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Sorting through voting rights and wrongs
Green Bay Press GazetteSeptember 25, 2014

Certificate of naturalization issued within two years of the election. • A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT, which is valid for 60 days. • An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT, which is valid for 60 days. • An identification ...more »

Digital Jewels Unveils Information Security Awareness Resources
THISDAY LiveSeptember 25, 2014

The spectrum is a wholesale spectrum, and what this means is that Bitflux will not retail it, and will not compete with end users, but will be bound by law to sell on wholesale basis to smaller operators like Internet Service Providers (ISPs). .... The ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Head of Central Alabama VA out after investigation
AL.comOctober 24, 2014

The embattled director of the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare Systems, has been formally removed from his position, the VA announced. James Talton was placed on administrative leave in August following a series of controversies involving CAVHCS's ...more »

Health Care Law
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If You Like Your Insurance, Can You Keep It This Time Around?
National JournalOctober 15, 2014

Insurers aren't necessarily worried about problems as dramatic as last year's HealthCare.gov failure, but rather what one industry official called "a soup of kind of icky things" that could make life difficult for returning enrollees. Some of the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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How You Expect To Feel At An Art Museum Vs. How You Really Feel
Huffington PostOctober 22, 2014

Lots of people feel intimidated by today's art in particular, with its incomprehensible "masterpieces" and slightly disturbing figureheads. We want to understand it, be accepted into it, but even the act of visiting a museum can be less than ideal ...more »

Immigration Law
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Efforts to Reform Immigration Policy Have Faltered
Valley NewsOctober 5, 2014

Yet in 2012, Obama issued an executive order that directed customs and border patrol agents to defer detainment and deportation for children who were brought to the country illegally, known as “DREAMers.” The order, called Deferred Action for Childhood ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Harlem Hat Shop You Have to Visit
Daily BeastOctober 24, 2014

Williamson wasn't always a hat guy—clothing was more his forte—and his experience in the hat industry evolved his personal style to almost always include the structured accessory. “My signature items would be my headwear…my scarves…and my socks,” ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Michael Zehaf-Bibeau went from schoolboy to criminal 2 years after parents split
Daily MailOctober 24, 2014

He would have been just 16 at the time and his parents' split wrenched him away from his family life, his friends and his school. Even today the wounds appear to be raw. Susan Bibeau, now one of Canada's top immigration officials, has admitted that she ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Travelers sues PF Chang's to avoid paying breach costs
Business InsuranceOctober 15, 2014

Travelers says in a lawsuit filed in federal District Court in Hartford, Connecticut, Oct. 2 that it is not obligated to provide coverage to the Scottsdale, Arizona-based chain under the one-year CGL polices it issued in January 2013 and January 2014 ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights group sues for records on debate over maternal deprivation ...
Madison.comOctober 21, 2014

The research by UW-Madison Psychiatry Department chairman Ned Kalin has drawn an unusually high level of scrutiny and dissent from within the university and the community, where animal rights activists packed a recent meeting that addressed a Dane ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung-Microsoft, Chobani 'How': Intellectual Property
BusinessweekOctober 8, 2014

Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will go to international arbitration in a dispute with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) over the calculation of credits, according to a court filing. Samsung disclosed the request for arbitration in Hong Kong yesterday in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Schools file suit over campus
Cortez JournalOctober 24, 2014

"Eidos' opinion of probable construction costs for $5,799,686 was inaccurate and false by a substantial margin," states the lawsuit, signed by Stephen G. Everall, an attorney representing the school district. ... Other additional costs alleged as a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Police commissioner unapologetic for affirmative action
BizNewsOctober 1, 2014

“We need to ensure that affirmative action does not get stunted,” she told delegates at a Black Management Forum conference in Johannesburg. “Let's stop being apologetic about things we need to do.” Phiyega said affirmative action was a conscious ...more »

Death of Total CEO: snowplow driver detained, four others arrested
RAPSIOctober 23, 2014

MOSCOW, October 23 (RAPSI) – Moscow's Basmanny District Court has sent snowplow driver Vladimir Martynenko, implicated in the Total CEO's plane crash, in pre-trial detention until December 21, RIA Novosti reports from the courtroom on Thursday. The ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Denville author brings readers 'Back to Salem'
New Jersey HillsOctober 23, 2014

She also addresses other possible reasons for the spate of unfounded accusations, including a personal vendetta by Salem resident Thomas Putnam and his family, who may have sought vengeance against neighbors over land disputes. The Putnam family ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Despite objections, developers say mall CID a 'win, win, win' proposition
hays PostOctober 24, 2014

The Hays City Commission held the official public hearing for the proposed Community Improvement District at the Hays Mall during its Thursday regular meeting, with Mayor Henry Schwaller absent due to prior obligations. Through the CID, DP Management ...more »

Litigation
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Track litigation: Board modifies legal counsel
Shawnee News StarOctober 23, 2014

“Changing law firms is in the best interest of our students and community; McAfee and Taft brings extensive experience working with similar cases,” Moore explained. In August 2010, Homeland General Contractors began construction on the high school track.more »

Business Law
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'Nightcrawler' shows how the news worm has turned
Los Angeles TimesOctober 24, 2014

"A narrative built on fear is very effective," says Gilroy of local news' propensity to package similar yet unrelated crimes, giving the sense there's a wave of, say, toddler kidnappings or suburban home invasions. Rarely, though, do we see reports ...more »

Personal Injury
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City paid $88M in personal injury claims in 8 years
Capital New YorkOctober 23, 2014

New York City taxpayers has paid out more than $88 million over the past eight years in settlements and judgments for personal injury claims filed by by pedestrians, according to a new report. Comptroller Scott Stringer issued a study Thursday showing ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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International Hacker Sentenced
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)October 24, 2014

Assistant United States Attorneys Lawrence R. Sommerfeld and Kamal Ghali prosecuted the case. Assistance was provided by the Justice Department Criminal Division's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and the Office of International Affairs.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Four Steps to Take When You're Sued
The RecorderOctober 22, 2014

According to the American Bar Association's "Lawyer's Desk Guide to Preventing Legal Malpractice," attorneys in private practice have between a 4 and 17 percent chance of being sued for malpractice each year. Over the course of a career, these risks ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Corbett approves bills on stream buffers and carbon plan
StateImpact PennsylvaniaOctober 23, 2014

The law only applies projects that need stormwater discharge permits and are adjacent to the state's “high quality” or “exceptional value” streams – a small percentage of waterways. Supporters have said the buffers amounted to eminent domain that ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Dear Monty: Is your real estate agent a secret agent?
Wicked Local OrleansOctober 15, 2014

A principal can be a buyer or a seller, but most transactions begin with a home seller at the time of listing a property for sale. A key principle in the law of agency is that the real estate broker must always perform the assigned duties in the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Second Circuit Adopts FCC's Narrow Construction of “Implied” Express Consent ...
JD Supra (press release)October 21, 2014

... Adjustment Bureau, which observed the FCC taking a noticeably less generous view of its then-recent declaratory rulings on whether consumer provision of a cell number is deemed consent to autodial it under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ...more »

Sports Law
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Courts reject another Arizona immigration law
WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SCOctober 16, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's authority to confront its illegal immigration woes was again reined in Wednesday when a federal appeals court threw out a 2006 voter-approved law denying bail to people in the country illegally who are charged with certain crimes.more »

KBR Awarded Statoil Global Master Services Agreement
MarketWatchOctober 23, 2014

KBR is a global engineering, construction and services company supporting the energy, hydrocarbons, power, industrial, civil infrastructure, minerals, government services and commercial markets. ... ability to control its cost under its contracts...more »

Will the Real Progressive Please Stand Up
Bay Area IndymediaOctober 19, 2014

Yet, in October 2011 City Hall and FFSH sent out a press release announcing a $250,000 grant to the Fresno Housing Authority, but evidence of that contribution is not included in the IRS reports they filed for that year. While homeless ... The many ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prominent Muskegon trial attorney Shawn P. Davis disbarred
The Muskegon ChronicleOctober 24, 2014

3, Davis practiced mainly criminal defense and divorce law. He had been the defense attorney in a number of high-profile Muskegon County cases, including that of Anthony Casanova, recently convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his infant son.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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401(k) Conundrum: Lots of Cash, No Best Way to Make It Last
MSN MoneyOctober 12, 2014

“For the first few years of retirement, many people feel that they can manage their assets,” Iwry said. “Protection against the risk of running out of assets in the out years is a kind of risk protection that people particularly appreciate.” Other ...more »

Ten reasons acceptance committees are bad for Israel
Jerusalem PostSeptember 28, 2014

In mid-September the Supreme Court handed down a much anticipated and controversial ruling allowing the Admissions Committee Law to stand. The left-wing press was immediately up .... It should aspire to be a modern country. As it is people are being ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Judge rules against son of Teddy Pendergrass
Main LineOctober 17, 2014

“We believe the proponent's tall tale was hatched when he learned he was being disinherited by his father …,” Orphans' Court Judge Stanley R. Ott wrote in an Oct. 14 order striking the decree of probate filed by Theodore D. Pendergrass II. ... of the ...more »

Environmental Law
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US diplomat criticises PM Orban's Russia policies
ReutersOctober 24, 2014

The EU has yet to rule on whether the $40 billion project complies with European Union law. Hungary argues that South Stream would boost its energy security by providing an alternative supply route. Goodfriend said the U.S. could not agree with Hungary ...more »

Workers Compensation
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California is most expensive state for workers' comp
L.A. BizOctober 23, 2014

Ouch -- the cost of workers' compensation in California is more expensive than any other state in the nation, a new study says. The Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary from Oregon's Department of Consumer and Business Services ...more »

Family Law
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The 10 things about family law a lawyer must know to survive Street Law
JD Supra (press release)October 23, 2014

My presentation won't be technical; it's about surviving Street Law with family law questions. And the first thing you have to do is recognize the emotions and stay calm. You must exude serenity. Don't make any sudden movements; keep a state of ...more »

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