as settlement talks stall

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is preparing to seek bankruptcy protection before the end of the month if it does not reach a settlement with U.S. communities over widespread opioid litigation, after some states balked at the company’s $10 billion to $12 billion offer in August to end their lawsuits as part of a negotiated Chapter 11 case. 

Purdue lawyers had documents prepared for a Chapter 11 filing at a moment’s notice, Reuters has learned. A federal judge, who expects plaintiffs to update him on settlement progress this week, wants 35 state attorneys general on board with a deal, a threshold that has not yet been reached, the people familiar with the matter said.

Purdue lawyers have told lead attorneys for local governments and some state attorneys general for weeks, and again in recent days, that the company will have to file for bankruptcy without a settlement if one is not reached soon, one of the people said. This approach is known as a “free-fall” bankruptcy filing because it lacks consensus on a reorganization beforehand.

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Immigration Attorneys Are Telling Their Clients ‘Brace Yourselves’

Immigration lawyers are dealing with a lot right now: large caseloads, court challenges, regulations in dispute. One of the most significant things in flux is the Flores settlement agreement, the 1997 consent decree that has governed the conditions under which migrant children can be detained. Among other things, a 2015 interpretation of that agreement calls on the government to release children into family custody or a licensed program after 20 days. On August 21, the Trump administration announced a rule change to Flores that would lift the 20-day cap and expand family detention.

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New Mexico ruling abolishes privilege on spousal testimony

The New Mexico Supreme Court has barred the state’s court system from continued use of a longstanding legal privilege that disallows testimony by a defendant’s spouse, saying it is based in misogyny and “has outlived its useful life.”

The Santa Fe-based state high court ruled Friday in an appeal of a man who the ruling said had made incriminating statements to both a wife he later divorced and his second wife regarding the 2002 shotgun killing of a Clovis man.

Both women testified during David Gutierrez’s 2017 trial in the killing of Jose Valverde, who was found dead in a boxcar he used as his home.

Gutierrez, whose defense objected to the women’s testimony, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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Tallahassee Hospital to Pay $375K to Settle Disability Discrimination

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc., a private community healthcare system comprised of 2 hospitals, multiple specialty care centers, 3 residency programs, and 32 affiliated physician practices, will pay $375,000 to a class of employees to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC charged in its lawsuit that Tallahassee Memorial violated federal law by maintaining an inflexible 12-week maximum leave policy. The EEOC also alleged that when employees with disabilities requested additional leave beyond the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Tallahassee Memorial denied the requests, rather than engaging in an interactive process with each individual to determine if he or she could be accommodated.

Such alleged conduct violates the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits employers from refusing to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities.

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Judge was too quick to find contempt and too slow to write opinions, ethics complaint says

An ethics complaint filed against a Philadelphia family court judge claims that the judge was too quick to fine or jail people for contempt but too slow to write opinions in cases involving child abuse and neglect. The ethics complaint against Judge Lyris Younge was filed after state appeals courts ruled that she had failed to provide due process in one case in which she terminated parental rights and another in which she removed three children from the home of their mother.

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Migrant Lawsuits Over Family Separations May Cost Taxpayers $200 Million

Some migrant children who were separated from their families as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy say they were abused during their time in federally-funded foster care. Now the families are gearing up to sue the government, and it could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Billionaire’s children in $102M battle over dad’s estate

The family of a cabbie turned real estate billionaire is fighting a big bucks bid from a relative who wants a $102 million chunk of his estate.

The son-in-law of Tamir Sapir, who died in 2014 and was once worth $2 billion at the height of the real estate boom, has no right to the hefty payout, Sapir’s son Alex said in Manhattan Surrogate Court papers.

The son-in-law, Rotem Rosen, is in the midst of divorcing Tamir Sapir’s daughter, Zina, but says he’s owed the cash for work he did on the sale of Sapir Organization properties, including its biggest asset: 11 Madison Ave, which went for $2.6 billion in 2015.

Once CEO of the Sapir Organization, Rosen claims in court documents he was cut out after a “falling out” with Alex Sapir in 2017.

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Atlanta couple fights to have daughter recognized as U.S. citizen

Derek Mize and Jonathan Gregg wanted to be parents and was heartened by the high court’s majority opinion that children of same-sex couples should have the same benefits and legal protections afforded to children of different-sex couples. 

Their daughter Simone was born through a surrogate in England last year. But the couple is now battling the U.S. Department of State over Simone’s citizenship status – and trying to ensure they can continue living together here as a family after her tourist visa expired last month.

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The National Black Lawyers Top 100 Names New Executive Director

Annamaria Steward, Executive Director of The National Black Lawyers Top 100

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Black Lawyers Top 100 is pleased to announce that Annamaria Steward of Washington, D.C. has been named as its first Executive Director. She joins the organization with nearly 20 years of experience and a reputation for providing exceptional leadership.

Before joining The National Black Lawyers, Steward served as Director of Leadership and Strategic Development for the D.C. Bar and Associate Dean of Students at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She is also a former president of the D.C. Bar, the largest unified bar in the country, and was the first African-American woman elected president of the voluntary Bar Association of the District of Columbia, a 148-year-old institution.

In her new role, Steward will be responsible for fostering organizational development which will include expanding the membership base, improving the breadth of membership benefits, and ultimately re-energizing the organization.

“It is important to me to recognize and celebrate African-American legal excellence,” Steward said. “I hope to harness the knowledge of these stalwarts of our profession to create a legal brain trust for our membership.”

As an attorney highly skilled in program design and implementation, strategic planning, and leadership development, Steward’s appointment will enable the organization to fulfill its mission for top tier African-American attorneys.

The National Black Lawyers is an honorary membership organization dedicated to promoting legal excellence. The organization’s membership is comprised of the nation’s most successful  African-American attorneys including legal giants like Willie Gary, Karen Evans, Ben Crump, and James Montgomery.

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