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Riverton reverses decision, OKs plasma-donor center
Salt Lake TribuneAugust 23, 2014

Councilman Paul Wayman represents District 3, where neighbors complained that such a facility does not belong so close to a residential neighborhood because it would lead to increased traffic, crime and lowered property values. ... "When you're making ...more »

State shuts down Austin charter school American YouthWorks
Austin American-StatesmanAugust 23, 2014

Just days before school starts in the Austin school district, a judge with the State Office of Administrative Hearings on Friday upheld the state's decision to revoke the charter of American YouthWorks. The school will no longer be accredited nor will ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Memo raises questions about state's plan on charter authorizations
Lansing State JournalAugust 23, 2014

Flanagan then would have to prove in an administrative law hearing the authorizer was shirking its duties. All that would add time — lots of it — to the process. It also would enable charter supporters the chance to lobby, said Justin Long, an ...more »

Health Care Law
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State reverses position on health insurance abortion coverage
San Jose Mercury NewsAugust 23, 2014

California's Department of Managed Health Care, which oversees HMOs, issued letters to seven insurance companies saying refusing to pay for any abortion, whether medically necessary or not, violates the state constitution and a 1975 state law. "All ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Richard Attenborough's Great Works
The AtlanticAugust 25, 2014

His efforts did not go unnoticed, and Attenborough continued to act against type in 1950s comedies like Private's Progress, The Baby and the Battleship, and I'm All Right Jack. A consummate entertainment professional, Attenborough leveraged his ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps
Yahoo NewsAugust 27, 2014

A self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act on immigration is rapidly approaching. While Obama has yet to receive the formal recommendations he's requested from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, administration officials said the president is ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Changes to the oil, gas industry create benefits, concern
State JournalSeptember 1, 2014

One possible development of utmost importance and interest in West Virginia is the future building of “cracker” plants to extract ethane, a raw component of the plastics industry. Estimated investment needed for each of these can exceed several ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Photos: Girls softball at the Commonwealth Games
Roanoke TimesAugust 23, 2014

She has touched the lives of many not only as a teacher and writer but as a mediation counselor. She reached out to people from all walks of life. She was tolerant and humane, and she imparts those traits to her children as a proud legacy. A Memorial ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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KPMG Ranked Number One in Litigation and E-Discovery Services by National ...
PR Newswire (press release)August 28, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Second Annual National Law Journal "Best of Chicago" 2014 Reader Rankings found KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, the number one service provider in four categories for its suite of litigation ...more »

Animal Law
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What's in a Name?
Devil's Lake Daily Journal (blog)September 15, 2014

I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in .more »

Intellectual Property
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Department of Intellectual Property is to hold an event to promote geographic ...
Thailand National News BureauAugust 24, 2014

BANGKOK, 23 August 2014 (NNT) - The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) revealed that five Thai products have been proposed to be registered as geographical indication (GI) products abroad and the department will organize the OTOP PLUS GI ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Islip gets approval to installtesting wells at Roberto Clemente park
NewsdayAugust 27, 2014

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota launched a criminal probe last spring into illegal dumping at the park as well as at three other sites in the Town of Islip. The full remediation plan for the park, which officials have said would be ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Survey Finds Issues With One-Quarter of Teacher Contracts Regarding ...
Mackinac Center for Public PolicySeptember 3, 2014

MIDLAND — One-quarter of the collective bargaining agreements for teachers recently ratified by school districts raise policy and legal questions under Michigan's right-to-work law, according to a new Mackinac Center for Public Policy study released ...more »

Witness on deadly plane crash: Something was wrong, you could hear it
fox8.comAugust 26, 2014

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the 1999 Cessna went down just after taking off from the Cuyahoga County Airport. It crashed at Bishop Road and Curtiss Wright Parkway around 10 p.m. Monday. The crash happened on the Lake County side of Bishop ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Council to review tenant harassment policy
Santa Monica Daily PressSeptember 19, 2014

In this case, and in others, the landlord allegedly offered to buy the long-term tenants out of their residences — a move that city attorneys say is legal. They are not, however, allowed to mislead them about their rights or threaten and intimidate ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Column: (Re) Committing to a Life of the Law
Valley NewsAugust 24, 2014

... I'm a wannabee. But also like George Will and his love for the great American sport, I have a deep love and appreciation for the law. It is my life. .... But Charles Houston used to say, “I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” He ...more »

Litigation
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Lieff Cabraser Announces Class Action Litigation Against Impax Laboratories ...
MarketWatchAugust 25, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces that class action litigation has been brought on behalf of those who purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of Impax ...more »

Business Law
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As evangelist opens US crusade, zeal, questions
Knoxville News SentinelAugust 23, 2014

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he's "deeply concerned about the impact such acts of sectarian violence will have on the already grave security situation and on the political process." The European Union said the "heinous crime" should not ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Same-sex military spouses sue for equal benefits
fox13now.comSeptember 11, 2014

He and Hatcher, an Army sergeant who served in Vietnam, had entered into the only union that was legal at the time — a domestic partnership. And because Hatcher is no longer alive, that partnership can't be rolled over into a marriage (as others have ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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No, Rhode Island Didn't 'Accidently' Decriminalize Prostitution
ReasonAugust 24, 2014

The provisions of Rhode Island law which COYOTE challenged were those which criminalized the sale or purchase of sex by consenting adults. In May 1980, the Rhode Island legislature settled the case by amending state law so ... And while my gut feeling ...more »

Personal Injury
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AHA: e-cigarettes should be subject to strict federal regulation
Medical News TodayAugust 26, 2014

Due to concerns that e-cigarette use among youths could lead to nicotine addiction and encourage use of conventional tobacco products, the American Heart Association have issued new recommendations stating that e-cigarettes should be subject to a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama Bypassing Senate's Constitutional Ratification Power on Climate ...
Town HallAugust 27, 2014

According to the explicit verbiage of the Constitution, two-thirds of the upper chamber must assent to such an agreement in order for it to take on the binding effect of law. Given that Harry Reid couldn't lasso the votes to advance cap-and-trade when ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Keeping Client Confidences in the Digital Age
The RecorderAugust 27, 2014

Independently, attorneys can face a legal malpractice claim for such failures. The standard of skill, care, prudence and diligence by attorneys practicing law in the state of California includes adequate care to protect client confidences and secrets ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Sports betting at NJ casinos, racetracks will not be prosecuted, acting AG says
NJ.comSeptember 8, 2014

The legal maneuver would allow betting without specific, state-sanctioned regulations, licensing or authorization, which are banned under the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and a federal court injunction issued against the state ...more »

Real Estate Law
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City Council lease proposal will hurt landlords and city
New York PostSeptember 3, 2014

Today's “progressive” City Council is now coming up with proposals to protect retailers and commercial tenants from paying higher rents and getting booted from their spaces at the end of their leases. For anyone else, these actions would be considered ...more »

Tax perk bills abound in Legislature's final week
The San Luis Obispo TribuneAugust 23, 2014

AB 2389: Allows for an estimated $420 million in tax credits over 15 years to to help aerospace companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin land the Air Force contract for a new strategic bomber project. SB 718: Allows for an estimated .... In April, the ...more »

Sports Law
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US Sen. Warren supports repealing state casino law
My Fox BostonSeptember 2, 2014

The first-term Democrat said Monday following the Boston Labor Council's Labor Day breakfast that she'll likely vote in favor of repealing the law that opened the door for Las Vegas-style gambling in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, Repeal the Casino Deal ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney Gets National Recognition
Newswire (press release)September 22, 2014

Mr Walker says “I see my work as a defense attorney as a blessing from God, I've helped countless numbers of people, as Senior Counsel for Allegheny County Office of Conflict, I've handled numerous cases including, but not limited to: criminal homicide ...more »

Tax inversion deals a boon for cross-border transaction lawyers
Financial PostAugust 26, 2014

based Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s latest quarterly filing reveals the IRS has been investigating the company for the last two years, although the IRS only notified Valeant of the audit in the second quarter. Valeant was originally a U ...more »

Michigan Dems push gay rights issue with new bills, but GOP action unlikely ...
MLive.comSeptember 10, 2014

House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, it trying to balance individual anti-discrimination protections with respect for religious liberty. Some GOP members want a religious exemption, either in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act itself or companion ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Local witness protection programs offer 'a fresh start'
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAugust 24, 2014

The program is a designated use of the county's asset forfeiture fund, made up of cash and the proceeds of the sale of forfeited property collected through criminal investigations. In fiscal year 2011-12, $103,750 was spent to relocate witnesses in ...more »

Environmental Law
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Viewpoints: California should strengthen economic ties with Mexico
Sacramento BeeAugust 24, 2014

But the capstone of this process is the energy reform signed into law by Peña Nieto earlier this month which promises to revolutionize Mexico's energy sector. Actually a complex package of multiple legal and constitutional ... In the process, Mexico ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Houston Bar Association providing free legal handbooks
Your Houston NewsAugust 28, 2014

Law Handbook covers topics including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, wills and probate, guardianship, burial provisions, taxes, homesteads and consumer protection. The Consumer Law Handbook addresses contracts, warranties, the DTPA, ...more »

Family Law
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M Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Y [2014] EWHC 2651
Family Law WeekAugust 27, 2014

1. MR JUSTICE COBB: T was born in November 2000 and he is therefore 13½ years old. A little under three weeks ago, T was a fit and healthy boy. Now, as I deliver this judgment, he faces extraordinary and profound disabilities and serious and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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No Workers' Comp Immunity! No Insurance! Sure Is a Problem
JD Supra (press release)August 26, 2014

In many states, workers' compensation benefits are ordinarily the exclusive remedy for an employee injured or killed on the job. In exchange for these benefits, often awarded on a “no fault” basis, the employee generally forfeits the right to bring ...more »

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