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Mo. Appeals Court Revives Courthouse Asbestos Exposure Suit
Law360 (subscription)March 19, 2015

Law360, New York (March 18, 2015, 7:58 PM ET) -- A Missouri court of appeals on Tuesday revived a proposed class action that claims Jackson County and mechanical contractor U.S. Engineering Co. mishandled renovation work on the Jackson County ...more »

Accused Metairie killer boasted 'I shot, too,' witness testifies
NOLA.comMarch 19, 2015

From the Super 8 Motel on Clearview Parkway just off Interstate 10, the women, both from Moss Point, Miss., advertised their services on the Backpage classified website, where police say prostitutes and their pimps are known to solicit business. In ...more »

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Administrative Law
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TCEQ: Seafood market owner's sales don't count
Victoria AdvocateMarch 19, 2015

Though the state environmental agency again recommended that Blevins' interests not be considered in the application for the Gonzales reservoir, the administrative law judges overseeing the hearing did not make a decision Wednesday. The judges asked ...more »

Health Care Law
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Small businesses struggle with health care law
USA TODAYMarch 22, 2015

Complying with the health care law is costing small businesses thousands of dollars that they didn't have to spend before the new regulations went into effect. Brad Mete estimates his staffing company, Affinity Resources, will spend $100,000 this year ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Obama's transparency questioned as new rules formalize FOIA exemption
The Daily Tar HeelMarch 19, 2015

In the midst of Sunshine Week, President Barack Obama's administration released a set of rules Tuesday exempting the executive Office of Administration from the purview of the Freedom of Information Act — meaning it can reject public access to its ...more »

Immigration Law
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On the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Changes Are ...
Center For American ProgressMarch 23, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, which ushered in the birth of America's current legal immigration system. The INA represented a sea change in U.S. immigration policy; it abolished the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Harsher legal liabilities under new environmental law regime
Lexology (registration)March 19, 2015

At the beginning of 2015, several big issues received widespread attention. On 1 January 2015, China formally began to implement the updated PRC Environmental Protection Law (“Amended EPL”), imposing incredibly harsher legal liabilities to polluters.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Get your fancy pants on
Gettysburg TimesMarch 20, 2015

Today is the last day to register at the early bird rate of $170 for the annual 22-hour Conflict Resolution and Mediation Training offered by Mediation Services of Adams County on April 11-12 and April 25-26. Content includes conflict styles, active ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Stroock Bolsters Litigation Practice Further with Two Partners and Special ...
Yahoo Finance UKApril 13, 2015

“The addition of these talented and experienced lawyers will bolster the firm's strong national litigation practice in key practice areas – insurance, securities, commercial litigation and commodities,” said Alan M. Klinger, Stroock's co-managing ...more »

Animal Law
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Horrific animal abuse cases getting harsh punishments
FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.comMarch 20, 2015

Helping to ensure that people who harm animals get prosecuted is attorney Claudine Wilkins, who has been instrumental in getting animal abuse laws changed in Georgia. “Before 2000, in Georgia we didn't have a felony law at all for aggravated cruelty to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The Modernisation Of Cayman's Intellectual Property Legislation
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)March 25, 2015

Background: The Cayman Islands is pursuing a strategy of modernising its intellectual property regime in order to support local creativity and to attract international investment. As part of this, the request of the UK to extend its copyright ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Arnstein & Lehr Adds 3 Attys To Bolster Litigation Bench
Law360 (subscription)March 19, 2015

Law360, Miami (March 19, 2015, 7:02 PM ET) -- Arnestein & Lehr LLP announced three lateral hires on Thursday, adding partners in its Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offices who will help grow its litigation practice by bringing on experience in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action fiat will cost Akufo-Addo 2016 elections – Ephson
Starr 103.5 FMMarch 26, 2015

The flagbearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo will lose the 2016 elections if the party goes ahead to implement the controversial affirmative action directive, pollster Ben Ephson has said. According to him, the fiat ...more »

'No survivors' after plane crashes in France
WSB AtlantaMarch 24, 2015

An Airbus plane with at least 144 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants on board has crashed in the Alps region. The plane crashed between Digne et Barcelonnette. French president Francois Hollande says there are likely “no survivors” in ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Proposed laws bring critics to council meeting
Times Herald-RecordMarch 26, 2015

More controversial is a part of the law that would impose a fine on landlords when tenants necessitate three police or fire calls to a particular house or apartment. The proposal is aimed at absentee landlords whose tenants frequently disrupt their ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Zero Interest Car Loan For Bad Credit People @ www.carloan2.com
Crowdsourcing.orgMarch 20, 2015

All the car buyers who were hesitating to get into car loans debt are tempted with these car loans. The previous history of the auto industry suggested that only borrowers with high credit scores willing to offer significant down payment amounts for ...more »

Litigation
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Leaked 2012 FTC Document Called Google A Monopoly, Recommended ...
Search Engine LandMarch 19, 2015

Undoubtedly the agency was influenced by the protracted Microsoft antitrust litigation of the 1990s, which was a kind of Pyrrhic victory for the government. In particular the report cites incidents where TripAdvisor and Yelp complained to Google about ...more »

Business Law
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After debate, mayoral candidates in final push
WJXT JacksonvilleMarch 19, 2015

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Military Law & Military Benefits
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Red Cross overhauling hotline call centers
Military TimesMarch 19, 2015

The military community will not see any noticeable change in service during the transition, and will see an improvement in services as the consolidation is completed and new services are brought online, Macias said. "Military families anywhere in the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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MCPD, prosecuting attorney warn of sexting's repercussions
News DispatchMarch 19, 2015

The law enforcement community of La Porte County considers the production, possession and dissemination of child pornography among the most-serious crimes against children. The commission of such offenses by adults will be investigated and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Arbitrating Seamen's Personal Injury Claims
New York Law Journal (registration)March 31, 2015

Prior to Harrington, at least two other courts in New York determined that a seaman's agreement to arbitrate an injury claim after the injury occurs in exchange for certain consideration, was not barred by the Federal Arbitration Act.6. Many other ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Laurence Tribe Says Obama's Clean Power Plan Is Like 'Burning The Constitution'
ThinkProgressMarch 20, 2015

President Obama's law school mentor, Laurence Tribe, testified before Congress this week that “burning the Constitution of the United States, about which I care deeply, cannot be a part of our national energy policy.” “EPA is attempting an ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Greenberg Can't Use Litigation Privilege To Ax Malpractice Suit
Law360 (subscription)April 14, 2015

Judge Navarro ruled that no precedent existed for whether Nevada law allows plaintiffs to sue a law firm for statements made during litigation — which normally are protected by privilege — if it is a legal malpractice suit. She certified the question ...more »

Consumer Protection
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UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 3⁄18⁄2015
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)March 20, 2015

Inclusion of request for attorneys' fees in pre-suit demand and prayer for relief in complaint by debt collector against debtor did not conclusively constitute deceptive conduct under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. While Ohio law prohibits ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Masquerading As a Two-Family Home
New York TimesMarch 28, 2015

“You should be picky,” said Marci Clark, the director of brand and marketing for the JDS Development Group. “You are ... Limited liability companies are common in many transactions in the luxury market, especially among foreign and investment buyers.more »

Financial Market Utilities: One More Dangerous Concept in Dodd–Frank
Heritage.orgMarch 20, 2015

This policy effectively gives designated FMUs a reserve account at the Fed so that they can transfer large dollar payments directly instead of relying on private commercial banks.[17] Thus, this change ... This term did not previously exist in U.S. law...more »

GUEST COMMENTARY: New IRS programs create added risks for unsuspecting ...
Cincinnati Business Courier (blog)April 3, 2015

The number of IRS lawyers has also decreased by about 200 attorneys since 2009. This reduction in IRS personnel has significantly reduced the probability of an individual or a business being audited by the IRS.For example, the IRS only audited 0.86 ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Some defense lawyers watching case predict acquittal for Aaron Hernandez
Boston HeraldApril 8, 2015

Randy Chapman, a Chelsea-based criminal defense attorney, said it's important to remember that the jurors are not privy to certain damning information the public has gleaned through news reports, including Hernandez's suspected shooting of a friend in ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Iron Law of Oligarchy Returns
Consortium NewsMarch 20, 2015

They discuss the way governments become partial to oligarchs and insure that the rich rule: “Inequality is what has turned Washington into a protection racket for the one percent. It buys all those goodies from government: Tax breaks. Tax havens (which ...more »

Democrat O'Malley hits GOP support for Indiana law
U-T San DiegoMarch 31, 2015

"I think it's shameful that presidential candidates in this day and age would try to give cover to a law that is sweeping across a lot of Republican-governed states," he said, and that would "give license to the discrimination of gay and lesbian people ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Attorneys to Know: Justice & White, PLLC
Southlake StyleMarch 19, 2015

Specializations. Collaborative Law, Wills and Probate, General Civil Litigation, and Family Law, which includes divorce, custody, marital property agreements, child support issues, termination and adoption. Community ties. Tracey has been a resident of ...more »

Environmental Law
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New Beaverton schools will include million in solar panels
Portland TribuneMarch 25, 2015

Under a state law that wasn't in effect when district voters last approved a construction bond in 2006, public agencies must devote 1.5 percent of the cost of new buildings to producing renewable energy on site. The mandate helps the state and school ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Severity of workers' comp claims are highest in Florida — and could get higher
Orlando Business JournalMarch 26, 2015

The severity of workers' compensation claims are increasing at a higher rate in Florida than across the country, according to a report from Aon Risk Solutions. While the severity of claims is staying flat in the United States, in Florida, it is rising ...more »

Family Law
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Schaumburg Family Law Attorneys Present at Continuing Legal Education ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)April 13, 2015

... Family Law in Illinois seminar. The seminar focused on several important family law topics including: Same-Sex Marriage In and Outside of Illinois, Nontraditional Parenthood, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements and Adoption in Nontraditional ...more »

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