COA: Defrauded Logansport Business Can’t Sue Michigan law Firms Here

By on May 3, 2021

first_imgCOA: Defrauded Logansport Business Can’t Sue Michigan law Firms HereDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comA Logansport businessman who was defrauded of more than $20,000 cannot use Indiana courts to sue the Michigan law firm whose client was later convicted of wire fraud, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.Jerry Arnold, who owns Arnold’s Jewelry and Gifts, signed papers in Indiana and was assured he would receive a line of credit of $850,000 through Michigan Commercial Resource Locator Inc. agent Sebastian Restum. But to do so, Arnold was required to pay an upfront loan-processing fee of $20,700, which went into a Michigan law firm’s Interest on Lawyer Trust Account. According to the agreement, Arnold would be refunded the money if the line of credit wasn’t secured.Eight months later, Arnold still had not received the line of credit, and the FBI charged Rostum with wire fraud. He was convicted and sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of almost $5 million for a mortgage fraud scheme.After the firms refused to refund Arnold’s money, he sued in Cass Circuit Court. The trial court dismissed the suit for lack of personal jurisdiction, finding the contacts in Indiana between Arnold and the law firms were not continuous and systematic to establish general jurisdiction under the tests established in Burger King Corp. v. Rudzewicz, 471 U.S. 462 (1985). The court also found the contract Arnold signed specified Michigan as the forum state and that he was capable of maintaining a suit there.“Despite the fact that the alleged tortious acts occurred in Indiana, the trial court found that the Appellees and witnesses were in Michigan and that discovery and services of process would be done in Michigan.  In addition, there is a pending criminal complaint filed in a Michigan federal court relating to the alleged fraud as cited in Arnold’s Complaint,” Judge Patricia Riley wrote for the panel.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Three SEAS grad students selected to present new technology at URES

By on March 1, 2021

first_imgThree technology proposals from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have been selected for presentation at the University Research and Entrepreneurship Symposium (URES).Graduate students Sam Kesner, Qimin Quan, and Wonyoung Kim will have the opportunity to present their innovative research to an audience of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs on March 31, with the hope of attracting investors and commercializing their work.URES, an invitation-only conference, evaluates technology proposals from researchers at universities across the United States and selects a few for presentation through a highly competitive application process. The event is designed to expose New England entrepreneurs to the very best emerging technologies in the nation.“It’s very exciting that three leading technologies from SEAS have been selected to present at such a high-profile event,” says Isaac T. Kohlberg, Harvard’s senior associate provost and chief technology development officer.last_img read more

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Zephyr Teachout Wants Andrew Cuomo & Common Core Out

By on December 18, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]Z[/dropcap]ephyr Teachout, constitutional law professor at Fordham University and now the Democratic primary challenger for governor of New York, grew up with a picture on her bedroom wall of a man she idolized: then-Gov. Mario Cuomo.She admired his traditional Democratic ideals, his strong character, and his vibrant leadership. When his son Andrew threw his hat in the ring for governor of New York in 2010, Teachout was enthralled enough to inquire about volunteering for his campaign. But soon she grew so disillusioned that she was transformed from avid supporter to current rival.This June, demonstrating what some are calling a “lefty Tea Party” movement, Teachout, 42, announced she would challenge Cuomo in the Democratic primary after losing the nomination for the Working Families Party to him.This Thursday she gave a phone interview to the Press to discuss exactly how she believes the current Gov. Cuomo has failed New Yorkers by not staying true to the traditional Democratic values he’d campaigned on, including what she says is his “abandon[ment] of public schools,” and how the current Moreland Commission scandal sheds light on his leadership.After The New York Times broke the story Wednesday that during anti-corruption investigations by the Moreland Commission Cuomo’s close associates intervened whenever the panel of prosecutors began focusing on groups politically linked to him, Teachout seized on the scandal as an example of the fellow Democrat’s “violation of the public’s trust.”“If Governor Andrew Cuomo directed or even knew that his top aide was obstructing and interfering with the Moreland Commission, he should immediately resign,” she tells the Press.Teachout calls the revelations of his alleged misconduct “shocking” and says the accusations portray his governorship as “profoundly corrupt.”“The powerful—and devastating—New York Times piece on Andrew Cuomo’s top aide meddling in the Moreland anti-corruption commission is the worst example of old-boy network Albany, where the rich and powerful play by different rules,” she said.That “old-boy network” in Albany is exactly what Teachout is looking to change. Although she concedes that Cuomo’s progressive stance on gun control and gay marriage are steps in the right direction, she believes that he is a “corporate Democrat” who has used the “bully pulpit” to advance his own agenda. He doesn’t represent the people, but rather corporate interests.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.If elected, she would start by restructuring New York’s campaign finance laws to incorporate Connecticut’s public funding of campaigns.“Nominations should not depend on rich friends” she insists, but instead place a preference on grassroots campaigns that directly emphasizes citizens’ interests. “New Yorkers are very egalitarian people, yet we live in the most unequal state.”She believes that the recent election of Bill DiBlasio as mayor of New York City proved that the electorate is ready to embrace a progressive candidate who would represent the true Democratic values that she says Cuomo has abandoned.“When [Cuomo] picked [Kathy] Hochul for lieutenant governor, it showed that he is taking his Democratic voters for granted,” Teachout explains. By choosing a running mate who is “anti-immigrant and has not stepped away from that accusation,” she says that Cuomo could be courting right-leaning supporters for a possible presidential campaign.“He promised to clean up Albany, to change the way campaigns are funded, to fight for a Democratic [state] Senate and to veto gerrymandered districts,” she tells the Press. “He broke all those promises, and instead has governed as a trickle-down Republican taking advantage of the lack of good anti-corruption laws in this state.”She believes that one of the biggest failures of Cuomo’s governorship has been the disastrous implementation of the Common Core education reform. If she becomes governor, Teachout says she “would immediately halt Common Core and lead a delegation of parents and teachers to Washington to argue that we can and should develop our own standards, and not use high-stakes testing to judge teachers.“The stress of these tests brings anxiety into classrooms that should be places of learning, curiosity, and engagement,” she continues. “Students thrive when teachers are trusted, schools are well-funded, and they suffer when teachers are treated like suspects and tests replace learning.”Teachout claims she’s found tremendous support on Long Island, where there is a robust anti-Common Core movement that she finds impressive. Her supporters here have “come out in droves,” she says. She finds it telling because “they were not bought. They are just looking out for the children,” the children she believes that Cuomo has “abandoned” to corporate donors like Bill Gates, who has invested millions of dollars in Common Core’s nationwide rollout.“I’ve visited more public schools than [Cuomo] has,” she states. “Why is that?”An advocate for a decentralized government, she criticizes the Common Core curriculum as a federal takeover of education that removes the freedom of teachers to adapt to the individual needs of their students. This usurpation strips the teaching profession of autonomy and is precisely the vision of Gates, who, Teachout claims, is saying he knows better than educators and parents.Teachout would adapt a new system based on the input of education professionals who would set a high bar while still responding to the needs of the children.Her vision of an overhaul of New York’s education system would include the replacement of the often-criticized Education Commissioner.“John King has failed to listen to parents and teachers who have spoken up forcefully about the problems with high stakes testing and privatization of public schools,” she says, adding that he “is the wrong person for the job.” Many observers believe that with Cuomo leading Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate, by nearly 40 points and possessing a vast campaign war chest that dwarfs his rivals’ coffers by millions of dollars, her campaign is a lost cause. Teachout is not one of them.Asked whether she thinks she can beat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, without hesitation, she says enthusiastically, “Yes, I do.”last_img read more

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Amy Schumer & Vogue Editor Anna Wintour Switch Jobs [Video]

By on December 16, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Sylvia DurresAmy Schumer is a lot of things: comedian, movie star, second cousin to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer. Now, thanks to her latest hilarious joke—a video short with Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine—she can add fashionista supreme to her resume, too. Let’s just say the clip, titled “So Easy! Amy & Anna Switch Jobs”—written by Schumer to accompany her July Vogue cover—proves why the 35-year-old Long Island native (Schumer used to live in Rockville Centre and attended South Side High School) should probably stick to standup, comedy specials and the silver screen.Schumer begins her new role as fashion publishing maven by stumbling behind Wintour’s desk and dropping a pile of paperwork while the phone rings. Wearing Wintour’s signature bug-eyed oversized dark sunglasses, she tells the caller: “Hello? Yes, send them in!”“Okay, I’d like to see that,” she tells two women standing alongside a full clothing rack, motioning at a particular outfit. “Hmm,” she says, clutching what looks like a giant latte as one of the women hold up a white top and green skirt. “Is that a shirt?”“Yes,” replies a woman holding up some clothing.“And a skirt?”“Yeah.”“Got it,” says Schumer. Hilarity ensues, as scenes switch back and forth between Wintour’s comedy routine at a dimly lit nightclub and Schumer’s chaotic attempts at identifying true fashion—and eating “lunch.”“Hey, how do you want me to intro you?” the night’s emcee asks Wintour. “I’m Anna Wintour, I’m editor of Vogue, and I do clubs and colleges,” she tells her.Don’t want to spoil the video to much for you (you should really give it a watch)—but let’s just say that Wintour slays. “Anyone here on a first date?” she asks, to scattered clapping. “Last date?” she continues, to louder cheers and applause.“Well, that’s my time,” she says eventually. “But remember: Wintour is coming.”Mic drop.For all things Amy Schumer, including her upcoming comedy tour dates, check out: amyschumer.comlast_img read more

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California Eyes Health Care for Immigrants in the U.S. Illegally

By on September 20, 2020

first_imgCalifornia Eyes Health Care for Immigrants in the U.S. Illegally Should the government provide health care to adult immigrants living in the country illegally?That’s a question California is looking to answer.Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed covering immigrants between the ages of 19 to 25 and if passed, California would become the first state in the nation to provide this.California already covers immigrants 18 and younger regardless of their status and officials say a final decision on wider coverage may come down to cost.The plan will likely cost $98 million a year, according to Newson.last_img read more

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Syracuse thriving when faced with man-down situations

By on September 16, 2020

first_img Published on September 4, 2017 at 8:10 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Usually when a team loses a man to a red card, it plays more reserved. It packs the penalty area to compensate for having fewer players in an attempt to stop the opposition from scoring. Syracuse does the opposite.Twice this season, a player for No. 8 Syracuse (3-0-1) has been sent off after a red card. Both times, SU either trailed or had been tied with its opponent. After the red cards, extra offensive pushes have translated to nearly 37 shutout minutes of defense and two goals — 25 percent of the team’s total goals this season.“We played our best soccer a goal down and a man-down,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said after SU tied Princeton on Friday. “… When you’re behind and you’re down … those emotions, you have nothing to lose. It becomes a lot easier.”Tied 1-1 against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Aug. 27, Syracuse’s Sondre Norheim was sent off with a red card just 42 seconds before the end of regulation. Thirteen seconds later, the Orange made an offensive push and freshman Petter Stangeland scored what became the game-winning goal.In the next contest, Princeton clung to a one-goal lead over Syracuse, which had yet to score a goal. The Tigers mirrored Syracuse’s 3-5-2 formation, which forced SU to attempt riskier passes and hope for open space. That “disjointed” play, as McIntyre called it, led to missed opportunities and a one-goal deficit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA later Princeton corner kick ended with a collision between junior defender Kamal Miller and another Princeton player. The referee blew his whistle and, as Miller walked by, he said something to the referee.The referee immediately drew the red card from his shorts for abusive language. Down a goal and a player, Syracuse decided to attack and try to tie the game.Rather than using his bench, McIntyre relied on his starters. He immediately subbed back in Johannes Pieles and brought back Hugo Delhommelle after a six-minute rest.“Coach brought us in (after Miller’s red card) and he said, ‘We’re not going to sit back and let them come after us,’” sophomore defender John-Austin Ricks said. “We’re going to come after them.”The offensive push, “twisting” the Princeton defense, McIntyre said, led to players cramping. After a full 90-minute game, all but Stangeland stayed on for the additional two overtime periods.“(When you’re) a man-down,” Delhommelle said, “(the coaches) want us to step up and give a little extra and that’s what I tried to do. Most of the players were cramping at the end, but that’s what we have to do.”With slightly under seven minutes left to play, Ricks found open space. He chipped a shot from about 30 yards out and sent the ball beyond the jumping goalkeeper’s reach to tie the game.Though SU failed to score again, the offense kept the pressure on. After Ricks’ goal, the Orange finished the final 26 minutes outshooting Princeton seven to three and held three to zero advantage in corner kicks.On Sunday night, Syracuse dominated Northwestern. But in the three games prior, the Orange struggled to find its rhythm until late. In the opening game, it took SU 79 minutes before scoring its first goal, and then the game-winner came in overtime.“Traditionally you sit and let the other team have it,” McIntyre said after Princeton. “I’ll be honest with you, today we went the opposite of that and we went brave and we went for the game.“That was when we were the best.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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