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MISO to Amend Alternative Dispute Resolution Process
RTO InsiderMarch 28, 2017

NEW ORLEANS — MISO will soon make a filing to add more confidentiality and legal definitions to its alternative dispute resolution process, stakeholders learned at the March 22 Advisory Committee meeting. With the changes, data exchanged during ...more »

Japan finmin: No comment on reports Westinghouse to file Chapter 11
ReutersMarch 28, 2017

... comment on media reports that Toshiba Corp's U.S nuclear unit, Westinghouse, will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Toshiba wants Westinghouse to file for bankruptcy as early as Tuesday, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told ...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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US House won't vote on healthcare law before break -lawmaker
ReutersApril 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, April 5 The U.S. House of Representatives will not vote on a bill to replace the Obama administration's signature healthcare law before it starts a two-week break, a Republican lawmaker said in Wednesday. "We are going to go home tomorrow ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Federal Court addresses maritime lien issues in OW Group bankruptcy proceedings
Lexology (registration)April 5, 2017

In a recent decision, the Federal Court of Appeal had occasion to consider a claim at the crossroads of bankruptcy and maritime law (ING Bank N.V. v. Canpotex Shipping Services Limited et al., 2017 FCA 47). Normally in Canada, bankruptcy cases are ...more »

Immigration Law
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House Hearing Examines Enforcement of US Immigration Law
The National Law ReviewApril 3, 2017

During the hearing, Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) argued that U.S. immigration laws are integral to the nation's sovereignty and must be enforced. He stated that the Obama Administration encouraged undocumented immigrants to fraudulently claim ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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1400-acre development community in Destrehan announced
St. Charles Herald GuideApril 13, 2017

Overall, project plans call for substantially more than residential, all in Destrehan, including retail and commercial space, as well as industrial warehousing. Murray said the commercial development will include restaurants and retail, although he ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Pioneering ODR platform to rein in ambitions after commercial setback
Legal FuturesApril 4, 2017

The partnership behind a pioneering online dispute resolution (ODR) platform for divorce is to be disbanded for commercial reasons, and the venture will be replaced by a scaled-down project that will for the first time involve face-to-face contact with ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Henderson, Franklin, Starnes and Holt welcomes Versnik to team
Florida RecordMarch 28, 2017

Michael Versnik has joined the southwest-Florida firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes and Holt, P.A. as an attorney in the tort and insurance-litigation division. ... He has served and a plaintiff's personal-injury attorney and a commercial-litigation ...more »

Animal Law
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Humane Society trains Berrien County officers on investigating animal cruelty
WSBT-TVApril 10, 2017

The Humane Society hosted a training session to teach law enforcement in Berrien County ways to deal with animal cruelty investigations. The Human Society estimated there are around 40,000 organized dog fights in the United States. The society rescues ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Vodacom "Please Call Me" - CC Judgment
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)April 4, 2017

The recent Constitutional Court judgment can be viewed as nothing other than a rare victory for the underdog. Whilst the issues before the court were not strictly intellectual property law issues, the matter is certainly an interesting one for ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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PTO Litigation Report – April 4, 2017
The National Law ReviewApril 4, 2017

Some states have laws and ethical rules regarding solicitation and advertisement practices by attorneys and/or other professionals. The National Law Review is not a law firm nor is intended to be a referral service for attorneys ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Inslee warns GOP budget would hurt Western State Hospital
KOMO NewsApril 12, 2017

"So we absolutely believe if we were to reform the collective bargaining law in our state" Braun said. "There is plenty of room to address mental health." But majority Democrats in the House are going along with the governor. It is a big roadblock in ...more »

Military plane crash under investigation in Prince George's Co.
W*USA 9April 6, 2017

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD (WUSA9) - Residents with debris from Wednesday's plane crash near Joint Base Andrews should hang tight. Thursday's rain delayed the pick up of those items, but investigators will need to collect the debris as they piece ...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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New Iowa City clerk accepts job at Pearson
Iowa City Press CitizenApril 3, 2017

City Clerk Christopher Guidry's last day at Iowa City Hall will come a little over a month after he was hired. Saying he couldn't say no to his "dream line of work," Guidry on Monday informed city staff and the Iowa City Council he will be leaving the ...more »

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IP practice, patent litigation essential for big firms
Buffalo Business FirstApril 5, 2017

“That has both its challenges and opportunities,” said Simpson, who teaches patent law at the University at Buffalo School of Law. “Being one of only two partners in a small firm, I only need to get one OK if we want to do something out of the ordinary ...more »

Business Law
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Under Agreement, Firm Won't Target Digital Ads Around Mass. Health Clinics
WBURApril 4, 2017

That distinction is at the center of an agreement between the Massachusetts attorney general's office and a Boston-based digital advertising company announced Tuesday. Under the agreement, Copley Advertising won't use geofencing around health care ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Trump extends vets' access to privatized health care
Military TimesApril 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed into law an extension of the controversial Veterans Affairs Choice Card program on Wednesday, the precursor to a planned massive overhaul of the initiative later this year. Flanked by officials from veterans ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Kim Dotcom announces new Bitcoin venture for content uploaders to earn money
KFGOApril 5, 2017

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Controversial New Zealand-based internet mogul Kim Dotcom plans to launch a Bitcoin payments system for users to sell files and video streaming as he fights extradition to the United States for criminal copyright charges. The ...more »

Personal Injury
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Residents: Lengthy law enforcement response times in rural areas a years-long issue
KENS 5 TVApril 4, 2017

Not Highway 83 where the accident happened. "Just more law enforcement presence because of the fact that we do have such a large influx of people during the tourist season, during the summer months," Mitchell said. Mitchell said the proposed plan to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Turkey's Constitutional Referendum
Human Rights WatchApril 4, 2017

This allows the legislature and courts to act in different ways as an effective check on the powers of the executive to ensure that it acts within the constitution and respects human rights and the rule of law. What changes are voters in Turkey being ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Kidney specialist, practice hit law firm with legal malpractice suit
Southeast Texas RecordApril 4, 2017

HOUSTON – A kidney specialist and his practice have brought a legal malpractice lawsuit against a Richmond, Va.-based law firm, alleging the defendant forced them to accept lesser amounts in monetary benefits. Nephrology Leaders and Associates, PLLC ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Scams reported to Dominion, Public Utilities Commission
Canton RepositoryApril 6, 2017

However, the company does make recorded, outbound courtesy calls to customers in accordance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Customers who have any question about any such encounters should contact Dominion's call center at ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Strategies for Associations & Law Firms
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Anthem insurance may drop Centura, Mercy from its network
The Durango HeraldMarch 29, 2017

“As with contract disputes in all walks of business, there's always an element of who blinks first,” said Vince Plymell, communications manager for the DOI. Regardless, contract negotiations that go down to the wire leave Southwest Colorado residents ...more »

Sports Law
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Proposed law would make fantasy sports a reality in Ohio
The Columbus DispatchMarch 30, 2017

Reps. Jonathan Dever, R-Madeira, and Robert McColley, R-Napoleon, sponsors of House Bill 132, say it would provide consumer protection for Ohioans who participate in fantasy sports and regulations so "the industry operates in a transparent and ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Juvenile criminal defense attorneys forced to agree to Taser's terms of service to see the state's evidence
Boing BoingApril 24, 2017

California criminal defense attorney Rick Horowitz had a juvenile client, he was shocked when the prosecutor in the case told him that to see the evidence against his client, he'd have to log in to, run by Taser International (now ...more »

Tax Law Discourages Development of Vertical Mixed-Use Buildings
Daily Business Review (registration)April 5, 2017

For decades, the state of Florida has been associated with substantial growth, development and opportunity, particularly with respect to real estate, ripe for developers and foreign investment. South Florida, especially, is often viewed as a ...more »

Elder Law: Some considerations on health care decision-making
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteApril 17, 2017

There are two very important health care documents of which everyone should be aware. The first, which we have written about in the past, is an advance directive for health care. This written set of instructions states your wishes for medical treatment.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Eli Lehrer: Let ex-offenders hold jobs
Tulsa WorldApril 4, 2017

And the pain isn't just short-term. Research by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds that former inmates' lifetime earnings are reduced by 40 percent. Nor is the damage limited to those who have gone to prison. ... Economists Morris Kleiner and Alan Krueger ...more »

Environmental Law
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Gov. shoots down renewable energy measures, other bills
Santa Fe New MexicanApril 7, 2017

Susana Martinez used her veto power Thursday to kill legislation that could have led to more than 700 state buildings getting power from solar, wind or geothermal energy. She also spiked a bill intended to guarantee Santa Fe city government a say in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Bill cutting workers' compensation benefits goes to Branstad
DesMoinesRegister.comMarch 28, 2017

Legislation aimed at reducing Iowa workers' compensation costs received final passage in the Iowa Senate on Monday after a heated debate over the importance of Iowa's business climate versus the interests of injured workers. The bill will cut workers' ...more »

Family Law
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Attorneys present free legal seminars in civil, family law
Arizona Daily StarMarch 28, 2017

Topics covered at each session are divorce/child support, probate/guardianship/conservatorship, debtor/creditor and landlord/tenant. Attorneys will take questions, but will not provide individualized legal advice or discuss specific cases, said ...more »


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