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Accused Metairie killer boasted 'I shot, too,' witness testifies
NOLA.comMarch 19, 2015

From the Super 8 Motel on Clearview Parkway just off Interstate 10, the women, both from Moss Point, Miss., advertised their services on the Backpage classified website, where police say prostitutes and their pimps are known to solicit business. In ...more »

Committal hearing begins for man accused of shooting dead son-in-law at ...
ABC LocalMarch 19, 2015

The man charged is Maxwell Pain, 53, from Neilborough, who was the victim's father-in-law. A committal hearing in the Bendigo Magistrates Court heard, Pain suspected his wife was having an affair with Mr Paris. Witnesses told the court, Mr Paris was ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget
FederalNewsRadio.comMarch 20, 2015

This year's round of Defense budget hearings have been characterized mostly by military officials' unanimous insistence that Congress find a way around the budget caps set to take effect next year. Many of the same officials testified this week that ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama to tout health care law on fifth anniversary
Washington Post (blog)March 25, 2015

President Obama will tout the Affordable Care Act on its fifth anniversary Wednesday as he continues his bid to frame the health care law as a success in the face of legal and political challenges. Obama is set to make remarks at an event with Health ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Senate crude exports hearing raises price, logistics, safety issues
PennEnergyMarch 19, 2015

Witnesses agreed that permitting more US crude to be sold abroad could provide benefits, but were divided on whether changes need to be made in the Jones Act and other transportation regulations. Transportation safety also is an issue, Ranking Minority ...more »

Immigration Law
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Tension Brews Between ICE And Immigration Advocates Over Deportation Policies
Huffington PostMarch 26, 2015

... learn the issues, to learn the complexity of the agency and especially to hear what our concerns with the immigrant community are," Marielena Hincapie, director of the National Immigration Law Center, said of Saldaña's statements at the hearing ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Charity Chief: Scottish Government Wants to Turn Scotland into Giant Wind Farm
Breitbart NewsMarch 20, 2015

There doesn't seem to be any sanction over policy on these things,” she said, adding that ministers' breaches of planning law was “shocking”. Drawing attention to two planned wind farm arrays in particular ... Last June they released a statement ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Obama raises stakes in Bibi feud
The HillMarch 20, 2015

The last time the U.S. backed a U.N. resolution against Israel was in 1981, when President Ronald Reagan supported a measure condemning Israel's strike on an Iraqi nuclear reactor. Obama's dispute with Netanyahu has angered Republicans on Capitol Hill ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Firms Strive for Adaptability In Uncertain Litigation Market
New Jersey Law JournalMarch 27, 2015

Meanwhile, some firms are vying for certain types of litigation they may have avoided in the past—namely, insurance defense, she said. Large New Jersey firms, many of them built on litigation, "have worked very hard to try to round themselves out ...more »

Animal Law
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Will Gov. Ducey Sign or Veto Animal-Cruelty Bill?
Public News ServiceMarch 26, 2015

German says the bill also would end current law requiring that sick or injured animals receive medical care, and that some acts of animal cruelty, now prosecuted as felonies, would be treated as misdemeanor crimes. The bill's sponsor, House ...more »

Intellectual Property
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On hudud, theft and intellectual property
The Malaysian InsiderMarch 25, 2015

And in the case of intellectual property it is extremely obvious. Piracy is theft. And I am a pirate of cyberspace. I have downloaded movies, music albums, books and even television series worth millions in value. I have in the past bought DVDs from ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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San Francisco police headquarters moves as Hall of Justice faces ...
KTVU San FranciscoMarch 26, 2015

In the District Attorney's office, the lights are on but a number of the power outlets - and a lot of computers- aren't working. "About 25 percent down, about 75 percent up, so still a lot of people that don't have access to their computers, can't do a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action fiat will cost Akufo-Addo 2016 elections – Ephson
Starr 103.5 FMMarch 26, 2015

The flagbearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo will lose the 2016 elections if the party goes ahead to implement the controversial affirmative action directive, pollster Ben Ephson has said. According to him, the fiat ...more »

Relatives say bad piloting caused crash
seattlepi.comMarch 20, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Relatives of a family killed in a plane crash in Erie last summer are suing the estate of the pilot and another pilot, saying both were at fault for a near mid-air collision that forced the aircraft down. The family of Tori Rains ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Two Housing Court Rulings Favor Longtime Brooklyn Tenants
New York Law Journal (registration)March 19, 2015

And a tenant in a separate case will continue to pay $675 a month for a two-bedroom apartment that she has had for 46 years, as stipulated by rent-control laws, a different Brooklyn judge ruled last week, rejecting the landlord's effort to have the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Tor and the Bitcoin: An Exploration into Law Enforcement Surveillance ...
Diplomatic CourierMarch 19, 2015

While earlier solutions to addressing these crimes focused on incapacitating, rehabilitating, or otherwise deterring the “motivated offender,” more recent strategies focus on strategically deploying “capable guardians” or law enforcement to areas with ...more »

Litigation
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CSuisse says litigation provisions drop to 1.02 bln sfr at end '14
ReutersMarch 20, 2015

ZURICH, March 20 (Reuters) - Credit Suisse said it had stowed 1.02 billion Swiss francs ($1.03 billion) for legal disputes including allegations of price-fixing in the credit default swaps market and a probe of alternative trading venues known as dark ...more »

Business Law
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The 20 Most Expensive Keywords In Bing Ads [Infographic]
Business 2 CommunityMarch 19, 2015

How much will it cost you to get the top spot in the most competitive keyword auctions in Bing Ads – and just what are those keywords, anyway? If you're in law, insurance, or accounting, you can expect to pay quite a bit more than say, advertisers...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tips for protecting your valuables
Military TimesMarch 22, 2015

You may have read in Military Times about the Air Force officer who had two safes vanish from his household goods shipment after a move from Florida to Wyoming last year. The safes held more than $30,000 worth of treasures ranging from a cherished ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Farnham apologizes, gets 8 years in prison for child porn
Chicago Daily HeraldMarch 19, 2015

Farnham was charged on April 28, 2014, and released on $4,500 bail two days later. Since then, he has been confined to his home and prohibited from using the computer, accessing the Internet and having unsupervised contact with anyone under age 18.more »

Personal Injury
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Gov. Ducey signs bill modifying asbestos injury claims
Hilton Head Island PacketApril 11, 2015

Sonny Borrelli requires people who file personal injury lawsuits for asbestos exposure to provide a sworn statement of every asbestos-related claim they've made or plan to make. The bill Ducey signed into law Thursday passed through the Legislature ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Constitution isn't burning, but the planet is
The Hill (blog)March 25, 2015

When the country's most famous constitutional law professor teams up with the country's most regressive industry to argue that EPA is “burning the constitution” by proposing to limit pollution under the Clean Air Act --well, that's a spectacle. To his ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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High Court Says Malpractice Plaintiffs Can Get New Experts When Challenged
Daily Report (registration)March 30, 2015

A Georgia statute says a professional malpractice complaint must be accompanied by an affidavit from an expert witness backing up the plaintiff's claim. That law says a defendant may move to dismiss the case on the basis that the affidavit is defective ...more »

Consumer Protection
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State sues firm for illegal student loan practices
seattlepi.com (blog)April 7, 2015

The agency also alleges SLP failed to include language in its contracts informing consumers of their three-day “right to cancel” period, another violation of the Debt Adjustment Act. A total of 88 Washington consumers, with an average student loan debt ...more »

Real Estate Law
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What Trumps "Location, Location, Location"?
BisnowApril 9, 2015

For law firm real estate, the biggest question isn't always "location, location, location." (If that was the biggest question, the biggest objection would be asked and answered.) We're going in depth on the subject at our Real Estate Strategies for ...more »

Long-term Russian gas contracts 'can be unhealthy': EU President
PlattsMarch 20, 2015

EU leaders agreed that "all gas contracts -- between governments or businesses -- must be in line with EU law, must be more transparent and should not negatively impact Europe's energy security." The EC said in its EU energy union strategy that it ...more »

Sports Law
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Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Draws Response from Sports World
Bleacher ReportMarch 31, 2015

Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could allow private businesses to deny service to LGBT patrons, has drawn a response from various sports leagues, teams and figures. UConn president Susan Herbst announced the school's men's ...more »

Criminal Defense
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'Transformation' ahead, says Seattle lawyer chosen for ACLU national leadership
The Seattle TimesMarch 24, 2015

So nearly 50 years later, at age 58, after graduating from Harvard Law School and working 34 years in Seattle as a public defender, federal defender and in private practice, becoming one of the city's most prominent criminal-defense lawyers, it was a ...more »

Audit: Preservation office failed to submit reports
DesMoinesRegister.comMarch 19, 2015

It also lacked a method to determine the state's return on investment from the Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program, the audit said. While reporting the return on investment is not required by state law, the ...more »

B1G issues statement on Indiana's 'religious freedom' law
NBCSports.comMarch 27, 2015

The Big Ten Conference and its member institutions believe in promoting an inclusive environment in which athletic competition can operate free from discrimination. The conference is aware of the bill that was recently signed into law in the state of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate transition planning critical, as power of attorney law has changed
Reading EagleMarch 25, 2015

Estate transition planning critical, as power of attorney law has changed. Tuesday March 24, 2015 12:01 AM. By David A. Kostival. You may not know it, but just like your computer information, your estate needs protection. Often we think about estate ...more »

Environmental Law
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The Green Knesset: A vision of Tikkun Olam
Jerusalem Post Israel NewsMarch 30, 2015

(photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM). Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. A year has .... This in principle is a symbolic act, symbolizing the ability of mankind to contend with the results of its misdeeds and to repair them. This enables the development ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Asheville Genealogy column: Rewards of city directories
Asheville Citizen-TimesApril 5, 2015

Almost every genealogist, beginner to experienced, is aware of the common sources for information, such as wills, deeds, estate records, census, etc. However there are several other sources that are often overlooked. These include city directories.more »

Family Law
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Choices between online and face to face divorce services reflect distinctive needs
Family Law WeekMarch 19, 2015

The Legal Services Board and the Legal Services Consumer Panel have published jointly commissioned research comparing the consumer experience of online divorce with more traditional services. They say that this is the first time that this aspect of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ohio employers must wait for workers comp settlement
Bucyrus Telegraph ForumMarch 28, 2015

They include those involving businesses that have filed for bankruptcy and raise questions about who is entitled to the money. "They have been difficult to process," he said. An earlier court ruling said Ohio's state insurance fund for injured workers ...more »

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