Judges: Texas revised legislative districts to dilute Latino vote | Ark. executes first prisoner since 2005 | Lawsuit: App allegedly used for messaging at White House isn't secure
April 21, 2017
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Judges: Texas revised legislative districts to dilute Latino vote
A 2-1 decision by a panel of federal judges held that the Republican-led Texas Legislature redrew three of its districts to limit the voting power of the Latino population. The dissenting judge wrote that the districts weren't redrawn because of racial motivation, but for allowable partisan reasons.
Reuters (4/21) 
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Ark. executes first prisoner since 2005
Arkansas administered lethal injection to Ledell Lee after the US Supreme Court decided around 11:25 p.m. Thursday, shortly before the death warrant's expiration, to allow the state's first execution in 12 years. Four of Arkansas' eight recently scheduled executions have been halted because of legal challenges.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/21),  National Public Radio (4/20) 
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Lawsuit: App allegedly used for messaging at White House isn't secure
A lawsuit seeking class-action status alleges that encrypted-messaging app Confide fails to provide "unequivocal confidentiality" because copies of messages can be retained via screenshots. The complaint also alleges that such security issues are present at the White House.
Reuters (4/20) 
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Business Practices and Professional Development
Commentary: What to focus on in a startup's initial resolutions
A startup's initial resolutions "fill in the gaps in the operation of the corporation that were not covered in the bylaws," writes Gary Ross of Jackson Ross. Lawyers working with startups should focus on several key areas in such documents, including common stock issuance and the proper ratification of a company, Ross writes.
AboveTheLaw.com (4/20) 
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Laws, Cases and Regulations
Deaf man sues attorney over sign-language mistake
James Wang, a former IBM employee who is deaf, is suing Andrew Rozynski, the attorney who represented him in a workplace discrimination suit in 2013. Wang claims Rozynski misread the sign for "million" as "thousand," leading Rozynski to settle the case for $200,000, instead of $200 million as Wang requested.
The Associated Press (4/21) 
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Uber gives lawyers more time for sexual harassment inquiry
The ride-hailing startup Uber has given lawyers led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder additional time to complete their investigation into claims that sexual harassment is a serious problem within the company. Holder hasn't been able to interview several key figures in the matter, sources said.
Recode (4/20) 
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Heightened enforcement sends FINRA fines soaring
Total fines imposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority shot up to a record $176 million in 2016, almost double the previous year's figure, according to an analysis by law firm Eversheds Sutherland. The biggest factor in the rise was FINRA's increasing use of fines of $1 million or more, the law firm said.
Financial-Planning.com (4/20) 
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D.C. Bar News
JNC recommends replacement candidate for D.C. Superior Court vacancy
D.C. Superior Court raises dollar limit for small-claims cases
The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended a new candidate for a D.C. Superior Court vacancy created by the May 2016 resignation of Judge Stuart Nash. The original candidate, Willa B. Perlmutter, has withdrawn from consideration.
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Finding your niche
Read about the different experiences of two D.C. Bar members, Mark T. McDermott and Mario Herman, who took advantage of the growing trend of creating specialized practices and were able to position themselves as experts in their fields.
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