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Proposed NY law aims to protect models from harassment

Proposed NY law aims to protect models from harassment

A New York lawmaker wants to amend the state’s anti-discrimination laws to protect models from sexual harassment. The New York Times reports that the proposal by Democratic Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (NEE’-lee ROH’-zihk) of Queens would make designers, photographers, retailers and others liable for abuses experienced on their watch. Many New York models have limited legal protections because they’re classified as independent contractors. The issue was brought to Rozic’s attention several months a…
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$437000 in Legal Fees Flow From All-Natural Skim Milk Fight

Florida has agreed to pay $428,855 in legal fees to pro bono attorneys who beat the state on a First Amendment skim-milk labeling dispute filed by a natural-foods creamery. Mary Lou Wesselhoeft of Ocheesee Creamery was represented by two Miami attorneys at the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit libertarian public interest law firm based in Virginia. The Florida Panhandle milk producer “felt like she was banging her head against the wall” and sued state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam …
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TPG to acquire Exactech in take-private deal

TPG Capital has agreed to acquire Exactech in a take-private buyout for $42 per share. After the closing of the deal, Exactech will no longer trade on the NASDAQ. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is serving as financial adviser to Exactech on the transaction. Greenberg Traurig, P.A. (Miami) and Greenberg Traurig, LLP (NYC) are providing legal advice to Exactech while Ropes & Gray is legal adviser to TPG. Based in Gainesville, Florida, Exactech is a developer of orthopaedic implant devices and …
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Miami’s Jim Larranaga Admits He Was Mentioned In FBI’s NCAA Investigation

When the FBI first announced its investigation in late September, Larranaga and the Miami legal team denied any knowledge of payments that would …
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FBI: Florida man sympathized with IS, wanted to bomb mall

A Florida man who described himself as a sympathizer of the Islamic State extremist group faces terrorism-related charges stemming from a purported plot to bomb a Miami-area shopping mall, according to court documents filed Monday. Vicente Adolfo Solano, 53, appeared at a brief hearing Monday afternoon on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction at the Dolphin Mall west of Miami. Solano was arrested Friday after accepting a fake bomb provided by the FBI outside the mall, according to an FBI affidavit. U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley said she will appoint a public defender to represent Solano, who is being held without bail. A bond hearing is set Thursday and Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert said the government wants him kept behind bars until trial as a risk of flight and danger to the community. Solano told the judge he works as a painter earning $13 an hour. No relatives appeared at the hearing. Court records show Solano has had only minor brushes with the law, most recently in 2014 and 2015 for driving with a suspended license. That document noted he had no prior felony record. The FBI began investigating Solano in late September after a confidential informant tipped agents off about his plans, the affidavit said. Most of the subsequent conversations were recorded. Investigators also found three pro-Islamic State videos that Solano allegedly sent to the confidential informant. “I am here because I like the way (Islamic State) confronts the United States and the countries of the coalition,” Solano allegedly said in one video, wearing a black mask and shirt and standing in front of black flag. “The United States is the most terrorist country of all. I am going to plant a bomb … that’s how it’s going to be done.” In a second video, Solano said he is a “sympathizer of the Islamic group, ISIS” using another acronym for the Islamic State. It’s not clear from the affidavit whether Solano had any links to any foreign terrorist groups. At one point, he told the confidential informant he had not discussed his plot with anyone else. His plans started to come together in October when the confidential informant introduced Solano to an undercover FBI employee who could supposedly help build a bomb. Solano provided a sketch of the food court at the mall, which he thought would be most crowded, according to the FBI. “It’s easy because look … I go in, I sit down, I leave it and goodbye. I leave it. I won’t have a problem with that,” Solano said in one conversation recorded by the FBI. After buying screws and other materials to build the bomb, Solano met with the two undercover FBI men at a hotel to put it together. Then the three of them drove over to the mall, where “Solano took steps that he believed would arm the device and the timer to count down” on the fake bomb, the affidavit said. The Famed Arecibo Observatory survived, nearly unscathed, Hurricane Maria’s lashing of Puerto Rico. Nulla quis lorem ut libero malesuada feugiat. Quisque velit nisi, pretium ut lacinia in, elementum id enim. Vivamus magna justo, lacinia eget consectetur sed, convallis at tellus. Donec sollicitudin molestie malesuada. Sed porttitor lectus nibh
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