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Q: Is there a federal rule or code which prevents altering a settlement agreement that was put on record?

I entered into a settlement agreement, placed on record with a US magistrate judge. The government has written up a proposed stipulation. It has several pages of legal jargon and agreements that are not on record, and I do not agree to. I refuse to sign. He filed a motion to enforce the settlement,... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Mar 21, 2023

The issue is whether what was placed on the record and presented in writing is substantively the same. Often times, what is placed on the record is material terms of the agreement; the written agreement will contain the additional "legalise" that make it all work. Unless you can show a... Read more »

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Q: Is a judge allowed to order you to sign a settlement which has several pages you have not agreed to?
James L. Arrasmith
James L. Arrasmith PRO label
answered on Mar 15, 2023

No, a judge is not allowed to order you to sign a settlement that includes terms or provisions that you have not agreed to. A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract between parties, and it must be entered into voluntarily and with a full understanding of its terms and conditions.... Read more »

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Q: Legality of bicycling on breakwater in Marquette, Michigan

The breakwater is public and often visited by pedestrians. No signs on the premises make mention of pedestrians or otherwise, only that one may not damage federal property.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 2, 2020

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. This does not appear to involve maritime law. If there is no signage, it could be difficult to determine what the exact rules would be. One option could be to check with local lawmakers, officials, or land-use... Read more »

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Q: cruiseline job. Received medical certificate fit for duty with restriction of "near coastal water" defined as 200 miles

Restriction is due to type 1 diabetes. Cruise line states no voyages within 200 miles although their marketing states otherwise. Is this employment discrimination? How can I find more information on maritime laws, definitions

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 12, 2018

Unlikely, but I suppose it's worth it to consult with an employment law attorney. Quite likely, the terms of employment with a cruise line include you being certified for "worldwide" service. If you must remain within 200 miles, you are not available for worldwide use, and I am... Read more »

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