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SC lawmaker wants to bar police quotas on traffic tickets
The Augusta ChronicleJanuary 12, 2016

COLUMBIA — A South Carolina lawmaker who doubles as an attorney for the family of a police shooting victim is offering solutions to what advocates call “predatory policing” policies, which pressure officers to generate revenue by ticketing people for ...more »

Emanuel Soleiman Shirazi Sexual Harassment Law Blog on Blog (blog)January 12, 2016

Astronomer Geoffrey Marcy, former Berkeley professor, resigned in October of 2015 after allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct surfaced from students and staff. Marcy was a candidate for the Nobel Prize after having been the leader of a $100 ...more »

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Administrative Law
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PBSO deputy fatally shoots Belle Glade man amid confrontation
Palm Beach PostJanuary 17, 2016

Authorities did not say how many times he was shot, but witnesses reporting hearing several gunshots. ... Authorities did not release the name of the deputy, who has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obamacare Left Intact as U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal
BloombergJanuary 19, 2016

A demonstrator in support of President Barack Obama's health-care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), holds up a sign outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 25, 2015. .... To make his case in the spin room following Sunday's debate, Sanders ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kemper files for Democratic primary in 6th District Congressional race
WKYTJanuary 21, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The former director of the Kentucky Council of Churches has filed to run for Congress against Republican Andy Barr in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District. Nancy Jo Kemper filed her paperwork with the Secretary of State's office ...more »

Immigration Law
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Illegal Immigration 2016: ICE Lawyer Who Forged Mexican Migrant's Documents To ...
International Business TimesJanuary 14, 2016

A former attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency faces criminal charges over allegations he forged documents to make it look like a Mexican construction worker living in the country was ineligible to seek legal resident ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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European General Court Rules Against Mitsubishi Electric in Gas Insulated ...
Business Wire (press release)January 19, 2016

(a) In January 2007, the European Commission imposed a fine for alleged infringement of EU competition law regarding GIS sales in Europe by several manufacturers, including Mitsubishi Electric. ... (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized world leader in the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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University to pay $4.8 million over death
Indiana GazetteJanuary 19, 2016

The family of Samuel DuBose, who was killed by a white officer during a routine traffic stop in what a prosecutor called a “senseless, asinine shooting,” reached the settlement after two days of mediation, the university said Monday in announcing the deal.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Asbestos class action bill faces hurdles
Business InsuranceJanuary 17, 2016

For one thing, the Senate has yet to schedule hearings on the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act — H.R. 1927 — which passed on a 211-191 vote Jan. 8. Among other things, the measure would require a ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal cruelty is a crime
Rutland HeraldJanuary 21, 2016

Please, report these incidents to your local law enforcement agency and VVSA at 802-672-5302 and look for our interview with Mary Lou Randour, from the Animal Welfare Institute, about this topic on our show, “For The Animals” aired on your local public ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Yosemite Forced to Rename All Its Hotels Due to an Opportunistic Intellectual ...
GizmodoJanuary 15, 2016

You probably think of Yosemite National Park as a haven for nature, a place to experience all that is good and pure, in a landscape untainted by commercialism. Nope, just like the rest of the world, it's being ruined by greedy assholes. In the early ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Humphreys' firm files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
West Virginia RecordJanuary 14, 2016

Jim Humphreys said Jan. 13 that his law firm James F. Humphreys & Associates has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The firm is entering bankruptcy to “resolve all pending and potential claims against the firm in one forum and in a timely and equitable ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supervisors challenge Ganim in court over raises
CT PostJanuary 19, 2016

The Bridgeport Supervisors Association - a 168-person union - on Monday sought an injunction to keep Ganim from messing with a contract approved late last year under then-Mayor Bill Finch. Ganim inherited the collective bargaining agreement when he was ...more »

Carnegie Medal winner recounts chaotic West Jordan plane crash rescue
KSL.comJanuary 15, 2016

WEST JORDAN — Tongues of flame started to lick up under the windscreen. A lot of heat hit Kirby Crump in the face. He struggled to yank the limp and bloodied pilot away from the yoke. The pilot was stuck. A flash of anger overcame the heat in the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How it feels to be a poor mother living without heat in the middle of a blizzard
Washington PostJanuary 24, 2016

“Many low-income consumers live in apartments built more than 50 years ago, so not only are they old and not properly insulated, but they have malfunctioning [heating] units that are primarily the responsibility of the landlord,” Mattavous-Frye said ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How Do I Get My Bank to Fix a Credit Card Error?
STLtoday.comJanuary 14, 2016

This is partially because the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires data furnishers (aka your bank or credit card issuer) provide accurate information to credit reporting agencies and also that they investigate consumer disputes regarding said info. If ...more »

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Can we have a litigation free season? (II)
Graphic OnlineJanuary 18, 2016

Two weeks ago, this column discussed the issue of constant litigation at the end of practically every league season. Many well-meaning football lovers who read the article on the issue lauded the discussion. And what is clear is that nobody enjoys or ...more »

Business Law
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Brain game–maker fined $2 million for Lumosity false advertising
Science /AAASJanuary 12, 2016

The $2 million settlement will be used to compensate Lumosity consumers who were misled by false advertising, says Michelle Rusk, a spokesperson with FTC in Washington, D.C. The company will also be required to provide an easy way to cancel ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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6 Military Stereotypes That Are Just Plain Wrong
Task & PurposeFebruary 2, 2016

It is a widely circulated rumor that service members marry and have kids to take advantage of military benefits — like more basic allowance for housing. An even worse stereotype: Spouses marry service members to steal their benefits. The few that do ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Abuse victim seduced by playground pervert when she was just 15 tells of her ...
Daily MailJanuary 17, 2016

Christine McKee, 27, was just a 15-year-old girl when she was seduced through the internet by 35-year-old pervert Andrew Watt. After lying ... RELATED ARTICLES. Previous; 1; Next. Sister-in-law is convicted of murdering girl, 19, who... 'Shina is bad ...more »

Personal Injury
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Alexander Shunnarah expands personal injury firm to Huntsville
AL.comJanuary 13, 2016

Alexander Shunnarah, one of Alabama's most well-known personal injury attorneys, has launched his first brick-and-mortar office in the Rocket City. Shunnarah's legal empire purchased a facility last week on 221 Longwood Drive S.W., in Huntsville. The ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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June 2015: Was transgender teen's death a hate crime?
The Sun HeraldJanuary 15, 2016

Mississippi's hate-crime law considers only the victim's “perceived race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin or gender” as motivation. “You would have to do research under existing interpretations to see if gender (under the hate ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Cox retail moves to Valley View
Roanoke Times (blog)January 24, 2016

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Eugene Akers, of Dublin; son and daughter-in-law, Mitch and Cindy Friend, of Carlisle, Pa.; grandchildren, Tessa Atkins and husband, Justin, Travis, Kyle and Renae Friend; sisters, Ellen ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Woonsocket CallJanuary 18, 2016

... more young people are obtaining health insurance through their parents under President Obama's health care law. The Acton Democrat says the state must be vigilant in making sure that all patients' health information remains confidential. Democratic ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Sector unsure over construction law implementation
The Phnom Penh PostFebruary 4, 2016

Real estate agents, lawyers and architects on Saturday addressed the importance of adopting the long-awaited construction law that would standardise practices and legally enforce building codes to keep up with the booming construction sector ...more »

Mendon: Tempers flare at selectmen's meeting
Milford Daily NewsJanuary 21, 2016

The discussion was slated to be held in executive session with the purpose of, under MA General Law 30 Section 21A, “to discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or mental health, rather than professional competence, of an individual, or to ...more »

Sports Law
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Why Australia's Big Bash League Is Changing The Professional Sports Paradigm
ForbesJanuary 22, 2016

The average American sports fan may never have heard of Australia's Big Bash League, but the incredibly rapid growth of this six year old cricket upstart is quickly attracting the attention of every major professional sports league in the world ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Former jailer pleads guilty to sex crime against inmate
Athens NEWSJanuary 18, 2016

A former Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail corrections officer pleaded guilty last week to gross sexual imposition against an inmate in an agreement with the Athens County Prosecutor's Office. Carl H. Durst, 49, of Crooksville, likely will avoid serving ...more »

IRS Wipes Hard Drive that Court Ordered It to Preserve
Breitbart NewsJanuary 21, 2016

Maruca is connected to the agency's controversial retainer of law firm Quinn Emanuel. The IRS privately contracted the litigation firm to assist in an audit of a corporate taxpayer, overlooking the firm's lack of any experience managing sensitive tax data.more »

Obama targets gender pay gap with plan to collect companies' salary data
Washington PostJanuary 29, 2016

The new policy, already drawing criticism from some business leaders, would order companies with at least 100 employees to add salary numbers on a form they already annually submit that reports employees' sex, age and job groups. The new pay ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Kroll Expands Global Leadership Team
Business Wire (press release)January 18, 2016

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll (“the Company”), a global leader in risk mitigation, compliance, security and incident response solutions, today announced the appointment of five new Managing Directors, enhancing the Company's leadership team across the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama's speech reveals plans to end use of 'dirty' energy sources
Tyler Morning TelegraphJanuary 18, 2016

The Obama administration believes that if it can increase the cost of fossil fuels, renewable energy sources will become more competitive. They have been very successful in virtually killing the future of the coal industry. Oil and natural gas have ...more »

Wills & Probate
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DMCC firms to get access to DIFC's dispute resolution
Emirates 24|7January 24, 2016

State-owned Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and Dubai International Financial Centre's (DIFC) Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) have signed a memorandum of understanding 'to further enhance bilateral trade relations'. The terms of the memorandum ...more »

Family Law
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Michelle N. Ogborne named best in family law
AZ Big MediaJanuary 12, 2016

A founding partner of Phoenix-based Ogborne Law, PLC was named one of the “10 best” Attorneys in Arizona for 2015 for her work in family law by the American Institute for Family Law Attorneys. Michelle N. Ogborne received the top honors for her work ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Cal/OSHA Cites Two Employers for Serious Meat-Grinder Accident (press release)January 27, 2016

San Luis Obispo,CA.( Cal/OSHA has cited Vitco Meats and temporary employment agency Volt Workforce Solutions a combined $74,500 following a nearly fatal accident at a San Luis Obispo meat processing plant that left a ...more »


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