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California Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program Ending
CBS San Francisco Bay AreaMarch 30, 2017

California estimates eight million residents are eligible to participate in the program, which can reduce accumulated fees and fines by 50 to 80 percent. The amnesty program applies to most tickets that were issued for moving violations, like making an ...more »

Prinses fall from shopping sprees at Saks to bankruptcy - San ...
San Antonio Express-News (subscription)March 30, 2017

A Houston bankruptcy judge on Monday imposed $800,000 in sanctions against now-suspended San Antonio lawyer Todd Prins, seen here in this December ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Proposed tire-shredding plant back on track north of Cloquet
Duluth News TribuneApril 5, 2017

Opponents could still ask for a contested case hearing on the permit approval phase of the PCA's decision. A contested case hearing would bring an administrative law judge to review the facts in the case and hold additional public meetings. The tire ...more »

Health Care Law
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ACA Poll Shows Cancer Patient Attitudes Toward Healthcare Law
AJMC.com Managed Markets NetworkApril 4, 2017

As Congress and the White House continue to discuss what should be in and out of a national healthcare law, PatientsLikeMe recently released results from the first large-scale poll to assess patient priorities for the healthcare law. The poll's 2197 ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Furie agrees to pay $10 million in biggest-ever Jones Act fine
Alaska Dispatch NewsApril 5, 2017

The Jones Act is a protectionist measure from 1920 that preserves U.S. jobs and the U.S. transportation and shipbuilding industries by requiring that American ships and crews be used to haul goods from one U.S. port to another. A waiver can be obtained ...more »

Immigration Law
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Judge Claims Immigration Law Unenforceable Inside Courthouse
NewsmaxApril 8, 2017

The judge holds the bizarre view that enforcing immigration law only serves to "undermine public safety" because people who have already violated one type of law won't be willing to help her enforce another type of law that she thinks they may somehow ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Monroe considering creating a New Community Authority, port authority
Hamilton Journal NewsApril 17, 2017

Following a presentation last week, City Council gave the green light for city staff to start exploring the creation of a New Community Authority for the development of the Park 63 industrial area off of Salzman Road and in the commercial area around ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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ADR: confidential documents in mediation, updated CEDR documents and trying mediation
Lexology (registration)April 6, 2017

A neat link from disclosure issues to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can be found in the decision of Savings Advice Limited v. EDF Energy Customers plc [2017] EWHC B1 (Costs). The parties' mediation was unsuccessful but they settled their dispute ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance carrier won't represent Charlottesville in lawsuit over Lee, Jackson parks
Richmond.comApril 21, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE — City Attorney Craig Brown and his staff will have to carry the burden of defending Charlottesville in a lawsuit over its efforts to remove Confederate monuments. The city's insurance carrier, the Virginia Municipal League, has ...more »

Animal Law
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Taiwan Has Banned the Sale and Consumption of Dog and Cat Meat
PEOPLE.comApril 12, 2017

Taiwan is taking big steps towards raising global awareness about animal rights. According to the Associated Press, the country's legislature recently banned the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat, and it increased the penalties for all animal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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BRIEF-Natural Alternatives International announces extension of ...
ReutersApril 3, 2017

Reuters is the news and media division of Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Goldberg Law PC Announces a Securities Class Action Lawsuit against Cemtrex, Inc.
Yahoo FinanceApril 4, 2017

Goldberg Law PC, a national shareholder rights litigation firm, announces the filing of a class action lawsuit against Cemtrex, Inc. (“Cemtrex” or the “Company”) (CETX). Investors who purchased shares between February 11, 2016 and February 22, 2017 ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Teachers union sues to challenge Iowa's new collective bargaining law
Iowa City Press CitizenApril 4, 2017

An Iowa teachers' union announced Tuesday it is suing state officials over a new law that dramatically weakens the rights of many public employees to collectively bargain for health care and other workplace benefits. Tammy Wawro, president of the Iowa ...more »

Family was on a college scouting trip when killed in small plane crash
Fox NewsApril 9, 2017

HARRISBURG, Ore. – Three family members were on a college scouting trip when they died in a small plane crash in Oregon, friends said. John A. Zitting, 42, of Thousand Oaks, California, his wife, Karen Blackmore Zitting , 37, and their son John Brendan ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord may be able to take tenant's property
Texas ExaminerApril 8, 2017

A. This is stealing if someone else were to do it, but probably not when it is the landlord. Under Texas law, a landlord may have a “landlord's lien” on the tenant's property, and may be able to take some property if the rent is not paid. For such a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of Suit by Lawyer Who Acted in Bad Faith
New York Law Journal (registration)April 4, 2017

Allstate Insurance, 16-705, agreed the proper sanction was the tossing of Hayes' suit alleging liability insurers and other companies failed to notify Medicare of liability case resolutions. Along the way, the court joined the U.S. Court of Appeals for ...more »

Litigation
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Wells Fargo must face litigation on defective mortgages: US judge
CNBCMarch 31, 2017

A federal judge on Thursday said Wells Fargo must face litigation seeking to hold it responsible for billions of dollars of claimed investor losses stemming from its alleged failures as a trustee overseeing risky residential mortgage-backed securities ...more »

Business Law
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EQUITY ALERT: Lundin Law PC Announces Securities Class Action Lawsuit against Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)April 3, 2017

This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules. Contact: Lundin Law PC Brian Lundin, Esq. Telephone: 888-713-1033 Facsimile: 888-713-1125 brian@lundinlawpc.com ...more »

Personal Injury
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South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys Comment on Hit-and-Run Crash in Orange County, Florida
Law Firm Newswire (press release)April 5, 2017

Prominent South Florida personal injury attorneys Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers state, “If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should call a personal injury attorney immediately. Your attorney may be able to help you recover ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Phone scams evolve to find more victims
Duncan BannerApril 7, 2017

“Things like, 'Your computer has a virus and they want to remote in my computer.' I ask them ... “As long as they don't fall victim to it — they don't send money – they can report it to the IC3 which is the Internet Crimes Complaint Center with the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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How to Build a Successful Career as a Lawyer
Huffington PostApril 11, 2017

Medical malpractice is a fascinating world – I would described it as worthy of a Shakespearian tragedy, filled with skyrocketing monetary compensations, battles of the best minds of legal and medical profession, fought in excruciating details in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Letter: Muscatine council's attack on mayor an attack on the constitution
Muscatine JournalApril 12, 2017

... of Government. [ARTICLE IV, Section 4 United States Constitution]. This attacks their form of government. In reality, not only is Mayor Broderson attacked by city council, but also her stand on her Values of Constitutional Law - 1787 Organic ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Trump son-in-law, family tied to swathes of land in Central Jersey
MyCentralJersey.comApril 23, 2017

Jared Kushner — Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser — ran Kushner Companies, a real estate developer, before he was appointed to his White House position. After being brought on in the White House he resigned as CEO of the Kushner Companies, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Marriott Hit With TCPA Suit For Unsolicited Marketing Calls
Law360 (subscription)April 18, 2017

Law360, New York (April 18, 2017, 1:29 PM EDT) -- Marriott International Inc. on Monday was sued in California federal court by a consumer claiming the hotel giant violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act when it made unsolicited marketing calls ...more »

Sports Law
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How the NFL Gets Covered and Consumed
Sports IllustratedApril 18, 2017

In one of my lives outside of The MMQB, I am the executive director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for Sports Law at Villanova's law school. There, I recently hosted our annual Moorad Symposium, an event that explores some of the leading issues in sports.more »

BIZ Report for April 16
Greeley TribuneApril 16, 2017

He handles complex business litigation and appeals, government and commercial contract disputes, regulatory compliance, licensing disputes and rule-making issues, as well as employment law matters, according to a news release. He was recognized as a ...more »

The IRS and the Controlled Substance Act
JD Supra (press release)April 15, 2017

Two recent District Court cases, High Desert Relief, Inc. v. United States of America and Alpenglow Botanicals, LLC et. al. v. United States of America have raised a novel issue in the IRS's audits of cannabis businesses. Both of these suits were ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Marin Voice: Constitutional confusion in immigration debate
Marin Independent JournalApril 6, 2017

In a March 28 IJ column, Dick Spotswood wrote: “The only point (Sheriff Robert) Doyle and President Donald Trump agree on is that immigrants who commit serious crimes need to be deported. Other than criminal defense attorneys, that's a consensus belief ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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CARB-X Awards $24 Million for Superbug Antibiotics | BU Today ...
BU TodayMarch 31, 2017

Kevin Outterson, LAW's N. Neal Pike Scholar in Health and Disability Law, leads CARB-X, the world's largest public-private partnership working to accelerate ...more »

HOA Homefront: When laws collide: Child safety or discrimination?
OCRegisterApril 22, 2017

California law has for years required apartments or HOA swimming pools have a posted sign stating: “Children under the age of 14 shall not use the pool without a parent or adult guardian in attendance.” This requirement is currently found in the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Law firm narrows losses despite PI upheaval
Insider MediaApril 6, 2017

A Widnes-headquartered law firm has narrowed pre-tax losses by a third, with directors reporting that the business is performing well against the backdrop of significant change within the personal injury (PI) market. Forster Dean has posted pre-tax ...more »

Environmental Law
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California's Electricity Bills Drop to Zero With Oversupply of Solar Energy
progrss (press release) (blog)April 10, 2017

As surging oil prices have cities flocking to explore alternative energy solutions, California has driven its wholesale electricity prices to zero, and sometimes negative, at certain hours of the day – a result of the coastal state's 15 years of work ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ohio Coal Miner Creates Fake Employment Records in Workers' Comp Fraud
Insurance JournalApril 10, 2017

A former coal miner from northeast Ohio owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) more than $40,000 after BWC investigators found him creating phony employment records to secure BWC cash benefits, the workers' compensation insurance ...more »

Family Law
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Family law
Business RecordApril 7, 2017

For Cashatt and Warren, their personal story feeds the business story. In addition to being partners in Cashatt/Warren Family Law, they are married, have been for 20 years. Both have been divorced. Neither refers to their former spouses as “my ex,” and ...more »

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