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Fremont's Crossings @ 880 Crosses Over to New Owner
Commercial Property ExecutiveSeptember 1, 2015

Overton Moore Properties has sold one of its largest Bay Area properties, The Crossings @ 880 in Fremont, to an affiliate of BlackRock Realty Advisors. The Silicon Valley Business Journal reported the sale price as $133 million. According to the ...more »

Vietnamese, Venezuelan leaders decide to deepen trade relations
Viet Nam NewsSeptember 1, 2015

Ministries and agencies will be directed to fine-tune legal frameworks through negotiating and signing deals, while facilitating business operations across energy, oil and gas, agriculture and fisheries. Both host and guest welcomed the signing of an ...more »

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Administrative Law
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The 'anchor baby' myth
Al Jazeera AmericaSeptember 2, 2015

Fewer than 10 percent of the parents of U.S. citizen children apprehended by border agents were allowed a hearing before an immigration judge at which they could potentially make claims about their family ties. ... Last year in an advisory opinion, the ...more »

Health Care Law
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48K Montanans have active policies through health care law
Helena Independent RecordSeptember 8, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal health officials say more than 48,500 Montana residents have signed up and paid for health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's federal marketplace. The number of people with paid premiums was released ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA
Minneapolis Star TribuneSeptember 2, 2015

But arguments detailed in technical documents obtained through the Minnesota Data Practices Act show just how difficult it is for engineers to predict the flow and quality of water that could emerge after decades of mining alter the landscape in one of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Can Carly Fiorina Win Over Latino Voters? California Republican's Immigration...
International Business TimesSeptember 21, 2015

Fiorina could also face criticism for seemingly supporting a controversial Arizona immigration law in 2012 that codified racial discrimination in the state. It's no secret that Hispanic voters are going to play an increasingly important role in ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Seven reasons why China is so disaster-prone
CityMetricSeptember 2, 2015

Industrial and civil engineering accidents occur almost daily in China. On the same day as the Tianjin explosion, a landslide ... Just a generation ago this was an area of mudflats and fishing villages, but now it is home to some of the most prominent ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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IRS Lawyer Who Headed Lerner Email Release Present When Markings on Clinton ...
Washington Free BeaconSeptember 2, 2015

However, the congressional source said Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III referenced the matter in a July 23 letter to Congress during which he encouraged “that State FOIA officials implement a dispute resolution process in regard to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment
Business InsuranceSeptember 2, 2015

An ultimate finding that drivers are employees could raise Uber's costs beyond the lawsuit's scope and force it to pay Social Security, workers' compensation, and unemployment insurance. In June, a California labor commissioner ruled that an Uber ...more »

Animal Law
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Our View: Idaho Needs Stronger Penalties for Animal Abusers
Twin Falls Times-NewsSeptember 11, 2015

Idaho is still at the bottom, even after it toughened its laws in 2012, putting felony animal-cruelty penalties on the books for the first time. But for the abuse to rise to a felony, someone has to receive three animal-cruelty convictions in a 15-year ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Jonathan Riddell Mocks Canonical with His Own Intellectual Property Policy
Softpedia News (blog)September 3, 2015

In some more relaxing news, Jonathan Riddell, leader of the Kubuntu Linux distribution, has had the great pleasure of announcing his own IP (Intellectual Property) policy, mocking Canonical's. For those of you who are not in the loop, Jonathan Riddell ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lynn Walker Huntley, Lawyer in Prominent Civil Rights Issues, Dies at 69
New York TimesSeptember 6, 2015

Georgia was a triumph for the Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which had been fighting for years to abolish the death penalty. But the victory was only temporary. Four years later, after some states retooled their capital punishment laws to overcome ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Pittsfield ordinance places Affirmative Action Policy/Plan in city code
Berkshire Eagle (subscription)September 30, 2015

... Jonathan Lothrop opposed. Lothrop said Tuesday that he had one or two language issues with the ordinance, including one phrase he believed improperly gave the council authority to delegate administrative responsibility for enforcing the policy to ...more »

Man who survived North Carolina plane crash wants to fly again
myfox8.comSeptember 9, 2015

WHISPERING PINES, N.C. — Fred Para is luckier than many. The 72-year-old survived a plane crash that left him with a severed foot and hand, and broken bones. The accident on June 2, in a wooded area near the Siler City Airport in Chatham County ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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John Roska: Act protects victims of domestic violence
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteSeptember 20, 2015

Q: My boyfriend and I signed a lease together. He went to jail for domestic battery of me. As a result of all the problems he caused, I've gotten behind in the rent. Someone told me there's a law that protects domestic violence victims from eviction ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Talking To Kids About Alcohol, The Earlier The Better
WKEF ABC 22September 1, 2015

Miami Valley Crime Stoppers. If you have information about a crime that has occurred, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867 (STOP) 800-637-5735, 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous. Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News ...more »

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With America's poor record on civil justice, shouldn't we encourage litigation...
InsideCounselSeptember 3, 2015

This is truer than ever in the civil context, where litigation has become an enormously expensive proposition for businesses and individuals without substantial financial resources. In addition to the cost of obtaining quality counsel there is the ever ...more »

Business Law
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Anti-corruption cop caught soliciting money
Jamaica ObserverSeptember 1, 2015

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) said in a release shortly after the incident that the police constable was arrested in a “coordinated sting operation arising from its robust institutional integrity monitoring and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military's best, brightest deserve commensurate benefits
Statesman JournalSeptember 11, 2015

President Obama has signaled that he will use his legal authority to cap the active duty military pay raise in 2016 at 1.3 percent instead of 2.3 percent authorized under current law. This action marks the second consecutive year the president has ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Associate prof. studies censorship, surveillance on the Internet
UNM Daily LoboSeptember 1, 2015

Subjects such as Internet censorship and freedoms are becoming increasingly discussed as modern society moves further and further into the Digital Age. Jed Crandall, an associate professor of computer science at UNM, studies incidences of censorship ...more »

Personal Injury
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Seattle Personal Injury Law Firm Buckley & Associates Releases Information to ...
Satellite PR News (press release)September 25, 2015

SEATTLE, WA, September 25, 2015 / — James C. Buckley, principal attorney and founder of Buckley & Associates, shared information Thursday to assist the victims of the collision between a charter bus and an amphibious tour vehicle ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Gay Hating Kentucky Clerk ordered to appear in Fed. Court for Breaking ...
Ring of FireSeptember 2, 2015

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her staff will appear before a federal judge to explain why they shouldn't either be fined or receive jail time for ignoring a federal order, and violating same-sex couples' constitutional rights. Davis, invoking “God's ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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What Associates Need to Know When Changing Firms
The RecorderSeptember 29, 2015

The authors represent attorneys and law firms and regularly speak and write on issues regarding the practice of law, including "The Lawyer's Handbook: Ethics Compliance and Claim Avoidance" (ALM 2013) and "California Legal Malpractice Law" (ALM ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Credit-card processor agrees to settle fraud claims
Arizona Daily StarSeptember 17, 2015

The attorney general's office encourages business owners who believe they were victims of consumer fraud to call (602) 542-5763 for Phoenix-related complaints and (520) 628-6504 for Tucson-related complaints. Arizona residents outside of the Phoenix ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Sales Price Disclosure Debate May Take a Turn in Texas
Texas TribuneSeptember 1, 2015

But tucked at the end of that 112-word proposition is another change in law that some see as the key to restarting a decades-old debate. At issue is Texas' distinction as one of a handful of states that does not require the disclosure of real estate...more »

The American Bar Association Joins Growing Chorus Of Groups Raising Concerns ...
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)September 1, 2015

On August 26, 2015, the Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association ("ABA") submitted public comments to the General Services Administration ("GSA") and the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") on their proposed regulations and guidance ...more »

SEC steps up enforcement actions against CPAs for cooking books
MarketWatchSeptember 9, 2015

The SEC accused the company and the finance officials of scheming to boost revenue and understate expenses to meet analyst targets for adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the second quarter of 2012. ... +0.00 ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Three more lawyers added to AG Ken Paxton's defense team
Dallas Morning News (blog)September 24, 2015

Barbieri was recently named 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, according to the release. Dallas attorney Bill Mateja is the fifth member. He specializes in the defense of federal and state securities ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Walgreens installs special safes to deter robberies - WISC-TV3September 1, 2015

Erik Weisensel, an asset protection manager at Walgreen's, said once the safe is activated by a pharmacist, it is designed to remain locked for several minutes. “They have to understand that if they are going to come into a Walgreens to try and commit ...more »

Beyondblue backs marriage equality as a weapon against discrimination
The GuardianSeptember 1, 2015

Beyondblue says the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act, the 1984 Sex Discrimination Act, the 1992 Disability Discrimination Act and the 2004 Age Discrimination Act had all been introduced to overcome discrimination. “Discrimination is often based on colour ...more »

Wills & Probate
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California Senate Votes Friday on Legalizing Assisted Suicide, Democrats Skip ...
LifeNews.comSeptember 10, 2015

“In my law practice, I started out working in guardianships, wills and probate, and saw abuse of all kinds, especially where there was money involved (where there's a will, there are heirs),” Dore explained. “The California bill sets up the perfect ...more »

Environmental Law
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New England's ports, long past prime, seek to stage comeback
12NewsNow.ComSeptember 5, 2015

Wind turbine equipment goes to Searsport, Maine, to supply the state's alternative energy products. Some in the region, like New Hampshire, receive road salt and heating oil, staples for New England winters. Some smaller ports export recyclables such ...more »

Workers Compensation
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US Labor Department and Vermont DOL Sign Agreement to Protect Workers from ... (press release)September 3, 2015

Washington, DC ( - Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Labor have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding intended to protect employees' rights by preventing their ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law Attorney Hunter Lewis Rejoins Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson
PR Newswire (press release)September 9, 2015

DALLAS, Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas-based Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, is pleased to announce that T. Hunter Lewis has rejoined the family law boutique as an associate in the Dallas office. A respected family law litigator and ...more »


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