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Warning over Scottish pollution levels after UK ministers lose legal action
ScotsmanNovember 6, 2016

Friends of the Earth cite evidence showing air pollution causes 2,500 early deaths in Scotland each year. Scottish ministers were invited to represent themselves as part of the High Court action led by environmental law firm ClientEarth, but declined ...more »

Australia is decades behind on adoption and it's time to put ...
The GuardianNovember 6, 2016

'There is an urgent need for laws, practices and attitudes to change to put children's interests first and enable timely processing of adoption for those who want it.more »

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Administrative Law
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Police log, Nov. 7, 2016
Republican & HeraldNovember 7, 2016

The charges for both establishments will be brought before an administrative law judge, who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious ones, according to the BLCE. The ALJ can ...more »

Family Law
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Brexit may be final straw for some couples, say divorce lawyers
The GuardianNovember 8, 2016

The stress of Brexit is adding to pressure on couples on the brink of divorce, according to the head of the UK's largest family law organisation. For partners who voted different ways in the referendum, the difficulty of reconciling opposing political ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Ravens Second-Quarter Report Card: A Slide, Then A Save?
Press BoxNovember 7, 2016

Running Back: The mere act of running the football is seen as a solid, non-spectacular way to make progress down the field. That's why it's not as sexy as a high-flying passing game, and it doesn't get ... The waiver-wire signing of ex-Cincinnati ...more »

Immigration Law
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President Donald Trump Promised To Deport 6 Million Immigrants: Is Immigration Reform Dead?
International Business TimesNovember 9, 2016

Donald Trump has long promised to build a “big beautiful wall” along the U.S. border with Mexico and deport millions of the nation's immigrants as soon as he's elected. So now that he will likely replace President Barack Obama, what will happen to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Trademark Law Update: SCOTUS to Decide Whether Ban on Registering “Disparaging Marks” Is Unconstitutional
Lexology (registration)November 14, 2016

Under section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may refuse to register any trademark that “[c]onsists of . . . matter which may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SUMMONS - Chad Michael Larson - being sued
Rosemount Town PagesNovember 8, 2016

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Raise the Rainbow Flag: Federal Court Rules that Title VII Bans Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Justia VerdictNovember 15, 2016

Whether Title VII encompasses sexual orientation discrimination is important because documented rates of harassment and discrimination against LGBT employees are high, and there is no other protection under any other federal antidiscrimination law.more »

Animal Law
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Animal lovers plan rally, begin final push for House to pass anti-cruelty legislation
LancasterOnlineNovember 7, 2016

House Bill 869 would force people convicted of animal abuse to give up their pets. The package also includes Senate bills 294, 373 and 1372, which collectively increase penalties for animal abuse, increase protections for horses and service dogs, and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Strip Club Treating Dancers as 'Tenants' Can't Arbitrate Wage Claims
The Legal IntelligencerNovember 8, 2016

"In an effort to limit its liabilities under labor-employment laws by designating its contracts with the exotic dancers as landlord/tenant leases, the Gold Club has likewise limited the scope of its arbitration clauses," Fuentes said. "The FLSA and its ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Deceit: Damaging, Dangerous and Dumb
Texas LawyerNovember 7, 2016

More importantly, the court held that the conduct in this case violated professional rules prohibiting use of deceit by a lawyer, namely Rules 4.1 and 8.4(c). Here is the court: "Litigation is a truth-seeking exercise in which counsel, although acting ...more »

Litigation
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Avoiding Trust Litigation—the Benefits of a Trust Accounting
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)November 7, 2016

One of the unique aspects of trust, estate, and conservatorship litigation is the fiduciary duties that one party often owes to an opposing party. These arcane terms —“fiduciary” and “fiduciary duty”— are rarely heard in everyday conversation, and ...more »

News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 3:40 am EST
LEX18 Lexington KY NewsNovember 6, 2016

Mike Armstrong, commander of the guard's 751st Aviation Troop Command, says in a news release that six UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters are helping battle the fires with 600-gallon buckets of water. Armstrong says two LUH-72 Lakota helicopters are ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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New law clinic consortium to assist military veterans
13newsnow.comNovember 12, 2016

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WVEC) -- A major step forward in helping military veterans get all the benefits they earned. The College of William and Mary has joined forces with two other colleges to create the "National law School Veterans Clinic Consortium.".more »

Bankruptcy Law
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CreditRepairExpert.org Publishes In-Depth Review of Lexington Law Credit Repair Services
Free Press Release Center (press release)November 7, 2016

( November 07, 2016 ) San Francisco, CA -- Based in San Francisco, California, CreditRepairExpert.org is an independent credit repair service comparison platform that aids individuals with repairing their credit score by helping them select the best ...more »

Personal Injury
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'Trip and fall' cases common with City Attorney's Office
Journal TimesNovember 13, 2016

"There are certain attorneys that practice personal injury law that take these kind of cases." Increases in these sort of cases isn't uncommon, Letteney added. "We get them periodically," he said. "They come in streaks. We'll go a long time without ...more »

Business Law
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Whitehall raises heat to make cybercrime toast
Telegraph.co.ukNovember 6, 2016

The weakest link is the target for the criminal gangs that launch as many as eight in ten cyber attacks worldwide, whether that is the online gadget without a password or the unsuspecting employee who falls for a spoof email. As smart energy meters and ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Importance of Discovery Rule In Medical Malpractice Cases
Legal ExaminerNovember 9, 2016

Statute of limitations sets the time limit within which a patient can sue for medical malpractice, but the clock doesn't always start with the negligent act. The discovery rule allows victims of medical malpractice the right to file a medical ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ransomware attack targets Seguin dermatology practice
San Antonio Express-News (subscription)November 12, 2016

Ransomware is used to lock computers until victims pay up. Between April 2014 and June 2015, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 992 complaints about CryptoWall, one type of ransomware, with victims' losses totaling over $18 million.more »

Real Estate Law
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Law on real estate will spell relief for home buyers | Chandigarh NYOOOZ
NYOOOZNovember 14, 2016

Summary: The latest law on real estate will go a long way in solving the problems of the common buyers of property. People should check the authenticity of real estate developers and scrutinise their promotional claims, rather than believing the hearsay.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Pennsylvania State University - University Park Campus Marketing and Communications Manager
Folio MagazineNovember 6, 2016

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin ...more »

Sports Law
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The Potential Trump Effect On The Sports World
The National Law ReviewNovember 11, 2016

While the nation and the world react to the victory of President-elect Donald Trump and theorize what his impending presidency will mean for national policy, the world of sports is not immune from similar meditation. The international nature of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Woman charged with credit card fraud
Northeast Mississippi Daily JournalNovember 8, 2016

OXFORD – An Oxford woman was jailed after running up thousands of dollars in charges on someone else's account. A person went to Oxford Police Department on Nov. 1 to report credit card fraud. They said an acquaintance, Nijah Fields, 21, made multiple ...more »

IMF suggests strict measures to fix economy
Jordan TimesNovember 8, 2016

The fund urged moving all tax incentive provisions into tax laws. The mission also recommended eliminating or scaling back corporate income tax incentives for new investments/activities in any of the tax preference frameworks after conducting further ...more »

Oil & Gas Essentials Training Day - Dubai
Lexology (registration)November 7, 2016

Some of the key concerns for foreign investors in frontier markets relate to whether local laws will be applied consistently to foreign investments and their ability to enforce their rights against domestic parties and state agencies. Bilateral ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Chris Jones: Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
NoozhawkNovember 6, 2016

A key goal of what we refer to as “estate planning” is to preserve a legacy for your family. How can you get as much of your estate as possible into the hands of your beneficiaries? That means minimizing, if not eliminating, erosion from taxes and ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bonin, Guillory advance to Orleans Criminal Court runoff
NOLA.comNovember 9, 2016

Guillory, 38, has worked for the district attorney's office since 2005, except for a brief stint as a private attorney from 2011-13 when he handled criminal defense, family law and personal injury cases. He now leads prosecutors in three sections of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Dubai facilitates property will registrations
ZawyaNovember 7, 2016

Dubai: The process of probating a will featuring property bequests has just got easier with a “smart” tie-up between DIFC Wills & Probate Registry (WPR) and Dubai Land Department. The new arrangements sets out a clear process to be followed when a ...more »

Will Trump Victory Yield Estate Tax Repeal?
ForbesNovember 9, 2016

Under current law, for 2017, the estate and gift tax exemption is $5.49 million per individual, up from $5.45 million in 2016. That means an individual can leave $5.49 million to heirs and pay no federal estate or gift tax. Surviving spouses can carry ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Input on Wisconsin's unemployment and Worker's Compensation programs needed
Wisconsin State FarmerNovember 8, 2016

In Wisconsin, the Worker's Compensation (WC) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs are guided by advisory councils that make recommendations to the Wisconsin Legislature on changes to their respective programs. Council members have provided ...more »

Environmental Law
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How will the election affect policy toward the environment?
Stanford University NewsNovember 11, 2016

Deborah Sivas is the Luke W. Cole Professor of Environmental Law, director of the Environmental Law Clinic and director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program at Stanford Law School. She is also a senior fellow at the ...more »

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