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Whistleblower Immunity Required Under Defend Trade Secrets Act
Lexology (registration)May 27, 2016

The new Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) allows owners of trade secrets to now bring a civil action in federal court to protect their trade secrets and confidential information. Further, under the DTSA, a trade secret owner may be awarded actual ...more »

Surprise change in Bulgarian media law
Broadband TV NewsMay 27, 2016

According to Capital, this follows a decision by MPs of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture and the Media, without any debate and unanimously, to adopt an amendment to the Law on Radio and Television on its first reading. It adds that the amendment ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Sheriff Marlin Gusman to take the stand at high-stakes hearing over control of local jail
The AdvocateJune 2, 2016

The sheriff plans to call his own corrections expert, Donald Leach, but the witness list suggests he will base most of his defense on funding issues and his contention that Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has failed to provide adequate resources ...more »

Health Care Law
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House Republicans Unveil Long-Awaited Replacement for Health Law
New York TimesJune 22, 2016

WASHINGTON — After six years of vague talk about a conservative alternative to the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans on Tuesday finally laid out the replacement for a repealed health law — a package of proposals that they said would slow the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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From the Queen Mary to the Cemetery: Operas In Unconventional Spaces
KCETJune 3, 2016

... far-flung places, including a 2014 staging of “Tosca,” set in three different locations of St. James United Methodist Church in Pasadena, and a 2015 mounting of “Falstaff” atop Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, with Act III performed under an ...more »

Immigration Law
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President Obama's Mixed Legacy on Immigration
Cato InstituteJune 6, 2016

President Obama has a mixed record on immigration. On one hand, he is the most stringent enforcer of immigration laws in American history — far outstripping the deportation numbers of the George W. Bush and earlier administrations. On the other hand ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Labour, Employment and Benefits 2016: Analysis
Who's Who LegalJune 3, 2016

Philip Berkowitz is located in the firm's New York office where he serves as the US practice co-chair of the international employment law practice group and co-chair of the financial services industry group. He handles a full gamut of employment ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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National Company Law Tribunal Constituted – New Perspectives For Dispute Resolution
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)June 3, 2016

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) vide a notification dated 1 June 2016 has constituted the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and its appellate authority, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) with effect from such date.more »

Insurance Litigation
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FTI Consulting Bolsters Global Insurance Services Practice with Key Hires
Yahoo MusicJune 15, 2016

Paul Goldean previously served at Scottish Re Group Limited in a number of positions, including board member, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. ... With more than 4,600 employees located in 28 countries, FTI ...more »

Animal Law
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Ex-farm manager gets prison time on animal cruelty charges
Morganton News HeraldJune 15, 2016

CORNWALL, Conn. (AP) — The former manager of a Cornwall farm has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for neglecting a herd of goats. Michael Hearl was sentenced Tuesday, but allowed to remain free on bond while the conviction on 19 ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Outlook: Cases and Trends to Follow in 2016
Lexology (registration)June 7, 2016

In the past several years, the United States Supreme Court has taken an unprecedented interest in intellectual property law. This year is no different with the Court having already granting certiorari in six cases and maybe more. The impact of these ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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BNA INSIGHTS: Boyle —Justice Scalia's Gift to Government Contractors Confronted With Potential Tort Liability
Bloomberg BNAJune 1, 2016

Boyle’s majority opinion, authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, established what is commonly known as the “government contractor defense†— federal government contractors' most enduring defense in product liability and other types of state law ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court Cases On Abortion, Affirmative Action And Immigration Still Pending05:20
Here And NowJune 9, 2016

The Supreme Court handed down several decisions today, though not in any of the three most prominent cases still pending this term. The three outstanding cases are all out of Texas: on abortion, affirmative action, and immigration. Here & Now's Robin ...more »

NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal Kauai plane crash
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserJune 1, 2016

The plane caught fire after it crashed. Cisco Campos, 68, of Hanapepe told the Star-Advertiser he was fishing near the runway at Port Allen when he heard the engine sputter after the aircraft took off. At the end of the runway, he said, it appeared the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Crowd packs hearing for landlord bill
Nashua TelegraphJune 15, 2016

Courtney Ball, an attorney with the law firm Nicosia & Associates, of Tyngsborough, Mass. - which represents about 30 landlords - urged the board to table the bill until June 28 or "deny it ... Aldermen last term formed the Substandard Living ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Piedmont businessman sent to prison for financial crimes
SFGateJune 3, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Piedmont businessman has been sentenced for failing to pay taxes and concealing assets in a bankruptcy. Fifty-eight-year-old Bernard Haag pleaded guilty in February and was recently sentenced to 1 ½ years in prison to be followed ...more »

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Litigation Funder Communications Protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine
Lexology (registration)June 9, 2016

The Court reasoned that Burford was retained in order to fund collection of the debt owed and was therefore compelled to evaluate the merits of the litigation and provide strategic advice. The Court reasoned that without such funding, judgment ...more »

Business Law
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Senate District 39 candidate running TV ads
Santa Fe New MexicanJune 4, 2016

In a campaign finance report filed Friday, former San Miguel County Hugh Ley, a Democrat from Terrero, N.M., said he spent $25,000 on a television ad buy through the Andrea Pistay Media of Seattle. That's more than 35 percent of the $69,535 that Ley's ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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The Pentagon created this 3-minute overview of its new military retirement plan
Military TimesJune 11, 2016

Starting in January 2018, military personnel with fewer than 12 years of service must choose whether to opt into the new "blended" system or stay enrolled in the traditional pension plan. Officials estimate that group includes 1.6 million people. Those ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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The New Economics of Cybercrime
The AtlanticJune 7, 2016

But the calculus changes if victims can be persuaded to buy back their own data, in some cases because of a ransomware attack, which encrypts their computers until they pay a ransom. In other cases, some individuals and ... “A huge number of criminal ...more »

Personal Injury
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DUI charge against attorney David J. Maloney dropped
The Northwest Florida Daily NewsJune 1, 2016

The well-known personal injury attorney who made a name for himself by declaring he'd never help a DUI defendant no longer has to worry about defending himself. A DUI charge brought May 8 against David J. Maloney, who famously advertises he'd rather ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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TERASA LOTT: Reduce water consumption with a rain barrel
SCNowJune 5, 2016

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Car Accident Mediation? — It's Confidential!
JD Supra (press release)June 10, 2016

... proceeding in which, pursuant to law, testimony can be compelled to be given. “(c) All communications, negotiations, or settlement discussions by and between participants in the course of a mediation or a mediation consultation shall remain ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Gov. Nixon signs law to regulate daily fantasy sports games
KSPRJune 10, 2016

Keeping a commitment made in his State of the State address this past January, Gov. Jay Nixon today signed House Bill 1941, the Missouri Fantasy Sports Consumer Protection Act, into law. The Act establishes a number of consumer protection measures and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Anderson Kill Absorbs New York Real Estate Boutique
New York Law Journal (registration)June 6, 2016

Insurance recovery firm Anderson Kill has absorbed a 10-attorney New York real estate boutique, Rosen Livingston & Cholst. The boutique has represented the ... Clients include buildings and new construction projects. The boutique has prepared offering ...more »

Lilly Claim Targets Canada's Policy on Drug Patents
Bloomberg BNAJune 3, 2016

June 2 — Canada would have to amend its patent laws or face a flurry of similar claims if an arbitration panel rules in favor of Eli Lilly & Co. in a $500 million case alleging violations of North American Free Trade Agreement investor protection ...more »

Sports Law
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Law requires tougher standards for Great Lakes pipelines
KEYCJune 14, 2016

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Congress has ordered stronger safety measures for pipelines carrying oil and other fuels in the Great Lakes region. The requirement is contained in a bill that cleared the Senate on Monday and the House last week. It now ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Local criminal defense attorney weighs in on Stanford student rape case
21AliveJune 7, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- After hearing the news that a former Stanford student convicted of rape, some are saying that sentence was too light. The victim, who has not been named publicly, had this to say about her attacker's sentence: "What he did ...more »

US Senate committee submits private museum findings to Internal Revenue Service
Art NewspaperJune 2, 2016

A chill went down the spines of collectors when news broke late last year that the US government was scrutinising private museums to discover whether they benefit their wealthy founders more than the general public. In November, the Senate Finance ...more »

Congress OK's anti-age discrimination measure
Manila BulletinJune 1, 2016

Susan A. Yap, principal author of the bill, remains hopeful that the bill will be passed into law in the remaining days of the 16th Congress as the Senate concurred with the House version of the measure. “It aims to declare as policies of the State the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Biz Groups Sue To Kill Law They Say Will Restrict Retirement Advice
Investor's Business DailyJune 2, 2016

Charging that the DOL overstepped its authority on April 6 in creating a rule that requires financial advisors to act in the best interests of their clients when advising on retirement accounts, nine plaintiffs have filed suit in federal court in Texas ...more »

Environmental Law
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Vt. Govenor Shumlin Signs Revised Energy Siting Bill
My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22June 13, 2016

"Some local communities have expressed concerns about the siting of renewable energy installations. This law strikes an appropriate balance between those concerns and the need to get 90 percent of Vermont's energy from renewable sources by 2050.more »

Wills & Probate
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Can a person be fired for refusing to submit to an observed urine test? Legal Corner - June 8, 2016
KPLC-TVJune 8, 2016

The process of establishing the validity of a will is called “probate.” So, in order to complete a succession, the deceased's will, must be probated. Any person interested in the deceased's estate can petition the court to probate the will. If the ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law Awards 2016 nominations deadline extended
Family LawJune 1, 2016

There are 21 award categories this year, including the newly added categories for Regional Chambers of the Year in addition to London Chambers of the Year. The Family Law firm of the Year has been expanded to Family Law Regional Firm of the Year and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CA DWC Issues 2nd 30-Day Comment Period for Proposed Modifications to the HOPD/ASC Fee Schedule (press release)June 7, 2016

San Francisco, CA ( - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has issued a second 30-day notice of modification to the proposed hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers (HOPD/ASC) fee schedule ...more »


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