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Freight Rates Rise Sharply on Surging Demand
Financial TribuneFebruary 26, 2017

Spot fares on container ships are trending higher, lifted by robust shipping to the US and a decrease in capacity cause in part by the failure of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping. Freight rates for vessels departing Asia for the US West Coast are ...more »

Zinet Maria Bianchi Vinci
NewbritainheraldFebruary 26, 2017

Surviving are her two sons and daughters-in-law, Peter and Marcia Vinci of Charlotte, N.C., and Benjamin and Katherine Vinci of Kensington; grandsons, Benjamin, Michael, Lucian, Peter and Anthony Vinci; a sister, Anita Cavaletti of Modena, Italy; ...more »

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Administrative Law
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SENIOR SIGNALS: What to do if your Medicaid application is denied
Bristol PressFebruary 27, 2017

A fair hearing is done through the Office of Administrative Hearings and is an opportunity to go before a hearing officer to explain why the application should have been approved. In order to handle the appeal in the appropriate manner, a hearing brief ...more »

Health Care Law
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Trump Blames Obama for Protests Over Repeal of Healthcare Law
Voice of AmericaFebruary 28, 2017

The lawmakers faced angry questions about their plans to overturn Obama's national healthcare reforms, his signature legislative achievement popularly known as Obamacare. Some Republicans said many of the protesters were part of groups organized by ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Department of Justification
New York TimesFebruary 28, 2017

Besides encompassing the F.B.I. and the Drug Enforcement Administration, the department administers the federal prison system; prosecutes financial fraud, federal environmental crimes and national-security violations; and oversees the country's 93 ...more »

Immigration Law
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Trump's not making America great again or safer
The Hill (blog)February 28, 2017

The memos were accompanied by a public relations campaign to assure the public that these new guidelines were based on enforcing existing laws and not the beginning of a mass deportation force, as many have feared. However, while the DHS memos do ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Downtown hospital: Could it come to eminent domain?
Utica Observer DispatchMarch 3, 2017

Under eminent domain law, the government — including a municipal development agency — can begin proceedings to force the purchase of properties for a project with a public benefit. The Oneida County Industrial Development Agency would have the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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United States: Filing vs. Serving - The PTAB Splits Another Hair
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 27, 2017

Once a trial has been instituted, any objection must be filed within five business days of service of evidence to which the objection is directed... Supplemental evidence. The party relying on evidence to which an objection is timely served may respond ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Alphabet adds patent claim to Uber intellectual property theft lawsuit
ReutersMarch 11, 2017

O) self-driving car unit Waymo on Friday added a new patent claim to its intellectual property lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc and requested a preliminary injunction to stop the ride-sharing service from using what it says is proprietary ...more »

Animal Law
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New Bill Would Give First Responders Freedom To Save An Animal's Life
CBS Baltimore / WJZMarch 6, 2017

If a new bill in Annapolis passes, it would give immunity to firefighters who make split second decisions for their primary duty: to save lives. A standing Maryland law prohibits first responders from rendering emergency care to animals, only a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Sch'dy poised to get new affirmative action officer
Albany Times Union (blog)March 8, 2017

Last year, the advisory board in a scathing report concluded that Schenectady lacked guidelines, goals or consistent practices and needed to adopt an equal employment opportunity and recruitment plan as well as revise its affirmative action city code ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Pacific Northwest Elite: The Go-To Cascadia Law Firms
Above the LawMarch 1, 2017

From standard wills and trusts to navigating the complex waters of federal and state estate tax laws, these lawyers have the legal know-how to tackle even the most complicated estate planning issues. When something as important as the future of your ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant protection
KATVMarch 9, 2017

About 40 percent of Arkansans live in rental properties but very little state law exists to protect those tenants from do-little landlords. "Every home transitions,” says Dr. Ferguson. “Meaning today it could be a healthy home. A hazard could present ...more »

US arrests three in Syrianair sanctions busting ring
ch-aviationFebruary 27, 2017

According to court documents, Ali Caby ran the Bulgaria office of AW-Tronics, a Miami-based export company that was managed by Arash Caby, and which shipped and exported various aircraft parts and equipment to Syrian Arab Airlines. Marjan Caby ... The ...more »

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Proposed Legislation May Significantly Limit Class Action Litigation in Federal Court
The National Law ReviewMarch 2, 2017

Twelve years after he introduced the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has introduced the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (“the Act”), which would significantly change the federal class action ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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FBI Lawyer Sting Rattles Billion-Dollar Whistle-Blower Unit
BloombergQuintFebruary 27, 2017

But one former government attorney is accused of using that information for his own gain. Turning the tables on a unit that can spend years investigating fraud cases, FBI agents are now questioning Justice Department lawyers about their ex-colleague ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Wash. woman who falsely claimed terminal cancer got $100K in disability, military benefits
KATUMarch 20, 2017

She also received more than $20,000 in military medical benefits, because at the time, she was married to a military member. When she would visit doctors during that time, she opted out of chemotherapy and radiation, and instead asked for prescription ...more »

Business Law
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Freeview film of the day: Life of Crime
Radio TimesFebruary 26, 2017

This entertaining 1970s-set crime caper shares characters with Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, as both films were adapted from Elmore Leonard novels (The Switch and Rum Punch, respectively). Written on spec and directed by fan Daniel Schechter, the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Police Logs 3-22
Clearfield ProgressMarch 22, 2017

... F3 permitting homicide by vehicle, F3 accidents involving death or personal injury, misdemeanor permitting driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, M2 permitting accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man accused of child sex exploitation to undergo mental health screening
Lynchburg News and AdvanceMarch 1, 2017

... accused of computer solicitation of minors, agreeing to wait for a mental health evaluation first. Leslie Carl Gerber, 50, of Nathalie, was arrested Nov. 10 on charges related to sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the Southern Virginia ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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DQ Sought In Burn Victim Estate's Legal Malpractice Case
Law360 (subscription)March 15, 2017

Law360, New York (March 15, 2017, 5:21 PM EDT) -- Walker Morgan LLP urged a South Carolina federal court Wednesday to disqualify two attorneys and their firm from representing a burn victim's estate in a malpractice case against Walker, saying the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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United States: How Does The Area Of Law Impact The Level Of Questioning At Oral Argument?
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)March 1, 2017

Collectively, appellees in election law cases averaged the most questions at 19.14. Insurance law appellees were next at 15.19. Appellees in corporate, commercial and contracts law were close behind, averaging 15, 14.5 and 14.33 questions, respectively.more »

Real Estate Law
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Major P3 Real Estate Development Opportunities in Downtown Miami
The National Law ReviewMarch 3, 2017

On March 7, the Miami-Dade County Mayor will be presenting a report to the Board of County Commissioners on County-owned properties in downtown Miami that are ripe for joint development with the private sector. The upshot: the County has at least nine ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Trump says businesses can't borrow because of Dodd-Frank. The numbers tell another story
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 26, 2017

But a main reason for dismantling Dodd-Frank often cited by Trump and critics of the law — that its slew of tougher financial regulations have significantly restricted bank lending — isn't borne out by the data. Since hitting a post-crisis bottom in ...more »

Sports Law
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In trying to clean up player behavior, NFL just making itself look bad
Dayton Daily NewsMarch 23, 2017

... Michael Weiner, general counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association, Travis Tygart, CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Gabriel Feldman, associate professor of law and director of the Sports Law Program at Tulane University ...more »

What does Brexit mean for your commercial contracts?
Lexology (registration)March 3, 2017

While Brexit's implications for commercial law are still essentially unknown it is worth remembering that the vast quantity of UK commercial laws are not the result of EU initiatives and may therefore remain unchanged. That said we have identified ...more »

US tax man more lax: Audits plummet as IRS loses agents to budget cuts
CTV NewsMarch 5, 2017

WASHINGTON -- As millions of Americans file their income tax returns, their chances of getting audited by the IRS have rarely been so low. The number of people audited by the IRS in 2016 dropped for the sixth straight year, to just over 1 million. The ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Witness chat with DA spurs criminal probe of Colonies defense attorney
San Bernardino County SunMarch 14, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> A defense attorney in the Colonies corruption case was briefly investigated for witness intimidation until realization that his aggressive cross-examination of county Supervisor Josie Gonzales was the source of the probe. It was yet ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Tips to make a Durable Power of Attorney work
Times Record NewsMarch 11, 2017

In an excellent article in "Elder Law Today," local attorney C. Dan Campbell brought up the situation where sometimes the person you gave powers to, called an “agent,” will go to your financial institutions to try and get something done and the ...more »

Work Matters: Employment Law Predictions for SCOTUS
Texas LawyerFebruary 28, 2017

That group brings an age discrimination claim. The employer defends by arguing that employees in the 40-49 age group (also protected from discrimination by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act) were not adversely impacted and thus there was no ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Estate Planning: A Love Note to Your Family
LifeZetteMarch 9, 2017

Wills and estate planning are so important, you should think of them as a love letter to your family. When it comes to estate planning, just 42 percent of .... But is that even true, or would it end up in probate?" She paused. "And what does 'probate ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wrong statements by lawmaker on solar energy stir backlash
Beloit Daily NewsFebruary 27, 2017

State law requires utilities to allow new customers to join net metering programs until about 1 percent of the utility's energy comes from an alternative energy source, such as solar. Once the cap is met, utilities are still required to offer the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Appeals court criticizes state law in workers compensation claim involving Eudora-based company
Lawrence Journal WorldFebruary 27, 2017

However, that statute goes on to say that an administrative law judge, "may grant an extension for good cause shown," and that good cause would be presumed if the injured worker, "has not reached maximum medical improvement," which the court said was ...more »

Family Law
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Troadec case: Brother-in-law admits murdering missing family of four
BBC NewsMarch 6, 2017

A relative of a French family of four who have been missing since mid-February has admitted killing them, media reports say. Pascal Troadec's former brother-in-law, named as Hubert C, reportedly told investigators he had killed them in a row about the ...more »


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