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Judicial elections, budget cuts on the agenda for new NC Bar Association leader
News & ObserverJune 22, 2014

The state Senate's budget includes a 10 percent reduction in funding for the indigent defense service and a 24 percent reduction in the Administrative Office of the Court's technology division, which is responsible for handling the state's transition ...more »

Empty federal office costs taxpayers
The Augusta ChronicleJune 22, 2014

Federal watchdog groups say what's happening at the commercial complex off River Watch Parkway and Interstate 20 is an example of problems the government has in mishandling property it leases and owns. Since at least 2003, the General Services ...more »

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Administrative Law
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DENTAL DANGERS: Local dentist's invisible complaint file underscores dental ...
Insurance News NetJuly 21, 2014

That's because the Dental Board makes dentists' complaint files almost completely inaccessible to the public, an agency practice that severely limits the state's patient protection system's value to consumers. The Dental Board and state law also don't ...more »

Health Care Law
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IRS.gov has information about the health care law and its effect on your taxes
Laredo SunJuly 17, 2014

LAREDO, TEXAS- There is a lot of information in the news and online about the health care law and its effect on your taxes. For the most current answers to questions you may have, visit IRS.gov/aca. From the individual shared responsibility provision ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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[MarEx Interview] Rob Grune, Crowley Maritime
The Maritime ExecutiveJuly 22, 2014

That's exactly what is happening in the U.S.-flag, Jones Act, blue-water industry. We are reacting to the need. Crowley is building new vessels. Seacor is building new vessels. Moran, Kirby, Bouchard are building new and the list goes on. American ...more »

Immigration Law
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US Faces Complex Child Immigration Crisis
Voice of AmericaJuly 16, 2014

Complicating the crisis is a 2008 law that gives children entering the country anywhere but from U.S. neighbors Mexico and Canada the right to an immigration court hearing to determine whether they should be granted asylum for humanitarian reasons or ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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What's Happening for July (UPDATED July 20)
SunHerald.comJuly 20, 2014

Employment opportunities include positions in construction, commercial driving, food service, production and engineering, law enforcement and more. ... How to Develop a Business Plan: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Local litigator honored
The RobesonianJuly 21, 2014

RALEIGH — For the third year in a row, Catharine Biggs Arrowood, a Lumberton native and partner with the Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein law firm in Raleigh, has been included in Benchmark Litigation's annual list of the Top 250 Women in Litigation.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Patrick MacQueen joins Combs Law Group
azcentral.comJuly 11, 2014

Galloway focuses his practice in state and local taxation, including tax controversy, property tax, income tax and employment tax as well as related administrative and judicial appeals. Galloway received his law degree from Washburn University in 1982 ...more »

Animal Law
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Commentary: 'Animal Rights or Wrongs?'
Dairy Herd ManagementJuly 13, 2014

Other issues impacting animal agriculture, however, are far from settled, again using that term in its legal sense. An example is the question of using animals for medical research, scientific study and product safety testing — which, I would argue ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Shoosmiths appoints Olly Leyden to intellectual property team
The LawyerJuly 22, 2014

Shoosmiths has bolstered its intellectual property (IP) offering with the hire of Olly Leyden, who was previously in house at NBC-Universal. Leyden brings particular expertise in advising clients in film and television across development, production ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Court Orders Travelers to Pay Over $500M in Asbestos Case
ClaimsJournal.comJuly 22, 2014

It filed for bankruptcy protection in 1982 under the weight of asbestos litigation, and settled various claims in 1986. Johns-Manville emerged from Chapter 11 in ... The case is Common Law Settlement Counsel et al v. Travelers Indemnity Co et al, 2nd U ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court Upholds UT Affirmative Action Plan
KEYE TVJuly 16, 2014

Lawyers challenging the university's affirmative action plan have already pledged to appeal. Fisher responded in a statement saying in part: "I remain committed to continuing this lawsuit even if it means we appeal to the Supreme Court once again." By ...more »

2 Clarkson University students among 3 killed in plane crash near Lake Placid
The Post-StandardJuly 21, 2014

Lesley Trevor, owner of Snowslip Farm, talks to state police Capt. John Tibbitts about what she and her daughter Emily witnessed after a plane crashed Saturday, July 19, 2014, on her property in Lake Placid, a village in the Adirondack Mountains, N.Y., ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Harassment Complaints Up in Santa Monica
The Lookout NewsJuly 21, 2014

“The other is a combination of economic factors that have resulted in increased incentives to remove below-market tenants,” Radinsky added, citing the 1999 Costa-Hawkins law that allows landlords to charge market rates for units voluntarily vacated or ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Airbnb squatter 'horror story'
Stuff.co.nzJuly 21, 2014

Although Airbnb and similar platforms use reviews of hosts and guests to try to weed out bad players, and require credit card information from guests, those systems are far from ironclad. And although Airbnb has a $10 billion valuation and handles ...more »

Litigation
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$15M earmarked for Louisiana's Gulf oil spill litigation
Shreveport TimesJuly 18, 2014

But the fund doesn't contain the full amount needed for the litigation spending, so the treasury will borrow from other available pools of state money to cover the attorney general's costs until the fund balance catches up. Travis McIlwain, a budget ...more »

Business Law
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Putin Signs Ban on Advertising on Paid TV Channels
The Moscow TimesJuly 22, 2014

Among about 40 bills signed by President Vladimir Putin in a marathon session on Tuesday was a widely lambasted law that will strip hundreds of independent Russian television channels of a basic source of income: advertising. The law, which will go ...more »

Personal Injury
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Orlando personal-injury lawyers target Lake County Judge Terry Neal
Orlando SentinelJuly 11, 2014

Races for county judge seats are typically dull affairs, but a group of personal-injury lawyers mostly from Orlando are poised to liven up the August election by dumping an unprecedented amount of cash into an effort to oust respected Lake County Judge ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Warning digital data evidence 'unreliable'
ScotsmanJuly 19, 2014

COMPUTER data cannot be fully trusted as criminal evidence, an IT security expert has warned, as a bill which allows the state access to online records was last week rushed through the UK parliament. Professor Bill Buchanan ... The law would require ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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UPDATE 1-Bulgaria to strip Corpbank's license, alert prosecutors to possible ...
ReutersJuly 11, 2014

"The results of the review of Corporate Commercial bank speak, to put it mildly, about actions incompatible with the law and good banking practices," the central bank said in a statement. "Substantial parts of the credit dossier for loans worth of 3.5 ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Is Obama in big trouble when liberal and conservative constitutional law...
Washington ExaminerJuly 17, 2014

But should the chief executive be worried that two constitutional law experts — one a conservative, the other a liberal who voted for Obama — not only think the suit has merit but will likely succeed? The two backing Boehner and two constitutional...more »

Real Estate Law
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FAA says real estate agents' drone use illegal
USA TODAYJuly 7, 2014

Real estate joins agriculture, filmmaking and journalism as one of the industries finding new ways to use the small unmanned aircraft and pushing the legal limits of their use. Realtors have always looked for new tools to advertise properties. Online ...more »

Consumer Protection
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JoCo mom reaches legal settlement with City of Mission after arrest caught on ...
KSHBJuly 16, 2014

Mission's mayor and city administrator referred calls to legal counsel. A secretary told 41 Action News the attorney was out of the office all week. Rafe Foreman, a law professor at UMKC, said both sides are likely obligated to confidentiality because ...more »

Sports Law
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Law limits school football practices to cut concussions
Toronto SunJuly 21, 2014

Football practices at which middle- and high-school students tackle each other will be restricted in California under a law signed on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest U.S. effort to minimize brain injuries from the popular sport.more »

Kadner: Who has a plan to save the south suburbs?
SouthtownStarJuly 19, 2014

About 200 people filled an elementary school cafeteria in Robbins Thursday evening to hear from Cook County Sheriff's Department officials, who urged residents to stay alert in fighting a controversial project to create a limestone quarry and mine in ...more »

A Republican Victory on the Front Lines of ObamaCare
Wall Street JournalJuly 12, 2014

But Republicans, led by Mr. Howell, countered by hiring prominent constitutional lawyer Paul Clement to assess the legality of such a move. Mr. Clement delivered a blunt finding: "No funds may be expended to finance any attempt by the Governor to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Houston Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Offers Protection Against Bank...
Motor E magazineJuly 21, 2014

Houston Federal Criminal Defense Attorney offers services in criminal defense. The law firm offers experienced and talented lawyers who practice in all fields of criminal defense that include bank fraud, drug charges, child, sexual abuse, and bank...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Beefing up fiduciary oversight
Pensions & InvestmentsJuly 21, 2014

Institutional asset owners must make more of an effort to peel back the layers of complexity to deal with the fiduciary issues surrounding non-traded investments, including private equity and real estate. ... The SEC is beginning to step up its ...more »

5 California Victories Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964
KCETJuly 2, 2014

Passed in 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination based on a person's disability in employment, state and local government programs, private and non-profit businesses, commercial facilities, transportation, and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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AMBER ALERT! ROSA PARKS' GODCHILD MAILAUNI WILLIAMS MISSING ...
voiceofdetroitJuly 22, 2014

George's successor as Macomb Probate Chief Judge, Kenneth Sanborn, removed her permanently from handling estates and wills. The Williams case involves a $30 million estate deriving from a medical malpractice case settled with Henry Ford Hospital for ...more »

Environmental Law
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Robert Chatham: Kentucky desperate for forward-thinking leaders on energy
Lexington Herald LeaderJuly 21, 2014

He should acknowledge that any new power plant built in Kentucky can't be coal-fired because Kentucky law requires regulated electric utilities and cooperatives to use the "least-cost standard," which currently is a natural gas-fired combine cycle ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Recent Case Law for Texas
WorkCompCentral (subscription)July 22, 2014

Spectraseis, 14-13-00252-CV, (06/10/2014): A Texas appellate court ruled that the state's judicial system had jurisdiction over a British citizen's tort claim against his alleged Houston-based employer for a frostbite injury he sustained while working ...more »

Family Law
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Regulations to introduce legal aid residence test are unlawful and discriminatory
Family Law WeekJuly 16, 2014

In R (on the application of the Public Law Project) v The Secretary of State for Justice [2014] EWHC 2365 (Admin) the Divisional Court has confirmed that Government proposals to introduce a "residence test" for civil legal aid are unlawful. The thrust ...more »

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