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Detroit's Bankruptcy Is Costing Them A Ton Of Cash
Business InsiderDecember 31, 2014

The city, which exited bankruptcy on Dec. 10, paid a total of nearly $165 million out of its general fund budget for professional fees for itself and for a court-appointed committee representing Detroit retirees, as well as for a fee examiner, court ...more »

Several city employees to retire
Vineland Daily JournalDecember 31, 2014

VINELAND – End-of-year retirement is claiming an unusually high 11 municipal government employees, including some leaving after more than four decades with the city. The list includes Alex Curio, the city's director of community development since ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Key developments in police-communities tension
KFVSDecember 31, 2014

The two officers were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. ___ ... Indiana state police say a man who wrote threatening letters to law enforcers and fired a gun at officers outside his home has been shot and wounded during a gunfight.more »

Health Care Law
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Cost growth in job-based health coverage slowed after health law passed
McClatchy Washington BureauJanuary 8, 2015

Washington — Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia saw slower growth in job-based health insurance premiums after the Affordable Care Act became law, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Fund. But because of slow wage growth, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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​Friendship Nine finally cleared
The StateJanuary 1, 2015

Three years later, after so many cracked heads – including one in May 1961 in Rock Hill, belonging to Freedom Rider John Lewis, the future Georgia congressman – segregation died when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted by Congress. But the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Jeb Bush's Position on Immigration Gets Scrutiny
The New AmericanJanuary 2, 2015

(Scarborough was referring to The Immigration Reform and Control Act signed into law by President Reagan on November 6, 1986, which provided amnesty to illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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It was quite a year for Mon Valley business community
Tribune-ReviewDecember 31, 2014

The Mon River Industrial Group, which purchased the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Allenport Plant in 2012, was hopeful a $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Program Capital Assistance Program grant announced by the state would help them attract ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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FairPoint, unions heading back to bargaining table
Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelJanuary 2, 2015

The last session convened by a federal mediator in Boston on Nov. 18 ended with no progress. But officials said Friday that this time things could be different. The federal mediation service plans to play a formal role in discussions, rather than ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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PlayStation hacking case draws fire from insurance industry backers
Business InsuranceJanuary 30, 2015

The commercial general liability policy's advertising injury provision was never intended to cover cyber risks, say two insurance organizations in papers filed in connection with litigation in Sony's 2011 PlayStation Network hack. “Finding coverage ...more »

Animal Law
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Dog's hit-and-run death raises questions
Opelousas Daily WorldDecember 31, 2014

The agency's director was not available for an interview Wednesday. Parish animal control advises witnesses to ... Louisiana places the liability squarely on the owners of animals, whether they are livestock or pets. "The statute says the animal must ...more »

Intellectual Property
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4th GNLU – YJ Trivedi Annual Intellectual Property Rights Essay Competition ...
Live LawJanuary 10, 2015

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar is one of the premier law universities bearing the unique distinction of a being a National Law University. The University was established under the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003, a ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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A Look at Judge and Lawyers in Marathon Bomb Trial
ABC NewsJanuary 5, 2015

Previously served as a state court trial judge in Massachusetts from 1982-95, and specialized in litigation during a 10-year stint at the Boston firm of Hale and Dorr. ———. THE DEFENSE. Judy Clarke: One of the country's leading death penalty ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Heads up on latest Affirmative Action duties
Banking Exchange (blog)January 16, 2015

The administration implemented this new policy by revising the scope of Executive Order 11246, which, among other things, requires community banks to maintain formal Affirmative Action Plans. Therefore, these new obligations will extend to the banking ...more »

A look back at 2014's top stories
Your Houston NewsJanuary 1, 2015

6, 2013, by County Attorney J D Lambright, alleged Chance, Breazeale and Jim Galloway, with Conroe-based developer Alliance Development LLC, all benefited from the overcharges related to the construction of the Joe Corley Detention Center and the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New Legislative Requirements For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations At ...
The National Law ReviewJanuary 7, 2015

Also, the new law does not provide guidance for commercial landowners wishing to install an EV Station at their commercial properties. The law does specifically refer to a State of California guidebook which provides further information. This can be ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Payday and privacy leading consumer issues in 2015: Plain Dealing
cleveland.comDecember 31, 2014

Consumer advocates are cautiously optimistic about the rule – although there's a lot of industry pressure on the bureau to take a light touch on regulations. As Ira Rheingold, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates ...more »

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Survey: In-House Litigation Chiefs Feel the Budget Heat
Corporate Counsel (registration)January 12, 2015

The report was published by Consero, which offers seminars for C-suite executives, and was developed in partnership with Serengeti, a legal matter management services provider. The survey was limited to 55 participants last October in a Consero forum ...more »

Business Law
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Campaign finance recommendations don't address controversial union ...
MassLive.comDecember 31, 2014

The task force was asked by the legislature to consider whether to revise requirements related to the use of email marketing services and to revise laws relating to disclaimers on Internet political advertising. In both cases, the group recommended no ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lawmakers Seek To End Tax On Military Retirement
WLTX.comJanuary 2, 2015

William Bethea, chairman of the state's Military Base Task Force, says he thinks backers may succeed this time around. Past estimates put the cost for ending the tax at about $22 million. Bethea says his group expects new estimates to show that ending ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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California's new laws for 2015: How are you affected?
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2015

Hundreds of California laws take effect with the new year, including several drafted in response to corruption scandals in the Legislature, the mass shooting in Isla Vista last spring and racially inflammatory comments by the former owner of the Los ...more »

Personal Injury
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Police Log: Jan. 15, 2015 — Personal-injury accident
Plattsburgh Press RepublicanJanuary 15, 2015

Shortly before 2:41 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2014, Thomas G. Varga, 50, was driving a 2008 Honda Element east on Route 86 in Wilmington when the vehicle ran off the south shoulder of the roadway, struck and earth embankment and overturned, State Police said.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Romanian judge took BMW and dresses as bribes, prosecutors say
euronewsJanuary 22, 2015

They include the father-in-law of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the brother of former President Traian Basescu and the chief prosecutor at the agency in charge of fighting organised crime. The former communist state, which joined the European Union in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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High stakes in high court race as Ann Walsh Bradley runs to keep her seat
Chippewa HeraldDecember 31, 2014

Scott Walker's controversial law that eliminated collective bargaining for most public employees. The Wisconsin Judicial Commission lodged an ethics complaint against Prosser but the court -- with six of the seven members either witnesses or ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Online consumer mediation centre planned
The HinduJanuary 13, 2015

Stating that the amendments recognised online complaints and payment of court fees, he said there was a need for an online consumer grievance redressal centre. He was confident that the Bill to amend the Consumer Protection Act would be tabled in the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate's top donor is client of Silver's second firm
The Real Deal Magazine (blog)December 31, 2014

The law firm, which specializes seeking real estate tax reductions for commercial and residential properties in the city, is reportedly being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Litwin, 100, donated at least $4.3 million to political ...more »

50 Big Ideas, Predictions and Trends for Small Business in 2015
Business News DailyJanuary 1, 2015

"I predict there is going to be a resurgence in small business formation as Americans get back to their entrepreneurial spirit. Millennials, in particular, are going to embrace owning their own business as they realize the freedom it offers and reject ...more »

Sports Law
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Donald Cerrone Links Up With New Sponsor Leading Up To UFC 182
ForbesJanuary 3, 2015

Tonight is UFC 182, and while the match-up of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier is capturing the majority of peoples' attention, there are many other fights on the card worth watching. One such bout matches UFC fighter Donald Cerrone (12-3 UFC) against ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Nathan Fisher, Baton Rouge lawyer who often represented LSU athletes, dies
NOLA.comJanuary 15, 2015

Nathan Fisher, right, leaves Federal Court in New Orleans on Friday, July 8, 2011, with his client Lance Madison during the Danziger Bridge shooting trial. Fisher, a prominent Baton Rouge criminal defense lawyer, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2015, of ...more »

Minnesota state department hasn't followed meatpacker rights law
Grand Forks HeraldJanuary 22, 2015

"It will make us a better agency," Peterson said after the audit was released. Peterson said that fewer injuries are reported in the industry. "Worksites are getting safer." Rep. Rick Hansen, D-South St. Paul, chairman of the legislative audit...more »

Abortion politics
The Economist (blog)December 31, 2014

The law in North Carolina violates doctors' freedom of speech, Judge Wilkinson explained, and “professionals do not leave their speech rights at the office door.” Doctors should not lose their licenses for refusing to point out the fingers and toes of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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NewsWithViews.comDecember 31, 2014

A long, torturous human history has proven that without discipline, accountability and oversight, a child, an adult, a group of adults, or an institutional entity will slowly increase or exert his, her, or its power over time, even if there are laws or ...more »

Environmental Law
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Groups ponder value of ballot plan for roads funding
Crain's Detroit BusinessJanuary 4, 2015

Truscott said his public relations and communications company was part of an opposition campaign to a 2012 ballot proposal to augment Michigan's renewable energy standards. About $10 million to $12 million was spent in campaigning on that ballot issue ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New Caney library hosting slew of programs, both old and new
Your Houston NewsJanuary 2, 2015

22, Kingwood Attorney Steven Byers will be offering an informative program highlighting the topic of wills, estates and probate. The program, which will allow patrons the opportunity to inquire into the legal aspects of estate planning, as well as ...more »

Family Law
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Accident at Family Law Center …
Martinez News-GazetteJanuary 11, 2015

Emergency personnel work to extract two persons from a vehicle Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, after the vehicle hit a concrete retaining wall behind the Peter J. Spinetta Family Law Center in Martinez. The single-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 12 ...more »

Workers Compensation
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OSHA Cites 6 Chicago-Area Companies for Worker Exposure to Asbestos ... (press release)December 31, 2014

Evanston, IL ( - Workers from six separate companies renovating Chute Middle School's cafeteria in Evanston were exposed to asbestos, lead and electrical hazards, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health ...more »


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