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Medicare Floats Deal To Clear Hospital Appeals Backlog
Law360 (subscription)August 30, 2014

Law360, New York (August 29, 2014, 7:56 PM ET) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday offered to pay 68 cents on the dollar to hospitals that drop appeals of rejected claims for inpatient reimbursement, potentially helping clear an ...more »

Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis cast contrasting votes in shared legislative session
News & ObserverAugust 30, 2014

Hagan voted yes, Tillis no. 4. HB 44 increased the penalty for repeat offenders of domestic violence laws. Both voted yes. ... HB 1111 Opened certain ethics committee proceedings and certain records related to ethics complaints and investigations...more »

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Administrative Law
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St. Gregory the Great to expand parking lot next month
Hilton Head Island PacketSeptember 1, 2014

The frontage road remains stalled, with lawsuits pending in the S.C. Administrative Law Court and in the 14th Circuit Court. Dates have not been set to resume hearings in either case, Gruber said. Berkeley Hall has challenged the county's ability to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care spending in Massachusetts on the rise
Boston.comSeptember 2, 2014

Reversing the trend in health care costs is ''difficult to measure in a one-year snapshot,'' said Copp. The 2012 health care law established specific goals for limiting the future growth of health care costs and encouraged the creation of ''accountable ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Remade Red Lion Pub purrs
Chicago TribuneSeptember 2, 2014

... rescuing a certain kind of drinker from the rest of Lincoln Avenue and offering up the rare likes of a Spitfire Kentish Ale (on draft, forsooth) or Marston's Oyster Stout or a Green Goblin Oak Aged English Cider, of which the act of ordering may ...more »

Immigration Law
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California Broadens Immigration-Related Retaliation Protections
The National Law ReviewSeptember 5, 2014

In addition, AB 2751 authorizes a civil action for equitable relief and damages or penalties by employees or other persons who are the subject of an unfair immigration-related practice. The law also authorizes courts to order the appropriate government ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor
Sioux City JournalAugust 31, 2014

India in 1986 placed a moratorium on licensing any new asbestos mining, but has never banned use of the mineral despite two Supreme Court rulings ordering lawmakers to bring the law in line with ILO standards. Last year, an Indian delegation traveled ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Gulf states fail to resolve diplomatic rift
Aljazeera.comAugust 30, 2014

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah, whose country has tried to mediate in the dispute, said Saturday's meeting in Saudi Arabia had led to limited progress and did not announce any concrete step to end the rift after the meeting ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Brokering Insurance and Real Estate Advocacy
Commercial ObserverSeptember 3, 2014

But Mr. Morris also works on behalf of real estate clients in fields that go beyond insurance coverage. The broker penned an April 2 editorial in Real Estate Weekly calling on the state to change New York's Labor Law 240, or the Scaffold Law, to assign ...more »

Animal Law
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Disagreements arise over humane society practices
Columbia Daily HeraldSeptember 4, 2014

Leighann Lassiter, the Tennessee director for HSUS, also claims Butt used false information from the Internet in asking the state's attorney general to launch an investigation. Butt has asked the attorney general to issue a “Consumer Alert” to raise ...more »

Intellectual Property
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UrFU hosts roundtable discussion on enhancing intellectual property market in ...
YekaterinburgNewsSeptember 10, 2014

Dmitry Shulgin, the director of Ural Federal University's (UrFU) Center of Intellectual Property, led a roundtable discussion on intellectual property during Monday's Highway 2014 event in Nizhny Tagil. “Necessary management technologies we develop ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rhinebeck fire contract delayed
Red Hook / Rhinebeck ObserverAugust 30, 2014

Town land use attorney John Lyons briefed the board on what he said would be a “simple change to the zoning district map” to conform with the directives of the 2009 town comprehensive plan. The mining district will be limited to existing mine sites ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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National teachers' union: beating Walker a top priority
Green Bay Press GazetteSeptember 22, 2014

Walker has drawn the ire of public sector unions for his signature legislation, approved in 2011, that restricted collective bargaining for must public workers to base wages. The law, known as Act 10, also required them to pay more for benefits, barred ...more »

Navigating the NTSB's Asiana Airlines Crash Investigation
The National Law Journal (registration)August 30, 2014

On July 6, 2013, Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport, killing three and injuring 181. Within 24 hours, the National Transportation Safety Board was on the scene, beginning a one-year investigation into the accident.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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East Palo Alto's biggest landlord hit with class action suit for allegedly ...
San Jose Mercury NewsSeptember 4, 2014

The tenants are represented by Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto and the Oakland-based law firm of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian and Ho, which has a history of filing public interest class action suits. The 16-page complaint, filed in Alameda ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The Impunity Enjoyed by the Banks must Stop
International ViewpointSeptember 1, 2014

And yet the list of crimes is long: organised fraud committed against their customers, small shareholders, and public shareholders; laundering money from organised crime; systematic large-scale tax evasion, manipulating interest rates (Euribor, LIBOR ...more »

Litigation
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Inside the 3 busiest patent litigation forums
Lexology (registration)September 10, 2014

Whether to file an AIA petition as part of your litigation strategy, therefore, depends to a large extent on the litigation case schedule and stay practices in the jurisdiction in which the litigation is pending. A defendant will also want to consider ...more »

Business Law
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Weekend roundup: Child protection failure, missing money, money-losing ramp
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)September 2, 2014

He wore a plaid shirt and a red ball cap advertising Budweiser Budvar (the Czech beer, he said, not that domestic stuff). The cap was festooned with a pin in the shape of a golf bag. He held a thick folder of printed-out e-mails, letters and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state
ArmyTimes.comSeptember 23, 2014

Last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ex-Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Porn Charges
KDLT NewsAugust 31, 2014

A federal indictment against Hiipakka states that between November 2013 and August 2014 he knowingly received and possessed computer files containing child porn. The Rapid City man was arrested Aug. 19 after detectives with the Internet Crimes Against ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fault: Rarely Automatic in a Personal Injury Case
Legal ExaminerSeptember 9, 2014

However, it is important to remember that just because someone violated a traffic law and caused an accident does not necessarily mean that they will be found liable in a personal injury lawsuit. ... Although fault in an accident may seem obvious to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Civil War fights on at Huntington Beach Central Park
Huntington Beach IndependentSeptember 2, 2014

The Civil War ended about a century and a half ago, but it didn't look like it Saturday and Sunday during the 21st annual Civil War Days at Huntington Beach Central Park. "Troops" representing the Union and the Confederacy fought in battle reenactments ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Knoxville vet says he never agreed to Celebration inspection job
WBIR-TVAugust 30, 2014

Critics call the misrepresentation a sign that the council's real purpose has more to do with politics than protecting horses as the political battle over the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act in Congress continues. ... In an interview Wednesday ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Tom Still: Funding drought may be ending for biotech
Appleton Post CrescentSeptember 7, 2014

Other Wisconsin biotech companies have shown progress on other fronts, with Exact Sciences winning vital federal clearances for its colorectal cancer test and Cellular Dynamics International reaching important milestones for patent protection and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Indiana University names Shokrina Beering to lead real estate, space ...
IU NewsroomSeptember 11, 2014

Since 2009, Beering has been a managing partner with the Indianapolis office of Plunkett Cooney, a multistate law firm based in Michigan, where her practice focused on commercial real estate, business and finance. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., she ...more »

School calendar cuts costly
Galesburg Register-MailAugust 30, 2014

Now that the contract has been settled, it was decided there will be 168 student attendance days. Arthur said there are 174 student attendance days the school has to have on its calendar to comply with state law. To get back the lost days, the district ...more »

Sports Law
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One door closed, another opened for Jonathan Bender
Boston GlobeSeptember 28, 2014

“I don't want you to walk into a rehab center or a sports medicine center and not see my product,” he said. “I want to make money for a long time and help people for a long time. I'm not here to make .... The NBA has been trying to avoid controversy ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney attends DUI defense training at Harvard
The Manchester JournalAugust 30, 2014

MANCHESTER - Manchester attorney Bradley D. Myerson recently attended 3 days of DUI defense training courses and workshops at Harvard Law School, presented by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). During those sessions, Myerson ...more »

Nonprofit feels heat since filing complaint against Rick Perry
Dallas Morning NewsSeptember 3, 2014

The Republican governor is accused of illegally trying to force the Democratic Travis County district attorney from office by threatening to withhold state funds. Perry says he's ... The Internal Revenue Service audited the group's books after a DeLay ...more »

Costa Mesa supports Newport in sober-living case
Daily PilotSeptember 12, 2014

Five Southern California cities, including three in Orange County, have filed supportive legal documents toward the goal of having the U.S. Supreme Court review Newport Beach's sober-living homes ordinance. ... local land-use decisions that are ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Archaeologists Train "Monuments Men" to Save Syria's Past
National GeographicSeptember 3, 2014

Organizations including the University of Pennsylvania's Cultural Heritage Center, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and Heritage for Peace, a network of volunteers and activists based in Spain, have been holding workshops to ...more »

Environmental Law
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Shearman Advises Abengoa Solar Financing: Business of Law
BloombergSeptember 2, 2014

Wilbon represents clients in commercial and financial-services and product-liability defense. He's licensed in Kentucky as well as Tennessee, according to the statement. Wilbon was previously a partner at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. “For close to 15 years, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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In Your Court: Why parents of young children need wills
Kane County ChronicleSeptember 9, 2014

One can act as a guardian if the court finds the petitioner is capable to provide “an active and suitable program of guardianship for the minor” and who is also at least 18 years old, a United States resident, of sound mind, not adjudicated as a ...more »

Family Law
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Care Proceedings and the European Dimension: Article 15 Transfers
Family Law WeekSeptember 16, 2014

Following my previous article on the subject of public law cases involving a European element, this article is intended to provide an update in respect of recent case law in this area. Increasingly, practitioners are finding themselves having to ... In ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma man's widow wins unusual workers' compensation case appeal
NewsOK.comAugust 31, 2014

That didn't stop the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals from recently upholding the award of more than $200,000 in workers' compensation benefits to Topping's widow and son. They previously had received a $303,000 federal death benefit through the Justice ...more »

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