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The grim reality of student loan debt – it can last until retirement ...
kfor.comJanuary 26, 2017

For many young people, the rising cost of a college education and the perceived need to get one to get ahead has led to a ballooning student debt crisis. And ...more »

Washington County ends contract with outside law firm | Local News ...
Blair Enterprise PublishingJanuary 26, 2017

The final agenda item for the Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday night dealt with the board's decision to hire an outside law firm to make ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Trump picks Judge Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court nominee
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2017

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as he testified before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing on The Administrative Conference of the United States? on Capitol Hill in Washington May 20, 2010. Kevin Lamarque/ ...more »

Health Care Law
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With unity elusive, GOP talks more of repairing health law
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2017

Republicans are increasingly talking about "repairing" President Barack Obama's health care law. They insist they will still repeal it. But they're grappling with disunity, drooping momentum and uneasy voters. Congress passed a budget last month that ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Donald Trump Just Made It Way Easier for Your Financial Adviser to Rip You Off
Mother JonesFebruary 3, 2017

It simply requires the retirement fund managers overseeing your 401(k) or IRA to actually act in your best interest—rather than sacrificing your interests for their own personal gain. It's an intuitive concept, but it's one that hasn't always been ...more »

Immigration Law
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What to Know About the 1952 Law Invoked by President Trump's Immigration Order
TIMEFebruary 6, 2017

On Monday, the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to rule on whether to reinstate U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial Executive Order on immigration, which temporarily prohibits refugees and citizens of seven ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Officials take wait-and-see approach to regulation changes
GoDanRiver.comFebruary 5, 2017

Economic development officials are waiting to see how President Donald Trump's proposed plans to reduce staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and to cut regulations could affect permitting processes at Berry Hill Industrial mega park in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NA passes bill giving constitutional cover to jirga, panchayat systems
DAWN.comFebruary 3, 2017

The bill called Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Bill-2016 was passed by 23 members - 17 from the treasury benches and six from the opposition out of total house of 342. The law minister also told the house that the ADR system will settle 23 types of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Texas Governor Calls for Legislation to Rein in Hailstorm Litigation
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2017

In his state of the state address, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gave a boost to the insurance industry's effort to get legislation passed that would place limits on post-hailstorm litigation. Calling lawsuits against insurers following hailstorms “the newest ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights advocates will meet at F&M Thursday evening to promote Libre's Law, other legislation
LancasterOnlineFebruary 2, 2017

Libre's Law, named for a local puppy and aimed at tightening animal-abuse regulations in Pennsylvania, failed to pass in Harrisburg in 2016. Now that it's back on the table for another try, local animal rights advocates are gearing up to help push it ...more »

Intellectual Property
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United States: Trade Dress – Another Weapon In Your Intellectual Property Arsenal
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 22, 2017

YETI®, a well-known manufacturer of high-quality coolers and insulated tumblers, recently settled several lawsuits against cooler competitor RTIC involving allegations of trade dress infringement, patent infringement and other claims stemming from RTIC ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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JD Journal Names Yetter Coleman LLP as Best Houston Litigation Boutique
JDJournal.comFebruary 8, 2017

The firm has been honored by The National Law Journal and Texas Lawyer for its litigation practice, and its attorneys have also received individual awards. For instance, in 2016, Yetter was named “Attorney of the Year” by Texas Lawyer, and Parker was ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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A Dallas Reader: For Some Reason, National Merit Scholars Don't LOOK Like Affirmative Action Cases
VDARE.comFebruary 8, 2017

Donald Trump needs to directly target Affirmative Action, not just because it's economically harmful, not just because it hurts whites and Asians, and not just because it's the morally right thing to do. It's a necessary step towards changing the ...more »

Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan May Have Uncovered a Smuggling Scheme
The DiplomatFebruary 2, 2017

At 7:31 am, tragedy struck when a cargo plane — flying from Hong Kong and stopping en route to Istanbul — reportedly overshot the runway and crashed into the village of Dacha-Suu. The plane's four crewmembers and 35 villagers, many of them children, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Maryland Court of Appeals Provides New Defense to Summary Ejectment of Tenants
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2017

In Wendy Cane v. EZ Rentals, No. 1, September Term 2016, decided November 29, 2016, the Maryland Court of Appeals (the “Court”), Maryland's highest court, broke new ground in landlord-tenant law. Maryland law provides a residential tenant who ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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DATCP releases top ten consumer complaints for 2016
WEAUFebruary 2, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (RELEASE FROM DATCP)-- Threatening phone calls about unpaid taxes. Calls offering to lower your credit card interest rate. Fake tech support calls warning about problems with your computer. Wisconsin consumers' phones were attacked ...more »

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UK: Finance Litigation Briefing January 2017
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 9, 2017

Gowling WLG's finance litigation experts bring you the latest on the cases and issues affecting the lending industry. Bankrupt's legal professional privilege upheld; The doctrine of strict compliance and bank guarantees; Forbearance is sufficient ...more »

Business Law
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Walmart Stores, Settle Consumer Protection Lawsuit
NoozhawkFebruary 2, 2017

In accordance with the PRC and false advertising laws, the stipulated judgment prohibits Walmart and from selling or offering for sale plastic products labeled as “biodegradable,” “degradable,” or “decomposable.” Walmart and are further ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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New Commissary Shopper Savings Plan Released |
Military.comJanuary 31, 2017

Commissary officials on Monday unveiled new savings requirements for the system's 238 stores worldwide, setting the framework on which prices will be based ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man killed by gunfire in Los Banos, police say
Los Banos EnterpriseFebruary 7, 2017

To leave an anonymous crime tip call 209-827-7070, ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department's web page at At the bottom of the “Contact” page simply click ...more »

Personal Injury
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Attorney Kevin Ginsberg to Publish Literature in the Personal Injury Field
WebWire (press release)January 30, 2017

Durham, NC: Personal Injury Attorney Kevin Ginsberg of the Taibi Kornbluth Law Group, P.A. is proud to announce that he will be releasing his first published book on Auto Accidents in February of 2017. The book is titled “Do I have a Legitimate Auto ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Law experts weigh constitutionality of Trump's travel, refugee ban
News@NortheasternJanuary 31, 2017

In addition to the constitutional argument under the First Amendment, there is also a 1965 congressional law that bans discrimination in immigrant visas on the basis of race, nationality, sex, and place of birth or residence. Arguably, the executive ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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5 Questions With Jamie Sullivan on Legal Ethics, Technology
Connecticut Law TribuneFebruary 10, 2017

Experienced Hartford attorney Jamie Sullivan is one of the most respected and well-known lawyers in the state, but law was not his first choice for a profession. Sullivan, a partner for Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald, now practices personal injury ...more »

Consumer Protection
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2nd Circ. Won't Give New Life To 'Project Runway' TCPA Suit
Law360 (subscription)February 16, 2017

Law360, Los Angeles (February 15, 2017, 8:04 PM EST) -- A lower court judge correctly declined to certify a class of consumers alleging robocalls to hype the TV show “Project Runway” violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act because no list of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Carlton Fields Faces Lawsuit Over Failed Lauderdale Real Estate Deal
Daily Business Review (registration)February 6, 2017

Real estate investor 276 Port L.P.'s three-count complaint alleges negligence and breach of fiduciary duty against all defendants and negligent misrepresentation against Carlton Fields and Gross. The company hired the corporate law firm to handle ...more »

Energy Benchmarking Regs May Cause Shift to Performance-Based Contracts
The Legal IntelligencerFebruary 6, 2017

On the other hand, Pittsburgh's new law carries no fines for building owners that fail to submit the required information. Instead, the city is relying on public pressure and increased owner savings as a result of greater ... For construction attorneys ...more »

Sports Law
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Memo rekindles pay-for-play questions for college football
Mineral Wells IndexFebruary 8, 2017

Experts in sports law call the memo a significant step along that path. The four private Division I universities in Texas — Rice, Baylor, Texas Christian and Southern Methodist — declined to comment on the issue, but the NCAA's chief legal officer ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Local defense attorney weighs in on Seman trial moving to Portag - News weather sports for Youngstown ...
WFMJFebruary 13, 2017

WFMJ Weekend Today talked with criminal defense attorney Matt Mangino, who weighed in on the move and how it could help with jury selection. "I think they'll have an easier time, i think the judge expects they'll have an easier time, again because you ...more »

Dominican deal tests Trump pledge of no new foreign projects
News On 6February 9, 2017

President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to repeal a rarely enforced IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status. More >> ... "No new foreign deals will be made whatsoever during the duration of ...more »

Colliton: Much to consider when giving elder care
Daily Local NewsJanuary 30, 2017

... West Chester, PA 19382, 610-436-6674, She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is also, with Jeffrey Jones, CSA, co-founder of Life Transition Services, LLC, a service for families with long term ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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STLtoday.comFebruary 2, 2017

This meeting will fill up quickly, so call right away. Again, call Jones Elder Law, LLC at 636-812-2575 to reserve your spot. Act today! We fill up quickly. “The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bay Journal - Article: Maryland House overrides governor to push ...
The Chesapeake Bay JournalFebruary 1, 2017

Maryland delegates voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that would boost the state's goals for solar and other renewable energy. The Senate is ...more »

Wills & Probate
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9 attorneys seek job on Benton County District Court bench
Tri-City HeraldFebruary 12, 2017

Her private legal practices focuses on criminal defense, firearms rights and parental rights. She contracts with Benton and Franklin counties and the state Office of Public Defense to represent parents and children in dependency matters. Being a judge ...more »

Family Law
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Briers v Briers [2017] EWCA Civ 15
Family Law WeekFebruary 2, 2017

1. On 6 May 2015 His Honour Judge Rogers, sitting as a judge of the Family Division of the High Court in Birmingham, made a financial remedy order between parties to a marriage that ended in divorce as long ago as 2005. For the purposes of this ...more »

Workers Compensation
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¿Dónde Están Mis Beneficios? Workers' Comp Claims by Undocumented Employees
Claims JournalFebruary 2, 2017

Following an election cycle in which illegal immigration became a touchstone issue, it seems only appropriate that claims handlers and subrogation professionals have a clear understanding of the many nuances involving workers' compensation claims made ...more »


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