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Competition Bill paves way for consumer watchdog
Irish TimesApril 1, 2014

A substantial reform of consumer and competition laws will pave the way for a powerful new watchdog in the area, stiff rules to prevent “hello money” practices in supermarkets, and a new role for the Minister for Communications in deciding if media...more »

Vineland must void power plant contract, judge rules
NJ.comApril 1, 2014

In the complaint, the firm argued that Infrastructure and Industrial Energy failed to disclose its full ownership and was therefore in violation of state public contract law. The dispute went to oral arguments before McCaffrey on Monday, where the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Collier County panel wants oil-drilling permits to be denied
The News-PressApril 1, 2014

The recommendation will now be submitted to an administrative law judge who is reviewing a permit challenge to the well. It also marked the second time this month the recently reformed Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee, a governmental board aimed ...more »

Health Care Law
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Insurers pursue diabetics under new health care law
Boston GlobeApril 14, 2014

MIAMI — As hundreds of thousands of diabetics get health coverage under the federal law, insurance companies are aggressively targeting this glut of new patients, who are expensive to treat and sometimes lax in taking medications and following their diet.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Lawmakers OK religious freedom bill
Jackson Clarion LedgerApril 2, 2014

The House and Senate each approved the final version of Senate Bill 2681, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The House approved it 79-43; the Senate, 37-14. The bill now heads to the ... “This has been passed by 18 other states, and has been in ...more »

Immigration Law
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IMMIGRATION: Protests reflect more emphasis on deportations
Press-EnterpriseApril 3, 2014

A moratorium on deportations or a severe cutback would make a mockery of the law and lead more people to illegally cross the border, Guzzardi said. “Immigration laws have to be enforced,” he said. Anti-illegal-immigration activists are planning to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Stiglitz: Inequality an equal concern for China, U.S.
MarketWatchApril 2, 2014

The distinctive aspect of the U.S. is that it has become the country, among well-developed countries, with the highest level of inequality, whereas China, by any means, does not have the worst inequality amongst the emerging markets. ... The U.S. has ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Coming out of his Shell: Peter Rees on leaving "the best job in law"
The LawyerApril 1, 2014

Rees altered that to reflect Shell's global reporting lines, reorganising the lawyers into global business teams instead of local groups with limited progression opportunities. He also took litigation control out of the hands of external firms to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Litigation funder hails 'significant interest' in UK
Law GazetteApril 1, 2014

In its financial report, the company said 2013 saw 'continued acceptance and adoption of litigation finance', with law firms viewing it as a useful tool and a 'dramatic uptick' in corporate chief financial officers favouring external finance. Since ...more »

Animal Law
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Sens. Mary Landrieu and Tom Harkin and Rep. Fred Upton Earn Top Humane ...
HSUS NewsApril 2, 2014

And I am deeply grateful to Senator Harkin, who has had a role in so many positive outcomes on animal welfare during his career, including efforts to upgrade laws against animal cruelty and fighting, to promote humane alternatives to animal testing and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property and technology
The LawyerApril 11, 2014

Businesses around the globe value intellectual property and technology services. These services allow maximum efficiency for companies, providing their customers with their own unique services. In perpetual motion, players must create innovative ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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House Bill will prevent asbestos lawsuits from being filed in inappropriate places
WBXHApril 2, 2014

"What the bill would do would be to provide that venue would be appropriate in the parish or parishes where the exposure to the toxic substance occurred rather than in the parishes where the defendants are domiciled," says Attorney Leigh Ann Shell.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Resuscitating Affirmative Action
American ThinkerApril 15, 2014

The renewed debate in California about affirmative action is exposing the flaws in a contentious policy that attempts to justify a racial spoils system with the shibboleth “equality of opportunity”. The idea that somehow we can obliterate the social ...more »

MH370-related petition dismissed
The Sun DailyApril 1, 2014

Several US aviation lawyers and experts called the Ribbeck filing premature and a publicity stunt, since the details of the plane's disappearance were still largely unknown. Justin Green, a lawyer with competitor aviation law firm, Kreindler ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renters may abandon a government that fails to stand up for their rights
The GuardianApril 8, 2014

Reform of the sector is long overdue to ensure tenants do not rely on the postcode lottery of finding a good landlord. The government is starting to look these issues and how to improve conditions, but can they provide the shake up private renting needs?more »

Bankruptcy Law
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New bankruptcy fee to net Federal Government $25 million over four years
ABC OnlineApril 1, 2014

Consumer law groups say they have not received any responses to their submissions to AFSA, which administers personal bankruptcies. "It appears the decision, to us, has been made by the Government as part of their mid-year economic forecast process, ...more »

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2d Edition of Ethical Issues in Patent Litigation now available!
Patently-OApril 2, 2014

Patent Ethics: Litigation (2014 Edition) by David Hricik, is a unique guide to the ethical issues arising in the course of the patent litigation process. By providing relevant rules and case law, it allows practitioners to identify ethical problems ...more »

Business Law
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Court weighs reach of federal bank fraud law
WZVN-TVApril 1, 2014

The Ohio artist who created the Mr. Clean character that became a long-lasting advertising hit has died at age 92.More >>. The Ohio artist who created the Mr. Clean character that became a long-lasting .... The justices wrestled with how to arrive at a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Nebraska lawmakers expand veteran benefits
CT PostApril 6, 2014

The bill could benefit more than 14,000 military retirees in Nebraska. "It's not a perfect bill, but it's a good first step," Cohen said. Many of the issues arose from an interim study that looked at ways Nebraska could make itself more attractive to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Pennsylvania man gets 14 years in Southern Nevada sex abuse case
Las Vegas Review-JournalApril 1, 2014

... the Lake Mead National Recreational Area when the crimes were committed, also was ordered to spend a lifetime on supervised release after he gets out of prison. He'll have to register as a sex offender and his computer and Internet use will be ...more »

Personal Injury
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Chris Heavens Discusses Youth Football Coach Injuries
Newswire (press release)April 5, 2014

About Chris Heavens: Chris Heavens is a personal injury attorney who practices in Charleston, West Virginia at, and Upper Chichester, Pennsylvania. He has successfully litigated inadequate security and negligent hiring cases ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Is jailing victims of sex trafficking constitutional?
Sarasota Herald-TribuneApril 8, 2014

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi recently announced a statewide program aimed at helping parents spot sexual exploitation of children online. A Florida law encourages the creation of shelters for sexually exploited children, but so far there is not a ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lightstone Head Seeks To Revive $100M Willkie Farr Suit
Law360 (subscription)April 1, 2014

Law360, New York (April 01, 2014, 7:41 PM ET) -- The founder of The Lightstone Group LLC and former head of Extended Stay America Inc. on Tuesday urged a New York appeals court to revive his legal malpractice action against Willkie Farr & Gallagher ...more »

Consumer Protection
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NH Sen. Ayotte accuses General Motors of 'criminal' behavior in vehicle recalls
Bangor Daily NewsApril 2, 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the Senate Commerce and Transportation Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance subcommittee in Washington April 2, 2014. Mary Theresa Ruddy (R), whose daughter Kelly was killed in 2010 when she ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Which Law School Just Cut Tuition By 15 Percent?
Above the LawApril 3, 2014

A spokesman for the school also cited donations and sales of real estate as factors. Law school staff are giving up a piece of their pie to help law school graduates fare better in the real world. This is meaningful. This is commendable. This is ...more »

Roofers must register with Kansas Attoney General's Office
KAKEApril 2, 2014

Legislators approved the Kansas Roofing Contractor Registration Act in 2013. The law requires every contractor that charges for commercial or residential roofing to obtain a registration certificate from the attorney general's office. The law took ...more »

Sports Law
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2nd suit filed challenging Texas' new abortion law
Daily Mining GazetteApril 3, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An advocacy group filed another federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a new provision of Texas' tough restrictions on abortion, less than a week after an appeals court reversed a previous suit and found that the stricter limits ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Reaction to former city councilman's guilty plea to child neglect
KRDOApril 7, 2014

The charge alone surprised a criminal defense lawyer. He told a judge Monday morning the conditions he and his wife allowed their special needs son to live in were "deplorable” and that he's "sorry it happened." NewsChannel 13 tried to talk to Wingate ...more »

Handling of Former IRS employee Lois Lerner makes lawyers cringe
Washington TimesApril 8, 2014

Ms. Lerner's legal problems could increase this week with the two committee votes. The oversight committee will consider a resolution asking to hold Ms. Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify, while the Ways and Means Committee will debate whether ...more »

Workplace discrimination against mothers rife, so why so few complaints?
ABC OnlineApril 7, 2014

SIMON LAUDER: The sex discrimination commissioner says federal laws make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of family responsibility, pregnancy or even potential pregnancy. ELIZABETH BRODERICK: I spoke to women who in response to a job advert that ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Patent 'troll' label gets Congress to ponder what's in a name
Indianapolis Business JournalApril 2, 2014

“I can throw this term out there, and get a lot of attention,” said Timothy Holbrook, who teaches patent law at Emory University in Atlanta. “It's had a huge impact. Who is ... As awareness of patents as an asset class grows and industries change ...more »

Environmental Law
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Iowa Senate passes elder abuse, renewable energy bills
Quad City TimesApril 1, 2014

DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate voted Tuesday to bolster financial protections for vulnerable seniors and to extend and expand incentives to keep Iowa a leader in renewable energy. Senators voted 48-0 to approve a uniform power-of-attorney act that is ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Get Out: What's happening in the Ozarks on Tuesday
Springfield News-LeaderApril 8, 2014

This program will cover the basics regarding wills, trusts, probate, nursing home planning and more. Adults. Free. 417-882-0714; Get a Job, 3:15 p.m., Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St. A Missouri Career Center ...more »

Family Law
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The Family Court (Composition and Distribution of Business) Rules 2014
Family Law NewswatchApril 3, 2014

These Rules may be cited as the Family Court (Composition and Distribution of Business)Rules 2014 and come into force on 22nd April 2014. These Rules make provision for the composition of the family court and for the distribution ofbusiness of the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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When it Comes to Workplace Safety, Alberta Thinks it has the Ticket (press release)April 1, 2014

An article that ran in yesterdays CompNewsNetwork demonstrates a stark difference between workers' compensation in a regulated yet competitive environment, versus a monopolistic one where the government essentially calls all the shots. It was a story ...more »


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