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Caldwell nightclub owner accused of tax evasion, illegal drug trafficking to ...
KIVI-TVOctober 24, 2014

A Caldwell nightclub owner accused of failing to report income and being involved with drug trafficking, prostitution rings, and other crimes will be spending about three years in jail. Herminio Harro Sandoval, 60, of Caldwell operated nightclubs in ...more »

W.Va agency ordered to release pollution data
Observer-ReporterOctober 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge says the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection violated the state's Freedom of Information Act when it denied a law firm's request for water pollution data. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Charles ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Homecoming Prince Identified as High School Shooting Suspect
abc7news.comOctober 24, 2014

Eyewitnesses and law enforcement sources identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Marysville police administrative commander Robb Lamoureaux earlier declined to identify the suspect, but said he was a ...more »

Health Care Law
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Feds fault security of tax info gathered for health care law benefits
Tribune-ReviewOctober 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The federal government and the states should improve how they protect the security of confidential tax information of people getting benefits under the 2010 health care law, federal investigators said Thursday. Federal and state agencies ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Ruling Bars Iraqi Women's Alien Tort Act Torture Suit
New York Law Journal (registration)October 24, 2014

"Although the depredations of the Saddam Hussein regime undeniably occurred outside of the United States, plaintiffs argue that the abuses they allegedly suffered at the hands of the Saddam Hussein regime 'flow from financial transactions within the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama defends plan to act on immigration: CBS interview
Yahoo NewsNovember 10, 2014

In an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation," Obama said he had watched while the U.S. Senate produced a bipartisan immigration reform bill, only to have it not taken up by House Republican Speaker John Boehner. Obama said he had told Boehner if he ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Primera Partners now in Weston Urban mix for downtown deal
San Antonio Express-NewsOctober 24, 2014

Among the departments housed at Riverview are human resources, finance, information technology, contract services and the legal department. ... “The P3 (Public-Private Partnership) Oversight Committee is currently reviewing and analyzing both proposals ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Franconia police officers file grievance over layoffs
Montgomery NewspapersOctober 25, 2014

The officers, using the dispute resolution procedures in their contract, have filed a grievance with the township over the layoffs, Richard Poulson, the union's lawyer, said. Unfair labor practice charges have not been filed with the Pennsylvania Labor ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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RPX Insurance Services Announces Cost-effective Patent Insurance for Small ...
PR Newswire (press release)November 10, 2014

The RPX NPE patent litigation insurance premiums start at $7,500* for $1 million of coverage, which is issued by an A-rated Lloyd's of London underwriting syndicate. The policies cap exposure for policy-holding companies and ensure uninterrupted ...more »

Animal Law
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Details of proposed animal law unveiled
The Straits TimesOctober 27, 2014

Animal-related businesses would be given time to ensure that their staff meet the new training requirements under proposed laws for better animal welfare. A grace period of one to two years would allow animal handlers at these businesses, such as pet ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Judge Nixes Playwright's Bid to Free 'Zorro' From Intellectual Property Grip
Hollywood ReporterOctober 29, 2014

In May 2013, Robert Cabell brought a lawsuit that aimed to free Zorro from the grip of intellectual property. The plaintiff had authored a work entitled "Z — The Musical of Zorro" and after striking a deal to mount a production in Germany, reported ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Business, the Biden way
Tribune-ReviewOctober 27, 2014

It's an investment firm founded by Jeffrey Cooper, head of one of the biggest asbestos-litigation firms in the country. Hunter was previously a top official at Paradigm Global Advisors, a hedge fund holding company founded with Vice President Biden's ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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2015: Women insist on 35% affirmative action implementation
The PunchOctober 29, 2014

The female politicians, at a workshop organised by the Gender and Development Action in Lagos on Tuesday, lamented that women were still being intimidated and maginalised by their male counterparts in politics in spite of the 35 per cent affirmative...more »

Ars-Electronica via Flickr
North Country Public RadioOctober 27, 2014

"In Canada, as globally, U.A.V. is exploding," said Joe Barnsley, an aviation attorney in Winnipeg, Canada. "It's a huge growth area." The U.S. drone industry, however, is simmering more than exploding. How does more than 1,000 drone flights in Canada ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renting and the Law: Tenant signed lease, then backed out
Minneapolis Star TribuneNovember 22, 2014

A: Under Minnesota law, your lease was not completed when the new tenants moved in. The 21-day time frame for return of your security deposit does not begin until your one-year tenancy is terminated. Technically, the owner could have held you to the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The Other Problem with Guns: Lead Poisoning
GoverningOctober 24, 2014

Gaughran denied it happened. To solve his problem with the berm _ and to cash in on the lucrative scrap metal inside it _ Gaughran offered cash, guns or store credit to employees to help remove the sand berm and sift out the tons of spent lead, which ...more »

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PUBLIC AGENDA: Sterling Park litigation, Cubberley Community Center lease
Palo Alto OnlineOctober 24, 2014

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss in a closed session existing litigation involving Sterling Park. The council will then consider expanding the city's shuttle program; designate a voting delegate to the National League of Cities conference ...more »

Business Law
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Democrat Davis losing ground to Brownback in Kansas governor's race
Kansas City StarOctober 24, 2014

His attack ads against Davis have also helped tilt the balance. This week, he began a television spot arguing that, if elected, Davis will appoint liberal judges who will be soft on crime, and cited the current Kansas Supreme Court majority – also a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans' Corner: Social Security Administration benefits
Avery Journal TimesOctober 25, 2014

Like many military members and veterans, you are probably aware that benefits are available from DoD and VA sources, but you may not be aware that the Social Security Administration also may be able to provide you disability benefits if your medical ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Walter Isaacson on the 'Innovators' of the digital revolution
Philly.comOctober 24, 2014

And geez, even Isaacson has been guilty of the crime, to a degree, with his name-branded hit biographies on Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin, Henry Kissinger and Albert Einstein. But that's not ... It chronicles the men and oft-overlooked women who brought us ...more »

Personal Injury
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How Much THC Makes You Impaired? Blog (blog)October 25, 2014

By Practice AreaBankruptcyChild CustodyCriminal LawDivorceFamily LawLabor & Employment LawMedical MalpracticePersonal InjuryReal EstateTaxationWills & ProbateMore... By Life EventsGetting a DivorceWrite a WillBankruptcy, Credit and DebtHome ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Abortion law upheld by minority vote
Washington PostNovember 1, 2014

There have been a lot of abortion-related cases in the news lately, but last week I noticed this case from the Supreme Court of Nebraska that struck me as particularly noteworthy. The court upheld a state abortion law against a federal constitutional...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NJ Firm Blames Dentons in Legal Mal Suit Over $41M Default
New Jersey Law JournalOctober 28, 2014

Mandelbaum Salsburg's third-party complaint against Dentons comes after a separate legal malpractice suit filed by YA Global in April against Dentons and attorneys Cleary, Jasaitis and Papier. That suit claimed the Dentons lawyers negligently ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Public Safety: Law program probes jail over attempted suicide
Appeal-DemocratNovember 2, 2014

Information and answers to your questions about court cases, crime and public safety organizations. Send your questions to A civil rights law clinic is looking into the events surrounding an attempted suicide at the Yuba ...more »

Real Estate Law
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B2B: New Fiscal Law to Increase the Property Tax Burden on Individuals
The Moscow TimesNovember 10, 2014

At the beginning of October, a long-anticipated new law was enacted, amending the Russian Tax Code in terms of property tax on individuals (Federal Law No. 284-FZ dated 04 October 2014 On Amending Articles 12 and 85 of Part 1, and Part 2 of the ...more »

Survey Says: Hayden, Gardendale woman to appear on Family Feud
North Jefferson NewsNovember 4, 2014

Two north Jefferson County residents, Fredia Owens of Hayden and Melonie Graham of Gardendale, are scheduled to appear on Family Feud on Nov. 10. The other family members on the team live in Grady, Ala. From left are Amy Dicks, Owens, Karen Roten, ...more »

Sports Law
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Judge Denies NJ Access To Sports Betting
ESPNOctober 24, 2014

The leagues filed suit Monday, asking for a permanent injunction and claiming New Jersey's latest sports betting legislation, the 2014 Sports Wagering Law, violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). PASPA prohibits ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Aaron Swartz was no criminal
Boing BoingNovember 18, 2014

I was a criminal defense lawyer after all, and the only reason we knew each other was because he was facing a federal criminal indictment under the CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) for computer fraud. Those of you who knew Aaron don't need me to ...more »

Whistleblowers: IRS Officials Behind 'Fraudulent' Multi-Billion Dollar ...
Mintpress News (registration) (blog)October 24, 2014

The allegations include claims that senior IRS officials have “intentionally undermined the authority of the IRS Whistleblower Office” to avoid taking action “in cases involving billions in corporate taxes due.” The IRS also refuses to enforce laws for ...more »

LGBT rights could be on lame-duck agenda
Livingston DailyNovember 11, 2014

But measures to protect LGBT individuals under the state's landmark Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act remain alive in the state Legislature. The effort returned to the forefront last week as Gov. ... Passed in 1976 and amended several times since ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Florida House District 41
The LedgerOctober 26, 2014

Yes, I would support legislation that would provide for the protection of domestic partnerships, which represent many families in need of the ability to make health care decisions, childcare decisions and to address end-of-life issues. It is important ...more »

Environmental Law
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US diplomat criticizes PM Orban's Russia policies
ReutersOctober 24, 2014

U.S. Chargé d'Affaires André Goodfriend criticized some of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies towards Russia such as support for the South Stream gas pipeline and granting Russia a contract to expand Hungary's Paks nuclear plant in a process that ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Free legal clinic for veterans on Dec. 6 in Conroe
Your Houston NewsNovember 23, 2014

Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can receive advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits. Veterans who ...more »

Family Law
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Guidance published for litigation friends in Court of Protection
Family Law WeekNovember 9, 2014

To enable an advocate (or, which is probably less likely, a family member/friend of P) to be able to accept an invitation to act as litigation friend for P in proceedings before the Court of Protection brought by another person or body, and properly to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ohio Man Ordered to Pay $5K in Workers' Comp Restitution (press release)October 31, 2014

Columbus, OH ( - Rodney Whisman, of Wheelersburg (Scioto County), pleaded guilty Oct. 22 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to workers' compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' ...more »


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