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Lending services sued for alleged violation of consumer law
West Virginia RecordJune 24, 2016

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in 2003, she secured a loan from BB&T through her then-mother-in-law, Dreama St. Clair, for the property known as 289 Tristan Lane, Princeton. Part of the requirement was that plaintiff should give ...more »

Escondido duo tops city pay list again
The San Diego Union-TribuneJune 24, 2016

Two of the three top-paid municipal employees in the state last year were from Escondido, according to compensation data collected by Transparent California. The group released statewide compensation records for 2015 this week, including ... In June ...more »

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Administrative Law
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The Supreme Court didn't answer its own questions on immigration. Here's what comes next.
Washington PostJune 24, 2016

It would appear that the more liberal judges could not convince their more conservative brethren that Texas and its allies had no grounds for a lawsuit. Nor could the skeptics win a majority for the view that the administration's interpretation of the ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law Section led by Athens representative wins State Bar award
Online AthensJune 26, 2016

The State Bar of Georgia's Family Law Section, led by state Rep. Regina M. Quick of Regina M. Quick P.C. in Athens, received the Section of the Year Award, presented during the Annual Meeting of the State Bar on June 17. The award honors an outstanding ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Lexington Institute Study Calls Jones Act Essential for Securing U.S. Border from International Terrorism
Hellenic Shipping News WorldwideJune 24, 2016

The Lexington Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, released a study stressing the critical role that the American maritime industry and the Jones Act play in strengthening U.S. border security and helping to prevent international terrorism ...more »

Health Care Law
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Office coach: Enemies at work? Control your temper
The Detroit NewsJune 26, 2016

As a supervisor in an elder care facility, I am responsible for a unit with 95 residents. Sometimes everything ... For a supervisor, these explosive reactions are even more reprehensible, because they constitute an abuse of power. Despite the sad fact ...more »

Immigration Law
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Increased Fines on the Horizon for Immigration Law Violations
Lexology (registration)July 7, 2016

The Department of Justice has raised the bar on penalties for violations of federal immigration law. On June 30, 2016, DOJ issued an interim final rule that goes into effect on August 1, 2016. This rule, implemented as an inflation adjustment ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Early Dispute Resolution Turns Legal Decisions Into Business Decisions
Restaurant Finance Monitor (blog)June 24, 2016

said panelist Anne Jordan, head of Jordan Associates, which provides consulting and alternative dispute resolution services. The third step is the document and information exchange, and where EDR starts to differ greatly from the typical dispute ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Latest: Brexit brings calls for London to break away
NewsdayJune 24, 2016

"The fundamentals of the UK's strength in the world will endure," Rycroft stressed, pointing to "our economy, our world-class diplomacy, armed forces, our commitment to international development, helping the world's poorest, and above all here at the ...more »

Animal Law
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Duo Sentenced In Animal Cruelty Case Arrested Again, Released On Bail
KHTS RadioJune 24, 2016

While Stringer was previously sentenced in March to three years summary probation for one misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal, Vest received one year in county jail and three years formal probation in April for the same charge, in addition to one ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Google dodges parents' web privacy appeal in class action lawsuit
Business InsuranceJune 27, 2016

Jay Barnes, a lawyer for the parents, declined to comment. ... "But others—including the kinds of disclosures described by the plaintiffs here—are simply too far afield from the circumstances that motivated the act's passage to trigger liability ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Our opinion: A slightly less toxic system to protect our health
Bennington Banner (subscription)June 24, 2016

Under the worst-case scenario, chemical companies use litigation to limit EPA's authority — which is exactly what happened 25 years ago, when the courts overturned EPA's attempt to ban asbestos." Richard Denison, writing for the Environmental Defense ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Heading for Brexit: Will United Kingdom's Intellectual Property Protections Brexit Too?
The National Law ReviewJune 29, 2016

With the full effect of the June 23 United Kingdom (UK) vote – known as Brexit – to leave the European Union (EU) still unclear, those seeking protection of their intellectual property in the EU and the UK have a varied landscape to navigate. The UK's ...more »

Eric Hertz had undisclosed medical condition at time of fatal plane crash, CAA report says
TVNZJune 27, 2016

The Civil Aviation Authority has determined the cause of the light plane crash which killed former 2Degrees CEO Eric Hertz and his wife Katherine. Eric Hertz and his wife Katherine. Source: ONE News. The report concluded that the plane "departed ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Did the Supreme Court just admit affirmative action is about racial justice?
VoxJuly 5, 2016

The majority opinion in Fisher v. Texas, which upheld the affirmative action policy of the University of Texas, marks a turning point in the long controversy surrounding race-conscious admissions policies and perhaps an important shift in the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Commentary: 'Millionaire Protection Act' would lock in misguided tax cuts for the rich
New Bern Sun JournalJune 24, 2016

From taxes on car repair to farm equipment to thousands of small business owners, lawmakers have raised taxes on working families three times in three years since Gov. McCrory was elected — while giving huge tax ... Georgia and Kansas had their credit ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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DMV to require two documents proving residency for new driver's license applicants
Fresno BeeJune 30, 2016

Examples of acceptable documents to prove California residency are: rental or lease agreements with the signature of the owner/landlord and the tenant/resident, deeds or titles to residential real property, mortgage bills, home utility bills (including ...more »

Business Law
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Big Marijuana here to dupe Nevadans
Las Vegas SunJune 26, 2016

This enormous pro-pot advertising advantage overcame opposition from most all public officials across the political spectrum, from Democrats such as Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to Republicans like Attorney ...more »

Litigation
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Vancouver Litigation Lawyers Crack Open Cohabitation Agreements
Marketwired (press release)June 24, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - June 24, 2016) - Kushner Law Group, a team of litigation lawyers, stresses the importance of cohabitation agreements in their latest blog. Under BC's relatively new Family Law Act, two people who live together in a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Appeals court hears challenge to use of NSA data in criminal cases
Baltimore SunJuly 6, 2016

The question is whether data from foreigners' email accounts and other online communication tools that the eavesdropping agency gathers without a warrant can be freely searched by FBI agents investigating Americans suspected of terrorist ties. While ...more »

Personal Injury
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Family Of The “Tesla Autopilot Crash Victim” Hired a Personal…
Trendintech (press release)July 24, 2016

Following the recent tragedy, the family of Joshua has since hired personal injury lawyer firm, Landskroner Grieco Merrimen to investigate the details of the crash, and it seems they are not the only ones. According to the law firm they have received ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Beyond the Bathroom: The ACA Nondiscrimination Rules' Effect on Healthcare Services and Health Insurance
Lexology (registration)July 6, 2016

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) prohibits covered entities from discriminating in certain healthcare programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The U.S. Department of Health and Human ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Tauriga Sciences, Inc. Extinguishes the Outstanding Judgement Owed to Cherry Bekaert LLP for Total Cash Payment ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)June 28, 2016

The law firm representing Cherry Bekaert granted Tauriga an extension through July 1, 2016 to fully satisfy this outstanding judgement ("the Award"). ... The Company intends to hold Cowan Gunteski wholly liable for this $78,707.91 USD as the vast ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DC Decision, Expected In Fall, Could Reverse CFPB's Actions, Change Structure
ForbesJuly 19, 2016

For the first time, the court also heard from PHH that the CFPB's structure is unconstitutional. The CFPB – established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010 and tasked with overseeing the consumer financial services ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Growing Business Reflected in Denver Real Estate
Law Week ColoradoJune 24, 2016

Although real estate is not seen as a leading measure of economic movement, Colorado's rebounding economy and growing business community can be referenced in the commercial real estate market. Despite a fluctuation in the major industry presence oil ...more »

Dealing With Deadbeats: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know to Get Paid
AllBusiness.comJune 24, 2016

For greater protection, give these samples to your attorney to develop a solid contract to use with each client–it's worth the cash outlay to ensure that there are no loopholes. Credit applications have a dual purpose. They set the contractual terms ...more »

IRS Agent's Notes Protected Under FOIA
Virginia Lawyers WeeklyJuly 11, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service did not violate the Freedom of Information Act in withholding or producing redacted versions of 10 pages out of hundreds of documents produced to an information technology company that was audited by the IRS, including an ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Baton Rouge: A city divided between police and the policed
ReutersJuly 17, 2016

Minorities are "very wary of police and often afraid of them," says Michele Fournet, a veteran Baton Rouge criminal defense lawyer. It was not clear whether there was a link between Sunday's shooting of the police officers and the recent unrest over ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Unleash the Producers, Not the Parasites
American ThinkerJune 26, 2016

Human history is full of examples of great civilizations brought low by the parasitic inclinations of powerful rulers – the kind of rulers who now govern our nation by executive order rather than by the rule of law. Under the weight of these ... The ...more »

The Priceless Impact of Pioneering Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt
SmithsonianJune 28, 2016

This Tuesday, after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's, Summitt died at the age of 64. Throughout her life, she had a priceless ... She became the University of Tennessee's head basketball coach in 1974, just two years after Title IX had been enacted ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Your Digital Afterlife: Have You Planned For It?
Lexology (registration)June 30, 2016

Spratt Endicott is recognised by The Legal 500 UK (A clients' guide to the capabilities of law firms) as the leading firm in North Oxfordshire in terms of its expertise and experience in the areas of powers of attorney, trusts, estate planning, wills ...more »

Environmental Law
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Here's how the Republicans in Raleigh are ruining North Carolina
Charlotte ObserverJune 28, 2016

Beginning with Amendment One, followed by a discrimination-abetting religious exemption law, the expenditure of hundreds of thousands of state dollars to pursue already-concluded litigation and, most famously, the passage of House Bill 2, Republicans ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Milford man indicted for workers' comp fraud
MetroWest Daily NewsJune 24, 2016

A Milford man has been indicted after allegedly collecting more than $18,000 in workers compensation benefits while he continued to work, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Friday. Kenneth Doyle, 42, of Milford, faces charges of workers' ...more »

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