ccused of tax fraud last year, Michael “the situation” Sorrentino hires Newark Lawyer Henry Klingeman to help him move his case forward amidst bankruptcy, debt, and a swiftly dying net worth. His trial was delayed back in September of 2015, when his previous attorney left the case due to Sorrentino’s insufficient funds.
A Conspiracy to Defraud the U.S. Government
The Sorrentino brothers’ case has been ongoing since January 2010; when Mike, and his brother Marc, were indicted on charges that include filing false tax returns and failure to pay taxes on more than $8.9 million income. According to court documents filed between January 2010 and November 2013, the defendants knowingly did conspire to defraud the United States out of income taxes.
Do the Sorrentino Brothers Both Qualify for Free Representation?
Marc, Mike’s brother and a real estate agent, was appointed a free attorney when he used up his savings accounts, according to records cited by The Record. Although his eligibility is questionable, prosecutors claim he has plenty of funding through his income; from well over 134 rental listings in the New York Area alone. Though Marc’s attorney responded that he has made less than $400 in real estate rental commission income and the family’s other business, a tanning salon, is running bankrupt as well.
Mike submitted a financial affidavit for free representation as well, but was denied. U.S. District Judge stated, according to sources, “While certainly [Mike’s] finances may be strained to some degree, I didn’t feel that it was appropriate to assign [representation]. You [will] have to change some things… in your lifestyle… for the payment [of counsel].”
Mike’s Previous Attorney, Richard Sapinski, fled the case when Mike’s savings ran dry, reportedly telling the press that he was a “good guy” and a “nice young man.” Mike’s previous attorney feels that he is undeserving of these charges and the case itself is fraudulent. However, his new attorney, Klingeman has hope for Sorrentino’s case; despite former tax fraud client, Teresa Giudice’s current imprisonment on similar tax fraud charges. Klingeman hopes to move the case forward quickly; though a trial isn’t expected before December of 2015.
The Italian’s Career Line
Staten Island born Italian, Michael Sorrentino has been living the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Mike was a former “Jersey Shore” star, appearing in all six seasons of MTV’s hit series. “Jersey Shore” ironically focused on the lives of a group of rich and powerful Italian kids living at a shore house. Mike has appeared in many TV series since “Jersey Shore’, including ABC’s Suburgatory, Celebrity Big Brother, Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central Roast, Conan, Dancing With The Stars, Lopez tonight, PETA campaigns, Random Talent, Sports Nation, The Choice, The Ellen DeGeneres show, The Howard Stern Show, The Jay Leno Show, and The Tonight Show.
Mike is not without income, his pockets are open to resources such as endorsements from Devotion Vodka, Reebok, an autobiography, a rap song, vitamin lines, a clothing line, and workout DVD’s. He even scored ongoing commissions from Abercrombie and Fitch to not wear their clothing and not be associated with the brand in order to not “cause significant damage to our brand.” In addition to ongoing commission from his TV deputes, Mike has also participated in previous lawsuits. Although he got his start as a gym manager, his real TV career began with underwear modelling shortly after being fired. Mike’s current job includes a management position with MPS entertainment.
Technology giant and household name Apple could soon be expected to pay out over $800m in damages over a patent dispute with the University of Wisconsin-Madison regarding a patent infringement about one of the chips found in some Apple devices.
The case against Apple was filed by representatives of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) over what the Foundation felt was a major infringement of its 1988 patent which proposed a model for improving the efficiency of a chip.
According to Reuters, WARF filed the lawsuit against Apple back in 2014, asking the jury in the case whether it believed that the A7, A8 and A8X processors featured in some of the latest Apple iPhone and iPad models were in violation of the 1988 patent.
After almost two years of jury deliberation, it appears that WARF have won the battle against the tech giant, with the jury ruling against Apple for patent infringement and WARF also including another, additional lawsuit against Apple for the A9, the current generation processor which is used in devices such as the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and the iPad Pro.
It is no surprise that Apple has refuted the claims against them by WARF, countering with the argument that WARF’s 1988 patent is invalid. However, despite Apple calling upon the court to review the validity of the patent, the claim was rejected back in April.
This will not be the first time that WARF has taken a major tech company to court regarding the infringement of this same 1988 patent. Back in 2008, they filed a lawsuit against Intel for the same patent claim, however Intel decided to settle out of court before the trial began.
Apple and Lawsuits
As one of the world’s largest tech companies, it is no surprise that Apple are constantly fighting a number of lawsuits filed against them. Prior to this case, Apple recently found themselves in a lawsuit battle with battery maker A123 Systems when the latter accused the tech giants of poaching their employees. A123 alleged that Apple were systematically hiring away their highly-skilled employees in order to shut down projects at A123 and build a competing battery building business. Apple denied any wrongdoing, however the two companies managed to reach a final agreement in the four-year legal battle.
If WARF win the lawsuit, Apple will be expected to pay around $862m in damages as well as make changes to future processors in their products.
Unless you are involved in a small claims dispute or going against another person who is unrepresented, defending yourself in court is a very difficult and risky decision. Most people who represent themselves in court, particularly when they go against an attorney, do not win their case. If you have no choice but to represent yourself, you must prepare your case, familiarize yourself with court procedures, present evidence and witness at trial and file court motions. You have to know calmly present the facts and not be whistleblower.
You have two choices.
You can either: write a letter to the court and offer your side of the story. Include the information from the “caption” in your letter. The caption is the top of the Complaint form and it includes the names of the parties and the number assigned to your case by the court.
Fill in the Notice to Defend section on the bottom half of the Summons and return it to the court.
Understand the Legal Names for Parties Involved in a Case
You must learn all of the legal names of the participants in a trial. The judge or opposing attorney will refer to people by these names. Pro Se litigants are individuals who are a named party in the civil lawsuit or criminal case but are not represented by an attorney. The plaintiff is a person who files a civil lawsuit (a case for money damages) against another person or business. The prosecutor is the attorney that represents the state in a criminal case.
Conduct Legal Research
In order to defend yourself in court, you must understand the legal claims or charges against you and prepare your legal defense. This requires that you research the law related to your case and strategize on how best to defend yourself based on the legal claims against you.
Making the Decision on Whether You Have Good Defense
If there is a contract involved, read it carefully. Go through it point by point for obligations imposed on you or the other side. If you are not sure what the words mean, look them up in the legal terms glossary.
Look for the key points in the plaintiff’s story. Can you dispute any of these? Look particularly at the parts of the story that show that you should be held liable (responsible).
Look for receipts, take pictures, find witnesses, or any other proof of what happened.
If you believe that the goods or services that you received were substandard, find an expert or other proof of what is an acceptable standard. You will need to do some research.
Read the law on your type of case.
Talk with a legal expert (an attorney) on the points you find confusing. You may want to consider:
Hiring an attorney for part of the case
Will your homeowners or auto insurance cover this and provide representation?
Consider what an outsider might think was fair. Based on your analysis, do you have a case?
If you owe some money, you may be able to negotiate a lesser amount. Count this as a victory.
If the dispute involves goods or services that you received, were they substandard? If you can show that the goods or services that you received were substandard, you may persuade the judge that you should not have to pay the full amount due.