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Longtime UM law professor forced to retire early because of budget cuts
Montana StandardSeptember 8, 2015

"We are not facing an ongoing budget crisis in the law school, and we have no expectation that we will ... going forward," Kirgis said. He said the law school did not make other personnel cuts as a result of the budget crunch. Last semester, the school ...more »

Children in care photograph their unique view of the world
ABC OnlineSeptember 8, 2015

The role of each of the guardians is to oversee all out-of-home support for the children in their care. Children's Guardian Kerryn Boland told Robbie Buck on 702 ABC Sydney that child protection laws put restrictions on identifying children in out-of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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How Pope Francis has changed the rules of annulment
CBS NewsSeptember 8, 2015

A "fast-track" option is introduced, whereby the local bishop can act as a single judge if the case is supported by particularly evident arguments ... Annulment process will be free of charge, eliminating the fees previously requested for ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law's 'employer mandate' puts squeeze on public schools
Shelby Township Source NewspapersSeptember 11, 2015

As various provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act take effect, one of the law's key mandates is forcing many public schools to cut employee hours or privatize noncore services. At issue is the ACA's requirement that employers with 50 or more ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Family of Euclid man fatally shot by Cleveland cop is awarded $5.5M
The Morning JournalSeptember 8, 2015

The decision comes more than a year after the county prosecutor cleared the officer, Roger Jones, of criminal wrongdoing in the March 2012 shooting of Kenneth Smith after a disturbance outside a downtown nightspot. The Smith family's attorney, Terry ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration: A bill that changed the face of the U.S.: Guest viewpoint
MassLive.comSeptember 27, 2015

Fifty years ago this week, after taking a curious route to the president's desk, one of the most underestimated bills in U.S. history was signed into law. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) would end up changing the face of the United ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bolat Zhamishev: Deficit of Tenge Liquidity in Kazakhstan's Market
Astana TimesSeptember 8, 2015

Moreover, we are making amendments for project finance, because now there is a law on project finance and securitisation, which does not work. ... The total allocated was 245 billion tenge (US$1 billion), including 75 billion tenge (US$312.8 million ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Southern DHB in mediation with union on kitchen outsourcing
Radio New ZealandSeptember 8, 2015

The DHB approved a controversial contract for the international catering company Compass to run the Dunedin and Invercargill hospital kitchens in May. But the Service and Food Workers Union is threatening legal action because up to 20 percent of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Movers: Business success in the Southern Tier
Press & Sun-BulletinSeptember 8, 2015

Also listed include: David F. McCarthy (Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants), Eugene E. Peckham (Trusts and Estates), John L. Perticone (Criminal Defense: White-Collar), John J. Pollock (Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants), Howard M. Rittberg ...more »

Animal Law
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Mayo: Was law bent to clear K9 cop in dog deaths?
Sun SentinelSeptember 11, 2015

The law was parsed in a way most favorable to Enriquez, with key parts of the relevant statute omitted. And Urruela cited a 2002 Florida Supreme Court ruling based on an outdated version of the animal cruelty law to bolster his contention that ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Adidas, Scotch, Chateau Lafitte, Aretha: Intellectual Property
BloombergSeptember 16, 2015

Adidas AG, the German sporting goods company, sued Skechers USA Inc. for trademark infringement involving sneakers. The suit, filed in federal court on Portland, Oregon, Monday, is part of what Adidas claims is a long history of conflicts over Skechers ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Navy: Health survey rules out need for Guantánamo 'cancer cluster' probe
Miami HeraldSeptember 10, 2015

U.S. military health specialists have taken air samples at the Pentagon's war court compound at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and examined the files of seven people who got cancer and worked there and ruled out the need for a full-blown cancer cluster ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Pittsfield City Council subcommittee backs affirmative action ordinance
Berkshire Eagle (subscription)September 15, 2015

The City Council Ordinance and Rules subcommittee has backed an ordinance that supporters say reflects the goals of the Affirmative Action Plan and Policy and requires the full council to review on an annual basis. By a 4-1 vote Monday night, with Ward ...more »

Man who survived Siler City plane crash wants to fly again
WTVD-TVSeptember 9, 2015

Fred Para is luckier than many. The 72-year-old survived a plane crash that left him with a severed foot, hand, and broken bones. The accident June 2 in a wooded area near the Siler City Airport in Chatham County killed his wife Barbara. Despite all ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Boulder looks to occupancy enforcement
Boulder Daily CameraSeptember 12, 2015

... into extra sleeping space. The ordinance before the Boulder City Council doesn't make any currently legal living situations illegal, but advocates for more affordable housing fear that its effects will fall hardest on those who are struggling to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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5 Reasons Why Maintaining A Good Credit History Is Important For Your ...
Jobs & HireSeptember 10, 2015

Some can't manage to keep their expenses at bay, which often ends up with a bad credit score. So, it's good to be vigilant and be wise on having a debt and paying it on time. 2. Again, a good credit history reflects a healthy financial reputation ...more »

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The Litigation Paradox. Why most roads lead to court
Eversheds Press Office (press release)September 8, 2015

A study of businesses' attitudes to commercial disputes finds that companies work hard to avoid litigation and arbitration. Despite this, the “Companies in Conflict: How Commercial Disputes are Won” study from Eversheds revealed that general counsel ...more »

Business Law
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Sue Your Bank, Keep Your Home, Repeat
BloombergSeptember 10, 2015

In August 2011, California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Kramer and Stein for false advertising of mortgage mass joinders, among other allegations, and won court orders allowing the state bar to take over their law practices. In a press release ...more »

Personal Injury
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Assessing the financial impact of loss of a life in personal injury claims ...
Lexology (registration)September 9, 2015

In a personal injury claim involving the loss of an adult, there are various heads of damages that can be claimed. Often the most substantial head of loss is that of financial dependency – where partners and/ or family members were reliant in part or ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Clinton emails: Who else was involved?
Baltimore SunSeptember 8, 2015

Mishandling classified national security information is a serious crime, and the somewhat belated joint investigation by the State Department, the intelligence community and the FBI into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private e-mails and ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Judge Says Lawyers Can Face 'Emotional Distress' Damages in Professional...
Connecticut Law TribuneSeptember 29, 2015

Marcy Tench Stovall, an attorney at Pullman & Comley in Bridgeport, routinely represents defendants in legal malpractice cases, but she has no involvement in this case. "For a legal malpractice defense attorney, any decision recognizing emotional ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Renaissance School settles age discrimination suit
Kenosha NewsSeptember 8, 2015

The settlement also orders the school to train staff on employee rights under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Title VII, which is the part of the Civil Rights Act that protects an individual from employment discrimination on the basis of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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$1B contract will bring changes to Grand Canyon
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (subscription)September 11, 2015

The Park Service made clear in the latest contract proposal that it considers names like Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge and El Tovar to be property of the agency, pursuant to its trademark rights under common law. David Nimkin, Southwest regional ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Crowdfunding legislation gets Kickstarter precedent
Geek SnackSeptember 13, 2015

Altius Management paid $668 to 31 backers residing in Washington state, $31,000 for violating the state Consumer Protection Act, a violation that requires a fine of $1000 per consumer, and another ~$23,000 for court costs. Although a case involving a ...more »

Sports Law
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2015 St. Thomas University School Of Law Entertainment & Sports Law Society ...
Sports Agent Blog (registration) (blog)September 14, 2015

Intellectual Property Panelists are Kimberly Kolback, Richard Rappaport, Danny Simon, and Jamie Ving. Entertainment Law Panelists are Matt Buser, Pierre Hackar, Leon Margules, Richard Wolfe, and Moderator Marc Strollman. Sports Law Panelists are our ...more »

America's Voting Technology Crisis
The AtlanticSeptember 15, 2015

A 2012 report by Common Cause, Verified Voting, and the Rutgers School of Law's Constitutional Litigation clinic recommended that election officials have extra machines and emergency paper ballots on hand to keep elections running in the event of a ...more »

Mitchell: Open letter to Bill Haley, Jackie Robinson West
Chicago Sun-TimesSeptember 9, 2015

Under IRS rules, donations to the club that have come in since that date won't be made public until next summer. So the full amount of money ... The IRS filing and an accompanying audit contain only limited information about the club's expenses, which ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Trump and Palin star at rally against Iran deal
Chicago Sun-TimesSeptember 10, 2015

“We will have so much winning, if I get elected that you may get bored with winning,” GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Wednesday at a rally against the Iran nuclear deal organized by the Tea Party Patriots. ..... The Chicago Sun-Times has ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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NextEra Energy to sell equity units
MarketWatchSeptember 10, 2015

... scale renewable energy projects or the imposition of additional taxes or assessments on renewable energy; impact of new or revised laws, regulations or interpretations or other regulatory initiatives on NextEra Energy; effect on NextEra Energy of ...more »

Tempe apartment complex: No one under 23
azcentral.comSeptember 17, 2015

Federal and state fair-housing laws do not forbid the type of age restriction being used by Hanover, but Tempe's anti-discrimination ordinance "could be a problem" for the company, ASU law professor Zachary Kramer said. Anti-discrimination law is an ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Finding a Name: Why Probate Records Are a Gold Mine for African Americans
Huffington PostOctober 5, 2015

Family historians tracing black family ancestries love wills and probate records. Why? Because these seemingly dry and bloodless documents are full of priceless information about our enslaved African American ancestors. Probate records document what ...more »

Environmental Law
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Canadian pension fund trustees should account for climate change — report
Pensions & InvestmentsSeptember 8, 2015

SHARE commissioned Koskie Minsky, a Canadian pension law firm, “to prepare a research paper setting out the legal basis for considering climate change as part of a pension trustee's fiduciary duty,” the report said. The Environmental Dispute Resolution ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Business group seeks changes in Ontario workers comp program overhaul
Business InsuranceSeptember 10, 2015

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce supports part of a proposed revamp of the province's workers compensation system, but also said more work needs to be done to sufficiently improve the program. If adopted, the Ontario Rate Framework Reform would ...more »

Family Law
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A quarter of foster children move home twice or more in a year
Family Law WeekSeptember 27, 2015

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