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What you need to know about N.C.'s newest way to invest: Local Public Offerings
Asheboro Courier TribuneApril 23, 2017

And, unlike other securities offerings stemming from the crowdfunding law that the state legislature passed last year, companies going the LPO route don't need to use a registered broker/dealer or a “crowdfunding platform,” a registered website where ...more »

Michelle Singletary: Don't let Congress block prepaid card protections
Worcester TelegramApril 23, 2017

Half of unbanked prepaid cardholders have household incomes under $25,000 a year, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trust. “Consumers — especially the unbanked — use the cards to help control spending, stay out of debt and avoid overdraft ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Biglaw Firms Offer Second-Class Benefits To Staff
Above the LawApril 26, 2017

It's Administrative Professionals Day today — not that this matters anymore, since somewhere along the line this occasion of gratitude got expanded to Administrative Professionals Week. Seriously, how did that happen and Love Your Lawyer Day is ... We ...more »

Health Care Law
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Florida health care law firm steps up asset preservation efforts
Florida RecordApril 24, 2017

DELRAY BEACH — Malpractice lawsuits and regulatory laws in Florida that impact doctors and other health care providers have been increasing in recent years, along with requests from health care professionals on how they can protect themselves, leading ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Path to Jones Act change faces political balancing act: Fuel for ...
Platts (blog)April 24, 2017

On January 18, less than two days before Donald Trump's inauguration, the US Customs and Border Protection released a 30-page general notice which could ...more »

Immigration Law
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Trump wants local police to help enforce federal immigration laws
WCPOApril 26, 2017

The 287(g) program allows state and local law enforcement to enter into agreements with the federal government and be deputized to enforce federal immigration laws. Since its inception in 1996, there have been as many as 70 agreements between ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Tennessee editorial roundup
Sacramento BeeApril 26, 2017

The cities of Alcoa and Maryville and the Industrial Development Board of Blount County have been forthcoming in releasing an incentive agreement dated April 5. The agreement says SCCY will pay $1.7 million for a 68-acre parcel in the Big Springs ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Tribal-Affiliation Sham
Courthouse News ServiceMay 1, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. – Advancing usury claims against CashCall Inc., a federal judge blasted the “sham dispute-resolution procedures” that the payday lender invoked to apply the laws of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Earlier this month, the lender sued a law ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Bill reining in 'abusive' insurance lawsuits wins Texas House approval
Chron.comMay 5, 2017

AUSTIN – The Texas House on Friday approved a bill that backers say is needed to rein in "abusive and unnecessary" lawsuits over insurance claims after hail ...more »

Animal Law
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We Finally Have an Animal Protection and Welfare Law!
The961May 7, 2017

For those of you who follow Animals Lebanon on social media, you know that the situation of our furry friends in Lebanon is pretty bad. With no law to protect them, people can get away with animal abuse. Animals Lebanon, an animal protection ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Protect intellectual property rights on World IP Day – and every day
The Hill (blog)April 23, 2017

World Intellectual Property Day is on April 26. So, it's a timely occasion for recognizing the vital role of patents and copyrights in encouraging creativity and innovation in the Digital Age. As World IP Day approaches, American policymakers should ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Calif. appeals court upholds judgment of more than $5.8 million ...
Legal News LineApril 24, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A California appeals court has upheld a nearly $6 million judgment for the family of a man who died of asbestos-related ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Arbitrator rules in union's favor under Iowa's new collective bargaining law
Quad City TimesMay 3, 2017

In one of the first arbitration cases under the state's new collective bargaining law, which dramatically reduced public employee unions' bargaining authority, an arbitrator recently ruled in the union's favor in a case involving secondary wage issues ...more »

Why Where You Sit On A Plane Could Save Your Life
Refinery29April 27, 2017

... airliner accidents and 325 deaths worldwide, nothing that this translates to a one-in-3.2 million chance of being involved in a crash. For the seventh straight year, zero people died from plane crashes on U.S.-certificated scheduled airlines ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Country Creemee at Downers Four Corners Has New Owners, Name
Valley NewsApril 23, 2017

The Windsor County Board of Realtors will present a daylong workshop on Landlord Tenant Law on May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Killington Resort in Killington, Vt. Presented by Angela Zaikowski of the law office of Bennett & Zaikowski P.C ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Tanzania: Credit Fall As Banks Reel Under Rising Bad Loans
AllAfrica.comApril 26, 2017

Credit to private sector has gone down by almost five times to register a lowest growth in decades, as banks struggle to recover bad loans. The Central Bank said in its latest Monthly Economic Review that credit to private sector dropped to 678.2bn ...more »

Litigation
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King & Spalding's Austin Office Adds Three Tort Litigation Partners
Yahoo FinanceApril 24, 2017

King & Spalding today announced that Lana Varney, Lisa Horvath Shub and Stephen Huffaker have joined as partners in the Life Sciences practice in the firm's ...more »

Business Law
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Erica BE Rogers
The National Law ReviewApril 24, 2017

Attorney Advertising Notice: Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Statement in compliance with Texas Rules of Professional Conduct. Unless otherwise noted, attorneys are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, nor can NLR ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs bridges gap between military, civilian life
The ScribeMay 1, 2017

The center serves anyone using military benefits, including spouses, dependents children and retired soldiers through their services. Boots to Suits, a career-mentorship program offered to five student veterans each semester, helps to bridge the gap, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Mom of Boy Who Hanged Himself Over Alleged Prank Says, 'I Don't Wish It on Anyone or My Worst Enemy'
PEOPLE.comMay 8, 2017

Tyson hanged himself on March 14 after what Marquette County, Michigan, Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese has described to the Detroit Free Press as an Internet “hoax of somebody dying.” (PEOPLE's email to Wiese on Monday was not immediately ... Want to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Attorney Zulu Ali Named Top 10 Best Lawyers in Criminal Law, Immigration Law, and Personal Injury by the AIOLC
PR Newswire (press release)April 25, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney Zulu Ali of the Law Offices of Zulu Ali in Riverside, California has been named Top 10 Best Lawyers in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, and Immigration Law by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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To convene or not?
Evening ObserverApril 28, 2017

Chausovsky, who teaches courses on Constitutional law, framed his argument from a Jeffersonian perspective, that it is the right and obligation of a democratic society to periodically revise its constitutions, both at the state and national levels ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Four Steps to Minimize the Risks When Sharing Office Space
The RecorderMay 3, 2017

Legal malpractice policies may not cover claims based on legal services rendered by attorneys who are not part of the insured law practice and thus do not qualify as insureds under the policy. As a result, absent careful attention, attorneys attempting ...more »

Consumer Protection
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'Financial CHOICE Act 2.0' Blasted By Retailers & Lawmakers
ConsumeristApril 26, 2017

In fact, today our colleagues at Consumers Union urged lawmakers to oppose the Act that it believes will severely limit the CFPB's ability to protect consumers and ensure they are treated fairly by banks and other financial firms. “The CHOICE Act is ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate & Construction | New Jersey Law Journal
New Jersey Law JournalApril 24, 2017

In the Law Journal's Real Estate and Construction law supplement, articles focus on the land use approval process, tenants who are late to exercise an option to ...more »

London's legal eminence will survive Brexit, LCJ insists
Law GazetteApril 25, 2017

'Brexit has no effect, unsurprisingly, both because the common law is used by nearly 30% of the world's legal jurisdictions and because English contract law has at its centrepiece respect for parties' intentions, as has the Commercial Court in London ...more »

Sports Law
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Viewpoint: Why cutting college sports programs hurts students ...
USA TODAY CollegeApril 24, 2017

It's confusing that college sports can generate so much revenue, but still end up on the chopping block. (Photo: Getty Images). The recently concluded Final Four ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Progressive Firebrand Larry Krasner Wins District Attorney Primary
Philadelphia magazineMay 17, 2017

He had sued law enforcement and other government entities more than 75 times, and convinced District Attorney Seth Williams to stop calling a group of narcotics officers as witnesses after they were indicted. He'd also worked as a defense attorney for ...more »

Right-Wing Media Misinterpret North Carolina Post-Election Audit To Fearmonger About Voter Fraud
Media Matters for AmericaApril 26, 2017

The media, other networks will tell you there is no voter fraud. When I was at the Justice Department, the Obama Justice Department shut down enforcement of voter roll laws. And then you have [George] Soros-funded groups who are constantly going to ...more »

This is exactly how many years of work you should reveal on your resume
Yahoo FinanceMay 5, 2017

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers and job applicants aged 40 and over from age discrimination and applies to employers with at least 20 employees, government agencies, employment agencies, and labor organizations with ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Partnering with Cyber Criminals Leaves Nation-States Vulnerable, DOJ Official Says
MeriTalk (blog)April 25, 2017

... mercenary hackers in their cyber espionage and attack campaigns is a silver lining to law enforcement looking to identify and catch the perpetrators, according to Adam Hickey, deputy assistant attorney general for national asset protection at the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Kazakhstan's Renewable Energy Quest
The DiplomatMay 2, 2017

Competitive feed-in-tariffs were introduced in 2013 and subsequently refined, and a Green Economy law was enacted in 2015. The Kazakh government has also set ambitious decarbonization and energy efficiency goals: it intends to make RES 50 percent of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Upcoming at the Acton Senior Center
Wicked Local ActonMay 18, 2017

Cathleen Summers, registered nurse of Bay State Elder Law, will discuss various areas of estate planning, including wills, trusts, avoiding probate, types of Power of Attorney and lifetime gifting. As a nurse attorney with over 20 years of legal ...more »

Family Law
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Child Maintenance Service inquiry report published
Family LawMay 2, 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee Child Maintenance Service (CMS) inquiry was published today, following its launch in July 2016. The resulting report concluded that the ideal outcome for separated parents and their children was a fair and consistent ...more »

Workers Compensation
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New York Passes $153B Budget Including Workers' Comp Reforms
Insurance JournalApril 24, 2017

While the 2007 workers' compensation reforms capped the number of years an injured employee could be eligible for permanent benefits, injured workers are currently eligible to receive temporary benefits over several years, the New York State Senate ...more »

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