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Trump's pick for attorney general highlights need for affirmative action support
GW Hatchet (subscription)January 23, 2017

When discussing diversity in higher education, affirmative action is bound to come up. There is a lot of debate surrounding affirmative action, with some thinking that it's an efficient way to promote diversity in higher education while others think ...more »

How private contractors are taking over data in the public domain
RevealJanuary 23, 2017

They belong to private contractors. The fight to unravel that legal maze put MacWright in the epicenter of a long-standing debate over private companies that are controlling access to government data, documents and laws. He and others are trying to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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N.D. orders diverted-pipeline hearing | NWADG
NWAOnlineFebruary 5, 2017

The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline will have to present evidence at a hearing to prove that it didn't willfully violate North Dakota rules when it failed to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Archdiocese must pay $3 million for violating S.F. healthcare law ...
San Francisco Business TimesJanuary 30, 2017

The San Francisco Roman Catholic Archdiocese must pay $3 million in health care costs after city officials found it violated a local health care ordinance for ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Filipinos on Cruise Ships: Lost at Sea?
Cruise Law NewsFebruary 5, 2017

Maritime & admiralty lawyer & attorney James M. Walker of Walker & O'Neill Law Firm, offering services related to injuries, sexual assaults, fires, negligence, rapes & disappearances on cruise ships, pirate & terrorist attacks, missing passengers ...more »

Immigration Law
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Texas police officer under fire after message to illegal immigrants goes viral
Fox NewsFebruary 3, 2017

A Texas police officer is under fire after posting an unauthorized video telling undocumented immigrants in his city that his department has not enforced immigration laws “for many, many years.” Fort Worth Officer Daniel Segura posted a nearly 6-minute ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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People in the News—Feb. 10, 2017—McNees Wallace & Nurick
The Legal IntelligencerFebruary 10, 2017

A member of McNees Wallace's real estate practice group, Stanley counsels commercial, residential, industrial and mixed use development clients on all aspects of the land development entitlement process. He appears before municipal planning ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Republicans introduce construction-defects reform bill -- and it's got a familiar ring
9NEWS.comFebruary 2, 2017

Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, would require that condominium owners alleging construction defects have to take their complaints to alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration before they could file lawsuits against builders. It also would ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lawsuit accuses drug makers of conspiring to hike insulin prices
CBS NewsFebruary 22, 2017

A federal lawsuit accuses the three insulin manufacturers of conspiring to raise their prices. The drug makers deny the allegations. Those high prices, combined with rising insurance deductibles, mean many people who rely on insulin are feeling sticker ...more »

Animal Law
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Court records say Elkview woman neglected 49 animals, charged ...
WVAHFebruary 6, 2017

An Elkview woman faces animal cruelty charges after a Kanawha humane officer said she failed to provide food, water, shelter and adequate medical treatment ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Unharvested Opportunities for the Marijuana Industry - Exploiting Non-Traditional Forms of Intellectual Property
Lexology (registration)February 2, 2017

Strong intellectual property is the cornerstone of most start-up companies, and in most cases it is the key asset utilized by companies in securing financing and investment. Studies have estimated that non-tangible assets represent over 80% of an ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Mesothelioma Victims Center Is Offering Vital Tips for Better Compensation for a Pulp/Paper Mill Worker or Factory ...
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 2, 2017

2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "We are offering a pulp/paper mill or a factory worker recently diagnosed with mesothelioma vital tips when it comes to hiring a lawyer/law firm to assist with a mesothelioma compensation claim.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Library Displays Affirmative Action History
Montclaire NewsFebruary 22, 2017

In an effort to bring awareness to the history and development of Affirmative Action in the U.S., a sub-committee of the President's Commission on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Diversity was formed to compile materials and books to display ...more »

Plane's wings ripped off and fuselage buckled in horror crash - but pilot walked away unscathed
Mirror.co.ukFebruary 5, 2017

These shocking pictures show the aftermath of a plane crash where the aircraft's wings were ripped off - but the pilot somehow walked away unscathed. Robin Duckett is lucky to be alive after terror hit as he prepared to take off in his Zenair Zodiac ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords promise lawsuit over proposed Portland tenant protections
OregonLive.comJanuary 31, 2017

Multifamily NW, an association of companies that own or manage many homes and apartments in Portland, intends to sue the city if it passes an ordinance requiring landlords to help pay substantial moving costs for tenants whom they evict without cause ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Dallas Roadster v.Texas Capital Bank,15-41396 (5th Cir. 01/17/2017)
Texas LawyerFebruary 2, 2017

This case comes to us after more than five years of litigation over loan agreements between a bank and a used car dealership. The borrower, Dallas Roadster, Limited, sought damages, and the lender, Texas Capital Bank N.A., sought certain attorneys ...more »

Litigation
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Attorneys Rescue $21M Deal Stalled by Litigation | Daily Business ...
Daily Business Review (registration)February 7, 2017

The deal is a 'textbook example' of how Rosenthal Rosenthal Rasco's real estate and litigation teams work together.more »

Business Law
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The lawyer will see you now . . .
Southeast Texas RecordJanuary 23, 2017

With so many personal injury attorneys advertising in Texas media and making misleading and inflammatory claims about prescription drugs, drug manufacturers, and physicians, it's really not surprising that some patients may begin to doubt their doctors ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Additional property tax exemption proposed for veterans
The Register StarFebruary 10, 2017

The measure proposes giving veterans the highest county property tax exemption allowed by state law. The exemption would increase from $16,000 to $24,000 for veterans who have been in a combat zone, $24,000 to $36,000 for wartime veterans and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police: More prostitution stings likely
Port Huron Times HeraldJanuary 24, 2017

Dr. Jun Garcia, 48, pleaded guilty before Circuit Judge Cynthia Lane to accosting and soliciting; a charge of computer internet communicating to commit a crime; using a computer to commit a crime; and two charges of attempting to assault, resist and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Spine Injury Solutions Inc Executives to Address Personal injury Seminar in Atlanta
EconoTimesFebruary 2, 2017

Houston, Feb. 02, 2017 -- Spine Injury Solutions Executives to address Attendees at the annual Brice Lawfirm/James Mathis, Understanding Colossus Personal Injury Seminar in Atlanta. HOUSTON, Feb. 2, 2017 -- Spine Injury Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB:SPIN), ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The President Has Much Power Over Immigration, but How Much?
New York TimesFebruary 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump's executive order on immigration has prompted a constitutional showdown that could leave a mark on the law for generations and seems likely to end in a landmark Supreme Court decision. A ruling by the court on Mr.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Tips for Insurance Applications
The RecorderJanuary 26, 2017

Applying for professional malpractice insurance is sometimes considered a chore. Too many law firms and attorneys breeze through insurance applications, without carefully considering their responses to each question and the implications. However ...more »

Consumer Protection
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House Democrats' plan to protect Dodd-Frank: 'Take it to the public'
Washington ExaminerFebruary 6, 2017

"Take it to the public," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday at a press conference opposing Republican efforts to repeal part of the much-criticized Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. "It's about letting people know what ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Gardi & Haught Expands Real Estate Law Practice With Strategic Merger
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2017

The Schaumburg, Illinois-based law firm Gardi & Haught, Ltd. is pleased to announce its merger with The Law Offices of Earl J. Roloff of Hanover Park as of February 6, 2017. Earl J. Roloff has been practicing real estate law since he opened his doors ...more »

Defense Company Sues Pentagon Because Canada Got A Contract
Daily CallerFebruary 8, 2017

Orbital ATK's contends that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is breaking the law by supporting development of technology already available in the commercial marketplace with a $15 million contract for robotic space-station repair ...more »

Sports Law
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Israel passes law legalizing thousands of settlement homes
Marshalltown Times RepublicanFebruary 7, 2017

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, heavy machinery work at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel. Israel's prime minister is moving ahead with a contentious law that would legalize dozens of settlement ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prominent Defense Lawyer Cleared in Smuggling Investigation
U.S. News & World ReportFebruary 14, 2017

The Fresno Bee reported Monday (http://bit.ly/2lLAJKe ) that Fresno County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Botti says attorney Tony Capozzi was cooperative when he met with detectives for an interview and that authorities will not recommend charges.more »

State auditor to examine 2 special taxing districts in St. Louis area
KBIAFebruary 7, 2017

Community Improvement Districts are receiving more scrutiny from Galloway's office following a state law approved last year that gives the auditor the ability to review the districts even without a petition of voters. Many CIDs have no residents within ...more »

Older Employee Subgroups Can Bring Age Discrimination Claims
SHRMFebruary 15, 2017

A subgroup of employees ages 50 and older can bring an Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) claim that they were disfavored relative to younger employees—even younger employees who were over 40 years old—the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Santa Clarita Elder Law Attorney Weighs In On Retirement Trusts & the Clark vs. Rameker Decision
KHTS RadioJanuary 31, 2017

Rameker, where the US Supreme Court ruled that there is no asset protection on inherited retirements accounts – because inherited retirement accounts are not what Congress intended to protect when allowing the beneficial tax-deferred treatment for ...more »

Environmental Law
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Montana's largest solar farm proposed for Billings
Billings GazetteFebruary 12, 2017

However, there are dark skies forming over Montana solar projects. The Montana Legislature is debating whether to weaken state laws supporting the development of solar and other renewable energy resources. Last week, the state Senate began changing ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Will registration real milestones reached
Legal FuturesFebruary 14, 2017

Certainty is the fastest growing service in the UK for Wills and probate professionals and continually strives to make it functional, convenient and productive for both the legal profession and UK citizens. Over the past decade, more than 1,600 law ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law: Frequently Asked Questions About Collaborative Practice
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 2, 2017

Both mediation and the collaborative family law process rely on voluntary and complete financial disclosure by the parties, and a commitment to resolution that will reflect the interests of both spouses. If mediation fails, you may choose to use your ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Safety National Adds Large Guaranteed Cost Workers ...
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 1, 2017

Safety National Casualty Corporation has added two new offerings to its suite of products: large guaranteed cost workers' compensation and captive services.more »

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