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Lawmakers to take another crack at eminent domain
abc27January 1, 2014

... went on sale Tuesday. If you are buying, the state attorney general has a warning. .... Authorities in central Pennsylvania say it may take another week to positively identify the two victims of a plane crash in a fruit-farming region outside ...more »

Teen dies after off-roading accident
Daily PilotJanuary 1, 2014

discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability, or refer to such matters in any manner prohibited by law. * "flame" any individual or entity (e.g., sends repeated messages ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Justice delays health law's birth control mandate
NECNJanuary 2, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily stopped part of the Affordable Care Act that requires religious groups to provide contraception coverage for employees, but the plan means insurers can no longer deny coverage for pre-existing ...more »

Health Care Law
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Justice delays health law's birth control mandate
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2014

“Because I believe that appellants are unlikely to prevail on their claim that the challenged provision imposes a 'substantial burden' under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, I would deny their application for an injunction pending appeal,” Tatel ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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WATCH: From Paris to Pyongyang, revelers ring in 2014 in style
Jerusalem PostJanuary 1, 2014

... at a formal inauguration ceremony on Wednesday at City Hall. Americans who have signed up for new health-care coverage under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act are expected to begin receiving benefits on Jan. ... "It will be like people ...more »

Immigration Law
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Calif. high court grants undocumented immigrant admission to state bar (blog)January 2, 2014

But since his dad didn't become a citizen until after Garcia turned 21, Garcia was put in the decades-long line for a green card for adult children of U.S. citizens. He is slated to get his green card in 2019. Since passing the California bar ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Court throws out GM lawsuit
Lockport Union-Sun & JournalJanuary 3, 2014

So town officials said under the provisions of General Municipal Law Section 858, subdivision 4, local industrial development agencies can acquire real property for economic development purposes through eminent domain. GM objected, filing the suit in May.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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What Typing Cows Teach Us
Huffington PostJanuary 3, 2014

... the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, the Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers, among others, joined Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Perrin Conferences' Beverly Hills Asbestos Litigation Event Set for March 17-18th.
PR Web (press release)January 13, 2014

Perrin Conferences, the leading national provider of joint plaintiff/defendant litigation conferences, announced it will host its annual Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference on March 17 and 18th, 2014, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in ...more »

Animal Law
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Utah Defends Law Aimed at Livestock Filming
ABC NewsJanuary 13, 2014

The state of Utah is pushing back against animal-welfare activists who contend a state law to prevent filming of agricultural operations is designed to silence them. The lawsuit is the first of its kind challenging measures popularly known as "ag-gag ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New Support For Québec Research And Innovation
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)January 2, 2014

The PNRI refers expressly to searches for prior art covered by Canadian and foreign intellectual property but it is assumed that the cost of searching other types of publically available information will also be included. Similarly, though not ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Stretford and Urmston MP stands up for asbestos victims
Messenger NewspapersJanuary 1, 2014

The Mesothelioma Bill, which aims to secure compensation for mesothelioma sufferers and their families, is now passing through the House of Commons, and it is hoped it will become law next year. The Bill would provide a system to make payments to ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Foe Wins California Court Fight
Daily Report (registration)January 4, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a bitter fight over the effects of affirmative action, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that law school data on race, attendance and grades should be available to the public. The unanimous decision represents a legal ...more »

The New Year Around the World
Daily BeastJanuary 1, 2014

Financial failure comes in many forms: the shuttering of banks, defaults on mortgages, credit-card charge-offs, corporate and personal bankruptcies, and mass lay-offs. ..... Rebellion, breaking the rules, and having fun, for proud Americans, is a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Texas gets changes to gun rules and taxes on mixed drinks
KTALJanuary 1, 2014

Landlords of apartment complexes will now be required to give written notice to tenants and to the city of a pending disconnection of utility service because of a landlord's nonpayment of a bill. ... In total, the Lone Star state added 600 new laws for ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Creators weigh in on 2013 and 2014 (Part 4)
Comic Book ResourcesJanuary 1, 2014

Here's the master list of Great Stuff I read in 2013: Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, the wrap-up of 20th Century Boys, RASL, A Bride's Story, Vinland Saga and Bad Houses. I'd include Boxers & Saints as well, but everyone's going to say that comic. OK ...more »

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Foundation that launched Interior chiefs Watt, Norton doubles down on litigation
Environment & Energy PublishingJanuary 2, 2014

That pretty much sums up the philosophy of the foundation launched in the late 1970s as a conservative counterweight to environmental groups' litigation efforts. Mountain ... "Young lawyers at a law firm would never get that kind of responsibility ...more »

Business Law
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Plan's claims untruthful
The Augusta ChronicleJanuary 1, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission is assigned to enforce a law commonly known as “truth in advertising.” This law is designed to protect all consumers ... It is a product with multiple claims, now proved completely false. And through our government's ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military service for Emirati men offers benefits and challenges
The NationalJanuary 20, 2014

The new requirement has been welcomed by many. Compulsory military service will lead Emiratis to have a stronger sense of responsibility towards their nation and also a greater awareness of the challenges facing the UAE by training them to be ready to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Teens warned on legal consequences of 'sexting'
The SunJanuary 2, 2014

AYER -- During a recent presentation on cyber safety at the Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School, Ariana Coniglio, prevention and education coordinator for Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, told parents about a troubling trend: 39 percent of teens and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Mary Mann, Ex-Lululemon Staffer, Describes Cult-Like Atmosphere At Retailer
Huffington Post CanadaJanuary 2, 2014

The company<a href="" target="_blank"> pulled its defective Luon pants from shelves in March 2013</a>, following customer complaints that the pants were see-through. ... foot in his ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Ravalli County Fairgrounds holding contest for 2014 theme
The MissoulianJanuary 7, 2014

The theme contest is open to all ages and there is no limit for entries. Submit ideas by 5 p.m. Feb. 7 for a chance to win fair season passes, VIP parking, VIP seating in the arena and a 2014 fair T-shirt. Ideas can be submitted at the fairgrounds ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Fabian's Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice Group Launches
PR Web (press release)January 8, 2014

Fabian, a corporate law firm that has a medical malpractice and personal injury law practice, is pleased to announce the launch of, a new website dedicated to personal injury matters. ... An example of this is the legal blog.more »

Consumer Protection
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DC budget autonomy still in limbo, nine months after residents' vote
Washington PostJanuary 6, 2014

Ted Gest, a spokesman for Nathan, declined to comment, citing the confidentiality of the office's legal advice. David Umansky, a spokesman for DeWitt, said lawyers in the finance office continue to review the matter and are waiting for Nathan and the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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State of the State transcript
WRGBJanuary 9, 2014

We enacted tough new texting while driving laws. We said we ... In the lower Hudson they will tell you about the New New York Bridge that is rising after 20 years of talking and in Utica they will talk to you about the new future of nanotechnology...more »

Police: Ukrainian woman stabs to death American husband in Moscow
Kyiv PostJanuary 2, 2014

The incident report was filed on Wednesday evening, and the woman was taken into custody. The American was working in Moscow on contract with a commercial company. The city police press center confirmed the murder and the detention of the suspect to ...more »

Sports Law
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New Georgia law aims to lower sports head injury complications
WALB-TVJanuary 1, 2014

New Georgia law aims to lower sports head injury complications. Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 2:40 PM EST. Updated: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 2:57 PM EST. By WALB News Team - email ...more »

Criminal Defense
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DA Had Right to Subpoena Defense Attorney, Judge Says
New York Law Journal (registration)January 17, 2014

The Manhattan District Attorney's subpoena compelling a criminal defense attorney to testify about his communication with a witness in his client's case "was in all respects legal, ethical and proper," a judge said. "The People may summon before that ...more »

Corinth Silicon Plant Adds to 2013 Mississippi Jobs Total
Memphis Daily NewsJanuary 3, 2014

City lawyers said that even as that deal was being negotiated, FedEx continued to deliver cigarettes from select tobacco dealers, including the Shinnecock Smoke Shop, located on the Shinnecock reservation in eastern Long Island. Between 2005 ... Harris ...more »

Time for Danville to move forward with fairness ordinance
Central Kentucky NewsJanuary 12, 2014

Time for Danville to move forward with fairness ordinance By Eric Mount Central Kentucky News | 0 comments. Protecting American citizens against discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age (over the age of 40), and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Northeast Ohio mortgage lenders 'scrambling' to meet federal deadline
Crain's Cleveland BusinessJanuary 5, 2014

... are ready for this Friday, Jan. 10, when a federal rule goes into effect that requires them to assess whether a borrower can repay a home loan and offers them legal protections if they make so-called “qualified mortgages.” ... “The lower-end buyer ...more »

Environmental Law
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Atlanta Energy Boutique Picks Up DC Team from Cooley
Daily Report (registration)January 15, 2014

John Mercer established the firm with five other lawyers in 2009 after they left Troutman Sanders. Zachary D. Porter. Atlanta energy law boutique Mercer Thompson has recruited a five-lawyer renewable energy team from Cooley that establishes a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ex-Mayor Luken makes Probate Court run official
Cincinnati.comJanuary 14, 2014

The Probate Judge presides over a court with a $2.8 million annual budget and 36 employees. It deals with wills, estates, marriage licenses and mental competency hearings. The current judge, Jim Cissell, is ineligible under Ohio law to run again ...more »

Family Law
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New regulations provide safety net for family law consumers
Vancouver SunJanuary 3, 2014

The B.C. Family Law Act encourages, but does not require, families going through separation and divorce proceedings to seek alternative out-of-court resolution options such as mediators, parental co-ordinators and arbitrators. Such alternatives are ...more »

Workers Compensation
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OR Worker Fired For Not Driving Truck While Ill And Taking Rx Narcotic (press release)January 3, 2014

Portland, OR ( - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. to compensate a worker who refused to drive in violation of safety regulations. OSHA has also ...more »


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