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Law enforcement agencies push Branstad for statewide radio system
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesJuly 1, 2015

DES MOINES — State, county and local law enforcement officers joined first responders Tuesday in pushing for a $68 million statewide interoperable radio system that would allow agencies to communicate in real time when dealing with emergency ...more »

US-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday
WTVBJuly 1, 2015

Signaling it is likely to act in sync with the United States, Cuba's Communist government said the chief of the U.S. mission, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, would meet the interim foreign minister in Havana on Wednesday to deliver a note from Obama to Castro on ...more »

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Administrative Law
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USPS's controversial deal with Staples headed to showdown over legality - The ...
Washington Post (blog)July 8, 2015

The Baltimore region director filed a complaint against USPS and ordered a hearing in August. “This ruling represents an important ... An administrative law judge from the labor board is scheduled to hear the case at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 in Washington. Lisa ...more »

Health Care Law
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Delaware Enacts Telehealth Commercial Insurance Parity Law | The National ...
The National Law ReviewJuly 8, 2015

Declaring “liberty and independence” from the constraints of brick and mortar health care, Delaware became the 29th state to enact a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute. The legislation (HB-69) was sponsored by Representatives Short, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Tall Ships Belfast 2015 in pictures
Belfast TelegraphJuly 3, 2015

Chris Evans and Alex Jones from BBC One's The One Show visit the BBC Experience, Belfast, at Pollock Dock at the Tall Ships event. ..... Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 25th June 2015 - Photographer - Darren Kidd Press Eye Lidl Northern Ireland ...more »

Immigration Law
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Cepeda: Failure to communicate on immigration
Salt Lake TribuneJuly 5, 2015

Even as the researchers were asking about immigration-related topics such as whether legal immigrants make important contributions to the economy or whether granting visas to immigrants to do physically demanding work would benefit this country, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Commissioners query top attorney over discretionary funds
Chattanooga Times Free PressJuly 2, 2015

The battle's over. Hamilton County commissioners have their discretionary funds back. But now they are trying to figure out how they can spend the cash. Commissioners Wednesday asked County Attorney Rheubin Taylor to petition Tennessee Attorney ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Franklin County replaces Civil Service exam for hiring
Chambersburg Public OpinionJuly 2, 2015

CHAMBERSBURG >> Franklin County has punted the state civil service system and started its own merit hiring program. County officials expect to reduce delays in filling vacant jobs in human services and to encourage more county residents to apply for ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Milestones
Tallahassee.comJuly 4, 2015

David Yon was recognized in the area of Insurance Coverage, Donna Blanton was recognized in the area of Administrative law, Christopher Lunny was recognized in the area of Employment & Labor, and of counsel lawyer, Harry Thomas, was recognized in ...more »

Animal Law
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Life insurers say no penalties levied on some 'pot' users
Northwest Arkansas NewsJuly 5, 2015

"While the scientific community has yet to achieve full consensus on this matter, the majority of epidemiological and animal data demonstrate that the reinforcing properties of marijuana in humans is low in comparison to other drugs of abuse, including ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Congress Should Protect Intellectual Property Patent Rights
ForbesJuly 3, 2015

Among other things, private property rights and patent laws make America unique. It stands to reason that strengthening and updating patent laws, particularly as we move into an increasingly connected world dominated by devices and services from Apple ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Buy A Meth House Unawares And Pay The Health Consequences
KOSUJuly 1, 2015

A recently passed state law aims to protect homebuyers from unknowingly buying homes contaminated by meth. Just like checking a box to indicate if there's lead or asbestos on a property, homeowners must disclose whether meth was manufactured there.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The Soapbox: Protecting Affirmative Action Is A Feminist Issue
The FriskyJuly 7, 2015

The Supreme Court recently agreed to take another look at the lawsuit, and a ruling in her favor would have a major impact on Affirmative Action programs in colleges across the country, and will certainly reinvigorate the anti-Affirmative Action...more »

141 bodies recovered after military plane crashes in Indonesia
Chicago Sun-TimesJuly 1, 2015

The crash of the aircraft, which had been in service since 1964, occurred only two minutes after it took off from Soewondo air force base in Medan on Sumatra, one of Indonesia's main islands. It plowed into a building that local media said contained ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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No-Cause for Alarm
The Portland MercuryJuly 1, 2015

Oregon law dictates landlords only need to give either one or two months' notice if they want you out, depending on how long you've been a tenant—but they don't need to reveal their motives. Landlords are also allowed to raise rents however much they ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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JPMorgan builds up apartment-loan leader from WaMu rubble
ReutersJuly 1, 2015

The bank believes that when it can make loans faster than rivals, it will win more business without having to lower its credit standards. Lending fast is critical for the niche that JPMorgan focuses on: small apartment building owners, who are served ...more »

Litigation
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Greensboro to take litigation against state over House Bill 263 | myfox8.com
myfox8.comJuly 9, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro City Council has voted 8-1 in favor of moving forward with litigation against the state in response to legislators passing House Bill 263; a bill which would redistrict the city, cut a council member and take power ...more »

Business Law
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Town weighs charging businesses for ads on website
So Md NewsJuly 1, 2015

The Indian Head Town Council had a lot to talk about at its work session June 24, including the possibility of charging businesses outside the town for advertising on the town's website, planning the town's centennial celebration in 2020 and planning ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Blended military retirement reform will financially empower troops | TheHill
The Hill (blog)July 10, 2015

While certain categories of service members may retire early for medical reasons, the vast majority of military retirement benefits have traditionally been awarded to those who serve for the long haul and give 20 years or more.​These​"military retirees ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Some Cubans see US thaw as a boon, others pessimistic
Tulsa WorldJuly 1, 2015

Elba Gil, 61, housewife, poses for a photo in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Eleven years ago, Gil cried for a week when her daughter left to live in the United States. As her last child remaining on the island now prepares to make the same ...more »

Personal Injury
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Rise in personal injury claims
Connacht Tribune GroupJuly 16, 2015

Personal injuries claimants in Galway received a total of €2.5 million last year – the fourth highest total in the country. The average award made in respect of 86 public liability claims was €28,515 – only the ninth highest average in the country ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional Court expected to decide on annulment of dershane law soon
Today's ZamanJuly 6, 2015

The top court, which recently heard a presentation given by a related civil society organization, is expected on Thursday to give its decision whether to annul the law. The Constitutional Court, which has not decided on the controversial law that has ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Attorney: Mom's death shows need for tort reform changes
WFAAJuly 6, 2015

Under Texas tort reform law, families must prove gross negligence in order to collect any damages for ER mistakes. "Texas is one of few states where if ... The suit also names individual doctors and medical groups. The family's attorney said the most ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Failing To Protect Consumers Under The Telephone Consumer Protection Act ...
ForbesJuly 17, 2015

The court disputes depend on many factors not necessarily clarified by the FCC declaratory rulings, even for those few that had parallel petitions to the FCC. Courts can employ discovery to obtain information that was not available in the FCC petitions ...more »

Real Estate Law
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House panel pushes for law to jail errant builders
The Indian ExpressJuly 2, 2015

The Parliamentary Select Committee for the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill 2013 is likely to push for more stringent clauses that may lead to imprisonment of builders if they do not fulfill their obligations to home-buyers. After holding ...more »

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2015
JD Supra (press release)July 4, 2015

When Creekstone requested defense in the suit from Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Co. pursuant to multiple commercial general liability policies, the insurer filed a declaratory judgment action seeking an order that it was not obligated to defend ...more »

Sports Law
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Herald All-Area | 2015 softball first team
Bradenton HeraldJuly 4, 2015

Fast facts: A repeat first-team selection, Moy says English and engineering are her favorite subjects and she would like to work in sports management or sports law. Her favorite movie is "Little Rascals." Moy credits her father, Rob, for being the most ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Court filing hints that lawyer expects death penalty trial for Dylann Roof
Lexington Herald LeaderJuly 7, 2015

Jack Swerling, a Columbia private criminal defense attorney, said Tuesday that Wilson will make her decision on whether to seek the death penalty on several factors, including community sentiment, whether the death penalty is appropriate and the wishes ...more »

Offshore Accounts: The Beat Goes On
New York Law Journal (registration)July 15, 2015

... of culpability. Taxpayers taking advantage of these alternatives do not get the protection from criminal prosecution that comes with the OVDP, and lawyers and accountants need to carefully advise their clients regarding the costs and benefits of ...more »

Local LGBT activist ready to move forward after U.S. Supreme Court ruling
Topeka Capital JournalJuly 5, 2015

The commission supports efforts to eliminate prejudice because of race, religion, creed, color, sex, disability, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. ... Equality Kansas in August backed an ordinance in Roeland Park ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeii
SmithsonianJuly 1, 2015

Since then this entire section of Pompeii has been closed to the public, while a committee appointed by a local judge investigates the cause of the collapse. “It makes me angry to see this,” Irlando, a genial 59-year-old with a mop of graying hair ...more »

Environmental Law
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Largest Southern Co. subsidiary enters rooftop solar market
MyFox AtlantaJuly 1, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The largest Southern Co. subsidiary will start selling and installing solar panels on homes Wednesday, a move that could broaden the alternative energy market and also worry the utility's competitors. The decision is perhaps as symbolic ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Do you need testimony from subscribing witnesses to admit a will to probate in ...
Lexology (registration)July 10, 2015

The question of when subscribing witnesses are necessary to admit a will to probate can sometimes be a tricky one. So tricky that it may even trip up a probate court. The issues mainly seem to arise when dealing with shifting burdens when a will is ...more »

Family Law
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The different methods of Islamic separation – Part 2: The different types of Talaq
Family Law (registration)July 3, 2015

... which was again, traditionally seen as a cooling-off period before it was made into a procedural requirement for the purposes of matrimonial law in England and Wales. For me it is one of many similarities between Islamic and English family law...more »

Workers Compensation
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Sane reform to workers comp
Belleville News-DemocratJuly 5, 2015

And Illinois still lets you claim workers comp if you hurt yourself playing soccer or bowling on the weekend and even slightly aggravate it at work, making your employer 100 percent liable for the injury pay. Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed that a job ...more »

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