from Alison Frankel:

Exposing class action objectors: Lieff Cabraser, Ted Frank in ‘lurid’ dispute

By Alison Frankel
June 22, 2015

Ted Frank of the nonprofit Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF) requires his clients to pledge in their retainer agreements that they're not looking for financial payoffs in bringing objections to proposed class settlements. As Frank explained earlier this month in an extraordinary declaration at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the purpose of the provision is to distinguish Frank and his nonprofit from "professional objectors" - lawyers and clients who file objections to big class action settlements in the hope that class counsel will pay them to go away. Since founding the Center for Class Action Fairness in 2009, Frank has said his motive is to correct class action abuses for his clients and other class members, not to help clients win extortionate payoffs.

from Reuters FYI:

Hover over here

June 22, 2015

 

Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Here's that flying car we were all promised: Long a staple of science fiction, the hoverbike could soon become reality. The U.S. Department of Defense has signed an agreement to develop the manned hoverbike for human use, in some cases replacing the helicopter. The quadcopter vehicle can also travel in a predetermined path, for solo missions.

from Tales from the Trail:

The Confederate flag question, avoided

June 22, 2015

Where do Republican presidential hopefuls stand on permanently removing the Confederate flag from its place over the South Carolina State House in Columbia? The question over the flag, which many see as a symbol of racial hatred, surfaced after a white man shot dead nine black churchgoers in Charleston last week.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Do You Believe in Magic?

June 22, 2015

The main action for investors is a focus on that same problem – Greece. But hope springs anew on fresh reports of a cash-for-reforms deal in the hours jut before the latest LAST meeting to be held Monday evening Europaland-time.

from FaithWorld:

Exiles angered as China holds beer festival in Muslim county

June 22, 2015

(Bottles of Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co Ltd beer are displayed for sale at a supermarket in Beijing, January 26, 2013. The biggest global alcohol companies are sizing up buyout and tie-up opportunities in China, India, South Korea and Vietnam, keen to profit from a $258 billion Asian market that is growing twice as fast as the rest of the world. Picture taken January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

(Bottles of Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co Ltd beer are displayed for sale at a supermarket in Beijing, January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

from FaithWorld:

China opens new land route for Indian pilgrims to Tibet

June 22, 2015

(A Tibetan monk stands outside a temple near Mount Kailash in Ngari, Tibet Autonomous Region September 3, 2011. Picture taken September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen)

(A Tibetan monk stands outside a temple near Mount Kailash in Ngari, Tibet Autonomous Region September 3, 2011. Picture taken September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen)

from FaithWorld:

America’s churches: often a reflection of the nation’s racial divide

By Reuters Staff
June 22, 2015

(A pastor leads others in prayer during an impromptu prayer service outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where a mass shooting took place, in Charleston, June 20, 2015. Mourners arrived in Charleston from around the United States on Saturday to pay their respects to nine black churchgoers killed in the attack this week, with services planned throughout the day ahead of a rally in the state capital later in the evening. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

(A pastor leads others in prayer during an impromptu prayer service outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where a mass shooting took place, in Charleston, June 20, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

from FaithWorld:

Pope Francis asks pardon from Waldensian Protestants for past persecution

June 22, 2015

 

(Waldesian Protestant church in Turin, 13 Dec 2005/MHM55)

(Waldensian Protestant church in Turin, 13 Dec 2005/MHM55)

Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church's "non-Christian and inhumane" treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny Protestant movement the Vatican tried to exterminate in the 15th century.

from FaithWorld:

Pope Francis says weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian

June 22, 2015

 

(Pope Francis leads a meeting with young people during his two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo)

(Pope Francis leads a meeting with young people during his two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo)

from FaithWorld:

Modi seeks to turn yoga record on its head as India stretches soft power

By Reuters Staff
June 22, 2015

(India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga with others during a yoga camp to mark the International Day of Yoga, in New Delhi, India, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

(India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga with others during a yoga camp to mark the International Day of Yoga, in New Delhi, India, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)