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GNP creditors petition to move bankruptcy case to Maine, but trustee objects
Insurance News NetSeptember 30, 2014

29 -- PORTLAND, Maine -- A group of Maine -based creditors has asked a Delaware court to move the bankruptcy case of Great Northern Paper Co. to Maine , where an attorney said 56 percent of the 1,159 creditors are located. But the Delaware trustee now ...more »

Syrian Crisis: US Assistance and Support for the Transition
YumanewsnowSeptember 30, 2014

These resources support international and non-governmental organizations assisting those affected by the conflict both inside Syria and across the region. The United States is also providing $330 million in non-lethal support to the moderate Syrian ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge Recommends 6 Officers Who Hog-Tied, Beat Inmate At Rikers Island Be ...
Huffington PostSeptember 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A New York judge is recommending six correction officers at the city's largest jail be fired for the hog-tying and brutal beating of an inmate who was handcuffed in a segregated mental health unit, according to a ruling ...more »

Health Care Law
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Focusing On The Next, Better Health Care Reform Law
Independent Women's ForumOctober 15, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was supposed to cure our nation's healthcare ills. Yet today, we still see symptoms of dysfunction. We can -- we must -- do more to create a better healthcare system for all Americans. That's why this week, across the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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ACLU Wants Alabama Abortion Law Tossed
Daily CallerOctober 2, 2014

Jones told TheDCNF, “Ultra-liberal groups like the ACLU have resorted to filing lawsuits to block legislation they don't like because they no longer have allies in the Alabama legislature.” “This law ensures that if a minor is seeking an abortion ...more »

Immigration Law
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Why LA County might stick with 287(g), a little-used immigration enforcement ...
89.3 KPCC (blog)October 7, 2014

Named for a section of the immigration law that authorizes it, 287(g) essentially deputizes county cops to perform immigration enforcement tasks. It's been used by the Sheriff's Department in local jails since 2005, with deputies trained by U.S ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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How Mesa would spend $580 million in utility bonds
azcentral.comSeptember 30, 2014

The $580 million utility-bond package would provide for improvements and additions to Mesa's electric, gas, water and wastewater infrastructure — particularly in southeast Mesa, where new subdivisions and industrial facilities have taken root. Its ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Seminar to spotlight doing business in China
NewsOK.comSeptember 30, 2014

The Hong Kong Arbitration Centre administers one of the few known dispute resolution processes that can result in an enforceable award on the Chinese mainland. Q: Why should business leaders attend this seminar? A: Acting in an informed manner with ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Cigna files lawsuit against Health Diagnostic Laboratory
Richmond Times-DispatchOctober 18, 2014

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, accuses HDL of “a fraudulent fee-forgiving scheme” that involved not charging Cigna insurance plan members for their share of the cost of ...more »

Animal Law
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FBI to start documenting animal cruelty in national crime report
The Oregonian - OregonLive.comSeptember 30, 2014

The Uniform Crime Report Program is the go-to place for law-enforcement executives, the media and the general public seeking information on U.S. crime. The decision came after efforts by the National Sheriffs' Association, the Animal Welfare Institute ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Batik industry needs intellectual property protection
Jakarta PostOctober 1, 2014

The government has highlighted the importance of enhancing the intellectual property protection of the country's batik industry to enable Indonesia to further expand its batik exports in the coming years. Industry Ministry director general of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Court Rules in $1.85 Bil. Asbestos Coverage Dispute
New Jersey Law JournalOctober 3, 2014

Long-running litigation between a company that sued more than 50 of its insurance carriers over $1.85 billion in coverage for asbestos claims culminated Sept. 30 in a precedential decision by a New Jersey appeals court. At issue in IMO Industries v ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BOOSTS MINORITY SCHOOLS
Daily SabahOctober 29, 2014

ISTANBUL — Turkey witnessed the most clear affirmative action for schools catering to non-Muslim minorities in its history, according to an official from the Ministry of National Education. Muammer Yıldız, the director of the Ministry's Istanbul ...more »

The Best Way to Hold Your Hands During a Plane Crash
LifehackerOctober 1, 2014

We're probably all familiar with the brace position—that curled up posture passengers are advised to adopt in the event of an emergency plane landing. The details of the proper way to get into that position, however, might not be universally known ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Cooper: Setback proposal goes too far
Casper Star-Tribune OnlineOctober 5, 2014

Likewise, I don't want a neighbor's abandoned trailer house dictating the manner in which I use and enjoy my private land – all because of an arbitrary distance predetermined by a regulation. Wyoming law requires mineral developers to privately ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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DOD Seeks Comments on Terms Limitation of Consumer Credit Extended to ...
Insurance News NetSeptember 30, 2014

More specifically, the Department proposes to amend its regulation so that, in general, consumer credit covered under the MLA [1] would be defined consistently with credit that for decades has been subject to the protections under the Truth in Lending ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation, Risk to Reputation May Come From Scrutiny of Doctors' Payment Data
Bloomberg BNAOctober 2, 2014

Sept. 30 — Open Payments data, which were made public Sept. 30, may have wide-ranging effects on both physicians and drug and device manufacturers that make the payments to doctors, including an increase in qui tam filings, as well as the potential ...more »

Business Law
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Estate Assist Wants To Provide Estate Planning For The Social Media Age
TechCrunch (blog)October 1, 2014

Only one state, Delaware, has a law that allows family members access to online profiles after someone dies. The problem with that is companies like ... He also informed me Estate Assist uses bank level security methods and has built-in ID protection...more »

Personal Injury
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Harrisburg Personal Injury Attorney Edward E. Knauss, IV Achieves ...
PR Web (press release)October 3, 2014

Established in 1888 by Frank B. Wickersham, the law firm of Metzger Wickersham has earned a reputation as a dedicated team of Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers. The law firm's practice areas include car and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Law Enforcement Stands by Its Distribution of Spyware to Parents
NewsweekOctober 3, 2014

Her spokesman, Steve Walker, said, “Our online security experts at the Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team continue to believe the benefits of this software in protecting children from predators and bullies online and providing ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Judge Rejects Proskauer Bid to Dismiss Malpractice Suit
New York Law Journal (registration)October 3, 2014

Meanwhile, Proskauer and the four partners brought a fraud suit against OSG's general counsel and its former CFO, claiming their false representations led to significant legal fees and reputational damage for Proskauer, in Proskauer v. Edelson, 650596 ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Proposition 122 aims to allow state to reject certain federal laws, rules
KTAR.comOctober 20, 2014

Arizona Rep. Sonny Borrelli, center, supports Proposition 122, which would amend the state Constitution to say that Arizona may exercise its "sovereign authority" to restrict the use of its money and personnel. Also seen in the photo above at a June ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate agents, others fixed on matter before SJC
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyOctober 9, 2014

Lawyers for plaintiff Nesto Monell — who maintained a website advertising the underlying lawsuit to potential class members — say Gordon's decision, which is being appealed, is the first they know of “that addresses the protections afforded to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SCC weighs-in on consumer protection remedies in Quebec class actions
Lexology (registration)September 30, 2014

On September 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released a trilogy of decisions examining the standing of representative plaintiffs and the availability of consumer protection legislation in the class action context. Though these decisions are ...more »

Sports Law
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La Liga could axe Catalan clubs if region suceeds in independence push ...
FOXSports.comOctober 7, 2014

Javier Tebas said the country's sports law entitles only one non-Spanish territory - Andorra - to legally participate in the league or other official competitions. The pro-independence government of Catalonia is pushing for a referendum to see how many ...more »

What Texas can learn from Nigeria when it comes to containing Ebola
Washington PostOctober 4, 2014

And they had to do so quickly, making the process known as contract tracing a priority. "In the whole system approach in beating the war on Ebola, contact ... People under controlled movement have to notify officials about any intended travel and ...more »

Pakootas sets sights on McMorris Rodgers
The Spokesman ReviewOctober 14, 2014

Matt Shea (R), 40, Spokane Valley; lawyer, incumbent state legislator, criticized for fringe views and actions, such as being an outspoken member of the revolution-ready Oath Keepers, warning people of the “inevitable collapse” of the American economy ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney Peter Knecht, who boasted celeb clients, loses battle with cancer
Boston HeraldOctober 4, 2014

Peter Leo Knecht , a Hollywood criminal defense attorney whose clients included Dennis Hopper , Peter Fonda , Ike Turner , Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, Robert Blake , Charles Bronson , Rob Lowe and Robert Downey Jr. , died at his home in the Hollywood Hills ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Meet the GC: Konny Light of Advanced Global Partners
Daily Report (registration)September 30, 2014

While it was believed that a company could simply hire a third-party administrator to handle these transactions and thus the legal requirements, the government has indicated after the giant Target breach that a company cannot simply contract away their ...more »

Obscure age limits bill sparks controversy
WWLOctober 2, 2014

Technically, the law eliminates a grandfather clause that had allowed the older JPs and constables to continue to serve. The office-holders are challenging the new rule on the grounds of age discrimination. "Why would I go through the expense of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The candidates in their own words for Oct. 20
Delmarva Daily TimesOctober 22, 2014

Working in real estate for several decades, I understand property laws and the importance of proper succession. I've also taken ... I want to help people navigate the maze of legal terms and rules regarding estate administration or guardianship ...more »

Environmental Law
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The Realistic Way to Tax Carbon
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 1, 2014

In addition, a realistic carbon tax would be premised on the recognition that, for all the enthusiasm today about renewable energy, fossil fuels are likely to remain the dominant energy source for decades to come. So the tax would ... Jeffrey Ball ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oregon workers compensation interim chief retires
KTVZOctober 1, 2014

It's a semi-autonomous state agency that provides workers compensation insurance to Oregon businesses. At 57 years old, Gilkey has worked at SAIF for 34 years. Agency spokesman Dave Miller says Gilkey planned to retire earlier this year but stayed on ...more »

Family Law
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Abuchian v Maksoud [2014] EWHC 3104 (Fam)
Family Law WeekOctober 2, 2014

In March 2014, at a time when she was either unable or unwilling to seek a divorce, the wife issued proceedings under the Married Women's Property Act 1882, and the Family Law Act 1996, in relation to the legal or beneficial ownership of certain ...more »

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