вторник, 25 ноября 2014 г.

США (темы в платном доступе). Спор между законодательной и исполнительной властью штата Пенсильвания, с одной стороны, и Верховным судом штата с, с другой, по поводу табачных фондов. Верховный суд штата решает вопрос о том, имеет ли право лицо, которое находится под домашним арестом, на компенсацию в связи с тем, что оно лишено возможности исполнять свои трудовые обязанности. Верховный суд штата на прошлой неделе выслушал аргументы юридической компании, с одной стороны, и дисциплинарной комиссии, с другой, по поводу ответственности юридической компании за оказание юридических услуг (по распоряжению недвижимым имуществом в пользу пожилых граждан) не адвокатами. Должен ли результат теста полиции на алкоголь (наркотические средства) в отношении водителей, в делах о вождении в нетрезвом состоянии, сопровождаться заключением эксперта. Другие материалы.

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A School District's Liability for Teacher-Student Relationships

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Commonwealth v. Williams, PICS Case No. 14-1808 (C.P. Berks Nov. 6, 2014) Yatron, J. (4 pages).

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