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Kuwait's new DNA collection law is scarier than we ever imagined
FusionApril 1, 2017

Horrible laws often follow major terrorist attacks. After 9/11, the U.S. Congress passed the Patriot Act. After the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris last year, European powers contemplated sweeping, strikingly bold internet surveillance laws. Following ...more »

Advocates push to restore military benefits
Albany Democrat HeraldApril 1, 2017

Organizations representing members of the National Guard and Reserve are mobilizing to prod Congress into restoring benefits for active duty deployments that have been denied under a new legal authority quietly implemented several years ago by the ...more »

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's week of feints and false advertising
WTOPApril 1, 2017

THE FACTS: Trump again creates a false linkage between the pipelines he approved and his intended policy on future pipelines. When he signed memoranda reviving the Keystone XL project blocked by Obama and approving completion of Dakota Access, ...more »

Federal Grants
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Ex- state labor employee to serve 21 months for stealing, fraud in ...
The Providence JournalApril 3, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A federal judge on Monday sentenced a former state Department of Labor and Training employee to serve 21 months in prison for ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Athletes, Sports Law, and Policy—An Interdisciplinary Symposium
LawInSportApril 7, 2017

Professor Miller also consults on gaming law cases, has been an expert witness in gaming law litigation, and is a frequent resource for media on matters involving gaming law. .... He currently teaches courses in Amateur Sports Law, Professional Sports ...more »

Foreign Investments
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FPIs brace for new tax rules, cost of investing goes up
Economic TimesApril 3, 2017

“With effect from April 1, foreign investors have to recognise that the cost of investing in India will go up on account of sunset of the capital gains tax exemptions under various treaties,“ said Siddharth Shah, partner, funds and corporate, Khaitan ...more »

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Will Florida Cease to be the “Sunshine State” for Franchising? (Part 2/2)
JD Supra (press release)April 3, 2017

Additionally, the proposed law requires franchisors to fully indemnify franchisees against any loss or damage arising out of any claim involving misrepresentation, breach of warranty, negligence, strict liability, manufacture, assembly or design of ...more »

Banking Law
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Heroin-addicted serial bank robber pleads guilty
MyDaytonDailyNewsApril 4, 2017

Michael Stathas will spend up to nearly nine years in prison for two bank robberies if a federal judge accepts the plea deal between prosecutors and his attorney. Stathas, 33, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Dayton's U.S. District Court to robbing a ...more »

Gaming Law
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Reform to charity gaming law an improvement, but not enough, says Hawley
The BatavianApril 12, 2017

With the passage of the new state budget, there is some relief for local charities looking to conduct raffles, according to Assemblyman Steve Hawley, but not all the reforms in the state gaming law that he would like to see. Last year, many local ...more »

Business Formation
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Unitech's Chandras in cop net for fraud case
Business StandardApril 1, 2017

A Delhi court on Saturday sent construction major Unitech's promoters Sanjay and Chandra and Chandra to police custody till April 3, in an alleged fraud case related to a real estate project in Gurugram. The Chandra brothers were arrested in the ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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New law bans project labor agreements on government construction
Radio IowaApril 15, 2017

A new state law will prevent state and local governments from striking “project labor agreements” with union workers on construction projects. Supporters of these agreements say they ensure workers are paid a fair wage and the construction is completed ...more »

Business Law
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Fund Client Explains Decision to Fire Morgan Lewis
Bloomberg Big Law BusinessApril 3, 2017

It turns out they represent the Trump Hotel in trying to reduce the tax bill, and I'm sorry, that's a deal killer.” That law firm, which ultimately lost the bid to represent the Wallace Global Fund was Arnold & Porter, and the attorney involved was Jim ...more »

Institutional Investing
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In a Historic Decision to Ban All Metals Mining, El Salvador Appears to Have Closed the Door on OceanaGold
The National Law ReviewApril 5, 2017

The company changed its claim, accusing El Salvador instead of violating its own investment law. From Sept. 15-22, 2014, ICSID held a hearing regarding whether El Salvador was required to issue a gold mining license to OceanaGold. OceanaGold sought ...more »

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Prosecutors question role of Kansas City lawyers in Scott Tucker payday loan case
Kansas City StarApril 3, 2017

A New York grand jury in February 2016 indicted Tucker, along with Muir, an Overland Park attorney not affiliated with McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan but who handled Tucker's business affairs. They are charged with extending deceptive loans, unlawful ...more »

Trump Couple, Now White House Employees, Can't Escape Conflict Laws
New York TimesApril 1, 2017

Unlike Mr. Trump, who is exempt from conflict of interest laws, both Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump — who took a formal White House position this past week — are forbidden under federal criminal and civil law to take any action that might benefit their ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Coal miner Peabody emerging from bankruptcy
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionApril 3, 2017

On Monday, Trump's Interior Department said it will scrap a regulation designed to ensure that coal companies don't shortchange the government on royalties for coal extracted from public land, mostly in the West. Mining companies had sued to block the ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Police review commission getting 5 new appointees
The State Journal-RegisterApril 19, 2017

Complaints or concerns from the public about internal investigations into police conduct could again have a place to be heard in Springfield. Mayor Jim Langfelder is reinstituting the Police Community Review Commission by nominating five members.more »

Commercial Leasing
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Dealing with non-payment of rent
NewsDayApril 1, 2017

The lessee agrees to occupy and use the property and pay rent for the duration of the contract and lease. Ownership does not pass to the lessee ... Standard lease agreement forms can be obtained from stationery shops or online but it is best to have ...more »

International Transactions
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Wake Up Call: Lawyers Set to Lose Millions in Wake of Collapse
Bloomberg Big Law BusinessApril 5, 2017

Find a mentor, promote yourself and move on when necessary: BLB talked to some of the experienced litigators, corporate lawyers, and general counsel attending the recent National Summit of Black Women Lawyers in Chicago to ask their advice to some of ...more »

Communications & Media
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Stockman To Plead Not Guilty To Corruption Charges
Houston Public MediaApril 4, 2017

“He's accused of raising money on behalf of charities and then diverting the money to his own personal and his own campaign expenses,” says Kenneth Williams, a professor of criminal law at South Texas College of Law Houston. “He's also ... It's the ...more »

Letting unauthorized immigrants get driver's licenses makes roads safer
Ars TechnicaApril 3, 2017

States that let unauthorized immigrants get driver's licenses make their roads safer for all, a new study suggests. After implementing one such law in January 2015, California saw a 7- to 10-percent statewide drop in hit-and-run accidents that year ...more »

Construction & Development
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Real Estate & Construction Law Update
JD Supra (press release)April 3, 2017

Act 116 of 2016, commonly referred to as the “Tenant Death Law,” allows a personal representative to terminate a residential lease between a tenant who has died during the lease term and that person's former landlord. This amendment went into effect ...more »

Locating Funds
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Madigan Joins Action Against Ohio Law Defunding Planned Parenthood
Effingham's News LeaderApril 10, 2017

Madigan and the attorneys general argue the Ohio law violates the First Amendment and Due Process Clause because the law imposes an unconstitutional condition on state grants that infringes on plaintiffs' right to free speech, as well as plaintiffs ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules That New York General Business Law § 518 Regulates Free Speech Provided for in the ...
JD Supra (press release)April 1, 2017

Schneiderman, Attorney General of New York, et al., the United States Supreme Court held that New York General Business Law (“GBL”) § 518, which prohibits the ability of a merchant to impose a surcharge on a credit card user in lieu of payment of cash, ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Provectus Biopharmaceuticals Reestablishes Strategic Advisory Board
Yahoo FinanceApril 20, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: PVCT, ("Provectus" or the "Company"), ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Circuit Court
Benton County EnterpriseApril 7, 2017

Defendant was found to be in possession of a baggie of crystal substance during the execution of a search warrant on March 20, 2016. The Highway Patrol Lab determined the crystal substance was methamphetamine, a controlled substance. He entered a ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Don't Forget Free Expression In The Fight For Privacy: The Implications Of Europe's “Right To Be Forgotten” Law For ...
Huffington PostApril 4, 2017

The law has its roots in a 2009 suit by a Spaniard, Mario Costeja González, who demanded the delisting of two 1998 articles that linked him to foreclosure notices, lest Google search results infringe on his privacy rights. A few months after the ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Assessors don't like tax law
Cody EnterpriseApril 3, 2017

In contrast to Berg and Meyer, Christensen described the bill as a way of clarifying existing tax law and making assessors' lives easier. “Different communities and different counties around the state were doing things differently (before the new law ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Sues Towns for Trying to Protect Their Environment
Truth-OutApril 4, 2017

This system thus prohibits communities from banning projects and activities that they consider dangerous and harmful -- everything from corporate factory farms to the land dumping of sewage sludge and "hydro-fracking" for natural gas. ... For 15 years ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Peabody emerges from bankruptcy; stock trading resumes Tuesday
STLtoday.comApril 4, 2017

Competition from cheap natural gas had driven down coal prices, but Peabody officials insisted that a badly timed $5.2 billion acquisition of Australian mines in 2011 was a primary reason the company had to file Chapter 11. “Investors had said to us ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Facebook Pushes Outside Law Firms to Become More Diverse - The ...
New York TimesApril 2, 2017

A Facebook event in Berlin. The company is requiring that women and ethnic minorities account for at least 33 percent of law firm teams working on its matters.more »

Customs Disputes
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'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'
The RegisterApril 4, 2017

Committee chairman Hilary Benn said the UK is about to enter into "enormously important and complex negotiations" covering trade, customs rules, access to the single market, security and foreign policy co-operation, and the rights of UK and EU citizens ...more »

Public Offerings
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Public defender appointed for man charged with murdering parents
WAVY-TVApril 11, 2017

(WAVY) — A man who admitted to murdering his parents in Chesapeake was appointed a public defender Tuesday morning in court. Steven Julian was taken into custody after officers responded to a home on Chadswyck Road Monday night. There, Julian's ...more »

Debt Collection
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Archive: Funds for $50 million Pompton Lake cleanup may be at risk
NorthJersey.comApril 3, 2017

But even as the three-year project finally begins, questions linger about how the $50 million cleanup would be funded if Chemours, the company currently responsible for the contamination, were to file for bankruptcy. ... A report last month by short ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Wells Fargo Lawyers Were Too Cost Focused, Report Says
Bloomberg Big Law BusinessApril 11, 2017

The fact that it is written by a law firm, and critiques a corporate law department for focusing too much on cost containment and not seeing the big picture marks an “intriguing turnaround” from the normal roles, he added. It is more common to hear ...more »

Debt Settlement
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National Debt Relief Talks About Credit Card Consolidation And Debt Settlement
PR Web (press release)April 5, 2017

National Debt Relief recently shared in an article published March 20, 2017 some valuable insights to understand credit card consolidation and debt settlement better. The article titled “Questions About Consolidating Credit Card Debt and Debt ...more »

Trade Associations
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Imports From China and President Trump's Just-Issued Executive Order on Enhanced Trade Enforcement
China Law Blog (blog)April 3, 2017

Lastly, the Executive Order instructs the Attorney General develop recommended prosecution plans and allocate resources to Federal prosecutors for prosecution of trade law violations. Though AD/CVD and intellectual property have been priority trade ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Product Liability Industry and Attorney Hourly Rate Report 2017: Demand for Medical and Healthcare Product Liability ...
PR Newswire (press release)April 6, 2017

... global law firms have a high concentration of clients with product liability exposure; sometimes representing the majority of the firms' litigation matters over the past 5 years. The most significant product liability legal activity is in the ...more »

Unfair Competition
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California Supreme Court Further Limits Reach of Arbitration Agreements
JD Supra (press release)April 11, 2017

Thus, the Court explained, arbitration agreements, like other contracts, may be invalidated by generally applicable state contract law defenses, such as fraud, duress or unconscionability. They may not, however, be invalidated by defenses that apply ...more »

False Advertising
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Fact Check: Trump's Week of Feints and False Advertising
NBC 6 South FloridaApril 2, 2017

THE FACTS: Trump again creates a false linkage between the pipelines he approved and his intended policy on future pipelines. When he signed memoranda reviving the Keystone XL project blocked by Obama and approving completion of Dakota Access, ...more »

Venture Capital
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ASEAN startups attracting more venture capital
Nikkei Asian ReviewApril 7, 2017

TOKYO -- Venture capital is soaring in Southeast Asian, and that bodes well for the region's startups. That was the message at the ASEAN-Japan Open Innovation Forum on Friday as speakers, ranging from the founders of startups to venture capitalists and ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Official: Arizona Law Recognizes Blockchain Signatures and Smart Contracts
CryptoCoinsNewsApril 3, 2017

Ducey has signed the bill into law it clears up that states position on blockchain signatures and smart contracts. By including smart contracts in the bill, it means that they need to be upheld and enforced under Arizona law, according to a report from ...more »


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