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Claire Cochran and Daniel Feder of The Law Offices of Daniel Feder Filed ...
Business Wire (press release)October 29, 2015

MONTEREY, Calif. & SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Claire Cochran, Esq., and Daniel Feder, Esq. of The Law Offices of Daniel Feder filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former employee of The Esalen Institute alleging that she was subjected to a sexually ...more »

Resolving Your Tax Problems With Beverly Hills Tax Solutions
MarketWatchOctober 29, 2015

This Beverly Hills based company focuses on resolving client's IRS complications such as wage garnishments, bank levies, IRS tax liens, and unfiled back taxes. With our team of highly skilled professionals, well-qualified tax attorneys, enrolled agents ...more »

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Administrative Law
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SEC In-House Venue is Target of House Bill
The National Law Journal (registration)November 2, 2015

A new bill in Congress seeks to curb securities regulators' purported in-house advantage over defendants who are brought before the agency's administrative law judges. But law scholars who have crunched the numbers say the legislation is inspired by ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama Announces Obamacare Competition: 'This is Reality. This is Healthcare in ...
TheBlaze.comNovember 7, 2015

President Barack Obama has a promise for the American people — he will visit the city that signs up the most people for health insurance during the open enrollment season. In his weekly address, Obama touted the Affordable Care Act and said he wanted ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Attorneys asks Supreme Court to halt Ernest Lee Johnson's execution
Columbia Daily TribuneNovember 2, 2015

12, 1994, robbed Casey's General Store, 2200 Ballenger Lane, and used a hammer and screwdriver to kill Mary Bratcher, 46, Mable Scruggs, 57, and Fred Jones, 58. ... “The governor will act on the petition after completion of a thorough review,” he wrote.more »

Immigration Law
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Lawmaker: Leaked memo shows Obama 'ignoring the rule of law' on immigration
Washington ExaminerNovember 4, 2015

Rep. Lamar Smith on Tuesday blasted the Obama administration for its apparent plans to try to circumvent a court ruling and implement its controversial immigration executive action. "If this administration was half as determined to uphold immigration...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Gun rights, gas taxes: Your guide to Tuesday's election
OregonLive.comNovember 2, 2015

Industrial development: Wilsonville voters will decide whether to form a Coffee Creek Urban Renewal District. The money generated would pay for infrastructure improvements to an industrial area projected to attract about 1,800 jobs. Firefighters: The ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Continental students learn conflict resolution
Green Valley NewsNovember 2, 2015

For the past three years, she has participated in Continental Elementary School District's Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Program, spearheaded four years ago by Wendy Constantine, a longtime leader in peer mediation and a former special ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Litigation finance companies lose Colorado Supreme Court case
Denver Business JournalNovember 17, 2015

"It will limit the options of thousands of Colorado citizens who each year seek legal funding while they pursue the fair value of an insurance claim," said the litigation finance companies' organization, Alliance for Responsible Consumer Legal Funding ...more »

Animal Law
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Proposed law would protect people who save pets from cars
MyDaytonDailyNewsNovember 9, 2015

“This man did good will, and there needs to be something we can do to protect him.” In order for the person to be protected, certain conditions have to be in place, according to Stephen McHugh, the city law director. “To be immune from prosecution the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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WVU College of Law to host free intellectual property seminar tomorrow
West Virginia RecordNovember 2, 2015

"The seminar … is focused on providing attendees with a basic knowledge of assessing their company's intellectual property, including trademarks, trade secrets, trade dress, copyrights and patents,” said Nancy E. Trudel, interim director of the law...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Trial set to start for indicted ex-NY Assembly speaker
KAALtv.comNovember 3, 2015

The prosecution of the 71-year-old Manhattan Democrat and lawyer is the marquee case in U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's quest to clean up state government, an effort that has also led to the corruption prosecution of New York's state Senate leader ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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More than 160 Asian-American Groups File Briefs in Support of Affirmative Action
NBCNews.comNovember 3, 2015

More than 160 Asian American and Pacific Islander groups have filed amicus briefs calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action policies at the University of Texas at Austin. Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), the Asian ...more »

Charges dropped against woman who tweeted 'killallwhitemen'
Chicago Sun-TimesNovember 3, 2015

Mustafa's lawyer, Mike Schartz, criticized the Crown Prosecution Service headquarters after the charges were dropped. “The decision first ... Russian aviation officials had previously ruled out pilot error or technical fault on the crash that killed ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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If you're a renter, know your rights
The Durango HeraldNovember 2, 2015

Breaching a lease condition, violating the law or failing to pay rent are all potential grounds for eviction. There are generally two types, including “no cause” and “for cause.” The landlord does not provide a reason for evicting under no cause, and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Can a Debt Collector Come After Me for My Ex's Gym Membership?
STLtoday.comNovember 2, 2015

“If you put me on a gym application, I might owe a pro-rata share,” said Billy Howard of the law firm Morgan & Morgan. Robert Brennan, a consumer protection lawyer in California, agreed. “As I see it, she is on ... a violation, Howard said. Consumers ...more »

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Privacy Claim Doesn't Preclude Invocation Of Arbitration Clause In Unrelated ...
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)November 2, 2015

However, in an October federal court case in Illinois, a party counterclaiming against a TCPA violation with a breach of a software license used a novel trick in that it attempted to prove that the instigation of TCPA-related litigation thereafter ...more »

Business Law
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$1.5-Billion False Advertising Trial Against Corn Refiners Association Begins ...
MarketWatchNovember 2, 2015

The lawsuit aims to stop the corn processors' false advertising so that families know the truth about the food they buy," said Mark Lanier, lead attorney for the sugar growers. "The lawsuit alleges that the CRA engaged in a blatantly false campaign to ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Travelers Recognized for Military-Friendly Hiring Practices and Benefits
3BL Media (press release)November 11, 2015

Travelers has been recognized for the ninth consecutive year as a Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®. “It is a great achievement to be included on the list of Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers for another ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Germany's Most Notorious Darknet Drug Dealer Sentenced to Only 7 Years
MotherboardNovember 3, 2015

The sentencing marked the end of the biggest trial to date concerning darknet crime in Germany. After Maximilian S.'s surprising ... anonymous payment methods. “This computer stuff may make a lot of things easier, but it [online sale] is just as bad as ...more »

Personal Injury
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Truck Accidents – Employer Liability
Legal ExaminerNovember 10, 2015

The trucking company can also be liable under a theory of negligent entrustment if they knew or had reason to know that their employed driver was an “incompetent” driver and was likely to act in such a way that would probably cause an accident and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A Woman as President? The Gender-Neutral Constitution.
Tenth Amendment CenterNovember 4, 2015

Chemerinsky is one of the nation's most famous liberal constitutional law scholars, and the author of books commonly used in American law schools. The comment quoted here appears in a book directed largely at law students. The term “the framers” means ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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South Carolina Establishes New Precedent for Legal Malpractice Cases
Insurance JournalNovember 9, 2015

The South Carolina Supreme Court has reversed a decade old precedent-setting decision in which it dismissed a legal malpractice case based on the expiration of the statute of limitations and in doing so adopted a new rule for which the statute of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Mississippi Supreme Court upholds a multi-million dollar ruling - WBRC FOX6 ...
WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.comNovember 2, 2015

... a $30,110,618 ruling against generic pharmaceutical provider, Sandoz, Inc. and affirmed that the company committed common-law fraud against the State of Mississippi and violated the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act, announced Attorney General ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The New Abu Dhabi Property Law: An Overview for Property Financiers
Zawya (registration)November 10, 2015

The Property Law retains many existing core principles of existing Abu Dhabi real property law, such as the requirement for all dealings in property to be registered, and confirms much of the procedural market practice, for example, the information ...more »

Illinois medical marijuana sales start Monday
The State Journal-RegisterNovember 6, 2015

More than two years after Illinois enacted its medical marijuana law, growers on Friday began shipping their products to dispensaries around the state, following instructions sent to them by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. A statewide digital ...more »

Sports Law
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Ex-professional footballer joins solicitors sports law team
Messenger NewspapersNovember 18, 2015

A FORMER professional footballer has joined the sports law team at Altrincham-based law firm McHale & Co. James Berry, whose footballing career included spells at Exeter City and RRFC Montegnee in Liege, Belgium, joins the Altrincham-based law firm ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prosecutorial Misconduct and the Public's Perception of Criminal Defense
Huffington PostNovember 18, 2015

A colleague recently questioned that intro, asking, "Where are the criminal defense lawyers?" It is a valid question; there can't be true justice without the ability to defend oneself. But many times, public perception perches a white hat firmly atop ...more »

Clinton Foundation auditor on hot seat as deadline looms
WND.comNovember 12, 2015

Ortel said that if PWC is still auditing the consolidated books and financial records of the Clinton Foundation for 2014, the firm will have to complete its audit so that it can be attached to the Clinton Foundation Annual Report owed to the IRS and in ...more »

Illinois District Violated Transgender Student's Rights, US Says
New York TimesNovember 3, 2015

CHICAGO — Federal education authorities, staking out their firmest position yet on an increasingly contentious issue, found Monday that an Illinois school district violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Audit okayed, but changes coming
Hope StarNovember 4, 2015

Consequently, Scroggins said his firm recommended that the City pay more attention in the future to two key area that will be affected or have been affected by changes in either the law or financial accounting regulations, including: Compliance with ...more »

Environmental Law
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ACORE Releases Its 2015 Renewable Energy in the 50 States Western Region Report
MarketWatchNovember 5, 2015

This year's report includes an important introduction by international law firm Crowell & Moring LLP, and captures the continued importance of the region as a hotspot for renewable energy development. The summary discusses key drivers for renewable ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Living (and Dying) in Two States
mySanAntonio.comNovember 10, 2015

Texas law, for instance, does not authorize a Texas Executor to handle real property in any other state. If Texas was your primary state (yet you die owning a home in Pennsylvania) then your Will may have to go through an "ancillary probate" in ...more »

Family Law
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Chicago Attorney Michael Ian Bender Named Among 10 Best in Illinois
Law Firm Newswire (press release)November 17, 2015

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 - The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) has recognized the exceptional performance of Illinois' Family Law Attorney Michael Ian Bender as one of the state's 10 “Best Family Law ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Federalization of Workers' Comp?
WorkCompCentral (subscription)November 2, 2015

In an Oct. 20 letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, 10 U.S. senators and representatives call for Perez to “strengthen oversight of state workers' compensation programs by using the agency's expertise and authorities.” They propose that, "In ...more »


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