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Federal judge strikes down Idaho's 'ag-gag' law
The Idaho StatesmanAugust 4, 2015

... discourse in matters involving wolf hunting, family planning services and public school safety. “Such investigations into private matters, both by government and private actors, are recognized and embraced as important political speech in Idaho ...more »

Attorney General Ken Paxton indicted on felony fraud charges
Houston Chronicle (subscription)August 4, 2015

He was released from the county jail Monday on a total of $35,000 in personal recognizance bonds. He was allowed to wear a suit and tie in his mugshot instead of draping his shoulders in a white towel, which is usually required for all people booked in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Court Backs California Drought Regulators
GoverningAugust 5, 2015

After the first order, the state board amended its curtailment notices to make it clear the water districts could challenge the state at administrative hearings. Now, Chang has said the state board can proceed with its enforcement actions. "The board ...more »

Health Care Law
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U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy touts flood insurance, health care bills in Algiers ...
The New Orleans AdvocateAugust 20, 2015

Cassidy said the Mental Health Reform Act of 2015, which he proposed with Sen. Chris Murphy, D.-Conn., would help overhaul the mental health care system with an emphasis on making sure dollars are spent on giving treatment to those who need it.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Haley takes 5 titles to Hall after gruff years in Dallas, SF
York Daily Record/Sunday NewsAugust 5, 2015

It wasn't an act 25 years ago, when San Francisco was trying to appease one of the NFL's best pass rushers before giving up and trading him to a top NFC rival in the middle of what became a Hall of Fame career. ... 1, 2015, file photo, former Dallas ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kasich Backs Path to Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants
Wall Street JournalAugust 9, 2015

An internal autopsy conducted by the Republican National Committee after the 2012 election concluded that to win the 2016 presidential election, the party “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform” to attract Latino voters who have ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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How We Launched a Successful Distillery
EntrepreneurAugust 4, 2015

Once Andrew's Dartmouth College roommate, Henry Tarmy, 33, moved to Los Angeles with brother-in-law James Greenspun, 33, in tow, they had an MBA, an engineer, an industrial designer, and an environmentalist. Ventura Spirits was launched in 2010. Their ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Kerry hails US-Vietnam ties, urges progress on rights
Yahoo NewsAugust 7, 2015

... China and the US. Earlier Friday, Kerry said resolution of disputes in the waters "should depend on who has the better argument not who has the bigger army", urging all parties to refrain from "provocative acts". ... It does not offer any ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment
Business InsuranceSeptember 2, 2015

An ultimate finding that drivers are employees could raise Uber's costs beyond the lawsuit's scope and force it to pay Social Security, workers' compensation, and unemployment insurance. In June, a California labor commissioner ruled that an Uber ...more »

Animal Law
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Dog meat export proposal in Kerala being countered by animal rights organisation
Daily News & AnalysisAugust 4, 2015

An animal rights organisation on Tuesday termed as "illegal" a controversial resolution adopted by gram panchayats in a Kerala district proposing export of dog meat to China to counter stray dog population, saying the state government was bound to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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A Ping-Pong Table Puts Singapore's Intellectual Property Regulation Under the ...
Global Voices OnlineAugust 19, 2015

A round ping-pong table featured at the recent Southeast Asian Games in Singapore in June became controversial because of its similarity to an art work designed by Cultural Medallion winner Lee Wen. After this incident, a group of Singaporean artists ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Munck Wilson Mandala Adds Attorney Aaron Davidson as Dallas Partner
PR Newswire (press release)August 5, 2015

5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Munck Wilson Mandala, the Dallas-based technology law firm, is pleased to announce that accomplished litigation attorney Aaron D. Davidson is joining the firm as a partner. Mr. Davidson represents both plaintiffs and defendants ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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90% IIT-Roorkee dropouts are backward caste: A case against affirmative action?
Udaipur KiranAugust 6, 2015

Affirmative action (reservation in Indian terms) does give backward caste students opportunities for engineering education in the country's premier institutions, but once admitted, many of them struggle to cope with the twin-pressure of academics and ...more »

Potential MH370 Plane window washes up on Reunion Island beach
Daily MailAugust 4, 2015

They were found by La Reunion lawyer Philippe Creissen, who was later told by French police that his discoveries would be looked at by MH370 investigators. He said there had been more and more pieces of flotsam washing up on ... The flight's mysterious ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Editorial: Landlords and tenants
The Daily News OnlineAugust 29, 2015

Another workshop, Oct. 10, is geared to help landlords deal with Fair Housing laws, the screening and selection of tenants, leases, security deposits and the eviction process. “These new initiatives are geared toward providing homeowners and landlords...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Some of the most influential Dalal Street investors you've never heard about
Economic TimesAugust 4, 2015

He also raised a ruckus when state-run refiner HPCL revealed it was supplying aviation fuel to the then troubled Kingfisher Airlines (which eventually collapsed) on long credit. Dadlani, in other words, is a feisty investor, .... "We buy when the ...more »

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The Clean Power Plan: Let the Litigation Games Begin
Huffington PostAugust 13, 2015

Although a good, sound policy, the president's Clean Power Plan -- the rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants -- will unleash a torrent of litigation rivaling that following the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Most ...more »

Business Law
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Major Cyber-Crime by Three Estonians gives them Jail
SPAMfighter News (press release)August 5, 2015

Bharara further stated that the three men were global Internet thugs compromising several million PCs they wanted to impair followed with re-routing them onto online ads and sites they chose, yielding them undeserved commissions in millions via the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fatal traffic accidents on the rise in U.S.
WOWKAugust 25, 2015

If it is that important that you have to look at that text message or that cell phone call, pull over on the side of the road in a safe place." said Cpl. Jones. Since 152 billion dollars has been spent on fatal traffic accidents this year, many hope to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Why This Is the Best Week of the Year for Hackers — and the Scariest for ...
Yahoo TechAugust 4, 2015

A computer-controlled sniper rifle — yes, these things exist — can be made to misfire by someone whose fingers are nowhere near the trigger. ... If it seems like there have been a lot of headline-making news stories about cybercriminals and online ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Malcolm P. “Mic” McConnell Named Richmond's Medical Malpractice “Lawyer of the ...
RichmondBizSenseAugust 17, 2015

August 17, 2015 – The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is proud to announce that Malcolm P. “Mic” McConnell, III has been named Best Lawyers' 2016 Richmond Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year. The honor is an ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Robert Burt, YLS scholar of medical ethics and constitutional law, dies at 76
Yale Daily News (blog)August 6, 2015

Yale Law School Professor Emeritus, Robert Burt LAW '64, a member of the school's faculty for 39 years, died yesterday in Massachusetts. He was 76 years old. Burt, nicknamed “Bo,” was an expert on constitutional law, the intersection between religion ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate financing and security
International Law Office (registration)August 20, 2015

A facility agreement secured by a mortgage is the most common financing and security method for real estate projects in Portugal. There are no specific restrictions on the maturity of a financing agreement, but the maturity date should be determined ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Government to drag Nestle India to consumer court, slap Rs 400 crore fine
Daily News & AnalysisAugust 11, 2015

The Department of Consumer Affairs is all set to file a complaint against Nestle over Maggi issue in the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) using a provision for the first time from the nearly three-decade-old Consumer Protection ...more »

Sports Law
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Ohio lawmakers reconsider front license plate law
WFMJAugust 15, 2015

Last month, a University of Cincinnati Police officer stopped a man for a missing front license plate. The stop lead to the fatal shooting of the driver and has triggered lawmakers to look twice at the Ohio requirement to have both front and back ...more »

Liquidated damages: not negotiable
Lexology (registration)August 5, 2015

However, too often, the temptation for parties is to negotiate the sum of LDs at the time of entering into a building contract just as they would any other commercial term. Whilst it seems commercially ideal for the parties to 'agree' to the sum of ...more »

How to Survive Your First IRS Audit
Accounting TodayAugust 6, 2015

Since most taxpayers are intimidated by the IRS and don't want deal with it, this is where the tax preparer earns his stripes, by swooping in to save the day, according to Chuck McCabe, president of Peoples Income Tax and The Income Tax School.more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney in weapons case assails Metro detective's credibility
Las Vegas Review-JournalAugust 4, 2015

Defense lawyers in the weapons case questioned Michael Kitchen's credibility and argued that he put false information in a sworn affidavit to obtain permission to raid the home of Richard Ward in May 2014 during a disturbance in the area. ... assigned ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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PERRYMAN: '… and Justice for All': Courts and the economy
Odessa AmericanAugust 16, 2015

Property rights, ownership, and contractual obligations are much simpler to define, interpret, and enforce for crops and livestock than for modern products embodying thousands of patents and trade secrets and which are subject to attack by electronic ...more »

Civil rights activist Julian Bond dies at 75
USA TODAYAugust 16, 2015

Bond, a Nashville, Tennessee native, was considered a symbol and icon of the 1960s U.S. civil rights movement. As a Morehouse College student, he helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and as its communications director, he was ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The MercuryAugust 31, 2015

Mannion Prior, LLP attorney receives recognition >> Jennifer D. Gayle was recently selected for inclusion as 2015 “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer, an American Law Journal. Gayle, of Pottstown, is one of 40 attorneys from around ...more »

Environmental Law
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Unintended negative consequences of NC solar farms
News & ObserverAugust 6, 2015

This 28-page bill was written to promote the development of renewable energy in North Carolina, but a significant portion of the bill focuses on solar energy systems. The bill required all utilities in the state to buy renewable power in accordance ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Alaska DOL Cracks Down on Worker Misclassification Fraud (press release)August 14, 2015

Anchorage, AK ( - In an effort to crack down on worker misclassification, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the Division of Insurance, Department of ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law Attorney Melinda Previtera Shares New Guidelines Concerning New ...
Digital JournalAugust 12, 2015

Melinda Previtera, a Family Law Attorney in Moorestown, NJ, has released her new guidelines for obtaining a divorce decree in the state of New Jersey. While all lawyers are expected to be adept and knowledgeable about different laws, there are some who ...more »


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