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New judge assigned to Molly Young wrongful death suit
The SouthernFebruary 27, 2015

MURPHYSBORO — A new judge has been assigned to the wrongful death lawsuit brought by Molly Young's father against her former boyfriend, Richie Minton. Court records indicate the case has been reassigned from Judge Christy Solverson to Judge ...more »

Psychiatric review for animal abuser not done
Vanderhoof Omineca ExpressFebruary 27, 2015

Nicolino Camardi, 19, has been in custody since he was arrested in May on animal cruelty charges. He pleaded guilty in December to wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal. Justice George Gaschler was asked Thursday to delay ...more »

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Administrative Law
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How America's Transportation System Discriminates Against the Most Vulnerable
Slate MagazineFebruary 27, 2015

(These cases included Juneau, Memphis, Boston, Houston, Johnson County, Kansas, and the Gila River Indian Community, a reservation in Arizona.) While the presence of a Title VI complaint ... In Oakland, California, a $484 million elevated “people mover ...more »

Health Care Law
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Justices sharply split over health care law subsidies
The Herald-NewsMarch 5, 2015

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the law set up flexibility for states to either set up their own markets or rely on federal healthcare.gov. Giving subsidies only to people in some states would be "disastrous," she said. "I have never seen anything ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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FEATURE: US refiners may seek Jones Act waiver amid strike, Torrance explosion
PlattsFebruary 27, 2015

An ongoing labor strike and an explosion at a major California facility may compel US West Coast refiners to seek a Jones Act waiver from the Obama administration, arguing that the region could soon face gasoline shortages, sources said this week.more »

Immigration Law
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Louie Gohmert Explodes Over Obama's Immigration Action: Laws Can't Be ...
TheBlaze.comFebruary 27, 2015

Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Friday teed off on President Barack Obama for seizing power from Congress and essentially writing his own immigration law, and said Obama did so by speaking a law into existence. “This president didn't even have the gumption ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Concord to decide where – and if – medical marijuana facilities would be ...
Concord MonitorMarch 1, 2015

New Hampshire's law designates an alternative treatment center as a charitable trust – but charitable trusts don't pay property taxes. And taking a piece of industrial property from the tax rolls isn't something the city manager is willing to support ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Education, not harsh penalties, is a more effective solution for teen sexting
Deseret NewsFebruary 27, 2015

At least once a week, Det. Rich Wistocki or one of his officers sits down with a teen caught sexting and lays out a series of consequences. A curfew, community service, mediation and maybe even a research paper on appropriate online behavior. The teen ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Matching Cybersecurity Risk to Insurance Coverage
Corporate Counsel (registration)March 13, 2015

Scott N. Godes is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg's Washington, D.C., office and is a member of the firm's litigation department, the policyholder insurance recovery and counseling group, and the Internet and technology law group. He works with ...more »

Animal Law
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Chicago's John Marshall Law School Wins 1st, Named National Champion in ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)March 2, 2015

CHICAGO, March 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The John Marshall Law School in Chicago was named national champion at the National Animal Law Competition (NALC) March 1, 2015. John Marshall took first place in the Advocacy Closing Argument ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Ghana government to modernise intellectual property regime – Attorney-General
Ghana Business NewsFebruary 27, 2015

The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Marrieta Brew Appiah-Oppong on Wednesday said the country was modernising its intellectual property regime to meet the needs of the current times. She noted that intellectual property rights have been ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Aggies defensive coordinator sues A&M, LSU over contract
Chron.com (blog)February 28, 2015

LSU quickly responded Friday with its own lawsuit against Chavis. Bryan attorney Bill Youngkin, who's representing Chavis, said A&M was included as part of the coach's lawsuit because all three parties are involved. “You can't decide someone else's ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Walker's war of terror against workers
Socialist Worker OnlineMarch 11, 2015

SCOTT WALKER thinks he's fighting a war on terror in Wisconsin--only in Walker's version of reality, the "terrorists" are workers, and "terrorism" is collective bargaining rights. The Wisconsin governor told fellow Republicans at the Conservative ...more »

Buddy Holly plane crash may be re-examined
CNNMarch 5, 2015

In the early morning hours of February 3, 1959, a small aircraft carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson crashed a few miles from Mason City Municipal Airport, near Clear Lake, Iowa. Pilot Roger Peterson also died in ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Garcetti hopes to have LA's quake retrofit laws in place this year
Los Angeles TimesMarch 16, 2015

Since Garcetti proposed in December the most far-reaching seismic safety measures in California history, he has been hopscotching around L.A., pitching the plan to voters at town hall meetings and calling on City Hall to act sooner than later. "We need ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Divorce Funding Firms Help Spouses Expecting Big Payouts
New York TimesFebruary 27, 2015

Her husband, Donald V. Totten, who was well known from infomercials he ran in California and Hawaii for mortgage refinancing during the early 2000s, pleaded guilty to mortgage, tax and bankruptcy fraud and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison ...more »

Litigation
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Wyandotte council divided on policy addressing who can discuss litigation with ...
Southgate News HeraldMarch 5, 2015

The brief policy states “The mayor and city administrator are designated as public information officers for the city and are authorized to discuss pending litigation with the media. Prior to any discussion of litigation, they should first consult with ...more »

Business Law
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Stunning emails paint Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard as desperate for ...
AL.comFebruary 27, 2015

His own company, Craftmaster, failed to pay employee withholding taxes to the federal government in 2011, which led to the company defaulting on a $600,000 loan from Regions Bank personally guaranteed by Hubbard. Hubbard went to ... He went to Auburn ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Cuts to Military Pay and Benefits Threaten Family Finances, First Command ...
Business Wire (press release)February 27, 2015

“These latest cuts to military pay and benefits represent a heightened threat to the financial readiness of middle-class servicemembers and their families,” said Scott Spiker, CEO of First Command Financial Services, Inc. “This is the second ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Chester County priest arrested, charged by FBI for child porn
Main LineMarch 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The FBI has arrested and charged the former Ss. Simon and Jude parish priest who was accused last year by local authorities of sending and receiving child pornography on a popular social media site, on which he pretend to be a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Car crash in Cuba claims life of pioneering founder of St. Paul women's shelter
Minneapolis Star TribuneMarch 26, 2015

Sharon Rice Vaughan, a national pioneer from the Twin Cities in providing safe haven to battered women, was killed in a car crash while visiting Cuba this week, her friends and colleagues said Thursday. Vaughan, who lived in St. Paul, was 73. Details ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Veterans collect MPs signatures for constitutional law on veterans rights
Dalje.comFebruary 27, 2015

Croatian war veterans were collecting signatures from members of Parliament outside the parliament building in Zagreb on Friday morning for their initiative to have the parliament adopt a conclusion under which all rights of veterans and their families ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Barry R. Eichen Personal Injury Law Blog on Lawyers.com
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)March 18, 2015

The dedicated New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP work with injured individuals and their families to help them determine all potentially responsible parties and to obtain the maximum amount of compensation ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Assembly season ends with another nod toward ethics
The Virginian-PilotMarch 1, 2015

Under the bill, every allegation of sexual assault will be reviewed by a panel that includes a police officer, and in felony cases released to a commonwealth's attorney, while protecting victim confidentiality, lawmakers said. Additionally ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Florida law could help rich investors force condo owners from their homes
Tampabay.comMarch 13, 2015

In the past few years, an investment company connected to Texas billionaire John Goff has been on a buying spree that puts it close to owning at least 800 of the 1,000 units in Grande Oasis at Carrollwood, one of Tampa Bay's largest condo complexes.more »

Gary mayor answers 'pay to play' complaint
nwitimes.comMarch 3, 2015

Michelle Fajman, the county elections director, said the county elections board will meet March 17 to decide whether Nowacki's complaint rises to the level of possible election law violations. ... Gateway is involved in the $2.9 million construction of ...more »

Sound Off for Saturday, February 28, 2015
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerFebruary 27, 2015

I wonder if Mr. Thomas would still have his job with the IRS if he insisted that they do a top-to-bottom audit of a $265 million dollar tax return for no reason at all. Turn about … Conviction for ... Why can't the lawyer be sued for malpractice ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyer's no-show for contempt hearing leads to arrest warrant
NOLA.comMarch 6, 2015

A month after a criminal defense lawyer's refusal to participate in jury selection triggered a mistrial in an attempted murder case, a Jefferson Parish judge on Friday (March 6) ordered the New Orleans counselor's arrest after he did not appear in ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Wyly judge imposes $300 million damages in SEC lawsuit
Dallas Morning NewsFebruary 28, 2015

A federal judge in Manhattan has ordered Sam Wyly to pay the Securities and Exchange Commission $198.1 million for violating securities laws, and the estate of his brother is liable for $101.2 million more. The judgment is the ... Sam Wyly filed for ...more »

Recruitment industry needs to comply more with discrimination laws says Altmann
RecruiterMarch 11, 2015

An Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigation of the recruitment industry may be “ultimately required” if a voluntary, industry-led approach to stopping discrimination against older workers does not succeed. This was among the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Making Gifts Sooner Than Later … Accelerating Charitable Bequests
Insurance News NetMarch 3, 2015

The charity that's the remainder beneficiary will enjoy the knowledge that it will benefit from the remainder of the trust and will receive the funds without them being encumbered by the expense and delay of probate. Another aspect of interest to ...more »

Environmental Law
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Vermont House endorses renewable energy package
Rutland HeraldFebruary 28, 2015

Critics say the credits allow utilities in other states to meet those states' renewable energy standards without building as many renewable projects as they otherwise would have to. Fear has been growing that other states could enact laws or ...more »

Workers Compensation
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States that put workers' comp hospital fees on schedule reduce costs
FierceHealthFinanceMarch 3, 2015

North Carolina made a significant move to cut down on workers' compensation costs and it has paid off in lower hospital outpatient costs, according to a new study by the Workers' Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Another organization known as the ...more »

Family Law
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Fair family law with Woolcott Law Office
Guelph MercuryFebruary 27, 2015

Legally speaking, the law views marriages more like financial relationships opposed to spousal relationships. So when a marriage comes to an end due to divorce, you may have to pay your spouse if you have more income or property. If you have to pay ...more »

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