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Supreme Court judge bats for right against info to protect privacy
Times of IndiaNovember 6, 2016

He was speaking at Lloyd College of Law on Saturday to inaugurate the Law Commission's conference to review laws affecting freedom of speech and expression, such as sedition and defamation. "There is an equal right of an individual against information, ...more »

Gattos file suit against city
Statesboro HeraldNovember 6, 2016

The complaint cites an Oct. 30, 2014, memo to Mayor Jan Moore from City Attorney Alvin Leaphart, who wrote that a former city manager in 2011 had informed him that administrative hearings were subject to a “hold” while changes to the alcohol ordinance ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Ruling Puts Cascade Locks 1 Small Step Closer To Bottling Plant ...
OPB NewsNovember 8, 2016

Opponents of a possible Nestle water bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge are weighing their options now that a judge has approved a water rights transfer that's ...more »

Environmental Law
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The 7 biggest threats Trump poses to the environment
Business InsiderNovember 13, 2016

Trump has suggested he might cut both the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency. This is an unlikely scenario, since the EPA is legally required to enforce existing environmental laws. Trump could theoretically change the EPA ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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ACT Brumbies audit report investigation referred to ASIC by ACT Policing
The Canberra TimesNovember 8, 2016

Mr Jones said then that the KPMG report had "identified a number of unanswered questions in the transactions and agreements, and the board determined there was no alternative but to act in accordance with corporations law and refer the matter to the ...more »

Family Law
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Legal Parallels – Family Law vs Civil Litigation
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)November 13, 2016

Although Family Law is technically part of civil litigation, sometimes the names used for the same things in Family Law and in 'normal' civil litigation are different. Family Law is also form driven while normal civil litigation is not. In Family Law ...more »

Health Care Law
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How Trump's victory and GOP Senate control could shape the law
ABA JournalNovember 10, 2016

The GOP majority in the Senate means possible changes in the tax code and the Affordable Care Act, according to Bloomberg. The National Law Journal points out that Trump has also called for dismantling the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that created ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SUMMONS - Chad Michael Larson - being sued
Rosemount Town PagesNovember 8, 2016

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint ...more »

Immigration Law
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Voto secreto Trump? Most Hispanics back deportation, want immigration cap cut in half
Washington Examiner (blog)November 8, 2016

The Pulse Opinion Research survey found that 51 percent of Hispanics believe that there has been "too little" done to enforce immigration laws. What's more, by a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent, Hispanics "support a policy causing illegal immigrants ...more »

Animal Law
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Libre's lobby effort falls short
Citizens VoiceNovember 6, 2016

Richard Alloway, R-Chambersburg, introduced legislation this fall to toughen animal abuse penalties, he named it “Libre's Law.” The Humane Society of the United States wrote: “A Boston terrier puppy who made an impressive recovery following extreme ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Week Ahead in Intellectual Property: Nov. 7, 2016
ReutersNovember 7, 2016

Here are some upcoming events of interest to the intellectual property community. All times local. Monday, Nov. 7. Internet service provider Cox Communications will file its opening brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in its bid to overturn ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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What Happens to Civil Lawsuits Filed Against President-Elect Trump?
Insurance JournalNovember 9, 2016

“Certainly no presidential candidate in modern times has potentially come to the Office of President with such a litigation cloud hanging over his head.” Trump is set to go to trial Nov. 28 over claims that Trump University is a scam. But – unless the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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How Scott Walker's Law Crushing Unions May Have Helped Trump Win Wisconsin
Huffington PostNovember 9, 2016

But Grover Norquist, founder of the anti-tax lobby Americans for Tax Reform, put forward a theory: Act 10, Republican Gov. Scott Walker's 2011 law stripping Wisconsin's public-sector unions of their collective bargaining rights, made the Badger State ...more »

MfD: Russian Lukoil pays huge debt of Zeman's key aide Nejedlý
Prague Daily MonitorNovember 7, 2016

At a shareholders' meeting, Nejedly and Teplinsky elected lawyer Tomas Rychly liquidator of Lukoil Aviation Czech. Rychly worked for a law office that represented Nejedly's firm in the court dispute with the Czech state. Rychly has been nominated for a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New Deal era housing discrimination in Evanston
Evanston NowNovember 7, 2016

In the depths of the depression in the 1930s, the federal government hired real estate professionals across the country to create maps identifying the desirability for home loans of different neighborhoods in cities including Evanston. Now those maps ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wells Fargo's stars climbed as abuses flourished
Walla Walla Union-BulletinNovember 6, 2016

More often, employees said, managers taught underlings to use misleading sales pitches — such as telling customers a checking account came with a credit card — or they balked when subordinates raised concerns. At the least, former managers say, many ...more »

Litigation
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Zokwana settles litigation with Sadstia over horse mackerel
CitizenNovember 6, 2016

Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana – together with the fisheries management branch deputy director general and the chief director of fisheries research and development – has agreed to settle the litigation brought by the ...more »

Business Law
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Valdez & Torry wins Crime Stoppers Int'l Award
Trinidad GuardianNovember 7, 2016

After recent victories at the Advertising Agencies Association of T&T awards gala, local creative powerhouse, Valdez & Torry International (VTI) added yet another international award to its collection; this time on behalf of Crime Stoppers International.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pentagon to same-sex domestic partners: Get married by New Year's Eve, or else
LGBTQ NationNovember 7, 2016

The documents, one titled Phase-Out of DoD Benefits for Civilian Employees' Same-Sex Domestic Partners and their Dependents, and the other, an FAQ titled Phased End to Same-Sex Domestic Partner (SSDP) Benefits, outline what will happen in a little more ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Governor orders Wellsville hate-crime investigation
Wellsville Daily ReporterNovember 13, 2016

Under the law, a person commits a hate crime when one of a specified set of offenses is committed targeting a victim because of a perception or belief about their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age ...more »

Personal Injury
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Jury trial scheduled in ship worker's personal injury suit
Madison County RecordNovember 8, 2016

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge filed a discovery schedule in a lawsuit alleging a crew member was injured while working aboard a Mississippi River ship operator. Dripps. According to the Oct. 26 order, a jury trial is set for February 2018.more »

Consumer Protection
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Obama Signs 'Monsanto Protection Act' Written by Monsanto-Sponsored Senator
Center for Research on GlobalizationNovember 6, 2016

In light of approval from the House and Senate, more than 250,000 people signed a petition asking the president to veto the spending bill over the biotech rider tacked on, an item that has since been widely referred to as the “Monsanto Protection Act.”.more »

Real Estate Law
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High-end notes scrapped: Blow to real estate, but experts say stability coming
Hindustan TimesNovember 9, 2016

The market for farmhouses, residential plots and builder floors in New Delhi and resale apartments in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad is under the secondary or unorganised segment. Questionable transactions are said to be widespread in this ...more »

Give me a sign: what are the risks of accepting an electronic signature on a commercial contract?
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)November 6, 2016

If your business accepts a commercial contract that has been signed electronically, there is a risk that the contract will not be enforceable against the person that had allegedly signed it if the electronic signature was applied without authority. To ...more »

Rape kit audit back from Ada Co. Sheriff
Idaho Press-TribuneNovember 13, 2016

The audit was done to comply with recent legislation that requires each of Idaho's 130 law enforcement agencies to submit an audit identifying the number of untested sexual assault kits in custody and an explanation of why those kits had not yet been ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bonin, Guillory advance to Orleans Criminal Court runoff
NOLA.comNovember 9, 2016

Guillory, 38, has worked for the district attorney's office since 2005, except for a brief stint as a private attorney from 2011-13 when he handled criminal defense, family law and personal injury cases. He now leads prosecutors in three sections of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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On The Move
Albany Times UnionNovember 12, 2016

Schaeffer, who has 20 years of experience and previously served as a tax attorney at an accounting firm in the Berkshires, concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, business succession, elder law, guardianship ...more »

US Employers Could Be Liable for Discrimination Committed Abroad
Daily Business Review (registration)November 7, 2016

U.S. anti-discrimination laws potentially apply in foreign settings, write attorneys Juan E. Enjamio and Robert Scavone Jr.more »

Workers Compensation
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Kentucky Medical Payments per Workers' Compensation Claim Lower Than Typical In New 18-State Study from WCRI
BenzingaNovember 8, 2016

This WCRI study examines medical costs and care in Kentucky's workers' compensation system and compares them with 17 other states (Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New ...more »

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