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Investigation of candidate on hold until after election
Houston ChronicleSeptember 25, 2014

AUSTIN - The Travis County District Attorney's Office will not pursue legal action against attorney general candidate state Sen. Ken Paxton until after the election, if at all, because of an internal policy aimed at preventing politically motivated ...more »

Judge won't combine NCAA cases about football scholarships
CBSSports.comSeptember 25, 2014

A federal judge in Indiana on Tuesday decided not to consolidate two cases alleging the NCAA's previous ban on multiyear scholarships and limits on football scholarships are illegal. Former Gardner-Webb quarterback John Rock's 2012 antitrust lawsuit ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Big-box liquor superstore Total Wine clears significant hurdle in Bloomington
vita.mnOctober 21, 2014

Total Wine reps aren't yet pouring the bubbly to toast the long-delayed liquor license approval for the Bloomington location, but they're closing in. On Monday administrative Law Judge Perry Wilson recommended approval of the license to the Bloomington ...more »

Health Care Law
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Report: IRS, states must improve protections for tax info of health care law...
Fox BusinessOctober 23, 2014

WASHINGTON – The federal government and the states should improve how they protect the security of confidential tax information of people getting benefits under the 2010 health care law, federal investigators said Thursday. Federal and state agencies ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Your Views
Milwaukee Journal SentinelOctober 24, 2014

The reality of Act 10 is that it broke the back of one of the oldest scams on the books wherein a political figure promises to push legislation favorable to those who support him or her with votes and contributions. This unethical .... Thanks to Meg ...more »

Immigration Law
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Pot, immigration trip up governor, Senate candidates in Denver debates
The Denver PostOctober 7, 2014

Questions regarding immigration reform played a big role in both debates, which saw both Republicans pivot from past hard-line stances. Beauprez — who has long said he doesn't support amnesty-style solutions — said Monday he did not support requiring ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Brown Gibbons Lang expanding its offerings
Crain's Cleveland BusinessOctober 25, 2014

Besides the accountants, architects and lawyers on every multimillion-dollar real estate development project, Weston has brought in for the Standard Building a different type of professional, the middle-market investment banker Brown Gibbons Lang & Co ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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FairPoint strikers picket at Colby College, say trustee can help resolve dispute
Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelOctober 24, 2014

“We believe Michael Gordon has the power to bring a resolution to this dispute, but so far, he has refused to publicly intervene on behalf of Maine's working families,” said Christina Williams, a 34-year veteran of the company and union organizer ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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19-year-old dies naked on cell floor of gangrene; lawsuits target deaths in ...
AL.comOctober 17, 2014

Each argues that Madison County withholds the most basic medical care in order to save money, banking on the insurance of the medical contractor to cover any resulting lawsuits. ... Woods' lawsuit asserts that Dorning, jail administrator Steve Morrison ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights group sues for records on debate over maternal deprivation ...
Madison.comOctober 21, 2014

The research by UW-Madison Psychiatry Department chairman Ned Kalin has drawn an unusually high level of scrutiny and dissent from within the university and the community, where animal rights activists packed a recent meeting that addressed a Dane ...more »

Intellectual Property
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DIPP sets up think tank to draft national Intellectual Property Rights policy
Economic TimesOctober 24, 2014

... are Pratibha M Singh, Senior advocate, Punita Bhargava, advocate, Unnat Pandit, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Rajeev Srinivasan, director, Asian School of Business, and Narendra K Sabarwal, retired DDG, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Cadwalader Probes UNC Academic Fraud: Business of Law
BloombergOctober 23, 2014

With more than 20 years of experience including commercial litigation, criminal prosecution and pursuing health-care False Claims Act cases, Rivera will focus on advising health-care providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical-device companies and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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In immigration news: Sanctuary movement, Asian Americans on affirmative...
89.3 KPCC (blog)September 25, 2014

UC Riverside key in effort to survey Asian-Americans - Riverside Press-Enterprise After a California state measure involving affirmative action in universities divided Asian American voters earlier this year, a new Field Poll finds nearly 7 in 10 Asian ...more »

Drugs, Doctors, and Death Threats: Inside the Battle Over California's Prop. 46
Mother JonesOctober 24, 2014

46's three broadly related provisions requires hospitals to conduct random tests of doctors, much like how airlines are required by the Federal Aviation Administration to drug-test pilots. If a doctor commits a medical error, he'd have to submit ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Lindenhurst proposes amending zoning law to allow prosecution of tenants in ...
NewsdayOctober 20, 2014

Previously, Cullinane said, "tenants were almost immune and they didn't care what was going on because the landlord was the one being targeted." The proposed change "gives us a lot more authority and a lot more teeth to the law," he said.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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UPDATE 1-UK fraud prosecutor seeks more cash for big cases
ReutersOctober 23, 2014

Green said he was not surprised the government was again reviewing coordination and the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies in tackling bribery and corruption. But he stressed such a move would thwart the agency's ability to tackle high-level ...more »

Litigation
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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP | Milbank Litigation Partner Stacey ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)October 21, 2014

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO, October 21, 2014 – Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy announces that Litigation partner Stacey J. Rappaport, who has been instrumental in devising programs benefiting professional development for women lawyers, has ...more »

Business Law
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Saturday morning series, sequel and alien tale for kids are among this week's ...
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderOctober 24, 2014

“The Purge: Anarchy,” Grade B: It's a fight for survival on the only day of the year when all crimes are legal. There isn't the same sense of claustrophobic dread this time, but the movie ends up as a relentless series of scary moments played out in ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Law Firm of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C. Opens ...
PR Web (press release)October 20, 2014

The law firm of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C has opened a new office to serve its personal injury and veterans disability clients in the greater Richmond, VA area. The new office is located at 1 Park West Circle, Suite 101 in Midlothian, VA ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Operation MasqueRAID a success
Cordele DispatchOctober 24, 2014

From the Georgia Bureau of Investigtion DECATUR – As a result of a three month proactive investigation coordinated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Court Adopts Test for Bringing Legal Malpractice Claims
New York Law Journal (registration)October 23, 2014

"Prior to commencing a legal malpractice action, a party who is likely to succeed on appeal of the underlying action should be required to press an appeal," Abdus-Salaam wrote. "However, if the client is not likely to succeed, he or she may bring a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The constitutional right to a secret ballot
The Courier-JournalOctober 15, 2014

Professor Joshua A. Douglas of the University of Kentucky College of Law is a leading election law expert, whose research focuses on the constitutional right to vote, election administration, judicial interaction with the election process, and post ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Dubai's real estate investor protection law awaiting approval
Emirates 24/7October 16, 2014

The draft Real Estate Investor Protection Law allows investors to get full refund if the developer fails to complete or handover a property within a certain timeframe or deliberately defrauds an investor or alters the specifications of the unit without ...more »

Consumer Protection
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House Lawyer | Cases illustrate importance of condo buyers' due diligence
Washington Post (blog)October 15, 2014

The Maryland Court of Appeals decided that the manager and association violated the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, despite not being the units' actual sellers. In this case, the plaintiffs reviewed the resale package (which ended up being misleading ...more »

Sports Law
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signs law allowing sports betting
WABC-TVOctober 17, 2014

Earlier this year Christie vetoed another bill that would have repealed the state's prohibitions against sports betting, but then seemed to reverse course, ordering the attorney general not to prosecute casinos and racetracks if they offered betting ...more »

10 Business-Oriented Rules for Achieving IP Lawyering Excellence
IPWatchdog.comOctober 17, 2014

“The traditional perception of [legal] counsel as 'business blockers' is slowly dying due to the crucial role they are playing in contributing to the business growth of organizations, thereby adding to commercial and economic value. The role of today's ...more »

IRS Gives Away Billions By Allowing Tax Evasion, Atty Says
Law360 (subscription)October 23, 2014

Law360, New York (October 23, 2014, 2:04 PM ET) -- A lawyer in the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Chief Counsel in New York claims that the agency is giving away billions to corporations by undermining whistleblowers who come forward with ...more »

Criminal Defense
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NYCLU, State Reach Deal To Improve Criminal Defense For The Poor
CBS LocalOctober 22, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Civil Liberties Union and the Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced an agreement Tuesday to improve criminal defense for the poor of New York State, and settle a lawsuit the NYCLU filed seven ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Turner Grain's bankruptcy will help consolidate lawsuits alleging breach of ...
Mississippi Business Journal (blog)October 24, 2014

The business newspaper is reporting Turner Grainfiled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, listing $24.8 million in debts and $13.8 million in assets. Those amounts are the same as one a court-appointed receiver listed in a draft of the ...more »

Rudy Exelrod's David Lowe
The RecorderSeptember 27, 2014

Q: What are other employment law issues facing Silicon Valley? ... Now I have a concern that companies are overreaching a bit as far as using confidentiality agreements and other documents to try and prevent employees from going to a competitor. Q ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Avoid common mistakes in elder law estate planning
Times Herald-RecordOctober 16, 2014

... 4. protecting assets from costs of long-term care, and allowing for government benefits to pay for that care. If you want control over your life and to drastically reduce the burden on your family after you are gone or disabled, you need an elder ...more »

Environmental Law
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Fact Check: Sinema's support for veteran issues
azcentral.comOctober 25, 2014

She proposed more bills on the death penalty, LGBTQA rights, comprehensive sex education and renewable energy. In 2010, she ... She introduced an identical bill as a state senator the following year; the House version of this bill became law. A 2011 ...more »

Workers Compensation
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How Would An Ebola Pandemic Affect Work Comp?
WorkersCompensation.com (press release) (blog)October 22, 2014

Author: Attorney Theodore Ronca is a practicing lawyer from Aquebogue, NY. He is a frequent writer and speaker, and has represented employers in the areas of workers' compensation, Social Security disability, employee disability plans and subrogation ...more »

Family Law
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Interconnecting Lives: Family Law Firm Sodoma Law, P.C. Adds Business...
SYS-CON Media (press release)October 21, 2014

Now home to Sodoma Law's Business Litigation Practice Group, as well as the main office of Doma Vida Capital and additional "residents," the G.G. Galloway House was purchased by Attorney Nicole and Ron Sodoma in November 2013, saving it from the ...more »

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