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Stealing your identity
bcrnews.comOctober 1, 2011

Mike Prusinski of LifeLock, an identity theft protection business, said identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. “You are 10 times more likely to have your identity stolen than your car,” he said. And of those thefts, one out of every ...more »

Major construction set for I-94 Friday night
Newsradio 620October 1, 2011

By Matt Montgomery & Cody Holyoke Starting Friday night, overnight construction will start, which could mean some traffic headaches for a busy weekend. Engineers with the I-94 project are working to open up a brand new tunnel, but it isn't easy. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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East Fallowfield appeals decision by zoning hearing board
Daily Local NewsOctober 1, 2011

EAST FALLOWFIELD — Township supervisors did not properly vote to pursue an appeal of a zoning hearing board decision, according to a state Sunshine Law expert. Teri Henning, an attorney with the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Court Can't Kill Health Reform Without Collateral Damage: View
BusinessWeekOctober 4, 2011

If the health-care law's individual mandate is unconstitutional, so is much of what the government has been doing for 80 years or so, and it will be the duty of the Supreme Court to sort through the ruins of the federal government as we know it and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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2012 election: Disenfranchised voters, hacked machines?
CBS NewsOctober 3, 2011

The most significant change, the report suggests, is the fact that new laws will be in effect in five states - Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin -requiring photo identification at the polls, something the Brennan Center suggests ...more »

Immigration Law
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New Georgia immigration law produces more fear than effect
Chattanooga Times Free PressOctober 4, 2011

A federal judge allowed most of Alabama's immigration law to go into effect, now considered the strictest in the country. Among other things, school officials are required to check the immigration status of students. The law now allows police officers ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Medical marijuana: Feds crack down in California, showdown ensues
Alaska DispatchOctober 8, 2011

The intention of these and other recent, well-publicized threats by the Obama administration is to stifle the development of a viable legal cannabis distribution industry, even in states that have enacted legislation to allow for such an industry."more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Google Launches Trusted Stores Program
InformationWeekOctober 3, 2011

The purchase protection program allows customers to seek help from Google if a dispute arises. Google is offering up to $1000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases. The company describes its dispute resolution process on its website. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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City of Great Falls awards dog trainer $500000 in settlement
Great Falls TribuneOctober 7, 2011

... a risk retention pool that acts as an insurance company for the state's cities and towns. Santoro said that he did not represent the city in the lawsuit but that he was briefed on the settlement Thursday. Despite the ruling in Overfield's favor, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal protection laws have unintended results
The TennesseanOctober 1, 2011

Many fear well-intentioned animal protection laws could have unintended consequences for farmers / Sanford Myers / The Tennessean Darwin Newton of Ashland City was investigated after police were told one of his horses was being abused. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The 2nd Annual Home Safety & PreparednesExpo
Springfield News-LeaderOctober 1, 2011

All information submitted to the calendar becomes the intellectual property of the Springfield News-Leader (SNL). The SNL reserves the exclusive right to edit, correct, add or remove data from submissions. Submissions containing content deemed obscene, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Tripp Levy PLLC Announces Investigation of Pharmaceutical Product Development
istockAnalyst.com (press release)October 3, 2011

Tripp Levy PLLC, a leading national securities law firm, announces an investigation into the proposed acquisition of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (Nasdaq:PPDI). It was announced that PPDI has entered into a definitive merger agreement under ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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City's new affirmative action officer starts today
Journal TimesOctober 24, 2011

Tim Thompkins, City of Racine Affirmative Action Officer, Tuesday October 18, 2011. / Mark Hertzberg mhertzberg@journaltimes.com RACINE — The city's new affirmative action officer wants to remove “the stigma” of affirmative action and push for what he ...more »

US aviation lobbying 'will not change European emission trading laws'
The GuardianOctober 4, 2011

It is possible that the court could decide not to hear the merits of the airlines' case, but environmental organisations said they thought that was unlikely. The main thrust of the airlines' arguments was that the law infringes on the sovereignty of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Screening renters
Detroit Free PressOctober 2, 2011

Michigan law limits the deposit to 1.5 times a month's rent. The lease. You need a good lease, not a generic one from an office supply store. Research them online. You can also place your house with a Realtor specializing in leasing. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bankruptcy lawyer pockets Sunset Park 4BD
BlockshopperOctober 4, 2011

Mr. Alpert is a business bankruptcy law attorney and a shareholder at law firm Bush Ross, PA He handles cases on bankruptcy and creditors' rights, business tax and corporate finance, and commercial collections, among others. He is a member of the Tampa ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation attorney pockets Lafayette 5BD for $3.2M
BlockshopperOctober 1, 2011

Mr. Brown is a managing partner in the law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. He works in the firm's litigation division and focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation and complex business litigation. ...more »

Business Law
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Campaign money flows to Villalobos
Brownsville HeraldOctober 2, 2011

FEC noted that the intent to become a candidate would be apparent when individuals make or authorize statements that refer to themselves as candidates, use political advertising, raise more money than what is reasonably needed to test the waters or ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Federal Retirement Plans Cost Almost as Much as Social Security
ABC NewsOctober 2, 2011

The government paid a record $268 billion in pension and health benefits last year to 10 million former civil servants, military personnel and their dependents, about $100 billion more than was paid a decade earlier after adjusting for inflation. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Epsom man faces child porn charges
Boston GlobeOctober 13, 2011

In addition to cash bail, Wearing's is barred from having contact with children, computers, and he may not possess anything which may electronically store digital media. The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of 50 ...more »

Personal Injury
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After the Fire: Claims for Injuries Caused by Defective Smoke Detectors
U.S. Politics TodayOctober 1, 2011

This is especially important because, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, most fatal fires happen at night, when people are asleep. We are all at our most vulnerable when sleeping. That's why it's terrible when a defective smoke alarm ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Momentous Term for the 'Kennedy Court'?
ABA JournalOctober 3, 2011

Editor's Note: On this First Monday in October as justices convene for the US Supreme Court's fall term, the ABA Journal welcomes constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, who will write a regular online column for the ABA ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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'No timetable' for medical error law
Macau Daily TimesOctober 10, 2011

[But] for now, there's no timetable': Lei Chin Ion Director of the Health Bureau Lei Chin Ion said there is no timetable for launching the bill covering medical malpractice, because the government needs to study the issue carefully. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Conflict Minerals: An Assessment of the Dodd-Frank Act
Brookings InstitutionOctober 3, 2011

US companies' and local miners' concerns are well founded; however, the law is intended to force a paradigm shift in the cost-benefit assessment of mining and thus induce the desired behavioral change in the players. By forcing beneficiaries of mining...more »

Real Estate Law
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MGPA plans to launch Asian Real Estate special fund for German investors
Property Magazine InternationalOctober 2, 2011

The independent private equity real estate advisor MGPA intends to launch a core plus special fund under German investment law, aimed at making investments in the Asian region. The focus will be on established markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore, ...more »

Threat of lawsuit brings bonus repayment from John Calipari, RC Johnson ...
Memphis Commercial AppealOctober 7, 2011

Zummach, Watson and Burns, who are also bound by the confidentiality agreement, did not respond to messages. The Commercial Appeal obtained the agreement, a copy of which was kept by the school, under Tennessee's public records law.more »

Sports Law
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NBC Primetime Results for the Week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2
TVbytheNumbersOctober 4, 2011

5.752 million, “live plus same day,” non-sports). Wednesday at 10 pm ET, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” averaged a 2.1/5 in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers overall. “SVU” built on its lead-in by 75 percent in 18-49 rating, while competing 10 ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense gives closing arguments in TCG case
Salt Lake TribuneOctober 4, 2011

Defense attorneys on Tuesday explained to jurors in federal court why seven alleged members of the Tongan Crip Gang should be acquitted of racketeering charges. During closing arguments before US District Court Judge Tena Campbell, ...more »

Low Interest Rates Can Be a Boon to Taxpayers
Smartmoney.comOctober 3, 2011

"The opportunity is tremendous for wealth transfer, especially with asset values low," says Richard Behrendt, a former IRS estate-tax specialist now with Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee. For example, low interest rates make intrafamily loans ...more »

Federal court to expedite immigration law appeal
Montgomery AdvertiserOctober 8, 2011

The fight over Alabama's immigration law moved to a new venue Friday as a federal appeals court agreed to expedite an appeal for an injunction blocking the statute until a lower court can decide if it is constitutional. Earlier in the day, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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As criminal gangs get smarter, retailers find tools to fight back
Arizona RepublicOctober 1, 2011

Sometimes the merchandise is returned for gift cards that are resold through similar channels. Other times, the stolen goods are sold back to the retailers through crooked distributors. Retailers and law-enforcement agencies note that metro Phoenix is ...more »

Environmental Law
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Working Capital: More power to Brookfield: Ottawa's least-known energy company ...
Ottawa CitizenOctober 12, 2011

He said the Ottawa-Gatineau team “includes our renewable power executives, led by chief executive officer Richard Legault, our finance and legal professionals and all our operational teams: the engineers and power experts who run our network. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Myers opens up world of wills and trusts
Our Colorado NewsOctober 10, 2011

Photo by Pat Hill In the maze of wills, trusts and legacies, planning ahead simplifies the process of inheritance according to the law. In a Lunch and Learn forum Oct. 6 sponsored by the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, Julie D. Myers, ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law
Family Law NewswatchOctober 6, 2011

Family Law Awards judges meeting, from left, FLR Editor Rebecca Bailey-Harris, Resolution Chair David Allison, ALC Co-Chair Alan Bean, CFLQ Editor Gillian Douglas, CFLQ Editor Jane Fortin, Family Law Publisher Greg Woodgate, Family Law and IFL journals ...more »

Workers Compensation
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State reduces opioid prescriptions in workers comp cases
Business InsuranceOctober 3, 2011

Medical experts say Washington state's guideline for chronic, noncancerous pain could serve as a model for other states looking to reduce deaths and addiction among workers compensation claimants and the general population. They say such guidelines are ...more »

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