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Cobh tragedy: Anachronistic insanity label must be removed
Irish ExaminerDecember 31, 2014

The Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006 introduced major changes concerning mental health and criminal law. For example, it changed the verdict in some of these cases from 'guilty but insane' to 'not guilty by reason of insanity'. In order for such a ...more »

Cache Valley's top stories of 2014
Cache Valley DailyDecember 31, 2014

Lemon said he feels good about a lot of things that have happened in the last 20 years, such as the new county administration building, renovation of the Historic Court House with help from former Logan Mayor Newel Daines and building a new law ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Tiede hearing to be held Friday
Longview News-JournalDecember 31, 2014

Judge Mary Murphy of the First Administrative Judicial Region names former Tyler appellate court Diane DeVasto to preside over hearings regarding new evidence that could affect Tiede's sentencing. Feb. 5, 2014: Tiede appears in front of DeVasto, who ...more »

Health Care Law
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Arizona Lawsuit Could Take Health Care Away From 300000 People
ThinkProgressJanuary 2, 2015

Jan Brewer is one of a handful of Republican governors who supported expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. For the first three years of this expansion, the federal government will pay for the entire cost of the expansion. Beginning in 2017 ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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What's Happening for JANUARY (Updated Jan. 2)
SunHerald.comJanuary 2, 2015

Holiday wreath and floral pickup: 8 a.m., Biloxi National Cemetery, 400 Veterans Ave., Biloxi. The public is ... Details:, sponsor code MISTY. Make a Ceramic Mardi Gras Mask workshop: 10:30-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-noon, Ohr-O'Keefe ...more »

Immigration Law
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US Rep. Vela enters Obama immigration fray
MonitorJanuary 8, 2015

Other organizations requesting to participate in the lawsuit include the American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Define American, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Law Center, New Orleans Workers ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Woonsocket sees progress amid friction in 2014
Valley BreezeJanuary 2, 2015

They have since been replaced by Public Works Director Steven D'Agostino and Planning Director N. David Bouley, but can still serve the city under a law passed by the General Assembly in June. The law, sponsored by Morin along with Reps. Stephen ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Abbas Signs onto International Criminal Court Against US and Israel's Wishes
NewsweekDecember 31, 2014

The move, certain to anger Israel and the U.S., paves the way for the court to take jurisdiction over crimes committed in Palestinian lands and investigate the conduct of Israeli and Palestinian leaders over more than a decade of bloody conflict. "They ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Accident-prone drivers plague Santa Clara County's workforce, years after ...
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 3, 2015

Hank Ford, a manager in the county's insurance division who heads the board, said drivers getting into multiple wrecks was one of the reasons the board was created, and that penalties have been appropriate. "There's driver's training, but beyond that ...more »

Animal Law
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Bay Area chefs begin serving foie gras as animal rights groups hope for appeal
Monterey County HeraldJanuary 10, 2015

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement, "Foie gras is French for 'fatty liver,' and 'fathead' is the American word for the shameless chefs who actually need a law to make them stop serving the swollen, near ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Identifying the Real Party in Interest in Intellectual Property
The National Law ReviewJanuary 3, 2015

Samsung Elecs. Co. v. Black Hills Media, LLC; Medtronic, Inc. v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Sys., Inc. Two recent decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) clarify the test for identifying the real party in interest. Both decisions ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Business Wire (press release)January 5, 2015

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor LLP are investigating potential claims against the Board of Directors of Uranerz Energy Corp ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Pittsfield City Council To Consider Adopting Affirmative Action Policy As Law
New England Public RadioJanuary 12, 2015

The Pittsfield City Council is scheduled to take up a petition Tuesday to formally adopt the city's Affirmative Action Policy as an ordinance. The petition's supporters say the recently revived policy has been largely ignored since it was introduced in ...more »

2 officers hurt in Vegas police helicopter crash
Santa Cruz SentinelJanuary 2, 2015

Police Sgt. John Sheahan said the crash occurred just seven minutes after the aircraft took off from its base at North Las Vegas Airport, about 5 miles from the crash site. The pilot and co-pilot were helping with a search for a stabbing suspect at the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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10 Resolutions for 2015
Huffington PostDecember 31, 2014

he told people to reach beyond themselves, their natural groups, and their regular boundaries to the neighbors who were further away from them, especially to those who are in most trouble. My mother's two instructions to us were always clear: If there ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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General Motors spends $3.9B to redeem preferred stock
Helena Independent RecordJanuary 1, 2015

The trust got the shares after GM emerged from bankruptcy to help pay the company's retiree health care costs. GM bought back some preferred stock last year. GM will take an $800 million charge in the fourth quarter for buying back the preferred stock.more »

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Collectors told to identify litigation-free govt. lands
The HinduJanuary 4, 2015

Chief Secretary to the Telangana government Rajiv Sharma has directed the Collectors of 10 districts in the State to identify valuable and litigation-free government lands. In a video conference held with the Collectors at the Secretariat here on ...more »

Business Law
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Free Speech Review: 22 Significant, Silly, or Otherwise Noteworthy First ...
Reason (blog)December 31, 2014

FEC—one of if not the biggest speech case of the year—the U.S. Supreme Court overturned federal limits on the total amounts an individual can contribute to political committees and candidates in one election cycle. "The Government may no more ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Troop pay, benefit fight in Congress likely to reignite over new report
Washington TimesJanuary 8, 2015

Family and friends take photos with their phones as 70 D.C. Army National Guard soldiers with the 273rd military police arrive in formation for their welcome home ceremony after returning from Bagram Air Base after 10 months, Afghanistan, Washington, D ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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What happens to veteran news reporter whose network refuses to run her stories?
Buffalo NewsJanuary 1, 2015

“Somebody doesn't have to be convicted of a crime to identify him or show his face,” Attkisson responded. Undeterred, the executive told Attkisson to call the ... forum where anybody with a computer can be a journalist. Bloggers sympathetic with an ...more »

Personal Injury
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Top 8 CrossFit Training Tips Blog (blog)January 29, 2015

your form and technique should be perfect which reduces injuries. So why then, is the injury rate for CrossFit the same as for unsupervised fitness? More research needs to be done ... your goals and can put you at risk for injury. Be persistent in your ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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NA expected to approve bills seeking constitutional cover for special courts
Geo News, PakistanJanuary 5, 2015

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly session is underway and it is expected that two bills which will provide constitutional cover to special courts will be approved. The 21st amendment to the Constitution and amendment to Pakistan Army Act 1952 were ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ex-Law Firm Chief Hardwick Tells His Side of Missing Millions
Daily Report (registration)January 1, 2015

Next he engaged an outside forensic accountant, Jeff Moore, and lawyer, Jeffrey Smith of Greenberg Traurig, who advises on legal malpractice concerns. Hardwick, the Wittstadts and silent partners Schneider and Art Morris agreed they needed to cover the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Top 10 International Employment Law Issues in 2015
New York Law Journal (registration)January 8, 2015

CRD IV reaches far beyond the EU, applying to 1) all institutions and investment firms in the EU; 2) subsidiaries established outside the European Economic Area (EEA) of institutions which have their head office in the EEA; and 3) subsidiaries ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Joint Venture Tips
The National Law ReviewJanuary 20, 2015

Under certain state laws the following statements may be required on this website and we have included them in order to be in full compliance with these rules. The choice of a lawyer or other professional is an important decision and should not be ...more »

Plaza Vista sold for $104 million, sources say
Kansas City Business JournalDecember 31, 2014

... office tower and garage at 900 and 902 W. 48th Place sold for $104 million, or about $410 a square foot. The Kansas City Business Journal reported in September that the properties' owner, a partnership formed by VanTrust Real Estate LLC, had a ...more »

Sports Law
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High school boys basketball roundup: Law wins it for Courtland late
Fredericksburg.comJanuary 17, 2015

Courtland (10–3, 5–1): Jabari Allen 11, Darryl Gerald 15, Brandon Haynes 6, Jarvis Law 16, Timothy Lowe 5, Juwan Saunders 0, Darrell Sultan 0, Corey Talley 0. Totals: 20 12-18 53. Three-point goals: Fauquier 6 (T. Croson, D. Rector, A. Tabrizzi, G ...more »

Criminal Defense
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NORML's Seminars Remain Important, Vital For Defense Lawyers
Marijuana.comJanuary 2, 2015

But even as we continue to move forward politically, there are still hundreds of thousands of Americans being arrested for marijuana-related offenses each year, and until we achieve that goal, the criminal defense bar will continue to play a crucial ...more »

Bitter CPA Fight Good For Attorneys And Nobody Else
ForbesJanuary 21, 2015

I don't think I've ever seen anybody trigger an audit by doing that. ... The district court's conclusion that Waldman “filed false information returns with the IRS in order to harass [Pitcher and Enders], not to meet a non-existent duty” is supported ...more »

Byron C. Williams sworn in as Orleans criminal judge, while Judge Frank ...
The New Orleans AdvocateJanuary 2, 2015

Marullo sees legal wiggle room in the “soft” cap under the existing constitution, which allows judges to serve out their terms if they hit the mandatory retirement age while in office. ... If all else fails, Marullo has hinted at a broader age...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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2014: A year of change
Poughkeepsie JournalDecember 31, 2014

Saint Francis Hospital formally became MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, and Mid Hudson Medical Group assets were bought out by rival Mount Kisco Medical Group. The business community said goodbye to two major figures.more »

Environmental Law
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Pacific Ethanol Enters Into Merger Agreement With Aventine Renewable Energy ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)December 31, 2014

"With this transaction, Pacific Ethanol strengthens its unique production and marketing advantages by diversifying into two additional discrete markets and connecting its Western markets with Aventine's Midwest and Eastern markets for low-carbon ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Seminar to cover consumer, legal issues for seniors
Roanoke TimesJanuary 13, 2015

Topics to be presented by Franklin County attorneys include wills; trust; powers of attorney; advance directives; probate and estate administration; guardianships; and available resources in Franklin County for the elderly. There also will be a ...more »

Family Law
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Weinberger Law Group Expands Divorce and Family Law Offerings in 2015
Digital JournalJanuary 2, 2015

Weinberger Law Group, the largest divorce and family law firm in New Jersey, continues to expand as it announces the January 5 opening of a new office in Mount Laurel, located in Burlington County. The Parsippany-headquartered law firm will now operate ...more »

Workers Compensation
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FL Insurance Agent and Corporation Charged with Defrauding the Miami-Dade ... (press release)January 8, 2015

Miami, FL ( - Ian J. Norris (Norris), President of Sabal Insurance Group, Inc. (Sabal), was arrested today on Grand Theft charges. The corporation itself, Sabal, is also being summoned to face criminal charges. The charges stem ...more »


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