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Springfield mayoral candidates discuss violent crime, marijuana laws
The State Journal-RegisterMarch 28, 2015

The Springfield mayoral candidates on Friday outlined their ideas for curbing gun violence in the capital city. Sangamon County Auditor Paul Palazzolo said he's a "huge proponent" of the CeaseFire initiative, which started in Chicago more than a decade ...more »

The Short Answer ISIS in Indonesia
Wall Street Journal (blog)March 28, 2015

One factor is the opportunity to live in an Islamic state where Islamic law is applied in full, said Ms. Jones. That appeal is then combined with a stipend that is often given to families to cover the costs of housing, food and ... The Ministry of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Foster testified for marijuana doctor without Dyer's knowledge
Fresno BeeMarch 28, 2015

Following Allende's hearings, which were held in Fresno in December 2013 and on Feb. 11, 2014, one count against Allende for failing to ... never had any trouble whatsoever,” Nuttall said. “This is one of the worst administrative investigations I've ...more »

Family Law
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Legal Aid Ontario expands family law services in Scarborough
insideTORONTO.comApril 3, 2015

Scarborough residents now have more access to free family law services as part of a new initiative by Legal Aid Ontario. The new service is provided by family lawyer Ana Rico at three Scarborough locations: West Scarborough Community Legal Services on ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Man charged in noose left on statue at Ole Miss
The Commercial DispatchMarch 29, 2015

"This shameful and ignorant act is an insult to all Americans and a violation of our most strongly-held values," Attorney General Eric Holder said in announcing the indictment. "No one should ever be made to feel threatened or intimidated because of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Tax refunds for many take hit or get bump from health care law
WJLAApril 5, 2015

The law offers tax credits so people without access to job-based health insurance can buy private coverage. Because these subsidies are tied to income, consumers must accurately estimate what they will make for the coming year. That's been a challenge ...more »

Immigration Law
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Denver Joins As Amicus In 5th Circuit Immigration Case
Law Week ColoradoApril 15, 2015

Denver is one of 73 cities and counties jointly filing an amicus brief in Texas v. United States, a legal challenge in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals involving President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration policies. Mayor Michael ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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The fight for rights in Lynn
Daily ItemMarch 28, 2015

LYNN — There is a feeling up on the Highlands in Lynn that ever since the voting booths were removed from the Robert L. Ford Elementary School, less residents from that neighborhood have gone to the polls. Laura Marquez, vice chairman of the Lynn ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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China suspends bank tech restrictions

SIIA senior director for international public policy Carl Schonander said the delay was a positive development, noting the industry asked for the rules to be suspended. "We have to see what this means in practice," he said. "We definitely would like to ...more »

Animal Law
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Starved horses expose loophole in Indiana's neglect law
Fox 28March 28, 2015

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Animal rights supporters say three horses found starved and dehydrated in western Indiana two months ago have exposed a loophole in the state's animal neglect law. Indiana Code defines animal neglect, in part, as "endangering an ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Olympia School District won't seek recovery of $3 million in emergency repairs ...
The OlympianApril 3, 2015

The district hired an outside investigator to determine whether it would be feasible to pursue an insurance claim or litigation against another party such as the school's architect, builder, subcontractors, materials suppliers or any other group that ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos lawsuit seeking millions for former Jackson County workers
Columbia MissourianMarch 31, 2015

The family of 56-year-old Nancy Lopez, who died in 2010 from asbestos-related illnesses, received $10.4 million from the county and the firm that did the removal, U.S. Engineering Co. One of Lopez' co-workers, who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit, alleges ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Giving Artworks a Second Life
New York TimesApril 7, 2015

“For a long time, we were creating museum institutions, so acquiring and building collections was booming,” said France Desmarais, director of programs and partnerships for the International Council of Museums, an association of museum professionals ...more »

German newspaper releases timeline of Germanwings flight before crash
CNNMarch 29, 2015

(CNN) The sounds recorded on one of the "black boxes" recovered from downed Germanwings Flight 9525 firms up investigators' theory that the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit and then crashed the plane. "For God's sake, open the door!" Capt.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Women insist on 35% affirmative action from Buhari's administration
The Guardian NigeriaApril 27, 2015

THE Borno State Women, Peace and Security Group (BWPSG) in the state yesterday urged President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC) to strictly abide with the 35 per cent affirmative action for women on ministerial ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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City doesn't track return on incentives
Cincinnati.comMarch 29, 2015

The deals – as allowed under Ohio law – shortchanged the public school system by about $1.4 million a year. The city's operating budget and levies that help the .... incentives is what has happened in Over-the-Rhine. The private non-profit developer ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Griffin's bill to evict guests reaches governor's desk
Sierra Vista HeraldApril 4, 2015

SIERRA VISTA — Legislation introduced by Sen. Gail Griffin (R-Hereford) that would empower landlords or tenants to evict houseguests via law enforcement without notice has local property managers supporting the measure that would strengthen the ...more »

Business Law
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Fan frenzy as 'Mad Men' nears end
BDliveMarch 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Get ready for your last dose of sex, booze, lies and advertising. "Mad Men," the award-winning hit series about morally compromised New York advertising executives in 1960s Manhattan, returns next month for its final seven episodes ...more »

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Wake Up Call: Fried Frank Hires Rainmaker to Boost Litigation Department
Big Law Business (blog)April 2, 2015

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson said on Wednesday that it has hired James Wareham to head up the New York law firm's litigation department. Wareham, who is based in Washington, D.C. and has represented Chevron and AIG, joins the firm from ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man Accused Of 'Peeping Tom' Incident At Montgomery County Target
CBS LocalMarch 30, 2015

Miklos Jugovics, of Warminster, is facing charges of Invasion of Privacy, Unlawful use of Computers and Possessing Instruments of Crime. According to the Abington Township Police Department, a female told them she was trying on clothes in a changing ...more »

Personal Injury
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Arbitrating Seamen's Personal Injury Claims
New York Law Journal (registration)March 31, 2015

A seaman's employment contract, especially for those employed aboard a cruise ship, often contains a clause requiring arbitration to resolve disputes arising out of or related to employment. The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and case law interpreting ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Did Barack Obama vote for Religious Freedom Restoration Act with 'very same ...
PolitiFactMarch 29, 2015

In his ABC interview, Pence said Indiana's law followed the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court last year, in which the court ruled 5-4 that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects family owned corporations from being forced to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Jurors were shocked by concession that Hernandez witnessed the murder
NBCSports.comApril 15, 2015

Second, the notion that Hernandez saw someone kill his future brother-in-law (as Sultan also suggested during closing arguments) and then brought the murderer back to Hernandez's home, where his infant daughter was sleeping, made no sense. The effort ...more »

Consumer Protection
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How to protect privacy in the digital age: a constitutional amendment
The Seattle TimesApril 15, 2015

WE live under surveillance. In our homes. In our offices. In our public spaces. With the widespread deployment of GPS devices, digital networks and global satellites, our digital footprints are tracked and recorded to a degree we never anticipated and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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How This Multi-Tasking Franchisee Manages Careers in Real Estate, Food and ...
EntrepreneurMarch 30, 2015

The entrepreneur was already buying and leasing foreclosed real estate before becoming a Back Yard Burgers franchisee. Then, after he opened his first franchise location, he finished law school and became a partner at Phelps Dunbar, LLP. Here's what he ...more »

New restrictions on debt collectors in district court
Boston Globe (subscription)March 28, 2015

It was 2009 when the state's highest court moved to curb abuses by debt collectors in small claims courts. Since then, debt collection attorneys have been required to certify they have sued debtors at the correct address and have evidence that the debt ...more »

A crazy lottery ticket scam that allows people to dodge taxes is making a big ...
Business InsiderApril 9, 2015

“There's companies set up today to rent losing lottery tickets just for your audit." IRS lottery ticket scam EbayAnother person selling losing lottery tickets on Ebay. ABC News found similar ads on Craigslist in both Detroit and Tennessee. "Good for ...more »

Criminal Defense
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28 animals seized in 2nd raid at Moraine home
WHIOMarch 28, 2015

Property owner Steven Welch, 56, said his home was previously raided in November 2011, when humane society investigators seized more than two dozen dogs and a rabbit during a similar warrant service. “Never got one animal back. There was nothing ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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A Lover Of Philanthropy And The Outdoors
Hartford CourantApril 5, 2015

"He was very energetic," said Sherwood Anderson, a Bristol lawyer who was involved in setting up the foundation. "He was always ... Today, the Main Street Foundation has assets of $38 million, according to Susan Sadecki, president of the organization ...more »

Colts, Irsay issue statements on Indiana law
NBCSports.comMarch 30, 2015

“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” the NFL said in a statement. “We are continuing to analyze the implications of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Lincoln law firm warns of unregulated probate providers targeting elderly people
Lincolnshire EchoApril 11, 2015

A Lincoln law firm has raised concerns about the number of irresponsible wills and probate providers who cold-call elderly residents. They offer to protect older people's assets in case they need to pay care home fees - but then ask them to hand over cash.more »

Environmental Law
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Why Martin O'Malley Is Impersonating a Liberal
Slate MagazineApril 1, 2015

For O'Malley to be the liberal alternative, however, he has to be liberal, or at least, more-so than Clinton. But not only is O'Malley close to Clinton on the ideological map of the Democratic Party, he might even be a little to her right. At ...more »

Workers Compensation
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York's Success in Fighting Workers' Compensation Fraud Recovers More than ... (press release)April 2, 2015

Parsippany, NJ ( - York Risk Services Group (York), a premier provider of insurance services, including claims management, managed care, specialized loss adjusting, alternative risk programs, pool administration and risk control ...more »


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