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Customs Dept. shores up vigil to check gold smuggling
The HinduJuly 4, 2015

A. We are spreading awareness about the statute position (Customs Act) and consequences of violating the provisions thereof. It is at the same conducting raids whenever its trained network of informers sounds alarm on smuggling rackets. What can be ...more »

Women's World Cup soccer: In viewership, new generation is older one
Salt Lake TribuneJuly 4, 2015

Title IX, the educational gender-equity law that led to the surge of girls sports, passed in 1972. So consider the 18-49 demographic that advertisers value. Even the oldest members of that group would have just been starting school when Title IX arrived.more »

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Administrative Law
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Column: Citizenry shouldn't be reserved for the Fourth of July
The Sun CurrentJuly 4, 2015

More than 1700 rural townships in Minnesota still function this way with the addition of paid public works and administrative employees. Lots of talking took place back then and it continued into the village period starting in 1953, and the home rule ...more »

Health Care Law
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After Health Care Act, Sharp Drop in Spending on Birth Control
New York TimesJuly 8, 2015

The study, by health economists from the University of Pennsylvania, analyzed health insurance claims from a large private insurer with business in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It evaluated the effect of the Affordable Care Act, the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Supergirl, Superwoman & Power Girl Historical Timeline Part 2: 1988 - 2015
The Mary SueJuly 6, 2015

It is revealed that Comet is Andrew Jones who was trampled by horses and then genetically “rebuilt” with horse DNA by a group called the Stable. ... The clone is older and has been trained to act as a secret weapon for the government. The clone is ...more »

Immigration Law
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The Immigration Secessionists - Rich Lowry - POLITICO Magazine
PoliticoJuly 9, 2015

Over the years, the left has created dozens upon dozens of so-called sanctuary cities devoted to frustrating federal immigration enforcement and doing all they can to make a mockery of our laws. On immigration, they are in effect little islands of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Legislators to discuss hemp oils after break
Winston-Salem JournalJuly 7, 2015

The House version requires that a registry of patients, caregivers and neurologists be accessible to law enforcement agencies, while the Senate version said law enforcement agencies have the authority to contact the N.C. Department of Health and Human ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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TV Pick of the Week: Bullies
Stuff.co.nzJuly 4, 2015

Combining comments and insights from experts in the field of employment law, psychology and dispute resolution, with personal stories and accounts of bullying, the documentary highlights how the damaging practice takes place and its cost on workers and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance Recovery Law - July 2015
JD Supra (press release)July 4, 2015

When Creekstone requested defense in the suit from Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Co. pursuant to multiple commercial general liability policies, the insurer filed a declaratory judgment action seeking an order that it was not obligated to defend ...more »

Animal Law
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McCormick County man sentenced to 3 years collectively in separate animal...
The Augusta ChronicleJuly 11, 2015

“We still have somewhat of a culture of an agrarian state that animals are property,” Brennessel said. “The law is weak, but it's our state's reluctance toward enforcing those laws.” A Laurens County animal cruelty case also involving animals allegedly ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property initiatives to drive “Make in India” - The Dollar Business
The Dollar BusinessJuly 13, 2015

During the year, the Intellectual Property Office has been radically transformed through numerous initiatives that have contributed tremendously to easing of access to the IP system, efficiency in processing of IP applications, uniformity and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Former Beaumont judge files potential asbestos suit on behalf of 'Beau' Hicks
Southeast Texas RecordJuly 6, 2015

A former district judge who gave up the bench to become Jefferson County's district attorney recently filed a petition to perpetuate testimony to investigate the asbestos exposure of the late referring legend H.T. “Beau” Hicks Jr. District Attorney Bob ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Tennessee campuses watching Supreme Court college race case
Columbia Daily HeraldJuly 5, 2015

Eight states — Washington, California, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Michigan, New Hampshire and Florida — already ban affirmative action in college admissions. The University of Memphis did not respond to requests for information on the issue.more »

Small Plane Crashes Off Star Island: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
NBC 6 South FloridaJuly 4, 2015

A small plane went down in the area of Star Island in Miami Saturday afternoon. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the plane crashed into the waters off Star Island around 2:45 p.m. The pilot was able to escape before the plane sunk and was pulled ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Paperwork error doesn't erase tenants' liability for rent
azcentral.comJuly 6, 2015

Second, college students, including law school students, have no protection under fair housing laws, and a landlord is not required to rent to college students. A California appeals court has specifically ruled that a subdivision developer in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The Latest: Lloyd's hat trick gives US 4-1 lead at halftime
The Idaho StatesmanJuly 5, 2015

(Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT JONATHAN HAYWARD — AP. WWCup Japan US Soccer ... She also was the third American woman to score a hat trick in any World Cup match, joining Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings Gabarra, both ...more »

Litigation
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Collaboration vs. litigation: 2 approaches to high nitrates
DesMoinesRegister.comJuly 5, 2015

VINTON, Ia. – A big part of the answer to Cedar Rapids' nitrate challenges lies in fields like Wayne Siela's. Dead cereal rye lies between rows of young green soybeans, a mat of plants that Siela says is helping suppress weeds. More importantly, though ...more »

Business Law
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"I'd love to get on a plane and see everyone reading my book" Chelmsford ...
EchoJuly 4, 2015

Then I would fast forward to my days at an advertising agencywhere I was a planner and could develop my love of people and what makes them tick. I would give a lot of space to my mentor at the ... I handled the task of research by reading a lot of ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, Personal Injury Law Firm in Palm Beach County ...
PR Web (press release)July 28, 2015

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, the third oldest law firm in Palm Beach County, was established in 1927 by Joseph H. Lesser in West Palm Beach, and has been serving clients throughout Florida for over 88 years, focusing on serious personal injury ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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@ISSUE: What was past century's most important discovery?
Asbury Park PressJuly 5, 2015

The list of transformational inventions and discoveries over the past 100 years is long. The transistor. Antibiotics. Nuclear fission. Television. The personal computer. Cellphones. Solar batteries. Optical fiber. The silicon chip. Email. The Internet...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Court Rules Against Damage Caps For Medical Malpractice
CBS LocalJuly 5, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — A Florida court has ruled that caps on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits do not apply in personal injury cases. The Legislature in 2003 established $500,000 limits on non-economic damages for such cases.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional Court allows for Russia's possible deviation from enforcing ...
Russia Beyond the HeadlinesJuly 14, 2015

Regarding interpretation of the principle of international law's superiority to national law and conflict of constitutional law that may appear in this interpretation, the Russian Constitutional Court referred to the Vienna Convention, to which Russia ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate lawyer disbarred after misappropriating $9096
CBC.caJuly 7, 2015

The Law Society of Manitoba took away Doolan's licence to practise on Dec. 23, 2014, following a disciplinary hearing in 2013. The regulatory body did not publish the decision on its website until last month. Winnipeg real estate lawyer Robert Doolan ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer protection always a priority, says ministry - Malaysiakini
Malaysiakini (subscription)July 13, 2015

The ministry said consumers should trust the authorities' ability to resolve cases related to counterfeiting and embezzlement, pointing out that errant traders could be prosecuted under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, Weights and ...more »

Sports Law
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Editorial: Lifesaving Law
KSLA-TVJuly 6, 2015

There is a new law on the books in Texas that will make us all a lot safer. The new law requires those arrested for drunk driving to install an ignition interlock on their cars and trucks during their license suspension period. Studies show that ...more »

Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers
Pekin Daily TimesJuly 4, 2015

Last April, the Department of Defense announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 percent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the department give preference to American-made ...more »

Tea Party farmer: IRS watchdog still probing audit of me
Washington ExaminerJuly 30, 2015

According to Boneta, the IRS held the first audit open for two years seeking "reams and reams" of information that forced her to spend thousands of dollars on copying alone, as well as on private attorney and accounting fees. The IRS eventually fined ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Why may the government ban businesses from saying “we won't bake cakes for ...
Washington PostJuly 6, 2015

Now this doesn't resolve the question whether the cake case properly interpreted Oregon public accommodation law; whether a $135,000 damages award is sound; whether all the reasoning behind the Oregon administrative agency's decision that the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Lawmakers Continue Focus on Dodd-Frank, CFTC and SEC Propose Rules
The National Law ReviewJuly 6, 2015

As a result of an “administrative error…in meeting the requirements under federal law,” Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has formally proposed an extension for compliance with certain loan disclosure rules. ... According to the GSEs, “[t]he ...more »

It's time for the ERA to be ratified
The Hill (blog)July 4, 2015

The Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage as officially the law of the land, legal in all 50 states, deserves every celebration and tear of joy that we are seeing on TV and the Internet. President Obama stated that the Supreme Court's ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Can second spouse remain in homestead? - San Antonio Express-News
mySanAntonio.com (blog)July 13, 2015

He could have insisted on a prenuptial agreement with wife #2 before they got married, or a post-nuptial agreement, confirming the separate nature of the house. He could have, in either type of agreement, asked wife #2 to waive her Texas homestead ...more »

Environmental Law
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States Are Unplugging Their Renewable-Energy Mandates - WSJ
Wall Street JournalJuly 10, 2015

These laws force states to increase renewable electricity generation, regardless of whether it makes sense for the local economy. New solar and wind farms cost substantial sums, which are then passed on to individuals and businesses through higher ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation ruling for employee reversed - Times Union
Albany Times UnionJuly 10, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has reversed a workers' compensation court ruling favoring an employee hurt during a company party. The case stems from a 2010 cookout Aurora Cooperative, which owns grain elevators in southeast ...more »

Family Law
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Keehan J grants 'life-long' reporting restriction order
Family Law WeekJuly 5, 2015

AB's Article 8 right to respect for private and family life and the media's Article 10 right of freedom of expression were both engaged. Further, s12(4) of the HRA 1998 requires the court to have particular regard for the importance of the right to ...more »

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