James W. Cushing’s Guides

James W. Cushing

Philadelphia Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Halloween Cancelled?

    Written by attorney James Cushing, 9 months 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, 9 months 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, 10 months 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, 10 months 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, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 12 months 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, about 1 year 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...

  9. Showing Entitlement in Order to Receive Alimony Pendente Lite

    Written by attorney James Cushing, about 1 year 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 1 year 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...