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Is IRS Targeting Drunkards?
ForbesApril 28, 2015

It's not as if there are people accusing the IRS of targeting drunkards, although the status of drunkards would probably rise in some circles if they were to start such a campaign, much as Churchill indicated that he would have a favorable remark about ...more »

Proposed industrial relations law changes to see 'workers rights reinstated ...
ABC LocalApril 28, 2015

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) says proposed Queensland Government changes to industrial relations laws will improve enterprise bargaining for staff at Wide Bay councils in the state's south. The Government wants to reverse changes the LNP made ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearings begin in APD lost evidence case
Alton TelegraphApril 28, 2015

Chief Jason “Jake” Simmons, who was at opening of the meeting, is trying to fire Waldrup, 51, after placing him on paid administrative leave of absence Dec. 19. An internal affairs investigation, concluded in October, determined another officer ...more »

Family Law
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Children: Private Law Update (April 2015)
Family Law WeekApril 29, 2015

Even those well seasoned in family law would benefit from going back to this decision now in 2015 and re reading. There the reader finds a balanced description of the benefits and potential detriments to a child where domestic abuse of some form is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Reps. Courtney, Wittman Honored for Maritime Leadership
MarineLinkApril 28, 2015

“Additionally, their outspoken leadership in support of the Jones Act ensures that it remains the strong backbone of America's maritime industrial base, safeguarding thousands of family-waged jobs and protecting both our armed forces and our borders ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health Plans Often Fail To Provide Free Coverage For Women's Health
Iowa Public RadioApril 30, 2015

Many women were thrilled when the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, because it required insurance companies to cover a broad array of women's health services without any out-of-pocket costs. Five years later, however, the requirement isn't being ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Reform News and Impact on US Homeland Security April 28, 2015
Right Side NewsApril 28, 2015

Last Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez admitted the agency had granted DACA to Emmanuel Jesus Rangel Hernandez, an illegal alien now charged with the murder of four, even though a federal crime .... (Id ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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'Nigeria Is in Urgent Need of an Intellectual Property Policy'
AllAfrica.comApril 28, 2015

It is on record that Nigeria has the third largest and fastest growing movie industry in the world, after Hollywood and Bollywood. Regrettably, Nigerian movies and musical works are the most pirated in the world, making the owners of these intellectual ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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City Hall may be restored in Chetopa
Parsons SunApril 28, 2015

The committee appointments included: Industrial — Castle and Gary Bryant; Property — Carthen Nash and Seaman; Street/Alley and Sanitation — Bryant and Robison; Water and Electric — Nash and Robison; Parks — Nash and Castle; Building Inspector ...more »

Animal Law
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Officers trained to spot animal cruelty cases
MyFoxOrlando.comMay 6, 2015

MELBOURNE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is partnering with Brevard County law enforcement agencies and Eastern Florida State College to train more than 150 officers and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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China gets serious about protecting intellectual property
INTHEBLACKApril 30, 2015

Is the cheap Chinese knock-off headed for extinction? China now files more international patents than Germany, and is taking intellectual property rules seriously. By David Walker. In any discussion of global intellectual property (IP) law, sooner or ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawyers claim Hampton police trespassed in fatal 2011 raid
Daily PressApril 29, 2015

A motion filed in Hampton Circuit Court earlier this month as part of a 2012 wrongful death lawsuit asserts that police pried open a glass screen door before they announced their presence at the home of William A. Cooper in June 2011. That assertion ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Can We be Neutral on the Question of Affirmative Action in the Hiring of ...
Dissident VoiceApril 28, 2015

Can We be Neutral on the Question of Affirmative Action in the Hiring of University Professors? by Denis Rancourt / April 28th, 2015. “Affirmative action” means imposing positive discrimination or quotas for members of disadvantaged groups. In the case ...more »

3 pass out, others had no air on Bradley-bound plane
Waterbury Republican AmericanApril 28, 2015

HARTFORD — A passenger on a SkyWest flight to Connecticut that made an emergency landing in New York described a lack of air in the cabin and shortness of breath as three others on board lost consciousness, but the airline said an inspection on the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Next free legal self-help clinic May 6 in FM
Fort Morgan TimesApril 29, 2015

... volunteer lawyers can help with include: answering questions, help filling out forms, and explain the process and procedure for "all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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April 29: Baltimore, Jenner and Hillary
New York Daily News (registration) (blog)April 29, 2015

Assisted suicide is a humane option for a person who does not receive any benefit from extending a life of unremitting pain (which is not always controlled by drugs) or to avoid medical bankruptcy for their family resulting from prolonging a life with ...more »

Litigation
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Non-disparagement clauses don't apply to litigation, court says
Maryland Daily Record (subscription)April 30, 2015

In its 2-1 decision, the Court of Special Appeals said lawyers have an “absolute litigation privilege” against civil liability for what they say in the courtroom. A “non-disparagement clause” cannot supersede the obligation of civil attorneys to ...more »

Business Law
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New warning about sex trafficking in Florida
Wink NewsApril 29, 2015

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- WINK News has a new warning for parents about a possible scam aimed at recruiting teens into the world of human sex trafficking. We discovered a new flyer popping up in at least one Florida county advertising quick cash for teens ...more »

Personal Injury
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ICO fines personal injury claims company after nuisance calls
Kroll Ontrack UK (press release)May 7, 2015

Personal injury claims company Direct Assist has been fined by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for making unsolicited marketing calls. Between January 2013 and July 2014, the ICO and the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) recorded 801 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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The Hackers' New Weapons: Routers and Printers
MIT Technology ReviewApril 28, 2015

Staging attacks that way can be easier to use than controlling compromised computers, and the supply of home and office devices that could be used is large and is likely to grow, he says. ... But Hyponnen thinks Internet of things gadgets such as TVs ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Electronic record errors growing issue in lawsuits
PoliticoMay 4, 2015

In about 200 EHR-related legal cases that the liability firm CRICO analyzed, the glitches rarely led directly to patient harm, said Dana Siegal, the company's director of patient safety services. But she added, “We're seeing failures to communicate or ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Scottish Green Party endorses LGBTI rights of English Greens
KaleidoScotApril 28, 2015

End the cuts to the NHS, which have undermined HIV services and made it harder for trans people to access gender reassignment services. * End the detention of LGBTIQ (and other) asylum seekers and the culture of disbelief that often denies them refugee ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Australia toughens property ownership laws for foreigners
Business InsiderMay 2, 2015

Sydney (AFP) - Foreigners who break rules on buying Australian real estate will face up to three years in jail or fines of Aus$127,500 (US$100,050) for individuals and Aus$637,500 for companies under tougher rules unveiled Saturday. In announcing the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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More FTC and less Dodd-Frank for the auto lending industry
The Hill (blog)April 30, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently announced that she wants the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to apply the Dodd-Frank Act to automotive lenders, which are issuing higher numbers of subprime loans in recent years for higher credit ...more »

Sports Law
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UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF THE GAME
LawInSport (registration) (blog)May 1, 2015

The magazine 'Understand the Rules of the Game' has been put together to bring you a selection of topical, informative sports law articles in physical form. In this edition, there are over 100 pages of unadulterated sports law content for your ...more »

The Latest: Draft's biggest fans get a moment on big stage
Kansas City StarMay 2, 2015

Woods also let out a yelp, reminiscent of the sound he makes on the insurance commercial that he's currently starring in. The previous picks: —No. 50: Buffalo took CB Ronald Darby of Florida State. —No. 51: Cleveland took LB Nate Orchard of Utah. —No.more »

Edison lawyer jailed for fraud & extortion
NJ TODAYApril 29, 2015

Frey told the victims if they paid up to $20,000 each, he would call SA-1 and have the investigation converted from a criminal tax investigation to an IRS “desk audit,” a civil matter. Frey and CC-1 falsely stated that if the victims did not retain his ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Grace Mann case: Murder suspect Briel called 'sensitive'
Fredericksburg.comApril 28, 2015

More than a week after the slaying of a University of Mary Washington student, her accused killer remains an enigma. Former friends and co-workers describe an introverted, laid-back man with the nickname “Care Bear.” Steven Vander Briel was charged ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Celesq® Announces May CLE: Legal Developments in Data Security, Data ...
PR.com (press release)April 30, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) files around 70 actions each year for alleged bad data privacy, data security, advertising, or marketing practices and conducts hundreds of other investigations that do not ultimately lead to an enforcement action.more »

Age discrimination webinar: traps for the unwary
PersonnelToday.comMay 5, 2015

It is all too easy for unsuspecting employers to fall foul of age discrimination laws. As well as obvious measures, such as avoiding ageist wording in recruitment adverts – for example, “youthful enthusiasm” or “an energetic person required to work in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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DIFC launches Wills and Probate Registry
Zawya (registration)May 4, 2015

Essa Kazim, Governor of the DIFC, said: "We are pleased to announce the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, a first for the MENA region. The new Registry reflects respect for the diversity of the UAE community and the keenness of our country to provide ...more »

Environmental Law
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Utility regulator's meetings with APS scrutinized
azcentral.comMay 3, 2015

These meetings, one-on-one or with staff members present, are one way to learn about company operations before a rate case or other request is made and scheduled for a hearing, commissioners say. The gatherings gained attention after Gary Pierce, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma workers' comp commissioner resigns
NewsOK.comMay 1, 2015

Workers' Compensation Commissioner Denise Engle announced her resignation Thursday, effective May 27. Engle, an inaugural commissioner to the reformed Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission, will return to the private business sector.more »

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