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Andrew Cuomo calls on Congress to allow Puerto Rico to seek bankruptcy
New York Daily NewsSeptember 8, 2015

SAN JUAN — Leading a delegation to Puerto Rico, Gov. Cuomo called on Congress Monday to give the troubled island the power to declare bankruptcy. "I think Congress should give them the bankruptcy protection so they can make the changes that they ...more »

State freezes referrals after counselor's rape arrest
The News JournalSeptember 8, 2015

The business is now in a blind trust waiting to be sold. In fact, Crowley had been in ... The kids department, for at least a year now, has been letting these kids just continue to decline – primarily, city kids who are living in poverty.” A department ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Investigators say friendships led to CHP involvement in Kauffman murder
The Turlock JournalSeptember 9, 2015

At a previously held bail hearing, defense attorney Timothy Rien referred to it as a “cop bar” that was routinely visited by law enforcement. District Attorney Investigator Steven Jacobson testified that during the investigation they learned members of ...more »

Health Care Law
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48K Montanans have active policies through health care law
Helena Independent RecordSeptember 8, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal health officials say more than 48,500 Montana residents have signed up and paid for health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's federal marketplace. The number of people with paid premiums was released ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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9 New Fall TV Shows We Can't Wait to Watch
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 10, 2015

Don't let Neil Patrick Harris's lukewarm act as Oscar host dampen your spirits. ... The narrative will focus on Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones), a former soldier who becomes entangled in mystical intrigue and takes on the vocation of a journeyman executioner.more »

Immigration Law
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9/11 forever changed the concept of immigration in the US
QuartzSeptember 11, 2015

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which oversees enforcement of immigration laws in the US, as well as immigrant detention and deportations. ICE is also responsible for enforcing the notorious Secure Communities and 287(g) programs.more »

Industrial Development Law
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How to Navigate the Law When Doing Business in Canada
Area Development OnlineSeptember 8, 2015

Provincial law generally governs the forms of business organization, although corporations wishing to carry on business in more than one province or in foreign countries may prefer to incorporate under federal law. This permits the corporation to carry ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Southern DHB in mediation with union on kitchen outsourcing
Radio New ZealandSeptember 8, 2015

The DHB approved a controversial contract for the international catering company Compass to run the Dunedin and Invercargill hospital kitchens in May. But the Service and Food Workers Union is threatening legal action because up to 20 percent of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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“Ed's Cushion” lands man in SEC suit
CT PostSeptember 9, 2015

Bankrate is paying $15 million to settle the charges, while litigation continues against Edward DiMaria, its former chief financial officer who the SEC listed as having a Monroe residence. Also charged was a New York City resident named ... Bankrate ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights activists sue over 'unconstitutional' free speech law
KSL.comSeptember 9, 2015

The clinic and the ACLU of Utah filed the complaint on behalf of the Utah Animal Rights Coalition, Jeremy Beckham and Alexis Levitt. They want a judge to bar Farmington from enforcing the law pending the outcome of the lawsuit and ultimately issue a ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Australia's stance in IP negotiations: 'That didn't work, let's do it again.'
Crikey (registration)September 14, 2015

Sorry to say, I've just described Australia's approach to negotiating the intellectual property chapters in free-trade agreements. These chapters set rules relating to copyright, patent, trade mark, including how copyright gets enforced online and for ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Deadly Legacy of the James Hardie Asbestos Mine in Baryulgil (blog)September 8, 2015

Law professor and commentator Larissa Behrendt wrote and directed the documentary "Under Skin, In Blood." The 12-minute film portrays the impact of asbestos mining on Baryulgil. The film debuted at the Sydney Film Festival in June. Baryulgil's past may ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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11 Acts by The US Government That Proves White Affirmative Action Has Been The ...
Atlanta Black StarSeptember 18, 2015

Indentured servitude was the earliest form of white affirmative action. Established in the late 1600s, this system replaced white European indentured servants, the original source of no-wage labor, with enslaved Black people. An article entitled “A ...more »

Court Clips Fly Africa's Wings
AllAfrica.comSeptember 8, 2015

Nomad Aviation was cited as the first respondent in the matter and was represented by lawyer Phillip Swanepoel. The chairperson of the Transportation Commission of Namibia and the commission itself were cited as second and third respondents ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Property Law: Who owns the Graffiti?
Patently-OSeptember 14, 2015

(The Wall Now) Dreamland justified this move based upon the lease, which included a provision that would arguably require the tenant to remove or paint-over the artwork. The Landlord (Lessor) its rights to the work to the Creative Foundation – a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How governments enable companies to distort prices
Al Jazeera AmericaSeptember 8, 2015

The day after my column was published, Donna M. Gilberto, the commission lawyer whose title is Records Access Officer, issued a letter saying the commission “has become aware that information that lightly regulated utilities (LRUs) meant to redact from ...more »

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FTSE 100 sets aside almost £1.66bn for tax litigation
economiaSeptember 8, 2015

The top 100 UK listed companies have saved £1.66bn to cover tax litigation this year, down 31% from the £2.39bn set aside in 2014. The decline may suggest that recent efforts by tax authorities to pursuit corporate tax evasion and avoidance are working ...more »

Business Law
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Want to buy some weed? Advertising marijuana is harder than you might think
MarketWatchSeptember 15, 2015

Because cannabis is illegal under federal law, state governments and online advertising platforms are placing strict rules on how companies can market their products. From imagery and pricing information restrictions to television bans, it is nearly ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pet Valu campaign benefits military dogs
WBAL BaltimoreSeptember 9, 2015

Military dogs detect explosives, protect installations and track down enemies, especially during times of war. One pet store is keenly aware of this and wants to help out these brave animals. Tweet · Pin It. Show Transcript Hide Transcript. Advertising.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Regional government employee enters guilty plea in child porn case
Houston HeraldSeptember 8, 2015

A law enforcement officer with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force was investigating unlawful Internet usage and noticed that a certain computer had more than 100 files of suspected child pornography. The officer continued to monitor the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Research and Markets: UK Personal Injury Market - UK Legal Market Briefing 2015
Business Wire (press release)September 11, 2015

The personal injury market, covering both personal injury and clinical negligence cases, is both large and high profile. The market has received extensive and not always complementary media coverage. While relatively few consumers may pursue a personal ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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German academic delegation, Sudanese officials discuss holding workshop on ...
Sudan TribuneSeptember 10, 2015

September 9, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - A German academic delegation on Wednesday discussed with Sudanese officials holding a capacity building workshop on constitutional law for the Sudanese parties to raise their knowledge and awareness about ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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San Ysidro settles with law firm over malpractice
The San Diego Union-TribuneSeptember 26, 2015

San Ysidro filed the malpractice lawsuit against its former lawyers in February, and accused partner Dan Shinoff of professional negligence for withholding a settlement proposed by the solar power contractors. The lawsuit alleged Shinoff avoided a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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2nd Circuit Expands Dodd-Frank Anti-retaliation Protection To Cover Internal ...
The National Law ReviewSeptember 15, 2015

... who reports an alleged securities violation only to his or her employer, and not to the SEC, is nevertheless covered by the anti-relation protections afforded by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Two court cases could upend centuries-old real estate laws
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteSeptember 29, 2015

Two oil and gas leasing cases that will be argued in front of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court next week have the potential to either modernize or seriously disrupt centuries-old state real estate laws that have roots in the days when tax collectors ...more »

UNH, professors at contract impasse
Seacoastonline.comSeptember 11, 2015

The University of New Hampshire administration and the UNH chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)-Tenure Track, representing approximately 600 faculty, have agreed that contract negotiations are at impasse. email · print ...more »

Sports Law
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Christie asks for re-hearing in N.J.'s sports betting battle
NJ.comSeptember 8, 2015

"At the end of the day, this isn't just about New Jersey being treated fairly under federal law, but about the common sense reality of bringing a sports wagering industry that is already taking place every day in our state out of the shadows." In the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Report: Judges Have Too Much Control In Public Defense System
NPRSeptember 9, 2015

A tough new report has concluded that the federal government's system for defending poor people needs to change. The nearly two-year study by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers said judges who are supposed to be neutral arbiters too ...more »

Sales Tax Slice: Interest on Deficient Tax Liabilities Illustrates States ...
Bloomberg BNASeptember 18, 2015

Ryan Voorhees is a State Tax Law Editor at Bloomberg BNA. He maintains and upgrades the company's state tax products and contributes to the Sales Tax Slice blog, which covers current events and hot topics in sales tax. Before joining the State Tax team ...more »

New federal rule seeks to prohibit discrimination against transgender individuals
Daily CalifornianSeptember 8, 2015

Nevertheless, the center supports the passage of the rule, and offers transgender-specific services including subsidized options for counseling, gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy. “The proposed HHS rule is an enormous milestone for all ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Tulsa County DA, state senator at loggerheads on forfeiture issue
Tulsa WorldSeptember 9, 2015

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler and other prosecutors and law enforcement officers publicly confronted state Sen. Kyle Loveless on Tuesday about Loveless' attempt to tighten rules related to cash and property seized in the course of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Tabuchi Electric and Geli Team Up to Accelerate Residential Solar Market
MarketWatchSeptember 10, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sep 10, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Tabuchi Electric, a solar-plus-storage manufacturer, and Geli, a software provider for battery storage and microgrids, today announced a partnership that will deliver a residential solar-plus-storage ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Surrogate to Speak at Local Libraries in Somerset County
Patch.comSeptember 19, 2015

Somerset County Surrogate Frank G. Bruno will speak about “How to Probate a Will in the Somerset County Surrogate's Court” and about recent changes in the law regarding probate. Also included will be a discussion of “powers of attorney” and “living ...more »

Family Law
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Compelling? Yes. Admissible? No.
JD Supra (press release)September 23, 2015

One of the more challenging tasks family law practitioners are faced with is balancing their client's often compelling and moving story against evidentiary rules and practices in court and in pleadings. While the client's story can be compelling due to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Who pays for a 25% reduction in workers' comp premiums?
Legal ExaminerSeptember 12, 2015

Many states, including Michigan where I practice law, are wage loss states. This means under the state's workers comp system, you have to be disabled to recover wage loss. The theory behind this is that in a wage loss state, there's a trade-off, where ...more »


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