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State workers, Capitol police challenged by threats
Lansing State JournalFebruary 1, 2015

Though one of the men had a criminal history, neither had any recent interactions with police and the case was closed with "no further communications received," the report said. That incident, and its outcome, are common in and ... But when MSP ...more »

McDonald's drink focus of lawsuit
Muncie Star PressFebruary 1, 2015

The family's attorney — R.T. Green of the Indianapolis-based Blackburn & Green law firm — asks that a jury determine damages in the case. McDonald's had not filed a response to the lawsuit as of Friday. Efforts to reach Robert Terhune, listed as a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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New statewide court computer system creates stir
Walla Walla Union-BulletinFebruary 2, 2015

#The state Administrative Office of the Courts has entered a $29 million contract with Texas-based Tyler Technologies Inc., manufacturer and marketer of Odyssey, to install the new system in all but two counties: King and Pierce. #Pierce County built ...more »

Health Care Law
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House GOP Again Votes to Repeal Health Care Law
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2015

Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma, acknowledged that “there has not been a unified Republican position” on how to replace the health care law or respond if the Supreme Court upholds the challenge to subsidies in states using the federal ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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America Falling Behind the New Cold War over Arctic Oil
Breitbart NewsFebruary 2, 2015

Other than ratcheting-up the rhetoric, not much will actually change with the new announcement, as ANWR is currently off limits to drilling—though the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act set aside the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain ...more »

Immigration Law
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Congressional Oversight on Immigration Is Actually Congressional Overlook
FrontPage MagazineFebruary 9, 2015

Approximately 1.8 million new work permits were issued to aliens with temporary visas or those who entered under the Visa Waiver Program. Of these, about 1.2 million (67 percent) had a visa status for which employment is not authorized by law. For ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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ISIS Expands In Libya: Scumbag Woodstock Continues
Daily BeastFebruary 5, 2015

In fact, U.S. aircraft were involved in the first attempt to save the pilot, which came minutes Kasasbeh's plane crashed on Dec. 24. Apache .... I'm talking about New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's investigation into herbal supplements.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Arbitrator Clears Way for Gender Bias Case Against Sterling Jewelers
New York TimesFebruary 3, 2015

Current and former employees of Sterling may pursue a claim challenging Sterling's pay and promotion practices, the arbitrator, Kathleen A. Roberts, a retired United States magistrate judge at the dispute resolution company JAMS, said in a ruling ...more »

Intellectual Property
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RXi Pharmaceuticals Strengthens Intellectual Property Portfolio for Ocular ...
PR Newswire (press release)February 3, 2015

"This patent, in combination with our issued sd-rxRNA® patents, expands the scope of our intellectual property position in the area of Ophthalmology," said Dr. Geert Cauwenbergh, President and CEO of RXi Pharmaceuticals. He added that, "Not only does ...more »

Animal Law
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Fighting animal cruelty in LatAm, one tweet at a time
Phys.OrgFebruary 10, 2015

Such cases usually go unpunished in Latin America, where laws against animal cruelty are mostly weak or non-existent. The network of organizations fighting the phenomenon is also small and underfunded. But social media is changing that, said Cynthia ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Oscars
VDARE.comFebruary 22, 2015

So you have a small protest receiving mass media coverage and one of the largest and best funded media outlets in the world telling us that the Oscars need to implement affirmative action. As the political system of the West gradually depends on ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Litigation funder%u2019s $32m case against mass tort attorneys likely headed ...
Washington ExaminerFebruary 2, 2015

RD Legal Funding was founded by former plaintiffs attorney Roni Dersovitz, while Powell is of the Powell Law Firm in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Bogert apparently joined the Sizemore Law Firm in 2012. He practiced at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Bogert ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renting law to tackle rogue landlords, Welsh government claims
BBC NewsFebruary 9, 2015

Rogue landlords will be tackled by a new law to make renting a home simpler, the Welsh government has said. Landlords who fail to maintain their properties will no longer be able to evict tenants who complain, and domestic abusers can be evicted ...more »

'We Devoured It': Publisher on Author Harper Lee's Long-Lost Second Book
NBCNews.comFebruary 4, 2015

I hadn't realized it had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it ...more »

Litigation
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Bombay High Court Asks Government to Reply to Public Interest Litigation...
NDTVFebruary 10, 2015

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court, on Tuesday, has asked the Centre, and the Maharashtra government, as well as the Information & Broadcasting Ministry to respond to a petition seeking action against organisers of All India Bakchod (AIB)'s roast show, held ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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RCMP charges 5 execs over alleged bankruptcy fraud
Advisor.caFebruary 2, 2015

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have charged five former executives of Seaquest Corporation and its related companies with Criminal Code and Bankruptcy and Insolvency offences. The RCMP alleges that Seaquest initiated bankruptcy proceedings in ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Commission members say benefits changes will strengthen military
13newsnow.comFebruary 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission went before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday and defended their work. "Are we keeping faith with the men and women who have served ...more »

Business Law
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Baby Otter Swim School dives in for a makeover
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 2, 2015

... controls and marketing; Russell Thompson, a Sunrise attorney with expertise in operations, marketing and accounting; and Jennifer Anglin, president of Allied Health Institute in Plantation, whose expertise is in start-up resources, marketing and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal-injury collision in Marshall County sent Claremore man to hospital
Claremore Daily ProgressFebruary 17, 2015

A Claremore man was transported by Medi-Flight Thursday night following a personal-injury wreck in Marshall County. The accident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 177, less than a mile south of McLaughlin Road in Madill. According to the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Why You Can?t Punish a Psychopath, According to Science
Daily BeastFebruary 2, 2015

“When interviewed, criminal psychopaths sometimes sound indignant about their incarceration. They are surprised to be caught and think the punishment is undeserved. That seems to be what's going on here. They think they have the right rule, and then ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Another legal spat breaks out over Mag Mile real estate deal
Crain's Chicago BusinessFebruary 24, 2015

The arts group, which focuses on visual arts in the United States and owns a large collection, is seeking $6.9 million in damages from the law firm. The number is based on the $3.8 million the non-profit was ordered to pay the Prism venture, plus the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional senior lecturer-in-chief misunderstands the First Amendment
American Thinker (blog)February 6, 2015

Obama's invocation of a legal "obligation" to condemn religious insults is more than a serious error for a man who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for 12 years as a lecturer and senior lecturer. It is a frightening ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Share “Californian loses challenge to Nebraska...”
NewsOK.comFebruary 4, 2015

Young's Elist.me website features advertisements for properties listed on ForSaleByOwner.com. Young filed the lawsuit after the Nebraska Real Estate Commission warned that if she did not stop publishing Nebraska listings on her website, then she would ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer fora can hear plaints against telecom service companies
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2015

It noted that the Indian Telegraph Act provides for disputes involving a telegraph authority to be adjudicated through arbitration. Since the Indian Telegraph Act is a special law, it would prevail over the Consumer Protection Act, which is a general law.more »

Sports Law
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Judge Asks for Revisions To Concussion Settlement
New York TimesFebruary 3, 2015

“The request to include those who died with C.T.E. between preliminary approval and final approval is very reasonable,” said Mark Conrad, who teaches sports law at Fordham University. “The judge's approval of a settlement in this class action is a ...more »

Over Christie's career, a penchant for luxury
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserFebruary 3, 2015

That group, Choose N.J., is financed by companies that are forbidden by pay-to-play laws to donate to the governor, because they have business before the state, including legal work and contracts for infrastructure. (Last month, Choose ... Letting the ...more »

Will Senate Endorse Obama's Lawlessness With Confirmation of Loretta Lynch
AmmoLand.comFebruary 2, 2015

“Since those filings in 2010, my private businesses, my nonprofit organizations, and I personally, have been subjected to more than fifteen instances of audit, inquiry, or investigation by federal agencies, including; the IRS, OSHA, ATF, and the FBI ...more »

Criminal Defense
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INTERVIEW: Criminal Defense Attorney talks about Jurors in Fitch Trial
KSTP.comFebruary 5, 2015

KSTP's Ellen McNamara talked with Kelly Moore, a criminal defense attorney, about the trial of Brian Fitch. Moore gave insight about what the jurors went through and also talked about a piece of evidence the jury members asked to see. Moore also talked ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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UPDATE 2-RadioShack files for bankruptcy, sell up to 2400 stores
ReutersFebruary 6, 2015

Feb 5 (Reuters) - Electronics retailer RadioShack Corp filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Thursday and said it had a deal in place to sell as many as 2,400 stores to an affiliate of hedge fund Standard General, its lender and largest shareholder ...more »

Judge rules Oregon bakery discriminated against gay couple in wedding cake ...
Reuters IndiaFebruary 3, 2015

"The law provides an exemption for religious organizations and schools, but does not allow private businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot legally deny service based on race, sex, age, disability or religion," bureau ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Hileman to seek re-election in Armstrong County
Indiana GazetteFebruary 3, 2015

She maintains three offices: recorder of deeds, which deals with land records and military discharges; register of wills, consisting of the probate of estates and guardianships; and orphans' court for adoptions and marriage applications. She was ...more »

Environmental Law
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National groups ask states to follow W.Va. energy law repeal
Martins Ferry Times LeaderFebruary 1, 2015

(AP) — After West Virginia legislators voted to delete a law that counts burning tires and some coal as alternative fuels, national small government groups are turning the uncontroversial repeal into a rally cry to remove more stringent energy...more »

Workers Compensation
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Lawmakers eye bill firefighters' workers compensation bill
CBS46 News AtlantaFebruary 4, 2015

Lawmakers will soon start debating a pair of bills that would make sure firefighters get workers' compensation if they come down with an illness like cancer or heart and lung disease because of their jobs. "What we're asking is we're covered equally ...more »

Family Law
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Director of Public Prosecutions defends failed FGM prosecution
Family Law WeekFebruary 8, 2015

"It was right that we put this case before the court and on three separate occasions, once before trial and twice during the trial, the judge dismissed applications by the defence to stop the case, thereby agreeing that the evidence should be ...more »

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