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Fallout from child protection law felt in Pa. churches, libraries, fields
Tribune-ReviewAugust 2, 2015

The state toughened child protection laws because of the Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State University and extended the child abuse clearance and background check mandate to include volunteers. The changes, which were initially slated to take ...more »

10 questions about Surflight's auction
Asbury Park PressAugust 2, 2015

BEACH HAVEN – The fate of Surflight Theatre, which brought Broadway to the beach for 65 years, will be decided at its bankruptcy auction on Thursday. For those grieving the end of Surflight as a Long Beach Island institution, here's what you need to know:.more »

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Administrative Law
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Paranoid citizens armed to the teeth
Austin American-StatesmanAugust 3, 2015

Rejecting Shawn McMurray's disability claim, administrative law judge Gary Suttles revealed scorn for all veterans. Suttles mocked McMurray's service, fantasizing: “To me it would be exciting” to do the duty that led to McMurray's PTSD. While “it is ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law Attorney Melinda Previtera Shares New Guidelines Concerning New ...
Digital JournalAugust 12, 2015

Melinda Previtera, a Family Law Attorney in Moorestown, NJ, has released her new guidelines for obtaining a divorce decree in the state of New Jersey. While all lawyers are expected to be adept and knowledgeable about different laws, there are some who ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Ferguson spurs legislation; activists want more
Columbia Daily TribuneAugust 3, 2015

“What we have right now in the country is an emerging consensus as to the need to act,” said NAACP President Cornell William Brooks. “What we don't have is a consensus as to how to act, what to act on ... “Right now, all law enforcement has an image ...more »

Health Care Law
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Congress tried to fix mental health care in 2008. Lawsuits charge it isn't ...
VoxAugust 3, 2015

Historically, people seeking mental health care often faced higher copayments and deductibles and more limited access to treatment than those with other conditions. The parity law was intended to fix that, ensuring they could get the treatment they ...more »

Immigration Law
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Police chief blames immigration, crime policies in veteran's murder
CNNAugust 9, 2015

State law, the statement said, dictates when police can detain someone based on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer request, while a federal court has ruled that placing someone in custody based only on an ICE detainer request may ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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City: Subcontractor dispute resolution lies between two parties
Durham Herald SunAugust 4, 2015

But this dispute may change how future city incentive agreements are structured. According to the report, preliminary language has been drafted for the city's agreement with a development -- the Durham Innovation District -- that says the developer ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bellevue ponders more patrol officers
Green Bay Press GazetteAugust 3, 2015

Updating the village's future land use plan and identifying available commercial and industrial sites for possible new development. • Improving the village's capital improvement plan to include more detail on projects and focus on long-term debt planning.more »

Animal Law
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$144000 Petsmart grant; Stiffer penalties for abuse; Phanatic; BEN Column, Aug ...
NJ.comAugust 10, 2015

Greco is getting really good at writing grants, so maybe we can send her to Salem to write grants for what is really needed. —. A comprehensive overhaul of the state's animal welfare laws sponsored by Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, a move designed to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Ace insurance unit liable for Abercrombie defense in gift card litigation
Business InsuranceAugust 14, 2015

An Ace Ltd. unit is obligated to defend retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. in connection with three pending class action lawsuits stemming from a promotion, an appeals court ruled. New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie gave a $25 gift card to customers who ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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NSA'S EPIC Fail: Spy Agency Pays Lawyers That Sue It
The Intercept - First Look MediaAugust 5, 2015

The NSA and FBI are major contributors to EPIC—the Electronic Privacy Information Center. But their “donations” aren't exactly voluntary. A hefty chunk of EPIC's legal budget is taken from the pockets of the very agencies it sues, each time a federal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Knowledge Ecology Leaks TPP Text on Intellectual Property (press release)August 5, 2015

Washington, DC — Today, August 4, 2015, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) released text from three sections of the 95page secret negotiating text on the Intellectual Property Chapter being used in the TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPP, ...more »

Genova Burns Establishes Insurance Law Practice Group
ParamusPost.comAugust 4, 2015

NEWARK, NJ – With the addition of William Megna, an expert in the field, Genova Burns has established a specialized Insurance Law Practice Group. This group will handle insurance company formation and governance, including captive insurers, risk ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Patels are a success story from India to the US Why do they want affirmative...
Los Angeles TimesAugust 24, 2015

They are one of India's most prosperous communities, a name synonymous with commerce as far away as the United States, home to at least 145,000 of them. Now Patels in the Indian state of Gujarat want the government to give them a new label: “backward.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Report: Law Firm Discovers Interesting Fact About Most Bankrupt Places in America
TheBlaze.comAugust 2, 2015

Lexington Law, a firm that bills itself as the leading credit repair firm, has compiled an interactive project that reveals the per capita rate of bankruptcy in every American county and state. The firm found that while some counties and states mired ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord raped tenant while collecting rent: prosecutors
Chicago Sun-TimesAugust 26, 2015

Samuel North, a graduate of Georgetown University's law school, met the the 19-year-old woman after a show on June 27 and offered her a ride in his van, which he lives in and uses to drive around the country to exhibit his work, according to court ...more »

Business Law
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Systrum Energy to Pay $554000 in Settlement with State Attorney General
Cape May County Herald (press release)August 4, 2015

“Beyond this settlement, the Division and BPU will continue to monitor the marketplace of third-party energy suppliers to ensure they honor their promises and follow the law.” “The Division of Consumer Affairs' and the Board of Public Utilities...more »

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Analysis: Sprawling Google litigation keeps testing Jim Hood
Mississippi Business JournalAugust 3, 2015

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood professes pride in the number of large corporations that he's gone after as Mississippi's chief legal officer. But the sprawling Google litigation he's involved in continues to spawn embarrassing incidents ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Why India is cracking down on Internet pornography
Yahoo NewsAugust 3, 2015

The court, responding to a petition arguing that porn access fueled crimes against women, said such a ban would violate constitutionally protected personal freedoms – but acknowledged the need for greater control over porn websites especially in terms ...more »

Personal Injury
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California Personal Injury Law Firm Obtains $21500000 for Injured Client
PR Web (press release)August 31, 2015

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. obtains a $21,500,000 settlement for a client injured on the trolley tracks at the 12th and Imperial MTS station in San Diego. The plaintiff alleged that he tripped on a dangerously exposed portion of the tracks and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Why Resist the Addis Abeba Master Plan? - a Constitutional Legal Exploration
AllAfrica.comAugust 20, 2015

Although unfounded claims that some of these students were released on July 9th in the wake of President Barak Obama's visit to Ethiopia, many of them remain jailed and are appearing in a court of law charged with the country's infamous anti-terrorism ...more »

Real Estate Law
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TX Updates Appraiser Law
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)August 2, 2015

The bill clarifies that an appraiser who is certified by a jurisdiction other than Texas can perform a review of an appraisal of real property in Texas without a Texas appraiser credential if the appraiser does not offer an opinion of value as part of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Govt hits Maggi with Rs 640 cr claim under Consumer Protection Act
Odisha SamayaAugust 12, 2015

The Consumer Affairs Ministry had filed a complaint against Nestle India before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) using a provision for the first time in the nearly three-decade-old Consumer Protection Act. The first hearing ...more »

Sports Law
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Tennessee AG's Interpretation of State Law Could Allow Guns at NFL, NBA, and ...
FOXSports.comAugust 5, 2015

Nashville lawyer Junaid Odubeko -- full disclosure, we were law school classmates and he's a good friend -- explained the conflict between state and local law as well as the policies of each sports league which ban weapons at their games. "When it ...more »

International sales contract law not decisive in proprietary disputes
International Law Office (registration)August 10, 2015

A recent judgment of the 's-Hertogenbosch Court of Appeal confirmed the principle that the law governing an international sales contract is not decisive for determining questions of proprietary law.(1) This is one of the first decisions of a Dutch ...more »

Wealth Management Update - August 2015
JD Supra (press release)August 3, 2015

It previously had been the practice of the IRS to issue a closing letter notifying the Executor of an estate that the Federal estate tax return ("706") had been accepted as filed (i.e., it was not being audited). The IRS has updated Frequently Asked ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Helps Explain White Collar Crime
Digital JournalAugust 4, 2015

Although white-collar crimes are generally considered non-violent, “paper” crimes, they often carry harsh punishments. In 2010, the National Public Survey on White Collar Crimes reported that research conducted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Relativity Media Chapter 11 Proposed Schedule Revealed
DeadlineAugust 11, 2015

A proposed timeline for Relativity's Chapter 11 process has been revealed in a New York court filing (see below). The bankruptcy process typically is a two-step process, so Relativity can receive the best possible price for the company. This comes as ...more »

EEOC Sues Seymour Midwest for Age Discrimination
JD Supra (press release)August 11, 2015

Such alleged conduct violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which prohibits age-based discrimination against applicants who are age 40 or older. EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Seymour Midwest LLC, U.S. District Court for the Northern ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Discovery, Will Revocation Issue, Reformation of Trust
New York Law Journal (registration)August 7, 2015

Simultaneous with the filing of her objections, the decedent's spouse moved for summary judgment denying the will probate, and the proponent cross-moved for summary judgment striking the objections. The propounded will was a typewritten instrument, but ...more »

Environmental Law
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The Most Recent Round of Comings and Goings in Big Law
Bloomberg Big Law BusinessAugust 6, 2015

John Rafkin and David Woods have joined the real estate finance office in Chicago. Both were formerly partners at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. In addition, William Axtman and Marcia Kelson have joined Jones Day's Pittsburgh office. Axtman, who is ...more »

Workers Compensation
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West Virginia to See Decrease in Workers' Comp Premiums
Insurance JournalAugust 2, 2015

According to the governor, the National Council on Compensation Insurance recently filed a proposed 12.1 percent reduction in workers' compensation loss cost rates with the Offices of the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner. It's the 11th reduction in ...more »


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