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Monopoly probes treat firms equally
People's Daily OnlineSeptember 2, 2014

"We believe the fairness of the law enforcement will be better reflected as the number of cases increases," he said. Xu also said the NDRC will promote transparency of law enforcement and ... Huang Yong, director of the center for competition law at ...more »

Houston fire union president resigns, citing threats
Houston ChronicleSeptember 2, 2014

The statement cited the lawsuit; administrative charges the local's board lodged against him and the international union's upcoming trial on those allegations; and the 93 percent of voting members who, in June, rejected the proposed contract his team ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Overflow crowd turns out for Pueblo PUC hearing
Pueblo ChieftainSeptember 5, 2014

That's why the commission agreed to a second hearing on Sept. 11 at the Pueblo Convention Center. John Madrid, a disabled Pueblo man, was among the very first speakers and urged the Public Utilities Commission to reject the rate increase, saying too ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care spending in Massachusetts on the rise
Boston.comSeptember 2, 2014

Reversing the trend in health care costs is ''difficult to measure in a one-year snapshot,'' said Copp. The 2012 health care law established specific goals for limiting the future growth of health care costs and encouraged the creation of ''accountable ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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How St. Louis County, Missouri profits from poverty
Washington PostSeptember 3, 2014

And despite the efforts of the ArchCity Defenders and legal aid clinics like those at Saint Louis University and Washington University, the vast majority of the people swept up into the St. Louis County municipal court system don't have attorneys to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Brewer urges court to leave immigrant-smuggling law intact
azcentralSeptember 7, 2014

The Obama administration made the request to block the smuggling law as part of its challenge of Arizona's broader 2010 immigration law, which made a minor change to the 2005 statute. The dispute over the smuggling law is all that remains of the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Conti Group Purchases 11 MW of Canadian Solar Modules
Wall Street JournalSeptember 2, 2014

The firm delivers infrastructure development and facilities across the United States and internationally. Based in Edison, New Jersey, and founded in 1906, Conti operates in the Energy, Environmental, Industrial and Infrastructure markets for the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Seventh Circuit Finds Tribal Arbitration Is Unreasonable and Unconscionable
JD Supra (press release)September 2, 2014

Their agreements provided that any disputes would be resolved by arbitration “conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Nation by an authorized representative in accordance with its consumer dispute rules.” The arbitrator would be a Tribal Elder or ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Trio of Washington Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuits Spurs Action
LawyersandSettlements.comSeptember 3, 2014

Washington, DC: Sometimes it takes a Washington long term denied disability lawsuit in order to affect change. And there are two examples where litigation has succeeded in waking up insurers or federal regulators with regard to the very real needs of ...more »

Animal Law
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Vikings reconsider, put Peterson on paid leave
Knoe.comSeptember 18, 2014

The latest challenge for Peterson has taken a dark turn, though, with league-wide trouble involving domestic violence cases as the backdrop. Placed on indefinite paid ... Hardy was convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Amazon, Oracle, Toshiba, Cipla: Intellectual Property
BusinessweekSeptember 3, 2014

(6502) infringes two patents related to consumer-electronics displays owned by Graphics Properties Holdings Inc. In a notice posted on the agency's website, ITC judge James Gildea said that a third patent wasn't violated. Graphics Properties is seeking ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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PTO Litigation Center Report – September 8, 2014
The National Law ReviewSeptember 8, 2014

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM). Also listed are any newly-posted requests for ex parte reexamination at the USPTO. This listing is current as of 10 AM on ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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SAPS affirmative action gets Constitutional Court nod
BDliveSeptember 3, 2014

THE Constitutional Court on Tuesday weighed in on the affirmative action debate, ruling that the failure of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to promote Renate Barnard because she was white did not amount to unfair discrimination and was done in ...more »

Berko: Choosing legal counsel
Business RecordSeptember 2, 2014

We have narrowed our choice between two law firms in Chicago, and we are asking whether you are familiar enough with their special expertise to give us a recommendation. How does one make a choice in selecting representation between law firm No.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Implications of the US-China Split at the ARF
The DiplomatSeptember 5, 2014

And relations between neighbors have deteriorated… Vessels have engaged in dangerous ... The nature of the freeze is to voluntarily and jointly halt the sorts of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes, asking parties to: (i) refrain ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Public Meetings to be Held on Funding for Residents Affected by June Flooding
KSTP.comSeptember 2, 2014

Community Fix Up - these provide up to $50,000 in repair funding for residents with qualifying credit, with an interest rate of 3.00 percent. Quick Start ... 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Shakopee Law Enforcement Center 301 Fuller St., Shakopee; Thursday ...more »

Litigation
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US District Judge Dismisses LME Aluminum Warehouse Litigation
MetalMinerSeptember 2, 2014

It's taken a year, tied up thousands of hours of attorneys' time, caused the biggest shake up in the LME's warehouse rules in decades, instigated ongoing regulatory scrutiny and polarized sectors of the aluminum industry, but finally the antitrust ...more »

Business Law
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Whole Foods Sued Over Marketing of Homeopathic Products
The National Law Journal (registration)September 5, 2014

Three residents of Florida and one resident of New York filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, accusing Whole Foods of making false, misleading and deceptive advertising claims about certain "365 Be Well" brand ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury law firm Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey shortens its name
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal (blog)September 3, 2014

SiebenCarey says it is Minnesota's oldest and largest personal injury practice, with offices in Minneapolis, Duluth, Fairfax and Albertville. "We're excited to announce the new name, launch our new logo, update our website and continue our historical ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Lavaca Man Charged With Possession Of Child Porn
Times RecordSeptember 4, 2014

28, after the River Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at the residence where Andrade-Garcia worked and the owner of the home allowed him to stay, according to a Sebastian County Sheriff's Office incident report ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Nine things to focus on for November's election
Daily DemocratSeptember 2, 2014

Proposition 46, which would raise the state's four-decade-old cap on medical-malpractice damages and require random drug testing for doctors, was put on the ballot by attorneys backing a Danville couple whose children were killed by a drugged driver ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Illinois Voters To Consider Constitutional Amendment On Crime Victims' Rights
St. Louis Public RadioSeptember 8, 2014

Marsy's Law for Illinois is based on a California amendment passed in 2008. Bishop-Jenkins said the Illinois version would create language in the state constitution that would enforce crime victims' rights and give victims legal recourse to make the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Greenberg Traurig Expands Real Estate Finance Practice with Susan E.D. ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)September 4, 2014

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has added real estate finance shareholder Susan E. D. Neuberg and associate Ryan C. Craig to its Real Estate Practice. Neuberg will reside in the firm's New York and Washington, D.C. offices. Craig will ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FCC declares overly-broad absolute liability for unsolicited faxes under the TCPA?
Lexology (registration)September 8, 2014

... the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) filed a letter brief in Court on July 17, 2014, declaring that “under the plain text of [the Code of Federal Regulations (“CFR”)] – and unlike the robo-call and do-not-call contexts – direct liability ...more »

Sports Law
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Tennessee's New Concussion Law a Game Changer for Youth Sports
WZTVSeptember 4, 2014

Implemented this year, this law is designed to help coaches identify a concussed player and prevent any further damage. This new approach to handling concussions has changed the way some coaches view the game and even the way some teaching their ...more »

Essential things you should know about contracts – Part II
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)September 4, 2014

Sometimes such powers can be well hidden in the contract. Again, the ability unilaterally to vary a contract is generally not permitted in consumer contracts but may occur in commercial contracts between business entities. For example, if the contract...more »

IRS lost emails from 5 more workers in probe, agency says
TwinCities.com-Pioneer PressSeptember 6, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service has lost emails from five more employees who are part of congressional probes into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, the tax service disclosed Friday. The IRS said in ...more »

Criminal Defense
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FOX 17 gains exclusive access inside jewelry store robbery investigation
Fox17September 5, 2014

“That DNA profile is then imported into the DNA index system, the CODIS database where our profiles we generate are searched against the profiles that were generated from the crime scene sample,” State CODIS Administrator Scott Bruski said. CODIS is ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Archaeologists Train "Monuments Men" to Save Syria's Past
National GeographicSeptember 3, 2014

Organizations including the University of Pennsylvania's Cultural Heritage Center, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and Heritage for Peace, a network of volunteers and activists based in Spain, have been holding workshops to ...more »

Equal protection under the law
The Courier-JournalSeptember 13, 2014

... the two states' key argument —that government encourages marriage “so that that there will be fewer 'accidental births,' which when they occur outside of marriage often lead to abandonment of the child to the mother (unaided by the father) or to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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In Your Court: Why parents of young children need wills
Kane County ChronicleSeptember 4, 2014

Anthony Scifo is a resident of Kane County and an attorney who concentrates in personal injury, family law, and probate/estate planning. His goal with this occasional column is to help educate the public regarding the court system and the law. Contact ...more »

Environmental Law
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Disrupt 'Disrupt': A moratorium on 'disruptive' hackery
SFGate (blog)September 8, 2014

The enviros define deniers as law-makers who “have made public statements denying or doubting the scientifically-established link between pollution and climate change.” You can read the whole list — as compiled by the left-leaning thinktank ... data ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Missouri Employers Should See Lower Workers' Compensation Rates in 2015
WorkersCompensation.com (press release)September 3, 2014

Jefferson City, MO (WorkersCompensation.com) - Preliminary figures collected by the Missouri Department of Insurance from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) indicate workers' compensation insurance will decrease for many ...more »

Family Law
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Family law attorney eyes jump to Probate bench
wwlp.comSeptember 3, 2014

“Life-altering decisions are made every day,” said Bailey, a lawyer focused on family law who was nominated last month by Gov. Deval Patrick for a seat on the Family and Probate Court in Worcester County. Currently, Bailey is a managing partner at the ...more »

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