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Ex-GSA official from Nevada faces fraud charges
Reno Gazette JournalOctober 1, 2014

The former high-ranking official for the General Services Administration is accused of seeking reimbursement for personal travel and expenses in Las Vegas, the California coast and Guam. The 2010 conference in Las Vegas featured a clown, a mind-reader ...more »

Cincinnati football staffer fired after arrest
Macon Telegraph (blog)October 1, 2014

CINCINNATI — A staff member with Cincinnati's football program was fired Tuesday, four days after the school learned that he had been arrested on a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge in northern Kentucky. Antrione Archer was accused of exposing himself ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Administrative judge rules Manatee School Board justified in firing ex ...
Bradenton HeraldOctober 1, 2014

"Petitioner proved that Respondent knowingly failed to report to appropriate authorities known allegations of misconduct by instructional personnel, which affected the health, safety or welfare of students," wrote Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth ...more »

Health Care Law
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President, health care law star in state races
KCTV Kansas CityOctober 2, 2014

The Center for Public Integrity reviewed campaign ads that ran through Monday and found that Obama and his health care law are the stars of more than one-third of the ads in Senate races. For state-level offices, which have little to do with the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Washington Post Wants Google to Invent a "Secure Golden Key"
Mother JonesOctober 4, 2014

A couple of weeks ago Google announced that Android phones would soon have their contents encrypted by default. The encryption key would be set by the user and Google wouldn't keep a copy. This means that if police get a warrant to search a cell phone, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Why LA County might stick with 287(g), a little-used immigration enforcement ...
89.3 KPCC (blog)October 7, 2014

Named for a section of the immigration law that authorizes it, 287(g) essentially deputizes county cops to perform immigration enforcement tasks. It's been used by the Sheriff's Department in local jails since 2005, with deputies trained by U.S ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Americas Advanced Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech
Daily BeastOctober 1, 2014

The problem is that processor speeds tend to double about every 18 months, thanks to Moore's Law. The Pentagon's process for drawing up requirements just can't keep up. “So [the requirements process] ... “When you take into account that even though the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Full text: Jourová answers EU questions
Prague PostOctober 1, 2014

It serves many of our priorities for the next years such as addressing the online challenge in the internal market, maintaining the EU as a safety champion in global trade and presenting better regulations. I will engage with stakeholders and with ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Settlements spared bankrupt Detroit costly litigation: manager
GlobalPostOctober 2, 2014

The emergency manager, during questioning by Ed Soto, attorney for Financial Guaranty Insurance Co, verified several times that certain unsecured creditors fare worse than the city's pensioners under the plan. The bond insurance company, which local ...more »

Animal Law
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FBI gets serious about animal cruelty
WACH.comOctober 1, 2014

For years, the FBI has filed animal abuse under the label "other" along with a variety of lesser crimes, making cruelty hard to find, hard to count and hard to track. The bureau announced this month that it would make animal cruelty a Group A felony...more »

Intellectual Property
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World Intellectual Property Organization in shambolic chaos
Boing BoingOctober 2, 2014

Yesterday's WIPO General Assembly was the "worst ever," with rich and poor countries deadlocked over balanced copyright, fair use, and half a dozen other issues. Most of the substantive work of WIPO has been moved to illegitimate, opaque, closed door ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bingham's Biggest Rainmakers, Plus More Lateral Moves
The American Lawyer (registration)October 1, 2014

The Am Law Daily has learned that the partnership at Morgan Lewis is not expected to vote on a merger until at least the third week of October. Morgan Lewis' fiscal year closes on Oct. 1, the same day that former litigation practice head and chairman ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Discrimination in Higher Education
National Review OnlineOctober 10, 2014

A survey conducted last April by MTV of “millennials” aged 14 to 24 found that 90 percent “believed that everyone should be treated the same regardless of race” — and so, unsurprisingly, 88 percent opposed affirmative action. The Boston Globe in July ...more »

Trooper accidentally shot in training exercise
Lexington Herald LeaderOctober 1, 2014

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police, Trooper David Kedra is shown. Kedra was shot in the chest Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, during a yearly training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord discovers tenant has turned home into major marijuana grow house
KTVU San FranciscoOctober 8, 2014

On Tuesday morning the landlord, who asked to only be identified as Leonardo, reclaimed his Vallejo single-family home from a delinquent tenant and told KTVU he could not believe what he found. The tenant had allegedly transformed the home into a major ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Consumers warned about computer repair scams
WFMJOctober 2, 2014

The Ohio Attorney General's Office has received more than 50 calls about computer scams in the last month. Some consumers have lost more than $100 or experienced hundreds or thousands of dollars in unauthorized credit card charges due to the scam.more »

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AT&T Agrees to Settle Calling Card Litigation
The National Law Journal (registration)October 3, 2014

In one of the largest recent settlements in such cases, AT&T Mobility LLC has agreed to pay $45 million to end a proposed class action alleging it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by making thousands of automated cellphone calls ...more »

Business Law
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State-Law Claims Survive in Pitt-Lundy Dispute
The Legal IntelligencerOctober 1, 2014

A Lanham Act violation claim that Rufe gave a green light to in an earlier opinion remains viable, as do state causes of action, including Dragonetti Act, false advertising and unfair competition claims. A fuller version of this article will be posted ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Expelled Nazis Paid Millions in Social Security
Military.comOctober 20, 2014

Since then, according to the AP's analysis, at least 10 Nazi suspects kept their benefits after leaving. The Social Security Administration confirmed payments to seven who are deceased. One living suspect was confirmed through an AP interview. Two ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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In the web's hidden darknet, criminal enterprise is thriving
The Conversation UKOctober 3, 2014

The bulk of cybercrime is computer-enabled crime, predominantly economic in nature such as fraud, financial scams, and so on. This is why Action Fraud, the lead cybercrime reporting mechanism in the UK, has joined the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau ...more »

Personal Injury
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Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer at Flager & Associates Comments on Report ...
Consumer Electronics NetOctober 12, 2014

Commenting on a study that finds texting using Google Glass technology can be dangerous, Philadelphia car accident attorney Randall C. Flager today said drivers should avoid all types of distractions and maintain safe driving habits. ... Working ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Is your smoke detector working? Laguna Fire Department offers batteries, alarms
Coastline PilotOctober 7, 2014

The Laguna Beach Fire Department is urging residents to ensure that their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms work properly and are installed in correct locations. The outreach coincides with the National Fire Protection Assn.'s Fire Prevention ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Florida Law Permits Limitations Of Liability Clauses For Design Professionals
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)October 2, 2014

The new law, passed last year, reverses the decision of a Florida appellate court that ruled in 2010 that any limitation of liability clause purporting to limit the liability of a design professional was against public policy and unenforceable. ... In ...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 »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Development Law 2014: implications for developers
The LawyerOctober 23, 2014

Qatar has recently introduced Law No 6 of 2014 'Regulating Real Estate Development', the first piece of substantial real-estate legislation in a decade. The law is applicable to the construction of multi-storey buildings and commercial and residential ...more »

East West Bank Poised to Profit as Chinese Investors Pour More Money into US ...
Commercial ObserverOctober 1, 2014

The parent company of East West grabbed the largest market share of all U.S. banks serving the Chinese-American markets after it acquired the assets of troubled United Commercial Bank in late 2009. The 41-year-old banking company—with 130 offices in ...more »

McCormick given 3 years probation
Williamson Daily NewsOctober 16, 2014

Submitted PhotoDarrin McCormick is pictured preparing to walk inside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Charleston on Thursday afternoon for his sentencing hearing, accompanied by Attorney Jack Kessler. McCormick had pleaded ... McCormick is said to have ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense Attorney Peter Knecht, Who Boasted Celeb Clients, Loses Battle With ...
VarietyOctober 3, 2014

Peter Leo Knecht, a Hollywood criminal defense attorney whose clients included Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Ike Turner, Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, Robert Blake, Charles Bronson, Rob Lowe and Robert Downey Jr., died at his home in the Hollywood Hills on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Illinois attorney general probing hack at JPMorgan
Chicago TribuneOctober 3, 2014

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is investigating the security breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co., according to a spokeswoman. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen also is probing the hacking incident. Other attorneys general offices are "very ...more »

Atchison Transportation of South Carolina to Pay $85000 to Settle EEOC Age...
The National Law ReviewOctober 10, 2014

Discrimination against persons age 40 and over based on age violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The EEOC filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Spartanburg Division (EEOC v. Atchison ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community calendar
Killeen Daily HeraldOctober 10, 2014

This is a free service for representation of low-income residents of Coryell County in civil legal matters such as landlord/tenant, Social Security, powers of attorney, wills, probate, consumer issues, bankruptcy, Medicaid issues and domestic matters.more »

Environmental Law
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Alternative energy homes welcome visitors during Solar Tour
Morris Daily HeraldOctober 2, 2014

Kronberger is participating in Saturday's Illinois Solar Tour — a free, self-guided, statewide open house demonstrating how homes and businesses are using solar, wind and geothermal to become energy independent. The open house event, coordinated by ...more »

Workers Compensation
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OR DCBS Releases National Study on Workers' Compensation Costs (press release)October 8, 2014

Salem, OR ( – Oregon's workers' compensation rates continue to be among the lowest in the nation, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). The biennial study ...more »

Family Law
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Utah appeals ruling on anti-polygamy laws in 'Sister Wives' case
Salt Lake TribuneOctober 9, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY • The constitutionality of Utah's anti-polygamy law is now in the hands of a federal appeals court that will review a ruling that struck down parts of the law and was hailed as a landmark decision removing the threat of arrest for plural ...more »


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