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Crab fisherman fined over mink carcasses in harbor
SFGateOctober 29, 2014

The fine is not related to criminal charges facing him. Curry County Circuit Court says Case is due to be sentenced Nov. 6 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor pollution charge. Defense lawyer Nick Nylander did not immediately return a call for comment.more »

Revised guidelines could exempt some older Hawaii homes from historic review ...
Pacific Business News (Honolulu)October 29, 2014

The Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division is developing new guidelines, expected to be released this week, that would exempt thousands of homeowners from a controversial law that subjects homes built more than 50 years ago to a historic ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Court: State improperly held Medicaid money
Austin American-StatesmanOctober 30, 2014

However, after a trial, an administrative law judge determined in January that there was no fraud involved, merely billing mistakes that amounted to about 9 percent of the practice's reimbursement claims. The judge ordered the commission to pay 91 ...more »

Health Care Law
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Repeal of Health Law, Once Central to GOP, Is Side Issue in Campaigns
New York TimesOctober 31, 2014

It most likely would cover fewer people than President Obama's health care law, while having fewer statutory protections and still requiring billions from the federal government. Almost no one questioned its seriousness, but almost no one took up the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Antaeus Presents A Searing Production Of 'Wedding Band'
Neon TommyOctober 29, 2014

The play, directed by Gregg T. Daniel, is set in South Carolina in 1918, and it follows the story of Julia (Veralyn Jones), a black seamstress, and Herman (Leo Marks), a white baker as they celebrate their tenth anniversary. They desperately yearn to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration a losing issue for Democrats in 2014 midterm elections
Washington TimesNovember 5, 2014

Democrats and immigrant-rights advocates, though, said Mr. Obama must not be cowed by the election results. “The fact is that the president has the moral responsibility and the full authority under existing law to expand relief and end the policies he ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Gas dispute between Ukraine, EU and Russia threatens to escalate
World Socialist Web SiteOctober 29, 2014

Damage to industrial production would be enormous, gas prices from other sources would sharply rise, and even then energy supplies to private households could not be guaranteed. The gas dispute with Russia is part of the EU's economic war ... Reducing ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Juridia Bützow to Join Eversheds Broadening International Reach
Rock Hill Herald (press release)November 3, 2014

Seven years of successfully working together has built an immensely strong platform upon which to develop our relationship. The firm's full-service approach, focused on both transactional and dispute resolution work alongside specialist areas including ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Feds say Alex Rodriguez paid hush money over PEDs
Detroit Free PressNovember 5, 2014

The total value of that settlement could be nearly $2 million, when factoring in other elements of the deal such as a home, a car and insurance. Sucart, in a letter from his lawyer, ... “Unfortunately for you, litigation with you over his employment ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal abuse charges dropped against Sask. man in dog's death
Globalnews.caNovember 14, 2014

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – The Crown has dropped its case against a Saskatchewan man who was accused of animal abuse in the death of a dog. Ryan Funk of Prince Albert was to go to trial this week on two charges of unnecessary cruelty to an animal.more »

Intellectual Property
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The Importance Of Intellectual Property Due Diligence In Transactions
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)November 3, 2014

An intellectual property due diligence report can be made for several types of transactions, such as a company merger and acquisition, assets sale, joint ventures and partnerships, licensing and cross-licensing, loans and secured transactions...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney general race is clash of ideologies
seattlepi.comOctober 29, 2014

Republican Kie Westby, 63, of Southbury, said the attorney general's office has been contributing to an anti-business climate in the state with unnecessary and highly publicized litigation, a claim Jepsen denies. Westby said he would push state ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Report: Pro-affirmative action group BAMN rallies at UM in protest of low ...
MLive.comOctober 30, 2014

Members of the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary -- also known as BAMN -- protested on the University of Michigan campus Wednesday over what they called "a real shame" after minority student enrollment fell by 0.6 percent for the fall ...more »

4 Killed When Small Plane Crashes Into Building at Kansas Airport; Others ...
KTLAOctober 30, 2014

Four people died after a small plane crashed into a building near Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport in southern Kansas Thursday morning, city Fire Marshal Brad Crisp said. A plane appears to have crashed at a building at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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(US) PA Landlord Tenant Act: more PA legislation on abandoned property
Lexology (registration)November 15, 2014

Pennsylvania Act No. 129 of 2012 (effective September 4, 2012), amended the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 to provide for the disposition of personal property deemed abandoned by a tenant. The Pennsylvania legislature has returned to this subject with ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bad Credit Auto Lender Now Offers Sign and Drive Auto Loans for Shoppers in ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)October 29, 2014

They design and develop customized no credit financing, bad and good credit loans. Voted the best for "Quality Customer Service" and "Best National Service" by thousands of people, their finance experts focus on providing their customers with the ...more »

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Inter Partes Reviews and Stays of Patent Litigation
Connecticut Law TribuneNovember 1, 2014

Since their creation in 2011 by the America Invents Act (AIA), inter partes reviews (IPRs) have become a prominent feature in patent litigants' strategic playbooks. Accused infringers often prefer to raise invalidity issues in IPR proceedings before ...more »

Business Law
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Reyes leads fundraising in attorney general race
Standard-ExaminerOctober 29, 2014

Stormont purchased billboard space for his campaign, and Utah Outdoor Advertising gave him a $13,850 discount, campaign manager David Billings said. The company's owner is also the landlord for the Utah Democratic Party's office building and a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Report: 60000 veterans get triple benefits
The News HeraldNovember 1, 2014

Paul Russo works on the letters for the Disabled Veterans' Life Memorial in Washington. According to a new report by the Government Accountability Office, nearly 60,000 veterans collected more than $3.5 billion in 2013 in military retirement pay ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Surveillance Is Not Enough To Prevent Shootings
NEWS.GNOM.ESNovember 6, 2014

The hack — posing as a link to a news story – allowed the agency to record the dates and times of emails sent, along with information to help locate the computer sending the messages, but not their contents, says Ayn-Dietrich Williams, spokeswoman for ...more »

Personal Injury
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Utah Personal Injury Lawyer Peter Summerill Wins $1.6M Verdict Against ...
DigitalJournal.comNovember 2, 2014

Utah personal injury attorney Peter Summerill of the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill recently won a $1.6 million verdict in 2nd District Court on behalf of the family of a man who died from a drug overdose. A jury found IHC, Utah's largest healthcare ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama's Constitutional Authority on Immigration Is Well-Recognized
New York TimesNovember 18, 2014

By requiring presidents to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed," the Constitution prohibits the president from picking and choosing which laws to enforce. A blanket policy of nonenforcement would amount to an abdication of the immigration ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Proposition 46, on medical malpractice awards, fails
Los Angeles TimesNovember 5, 2014

Proposition 46, which would have changed California's medical malpractice law, has failed, AP reports. It would have raised the limit on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering from $250,000 to about $1.1 million, to account for inflation since the cap ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFPB Issues New Proposed Rules For Prepaid Debit Cards
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)November 21, 2014

Under the proposed rule, consumers opting to use a credit product related to a prepaid account would also receive the same protections as current credit card consumers receive under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Credit Card Accountability ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Realty Enthusiasm: MidFlorida VP Relishes Real Estate After 25 Years Working ...
The LedgerNovember 9, 2014

Now, 14 years after leaving the law firm, she remains completely focused, having recently earned the title of vice president of MidFlorida Real Estate Sales in Lakeland. In the new position, she said her goal is to grow the company by putting it on the ...more »

Business Calendar
The Salem NewsOctober 29, 2014

Participants will learn how to protect their businesses and personal assets, and how to select the right plan to manage potential risks and contract needs. Workshop covers property, liability, workers' compensation, vehicle and other commercial...more »

Sports Law
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2014 update from the British Association for Sports Law
LawInSport (blog)November 10, 2014

May, saw BASL host the 6th Annual Grayson Debate, an event which pays homage to the memory of BASL's founding President, Edward Grayson, a pioneer of sports law who sadly passed away in 2008. This years Debate “Can you fix the World Cup final?more »

Criminal Defense
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Suffolk DA warns defense lawyers of crime lab error
NewsdayOctober 30, 2014

The office of Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota has informed defense attorneys that a county crime lab analyst incorrectly weighed a substance retrieved as evidence in a narcotics case. The crime lab error has triggered a review to determine ...more »

Marijuana Merchants Owe Taxes Even When They Take a Loss
Reason (blog)November 4, 2014

That is not quite true, since the executive branch has the power to reclassify marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act without new legislation from Congress. Section 280E applies only to substances in Schedule I or II, so moving marijuana to ...more »

Google's diversity chief started her crusade young
USA TODAYNovember 4, 2014

Lee got those skills, earning a law degree at the University of California at Berkeley, which led to a job with a San Francisco firm specializing in employment law. While embraced by colleagues for her skills and work ethic, Lee nonetheless had hurdles ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Business people
Sarasota Herald-TribuneNovember 3, 2014

Bradley Ellis has joined the law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg PA, as an associate attorney. He concentrates his practice in land use and zoning, construction, governmental liability, commercial and general civil litigation...more »

Environmental Law
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Rentech Closes the Sale of Alternative Energy Technology Assets
MarketWatchNovember 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Nov 04, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Rentech, Inc. RTK, +1.84% announced today that it has closed the previously announced sale of its alternative energy technologies to Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group Co., Ltd. (Kaidi). Rentech received ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Sullivan Co. Candidates Face Off
Valley NewsOctober 29, 2014

Other races include register of deeds, with Republican Chaunee Baker against Democrat James Reed; register of probate, which will see incumbent Republican Diane Davis face Democrat Brian Rapp; and the county treasurer race, between incumbent Republican ...more »

Family Law
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Moreno Family Law Firm Expands with 2nd Location in Palo Alto
PR Web (press release)November 19, 2014

The Moreno Family Law Firm has been serving Santa Clara County from their San Jose location for twenty-five years and this month opened a new Palo Alto office for their clients. “Our firm has been growing for years. With multiple lawyers, there was a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Farewell to Uncle Dave (press release)October 31, 2014

I have several wonderful Uncles, but truth be told, I had a favorite. It was my Uncle Dave. He was a stand up guy. A terrific father and husband. A truly gentle soul, and an extraordinarily funny man. Funny to beat the band. David and his family were ...more »


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