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Pilot, passenger killed in plane crash at Virginia International Raceway
myfox8.comSeptember 20, 2014

HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. — A pilot and passenger were killed in a small private plane that crashed at Virginia International Raceway in Halifax County, WDBJ reports. The crash happened Friday evening in the middle of the south course. No spectators were ...more »

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal jury on Friday convicted...
The HornetSeptember 20, 2014

Prosecutors said Johnson, who was suspended as sheriff, created false police reports that said people had their identities stolen for a friend who ran a credit repair business. Those reports allowed the people to claim their overdue bills were caused ...more »

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Administrative Law
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LA officials reach tentative deal with firefighters union on pay
Los Angeles TimesOctober 20, 2014

But it also represents a departure from the financial strategy laid out this year by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, the high-level budget official. In April, Santana recommended that Garcetti and the council hold off ... The Police ...more »

Health Care Law
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Demographics Help Shape Lawmakers' Views On Health Law
Kaiser Health NewsOctober 17, 2014

While much of America was upset about the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, most Democrats in Congress were still willing to give the law a chance to work. Without the law, many of their constituents wouldn't have health ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Only God Can Stop Public Urination
The AtlanticOctober 19, 2014

It's a public-health hazard and a ubiquitous eyesore that has invited corrective measures ranging from fining offenders to beating drums at those caught in the act to spraying them with water cannons, with limited success. And it's a fact of life in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Linda Chavez makes small-government argument for immigration reform
Watchdog.orgOctober 16, 2014

“We have a law now that says if you want to have somebody mow your lawn every week, you better check their papers and you better keep a record … and keep the documentation for five years. And if you ... That's big government and Big Brother writ large …more »

Industrial Development Law
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Job training for drought-impacted workers
Visalia Times-DeltaOctober 17, 2014

While Fresno City College will offer both Forklift Drivers/Warehouse Technician Training and a vocational English as a second language course, and Merced College will offer Water Treatment Operations training and an Electrical Industrial Maintenance ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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COLUMN: Learn how to do marriage well
Farmington Daily TimesOctober 18, 2014

This is true if your marriage is hurting at the moment or actually doing quite well. Ron Price owns and operates Productive Outcome, where he provides mediation, marriage and family coaching and life skills training for the workplace. You can reach ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurer Group Honor 3 Tennessee Lawmakers for Litigation Funding Law
Insurance JournalOctober 15, 2014

NAMIC specifically cited their efforts in making Tennessee the first state in the country to enact a law capping the interest rates charged by third-party litigation funders, or lawsuit lenders, which insurers say contribute to unnecessary costs in the ...more »

Animal Law
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Link between animal cruelty, domestic violence explored at seminar in Bay County
Bay City TimesOctober 10, 2014

In the past 20 years, a growing body of research has firmly established a significant link between domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, violent crime and animal abuse. It's never an isolated thing. It's always linked to other things." Animal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Leading Intellectual Property Litigator Brad Newberg Joins McGuireWoods
PR Newswire (press release)October 13, 2014

Newberg comes to McGuireWoods from the Falls Church, Virginia, office of Reed Smith, where he was lead attorney on many different intellectual property matters. In addition to his litigation work, he assists clients in navigating various laws that ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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HarrisMartin's New Jersey Asbestos Litigation Conference
HarrisMartin PublishingOctober 16, 2014

Save $100 on each registration when you register before Jan. 30! After Jan. 30, the registration rate will be $695 per attendee. Discount already deducted from the price to the right. This event is CLE-accredited. For detailed information on your state ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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York City weighs Act 47 financial intervention option
York DispatchOctober 14, 2014

If a municipality is deemed distressed, the state appoints a coordinator charged with developing a financial recovery plan. More than a dozen Pennsylvania cities and several smaller municipalities have taken those steps since 1987, ... Councilman Henry ...more »

Edwards Barham dies in taxiway plane crash
Shreveport TimesOctober 18, 2014

Edwards Barham of Oak Ridge, the only person to serve as chairman of three of Louisiana's top higher education boards and a longtime pilot, died following a plane crash on the Rayville airport taxiway Friday. Barham, who was 77, died following injuries ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Brooklyn Landlord Agrees To Settlement On Rent-Stabilized Apartments
CBS LocalOctober 8, 2014

“We are delighted to have worked with the TPU to fight this type of discriminatory and abusive behavior in Brooklyn neighborhoods to protect long-term tenants and communities. Harassment by landlords that violates the law will not be tolerated,” said ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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easy bad credit loans no faxing
Athlete NewswireOctober 18, 2014

The two primary types of loans lenders are online and onside online lenders provide quick loans over the internet. Let Sparefoot quickly find the best deal to search through over 150,000 self storage units by price, find out more about our current ...more »

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"Prior or Pending Litigation" Exclusion Bars Coverage for Litigation that Was ...
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)October 16, 2014

ACE Am. Ins. Co., an appellate Pennsylvania state court recently ruled that the "prior or pending litigation" policy exclusion barred coverage for defense costs incurred in a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act ("FCA") initiated prior to policy ...more »

Business Law
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Nebraska GOP ad may be 'Willie Horton' of 2014
WDIV DetroitOctober 18, 2014

Jenkins is black, and the ad drew immediate comparisons to the 1988 Willie Horton attack ad, which overtly tied Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis to the crimes convicted murderer Willie Horton committed while on weekend furlough under ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state
Jacksonville Daily NewsSeptember 23, 2014

Last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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How Microsoft Appointed Itself Sheriff of the Internet
WiredOctober 16, 2014

But it's also used by criminals as a way of maintaining malicious networks of hacked computers across the internet, even if the cops try to bring them down. That's why Microsoft landed those documents on Durrer's doorstep this past ... When Richard ...more »

Personal Injury
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personal injury attorney indianapolis indiana
Athlete NewswireOctober 18, 2014

Bicycle Accidents Our attorneys include avid bicycle riders who understand the dangers associated with bicycling in Southern California. We have represented many people who have had brain injuries. The first set represents the user class. Our teams of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A Silver Anniversary Edition of the Rutgers Law Journal's State Constitutional...
News from RutgersOctober 13, 2014

As the journal's state constitutional law advisor, Rutgers Law–Camden Distinguished Professor Robert Williams has been reading, analyzing, and advising the journal on publishing innovative articles on state constitutional law by the world's top ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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California Malpractice Initiative Would Drug Test Doctors [FEATURE]
Drug War ChronicleOctober 13, 2014

In California, an initiative designed to increase the caps on medical malpractice awards is catching the attention not only of powerful legal and medical interests, but also drug reformers. ... Portrayed by supporters -- mainly trial lawyers -- as a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Banks and provincial consumer protection laws – Supreme Court weighs in
International Law Office (registration)October 16, 2014

At issue in Marcotte was whether the requirements of Quebec's Consumer Protection Act regarding the rules on disclosure and calculation of consumer borrowing costs apply to foreign exchange conversion fees on transactions charged to credit cards issued ...more »

Real Estate Law
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This week's questions focus on air quality inside New York City homes.
New York TimesOctober 11, 2014

But if the landlord takes you to housing court, you risk turning up on the infamous “tenant blacklist,” making it difficult for you to find another apartment elsewhere. Withholding rent “is a basic right that exists under law that has become ...more »

YOUR VIEW: Conflict of interest
Wicked Local ProvincetownOctober 15, 2014

Also included in Article 1 is a 6.5 percent raise over three years for the COBRA/DPW, a settled negotiation, and 2.5 percent increase to the OPEIU, SEIU and Teachers' Union contracts. These last three contracts were ... "Notwithstanding any general or ...more »

Sports Law
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La Liga could axe Catalan clubs if region suceeds in independence push ...
FOXSports.comOctober 7, 2014

Javier Tebas said the country's sports law entitles only one non-Spanish territory - Andorra - to legally participate in the league or other official competitions. The pro-independence government of Catalonia is pushing for a referendum to see how many ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyers PAC shifts support in judicial race to co-founder's wife
The Seattle TimesOctober 4, 2014

Shah said in an email it would be improper for him to comment on a pending case, but that he makes “decisions based on the law, and arguments made before the Court.” If Shah's conduct has bothered many attorneys who appear before him, it didn't show in ...more »

Fattah nonprofits paid millions to ex-staffers
Philly.comOctober 8, 2014

For the past seven years, criminal investigators have been poking and prodding at Fattah and the cottage industry of mostly taxpayer-funded nonprofits run by his political allies. "I think that they have a .... Jones, 50, used grant money for a parking ...more »

Obscure age limits bill sparks controversy
WWLOctober 2, 2014

Technically, the law eliminates a grandfather clause that had allowed the older JPs and constables to continue to serve. The office-holders are challenging the new rule on the grounds of age discrimination. "Why would I go through the expense of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Question time – politics live
The GuardianOctober 19, 2014

He's telling host Lyndal Curtis the government didn't over reach in the legislation, despite the fact his committee has recommended changes to the foreign fighters package. Q: You did recommend a .... Upon viewing it, I then understood why the world ...more »

Environmental Law
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Election of new commissioner will likely end PUD drama
Longview Daily NewsOctober 19, 2014

The PUD has a mountain of debt — more than $230 million plus $17 million yearly in debt service payments — related to construction of two wind farms to comply with the voter-apporved Initiative 937, which mandates Washington utilities use a certain ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Professional wills vs amateur dangers by Jane Gray
Marilyn Stowe BlogOctober 16, 2014

In a newly published report, the regulator highlights the absence of regulation – anybody can write a will and no legal training is required. The report suggests that as many as 180,000 wills are drafted each year by non-lawyers, leaving consumers ...more »

Family Law
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Regional family law conference to address children's rights
Stabroek NewsOctober 19, 2014

Guyanese Justice Desiree Bernard is slated to address the opening of the second International Society of Family Law (ISFL) Caribbean Regional Conference billed for Nassau, Bahamas from November 19 – 21. Justice Bernard, a former Chancellor of the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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How Trained Are Your Employees On Workplace Safety? (press release) (blog)October 9, 2014

Implement a training seminar, lasting 60 minutes, to unveil and reinforce injury management program concepts to your management and to hand out new workers comp materials. The goal is to inform management of workers comp concepts and how workers ...more »


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