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Proposal to ban 'ticket bot' software signed into law
Maple Valley ReporterApril 29, 2015

The legislation bans ticket bot use and makes it a violation of the state Consumer Protection Act to sell software to circumvent, interfere with or evade any security measure or access-control system on a ticket seller's website. “Consumers deserve a ...more »

Oncor Sale Offers Possible Way Out for Former TXU
Wall Street JournalApril 29, 2015

A year into one of the biggest bankruptcies in history, the former TXU Corp. is still floundering through a $42 billion restructuring, with little to show for the more than $200 million spent on lawyers and advisers. Driven to its knees by plunging ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Michigan lawmakers hear testimony on religious objections bill
Crain's Detroit BusinessApril 29, 2015

Rick Snyder has threatened to veto the legislation unless lawmakers also extend anti-discrimination protections to gays, and Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Rick Jones of Grand Ledge said Tuesday that no further hearings were planned on ...more »

Family Law
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Who said family law was easy? By John Bolch
Marilyn Stowe BlogApril 30, 2015

There is a certain snobbishness amongst some quarters of the legal profession when it comes to family law. There are some lawyers who consider that family law is 'easy', that there really isn't much 'real' law involved in it, and that it mostly just ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Officials Warn That Scores to Decline
The MissourianApril 30, 2015

For the first time this year, all juniors in the state are required to take the ACT test. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is funding the testing for all juniors. The statewide testing date is April 28. The state also has ...more »

Health Care Law
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New Study Shows Obamacare Working, But the Law Remains Divisive
U.S. News & World Report (blog)May 8, 2015

There was some more news this week about how many people have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and it would appear to be good news for the health care reform law's supporters. A new study was released by the RAND Corporation ...more »

Immigration Law
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El Paso County deputies halt special immigration enforcement
Washington TimesMay 2, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office will no longer carry out certain immigration law duties at the county jail on behalf of the federal government, saying it costs too much and takes up too much time. Under the program ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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DIFC launches Wills and Probate Registry
Zawya (registration)May 4, 2015

Under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the DIFC and as part of the initiatives of the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA), the DIFC today announced the launch of the DIFC ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Do You Prefer Preservation or Development for New York City?
Curbed NYMay 1, 2015

It's the 50th anniversary of New York landmarks law, so the city and Curbed are celebrating by covering the ripple effects of the legislation o' preservation from every angle possible. So is every publication in the city. New York magazine's ...more »

Animal Law
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E-campaign against animal cruelty
Deccan ChronicleApril 30, 2015

Chennai: An online signature campaign is gaining momentum in the city for the last three weeks to implement the already existing animal laws that prevent atrocities against animals. More than 3,000 citizens have already signed the petition, an ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Understanding litigation and court decisions: Part 5
PropertyCasualty360May 13, 2015

... then the horse has to observe the cart if it is to make correct decisions. When rulings regarding insurance claims are reviewed, most do not involve issues of negligence, agency, statutes or contractual matters. Rather, they involve insurance...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Judge: Vermont's GMO-Labeling Law and Industry Lawsuit Can Both Proceed
Food Safety NewsApril 29, 2015

Although the state wanted the lawsuit dismissed, Attorney General William Sorrell told local media there is much in the judge's decision that goes the state's way for the “heart and soul” of the labeling law. But the Vermont AG acknowledged it may be a ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Press Release: Verigold Takes Measures to Protect Intellectual Property
RapaportApril 30, 2015

Press Release: Today, Verigold Jewelry announced a series of measures to protect all its jewelry designs and collections. This will include meticulous in-house accounting of the designs, their copyrighting and aggressive enforcement of our intellectual ...more »

Ex- Illinois Gov. Walker, who served prison term, dies at 92
12NewsNow.ComApril 29, 2015

The self-styled reformer died at his home in Chula Vista, California, according to his son Dan Walker Jr., a suburban Chicago attorney. Described as both "brilliant" and "phony" by those who knew and watched him, the Democrat bested the revered Paul ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action, before it's too late
Israel HayomMay 4, 2015

The reality is so difficult and bleak that there is a real need to provide affirmative action for those of Ethiopian descent. They are patriotic, they want to integrate into Israeli life and to remove themselves from any kind of economic or cultural ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Congress May Delay Predatory Lending Protection For Military Personnel
The ConsumeristApril 29, 2015

“When servicemembers default on loans, bad credit reports result in security clearances being revoked,” explains Ed Mierzwinski of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. “The Pentagon found that the problem was big enough to harm unit preparedness ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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State high court rejects SF landlord's bid to raise rent
SFGateApril 29, 2015

The court unanimously denied review of an appellate ruling that said tenants who succeed their parents in a rent-controlled unit can be considered “original occupants.” That means they are not covered by a 1995 state “vacancy decontrol” law that allows ...more »

Business Law
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PTO Litigation Center Report – April 29, 2015
The National Law ReviewApril 29, 2015

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM). Also listed are any newly-posted requests for ex partereexamination at the USPTO. This listing is current as of 9:45 on ...more »

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Constitution Amendment - Govt's Claim of Litigation a Blatant Lie - Senate
AllAfrica.comMay 1, 2015

Making the allegation during the induction ceremony organised for senators-elect by the Nigeria Institute for Legislative Studies, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, said the federal government's claim of litigation on the matter was ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Pawtucket man arrested for possessing child porn
WPRI 12 Eyewitness NewsApril 30, 2015

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A man in Pawtucket has been arrested for possessing and transferring child porn, Colonel Steven O'Donnell of the Rhode Island State Police says. According to O'Donnell, members of the RI Internet Crimes Against Children Task ...more »

Personal Injury
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Amtrak faces costly personal-injury claims from crash victims
HeraldNetMay 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA - Amtrak likely faces hundreds of millions of dollars in claims from victims of the derailment of a northeast regional train in Philadelphia last Tuesday, according to personal-injury lawyers who specialize in transportation accidents.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A Crash Course on How to Interpret the Constitution
Acton Institute (blog)May 19, 2015

united-states-constitution The U.S. Constitution is arguably one of the most important legal documents in the history of the world. Because of this venerated status, though, many people assume that you need to be a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and an expert on ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Focus on Full and Accurate Disclosures on your Legal Malpractice Insurance ...
Daily Business Review (registration)May 12, 2015

The process of renewing or replacing a legal malpractice policy may be daunting, and may appear tedious. However, given the risks which arise when an application has inaccurate or incomplete information, it is critical that the application is prepared ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Leahy leads introduction of legislation to protect consumer information and ...
vtdigger.orgMay 1, 2015

The Consumer Privacy Protection Act calls for a comprehensive approach to data security by requiring companies to take preventative steps to defend against cyber attacks and prevent data breaches, and to quickly notify customers in the event a data ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Exclusive: Following upheaval of Houston real estate team, law firm regroups
Houston Business Journal (blog)May 8, 2015

Roger Aksamit, managing partner at the Houston office of Dallas-based law firm Thompson & Knight LLP, said the firm is wasting no time in launching a recruiting campaign to replace the six real estate lawyers that suddenly left the firm to join the ...more »

Anthem Earnings Rise on Higher Enrollment, Lower Medical Costs
Wall Street JournalApril 29, 2015

The company said it still projects margins of 3% to 5% on its health-law marketplace business. Joseph R. Swedish, Anthem's chief executive, said the insurer expects pricing in the marketplaces to contract “toward a tighter band” in the future and it ...more »

Critics' Picks: May 1 - May 7, 2015
Los Angeles TimesApril 30, 2015

Los Angeles Times entertainment, arts and culture critics choose the week's most noteworthy openings, new releases, ongoing events and places to go in and around Southern California. Our book critic finds a website that tries to re-create an impossible ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Williams' DUI case raises eyebrows
Tallahassee.comApril 29, 2015

News spread quickly that DUI charges had been dropped by the State Attorney's Office against former Florida State University cornerback Kenneth (P.J.) Williams Monday. Defense attorneys in Tallahassee started receiving messages from clients, both past ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Lawyers give estate planning tips at Naples Ave Maria School of Law conference
Insurance News NetMay 1, 2015

May 01 --Helping wealthy individuals and business owners keep more money in the family -- and away from the tax man -- was the theme Friday of Ave Maria School of Law's second annual Estate Planning Conference . Targeted to area lawyers, financial ...more »

Response to left and right-wing critics of the sex discrimination argument ...
Washington PostApril 30, 2015

Thanks to its appearance in the Supreme Court oral argument as a result of a question by Chief Justice John Roberts, the sex discrimination argument against laws banning same-sex marriage has attracted the attention of critics on both the left and right.more »

Wills & Probate
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Houston Law Firm Marks Growth, Generational Change in Leadership With ...
Business Wire (press release)May 6, 2015

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Houston-area law firm Stephenson Fournier has selected Juli Fournier as its new managing partner, accompanying a move to rebrand the well-established practice. The firm, previously known as Stephenson Snokhous ...more »

Environmental Law
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NC House OKs freezing renewable energy demands on utilities
WRAL.comMay 6, 2015

The renewable energy and efficiency cap comes two years after some GOP House members tried unsuccessfully to phase out a 2007 law that solar energy advocates say has created thousands of new jobs along with savings for electric utility customers.more »

Workers Compensation
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Ohio BWC Finds an Unlucky 13 Comp Fraud Individuals (press release) (blog)May 1, 2015

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced recently that 13 individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers comp system in February 2015. These court actions ...more »


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