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Wreck of cargo vessel owned by N.J. shipping firm believed located
NJ.comNovember 1, 2015

WASHINGTON—The wreckage of a sunken ship believed to be the El Faro, the cargo vessel owned by a New Jersey-based shipping firm that went missing in the Bermuda Triangle during Hurricane Joaquin, may have been found. The National ...more »

Low dosage of medical malpractice insurance at state facilities
Jamaica GleanerNovember 1, 2015

QUESTION: What is malpractice liability insurance? Is it locally available? Do public hospitals and/or regional health authorities carry such coverage? If the answer to the last question is in the negative, where does the money to compensate victims ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama administration lawlessness: the top five
Washington PostNovember 2, 2015

The Obama administration made the ridiculous argument, rejected by the lawyers at both the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (an executive branch division that advises the president on legal issues) and the Defense Department, that bombing ...more »

Family Law
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Online Tool Empowers Ontarians to Better Navigate Family Law Issues
Marketwired (press release)November 3, 2015

Today, CLEO is releasing Steps in a Family Law Case, designed to help Ontarians understand and navigate the complex family law process. This is the first time this essential information has been compiled and presented in this step-by-step way, making ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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2016 Law Firm of the Year Winners by Categories
JDJournal.comNovember 3, 2015

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Native American Law – Holland & Knight was established nearly 50 years ago and has nearly 1000 attorneys in over 20 offices. Advertising Law – Reed Smith was established nearly 150 years ago. They have over 800 attorneys ...more »

Health Care Law
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Carly Fiorina's Answers on Health Care Were Almost Entirely Wrong
RH Reality CheckNovember 11, 2015

When Bartiromo asked Fiorina whether she supported the health-care law's employer mandate, which requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance, the candidate launched into a speech blasting the ACA for failing to truly ...more »

Immigration Law
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Fallout continues from Alabama's immigration law
The Philadelphia TribuneNovember 5, 2015

Billed as the nation's toughest immigration crackdown at the time, Alabama's law has since been mostly gutted by courts. But four years after House Bill 56 was enacted in Alabama, Hernandez said he said he and other members of the Hispanic community ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Arbitration and financial institutions: Revisiting dispute resolution options
International Chamber of CommerceNovember 2, 2015

The past few decades have been marked by the increasing complexity of financial products and greater sophistication in the structuring of transactions. At the same time, there has been a standardization of documentation for certain types of transaction...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Dennemeyer & Associates Opens New Office In Rio De Janeiro
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)November 6, 2015

With the setup of the new office, Dennemeyer continues to carry out its plans of consolidating the firm's global presence and reaching out to new, developing markets. The office in Rio, ... Together with officers of the Brazilian PTO, he has ...more »

Animal Law
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Cat fight: Animal rights groups attack proposal to deport strays
Israel HayomNovember 3, 2015

Another organization, Anonymous for Animal Rights, released a statement, saying, "As agriculture minister, Uri Ariel is responsible for the implementation of the animal cruelty law. He has promised several times to work to protect animals, and it is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Boeing to pay $57 million to settle 401(k) lawsuit
Business InsuranceNovember 5, 2015

(Reuters) — Boeing Co. has agreed to pay $57 million to settle a lawsuit in which employees accused the company of mismanaging their 401(k) retirement plan, the plaintiffs' legal firm said on Thursday. The settlement amount is the second-highest ever ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Jury Selection Begins in Sheldon Silver Corruption Trial
ObserverNovember 3, 2015

Mr. Silver, who remains an assemblyman representing the Lower East Side, is accused of presenting as legitimate outside income from law firms what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara alleges was actually millions of dollars of kickbacks and bribes gained ...more »

Intellectual Property
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BioCancell Advances Intellectual Property Portfolio in the United States
Marketwired (press release)November 6, 2015

Jonathan Burgin, Chief Executive Officer of BioCancell, stated, "We are very pleased to have received this key patent approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It is critical that BioCancell protects and extends the Company's intellectual...more »

Russian plane crash: Midair heat flash detected before disaster
WZVN-TVNovember 3, 2015

A midair heat flash from Metrojet Flight 9268 was detected by a U.S. military satellite before the plane crashed Saturday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, a U.S. official told CNN. Intelligence analysis has ruled out that the Russian commercial airplane was ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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College basketball coaches jump in on affirmative action
U.S. News & World ReportNovember 3, 2015

Hundreds of college basketball coaches asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to preserve affirmative action in university admissions, writing in a friend of the court brief that they have seen the benefits of a diverse student body not just for ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How to get a personal loan
Bankrate.comNovember 2, 2015

... card," says John Ulzheimer, a credit expert formerly with FICO and Experian. "They seem to have evolved from just being low-dollar loans with high interest rates for people with bad credit to high-dollar options for people with good credit and high ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Is Common's Crown Heights co-living rental building legal?
Crain's New York BusinessNovember 20, 2015

The city will inspect a 19-person co-living space in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, operated by Common, a startup that aims to shake up the rental market and has amassed $7.35 million in venture-capital funding. The Department of Buildings said it will pay a ...more »

Business Law
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The Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces the Filing of a Securities Class ...
MarketWatchNovember 4, 2015

BENSALEM, Pa., Nov 04, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased GNC Holdings Inc. (“GNC” or the “Company”) (NYSE: GNC) securities between May 2 ...more »

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PTO Litigation Center Report – November 4, 2015
The National Law ReviewNovember 4, 2015

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM). Since the last report, no new requests for ex partereexamination at the USPTO have been posted. This listing is current as ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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TalkTalk breach investigation leads to fourth arrest
Network WorldNovember 4, 2015

Meanwhile, members of the U.K. Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which has responsibility for telecommunications and the Internet, have decided to hold their own inquiry into the protection of personal data online in the wake of the ...more »

Personal Injury
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“Old School” Personal Injury Lawyers, Advertising & Stigmas
The National Law ReviewNovember 5, 2015

Legal advertising is a relatively new concept. Practically prohibited in the United States until 1977, the Supreme Court case Bates v. State Bar of Arizona completely changed the notion – and legal standing – of attorney advertising on the basic ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Mississippi Supreme Court rules same-sex divorce legal
USA TODAYNovember 5, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday acknowledged the divorce of a same-sex couple under Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. In the process, two justices made claims that ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Million Dollar Lottery Winner Slapped with Order of Protection Following ...
Talk of the SoundNovember 16, 2015

Newkirk is now suing his former law firm, Bryan Cave, which cooperated with the government's investigation. Newkirk has accused the firm of “selling him out” to the government and failing to provide professional malpractice insurance coverage for what ...more »

Consumer Protection
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AG fights discrimination at Everett apartment complex
Access WashingtonNovember 3, 2015

Under the Washington Law Against Discrimination, a landlord may not discriminate on the basis of race or color when enforcing rules such as a parking or towing policy. Landlords are also prohibited from retaliating against tenants who exercise their ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Feeling claustrophobic? It's the incredible shrinking office
The Sun HeraldNovember 17, 2015

Law firms DLA Piper and McDermott Will & Emery are moving to smaller Chicago offices. And consultant Navigant is considering a similar move, according to Learner. Between them, the three firms aim to rid themselves of 160,000 square feet of space.more »

Kevin M. Skjoldal
The Legal IntelligencerNovember 2, 2015

Practice Profile: Skjoldal concentrates his practice on labor and employment law and commercial litigation matters. He represents management and employers in matters involving all types of labor ... He also handles commercial litigation matters ...more »

Republican debate transcript: Undercard debate on economy
CBS NewsNovember 11, 2015

Everyone will get lower rates, keep more of their own money, be able to file their tax returns in 15 minutes, and, by the way, the good thing, I'll be able to fire a whole bunch of IRS agents once we do that. (APPLAUSE). And, in addition, we need to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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'Systematic crimes against media freedoms': Israeli forces raid, shut down ...
RTNovember 3, 2015

... building as well. “About 2 am huge forces… around 30 military vehicles surrounded building of the radio station and stormed in. They completely destroyed the station's property and … took the transmitters,” the station's director, Ayman Qawasmeh ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Tulsa World editorial: Goldie the TU canine ambassador is an athlete in her ...
Tulsa WorldNovember 9, 2015

Steve Kunzweiler: Asset seizure 'reform' or a drug cartel protection? I've been a prosecutor in Oklahoma for 26 years, but the truth is, it doesn't take a life-long career to tell you what every prosecutor and law enforcement officer knows: Drugs are ...more »

Indiana legislators foreshadow LGBT rights battle
NewsandtribuneNovember 17, 2015

Mike Pence signed a so-called “religious freedom” law earlier this year that critics said was a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians under the guise of faith. The law was later clarified that it was not a license to discriminate. But ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Austrian Woman Destroys Million Dollar Fortune Rather Than Pay Out Heirs
ForbesNovember 7, 2015

That share, sometimes called the “elective share,” can generally be claimed by a spouse against your estate (and against your non probate assets like life insurance and retirement plans) even when you have intentionally omitted him or her inside your will.more »

Environmental Law
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Colorado: Wary, anxious and divided in the race for the White House
Los Angeles TimesNovember 6, 2015

Now foreign-owned, the mill employs about 1,300 people, a fraction of the workforce before the steel market crashed in 1982; lately a thriving cannabis industry has grown up around Pueblo, taking advantage of the state's liberal marijuana law...more »

Workers Compensation
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Court rules on workers' comp case
Daily SentinelNovember 8, 2015

On May 28, 2006, Charles W. Evert died as a result of complications from surgery related to an industrial injury that he had sustained in 2004 while at work. On July 10, 2007, the Industrial Commission of Ohio — which handles workers' compensation...more »


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