Not many people took note of what happened to Julen Lopetegui after he was unceremoniously kicked out of coaching duties at Real Madrid early last season. On Sunday night, the disgraced coach, who is now at the helm of Sevilla FC, will have a big chance to redeem himself as his side hosts his former team at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.It may be remembered that Lopetegui was sacked from the Spanish National Team on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after it was revealed that he had accepted a job with Real Madrid. The Spaniard's woes continued after he was also sacked by Real Madrid just two months into the 2018/19 season. He was axed after only managing to take the team to 9th position on the league table, and after suffering a 5-1 defeat at El Clasico.Needless to say, his reputation was in shambles. On Sunday, Lopetegui has the opportunity to redeem himself in front of the same people who almost ruined him. His current team, Sevilla FC, will be playing against Zinedine Zidane's … [Read more...] about Sevilla vs. Real Madrid: Julen Lopetegui out for revenge?
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Real Madrid CF returned to winning ways as they beat Sevilla FC at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium last night, 1-0. Karim Benzema's lone goal helped Los Blancos climb back to second position in this season's La Liga standings. They stand level with Athletic Bilbao at 11 points. Bilbao sits on the top spot based on goal difference. As of now, Real are still unbeaten in La Liga this year. They won 3 games and drew 2.Madrid had an early chance of scoring, when their summer signing Eden Hazard almost created panic in the opponent's box. However, Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik denied the Belgian's attempt. The hosts also had a chance later in the match, when Javier Hernandez put the ball into the net. However, his attempt was disallowed because he was offside.In the end, It was Benzema's goal in the 64th minute that proved to be the decider of the match. It also helped Los Blancos to maintain their unbeaten La Liga run.Throughout the match, the hosts maintained a higher ball possession … [Read more...] about Sevilla vs Real Madrid: Benzema eases pressure for Los Blancos
We are often asked when representing a client in defense of a claim whether the client could avoid the liability asserted by the claimant by potentially buying the cause of action out from under the claimant. The most common circumstance is when the plaintiff has an adverse uncollected judgment or, perhaps, owes money under a promissory note in default. Prior decisional law has been sparse, particularly in Florida. Until now.In a case decided last week, the Third District Court of Appeal foiled developers’ plan to strategically foreclose its own mortgage in order to wipe out a construction lien recorded against the same property by the general contractor. In CDC Builders, Inc. v. Biltmore-Sevilla Debt Investors, LLC, et al. No. 3D13-603, 2014 WL 4628515 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014), the Court reversed the lower court’s ruling which had permitted a related entity to purchase the developers’ own construction loan from the construction lender, and thereafter … [Read more...] about Court Block’s Developers Ploy to Avoid Additional Payments
Lawyers for Phil Spector, who was convicted and sentenced to 19 years to life for the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson, asked the California Second District Court of Appeal this week to reverse the verdict and order a new trial.The appeal focused on Judge Larry Paul Fidler’s decision to let five women who say Spector had threatened them with guns to testify, the Los Angeles Times reported. The judge also let prosecutors use the word “pattern” more than 40 times in their summations, the appeal said.“Asserting that a defendant has a ‘pattern’ of violent conduct is indistinguishable from arguing that he or she has a propensity or character trait for violence,” Spector lawyers Dennis Riordan and Donald Horgan from San Francisco and Charles Sevilla from San Diego wrote in their appellate brief.But the 148-page brief raised other issues as well, the Associated Press reported. Fidler allowed prosecutors to show jurors a videotape of a … [Read more...] about Phil Spector Appeals Murder Rap, Citing Error, Misconduct
As a young lawyer then, Yoder not only had the jitters—he wanted to make a good impression and make sure he had control of his case. “So I just prepared, prepared, prepared,” he says. “I think there’s more fear of the unknown than anything else.”By the time the trial came around, Yoder knew his case backward and forward, and he worked to channel his nervous energy into his jury presentation. “Once I started doing it, the fear went away and there was this edge,” he says. “It actually became fun.”On top of winning the case, Yoder learned how to lasso fear into an ally.STRESS TESTExperiencing anxiety before going to trial is not uncommon. The challenge for many lawyers is taking that nervous energy and using it to their advantage.Yet lawyers often are imprisoned by fear. They’re fearful that their cases are out of control. They’re fearful of looking foolish. They’re fearful of negotiating. They’re fearful … [Read more...] about How lawyers can turn fear into an ally