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Ramada Hotel In Casper Files For Bankruptcy; Parkway Plaza Owner Now Operates It
K2 RadioFebruary 1, 2017

The hotel didn't respond, so Sullins granted AVANA's request. On Jan. 25, Western States, Inc., filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. Chapter 11 is the section of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code that allows businesses to reorganize under court ...more »

California judge upholds public utility's subscriber data sharing
Northern California RecordFebruary 1, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California ordered last fall that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) could hand over requested confidential subscriber information to The Utility Reform Network (TURN ...more »

Family Law News and Stories

Family law President considers contempt ruling
Marilyn Stowe BlogFebruary 2, 2017

Family Division President Sir James Munby considered the value of prison sentences for contempt of court in a new ruling. This complex case concerned a woman who had been appointed personal attorney for an elderly man who had developed dementia.more »

Guardianship
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Nevada panel recommends more oversight of professional guardians
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 15, 2017

More changes could be coming for Nevada's guardianship programs, including tighter restrictions on for-profit guardians and a new state officer charged with overseeing and investigating cases of fraud or abuse. The proposals come amid a push for ...more »

Divorce & Separation
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Why Your Custody Stipulation Doesn't Apply to the Dog
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)February 2, 2017

The good (or possibly bad) news is that the courts in Pennsylvania will agree that you can't share custody of Fido. In fact, pursuant to Pennsylvania divorce law, Fido is no more or less precious than that hideous armoire you were itching to get rid of ...more »

Individual Educational Plans
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LA's Failure to Implement Foster Care Mandates Could Cost California $1.8 Billion in Federal Education Funds
The Chronicle of Social ChangeFebruary 7, 2017

Beyond leaving students in foster care in the lurch, the breach could cost the state $1.8 billion in federal funds reserved for its poorest children. The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed by President Obama in 2015, made implementation of mandates ...more »

Infertility Law & Surrogate Parenting
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After time off following miscarriage, ex-employee says Virginia Port Authority effectively demoted her
Virginian-PilotFebruary 7, 2017

In late September, Stephanie France sued the authority, alleging that it attempted “to coerce, intimidate, or threaten” her when she exercised her rights under federal workplace laws. France warned authority officials of potential trouble ... In ...more »

Domestic Partnerships
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Eversheds Sutherland to Merge With Singapore Firm
Daily Report (registration)February 15, 2017

Meanwhile, Harry Elias, which had been in existence for 27 years, was also looking for a partner. The firm was following the Singaporean government's call to globalize domestic law firms and the local legal market to compete with others such as Hong Kong.more »

Mortuary Law
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Super Dave's death highlights gaps in care for homeless, mentally ill
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 3, 2017

Homeless and suffering from severe mental health issues, Martin prompted near-daily run-ins with the law. They involved repeated reports that he was intoxicated, blocking traffic at intersections, accosting customers at restaurant drive-thru windows ...more »

Domestic Violence
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Domestic violence incident led to shooting, standoff in Fayetteville
WRAL.comFebruary 2, 2017

Wednesday's incident was apparently an isolated domestic violence issue. "He hit her in the mouth with the gun and pointed the gun to her head, she said," McCowre said. McCowre said she was relieved that her cousin was able to make it out alive and ...more »

Name Changes
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Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathrooms
ReutersFebruary 23, 2017

The federal law in question, known as Title IX, bans sex discrimination in education. But it remains unsettled whether Title IX protections extend to a person's gender identity. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the Obama ...more »

Foster Care
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Court: Kentucky Must Pay Relatives Who Care for Foster Kids
WKU Public RadioFebruary 3, 2017

Dozens of counties in Kentucky are in need of volunteers to serve on foster care review boards. The boards consider the cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect, and abuse. State law mandates that there be at least three ...more »

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
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On the move: the latest East Midlands hires
The Business DeskFebruary 21, 2017

I also plan to expand the teams offer in prenuptial and postnuptial agreement work which is a particular interest of mine. “Fraser Brown is a dynamic firm in a considerable period of growth and one that I have been watching with interest for a while ...more »

Gay & Lesbian Rights
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Equal Marriage Refugees from Germany
Human Rights Watch (press release)February 9, 2017

“Economically it would also be wise for Germany to give equal marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples,” the banker concluded in an afterthought. “All that money is spent in Amsterdam, and not here, where it belongs.” Frankfurt's loss may be ...more »

State Child Protection
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Internet ministry to Trump: Protect youngsters
OneNewsNowFebruary 7, 2017

"The first being to aggressively enforce the existing federal obscenity, child pornography, sexual predation and sex trafficking laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children by appointing an attorney general who would aggressively go after each ...more »

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