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Training: Paralegal purgatory
The LawyerMarch 24, 2014

According to a 2012 survey by recruitment agency Hays, a paralegal at a London law firm with no previous experience could expect to be paid between £20,000 and £23,000 per year. ... A graduate recruitment partner at a large commercial firm agrees.more »

No-Call Act Expands to Cell Phones in Kansas
Four States HomepageMarch 24, 2014

According to the Consumer Protection Division, complaints about telemarketers violating the Kansas No-Call Act are the largest group of complaints they receive. The legislation was proposed in January and will now go to Governor Sam Brownback for his ...more »

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Administrative Law
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UAW drops appeal; NLRB to certify Chattanooga VW plant results
Chattanooga Times Free PressApril 21, 2014

An NLRB administrative law judge said in Chattanooga that the federal agency is issuing an order to officially certify the results of the election in which VW workers rejected the UAW organizing effort by a 712 to 626 margin. UAW President Bob King ...more »

Health Care Law
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Clinton Papers Reveal Failed Health Law Efforts
Kaiser Health NewsApril 21, 2014

Newly released documents from the Clinton White House reveal a candid assessment of the looming fight over the administration's doomed health care plan, as advisers tried unsuccessfully to steer the sprawling legislation through Congress. A series of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Gas Prices Are Pinching Again, and You Can Thank U.S. Trade Policy For Some ...
Cato Institute (blog)April 22, 2014

First, the Jones Act - a 94-year-old law that requires all domestic seaborne trade to be shipped on U.S.-crewed, -owned, flagged and manufactured vessels – prevents cost-effective intrastate shipping of crude oil or refined products. According to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Supreme Court Won't Hear Arizona Appeal Over Immigration Law's Harboring Ban
Huffington PostApril 21, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of a blocked provision of Arizona's 2010 immigration enforcement law, dealing another blow to Gov. Jan Brewer in her effort to defend the law. The court declined to review the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Delaware Is Building a Strategy to Lift Local Economies
New York TimesApril 22, 2014

Some tax credits for the preservation of historic buildings would be reserved for projects in the new development districts. State Senator Margaret Rose Henry, the lead sponsor of a bill to put the program in place, said some ... Andrew Lippstone, the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan in land dispute
WDIV DetroitApril 24, 2014

Obama repeatedly urged that Japan and China to seek a peaceful resolution through dialogue. "I emphasized with Prime Minister Abe the importance of resolving this issue peacefully -- not escalating ... all countries are following basic international ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Stanford's Ponzi case could mean millions for KC law firm
Kansas City Business JournalApril 17, 2014

Janvey recruited KTKL to handle the insurance litigation, probably because of its partners' success in handling insurance litigation related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In that case, Mike Kuckelman was one of the lead lawyers who helped broker a ...more »

Animal Law
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'No credibility left whatsoever': Tea party Senate candidate shocks Kentucky ...
Daily MailApril 4, 2014

Penalties there for participating can include one year in jail after a Class A misdemeanor conviction. Spectators can expect only modest fines. But the 2014 federal farm bill, which McConnell supported, ... He 'showed appalling judgment in associating ...more »

Intellectual Property
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KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTON: Intellectual Property Litigation Award
Daily Report (registration)April 24, 2014

Although the first U.S. patent was issued in 1790 to Samuel Hopkins for an improvement in the making of potash, the era of modern intellectual property generally is credited to have started with the 1946 Lanham Act. Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Predicting The New Area Of Growth For Document Review
Above the LawApril 23, 2014

Now that didn't prove quite true — when it's time for Biglaw to do layoffs, litigation personnel find themselves as much at risk as every other department. ... The last time the internet bubble burst in the early 2000s it left a wake of law firm ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Keeping track of keeping on track: revising and recording your affirmative...
Lexology (registration)April 22, 2014

You aren't alone if you are spending a lot of time reading the recent changes to the regulations that govern affirmative action plans for veterans and individuals with disabilities. While some of the changes are allowed to be phased in at the start of ...more »

Small Plane Crashes In NH's Lake Winnipesaukee
CBS LocalApril 22, 2014

GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — Officials say no one was injured when a Cessna fixed-wing aircraft crashed and sank in New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. Federal Aviation Administration officials say they still don't know how many people were on board the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords not required by law saw property is in flood zone
CBS42April 9, 2014

Two tenants tell us the apartment manager never warned them before they moved in. We did talk with a local realtor who is also an attorney. He says flood insurance is separate from renter's insurance, and landlords are not required by law to tell ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The Daily Docket: Genco Enters Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Wall Street Journal (blog)April 22, 2014

New York shipping tycoon Peter Georgiopoulos's Genco Shipping & Trading filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, with a prepackaged restructuring plan that was hammered out with creditors and unveiled earlier this month. Read the Daily ...more »

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Akerman Receives 'Litigation Department of the Year' Award for Second ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)April 18, 2014

MIAMI, April 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced that the Daily Business Review has named Akerman winner of its "Litigation Departments of the Year" award for the ...more »

Business Law
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The athlete advocate: After 15 years fighting for NCAA athletes, Ramogi Huma ...
SB NationApril 23, 2014

On March 17, an even more vociferous voice joined in: High-profile labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler filed an antitrust lawsuit on behalf of four D-I athletes in a New Jersey court. That suit strikes at the heart of the NCAA's use of scholarships to "cap ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Safeway Receives Military Officers Association of America's Distinguished ...
Wall Street JournalApril 10, 2014

Safeway has a long-standing tradition of supporting the military and veterans. The company was among the first employers to commit (more than 10 years ago) to covering the pay differential and extending full benefits to employees in the Reserve and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Local man accused of placing bomb in backyard
Norwalk ReflectorApril 23, 2014

The man, who is not being named because he hasn't been charged with a crime, reportedly told police he saw the suspect go on the computer in the home and look up information on how to make pressure bombs and smoke bombs. Trego said the homeowner let ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Lawyer in Toronto Opens Firm, Launches a New Website ...
PR Web (press release)April 4, 2014

Anybody who would like to learn more about the new law firm in Toronto is welcome to visit their website; there, they can read about their expertise in handling personal injury cases. About Personal Injury Lawyers Toronto: Personal Injury Lawyers ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Armenia's ombudsman puzzled by constitutional court ruling on pension law
Arka News AgencyApril 8, 2014

The decision of Armenia's Constitutional Court on the funded pension law is perplexing to Human Rights Defender's Office, Armenia's ombudsman Karen Andreassyan told reporters Tuesday. On April 2 Armenia's Constitutional Court declared a number of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The 2014 Kansas Legislature so far: What passed, what died, what remains
Lawrence Journal WorldApril 11, 2014

TOPEKA — Meeting nearly round-the-clock last weekend, Kansas legislators ended the regular legislative session by passing with slim majorities a school finance bill in response to a court order, and a repeal of teacher tenure that has ignited a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Here's How To Repeal The Employer Mandate And Cut The Deficit (And Then ...
ForbesApril 9, 2014

The “Save American Workers Act of 2014,” which passed the House 248-179 (with 18 Democrats voting in favor) amends the ACA to redefine “full-time employees” as being those who work 40 hours, rather than the 30 hour definition in the law. While this ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Whitman seeking members for new economic committee
Enterprise NewsApril 13, 2014

Volunteers with professional expertise in commercial real estate, real estate financing, banking, finance, real estate law, utilities, technology, merchandising and marketing are preferred. Among the potential projects members will work on will be ...more »

Hobby Lobby and religious oppression in the workplace
Newsworks.orgMarch 26, 2014

As 44 corporate and criminal law professors pointed out in an amicus brief to the high court, Hobby Lobby's stance "is contrary to corporate law." Under longstanding American rules, the professors wrote, "the corporate entity is distinct in its legal...more »

Sports Law
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ASU launching one-year sports law and business master's programs
Phoenix Business JournalApril 15, 2014

“I've worked in the sports law field for three decades and can see we need professionals who have training in both law and business to help work on regulatory and revenue issues in the sports industry,” said Rodney Smith, an ASU law professor and ...more »

Criminal Defense
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'Holistic' Criminal Defense Gains Footing in Bay Area
Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeMarch 27, 2014

Born partly out of a conference in the late 1990s at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, holistic defense in its most elaborate form uses teams of criminal, civil and family defense lawyers, social workers, parent advocates, investigators and ...more »

Moore case handed over to Mason County officials
Ledger IndependentApril 23, 2014

Mason County Attorney John Estill has been appointed as special prosecutor related to the findings of a report issued in October 2012 by Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen on the Mason County School District. The matter returns to the ...more »

Age-bias laws backfire on jobless boomers
MarketWatch (blog)April 22, 2014

The Great Recession and its aftermath have been particularly tough on older workers who lost their jobs. But age-discrimination laws at the state level may have inadvertently made times even tougher for them, according to a report released this month ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Bill to shield nursing home investors from lawsuits gets final approval
MiamiHerald.comApril 23, 2014

But it was vigorously opposed by elder advocates and Tampa-based trial lawyer Jim Wilkes, who has successfully sued dozens of nursing homes that have attempted to shield their assets. The National Organization for Women Florida Chapter and the Florida ...more »

Environmental Law
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New Law to Add Fee for Alternative Energy Use
KTULApril 24, 2014

Signed into law earlier this week, Senate Bill 1456 is getting a lot of attention, particularly from those who have, or are considering, installing solar panels. "I was very surprised to hear that that bill passed. I didn't even know it was in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Brain Chase Coles are the first in Basingstoke to achieve wills accreditation
Basingstoke GazetteApril 23, 2014

BRAIN Chase Coles is the first firm in Basingstoke to be accredited by the Law Society's Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). Lucy Watson, head of wills and probate, at the firm of solicitors based in Wote Street, said The Law Society has ...more »

Family Law
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Privacy is important to family law, employment law practice in California
InsideCounselApril 15, 2014

Clients in these areas have to be careful in their communications using social media and other systems, because if the other side in litigation gets ahold of personal content, it could really hurt their case. That is particularly true in child support ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Claims Examiner II
WorkCompCentral (subscription)April 22, 2014

North Bay Schools Insurance Authority (NBSIA), a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), serving public school district employers, is looking for a qualified Workers' Compensation Claims Examiner to work full-time in our Fairfield, CA office. Public entity ...more »


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