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Calfornia legislators propose series of measures tackling problems in the ...
89.3 KPCCFebruary 27, 2015

The past few months have seen a flurry of attention to foster care in California - and with it, a number of proposed bills that could address some of what child welfare advocates believe are the system's biggest flaws. "Every so often we do see a year ...more »

Former House speaker wants state to pay his legal fees
WPECFebruary 27, 2015

Lawyers for the Destin Republican argued in a trial Thursday that because the charges stemmed from his work as a legislator and were dismissed, Samson is entitled to have the public pay. Lawyers for the state argued that Sansom tacitly agreed for a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Can the FTC Update Its Approach to Unfair Business Practices?
Corporate Counsel (registration)February 27, 2015

As a result of unfavorable decisions, he and others noted that the agency has more recently pursued cases through administrative hearings and settlements, while expanding its use of remedies from injunctions to disgorgement and restitution. One speaker ...more »

Health Care Law
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Money and quality of life at stake as health law returns to Supreme Court
The Idaho StatesmanFebruary 27, 2015

Claudette Newsome, 42, of Houston Texas, is one of millions of Americans who could lose their federal tax credit to help pay for marketplace health insurance if plaintiffs prevail in the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case, King vs. Burwell. After ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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House Democrats Save DHS From Shutdown, Republicans From Themselves
TIMEFebruary 28, 2015

With just hours to go before a midnight deadline, Congress passed a one-week extension to fund the Department of Homeland Security and prevent sending 30,000 government employees home on furlough.more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration officials see danger as local cooperation wanes
Mississippi News NowMarch 10, 2015

"In addition to being unfair, ICE's policies were an offense to the rule of law and yet another symptom of our broken immigration system," Mark-Viverito said in a statement. In California, only immigrants illegally in the United States who have been ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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A new age for an old town
Boston Globe (subscription)March 1, 2015

Most of the new buildings will be filled with very expensive residences offering panoramic views. “We're a city in high demand,” said Bill McCall, president of the commercial brokerage McCall & Almy Inc. “We've really had a transformation that makes ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Budget 2015: An opportunity to play a long-haul game
The HinduFebruary 27, 2015

While introduction of such alternate dispute resolution mechanisms was lauded by the investor community at large, the exceedingly large time involved in the implementation of such schemes may become a dampener. Setting to rest controversies surrounding ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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New Jersey Couple Sues Insurer Over Sales Tax Dispute
Insurance JournalMarch 16, 2015

The couple said they were told by the insurance company that sales tax was included on individual items in the claim, but the lawsuit said that functionality was not available in the software Selective used until later in 2013. The suit comes after ...more »

Animal Law
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New animal abuse charges against April Dawn Irving
Globalnews.caMarch 4, 2015

LETHBRIDGE – A southern Alberta woman who was charged after several dogs were found dead on her property faces several new charges under the province's Animal Protection Act. The Alberta SPCA has laid 13 charges against April Dawn Irving related ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Cayman enters 'intellectual property' era
Cayman CompassMarch 27, 2015

“Intellectual property rights are featuring very significantly now as assets of businesses,” he said. “New tech-based [company] registrations will boost Cayman's economy. This type of modernization was envisioned as part of [Cayman Enterprise City].”.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leading Patent Attorney Jeffrey Lewis Joins Fried Frank's Intellectual ...
Virtual Press Office (press release)March 3, 2015

NEW YORK, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Jeffrey I.D. Lewis has joined the Firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice, resident in the New York office. Mr. Lewis ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Cashin speaks out against race-based affirmative action
Yale Daily News (blog)March 24, 2015

Contrary to its intentions, race-based affirmative action neglects those who are in need of academic support and opportunity, according to Sheryll Cashin, a professor of law at Georgetown University. Cashin spoke yesterday with a group of students at a ...more »

EU court sets high bar for US Army deserter's asylum bid
Stars and StripesFebruary 27, 2015

Neither Shepherd, nor his lawyer could immediately be reached for comment. Shepherd deployed to Iraq for six months in 2004-2005 and re-enlisted after returning from the deployment. He left his unit, the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, in 2007 while it ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How Much Do Landlords Need to Tell Tenants About Bedbugs?
WestwordMarch 4, 2015

And as time went on and he continued to find bedbugs despite extermination attempts, the question so frustrated him that he began conducting his own research, polling his neighbors, quizzing the pest-control guy, reading up on state law, exchanging ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Comics AM | Suspect charged in theft of comics collection
Comic Book ResourcesFebruary 27, 2015

Legal | A 48-year-old man has been charged in the theft of the extensive comics collection of artist Jim Wheelock last month from a storage facility in Brattleboro, Vermont. William Brown pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 17 counts of burglary, petit ...more »

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Venue: A Key Factor in Trucking Litigation
The National Law ReviewMarch 2, 2015

Venue can have a tremendous effect on litigation, with some believing it can occasionally be more important than any single fact in a case. Venue affects litigation in many ways, including the value of a claim and the convenience and expense of ...more »

Business Law
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Letters to the editor, Feb. 28: Swingers club
The TennesseanFebruary 27, 2015

Rape is not sex, it's a crime. I would like to comment about a couple of recent events: the Vanderbilt rape case and the swingers club that wants to relocate in the Madison area. The insinuation that there is a correlation between the two of them is ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Cuts to Military Pay and Benefits Threaten Family Finances, First Command ...
Business Wire (press release)February 27, 2015

“These latest cuts to military pay and benefits represent a heightened threat to the financial readiness of middle-class servicemembers and their families,” said Scott Spiker, CEO of First Command Financial Services, Inc. “This is the second ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Should texts, e-mail, tweets and Facebook posts be the new fingerprints in court?
Washington PostFebruary 27, 2015

In an episode of the CBS show “Criminal Minds” that aired last year , an FBI team is on a frantic hunt for a missing 4-year-old. The team soon realizes that the girl has been given away by a relative, Sue, and that there's no way Sue is going to reveal ...more »

Personal Injury
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A 'good job' for Justin Peters towards Dallas, but an personal injury much too
The EchoMarch 15, 2015

St. Louis County law enforcement have arrested a suspect and recovered a weapon in link with the shooting of two police officers standing guard in the course of a peaceful protest in Ferguson, Mo., early Thursday, in accordance to a news launch. Officials.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Constitution and the Gerrymander
Wall Street JournalMarch 3, 2015

The big test for a legal originalist comes when the Constitution's plain text contradicts one's policy preferences. So it was Monday at the Supreme Court for those of us who dislike partisan gerrymandering to rig elections. This is a tough one. In 2000 ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Having Loved And Lost, One Man Takes On Medical Malpractice In India
KMUWMarch 7, 2015

Her death due to a doctor's mistake set him on a new path, working to combat medical malpractice in his native India, where he founded the organization People for Better Treatment to expose and stop the ignorance, corruption and fear that lead to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The President's Executive Actions on Immigration and Their Impact on Federal ...
Heritage.orgFebruary 27, 2015

This executive action, which will not only provide “deferred action” for aliens illegally in the United States—no prosecution or enforcement of federal law requiring their removal—but will also provide them with social security numbers and employment ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Burt's Law Filed to Protect Group Home Residents
RealEstateRama (press release)March 26, 2015

RALEIGH – March 26, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, Senator Buck Newton, Senator Joyce Krawiec, and Senator Andy Wells announced the filing of Burt's Law, a bill designed to protect residents of group homes and ...more »

Cityhood: There's got to be a better way
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)March 12, 2015

Because state law is fuzzy, at best, when it comes to the creation of new cities, it has made this process combative and messy.Many may not know this, ... When maps are drawn for these cities, commercial and industrial areas are prime real estate ...more »

Sports Law
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Editorial: Grant fantasy sports legal status
Topeka Capital JournalMarch 11, 2015

The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee has under its consideration a bill that would define fantasy sports contests as activities based on skill rather than pure luck and make them legal in Kansas. The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission now ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Tsarnaev attorney: 'It was him'
WKMG OrlandoMarch 4, 2015

"The prosecution got exactly what they wanted," said CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos, a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles. Middle-aged white jurors tend to be more likely to support death penalty verdicts, he said. "It's a target demographic for ...more »

The Laterals Audit: This Month's Tax Attorney Moves
Law360 (subscription)February 27, 2015

Law360, New York (February 27, 2015, 3:09 PM ET) -- In this month's edition of The Lateral's Audit, President Barack Obama calls on a Caplin & Drysdale attorney to head the U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division, and Cleary Gottlieb snatches the IRS...more »

Joe Sestak details record on issues vital to seniors
The Delaware County Daily TimesMarch 9, 2015

... he introduced and passed the first Elder Abuse Victims Act in 17 years, aimed at protecting seniors, including those with Alzheimer's disease, from physical, mental and financial abuse. He also voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act, which ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Should I create LLC for rental property?
Napa Valley RegisterMarch 4, 2015

When you contribute real property into an LLC, the liabilities associated with that real property and its business activities are cut off from the personal assets of the owners (called “members”) of the LLC. People ... One of those drawbacks is the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Connecticut rules in favor of Vermont renewable energy credits
vtdigger.orgMarch 12, 2015

In a long-awaited draft ruling, the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority found Vermont's renewable energy credits are acceptable despite some claims that Vermont RECs are “double counted.” The credits represent the environmental attributes ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Bonnie Kraham: Learn from Banks case to avoid estate fights
Times Herald-RecordMarch 4, 2015

It is easier to contest a will because wills require a court proceeding called probate, where family members must be given notice and consent to the verity of the will. It is more difficult to contest a trust because trust assets do not go through ...more »

Family Law
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Tony Robinson's family: Law enforcement is necessary
Channel 3000March 9, 2015

Carter spoke on behalf of the Robinson family at a news conference on Williamson Street Monday afternoon. “This is a bigger issue than Tony. This highlights a universal issue with law enforcement and how its procedures have been carried out,” Carter said.more »

Workers Compensation
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Joseph A. Schwartz, III: Behind the workers' compensation announcement
Daily Record (subscription)February 27, 2015

The Maryland General Assembly's Workers' Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight Committee announced on Feb. 3 that there would not be legislation for the next two years (2015, 2016 legislative sessions) relating to physician dispensing of ...more »


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