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Why Do the Feds Want to Dismantle the Golden Arches?
Wall Street JournalAugust 1, 2014

This determination directly threatens the franchise business model that has encouraged countless American small business owners, creating jobs and broad-based economic growth. The NLRB's three-decades-old ... Franchisers would also have to monitor the ...more »

What Doctors Need To Know About Collecting Patient Debts
Physicians News DigestAugust 1, 2014

The July 10, 2014 opinion by the U.S Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (Georgia, Florida, and Alabama) in Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC held that the act of filing a proof of claim on a time-barred debt is a violation of the Fair Debt Collection ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Goolsby resigns from NC Senate
News & ObserverAugust 4, 2014

When the state House returns to take care of unfinished business, Sen. Thom Goolsby won't be there – except perhaps to clean out his desk. The Wilmington Republican has resigned, sending a letter to that effect Monday to Gov. Pat McCrory. Goolsby wrote ...more »

Health Care Law
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Affordable Health Care Act session slated for Sept. 17
Appleton Post CrescentAugust 4, 2014

GRAND CHUTE – Score Fox Cities and Fox Valley Technical College will hold a Sept. 17 seminar on how to apply the health care law to small businesses and individuals. Business owners, human resource directors, entrepreneurs, insurance professionals, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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5 Safety Concerns With Shipping Oil By Water
Jefferson Public RadioAugust 1, 2014

A federal law called the Jones Act requires vessels shipping cargo between two U.S. points to be built in the U.S., crewed by U.S. citizens and at least 75 percent owned by U.S. citizens. Those restrictions make high-capacity ships carrying oil from ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigrant-rights coalition seeks to block upcoming deportation hearings in ...
The OregonianAugust 2, 2014

Beth Werlin, deputy director of the Legal Action Center at the American Immigration Council, said that minors can't be expected to properly advocate for themselves at such hearings given the complex nature of immigration law. "That's extremely ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Local motor industry being 'sabotaged' by Govt deal
Bulawayo24August 4, 2014

Under the country's indigenisation laws, the motor industry is a reserved sector and only indigenous Zimbabweans can participate in it. But, like all other sections of the economy, there is little clarity when it comes to the ownership pattern with ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dunes group's lawsuit over air board's dust rule could go to trial
The San Luis Obispo TribuneAugust 1, 2014

However, after six months of negotiations, the agencies came to an agreement to create a dispute resolution process to reduce emissions in a more cooperative fashion. They asked the Court of Appeal to accept the agreement, called a consent decree, and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Press Release – Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (press release)August 8, 2014

Toby has more than 20 years' experience as independent counsel specialising in insurance, professional negligence, commercial, engineering and construction, product liability and medico-legal litigation. He has a particular interest in complex cases ...more »

Animal Law
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Sharjah Bird and Animal Market investigated
gulfnews.comAugust 4, 2014

The Sharjah Bird and Animal Market has a rather notorious reputation. More than 500 Facebook users comprise the online group 'Shut Down Sharjah Animal Market' that protests against instances of animal cruelty there, and many UAE residents continue to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property litigation round-up –8 August 2014
Lexology (registration)August 11, 2014

An Australian Intellectual Property Litigation Round-Up from the Commonwealth Courts portal for the week ending 8 August 2014. We advise our clients (whether as IP owners or as alleged infringers) and act for them in relation to patent litigation ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Oregon DEQ fines three Bend companies
Chinook ObserverAugust 9, 2014

Lab testing on each of those materials later showed they contained asbestos. DEQ also cited the company, without penalty, for failing to notify DEQ of the asbestos project prior to beginning work. DEQ said it issued the penalty because state law...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Q&A: Academia's Juggling Act With OFCCP Compliance, SCOTUS's Affirmative...
Bloomberg BNAAugust 22, 2014

Representatives from the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, formerly the American Association for Affirmative Action, discuss academic institutions as federal contractors regulated by the Labor Department's Office of Federal ...more »

VIDEO: Plane crash victim once sky-dived into Rhinebeck wedding
Poughkeepsie JournalAugust 3, 2014

Just married, Ciprian Marius Ivascu, a professional skydiver, parachuted from the helicopter that his helicopter instructor bride, Heather Howley, piloted to their wedding reception on Saturday at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Rhinebeck. by Darryl B ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord 'jumping through hoops' to evict problem tenant
Prince George CitizenAugust 12, 2014

After the ruling, Cunningham filed another 10-day eviction notice, which she said Wilson blocked by filing for "emergency repairs," another section under the act that can lead to dispute resolution. That matter is scheduled to go before the RTB in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Former Jackson County car dealer gets 15-year prison sentence in identity ...
Kansas City StarAugust 1, 2014

An Illinois man checking his credit report discovered a phony car loan and alerted authorities, who arrested Morrow as he attempted to flee. When he announced the charges against Morrow last year, Attorney General Chris Koster said the case highlighted ...more »

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Securities Litigation Surges Against Biotech Companies
The RecorderAugust 8, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — An overall slump in securities class action litigation has continued in the first six months of 2014, according to a report from Cornerstone Research. But the outlook is less rosy for the biotech sector, which was hit with twice as ...more »

Business Law
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Second Circuit Issues Decisions on Lanham Act False Advertising Case
Law.comAugust 1, 2014

On July 29, 2014, the Second Circuit decided a Lanham Act false advertising case that clarified the circuit's jurisprudence on demonstrating consumer confusion and competitive injury. In Merck Eprova AG v. Gnosis SPA and Gnosis Bioresearch, SA, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy Cutting Benefits for Tuition Assistance
Military.comAugust 22, 2014

Beginning Oct. 1, U.S. Navy tuition assistance will reimburse sailors only for the tuition cost of the course. TA funds will no longer pay for the following: additional fees for equipment, supplies, books/materials, exams, admissions, registration ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Teacher accused of molesting students denies lewd conduct
KTVU San FranciscoAugust 1, 2014

During another round of questioning, the defendant admitted to entering Google searches on his computer asking whether police could trace his Internet history and how he could erase past searches. Some of the search queries included "If you watch a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Lawsuit Filed Over Chicago Transit Authority Train Crash
LawfuelAugust 7, 2014

The derailment, caught on a surveillance video, propelled the train up an escalator toward two men standing at the top. Due to the early morning hour of the accident, the platform was deserted and no one was killed. However, more than 30 passengers on ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Uganda Constitutional Court strikes down anti-homosexuality law
Deutsche WelleAugust 1, 2014

Uganda Constitutional Court strikes down anti-homosexuality law. Uganda's top court has reversed a law that criminalizes homosexuality. The country's parliament passed the bill in February, prompting international outcry and sanctions from the United ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Swiss Timing – law laid down in N Radhakrishnan v Maestro cannot be relied on
International Law OfficeAugust 4, 2014

The respondent relied heavily on the Supreme Court judgment in N Radhakrishnan v Maestro Engineers,(1) in which the court held that allegations of fraud and serious malpractice cannot be dealt with properly through arbitration. The respondent also ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Ethical Considerations For Lateral Moves
Above the LawAugust 14, 2014

Though my counsel is not of legal nature and therefore not privy to attorney client privilege, it is understood that any communication between a partner and myself is confidential unless otherwise noted by the partner. That being said, what is your ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Attorney Fees and Real Estate: Discretion Has its Limits
New York Law Journal (registration)August 6, 2014

In the world of landlord-tenant law, issues surrounding an award of attorney fees are often found to be a "proceeding within a proceeding" and the ability of either party engaged in such litigation to recoup its attorney fees often looms large in the ...more »

Combine Solicitation - Combo Fire Debt Compressor Maintenance
Insurance News NetAugust 1, 2014

(b) The Contractor shall comply with the FAR clauses in this paragraph (b) that the contracting officer has indicated as being incorporated in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of ...more »

Sports Law
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The End of Headers? Soccer Stars Support Safety Campaign
FOX CTAugust 5, 2014

... and ideally until high school at the age of 14. Two concussion research and advocacy nonprofits–Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) and the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics (ISLE)–are teaming up to create the campaign as a joint ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Gretna attorney named to national criminal defense group board
The Times-Picayune - NOLA.comAugust 19, 2014

Robert Toale, a lawyer whose practice is based in Gretna, has been appointed to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' board of directors, the NACDL announced Monday. Toale was sworn into office Aug. 2, during the association's annual ...more »

Dover board passes new booster club policy
York DispatchAugust 8, 2014

The clubs were asked to submit proof of compliance or proof of why they are not required to follow certain guidelines within the district policy, IRS code and state law. Policy changes: The new policy clears up expectations for future years, said ...more »

ACA Might Be Unpopular With Seniors, but Most of Them Sure Get a Lot Out of It
Huffington Post (blog)August 11, 2014

Finally, the "Elder Justice Act" provision of the ACA, which was designed to help fight against financial and physical elder abuse, has run been caught in partisan battles over the budget and the health care law. Even though the act has been signed ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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When Data Joins The Dark Side
InformationWeekAugust 11, 2014

Nuix's customers include government, law enforcement, and regulatory agencies. Organizations also use the company's software for e-discovery to proactively govern their information and to seek out potential legal threats and opportunities. "Dark data ...more »

Environmental Law
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Ohio utilities take net metering fight to state Supreme Court
Midwest Energy NewsAugust 4, 2014

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio recently confirmed that net-metering customers are entitled to the full value of the electricity they feed back into the grid from renewable energy and other distributed generation technologies. However ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Norwich businessman jailed for will writing fraud involving almost £1m
Norfolk Eastern Daily PressAugust 5, 2014

Peter Jones was sentanced to four years eight months in prison for charged with the theft of almost £800,000 following an investigation into his employment with a wills, probate and inheritance services company in Norwich. Picture: NORFOLK ...more »

Family Law
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Researching Reform: Children will be seen and heard – now they must be ...
Family Law NewswatchAugust 1, 2014

01 AUG 2014 Justice Minister, Simon Hughes' recent announcement that the voice of the child will feature more prominently in deciding family law cases is to be welcomed, but will the proposed measures be enough to ensure that children are not only ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Actions by Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Panel Reviewed
KGOUAugust 2, 2014

Oklahoma's newly created Workers' Compensation Commission is scheduled to meet next week to discuss its plan to be more open and transparent amid a review by the attorney general's office into possible violations of the Open Meetings Act. Attorney ...more »


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