Protect Yourself From Job Cuts
Frank D'Amore from the Legal Intelligencer offers some tips on how to avoid in-house cuts. First, make yourself invaluable to your department by doing important jobs well. Become indispensible to your company by broadening your network throughout the company, even volunteering to work on high-profile projects. The more visible contributions you have made, the harder it will be for your company to part with you.
Federal Election Commission Fails to Have Privacy Suit Dismissed
Jack Beam, an attorney in a firm that was investigated by the government for activities related to the 2004 presidential election say their records were illegally obtained by the government, and that they were harassed by federal agents during the investigation. A U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer holds that the documents were obtained legally, but concedes that they were then given to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) without the required certification. Judge Pallmeyer allowed Beam's claim against the FEC to go forward.
78-Year-Old Farmer Defies Government Easements
Alvin Peterson of Bismarck, North Dakota, has been fighting the government for forty years about easements it paid his father for. Peterson continually uses his tractor to open up potholes filled with water on is land, so that the water will flow freely. He claims the potholes choke up the land and allow less wildlife. Biologists assert that much more life can survive with them. Peterson has been charged three separate times with draining protected wetlands and faces a fine of up to $10,000. No negotiations with him have been successful.