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Firefighter, band director among 26 arrested in sex sting
KHOUJuly 2, 2015

They were arrested in an undercover online sting dubbed "Operation Safe Summer", a collaboration between the District Attorney's office, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and several local law enforcement agencies to keep child predators out of ...more »

Thompson Coburn Can't Shake $1.3M Legal Malpractice Suit
Law360 (subscription)July 2, 2015

Law360, Chicago (July 1, 2015, 8:01 PM ET) -- An Illinois appeals court on Tuesday revived a construction company's $1.3 million legal malpractice suit against Thompson Coburn LLP for allegedly botching a mechanic's lien, ruling that a release signed ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Texas AG Ken Paxton may face indictment on felony charges
Dallas Morning NewsJuly 2, 2015

A special prosecutor said Wednesday that he'll ask a Collin County grand jury to indict Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on first-degree felony charges of violating state securities law. Kent Schaffer, a Houston defense ... general is preparing for a ...more »

Health Care Law
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Q&A: As Obama health law survives, GOP split over next move
U.S. News & World ReportJuly 6, 2015

Last month's Supreme Court decision upholding the statute's federal subsidies, which help millions of Americans afford health care, shattered the GOP's best chance of forcing Obama to accept a weakening of his prized law. Without that leverage, Obama ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Republican "Religious Liberty" Tactic
OpEdNewsJuly 2, 2015

Bob Jones argued, the IRS tax-exemption regulations "cannot constitutionally be applied to schools that engage in racial discrimination on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs." SCOTUS voted 8-1 against Bob Jones, "This Court has found certain ...more »

Immigration Law
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Law License Delayed for Immigrant Illegally Living in US - The New York Times
New York TimesJuly 8, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — An aspiring New York lawyer trying to become one of the few immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to be granted a law license hit a glitch Wednesday when an Iowa judge refused to prematurely end his probation on a misdemeanor ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Trash-to-energy facilities fight to dispose of Maine towns' waste
Bangor Daily NewsJuly 2, 2015

... a plant in Orrington that burns trash to make electricity, and the Municipal Review Committee's planned solid waste recycling and processing facility in Hampden that will turn trash into biofuel — need the waste-disposal contracts in order to operate.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Greece's departing finance minister, brash to the end
Appeal-DemocratJuly 6, 2015

New Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, right, and outgoing Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis leave together after a hand over ceremony in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Despite triumphing in a popular referendum vote against austerity, Greece on ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MoFo Hires Latham's M&A Co-Chair, Plus More Lateral Moves
The American LawyerJuly 6, 2015

Gordon Rees also hired LeClairRyan litigation partners JAY GREGORY, JAMES MESSENGER and MARGARET STOLFA in Boston and Squire Patton Boggs senior associate CHRISTA ROCK an insurance senior counsel in Denver. Gordon Rees also added ...more »

Animal Law
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Waukegan man admits to beating dogs with hammers -
Chicago Daily HeraldJuly 14, 2015

In the second, he faces nine charges, including armed violence, animal torture and aggravated cruelty to animals. The animal abuse charges allege he tied up and beat one dog with a sledgehammer, suffocated a second with a plastic bag, and then struck a ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Law, Morality, Ethics And Religion-Biological Patents - Intellectual Property...
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)July 14, 2015

The practices prevalent in India in this regard, and are quite nascent and the Topic of Biotechnology Patent is not as clear and tidy as it is in other fields of intellectual property. There are several outstanding deficiencies within the substantive ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bill Cosby: The lawyers weigh in
USA TODAYJuly 7, 2015

So what changes for Cosby now in the eyes of the law? The statute of ... Barbara Bowman, one of the first in a string of woman to accuse the 77-year-old TV legend of sexual assault, told CNN's Don Lemon Cosby's comments are a game-changer. "I've worked ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New Diversity Partner for Affirmative Action Obligations (press release)July 7, 2015 and create Affirmative Action partnership. This official partnership brings more affordable tools to federal contractors in their outreach to minorities and women, as well as AAOs (affirmative action officer) to ...more »

'Wow, pulled back wrong throttle:' captain of crashed TransAsia plane
Yahoo NewsJuly 2, 2015

TAIPEI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The pilot flying a TransAsia Airways <6702.TW> ATR mistakenly switched off the plane's only working engine seconds before it crashed in February, killing 43 people, Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council (ASC) said in its latest ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Implications for landlords and tenants of failing to register a lease
Lexology (registration)July 3, 2015

A lease that has been granted for a term of more than seven years must be registered at the Land Registry. Until the registration is complete, the tenant does not have a legal title to the property and the transaction will operate in equity alone. On ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Editorial: Buckle Your Seat Belt, Find Someone Sober, Put Down The Phone
Times RecordJuly 2, 2015

The inbox is full this week of warnings and reminders from law enforcement agencies; most of them concern safe driving habits for the holiday weekend that kicks off later today, if it hasn't already started. First, the Arkansas State Police remind us ...more »

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Don't give the game away – tips on maintaining litigation privilege - Lexology
Lexology (registration)July 13, 2015

Courts have long recognized the origin and rationale of solicitor-client privilege as a necessary and essential tool for the effective administration of justice. A related but conceptually distinct protection is that of litigation privilege. While both ...more »

Business Law
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A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt
Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)July 4, 2015

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Personal Injury
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Fracking-Related Personal Injury Tort Claim Allowed to Proceed in Oklahoma ...
The National Law ReviewJuly 5, 2015

New Dominion, LLC, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held that a personal injury tort action alleging that fracking-related activity caused an earthquake that then caused the plaintiff's injuries can proceed in an Oklahoma district court. ... The Oklahoma ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ring Video Doorbell Review: Editors' Choice
Gotta Be MobileJuly 2, 2015

It connects to the Internet over a home's Wi-Fi network and sends alerts to residents' smartphones whenever someone is at the door. With a couple of taps, the homeowner can see ... I asked the driver to leave the computer on my doorstep, but she told ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Reaffirming the attorney-client privilege, court dismisses “strange perversion ...
Lexology (registration)July 2, 2015

The attorney-client privilege is alive and well. In a little-noticed opinion, the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia dismissed a legal malpractice claim against a law firm. Taking all the allegations of the Complaint as true, the Court ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Message to Merkel: Think Outside the Box | Oliver R. Goodenough
Huffington PostJuly 9, 2015

The burden of reparations that followed World War I may have had different origins than the debt burden of the Greeks, but both proved unpayable. ... YouGov's general population samples are selected from its panel to match the distribution of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Limiting The Sky: Is There Space For Drones In Real Estate Law?
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)July 17, 2015

Real property is generally conceived of as tangible and two dimensional. We acquire land described by courses and distances in a deed, depicted by lines on a survey. The laws respecting that land are well-formed; most in the U.S. derive from English ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FDCPA and FCRA Year-to-Date Consumer Litigation Statistics Continue to ...
ACA InternationalJuly 20, 2015

Debt collection litigation, except Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases, increased significantly on a year-to-date basis, according to the latest report from WebRecon. “June saw uncharacteristically strong consumer litigation activity across all ...more »

Sports Law
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Ex-Canucks GM Mike Gillis becoming a teacher
Sportsnet.caJuly 14, 2015

"The primary focus of this course will be on the operation of sports leagues and the legal and business relationships between leagues, teams, players, agents and unions. Readings will be assigned for each class. Students will be required to submit ...more »

Cheerleader pay a hot topic with California bill, recent lawsuits
Omaha World-HeraldJuly 2, 2015

“It's nice to have clarifying legislation, but I don't think it changes the state of the law at all,” said attorney Sharon Vinick, who represented former Oakland Raiders cheerleaders in a lawsuit against the team. Raiders cheerleaders were paid $125 ...more »

'Innocent Spouse' Tax Relief: Facts and Circumstances Will Prevail
The Legal IntelligencerJuly 2, 2015

One of the more challenging issues an accountant or attorney will face is when a client receives a notice from the Internal Revenue Service assessing additional tax, penalties and interest. It can become even more interesting when the IRS is ... If the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal defense lawyers critical of sentencing task force
WRCB-TVJuly 30, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers says a task force that will recommend sentencing changes has not reached out to them for input. In a letter to the Governor's Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Why not polygamy, and why stop there?
Communities Digital NewsJuly 5, 2015

Social customs and expectations in Nigeria are far different, and the power dynamics of marriage there are not likely to be similar to those in New York. That women and children in polygamous families in Texas and southern Utah don't thrive is hardly ...more »

Iowa Civil Rights Act turns 50
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesJuly 5, 2015

The Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965, which Bonfield drafted, was paramount in the state's struggle for human rights in that it helped reduce discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. In ...more »

Wills & Probate
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BRIEFLY: July 4-7
Wicked Local PlymouthJuly 4, 2015

In order to make informed decisions, seniors must be aware of issues such as wills, nursing home planning, trusts and new probate law changes. By attending this free .... Be sure your name, address and phone number are on your check. Then, drop your ...more »

Environmental Law
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Talen Energy to Sell Renewables Business to Energy Power Partners
Texas LawyerJuly 7, 2015

A team of lawyers from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, which is based in Washington, D.C., are advising Energy Power. The Sutherland energy law team is being led by partners Ram C. Sunkara in Houston, Thomas H. Warren in Atlanta, and energy associates ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Illinois Case Law Update
WorkCompCentral (subscription)July 9, 2015

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, 1-13-3233WC, (06/26/2015): The Illinois Appellate Court ruled that the maximum amount of wage-differential benefits a worker can receive is based upon the statewide average weekly wage for the year that the ...more »

Family Law
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Researching Reform: Child abuse inquiry - will the recent guidance on the ...
Family Law (registration)July 6, 2015

Have all of your Family Law resources at your fingertips. Includes PracticePlus - the essential integrated resource. Find out more. Thumb fl dir image page 1. Family Law Directory. The only legal directory that specialises solely in divorce and family...more »


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