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  Thursday, October 11, 2018  
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Maritime Law
A supplier of marine fuel is entitled to a maritime lien under 46 U.S.C. Sec. 31342(a) if it provided necessaries to a vessel on the order of the owner or a person authorized by the owner. A supplier did not provide fuel on the order of the owner or a person authorized by the owner where the owner ordered the bunkers from a fuel broker, which purchased the bunkers, pursuant to a separate contract, from the supplier and did not act as the owner's agent or have authority to bind the vessel. Premiums paid on undertakings or bonds are not authorized by 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1920 or by any other statute.

Bunker Holdings Ltd. v. Yang Ming Liberia Corporation - filed Oct. 11, 2018
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 16-35539
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An individual's criminal conviction for fraudulently inflating a company's stock price conclusively established all of the facts the Securities and Exchange Commission had to prove in a civil enforcement action based on the same conduct.

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Stein - filed Oct. 11, 2018
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 15-55506
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Apelt v. Ryan - filed Oct. 11, 2018
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 15-99013
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United States v. Arpaio - filed Oct. 10, 2018
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 17-10448
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Administrative Law
A student was deprived of his due process right to a fair disciplinary hearing when he was not permitted to see the evidence against him. It was also unfair to allow a detective to select and describe only a portion of the sexual assault response team report, without producing the complete report. The student was further prejudiced by the fact that he was not informed of the medication the alleged victim was taking until the night before the disciplinary hearing and that he was not allowed to question the victim about the side effects of the medication. Additional prejudice was caused by the university's refusal to allow the student's attorney to participate in the hearing despite having its counsel participate.

Doe v. Regents of the University of California - filed Oct. 9, 2018, Second District, Div. Six
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 4959
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Tax Law
When a lease of federal lands includes an option to extend its term and the tax assessor reasonably concludes that the option will likely be exercised, the value of the leasehold interest is properly based on the extended term. When a lease clearly and explicitly gives the lessee the exclusive right to lease the federally-owned property until 2028, without any allowance for the government to withdraw or revoke its offer, that lease contains an option to extend the term of possession.

Glovis America, Inc. v. County of Ventura - filed Oct. 10, 2018, Second District, Div. Six
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 4966
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People v. Bailey - filed Oct. 10, 2018, Second District, Div. Three
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 4970
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LACBA Celebrates 140 Years of Service to the Los Angeles Legal Community and Recognizes Past and Present Bar Leaders in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Lorrina M. Duffy  

Lorrina M. Duffy
Lorrina M. Duffy is an associate at QDRO Benefits Law Group, a law firm that focuses exclusively on the division of retirement benefits at divorce. Ms. Duffy’s work involves determining the community or marital interest in retirement benefits earned through employment and in drafting appropriate orders for the division and disposition of those interests. Ms. Duffy also volunteers as a QDRO attorney for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, a non-profit organization which provides free legal services for low income families in turmoil, and she was formerly on the Board of Directors.

Ms. Duffy is on the Board and Treasurer for the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, which provides scholarships for law students and recent law graduates studying for the bar exam.

Ms. Duffy is also Executive Vice President of Legal Services for QDROCounsel, a legal services company which provides web-based technology and legal services support on a subscription basis for family law attorneys and their staff to handle the valuation and division of retirement benefits.

Prior to QDRO Benefits Law Group, Ms. Duffy was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles where she practiced family and consumer law. She represented survivors of domestic violence seeking protection from their abusers and custody/visitation orders. She also assisted low-income homeowners with issues of foreclosure rescue scams, financial elder abuse, fraud, forged deeds and other title issues.

Ms. Duffy received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz where she double-majored in American Studies and Latin American/Latino Studies. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Ms. Duffy is fluent in Spanish.

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