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And the winner of this year's Asbestos Derby is . . .
Madison County RecordSeptember 28, 2016

Maybe it's the line about Dog Biscuit “leading the pack,” which is echoed in the newly released KCIC midyear update on asbestos litigation: “Taking a closer look at Madison County, IL, we see Gori, Julian & Associates leading the pack [emphasis added ...more »

Obama's former Supreme Court lawyer, Donald Verrilli, joins L.A. ...
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 28, 2016

Former U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who defended Obama's healthcare plan before the Supreme Court, is joining the Los Angeles law firm of Munger ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Will the federal government's proposal to deregulate local zoning laws spur
New England Real Estate Journal OnlineOctober 28, 2016

In September, the White House issued a Housing Development Toolkit for local municipalities calling for a rare action from the Obama Administration: deregulation. In an effort to spur housing development, the White House report seeks community ...more »

ACC National Capital Region Corporate Counsel Awards Honor Washington Area In-House Legal Leaders
Business Wire (press release)October 27, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise - U.S. Public Sector's six-lawyer department was selected for the important role it played in helping to execute the corporate split of Hewlett-Packard Company, ensuring that all of the federal and state government contracts ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Negotiating in the Shadow of the Court: Mediation in parallel with litigation
Family Law WeekOctober 27, 2016

Negotiating in the Shadow of the Court: Mediation in parallel with litigation. Madeleine Reardon, barrister of 1 King's Bench Walk, considers the role of mediation in the course of family proceedings, practical issues arising therefrom and, in ...more »

Criminal Defense
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The Basics Of Financial Crime
The Market MogulOctober 28, 2016

There are several other types of financial crime such as fraud, electronic crime, bribery and corruption, terrorist financing and information security. Preventing and detecting fraudulent activity has proved to be a very difficult task: there are ...more »

Former law firm partner loses age discrimination tribunal claim
Personnel TodayOctober 20, 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed an appeal against an employment tribunal decision that a regional law firm was not guilty of age discrimination against one of its partners. DLA Piper's Jenna Clarke summarises the decision.more »

Animal Law
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Council wants more bite for animal abuse penalties | Niagara Falls ...
Niagara Falls ReviewOctober 25, 2016

Protesters gather in large numbers outside Skyway Animal Hospital on Welland Avenue where St. Catharines veterinarian Dr. Mahavir Singh Rekhi was caught ...more »

Environmental Law
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Mining affected districts: Eleven state govts collect Rs 3214 cr for local benefit sharing
The Indian ExpressOctober 11, 2016

Eleven state governments have collected Rs 3,214 crore for their District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) — the district-level bodies which were recently established under the new mining law to benefit the local population affected by mining operations.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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$80 million settlement reached in Missouri asbestos case
Columbia Daily TribuneOctober 27, 2016

The settlement will be divided, with $25 million for attorney's fees and the cost of the litigation and the rest for a medical monitoring fund to pay for diagnostic tests for people exposed to the asbestos. A judge is expected to finalize the agreement ...more »

Family Law
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In a national first, LGBT advocates sue Utah schools over 'anti-gay' laws
Salt Lake TribuneOctober 23, 2016

"It could set the precedent for the striking down these laws nationally," said Chris Stoll, attorney for the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). At least seven other states have similar regulations, which some LGBT advocates ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Chicago Lawyer Richard Fonfrias Offers Tips on Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Marketwired (press release)October 12, 2016

In his article How a Small Business Can Benefit from Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Fonfrias describes how Chapter 13 Bankruptcy works and how, if you own a small business, you may be able to rearrange your debts and protect your business at the same time.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Going Alinsky on affirmative action
American Thinker (blog)October 25, 2016

... its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.) A young man is doing exactly that, denouncing the blatant racial discrimination of affirmative action, and urging Asian-Americans and others revolted by the practice to vote for Donald ...more »

Business Law
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New Airbnb Regulation Won't Impact Occasional Law-Breakers ...
GothamistOctober 27, 2016

When Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Friday instating fines of $1,000 to $7,500 for New Yorkers who advertise their entire apartment on ...more »

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Contingent Value Rights Offer A Model for Litigation Finance
Above the LawOctober 25, 2016

For an industry that is growing rapidly and attracting a lot of smart people, the litigation finance field is still missing one crucial element – consensus about valuation techniques among participants. While other investments from stocks and bonds to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ukraine and Azerbaijan sign first ever e-document with Asan İmza mobile e-signature
Azerbaijan Business CenterOctober 7, 2016

Baku, Fineko/ The 3rd international “PKI Forum Ukraine 2016” is approaching to the end in Kiev, Ukraine, today. Azerbaijan's company B.EST Solutions represents Azerbaijan at the forum and demonstrates the national system of mobile and digital ...more »

Personal Injury
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Wrongful death lawsuit filed in fatal crash into Newton restaurant
The Boston GlobeOctober 25, 2016

The husband of a woman killed in March when an SUV plowed into a Newton restaurant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. George Miele, of Watertown, the husband of the late Eleanor Miele, 57, filed the lawsuit against Bradford Casler ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'I had this hand go up my skirt': Female lawyers speak out about ...
ABC OnlineOctober 27, 2016

Female lawyers say they are being routinely subjected to inappropriate sexual behaviour by senior men in law firms that take little or no action against the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Construction lawyers added to Boyd & Jenerette's new Orlando office
Florida RecordOctober 28, 2016

Among her list of qualifications, Schulman is board certified in construction law by The Florida Bar, a Florida Supreme Court certified civil mediator and a Florida approved arbitrator. In both 2013 and 2014, Schulman was recognized as one of the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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AG says APS violated open records law. Now they're still denying a mother the documents
New Mexico Political ReportOctober 25, 2016

The law enforcement exemption, for example, means public agencies should redact the names of witnesses who ask for confidentiality and the use of confidential law enforcement methods like sting operations, Williams explained. “It's a constant battle ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Legal documents, such as power of attorney, are important
Grays Harbor Daily WorldOctober 22, 2016

First, the obligatory primer: A “power of attorney” is a legal document that allows you to grant the authority to do something on your behalf to someone else. An example would be that you could grant your brother-in-law the authority to sell your 1968 ...more »


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