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Changes Allow Judicial Candidates to Personally Solicit Funds
The Legal IntelligencerNovember 21, 2014

As noted, the Third Circuit denied my challenge to the rule prohibiting judicial candidate solicitation in the case of Stretton v. Disciplinary Board, 944 F.2d 137, Third ... "A lawyer shall not communicate with a juror or prospective juror after the ...more »

Car accident turns into $90000 insurance fraud case
Mankato Free PressNovember 21, 2014

NORTH MANKATO — A North Mankato business was searched last month so investigators could gather information that allegedly shows a St. James woman and man lied to fraudulently obtain a $90,000 insurance settlement for a 2009 car crash.more »

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Administrative Law
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Northampton City Council sets 2015 tax rate and approves zoning changes
MassLive.comNovember 21, 2014

The Northampton City Council approved Mayor David J. Narkewicz's administrative order reorganizing city government. ... The council declared a moratorium on the new zoning until the end of 2014 and sponsored a series of public hearings on the subject.more »

Health Care Law
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House Republicans Challenge Health Care Law in Court
The National Law Journal (registration)November 21, 2014

House Republicans on Friday filed a long-threatened lawsuit challenging certain provisions of the Obama administration's signature health care reform law. The complaint focuses on two actions by the executive branch related to implementation of the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones Act in crosshairs of 'influential' US refining business
TradeWindsNovember 21, 2014

The seemingly perennial debate over the benefits and drawbacks of the US Jones Act cabotage law has made its way into another fight over US trade law: the tug-of-war over proposals to lift the country's ban on exports of crude oil. Refiners have long ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama to Republicans: if you don't like my immigration law, pass your own
ChristianTodayNovember 25, 2014

US President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don't like it, do something. Obama was asked in an interview broadcast on Sunday about House ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Colorado oil, gas task force gets earful from elected officials
The Denver PostNovember 21, 2014

John Hickenlooper in August to come up with a legislative recommendation to deal with the land-use conflicts that related to oil and gas development. The group was part of a compromise ... "We don't have the explicit authotity in state law to do what ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Letter: A new day for Ellensburg's middle school project
Daily RecordNovember 21, 2014

... any and all information requested, arranged field trips, arranged multiple meetings with architects, arranged for a dispute resolution professional to chair committee meetings to arrive a consensus on all issues, including a final recommendation to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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BP Oil Spill Raises Drilling Insurance Issues
Connecticut Law TribuneNovember 21, 2014

The drafting of indemnity agreements and additional insured endorsements deserves greater attention to avoid the disputes faced in the Deepwater additional insured coverage litigation. To ensure that the additional insured coverage provided to another ...more »

Animal Law
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ICE BlackBox smartphone app developed to combat animal cruelty
The Times HeraldNovember 26, 2014

“A dedicated employee reviews the footage, determines if the content is indeed animal cruelty, and then, if it is animal cruelty, it's sent to local law enforcement to investigate,” explained Kaitlin Sanderson, a spokesperson for the Humane Society of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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SMEs need to give greater importance to intellectual property
The Star OnlineNovember 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to take greater cognisance of the importance of intellectual property (IP) and should not neglect it in order to protect their businesses. “IP assets are the core value of a business, for instance ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Widow's attorney blasts Dallas Fire-Rescue officials in line-of-duty death
Dallas Morning NewsNovember 24, 2014

Hasten said that if the department “is unwilling to change its whole culture, it may be that a change will be forced upon it through litigation.” Jenny Wilson hired Hasten during the summer to help her get the report on her husband's death. She did so ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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It's Settled, Heels On A Woman Push For Quicker Affirmative Action In Men ...
The InquisitrNovember 24, 2014

For as long the modern society has existed, men have always fascinated about women in heels. A new study appears to have conclusively proven that men are quite effectively and swiftly lulled into action by women wearing heels. A study conducted in ...more »

November 19th, 2014 by Mike Busch
AOPA Pilot (blog)November 22, 2014

In addition to hull coverage, your aircraft policy insures us for liability in case you hurt someone or something while operating your aircraft. The liability coverage pays for a lawyer to defend you (or your estate) in the ensuing civil litigation ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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MPs to debate ban on 'revenge evictions' as growing army of accidental ...
This is MoneyNovember 27, 2014

Tenants complaining about serious problems with their rented property would enjoy greater protection from 'revenge evictions' under proposed legislation to be debated by MPs on Friday. If passed, landlords who want to give tenants a 'section 21' notice ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The FBIs Bogus ISIS Bust
Daily BeastNovember 21, 2014

LaRose's attorney described her in words that will predictably be assigned to Coffman—“a lonely and vulnerable woman easily manipulated by others online.” Coffman's unforgivable ISIS crush, it will surely ... Odds are, she hasn't had it quite as bad...more »

Litigation
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FLIR Systems Announces Favorable Verdict in Litigation Matter
MarketWatchNovember 24, 2014

FLIR.com. Forward-Looking Statements The statements in this release by Andy Teich are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates, ...more »

Business Law
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New book about El Sistema paints unflattering portrait
Los Angeles TimesNovember 24, 2014

His word is law. Directors within El Sistema are his proteges who have worked their way up, some since they were teenage musicians. It's not a normal professional organization where you hire people from the outside for their expertise. He's the one ...more »

Personal Injury
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Small change, big deal: compensation for personal injuries
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)November 25, 2014

This is a significant conceptual inroad into the logic of ACC's universal 'no-fault' coverage, which prohibits recovery of compensatory damages for personal injury. The change was introduced in an amendment to the Sentencing Act 2002 and will be ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Wheeler child porn trial wrapping up
The News JournalNovember 24, 2014

Wheeler attorney Thomas A. Foley argued that the grand jury indictment itself was flawed because it charged that Wheeler's crimes took place on or about October 2013, when the search warrant was executed at Wheeler's school-owned mansion on Mount Salem ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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'Grace v. Law' Sets New Standard in Legal Malpractice Cases
New York Law Journal (registration)November 24, 2014

In a case of first impression the New York Court of Appeals in Grace v. Law held that failure of the plaintiff to appeal an underlying adverse ruling does not bar a subsequent legal malpractice claim, unless the attorney-defendant can prove that ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Int'l commission on constitutional law seeks details on South Korea's ...
Yonhap NewsDecember 21, 2014

21 (Yonhap) -- An international commission has asked South Korea's Constitutional Court to provide a translation of its recent ruling to disband a political party accused of exercising pro-North Korean principles, officials said Sunday. The Venice ...more »

Real Estate Law
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People Moves: Polsinelli Shughart
Law.comNovember 25, 2014

Three attorneys have left the St. Louis, MO office: Alice Jennett, who practices Real Estate and Construction, Banking and Finance and Taxation and Accounting law and moved to Lathrop & Gage and received a law degree from Washington University School ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Piracy Monetization Firm Rightscorp Sued for Harassment and Abuse
TorrentFreakNovember 24, 2014

“Among other wrongful conduct: Rightscorp has engaged in telephone harassment and abuse; made various false and misleading representations; engaged in unfair collections practices; failed to provide validation and required notices relating to the debts ...more »

Sports Law
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Ex-high school quarterback sues over head injuries
CBS NewsNovember 29, 2014

... state law and 50 separate high school associations with varying degrees of control. Washington was the first state to pass laws addressing sports concussions in children in 2009, including by barring concussed players from going back into the same ...more »

Oral contracts worth paper they're written on
Business In SavannahNovember 21, 2014

It also should be noted that regardless of the evidence you may possess, some oral contracts cannot be enforced. Georgia has a law called the “Statute of Frauds” (O.C.G.A. § 13-5-30) that states that a few types of promises have to be both in writing ...more »

Merida free until sentencing
Durant Daily DemocratNovember 23, 2014

In a news release, United States Attorney Mark Green said, “Greed can be a terrible vice. In this case, Jason Merida and his co-conspirators placed their personal gain above the interests of the Choctaw Nation and its members. This verdict is a prime ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prominent Tampa DUI Defense Attorney, Kevin Hayslett, of Carlson, Meissner ...
Digital JournalNovember 26, 2014

Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett's Attorney to the Stars, Kevin Hayslett, says efforts by the Florida Highway Patrol to crack down on wrong-way accidents, often due to drunk driving, should rebuild motorists sense of safety on Tampa Bay area highways ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Week That Shook the Fed
New York TimesNovember 22, 2014

Ms. Segarra encountered objections from her superiors — and was ultimately fired — after she questioned her bosses' approval of a dubious transaction Goldman Sachs had structured for a client. Ms. Segarra's story appeared on the ProPublica website ...more »

National report gives Bismarck failing grade
Bismarck TribuneNovember 23, 2014

The HRC, a national advocacy group for sexuality and gender identity issues, rated 353 cities across the country — including Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot — by six metrics: Non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, municipalities as ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP | UPDATE: Dubai - DIFC Wills and Probate...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)November 27, 2014

ShareOn 16 November 2014, the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) released a month long public consultation on its draft rules relating to succession and inheritance matters for non-Muslims with assets ...more »

Environmental Law
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What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
Daily BeastNovember 23, 2014

Although the most important element of this heated dispute remains the recent loss of the whitebark pine due to global warming, this battle has a longer history. The government ... The study team's argument for removing Endangered Species Act ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NJ Couple Indicted for Securing Loan to Purchase Stolen Vehicle they Already ...
WorkersCompensation.com (press release)November 24, 2014

Trenton, NJ (WorkersCompensation.com) - Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced that a Perth Amboy man indicted last week in a half-million dollar disability insurance scam was charged ...more »

Family Law
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Kuit Steinart Levy | Now the legal aid cuts to family law have set in, what is ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)November 28, 2014

In an attempt to reduce the legal aid bill by £350 million per year, huge cuts came into force on 1 April 2013 under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Family law cases were hugely affected and now only those which involve ...more »

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