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A glimpse inside Tesla's super secretive Gigafactory
TechCrunchJuly 30, 2016

Even if Tesla could find a company in another country capable of producing the volume of batteries that it needs, just getting them onto a cargo ship and shipping them stateside would make up a sizeable chunk of the bill. Thus, the Gigafactory. A ...more »

SCDOT Indictments Detail Alleged Crimes
WJBF-TVJuly 30, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – The State Grand Jury indictments against three former SCDOT employees give details about what they, and a fourth man who didn't work at the SCDOT, allegedly did, including bribery, kickbacks, and stealing state property.more »

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Administrative Law
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Struggling To Stabilize: 3Rs Litigation And The Future Of The ACA Exchanges
Health Affairs (blog)August 1, 2016

To that end, each insurer must submit demographic data and clinical codes to document the risk profile of its membership. The federal government then totals the risk adjustment score of each insurer in a given state and redistributes money within the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Medicaid estimate renews cost concerns over 'Obamacare'
Salt Lake TribuneAugust 13, 2016

Government cost estimates for expanding Medicaid to millions more low-income people are increasing faster than expected, raising questions about a vital part of President Barack Obama's health care law. Estimated per-person costs were an eye-catching ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The War Between Police and the NRA: Open Carry Laws Make Cops' Jobs Virtually Impossible
AlterNetAugust 4, 2016

“The difficulty [of] distinguishing a law-abiding gun owner from one who is about to, or has committed, or is [in the act of] committing a violent crime is oftentimes impossible to determine” when multiple people on the scene are openly carrying ...more »

Immigration Law
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Join a Gang or Die: Deported Central American Teens Face Harrowing Choice
NewsweekAugust 8, 2016

As he rushed out the door of his red brick home in Durham, North Carolina, three Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents handcuffed him and whisked him away in an unmarked vehicle. His father .... Acosta's smugglers sent him solo across the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Laws Of Ecology And The Survival Of The Human Species
Huffington PostAugust 5, 2016

In the Seventies, the late Robert Hunter, along with Roberta Hunter, Dr. Patrick Moore, David Garrick, Rod Marining and myself observed and wrote down the three laws of ecology. What we realized was that these laws are the key to the survival of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Columbia Basin HeraldAugust 1, 2016

THIS NOTICE IS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE THE FORECLOSURE SALE OF YOUR HOME You have only 20 DAYS from the recording date of this notice to pursue mediation. .... proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and on 11/20/15 Grantor and Borrower were ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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State accused of segregating Minnesotans with disabilities in group homes
Minneapolis Star TribuneAugust 4, 2016

A spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services declined to comment, saying Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper had not been served with the lawsuit as of late Wednesday. Minnesota has long stood out among states for its reliance on ...more »

Animal Law
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New animal cruelty law in Rhode Island
WPRI 12 Eyewitness NewsAugust 4, 2016

Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation on Wednesday that provides penalties for those who overwork, mistreat, or otherwise treat an animal cruelly, when the conduct results in the death of the animal. That means that any person whose actions lead up ...more »

Intellectual Property
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City of London gets first blueprint for life after Brexit
Financial TimesAugust 3, 2016

While London is a leader in traditional markets such as marine insurance, the report says that more must be done to provide cover for newer risks such as cyber, reputational damage and loss of intellectual property data. Ben Reid, chief executive of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Charges dropped in Chandra Levy murder
Fox 59July 31, 2016

Federal prosecutors said they can no longer prove a case against Ingmar Guandique, Bill Miller, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, said in a news release. “Today, in ... “Because the government hid the identity of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Seattle should make negotiations more visible to the public
The Seattle TimesAugust 5, 2016

THE recent leak of Seattle Police contract details prompted a furious response from Mayor Ed Murray, who threatened to call for a federal investigation. This should motivate the City Council to amend city code ... Confidential public-employee labor ...more »

Coast Guard: 1 injured in small plane crash in Dallesport
KOMO NewsAugust 2, 2016

U.S. Coast Guard officials said in a news release their helicopter crew was refueling at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport Monday morning in Dallesport when they saw a fixed-wing single engine plane crash in a remote section of the airfield ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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University Park Alliance to notify remaining tenants that leases will be terminated; organization says it has no ...
Akron Beacon JournalAugust 2, 2016

University Park Alliance — the once strong neighborhood redevelopment group that's been embroiled in a lawsuit for more than three years — is getting out of the rental business. The organization's lack of money also means it could be open to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Washington state sues Comcast for $100M
KOMO NewsAugust 1, 2016

The Attorney General's Office says that Comcast misrepresents the limitations of several other elements of the plan, including its coverage of service calls related to consumer-owned equipment and the repair of cable jumpers, connectors and splitters.more »

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Camera policies held up by privacy, litigation concerns
McKnight's Long Term Care NewsAugust 6, 2016

In the battle of pros and cons for placing cameras in resident rooms, the potential negative legal and privacy implications are winning out with most providers, new research shows. Skilled nursing and assisted living providers are most concerned that ...more »

Business Law
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Hundreds pray for Jamaica
Jamaica ObserverJuly 31, 2016

However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: 6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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6 signs a country can survive a military coup
Business InsiderAugust 11, 2016

In light of the Thai referendum, a new note from Macquarie Research examines the potential benefits of coups — the role they play in altering a country's national trajectory, and what makes one "successful." In other words, under what circumstances a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Top 'Nigerian prince' email scammer arrested
WTSP.comAugust 2, 2016

It's quite a thriving business. One, it's so easy to establish you just need a few hundred dollars to buy a computer, to buy internet, to buy data and that's business,” Olukoya says. Despite the frequency of scamming emails in Nigeria, one skillful con ...more »

Personal Injury
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Single Unit/Personal Injury Crash
Newton Press MentorAugust 8, 2016

1000th Avenue at the intersection of 300 th Street at approximately 3:12 a.m. on August 7, 2016. Unit 1, a dark gray 2013 Can-Am Outlander 1000 ATV with driver Jeffrey R. Esker, 24, Teutopolis, IL. A preliminary investigation indicates Esker was ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional Law Review Commission Points Out Laws to Consider
EMTV OnlineAugust 5, 2016

The Constitutional Law Review Commission (CLRC) has raised questions on seabed mining, in relation to other laws in the country. CLRC Secretary, Dr. Eric Kwa, said with the passing of the Maritime Zone Delimitation Act, the government now has the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Noteworthy News Bits
Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly (press release)August 3, 2016

Rosa Rozek has been hired as director of marketing. An accomplished professional marketer with a diverse background in construction, historic preservation and business management, she will oversee all marketing efforts for CORE Indiana. Both will be ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US States Signed Pact to Keep Exxon Climate Probe Confidential
Scientific AmericanAugust 4, 2016

It also ponders "investigations of representations made by companies to investors, consumers and the public regarding fossil fuels, renewable energy and climate change." After numerous filings under sunshine laws, a copy of the agreement was obtained ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Meet Trump's Filthy Rich Advisers
PoliticoAugust 10, 2016

Trump, a man who once sued the Bloomberg administration in New York for half a billion dollars over allegedly unfair tax assessments and who got a settlement worth $97 million for his efforts, may be an admirer of the Rothian approach to government as ...more »

Sikeston LCRA reaches breakthrough
Standard-DemocratJuly 30, 2016

A bid was made and a contract was awarded to Bill James Excavating at $94,100. Of the structures, 16 are residential homes, and one is a commercial building that sits on the corner of Malone Avenue and Kingshighway -- "most commonly referred to as the ...more »

Sports Law
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Massachusetts Beats Buzzer With New Fantasy Sports Law - Lexology
Lexology (registration)August 2, 2016

With the State legislative session set to expire, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a bill late Sunday night to formally legalize daily fantasy sports…more »

Criminal Defense
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Doubts about informant cause Chandra Levy case to crumble
Fox NewsJuly 30, 2016

David Benowitz, a criminal defense attorney in Washington, said prosecutors have clear obligations to inform defense attorneys of any potential issues when they use jailhouse informants. "Jailhouse snitch testimony is inherently unreliable," he said.more »

ABQ Little Theatre temporarily loses tax-exempt status
Albuquerque JournalAugust 6, 2016

Avery said he learned about the oversight in April or May, when he received a notification letter from the IRS. Advertisement. Continue reading. “To me, it was ... Our lawyer said, 'Don't worry; it's happened before.' “It certainly aged me.” Avery said ...more »

Meet Nigeria's curious Cupid - matchmaking for HIV patients looking for love
ReutersAugust 1, 2016

ABUJA, August 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting in his dimly-lit office in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, surrounded by files and boxes of condoms, matchmaker Ugochukwu Michael talks passionately about the part he has played in the marriages of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Golden Fleece
AARP NewsAugust 2, 2016

In a world of complex and exotic investment options, gold, silver and other "hard assets" are seen as something solid and real, with inherent value that no market crash or federal mismanagement can erase. .... The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Where each political party stands on the issues
Detroit Free PressAugust 1, 2016

Their platform calls for the country to generate half of its electricity from clean sources in the next decade and for cleaner transportation fuels, more public transit and a tax code that creates incentives for renewable energy. Republicans say ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Reminder: Vote Today in the Primary for Probate Judge - Newtown ...
Patch.comAugust 9, 2016

Newtown, CT - Registered Republicans in Ridgefield, Redding, Newtown and Bethel can vote today for the candidate to replace Judge Egan.more »

Family Law
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Section 37 Senior Courts Act 1981 injunctions can be made only in support of existing substantive powers
Family Law WeekAugust 8, 2016

In Goyal v Goyal [2016] EWCA Civ 792 the Court of Appeal heard that at first instance husband had been found to have gambled away the vast majority of the family's wealth. On this basis, and with the concern that H would dissipate any assets awarded to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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OSHA Identifies 21 Serious Violations After Inspection of San Antonio Specialty Foods Producer; Proposes $104K in ... (press release)August 1, 2016

To ask questions; obtain compliance assistance; file a complaint or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA ...more »


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