James W. Cushing’s Guides

James W. Cushing

Philadelphia Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Halloween Cancelled?

    Written by attorney James Cushing, over 1 year ago.

    Much has been said about the so-called War on Christmas and, more generally, the expression of religion in the public square. I think we all have seen the increase in the use of Happy Holidays over Merry Christmas and the decline (and sometimes cessation) of decorations in public...

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  2. Backlog injustice

    Written by attorney James Cushing, over 1 year ago.

    Any given custody case has its share of challenges, trials, tribulations, and issues which need to be overcome. Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Court system (and the surrounding ones to a lesser extent, but this article focuses mainly on Philadelphia) has added a new one: the dre...

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  3. Unemployment Compensation Hearings: Best Evidence Rule Not So Great

    Written by attorney James Cushing, over 1 year ago.

    Unemployment Compensation Referees hearings, due to their nature as administrative hearings and of limited scope, traditionally have allowed a somewhat laxapplicationof the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence. For the most part, this tends toward keeping the hearings fast moving, rela...

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  4. Mortgage Company Madness!

    Written by attorney James Cushing, over 1 year ago.

    Part of my practice is litigatingforeclosurecases. Granted, I would not call it a focus of my practice, but I would say that I have a fair amount of involvement with such cases at any given time. Sometimes people retain my office for their foreclosure from the start, while others...

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  5. Roger Dean and Avatar Revisited: Copyright Infringement? (with images!)

    Written by attorney James Cushing, over 1 year ago.

    A couple of weeks back I posted a Musing regarding Roger Deans lawsuit against James Cameron. You can read the posthere. Since that time I have learned that the suit was filed in Federal Court, specifically the New York Southern District Court, with the case number 1:13-cv-04479-...

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  6. A Prog Rock law suit? Roger Dean says “Yes!”

    Written by attorney James Cushing, over 1 year ago.

    The odds are that you have seen the 2009 James Cameron movieAvataras it is, I understand, the highest grossing movie of all time. Well, forprogressive rockfans the world over, especially fans of the premier prog-rock bandYes, who saw the film, there were things that were surprisi...

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  7. Happy Adoptions

    Written by attorney James Cushing, almost 2 years ago.

    When people ask me what I do at work, I often joke that I hear complaints and get yelled at all day. By that I mean, my clients come to me with complaints about others, or yell at or argue with me over their case, judges are often not the nicest people to interact with, other att...

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  8. Always Contest a Ticket and Go to Traffic Court

    Written by attorney James Cushing, almost 2 years ago.

    From my own personal experience (evidently the police do not appreciate someone trying to get somewhere as fast as possible) and as an attorney representing traffic clients, I think it is safe to say that in practically every instance it is a good idea to contest a traffic ticket...

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  9. Showing Entitlement in Order to Receive Alimony Pendente Lite

    Written by attorney James Cushing, about 2 years ago.

    I am excited to say that I won a recent alimony pendente lite (APL) case on the basis of entitlement. This is a pretty rare occurrence as evidenced by the paltry amount of case law on the subject. A little background may help. First, APL is the support a spouse receives wh...

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  10. The Secret to Unemployment Compensation Defense

    Written by attorney James Cushing, over 2 years ago.

    I have litigated dozens, if not hundreds, of unemployment compensation cases. I represent both claimants and employers but I more frequently represent claimants. I think it is fair to say that claimants are more likely to win an unemployment compensation case against an empl...