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Indonesian region OKs whipping for gay sex, adultery
Erasing 76 CrimesSeptember 30, 2014

27 approved a bill that converts strict Islamic Sharia rules on morality into the province's criminal law, including a punishment of 100 lashes for homosexuality and extramarital sex, Australia's SBS News and BuzzFeed reported. The law, which also ...more »

A Look at the World's Largest Airborne Law Enforcement Agency
Annenberg TV NewsSeptember 30, 2014

It's been 58 years since it was founded, and now the Los Angeles Air Support team can say it has 18 helicopters circling the skies, making it the largest airborne law enforcement operation in the world. ATVN's Ani Ucar spent a day with LAPD Air Support ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Next step for BARTA in planned merger
Reading EagleOctober 1, 2014

BARTA took the next step in a planned merger with its Lancaster County counterpart Monday, setting the stage for the formation of a regional bus agency. The agency's board voted to ask the Berks and Lancaster commissioners to begin the legal process of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Majority of Americans find the health law hard to understand, poll finds
News-Medical.netSeptember 30, 2014

However, health care remains a key issue. In California, there's an effort, for instance, to target messages that include access to health care in outreach to the much-sought-after female voters. Meanwhile, efforts to undo the health law will remain ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Aiyana's slaying a slip of the trigger? Debate rages at trial
Detroit Free PressOctober 1, 2014

Before Mertilla Jones testified, Wayne County Circuit Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway warned her not to act up. "We all know that you're hurting," she said. "It doesn't call for us not respecting each other." Jones testified she heard a loud noise ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Law: Is Revoking The Citizenship Of Terror Suspects Right Or Wrong?
ForbesOctober 1, 2014

Earlier this year, Great Britain took a hardline stance and passed a law that allows people to be stripped of their citizenship even if it means they're now stateless. Canada recently began invalidating passports of people who go to fight for ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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EXCLUSIVE: Al Neyer buys office building for $8 million, looks for more
Cincinnati Business CourierOctober 1, 2014

Other team members include Dan Ruh, senior vice president of real estate development; Jerry Tepe, senior vice president of design build; Jessica Cheung, asset manager, and Anne Pielage, transaction manager. The ideal property would be industrial, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Slide in US Consumer Confidence May Continue In October
The Dismal Scientist (subscription)September 30, 2014

A number of temporary factors caused the Conference Board consumer confidence index to decline in September more than we had expected. Sentiment could have been hurt by geopolitical tensions that were not fully captured in the August survey.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Coventry Prevails In Ritchie Litigation
PR Newswire (press release)October 21, 2014

"I am proud of our company and our employees," said Alan Buerger, CEO of Coventry First. "We have provided consumers in excess of $3 billion more than they would have received from their insurance companies upon a lapse or surrender of their policies.".more »

Animal Law
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The FBI Says Animal Cruelty Is as Bad as Murder and Kidnapping
RYOTOctober 1, 2014

“The immediate benefit is it will be in front of law enforcement every month when they have to do their crime reports,” said John Thompson, interim executive director of the National Sheriffs' Association who worked to get the new animal cruelty...more »

Intellectual Property
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Guest Commentary / Trans-Pacific Partnership. Intellectual property rights ...
HeraldNetOctober 18, 2014

More than in any previous trade negotiation, the United States is pushing to strengthen intellectual property provisions to benefit many of our state's industries, including our biotechnology sector. For Washington to reap the rewards of the Trans ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bingham's Biggest Rainmakers, Plus More Lateral Moves
The American Lawyer (registration)October 1, 2014

The Am Law Daily has learned that the partnership at Morgan Lewis is not expected to vote on a merger until at least the third week of October. Morgan Lewis' fiscal year closes on Oct. 1, the same day that former litigation practice head and chairman ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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No apologies for affirmative action: Phiyega
DestinyManOctober 2, 2014

“We need to ensure that affirmative action does not get stunted,” she told delegates at a Black Management Forum conference in Johannesburg. “Let's stop being apologetic about things we need to do.” Phiyega said affirmative action was a conscious ...more »

Missing pilot in gyrocopter crash found dead in Westmoreland County
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteOctober 2, 2014

Crews continued to search for the gyrocopter and pilot this morning when a search team spotted the aircraft by air and led ground crews to its location, said Gabe Monzo, executive director of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority. He said that the ...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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Fort Hood awaits new rules about payday loans
Killeen Daily HeraldSeptember 30, 2014

“We are aware of the proposed rules change to the Military Lending Act's limits on interest rates for certain types of credit service members can apply for,” Fort Hood officials said in a statement Monday. “We are waiting on further guidance from DOD ...more »

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Travelers Wants Out Of PF Chang's Data Breach Litigation
Law360 (subscription)October 3, 2014

Law360, New York (October 03, 2014, 1:28 PM ET) -- Travelers Indemnity Co. of Connecticut filed suit in federal court Thursday seeking a declaration that it does not have to defend or indemnify P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. in litigation arising from ...more »

Business Law
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Bottle bill proponents want opponents' TV ads removed
Boston GlobeSeptember 30, 2014

Supporters of a ballot question that would expand the state's bottle law are urging TV stations throughout Massachusetts to remove their opponents' ads, calling them “false or misleading.” In a letter to the stations, the Yes on Question 2 coalition ...more »

Personal Injury
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Police Log: Oct, 13, 2013 — Personal-injury accident
Plattsburgh Press RepublicanOctober 13, 2014

AUSABLE — A one-car rollover accident with two adults and two children was reported near Ausable about 1 mile north of Exit 34 on Interstate 87. A scanner call for the accident, which went out about 3 p.m., reported the vehicle had rolled over three ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Aynor man charged with Criminal Solicitation of a Minor
MyhorrynewsOctober 2, 2014

A press release from Wilson's office states Hugh Abbott Rucker was arrested by the Sumter Police Department, a member of the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Wilson, in the release, states Rucker traveled to Shaw Air Force Base to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NJ Supreme Court ruling protects confidentiality of hospital's investigation...
The Star-LedgerSeptember 30, 2014

TRENTON — Patients who sue a hospital for medical malpractice are not entitled to records documenting the hospital's internal examination into what went wrong, the state Supreme Court has ruled, upholding a 2004 law intended to encourage medical ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law blasts proposed prison visitor ...
San Francisco Bay ViewSeptember 30, 2014

by Peter Schey, Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Under the Fourth Amendment, every search or seizure by a government agent must be reasonable. Strip searches deeply intrude upon an individual's privacy interest. (Tinetti v. Wittke, 479 F.more »

Real Estate Law
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New Jersey Real Estate Attorney ENLARGES the Fine Print of NJs Recent Anti ...
DigitalJournal.comOctober 22, 2014

Peter G. Aziz Esq. of the Law Offices of Peter G. Aziz & Associates LLC, points to a recent New Jersey state law (N.J.S.A. 46A:15-2), which serves as an exception to the grounds for eviction from rental premises as outlined in the current Anti-Eviction ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Court says TIGTA must process FOIA on White House access to tax records
Washington ExaminerSeptember 30, 2014

A federal judge ruled Monday that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration cannot withhold information on whether the White House received confidential taxpayer information by citing certain exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act.more »

Sports Law
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Phelps apologizes after another brush with the law
FOXSports.comOctober 1, 2014

The winningest athlete in Olympic history is facing DUI charges for the second time after being arrested early Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, where police said he was clocked going nearly 40 mph over the speed limit and was unable to perform a ...more »

Tuscola County Road Commission board agrees to Sheriff's Department price ...
Tuscola TodayOctober 1, 2014

The estimated annual cost of the contract will rise to $79,340 in 2015, Road Commission Finance Director Mike Tuckey said. Sheriff's Department Deputy Ryan Herford ... Extra traffic on county roads during the past few years relating to construction of ...more »

John M. Ferolito and JMF Investments Holdings, Inc., Plaintiffs v. Arizona ...
New York Law Journal (registration)October 16, 2014

In the Matter of the Application of John M. Ferolito, the Holder of More Than 20 Percent of All Outstanding Shares of Beverage Marketing, USA, Inc., Petitioner, For the Dissolution of Beverage Marketing, USA, Inc. John M. Ferolito and the John Ferolito ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Client was focus for criminal defense attorney Shrager
Tribune-ReviewOctober 17, 2014

“Dave cared about the welfare of his clients and giving them the best possible defense,” said Ronald W. Hayward, his friend for more than 30 years. “He also was extremely proud to be a criminal defense attorney and proud of the profession he worked in.”.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Randall Rader's patent truth
IAM (registration) (blog)October 2, 2014

As intangible assets have grown in importance to the US economy and the pace of innovation has given rise to more complex questions around topics such as patentability, the Supreme Court has increased its oversight of the CAFC. In its last term it ...more »

Inequality: Age discrimination is the civil rights issue of our time
ChicagoNow (blog)October 16, 2014

People are being denied employment or assignments due to their age. None of this is done directly. That would be a violation of state and federal discrimination laws. Most times they receive no response back from people looking for freelance employees.more »

Wills & Probate
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Madison Civic Center to host 'Healthy, Wealthy and Wise' discussion, Oct. 18
Independent PressOctober 2, 2014

Thomas Murphy is a graduate of Cornell University and Rutgers Law School. He is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and the Elder Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, and is a Certified Instructor of Elder Law for Care ...more »

Environmental Law
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Public Service Commission race heats up over campaign contributions
The Times-Picayune - NOLA.comOctober 1, 2014

While Leone is open to solar and other renewable forms of energy, he said he thinks they are too costly to deploy large-scale in Louisiana. He also said he wants to provide more educational resources for consumers thinking about installing solar panels ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Is Your Workplace Ready for Ebola? (press release)October 6, 2014

Possible workers' compensation issues abound with an event such as this. Late last week someone sent me some photos that should give us pause over just how equipped we are as a nation to face a communicable and lethal virus. These photos, along with ...more »

Family Law
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Synod on Family: marriage and divorce family law in Morocco, Lebanon
Vatican RadioOctober 16, 2014

In an interview with Vatican Radio about Morocco's advances in women's rights and family law, Guessous argues that societies in the Arab world have implemented Islamic principles under a “patriarchal interpretation of the sacred texts, not only the ...more »


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