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Judge denies mistrial motion in Detroit cop case
The Detroit NewsSeptember 30, 2014

Detroit — A Wayne Circuit judge ruled Monday she won't grant a mistrial based on a tirade by the grandmother of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who broke down on the witness stand last week while recounting a police raid in which Detroit Police Officer Joseph ...more »

Pro-democracy protesters defy Chinese police, government by staying in Hong ...
Bangor Daily NewsSeptember 30, 2014

“The United States supports universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and we support the aspirations of the Hong Kong people,” said Earnest, who also urged restraint on both sides. ... On Monday and early Tuesday, protesters ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Benoit: Farmer assistance agency operates illegally
The Desert SunSeptember 30, 2014

The district hired a woman living with the Aslans' son, who Benoit believes could be their daughter-in-law, as an administrative assistant. All told, Benoit said, more than half of the district's expenditures have gone to the Aslan family, with Silvia ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim?
The Oshkosh NorthwesternOctober 8, 2014

WASHINGTON – Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal. Community groups are concerned about a convoluted process for ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Musing upon asset forfeiture
Lexology (registration)September 30, 2014

Or commit fraud for a couple of years, maybe do a year or two in Camp Fed, and walk away with seven million dollars, free and clear? Made you think, didn't I? The latter ... So you can imagine a situation in which someone whose cash has been seized is ...more »

Immigration Law
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New York City Follows Obama Playbook on Immigration
Daily SignalOctober 6, 2014

Taking a page from the Obama immigration playbook, the New York City Council this week is deciding which immigration laws it wants to enforce and which ones it does not. Under the proposed legislation that will very likely pass the Democrat-controlled ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Study to gauge if impact fees should rise
Forsyth County News OnlineOctober 4, 2014

“We are bound by state law what we can and can't do with impact fees,” Amos said. “We want to … separate impact ... Current impact fees are $0.34 for parks and recreation, $0.06 for library, $0.09 for fire department and $0.02 for emergency/911 per ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Hoort 'champions use of mediation'
Sentinel-StandardOctober 4, 2014

The award recognizes people across the state who promote and implement mediation, over "the adversarial nature of court," Hoort said. He introduced mediation into family court about six months ago. In his 24 years as a judge, he has seen that the old ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Pradaxa Parties Fighting Over Private-Liens Order
The National Law Journal (registration)September 30, 2014

The order exceeds “the jurisdictional scope of the court's injunctive powers,” the insurers said, because they are not parties to any action in the multidistrict litigation. ... The health insurers include AvMed Health Plans, Aetna Inc., Blue Cross and ...more »

Animal Law
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Mock, 1st female pilot to circle globe, dies at 88
WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SCOctober 1, 2014

Those responsible can be facing more than 900 counts of animal cruelty.Antonio Puentes has worked with the company several years and says he couldn't believe it. He said, "It's ... causing some tense moments with armed soldiers before base officials ...more »

Intellectual Property
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India's Narendra Modi pressed to address intellectual property reforms
Washington TimesSeptember 30, 2014

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making his first visit to Washington, D.C., this week. He had a private dinner with President Obama Monday night, though the White House wouldn't say whether intellectual property reform was on the agenda.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Obstruction or obligation? The case for and against environmental litigation
Helena Independent RecordOctober 12, 2014

“We pay attention to litigation when we look at analysis and pay attention to where the courts have told us we did not supply enough information,” said Forest Service spokeswoman Elizabeth Slown. “I would say the approach we take on litigation is to ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Study: California voters want affirmative action in higher education
The Pasadena Star-NewsOctober 5, 2014

White, Latino, black and Asian-American voters all support affirmative action, according to a recent study that starkly contrasts the seemingly widespread Asian opposition to putting the system back into higher education. Karthick Ramakrishnan, survey ...more »

A CHARTER SCHOOL THAT BEATS CITY HONORS
Buffalo NewsOctober 5, 2014

State law exempts charter schools from certain regulations. The charter schools ... Fifteen years ago, a group of local business leaders decided to tackle the lack of qualified applicants for various technology-related jobs in construction, industry ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New Afghan Government? Check. Now Get the Economy Going
Wall Street JournalSeptember 30, 2014

Unfortunately, disputes over land are relatively common in Afghanistan due to conflicting laws, tribal and community customs, and presidential decrees. The uncertainty over property rights is made worse by mortgage laws that need to be clarified and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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US bankruptcy ruling possible for California city
MiamiHerald.comOctober 1, 2014

With the recession, building dried up, and Stockton became ground zero for home foreclosures. Like many residents, City Hall couldn't pay its bills. The city slashed millions of dollars from its budget and laid off 25 percent of its police officers ...more »

Litigation
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3 Firms Are GC Faves For Class Action Litigation
Law360 (subscription)September 30, 2014

Law360, Chicago (September 29, 2014, 9:45 PM ET) -- With corporate counsel expecting to boost spending on defending class actions more than on any other litigation area in 2015, three firms stand to reap outsize benefits as the most sought-after ...more »

Business Law
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Chinese Nets and Bolts Ensnare Basketball Hoops in Litigation
Wall Street JournalSeptember 30, 2014

... a product is made domestically, it qualifies as American made. But that's a problem in California, which has the strictest guidelines in the country. If even one rivet in a larger product is foreign, state law says it amounts to false advertising...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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White House Opposes Nazi Benefit Payments
Military.comOctober 21, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Former Nazis should not be getting the Social Security benefits they are receiving as they age overseas, the White House said Monday, responding to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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New CBS show brings stalking to the forefront
wivb.comOctober 1, 2014

Although the stories behind CBS's new show "STALKER" are fictional, stalking is a real problem for people in person and on the internet. By Joe Melillo ... FBI Special Agent Brian Boetig said, “As cyber crime in general is increasing, cyber stalking ...more »

Personal Injury
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Jiwa Law Corporation Now Offers Personal Injury Consultation Without Any ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)September 30, 2014

“You should be aware that in all personal injury claims there are time limits that can affect your rights,” states a representative of Jiwa Law Corporation. “Missing an important time limit in a personal injury claim may result in no recovery for your ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Proposition 122 aims to allow state to reject certain federal laws, rules
KTAR.comOctober 20, 2014

Arizona Rep. Sonny Borrelli, center, supports Proposition 122, which would amend the state Constitution to say that Arizona may exercise its "sovereign authority" to restrict the use of its money and personnel. Also seen in the photo above at a June ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Troy business in brief
Troy RecordSeptember 30, 2014

James C. Blackmore — Insurance Law; Real Estate Law; John T. Maloney — Medical Malpractice Law; Product Liability Law; Professional Malpractice Law (Defense); Edward D. Laird, Jr. — Commercial Litigation; Medical Malpractice Law; Personal Injury ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Second Circuit Adopts FCC's Narrow Construction of “Implied” Express Consent ...
JD Supra (press release)October 21, 2014

... Adjustment Bureau, which observed the FCC taking a noticeably less generous view of its then-recent declaratory rulings on whether consumer provision of a cell number is deemed consent to autodial it under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rutherford exploring shared services of building department with East ...
NorthJersey.comOctober 2, 2014

By law, prior to discussion of personnel, affected employees must be given notice granting the person the right to request a public hearing. Employees ... The topic of shared services was discussed in open session, but specifics were left to closed ...more »

RFP - BP #32B - Landscaping & Irrigation for Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center ...
Cherokee NationOctober 3, 2014

In accordance with Cherokee Nation Law, , 28 C.N.C.A. §20 no contractors or subcontractors of any Cherokee Nation entity may contract with any business owned by a first degree relative of any elected official of the Cherokee Nation. TRIBAL EMPLOYMENT ...more »

Sports Law
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Lesniak, Kyrillos push to amend state law, legalize sports gambling in New Jersey
News 12 New JerseyOctober 1, 2014

New Jersey lawmakers are taking a mulligan when it comes to legalizing sports gambling in New Jersey. State Sens. Ray Lesniak (D) and Joe Kyrillos (R) announced that they are introducing a bill that would remove language from state law that prohibits ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney James LaRossa dies at 82
New York Daily NewsOctober 16, 2014

Renowned defense attorney James M. LaRossa, who represented mob bosses, politicians and judges across a colorful career, died Wednesday at his California home. He was 82. LaRossa, dubbed "The Bionic Mouth of White Collar Crime" in a 1977 New ...more »

CBP Complies with Privacy Laws for UAS Surveillance, Audit Finds
HSTodayOctober 2, 2014

Amid privacy concerns surrounding the scope of Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) authority to collect and use aerial surveillance, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit reported CBP has an oversight framework and procedures in place to ...more »

More Kansas City area companies, programs try to match people with ...
Kansas City StarOctober 7, 2014

“Companies don't care about the disability. They care about the value the .... Caroline Lobo, a 22-year-old Overland Park woman who has autism, works one afternoon a week at Shepherd Elder Law's Overland Park location. The firm serves the elderly and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Learning the ins and outs of what property owners pay
The Idaho StatesmanOctober 1, 2014

Conversely, when the market crashed in 2008 and property values plummeted, the 3 percent cap prevented the bottom from falling out for property tax-funded services (like police and fire protection, emergency services, and roads). Assessed value is the ...more »

Environmental Law
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NAACP pushes for policy changes on Utah's energy front
Deseret NewsSeptember 30, 2014

The organization released policy recommendations, and in particular its Utah findings at a Tuesday press conference at the Utah State Bar Law and Justice Center. In its national report, the organization said 68 percent of African Americans live within ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Seminar will address new probate law
Edison SentinelSeptember 30, 2014

Kenneth Vercammen of Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, Edison, will hold a seminar on wills and power of attorney at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the North Brunswick Senior Center, 15 Linwood Place, sponsored by North Brunswick AARP Chapter 3885.more »

Family Law
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Alabama lawyers provide free legal help to homeless, elderly, first responders ...
AL.comOctober 2, 2014

Free legal clinic for eligible clients to receive help with civil issues such as evictions, garnishments and probate issues. This clinic is ... Free simple wills, health care directives and powers of attorney for first responders and senior citizens of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation insurer reports record return of $18 million for Maine ...
Bangor Daily NewsSeptember 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Co. will issue an $18 million dividend to about 17,000 policyholders based in Maine. That dividend amount is the highest in the Portland-based company's history, topping a $16 million dividend ...more »

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