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This scam plays the ultimate confidence trick on unsuspecting bank customers
MarketWatchApril 1, 2017

The Redditor “Keyann” wrote a post that said he or she received a call from someone claiming to be the fraud department of his or her bank, saying there was a fraudulent airline charge.Here's the twist: The caller ID for the call even said the name of ...more »

Trump's son-in-law, daughter hold on to scores of real estate investments
Press HeraldApril 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump's son-in-law and daughter are holding onto scores of real estate investments – part of a portfolio of at least $240 million in assets – while they serve in White House jobs, according to financial disclosures released ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Community discusses internal governing for mobile home parks
Santa Clarita Valley SignalApril 5, 2017

Under the new code, an administrative hearing officer would be subcontracted to make unbiased decisions on code violations or citation appeals. “The officer would use their experience and judgement, take back all the information they have, compare the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Michael Hicks: Healthcare law changes about consumer choice
News SentinelApril 4, 2017

Every criticism of more market-based solutions for America's healthcare devolves to two fetid arguments. The first is that Americans are too stupid to make wise choices about healthcare, and the second is that markets for healthcare (and health ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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OMSA Stands With CBP in Defending American Mariners
The Maritime ExecutiveApril 4, 2017

Customs Border Patrol (CBP) announced on January 18, 2017 a notice (the 2017 Notice) of revocation and modification of previously issued Jones Act letter rulings that granted unlawful exemptions for the use of foreign vessels and foreign labor to ...more »

Immigration Law
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California Senate Passes Sanctuary State Bill in Defiance of Trump's Immigration Policies
KTLAApril 4, 2017

Senate Bill 54, which unofficially has been called a "sanctuary state" bill, bars state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources, including money, facility, property, equipment or personnel, to help with immigration enforcement ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Peruvian court: Indigenous communities must be consulted before drilling
National Catholic Reporter (blog)April 5, 2017

"The court decision requires the government to review the way it deals with indigenous peoples in cases involving large industrial projects (and) find a solution that allows it to promote investment while also respecting the rights of indigenous ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute Resolution Insider - Sixth Edition
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)April 2, 2017

Welcome to the 6th edition of the DRInsider, the quarterly Newsletter of the Wolf Theiss Dispute Resolution Practice Group. We are happy to once again provide you with interesting news covering the various CEE/SEE jurisdictions in which we practice.more »

Insurance Litigation
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In-House Counsel and Insurance Company Executives Share ...
BenzingaApril 14, 2017

Perrin Conferences' Emerging Insurance Coverage & Allocation Issues Conference, May 11, 2017, Philadelphia, PA will provide an opportunity to hear from and ...more »

Animal Law
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NEW: Accused animal abuser target of petition seeking stiff penalties
Palm Beach PostApril 2, 2017

Saverese was arrested last October on 18 animal cruelty and confinement charges after Boca Raton police found seven dead dogs and nine distressed others living in reportedly “deplorable” conditions at her West Camino Real home. After a judge ordered ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Trump Taps New IP Czar
Multichannel NewsApril 10, 2017

President Donald Trump Friday signaled his intention to nominate Vishal Amin to be the new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at the White House. Amin is currently senior counsel on the House Judiciary Committee under chairman Bob Goodlatte ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Former Asst. US Attorney Joins Day Pitney's NJ Office
Law360 (subscription)April 6, 2017

Law360, New York (April 6, 2017, 7:05 PM EDT) -- Day Pitney LLP has added a onetime federal prosecutor and former private practioner as counsel in the litigation department of the firm's Parsippany, New Jersey, office, where she will also join the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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OPM Provides Look into Official Time
FEDweekApril 5, 2017

The Federal Government's labor-management relations program has evolved from a 1962 Executive Order granting limited collective bargaining rights to a formal collective bargaining program established by statute. A landmark piece of legislation, Title ...more »

2 survive after plane crashes at Olympic National Park
ABC NewsApril 3, 2017

Two people on board a plane that crashed into the side of a mountain at Olympic National Park in Washington state on Sunday evening have survived after making a distress call picked up by a nearby Delta Air Lines flight, federal officials and Delta Air ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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San Francisco Considers New Eviction Laws Following Investigative Unit Series
NBC Bay AreaApril 4, 2017

Hundreds of San Francisco residents may have been wrongfully evicted from their homes, according to an analysis by NBC Bay Area. San Francisco lawmakers are now taking action after our 6-month investigation exposed what appears to be widespread ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lenkersdorfer: You are more than a Fairy Story
Weekly News JournalApril 4, 2017

Under NO circumstance should you send any money in advance or give the client your checking, license ID, or credit card numbers. Also beware of ads that claim to guarantee loans regardless of credit and note that if a credit repair company does ...more »

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Can Driverless Cars Steer Clear of Litigation? In addition to lawsuits, federal and state regulation await on the ...
Metropolitan Corporate CounselApril 8, 2017

A renaissance of epic proportions is underway in the United States, where 4,000-pound objects will soon be motoring alongside us on freeways, through intersections, crosswalks and school zones without a driver. Ground Zero for this marvel centers ...more »

Business Law
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Missouri Attorney General's Office plans trafficking crackdown
ABC17News.comApril 1, 2017

The federal court documents outline the series of crimes, but the use of online classified ads at is one of the specifics that got the feds involved. That crime is "use of interstate commerce in aid of racketeering enterprise" or the use ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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VA halts changes to caregiver stipends, pending a full program review
Military TimesApril 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials on Monday announced they will not kick any more individuals out of the department's caregiver support program while a full review of the benefit is conducted over the next three weeks. The move comes two weeks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cadarette bound over to circuit court on CSC charges
GrandblancviewApril 6, 2017

FLINT — A probable cause hearing which featured exhibits and testimony from evidence gathered by the Genesee County Sheriff's Department (GCSD) and analyzed by the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes unit was enough to bind over local businessman ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Crash Leads To DWI Arrest
The Putnam County Courier (subscription)April 4, 2017

A Mahopac man is facing a variety of alcohol related charges stemming from a personal injury crash in Mahopac. Carmel Police reported the arrest last Tuesday of Keith Birney, 34. Chief Michael Cazzari said Birney was charged with DWI and Aggravated ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A Quick Explainer: What's the Rift Between Florida Sheriffs and Homeland Security?
WMFEApril 5, 2017

Otherwise it's a violation of constitutional law and the individual's civil rights. “We're being asked to do something by the federal government that at least nine—nine—federal courts across this country have said we can't do,” Pinellas County ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Groups Praise Dismissal of Lawsuit to Undermine Vermont Patient End-of-Life Law
vtdigger.orgApril 10, 2017

(Rutland, VT – April 6, 2017) Compassion & Choices and Patient Choices Vermont praised a federal judge's ruling to dismiss a lawsuit brought by religious groups seeking to undermine Vermont's Patient Choice at End of Life Act (a/k/a Act 39). The law ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Why FCC Cannot Require Opt-Out Language In Solicited Faxes
Law360 (subscription)April 7, 2017

Curtis Arnold, Jr. In a March 31, 2017 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated a 2006 Federal Communications Commission rule requiring businesses to include opt-out notices on solicited fax advertisements sent with the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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High-profile Austin real estate attorney jumps to DLA Piper
Austin Business JournalApril 12, 2017

Carey Gunn Venditti, a high-profile Austin real estate attorney, has left Greenberg Traurig LLP to take a job with a rival law firm that is putting a concerted effort into expanding its real estate practice. Venditti, who joined Greenberg Traurig as a ...more »

United States: T+2 Is A Reality
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)April 11, 2017

Exchange Act Rule 15c6-1(a) has been amended to prohibit a broker-dealer from entering into a contract for the purchase or sale of a security (subject to certain exceptions) that provides for payment of funds and delivery of securities later than two ...more »

Sports Law
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Law to allow Oklahoma universities to sue sports boosters - News ...
Shawnee News StarApril 26, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a Senate bill that will allow universities to sue sports boosters and agents who violate ...more »

Criminal Defense
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The Tennessee Supreme Court keeps reversing itself, and criminal defense attorneys are worried
Nashville SceneApril 13, 2017

In 2012, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that a defendant who pleads guilty to a crime can appeal the judgment if exculpatory evidence is discovered later. Four years later, the same court changed its mind. What occurred in the intervening four years ...more »

Clerical Errors Can't Kill Tech Co. Audit, Tribunal Says
Law360 (subscription)April 5, 2017

... Independent Tax Tribunal Tuesday rejected a software company's claim that clerical errors in an audit explanation from the Illinois Department of Revenue violated the state Taxpayers' Bill of Rights, finding the audit notices were adequate under ...more »

Elder law seminar at Ridgefield Continuing Education
The Ridgefield PressApril 18, 2017

Elder law attorneys Thomas E. Murphy and Michele F. Murphy of Danbury will address these urgent questions: Should I transfer my house to my kids? How can a trust protect my assets? How can I use Medicaid (Title 19) for long-term care? How can I get ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Boston Attorney Patricia Tambone Commemorates 40th Anniversary
BenzingaApril 17, 2017

Patricia Tambone is licensed to practice in Florida and Massachusetts and is a Commissioner of Deeds for the State of New Hampshire. Services of the Tambone Law Office include real estate law, asset protection and financing issues. For more information ...more »

Environmental Law
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Will IL House bill help prevent a Flint, MI-like water crisis?
Illinois Business DailyApril 18, 2017

“Contaminated debris that is sent to quarries in Illinois poses a risk to the groundwater of local people,” Jen Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, told the Will County Gazette. “At a minimum, the law should be changed to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Wills Can Avert Family Warfare, but Have Their Own Hidden Traps
New York TimesApril 21, 2017

When someone dies without a will, the state chooses guardians for minor children and a probate court decides who inherits the assets. “Your favorite charity won't inherit. Your best friend won't inherit,” Mr. Kotzer said. He recalls one client whose ...more »

Family Law
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Century City Family Law Firm Makes LA Business Journal List
Westside TodayApril 5, 2017

It's regarded as the preeminent female-owned family law firm in Southern California covering all aspects of family law, including complex divorce, division of high-net-worth estates, high-conflict custody matters, international and domestic child ...more »

Workers Compensation
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TN Risk Management Firm Announces National Workers' Compensation Practice (press release)April 15, 2017

A national risk management team has joined with a national leader in workers' compensation cost management to create a new national partnership to help employers manage cost and improve claim outcomes. Hanover Stone Partners, located in ...more »


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