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Caldwell nightclub owner accused of tax evasion, illegal drug trafficking to ...
KIVI-TVOctober 24, 2014

A Caldwell nightclub owner accused of failing to report income and being involved with drug trafficking, prostitution rings, and other crimes will be spending about three years in jail. Herminio Harro Sandoval, 60, of Caldwell operated nightclubs in ...more »

Rajaratnam's Brother Settle's SEC Lawsuit for $841000
BloombergOctober 24, 2014

“We are pleased to have reached a favorable proposed resolution of our insider-trading charges against Rengan Rajaratnam,” Andrew Ceresney, head of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, said in a statement. “The settlement ensures he's out of the industry ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Northampton City Council to hold second meeting on mayor's reorganization ...
The Republican - masslive.comOctober 24, 2014

The council is seeking public input at the 7 p.m. hearing on the administrative order the mayor submitted at the last council hearing. The reorganization was mandated by the new city charter, which was approved by voters in 2012. He emailed it to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obamacare Anniversary: More People Covered By Health Care Insurance, But ...
International Business TimesOctober 28, 2014

The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare or ACA, rolled out a year ago amid a firestorm of controversy: Democrats said the health care overhaul would be the most beneficial piece of domestic legislation in decades, while Republicans claimed ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Report: Lewinsky mistreated during Clinton investigation
The ColumbianOctober 24, 2014

... a lawyer she had hired to assist her when she was deposed in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case against Clinton. The report says Lewinsky spent those hours "crying, sobbing, regaining her composure, screaming." One prosecutor told investigators ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama Pledges Immigration Executive Order By End Of Year
Huffington PostNovember 6, 2014

who won re-election Tuesday and will likely be the next Senate majority leader, said during a press conference ahead of Obama's speech that Republicans could take up immigration reform, but the chances of that happening would be hurt if the president ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Skowhegan voters OK less restrictive sign rules
Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelOctober 29, 2014

SKOWHEGAN — Residents at a special town meeting Tuesday night overwhelmingly approved a new ordinance making it easier for businesses to display changing digital and electronic messages on commercial or industrial signs. The measure passed without ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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HMRC's Explains Relationship With High Net Worths
Tax-news.comOctober 28, 2014

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued a new guide on how it deals with wealthy individuals and its efforts to ensure their compliance with tax rules. The UK's revenue agency classes ... An Analysis and Intelligence Unit works to ensure that HMRC ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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After 60-year association, Lujack's and Chevy will part ways
Quad City TimesOctober 25, 2014

"Recently, General Motors and Lujack Chevrolet reached a mutually beneficial resolution that ends the litigation between the two companies," Reese said in an email. "Lujack will voluntarily sell the Chevrolet dealership back to General Motors before ...more »

Animal Law
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Bond University wins Australia's first animal law moot
Sydney Morning HeraldNovember 2, 2014

Bond University on the Gold Coast has won the country's first animal law moot, organised by animal protection institute Voiceless. A law moot simulates a court hearing, allowing law students to approach a case, research the law, prepare written ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Spain Passes Much-Debated Intellectual Property Law
Hollywood ReporterOctober 30, 2014

The government replaced it with $6.3 million (€5 million) earmarked in the General Budget for compensating rights holders. Intellectual Property entities say the government has determined the actual figure should be $23 million (€18 million). Critics ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Professional Negligence And English Law
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)October 27, 2014

In contract the standard of care may be expressed in the contract itself or by statute (i.e. the requirement for reasonable care and skill under section 13 Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982). Whilst the standard of care owed in tort is broadly that ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action should be viewed in global context
The Conversation USNovember 13, 2014

“Affirmative action won't be around for much longer, ” said one of our professors twenty years ago, advising against writing a dissertation on this topic. The United States Supreme Court's Schuette decision earlier this year reinforces this common ...more »

Appeals court denies appeal of $500000 car crash verdict
Glens Falls Post-StarOctober 24, 2014

The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court upheld the award to 31-year-old Katie Benson for a December 2007 crash on Aviation Road in Queensbury. Benson's vehicle was hit from behind at a stop light by another driven by Jodie A. Varmette of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent-control tenants who game their landlord
SFGateOctober 30, 2014

George graduated from UCLA in 2008, earned a law degree at Hastings College and worked for the San Francisco district attorney's office. The suit says he now works for the Sonoma County district attorney's office. “Dwight and George are highly educated ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ohio State files new allegations against fired band director Jon Waters
Columbus DispatchOctober 24, 2014

“It is a shame that the university is so willing to publicly disparage the marching band –– one of its crown jewels –– to defend its bad decision,” attorney David Axelrod wrote in a statement, adding that he will ask former band members to provide ...more »

Litigation
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ELP bags LKS' Alok Yadva as Delhi tax litigation & SC partner
Legally IndiaNovember 3, 2014

He is an expert in customs, central excise, service tax and litigation matters related to indirect taxes, having appeared in more than 250 matters independently before the Supreme Court for clients such as PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard, Bharti Airtel ...more »

Business Law
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Preparing a Successful Contract
Natural Products INSIDEROctober 27, 2014

“Handshake agreements" were the way many business relationships were historically cemented. While some companies still operate through an arcane combination of purchase orders, emails and other communications, the increase of critical events such as ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Charo Boyd: Serving veterans on Veterans Day and always
The Herald BulletinNovember 2, 2014

The one-hour video is an introduction to disability benefits for veterans and active duty military personnel. If you would like more detailed information about the disability process, you can watch our seven-part video series “Social Security ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Scam Artists' Greatest Hits
Huffington PostOctober 28, 2014

The FBI reported that monetary damage from crimes reported to its Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) jumped by nearly 50 percent last year. It is no surprise that more and more criminals are becoming computer-savvy enough to attempt these crimes.more »

Personal Injury
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Guns Deaths On Decline
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)October 25, 2014

By Practice AreaBankruptcyChild CustodyCriminal LawDivorceFamily LawLabor & Employment LawMedical MalpracticePersonal InjuryReal EstateTaxationWills & ProbateMore... By Life EventsGetting a DivorceWrite a WillBankruptcy, Credit and DebtHome ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Texas Lawmaker Wants Constitutional 'License To Discriminate' Against LGBT ...
ThinkProgressNovember 11, 2014

Campbell's proposal would strengthen existing protections in Texas for the “right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief,” a legal maneuver that critics have described as a “license to discriminate.” This ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Different pension rulings expected in Stockton, Detroit bankruptcies
Los Angeles TimesNovember 3, 2014

Stockton employees and retirees avoided pension cuts when a federal judge last week approved the San Joaquin Valley city's plan to emerge from bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher M. Klein opted to protect pensioners' payouts despite ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Obama's Internet Regulation Plan Masked As Consumer Protection
People's Pundit DailyNovember 11, 2014

The president, who has been pushing the social justice “net neutrality” argument on the Internet for years, said federal regulators should reclassify the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. “For almost a century ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Subcontractor Could Be on Hook for Construction Death
The Legal IntelligencerOctober 30, 2014

She cited the Workers' Compensation Act, which says that "'indemnification contracts are not favored in the law,'" and that the language in these contracts must be "'clear and unequivocal.'" "Although Article VI [of the contract] employs the term ...more »

Is California forcing churches to pay for abortions?
National Catholic ReporterOctober 24, 2014

Religious groups are battling the state of California over whether employee health insurance plans require them to pay for abortions and some forms of contraception that some find immoral. So is the state forcing churches to pay for ... raised during ...more »

Sports Law
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NJ racetrack at risk in Christie vs. NFL
USA TODAYNovember 21, 2014

A federal law bans sports betting except in Nevada and three other states. Monmouth Park had planned to open its betting windows Oct. 26 and Ronald Riccio, representing track management, told Shipp the delay has been threatening the track's financial ...more »

Criminal Defense
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After Suspended 2359 Domains, London's Police IP Crime Unit Gets £3 million ...
TheDomains.comOctober 24, 2014

This extra support for the unit will help them to build on this impressive record in the fight against intellectual property crime, which costs the UK at least £ 1.3 billion a year in lost profits and taxes”. “With more money now being invested in ...more »

Big four audit firms behind global profit shifting
The Australian Financial ReviewNovember 6, 2014

We'll all be retired when this . . . comes up on audit. Baby boomers have their fun and leave ... In the US, authorities charged, KPMG peddled offshore tax shelters that created billions of dollars in fake losses for rich clients, then misled the ...more »

Why Obama's plan to save the Internet could actually ruin it
Washington Post (blog)November 11, 2014

On Monday, President Obama joined the chorus of those urging FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to inject federal and state regulators directly into the heart of the Internet, “reclassifying” wired and mobile broadband ISPs as public utilities under a 1934 law...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Morning Risk Report: How Many Regulators to Screw In Bank Cybersecurity?
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 27, 2014

They have spent much of the past year reconciling divergent regulatory prescriptions for such risk from the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Edward DeMarco, general counsel of the Risk Management Association, a trade...more »

Environmental Law
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Aurand, Scavello debate on 'Business Matters'
Allentown Morning CallOctober 25, 2014

But going that direction would be locking the state into fossil fuels, Aurand countered, and he'd rather invest in renewable energy. The legislature has dropped the ball by not enacting an extraction tax sooner, depriving the state of badly needed ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Cunningham Legal picks up practices when competitors retire
Sacramento Business JournalOctober 28, 2014

Estate planning — which can entail wills, business planning, trust administration, asset protection, probate financial elder abuse and other issues — tends to be decentralized, run by "lots of little guys," Cunningham says. "It doesn't lend itself to ...more »

Family Law
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Ann Arbor and Birmingham family law firm marks 20 years
The Oakland PressOctober 24, 2014

The law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg is marking its 20th anniversary in 2014. It is headquartered in Ann Arbor with an office in downtown Birmingham that opened in October 2013. The firm has seven attorneys who offer family law, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Court rejects Sharper's bid for workers' comp
Modesto BeeOctober 24, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — A state appeals court has ruled against embattled former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper in his bid to receive workers' compensation from his former team. The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1wk3242 ) a three-judge ...more »

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