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Business in Savannah: News summary
Business In SavannahNovember 18, 2014

Goodrich's lecture was the fourth of five lectures in the Enmark Encourage Health Educational Series 2014. The nonprofit also raised funds during the Enmark Dollar Day, receiving $1 for every car wash, $1 at the group's charity table and $1 donations ...more »

Deal Boom Feeds on Surging Stocks
NasdaqNovember 18, 2014

The takeover surge is a boon to the investment banks and law firms that advise companies on deals, often for fees that run into the tens of millions of dollars. Usually, a bank will charge a ... That is in part because, while deal making in the first ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama sets off on a sales mission on immigration
Providence Eyewitness NewsNovember 21, 2014

The effort is crucial to Obama as he tries to dampen Republican cries to undo the administrative measures and, at the same time, strives to win the trust of immigrants and get them to participate. Obama is starting with a rally Friday at the Las Vegas ...more »

Health Care Law
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Immigrants baffled by HealthCare.gov lapse
U-T San DiegoNovember 19, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks at Florida International University College of Law in Miami. Like other HealthCare.gov customers, immigrants are relieved that the government's health ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Turns Out, the Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds
TakePartNovember 18, 2014

Already, Stephen S. Jones, a wheat breeder and professor at Washington State University, says he's contacted at least three times a week by farmers in other states, seeking new varieties or wheat tailored for their region and needs. If successful, they ...more »

Immigration Law
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Boehner's immigration inertia forces Obama to act
Washington PostNovember 18, 2014

Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn't fooling anybody. The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won't. I repeat: That's the only reason. The issue could have been settled a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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FACT SHEET: Global Entrepreneurship Summit
Whitehouse.gov (press release)November 20, 2014

These Summits have opened up new markets for products and encouraged policymakers to break down barriers to business, such as the draft law currently being developed by the Moroccan Government to create a legal status for startups. The Administration ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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How To Select The Best Mediator Is a Must Read for Everyone
Huffington PostNovember 18, 2014

I refer to it as "an alternative form of litigation." In his book, Mr. Peters describes such ... Using this approach, mediators first address the parties' underlying conflict before they turn to the task of attempting to resolve their dispute...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Home Depot Facing at Least 44 Civil Suits in Data Breach
Wall Street JournalNovember 25, 2014

Home Depot took out a $100 million insurance policy for data-breach expenses last year before last year's hack at Target Corp., which drew widespread attention to information security during the holiday-shopping period. The company told investors that ...more »

Animal Law
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Local couple faces felony charges after fleeing state with children
Cheboygan Daily NewsDecember 9, 2014

Both also face animal cruelty charges for leaving their farm animals when they fled to Florida. Richard Fero and his family left the area after his wife, Shavon, contacted police on October 11 and reported that her five children, ages 1-to-12 years of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Apple, Cheese, Whistles, Dotcom: Intellectual Property
BloombergDecember 3, 2014

Apple Inc. (AAPL), maker of the iPad and iPhone, patented a technology aimed at protecting mobile phones and other similar devices from breaking when dropped. Patent 8,903,519, issued yesterday, covers a protective mechanism for an electronic device ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Xarelto Attorney News Update: Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)November 19, 2014

Lawyers are investigating these inquiries for possible Xarelto bleeding lawsuits. The Onder Law Firm is renowned for its achievements in product and consumer safety litigation, with a strong track record of winning meaningful settlements for clients ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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EDIT: On Affirmative Action
Daily Free Press (subscription)November 18, 2014

The idea of affirmative action is certainly an important one. Back when the United States had incredible difficulty integrating ethnic minorities into educational institutions (think Brown v. Board of Education), affirmative action was crafted in order ...more »

Vladimir Putin Interview: US-NATO's Global Military Design, Russia's ...
Center for Research on GlobalizationNovember 18, 2014

“It is none of your business, so get your nose out of these affairs.” HUBERT ... What is international law? It is first of all the United Nations Charter, international practice and its interpretation by relevant international institutions. Moreover ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Lawyers help students navigate rental laws
Western FrontNovember 21, 2014

LAW Advocates' attorneys presented the basics of landlord-tenant laws, educated students about available resources and provided one-on-one meetings with a lawyer. Aguirre said he hoped students came out of the rental clinic knowing where to get more ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Apple served $23.6m bill for infringing old pager patents
ZDNetNovember 19, 2014

Daniel Scardino, the lawyer representing Mtel, said the decision acknowledged the efforts of early pioneers in mobile messaging. "Apple makes a great ... "But they should also give credit to those who are due credit for advancing the state of ...more »

Litigation
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Fifth Circuit Tires of Albert G. Hill III Litigation
Texas LawyerDecember 2, 2014

For years, a federal court trust fund battle between members of one of Dallas' wealthiest families has been one of the most discussed civil cases in Texas, spawning a multimillion-dollar attorney fee dispute, allegations of improper political influence ...more »

Business Law
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UCare pulls advertising from KSTP over Pointergate
MinnPostNovember 18, 2014

MPR's Matt Sepic says, “The health insurance company UCare has pulled its advertising from KSTP-TV because of news report that has been dubbed '#pointergate' on social media. … UCare marketing director Dan ... Joseph Jeyapaul arrived in Minneapolis on ...more »

Personal Injury
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CALA: California strikes back – Don't let personal injury lawyers turn Texas ...
Southeast Texas RecordNovember 24, 2014

These detrimental lawsuits illustrate precisely why we must continue to push back against a mentality of nonstop suing, and maintain a vigilant presence in and around the Texas Legislature to ensure personal injury lawyers fail in their attempts to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Officials urge parents, kids to be vigilant against online crimes
WISNovember 18, 2014

Wilson is doing what he can to protect kids online through the Internet Crimes against Children Taskforce. “We literally patrol the Internet through 54 law enforcement agencies in the state that have joined our taskforce and we're out there patrolling ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Free clinics put bandage on health care gaps
Lancaster Eagle GazetteNovember 23, 2014

A bill that passed the Ohio House with near unanimous support in February would allow doctors who volunteer their time at free clinics to treat Medicaid patients with malpractice protection under the state Good Samaritan Law. It also would post ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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UC regents approve tuition hikes amid angry protests
Daily PilotNovember 20, 2014

Over the din of students chanting their protest, the University of California regents voted 14-7 on Thursday to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years. The actual voice vote of the regents could not be heard by the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Cabinet approves bill on real estate sector regulation
spyghana.comNovember 27, 2014

According to Hon Osei Kofi, the Bill is meant to streamline the real estate industry with respect to real estate brokerage practitioners to protect the interest of house-hunters. He pointed out that the Bill will soon be laid before Parliament to be ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US agency sues Sprint for alleged unauthorized charges
PCWorldDecember 17, 2014

The CFPB alleged that Sprint violated the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act's prohibition on unfair practices, by among other things, automatically billing consumers for illegitimate charges without their consent. The ...more »

Sports Law
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Doc: Silver sees pot o' gold in legal sports betting
Cincinnati.comNovember 19, 2014

If fitted with cement shoes, how might Schlichter fare in the Detroit River? Fortunately for Art, he never found out. Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, wants to make betting on sports as routine and legal as cheering for them. Silver's surface ...more »

Is the payphone making a comeback?
Valdosta Daily TimesNovember 19, 2014

Their contract with the city, which will replace New York's previous 15-year contract to maintain and operate public payphones, calls for construction of the network to begin in 2015. Ultimately, as many as 10,000 of the machines will ... Now LinkNYC ...more »

Language for recall of Clay Township clerk approved by election commission
New Baltimore Voice NewspapersDecember 6, 2014

4, the IRS placed a lien on Clay Township property for $200,000, plus an additional $25,000 in IRS fines. Once the IRS issues were discovered, Bryson ordered a full audit for payroll. After some issues were found, he notified the department of treasury ...more »

Criminal Defense
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DA: Philadelphia lawyer had sex with captive girl, 14
CBS NewsNovember 25, 2014

Meehan, 56, a low-profile personal injury and criminal defense lawyer, surrendered hours before the charges were announced on Tuesday. He was charged with indecent sexual assault, patronizing an underage prostitute and other offenses. "At this point ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Evolving Landscape of State Income Taxation of Trusts
WealthManagement.comNovember 21, 2014

The trustee holds equitable title to the property.2 In contrast to a corporation that owes its legal existence to state filings, a common law trust isn't a juridical entity, and it must sue, be sued and transact business in the name of the trustee. The ...more »

Don't Let the OWBPA Put a Rift in Your RIF
JD Supra (press release)November 18, 2014

The OWBPA, which is part of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), safeguards older workers' employee benefits from age discrimination. Among other things, this means that employers must take certain precautions when seeking a release from ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Retiring Abroad: Is Paradise Losing Its Luster?
ThinkAdvisorNovember 18, 2014

... Reporting,” said Attorney Felicia Seaton, who specializes in estate and taxation issues for American workers that retire abroad. As a U.S. financial planner, you certainly can't be expected to up on foreign tax regulations, estate law, or workplace ...more »

Environmental Law
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Hong Kong Protesters Await City's Next Move
Wall Street JournalNovember 18, 2014

Others helped bailiffs remove barriers during Tuesday's clearance, seemingly intent on demonstrating compliance with the operation despite the fact the entire occupation is illegal under Hong Kong law. “We respect the law, so we are ... “This is not an ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Postal Service employee falsely claimed workers comp for 7 years, DOJ says
Federal TimesNovember 21, 2014

A Postal Service employee pleaded guilty to making false statements and unfairly claiming hundreds of thousands in federal employee compensation benefits - known as workers compensation - according to the Justice Department. Colette Lee, from ...more »

Family Law
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Non-accidental Injury and Re-balancing the Burden of Proof
Family Law WeekNovember 27, 2014

Because of this evidence the local authority reconsidered its position and no longer sought any public law orders. The guardian, however, although agreeing that L should return home, considered that L had suffered NAI. The judge therefore gave a full ...more »

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