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Herald fire chief responds to critical grand jury report
Sacramento BeeJuly 2, 2014

The grand jury report said the district violated the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act, which requires firefighters protections in disciplinary proceedings. McGranahan said a grievance policy created in the spring of 2013 does follow the law ...more »

Log Truck Driver in Deadly Accident has Probation Revoked
KARKJuly 2, 2014

CLINTON, AR - The log truck driver involved in the deadly accident that killed two construction workers in Clinton appeared in court after admitting to authorities the day after the accident he had used meth. Jerry Hickman, 39, was the man behind ...more »

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Administrative Law
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China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case
MiamiHerald.comJuly 29, 2014

BEIJING -- China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said it opened a case in June after ...more »

Health Care Law
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Reform Update: Obamacare not seen as flashpoint in midterm elections
ModernHealthcare.comAugust 1, 2014

Four years ago during the August recess, legislators encountered voters in their home districts angry about the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Republicans rode that backlash against the federal healthcare law to an ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Matson posts profit, expects late-2014 gains
JOC.comAugust 1, 2014

Jones Act carrier Matson posed slight declines in second-quarter net profit and operating income but said it expects its operating results in the second half of 2014 to show improvement from a year ago. Matson said it walked away from low-margin ...more »

Immigration Law
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1504 immigrant children placed in New Jersey
Washington TimesJuly 25, 2014

FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Immigration courts backlogged by years of staffing shortages and tougher enforcement face an ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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One-stop shopping on FAA Section 702 and related matters
Just SecurityJuly 31, 2014

In its foreignness determination the agency assumes, absent clear evidence to the contrary, that the target is a non-U.S. person located outside domestic bounds. And weak ... The Article concludes by calling for renewed efforts to draw a line between ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Atlanta's New Arbitration Center Looks Abroad for Models
GlobalAtlantaJuly 31, 2014

While it's actually a place, by many accounts it has meant more to the development of Singapore's reputation as a friendly destination for alternative dispute resolution than any one individual. As global business becomes more integrated and companies ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Airport preparing defense in Freedom Industries lawsuit
Charleston GazetteJuly 23, 2014

Yeager's insurance company recently appointed Clark Hill, a Pittsburgh-based law firm to represent the airport in the lawsuit which alleges that a poorly managed construction project caused stormwater runoff that disturbed the Freedom Industries tank ...more »

Animal Law
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Lifetime ban for pit bull owner convicted of cruelty
Times ColonistAugust 1, 2014

... plain view from the street, Bailey said. She feels the lifetime ban might be a wakeup call to others who may be neglecting animals. Also, the serious sentence will open the door for judges to give similar penalties in future cases of animal cruelty...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property rights seizures fall in 2013
just-style.comAugust 1, 2014

EU customs authorities detained almost 36m items suspected of violating intellectual property rights in 2013, with clothing one of the top categories, according to new data. The Commission's annual report, published this week, revealed that while this ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Patent troll legislation backed by SAS, tech firms, heads to governor
WRAL Tech WireAugust 1, 2014

The same bill would cut off liability for companies that have bought other corporations that at one time manufactured asbestos. The insulating fiber has been known to cause cancer for decades and is the source of frequent litigation. The bill would ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Win for Affirmative Action
Inside Higher EdJuly 15, 2014

Critics of affirmative action have hoped that those conditions were sufficiently narrow that when the appeals court took another look at UT-Austin's admissions policies, they would not meet those tests. But a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of ...more »

Worldwide legal claims could await Malaysia Airlines after jet downed
GlobalPostJuly 19, 2014

There was no indication that commercial airlines were being targeted. Was it a good idea? No. But I'd argue that that wasn't negligence," said Bruce Ottley, dean of the DePaul University College of Law and co-director of its International Aviation Law...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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A 30-Year-Old Law Is Creating A Crisis In San Francisco
Business InsiderJuly 22, 2014

One year after a 1984 legal battle in Santa Monica, California, the state passed the Ellis Act, a polarizing law that allows landlords to evict tenants and leave the rental housing business. Since landlords cannot evict tenants without a just cause ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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D'Alessandro: Al Clark, Jersey guy and former American League umpire, looks ...
The Star-LedgerJuly 5, 2014

And so we're left with a situation in which one of the finest umpires of his generation was victimized by two bad judgment calls — one that cost him his career after 26 distinguished seasons in 2001, and another that cost him his freedom with a four ...more »

Litigation
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Fitch: SG's 2Q14 Results Solid; Litigation Risk Remains
ReutersAugust 1, 2014

The results also underline that SG remains exposed to litigation and regulatory risk, as the bank continued to build reserves for litigation matters in 2Q14. The results have no immediate effect on SG's ratings. SG reported a EUR1.3bn pre-tax profit in ...more »

Business Law
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Patent Claims Drawing Derivative Suits
The RecorderAugust 1, 2014

Those cases, which break the traditional securities litigation mold, pose challenges for plaintiffs attorneys. "Every patent case is not a case where you can have a claim against the board for breaching its fiduciary duty," said James Kramer, a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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You'll Be Rich in the Military - in Ways You Don't Think
DailyFinanceJuly 29, 2014

networking (you'll meet hundreds, if not thousands of people during your tour), experience (management and occupational), VA benefits and free simple income tax filings. I'm not advocating that you join the military for financial reasons, but I am ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Dark net drugs adverts 'double in less than a year'
BBC NewsJuly 31, 2014

In October 2013, there were 18,174 drugs listings across four main markets, according to the internet safety organisation Digital Citizens Alliance, based in the US. A recent trawl of the dark net by BBC News ... Britain's National Crime Agency ...more »

Personal Injury
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ASK THE LAWYER: Settlements in personal injury cases not taxable as income
Lufkin Daily NewsJuly 13, 2014

Dear Jeff: I am about to receive a settlement from a personal injury case. Am I required to report this payment as income for tax purposes? Thanks, “Want to Do What's Right”. Dear “Do What's Right”: Sums received for personal injuries, either in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional law
Law GazetteJuly 25, 2014

The defendant secretary of state had provided substantial consular assistance, but he had declined to pay for legal help, relying on what was said to be a rigid policy. The appellant issued judicial review proceedings in England, challenging the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Philadelphia Law Firm Beckman & Marion Triumphs In Medical Malpractice Suit
DigitalJournal.comJuly 10, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Philadelphia County jury has returned a verdict of $3.34M on behalf of 27-year-old Juan Duque, a promising young soccer star set to play professionally in Colombia. The jury returned the unanimous verdict ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer forum raps builders for service deficiency
Pune MirrorJuly 6, 2014

... Adamali Electricwala, Khatun Yusuf Electricwala, Zoher Yusuf Electricwala and Mustafa Yusuf Electricwala approached the court, and a case was filed on November 8, 2013, through advocate Likhit Gandhi, under Section 12 of the Consumer Protection Act...more »

Real Estate Law
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Career Track: Follow First Coast professionals on the move
Florida Times-UnionJuly 28, 2014

Amber Williams of Lennar Homes Jacksonville was awarded marketing director of the year by the Florida Home Builders Association at its annual Excel Awards ceremony in July. Williams, a native of Clay County, was recognized for her extensive experience ...more »

Staff jobs threatened at county
Teton Valley NewsJuly 31, 2014

The Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Kelly Park has called for the cancellation of the Public Works Director Jay Mazalewski's contract for the next budgetary year. ... By doubling the tipping fee of unsorted, non-household (commercial...more »

Sports Law
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NY Giants John Mara opposes New Jersey's attempts to legalize sports betting
SBC NewsJuly 21, 2014

John Mara criticised the Governors actions, stating that New Jersey would be in danger of breaking federal laws, only for the short term gain of a few New Jersey Politicians. Mara expressed further concern regarding the policing and monitoring of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prosecutors' Winning Streak on Insider Trading Cases Ends
New York TimesJuly 9, 2014

“They took their time and they had this evidence years ago,” said Richard J. Holwell, a lawyer in private practice and the former federal judge who presided over the criminal trial of Mr. Rajaratnam's brother, whom he sentenced to 11 years in prison ...more »

Vanguard's singular model is under scrutiny
Philly.comJuly 30, 2014

In his lawsuit filed under seal in the New York State Court for Manhattan before he was fired by Vanguard in 2013, Daniel Danon alleges Vanguard's low costs are based on "illegal" income tax avoidance. ... Still, corporate tax lawyers and mutual fund ...more »

3rd Circuit Says No Joint ADEA and Section 1983 Age Discrimination Claims
Law.comJuly 7, 2014

Defendants brought a 12(b)(6) motion, on the basis that Hildebrand could not bring a claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Section §1983, that Hildebrand's charge of discrimination was not timely, and that he had not sufficiently ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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'The Law, Your Money and You!' on Sharon cable TV
Wicked Local SharonJuly 23, 2014

Hosted by Sharon residents Roberta Saphire, an attorney and business owner, and Camille Barron, a financial coordinator specializing in asset protection and health insurance, it features interviews with experts who answer questions in plain, simple ...more »

Environmental Law
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EYES ON THE LEFT: Fairness, competition ease high energy costs
KeepMEcurrent.comJuly 25, 2014

There are a number of ways, such as tax preferences and streamlined regulatory processes, that Maine policymakers have given industrial wind power companies the upper-hand in the energy market. But the most significant is a law known as Renewable ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Apex lawyers start 'Free Consultation Clinic'
Royal GazetteJuly 30, 2014

Mr Fubler said the three professionals are offering advice in any sphere, including property, debt collection, criminal litigation, civil litigation, employment, landlord and tenant disputes, wills and probate, trusts and family as well as immigration law.more »

Family Law
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£20 million funding to help children adopted from care
Family Law WeekJuly 30, 2014

Opening up the register is designed to ensure that children are placed more quickly with families who can give them the stability and security they deserve. Strict safeguards will be put in place to ensure the safety and privacy of children and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CA DWC Posts Ambulance Fee Schedule Update to Conform to Changes in ...
WorkersCompensation.com (press release)July 29, 2014

San Francisco, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Division of Workers' Compensation has adopted an order adjusting the ambulance services section of the official medical fee schedule (OMFS) to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system as ...more »

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