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Lawyers’ Risk Management Newsletter, May 2022

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth District’s recent opinion in Falcon Brands, Inc. v. Mousavi & Lee, LLP, No. G059477, 2022 WL 246851 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 27, 2022) addressed this topic. That matter arose out of Amy Mousavi’s client, Nick Honard, being terminated by Falcon Brands, Inc. and Coastal Harvest II, LLC (collectively Falcon), a cannabis distributor. On October 8, 2019, Mousavi e-mailed a letter to Falcon’s counsel that summarized Honard’s employment claims and then itemized eleven allegedly illegal activities engaged in by Falcon, which included violations of California employment laws or Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”) regulations, as well as alleging bribery of a deputy district attorney.

Mousavi then offered to settle Honard’s claims for $490,000. She required a response to her demand by the next day or else she would file a complaint and notify Falcon’s planned merger partner, Harvest Health and Recreation, Inc. (Harvest), about the complaint against Falcon, which would matter because Harvest would remain liable as the surviving corporation after any merger.After Falcon’s counsel responded, Mousavi, in an October 9 email and telephone call, again stated that she would be notifying Harvest of Honard’s claims and Falcon’s violation of various cannabis statutes and regulations before filing the complaint.

On Friday, October 11, Mousavi sent another e-mail to Falcon’s counsel: “I have put the attorneys for [Harvest] on notice about Mr. Honard’s claim for wages, without disclosing other issues mentioned in my letter of October 8, 2019. However, Harvest has requested that I forward the demand letters I have sent you. I am planning to e-mail those letters on Tuesday. Please call me if you have any questions. Thanks.”The parties failed to reach a settlement. On January 31, 2020, Mousavi filed Honard’s complaint against Falcon. The complaint alleged that Falcon engaged in specific illegal activities, but he did not affirmatively link those acts to either his wrongful termination or the non-payment of his commissions, salary, or expenses.

Falcon filed a cross-complaint against Mousavi and her law firm, Mousavi & Lee, LLP, for, among other things, civil extortion based on Mousavi threat to report Falcon’s alleged criminal acts to Harvest unless Falcon paid $490,000 to settle Honard’s claims against it. The trial court granted Mousavi’s motion to strike.On appeal, the Fourth District found that the October 8 email, “standing alone” did not cross the line by referencing state law violations within its demand. The Court found that the email was a “close[] call when considered by itself”; it contained an implicit threat by listing Falcon’s crimes but did not link them to her settlement demands.

Board Established For New Zealand Asian Lawyers

New Zealand Asian Lawyers, currently established under the Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business, is pleased to announce that it is taking the next step in expanding its influence and has created its own board of directors.

New Zealand Asian Lawyers President and Chair of the Superdiversity Institute Mai Chen said that the formation of the board was a critical step in taking New Zealand Asian Lawyers to a new level of influence.

“With one in nine of the legal profession identifying themselves as Asian, the role that New Zealand Asian Lawyers has to play now is vital to ensuring that the talents and expertise of these ethnically diverse Kiwis are fully utilised for the benefit of their clients, the justice system, government, business and the not for profit sectors of New Zealand. Culturally, Asians tend to keep a more modest profile in society and just work away, but given the significant numbers in our profession, and growing, it is important that we make our contribution visible. There are unique strengths and experiences that come from our culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds that can benefit all New Zealanders and to ensure equal access to justice for all.”

“Drawing on the exceptional talent and experience within New Zealand Asian Lawyers’ ranks, we have curated a diverse board reflective of professional experience, gender, cultural backgrounds and balance. All of our board members have had different pathways in the law and all of them have their own Kiwi and Asian stories which they draw on to help their work. It’s a Board I am proud to chair”, she said.

 

Two huge names, inclusive of ex-Masters champ, decide to Rocket mortgage traditional

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Two extra golfers ranked inside the pinnacle 50 in the world have dedicated to gambling the PGA excursion’s Rocket loan classic for the primary time next month.

Patrick Cantlay, No. 7 inside the international, and Adam Scott, No. 40 within the global and the 2013 Masters champion, will tee it up at Detroit golf membership whilst the PGA tour returns for the fourth gambling of the Rocket, from July 28-31.

Jason Langwell, government director of the Rocket loan conventional, made the assertion Monday, at the same time as projecting the 2022 subject as “the great Rocket loan traditional that we have ever had.”

Trump Lawyers Detail Document Hunt in Contempt Ruling Fight

Donald Trump’s legal team wants to void a contempt ruling and $10,000-per-day fine against the former president over a subpoena for documents related to a New York civil investigation into his business dealings, saying they’ve conducted a detailed search for the relevant files.

A new, 66-page court filing dated Friday describes Trump’s lawyers’ efforts to produce documents sought by New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office, which is probing whether Trump may have misstated the value of assets like skyscrapers and golf courses on financial statements for over a decade.Trump has called the investigation a political witch hunt and recently called James, who is Black, “racist” and said the courts were “biased, unyielding, and totally unfair.”

Rwanda honours retired Ghanaian Generals for bravery during Genocide

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Rwanda awards the national Order of Bravery to an character or institution of those who demonstrate outstanding acts of self-sacrifice to shop the lives of others.The file quotes President Kagame as noting that a genocide produces no heroes, and actually doing one’s obligation required amazing courage like those generals did, and while maximum failed the test, those officials did now not.

“The Ghanaian battalion saved infinite lives below the most tough circumstances and there is no soldier involved who does now not carry invisible wounds in his heart to this present day. Wherein others fled or had been withdrawn by using their governments, leaving Rwandans to their fate, those officials remained and continued to guide their ladies and men, and did what changed into proper to do,” the President stated of them.

Anyidoho become the Deputy force Commander of the Ghanaian contingent and Adinkra was the previous Commanding Officer of the Ghanaian battalion inside the United international locations Peacekeeping undertaking in Rwanda in 1994.

The Ghana armed forces has come out to explain the viral video of soldiers involved in an accident

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The Ghana Armed Forces has explained that a viral video of a number of soldiers involved in an accident, occurred on Thursday at a spot along the Suhum – Anum Apapam road in the Eastern region.

According to GAF, 16 military personnel sustained various degrees of injuries in the accident while on an operation (Operation Halt II), to stop illegal mining on some river bodies in parts of the Eastern Region.

The injured were initially treated at the Anum Apapam clinic before being evacuated to the 37 Military Hospital for further treatment.

It is said the driver may have lost control whereby bumping into a huge pot hole which has led in the injury of many soldier.It is said they were on their way to stop illegal minning in the eastern region of ghana destroying our water bodies.

The accident occured on the suhum-Anum Apampa road

Let go of our past, we’ve been born again – IGP tells Ghanaians

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, has entreated members of the public to forgo the past and reignite their hope in the Police Service.

According to the IGP, the ill-conduct of some of its personnel have left a bad name for the Service and such thoughts continue to linger in the minds of Ghanaians.

Speaking at an induction ceremony of some newly registered pharmacists in Accra, he noted that the Service under his outfit is making efforts to reverse the ill-reputation.

“We are pleading with you, let go of our past and let us be. We understand we lost your trust, we lost your confidence and your respect, but we are going to bring them back.”

“So please, don’t continue to judge us by our past and by extension even insult us because this is the police we all have as a nation,” he added.

n September 2021, a police officer was arrested by the Kintampo Divisional Police Command for allegedly stealing a motorbike and other items belonging to the Ghana Police Service.

In January this year, four security personnel were arrested in Bole for stealing during an operation at Koundanlgou. They were interdicted.

But in his delivery, Dr George Akuffo Dampare noted that the current administration has identified the shortfalls and is making efforts to rectify them.

He urged Ghanaians to throw their weight behind the Service in its quest to be the best institution in the country rather than chastise them as such comments would go a long way to demoralize good officers.

We have done several introspections, and we know where the problems are. That is why we can convince ourselves that we are the best institution. So bear with us and encourage us because if you have a child, and you don’t speak good about the child, the child will not turn out to be good.”

“So irrespective of how painful our past historical issues have been, if you want to be biblical, we say we have been born again.”

 

U.S. Seeks probe of Trump-allied legal professional’s investment of Oath Keepers defense

U.S. Prosecutors requested a choose on Wednesday to release an ethics inquiry into whether or not defense lawyers for distinguished participants of the right-week Oath Keepers are improperly allowing an lawyer intently allied with former President Donald Trump to assist pay their criminal fees.

The Justice department’s courtroom filing noted media reviews alleging that the prison charges for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes are being paid by way of protecting the Republic, an entity managed by means of Sidney Powell, an lawyer who played a key function in Trump’s try and overturn his election defeat.

The group is also paying costs for Oath Keeper defendants Kelly Meggs, Connie Meggs and Kenneth Harrelson, it said.

Ghana signs for 70 UK armoured vehicles to support security in Northern Ghana

Madam Vicky Ford, the United Kingdom Minister for Africa, has announced a successful deal between the UK and Ghana that will see some 70 armoured Husky vehicles deployed to Northern Ghana to ensure the safety of vulnerable communities.

A statement issued by the UK High Commission in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency said Madam Ford had arrived in Accra following the success of the first UK-Ghana Business Council (UKGBC) held in-person since 2019.

It said the Council was held in the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in the heart of London with the senior Government of Ghana delegation led by Mr Alan Kyerematen, Ghana’s Minister for Trade and Industry.

It said arriving in Ghana for the second time in 2022, Madam Ford’s visit signals the importance the UK places on the deep and broad bilateral partnership.

It said with almost a billion dollars’ worth of trade between Ghana and the UK, the British Government was committed to growing this by the end of 2024.

Following her arrival at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Madam Ford said: “It is fantastic to be back in Ghana, to continue the conversations, decisions and opportunities discussed both at UK-Ghana Business Council and during my visit in February.”

It’s also been fantastic to meet colleagues from the African Development Bank in-person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am proud to use my visit to announce a successful deal between our nations that will see 70 armoured Husky vehicles deployed to Northern Ghana to ensure the safety of vulnerable communities.”

The statement noted that the UK Minister for Africa would attend the African Development Bank’s meeting of Governors where she was expected to sign a climate finance deal worth up to $2 billion.

It said announced at COP26, at least half of the ‘Room to Run’ guarantee would unlock support for countries across the Continent to manage the impacts of climate change.

It said the signing honours the global commitments made at COP26 by leaders from around the world including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Welcoming Madam Ford to Accra for the second time in 2022, Madam Harriet Thompson, the British High Commissioner to Ghana, said: “Ghana is a beacon of security, stability and democracy in a troubled region.”

“Its role in ECOWAS and membership of the UN Security Council means that Ghana has a vital role in safeguarding democratic principles and defending freedoms across West Africa and beyond.

“We strongly support Ghana’s leadership in this.

Our partnership in recent times includes the fight against the impact of climate change and, of course, global health security.

She said Madam Ford’s return to Ghana would reinforce this partnership through the signing of a climate finance deal, to ensure the safety of vulnerable communities.

The statement said Madam Ford would pay tribute to the enduring UK-Ghana security and defence partnership, announcing the completion of a deal between the nations that would see 70 armoured Husky vehicles arrive in Ghana.

It said the vehicles would be used to bolster security along the country’s Northern border, protecting communities from the threat of extremists inciting violence across the border.

It said linked to the deal, worth more than $10 million, the UK armed forces would provide training for Ghanaian troops, including training of Ghanaian instructors to teach the operation and daily maintenance of the vehicles.

The statement recalled that Madam Ford last visited Ghana in February 2022 as Russia unlawfully invaded Ukraine.It said during this visit the Minister met with Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and held meetings with like-minded partners in Accra including ambassadors from the American Embassy, the French Embassy, and Kenya High Commissioner to Ghana, Eliphas Barine and Mr Kwabena Osei-Danquah, former United Nations General Assembly Chef de Cabinet.

It said during her previous trip, the Minister also visited the West Africa Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), based at the University of Ghana.It said now, with vital UK-backing, the centre was supporting the country and the region on COVID-19 genome sequencing.

The statement said Madam Ford also met the scientists working on antimalarial drug resistance and new malaria vaccines in partnership with UK research institutions including Edinburgh University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Francis Crick Institute.

 

‘It was disturbing’: Attorneys question Liberty County deputies’ search of Delaware State bus

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Prominent Georgia attorneys question the actions of sheriff’s deputies in Liberty County, Georgia, some even speculating that they violated the civil rights of student-athletes from a Delaware HBCU when they searched the lacrosse players’ motorcoach. who pulled over and searched a bus filled with student-athletes from Delaware State University traveling home from a match in Florida, has already brought calls for legal consequences. The Delaware Attorney General has called for a federal civil rights investigation and several Georgia attorneys also questioned the deputies’ behavior.

“It was disturbing,” said Melissa Redmon, clinical assistant professor and prosecutorial justice program director at the University of Georgia School of Law. “I know how intrusive those stops may be, even if they’re legal.”

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