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Petrobras overhaul calls for much more than corruption clean-up
ReutersApril 25, 2015

A management team beholden to politicians, nationalist oil laws that leave Petrobras overstretched, and a record debt load of $106 billion - not corruption - remain the greatest threats to the company and to Brazil's economy, which heavily depends on ...more »

Branstad signs flurry of new laws
Muscatine JournalApril 25, 2015

Senate File 412: An act relating to child welfare, including provisions relating to child in need of assistance and delinquency cases. Senate File 434: ... Senate File 306, which addresses communication and visitation rights between an adult ward and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Diverse group of NYC judges to be sworn in by mayor Monday
amNYApril 27, 2015

After graduating from Northwestern Law School in 1995, Paek worked for the Brooklyn and Nassau offices of the Legal Aid Society before serving as the chief of staff in the Office of Policy and Planning for the New York State Office of Court Administration.more »

Health Care Law
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Health Insurers Ordered to Heed Law on Free Contraception Coverage
New York TimesMay 11, 2015

In the last month, the National Women's Law Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation issued separate reports that found that insurers often flouted a federal requirement to provide free coverage of birth control for women under President Obama's health...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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WATCH: Rutgers' 6-foot-8, 310-pound lineman Keith Lumpkin tries to catch a punt
NJ.comApril 26, 2015

PISCATAWAY — Keith Lumpkin couldn't hide his disappointment. The 6-foot-8, 310-pound offensive lineman took part in a punt-catching contest during the third quarter of Rutgers' spring game on Friday night. Lumpkin prepared diligently for the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama Immigration Plan Opponents Argue for Keeping Block on It
BloombergMay 5, 2015

Texas and other states suing to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration initiative asked an appeals court to keep in place a judge's order blocking the program until a final decision on whether it's legal. Texas and about two dozen states said ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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#ThrowbackThursday: This week in history
Pensacola News JournalApril 30, 2015

This week in history, from April 26 - May 2, has had pivotal moments that influenced more than just Pensacola and Florida, but America and our current way of life. Here is a brief snapshot of important U.S. historical events, from the inauguration of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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At last, Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage cases. Will history be made? (+ ...
Christian Science MonitorApril 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a dispute that could yield one of the most important judicial decisions of this generation, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments examining whether the Constitution requires state governments to license and recognize ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Litigation Prompts Revamp of FHA Reverse Mortgage Policy
Accountingweb.comMay 15, 2015

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will no longer allow lenders to delay demanding payoffs of a certain group of reverse mortgages by the surviving spouses of the deceased borrowers. In a recently issued letter to lenders, the FHA announced it ...more »

Animal Law
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Customary Cruelty in the Farm Industry: When Animal Abuse is Legal
One Green PlanetMay 1, 2015

Farmed animals have very little legal protections from cruel treatment. Most state criminal anti-cruelty laws that seek to prohibit unnecessary animal suffering exempt all “customary farming practices.” These customary farming practices are not defined ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Coming of Age in the Techno-Revolution: Fact or Fiction? Intellectual Property...
The AggieApril 28, 2015

Coming of Age in the Techno-Revolution: Fact or Fiction? Intellectual Property in the Digital Age. Whitney Davis – 9 mins ago. Twitter Facebook Google + Linkedin Comments. In my “Writing in Science” class we're currently reading ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Colorado prison 'a high-tech version of hell'
Boston Globe (subscription)April 27, 2015

They can earn money in jobs as orderlies, borrow compact discs from the library to play on personal CD players, and use recreation areas that offer equipment such as stationary bicycles, treadmills, and computers. At the ADX, life is much lonelier ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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GOIL shareholders call for affirmative action
GhanaWebMay 3, 2015

Shareholders of the Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL), has called for injection of affirmative action policies and procedure in the appointment of Board of Directors of the oil marketing company. The shareholders at GOIL's 46 Annual General Meeting (AGM ...more »

Buddy Holly plane crash: US safety officials reject petition to re-open case
CBC.caApril 28, 2015

Coon had contended that there were other issues involving weight and balance calculations, fuel-gauge readings and more that contributed to the crash. Coon didn't respond to a request for comment Monday on the decision from the Mason City Globe ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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#rentcontrol: 11 things CHS heard at the Affordable Housing Town Hall
CHS Capitol Hill SeattleApril 27, 2015

If rent control and “stabilization” becomes law in Seattle, you can point to last week's affordable housing town hall as the night it all started. Calling the event “ground zero” in the fight for housing justice, Seattle ... Calling the rent increase ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Remember: Choose your contractors wisely
Cincinnati.comApril 26, 2015

That's one reason that the Better Business Bureau warns customers each spring to choose contractors carefully: In many states, the only real recourse unhappy customers have after hiring someone unqualified is asking for their money back and filing ...more »

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Supreme Court: EEOC Must Try Conciliation with Businesses Before Litigation
Insurance JournalApril 30, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday buoyed companies facing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over potential accusations of discrimination. In a unanimous ruling, the justices said courts have the power to enforce the statutory requirement ...more »

Business Law
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Chamberlin prepares for final Marine Federal Charity Golf Tournament
Jacksonville Daily NewsApril 25, 2015

Chamberlin said they stepped up to help after the Beirut bombing and the list of organizations and projects is many, including Crime Stoppers, Red Cross and Museum of the Marine, to name a few. This weekend, its team of employees are participating in ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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White House rejecting TRICARE revamp; backing retirement, other changes to ...
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 30, 2015

The TRICARE recommendation was the only one the White House rejected, and officials knew all along that it would face an uphill battle on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers vigorously protect military benefits and have so far resisted major changes.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Lawsuit spells out 'nightmare' for California man accused without evidence
Washington ExaminerMay 4, 2015

A month after the first police interview, Doe was brought in for a recorded interview with two detectives from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. This time, Doe told the officers that Hounsell had tickled her leg several times while he ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury firm blamed for allegedly not filing suit in timely manner
The Louisiana RecordMay 13, 2015

The plaintiff alleges after he was severely injured and hired Recile and the Chehardy law firm to represent him in a personal injury lawsuit against Louisiana Energy Gulf State Louisiana LLC. However, Felipe asserts Recile failed to timely file a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Merit Scholarship winner seeking career in field of constitutional law
Your Clifton ParkApril 30, 2015

“I have a serious interest in constitutional law,” Nolan said. “My dad was born in Ireland so we've always had a global aspect; my parents are both interested in being globally aware and social issues. It's a core value in my family so I have always ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Missouri medical malpractice damage caps signed into law
NewsOK.comMay 7, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure Thursday capping some damage awards in medical malpractices cases, three years after the state's Supreme Court struck down similar limits as unconstitutional. "This bipartisan ...more »

Consumer Protection
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You Just Realized You Signed A Bad Deal On Your Car. Now What?
Huffington PostApril 28, 2015

“It's almost always false,” Schlanger said. “If someone is requiring you to buy extra stuff to finance your loan, that needs to be disclosed.” Arranging your own financing is always a good move, consumer law experts say, as is comparing prices on sites ...more »

Real Estate Law
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When a Co-op Neighbor Breaks the Law
New York TimesApril 25, 2015

Co-ops often conduct background checks on prospective buyers and can (and probably do) reject applicants with criminal records, according to David L. Berkey, a Manhattan real estate lawyer. But current shareholders can be evicted only for doing ...more »

Carolyn Hax: Childless couple hurt by rude remarks
The Providence JournalApril 26, 2015

Two weeks ago, my sister and brother-in-law said some horrible things about childless people — apparently forgetting that my husband and I, who have no children, were in the same room. Collective jaws dropped. My husband ... Six months ago I married ...more »

Sports Law
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Greece approves amended sports law after UEFA objections
USA TODAYMay 7, 2015

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has adopted an amended version of a new sports law aimed at fighting soccer violence and match-fixing, after initial objections from UEFA which threatened to suspend Greece from international competition. The deputy ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Alumnus and noted defense attorney to speak at Alfred University commencement
AU NewsApril 29, 2015

A 1971 alumnus of Alfred University (AU) who is among the nation's top-rated criminal defense attorneys will deliver this year's commencement address at ceremonies scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Galanis Family Arena at the ...more »

Ten Facts About Fighting IRS Tax Bills
ForbesApril 27, 2015

By definition these are cases in which the auditor has recommended additional tax and the taxpayer disagrees. This process of working out compromises works surprisingly well. You can employ a tax lawyer or an accountant. Alternatively, you can do it ...more »

How far have we come? The Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years later
WBAYMay 25, 2015

From accessible buildings with ramps and wheelchair lifts to automatic doors and elevator keypads, many experience the effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act every day without even realizing it. But to some people with disabilities, the past 25 ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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A welcome but tardy tide of Great Lakes legislation washes over Congress ...
cleveland.comApril 25, 2015

Tim Ryan, a Niles Democrat, Dave Joyce, a Russell Township Republican, and Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat, introduced a bill that requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to appoint a toxic-green-scum point person to coordinate initiatives ...more »

Environmental Law
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Renewable and Sustainable Crony Capitalism
American ThinkerApril 28, 2015

The imagined Moore's law for renewable energy provides an alibi for the exorbitant cost of wind and solar. Supposedly we are currently in a development phase that temporarily requires government subsidy until the renewable energy revolution arrives and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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SILC celebrates successful Indian Estate Planning Clinic
UNM School of Law NewsMay 7, 2015

Clients received wills and estate planning services at no cost in accordance with the American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPRA) of 2004. It was the first time such an event was offered at the UNM School of Law and resulted from a series of community ...more »

Family Law
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Calls made for 'properly regulated' framework for surrogacy agreements
Family Law WeekMay 11, 2015

H and B contended that S had offered and agreed to act as surrogate mother to enable them to have a family. In this respect the main issue before the court was whether H and B had agreed with S that they would be M's main carers and take on the role of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Insurers Can't Sue Alone For Workers' Comp.: Pa. High Court
Law360 (subscription)April 27, 2015

Law360, Los Angeles (April 27, 2015, 7:00 PM ET) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling on Monday that Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. can't pursue independent claims to recover workers' compensation costs it paid to an injured ...more »


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