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To keep good workers, some employers are trapping them
The Seattle TimesJune 7, 2015

In olden days, the way you kept good workers was to pay them more. That's no longer the case in many jobs. Companies have been using “noncompete” agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies. Originally ...more »

Emma Sulkowicz uploads performance video of violent rape, website attacked
USA TODAY CollegeJune 7, 2015

But the act soon turns violent as the actor chokes and slaps Sulkowicz, removes his condom and penetrates her against her will. Directed by Ted Lawson, the video can be viewed here and is prefaced with a trigger warning: “The following text contains ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Transurban extending express lanes toll forgiveness plan
Washington Post (blog)June 7, 2015

Under Virginia law, the penalties were allowed to go as high as $21,300. Transurban decided to pursue a maximum of $2,200 in administrative fees and civil penalties for first-time violators. The new announcement from Transurban about retroactivity ...more »

Health Care Law
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COMMENT: If health care law is repealed, what then?
Evansville Courier & PressJune 9, 2015

I keep hearing that the Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. What I don't hear is their alternative for those of us benefiting from the law. I don't believe I am alone, either. At age 4, I was diagnosed with diabetes. In my teens, I ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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NH Roll Call: Week of June 7
Seacoastonline.comJune 7, 2015

Those angry about 'students voting' must recognize that N.H. law expressly allows students enrolled at our N.H. colleges to declare our state as their domicile while they attend those N.H. 'institutions of learning.'" ... Jr., R-Alton; Laura Jones, R ...more »

Immigration Law
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Abercrombie settles US immigration discrimination charge
ReutersJune 25, 2015

In a statement, Abercrombie said it cooperated with the Justice Department probe and did not intentionally violate the immigration law. "Compliance with all aspects of U.S. immigration laws has always been, and will continue to be, a priority for ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Even during rapid expansion, Cabela's embraces Panhandle city as home
Omaha World-HeraldJune 7, 2015

Cabela's push to triple its number of stores across the U.S. and Canada is paying off in the outdoor outfitter's hometown, where the company is expanding its headquarters building in a $34 million project and driving a larger wave of development in the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Warren Capital receiver hires firm to seek insurance claims
North Bay Business JournalJune 8, 2015

The court appointed Kasolas in December 2014 to sort out alleged fraud by the late Warren Clayton Stephens, founder of Novato-based Warren Capital and Warren Equipment Finance, in an apparent scheme that left nearly 70 investors with losses of about ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Compelled to disclose the extent of insurance cover – has the law evolved?
Lexology (registration)June 11, 2015

The ever increasing costs and damages in multi-party and catastrophic injury litigation have resulted in the rise of an associated issue of whether a defendant can meet the costs of the claim and litigation through its liability insurance. Historically ...more »

Animal Law
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Environment minister defends animal rights in Rakai
New VisionJune 10, 2015

The state minister of water and environment, Flavia Munaba (L) inspecting exhibition during the World Environment Day celebrations at Kiteredde Secondary School in Rakai district. Photos/Francis Emorut ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Turkish Constitutional Court Continues To Cancel Provisions Of Trademark Decree
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)June 8, 2015

556, On Protection of Trademarks, on May 27, 2015, at the request of the Ankara 3rd Court of Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights (the "IP Court"). Previously, we reported on the cancellation of Article 16/2, which revoked the Turkish Patent ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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7.7 Million Dollar Mesothelioma Verdict Against Navistar
Mesothelioma Legal Blog (blog)June 9, 2015

... to asbestos when he regularly spent time in the bus garage where the buses were being repaired. Navistar argued that Mr. Nash's mesothelioma was caused solely by his work in a foundry. Mr. Nash instituted the lawsuit and testified in a deposition ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Looming Supreme Court battle could be a major blow to affirmative action
Business InsiderJune 29, 2015

Abigail Fisher Associated PressAbigail Fisher, the Texan involved in the University of Texas affirmative action case, and Edward Blum, who runs a group working to end affirmative action, walk outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, ...more »

060715-sntl-nws-midstate-briefs
The SentinelJune 7, 2015

More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion. Over 9,000 allied soldiers were killed or wounded that day. ... Joe Dougher said the CYS workers are getting training and improving communication with police and the Dauphin County ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Single mother wins legal battle with Lumber Liquidators over formaldehyde issue
Charlotte ObserverJune 7, 2015

As for Lumber Liquidators, it issued a short statement regarding the case: “While Lumber Liquidators defends itself vigorously against allegations that it disputes, this small claims matter sets no legal precedent and cannot be cited in any future ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How Did Everyone On 'Orange Is The New Black' End Up In Prison? Here's What ...
Huffington PostJune 8, 2015

A flashback shows the painful discomfort Michael feels when he and Sophia run into an old acquaintance at a shoe store -- but not before Michael catches a glimpse of Sophia's wallet, stuffed with credit cards. When the authorities come to arrest her ...more »

Litigation
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Cosatu rues Numsa litigation
Independent OnlineJune 10, 2015

Johannesburg - Cosatu says it regrets the waste of “workers' resources and time” in opposing the bid by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA to participate in the federation's special national congress scheduled for next month. The matter, which ...more »

Business Law
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Is this photo a crime against women?
Irish IndependentJune 7, 2015

This image, part of a recent Yves Saint Laurent ready-to -wear couture campaign, was banned last week, deemed as "irresponsible advertising" for featuring a model who, in the words of the advertising watchdog in Britain, was "unhealthily thin ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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July 1 marks 148 years of military commissary benefit
DVIDS (press release)June 26, 2015

Military commissaries today little resemble the warehouses that doubled as sales stores in 1867, but there are key similarities. For example, commissaries still sell food at cost to officers and enlisted alike, providing a savings benefit that promotes ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Hoax calls prove costly for law enforcement
Fall River Herald NewsJune 9, 2015

WESTPORT — Detective Jeffrey Majewski said false reports of crimes like the one last month involving a 14-year-old from Westport pose dangers to the public and police and are also costly. In the May 12 incident at Westport High School where a teen is ...more »

Personal Injury
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Florida Supreme Court removes Broward County judge for misconduct in ...
Daily JournalJune 18, 2015

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Judge Laura Watson isn't fit to serve as a judge because of the way she handled a $14.5 million settlement with Progressive Insurance over personal injury lawsuits. The court accepted the Judicial ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hillary's Unlawful Plan to Overrule Voter-ID Laws
Wall Street JournalJune 11, 2015

Congress's Election Clause authority to regulate the “time, place and manner” of congressional elections was meant to allow regulation of how those elections are carried out. But it was not intended to give Congress carte blanche to regulate all ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyers apologize to Hollywood execs wrongly accused of sexual abuse
Los Angeles TimesJune 8, 2015

Legal experts said it is possible that the settlement would be paid from the attorneys' legal malpractice insurance policies. Egan's rocky relationship with his attorneys echoes an experience he had with another lawyer in Las Vegas a decade ago. In the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Oregon Governor changes law in response to release of therapy records in rape ...
NBCSports.comJune 11, 2015

Kate Brown, the Governor of the State of Oregon, signed legislation on Wednesday that will give her state one of the strongest confidentiality protections for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. The new law came into being in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Law & The Partition Solution: When Joint Owners of Real Property ...
JD Supra (press release)June 15, 2015

Real Estate Property Law I am a real estate law attorney is Mesa, Arizona and for this article, I am going to discuss what happens when property owner's can't agree how to deal with joint ownership issues. Let's start by considering the following two ...more »

Bill that would split probate judge, comission chairman jobs dies in Legislature
Tuscaloosa MagazineJune 7, 2015

State law prohibits anyone older than 70 to run for an elected judicial seat, including probate offices. McCollum ... Bill amending how proceeds from fees paid by operators of commercial hazardous waste disposal sites are distributed in Sumter County ...more »

Sports Law
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Arizona Coyotoes begin legal process following city's arena
FOXSports.comJune 12, 2015

Despite strong opposition from local businessmen and Glendale residents during the public forum portion of the meeting, the council voted 5-2 to end the lease agreement, citing an Arizona conflict-of-interest law. The statute allows an entity to cancel ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer says Mitchell could face new charges if escapees commit additional crimes
KSL.comJune 15, 2015

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — A criminal defense lawyer says if Joyce Mitchell is found responsible for helping in the escape of two murderers from a maximum-security prison in northern New York, she could also face liability for any new crimes they might ...more »

Are On Demand Workers Independent Contractors In Name Only?
ForbesJune 8, 2015

Despite its simplicity, there is no question that Schedule C is a big audit target. Every year the IRS releases its Statistics of Income Bulletin. It is dry reading, but carries such data as the number of tax returns filed, the number of types of ...more »

Mitch Albom: Adoption battle may not be what it seems
Detroit Free PressJune 14, 2015

Related: ACLU may challenge newly-signed law on adoption by gays. Instead, it focused on who gets to say yes to whom, as if orphaned kids were like iPhones and the lines went out the door. If only. The truth is many kids need adoption that few people ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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South Carolina passes legislation to create the Guaranteed Asset Protection...
Lexology (registration)June 11, 2015

On June 1, Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) signed into law Senate Bill 441, enacting the Guaranteed Asset Protection Act and instituting a framework under which guaranteed asset protection (GAP) waivers may be offered in South Carolina. As outlined in SB ...more »

Environmental Law
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Legislature keeps text and driving, high speed rail intact, increases ...
Fort Worth Star TelegramJune 7, 2015

Gas tax funding is likely to play a smaller role in future funding decisions, as motorists drive fewer miles on vehicles that burn less fuel or are powered by alternative energy sources. State leaders also are stepping up their interest in learning ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Numis Securities Ltd Downgrades ULS Technology PLC to Add (ULS)
Mideast TimeJune 24, 2015

The Company's products include eConveyancer, an online tool which enables customer to compare the cost of conveyancers; Legal searches, an online search platform for conveyancing solicitors to speed up the process of obtaining searches; Wills, which ...more »

Family Law
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Re J (A Child) [2015] EWHC 1627 (Fam)
Family Law WeekJune 11, 2015

Later the same afternoon, Miss Tazeen Said, the immensely experienced Family Lawyer in the CAO, also emailed a copy of King LJ's order to Dawson Cornwell, accompanied by a message helpfully drawing attention to the fact that "a stay of execution has ...more »

Workers Compensation
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No comp for police officer hurt on way to assignment
Business InsuranceJune 14, 2015

A police officer who was injured while traveling to work at a location where he was temporarily reassigned isn't eligible for workers compensation benefits, a Texas appellate court has ruled. Officer Jamie Harvel of the Austin Police Department was ...more »

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