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This Proves Trump's IRS Audit Tax Excuse Was Bunch of BS
LawNewzJanuary 23, 2017

Update (10:32 am 1/23/2017.): After blowback from the media, including The Washington Post, LawNewz, The New York Times, Kellyanne Conway seems to be walking back her statements that Trump's taxes won't be released at all. She is now saying he will ...more »

Samsung Finally Opens Up On Investigation Into Note 7 Fires: Blame The Batteries
ForbesJanuary 23, 2017

The main culprit behind the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires was defective batteries, according to an internal investigation released by Samsung on Sunday. The issue with the first version of the Note 7 — with what Samsung calls “Battery A” — was that the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Columbia judge urged to continue quest for appellate judgeship
The StateFebruary 1, 2017

Appellate Judge Bruce Williams of Columbia won re-election, Circuit Judge George “Buck” James of Sumter was elevated to the state Supreme Court and state Revenue Department lawyer Milton Kimpson of Columbia became an administrative law judge.more »

Family Law
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Sessums Is Taking Family Law to Sarasota, Florida Blog (blog)January 27, 2017

Sessums Law Group is known throughout the greater Polk County area of Central Florida as one of the top vehicle and accident lawyers in the business, but did you know we also specialize in family and marital law as well? We have recently opened up our ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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From Sea to Shining Sea: Admiralty Reigns
New York Law Journal (registration)February 21, 2017

Clean Water of N.Y., 413 F.3d 307 (2d Cir. 2004). Contracts with a "genuinely salty flavor" primarily concerned with maritime objectives give rise to admiralty jurisdiction. Thus, the Comprehensive General Liability (CGL) insurance policy issued to a ...more »

Health Care Law
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Financial advisers welcome demise of investment tax to fund health care law
InvestmentNewsFebruary 2, 2017

One aspect of the effort by congressional Republicans to scrap the health care reform law is being embraced by financial advisers — the demise of the investment tax that funds part of the program. The law imposes a 3.8% tax on net investment income, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Congress Tightened Immigration Laws 100 Years Ago. Here's Who They Turned Away
TIMEFebruary 2, 2017

It was 100 years ago this Sunday, on Feb. 5, 1917, that the U.S passed what was at the time the nation's strictest-ever regulation of immigration. And there's a reason why the 1917 Immigration Act goes by many names, like the Literacy Act and the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Bird & Bird gets in-house IP specialist as partner in SG
Legal Business OnlineFebruary 2, 2017

... associate vice president at the Singaspore-based soundcard maker, where he had worked since 2000. His experience covers patent litigation, anti-counterfeiting, IP management and monetisation, trademark litigation and other IP dispute resolution ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Mexico Committee Passes Bill to Decriminalize Industrial Hemp
Tenth Amendment Center (blog)February 3, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (Feb. 2, 2017) – A bill working its way through the New Mexico House that would remove the state ban on industrial hemp has already cleared its first committee hurdle. Passage into law would set the stage to nullify federal prohibition ...more »

Animal Law
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Officials combat animal neglect
AG WeekFebruary 7, 2017

DICKINSON, N.D. — The North Dakota State Veterinarian's Office has received 574 calls and emails regarding concerns—both from the public and law enforcement—over an animal's well being in the last 10 years, excluding 2017, though not all these calls ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Deutsche Bank posts $2.05 billion loss in fourth quarter as litigation costs weigh
CNBCFebruary 2, 2017

The British regulator Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said Tuesday morning that Deutsche Bank exposed the U.K.'s financial system to the risks of financial crime between January 2012 and December 2015. According to the FCA, Deutsche Bank failed "to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Pennsylvania Courts Weigh "Every Exposure" Theory in Asbestos Case
The National Law ReviewJanuary 31, 2017

... had not testified that a single exposure to asbestos was a substantial cause of plaintiff's disease; rather, the lower courts had properly applied the “frequency, regularity and proximity” criteria for the determination of causation in asbestos ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Hartman Global Intellectual Property: Protecting the Images and Icons that Drive Branding in the Modern World
LaPorteCountyLife.comFebruary 9, 2017

In the ever-changing world of how companies market and brand themselves, protecting your identity, your logo and what makes you or your company unique is incredibly important. More and more our eyes are being drawn to logos, icons and graphics from ...more »

Pilot airlifted to Twin Cities hospital after small-plane crash in southeastern Minnesota
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 3, 2017

The pilot of a small plane was injured Thursday night in a crash in southeastern Minnesota, according to authorities. The plane was found downed west of Ellendale soon after the Federal Aviation Administration reported it missing at about 8:15 p.m., ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Sioux Cityans oppose changes to Iowa collective bargaining rules ...
Sioux City JournalFebruary 2, 2017

SIOUX CITY | A group of union members in Sioux City urged Gov. Terry Branstad and majority party Republican leaders in the Iowa Legislature to back off still ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Consumers Sent to Collections Before Getting A Bill
NBC Bay AreaFebruary 2, 2017

That was more than two years ago. But back in July, Anna got a letter from a debt collector called Credence demanding almost $1,600 for the ambulance ride. And that was before she had ever seen a bill. “Nobody's called me, nobody's contacted me,” she ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Feud between neighbors fuels hateful rumor in Greenwood
Kansas City StarFebruary 5, 2017

Fordham and Police Chief Greg Hallgrimson say initial evidence points to a dispute between neighbors as the cause of the fliers. The homeowners who live at the address printed on the fliers, Kim and Kenny Zoeller, were dismayed by the “malicious” act ...more »

Business Law
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Robbins Arroyo LLP: Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. (RRTS) Misled Shareholders According to a Recently ...
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2017

Concerned shareholders who would like more information about their rights and potential remedies can contact attorney Darnell R. Donahue at (800) 350-6003,, or via the shareholder information form on the firm's website ...more »

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Civil Litigation Charges Against Marquette Charter Twp. Board of Trustees and Management dismissed
UpperMichigansSource.comFebruary 3, 2017

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Back in April 2015, the Marquette Township Fire Department was without a fire chief. It had to do with a personal matter that Bob Simms was no longer chief according to former township supervisor, Dennis Liimatta.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Greg Bell: Technology has given us so much, but there's still much to do
Deseret NewsFebruary 3, 2017

Ditto for the computer's partner — the internet, which has become the basis of communications and a boundless repository of information. Add to this the permutations of the personal computer in smartphones, smart watches, tablets and smart appliances ...more »

Personal Injury
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Drug Withdrawal in Infants Rising with Increased Opioid Use Blog (blog)February 1, 2017

If you have a legal question, call the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Galfand Berger at 800-222-8792 or contact us online at We have been helping injured victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 70 ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Trump's Supreme Court Pick Is A Disciple Of Scalia's 'Originalist' Crusade
NPRFebruary 2, 2017

"The modern version of originalism is looking for the original public meaning of the Constitution and isn't looking for subjective Framers' views, so the views of the ratifiers, in that case, is more important," said Todd Gaziano, senior fellow in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Keeping Your Malpractice Insurance Costs In Check
The RecorderFebruary 14, 2017

One of the more significant risks of a legal malpractice claim occurs when attorneys move outside their areas of expertise and "dabble" in a type of law with which they are less familiar. Real estate attorneys delving into corporate matters or ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Analysis: Trump's Dodd-Frank Rollback and the 'Little Guy'
ABC NewsFebruary 7, 2017

When this column helps someone who got overcharged on their cell phone bill or was underpaid on their insurance settlement, politics never enters into it. Having trouble with your mortgage? Bumped from a flight? Movers broke your furniture? Those are ...more »

Real Estate Law
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People on the Move: 2/6/2017
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteFebruary 6, 2017

Nathan Beaudry joined Babst Calland as an associate in the corporate and commercial group. Mr. Beaudry's practice focuses primarily on representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, negotiating and drafting contracts, real estate matters and general ...more »

Self-Enforcing Smart Contracts Will Change Your Life | Corporate ...
Corporate Counsel (registration)February 8, 2017

What if a computer made a lawsuit unnecessary in the first place? What if contracts could enforce themselves?more »

Russell Westbrook might have perfected the triple-double, but he's far from the first
Washington PostFebruary 12, 2017

Russell Westbrook and the triple-double have become as synonymous as Louis Pasteur and pasteurization. Averaging 31.2 points, 10.2 assists and 10.5 rebounds a game , Westbrook is trying to become the only player to average a triple-double for an NBA ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Rubinstein Opens New Gunnison Office To Better Serve Clients
Satellite PR News (press release)February 20, 2017

Gunnison, CO – The Colorado-based criminal defense attorney Mark S. Rubinstein is proud to announce the opening of his new office located in Gunnison, Colorado. The new office, located at 125 W. Virginia Avenue, #199 in Gunnison will be the eighth ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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4 Key Asset Protection Moves for Investors
NewsmaxFebruary 6, 2017

Second, use state law which provides for exemptions from creditors. The exemptions vary considerably from state to state. If someone lives in Florida where I do, then whatever amount of wages you earn can be protected. As a consequence, private company ...more »

The Age Discrimination Law at 50: A Mixed Bag
Next AvenueFebruary 14, 2017

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), passed during a flurry of initiatives during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations to boost civil rights and improve the quality of life for older Americans.more »

Wills & Probate
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I thought someone had died intestate, but now we have found a will - what can I do?
Lexology (registration)February 2, 2017

Assuming the will is valid, they will need to revoke their Grant so that the executors can obtain a Grant of Probate and administer the estate according to the will. This situation arose in the case of Morris v Browne (2017) where the Defendants had ...more »

Environmental Law
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What would Brexit mean for Britain's green targets? 14, 2017

The directive requires the UK to generate 15 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 - up from just three per cent when the directive was adopted in 2009. That's not just electricity but also energy used in heating and .... Although the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Young: Trouble in the MPNs
WorkCompCentral (subscription)February 9, 2017

MPN 2 (a self -insured with third-party administrator based in East L.A.) where the search was for a treating neurologist out of 64 providers listed; 23% didn't take workers' comp, 19% required a transfer of care letter, 23% were unable to be reached ...more »


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