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Workplace Violence: Keeping Employees Safe.
4HoteliersFebruary 6, 2015

She handles matters across all facets of labor and employment law including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, restrictive covenants, preventive counseling, employee training, personnel policies, and ...more »

Main Street makeover
WBNG-TVFebruary 6, 2015

That's why municipalities like Binghamton are working to spruce up their Main Streets. "I think there's a lot of vacant buildings ... There's a firm that's been selected and we're working on the contract right now," said David. "The parking study ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Ex-Boy Scout leader in Buffalo sex case is too dangerous for bail, judge rules
Syracuse.comFebruary 8, 2015

Daniel Huzinec, 23, of Buffalo would pose a danger to the community if he were released, U.S. Magistrate Judge Huge Scott ruled after several bail hearings. ... WIVB said Huzinec has also been placed on administrative leave by Child and Family Services.more »

Health Care Law
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Conservatives criticize Republican congressman for not voting to repeal health...
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — A Republican congressman is brushing off criticism from conservatives angry that he didn't vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine joined Reps. Bob Dold of Illinois and John Katko of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The protectionist Jones Act vs. US economic freedom
The Hill (blog)February 6, 2015

Among other things, the Jones Act requires goods shipped between two ports in the United States to use U.S.-built, U.S.-flagged ships, crewed mostly by Americans and with at least three-quarters American ownership. Horizon Lines, a shipping company ...more »

Immigration Law
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Corporate immigration firm Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP opens Boston office
Boston Business JournalFebruary 9, 2015

Edward Rios, who joined the firm last May as part of the strategic move to open a Boston office and who previously worked in immigration law in San Antonio, will serve as the firm's managing partner. Rios said he grew up in Boston, and he graduated ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Contaminated Hartford School To Remain Closed For Cleanup
Hartford CourantFebruary 6, 2015

HARTFORD — Clark Elementary School will be shut down for the rest of this academic year after contaminant testing revealed so many areas tainted with hazardous PCBs that it was impossible to pinpoint the exact source that is polluting the air ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Desert retreat leads to ugly land battle
The Denver PostFebruary 8, 2015

He doesn't know from evil; he just loves God," Richman said. "He is in the service of God, that is why he went out there and built a retreat." The two sides have agreed to mediate a remaining lawsuit that could result in structures that Lensky built ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lawsuit targets Vermont over abortion
BurlingtonFreePress.comFebruary 24, 2015

Howe is active in his community and on social media in speaking out about his views. Paying the fee would "undermine his public opposition to abortion," states the lawsuit, which ... Howe alleges the defendants are violating the Religious Freedom...more »

Animal Law
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Ag gag laws could stop revelations of animal abuse
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 17, 2015

Four Corners and Animals Australia have again brought the live animal industry to its knees, after revealing the widespread use of "blooding" in the Australian greyhound racing industry. The story would not have been possible without the aid of hidden ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Qualcomm, Red Bull, Ratner, Fracking: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 10, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- Chinese regulators fined Qualcomm Inc. $975 million and set patent licensing rates for its mobile-phone chip technology after finding the U.S. company guilty of antitrust violations. China's National Development and Reform Commission ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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PTO Litigation Center Report – February 9, 2015
The National Law ReviewFebruary 9, 2015

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM). Also listed are any newly-posted requests for ex partereexamination at the USPTO. This listing is current as of 11 AM on ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The Root Trashes Vince Vaughn for His Criticism of Affirmative Action
NewsBusters (blog)February 13, 2015

To Yesha Callahan of The Root, actor Vince Vaughn's critique of affirmative action -- which is rooted in his libertarian political leanings -- is not worth engaging on an intellectual level as a debatable philosophical proposition. It's just straight ...more »

TransAsia plane crash: Airline cancels 90 flights to conduct pilot proficiency ...
International Business Times UKFebruary 7, 2015

Taiwanese airline TransAsia Airways has cancelled 90 flights so that its pilots can take proficiency tests. The announcement came after a TransAsia flight GE235 crashed on Wednesday (4 February) killing at least 40 of the 58 people on board. The plane ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Legal Q&As: How to address tenant's unpaid charges
The NationalFebruary 7, 2015

Does building management or a landlord have the right to stop a tenant from moving their belongings out of a property if the lease has expired but they have not settled their outstanding charges (such as cooling charges) and if the deposit is insufficient?more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Recording shows that UBS drove reluctant brokers to sell high-risk Puerto Rico ...
Business InsiderFebruary 6, 2015

At the time, there had been some modest improvements in the island's outlook, including an upgrade of Puerto Rico's credit rating by Standard & Poor's, though the pickup didn't last. Almonte, whose voice on the recording was identified by another ...more »

Litigation
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Keydata IFAs pay out £52m after FSCS litigation
Professional AdviserFebruary 18, 2015

The FSCS said that, after deducting costs, the current recovery total stands at £102m. Some £52m of that comes as a result of litigation against IFAs. FSCS chief executive Mark Neale said: "We have a duty to pursue recoveries where it is cost effective ...more »

Business Law
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Bureau Of Justice Assistance Explores Lessons Learned From Tribal Judges ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)February 6, 2015

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Police Log: Feb. 11, 2015 — Personal-injury accident
Plattsburgh Press RepublicanFebruary 11, 2015

PLATTSBURGH — A Mount Vernon, N.Y., woman was injured in a two-car accident Sunday morning. At 11:48 a.m., Frances Walker, 56, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., was traveling south on Military Turnpike in the Town of Plattsburgh entering the road's intersection ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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MSP Data Privacy Tips
San Antonio Express-NewsFebruary 16, 2015

It was one of the biggest thefts of medical-related customer data in U.S. history. For all of 2013, the Internet Crime Complaint Center received nearly 270,000 complaints related to online crime and fraud. Almost 50 percent of those complaints included ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Iowa physicians, trial attorney back medical malpractice alternative
Sioux City JournalMarch 3, 2015

The bills create a voluntary alternative to medical malpractice lawsuits that a patient or physician can initiate. Either party can walk away from the confidential process at any time and retain the right to seek a remedy in court, she said. “This has ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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East Idaho law officers oppose state 'Constitutional Carry' measure
The Idaho StatesmanFebruary 10, 2015

Clark noted that the classes he offers cover Idaho law when it comes to firearm use, including in self-defense situations. Idaho's self-defense statute requires that a person's life or the life of someone else be in jeopardy before a firearm is used ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Workspace: Real estate lawyer finds a big world in everyday clients
Jacksonville Daily RecordFebruary 11, 2015

Crockett, a Ponte Vedra Beach residential real estate attorney, opened his law practice two years ago. The idea was to break from his corporate beginnings, where 50 title transactions per month were common. Instead, he opted for a business model a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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World Acceptance reports ongoing cooperation with federal regulatory agency
Greenville NewsFebruary 25, 2015

Greenville-based World Acceptance Corp. said it continues to cooperate with an investigation of the company by a federal regulatory agency probing if consumer-protection laws have been broken. As previously disclosed, the company received a civil ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Betting In Minnesota? Lawmaker Wants It Made Legal
KSTP.comFebruary 9, 2015

If State Representative Phyliss Kahn, (DFL-Minneapolis), is betting on her new bill becoming law, some say she should keep the bet at a minimum. Kahn will introduce a bill to legalize sports betting Monday and knows she faces an uphill climb, because ...more »

Consent Isn't Enough: The Troubling Sex of Fifty Shades
The AtlanticFebruary 10, 2015

“It had all the elements of successful commercial fiction—it was also just very explicit.” Fifty Shades is far from the first book series to include either explicit sex or BDSM. The late 18th- ... The major question of Fifty Shades of Grey is whether ...more »

State government dithered over Amistad
theday.comFebruary 18, 2015

DECD and OPM got warning of Amistad's lack of financial accountability as early as an audit for the 2008 fiscal year, the last one Amistad filed, according to the emails. The auditors that year found "material ... Karen Gano, the attorney with the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Charlie Tan's lawyer issues statement
13WHAM-TVFebruary 11, 2015

"We're doing our own investigation, but one thing that's certainly clear is a history of domestic violence in that home for more than twenty years," said James Nobles, criminal defense attorney. "Not only towards Charlie Tan's mother, but also towards ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Morning Download: Cyber Experts Say Anthem Highlights Widespread ...
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 6, 2015

The Morning Download comes from the editors of CIO Journal and cues up the most important news in business technology every weekday morning. Send us your tips, compliments and complaints. You can get The Morning Download emailed to you each ...more »

Pa. Prosecutor's Office Escapes Age Discrimination Suit
Law360 (subscription)February 11, 2015

Law360, New York (February 11, 2015, 6:15 PM ET) -- A federal judge on Tuesday quashed a suit filed by two former Pennsylvania county prosecutors who alleged that they were terminated on the basis of their age by a newly elected district attorney who ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Overmyer sworn in as judge
Register-HeraldFebruary 11, 2015

She is hoping to establish a volunteer guardianship program for people who no longer have the ability to act for themselves and who don't have family or friends nearby to act for them. “We'd like to get some volunteers that feel very committed to that ...more »

Environmental Law
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Careless Dumping Makes Kitui Filthy, Says Lobby Boss
The StarFebruary 9, 2015

Francscah Kakusu, one of the organisers, said the Kitui county government and National Environment Management Authority should enforce the law to ensure those who dump carelessly are punished. Nema official Caroline Musemi said residents should ...more »

Workers Compensation
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More states look to closed formularies to lower workers comp costs
Business InsuranceFebruary 8, 2015

Workers compensation systems in Arkansas, California and Tennessee are working to implement closed formularies for prescription drugs in part to combat overutilization of costly opioids. Closed formularies, which have reduced workers comp medical costs ...more »

Family Law
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Lifetime alimony may be eliminated in Florida with reforms
St. Augustine RecordFebruary 15, 2015

This time, lawyer Tom Sasser of West Palm Beach, a former chairman of the family law section, said the proposal tries to protect both spouses in a divorce. “There would no longer be an indefinite time that alimony could be awarded,” Sasser said. “All ...more »

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