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Signing of South Carolina Tort Reform Bill Vital to Contractors
PR Newswire (press release)August 1, 2011

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, during the bill's signing, remarked that "South Carolina will need to continue to strengthen the legal reform laws in our state; and while we just passed this law, passing tort reform never stops because it's what ...more »

Crystal Cathedral looks to donations to emerge from bankruptcy
Los Angeles TimesAugust 2, 2011

Mark Winthrop, the cathedral's bankruptcy attorney, reaffirmed in court that the church's board, which was reorganized last week, is relying on a "faith-generated belief" that funds will come through. He said board members understand that the creditors ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Castle Rock hearing draws both sides of medical marijuana debate
Longview Daily NewsAugust 25, 2011

... medicinal effects Wednesdy evening, as well as from residents who oppose the state's new law legalizing collective gardens for groups of cannabis growers. The council's public hearing was about establishing zoning for medical marijuana gardens. ...more »

Family Law
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Collaboration helps ease the pain of divorce
Goldstream GazetteAugust 30, 2011

When Garner's husband suggested the idea of collaborative family law, a type of conflict resolution in which both participants agree not to go to court, she agreed. “I didn't hate him, but the marriage was over,” she said. But Garner wasn't emotionally ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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CITY OF RIVIERA BEACH v. CERTAIN UNNAMED GRAY
Leagle.comAugust 22, 2011

The City filed a complaint in admiralty against the Defendant, first, claiming that the Defendant committed the maritime tort of trespass, because the Defendant remained at the City marina after the City explicitly revoked its consent, and second, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Affordable Care Act would benefit Virginians
Fairfaxtimes.comAugust 26, 2011

The health care law already is saving lives and protecting families across the state. The provisions that will be implemented during the next three years are even more important. We need the Affordable Care Act, and the courts are sending the clear ...more »

Immigration Law
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Unable to Stomach Tea, Obama Falls in Love With Tequila
Post ChronicleAugust 31, 2011

That meeting inspired Obama's politically-motivated decision to ignore the law by refusing to deport illegal aliens, a punishment prescribed by law. Tequila, it turns out, is just as evil and addictive as tobacco! As Obama has repeatedly demonstrated, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Alternative dispute resolution methods: Arbitration and mediation
Economic TimesAugust 7, 2011

Two of the most common alternative dispute resolution methods are arbitration and mediation. Arbitration is less formal than litigation, while mediation is even less formal than arbitration. Unlike that of an arbitrator, the decision of a mediator is ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Pakistan's economic spectrum
Pakistan ObserverAugust 23, 2011

So they subverted natural order of growth laid down by Adam Smith ie, first development of agriculture, second industry and last of all commerce. In England, the agriculture preceded industrial revolution. In US industrial development followed ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rallies showcase continued pressure on agriculture
Dairy Herd ManagementAugust 18, 2011

“Law enforcement may be resistant. They don't know how to deal with animal issues so they would rather ignore it.” “I believe it's feasible to end factory farming by 2050.” The full text of the Alliance's report on both animal rights meetings is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance Litigation Update
JD Supra (press release)August 22, 2011

Thousands of lawsuits seeking damages from those American companies and their insurers have been consolidated in a multi-district litigation before the Honorable Eldon Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana. In re Chinese Mfd. Drywall Prods. Liab. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Harris W. Eisenstein Joins Rosenberg | Martin | Greenberg
Citybizlist (press release)August 26, 2011

Rosenberg | Martin | Greenberg, LLP offers a full range of sophisticated legal services in business and real estate transactions, commercial lending, business litigation, land use, white collar and other criminal defense, bankruptcy, and tax and estate ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Innography Introduces First Automated Intellectual Property Title Assurance ...
MarketWatch (press release)August 15, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 15, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- To address the growing concerns around the complexity and cost of verifying patent title ownership, Innography, the intellectual property business intelligence company, today announced it is simplifying ...more »

Send-off ceremony planned Sunday for Mississippi Guard soldiers
The RepublicAugust 24, 2011

Approximately 70 soldiers are preparing to deploy to Iraq with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 111th General Aviation Support Battalion. The soldiers are mobilizing for one year in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq. While there, they will be ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Debate focuses on Ohio collective bargaining law
Houston ChronicleAugust 27, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A spokesman for a group that supports Ohio's controversial new collective bargaining law says repealing it is "not a solution." Voters are set to decide in November whether to repeal the law, which bans public employee strikes ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Rogers: Essex freeholder candidate
NorthJersey.comAugust 25, 2011

I've seen a depressing number of homes where people have lost jobs, foreclosures, the unemployment rate in the county is over 10 percent, and business bankruptcy is on the rise. We need a memorandum on county spending. What should come first are the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream gains, but work remains
DesMoinesRegister.comAugust 26, 2011

Laws help prevent discrimination in hiring and housing. The annual number of black college graduates has nearly tripled since the 1970s, black Americans now run major corporations and a record 44 are members of Congress. But nationally, blacks are ...more »

Business Law
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Get busy during Ramadan
gulfnews.comAugust 13, 2011

"For employers in particular, religious observances such as Ramadan raise two competing interests: business continuity and performance on the one hand and cultural sensitivities on the other," Mandeep Kalsi, of the UAE business law firm Hadef and ...more »

Litigation
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'Trans'-cending stereotypes: Tackling transgender bias in the workplace
Business Management DailyAugust 21, 2011

Sandro Polledri, a partner at Genova, Burns & Vernoia, is a member of the firm's Litigation practice group. He practices primarily in the areas of employment law, labor law and employment and commercial litigation. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Eckel named CEO of MorphoTrust USA
Bizjournals.comAugust 17, 2011

Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group, is a supplier of identification, detection and e-document services with more than 54000 employees and 2010 sales of 10.8 billion euros, which is 15.6 billion in US dollars at the current conversion ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fishers man dies after being thrown from truck bed
Fox 59August 29, 2011

The Owen County Sheriff¿s Officer and emergency personnel responded to a one vehicle personal injury accident near the 2300 block of Mangus Road in Spencer, Ind. A 22-year-old Fishers, Ind. man died Sunday, after the truck he was riding in overturned. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Just treatment
Lawn & LandscapeAugust 9, 2011

Inappropriate comments: Landscape employees who make comments about another employee's age, ethnic group, national origin or disability status, even as a “joke,” put the company in jeopardy of being sued for illegal discrimination. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Is it manditory for an attorney to carry legal malpractice insurance in NY?
AvvoAugust 23, 2011

I gave you the name of an investigations firm that can do this search for you off-line. Legal disclaimer: I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases. Feel free to... more.more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer body opens nine hubs
Times of OmanAugust 22, 2011

This was followed by the first meeting of the Board of Directors, which discussed the adoption of administrative regulations for the Authority and approved the proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection Act. It will also seek approval of the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond Welcomes Gregory C. Johnson
PR Web (press release)August 30, 2011

He has substantial experience in all aspects of business law and will continue to focus his practice at SSRL on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions and real estate matters. Throughout his career, Johnson gained the trust of his clients by ...more »

Main Street America Group Announces Senior Appointments
PropertyCasualty360August 30, 2011

His legal career also includes roles as managing attorney at American International Group, director of legal services for the contract negotiation and benchmarking services division of AMR Research Inc., and senior trial attorney at two Boston-area law...more »

So Your Tax Return has been Selected for Audit
Forbes (blog)August 26, 2011

The IRS increased the ranks of Revenue Agents by 3% in 2009 and by 7% in 2010. If the IRS notifies you that you tax return has been selected for audit, don't panic. The IRS audited 1581394 individual income tax returns in 2010—342762 of them in the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Carlow program focuses on fraud
Pittsburgh Post GazetteAugust 28, 2011

Students will be trained to detect, investigate, remediate and prevent financial fraud. "It really is unique because it was designed by the subject matter experts," said Mrs. Matthews. Her credentials include being a certified fraud examiner, or CFE. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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BJP accuses govt of bending rules to ensure land lease to Rajiv trust
Times of IndiaAugust 24, 2011

Haryana chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda clarified, on the floor of the House, that the action of the government with regard to the grant of lease of land to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust is in public interest and in accordance with the law of the ...more »

State law has huge gap in punishing elder neglect
Minneapolis Star TribuneAugust 17, 2011

But those efforts have been opposed by some influential health care providers and lawmakers concerned that workers or family caregivers would be unfairly punished. Iris Freeman, associate director at the Center for Elder Justice and Policy at William ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Family guilty in wills and probate murder case
The Co-operativeAugust 15, 2011

A family have been convicted of attempting to kill their grandfather in order to receive their inheritance early, rather than waiting for the wills and probate process to take its course. At Winchester Crown Court, a jury decided that four of the ...more »

Environmental Law
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BAC, Stakeholders Poised to Tackle Indiscriminate Waste Dumping
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkAugust 22, 2011

He added that a clean and hygienic environment is a top-priority of his council. He described waste management and disposal as expensive areas taking into account the vast area that the Environmental & Sanitation Unit of the Council covers, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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ST. JOSEPH'S CENTER v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comAugust 24, 2011

St. Joseph's Center (Employer) petitions for review of the Order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) that: (1) reversed a Workers' Compensation Judge's (WCJ) decision granting Employer's Petition to Suspend/Modify (Suspension Petition) ...more »

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