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Supreme Court ruling levels playing field for developers

Land use attorneys across the state are hailing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that greatly reduces the amount of leverage municipalities can wield in granting developers permits. A 5-4 majority in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District held ...

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Attorney disbarred following affair with client

Maryland’s top court has disbarred an attorney, by a vote of 5-2, for having an intimate relationship with her client in a divorce and child custody proceeding, having a financial interest in his child-support obligation, communicating directly with the opposing ...

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Agencies, Congress turn up heat on debt collectors

WASHINGTON – The rise in health care-related consumer debt, student loans,shoddy record keeping by creditors and abusive practices by debt collectors are leading federal regulators and lawmakers to crack down on third-party debt collectors and call for tighter rules applying ...

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Check this: Employee background checks require caution

Nobody likes to be proven wrong, least of all employers. In an effort to hire the perfect person for a position, a company may gather as much information as possible about an applicant, such as a quick review of a ...

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Bringing ‘mind-mapping’ into the courtroom

Toss the term “mind-mapping” into conversation and you’ll likely draw sideways glances. It sounds like something that would happen aboard alien spacecraft, and, in raw form, it looks like the doodles of a bored college student. But Columbia, S.C.-based consumer ...

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Bankruptcy bar braces for new fee guidelines

Bankruptcy practitioners are bracing themselves for a new set of guidelines that will drastically change the way their fee petitions are reviewed in large Chapter 11 cases.

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Despite Senate moves, lawyers eye recess appointment case

WASHINGTON – This week’s Senate confirmation of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the forward motion on the nominations to the National Labor Relations Board could ultimately lessen the blow of a potential U.S. Supreme ...

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Guardian ad litem blows whistle on overbilling by big banks

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When Warren M. Yanoff agreed to review the fees a bank charged to administer an Ashburnham, Mass., woman’s $5.5 million estate, he assumed it was a run-of-the-mill guardian ad litem appointment, much like others he has accepted over the years. ...

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