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Dentons Continues Latin America Push With Barbados, Monterrey Offices
The American LawyerJanuary 28, 2017

New clients have also expressed interest in the newly formed firm, he said. The firm in Monterrey practices corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border financing and complex international transactions. But it specializes in energy ...more »

'Law & Order: SVU': Roger Ailes-Inspired Episode In The Works ...
DeadlineJanuary 28, 2017

In another ripped from the headlines storyline, NBC's Law & Order: SVU is prepping an episode inspired by the Roger Ailes-Gretchen Carlson sexual ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hemenway & Barnes LLP Welcomes M. Patrick Moore Jr. to Business Law Practice
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 2, 2017

Hemenway & Barnes LLP, one of Boston's leading legal and fiduciary firms, today announced that M. Patrick Moore Jr. has joined its business and non-profit law practices as Counsel. Pat is a litigator with a unique perspective on the mechanics of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Insurers ramp up lobbying for favorable changes to health care law
Worcester TelegramFebruary 12, 2017

Demand is high in Washington for industry operatives who can educate lawmakers, administration officials and their staffers about the effect of changes to President Barack Obama's health care law. "It's really difficult to quantify how busy it is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Notable Business Bankruptcy Rulings Of 2016
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 2, 2017

After filing for bankruptcy, Energy Future Holdings Corp. ("EFH") proposed to refinance first-and second-lien notes without paying "make-whole" premiums provided for in the governing indentures designed to compensate the noteholders for early repayment ...more »

Immigration Law
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Argentina Amends its Immigration Law, Speeds Up Deportations
Voice of AmericaFebruary 3, 2017

Argentina made a major change to its immigration law Monday. The change makes it easier to expel foreigners who do crimes or who are under investigation. President Mauricio Macri ordered the change to the 2003 immigration law. The presidential order ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Hemp Industries Association Sues DEA Over Illegal Attempt to Regulate Hemp Foods as Schedule I Drugs
Yahoo NewsFebruary 6, 2017

On January 13, 2017, the Hemp Industries Association, among other petitioners, filed a Petition for Review with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, to challenge the DEA's recent effort to append Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to include ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Multinationals asked to critique tax dispute resolution processes in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein ...
MNE TaxJanuary 31, 2017

The OECD has today asked global businesses to assess the mutual agreement procedure (MAP) for resolving tax treaty disputes in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Sweden. Responses are sought by February 27 to a ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Michael Carlin (press release)February 2, 2017

His securities practices focuses on the representation of financial advisors and broker-dealers in litigation before FINRA Dispute Resolution, including the defense of licensed individuals in investigations by securities regulatory agencies ...more »

Animal Law
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Fishermen Filmed Themselves Beating A Baby Seal And Posted It To Facebook
The DodoFebruary 3, 2017

And even that may not be enough. "We actually want them to improve animal cruelty laws in Canada so that cruelty to animals can be prosecuted more fully in the future," Fink said. Fink fears that the penalties for tormenting this pup to death will be ...more »

Intellectual Property
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A Case For Trade Enforcement: Colombia And Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property WatchFebruary 1, 2017

The views expressed in this column are solely those of the authors and are not associated with Intellectual Property Watch. IP-Watch expressly disclaims and refuses any responsibility or liability for the content, style or form of any posts made to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney General and Trial Lawyer Collaboration Creates Revolting Blend
Competitive Enterprise Institute (blog)February 7, 2017

These arrangements begin when an enterprising private plaintiffs' firm reaches out to a state's attorney general and offers its services in conducting an investigation and litigation on the state's behalf. As a general formula, these proposals often ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The Truth About Asian Americans And Affirmative Action | The ...
Huffington PostJanuary 31, 2017

Finally, the debate over Asian Americans and affirmative action has taken a turn toward the rational. Race tends to infuriate us, all of us, regardless o...more »

Family confirms identity of man killed in plane crash
KLTVFebruary 1, 2017

The family of the man who died in a Rusk County plane crash Tuesday has confirmed his identity. Cody Stewart, 25, from Oklahoma, died after crashing his plane in Rusk County. The crash happened at around 3:45 p.m., at on County Road 497, west of the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Compassionate attorney used love for all things French to enrich schools
Miami HeraldFebruary 1, 2017

By day, Malcolm Wiseheart Jr. was a Miami attorney, known for his compassion in real estate and landlord and tenant law. By night, Wiseheart was a Francophile who loved the French language and its culture so much he helped to create the French ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Brazil plans changes to bankruptcy law to help recovery: source
ReutersJanuary 31, 2017

BRASILIA Brazil plans to overhaul its bankruptcy law to help troubled companies survive a two-year recession that has led a record number of them to suspend debt payments, a senior member of the government's economic team said on Tuesday. President ...more »

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Trump eyes revised travel ban next week, seeks pause in litigation over current snub
The Japan TimesFebruary 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The Trump administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants a pause in the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, so it can issue a replacement ban as it strives to protect the nation ...more »

Business Law
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IMPORTANT SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Lundin Law PC Announces Securities Class Action Lawsuit against PixarBio ...
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 3, 2017

... 2017 / Lundin Law PC, a shareholder rights firm, announces the filing of a class action lawsuit against PixarBio Corporation ("PixarBio" or the "Company") (OTC PINK: PXRB) concerning possible violations of federal securities laws between October 31 ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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New Commissary Shopper Savings Plan Released |
Military.comJanuary 31, 2017

Commissary officials on Monday unveiled new savings requirements for the system's 238 stores worldwide, setting the framework on which prices will be based ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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How to defend your home from internet hijackers
Las Vegas SunFebruary 2, 2017

Modern homes today are getting internet-connected light bulbs, thermostats, TVs and speakers. ... Only 10 percent of U.S. consumers said they were victims of the crime in a recent study done for the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Protection Repeal Proposals Re-Emerge | Daily ...
Daily Business Review (registration)February 1, 2017

Florida's no-fault auto insurance system could be nearing the end of its road.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The President Has Much Power Over Immigration, but How Much?
New York TimesFebruary 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump's executive order on immigration has prompted a constitutional showdown that could leave a mark on the law for generations and seems likely to end in a landmark Supreme Court decision. A ruling by the court on Mr.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Does Anti-SLAPP Law Apply To Legal Malpractice Claims?
Law360 (subscription)February 13, 2017

Among the issues that have generated the most litigation is whether the anti-SLAPP statute applies to claims alleging legal malpractice or similar breaches of an attorney's legal or ethical obligations. Many courts have determined that actions based on ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Trump signs executive order to cut regulations on businesses
UPI.comJanuary 30, 2017

Trump also threatened the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the massive financial regulatory law established under President Barack Obama that specifically targeted financial institutions that were "too big to fail" following ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Five Questions With Rick Healey on Real Estate Law, Jail Overcrowding
Connecticut Law TribuneFebruary 7, 2017

Among his areas of practice are corporate, finance, real estate, employment and education law; civil and commercial litigation; election law; and bond underwriter representation. Healey joined Hoberman & Pollack, the predecessor of Rome McGuigan, as a ...more »

Hawaii may be breaking law by allowing foreign men to fish
NewsOK.comFebruary 10, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities may have been violating their own state law for years by issuing commercial fishing licenses to thousands of foreign workers who were refused entry into the country, The Associated Press has found. About 700 of these ...more »

Sports Law
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This Week In Sports Law: NFL Marijuana Use, Braves Want $14 Million, Yordano Ventura's Assets
ForbesJanuary 29, 2017

There is no denying that many active National Football League players are users of marijuana. Some may take the drug to relax, others for medical reasons. It is hard to classify it as a performance enhancing drug, as almost anyone would agree that the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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If A Criminal Defense Attorney Can't Make The Argument, There Probably Isn't One
Seeking AlphaJanuary 30, 2017

When I still had designs on actually becoming a lawyer, I wanted to be a criminal defense attorney. Either that or a corporate lawyer. Either way, the job was going to entail defending people that were, in some cases, objectively guilty. So, I would ...more »

IRS opens probe into financing for Statler redevelopment
Dallas NewsJanuary 31, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service is investigating a deal that raised millions of dollars for the redevelopment of the Statler Hotel and Dallas Central Library, according to lawyers involved in the financing. The Dallas Morning News recently signed a lease ...more »

LBI Sued By Sports Anchor Alleging Age Discrimination
Law360 (subscription)February 9, 2017

Law360, Los Angeles (February 9, 2017, 5:20 PM EST) -- Spanish-language sports anchor Renan Cardona accused Liberman Broadcasting Inc. of age discrimination in a complaint filed in California state court on Tuesday, alleging he was fired and replaced ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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North Huntingdon businessman charged anew with crime
Tribune-ReviewFebruary 4, 2017

Westmoreland County Judge Anthony Marsili ordered in February 2015 that Free “immediately cease the operation” of his Center Highway store and refrain from owning or operating a similar business in the future, after finding Free in violation of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Undoing Obama: Bishop at forefront to repeal environmental regulations
KSL.comFebruary 5, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — There are about 200 rules and regulations passed by the Obama administration that are potentially among the walking dead, ripe for repeal under a 1996 law used last week by Congress for the first time in 16 years. The first Obama rule ...more »

Wills & Probate
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I thought someone had died intestate, but now we have found a will - what can I do?
Lexology (registration)February 2, 2017

Assuming the will is valid, they will need to revoke their Grant so that the executors can obtain a Grant of Probate and administer the estate according to the will. This situation arose in the case of Morris v Browne (2017) where the Defendants had ...more »

Family Law
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My Family Had To Follow Immigration Law. Why Shouldn't Refugees?
The FederalistFebruary 3, 2017

Within a month of email correspondence, we knew we would have one heck of a fight through red tape, unclear laws, corrupt Zambian family and health workers, and an incompetent and unhelpful Zambian embassy. A process that began in 2005 was finished ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Comp Issues to Watch in 2017
Claims JournalFebruary 1, 2017

The Trump presidential victory, along with several gubernatorial elections, could significantly impact workers' compensation, according to hosts of Safety National's Out Front Ideas, Mark Walls and Kimberly George. The two workers' comp industry ...more »


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