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Critics say Arizona immigration law was intended to protect crackdowns by ...
Minneapolis Star TribuneJune 6, 2015

PHOENIX — Newly released emails reveal conversations between the main players who wrote Arizona's landmark law cracking down on immigration, including discussions about doing the bidding of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and language that critics say played on ...more »

Madison to consider police merger plan Monday
Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelJune 6, 2015

But Lowell said he and some other officers have concerns about consolidating with the sheriff's office, including whether they will be sent on police calls in other communities and the level of involvement they will be able to maintain on ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Driver uninjured after hitting deer
Towanda Daily ReviewJune 6, 2015

Andrew Jelliff, 22, of Columbia Crossroads, was heading north on the Berwick Turnpike in Smithfield Township on June 4 at about 7:15 a.m. when a deer ran out in front of the 2015 Ford F150 he was driving, Towanda state police said. Jelliff hit the deer ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health Care Law Update for June 8, 2015
The National Law ReviewJune 10, 2015

The final rule also paved the way for the first expansion of a delivery reform pilot, known as the Pioneer ACO model, under authority granted to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After releasing the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Congress Urged to Pass Law Protecting Religious Schools from Punishment ...
Christian News NetworkJune 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — Administrators from Christian and Catholic schools nationwide have signed on to a letter urging Congress to pass a law that would protect religious schools from punishment over their biblical beliefs on marriage. Daniel Egeler, the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law revamp will hit more than just NHS
ScotsmanJune 24, 2015

This week's furore surrounding the impact of changes to immigration laws, particularly the potential effect on the NHS, wasn't surprising, writes Elaine McIlroy. More surprising perhaps was that the uproar hadn't happened sooner. These changes were ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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White collar firms returning to downtown Janesville
GazettextraJune 6, 2015

JANESVILLE—Brothers Shannon Kennedy and Shawn Kennedy have plans to bring their insurance service company's relaxed, white-collar culture—and its 35 employees—to a industrial building downtown that dates to the early years of Janesville. As early as ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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RAW DATA: Lisa Owen interviews Generation Rent author Shamubeel Eaqub
The National Business ReviewJune 7, 2015

... and we could mimic that in New Zealand by having better rules around tenancy agreements and dispute resolution. So we would like to see that as a palliative option for those half of New Zealanders who are already renting to make it much easier for ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Environmental responsibility latest front in litigation
Business InsuranceJune 7, 2015

Meanwhile, significant attention has focused on a case in Canada, in which former directors of a bankrupt aerospace firm agreed to personally pay a settlement with regulators in an environmental case (see related story). ... Another recent case ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights activists collect free kids' tickets to circus, then burn them
Times Herald-RecordJune 10, 2015

But the circus, which doesn't own any of the animals used in its shows, said it is regularly inspected by the US Dept. of Agriculture. A check of the USDA website shows that Val, Zola, Lulu and Chang - the four elephants being leased by Cole Bros. from ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Using Utility Models to Protect your Intellectual Property in Taiwan
JD Supra (press release)June 11, 2015

Filing a utility model application in Taiwan can potentially speed growth of an international intellectual property portfolio. Taiwanese utility models have lower fees than an invention patent application and there is no upper claim limit (though unity ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Manes: Handcrafted accessories far from China, union carpenter work
Chicago TribuneJune 6, 2015

"I remember when the asbestos law came in. We used hand saws to cut the (asbestos) insulation from the pipes and then knock it down to the ground. Asbestos would be floating all over the place. At lunch break it would be all over our work clothes while ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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How to Overcome the Challenges of Measuring, Benchmarking and Improving ...
Talent ManagementJune 16, 2015

Mr. Lewis is responsible for PeopleFluent's diversity management and affirmative action consulting services. In this position, he oversees teams that develop and implement diversity planning solutions, affirmative action programs, and EEO consulting ...more »

Prosecutor: Germanwings co-pilot feared going blind
Town HallJune 11, 2015

PARIS (AP) — The co-pilot who crashed a Germanwings jet into the Alps feared that he was losing his eyesight, and some of the many doctors he consulted felt he was unfit to fly, a French prosecutor said Thursday. The doctors didn't report their ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Downtown developments cast shadow on office landlords
Crain's Chicago BusinessJune 8, 2015

“A landlord's market typically drives new construction. “We think the overall gross rental rate is going to trend downward. ... In many cases, tenants are shrinking, leaving a bigger hole behind than they are filling in a new tower. “It will be ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Rulings Change Calculus of Law Firm Bankruptcies
The RecorderJune 6, 2015

It was in the Brobeck bankruptcy, overseen by Montali, where unfinished business claims became a regular part of modern large law firm bankruptcies. In his rulings on unfinished business suits, Montali has repeatedly turned to a seminal California ...more »

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Cost of Litigation for Firms Totals $178B Since Crisis (blog)June 15, 2015

Since the financial crisis, financial institutions in the U.S. and Europe have paid out $178 billion in litigation costs, according to data compiled by the Boston Consulting Group. U.S.-based banks have borne the bigger burden, footing about two-thirds ...more »

Business Law
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Suspect in Claremont murders reports to police
Jamaica ObserverJune 6, 2015

An authoritative police source said the man, whose name is being withheld, turned himself in at the Santa Cruz Police station on Thursday afternoon accompanied by his lawyer. Archibald Brown ... Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our ...more »

Personal Injury
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Ga. High Court Disbars Atty For Botched Personal Injury Suit
Law360 (subscription)June 15, 2015

Law360, New York (June 15, 2015, 3:09 PM ET) -- The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday disbarred an attorney for filing a complaint in a personal injury suit after the statute of limitations had run out because she had been holding out for a $40,000 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Diane Dimond: Cyber Stalking Just Got Harder to Punish
NoozhawkJune 7, 2015

A jury ultimately convicted him under a federal law that makes it a crime to communicate any threat to injure another person. Elonis was sentenced to nearly four years. He appealed, and his case advanced to the Supreme Court. In handing down its ruling ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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North Alabama senator sued for medical malpractice
WAFFJune 12, 2015

FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - An Alabama state senator is being sued for medical malpractice by a Shoals woman he treated in 2013. Court documents filed Friday in Franklin County circuit court indicate that Dr. Larry Stutts, the senator for Alabama's ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Cyber-bullying law constitutional, Appeals Court says
Burlington Times NewsJune 17, 2015

Bishop appealed on grounds that the state's cyber-bullying law is overbroad and vague, and criminalizes speech that's protected under the First Amendment. Bishop's appellate attorney also argued that the trial judge erred in allowing certain evidence ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Russian officials face 500000 rubles fine for real estate violations
RAPSIJune 10, 2015

MOSCOW, June 10 (RAPSI) - Russian officials face fines of up to 500,000 rubles (over $9,000) for real estate transactions in violation of law in accordance with the latest legislation amendments, reads a statement published Wednesday on the Russian ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Kelly lawyer fights prosecutors' request to keep GWB evidence confidential
NorthJersey.comJune 12, 2015

Critchley wrote that his legal team had already spent two days looking at the records and “has not identified any information that reasonably could be considered confidential.” He said there were “random examples of individuals occasionally using ...more »

Sports Law
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Owner of former Legal Docs by Me gives customers refunds to fulfill court order
WatertownDailyTimes.comJune 27, 2015

WATERTOWN — Derek B. Distenfield, owner the former Legal Docs by Me on Franklin Street, said he has complied with a court order issued Thursday that required him to provide full refunds to certain customers by the close of business Friday. Mr ...more »

How Houston Uses the Tirz System to Benefit High-Dollar Areas and Ignore ...
Houston PressJune 9, 2015

Per state law, only 25 business owners in a specific area need to sign the form to start a municipal taxing body. ... Like Pennington, he has seen his property-tax burden increase since the formation of the Greater East End Management District in 1999 ...more »

NASCAR: Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll under federal investigation
Examiner.comJune 13, 2015

The ex-girlfriend of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is facing allegations of mishandling of funds by both the FBI and the IRS according to reports published Friday. Patricia Driscoll dated ... The nonprofit's federal tax filings and audit reports in some ...more »

Criminal Defense
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District Attorney discloses probe into questioned police testimony
Fort Worth Star TelegramJune 13, 2015

Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson has sent disclosures to defense attorneys in thousands of criminal cases after recently discovering notes from past misdemeanor prosecutors that raised questions about the credibility of 16 officers and 3 ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New doubts on Second Amendment rights
SCOTUSblog (blog)June 8, 2015

Raising significant new questions about how much protection the Constitution's Second Amendment actually gives to gun owners, the Supreme Court on Monday left intact a local ordinance that restricts access to guns even within one's own home. The denial ...more »

Oregon paved the way in support of gay marriage
Pamplin Media GroupJune 25, 2015

Lawmakers passed a domestic partnership law, enabling same-sex couples to enjoy the same marriage rights as other couples under state law, and a law barring discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people, or LGBTs. While the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Check out these events in Lubbock
LubbockOnline.comJune 12, 2015

Bowling for Soup with Stocklyn — 9 p.m., The Office Grill and Sports Bar, 5004 Frankford Ave. Pop rock. (806) 687-6242. Tribute to Guitar Greats: Jimi Hendrix, Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan — 7:30 p.m., Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave. $20.more »

Environmental Law
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The energy revolution will not be televised
Christian Science MonitorJune 8, 2015

The nation's corn growers--who provide the feedstock for most of the ethanol produced in the United States--say they may sue because the EPA is ignoring the law. But the corn growers and the nation will likely find out in the course ... Inventor and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Cousineau McGuire to Present at 2015 DOLI Workers' Compensation Summit (press release) (blog)June 6, 2015

Cousineau McGuire Shareholder Jennifer Fitzgerald, OfficerNatalie Lund, and AssociateElizabeth Cox will be presenting at the 2015 Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) Workers' Compensation Summit at Cragun's Conference Center in ...more »

Family Law
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DuPage Family Law Attorney Receives Inspirational Woman Award for 2015
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release) (registration) (blog)June 12, 2015

Ms. Mirabella concentrates her practice in family law, including high-profile cases and complex litigation. In 2013, Chicago Magazine named her as one of the Top Attorneys in Illinois and is consistently honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer. She also ...more »


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