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Finally, some good news on the uninsured
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

It's critical for our kids, our parents, our friends and neighbors and our health care jobs that they find solutions that protect the federal government's commitment to Medicaid. Proposals like block grants and spending caps would simply make more ...more »

Sac State awaits rest of $10 million pledge from Alex Spanos
Capitol WeeklyOctober 1, 2011

Nava cited California law around the Public Records Act, noting that a government organization can withhold such information, but must provide a written justification. "We will not discuss donor agreements," Nava said via email. "Confidentiality of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Pennsylvania Senate hearing on prevailing wage legislation set for Chambersburg
Chambersburg Public OpinionOctober 2, 2011

Chambersburg on Oct. 11 will host a Senate hearing on three bills that could change Pennsylvania's prevailing wage law. Members of the Franklin County Council of Governments and local businessmen are scheduled to testify ...more »

Health Care Law
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McKenna blasted for attacking health-care law
The Seattle TimesOctober 1, 2011

But McKenna, he charged, has trampled the state's interests in siding with "right-wing" politicians from more conservative states like South Carolina. Inslee cited a new filing by the 26 states challenging the health-care law, which asks the US Supreme ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Van Jones Calls On Progressives To Be More Like The Tea Party
Huffington PostOctober 3, 2011

Jones said his "Rebuild the Dream" movement would act as support for various local and national progressive activist groups. He introduced more than two dozen leaders of labor, issue-oriented groups, progressive media and other activists as "American ...more »

Immigration Law
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Judge denies motion to block Alabama immigration law
CNNOctober 6, 2011

By the CNN Wire Staff A federal district judge in Alabama denied an emergency request aimed at blocking parts of the state's new immigration law. (CNN) -- A federal district judge in Alabama denied on Wednesday an emergency request aimed at blocking ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Town to mull biomass project
Rutland HeraldOctober 1, 2011

The state law governs utility construction projects, which in Springfield's case would include the proposed $180 million biomass plant proposed for the North Springfield Industrial Park and the beginning of the ambitious broadband expansion by Vermont ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Eversheds adds FSA lawyer to London disputes team
The LawyerOctober 3, 2011

Eversheds has hired a lawyer from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to join its financial services dispute resolution team in London. Greg Brandman joins Eversheds today as a partner and will act for regulated entities in enforcement, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Market moves: Making moves in the Midlands
Insurance AgeOctober 2, 2011

The team, which specialises in professional liablility, financial institutions and directors' and officers' business, is led by David Doe. Teams seemed to be the order of the day in London, as specialist commercial broker NBJ UK appointed Tony Copping ...more »

Animal Law
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Ottawa woman faces 10 months in jail for starving dog to death
Vancouver SunOctober 5, 2011

OTTAWA — An Ottawa woman who let her dog starve to death has been sentenced to 10 months in jail, the first jail sentence under the newly strengthened Provincial Animal Welfare Act. The ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Aristocrat Leisure and IGT settle intellectual property disputes
The AustralianOctober 3, 2011

Source: News Limited ARISTOCRAT Leisure has settled a number of intellectual property disputes with US giant International Game Technology by entering into cross-licensing agreements. As part of the agreement to cease hostilities, which began in 2006 ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Midlevel Litigation Associate
Above the LawOctober 3, 2011

Plaintiff's employment firm, 16 year old firm, with 8 lawyers, four of whom are former federal law clerks; three with big firm experience, seeks midlevel litigation associate. Must have prior deposition experience. No trial experience necessary but ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Great-grandmother appears in ads for and against Ohio union law, says group ...
The RepublicOctober 11, 2011

AP COLUMBUS, Ohio — Groups on both sides of the push to repeal Ohio's collective bargaining law are taking shots at each other over a great-grandmother and a firefighter appearing in separate ads. Union-backed We Are Ohio on Tuesday noted their ad ...more »

56th MCAS Miramar Air Show salutes San Diego
DVIDSOctober 2, 2011

This year's air show theme is “A Salute to San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation.” It features demonstrations by various civilian and military performers including the Blue Angels and the Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force. MARINE CORPS AIR STATION ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Anne Peterson: Remaining roommate is 'jointly and severally' responsible for ...
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

The lease states that the tenant must repaint any room that requires two coats of paint to cover. The landlord gives rooms a single coat of paint to freshen them up when new tenants come in, I guess. Anyway, my lease will be up next month, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Will Amanda Knox cash in on her Italian ordeal?
CBS NewsOctober 4, 2011

Her extended family (including her grandmother) brought themselves to the bring of bankruptcy in order to defend her. She was prosecuted for a crime for which she has now been completely acquitted. To question whether or not she should "cash in" is the ...more »

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post GazetteOctober 10, 2011

Prior to joining SGK he was an attorney at Cohen and Grigsby, PC, Mr. Harris received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a BS from Georgetown University. Mr. Smith is a member of SGK's litigation services group, ...more »

Business Law
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DC police beefing up ranks
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans enjoying benefits of Operation Baby Shower
Deseret NewsOctober 1, 2011

Marine veteran Diaz never thought of the VA for her pregnancy until they contacted her to tell her about her benefits and her services. She was surprised to learn the VA offers prenatal and maternity care. Military veteran moms and expectant moms ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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London Man Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charges
NBC4i.comOctober 5, 2011

Back in June, an investigator from the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force came across Allen's ad looking to share his interest of "taboo" things with others. Following an exchange of emails between Allen, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers Announce Addition of Consumer Alerts Section ...
Emailwire (press release)October 1, 2011

To help ease navigation, the consumer alerts page on the Atlanta injury lawyers' website has been separated into four sections: prescription drugs; medical devices; consumer fraud claims; and allegedly defective products. The prescription drug section ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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At variance with the Constitution
Malaysia StarOctober 5, 2011

If all matters of Islam are in State hands, as some experts are arguing, then whether it is crime, tort, contract, banking, or commercial law, if it involves Muslims, the matter should be in State Assembly hands and triable by the Syariah Courts. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyers profit while assisting government lawbreaking
Washington ExaminerOctober 5, 2011

In securing the suspect $535 million Department of Energy loan to Solyndra, private lawyers respectively representing Solyndra and the Department of Energy made a cool $4.3 million off the taxpayers. Now that Solyndra is in bankruptcy, more taxpayer ...more »

Consumer Protection
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State safe from fees for debit cards for now
Billings GazetteOctober 4, 2011

Bank of America doesn't have any branches in the Treasure State, and banks with assets less than $10 billion are exempt from the "Durbin Amendment" of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which took effect on Oct. 1. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Law360 Continues Rapid Expansion With Addition of New Sections for ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

Mergers & Acquisitions, a rebranding and significant expansion of the Corporate Finance section, which will include news from a legal perspective on M&A, regulatory merger reviews, poison-pill disputes, proxy contests and related litigation. ...more »

Arbitration in Seamen Cases
InjuryBoard.comOctober 10, 2011

Recently, seamen have been facing mandatory arbitration provisions in their employment agreements which deny them their rights to a jury trial under the Jones Act, and also their right to the selection of the forum in which to file their claims for ...more »

Sports Law
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MEDICAL MARIJUANA - BEHIND THE SMOKE: Card holders give up right to bear arms ...
Southgate News HeraldOctober 12, 2011

Under federal law, any person who uses an illegal controlled substance does not have the right to possess firearms or ammunition in any way. Even those who are using drugs legally with a prescription still technically are breaking the federal law. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer, Jeffrey Feiler, Announces the Launch of the ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

MIAMI, FL, Oct 04, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Accomplished Miami criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Feiler, along with the legal team at The Feiler Law Firm, is proud to announce the launch of its vibrant new website. The Feiler Law Firm, ...more »

People: Week of Oct. 3, 2011
North Bay Business JournalOctober 3, 2011

By Business Journal Staff Report Moss Adams LLP announced that Michael Ricioli, a senior tax manager in the firm's Santa Rosa office, was named a partner. Mr. Ricioli, a senior tax manager, focuses on strategic tax planning and compliance services for ...more »

Want Wrinkles With That? Texas Roadhouse Sued For Age Discrimination
ABC NewsOctober 6, 2011

This undated graphic is the corporate logo for the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant franchise. (Texas Roadhouse) Texas Roadhouse restaurants reportedly rejected applicants for jobs as waiters and bartenders by telling them things like, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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I lied about being the biological dad
Jamaica ObserverOctober 10, 2011

Yes, you are a father in fact -- if not in law. It is a great pity that you and your family have been suffering for what was clearly a well-intentioned act on your part. But it was not legal as it is an offence to make a false declaration on oath. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Treasurer Lockyer defends clean-energy tax break
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 20, 2011

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority has approved 33 applicants for $104 million in sales tax exemptions under the roughly year-old program, according to the state treasurer's office. The law allows ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Register of wills rips challenger's claims
Reading EagleOctober 6, 2011

"You cannot probate wills online. You can fill out some paperwork, but original documents still have to be turned in to me, and the formal naming of an executor must occur before the register of wills or his deputy." In all, Medaglia said, ...more »

Family Law
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Denver Family Law Firm Continues Expansion in Fort Collins (press release)October 4, 2011

The Harris Law Firm PC is pleased to announce that Claire Kauffman, the firm's newest associate, will be working in our Fort Collins Family Law office. Headed by President and Managing Partner Rich Harris and his partner Stephen Vertucci, the facility ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Illinois Governor Appoints 29 Workers' Comp Arbitrators
Insurance JournalOctober 17, 2011

Arbitrators rule on claims filed under the state's Workers Compensation Act. The appointments are part of a package of reforms to the workers' compensation system that passed the General Assembly and was signed into law earlier this year. ...more »


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