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Media Needs to be Well Informed on Law and Order issues
Scoop.co.nz (press release)July 1, 2014

Rethinking Crime and Punishment is urging media outlets to be better informed on crime on justice issues, heading into the general election. “In its latest blog , “Seven Sharp and Penal Policy – Let's Do the Time Warp Again” spokesperson Kim Workman ...more »

Grand jury slams Herald fire district for financial, personnel mismanagement
Sacramento BeeJuly 1, 2014

A new Sacramento County Grand jury report calls for an audit of the Herald Fire Protection District, saying fire officials used an unauthorized bank account to conduct business and the fire chief is not managing district personnel in accordance with ...more »

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Administrative Law
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A New Old Regime
National Review Online (blog)July 31, 2014

Editor's Note: The following piece is adapted from a review of Philip Hamburger's Is Administrative Law Unlawful? that appeared in the August 11, 2014, issue of National Review. Every day the headlines bring news of the Obama administration's rule by ...more »

Health Care Law
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Probe exposes flaws behind Obama health-care program
azcentral.comJuly 30, 2014

The administration concurs with most of the findings, agreeing that the initial performance of HealthCare.gov was unacceptable. But officials say that things have come a long way since then. The health law, passed in 2010, is intended to extend ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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How 'Get On Up' got done
USA TODAYJuly 31, 2014

"I want people to act where it pulls you in and not act at you," Taylor says. "I know that when you think ... Boseman worked for three days with choreographer Aakoman Jones on a medley of Cold Sweat, Can't Stand It and a bit of Try Me. The ...more »

Immigration Law
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President Obama is obeying the immigration law
Daily Local NewsJuly 31, 2014

The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 passed the House without objection, also passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The law includes a specific ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mining Canada's expertise
Philippine StarJuly 30, 2014

At the recent forum on Minerals Development Policy, Canadian Chamber president Julian Payne said government's move to impose higher taxes on mining is a deterrent, noting that the mining revenues received by the Philippine government is much higher ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Orioles, Nationals Battle Over MASN Rights Fees Heats Up
Press BoxJuly 31, 2014

A longstanding dispute between the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is majority owned by the Baltimore Orioles, and the Washington Nationals over television rights fees appears to have gotten more contentious as a result of an MLB-appointed ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance industry chief litigation officers keep work in-house
PropertyCasualty360July 24, 2014

A new Consero Group survey reveals that a vast majority—80%--of chief litigation officers in the financial services and insurance industries say they are not delegating more of the company's legal work to outside counsel than they did 12 months ago.more »

Animal Law
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Accused arsonist charged with hanging family dog before blaze, report says
The Star-LedgerJuly 27, 2014

Janrv Bacolod, 29, faces third-degree animal cruelty charges, in addition to the arson charge against him, the Press of Atlantic City reported. Bacolod was being held at the Mercer County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail in connection with the July 18 ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Abiomed Announces Acquisition of ECP to Broaden and Strengthen Existing ...
MarketWatchJuly 1, 2014

Additionally, the transaction will further strengthen Abiomed's solid position in intellectual property (IP) for axial and expandable pump capabilities. The unique characteristic of the Impella pump is its ability to contain the motor and pump inside ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Ralph Nader's Tort Museum approved by Winsted Zoning Commission
Torrington Register CitizenJuly 29, 2014

WINSTED >> The two entrances to the former Winsted Savings Bank were blocked by yellow tape Tuesday as construction crews in hard hats worked on the inside of what may soon become the country's first law museum. The site plan application for Ralph ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Next Step in Affirmative Action Case: Full Appeals Court
Inside Higher EdJuly 30, 2014

Lawyers for Abigail Fisher on Tuesday filed an appeal in her suit challenging the way the University of Texas at Austin considers race in admissions. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a 2-1 ruling, this month rejected ...more »

'Blessed family': 4 injured, but survive when small plane crashes near ...
al.comJuly 31, 2014

HELENA, Alabama -- A family of four was injured when a small plane crashed this afternoon in a yard in the 4500 block of South Shades Crest Road. Authorities say the pilot and passengers -- his wife and children -- were saved due to the quick actions ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Subsidized renters prove challenging, local landlords say
The ColumbianJuly 27, 2014

“There's not enough money in the world” to remedy tenants who break onsite rules as well as the law, who damage property and annoy their neighbors, who cause complaints and police calls, who get behind in their rent but cannot be evicted without a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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'Insolvency rules helping those with money – not the poor'
Irish IndependentJuly 7, 2014

Neighbour dispute calls have surged by 56pc; with housing and landlord/tenant relate calls up by a massive 83.5pc. Similar increases have been recorded at FLAC's legal advice centres, which operate in 81 venues throughout the country. FLAC said that ...more »

Litigation
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Chrysler facing litigation over faulty ignition switches in Jeeps
NewsdayJuly 29, 2014

Chrysler facing litigation over faulty ignition switches in Jeeps. Published: July 29, 2014 5:00 PM BLOOMBERG NEWS. 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Sfoskett). Related media. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee brings back an iconic ...more »

Business Law
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Vandals hit the campaign trail too
Northern AdvocateJuly 31, 2014

Vandalism of signs is a constant threat for campaign teams. Northland Police communications manager Sarah Kennett said police received a report on Tuesday over the sign advertising the National Party's Whangarei candidate, Shane Reti, which included ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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VA faulted for delays in GI Bill student benefits
Military TimesJuly 14, 2014

Nearly 80,000 veterans eligible for the new G.I. Bill saw their college terms disrupted last year because the VA was late distributing $61 million in housing and book stipends, according to estimates released by the Department of Veterans Affairs ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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The Cyber Prosecutor Sending Nude-Photo Thieves To Prison
ForbesJuly 31, 2014

They say they comb the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center looking for revenge porn, sextortion and nude photo theft cases knowing they have the expertise to help get them prosecuted. They are difficult ... To turn their cases into federal ones, Hsu ...more »

Personal Injury
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Tim McGraw May Face A Lawsuit ...
Music TimesJuly 27, 2014

Taylor's lawyer, Georgia personal injury attorney Eric Hertz, told TMZ McGraw's got it all wrong. Hertz says his client was not trying to grab McGraw's junk when he slapped her. Instead, Hertz says Taylor was nothing more than an enthusiastic fan who ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama executive actions seen as threat to Constitution
Washington TimesJuly 16, 2014

A prominent law professor and avowed supporter of the Obama White House will tell the House on Wednesday that the president has created one of the biggest constitutional crises in the country's history and will endorse House Republicans' effort to sue ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Virginia Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages
Legal ExaminerJuly 1, 2014

Virginia's medical malpractice damages cap sets out a schedule that increases the cap by $50,000 on July 1 each year. There is a ... For the time-being, the medical malpractice cap is the law in Virginia, but we can hope that one day the law will be ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Australian Regulators Release New Guidelines for Debt Collection Activities
InsideARMJuly 9, 2014

“Creditors and collectors have generally provided ongoing support for this guideline,” said Delia Rickard, ACCC Deputy Chair. “However, on occasions some creditors and debt collectors go beyond what is reasonable and mislead, harass or act abusively ...more »

Real Estate Law
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True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust Continues Strategic Growth ...
StockhouseJuly 31, 2014

The REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The REIT is focused on acquiring and operating commercial rental properties across Canada and such other jurisdictions where ...more »

Financial services: regulation in search of systemic risk
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)July 29, 2014

Regulatory compliance—plus the financial and reputational consequences of non-compliance—is now indisputably a front-and-center issue for boards and senior management of any company doing business in the financial services industry. ... of ...more »

Sports Law
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Macon commissioners concerned over Ga. gun law
WSAV-TVJuly 17, 2014

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Local leaders in Macon say they have concerns about a law expanding the places where people can carry firearms in Georgia. Mayor Robert Reichert said he is concerned that local officials can no longer restrict guns from some public ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney: Suitcase deaths were accidents
FOX 4 NewsJuly 3, 2014

(AP) - An attorney for a former police officer charged with dumping two bodies hidden in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin highway said the man killed the women accidentally and should not be charged in deaths that a detective said happened during ...more »

Has US created a two-tier tax system based on wealth?
Christian Science MonitorJuly 23, 2014

The problem is the IRS is hopelessly outgunned, especially when it comes to complex areas of the law where aggressive entities can marshal armies of lawyers. In 2011, partnerships held ... Thus, the IRS was reluctant to audit them. The problem ...more »

Speaker's Corner: Statutory change needed to address age discrimination in ...
Law TimesJuly 14, 2014

Following the recent successful challenge of Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Act over its failure to treat mental distress claims in a manner similar to those involving physical disability, new arguments are in progress that assert the same ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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How annuities profile potential buyers
MarketWatchJuly 29, 2014

As an independent (non-captive) annuity resource, he focuses on asset protection and solutions for lifetime income, legacy, and full control long-term care. Stan The Annuity Man has been called the national consumer advocate for annuities, and he ...more »

Environmental Law
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EU-backed aid to boost Nigeria's renewable energy infrastructure
Out-Law.comJuly 30, 2014

The Commission said the €27m in aid formed part of a newly-launched programme, 'Energising Access to Sustainable Energy (EASE)'. The World Bank is contributing more than €4,6m to the total and GIZ is contributing €9m. As part of the programme, the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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When a Spouse Dies Mid-Divorce
Huffington Post CanadaJuly 24, 2014

The advantage of holding property as joint tenants is that the asset will pass outside of the estate, and therefore will not be subjected to probate fees. It is for this reason that couples often hold the matrimonial home as joint tenants. Because ...more »

Family Law
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Local named to family law association
Marietta Daily JournalJuly 20, 2014

Cumberland-based Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle LLC announced the induction of its attorney Brooke M. French to the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court. French was invited to participate in the prestigious association as a barrister.more »

Workers Compensation
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Summers Law Firm Changes Name After Wyatt Leaves To Become Workers...
The ChattanooganJuly 21, 2014

Attorney Wyatt was named after the Tennessee Legislature passed comprehensive Workers' Compensation reform legislation last year. The reform created a new, administrative Workers' Compensation Court within the Workers' Compensation Division.more »

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