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Rethinking vocational high school as a path to college
Marketplace.orgOctober 24, 2014

By the late 1990s, vocational education had a major image problem. Vocational programs had become a kind of dumping ground for kids who weren't succeeding in the traditional academic environment. That included a lot of students with behavior problems, ...more »

Fed, ECB Tests, U.S. GDP, Facebook: Week Ahead Oct. 25-Nov. 1
BloombergOctober 24, 2014

-Indiana Toll Road operator bankruptcy plan. A U.S. bankruptcy judge may approve a plan that operator ITR Concession Co. said has the backing of 87 percent of senior secured-debt holders and unanimous approval of equity owners. 11:00 in Chicago ...more »

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Administrative Law
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De Blasio administration declines to release DNC bid details
Capital New YorkOctober 24, 2014

The city denied a Freedom of Information Law request from Capital filed in June, and a subsequent appeal filed by attorneys for Capital in September. "Disclosure of the ... Attorneys for Capital then filed an administrative appeal on Sept. 29, arguing ...more »

Health Care Law
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Invitation: Expert panel to discuss health care law after mid-term elections (blog)November 2, 2014

Experts from the Inquirer's Field Clinic blog will discuss the future of the health care law after the mid-term election at Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law on Thursday, November 6 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Ruling Bars Iraqi Women's Alien Tort Act Torture Suit
New York Law Journal (registration)October 24, 2014

"Although the depredations of the Saddam Hussein regime undeniably occurred outside of the United States, plaintiffs argue that the abuses they allegedly suffered at the hands of the Saddam Hussein regime 'flow from financial transactions within the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama Has the Law—and Reagan—on His Side on Immigration
The New RepublicNovember 19, 2014

President Obama is soon expected to take a step toward fixing our broken immigration system by issuing an executive order to halt deportations of undocumented immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens. Republicans, including Speaker of the House John ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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A Short History of “Black Paranoia”
CounterPunchOctober 24, 2014

George Annas, who runs the Law, Ethics and Medicine program at Boston University, notes that the apology was skewed and that Clinton and Shalala should have been finding ways of recruiting more blacks as medical students rather than research subjects ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New hires, promotions in Central Jersey
MyCentralJersey.comOctober 24, 2014

Alfred N. Metz, who'll practice in business law, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, professional liability and malpractice, securities, appellate practice, labor and employment, and alternative dispute resolution. Christian V. Cangiano, who'll ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AIG Agrees to $35 Million Fine to Settle with New York
Wall Street JournalOctober 31, 2014

“AIG has agreed to resolve this dispute in order to avoid the distraction and expense of ongoing litigation,” the New York insurance conglomerate said on Friday. The AIG settlement comes seven months after MetLife Inc., which bought the business in ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rights Group said Workers at Birnamwood Farm Abused Cows
WSAWNovember 12, 2014

An animal right group that said they captured video of employees abusing cows at a farm in Wrightstown last year, has turned over its latest video showing animal abuse they said they shot undercover at Andrus Dairy in Birnamwood. The video was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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More Change to Canada's Intellectual Property Laws on the Way
The National Law ReviewNovember 6, 2014

While not as extensive as the patent law reforms, the bill also includes many significant updates to Canada's industrial design laws. Industrial designs offer a relatively simple and inexpensive mechanism for protecting the ornamental appearance (as ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Malkin: The Hunter Biden Chronicles
The News HeraldOctober 27, 2014

Despite the disgraceful ejection from our military, Hunter's Connecticut law license won't be subject to automatic review. Because, well, Biden . Biden's bennies are not just one-offs. Skating by, flouting rules and extracting favors are the ... Cooper ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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There's a good chance the NHL salary cap won't increase
New York PostNovember 9, 2014

Is that the law in New Jersey: A No. 1 goaltender under ... The union understood exactly to what it had agreed in giving divine powers to Gary Bettman (and whomever might succeed him) during the 2012-13 rounds of collective bargaining. Indeed, a source ...more »

Member of FARC Terrorist Organization Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison on ...
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)October 24, 2014

The sentence was announced by John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Miami Division. Beltran Herrera ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Museum Square Tenants Sue Property Owner Over Demolition Threat
Washington City Paper (blog)October 30, 2014

The tenants of a Mount Vernon Triangle apartment building facing the prospect of eviction and demolition if they can't come up with a huge sum to buy the building filed a lawsuit today against the property owner, alleging a violation of D.C. landlord...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Big-Dollar Mortgage Cases on Appeal: Decisions Expected
New York Law Journal (registration)October 24, 2014

As described below, in the coming months, decisions are expected in two New York appellate cases regarding statute of limitations and the approval of global trust settlements under New York trust law that will have a major impact on the direction ...more »

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The Medicines Company Wins Favorable Judgment in Angiomax® (Bivalirudin ...
Business Wire (press release)October 28, 2014

... of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "believes," "anticipates" "expects" and “potential” and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward ...more »

Business Law
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Is medical marijuana amendment in trouble?
OcalaOctober 25, 2014

The committee, People United for Medical Marijuana, was in a rush to raise enough money to buy more television advertising to offset the opposition's aggressive, well-funded ad campaign, which has received about $4 million from Las Vegas casino ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military, veterans can learn about education, benefits
Crestview News BulletinNovember 7, 2014

FORT WALTON BEACH – The Northwest Florida State College VetSuccess on Campus office will host a Military & Veterans Education and Benefits Expo. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Fort Walton Beach campus, Student Services, Building 2, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cyber security needed in all aspects of life
Tahlequah Daily PressOctober 24, 2014

If a person believes he or she has had personal information – Social Security numbers, tax information, or financial accounts – stolen or compromised, it should be reported to local authorities and to the related business or organization. ... Safety ...more »

Personal Injury
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Utah Personal Injury Lawyer Peter Summerill Wins $1.6M Verdict Against ...
DigitalJournal.comNovember 2, 2014

Utah personal injury attorney Peter Summerill of the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill recently won a $1.6 million verdict in 2nd District Court on behalf of the family of a man who died from a drug overdose. A jury found IHC, Utah's largest healthcare ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge rules that gays have constitutional right to marry – first federal ...
Hilton Head Island PacketNovember 13, 2014

“The attorney general is going to lose all around,” said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor who is a 4th Circuit expert. Derek Black, a constitutional law professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, said Wilson's ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Fewer Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Means Victims Go Uncompensated
JD Supra (press release)October 27, 2014

Medical malpractice laws exist so that victims of negligence can seek financial compensation for their injuries. When a healthcare professional behaves negligently, the law understands that victims can suffer serious personal injuries and should be ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Hinshaw & Culbertson | Ethical Screens and the Rise of the Confidentiality Screen
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)October 28, 2014

Ethical screens are most often created in an attempt to avoid disqualification due to a lateral hire's prior work history with another law firm, an organization or a government entity. The purpose of the ethical screen is to prevent confidential...more »

Real Estate Law
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Members OK raises, dam repairs
Wicked Local HolbrookOctober 26, 2014

The Oct. 22 special Town Meeting approved pay raises for some town employees, funds for dam repairs, and covered some shortfalls in this year's budget. Town Meeting members gave the thumbs up for $73,700 for the school department to hire an full-time ...more »

Police Pay Gap: Many of America's Finest Struggle on Poverty Wages
NBCNews.comOctober 26, 2014

“In areas without a tax base to speak of, where residents live in poverty already, communities are saddled with a police force that is underpaid and under resourced in other ways,” says David Harris, a University of Pittsburgh law professor who studies ...more »

Sports Law
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Adam Silver supports legalized sports betting, even as NBA opposes NJ law
SportingNews.comNovember 14, 2014

Silver said his league joined the NFL, MLB, the NHL and the NCAA in the suit because the New Jersey statute violates the 1992 federal law that made sports betting legal only in Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. He said it's up to Congress to make ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Seven Grand Rapids Criminal Attorneys Deemed Among the Best Criminal...
DigitalJournal.comNovember 20, 2014

Seven Grand Rapids area criminal defense attorneys have earned the prestigious designation of "Super Lawyer" for criminal law in 2014. The Super Lawyer award is bestowed on less than 5% of all practicing attorneys in the state. To earn this designation ...more »

Immigrant Lawyer Hopes His Battle Inspires Others
Huffington PostNovember 10, 2014

Students in the Model United Nations club at a private San Antonio high school had invited Garcia to speak, but the school administration canceled the appearance after Garcia said he wouldn't sign an IRS W-9 form that requires him to swear he is an ...more »

Israeli police raise alert level in response to Arab protests
Washington TimesNovember 10, 2014

“We will not tolerate disturbances and riots and whoever violates the law will be severely punished,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who claimed the protesters had called for the destruction of the Jewish state. ... The age limit ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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What Pennsylvania's legislature did (and did not) get done in 2013-2014
The Patriot-News - PennLive.comOctober 24, 2014

Kim Stolfer, president of the Pennsylvania chapter of Firearms Owners Against Crime, says the bill aims to strike back at local laws like those that ban licensed owners from carrying their guns in certain public places like parks or a City Hall; or ...more »

Environmental Law
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European rights body urges Azerbaijan to halt pressure on activists
ReutersOctober 27, 2014

The West has actively courted the energy-rich ex-Soviet republic as an alternative to Russia in supplying oil and gas. ... It is a separate body from the European Union and, unlike the EU, can only advise its member states on policy but cannot make laws.more »

Wills & Probate
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It's Your Business: Marco resort gets top award
Naples Daily NewsNovember 8, 2014

•Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will focus on the benefits of reducing employee turnover during Wednesday's meeting of the Building Managers International's Collier County chapter, to be held at the Vanderbilt Country Club at 8250 ...more »

Family Law
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Prest v Prest [2014] EWHC 3430 (Fam)
Family Law WeekOctober 28, 2014

During the course of the proceedings, for example, the husband asserted that the annual family expenditure in England was approximately $400,000. He put his annual income needs for himself and the children at £800,000. In paragraph 103 of my judgment ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CA DWC Accepting Nominations for 2015 Carrie Nevans Community Service ... (press release)October 24, 2014

San Francisco, Ca ( - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) is now accepting nominations for its annual Carrie Nevans community service awards which will be presented at the 22th annual educational conference ...more »


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