High court reinstates S. Carolina ballot witness requirement

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated a requirement that South Carolina residents voting by mail in November’s election get a witness to sign their ballots.

Democrats had sought to have the requirement put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Republicans had defended it as deterring fraud.

While the high court reinstated the requirement as a lawsuit over it proceeds, voters have already started returning ballots. More than 200,000 absentee ballots have been mailed and 18,000 returned, according to the state’s election commission.

The court said that any ballots cast before the court’s action Monday evening “and received within two days of this order may not be rejected for failing to comply with the witness requirement.“

State Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick cheered the decision. “Despite the Democrats’ efforts to hijack a pandemic and use it to meddle with our election laws, they’ve lost,” he said in

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Report: Court intervention could prevent eviction wave

BOSTON (SHNS) – The Massachusetts judiciary should intervene to prevent a potential surge of tens of thousands of housing removals that could hit when the state’s temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures expires this month, a regional planning agency urged in a new report.

At least 80,000 households in Massachusetts, including both renters and homeowners, will struggle to cover the costs of both housing and basic needs this month, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council concluded after studying unemployment and Census Bureau data.

With the moratorium expiring on Oct. 17, it is likely too late for policy solutions such as increasing rental assistance, offering legal assistance to tenants, or implementing foreclosure protection for struggling landlords, the council representing 101 cities and towns in the greater Boston region said.

Instead, the group directed its message to the state’s Housing Court and to the Baker administration.

Judicial leaders should delay all non-essential eviction

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Appeals court rules federal courts can hear lawsuits in property tax foreclosure cases



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SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) – A legal victory for people who have lost their homes in property tax foreclosures, as federal courts can now hear these types of cases.

It was in July when the Michigan Supreme Court ruled counties can’t keep the profits from property sales resulting from tax foreclosures.

The dust is still settling on how much money counties are going to have to pay back, and to whom.

It could be billions of dollars when you combine the totals from all 83 Michigan counties.

Attorney Phil Ellison says people who had their homes taken by the government in a property tax foreclosure had to file lawsuits in state courts. That changed yesterday.

“The ruling for a long time is that you could never go to federal court regarding takings claims,” Ellison says.

But the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of

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LSC Communications Receives Court Approval for Sale to Atlas Holdings and Supporting Creditors

LSC Communications, Inc. (OTCQX:LKSD) (“LSC” or the “Company”) today announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) has approved its previously announced stock and asset purchase agreement, under which an affiliate of Atlas Holdings LLC (“Atlas””) with the support of certain of LSC’s secured creditors (the “Creditor Group”), will acquire substantially all of the Company’s assets.

“With the Court’s approval of the sale, we are able to move forward with this value-maximizing transaction that represents the best path forward for all LSC stakeholders,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, LSC Communications’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that through this partnership with Atlas, LSC will be uniquely well-positioned to strengthen and grow our market-leading position and provide our customers with the same high standards of quality, reliability and innovation. On behalf of the LSC Board and management team, I would like

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Court clears way for Brooks Brothers Canada to be sold to new owner of Forever 21 and Lucky Jeans

An Ontario Superior Court judge has granted an order adding Brooks Brothers Canada Ltd. to its parent company’s U.S. bankruptcy proceedings, paving the way for the sale of the luxury clothing retailer’s Canadian assets.

The order, issued by Justice Glenn Hainey under the cross-border insolvencies section of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, allows Brooks Brothers Group Inc. to act as the Canadian retailer’s foreign representative.

It also recognizes the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chapter 11 restructuring process as the foreign main proceeding and grants a stay against debtors.

The court approval clears the sale of the 202-year-old clothier’s Canadian assets — mainly inventory — to SPARC Group LLC, which purchased Brooks Brothers and its subsidiaries and affiliates for $325 million last month.

SPARC, which stands for Simon Properties Authentic Retail Concepts, is a joint venture between Authentic Brands Group and Simon Property Group.

Together, they’ve also scooped up American denim company

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Court clears way for sale of Brooks Brothers Canada assets to SPARC Group LLC



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TORONTO — An Ontario Superior Court judge has granted an order adding Brooks Brothers Canada Ltd. to its parent company’s U.S. bankruptcy proceedings, paving the way for the sale of the luxury clothing retailer’s Canadian assets. 

The order, issued by Justice Glenn Hainey under the cross-border insolvencies section of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, allows Brooks Brothers Group Inc. to act as the Canadian retailer’s foreign representative.

It also recognizes the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chapter 11 restructuring process as the foreign main proceeding and grants a stay against debtors. 

The court approval clears the sale of the 202-year-old clothier’s Canadian assets — mainly inventory — to SPARC Group LLC, which purchased Brooks Brothers and its subsidiaries and affiliates for $325 million last month.

SPARC, which stands for Simon Properties Authentic Retail Concepts, is a joint venture between Authentic Brands Group and Simon Property Group.

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EU Court Backs Paris Regulations on Airbnb Rentals

The European Union’s top court backed a Parisian measure that regulates renting second homes on Airbnb. (iStock)

The European Union’s top court backed a Parisian measure that regulates renting second homes on Airbnb. (iStock)

The European Union’s top court ruled against two Parisian Airbnb hosts in a decision that could impact the short-term rental business’s operations throughout the continent.

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in favor of a Paris measure that requires property owners to get city approval to rent a second home on Airbnb, Reuters reported.

Parisian officials had fined two apartment owners for failing to secure those approvals. Airbnb was not a party to the case.
The issue went to a French court, which requested guidance on the issue. The CJEU said the measure was consistent with EU law and justified because it was “proportionate, limited in material and geographical scope, and doesn’t cover the rental of primary homes,” according to Reuters.

“Combating the long-term rental housing shortage constitutes an overriding

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A conversation with Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke

If you’ve ever bought a house, received a traffic ticket, gotten married or sued someone in Florida, there’s a record of it in the county clerk’s office. Its functions are often taken for granted, but perhaps no other government agency touches so many aspects of people’s lives.

First elected Pinellas County clerk of court in 2004 (and unopposed this year), Ken Burke heads an office that has won national acclaim for customer service but — like so many other organizations — has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Much of the office’s funding comes from traffic fines and filing fees, both of which have dropped dramatically since life slowed to a crawl in March. The result has been a 25 percent cutback in office staff.

Meanwhile, social distancing requirements have forced physical changes in courthouses and new procedures for jury selection.

Burke, a certified public accountant, recently spoke with the

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TikTok Pushes Back on Trump in Court While Angling for Deal

(Bloomberg) — TikTok’s Chinese owner asked a federal judge to stop President Donald Trump from enforcing a ban that would remove the viral video-sharing network from U.S. app stores this weekend.



a hand holding a cellphone: The TikTok logo is displayed in the app store in this arranged photograph in view of a video feed of U.S. President Donald Trump in London, U.K., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. TikTok has become a flash point among rising U.S.-China tensions in recent months as U.S. politicians raised concerns that parent company ByteDance Ltd. could be compelled to hand over American users data to Beijing or use the app to influence the 165 million Americans, and more than 2 billion users globally, who have downloaded it.


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The TikTok logo is displayed in the app store in this arranged photograph in view of a video feed of U.S. President Donald Trump in London, U.K., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. TikTok has become a flash point among rising U.S.-China tensions in recent months as U.S. politicians raised concerns that parent company ByteDance Ltd. could be compelled to hand over American users data to Beijing or use the app to influence the 165 million Americans, and more than 2 billion users globally, who have downloaded it.

ByteDance Ltd. filed on Wednesday for a temporary block on the ban even as it continues to pursue approvals from the Trump administration for a sale of its U.S.

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