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Ex-UN President Charged in Bribery Scheme Dies, Lawyer Says
BloombergJune 23, 2016

IRS agents served a summons on UBS in 2013 for records of Hsiaw's UBS account from 2001 to 2011. Hsiaw transferred his account to Singapore in 2002, according to the Justice Department. The bank said it couldn't produce the information because ...more »

Some Russian Olympians could compete under their own flag
Claremore Daily ProgressJune 23, 2016

"We consider it unfair on the vast majority of our athletes who have never doped and have not violated any criteria," Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov told the meeting. "They will be punished for the sins of others." Zhukov said in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Ocean Co. dune project could start next year
Asbury Park PressJune 24, 2016

Judge Ford rejected the claim of 28 beachfront homeowners who argued at a March 4 court hearing that the law allows the DEP to take property for some projects, but not explicitly for shore protection. And they argued the state is using eminent domain ...more »

Health Care Law
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Illinois Insurance Co-Op Sues Feds Over Health Law Payments
ABC NewsJune 23, 2016

As it fights to remain solvent, Land of Lincoln also announced Thursday it will withdraw from the group market for 2017 and is now informing more than 800 employers with contracts. Land of Lincoln will fulfill its obligations for ... "By reneging on ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kirby Corporation To Announce 2016 Second Quarter Results On July 27, 2016 With Conference Call On
PR Newswire (press release)June 28, 2016

Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated as a result of various factors, including cyclical or other downturns in demand, significant pricing competition, unanticipated additions to industry capacity, changes in the Jones Act or in ...more »

Immigration Law
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The Deportation Machine Obama Built for President Trump
The Nation.June 27, 2016

In fiscal year 2012, the height of its deportation quota pursuit, ICE processed 9 million prints, matching 436,000 submitted by local law enforcement, and issued detainers (a practice largely abandoned now due to constitutional concerns) for over a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Buffalo Common Council sued for ignoring advice to preserve 3 properties
Buffalo NewsJune 26, 2016

The Crosby Company complex in the Pratt Street Industrial Heritage Area. The Bachelor ... “It utterly undermines the landmarks law and the Preservation Board.” ... Also named in the lawsuit are the Ellicott Development Co., which would build a parking ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Projects Disputes in Australia: Recent Cases
Lexology (registration)June 23, 2016

Agreeing in advance on alternative dispute resolution procedures can be an excellent way of managing unexpected changes and disputes more collaboratively and efficiently to reduce the risk that they delay the success of the project. However, care must ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Family feud over shuttered local business sparks lawsuit
Citizens VoiceJune 24, 2016

The Sisters' Fund suit alleges Roccograndi and Podolak sold $500,000 in investments held by the trust without their knowledge, once gave themselves a five-percent “bonus” using trust funds, and changed the beneficiaries on their father's life insurance ...more »

Animal Law
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EXCLUSIVE: Restaurants praise law allowing dogs at outdoor cafes
New York Daily NewsJuly 11, 2016

The recently passed state law that allows New Yorkers to bring their pups to outdoor cafes has been a boon for business, many restaurant owners told the Daily News. “It's great,” said Justin Sievers, 32, the general manager of Bar Primi in the East ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Hillary Clinton's Intellectual Property Platform: Too Vague & Confusing
TechdirtJune 29, 2016

"There is no contradiction between intellectual property rights protection and enforcement and ensuring freedom of expression on the internet." So if she believes that, then SOPA wouldn't have restricted the free flow of data. Of course, once the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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My Life as a White Supremacist
NewsweekJune 27, 2016

A grizzled man in a Stetson hat smoking a Toscanelli cigar introduced himself as Jesse Trentadue, attorney at law, and led them into his office across the street. There, Matthews divulged the secret he had harbored for two decades: while his family ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The Opinion Pages|Affirmative Action Isn't Just a Legal Issue. It's Also a Historical One.
New York TimesJune 24, 2016

THE Supreme Court's decision this week in Fisher v. University of Texas is a profound relief, and a cause for celebration among those of us in higher education who have long insisted that affirmative action is vital to our schools' missions and to ...more »

Can Donald Trump be a CEO and a president?
Gant DailyJune 24, 2016

“We've never had a situation like this where the holdings of the president could create an acute conflict in carrying out his duties,” said Kenneth Gross, a lawyer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager and Flom who has advised previous presidential ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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NYC panel approves rent freeze on one-year leases
New York Daily NewsJune 28, 2016

The five public members of the board voted against it, as did the two tenant representatives. Only the two members who ... The vote was the same as for the landlord proposal but in reverse — only the two members representing tenants were for it. The ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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CFPB Payday Plan Thwarts Success of State Laws
American BankerJune 23, 2016

In early June the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its proposed rule to regulate payday lenders and other forms of credit, preempting existing payday lending regulations already in place in 36states. This proposal, spanning an unbelievably ...more »

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Reed Smith steps up Philly complex litigation
CDR News MagazineJune 23, 2016

During his stint at Morgan Lewis, DelBello handled complex commercial and product liability cases, while his practice at Lincoln saw him managing a team of more than 160 lawyers working on the company's regulatory matters. ... Siembieda brings more ...more »

Business Law
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Wake Up Call: Do In-House Counsel Care About Associate Pay Raises?
Bloomberg Big Law BusinessJune 23, 2016

s general counsel, Susan Lees, sent an email criticizing the Cravath-inspired wave of pay hikes for first-year associates to $180,000, arguing law firms should be investing in technology. (WSJ Blog) .... (Bloomberg News). • A group of defendants led by ...more »

Personal Injury
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Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Daniel M. Kotin Installed as President of the Chicago Bar Association
Press Release RocketJune 23, 2016

The law firm of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC is proud to announce that Partner Daniel M. Kotin was installed as president of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA). At the 143rd Annual Meeting of the CBA, held on June 22, 2016, ... The firm effectively and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Jefferson City man takes plea deal on robbery, felonious restraint charges
Columbia Daily TribuneJune 23, 2016

A 20-year-old man accused in two cases of luring women to Columbia using the internet and assaulting them — one alleging repeated sexual assault — took a plea deal Wednesday that saw him admit guilt to two of the six felonies he faced. Jemell D ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Big Law Docket Scanner: Dragged into Arbitration
Bloomberg Big Law BusinessJuly 1, 2016

Below is a list of law firms that appeared in litigation as either a plaintiff or defendant between June 21 and June 30, according to docket searches on Bloomberg Law. The search scanned AmLaw 100 firm names in federal, state and international courts.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Feminist: Transgender Push 'Is Harmful To Women'
Daily CallerJune 24, 2016

... protection” amendment to the state's constitution that states: “Equal protection under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of race, sex, age, religion, creed, color, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Donation Allows St. John's to Open Real Estate Institute
New York Law Journal (registration)June 26, 2016

Joseph M. Mattone Sr., a St. John's University School of Law alumnus, has donated $3.5 million to establish The Mattone Family Institute for Real Estate Law. Mattone, 84, who graduated from law school in 1955, is a senior partner at Mattone, Mattone, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Entire federal government exempt from robocall laws, FCC rules
The HillJuly 6, 2016

“After all, if the federal government is truly outside the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it is unclear why Congress would need to have specifically provided a debt-related exception to the law in the first place,” Democratic FCC ...more »

Sports Law
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Lionel Messi tax fraud: Spanish experts in sport law analyses Barcelona star prison sentence
Yahoo NewsJuly 6, 2016

IBTimes UK have spoken with two of the most notorious Spanish experts in Sport law - Javier Ferrero and Juan De Dios Crespo Perez – in order to clarify the situation and knowing how the sentence can affect the sport career of the Barcelona ace.more »

Rockwell Medical Announces Appointment of Dr. Robin Smith to Board of Directors
NasdaqJune 23, 2016

During her tenure, Dr. Smith pioneered the company's innovative business model building proprietary cell therapy development and a successful commercial contract and manufacturing organization. At NeoStem, Dr. Smith raised over $200 million ... Certain ...more »

The Great Trump Tax Mysteries: Is He Hiding Loopholes, Errors, or Something More Serious?
Vanity FairJune 23, 2016

The I.R.S. has interpreted this rule very broadly, says Ed Kleinbard, professor of law and business at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law and author of We Are Better than This, a book on the U.S. fiscal system. “So a swap ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Freddie Gray case: Judge acquits Lt. Brian Rice of all charges
Baltimore SunJuly 18, 2016

Rice's defense attorneys said his actions were reasonable given the volatility of the scene at the time, Gray's combativeness and the danger associated with placing a detainee in a seat belt in the close quarters of the van's rear compartment ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Supreme Court sends off patent troll that challenged review rules with an 8-0 slapdown
Ars TechnicaJune 23, 2016

The two patent lawyers didn't get the rule change they were looking for. Instead, they were on the receiving end of a resounding 8-0 ... That was good enough for the Kaardal law firm, which told Cuozzo that "patent protection could potentially be ...more »

Google age-discrimination lawsuit may become a monster
ComputerworldJune 30, 2016

Just over a year ago, two people who had been turned down after applying for jobs at Google filed a lawsuit against the company. They claimed they were rejected because of their age. Both were over 40. A federal court in San Jose is now being asked to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Nevada AppealJuly 1, 2016

They will answer questions on family law and wills and probate. Walk-in appointments welcome or call 775-463-1222 to make an appointment. These sessions are being sponsored by the Nevada Legal Service and the Churchill Community Coalition.more »

Environmental Law
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Can Hawaii Reach its Target of 100 Percent Renewable Energy?
Government TechnologyJuly 1, 2016

Thanks to sweeping legislation adopted last year, Hawaii has set a goal to become the first state in the country to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy resources. If it's successful -- the 100 percent goal has a deadline of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Fitch: U.S. Workers' Comp Insurance Swings to Profit; Competition Heats Up
Business Wire (press release)July 7, 2016

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After many years of underwriting losses, underwriting performance for the U.S. property/casualty (P/C) industry's workers' compensation line generated a significant profit in 2015, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings.more »

Family Law
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Chattanooga Family Law Firm Helps Residents Keep Their Pets In A Divorce
scitech nation (press release) (blog)July 20, 2016

Chattanooga, TN – Divorce proceedings can become emotionally charged, especially in cases where the husband and wife cannot agree on anything, including who should keep the pets. Conner & Roberts, PLLC is skilled at helping such warring individuals ...more »


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