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Increases ahead: New Colorado property tax assessments on the ...
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo NewsApril 27, 2017

Houses are selling quickly in Colorado. The result is rising house prices. Now those house prices will reflect in new property tax assessment values. They go in ...more »

EU Data Protection Regulation
NasdaqApril 27, 2017

Four years in the making, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) obtained its final legislative approval on April 14. It will be enforced after a two-year transition, beginning on May 25, 2018, replacing the national laws and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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NLRB Affirms New Standard on Employee Email Use - Lexology
Lexology (registration)April 28, 2017

A divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed that if an employer provides employees with access to the email system, then employee use of…more »

Health Care Law
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As Trump And Congress Flip-Flop On Health Care, Insurers Try To Plan Ahead
NPRApril 27, 2017

To make those decisions, companies want to know whether the law is going to change altogether, something Republicans in the House have tried, failed to do and are trying again this week. At minimum, insurers would like to know whether the Trump ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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AHCA concerns Alabama health care providers, advocates
Montgomery AdvertiserMay 6, 2017

Under the health care law approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, Alabama officials could get a waiver that would allow insurers to increase the costs of covering arthritis, cancer, pregnancy or other health statuses considered pre ...more »

Immigration Law
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Letter: American immigration laws need to be enforced
Chico Enterprise-RecordApril 27, 2017

Every other country in the world has and enforces immigration laws. If you are found to be entering another country without permission and authority, that country will put you in jail, try you in a court, and deport you with orders to not return when ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Where coal was once mined, a garden now thrives
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMay 1, 2017

The 1977 law created a federal fund from coal taxes to pay for abandoned mine reclamation. Managed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the fund doled out $60 million in 2016 to clean up sites across Pennsylvania, with most of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)…Change is on the way
SBC NewsApril 27, 2017

None of this prevents the consumer from taking their complaint to court whether they are dissatisfied with the outcome of an ADR provider's decision, or for any other reason, but that will usually be a costly exercise, something that the ADR process is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Dispute between Amherst and insurance company heard by state Court of Appeals
Buffalo NewsMay 3, 2017

The state's highest court could end a long dispute between the Town of Amherst and an insurance company over who gets $3.13 million in interest from a settlement paid out after a 2002 accident in Amherst State Park. The state Court of Appeals in Albany ...more »

Animal Law
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Another Charge Filed in Hoarding Case; Advocates Call for
Tristatehomepage.comMay 11, 2017

The owner of an animal sanctuary gone awry in Vanderburgh County has been charged with an additional count of animal cruelty after sheriff's deputies and animal advocacy groups seized and processed 68 dogs from a former church building in late ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property lawyer nominated to Appeals Court
The Daily News of NewburyportApril 27, 2017

BOSTON — A patent law attorney who also represented a death row inmate in Montgomery, Alabama, is Gov. Charlie Baker's choice to fill a new vacancy on the Appeals Court. Dalila Argaez Wendlandt, who is a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Former Robins Kaplan Partner Forms Business Litigation and IP Boutique in NY
The American LawyerMay 4, 2017

Leichtman will be joined at the boutique, dubbed Leichtman Law, by five other commercial and IP litigators, according to a statement issued Thursday. The team includes three other former Robins Kaplan lawyers—Richard A. Mescon, Matthew McFarlane and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action isn't going anywhere, says minister
Independent OnlineMay 10, 2017

Cape Town - There would be no scrapping of Affirmative Action or Employment Equity policies, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said following the release of the latest employment equity report which showed whites dominated almost two-thirds of top ...more »

TSB investigating after plane with 2 aboard crashes in northern Quebec
CBC.caMay 1, 2017

The federal Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team of investigators to the scene of a potentially fatal plane crash in northern Quebec. Quebec provincial police spokesperson Jean Tremblay says two planes carrying mining employees were ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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A rent hike hidden in NY law: Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are at risk of getting hit hard
New York Daily NewsMay 2, 2017

Thanks to a little-noticed provision slipped into a state law back in 2003, landlords can offer “preferential rent” to tenants at levels below the legal maximum — a widespread and seemingly beneficial practice. Who doesn't like getting a discount on rent?more »

Bankruptcy Law
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2 Investigators: Beware High-Pressure Deals For Extended Auto Warranties
CBS ChicagoApril 28, 2017

Then she got a call from Patriot Protection Shield, a company that claims on its website that its extended coverage “covers repair or replacement cost of any auto parts that fail.” ... She says she was told she could cancel up to 30 days after she got ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation Funders Try Speed Dating To Drum Up Business - Law360
Law360 (subscription)April 28, 2017

Law360, New York (April 28, 2017, 7:01 PM EDT) -- A few dozen litigation funders, would-be investors and lawyers scoped each other out at a hip Manhattan ...more »

Business Law
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DEADLINE ALERT - Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC Reminds Investors of Class Action Against HMS Holdings ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)April 28, 2017

In addition to representing institutions and other investor plaintiffs in class action security litigation, the firm's expertise includes general corporate and commercial litigation, as well as securities arbitration. Attorney advertising. Prior ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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The VA Takes Back Millions In Benefits From Disabled Vets And Can't Explain Why
Task & PurposeMay 11, 2017

In a surprising turn, the Department of Veteran Affairs — which took away nearly half a billion dollars in military separation pay from disabled veterans in a single five-year period — now tells Task & Purpose that it has no rationale for the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Top Workplaces: Someone is attacking your computer, tablet or smartphone
Milwaukee Journal SentinelApril 28, 2017

There are hacking tools available to anyone on the internet, and some mischief comes from people seeking bragging rights by gaining access to large companies' computer systems. More worrisome are sophisticated attacks from foreign governments and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Demand for specialist personal injury advice fuels further growth at Novum Law
Swindon Business NewsMay 3, 2017

Novum Law, the Swindon-headquartered specialist law firm, has appointed two new solicitors to provide expert legal advice to claimants as demand for its personal injury services continues to grow. Imran Saddique joins from Slater and Gordon in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Plain Talk about Law School Rot
Southeast Texas RecordMay 7, 2017

Topics like family law, contracts, real estate, personal injury law, and other “mundane” areas of legal education are shunned by most academics. What explains this turn of events? Simple: Constitutional law has become the primary tool used by the post ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Coffee Shop Franchisees' Arbitration Crashes, Dady & Gardner Sued for $11M
Blue MauMauMay 2, 2017

A management firm representing franchised coffee and tea shops filed an $11 million malpractice lawsuit against J. Michael Dady and his Dady & Gardner firm, alleging the attorneys' negligence and incompetent legal advice caused their businesses ...more »

Consumer Protection
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How to protect yourself from spam text messages
ConsumerAffairsMay 16, 2017

The FTC notes that unsolicited commercial email messages or text messages to wireless devices are illegal under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). There are a few exceptions – such as if the sender has a relationship to the recipient or if ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Hunton & Williams Adds Real Estate Partner
New York Law Journal (registration)April 29, 2017

Brusco, who has more than 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate sector, previously had been a managing director at LAMCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lehman Brothers created after its bankruptcy filing. There he ... Brusco's practice ...more »

Which Area of Law Has Justice Werdegar Written the Most Civil Majority Opinions In?
JD Supra (press release)April 28, 2017

She's written nineteen majority opinions on government and administrative law and sixteen about employment law. Justice Werdegar has written twenty-seven majority opinions in civil procedure, six in insurance law, eight in commercial law, three about ...more »

Sports Law
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Celeb Lawyer Lobs $100M Suit at Fyre Festival Organizers
Law.com (subscription)May 1, 2017

This photo provided by Jake Strang shows tents and a portable toilet set up for attendees for the Fyre Festival, Friday, April 28, 2017 in the Exuma islands, Bahamas. Organizers of the much-hyped music festival in the Bahamas canceled the weekend event ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Gus Newman, Respected Criminal Defense Lawyer, Dies at 90 ...
New York Law Journal (registration)May 4, 2017

Gus Newman, a respected New York City criminal defense lawyer who completed at least 200 felony trials during his five decades of practice, died Monday.more »

Many religious freedom advocates are actually disappointed with Trump's executive order
Washington PostMay 5, 2017

The firm has also defended Little Sisters of the Poor on the same contraception issue, and a Becket Fund lawyer who has worked on the case said she was pleased with Thursday's order. During a reception Thursday at the Rose Garden, Trump told the nuns ...more »

The Missouri Human Rights Act—The Playing Field Has Been Leveled
Lexology (registration)May 10, 2017

The Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) is the state of Missouri's primary anti-discrimination statute. The MHRA codifies for the state many of the federal anti-discrimination provisions found in the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Tuesday Law Log, 5-2-17
Asheboro Courier TribuneApril 30, 2017

April 26: Asset Protection at Walmart, East Dixie Drive, Asheboro, reported a male suspect took a child safety seat valued at $299 and a child's pack and play valued at $139 and attempted to return them at the Customer Service Desk for a refund.more »

Environmental Law
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Groups Sue Trump for Rollback on Safeguards for Leading Source of Water Pollution
EcoWatchMay 4, 2017

A coalition of environmental and public health advocates filed suit Wednesday to challenge a Trump administration rollback that could wipe out critical protections for cleaning up America's leading source of toxic water pollution: coal power plant ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Feather River Bulletin Public Notices for the week of 5/3/17
Plumas County NewspapersMay 3, 2017

THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that: Meridy Muire be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's wills and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils ...more »

Family Law
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Gilson Gray launches family law division headed by Philippa Cunniff ...
Scottish Legal NewsMay 3, 2017

Gilson Gray has announced plans to launch a family law division after hiring Philippa Cunniff. Ms Cunniff, who comes fresh from her role as partner and head of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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State pays back $1B in workers' comp to public, private employers
Twinsburg BulletinMay 1, 2017

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has finalized another $1 billion payback to private and public employers, plus plans for additional support for workplace safety and wellness initiatives, including a new program aimed at small ...more »

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