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Special Report: Inside Washington
The National Law Journal (registration)July 28, 2014

In the Washington region, the overall number of lawyers dipped slightly across law firms in 2013. The head count numbers provide a snapshot in time. Firms were asked to report full-time equivalent positions as of Dec. 31, 2013; numbers don't include ...more »

Aruba to release Venezuelan diplomat sought by US
Billings GazetteJuly 28, 2014

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua read parts of what he said was a letter from the Netherlands' ambassador in Caracas agreeing with the Venezuelan government's position that Hugo Carvajal's detention violated international law because he was sent ...more »

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Administrative Law
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BESE to examine lawsuits, other actions
The Daily AdvertiserJuly 28, 2014

A group of 17 legislators is challenging the board's adoption of Common Core State Standards in 2010 because it did not follow the Administrative Procedures Act. The APA says hearings must be conducted before new policies are implemented.more »

Family Law
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President challenges government over legal aid
Family LawAugust 7, 2014

07 AUG 2014 Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has ruled that the Court would be entitled, under Article 6 of the European Convention, to order HMCTS to pay for legal representation should the Legal Aid Agency refuse to grant ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Delta in Jones Act debut
TradeWindsJuly 28, 2014

Delta in Jones Act debut. Delta Air Lines has reportedly made its debut in the Jones Act tanker trade fixing a US-flagged vessel. The US airline's refining unit Monroe Energy LLC has fixed the 46,000-dwt Seabulk Arctic (built 1998) for two years ...more »

Health Care Law
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Q&A: A direct comparison between Hawaii health care law to federal overhaul
Minneapolis Star TribuneJuly 29, 2014

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers and other key officials say the state's health care law faces an unlikely threat from the Affordable Care Act that could lead to a lower standard of care for state residents. Here's how Hawaii's longstanding law compares ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Officials Detained Hundreds Of Pregnant Women Despite Policy ...
ThinkProgressJuly 28, 2014

That is, pregnant women should be released unless they pose a safety risk, have a criminal record, have gang ties, or are repeat immigration law offenders. Many detainees are held in country jails leased by federal immigration officials, with some in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Granite Construction Incorporated's (GVA) CEO James Roberts on Q2 2014 ...
Seeking Alpha (registration)August 1, 2014

First question is, you mentioned the -- that you reached an agreement with the State of Washington, but it wasn't clear to me whether that was part of the dispute resolution that helped the large construction margin in the quarter or is that still to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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American Airlines next stop: Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
MiamiHerald.comJuly 28, 2014

Haiti's historical mecca is expanding to the world. After a modified 757 transporting then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in October 2012 became the first large aircraft to touch down on its runway in decades, Cap-Haïtien will soon welcome ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal cruelty clampdown awaits passage in Legislature
Worcester TelegramJuly 28, 2014

The bill increases the penalty for animal abuse from 5 to 7 years in prison and doubles the fine, from $2,500 to $5,000. In addition, the bill requires that a veterinarian who knows or suspects an animal has been the victim of cruelty report it to law...more »

Intellectual Property
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Duke Professors Looking To Make Legal Texts Affordable; Kicking Off With ...
TechdirtJuly 30, 2014

To kick it off, however, they've now released an Intellectual Property Statutory Supplement, which basically has the text of various relevant laws and international agreements concerning intellectual property in the United States. A somewhat equivalent ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Breyer Sticks Named Plaintiff With HP's Legal Bill in Employment Suit
The RecorderJuly 29, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has ordered a former Hewlett-Packard Co. employee to reimburse the company for $165,000 in attorney fees and litigation costs, in a rare reversal of typical fee shifting dynamics. James Purvis, who worked as an HP ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Important Supreme Court case does not impact private sector employers with ...
Lexology (registration)July 28, 2014

... employees of the state (for purposes of public labor law). These employees are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which had negotiated what is known as an agency shop provision into their collective bargaining agreement.more »

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Reading EagleJuly 28, 2014

SURVEILLANCE:WA _ The U.S. government's pervasive electronic surveillance is making it increasingly difficult for journalists and lawyers do their jobs, according to a report released Monday by the advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the American ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Ramsey County Law Library offers DIY help
TwinCities.com-Pioneer PressAugust 5, 2014

So four or five times a year, she meets for 15 minutes to a half-hour with landlords, tenants and others who are undergoing myriad problems in small-claims court, where the maximum judgment is $10,000. The issues could include eviction, security ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Former bank employee sentenced for $400k theft
Stuff.co.nzJuly 28, 2014

Civil proceedings were started and bankruptcy was inevitable while Robinson had no realistic job prospects. The house in Arthurs Pt was sold for $470,000 after an initial estimate of $700,000 during a ''fire sale'' after media published details of the ...more »

Litigation
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Sechelt (shíshálh) First Nation Litigation Gains Momentum From Supreme Court ...
Canada NewsWire (press release)July 28, 2014

SECHELT, BC, July 28, 2014 /CNW/ - shíshálh First Nation accepts the game-changing decision of the Supreme Court of Canada that recognized the Aboriginal Title of the Tsilhqot'in Nation over 1700 square kilometres of central British Columbia.more »

Business Law
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Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan
Kansas City StarJuly 28, 2014

... offer similar information like neighborhood school and crime reports and mortgage calculators. Trulia makes money from subscription software and services it provides to real estate agents, as well as display advertising. Similarly, Zillow generates ...more »

Personal Injury
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Seasoned Personal Injury Lawyer Charles A. Morehead III announces new law ...
DigitalJournal.comJuly 31, 2014

Abramowitz, Pomerantz and Morehead, P.A., announced today that Fort Lauderdale personal injury and legal malpractice attorney Charles Morehead III, a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, and AV rated, has been named a partner in the firm. Morehead ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Hacker service drains Google AdWords budgets
WA todayJuly 28, 2014

The longer one lurks in the internet underground, the more difficult it becomes to ignore the harsh reality that for nearly every legitimate online business there is a cybercrime-originated anti-business. ... Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Fitzgerald under pressure to decide on future of senior official
Irish TimesJuly 28, 2014

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: initiated the report, which also examined department's fitness for purpose. It was expected to be published this month. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland. Conor Lally. Topics: News · Crime ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Anti-gay law annulled by Uganda's Constitutional Court
The Africa ReportAugust 1, 2014

Uganda's Constitutional Court on Friday annulled the tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February. The five judges at the Constitutional Court, led by acting Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma unanimously ruled that the bill was passed without the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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State keeping property owners, taxpayers in the dark
The MissoulianJuly 29, 2014

Previous legislatures have also been asked to change the law, but legislators never managed to move forward with the idea, primarily because Realtors convinced them that sharing real estate sale information would infringe on individual privacy. However ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Sorrell: Reduce privacy in child cases
BurlingtonFreePress.comJuly 30, 2014

“The reality is historically Vermont has been one of the states that has treated family court, abuse and neglect cases as secret proceedings with very real restrictions on public access,” Sorrell said. He said the confidentiality can hinder good ...more »

Sports Law
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The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova ...
DigitalJournal.comAugust 15, 2014

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law is now registering students for its new Master Certificate in Business and Law of Sports. Classes are scheduled to ...more »

Christian & Small Partner Elected to the Board of Directors of the Alabama ...
Insurance News NetJuly 28, 2014

She dedicates her practice to civil trial work and arbitration, focusing on complex commercial and insurance litigation, and handles a variety of product liability litigation as national, regional or local counsel. Her trial experience includes a wide ...more »

"Pro-Troop" Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants' Pockets
Truth-OutAugust 11, 2014

"They're playing audit roulette," said Marcus Owens, a lawyer who once ran the division on tax-exempt organizations in the Internal Revenue Service. Owens said Move America Forward reminded him of the Coalition for Freedom, a charity linked to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Holder Cautions on Risk of Bias in Big Data Use in Criminal Justice
Wall Street JournalAugust 1, 2014

In a speech in Philadelphia to a gathering of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mr. Holder cautioned that while such data tools hold promise, they also pose potential dangers. "By basing sentencing decisions on static factors and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Whether 'Sophisticated' Clients of Wall Street Can Also Get Duped
New York TimesJuly 28, 2014

Judge Paul A. Crotty of Federal District Court in Manhattan rejected Goldman's puffery defense to discount its claims of ethical behavior, describing the firm's argument as “Orwellian.” Figuring out where puffery ends and fraud begins is no ... The ...more »

Succession Planning: Avoiding Age Discrimination Claims
New York Law Journal (registration)August 1, 2014

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees or potential employees who are age 40 or older because of their age. 29 U.S.C. §§623(a)(1), 633. There is a popular misconception that if an ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Estate Planning Update - Latest Developments In Wills And Succession Planning
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)July 29, 2014

Fay Copeland and Caroline Cook round up the latest developments in will writing, same-sex marriage and succession rights. Material possessions such as jewellery, cars and houses are usually at the forefront of people's minds when drafting a will, but ...more »

Environmental Law
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Leggette Strengthens BakerHostetler's Energy Practice
Law Week ColoradoAugust 11, 2014

He has been involved with many cases of prime importance to the oil and gas industry, involving such statutes as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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OSHA Unveils New Workplace Hazards' Tool
WorkersCompensation.com (press release) (blog)August 5, 2014

Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: ...more »

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