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Don't fall for it: IRS phone scam targeting Kansas
KWCHJuly 27, 2014

The BBB is warning that scammers are posing as IRS officials. They make calls threatening jail time and property loss unless the victim pays overdue taxes. The scammers leave a recording saying, "the nature behind this voicemail is to make you aware ...more »

State GOP Leaders Get Feted at King Ranch
The LedgerJuly 27, 2014

A 2006 state law called the "gift ban" prohibits lawmakers from directly accepting gifts like free meals, drinks and trips — but a gaping loophole still allows them to be feted like VIPs. Current law lets donors give unlimited contributions to parties ...more »

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Administrative Law
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China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case
MiamiHerald.comJuly 29, 2014

BEIJING -- China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said it opened a case in June after ...more »

Health Care Law
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W.Va. AG suing Obama over health care law fixes
Huntington Herald DispatchJuly 29, 2014

AG suing Obama over health care law fixes. Jul. 29, 2014 @ 06:10 PM. The Associated Press. CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is suing President Barack Obama's administration over allegations of hand-picking which laws to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Two FBI agents visited ex-NJ State Police major suing force, attorney says
NJ.comJuly 27, 2014

New records recently obtained by the newspaper show the State Police's investigation involving Lewis and the letter was not conducted as an administrative matter by internal affairs, but apparently as a criminal matter by the State Police's Central ...more »

Immigration Law
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House passes tough immigration bills that President Obama calls 'extreme and ...
The Times-PicayuneAugust 2, 2014

"As the great-grandson of an Italian immigrant, I'm proud that America is a nation of immigrants, however, we are also a nation of laws," said new House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson. "The House is the only body that has done its job and ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Rural disquiet
Wallowa County CheiftainJuly 28, 2014

Now they've launched another campaign with letters to City Hall, yard signs and a website to oppose potential industrial development to the west. City leaders are eyeing an expansion of Springfield's urban growth boundary into this, and one or two more ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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India's federal investigating agency opens enquiry against Google's mapping ...
QuartzJuly 28, 2014

In a similar case in 2007, Indian defence officials had security concerns over Google Earth's high resolution images of the country. The company had later agreed to blur those images. There are 32 countries ... The company, however, has been mired in ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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How to Prove Traumatic Brain Injury to Skeptical Juries and Insurance Adjusters
Insurance News NetJuly 28, 2014

About Michigan Auto Law: Michigan Auto Law has 17 lawyers exclusively handling automobile accident and No-Fault insurance litigation throughout the state. The law firm has received the top-reported jury verdict or injury settlement for a car or truck ...more »

Animal Law
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Feeble animal welfare laws should be an election issue
The Dominion PostJuly 29, 2014

Sentencing - develop sentencing guidelines for animal cruelty offences and treat cruelty to animals as an aggravating factor under the Sentencing Act. The link - recognise the link between animal cruelty, child abuse and domestic violence, and include ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in the EU
Malta Independent OnlineAugust 7, 2014

On 1 January, a new Regulation on IPR entered into force, with the aim of strengthening the role of Customs authorities in the interception and the destruction of counterfeit goods entering, or in transit through, EU territory. In relation to previous ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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PFIZER REPORTS SECOND-QUARTER 2014 RESULTS
Wall Street JournalJuly 29, 2014

Embeda -- Pfizer recently received notification from the FDA that the July 2014 Prescription Drug User Fee Act date was extended by three months to October 2014 with respect to an sNDA for Embeda (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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5 repercussions of Wisconsin's collective bargaining law being upheld as ...
The RepublicJuly 31, 2014

MADISON, Wisconsin — The Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most state workers likely spells the end of the three-year legal fight over Gov. Scott Walker's signature ...more »

Air Algérie plane crash investigators optimistic of finding cause
The GuardianJuly 29, 2014

Minutes later the plane, less than an hour into its flight and fuel-laden, appears to have dropped to the ground. A scorched crater at the site of the crash – in Mali's Gossi region, near the border with Burkina Faso – and a limited scattering of small ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord Liability For Tenant Nuisance
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)August 5, 2014

In summarising the law, in order for landlord to be liable for its tenant's nuisance, it must be an inevitable or close to inevitable consequence of the grant of the lease that a nuisance will be caused for the landlord to be liable. Whilst a person ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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North Fork Outdoors: Keep car care in mind during summer trips
Suffolk TimesJuly 27, 2014

Nevertheless, Murphy's Law always lurks out there for long trips, and it isn't a bad idea to do a little more than packing the car and kicking the tires before you roll off on summer holiday. Recently, I had a discussion with a terrific mechanic who's ...more »

Litigation
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WI-LAN (WILN) Wins Appeals Court Ruling in Ericsson Litigation
StreetInsider.com (subscription)August 1, 2014

WI-LAN (NASDAQ: WILN) announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled entirely in WiLAN's favor concerning the proper interpretation of a contract entered into by WiLAN and Ericsson, Inc. and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson ...more »

Business Law
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Leason Ellis Continues to Fight Deceptive Trademark Practices
IPWatchdog.comJuly 27, 2014

The complaint asserted claims of federal unfair competition under 15 USC 1125(a), federal false advertising under 15 USC 1125(a) and New York statutory law, unfair competition under New York common law, deceptive acts and practices under New York ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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A Reader Asks About Spousal Burial Benefits
Military.comJuly 29, 2014

The overarching goals of this event are to honor George Washington and his Badge of Military Merit which became today's Purple Heart Medal, to recognize recipients of the Purple Heart Medal, and to educate the public about Mount Vernon, General ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Trust... But Verify
courierjournalJuly 29, 2014

Two of the most heinous crimes against children in the history of the Shoals occurred at churches located in Sheffield and Muscle Shoals this year. What really gets my goose is the fact ... The incidents in Muscle Shoals might have been prevented had ...more »

Personal Injury
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Warnings over possible delays in settling some personal injury claims due to ...
Irish ExaminerAugust 1, 2014

People due to receive a compensation payment for personal injury could face a delay in receiving the money due to a law coming into force today. Under an existing system, anyone receiving compensation for a personal injury matter faced having the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Uganda constitutional court annuls new anti-gay law
Capital FM KenyaAugust 1, 2014

KAMPALA, Uganda, Aug 1 – Uganda's constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament. The law is “null and void,” the presiding judge ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Chicago case, Texas lawyer?
ChicagoNow (blog)July 30, 2014

Years ago I did a legal tip of the day on WGN radio and felt a little weird about it because I think any lawyer advertising has a negative connotation. I think it was done in ... What's worse than the creepy ads are the ones from out of state law firms ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Court Sides With Patient On Confidentiality
WUSF NewsJuly 31, 2014

If the privilege were to be nullified by the mere presence of a law enforcement officer, confidential conversations between psychotherapists and their patients would surely be chilled, particularly when it is obvious that the circumstances giving rise ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Connect with Us
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)August 25, 2014

Disclaimer: The information provided on Lawyers.com is not legal advice, Lawyers.com is not a lawyer referral service, and no attorney-client or confidential relationship is or should be formed by use of the site. The attorney listings on Lawyers.com ...more »

Good deals: At merchandise liquidators, buyers find more for less
MiamiHerald.comJuly 27, 2014

With its access to international sea and airports, South Florida has quietly become a launching pad for such companies. Among them is Hollywood-based CentralCloseouts.com, which sells small quantities of health and beauty products to .... International ...more »

Sports Law
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Child abandonment case highlights Safe Haven law
WWMT-TVJuly 29, 2014

... Battle Creek Flight Info · Gerald R. Ford Airport Flight Info · Gas Tracker. Close. Weather · Sports · Entertainment · Contests · Community · Health Matters · Station · Mobile; Close. News/; Top Stories/; Child abandonment case highlights Safe ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney seeking to change Shelton man's plea in rape case
New Haven RegisterAugust 1, 2014

However, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 said that's not enough warning and put the responsibility on the criminal defense attorney also to advise his client of deportation issues. It's very difficult to reopen cases because failure to advise a client ...more »

Chaka Fattah Jr. charged by feds in 23-count indictment
Main LineAugust 7, 2014

A 23-count federal indictment was unsealed Tuesday charging Chaka Fattah Jr. in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud banks and the IRS, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane David Memeger announced Tuesday ...more »

State representative targets age discrimination
Daily CometAugust 14, 2014

The push is in response to a bill, quietly signed into law in June, that prohibits anyone over age 70 from serving as justice of the peace or constable. The age stipulation already applied to judges in Louisiana. “To me that's age discrimination. We ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Praeger to re-evaluate successor endorsement after primary
Topeka Capital JournalJuly 31, 2014

“What matters to Kansas voters is having an Insurance Commissioner who will advocate for and promote consistent, balanced regulations that will protect consumers and create competition in all lines of insurance to lower rates for Kansans," Selzer said ...more »

Environmental Law
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Opening lands to renewable energy could make state a 'solar capital'
Verde IndependentJuly 30, 2014

Another benefit to increased renewable energy production would be increased royalties, which can be used by local governments for roads, law enforcement and other services, Wilson said. While he was testifying on behalf of the National Association of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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County board again tables IMRF resolution
Harrisburg Daily RegisterJuly 29, 2014

Examples of these would be, summons, adoption, probate of wills. County Clerk Kim Buchanan then addressed the board on the IMRF participation issue. The IMRF is a state-managed retirement pension fund in which municipal workers are eligible to ...more »

Family Law
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On the Move: Hoelting & McCormack Form Family Law Firm
Daily Report (registration)July 29, 2014

She added that she wanted to have a firm focused exclusively on family law, rather than a general practice firm. "We've been friends and colleagues a long time. Now I will have a partner down the hall who is doing what I'm doing and whom I trust ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Road commission wins workers' compensation award
Gladwin County RecordJuly 29, 2014

The County Road Commission Self Insurance Fund, otherwise known as CRASIF, gave the award. This is a Michigan based group fund that provides disability management and workers' compensation to road commissions. CRASIF services 72 out of the 83 ...more »

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