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Provision extends tax free donations
Hutchinson NewsDecember 27, 2014

“For larger estates, a good portion of IRA wealth goes to estate taxes and income taxes of beneficiaries,” Patterson said. “Experts estimate heirs may receive less than 50% of IRA assets that pass through estates.” A provision in the federal law...more »

Norovirus Hitting Hard in Minnesota
Food Poisoning BulletinDecember 27, 2014

Norovirus is the most common cause of food-related illness in Minnesota. Cases peak in the winter months when more people are together inside. People usually become sick 24 to 48 hours after exposure. Symptoms usually last 1-3 days, and most people ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Omar Rodriguez fatally shot Christmas Day by deputy
The Desert SunDecember 27, 2014

Manning said Rodriguez was on parole for a previous conviction of resisting arrest and attempting to take a law enforcement officer's firearm at the time of the shooting. ... The deputy was placed on paid administrative leave per department protocol.more »

Health Care Law
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Work still needed on health care sign-ups
Walla Walla Union-BulletinDecember 27, 2014

#WASHINGTON — The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law is off to a good start but there is a way to go to make it a success, administration officials said Tuesday. #Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Know the lingo
Lewiston Sun JournalDecember 28, 2014

Co-insurance: Your share of the medical bill after you've paid your annual deductible. Usually shown in a percentage, as in 20 percent paid by you and 80 percent paid by the insurance company.more »

Immigration Law
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In immigration news: New California laws, lessons of DACA, executive action ...
89.3 KPCC (blog)December 30, 2014

Among the immigration-related laws taking effect in California in 2015 is one that will allow immigrants eligible for driver's licenses under AB 60 to buy low-cost auto insurance. Immigrants without legal status may begin applying for the special ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Duchesne County subdivisions awash in failing septic systems
Salt Lake TribuneDecember 28, 2014

Just 2 miles west of Roosevelt's downtown, the neighborhood is insulated from the industrial traffic and oil field service companies that clog an energy boomtown in the heart of the Uinta Basin. Large stucco ... West's development seems to have ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Columbia Basin HeraldDecember 27, 2014

I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Trustee, REGIONAL TRUSTEE SERVICES CORPORATION, will on January 20, 2015, at the hour of 10:00 AM, at the Police Justice County Building, 401 South Balsam Street n/k/a 411 South Balsam Street, Moses Lake ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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What's next for 6 couples in Miami gay marriage case?
Sun SentinelJanuary 5, 2015

That changes on 12:01 a.m. Tuesday — thanks in part to their actions. Their lawsuit, which they won, was ... Both changed their name to Delmay to reflect the committed relationship they have had since 2002, when they met at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel ...more »

Animal Law
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Is there a Constitutional right of self-defense against attacking animals?
legal Insurrection (blog)December 27, 2014

Eugene Volokh has an interesting post over at his Volokh Conspiracy blog about a Washington-state Court of Appeals decision finding that there exists a Constitutional right of self-defense against attacking animals. That decision, State v. Hull (Wash ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Guest post: ASIPI's anniversary marked in style
Managing Intellectual Property (subscription) (blog)January 8, 2015

Mexico City brought together experts in intellectual property during three academic, remarkable days. Social events for all tastes in landmarks places of the Aztec City, surprised the over 850 attendees of these XVIII Work Sessions and Administrative ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Town of Lewiston Board receives update on Stella Niagara Preserve
Niagara Frontier PublicationsDecember 27, 2014

Soon after, the board broke for executive session for what was anticipated to be a relatively brief conference call update from County Attorney Gary Abraham regarding CWM Chemical Services and its permit application, still under review with the state ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Abbott's UT picks are pro-affirmative action
Watchdog.orgJanuary 22, 2015

The two people nominated by Gov. Greg Abbott to join the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System support affirmative action. On Thursday, Abbott nominated Sara Martinez Tucker of Laredo, head of an education nonprofit and a former U.S. ...more »

Cosby, sharks and rockets: what a year for the Space Coast
Florida TodayDecember 28, 2014

Her 2-year-old daughter, Kadence Donna, suffered a broken jaw and underwent surgery for a laceration on her forehead. Her mother, Tammy Maskrey, suffered a broken leg. Cocoa police continue investigating the Dec. 7 crash. Related: Mother killed at the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New laws take effect
Princeton Daily ClarionJanuary 5, 2015

The new law prohibits private employers with 15 or more employees from asking a job applicant about their criminal history until the applicant has been selected for an interview or, if there is not an interview, until after a conditional offer of ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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2014: Springfield's year in review
The State Journal-RegisterDecember 28, 2014

12, when he will be sworn into office and must address a glaring shortfall in state revenue, a looming Supreme Court ruling on pensions for state workers, a continued backlog of unpaid bills, a rocky credit rating and a Democrat-dominated state ...more »

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Ninth Circuit Holds that Under Nevada Law, a Prior Stockholder's Litigation of ...
The National Law ReviewJanuary 6, 2015

In Arduini v. Hart, 2014 WL 7156764 (9th Cir. Dec. 17, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considered whether the doctrine of issue preclusion prevents a stockholder from relitigating a prior adverse determination concerning ...more »

Business Law
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The impact of 2014
Jamaica GleanerDecember 28, 2014

It is telling us that although we rely on the tourist industry for a lot of our economic viability, only US$10 million was allocated to the worldwide advertising of our product. We boast about ... The downward trend in major crime is a story of worth ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Troop pay, benefit fight in Congress likely to reignite over new report
Washington TimesJanuary 8, 2015

Family and friends take photos with their phones as 70 D.C. Army National Guard soldiers with the 273rd military police arrive in formation for their welcome home ceremony after returning from Bagram Air Base after 10 months, Afghanistan, Washington, D ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Word to the Wise: Make a New Year's resolution to avoid these scams
Macon Telegraph (blog)December 29, 2014

Claims of fast money and guaranteed returns on your computer screen are no more reliable than classic chain letters and other get rich quick schemes. • Guard your personal information. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country ...more »

Personal Injury
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Cantor & Burger, LLC Featured in Missouri Lawyer's Weekly for Personal Injury...
Digital JournalDecember 30, 2014

A personal injury case settled out of court by Cantor and Burger, LLC partner and attorney Gary Burger was featured in an article in the Dec. 1 issue of Missouri Lawyer's Weekly. Client Patricia Stevens from Springfield, Illinois, was driving through ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional carry proposed in Indiana (VIDEO)
Guns.comJanuary 13, 2015

Constitutional carry is law in Vermont, Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming, while numerous unsuccessful bills have been proposed in the past several years to expand the concept. Currently Texas, which is one of the few states that outlaws open carry, is ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Other writers on free speech, cheap oil and rape
The Detroit NewsJanuary 3, 2015

The FEC is currently investigating a conservative group for allegedly violating the law by posting two political videos on YouTube without reporting them to the commission. The FEC's Office of General Counsel ... In their malpractice, the sophisticated ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Changes in Consumer Protection Act: Devil is in implementation
Deccan HeraldJanuary 27, 2015

The Government of India has proposed several amendments to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The proposals admit that the implementation of the Act has been tardy, which is reflected in the statistics available on the subject. The National Consumer ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Long Island hires and promotions: Dr. Geoffrey Basson, Neurological Surgery
NewsdayJanuary 18, 2015

He is managing partner in the Roslyn Heights law firm Salamon, Gruber, Blaymore, & Strenger PC. ... Eric Leibowitz of Holbrook, a partner and vice president of Atlantic Agency Insurance and Risk Management in Huntington, has been promoted to executive ...more »

No Duty Of Good Faith In Non-Exclusive Agency Agreement
JD Supra (press release)January 5, 2015

The case is – tentatively – a further illustration of the generally narrow and robust approach the English court takes to this issue and emphasises that there is no general duty of good faith in commercial contracts under English law. The dispute in ...more »

Sports Law
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Ron Rivera, family OK after fire
ABC NewsJanuary 5, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and his family are OK after firefighters battled a blaze at his house early Monday morning. Rivera told Charlotte's WSOC-TV that he heard the fire detectors going off, and Panthers spokeman Charlie ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Top US lawyer Dershowitz: can his accusers in sex abuse case be disbarred?
ReutersJanuary 6, 2015

(Reuters) - Well-known U.S. criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz has vowed to seek the disbarment of two lawyers representing a woman who has accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage. But legal experts said he faces an uphill ...more »

US Spies on Millions of Cars
Wall Street JournalJanuary 26, 2015

One email written in 2010 said the primary purpose of the program was asset forfeiture—a controversial practice in which law-enforcement agencies seize cars, cash and other valuables from suspected criminals. The practice is increasingly coming under ...more »

Williams: Older blacks must speak out
Greenville Daily ReflectorDecember 28, 2014

Black illegitimacy is 75 percent. Close to 50 percent of marriage-age blacks never marry. ... Labor laws such as the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 and the 1938 federal minimum wage law for all workers reduced work opportunities for blacks. Then there's the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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OPINION: Before retiring, Rep. George Miller breaks ranks to help save ...
Insurance News NetDecember 27, 2014

Unfortunately, it doesn't require a path toward full funding to prepare for the next economic downturn, says Jean-Pierre Aubry , an economist at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College who has studied the act. ... These plans expanded ...more »

Environmental Law
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Kitzhaber must end distraction
The Register-GuardDecember 28, 2014

Hayes works as a paid private consultant on energy and environmental issues, while also claiming the title of first lady of Oregon and residing in the governor's publicly owned mansion, Mahonia Hall. Records released ... One possibility would be to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Bonnie Kraham: Celebrities' estate stories can provide a lesson
Times Herald-RecordJanuary 7, 2015

The lesson learned: When wills go through probate, the estate is public. The probate system may be time consuming and expensive. By using trusts, on the other hand, rather than wills, you avoid probate, keep your family's affairs private, and reduce ...more »

Family Law
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An Alternative to Contentious Family Law Litigation
Connecticut Law TribuneDecember 29, 2014

Both mediation and arbitration offer effective alternatives to contentious and protracted litigation of family matters. Each process provides counsel an opportunity to guide their clients to a forum for resolution of their financial and custodial ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CA DWC Administrative Director Announces 2015 Profile Audit Review and Full ... (press release)December 29, 2014

San Francisco, CA ( - Labor Code §§129 and 129.5 require the Audit Unit of the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) to conduct a profile audit review (PAR) for all adjusting locations of California workers' compensation ...more »


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