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The following people were sentenced in Crow Wing County District Court:
Brainerd Daily DispatchJanuary 7, 2016

14 by Zimmerman to 13 months in the Shakopee prison, with sentence stayed for 10 years for felony fifth-degree drug possession that took place Nov. 2, 2015, and 365 days in Crow Wing County Jail, with 185 days stayed for two years for gross misdemeanor ...more »

Speedy justice : Govt to develop alternate dispute resolution mechanism
Daily TimesJanuary 7, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Zahid Hamid said on Wednesday that the government would develop alternate dispute resolution (ADR) mechanism soon for ensuring speedy justice to people. Addressing Senate functional committee on ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Electronic communication banned in courtroom for Bill Cosby's hearing
The Delaware County Daily TimesJanuary 22, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> News reporters and digital-only media organizations will face sanctions if they electronically transmit information from entertainer Bill Cosby's hearing on alleged sex assault charges before court is adjourned, Montgomery County judges ...more »

Health Care Law
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Poll: Uninsured sit on the sidelines as health care sign-up season ends
Northwest HeraldJanuary 28, 2016

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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These Men's Rights Activists Are Suing Women for Meeting Without Men
Mother JonesJanuary 15, 2016

(She wouldn't elaborate on her legal costs, out of concern for potentially violating the terms of her settlement. Rava also said he could not comment on settlements due to confidentiality.) "All Chic CEO is trying to do is provide women with the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Rubio: Law-abiding undocumented immigrants could stay
PoliticoJanuary 17, 2016

“If circumstances change or you learn something along the way, it's reasonable to say, 'Maybe a different approach will work better,'” Rubio said. “So, for example, on immigration it is clear no comprehensive solution to immigration is going to pass.” ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Costco Team Charts Wetlands Impact
New Haven IndependentJanuary 17, 2016

The question is: Can Costco's 44-acre commercial development be built without adversely impacting the on-site wetlands and the downstream properties? The first session of public hearings conducted by the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) adjourned ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Commission launches new platform for alternative dispute resolution
Times of MaltaJanuary 12, 2016

The European Commission has opened its new online dispute resolution platform to alternative dispute resolution bodies. The platform will allow consumers and traders to settle their online disputes at the click of a mouse, both for domestic and cross ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance industry leader Richards Barger dies
Business InsuranceJanuary 21, 2016

In 1976, Mr. Barger co-founded Barger & Wolen, which focused on regulatory compliance and insurance transactional work and had a robust insurance litigation practice. Mr. Barger also started the Denver-based Federation of Regulatory Counsel, ...more »

Animal Law
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Proposed Anniston animal law would ban breed discrimination, limit tethering
WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.comJanuary 13, 2016

Pit bulls won't be penalized for just being pit bulls, and police officers will be able to break into hot cars to rescue animals. Those are just two of the proposed sweeping changes as Anniston city council members consider updating their animal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Why All Publisher Assets Begin with Intellectual Property
Digital Book WorldJanuary 25, 2016

Copyright, intellectual property (IP) and licensing might not sound like the most colorful of subject matters, but that should certainly not deter from their importance, especially within the publishing industry. Some may consider these areas of the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Nothing simply symbolic about defeating asbestos lawsuit fraud
West Virginia RecordJanuary 12, 2016

Bob Goodlatte's Fairness in Class Litigation Act with Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold's Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act, the bill would prohibit the mingling of injured and uninjured consumers as plaintiffs in a single class action suit ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Statehouse Insider: The new pension debate: Am too. Are not. Repeat.
The State Journal-RegisterJanuary 24, 2016

His own revised pension plan, that was issued after the state Supreme Court shot down Illinois' previous attempt at a pension reform law, eliminated virtually everything from public employee collective bargaining. Naturally, that bill went nowhere in ...more »

Rescuers look for 12 aboard Marine helicopters that collided
kwwl.comJanuary 15, 2016

The transport helicopters each had a crew of six from Marine Corps Base Hawaii and crashed just before midnight Thursday, officials said. No other passengers were aboard the CH-53Es, which came from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Capt. Timothy ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Hot Properties for Jan. 18, 2016
Charleston Regional BusinessJanuary 18, 2016

Lindsey Halter and Jon Chalfie of Lee & Associates Charleston represented the landlord, Ross Family Ventures, in the lease of a 1,444-square-foot office space at 1220 Yeamans Hall Road in Hanahan to Nauck and Kerr Law Firm. ... Gerry Schauer of Avison ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Parker-Hannifin Corp (PH) PT Lowered to $105.00
EMQJanuary 15, 2016

Parker-Hannifin Corp (NYSE:PH) had its target price reduced by stock analysts at Credit Suisse from $110.00 to $105.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, StockTargetPrices.com reports. ... and air conditioning ...more »

Litigation
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Report Card: The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
Law360 (subscription)January 15, 2016

Over my career as a securities litigator, I've seen both sides of the securities litigation divide that the Reform Act created. In the first part of my career, I witnessed the figurative skid marks in front of courthouses, as lawyers raced to the ...more »

Business Law
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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Brodsky & Smith, LLC Announces Investigation of The Board ...
Business Wire (press release)January 16, 2016

The attorneys at Brodsky & Smith have been appointed by numerous courts throughout the country to serve as lead counsel in class actions and have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients and shareholders. Attorney advertising. Prior ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Keep an eye out for this important tax document
Military TimesJanuary 19, 2016

Kan said the law requires a hard copy of the form to be mailed from employers to employees, unless the employee opts out for an electronic copy. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service and others have been putting the word out to encourage military ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Syrian Archbishop: Using hunger as a weapon of war is 'shameful'
ChristianTodayJanuary 19, 2016

"Using hunger, and thirst, as a weapon of war is a crime, a shameful thing," Archbishop Mario Zenari, the apostolic nuncio to Syria, said. "I am surprised that the international media is just talking about it now," he told AsiaNews. "In some places ...more »

Personal Injury
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AR Hwy. 5 North now open after icy road accidents
Baxter BulletinJanuary 20, 2016

Arkansas State Police and Oakland-Promise Land Volunteer Fire Department officials are on the scene assisting vehicles that have slid off the road and are reporting an accident involving at least two semi-trucks. The VFD has asked for more law ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Sacramento State employee alleges he lost promotion because he's older, white male
Sacramento BeeJanuary 14, 2016

Bartley, who continues to work at California State University, Sacramento, is asking for unspecified damages, attorneys fees and the assurance he won't be the subject of continued age, race or gender discrimination, according to the lawsuit. “Employees ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Mendham Township man wins $14.2 million lawsuit against financial advisor
New Jersey HillsJanuary 15, 2016

The jury in Morristown deliberated for just 75 minutes before issuing its decision in the professional malpractice case on Thursday, Jan. 7, awarding $14.2 million in damages to Joseph P. Nacchio, 67, and his wife, Anne M. Esker, according to published ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FTC warns use of big data may violate federal consumer protection laws
JD Supra (press release)January 16, 2016

A new FTC report, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues,” warns that certain uses of big data consisting of consumer information may implicate various federal consumer protection laws. In the report, the FTC puts ...more »

Real Estate Law
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A thankless task: Blowing the whistle on graft in Bosnia
ReutersJanuary 18, 2016

What is known is that she had spoken out about her suspicions that a sale of employment office real estate was being rigged. ... “We have laws that were designed to allow for corruption, and then we have a judiciary that does not do its job,” said ...more »

City Council hangs another mandate on small businesses, this time grocery store owners
Crain's New York Business (blog)January 20, 2016

The City Council on Tuesday guaranteed grocery workers their jobs for 90 days if store ownership flips, the latest in a flurry of new municipal labor laws. The Grocery Worker Retention Act protects employees from being immediately let go by new owners ...more »

Sports Law
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Commentary: Make sports gambling legal
The DepauliaFebruary 1, 2016

“It comes to down one issue: control of the situation,” DePaul professor Phil Meyers, who teaches a class on sports law and politics, said. “That's the key issue whether something is considered gambling or not, and it's a gray area. It can fall on one ...more »

Criminal Defense
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How ?Making a Murderer? Defense Attorney Dean Strang Is Making America Great Again
Daily BeastJanuary 13, 2016

Well, mystery solved: “The answer to that is that there's a wonderful criminal defense lawyer in Milwaukee who's long been a friend of mine for over 31 years now, and he gave me that as a present at some point,” Strang said. “I've never seen a hurling ...more »

Vatican Official: 'Vatileaks II' Misleading
Church MilitantJanuary 15, 2016

I just want to let readers know that IRS accounting audit guidelines for nonprofits (that are not foundations) are that 85-90 percent of the income should go to the cause which is identified in the mission statement of the organization. So, if the goal ...more »

A GOP Strategist's Memo To Bernie Sanders After Last Night's Democrat Debate
Western JournalismJanuary 18, 2016

You should continue to talk like an elder statesman. Indeed, in response to Chelsea's attack, you released a photo of you and Hillary. She inscribed the 1993 photo, “To Bernie Sanders with thanks for your commitment to real health care access for all ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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DEA Hired A TSA Informant To Help Take Cash From People's Luggage
Huffington PostJanuary 20, 2016

The very existence of such a partnership highlights much broader concerns about the controversial legal practice known as civil asset forfeiture, which critics say contorts law enforcement priorities and props up a system of policing for profit ...more »

Environmental Law
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State update outlines path to hit greenhouse gas targets; Pacheco bill sets sights even higher
Fall River Herald NewsJanuary 19, 2016

BOSTON — The legal mandate of reducing Massachusetts greenhouse gas emissions to hit a 2020 benchmark is "achievable" if environmental policies are carried out but imperiled if the state neglects a major importation of renewable energy, according to a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Good Wife and Birds Of A feather reviewed by CHRISTOPHER STEVENS
Daily MailJanuary 29, 2016

Last time we saw Alicia, she had just plucked defeat from the jaws of certain victory, as her long campaign to be an official state lawyer collapsed. Now she's touting for the American equivalent of legal aid cases, and disputing wills in the probate ...more »

Family Law
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Wheaton Family Law Attorney Named 2016 Illinois Super Lawyer
BenzingaJanuary 14, 2016

DuPage County Family Law Attorney Dion U. Davi is the Founding Attorney at Davi Law Group, LLC. He graduated on the Dean's List from The John Marshall Law School, and earned his undergraduate degree from DePaul University with honors.more »

Workers Compensation
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North Carolina Cracks Down on Employers Lacking in Workers' Comp Coverage
Insurance JournalJanuary 12, 2016

The commission responsible for enforcing workers' compensation laws in North Carolina has cracked down in the last year on employers who don't carry proper insurance, collecting $1 million in civil fines from uninsured companies. The News & Observer of ...more »

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