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Fire on the Costa Magica?
Cruise Law NewsFebruary 26, 2017

Costa Magica Today we received a message from a passenger is sailing on the Costa Magica with family. The passenger indicated that a fire broke out on the Costa cruise ship yesterday, February 24th, while the cruise ship was heading toward Pointe-à ...more »

The kindness of strangers?
Observer-ReporterFebruary 26, 2017

Libraries elsewhere have been grappling with budget reductions. Public support for the arts and the life of the mind in the United States feels more and more vulnerable. But if we say we value education, things like libraries and cultural institutions ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Gatto family to sue city of Statesboro for more than $11 million
The George-AnneMarch 1, 2017

for failure to supervise Clerk Starling regarding the duty to set administrative hearing before the City Council for underage drinking violations of the law that occurred on or about March 22, 2013 and March 28, 2013 at Rude Rudy's and for Starling's ...more »

Health Care Law
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Conservatives rebel on health care, and GOP looks to Trump
Chicago TribuneFebruary 28, 2017

Republicans confronted a conservative rebellion in their own party Tuesday over their long-promised plans to repeal and replace the health care law, and beseeched President Donald Trump to settle the dispute in his first speech to a joint session of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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UT coordinator quietly makes history
Columbia Daily HeraldFebruary 27, 2017

Universities are bound by federal law — Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — to not discriminate when hiring. But officials can obtain a waiver to work around the law when hiring athletic coaches. Oregon passed a law in 2009 requiring state ...more »

Immigration Law
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Minnesota law officers sign letter saying feds should handle immigration role
Daily RepublicMarch 3, 2017

ST. PAUL—The St. Paul police chief and Hennepin County sheriff are among 63 law enforcement officials who signed a letter to U.S. senators this week saying they "can best serve our communities by leaving the enforcement of immigration laws to the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Q+A: Fair Share Housing Center makes its case on Hopewell
Mercer SpaceFebruary 28, 2017

Armstrong. Our fair housing laws are key to ensuring racial and socioeconomic integration. ... A lot of successful settlements have identified vacant industrial parks or office parks or strip malls and slated them for mixed-use redevelopment. It's not ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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London laterals accent arbitration ambitions
CDR News MagazineFebruary 28, 2017

Having started 2016 brightly with the hire of a senior City litigator in Simon Bushell, Signature Litigation has moved swiftly to capitalise on the market for Chinese-related disputes, by appointing Josh Wong as a partner. Wong was previously a partner ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Texas House, Senate unanimously pass measures overhauling child welfare system
KGBT-TVMarch 2, 2017

“This insurance bill does more harm to Texas business policyholders than it does to prevent litigation abuses by homeowners or their storm chasing lawyers,” Martin wrote. He said the legislation would “thwart Texas businesses from recovering legitimate ...more »

Animal Law
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State's divorce law revamped to consider animal well-being
American Veterinary Medical AssociationMarch 1, 2017

But adding complexity to that legal status is a recent amendment to Alaska's divorce law. The state has become the first in the country to require courts to take into consideration “the well-being of the animal” in custody disputes involving nonhuman ...more »

Intellectual Property
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USTR Issues 2017 Trade Policy Review, Listing IPR Priorities
Intellectual Property WatchMarch 1, 2017

The Office of the United States Trade Representative today released its 2017 trade policy agenda. The report includes numerous references to intellectual property rights, mainly focused on enforcement, plans for multilateral discussions on IPR and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Litigation Attorney
Memphis Business JournalMarch 9, 2017

MGC is a growing, highly-respected regional insurance defense firm with 13 locations in the Southeast. MGC offers a dynamic workplace, long-term career opportunities and a generous compensation package for candidates motivated to achieve excellence ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Illini Republicans' Affirmative-Action Bake Sale Stirs Controversy on Campus
FOX IllinoisMarch 8, 2017

The student organization, Illini Republicans is holding an affirmative-action bake sale in hopes of starting a conversation on campus. The baked goods will be sold on the quad next Tuesday, but it's not just any normal bake sale -- how much a customer ...more »

Illinois couple rescued from small plane crash in Florida
WPECFebruary 26, 2017

(AP) — Officials say an Illinois couple were rescued after their small plane crashed in some woods shortly after take-off from a private airfield in central Florida. A Volusia County Sheriff's Office news release says 65-year-old Alan Kanabay and 64 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord and tenant – Right of first refusal – Option
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyMarch 22, 2017

Where a plaintiff commercial tenant exercised its right of first refusal to match a third party's offer to purchase the entire property, the defendant tenant of a portion of that property retains its option to purchase that portion. “Froio Management ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Everything We Know—and Don't Know—About Trump's Ties to Russia
Slate Magazine (blog)February 27, 2017

Questions about Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia, which first emerged during last year's election, continue to dog his administration. With the story developing on multiple fronts simultaneously, it can be difficult to keep track of what we ...more »

Litigation
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All Eyes on Trump as Pro-Biz Litigation Bills Advance
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 27, 2017

Will legislation that would make far-reaching changes to the civil litigation system—a Holy Grail for an array of business interests—finally be enacted into law after decades of fits and starts? Long scorned by consumer groups and plaintiffs ...more »

Business Law
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Federal judge denies Krispy Kreme's request to dismiss flavored doughnuts lawsuit
Winston-Salem JournalMarch 3, 2017

However, what moves the lawsuit from being considered as potentially frivolous is that California law has a low bar for proving violations of business and professions code as well as false advertising and breach of contract. Saidian is being ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy Officers Get Higher Nuclear Bonus
Military.comMarch 7, 2017

The Navy is increasing the annual Nuclear Officer Incentive Continuation Pay for some of its nuclear-qualified officers from $30,000 to $35,000. Nuclear Officer Incentive Continuation Pay (COPAY) is a sum of money paid in annual installments to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Supreme Court weighs law banning sex offenders from Facebook
WPXI PittsburghFebruary 27, 2017

Now the Supreme Court's task is deciding whether the law, meant to prevent communications between sex offenders and minors via social media, is so broad that it violates the Constitution's free-speech protections. The case reaches the Supreme Court ...more »

Personal Injury
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BRIEF-UK cuts discount rate for personal injury claims to minus 0.75 pct
ReutersFebruary 27, 2017

BRIEF-UK cuts discount rate for personal injury claims to minus 0.75 pct. Feb 27 Ministry Of Justice. * Setting discount at minus 0.75%. * Will become effective on 20 march 2017. * Government has committed to ensuring that nhs litigation authority has ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Anti-immigrant approach stokes hate, solves no pressing problems
HollandSentinel.comMarch 5, 2017

Ruth Colker is a distinguished professor and the Heck-Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law at Ohio State University. She is the author of 14 books on various aspects of constitutional law and disability rights. Readers may write her at Moritz ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Antonio Romanucci named to 2017 'Top 100 Super Lawyer' List in Illinois
Chicago Daily HeraldMarch 9, 2017

"Our clients have experienced severe injustices and count on our firm to advocate for their rights when violated by police misconduct, medical malpractice or other forms of personal injury. I am proud to work with such a dedicated team of attorneys who ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer alert
IsthmusMarch 16, 2017

Legislation enacted in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown — including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — was designed to protect investors from those kinds of shenanigans. By some estimates, high or unnecessary fees ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Attorney Mark B. MacLean Reflects on Robust Real Estate Market in 2017
BenzingaMarch 3, 2017

"As we learned in the years of the real estate bubble of the early 2000's, as exuberance increases, it is imperative for both buyers and sellers of real estate to have good, informed and experienced legal advice for their real estate transactions ...more »

Local law to close Waste Connections landfill in upstate New York may be reversed
Waste DiveFebruary 27, 2017

Last spring, these ongoing issues were cited by former owner Progressive Waste Solutions as one of the reasons they pulled out of a contract to export waste from New York's Department of Sanitation up to the site. Though Seneca Meadows was already ...more »

Sports Law
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Libertarian think tank makes case for legal sports betting
NorthJersey.comMarch 3, 2017

March Madness season brings a new analysis on whether sports betting in the U.S. should be legalized.more »

Criminal Defense
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David Silver, Premier DUI Attorney, Advanced Level Training on How to Get a Drug Recognition Expert(DRE)Case ...
MENAFN.COMMarch 5, 2017

(MENAFN Editorial) David Silver of Bennington, Vermont recently received advanced level training, from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, on How to Get a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Case Dismissed Using the DRE's Rolling Log.more »

Employer Responsibility: Attorney & Employment Law Expert Talks Employee Classification
CBS New YorkMarch 13, 2017

The federal government, specifically the Department of Labor and the IRS, as well as many states, are participating in a misclassification initiative under which they are aggressively seeking out employers who have failed to properly classify workers ...more »

Ohio Legislature Proposes Major Reform of Ohio Employment Discrimination Law
JD Supra (press release)March 2, 2017

The Ohio employment discrimination statute may be in for substantial changes. A bill aimed at comprehensive reform of Ohio's employment discrimination statute (R.C. § 4112) has been introduced Ohio Legislature. Key provisions in House Bill 2 would ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Nebraska Attorneys Johnson and Pekny Expand Services Across Traditional and Non-traditional Family Boundaries
Yahoo FinanceMarch 7, 2017

Recognizing a growing need to protect children, property, and individuals across a broad range of traditional and non-traditional family types, Johnson and Pekny have ramped up their family law practice to support Nebraska families. According to a ...more »

Environmental Law
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Kicking fossil fuels: Environmentalists set 2050 goal
Berkshire Eagle (subscription)February 27, 2017

A bill filed by Sen. Jamie Eldridge, of Acton, and Reps. Sean Garballey, of Arlington, and Marjorie Decker, of Cambridge — all Democrats — would commit Massachusetts to obtaining 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources like solar and wind ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New UAE online property will enables owners to secure billions ...
CPI FinancialMarch 5, 2017

Only a small percentage of overseas investors and residents are choosing to protect their property assets through a DIFC will, according to the DIFC Wills ...more »

Family Law
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Why 'no fault divorce' could help join the dots between divorce law and tax law
Family LawFebruary 27, 2017

Yet again, the government has said that it will not be putting forward a reform of divorce law to allow spouses (or civil partners) to apply for divorce within 2 years of separation, unless they are prepared to allege fault. For opposite sex couples ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Baltimore Workers' Compensation Lawyers: Medical Marijuana
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)February 27, 2017

As of November 2016, 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. And several other states have approved the use of cannabidiol, a component of marijuana, while still prohibiting the use of THC, the ...more »

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