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Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for April 1, 2017
NewsOK.comApril 1, 2017

•Specialized Outpatient Services Inc. leased 7,087 square feet of retail space in Classen West, 5206, 5208 and 5218 N Classen Circle. Susan Brinkley handled the transaction. •Enviro Clean Services leased 4,990 square feet of office space in Central ...more »

Tailored coverage — and expert help — mitigate life sciences company risks
Smart Business NetworkApril 1, 2017

Most boards of life sciences companies require director's and officer's liability insurance to protect against shareholder and other litigation because personal assets are on the line. Another unique risk comes from conducting clinical trials on humans ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge Tells T-Mobile to End Company-Controlled Worker Group ...
BloombergApril 4, 2017

T-Mobile USA Inc. violated the New Deal prohibition against company-controlled labor organizations and must dissolve T-Voice, a group of company-selected ...more »

Health Care Law
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Conservative group's health care ads target GOP moderates
The Seattle TimesApril 10, 2017

Under the changes, states could seek federal waivers from requirements under President Barack Obama's health care law that insurers charge healthy and seriously ill consumers the same premiums, and that they cover specified medical services like mental ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Warning on Jones Act plan
Upstream OnlineApril 6, 2017

Proposed rule changes to the US Jones Act could substantially limit offshore oil and gas production and reduce jobs in the sector, industry groups claim, writes Luke Johnson. The changes to the Jones Act — a law enacted in 1920 that requires any ...more »

Immigration Law
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As Trump's deportation force ramps up, immigration lawyer shortage 'nearing crisis'
Daily KosApril 3, 2017

Lewis & Clark law professor Juliet Stumpf says supply of immigration lawyers, however, has remained level, and non-profit organizations and advocacy groups are already overwhelmed or overextended. Stumpf says it's unfair to point the finger only at the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Nassau IDA dumps attorney Edward Ambrosino after tax arrest ...
NewsdayApril 4, 2017

Nassau County's primary economic development agencies severed ties to attorney Edward Ambrosino on Tuesday night after his arrest on federal charges last ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Kashmiris fighting for Kashmir dispute resolution: Hurriyat
Pakistan ObserverApril 5, 2017

In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the people of Kashmir are neither against tourism nor supporters of terrorism but are fighting for a honourable resolution of the Kashmir dispute. The forum's statement ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Senate AOB reform bill bars insurers from charging litigation costs to customers
Florida Politics (blog)April 3, 2017

A Senate committee voted Monday to give the insurance industry more control over contractors operating under assignment of benefits agreements, but also to prevent them from factoring their litigation costs into the premiums they charge. The vote was 6 ...more »

Animal Law
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Stop animal abuse
Lexington Herald LeaderApril 13, 2017

I agree with the writer of the March 15 letter regarding sexual abuse of animals. He says we have to wonder about hunters, farmers and Kentucky Farm Bureau members who oppose anti-abuse laws. I do not understand how protecting animals hurts hunters ...more »

Intellectual Property
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US trade rep must secure our intellectual property rights | TheHill
The Hill (blog)April 4, 2017

Not only was Robert Lighthizer, President Trump's nominee for U.S. trade representative, impressive at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Goldberg Law PC Announces a Securities Class Action Lawsuit against Wins Finance ...
Business Wire (press release)April 6, 2017

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Goldberg Law PC, a national shareholder rights litigation firm, announces the filing of a class action lawsuit against Wins Finance Holdings Inc. (“Wins Finance” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: WINS). Investors who ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action failed to empower disadvantaged – new report
SA PROMO MagazineApril 4, 2017

In a report published today by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) the government has failed to do this because Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policies – commonly referred to as 'affirmative action' – benefit only a small elite. This is clear from ...more »

Ron Brown dies in plane crash, April 3, 1996
PoliticoApril 3, 2017

On this day in 1996, Ron Brown, then-secretary of commerce in the Clinton administration, was killed, along with 34 others, all but two of them Americans, when their Air Force CT-43 plane crashed into a mountainside near Dubrovnik, Croatia. An Air ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Acequias, well owners look at ways to move forward as a settlement in Taos Pueblo water rights claims takes effect
taosnewsApril 9, 2017

The Abeyta Settlement Agreement, on which the law is based, was brokered initially in 2006 by the town of Taos, Taos Pueblo, Taos Valley Acequia Association (representing 55 acequias), El Prado Water and Sanitation District and 12 mutual domestic ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Here's How Austin Wants To Solve Institutional Racism
KUTApril 4, 2017

Enforcing Fair Housing laws, which in Austin today are for all practical purposes ignored. ... Providing free space for nonprofit organizations that counsel individuals in financial services, budgeting, credit repair and financial services ...more »

Litigation
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Weekly litigation update — April 1, 2017
Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) (press release) (blog)April 1, 2017

We received this court order in our challenge to Walton County's ordinance declaring public “customary” ownership in a large portion of all privately owned beaches in this Florida County. In Goodwin v. Watlton County, Florida, the County first ...more »

Business Law
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No significant obstruction to advertising franchise systems
International Law Office (registration)April 3, 2017

On February 4 2016 (I ZR 194/14), the Federal Court of Justice criticised a Fressnapf advertising flyer in terms of competition law with respect to one specific point. One interpretation of this judgment is that it makes the advertising of franchise ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Hazlewood plan would leave benefits for current veterans untouched
MonitorApril 12, 2017

It would have required a veteran to have served four years in the military before becoming eligible for the free tuition benefit — right now, a military member only needs to serve 180 days. And the free tuition benefit would have expired 15 years ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Why Can't Silicon Valley Fix Online Harassment?
New York TimesApril 4, 2017

In 1996, during the earliest days of the internet, a self-proclaimed cyberlibertarian named John Perry Barlow published a 16-paragraph essay called “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.” It began with a bold plea: “On behalf of the future ...more »

Personal Injury
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Nottingham PostApril 7, 2017

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Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Susan Rice unmasking scandal cries out for a grand jury
Fox NewsApril 5, 2017

The American Center for Law and Justice will continue to dig to get to the truth and will, where appropriate, file additional FOIA requests to get to the bottom of this situation. Misconduct by federal government officials calculated to subvert the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Enforceable and Effective Attorney-Client Agreements
Connecticut Law TribuneApril 5, 2017

On the other hand, if there is only a potential conflict of interest — i.e. the interests of the clients are not currently adverse but could conceivably become so — then the attorney or law firm may be able to represent the clients after full ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFPB Proposal Aims to Clarify Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Rule
RisMedia.com (press release)April 17, 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a proposal that would clarify the 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Final Rule. The HMDA requires many lenders to report information about mortgages they originate or purchase so ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate developers turn to courts to counter new Benami Act
LivemintApril 11, 2017

Because of restrictive land ceiling laws, it was commonplace for real estate developers to amass land holdings through proxies—normally through firms not directly controlled or owned but funded by way of loan or subscription to share capital. There ...more »

Taking The Stress Out Of Distress For US Retailers
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)April 21, 2017

The Chapter 11 sales process offsets some of those concerns through court-approved certainty to cherry pick assets free and clear of debt, uneconomical contracts, litigation, and other liabilities. Since distressed sellers place a premium on a bid that ...more »

Sports Law
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EU launches probe in Hungarian education law
KLKNApril 12, 2017

(Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP). A demonstrator chants slogans during a protest against the amendment of the higher education law that could force a Budapest university founded by billionaire American philanthropist George Soros to close , in front of the P..more »

Criminal Defense
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Defending Firearm Possession Cases Explained by a Dallas ...
Yahoo FinanceApril 3, 2017

DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE / April 3, 2017 / When I was a federal prosecutor, one of my best friends specialized in prosecuting federal firearms offenses.more »

Danon vs Vanguard: Tax whistleblower wins a round in federal court
Philly.com (blog)April 17, 2017

The federal court in Philadelphia should reconsider tax lawyer David Danon's complaint that he was fired by investment giant Vanguard Group in 2013 as retaliation for telling his Vanguard bosses and government agencies that the company underpaid its ...more »

5 things TO DO this week in Hanover
Wicked Local HanoverApril 6, 2017

1. Free estate planning workshop. Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m., Elder Law Care Center, 2nd Floor, 1415 Hanover St., Hanover. This estate planning and elder workshop is designed to educate the attendees on how to protect their assets. RSVP by calling the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Does more harm
NWAOnlineApril 10, 2017

Despite millions of dollars on the line, Arkansas forfeiture law offers little protection to property owners. The state Senate considered addressing this issue under Senate Bill 727, which reforms civil asset forfeiture by requiring a criminal ...more »

Environmental Law
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VERIFY: Is a potential Idaho Power rate increase linked to a surplus of renewable energy?
KTVBApril 28, 2017

The federal government enacted PURPA in 1978 during America's energy crisis, partly to encourage greater use of renewable energy. The law requires utilities, like Idaho Power, to buy all the power generated from small, independent projects, like wind ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Geoffrey W. Weaver, candidate for Willoughby Municipal Court, May ...
News-Herald.comApril 26, 2017

This information is published as provided by the candidate and has not been modified by The News-Herald.more »

Family Law
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Lawyer combats family law consequences with founding of new platform
Lawyers WeeklyApril 17, 2017

Ms Cade said this new approach to the divorce process reflects the needs and expectations of evolving family law clients across the country. “I am a lawyer, a mediator as well as a collaborative professional. This new approach I am adopting to the way ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Senate Panel Backs Worker's Comp Changes
WUSF NewsApril 4, 2017

With the proposal drawing opposition from business, insurance and labor groups, a Senate committee Monday approved a bill that would revamp parts of the workers' compensation insurance system. The bill (SB 1582), approved by the Senate Banking and ...more »

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