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Puerto Rico wants to be able to declare bankruptcy
Local 10June 30, 2015

... said, referring to the need to lobby Washington for change on Chapter 9. The governor compared the island's financial situation to Detroit's, but unlike Detroit, Puerto Rico's only option is to settle its debt with its creditors on its own, which ...more »

Puerto Rico wants to be able to declare bankruptcy
CNNMoneyJune 30, 2015

"We cannot allow them to force us to choose between paying for our police, our teachers, our nurses, and paying our debt," Padilla said in a televised announcement Monday night in Spanish. "We have to act now." Puerto Rico is running out of time.more »

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Administrative Law
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Roy Moore's lawyer to Gov. Bentley: 'Public officials are ministers of God'
AL.comJune 30, 2015

Will you stand up for the law of Alabama, for the people, for the weak and vulnerable, for the law of God? Or will you capitulate? Will you become complicit in the takeover by the wicked?" writes Johnson, director of the legal staff of the ...more »

Family Law
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Put your mind at ease and learn about your family law rights with Jeffery L ...
theifp.caJuly 1, 2015

While it can be extremely confusing for those trying to navigate family law issues for whatever reason, it's important to learn about your rights and the laws when it comes to children, elderly relatives, adoption, and marriage –Jeffery L. Eason ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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O'Malley: Save Puerto Rico!
PJ MediaJune 30, 2015

“Puerto Rico's political status is thus a major impediment to its economic and fiscal recovery,” he said, adding of his legislation to seek an exemption from the Jones Act that “to say this legislation faces political headwinds in Washington is a ...more »

Health Care Law
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Officials react to decision on federal health care law
Port Lavaca WaveJuly 3, 2015

AUSTIN — Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act. The high ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report: Anti-immigrant groups collude with homeland security employees
Al Jazeera AmericaJune 30, 2015

The report says that the anti-immigrant movement has worked with leaders of the unions representing a majority of employees at Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement: the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) and the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Farm debt mediation cases predicted to rise as more federal financial ...
ABC LocalJune 30, 2015

A rural financial counselling service says farm debt mediation cases are expected to rise over the coming year, with no reprieve in drought for many areas. The Federal Government said from this week $880,000 in extra funding would flow for financial ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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As Panama's Economy Booms, So Do Concerns Over Debt And The Environment
KNPRJuly 1, 2015

On the far eastern edge of the capital, once-lush wetlands have been plowed under and covered by huge industrial parks, office buildings and gated communities. In the working-class Ciudad Radial, a new multi-use development called Metro Park is going ...more »

Animal Law
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'Puppy Doe' suspect appears in court ahead of trial
My Fox BostonJuly 7, 2015

Czerkawski will be tried at a later date for the Puppy Doe case, in which he's facing 12 animal cruelty charges for torturing a pit bull mix dog back in 2013. The dog had to be euthanized as a result of its injuries, which included burns and stabs. The ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Apple persuades U.S. judge to void $533 million iTunes ... - Business Insurance
Business InsuranceJuly 9, 2015

Apple declined to comment on Judge Gilstrap's decision, but said the case showed why Congress should try to curb litigation by Smartflash and similar companies whose business models depend in part on lawsuits to enforce their patents. “We refused to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Wixon, Ezra Baker renovations on track
Wicked Local DennisJune 30, 2015

The project was rebid after two companies, DDES, LLC, and Allstate Asbestos of Lowell were tied in their initial bids. Under Massachusetts General Law, a tie can be settled by either coin toss or rebid. When the district rebid the project, Allstate bid ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Stephens Scown intellectual property lawyers attend biggest trade event in San ...
Western Morning NewsJuly 1, 2015

Ben Travers, partner and head of IP and IT at Stephens Scown, and Tom Moore, IP specialist, went to San Diego for the biggest ever International Trade Mark Association annual meeting, which was attended by nearly 10,000 IP professionals from 140 ...more »

Lawyer: Lufthansa makes compensation offer for relatives of Germanwings crash ...
Minneapolis Star TribuneJune 30, 2015

Emilio Morenatti, Associated Press - Ap Robert Tansill Oliver, centre right and Maribel Calvo, the parents of Robert Oliver Calvo, a businessman who was on board of the Germanwings jet which crashed in the French Alps, pray, during a religious funeral ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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SCOTUS, The Incredible Disappearing Student And The Case For Affirmative...
Huffington PostJuly 16, 2015

University of Texas affirmative action case and decide whether race can be a factor in college admissions. Since the case was sent back to lower courts in 2013, affirmative action has been debated in classrooms across the country, prompting minority ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Homes with character: See some of Las Vegas' most famous — and infamous ...
Las Vegas SunJune 30, 2015

And like the "Casino" character, Resnick faced allegations of ties to organized crime. Twenty years after the ... The house sold in 2010 to an owner who planned to turn it into a museum in an attempt to help Newton dig out of bankruptcy. But the museum ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Implications for landlords and tenants of failing to register a lease
Lexology (registration)July 3, 2015

A lease that has been granted for a term of more than seven years must be registered at the Land Registry. Until the registration is complete, the tenant does not have a legal title to the property and the transaction will operate in equity alone. On ...more »

Business Law
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Arrest quacks who advertisers HIV cure, Police urged
GhanaWebJune 30, 2015

Ms Golda Asante, Head of the Eastern Regional Secretariat of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Ghana Aids Commission (GAC), has called on the police to arrest people who advertise that they have a cure for HIV without the relevant documentation ...more »

Litigation
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Goldman Sachs earnings tumble, cites litigation expenses
USA TODAYJuly 16, 2015

Investment bank Goldman Sachs said its earnings tumbled in the three-months ended in June due to litigation expenses that shaved $2.77 a share from its second-quarter profit. The bank earned $1.05 billion, or $1.98 a share, in the second-quarter, on ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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The Google Photos 'gorilla' fail won't be the last time AIs offend us
FusionJuly 2, 2015

But in the future, Calo says the law might adopt a category for this type of “crime” — maybe, 'negligent programming' — especially if enough of these incidents happen. They'll likely carry a lower penalty for the engineers coding these systems than ...more »

Personal Injury
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Court rules against caps on damages for personal injury in medical malpractice ...
Daily JournalJuly 5, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — A Florida court has ruled that caps on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits do not apply in personal injury cases. The Legislature in 2003 established $500,000 limits on non-economic damages for such cases.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Tattooed firefighters: Offensive or not?
NOLA.comJuly 2, 2015

I would like to point out that until the legislature added Race, Gender, Religion, National Origin, and Age to the definition it was perfectly legal (though not moral) to treat as inferior anyone falling into the wrong side of those classifications as ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Court Backs Controversial Medical Malpractice Change
CBS LocalJuly 21, 2015

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A state appeals court Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a controversial change in Florida's medical-malpractice laws, ruling in part that some privacy rights are “waived” when people pursue malpractice lawsuits.more »

Consumer Protection
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ACA International Files Lawsuit against FCC Citing that a Recent Ruling on the ...
ACA InternationalJuly 14, 2015

:12813:14:13111:36323: ACA International Files Lawsuit against FCC Citing that a Recent Ruling on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act Is at Odds with the Original Intent of the Law. ACA International has been at the forefront of a long-time effort to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Commercial Tenant Eviction
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)July 14, 2015

Although a commercial tenant does not have the same statutory protections provided to residential tenants, there are still specific legal procedures, as outlined in the commercial lease and the Texas Property Code which are vital to a proper eviction ...more »

How To Deal With Car Workshop Space Invaders
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)July 1, 2015

The issue is not just one of a lack of space, but the impact on your business financially. Too much clutter means less space for profitable work to be carried out. In addition, you will find yourself acting as an unpaid storage facility for your ...more »

Sports Law
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New Illinois law waives license plate fees for combat veterans - News - The ...
The State Journal-RegisterJuly 12, 2015

... little easier" for returning veterans. The law requires veterans to provide documentation to the Secretary of State proving they received hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay in the 12 months prior to their application for new plates. ... Sports...more »

Criminal Defense
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Colorado cinema massacre trial to hear closing arguments
Grand Forks HeraldJuly 14, 2015

Longtime Colorado criminal defense lawyer Mark Johnson said the defense's closing will likely focus on Holmes' psychosis, which its experts testified did not emerge suddenly. "It could be argued that despite his well thought-out preparation, someone ...more »

Patricia King: How Lawyers Can Survive a Random Audit
Connecticut Law TribuneJuly 20, 2015

If you are like many lawyers, you were only vaguely aware that there was such a thing as an IOLTA until after law school graduation. In practice, you learned how to manage your IOLTA by following the lead of your senior partners or colleagues, who ...more »

Workplace Protection Remains Biggest Issue Facing Same-Sex Couples ...
VarietyJune 30, 2015

We have national protections for other classes of people, based on race, gender, age and disability. But not for LGBT people. With the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, advocates have been trying since 1994 to pass a federal statute about LGBT ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Corporate Capital Trust Receives Investment Grade Rating
MarketWatchJune 30, 2015

KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation at the asset level. KKR invests its own capital alongside its partners ...more »

Environmental Law
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How America is quietly becoming a climate change leader
Christian Science MonitorJuly 2, 2015

Seven states have adopted broad caps on emissions, and 28 states have introduced renewable energy requirements, according to a recent report from Environment America. According to the report, state and federal policies currently in action or about to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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What's Happening - July 8, 2015 | Lucerne Valley Leader
LucernevalleyleaderJuly 8, 2015

... and Supplementary Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps, Cal-Works, Medi-Cal (estate claims, liens and eligibility), landlord tenant issues (including eviction defense), estate planning (simple wills, health and financial powers of attorney), probate...more »

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