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Fairfield scofflaw owe $2 million in back taxes
The AdvocateNovember 21, 2014

A Fairfield man who decided he was not required to pay federal taxes on more than $2 million in income will be spending 18 months in prison. And Robert Parker, who previously lived in Stamford, still must pay $1.8 million in back taxes, penalties and ...more »

JCPS 'erred' not telling board of resignation
The Courier-JournalNovember 21, 2014

He said the settlement was eventually paid out by insurance. Kentucky state law says that superintendents have power over personnel decisions, but must notify their school board of actions taken. Violation of that could potentially lead to a $100 to $1 ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Public comment period on CWM landfill proceeding extended due to weather ...
Niagara Frontier PublicationsNovember 22, 2014

Comments may be submitted by mail to Chief Administrative Law Judge James T. McClymonds, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, 1st Floor, Albany, New York 12233-5500. Comments ...more »

Health Care Law
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House Republicans Sue Obama Over Delay in Health Insurance Mandate
Insurance JournalNovember 25, 2014

U.S. House Republicans sued President Barack Obama's administration over implementation of the 2010 healthcare law, saying the president exceeded his authority by delaying part of the program. The complaint filed yesterday in Washington federal court ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Sharp decline in oil prices to aggravate freight rates
TradeWindsNovember 21, 2014

Shipbrokers who track the Jones Act segment claim demand for domestic products tankers and articulated tug-barges (ATBs) is starting to slide, which has led to what one described as “a distinct surplus” of ships seeking cargoes in the US Gulf. ... Tom ...more »

Immigration Law
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Utah: Deal Scraps Parts of Immigration Law
New York TimesNovember 26, 2014

The state has agreed to scrap key provisions in its 2011 immigration law and put limits on another in a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union. The deal, announced Tuesday, means the A.C.L.U. and state attorney general's office will accept ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Is It Time for the US to Lift Its Restrictions on Oil Exports?
Wall Street JournalNovember 24, 2014

The export ban was part of a series of laws passed to ease supply concerns and prevent U.S. producers from skirting price controls by selling crude into the world market at higher prices. ... Lifting the ban, they say, will drive up prices of gas and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Most Popular Stories
The OlympianNovember 22, 2014

DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER has occasional need for volunteers to help with bulk mailings for roughly two hours at a time. ... VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is an online virtual website that matches you with volunteer positions that match your interests.more »

Insurance Litigation
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People on the move: 11/25/2014
Pittsburgh Post GazetteNovember 25, 2014

... the litigation and dispute resolution group and the employment law and benefits group. Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania appointed Ms. Kenyon as a mediator, arbitrator and early neutral evaluator for ...more »

Animal Law
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Swiss Animal Rights Activists Would Like People To Kindly Stop Eating Their Pets
JunkeeNovember 27, 2014

A group of animal rights activists have this week claimed that 3 percent of Swiss people “secretly eat cat or dog”. Though the sale of this meat is illegal in Switzerland, founder of the group Tomi Tomek claims that approximately 242,430 people like to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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GM firm sows seeds of intellectual property influence
Mail & Guardian OnlineNovember 27, 2014

Large pharmaceutical companies had a plan for dirty lobbying in the war for South Africa's future approach to intellectual property. This week the Mail & Guardian shows how a company dealing with genetically modified (GM) food quietly followed through ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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No Soup For You: Can A Business Ban An Attorney Who Has Filed A Lawsuit ...
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)November 25, 2014

In a complaint captioned Wigdor v SoulCycle, filed in the New York County Supreme Court, a well-known plaintiff's attorney, Douglas Wigdor, complains that SoulCycle retaliated against him for representing an employee of the business in a wage and hour ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Kristine Kaiser: Keep affirmative action admissions at UNC-CH
High Point EnterpriseNovember 22, 2014

The Project for Fair Representation has filed a lawsuit against UNC-Chapel Hill, contending that the competitive university uses race as a dominant factor in its admissions decisions. The suit points to cases where African-Americans were given ...more »

Folsom Doctor Killed In Single-Plane Crash Amid Foggy Conditions In Humboldt ...
CBS LocalNovember 22, 2014

GARBERVILLE (CBS13) — A Folsom doctor with decades of experience is being remembered after losing his life in a plane crash on Friday morning in Humboldt County in foggy conditions. Dr. Douglas Pleatman, 59, is a very well-known doctor in the area ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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NY high court certifies class in cases over alleged NYC rent overcharges
Legal News LineDecember 3, 2014

If the landlord had complied with the law, the apartment would have been more affordable and many more tenants would have been happy to rent it — assuming that it had become vacant at all. "It is most unlikely that any of the present plaintiffs, all ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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signature loans online bad credit
Musalman TimesNovember 21, 2014

Nonetheless, there are a number of federal loans that are designed specifically for students with a bad credit score or for students who have no financial assistance for studies? You agree to Privacy Policy and Disclaimer by filling in the form and ...more »

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PTO Litigation Center Report – November 25, 2014
The National Law ReviewNovember 25, 2014

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM). Also listed are any newly-posted requests for ex parte reexamination at the USPTO. This listing is current as of 9:30 AM ...more »

Business Law
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Transparency Champion Allegedly Violates Transparency Laws
Washington Free BeaconNovember 21, 2014

At least ten television and radio ads and two pieces of direct mail failed to satisfy federal legal requirements for political communication disclaimers, according to the Center for Competitive Politics' Thursday complaint with the Federal Election ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Budget would cut military benefits
The HillDecember 2, 2014

"This is the second Christmas in a row that national leaders have tried to cut military pay benefits," said Lori Falkner Volkman, a former prosecutor and spokesperson for the Keep Your Promise Alliance, an online coalition of military families and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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BOARDMAN: More than Lamphier's guilt or innocence at stake in this investigation
The Union of Grass ValleyNovember 24, 2014

Within days, the sheriff's office obtained a search warrant and served it on Lamphier at his home, where investigators presumably removed every computer device they could find. That's extraordinarily ... Whatever evidence was collected at the Rood ...more »

Personal Injury
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Proud Moments for Personal Injury Attorney Jason Waechter
DigitalJournal.comNovember 21, 2014

Earlier this autumn, Attorney Jason Waechter – known as The Motorcycle Lawyer – found out that he has once again been named to Michigan Super Lawyers list. Upon learning that he made this prestigious list once again, Waechter said, "I work for my ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Why Obama's Immigration Policy Is Constitutional
Reason (blog)December 16, 2014

To take just one of many examples, for decades federal law enforcement officials have almost never prosecuted the possession and use of marijuana on college campuses, even though such possession is clearly forbidden by the Controlled Substances Act.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Illinois legal system is not a threat to Illinois economy
Reboot IllinoisDecember 1, 2014

More than 70 percent of Illinois lawsuits are filed by businesses suing businesses for money. The number of civil cases filed in Illinois courts is down 26 percent since 2007. And the number of medical malpractice cases also has steady declined – it's ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FTC Settles First "Patent Troll" Consumer Protection Action
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)November 21, 2014

Even before the FTC's investigation became public, several state attorneys general had already launched investigations into MPHJ's practices and filed suit under state consumer protection laws, which are still ongoing. MPHJ's practices also fueled ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Questions About Rats; Disabled Tenants and Drainage Ditches
New York TimesNovember 29, 2014

“Under the city's human rights law, not only would the landlord be required to install these things, he would also be required to pay for them,” said Kelly McAnnany, a director of the Disability Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.more »

New landing pattern seeks quieter skies near county airport
Santa Rosa Press DemocratNovember 25, 2014

The meeting is part of the culmination of a $55 million, year-long construction project intended to fulfill federal safety mandates and attract more commercial air service by extending the airport's two runways. McGuire said the flight path will ...more »

Sports Law
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Ex-high school quarterback sues over head injuries
CBS NewsNovember 29, 2014

... state law and 50 separate high school associations with varying degrees of control. Washington was the first state to pass laws addressing sports concussions in children in 2009, including by barring concussed players from going back into the same ...more »

Criminal Defense
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UVA Student in “Rolling Stone” Rape Story Reportedly Hires Attorney
myCentralOregon.comDecember 8, 2014

ABC News has reached out to the attorney she reportedly hired but has not received a reply. “If Jackie allegedly lied and that perpetrator suffered injury as a result, she could be sued for damages,” said Mark Eiglarsh, a criminal defense attorney in ...more »

All that glitters green in Colorado is not pot gold
The Denver PostNovember 28, 2014

They relied upon word of mouth for guidance, supplemented by criminal defense attorneys without experience in regulatory or transactional law practice. Colorado voters passed the medical marijuana constitutional amendment in 2000, but the General ...more »

EEOC Slams Manufacturer's Bid To Revive Mass Email Suit
Law360 (subscription)November 27, 2014

... 2014, 7:32 PM ET) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday blasted manufacturer Case New Holland Inc.'s attempt to revive its suit over a mass email sent by the agency during an age discrimination probe, arguing a D.C. federal ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Clark County to pursue independent audit of hospital
NewsandtribuneNovember 21, 2014

“I think we still have some facts to look at, and we still have some more information coming in from [Indianapolis law firm] Ice Miller,” Coffman said. “They're still reviewing some things, and they're going to get into more detail of the asset...more »

Environmental Law
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EPA Postpones Setting Standards for Biofuel Blends
New York TimesNovember 22, 2014

Because of the delay, a spokeswoman said in a statement, the agency will not take up the rule, known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, until next year, when it seeks to set levels for 2015 and 2016. A notice posted on the E.P.A. ... The decision not to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Revisiting 2014: Cases That Shaped Surrogate's Court Practice
New York Law Journal (registration)December 6, 2014

Their respective wills were admitted to probate and letters cta issued to the petitioner, one of their daughters. Thereafter, petitioner instituted the subject proceeding claiming that a deed executed by the decedents, as tenants by the entirety, in ...more »

Family Law
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Ascertaining Children's Wishes and Feelings
Family Law WeekNovember 28, 2014

Research undertaken by the Ministry of Justice to provide evidence for the Family Justice Review in 2009 involved analysis of a sample of 376 public and 402 private family law cases closed in 2009. Almost two thirds of the children involved in the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Damages Far Exceed Lost Wages for Injured Workers
The Legal IntelligencerDecember 1, 2014

Once Pennsylvania enacted its Workers' Compensation Act in 1915, its residents officially surrendered their constitutional right to sue their employers in civil court following a work injury. Considering injured workers' benefits are limited to lost ...more »


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