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Livni, Lapid condemn Netanyahu's reported deal for more settlement construction
Jerusalem PostOctober 27, 2014

“Plans for more construction, even if it's in the settlement blocs, under such sensitive circumstances that we find ourselves in, is irresponsible from both a diplomatic and security standpoint,” she said. “The fear of publicly acknowledging that there ...more »

Nil-rate band legacies
Law GazetteOctober 27, 2014

Counsel for the charity had postulated the example of a will drafted in similar terms which left 'my unused nil-rate band' to the children of a first marriage with the residue going to a surviving spouse. She contended that it would be surprising if in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Inspector General Denies Hiding 2008 Report on Phoenix VA Wait Times
Washington Free BeaconOctober 27, 2014

Additionally, Griffin said that such reports on administrative investigations often contain information protected by the Privacy Act and are only provided by request to members of Congress and Freedom of Information Act requesters. Griffin said ...more »

Health Care Law
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Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium Announces Consumer Health ...
Business Wire (press release)October 28, 2014

By educating health care consumers, providers and state officials about the requirements of the law, the website will demonstrate how a broader availability to affordable, safe and effective, integrative health care options can improve ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Fired Up Fans Cowboys fans live up to Americas Team moniker
FOXSports.comOctober 29, 2014

"The Cowboys have won one playoff game since Bill Clinton was in office, but yet they still act -- or rather, Jerry Jones acts -- like they are perennial Super Bowl contenders," said Arthur Raney, professor of communication at Florida State University.more »

Immigration Law
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Janet Napolitano throws her support behind executive action on immigration policy
Local 10October 27, 2014

“If Congress refuses to act and perform its duties, then I think it's appropriate for the executive to step in and use his authorities based on law .?.?. to take action in the immigration arena,'' Napolitano, a lawyer and former U.S. attorney in ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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North Dakota to decide most measures in 2 decades
SunHerald.comNovember 3, 2014

Drawing intense interest in the oil-rich red state are measures that would amend the North Dakota constitution to define the "inalienable right to life" at "any stage of development" and a question on whether to set aside perhaps billions of dollars of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Fines a key 'justice challenge'
The West AustralianOctober 27, 2014

He concluded that with a sensible approach, which meant access to dispute resolution by a broad range of people and a system that accommodated disadvantage and difference, there were grounds for "cautious optimism" that "justice for all" could be ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MetLife Prepares for Possible Court Fight on 'Too Big to Fail'
Wall Street JournalNovember 10, 2014

Steven Bradbury, a partner with law firm Dechert LLP with expertise in administrative law, noted that courts “have frequently struck down agency actions” over the years for reasons such as failure to consider relevant factors sufficiently or failure to ...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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Top four high profile cases in Intellectual Property law
OUPblog (blog)November 11, 2014

His sentiments, while romantic, do not necessarily express a view that many companies, authors, and artists would agree with when it comes to protecting their intellectual property today. For businesses and individuals alike, it has become of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Lawsuit Tossed for Lack of Causation Evidence
The Legal IntelligencerOctober 27, 2014

Although evidence suggested that a woman's husband may have been exposed to asbestos, it did not prove that the possible exposure was the cause of her mesothelioma, the state Superior Court has ruled. On Oct. 3, a three-judge panel upheld Philadelphia ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Harvard Affirmative Action Lawsuit 2014: Schools Sued Over 'Discriminatory ...
International Business TimesNovember 17, 2014

UNC, the lawsuit asserted, knows that affirmative action policies are less effective than race-neutral policies could be, the AP reported. Although UNC uses a holistic admissions process, race dominates. "The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ...more »

St. Charles man killed in plane crash
KSDKOctober 27, 2014

HILYARD TOWNSHIP, Ill. (AP) - Macoupin County authorities say a 66-year-old Missouri man has died after the two-person plane he was flying crashed in a southwestern Illinois cornfield. The county coroner's office said Thomas Huebbe of St. Charles, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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KFOX14 Investigates: Homeowner claims squatters took over her central El Paso ...
KFOX El PasoNovember 11, 2014

“As a law-abiding citizen I pay my taxes, which should secure what I own. I'm paying to have rights to access obtain or maintain my own property. They are not paying anything they were actually squatting and utilizing what I have worked so hard to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Insolvency in the UAE – business failure without bankruptcy rules
Lexology (registration)October 29, 2014

This article is a case study on how the UAE, a country with two cities which are significant international financial and business centres (namely Dubai and Abu Dhabi), functions without effective insolvency laws; and why this state of affairs is likely ...more »

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Inter Partes Reviews and Stays of Patent Litigation
Connecticut Law TribuneNovember 1, 2014

Since their creation in 2011 by the America Invents Act (AIA), inter partes reviews (IPRs) have become a prominent feature in patent litigants' strategic playbooks. Accused infringers often prefer to raise invalidity issues in IPR proceedings before ...more »

Business Law
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New York Attorney General investigates Monster Energy's marketing tactics ...
The Daily OrangeOctober 28, 2014

“If it's provable that energy drinks mask the effects of alcohol or provide some 'rebound' from its consumption, or that college students simply believe they do, Monster could face significant legal risks,” said Kevin O'Neill, an advertising professor ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Social Security Special services for our wounded warriors
Terre Haute Tribune StarNovember 8, 2014

The one-hour video is an introduction to disability benefits for veterans and active duty military personnel. If you would like more detailed information about the disability process, you can watch our seven-part video series “Social Security ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI agents dressed as computer repairmen to collect data in gambling case
New York PostOctober 29, 2014

According to the criminal complaint in the gambling case, the eight men came to the attention of authorities in late June after they requested “an unusually large amount of electronics equipment and technical support.” An electrical engineer ... Over ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lawyers Start Using Fitbit Data In The Court Room
ForbesNovember 16, 2014

The young woman in question was injured in an accident four years ago. Back then, Fitbits weren't even on the market, but given that she was a personal trainer, her lawyers at McLeod Law believe they can say with confidence that she led an active ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge Napolitano: Obama 'Playing With Constitutional Fire' With Executive ...
Daily CallerNovember 18, 2014

The American people, the Congress and the courts need to know that we have a president who will enforce the law. When he says 'I will not enforce the law because I don't like it, or I'm impatient,' that doesn't wash under the Constitution. …He can't ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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PBA Ethics Committee Issues Social Media Guidance
The Legal IntelligencerOctober 27, 2014

And while the opinion does not address lawyer advertising, it does focus on attorney-client communications and other related subjects. The opinion concurs, for example, with Philadelphia Bar Opinion 2014-5, which concluded that a lawyer may advise a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Coca-Cola in Nigerian court over half-empty cans
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerOctober 27, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — Nigeria filed a suit Monday against Coca-Cola for allegedly refusing to comply with orders from the Consumer Protection Council over two half-empty cans of evaporating Sprite. A consumer ... Attorney General Mohammed Bello Adoke, who is ...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

The taxable items include an extended list of types of residential real estate, covering residential houses, apartments, a room that is a separate unit within residential premises, garage and parking places, integrated real estate complexes, unfinished ...more »

Cardinals Most Authentic NFL Team
ESPNNovember 4, 2014

Justin Levitt of Loyola University Law School has found that since 2000, 31 instances out of about 1 billion ballots can be verified as voter impersonation. Levitt notes that laboriously impersonating someone else in order to cast .... space plane" is ...more »

Sports Law
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Prosecutor challenging Grand Rapids marijuana law
WWMT-TVNovember 11, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A Grand Rapids law that makes possession of small amounts of marijuana a small civil offense is being challenged this week at the Michigan appeals court. The arguments Friday come as more Michigan communities are choosing to take it ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney Wins Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea in ...
MENAFN.COMOctober 28, 2014

Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney Wins Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea in Federal Court. Federal Judge in U.S.A. v. Sonia Panell No 14-80 Grants Defense Motion Based Upon Failure of Government to Disclose Brady and Giglio Evidence in Solicitation ...more »

Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom ...
Daily BeastNovember 2, 2014

“I don't think it's any of my business,” says Habib, who has used condoms in every scene. “I don't really care ... Adult Entertainment attorney Michael Fattorosi says this is a subject where people get confused about what HIPAA pertains to, and it's ...more »

Morris County town briefs
Daily RecordNovember 1, 2014

The Center for Spiritual Living Morristown will present acclaimed Aramaic teacher Dale Allen Hoffman from 1:30-3:30 p.m. today and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the Spiritual Living Morristown, located at 331 Mount Kemble Ave. Today, Hoffman will...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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How a Teen Left His Family for a Better Life in America
WLS-TVOctober 28, 2014

Instead of looking back, Jose is constantly looking forward to what he hopes is a promising future where he can make his trips to Western Union to wire money home even more frequent than it was this summer when he was working construction jobs ...more »

Environmental Law
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Jerry Brown in the 21st Century
New York ObserverOctober 30, 2014

He cultivated this image by doing wacky things like eschewing formality, refusing to live in the governor's mansion, being driven around in an ordinary Plymouth sedan, dating Linda Rondstadt, a popular singer of the era, discussing things like energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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Financial Planning: Estate planning and new parents
Blue Springs ExaminerOctober 29, 2014

For instance a will dictates how your assets are to be distributed upon your death while a trust can distribute assets in a private and efficient manner without the involvement of a probate court. New parents. In this column I wanted to focus on a ...more »

Family Law
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Local legal firm handles everything from family...
Guelph MercuryNovember 17, 2014

David Woolcott & Associates in Guelph, Ontario is there for you from the start if you need sound legal advice on personal injury claims, family law, disability, criminal law cases, wrongful dismissals and even wills and estates. Dealing with family ...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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