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Hill ousted; Arnold, Compton take leadership
Cal Coast NewsFebruary 4, 2015

Prior to making the restructuring recommendation, Mecham disputed allegations of sexism and a good old boy's club. He said his proposal would restore an order to the rotation of chairmanships since Arnold represents district 4 and Compton serves ...more »

Lexington council votes to consider raising minimum wage, 'right-to-work ...
Lexington Herald LeaderFebruary 4, 2015

Several Kentucky counties have recently passed right-to-work laws that, if upheld by the courts, would allow workers covered by a union contract to opt out of paying union dues or fees. That vote passed 8-5, with Bill Farmer Jr. abstaining. Fred Brown ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Plan may allow offsite sales of medical pot
Pensacola News JournalFebruary 5, 2015

An administrative law judge tossed out health officials' first stab at a rule that was designed to create a regulatory framework. The new panel, which includes several nurserymen and a Colorado marijuana grower, slogged Wednesday through a swath of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama Wields Selfie Stick, Says 'Thanks, Obama' in Reminder ...
KTLAFebruary 12, 2015

The President of the United States is willing to do just about anything to promote his signature health care law, and that includes wielding a selfie stick and dropping a “YOLO, man,” on camera. In a renewed effort to get Americans to sign up for ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Ship aground: Sen. McCain would hurt Pa. river and lake jobs
Pittsburgh Post GazetteFebruary 4, 2015

The Arizona Republican, a longtime advocate for changes to the 95-year-old Merchant Marine Act, last month proposed an amendment to the Senate's version of the Keystone XL authorization bill. It would have invalidated part of the Jones Act, which says ...more »

Immigration Law
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Rolling out the welcome mat
The EconomistFebruary 5, 2015

Several studies suggest that when immigrants arrive, crime goes down, schools improve and shops open up. In Detroit, immigrants living near the tiny separate city of Hamtramck have formed local watches to guard against thieves. Their neighbourhoods are ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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11th Ward hopeful labors to grow the Daley legacy
Chicago TribuneFebruary 4, 2015

Even with his famed heritage and status as a onetime partner at the influential DLA Piper law firm, Thompson tries to project a regular-guy image, noting he still counts as friends regular neighborhood folks he grew up with. As he gives a reporter a ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Manfred predicts resolution in Orioles, Nationals TV dispute
MyrtleBeachOnline.comFebruary 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred predicts an end to the long-running dispute between the Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over payments to Washington from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which the teams co-own. During a tour ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Stricter filing rules limit number of M&A lawsuit venues
Business InsuranceFebruary 25, 2015

Litigation challenging merger and acquisition activity is being filed in fewer courts, says a report released Wednesday. A recent Delaware ruling provides that firms domiciled in the state, which account for more than half of publicly held companies ...more »

Animal Law
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VA Attorney General Creates Animal Law Unit
WBOC TV 16February 5, 2015

WBOC reached out to Agar for comment about the Animal Law unit but has yet to receive a response. The attorney general said the unit can be used as special prosecutors or provide detailed training on the animal laws in Virginia for prosecutors who ask ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Alpari plans expansion, Andrey Dashin gets intellectual property rights for ...
LeapRateFebruary 6, 2015

This means that he now has the intellectual property rights for the trademarks Alpari, the domain names, with these ownership rights spanning over 60 countries. The latter group includes the countries in the European Union, Asia, the Middle East ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Decorated St. Louis attorney confirmed to UM Board of Curators
The Missouri TimesFebruary 5, 2015

He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs. He was named the Best Lawyers in America 2015® St ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Bruce Rauner Backs 'Right to Work' Laws in State Address
New York TimesFebruary 5, 2015

Noting that many companies that do business with the state are prohibited from making political contributions, he said the ban should also apply to groups like hospitals that receive state grants. Local governments should be allowed to pass right-to ...more »

Death toll from TransAsia plane crash in Taiwan rises to 31
ReutersFebruary 5, 2015

TAIPEI (Reuters) - The death toll from a TransAsia Airways plane that crashed into a Taipei river shortly after taking off has risen to 31, Taiwanese officials said on Thursday, and could rise further with 12 people still missing. TransAsia Flight ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Empowerment Program launched to provide West Harlem residents...
CU Columbia SpectatorMarch 3, 2015

“Once that tenant reaches court, nine out of 10 [times] there is a landlord attorney and the tenants don't have them,” LoGuidice said. For this reason, tenants are encouraged to seek legal counsel with a number of organizations like the LAS and the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Blame Hollywood for Anti-Vaxxers
Daily BeastFebruary 4, 2015

“Right before [my son's] MMR shot, I said to the doctor, 'I have a very bad feeling about this shot. This is the autism shot, isn't it?' And he said, 'No, ... Slate asked, in a piece that noted Oprah's spokesman insisting that McCarthy's views were ...more »

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Attorneys, Insurers Facing Off over Hail Litigation in Texas
Insurance JournalFebruary 4, 2015

His successor, Rick Perry, a Republican, went on to enact laws making it harder to sue for medical malpractice and asbestos-related illnesses, among other things. Texans for Lawsuit Reform, based in Houston, called Perry “the most effective tort ...more »

Business Law
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'Falsely advertised' diet foods seized
Bangkok PostFebruary 4, 2015

Diet and food supplements worth more than 100 million baht have been seized from companies in Bangkok and Samut Sakhon for false advertising of the benefits of the products, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said. ... Pol Maj Suriya ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Senators receptive to changes in military benefits
The HillFebruary 5, 2015

The most dramatic recommendations were to overhaul the current retirement system, which benefits troops who have served for a minimum of 20 years, and to move retirees, dependents and reservists from the military's health care insurance program Tricare ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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S.F. man convicted of running Silk Road underground drug website
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 4, 2015

The government said the fallacy of Ulbricht's promise of anonymity in the dark corners of the Internet as a reason for customers to peddle their illegal merchandise online was exposed by numerous trial witnesses, including the first: Homeland Security ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Attorney Brian D. Guralnick Discusses Pedestrian Accidents
Newswire (press release)February 12, 2015

It is very important that those who have been the victim of a pedestrian accident have the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney. Brian D. Guralnick, an attorney in West Palm Beach, discusses what victims should know and do after a pedestrian ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Compromise might be a dirty word, but it's a core constitutional value
Ventura County StarFebruary 12, 2015

Larry Kramer, a constitutional law scholar, former dean of Stanford Law School and now the president of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, believes a less appreciated idea should be first among equals. In a speech at the University of Pennsylvania ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Attorney Not Covered for Legal Malpractice Claim, Notified Insurer Too Late
WisBarFebruary 25, 2015

Feb. 25, 2015 – An attorney sued by a former client is not covered under a legal malpractice insurance policy because the attorney did not timely notify the insurer of the claims, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled in a decision released today ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Contractors Who Fail to File with the State Face Treble Damages under the ... (blog)February 4, 2015

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 93A, known as the Consumer Protections Act, provides for treble damages and attorneys' fees to protect consumers from “unfair and deceptive business practices”. A recent case found that the failure of a contractor to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Staying the course: How one law firm successfully navigated NJ's legal market ...
NJBIZFebruary 12, 2015

My legal background and experience at that time was heavily focused on real estate and land use law, property acquisition, zoning approvals, construction, eminent domain issues and the aspects of litigation and appeals associated with those offerings.more »

US labor secretary joins talks in West Coast ports dispute
The Fiscal TimesFebruary 18, 2015

Perez was sent to California by President Barack Obama, who has come under mounting pressure to intervene in the labor conflict that has rippled through the commercial supply chain across the Pacific and by some estimates could ultimately cost the U.S ...more »

Sports Law
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Law students go inside baseball
News from TulaneFebruary 4, 2015

It was a perk of competing in Tulane Law School's eighth annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition — invaluable networking opportunities with lawyers for Major League Baseball teams, sports agents and, this year, Dave Prouty, general counsel ...more »

Criminal Defense
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First lady hires criminal defense attorney
Wallowa County CheiftainFebruary 10, 2015

The first lady's decision to hire criminal attorneys was confirmed Monday by one of the civil attorneys who represented Kitzhaber and Hayes since early November. The decision also means Hayes and Kitzhaber are now represented by separate legal teams ...more »

NewsWithViews.comFebruary 5, 2015

We are all just one audit away from destruction. ... Do you ever think twice when filing your tax returns as to whether or not your deductions and write-offs are in full compliance with the IRS code? How do ... How do you afford the lawyers to ...more »

Kennedy: Treat brain, physical illnesses the same
Quad City TimesFebruary 9, 2015

Y. He joked that his name did not get him elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives at age 21 or help his subsequent Congressional political career that ended in 2011. “None of it had anything to do with my last ... The Obama administration ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Morning Agenda: Idea of Forgiving Greek Debt Returns
New York TimesFebruary 5, 2015

SPLIT AT S.E.C. OVER WAIVERS | After Oppenheimer & Company's latest regulatory infraction on Wednesday ‒ one of at least 30 over the last decade ‒ some regulators are questioning whether the government has enabled a cycle of misbehavior, DealBook's Ben ...more »

Environmental Law
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Suppliers' energy plans to state avoid public view
Crain's Detroit BusinessFebruary 22, 2015

More than two dozen regulated utilities, alternative energy suppliers and other electricity cooperatives and distributors last week filed reports to the Michigan Public Service Commission on how they plan to supply electricity to their customers over ...more »

Wills & Probate
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LOCATING MISSING ESTATE ASSETS. Blog (blog)February 12, 2015

By Practice AreaBankruptcyChild CustodyCriminal LawDivorceFamily LawLabor & Employment LawMedical MalpracticePersonal InjuryReal EstateTaxationWills & ProbateMore... By Life EventsGetting a DivorceWrite a WillBankruptcy, Credit and DebtHome ...more »

Family Law
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Penningtons Manches' family law team puts individuals' right to privacy above ...
Lexology (registration)February 9, 2015

The Penningtons Manches family law team's response to the President of the Family Division's consultation paper on the transparency agenda for family justice reforms clearly sets out the team's opposition to the proposals. Sir James Munby states that ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Scott Walker wants major changes to worker's compensation program
Madison.comFebruary 4, 2015

Billed as part of Walker's reform of state government, the Worker's Compensation Division would be removed from the Department of Workforce Development. Most employees would move to the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance while administrative ...more »


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