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Florida Gov. refusing to disclose financial information
OcalaFebruary 3, 2015

Sheldon maintains that Scott is flouting the 2013 law because filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission show he had substantially larger holdings in several companies than what he reported to the state. The lawsuit contends there are trusts, ...more »

Every Al Sharpton Business Has Been Shut Down In At Least One Jurisdiction
Western JournalismFebruary 3, 2015

He clearly appears — based on the information that's available to us — to have a history of noncompliance with tax obligations. It appears that [Sharpton] does not file [taxes for his businesses], and then opens up something else. At all the entities ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Dea Millerberg to serve maximum sentence
Standard-ExaminerFebruary 3, 2015

The board members considered the gravity of the crime and came to the decision that Dea Millerberg will serve the maximum of five years in prison, Greg Johnson, Administrative Coordinator for the Board said. The decision comes about one week after her ...more »

Health Care Law
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Snag Affecting Health Law Sign-Ups Gets a Fix
NBC Bay AreaFebruary 15, 2015

A technical problem that had been interfering with sign-ups for President Barack Obama's health care law has been fixed, officials say. Any consumer whose enrollment was hampered by the glitch will be provided with a special enrollment period.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Insured, but Not Covered
New York TimesFebruary 7, 2015

WHEN Karen Pineman of Manhattan received notice that her longtime health insurance policy didn't comply with the Affordable Care Act's requirements, she gamely set about shopping for a new policy through the public marketplace. .... Last month, the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Gohmert questions panel on immigration laws
Marshall News MessengerFebruary 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a House Judiciary Hearing this week, U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) questioned a panel of distinguished experts on enforcement of the nation's immigration laws, sharing his experience as a former state district judge.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Capital BlueCross, Metro Bank and others announce new hires, promotions and ...
PennLive.comFebruary 3, 2015

Regal's previous work includes serving as regional director of clinical accounts at Benecard Prescription Benefit Facilitator, long-term care pharmacist at Millennium Pharmacy System, pharmacy assistant manager at a Wal-Mart pharmacy and hospital ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Azerbaijan warns U.S. will lose Eurasia influence without clear strategy
Washington TimesFebruary 4, 2015

“If we are thinking about normalizing relationships in the world, we should restore international law.” Mr. Seyidov said. “We should implement the same requirements for those who violated international law. It doesn't matter if it's Russia or Armenia.”.more »

Intellectual Property
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Apec focuses on intellectual property rights
Inquirer.netFebruary 5, 2015

MANILA, Philippines–Member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation have committed anew to continue their collaboration and support for initiatives and measures that would boost intellectual property (IP) rights protection. Foremost in the ...more »

Animal Law
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Reward Offered in Ventura County Dog Starvation Case
HSUS NewsFebruary 11, 2015

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Key developments in the world of federal employee benefits: health, pay, and ...
GovExec.comFebruary 18, 2015

Speaking of unions, a labor group representing more than 200,000 federal employees is about to begin negotiating its first collective bargaining agreement in four and a half years. The American Postal Workers Union will launch talks with U.S. Postal ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Justice Court leaves historical building for new center
Arizona Daily StarFebruary 3, 2015

The new building accommodates larger courtrooms, attorney-client rooms, jury-deliberation rooms, modern security and technology, two security lanes instead of one, and an area where vulnerable victims and children can rest. A parking garage with 690 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Opponents push for repeal of Nebraska prairie dog law
Lincoln Journal StarFebruary 4, 2015

Ranchers say cattle can step in the holes and break legs, although Chambers said larger animals may be to blame. The 2012 law gives counties the option to control prairie dog populations when a landowner's neighbors complain about the animals on their ...more »

Sunburn — The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics — February 3
SaintPetersBlog (blog)February 3, 2015

16 when a visit from Scott's top lawyer would soon set off the biggest controversy of Scott's tenure, with demands for an outside investigation by Cabinet members and accusations of Sunshine Law violations. “That is absolutely untrue,” Bailey told the ...more »

Litigation
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Totowa pays $95000 in Passaic River litigation settlement
NorthJersey.comFebruary 9, 2015

The case began in 2005 when the state launched litigation against Occidental and other companies associated with the former Diamond Shamrock site in Newark. The Shamrock site manufactured pesticides and herbicides in the 40s, 50s and 60s, including ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Retiring NJ bankruptcy judge to join Cole Schotz law firm
NJBIZFebruary 3, 2015

The law firm Cole Schotz P.C. announced Monday that Donald H. Steckroth, who is retiring as a U.S. bankruptcy judge, is joining the firm as member, effective March 1. Steckroth, who retired from his post Sunday after 14 years as the U.S. Bankruptcy...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Minds at attention: Military benefits from mindful meditation
ScienceBlog.com (blog)February 12, 2015

The success of military operations requires that a high volume of information, arriving at fast pace under potentially ambiguous circumstances, be used to make quick decisions and take decisive action. Yet, access to the best intelligence or equipment ...more »

Business Law
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Silk Road trial closes: “It's a hacker! It's a virus! It's ludicrous.”
Ars TechnicaFebruary 3, 2015

NEW YORK—A federal jury saw a final clash between prosecutors and lawyers for Ross Ulbricht on Tuesday as the Silk Road drug-trafficking trial sped to a close. The case will be with the jury shortly, after a stunningly short defense case. Ulbricht's ...more »

Personal Injury
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GM Victim Program Seems on Track
New York TimesFebruary 3, 2015

When General Motors decided last spring to set up a program to pay victims of accidents caused by a defective ignition switch in more than two million cars, its chief executive said the company was trying to live up to its “civic duty.” But the move ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Today's Hackers Are Way More Sophisticated Than You Think
ReadWriteFebruary 4, 2015

Hackers have a growing and constantly evolving arsenal of attack methods, putting everyone with a connection to the Internet at risk. Everyone ... Those individuals, in turn, rent their botnets to anyone who aims to gain unauthorized access to other ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ky. Senate passes bills in flurry of action
LEX18 Lexington KY NewsFebruary 6, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Senate Republicans have passed bills dealing with abortion, medical malpractice and the prevailing wage in a flurry of action that drew objections from Democrats. The measures could face long odds in the Democratic-led ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Alaska Lawmakers Debate Requiring Constitutional Education
ABC NewsFebruary 6, 2015

Bob Bird, who teaches constitutional law to 12th-graders at Nikiski High School, said students need more constitutional instruction. "Only when you actually parse through the documents, and the Federalist and Anti-federalist Papers, can you really ...more »

Real Estate Law
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James R. Koller, 63, real estate lawyer and developer.
Philly.comFebruary 9, 2015

WHEN JIM KOLLER was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he wanted to find out all he could about the disease. He wanted to know, how could he, a fitness buff who thought nothing of a 24-mile bike ride from his home in Lafayette Hill to the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Obama Administration's Personal Data Notification & Protection Act: An ...
JD Supra (press release)February 13, 2015

The bill relieves vendors—and other business entities that do not own or license personally identifiable information—of any obligation to notify individuals of a breach of that information unless there is a contractual agreement to the contrary ...more »

Sports Law
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Dean Smith: Humanitarian, friend, leader
Indianapolis StarFebruary 9, 2015

"He says to Mr. Montross, 'When it's time for you to go pro, and you will go pro, I'll have two law professors and a business teacher who will negotiate your first contract for free,'" Keefer recalled. There were so many sides of Smith's legacy worth ...more »

Litigation-finance firms bet on the little guy
Crain's New York BusinessFebruary 11, 2015

"It has to do with leveling the playing field and access to justice," said Ralph Sutton, a former trial lawyer and now chief investment officer and head of Bentham US' New York office. New York is the center of the industry in the U.S. During the past ...more »

The Morning Ledger: SEC Nears Deal on Chinese Audit Inspections
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 5, 2015

Companies can't sell securities in the U.S. or stay listed on U.S. exchanges without audited financial statements. The settlement also includes a strong framework for the firms to cooperate with the SEC and for the agency to obtain audit documents in ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Robin Williams's Widow and Children Battle over His Estate
People MagazineFebruary 3, 2015

But it also says the children should get his "clothing, jewelry, personal photos taken prior to his marriage to [Susan] … memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry and the tangible personal property located in Napa." Susan and the children ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate Planning for Our Parents
Yeshiva World NewsFebruary 4, 2015

Yedid Estate planning is one of the most important steps a person can take to make sure that their final property and health care wishes are honored, and that loved ones are provided for in their absence. Though often overlooked or put off in favor of ...more »

A witness to history in Selma
News & ObserverFebruary 4, 2015

“A lot of people my age,” Carr said, “we'd just gotten out of seminary, and we'd gone to the (U.S.) Capitol to pay our respects when John F. Kennedy was killed, and we were trying to get involved in as many things as we could.” Carr already had been in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Creating a Family Legacy
Insurance News NetFebruary 9, 2015

In fact, years ago, we handled a particularly cantankerous probate of a significantly sized estate, in which the main source of contention was who would receive grandfather's fishing pole. It's important .... Ethical wills. Another substantial way ...more »

Environmental Law
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Two men caught after dumping waste on Orchard Park in Hull
Hull Daily MailFebruary 4, 2015

Illegally collecting waste from a home and then dumping it on Orchard Park landed two men in court. Scott and Michael Hadley, both of Quillcourt in Orchard Park, pleaded guilty to offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 when they appeared ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Independent Contractors: Are You an Employee?
WorkersCompensation.com (press release) (blog)February 4, 2015

In order to limit exposure under a state workers' compensation act, employers often seek to make new hires “independent contractors.” In forming this type of work relationships, employers are often under the assumption that the mere formality of having ...more »

Family Law
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Non-party costs order made against Capita
Family Law WeekFebruary 6, 2015

The President has ordered Capita Translation and Interpreting Limited to pay the costs of the local authority, Kent County Council, in public law proceedings in respect of two children of Slovak Roma origin, in which Capita failed to provide an ...more »

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