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[03/12] NetSecure announces the launch of TradeRoute, a payment accelerator for contractors and service professionals
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[03/12] Owens Corning introduces Performax SE4849 Type 30 Roving for Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Polypropylene (LFT-PP)
[03/12] Owens Corning launches improved multi-purpose chop roving for weaving & knitting applications

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Employment Practices

[03/13] Devices to track truck, bus driver hours proposed
[03/13] McDonald's hit by lawsuits over worker pay
[03/13] Mandalay Bay agrees to $500K fine in drug sting
[03/13] Job fair being held for pot industry

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Insurance

[03/12] MGIC Introduces New Master Policy
[03/12] Media Advisory: Reporters With Questions About The Insurance Implications Of The Explosion In East Harlem Can Contact The I.I.I.
[03/12] Capital Insurance Group Selects Jones & Maulding as Ventura Agency of the Year for Second Consecutive Year
[03/12] Farmers Insurance, Set for Growth in California, Seeks Leaders and Self-Starters to Add More Than 500 Agency Owners in the State

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Litigation

[03/13] Chances for prosecution unclear in CIA-Senate spat
[03/13] McDonald's hit by lawsuits over worker pay

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Sports

[04/16] At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish
[04/15] Fired Minnesota football coach may grab job back
[04/14] Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta
[04/14] Pro sports becoming more open to paternity leave

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Case Summaries

Construction

[04/15] Talega Maintenance Corp. v. Standard Pacific Corp.
In an suit brought by a homeowners association (HOA) against two developers for constructions defects and against three former employees of the developers, who were members of the HOA board, for fraud, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, the trial court's dismissal of defendants' anti-SLAPP motion pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 426.16 is affirmed.

[03/26] Organized Village of Kake v. USDA
The district court's order, which invalidated a 2003 United States Department of Agriculture regulation temporarily exempting the Tongass National Forest in Alaska from application of the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, so as to allow roads to be built through the forest, is reversed and remanded, where the grounds asserted by the Department of Agriculture and its reasoning in reaching its decision were neither arbitrary nor capricious.

[03/25] Legendary Investors Group No. 1 v. Niemann
Judgment of nonsuit in favor of defendants in an action for breach of commercial guaranty agreements is reversed and remanded for a new trial, where whether or not the bank's draw down on the letter of credit had the effect of releasing the debt of defendant-borrower, the defendant-guarantors remained obligated under the waivers in the guaranties because the debt was not actually paid in full.

[03/24] McCaffrey v. Superior Court
The trial court erred in denying defendant's motion to compel alternative dispute resolution of plaintiffs' defective construction claims, where: 1) provisions in the home purchase contracts required the homeowners to submit their construction defect claims to non-adversarial pre-litigation procedures before proceeding with a lawsuit; and 2) said provisions are enforceable because there is nothing in the Right to Repair Act that requires the builder who elects to use contractual procedures to provide a particular procedure or to comply with the deadlines contained in Chapter 4 of the Act, and the contractual provisions are not unconscionable.

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