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3 Firms Dominate In Securities Litigation, GCs Say
Law360 (subscription)September 30, 2014

Law360, New York (September 29, 2014, 7:56 PM ET) -- When it comes to handling complex securities and finance litigation, corporate clients have three firms that they keep in mind when making a call for outside counsel, according to a new survey.more »

Boeing Shifting Defense Jobs Away From Washington
Wall Street JournalSeptember 30, 2014

Oklahoma, which has been a so-called right to work state because it doesn't require union membership as a condition of employment since 2001, has been a significant beneficiary of Boeing's defense reorganization. Boeing closed its defense operation in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing begins for Fresno farmworkers
Fresno BeeSeptember 30, 2014

The hearing that's taking place before administrative law judge Mark Soble is expected to last for weeks, if not months. Nearly a dozen attorneys are involved in the hearing that could have more than 100 witnesses. Monday's hearing was held in a ...more »

Health Care Law
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Insurers drop plans that don't comply with health-care law
Columbus DispatchOctober 3, 2014

Thousands of consumers who were granted a reprieve to keep insurance plans that do not meet the federal health law's standards are learning that those plans will be discontinued at year's end and they'll have to choose a new, possibly more costly policy.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Knoxville's Cereus Bright is finding a place in the spotlight
Knoxville News SentinelOctober 2, 2014

“A lot of acts we know and loved had played there, so it was kind of surreal. Just the honor and playing a show underground in a cave, it was just so ridiculous and amazing. It was a very affirming moment for us. It was maybe the first moment where we ...more »

Immigration Law
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In immigration news: Child migrants without legal counsel, Arizona driver's ...
89.3 KPCC (blog)October 1, 2014

As Child Immigrants Await Fate, a Race for Counsel - Wall Street Journal On how many child migrants now having their cases heard in immigration court have no attorney, with pro-bono legal providers stretched thin. From the story: "Just under half of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Marijuana location on hold
KeizertimesSeptember 30, 2014

“It would have to be in commercial or industrial zones. Where they were allowed was identified. State law allows it there. The request on River Road was on land currently zoned for retail.” Last week, Gordon Hagglund applied for a permit to establish a ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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The Case Against International Arbitration Tribunals
Foreign AffairsOctober 2, 2014

By circumventing the state's domestic laws, this system of dispute resolution grants control of national policymaking to foreign tribunals. The tribunals cannot order a state to alter its laws, but they can award damages that are onerous for struggling ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Flambeau wellness program subject of ADA lawsuit
Baraboo News RepublicOctober 1, 2014

MADISON – A federal lawsuit filed against Flambeau Inc. alleges its employee wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because workers could lose their health insurance if they failed to undergo medical exams for disabilities that ...more »

Animal Law
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Humane Society: Animal Fighters Are Bringing Out of State Games to Ohio
WRGT TV Fox 45September 30, 2014

Humane Society: Animal Fighters Are Bringing Out of State Games to Ohio. DAYTON-- Investigators and instructors from the Humane Society of the United States were in the Miami Valley on Monday teaching area law enforcement about how to better catch ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Crowdfunding, Escape Media, DUI: Intellectual Property
BloombergOctober 1, 2014

Isaac Yonemoto said that to develop his drug, he will employ the same open-source framework used to develop software and accept donations in dollars and bitcoins, according to the newspaper. The crowdfunding ... Griesa said the music companies are ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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EQUITY ALERT: Rosen Law Firm Announces Investigation of Simplicity Bancorp ...
Business Wire (press release)September 30, 2014

... 866-767-3653 or via e-mail at or The Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe, concentrating its practice in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Attorney Advertising.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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California voters want affirmative action in higher education, study finds
The Pasadena Star-NewsOctober 6, 2014

“From looking at the online petitions and other mobilizations, many observers have the sense that most Asian-Americans oppose affirmative action,” Ramakrishnan said in reference to state Sen. Ed Hernandez's Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5, which ...more »

Have US Government Sanction El Al Over Gender Discrimination, Rabbi Says
FailedMessiah.comOctober 1, 2014

... US law, Rabbi Iris Richman – a Conservative rabbi, lawyer and feminist activist – is proposing that women who have been harassed by haredim on El Al flights into and out of the US file complaints with the proper US government offices to force the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Democrats chide Ernst over garage painting dispute
Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierSeptember 30, 2014

They pointed to an August statement from Ernst in which she said that when disputes arise among Iowans, they should be resolved amicably, "with a handshake." Earlier this year, Republicans targeted Braley for a dispute with a neighbor at his second ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton lawyer warns of pension cuts in city's bankruptcy case
SFGateOctober 1, 2014

Crime soared. The city wants Judge Klein to approve its plan for reorganizing more than $900 million in long-term debt, while Franklin Templeton Investments wants the judge to reject the proposal. The city has reached deals with all of its major ...more »

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Litigation door opens to unsupervised legal executives
Law GazetteSeptember 30, 2014

Legal executives have this week been offered the chance to apply to gain practice rights in immigration and litigation. ILEX Professional Standards (IPS), the regulator for members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), opened the ...more »

Business Law
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Miami club party where 15 were shot starts with fight, ends with questions
MiamiHerald.comSeptember 30, 2014

Parents and the teens who have been going to The Spot said it has become much more youth-friendly recently, advertising visits from local DJs and musicians on Facebook and through other social media. For years, The Spot didn't cater to younger people.more »

Personal Injury
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National Law Journal and Name Weitz & Luxenberg to 2014 Elite Trial ...
Massachusetts NewswireOctober 1, 2014

Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., is among the nation's leading and most readily recognized personal injury law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg's numerous litigation areas include: mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices, environmental pollutants, accidents, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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JP Morgan's Head of Cyber Intelligence A Former Secret Service Agent
2paragraphs.comOctober 4, 2014

According to “He is the author and affiant of the first Title III Wire Tap on the an Internet-facing computer network in the United States history and he has worked the most prolific criminal investigation in the history of the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Troy business in brief
Troy RecordSeptember 30, 2014

James C. Blackmore — Insurance Law; Real Estate Law; John T. Maloney — Medical Malpractice Law; Product Liability Law; Professional Malpractice Law (Defense); Edward D. Laird, Jr. — Commercial Litigation; Medical Malpractice Law; Personal Injury ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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It's official: the Texas abortion law is ruled constitutional, clinics to close
State ColumnOctober 3, 2014

Today a federal appeals court ruled that a new Texas abortion law, one of the most stringent in the nation, is constitutional, which will shut down 13 out of 20 abortion clinics in the state– effectively immediately. The verdict, made by the Fifth ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Akerman Plans Move From Downtown Miami to Brickell City Centre
Daily Business Review (registration)October 10, 2014

After months of speculation, Akerman—Florida's largest law firm—announced it will move its Miami headquarters from downtown to a building under construction at the sprawling Brickell City Centre. Akerman will lease ... The question of whether the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Reader's Watchdog: Collection firm triples D.M. man's overdue debt
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 20, 2014

More than one in seven Americans is being sought by debt-collection agencies, according to a study released this spring by the Center for Responsible Spending. But the law firm run by Kirk Brumbaugh and Mark Quandahl, a former Nebraska legislator and ...more »

Sports Law
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'Laws must be enforced to promote sports'
GhanaWebOctober 2, 2014

A lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Ali Nakyea Abdallah has called for the enforcement of existing laws to aid the promotion of sports development in the country. He said this when he addressed ...more »

Re Pan Ocean: Cross Border Insolvency Regulations - what relief can the court ...
Lexology (registration)October 3, 2014

Pan Ocean became insolvent (entered “rehabilitation” under Korean law) and its administrator applied to restrain Fibria from terminating the contract. Such termination clauses ... Beyond this, the rule respects party autonomy and upholds “legitimate ...more »

Audit finds accounting errors in Clark County books
Springfield News SunOctober 11, 2014

Among the errors cited in the report were: Officials calculated money owed to the county correctly, but they did not record the water and sewer funds in the amount of $305,572 and $606,839, respectively, on their financial statements, according to the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Fort Bend DA waited months before notifying defense counsel about tainted ...
Houston ChronicleOctober 27, 2014

"Brady held long ago that district attorneys, when they were in receipt of exculpatory evidence, are required to disclose that evidence even without a request by opposing council," explained University of Houston law professor Meredith Duncan, who ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Dave Joyce, challengers hash out the issues in hour-long discussion
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.comOctober 8, 2014

Republican Rep. David Joyce, second from left, appeared with challengers Michael Wager, a Democrat, right, and Libertarian David Macko, center, Tuesday evening for a discussion of issues at the Mayfield branch of the Cuyahoga County Library. NEOMG's ...more »

CNN Hit With $5 Million Bias And Wrongful Termination Suit
Deadline.comOctober 7, 2014

Stanley Wilson worked as field producer and writer of news and documentaries, covering stories including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and elections and contributing to such programs as Black In America and Homicide In Hollenbeck. In the suit filed today in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Crick Participates in District Judges Fall College in Frankfort
SurfKY NewsOctober 4, 2014

District Court judges handle juvenile matters, city and county ordinances, misdemeanors, violations, traffic offenses, probate of wills, arraignments, felony probable cause hearings, small claims involving $2,500 or less, civil cases involving $5,000 ...more »

Environmental Law
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Warren Buffett's Big Bet on Renewables in Nevada
New York TimesOctober 7, 2014

That solar energy will partly make up for the Los Angeles agency's decision last year to sell its stake in the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, divesting itself of coal-fired power to comply with California law. NV Energy's Reid Gardner power ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Drug Formularies -- much Needed in Workers' Comp
WorkCompCentral (subscription)October 10, 2014

Controlling drug usage in workers' comp is – far too often – the proverbial pushing on the rope. Sure, pharmacy benefit managers and payers have done a remarkable job constraining costs and reducing the initial inappropriate use of opioids. Virtually ...more »

Family Law
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Fort Bend Lawyers CARE holding free Family Law workshop Oct. 1
Your Houston NewsSeptember 30, 2014

Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) Family Law workshop welcomes low-income residents of Fort Bend County with family law questions on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 6-8 p.m., to an open forum in the Parish Hall of Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Rd., ...more »


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