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Harrisburg City Council Rejects Fiscal Plan to Rescue Pennsylvania Capital
BloombergSeptember 1, 2011

The capital is barred from declaring bankruptcy before July, according to a Pennsylvania law that also calls for the city to lose state funds if it does. Councilman Kelvin Summerford, who supported the mayor's plan, said its defeat further clouds the ...more »

Nevada AG joins anti-human trafficking effort
KVVU Las VegasSeptember 1, 2011

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto Wednesday announced she has joined 45 other attorneys general in asking a popular website to remove its advertising for adult services. It is feared the web service facilitates sex trafficking, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Discrimination hearing will be set for former Mason City police officer
Mason City Globe GazetteSeptember 1, 2011

Regarding the religion discrimination, Ohl said in her deposition, “Repeated comments from other officers and supervisor about my religious practices also lead me to believe the decisions to deny me promotional opportunities and treat me differently ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law targets premiums
STLtoday.comSeptember 2, 2011

WASHINGTON • Health insurers will have to start publicly justifying big rate increases, according to a new requirement of the health care law implemented Thursday to put pressure on insurance companies to hold down skyrocketing premiums. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Charm trumps cynicism in 'Fantasticks'
Duluth News TribuneSeptember 16, 2011

By the time the Old Actor (Mike Pederson) shows up to brush off his Shakespeare and brings along the Man Who Dies (Kyle McMillan) to do his thing, you have to wonder how all of this came from the mind of Tom Jones (no, not that one). In Act Two, as we ...more »

Immigration Law
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Arizona panel seeking private briefings on border
San Jose Mercury NewsSeptember 1, 2011

Some federal and state officials have been at odds over border- and immigration-related matters, including the state's SB1070 immigration enforcement law and whether the federal government has done enough to stop smuggling and illegal crossings. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Baltimore's Unlikely Confederates
New York Times (blog)September 1, 2011

Many in Baltimore may have been pro-Southern, but from almost the moment Trimble left that May, the war began to inexorably turn it toward the North and its promise of industrial development and economic wealth. What Trimble represents, then, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Network Evolution Software Firm Introduces Unprecedented Free Service Broker ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 27, 2011

This software duo enables operators to develop any service or service combination and run it over any network in less time at a lower total ownership cost. This mediation capability also ensures that applications and services keep working as networks ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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DA seeks to block release of certain records regarding Jackson's death
Los Angeles Wave NewspapersSeptember 1, 2011

As trial in the death of Michael Jackson gets ready to begin, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is trying to delay the release of certain records regarding his death that also relate to a civil litigation regarding insurance. ...more »

Animal Law
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How sad is that doggie in the window?
Cumberland Courier NewspapersSeptember 6, 2011

Puppy mills in Australia are required by law to allow breeding dogs to be able to stand up, turn around, lie down and have a partial roof, but there is no mention of socialising, contact, grooming or even exercise. Animal rights charity Animal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Dechert launches outsourcing, offshoring practice for financial clients
Bizjournals.com (blog)September 12, 2011

The practice will be run out of its New York office as an offshoot of its intellectual property department. Philadelphia-based Dechert said that it hired Vivian Maese, formerly global head of Morgan Stanley 's work force strategy and solutions team, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Luce Forward Releases California Litigation Guide to Educate Business Owners ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 19, 2011

Topics include Unfair Competition, Environmental Law, Employment Law, Procedural Considerations and Insurance Law. The first edition of The Luce Forward California Litigation Guide, to be distributed nationally, targets business owners, in-house and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Press Release: UC Students Stand for Diversity, Reject Affirmative Action Bake ...
Berkeley Daily PlanetSeptember 27, 2011

UC students on 10 UC campuses are organizing a day of action on Tuesday September 27th to call Governor Brown to express their support for Senate Bill 185. The UCSA Day of Action for SB 185 will be one of the largest call-in days for SB 185 with a goal ...more »

Air India seeks equity infusion of Rs.6600 crore
Deccan HeraldSeptember 1, 2011

A proposal for equity infusion of Rs 6600 crore for Air India has been mooted by the Civil Aviation Ministry to enable the airline clear its massive dues. A Group of Ministers (GoM), which is expected to meet later this month, may take a view on the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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PM-EXPO South Florida on October 18, Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall A
MarketWatch (press release)September 7, 2011

Attorney Kevin Fabrikant gives legislative update on Florida landlord tenant law. Mitchell Drimmer, AFS, teaches best practices for community association collections. Janet Romano, Florida Shores Bank, explains techniques for preventing fraud. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Increasing A Bad Credit Score With A Secured Credit Card And Other Financial ...
Red, White, and Blue PressSeptember 12, 2011

Some advisers often suggest that consumers pay off their debts before even beginning the bad credit repair process as a positive payment history carries a lot of weight in terms of a consumer's credit score but also when a consumer has a high amount of ...more »

Litigation
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Surgeons Challenge FDA Warnings On Vaginal Mesh
WBURSeptember 1, 2011

In advance of an FDA advisory panel meeting Sept 8-9 to discuss the safety and effectiveness of the mesh — and as attorneys across the country intensify their efforts targeting the device through litigation — pelvic surgeons say they e-mailed a ...more »

Business Law
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Backpage.com Accused Of Facilitating Sex Trafficking In Wisconsin
Ashland CurrentSeptember 8, 2011

When asked why he declined to sign the letter from the attorneys general, Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen, who has focused on fighting Internet crime against children, issued a statement to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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A small price for freedom
The Virginian-PilotSeptember 1, 2011

The issue Defense Business Board targets military pensions to help pare federal budget. Where we stand Replacing military retirement benefits with a 401(k) account makes service less attractive. One of the defining characteristics of military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Emmett man arrested on child pornography charges
Messenger IndexSeptember 21, 2011

"We found numerous computers and computer peripherals throughout the house in every room," Emmett Police Lt. Mike Knittel said. Emmett police were tipped off to the illegal activity. Niccolls is suspected to have engaged in by the Internet Crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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Providence Personal Injury Lawyer Announces Campaign Against Distracted Driving
PR Web (press release)September 5, 2011

"As an AV rated personal injury law firm, we feel an obligation to shine a light on this issue to prevent future tragedies." Distracted driving includes any non-driving activity that can distract the driver and increase the risk of car accidents. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Group Calls for Limits on Electronic Tracking by Law Enforcement
Government TechnologySeptember 23, 2011

Extended use of electronic tracking technologies without a warrant by law enforcement agencies violates constitutional protections against illegal search and seizure, contends a bipartisan group of lawyers, judges and policymakers. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Smith Moore Leatherwood Announces 63 of Firm's Attorneys Named The Best ...
dBusinessNews Atlanta (press release)September 6, 2011

... William L. Dennis (15): Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Trusts and Estates • Steven E. Farrar: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law (Defendants), Construction Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law (Defendants) ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Alexander Maslarski: It will be beneficial to consumers, if electronic ...
Focus NewsSeptember 3, 2011

In addition, the latest amendments to the Consumer Protection Act state that complaints must be signed. The issue was raised and discussed by the commission at its meeting on August 15. Two options were suggested to solve the issue and Mr. [Damyan] ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The law and Justice Clarence Thomas
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 16, 2011

The Supreme Court justice's reporting of spousal income and his ties with a real estate developer who paid for some of Thomas' air travel raise disclosure questions. US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas poses during the court's official photo ...more »

Plan to expand benefits draws opposition
healthycal.orgSeptember 3, 2011

Estimates run from 150 to 200 dollars a month for insurance offered to the same population through the Health Exchange, which has been designed to offer products from commercial insurance companies. The Basic Health Plan would be able to offer ...more »

Sports Law
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With state on the cusp of casinos, bingo halls may face last call
Boston HeraldSeptember 26, 2011

Joseph Ely asked that the law be put into immediate affect “for the immediate preservation of the public convenience,” according to legal records. Nine years later, as the country mobilized for World War II and Massachusetts was preparing against the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Betty Jefferson and Mark St. Pierre sentences contrast
NOLA.comSeptember 3, 2011

Both had Eddie Castaing, a top criminal defense attorney, in their corner. And both would be sentenced by judges appointed by President Clinton: Ivan Lemelle, in Jefferson's case, and Eldon Fallon, in St. Pierre's case. ...more »

Scathing Report by the ICAI
Moneycontrol.comSeptember 28, 2011

The Institute Of Chartered Accountants in India has come down heavily on multinational audit firms in India. ICAI says audit firms are violating the law by using foreign brand names and the accounting regulator has asked for a Ministry of Corporate ...more »

El Paso Wins Cash Balance Case; No Age Discrimination Or Backloading ...
CCHSeptember 2, 2011

4(i) of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), because younger and older employees received credits to their accounts in a nondiscriminatory manner, according to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. This was the ruling in Tomlinson, et al., v. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The development of longevity as an asset class growing according to experts
MarketWatch (press release)September 12, 2011

... finance, insurance, actuarial science, accounting, corporate governance, law and regulation. This interdisciplinary approach enhances strategic thinking towards the development of new solutions to the complex pensions challenges facing states, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Not all consumers think light bulb law is a bright idea
NewsOK.comSeptember 20, 2011

Plus, one alternative, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL), contain mercury and have to be recycled, not thrown out. Still, a Lowe's spokeswoman said many customers already are transitioning to the new energy-efficient bulbs. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Free Legal Clinics @ Your Library!
Pickens SentinelSeptember 2, 2011

September 15th's clinic will focus on Family Law Issues including: divorce, separation, custody, and visitation. On September 22, the topic will be Wills, Estates, and Probate. And on October 29, Magistrate Court Issues will be covered. ...more »

Family Law
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Ayen's Law: family's call for national ban on savage dogs will be heard
NEWS.com.auSeptember 8, 2011

By Nick Calacouras A family friend holds a family photo showing four-year-old Ayen Chol. Picture: AFP Source: AFP THE family of the four-year-old savaged to death by a pit bull wants a national ban on dangerous dogs - and the Federal Government has ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Are You Up To Code with Workers Compensation Insurance
AddPR.com (press release)September 7, 2011

Are your employees empowered and encouraged to report any unsafe areas, situations or equipme When the subject is Workers Compensation Insurance, it's best to be sure that your business is up to code. Although this may differ from area to area, ...more »

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