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159 new laws in Florida will take effect Tuesday
Tbo.comJuly 1, 2014

It also pays for 270 additional child protective investigators to reduce caseloads and establishes a response team to quickly investigate child abuse deaths when the child had previous dealings with the system. Another law will create a statewide pilot ...more »

$25 million settlement in NY veterans charity case
The AdvocateJuly 1, 2014

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was expected to discuss the agreement among his office, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation charity, the Quadriga Art direct-mail company and another company, Convergence Direct Marketing, on Tuesday. ... these ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama Plans "Significant" Action for Illegal Immigrants
The New AmericanJuly 28, 2014

The administration has, however, said it would support repealing a provision of a 2008 law, signed by President George W. Bush, that grants administrative hearings to illegal border crossers from countries other than Mexico or Canada. That law created ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obamacare survives another challenge
KSDKJuly 29, 2014

HIALEAH, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Mercy Cabrera, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, speaks on the phone as she helps a person with information about an insurance policy under the Affordable Care Act at the store setup in the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Matson posts profit, expects late-2014 gains
JOC.comAugust 1, 2014

Jones Act carrier Matson posed slight declines in second-quarter net profit and operating income but said it expects its operating results in the second half of 2014 to show improvement from a year ago. Matson said it walked away from low-margin ...more »

Immigration Law
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Jeff Sessions: This Week 'Critical' for Congress to Thwart Obama's Plans to ...
Breitbart NewsJuly 28, 2014

Sessions said last week that "how Congress chooses to act in the coming hours and days will determine whether the President succeeds in his plan to nullify the immigration laws of the United States" and warned that granting amnesty to adult illegal ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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IDA won't disclose IBM worker count
Times Herald-RecordAugust 1, 2014

The Orange County Industrial Development Agency refused in a recent audit to disclose the number of full-time IBM employees at the firm's Sterling Forest data center in 2010 and '11. The firm is required by a tax-break agreement to pay higher fees to ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Ask George & Chuck: Surface rights can be waived only by owner
Chron.comAugust 1, 2014

For those complaints where evidence suggests a violation has occurred, attempts will first be made to resolve the complaint through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods, such as informal settlement discussions or mediation. When ADR is not ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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RBS Profit Beats Expectations as Results Are Reported Early
New York TimesJuly 25, 2014

In the second quarter, the company recorded litigation and conduct costs of £250 million, including a £150 million provision related to payment protection insurance, a product that has cost British banks billions of pounds to compensate consumers who ...more »

Animal Law
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Woman surprised to find pet dog in fridge
Albuquerque JournalJuly 30, 2014

Martinez told deputies he planned on feeding the dog to Malone's grandchildren, ages 4 and 7, resulting in a possible child endangerment charge in addition to the count of extreme cruelty to animals. Sheriff Heath White said it is not illegal to eat ...more »

Intellectual Property
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DTI NegOr holds seminar on intellectual property rights
Philippine Information AgencyJuly 27, 2014

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 26 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Oriental conducted a seminar on the Intellectual Property Rights recently in cooperation with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO) attended by ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Top Citigroup Attorney Now a Paul Weiss Partner
Corporate Counsel (registration)July 29, 2014

A top in-house attorney at New York-based Citigroup Inc. has made a reverse commute back to the law firm. Elizabeth Sacksteder, most recently the deputy general counsel and global head of litigation and regulatory investigations at the financial ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Why We're Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the 'Soft ...
Huffington PostJuly 28, 2014

While the decision will be viewed as a small victory for supporters of race-based affirmative action, there is little reason to believe that the widely held claim that black and Latino students enter selective universities as comparatively inferior ...more »

Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regs Set Sights on Secretive White ...
ProPublicaJuly 31, 2014

"OIRA review makes the science done by the agency a façade," said Wendy Wagner, author of the study and the Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor at the University of Texas Law School. "It gives the impression that rules are much more based on science ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How Much Should You Get Paid If Your Landlord Wants To Buy You Out Of Your ...
SFistAugust 1, 2014

Supervisor David Campos is doing everything he can to discourage landlords from offering buyouts at all, proposing legislation that would re-classify tenant buyouts under city law as no-fault evictions — a distinction that would disallow owners from ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ugly Truth India Witnesses Highest Number of Bankruptcy Suicides in 2013
Siliconindia.comJuly 7, 2014

Out of which, 2,678, case of suicides on account of bankruptcy are reported that is seven suicides a day, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau. The rate of such suicides shot up to 13.6 percent against 2,357 in 2012. The number of ...more »

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Chrysler facing litigation over faulty ignition switches in Jeeps
NewsdayJuly 29, 2014

Chrysler facing litigation over faulty ignition switches in Jeeps. Published: July 29, 2014 5:00 PM BLOOMBERG NEWS. 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Sfoskett). Related media. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee brings back an iconic ...more »

Business Law
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Acquisition of Bally Technologies, Inc. by Scientific Games Corporation May ...
MarketWatchAugust 1, 2014

... shareholder derivative and securities class action lawsuits, and has helped its clients realize more than $1 billion of value for themselves and the companies in which they have invested. Attorney Advertising. Past results do not guarantee a ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Onder Law Firm Creates Chevy Cobalt Injury Recall Practice Group and ...
Insurance News NetJuly 26, 2014

The recall of millions of General Motors vehicles in recent months* has caused thousands of persons involved in an accident in one of the recalled vehicles to reexamine the cause of those accidents. The products liability lawyers at The Onder Law Firm ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Computer consultant accused of downloading, sharing child pornography
Columbia Daily TribuneAugust 1, 2014

The trooper noted the Internet provider address and traced it to a Mediacom account, and on July 17 a subpoena was issued to the company. A few days later Mediacom gave the trooper information that led authorities to May, the statement said. A search ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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High Court Denies Appeal in Pietragallo Gordon Malpractice Case
The Legal IntelligencerJuly 17, 2014

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a former Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti client who saw his $525,000 legal malpractice award against the firm overturned. In a one-paragraph order Tuesday, the state's high court ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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LETTER: Reading Constitution not enough — understanding it is key
Courierpress/news/gleaner/July 15, 2014

I had coursework in Constitutional law at the law enforcement academy. Moreover, in-service training and study materials at the Sheriff's Office provide case law updates on changes in the law. Just as importantly, as a supervisor with the Sheriff's ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate beat: Future unclear for Cooley Law School's Ann Arbor facility
MLive.comJuly 30, 2014

But news that Cooley Law School is developing a plan in the event it decides to close its Ann Arbor campus leaves the future of the real estate on Plymouth Road unclear. Cooley's president, Don LeDuc, and the dean of the Ann Arbor campus, Joan Vestrand ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014
Lexology (registration)July 23, 2014

The Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014 (the “Bill”) which was first published in late March was passed by the Oireachtas on 17 July 2014. We expect the Bill to be signed into law by the President as the Competition and Consumer Protection...more »

Sports Law
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Enforcing the "Slow Poke Law"
WALB-TVJuly 14, 2014

As of July first, drivers will have to abide by the slow poke law or pay a fine. Thomas County Sheriff's office deputies are strictly enforcing the new law. The law requires slow drivers in the left lane on Georgia Highways, interstate or expressways ...more »

Lexington Selectmen delay Comcast contract renewal
Wicked Local LexingtonJuly 30, 2014

What should have been a simple contract renewal Monday turned into a delay due to wording in the town's contract with cable and broadcast giant Comcast. Selectmen supported issuing a preliminary denial of ... Under state law, such contract renewal ...more »

Focus: Benford's law a key weapon for detecting fraud
Law TimesJuly 28, 2014

A typical crime-fighting kit doesn't usually include mathematical laws. But a nearly 75-year-old mathematical law has found a new life as a forensic tool for uncovering fraud and other financial misdeeds.more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal defense lawyers deserve some respect
Sacramento BeeJuly 17, 2014

The defense attorney's role is to ensure that if someone is convicted of a crime, that conviction is justified by the evidence presented in court. This is true for both petty crimes as well as serious ones. Our system ensures that innocent people are ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Business News Digest
Bellingham HeraldAugust 1, 2014

The supervisor is Skip Wollenberg (800-845-8450, ext. 1680). For photos, ext. 1900. For graphics and interactives, ext. 7636. Expanded AP content can be obtained from For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, ...more »

Students Joining Battle to Upend Laws on Voter ID
New York TimesJuly 5, 2014

“There's an unprecedented effort nationally by Republican-controlled legislatures to restrict the franchise in a way we haven't seen in a long time,” said Marc Elias, the Democratic election lawyer bringing the age-discrimination claim. “Young voting ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Bromsgrove solicitors collect £1300 for Macmillian
Bromsgrove StandardJuly 25, 2014

Tina Circus, Thomas Horton's head of wills, trusts and probate, was the driving force behind the sponsored walk. She said: “During the last few months we've all been touched by the strength of a close colleague who is fighting cancer. “We decided ...more »

Environmental Law
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Advocates hope to hold the line on 2-year freeze
Toledo BladeJuly 27, 2014

Those are laws that require utilities doing business within their boundaries to gradually invest in or develop more renewable energy. Ohio's law, passed by near-unanimous consent of the Ohio General Assembly in 2008, requires ... The wind industry...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission meeting canceled
NewsOK.comJuly 31, 2014

“Due to the high interest generated for our upcoming special meeting and in an effort to ensure all voices are heard, the Workers' Compensation Commission has changed the time and date to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6,” the commission said in a brief ...more »

Family Law
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Council's policy on families with no recourse to public funds is unlawful
Family Law WeekJuly 28, 2014

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