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John Bel Edwards reworks legal contract for the coastal lawsuits
NOLA.comOctober 1, 2016

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is tweaking the contract he offered to a team of private lawyers to help the state sue oil and gas companies after Attorney General Jeff Landry raised objections to the agreement. "We have redone that particular ...more »

How an Old Hacking Law Hampers the Fight Against Online Discrimination
The New YorkerOctober 1, 2016

Of the more than a thousand territory managers whom Reynolds had hired across the United States, only two per cent were over forty, the age that triggers the protections of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. (The case is now on appeal, and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Attack on Austin Judge Julie Kocurek prompts call for safety... | www ...
MyStatesman.comOctober 25, 2016

Nearly a year after a gunman opened fire on state District Judge Julie Kocurek, a special committee tasked with reviewing judicial security across Texas is ...more »

Family Law
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Pro bono spotlight: Need for family law attorneys continues to grow
Jacksonville Daily RecordOctober 10, 2016

In addition to the clinics offered in the 4th judicial Circuit, the St. Johns County JALA office offers assistance to pro se family law litigants in the 7th Circuit. Each year, JALA receives thousands of family law requests and questions, but staff and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bermuda Triangle: Trick or Trap?
New York Law Journal (registration)October 29, 2016

Admiralty law recognizes that seafaring is a dangerous occupation, and thus creates legal obligations of shipowners to safeguard the lives of seamen. Pursuant to the doctrine of "seaworthiness," "[a] shipowner has a duty, at the commencement of a ...more »

Health Care Law
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US|Health Care Law's Beneficiaries Reflect Its Strengths, and Its Faults
New York TimesOctober 14, 2016

Through the health care law, Ms. Latil was able to buy subsidized insurance that paid for most of her cancer treatment, as well as tens of thousands of dollars' worth of medications that cured her hepatitis. Credit Mark Ovaska for The New York Times.more »

Immigration Law
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Naturalization Backlog Could Prevent Voting
FusionOctober 2, 2016

“I'm starting to get very worried.” Fiero has had a green card for a decade. Some 524,014 citizenship applications, boosted by naturalization drives in battleground states like Colorado, Nevada, and Florida, are being held up by the backlog, which was ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Alternative dispute resolution set for shake-up
Australasian LawyerOctober 12, 2016

The idea is to identify the needs and drivers of the people who use alternative dispute resolution, advisors and providers. Speaking with Australasian Lawyer, Herbert Smith Freehills disputes partner Liz Macknay said the conferences are designed to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurer sues Memphis recording studio for $2.8 million
The Commercial AppealOctober 26, 2016

An insurance company that paid more than $2.8 million in claims after an arson fire damaged a historic music recording studio in Midtown now wants its money back. Hanover American Insurance Co. in a federal lawsuit accuses Tattooed Millionaire ...more »

Animal Law
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State House adjourns without voting on Libre's Law, package of ...
LancasterOnlineOctober 27, 2016

A package of animal cruelty laws did not come up for a vote before the state House of Representatives on Thursday.more »

Intellectual Property
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The Story of How Intellectual Property Became Linked to Trade (3/7)
The Real News NetworkOctober 26, 2016

Countries like India and Brazil saw early on how excessive monopoly protection due to intellectual property rights would be an impediment to development, says ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Vultures At Large: Asbestos Victims Need Protection From Their Own Lawyers
Daily CallerOctober 19, 2016

The so-called script memo has become newly relevant as it's included in civil RICO suits filed against asbestos law firms. In one notable instance involving gasket manufacturer Garlock Sealing Technologies, the RICO case came in the wake of a North ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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UT students hold 'affirmative action bake sale'
KTRK-TVOctober 28, 2016

A conservative students group's bake sale parodying affirmative action has drawn a crowd of 300 protesters at the University of Texas. The Young Conservatives of Texas mounted the anti-affirmative action bake sale on campus about 11 a.m. Wednesday.more »

Attorney Jason Webster Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Deadly ...
BenzingaOctober 27, 2016

Attorney Jason Webster, founder of The Webster Law Firm, files wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a plane crash that killed three people. Houston, TX ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Immediate Action Required: California Commercial Landlords Must ...
The National Law ReviewOctober 26, 2016

Assembly Bill No. 2093 is in effect. It amended Civil Code Section 1938 to require landlords to provide prospective tenants with any report and, or disability ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Suspect arrested in vandalization of Donald Trump's Hollywood star
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TVOctober 27, 2016

It wasn't immediately known if Otis has an attorney. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which maintains the popular tourist attraction, says it will take several days to repair Trump's star. Otis told several media outlets after Wednesday's pre-dawn ...more »

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Elekta: USITC Publishes Initial Determination in Litigation Dispute
Business Wire (press release)October 31, 2016

An Administrative Law Judge of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) issued an initial determination (a first decision) on October 27 in a litigation dispute with Varian Medical Systems. The judge dismissed Varian's infringement ...more »

Business Law
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How Do Zoning Regulations Generally Work? [VIDEO]
The National Law ReviewOctober 27, 2016

Land use attorneys John Cooke and Mike Thelen present a series of short videos that address such topics as zoning, municipalities and land use, and the interpretation of zoning laws, particularly as these issues relate to North Carolina landowners and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Making the most of your military benefits: 5 perks you may not know about
Military TimesOctober 3, 2016

You can save money and improve your leisure travel experience thanks to a few military perks. Space Available Flight, also known as Space-A Travel, is a privilege that provides air travel to current and retired military members at virtually no cost ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential - The ...
New York TimesOctober 23, 2016

The next generation of online attack tools used by criminals will add machine learning capabilities pioneered by A.I. researchers.more »

Personal Injury
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The verdict? Ralph Nader's Conn. tort law museum is a treasure
The Boston GlobeOctober 25, 2016

The American Museum of Tort Law is located not in Washington, D.C., where you might expect to find it, but in the small countryside town of Winsted, Conn. It's an interesting choice for a museum that explores the benefits of tort law — the law of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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France covers source code with freedom of information laws ...
InquirerOctober 11, 2016

ZUT E-LAWS! The French government has added source code to the list of things covered under freedom of information laws, and thus worthy of some sort of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Texas Supreme Court Sets Legal Malpractice Case Against Andrews Kurth For Review
Texas LawyerOctober 24, 2016

Zanetti, involves an appeal of Dallas Fifth Court of Appeals decision, which dismissed a legal malpractice case filed against Andrews Kurth and two of its attorneys, Victor B. Zanetti and Charles Perry, by former clients. The background to that case ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Little-known board helps California new car buyers resolve disputes ...
Fresno BeeOctober 30, 2016

The state's New Motor Vehicle Board mediates disputes between consumers and new car dealers, or manufacturers in car-centric California. The nine-member ...more »

Real Estate Law
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DMB picks Cushman to broker Scottsdale mega development
Phoenix Business JournalOctober 31, 2016

Developer DMB Associates has picked commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield to handle leasing and marketing space at its 2.8 million-square-foot One Scottsdale project. The 14-acre commercial part of the development is on prime real estate at ...more »

Lufthansa's Eurowings Faces More Strikes as Arbitration Rejected
American Journal of TransportationOctober 31, 2016

Unions have used contract disputes to disrupt plans by Lufthansa Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr to cut costs to better compete with the likes of Ryanair Holdings Plc and EasyJet Plc. Eurowings is at the center of the effort, and Spohr is pushing ...more »

Sports Law
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Indian sharpshooter boycotts Iran tournament over compulsory hijab law
RTOctober 31, 2016

A gold medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and again at last year's Asian Shooting Championships in Kuwait, Sidhu is also the first Indian pistol shooter to be ranked number one in the world by the International Sports Shooting Federation (ISSF).more »

Criminal Defense
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Tracking violent ex-cons: Registries grow, but do they work?
Alton TelegraphOctober 29, 2016

In this July 22, 2016, file photo, law enforcement officers search for missing University of Toledo student, Sierah Joughin, on James Worley's property in Delta, Ohio. ... Some registries track only people convicted of murder or violent crimes against ...more »

Partnership Tax Audit Reform and Private Funds | The National Law ...
The National Law ReviewOctober 18, 2016

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 made extensive changes to rules that apply to partnership audits and mechanics for collecting taxes resulting from audit.more »

Estate Planning Update October 2016 - New Jersey To Repeal Its Estate Tax
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)October 18, 2016

With the new law, New Jersey decedents who die during 2017 will not be subject to New Jersey estate tax unless their taxable estates are greater than $2,000,000. Beginning with deaths occurring on January 1, 2018, the New Jersey estate tax is repealed.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Feds tackling payday loan regulations
Appleton Post CrescentOctober 29, 2016

Consumers had until Oct. 7 to submit comments to the agency about the provisions. Alex Horowitz, a researcher at The Pew Charitable Trusts, the financial research group that also investigated prepaid debit cards, claims the agency's proposal still does ...more »

Environmental Law
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Conservative Hypocrisy & Clean Energy Tax Credits
Niskanen Center (press release) (blog)October 28, 2016

If renewable energy tax credits, as these organizations charge, are “a distortion of the tax laws for special interests,” who “should be able to stand on their own in the marketplace,” aren't tax breaks for fossil fuel companies, domestic manufacturers ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Expats in the UAE - Sun, Sea, Sand & Wills?
Lexology (registration)October 17, 2016

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) established a Wills and Probate Registry which launched in May 2015. As a result, any non-Muslim with assets in Dubai can now execute and register a will in English under the jurisdiction of the DIFC and ...more »


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