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Sham bride whose crime 'struck at heart of immigration system' is jailed 11, 2016

Judge Jonathan Gibson jailed Evans, who had no previous convictions, and said: "Offences of this kind strike at the heart of the immigration system and the message must go out to all those thinking of engaging in this kind of behaviour that the ...more »

European Commission Proposes Directives On Digital Contracts
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)January 11, 2016

They follow the 2015 edition of the Commission's annual Consumer Conditions Scoreboard published on 21 September 2015 which focused on the Digital Single Market and consumer experience in cross-border e-commerce (See, VBB on Business Law, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge Whelan retires; two county judgeships now open
Cecil WhigJanuary 18, 2016

As one of several examples given by the now-retired judge, Whelan recalled a January 2014 hearing in which he imposed a 15-year sentence on an Elkton man, then 63, who stabbed his roommate, then 48, with a kitchen knife during a dispute over who ...more »

Health Care Law
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Rutledge joins brief opposing health care law's contraceptive coverage mandate
Pine Bluff CommercialJanuary 22, 2016

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Thursday she has joined with several other states in filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case challenging the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Greek trading group's motion to transfer vessel negligence suit to NJ federal ...
The Pennsylvania RecordJanuary 13, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A Pennsylvania federal court has denied a motion from a Greek trading corporation to transfer a maritime negligence damages case filed against it to New Jersey federal court. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Public School Registration Schedule for Head Start, Day Care, Kindergarten
St, Thomas SourceJanuary 15, 2016

The V.I. Department of Education releases the Public School Registration Schedule for St. Thomas-St. John District for Head Start or Day Care Centers (Children leaving Head Start) for the 2016-2017 School Year. Register between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Sparx may build slaughterhouse in Potsdam village; informational meeting set ...
WatertownDailyTimes.comJanuary 15, 2016

These features posed environmental problems, which have since been solved by updates in slaughterhouse processing technology, according to Mr. Hanss, who said now is the “opportune time” to amend outdated village zoning law. He explained that to ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Juror-pay donation proposal scraps long-time options, focuses on crime victim ...
Waco Tribune-HeraldJanuary 16, 2016

... Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, McLennan County Child Protective Services Advisory Board, Family Abuse Center, McLennan County Crime Victims Fund, State Crime Victims Fund and the McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center. ... and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Delaware law helps corporations avoid multiforum litigation headaches
Business InsuranceJanuary 24, 2016

Of all the strategies used by firms to diminish the number of stockholder derivative lawsuits, forum selection is likely to be most successful and effective, experts say. Legislation approved by Delaware lawmakers last year validates that Delaware ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal cruelty is a crime
Rutland HeraldJanuary 21, 2016

Please, report these incidents to your local law enforcement agency and VVSA at 802-672-5302 and look for our interview with Mary Lou Randour, from the Animal Welfare Institute, about this topic on our show, “For The Animals” aired on your local public ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Countering the Growing Intellectual Property Theft Threat
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)January 22, 2016

In 2008, a new federal law creating stricter penalties for criminals who engaged in intellectual property theft was enacted to keep pace with globalization, e-commerce, and technology advances. Fast forward to 2016: Technological advances continue at ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Mississippi Queen steamboat asbestos case ends with two guilty pleas — owner ...
The AdvocateJanuary 16, 2016

Anna Christman, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans, would not directly comment on Reidt's claim but noted that only Chiu and Cheery Way were named in the bill of information Dec. 4 bringing charges over the incident. Sentencing ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Labor launches historic affirmative action rules in wake of Jamie Clements saga
Sydney Morning HeraldJanuary 17, 2016

NSW Labor is embarking on one of the most ambitious affirmative action programs in its history, with new rules to boost the number of women in key roles at the grassroots of the party with the aim of transforming the organisation. The rules, to be put ...more »

Feds arrest former Alaska Airlines captain on charges he piloted airliner while drunk
Q13 FOXJanuary 22, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities have arrested a former captain with Alaska Airlines on charges of piloting a plane with passengers while under the influence of alcohol, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday. David Hans Arntson, 60, a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Boulder County planners keep Hogan-Pancost tract eligible for annexation and likely development
The Daily CameraJanuary 28, 2016

The 22-acre site between East Boulder Community Park and the Keewaydin Meadows neighborhood represents one of the longest standing development disputes in Boulder, and neighbors who oppose housing on the property hoped to resolve it by ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Casino Magnate And New Newspaper Owner Has History Of Suing Reporters
WNPR NewsJanuary 14, 2016

It also explored organized crime's presence in that trade, though it made no specific claims involving Adelson. Adelson alleged his reputation had been badly ... Smith emerged from bankruptcy in early 2011. He and his wife divorced several months later ...more »

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Report Card: The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
Law360 (subscription)January 15, 2016

Over my career as a securities litigator, I've seen both sides of the securities litigation divide that the Reform Act created. In the first part of my career, I witnessed the figurative skid marks in front of courthouses, as lawyers raced to the ...more »

Business Law
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LinkedIn for Lawyers: Newly Issued Ethical Guidance Makes Social Media Use ...
Lexology (registration)January 18, 2016

The ethics guidance interpreting “Attorney Advertising” rules in the social media context continues to evolve, but this time the evolution appears to be for the better, taking into account the realities of the growing use of social media. As you may ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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New fertility benefit covers troops' sperm, egg freezing
13WMAZJanuary 30, 2016

"For women who are midgrade officers and enlisted personnel, this benefit will demonstrate that we understand the demands upon them and want to help them balance commitments to force and family. We want to retain them in the military," Carter said.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Chichester evacuates all schools after threat; other East Coast schools also ...
The Delaware County Daily TimesJanuary 19, 2016

A wave of threats was made against schools up and down the East Coast Tuesday morning, including Chichester School District, where all students were evacuated from their school buildings for a time, police said. In Delaware, State Police are currently ...more »

Personal Injury
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Austin Personal Injury Lawyer Comments on Distracted Driving, Walking, Cycling, Motorcycling
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 1, 2016

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2016 – One word sums up living in the electronic century: distracted. That distraction is the root cause of a large number of injury and fatal accidents. There appears to be good news on the horizon, somewhat ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Toledo region's best workplaces at a glance
Toledo BladeJanuary 31, 2016

Fifth Third Bank is proud to have an engaged and inclusive culture and to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity in all employment decisions regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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People in Business for Jan. 17, 2016
The AdvocateJanuary 16, 2016

Kevin C. Curry, a partner and estate planning and federal taxation attorney at Kean Miller, has been elected a senior officer of the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute. The status recognizes Curry's 12 years of service as a council member and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Home Improvement Contractor Liable Under MGL c. 93A for Building Code Violations Despite Owner Directing ...
The National Law ReviewJanuary 14, 2016

93A, the Consumer Protection Act 1, the jury, in accordance with the Court's instructions, awarded no damages because they found that the Downeys directed Chutehall to perform the work contrary to the building code. In essence, the Downeys' had waived ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Increased regulatory and law enforcement spotlight on real estate deals that pose money laundering risks
Lexology (registration)January 22, 2016

On Wednesday, January 13, the Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs)1 designed to address growing concerns over the heightened risk of money laundering occurring ...more »

Council passes 5.8% property tax increase
Leavenworth Echo (subscription)January 17, 2016

Under state law, cities can only raise property tax 1 percent per year, unless the city has banked capacity, meaning there are years when the city did not raise taxes. "We have a couple key components. We have the 1 percent cap that is ... Primarily ...more »

Sports Law
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AM Roundup: TV Sports Blackouts on Trial
Wall Street Journal (blog)January 19, 2016

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news: Blackout trial: An antitrust trial getting underway in Manhattan could change the way Americans watch baseball. [Bloomberg]. Data transfer pact: The European Union and the U.S. are ... Samsung: A federal ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lesch takes the leap into criminal defense
Minnesota LawyerJanuary 21, 2016

Last Friday, on the day he turned 43, Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, put in a final shift in the St. Paul city attorney's office, where, for the past 15 years, he prosecuted drunken drivers, prostitutes and other misdemeanor-level offenders. Lesch ...more »

Persecution, prosecution and government intimidation
Journal AdvocateJanuary 27, 2016

Frank VanderSloot, founder of Melaleuca wellness products, was one of eight Romney donors singled out by President Obama's campaign. VanderSloot and his wife were then audited by the IRS. A week later, Department of Labor audited VanderSloot Farms ...more »

Memo to Bernie Re: Tonight
Huffington PostJanuary 17, 2016

You will look like an Elder Statesman. Indeed, in response to Chelsea's attack, you released a photo of you and Hillary. She inscribes the 1993 photo "To Bernie Sanders with thanks for your commitment to real health care access for all Americans ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Same-Sex Marriage Will Lead to Same-Sex Divorce
American ThinkerJanuary 19, 2016

Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. And now that same-sex ... Right now, most traditional divorces are initiated by the female, since most states allow a woman to easily obtain a temporary restraining order or an order of protection against ...more »

Environmental Law
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The Problem With Rooftop Solar That Nobody Is Talking About
Mother JonesJanuary 18, 2016

But the half-dozen energy economists and lawyers I spoke to—from universities, think tanks, REC brokers, and the federal government—said that solar leasing companies' marketing can be misleading. ..... That's in addition to a $5 per month contract fee.more »

Wills & Probate
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Write wills to avoid tussles after death
The Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)January 19, 2016

To most Kenyan men, a will is a foreign thing. The lack of a will has been seen to lead to problems after death leaving families fighting for property. This is especially so in cases where the deceased has more than one wife. A research conducted in ...more »

Family Law
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IndyBar: Family Law Resource Guide Now Available
Indiana LawyerJanuary 27, 2016

For family law attorneys in the Indianapolis area, there are a variety of resources available to help, and the IndyBar's Family Law Resource Guide has them all in one convenient place. This resource is now available to all IndyBar members. The guide ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Constant or Persistent "Non-Trauma?"
WorkCompCentral (subscription)January 15, 2016

As I listened to his perspectives on the future of workers' compensation in America, it made me think about the "trivial trauma" injuries. Florida workers' compensation lawyers are familiar with Festa v. Teleflex and Tokyo House v. Hsin Chu and Pearson v.more »


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