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Federal Way senator invites state auditor to testify about criminal investigation
Federal Way MirrorMarch 28, 2015

Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, invited embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley to testify about a federal criminal investigation regarding Kelley's business dealings. Miloscia asked Kelley in a letter to testify on Wednesday, April 1 before the Senate ...more »

PROGRESS: STAR Bond soccer proposal expected to be big for city, region
The Garden City TelegramMarch 28, 2015

The $100 million project proposed by major league soccer franchise Sporting Kansas City late last year is a huge project, one likely to have an equally large economic impact on Garden City that could go a long way to securing the city's status as the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Michigan spends $1.3M on meetings of state boards
Lansing State JournalMarch 29, 2015

Richard McLellan, a Lansing attorney who advised Republican Gov. John Engler on a broad effort to streamline state ... Now, the council itself wants to stop meeting, but can't until lawmakers change the law, Cranson said. Many state boards tackle ...more »

Health Care Law
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Survey: Nearly 9 in 10 US adults now have health insurance
U.S. News & World ReportApril 13, 2015

Whether the new number from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index turns out to be a high-water mark for President Barack Obama's health care law, or a milestone on the path toward his goal of getting virtually all U.S. residents covered, remains to be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Spending the coal trust and other upcoming bills
Great Falls TribuneMarch 29, 2015

Donald Jones, R-Billings, would create education savings accounts for children with disabilities and is expected to cost the state about $250,000 a year. Senate Education and Cultural ... Cary Smith, R-Billings, is called a welfare prevention act would ...more »

Immigration Law
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Rand Paul On Immigration: 7 Quotes That Explain The Senator's 'Evolving' Position
Latin TimesApril 6, 2015

For someone who is pro-immigration, that means the right to make laws establishing sanctuary cities, or impeding with Federal agents' ability to enforce immigration law. For those looking to root out immigrants, it has emboldened anti-immigrant laws...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Capitol Dispatch: Local leaders push for SR 432 funding
Longview Daily NewsMarch 29, 2015

Cowlitz County Commissioner Dennis Weber, Port of Longview spokeswoman Ashley Helenberg and Scott Walstra, vice president of the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, testified before the House Transportation Committee about the importance of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Capt. William Philip Hewel, 79, prepared, executed 7 US Coast Guard polar ...
Port City DailyMarch 28, 2015

Capt. William Philip Hewel, U.S. Coast Guard, Ret., of Wilmington, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was 79. He was born in Nassau County, New York, on July 27, 1935, son of the late John B. Hewel and Wilma ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Cozen O'Connor reportedly in merger talks with 70-lawyer Chicago firm
Philadelphia Business JournalMarch 30, 2015

Meckler Bulger would be a major addition in a key legal market for Cozen, which firm opened a Chicago office in 2000. The site now has 15 lawyers largely focused on domestic and international insurance and reinsurance practices such as product...more »

Animal Law
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Lawmaker wants to get tough on animal abusers
Times Herald-RecordApril 9, 2015

WALDEN - Anyone convicted of abusing an animal in Orange County would be identified on an Internet registry and prohibited from buying or adopting an animal for 15 years, under a proposed law county Legislator Mike Anagnostakis announced Thursday ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Thailand's Department of Intellectual Property Orders Destruction of Pirated ...
Chiang Rai TimesApril 4, 2015

Most of the items are clothes, electrical appliances and cosmetics. The destruction of pirated contraband is an annual practice aimed at demonstrating the department's resolve against piracy. A number of copyright and intellectual property owners will ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lisa Rickard: West Virginia should be commended for improving its lawsuit system
Charleston Daily MailMarch 30, 2015

Another measure passed by the Legislature aims to reduce fraud and abuse in asbestos litigation by requiring the disclosure of all claims with a bankruptcy trust. This change will help protect job-creating businesses from abusive lawsuits while ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Police arrest 8 affirmative action protesters at UM regents
9&10 NewsApril 17, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Police have arrested eight people during a protest at a University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting over the level of minority enrollment. The arrests happened as about 20 members of the pro-affirmative action group By Any ...more »

Lufthansa To Pay US$54450 Each To Families Of Victims Killed In Germanwings ...
International Business Times AUMarch 30, 2015

According to German aviation lawyer Elmar Giemulla, the airline had to pay out compensation in the crash. Insurance companies may refuse to pay out if it becomes apparent that one of the employees of the airline company acted deliberately for the crash ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Working for You during Law Week: 'Ask a Lawyer' your legal questions
fox4kc.comApril 6, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Attorneys will be available to take your calls free of charge this week as part of the partnership between FOX 4 News and the Young Lawyer's Section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. This is a public service being ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Teen Injured From Shooting, Refuses to Cooperate with Investigation
WKEF ABC 22March 30, 2015

... our forensic scientists and have them come out and we still do what we do," said Sgt. Charles Anderson. If you can help take the gunman off the streets call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP. Teen Injured From Shooting, Refuses to Cooperate with ...more »

Litigation
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With litigation pending, Make Michigan wins CSG executive seats by five votes
The Michigan DailyMarch 28, 2015

Litigation against both parties is still pending, including one counterclaim against Make Michigan lodged by The Team. In an interview Saturday morning, Law student Paige Becker, the University's elections director, said based on the complaints that ...more »

Business Law
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AP News in Brief at 9:58 pm EDT
New Jersey HeraldMarch 28, 2015

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) - The capsule carrying a Russian and an American who are to spend a year away from Earth has docked with the International Space Station. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly are to spend 342 days aboard the orbiting ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Carter backs retirement benefits for younger troops
Military TimesMarch 31, 2015

Speaking to soldiers at the Army's Fort Drum in upstate New York, Carter said offering a benefit to all troops by making cash contributions to individual investment accounts will be a retention tool in the future and help the military keep the best ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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SLO man arrested on child pornography charges
The San Luis Obispo TribuneApril 2, 2015

Philippe Estines, 20, was at his home on the 2800 block of Johnson Avenue when San Luis Obispo police detectives served a warrant at his home, investigating his home computer and other electronic devices, according to a news release from San Luis ...more »

Personal Injury
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Hartford Attorney Alan Rome Wins Personal Injury Case Against The Town Of ...
PR Web (press release)April 15, 2015

Attorney Alan Rome of the Hartford Law firm Rome Clifford Katz & Koerner, LLP secured a $770,357.65 jury verdict on Friday April 10, 2015, in the Hartford Superior Court in a lawsuit filed against the Town of West Hartford for failing to maintain its ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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GOP brass near deal on religion law
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteApril 2, 2015

... members of the general public on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military Service; or negate any rights available under the Constitution of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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$143000 awarded in malpractice suit
Northwest Arkansas NewsApril 19, 2015

A Pulaski County jury awarded a Knoxville woman $143,784 in damages against a Little Rock attorney she accused of negligence for allowing a rogue member of his law firm to handle litigation for her. The award was $150,190 less than Tracy Standridge ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Robbins Geller Takes IBM and Alibaba to Task
Huffington PostApril 14, 2015

Republicans unanimously opposed Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, or simply Dodd-Frank; a collection of federal regulations, primarily affecting financial institutions and their customers, in an attempt to prevent the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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David Freylikhman Joins Greenberg Traurig as Of Counsel in Real Estate Practice
BenzingaApril 1, 2015

International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP continues to grow its Real Estate Practice with the addition of David Freylikhman, who joined the firm as of counsel in the New Jersey office. Freylikhman focuses his practice on commercial real estate and ...more »

Friends of Ceglia group alleges collusion
Wellsville Daily ReporterMarch 31, 2015

An advocacy group claiming no affiliation to Paul Ceglia or his attorneys is alleging collusion among law enforcement, politicians and the courts in what it claims is the “persecution” of the Wellsville man on criminal fraud charges. The criminal ...more »

Sports Law
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Bills fans miss out on $100K prize in contest for third straight year
ESPNApril 22, 2015

"From a business point of view, (the NFL has) ... avoided what may have been the biggest risk to their continued prosperity," said Andrew Brandt, director of the sports law program at Villanova University law school. "Removing this as a threat is ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney: Son of slain Rock Hill lawyer suffered 'psychotic episode'
The StateApril 17, 2015

Osiris Hinton suffered a “psychotic episode” due to wrongly prescribed medication just before his father, prominent Rock Hill criminal defense lawyer O. Cyrus Hinton, was shot and killed Sunday at the family's Spartanburg home, his lawyer told a judge ...more »

Access Hollywood Live
Access HollywoodApril 10, 2015

That lawyer has since dropped Slager as a client. The police chief of North Charleston announced Slager .... If the fear of being audited by the irs gives you nightmares, we'll help you start sleeping a little easier. That story is up next in the Money ...more »

BSU president guarded on RFRA
Muncie Star PressMarch 30, 2015

The University Senate voted 51-9 against House Joint Resolution 6, which critics called the Indiana Marriage Discrimination Act. President Jo Ann Gora's administration asked University Senate to approve the motion and helped draft the language. ... and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Column: Common misconceptions about elder law planning
Westfair OnlineMarch 29, 2015

One of the distinct advantages of engaging in Medicaid asset protection planning in New York is that while a nonexempt transfer of assets will create the five-year look back period for nursing home Medicaid, it will not, under current law, have any ...more »

Environmental Law
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Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play for Green Money
ABC NewsMarch 28, 2015

... Law and Policy Center, Howard Learner, said nuclear plants cannot be considered similar to wind and solar energy since they produce radioactive waste. While closing a nuclear plant may eliminate local jobs, subsidizing them prevents investments and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Seminar focuses on end-of-life decisions
Insurance News NetMarch 28, 2015

Jeff Rhodes , an attorney who specializes in trust fund planning, said making advance arrangements will help families decide what each individual would want, and can help descendants avoid a long, expensive legal process. "Planning basically increases ...more »

Family Law
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How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part I
Huffington PostApril 27, 2015

On April 23, 2015, I read an article titled "Solid negotiation skills crucial for family lawyers," which I felt was an important read for both the public and my colleagues. I therefore shared the article over the social media and with the members of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Employers And Insurers Gain Control In Workers' Compensation Disputes
KNPRMarch 30, 2015

Nicolas Mercado was prescribed $170,000 in home modifications by his doctor so he would be able to return home to live, but when his insurer went bankrupt, his case went to the California Insurance Guarantee Association, a state agency that then ...more »

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