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Brothers behind Lap-Band ads sued
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 25, 2014

The lawsuit also maintains that "false medical records" were submitted to support claims, including one instance in which a patient's height was changed to bring her body mass index to a level that would meet her policy's coverage requirements. In ...more »

Legal reforms, improving economy drive candidates in 35th District
Charleston Daily MailSeptember 25, 2014

Creating new opportunities for new jobs in the Kanawha Valley can address state tax problems and social issues, argued candidates for the House of Delegates in the 35th District. The three Republican candidates stressed legal reforms that could attract ...more »

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Administrative Law
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A 'Willie Horton' Ad in Nebraska
FactCheck.orgOctober 24, 2014

It is certainly fair game to debate the merits of good-time laws, which are in place in at least 32 other states because they ease prison overcrowding and give prison officials a tool to maintain order. But the NRCC .... department. “We need to ask the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Rick Scott says Charlie Crist could have expanded Medicaid as governor but didn't
PolitiFactOctober 22, 2014

One of the original provisions in President Barack Obama's signature health care law was to expand Medicaid, the joint federal and state program to cover the poorest of the uninsured. The new Medicaid guidelines covered everyone up to 138 percent of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Flip the Script: Adam Jones Takes on Leadership Role with Cincinnati Bengals
Bleacher ReportOctober 24, 2014

"I think some of this stuff is bittersweet," says Adam Jones. "It's a media-driven league." Perhaps even more so than when he was in the spotlight. "Ray Rice gets into it, and he's suspended indefinitely," Jones says. "Things have changed that they're ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama Quietly Begins Unilateral Immigration Reform
White House DossierOctober 18, 2014

President Obama Friday made a downpayment on the sweeping immigration “reform” he is expected to unilaterally declare once the elections are out of the way, permitting up to around 100,000 prospective Haitian immigrants to bypass immigration law and ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Herkimer Industries honors Fiberdyne Labs
Herkimer Evening TelegramOctober 24, 2014

HERKIMER — Herkimer Industries, the industrial subcontracting division of the Herkimer ARC, recognized the engineering team of Fiberdyne Labs in Frankfort in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. NDEAM, which is celebrated in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Juvenile Court officials say federal mandate not to blame for lack of arrests
wreg.comOctober 25, 2014

“A lot of the kids we see down here come from a toxic environment where violence is used to resolve disputes as opposed to some sort of talking it out or mediation,” said Michael. Last month, a mob attack outside a Kroger put a spotlight on the problem ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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People in the News - Oct. 21, 2014 - Archer & Greiner Promotes Six to Partner
The Legal IntelligencerOctober 20, 2014

Michael S. Horn practices general litigation with an emphasis on commercial matters, Uniform Commercial Code claims, contractual disputes and litigation involving real estate, products liability, complex disputes, insurance coverage and environmental ...more »

Animal Law
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Link between animal cruelty, domestic violence explored at seminar in Bay County
Bay City TimesOctober 10, 2014

In the past 20 years, a growing body of research has firmly established a significant link between domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, violent crime and animal abuse. It's never an isolated thing. It's always linked to other things." Animal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Leading Intellectual Property Litigator Brad Newberg Joins McGuireWoods
PR Newswire (press release)October 13, 2014

Newberg comes to McGuireWoods from the Falls Church, Virginia, office of Reed Smith, where he was lead attorney on many different intellectual property matters. In addition to his litigation work, he assists clients in navigating various laws that ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney Eric C. Tostrud joins William Mitchell as a distinguished ...
William Mitchell College of LawOctober 20, 2014

During that time, he focused his practice primarily in the areas of health care law and litigation and complex insurance coverage matters. His practice concentrated almost exclusively in the federal courts, especially the federal courts in Minnesota ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New lawsuit targets NCAA and every Division I school
KYTXOctober 23, 2014

... is named in a case pending before the National Labor Relations board regarding its football team's right to unionize. McDonald said in his statement this case does not propose giving athletes regular employee status and collective-bargaining rights.more »

Residents, city officials gear up to fight increased airplane noise
Palo Alto OnlineOctober 24, 2014

What's more, residents say, the fledgling Surf Air commuter line of propeller planes, which uses San Carlos Airport, is adding a layer of smaller, allegedly noisier commercial aircraft over neighborhood rooftops. ... The FAA has declined to comment on ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord discovers tenant has turned home into major marijuana grow house
KTVU San FranciscoOctober 8, 2014

On Tuesday morning the landlord, who asked to only be identified as Leonardo, reclaimed his Vallejo single-family home from a delinquent tenant and told KTVU he could not believe what he found. The tenant had allegedly transformed the home into a major ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bankia says bad loan ratio 13.1 pct after latest credit portfolio sales
ReutersOctober 24, 2014

MADRID Oct 24 (Reuters) - The bad loan ratio of Spain's nationalised lender Bankia was 13.1 percent after the sale of credit portfolios worth 880 million euros (1.11 billion US dollar) in October, Chief Financial Officer Leopoldo Alvear said on Friday ...more »

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Blocking the Use of Mediation Documents in Litigation
The Legal IntelligencerOctober 13, 2014

Bob prepares intensely for mediation. He spends a lot of time preparing his client so the client's "extemporaneous" remarks in joint session send a strong message to the other side and suggest creative ways to settle the dispute. And he incorporates ...more »

Business Law
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Justices To Weigh Antitrust Future Of State Boards
Law360 (subscription)October 10, 2014

The groups said the Fourth Circuit's decision threatens both states' use of regulatory boards and the members of those boards, citing concerns that professionals would be less willing to serve or more likely to put antitrust concerns ahead of safety or ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Amendment on property taxes would benefit military spouses
Lynchburg News and AdvanceOctober 23, 2014

Virginia voters will decide the fate of a constitutional amendment for military spouses at the voting booth in two weeks. The change would allow the surviving spouses of military personnel killed in action to claim exemption on property taxes. Del ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Funeral burglar sentenced to 27 years
The Courier-JournalOctober 21, 2014

“If you've got a computer, an Internet connection and you're willing to do a little work, it's not that hard,” Lt. Rob Davis told The Courier-Journal in 2013. Upon his arrest, Bennett told police he was addicted to drugs, according to an arrest report ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Affordable Care Act and Personal Injury Damages: Part I
The Legal IntelligencerOctober 14, 2014

Requests for diagnosis began shortly after the March 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA or Obamacare): "How does the ACA affect the health of personal injury damages?" Having taken a culture and allowed it to grow ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Symposium: The gay marriage cases and federal jurisdiction
SCOTUSblog (blog)October 9, 2014

When hard questions of domestic relations are sure to affect the outcome, the prudent course is for the federal court to stay its hand rather than reach out to resolve a weighty question of federal constitutional law.” – Elk Grove Unified School ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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No on Proposition 46 campaign tries to start a hacker panic
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 25, 2014

Even by the political world's low standards of truthiness, a new commercial being aired by the No on Proposition 46 campaign is jaw-droppingly deceptive. The proposition would make three major changes in the laws related to the practice of medicine in ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Breaking Down The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
Deposit Accounts (blog)October 15, 2014

In response to the financial crisis starting in 2008, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in July of 2010. The Dodd-Frank Act established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as a means to protect ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Law Office of Sam J. Saad III expands
Naples Daily NewsOctober 21, 2014

Launched in 2007, Saad's law firm has sought to provide affordable legal services with low hourly rates and flat rate legal services to make personalized legal support more accessible to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and real estate investors.more »

DiRocco caught in rep race crossfire
Lowell SunOctober 19, 2014

As for DiRocco denouncing her "political" tactics during the meeting, Garry added: "What is totally ridiculous is the anger of Vice Chairman DiRocco toward the 'messenger of the news' that they have been in violation of the law for over four years ...more »

Sports Law
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Bill Reynolds: Peterson can't stop running afoul of the law
The Providence JournalOctober 11, 2014

How crazy is the sports world becoming? One website has URI sophomore E.C. Matthews going to the Knicks with the 11{+t}{+h} pick. In 2016, no less. Joe Trainer, the former URI football coach, is an assistant coach at Villanova. “Gone Girl” is one wild ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Consultant talks safety for real estate agents
StarNewsOnline.comOctober 24, 2014

The retired law enforcement officer, who teaches seminars nationwide, told some horror stories of crimes against real estate agents while doing their jobs. The one that stood ... We get so wrapped up in getting the property sold that we forget about ...more »

Catoosa County prepares to sue hospital for audited financial reports
Northwest Georgia NewsOctober 23, 2014

If no such audited reports are prepared, completed and filed as stipulated, “any taxpayer of any participating unit of such authority or the governing authority of such unit may petition the superior court” to order compliance with the law. Also ...more »

Harvard Law Professors Condemn University's War On Young Men
ForbesOctober 24, 2014

In age when ideology increasingly trumps the impartial quest for truth on our college campuses, 28 Harvard University law professors are to be commended, for—to borrow William F. Buckley, Jr.'s famous phrase—“stand[ing] athwart history, yelling Stop ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Should insurers handle public-pension payouts?
MarketWatchOctober 22, 2014

But my friends at the Urban Institute strongly support, and my friends at the Pension Right Center strongly oppose, a proposal by Senator Orrin Hatch (R, Utah) for a SAFE Retirement Plan whereby public pension plans turn over the assets of their ...more »

Environmental Law
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Michigan governor 2014: Did Rick Snyder do what he said he'd do?
The Muskegon ChronicleOctober 22, 2014

The total package was projected to cut total business taxes by some $1.7 billion while increasing individual income tax collections by about $1.4 billion annually. Create jobs: Snyder, in his white paper on retaining young residents and ... more than ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Unopposed political candidates need not worry come election day
Bristol PressOctober 25, 2014

Probate courts traditionally have had the job of making sure estates are settled properly, with wills followed, creditors paid off, taxes covered and the like. But they also have important roles these days in adoptions, children's rights, family issues ...more »

Family Law
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Eagle Law Offices, P.S. Celebrates 10 Years of Practicing Family Law, Criminal ...
PR Web (press release)October 23, 2014

Eagle Law Offices, P.S., which has represented hundreds of clients in Family Law, Criminal Law & Estate Planning throughout King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties, reached its 10th successful year in practice this November. “We are very proud to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers compensation rate cut for public employers
Youngstown VindicatorOctober 24, 2014

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation board has finalized an earlier-announced rate cut for public employers. The move Friday means some 3,800 cities, counties, townships, villages, schools and special districts will pay an average of 9.1 percent ...more »


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