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Afternoon Briefs: Peremptory problem curbs allowed; extra federal courts halt jury trials


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Juror shortages result in curbs on peremptory challenges

Judges in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, are allowed to ban or scale back peremptory challenges in civil instances to keep away from working out of potential jurors. Judges requested and acquired permission from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to make the change due to a drop in would-be jurors who’re displaying as much as court docket. (The Legal Intelligencer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court order)

25 federal courts droop jury trials or grand juries

Twenty-five federal courts have just lately suspended jury trials or grand jury proceedings in response to a nationwide surge in COVID-19 instances. Another dozen courts have continued suspensions already in place. While the suspensions are occurring by means of the nation, many are happening in cold-weather areas within the North, Midwest and Plains states. (Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts press release)

Realtors group agrees to fee transparency

The U.S. Department of Justice has revealed a proposed antitrust settlement with the National Association of Realtors that will increase transparency about commissions acquired by brokers representing dwelling patrons. Current NAR guidelines forestall a number of itemizing companies from publicly disclosing the fee {that a} purchaser’s dealer will obtain from the house vendor. The affiliation admits no legal responsibility or wrongdoing and wouldn’t should pay any fines under the agreement. (Law360, National Association of Realtors summary, Department of Justice press release)

Michael Avenatti sues Fox News for alleged libel

Suspended lawyer Michael Avenatti has filed a $250 million libel go well with towards Fox News for its protection of his arrest for alleged home violence. He was by no means charged. Avenatti claims that the community is a “de facto media and propaganda arm” of the White House that sought to eradicate him as a menace to President Donald Trump’s reelection. Avenatti had thought-about working for the Democratic presidential nomination, however he took himself out of competition in late 2018. He has been convicted for attempting to extort Nike and is accused of stealing from his former shopper, grownup movie actress Stormy Daniels. (Law360, the Volokh Conspiracy, the lawsuit)


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