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GOP Suffers From Irrational Belief in Tax Reform
NewsmaxMay 1, 2017

It was a bad idea when foisted on the American people in 1913 and, after 114 years, it is nothing but a catastrophe for the American economy now. There are a plethora of tax ... Categorizing all the circumstances, situations, transactions, and possible ...more »

Trump's week ahead: Key bills on budget, healthcare
The Providence JournalMay 1, 2017

Trump has spent his first 100 days coming to terms with the slow grind of government even in a Republican-dominated capital, and watching some of his promises —from repealing the nation's health care law to temporarily banning people from some Muslim ...more »

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Administrative Law
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How Do Cook County Judges Stack Up?
Chicago Tonight | WTTWMay 1, 2017

While we have no authority to discipline a judge or remove a judge from office, we can assign a judge to administrative duties while the legal or ethical matter is pending. We can also refer matters to the Judicial Inquiry Board, the state agency that ...more »

Health Care Law
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Groups advocate no vote on GOP's health care law
Beckley Register-HeraldMay 4, 2017

CHARLESTON —Hoping to get the message to West Virginia's congressional delegation to vote against the American Health Care Act, four groups presented their case on what the law could mean for the state. The West Virginia Healthy Kids & Families ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Puerto Rico Must Not Waste Its Second Chance
BloombergMay 9, 2017

For too long, Puerto Rico has been trapped in political and economic limbo. Politicians have been afraid to make tough decisions. Voters have been reluctant to face reality. Investors have been unwilling to compromise. Now there is an opportunity to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration enforcement bills draw fire from diverse groups
Quoddy TidesMay 2, 2017

Three bills sponsored by Rep. Lawrence Lockman of Amherst about immigration and the intersection of local and federal law enforcement were rolled into one public hearing held by the legislature's Judiciary Committee on April 20 because of the large ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Auburndale Homeowners file suit challenging zoning decision
The LedgerMay 6, 2017

AUBURNDALE – North Auburndale homeowners who objected to light-industrial zoning on a 100-acre tract near their neighborhoods have gone to court in a pre-emptive move. .... judgment finding the zoning classification incompatible with adjacent property ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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– The Local NewsWIRE – (press release)May 1, 2017

(SAVANNAH, GA) Although The Bowen Law Group has great success in court, they also realize sometimes the most cost-effective, appropriate way to end a dispute is to avoid having to go to court which is why they offer several mediation services for ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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The NCAA spent big on lawsuit insurance. Now it's suing to enforce claims
USA TODAYMay 3, 2017

Over the past 3½ years, the NCAA has spent well more than $70 million on outside legal services. Now it is suing a group of insurance companies to try to recover a portion of that money. In the suit, the NCAA claims it is entitled to coverage of some ...more »

Animal Law
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Law enforcement reminds NC residents to call 911 to help save animals in hot vehicles
WLOSMay 4, 2017

Frank Stout, of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, said save yourself the legal troubles and call the professionals. "You can call 911 or call law enforcement authorities and let a law enforcement officer, a rescue squad worker, an animal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property: The next big thing in business, Opinion News ...
The Straits TimesMay 9, 2017

For many, the phrase "intellectual property" (IP) would probably bring to mind one of those ads we have been subjected to over the years each time we went to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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How Federal Judge Trends Can Inform ERISA Litigators
Planadviser.comMay 1, 2017

In addition to the data on specific judges' tendencies for granting summary judgement and the time it takes to close litigation, Bloomberg Law's Litigation Analytics tool allows users to see trends in appeals outcomes; review past appeals attempts; and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Collective bargaining stalemate?
Lexology (registration)May 18, 2017

Employers who recognise a trade union for the purposes of collective bargaining should be aware of a recent tribunal decision which may impact on their ability to implement contract variations when union negotiations reach a stalemate. Section 145B ...more »

$5 million awarded to family of nurse killed in LifeFlight crash after responding to wreck in Coffee Co.
WTVY, DothanMay 3, 2017

"We commend Metro Aviation for stepping up and taking responsibility for this tragic crash and not putting the family through years of litigation,'' Gary C. Robb, a Missouri aviation lawyer who represented the family said in a prepared statement. Troy ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Pipeline planned at big Colorado well site, not noisy trucks
ABC NewsMay 22, 2017

Neighbors disputed that account, saying Extraction first promised a pipeline but later backed off, citing costs. Triple Creek is one of multiple oil and gas disputes boiling over in Colorado, where booming communities and lucrative oil fields often ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Donald Trumps Big Tax Reform Planthe Rich Get Richer, You Get Screwed
Daily BeastMay 1, 2017

The estate tax is a levy on the right to transfer large sums of money after you die. It applies only to those worth more than $5.4 million. That's fewer than 12,000 deaths per year. But the law is already so riddled with loopholes that it applied to ...more »

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California Supreme Court Ruling Backs Developers
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)May 8, 2017

The California Supreme Court's recent ruling in Crawford v. Weather Shield Mfr., Inc., is a victory for California developers and any other California businesses that reach arm's length agreements to transfer defense-risk indemnity in the event of ...more »

Business Law
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Back To The Class-Action Waiver Drawing Board: California Supreme Court Holds Arbitration Agreement Cannot ...
JD Supra (press release)May 1, 2017

She later sued, claiming that in marketing the credit protection plan and in handling her claim, Citibank had violated California's Unfair Competition Law, false advertising statute, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and insurance code. In addition to ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Coldwell Banker plant sale benefits military veterans on May 6
New Jersey HillsMay 3, 2017

WARREN TWP. - Coldwell Banker, located at 7 Mount Bethel Road, will hold a plant sale this Saturday, May 6, to benefit the Veterans Administration hospital in Lyons. All kinds of flowers and spring plants will be sold in the back parking lot from 8 a.m ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Whitemarsh man faces jail for possessing child porn
The ReporterMay 4, 2017

“There's a market that's created for these types of images and videos out there on the Internet. Any time a person is searching for them or distributing them it furthers the market. There are certainly victims in the case in that sense and he was a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury leads to career healing others at McKenzie Sports Therapy in East Falls
Montgomery NewspapersMay 9, 2017

“Despite working with the high school athletic trainer who focused on that hamstring, I did not recuperate from this injury with time to return to states my senior year, and all those big name schools just dropped to the wayside,” McKenzie said. “My ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Triple talaq row: Centre calls for reform, says Constitutional law above all
Daily News & AnalysisMay 10, 2017

“The nation runs by constitutional laws. Constitution protects every citizen within its framework. The Prime Minister has also said the triple talaq issue is connected to reform and so reforms should be made. Reforms have always been made time and ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NJ Atty Loses Appeal Over Malpractice Insurance Coverage
Law360 (subscription)May 10, 2017

Law360, New York (May 10, 2017, 7:20 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey attorney lost his bid for retroactive malpractice coverage Wednesday when a state appeals court ruled that the lawyer had ample notice that his insurance policies no longer covered ...more »

Consumer Protection
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India's Consumer Protection System On Life Support
BloombergQuintMay 1, 2017

Indian consumer courts were set up under the Consumer Protection Act of 1986. Complaints are filed at district forums, the first level of redressal available to consumers. Appeals then move to the state and national commissions. A verdict by the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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North Shore boom: Real estate values soar; home prices spike
SILive.comMay 18, 2017

In addition to investors, a large majority of homebuyers seeking to move to the North Shore are coming from other boroughs, said Ken Gonzalez, a real estate attorney and partner in the law firm of Gonzalez & Merlino in Castleton Corners. "All the talk ...more »

Is "Class Arbitration" An Oxymoron (2) Examining Theoretical Bases For Class Arbitration
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)May 5, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that it is an overarching principle that commercial arbitration is a creature of contract, and so the roots of a viable class arbitration presumably must be found in an arbitration agreement. ... So too ...more »

Billionaire Robert Mercer did Trump a huge favor. Will he get a payback?
Idaho StatesmanMay 1, 2017

Renaissance said then that its tax calculations were “appropriate under current law” and that it had “cooperated fully” with the IRS inquiry. Robert Martin, a lawyer in the IRS's chief counsel's office who co-authored the agency's legal notices on the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Austin defense lawyer to run for Democratic nomination in District 21
Austin American-StatesmanMay 1, 2017

Austin criminal defense attorney Chris Perri announced Monday he will run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress (District 21), where Republican Lamar Smith has held the seat for the past 30 years. Perri released a statement saying, “My wife ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ross Asset Management, Dick Smith collapses spur insolvency law changes
The National Business ReviewMay 15, 2017

The paper also recommends ranking gift vouchers on par with layby purchases after the Dick Smith collapse highlighted the lack of consumer protection for those holders, and proposes changes to voidable transactions, which case law has shifted towards ...more »

EEOC reaffirms commitment to fighting ageism, discrimination in report
HR DiveMay 4, 2017

The 2017, Volume 2, edition of the digest includes a feature story detailing how the agency approaches age bias allegations. Age Discrimination: An Overview of the Law and Recent Commission Decisions is an analysis of age discrimination claims and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Goldsmith Williams to rebrand as GWlegal
Mortgage StrategyMay 8, 2017

GWlegal will continue to deal with property and equity release, remortgage, financial claims, personal injury and wills & probate. GWlegal director of operations Adele Whittle says: “Rebranding from Goldsmith Williams to GWlegal will see us better ...more »

Environmental Law
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Victory, defeat and alternative facts in two coastal county elections
Street Roots NewsMay 31, 2017

In the battle to protect the environment, activists are increasingly turning to a model of local organizing that mixes face-to-face democracy with the power to create law. Not everyone is happy with that. Two recent law-making ... According to Mary ...more »

Workers Compensation
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One Call Delivers Educational Session on Common Comorbidities ...
Yahoo FinanceMay 3, 2017

In workers' compensation, seemingly straightforward injuries may turn into prolonged and costly claims when comorbid conditions exist. These comorbidities ...more »

Family Law
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The Final Call: Family, friends and law enforcement 'brothers and sisters' say goodbye to slain Pottawattamie County ...
The Daily NonpareilMay 9, 2017

Slain Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Burbridge's loved ones were joined by thousands of law enforcement officers Monday at his funeral inside the Mid-America Center a week after he died in the line of duty. Burbridge's coffin was draped ...more »


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