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BARBARA BLAIN, FOUNDER OF SNAP, PASSES AWAY

Barbara Blaine passed away on September 24, 2017 from a cardiac event she suffered while hiking. Blaine, who was 61 at the time of her passing, was a pioneer advocate and founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). She was surrounded by her family, friends, and loved ones at the time of her death.

CHINESE TYCOON TO GIVE EX-WIFE $1+ BILLION IN DIVORCE SETTLEMENT

Most of us cringe when thinking about the prospect of dividing your marital assets with an ex-spouse. Who gets what and why? The process is too important to overlook but can be a painful headache if handled incorrectly. But few divorces can compare to a settlement recently announced in Chinese headlines.

DIVORCES SPIKE IN MARCH & AUGUST: WHY?

When do most people file for divorce in America? Brian Serafini and Julie Brines of the University of Washington wanted to know and, by analyzing 15 years' worth of divorce filings in Washington, they got what is likely a pretty accurate answer. According to their findings, March and August saw much more divorce filings than any other month in the year; November and December were consistently the lowest by a noticeable margin. (You can view their results here in an article from The Atlantic.)

NEW RHODE ISLAND LAW EXTENDS PERIOD FOR FINAL JUDGMENT IN DIVORCE

Yesterday, Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo signed a new bill into law extending the time during which a final judgment can be entered in a Rhode Island divorce. In Rhode Island, there is a mandatory three-month waiting period from the date of the nominal divorce hearing to the date that the final judgment of divorce can be entered. (This waiting period is shortened to 20 days when the court finds the parties have lived separate and apart for at least three years prior to the filing of the divorce).

ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE - NY STATUTE SEEKS WARRANTLESS CELL PHONE SEARCHES POST CRASH

We all know that texting (surfing, Facebooking, Googling...) while driving is dangerous, and inevitably those who do so are going to get in accidents. Holding someone who has been in an accident while engaging in such behavior accountable makes sense, but...

TIM CONLON TO TAKE ON HIGH-PROFILE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA MOLESTATION LAWSUIT

Attorney Tim Conlon of TJC ESQ will serve as co-counsel in a class-action lawsuit brought against the Boy Scouts of America and its Fairfield chapter on behalf of 17 former scouts and 2 women who claim to have been repeatedly molested by a former Scoutmaster from 1963 to 1975. The abuser, Ridgefield man Donald Dennis, allegedly used his status as a scout leader to force scouts into engaging in oral and anal sex - in the case of one of the plaintiffs, occurring more than 1,000 times. Dennis, who was an auxiliary Connecticut state trooper during the time and would frequently wear his uniform to meetings, reportedly used any opportunity he had alone with the children to carry out the sexual assaults. Dennis died in 2013.

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