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DuPage County Family Law Attorney Named Illinois Leading Lawyer
BenzingaSeptember 1, 2015

Momkus McCluskey, LLC is a full service DuPage County law firm that provides high-quality legal services across a wide-range of practice areas. In addition to family law, the firm handles legal matters pertaining to business law, healthcare law ...more »

Ask But Don't Tell: Kentucky Allows Defendant to Seek Ex Parte Interviews of ...
JD Supra (press release)September 1, 2015

Plaintiff sought a writ of prohibition from the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals declined to issue the writ, holding: 1) no Kentucky law prohibits the trial court from authorizing ex parte communications with non-expert treating physicians; and 2 ...more »

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Administrative Law
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​The search for change continues: sexual misconduct
Duke ChronicleSeptember 1, 2015

Students should have published answers to why and in what ways these hearings differ from normal legal proceedings, if only to clear up understandable misconceptions they may have. For example, a comparison of standards of evidence that clearly ...more »

Health Care Law
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The Latest: Eldridge calls push to repeal health care law a 'distraction'
The RepublicSeptember 9, 2015

The former U.S. attorney on Wednesday stopped short of saying whether he would have voted for the health care law when it was approved in 2010. Eldridge earlier Wednesday announced a bid to unseat Republican Sen. John Boozman in Arkansas.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Playing Both JT Barrett and Cardale Jones in Season Opener a Bad Idea for Ohio ...
RantSportsSeptember 1, 2015

Whether this is an act of gamesmanship or genuine indecisiveness on the part of Urban Meyer remains to be seen but the idea to play both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones in the hostile environment of Blacksburg during their season opener should be ...more »

Immigration Law
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York County jailers earn second 'perfect' immigration audit
The HeraldSeptember 5, 2015

Immigration deputies at the York County Sheriff's Office are being recognized for a top rating in their biannual inspection – one of only two law enforcement agencies in the country to achieve such a rating in back-to-back audits. U.S. Immigration and ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Columbia Basin HeraldSeptember 3, 2015

Room, Courthouse, Ephrata, WA to conduct a public hearing in accordance with Chapter 25.12 of the Grant County Unified Development Code to consider proposed amendments to the Grant County Comprehensive Plan submitted in accordance with the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Star Wars domain dispute: The empire strikes back 2, 2015

Over the course of a decade, the well-known online fancy dress retailer Abscissa registered and used a number of domain names, including “” and “”, to direct shoppers to the Star Wars product pages of its online store ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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BMW settles EEOC criminal background check suit for $1.6 million
Business InsuranceSeptember 8, 2015

BMW Manufacturing Co. L.L.C. will pay $1.6 million to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit that charged it was liable for race discrimination in connection with its former criminal background checks policy, which allegedly ...more »

Animal Law
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Seeking a path toward more privacy
The Courier-JournalSeptember 4, 2015

"We take the same view as many newspapers and law enforcement agencies do — it is important to document alleged violations of the law and animal abuse. We expose wrongdoing after receiving whistleblower complaints or other credible evidence that ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property? Why Words Matter In The Copyright Debate
TorrentFreakSeptember 13, 2015

I saw a comment on Reddit about my last article describing why “Intellectual Property” was a never-touch-never-use enemy's term; the commenter just blankly stated that it was accurate and descriptive and thought that was it. No, it's not, it's ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Will Smith's "Concussion" Doesn't Have a Happy Ending, and Neither Does the ...
VICESeptember 2, 2015

His groundbreaking work ultimately helped lead to the PBS documentary and book League of Denial, a federal class action lawsuit against the National Football League, and greater public understanding about how getting hit in the head repeatedly, even ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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James Harrison says old pal Goodell will win fight vs. Brady
NBCSports.comSeptember 1, 2015

“I don't see what a federal judge can do with something the players signed in the collective bargaining agreement, which gives Roger Goodell (power) to do what he wants to,” Harrison said. “And if that's the case and he's going by the letter of what he ...more »

Details released about Florence doctor's plane crash
The StateSeptember 1, 2015

A preliminary investigation found the single-engine aircraft that crashed and killed a Florence doctor on Aug. 23 in Arkansas had no fuel left in the engine or propeller damage upon impact. The National Transportation Safety Board released its ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What To Consider When Self-Managing Your Rental Property
Greater Wilmington Business JournalSeptember 1, 2015

Once a landlord has a tenant's security deposit, the law mandates that it must be deposited into a North Carolina trust account in a licensed and insured bank or savings institution. The deposit cannot be co-mingled with personal funds. The state is ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Flames Take Over Barn; Antiques Inside Destroyed
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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New Orleans-Based Boutique Litigation Firm Jones Swanson Chooses Iris Arc(SM ...
MarketWatchSeptember 2, 2015

"Who Iris is as a company is what sold us — they make us feel important," said Member Katie Lasky, who was named a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine. "The Iris team prepared a whole training session around my questions ...more »

Business Law
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Kronenberger Rosenfeld Files Lawsuit against Google and Waze for Allegedly ...
Business Wire (press release)September 1, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kronenberger Rosenfeld, LLP, a San Francisco-based law firm, filed a lawsuit on behalf of PhantomALERT, Inc., a GPS navigation technology company, against Waze, Inc. and its acquirer, Google, Inc. The lawsuit ... on a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Morning Briefing: Personal injury firm reports profit decline
Australasian LawyerSeptember 7, 2015

The personal injury market in the UK is one of the key areas for Slater & Gordon but some other players in the sector are finding it hard going. Parabis, which is owned by a private equity firm, is reportedly in talks with law firms with the aim of a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Proxies, Incinerators And Destruction: 'Mr. Robot' Season One Finale Reality Check
ForbesSeptember 3, 2015

Aptly titled Zero Day—for a computer system vulnerability that, once exploited, leaves administrators zero days to correct—the episode struck an exciting balance between answering a handful of the show's most distressing questions and leaving fodder ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Professor awarded $1.2 million NIH grant to study malpractice and 'defensive ...
EurekAlert (press release)September 17, 2015

The National Institutes of Health awarded Northwestern University School of Law Professor Michael Frakes a $1.2 million grant to conduct a four-year study entitled, "The Impact of Exempting Medical Providers from Malpractice Protection." The study will ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Kim Davis, the Media, and the Constitution
NewsBusters (blog)September 7, 2015

The talk radio host and author of bestsellers on the Constitution spent considerable time this past week discussing the Kim Davis case and the Constitution. Senator Ted Cruz called in to discuss this, and among other things Cruz the Harvard Law star ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Iconic RE Lawyer Phillip Nicholson Passes
Commercial Property ExecutiveSeptember 28, 2015

Iconic RE Lawyer Phillip Nicholson Passes. By Scott Baltic, Contributing Editor. Prominent Los Angeles real estate attorney Phillip R. Nicholson died on Monday, Sept. 21, it was announced Friday by Cox, Castle & Nicholson, the law firm he had helped ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Supervisors to discuss PILT funds
Yuma SunSeptember 6, 2015

Comments should discuss community issues and should not involve consumer disputes or personal attacks on individuals. We also will not tolerate obscenity, vulgarity, profanity or commercial promotion. Comments may only be posted once on one thread ...more »

Sports Law
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Daily Fantasy Sports Are Illegal In Michigan? Gaming Control Board Says So
Legal Sports ReportSeptember 2, 2015

The Michigan Gaming Control Board believes that daily fantasy sports are not legal in the state, according to a report from GamblingCompliance (paywall), following the introduction of a fantasy bill introduced last week.more »

The Racial Justice Failures That Hillary Clinton Can't Ignore
AlterNetSeptember 1, 2015

According to one of them, Peter Edelman, the 1996 welfare reform law destroyed the safety net for poor people, increased poverty, lowered income for single mothers, put people into homeless shelters and left states free to eliminate welfare entirely ...more »

Yahoo to Go Forward With Alibaba Stake Spinoff
New York TimesSeptember 28, 2015

In the absence of a ruling from the I.R.S., Yahoo will proceed with the spinoff by year-end, and potentially face an audit in several years that could declare that the move was taxable. The company would then most likely go to court to challenge the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cosby Seeking Defense Lawyer for Pennsylvania Criminal Probe
ABC NewsSeptember 23, 2015

Comedian Bill Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defense lawyer as suburban prosecutors revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint against him. Lawyer Edwin Jacobs said late Tuesday that Cosby's agents had contacted him in the past few days about a ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Croatia's Swiss-Franc Loan Plans Illegal, Foreign Banks Say
BloombergSeptember 3, 2015

Erste Group Bank AG, UniCredit SpA, OAO Sberbank, Raiffeisen Bank International AG and Hypo Group Alpe Adria AG will take up the case with the Croatian government if a law on converting Swiss-franc loans into euro-denominated loans is enacted as ...more »

2nd Circuit expands right to bring retaliation suits
ReutersSeptember 3, 2015

Overturning a nearly 20-year-old precedent, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Wednesday that public employees can use a key civil rights law to sue their supervisors for retaliating against them after they complain about race or age...more »

Wills & Probate
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Curcio and Carney face off again in Atlantic county surrogate rematch
Shore News TodaySeptember 1, 2015

"I had a good working knowledge of the law of wills and probate to build upon from my law practice," said Curcio. "Now that I have served almost five years as surrogate, I am developing an expertise in probate, adoption, and guardianship, which I ...more »

Environmental Law
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Honduras Emerges as Central America's Solar Success Story
Greentech MediaSeptember 7, 2015

In 2007 Honduras enacted a law to promote renewable energy generation, with 20-year income tax breaks and a waiving of import tariffs on renewables components, while also requiring ENEE to enter into 20-year PPAs with renewable energy firms.more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Comp Insurer Fined $250000
Texas TribuneSeptember 4, 2015

For years, Crystal Davis battled an insurance company for workers' compensation benefits after her husband, Wayne, was killed on the job in 2012. As a result of her struggles, the Texas Department of Insurance has slapped that insurer with what is ...more »

Family Law
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Judge Refuses Divorce Due to SCOTUS Ruling on Gay Marriage
Legal Reader (blog)September 10, 2015

He went on to say, “The majority' s opinion in Obergefell, regardless of its patronizing and condescending verbiage, is now the law of the land, accurately described by Justice Scalia as 'a naked judicial claim to legislative— indeed, super ...more »


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