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Mayor requests special jobs rules for LA
89.3 KPCCSeptember 1, 2011

At the risk of mentioning reality, I'd point out that if you go out and get Federal regulations lifted, you are in fact "cutting red tape." Anyone working on a project locally would then spend locally. a Chicago machine politician? ...more »

Gang lawyers warned to expect a 'tap on shoulder'
Herald ScotlandSeptember 1, 2011

Cameron Ritchie, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “It is absolutely vital for maintaining public trust and the reputation of the profession that we take the necessary action to ensure that our members adhere to the high regulatory and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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APA Files Brief Concerning Forced Meds in Loughner Case
Psychiatric NewsSeptember 2, 2011

APA and AAPL also contend that the requirement of a judicial hearing would create both an administrative burden and extend the potential for violent outbursts. “Such a requirement... would create serious risks and burdens for custodial officials, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Healthcare costs rose while insurance coverage fell, studies show
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 8, 2011

The Rand and Commonwealth Fund researchers said the new healthcare law that President Obama signed last year could bring some relief, particularly to Americans without adequate insurance who will qualify for subsidized insurance starting in 2014. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Patriot Act does more damage than good for Americans
MU The ParthenonSeptember 15, 2011

Jones, No. 10-1259. This case will more than likely replace the current precedent which was set almost 30 years ago. It will bring into question whether the Fourth Amendment can apply to the ever-evolving technology used by law enforcement to conduct ...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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Feds: Eureka pot ordinance is not legal; US attorney threatens legal action ...
Redwood TimesSeptember 7, 2011

”The department is concerned about the city of Eureka's creation of a licensing scheme that permits large-scale industrial marijuana cultivation, processing, and distribution, as it authorizes conduct contrary to federal law and threatens the federal ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute Resolution Board: What is it?
Sonoma State StarSeptember 6, 2011

Sonoma State University has what is called a Dispute Resolution Board, with the primary focus being the equality of the policies given amongst the students and that students are meeting certain standards. "Hopefully we never have to do anything," said ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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News about Seattle City Hall, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Washington Governor ...
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)September 1, 2011

... (health care law) falls within that broad authority. As such, Attorney General McKenna has no mandatory duty to withdraw the State from the multistate litigation. The city of Seattle's petition for a writ of mandamus must, accordingly, be denied. ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist group says it pumped fuel into Idaho fur seller before setting ...
Washington PostSeptember 26, 2011

By AP, BOISE, Idaho — Animal rights activists said they pumped fuel into an Idaho fur and fireworks retailer before setting the place ablaze early Monday, and federal agents said they were taking the claim seriously. Jerry Vlasak, a spokesman for the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Is Intellectual Property the New Gold to Search For?
MarketWatch (press release)September 12, 2011

But what about the value of intellectual property that has mass market appeal and interest? The stability and value of intellectual property is a unique story (no pun intended) as a business model. Ideas, thoughts put to paper, manifested in print, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Del. Jurist Tops Judge Sparks, Sets Mandatory Civility Course for Lawyers on ...
ABA JournalSeptember 2, 2011

Superior Court Judge Peggy Ableman scheduled a mandatory civility course for warring counsel in asbestos litigation at 10 am on Sunday, in the middle of a holiday weekend. In a Sept. 1 letter provided by Above the Law, she advises the lawyers, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Bell disheartens firefighters
Toledo BladeSeptember 3, 2011

8 on Issue 2, which is a referendum on the collective bargaining law commonly known as Senate Bill 5. “I was disappointed in the mayor,” Local 92 President Wayne Hartford said. “...I mean, he was on this job for 20-plus years, and he knows how it works ...more »

Faith in Space: Behind the Mission to Land a Bible on the Moon
Fox NewsSeptember 2, 2011

Rare artifacts and trinkets from the history of NASA are going to auction in the upcoming week-long Space & Aviation Autograph and Artifact Auction from RR Auction starting September 15th. The auction will feature a letter from Neil Armstrong about his ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renters sound off on their concerns
Delmarva NowSeptember 18, 2011

The law also protects renters from landlord retaliation should the tenant file a complaint. Nicole Causey, a mother of five young children, has rented a home on Carrolton Avenue for roughly two years. She said there's been a lot of criminal activity ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Court should let new law stand to save lives
Albany Times UnionSeptember 3, 2011

Bankruptcy or treatment. For thousands across the Capital Region and the country that's the grim reality of our health care system. Timothy Hoff's Aug. 28 Perspective article, "Health care in critical condition," points out just how dire things will be ...more »

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Barnes Group Inc. Announces New Revolving Credit Agreement
MarketWatch (press release)September 27, 2011

This release may contain certain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are made based upon management's good faith expectations and beliefs concerning future ...more »

Business Law
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China's regulators may force Baidu to be more like Google
VentureBeatSeptember 2, 2011

China Central Television's recent attacks on Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) may lead to new regulations that force China's largest search engine to separate paid advertising from organic search results more clearly. On August 15, 2011, CCTV aired a half-hour ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Retiree Benefits for the Military Could Face Cuts
New York TimesSeptember 19, 2011

Making even incremental reductions to military benefits is typically a doomed political venture, given the public's broad support for helping troops, the political potency of veterans groups and the fact that significant savings take years to appear. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man, 53, busted for child porn
The Sudbury StarSeptember 9, 2011

His bail conditions include not possessing weapons, not accessing the Internet or possessing computers or any devices that can be used to access the Internet and avoiding playgrounds or any facility that attracts children. While Sudbury's Cyber Crime...more »

Personal Injury
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Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Robert A. Clifford publishes a free article ...
PR Leap (press release)September 10, 2011

The Chicago personal injury law office, Clifford Law Offices, announced that it has posted a legal article on their website ( in an effort to educate the public about legal matters such as those pertaining to Medicare lien ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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CURL: For Obama, 'pass the bill' is more like pass the buck
Washington TimesSeptember 11, 2011

From the outset, the former constitutional law teacher was preachy, professorial and pedantic. “This past week, reporters have been asking, 'What will this speech mean for the president? What will it mean for Congress? How will it affect their polls, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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US government draws fire for pulling doctor data
ReutersSeptember 16, 2011

(Reuters) - Consumer advocates and journalism groups are fighting a US government move to cut public access to a database of malpractice claims and damages paid by doctors around the nation. The Association of Health Care Journalists ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Working with investor relations
Business InsiderSeptember 7, 2011

When the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act became law last year, investor relations officers (IROs) and corporate secretaries kissed their free time goodbye. Mandatory say-on-pay and say-on-pay vote-frequency balloting, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate moves to lower dirty money risks
swissinfo.chSeptember 16, 2011

As the authorities examine whether changes to Swiss law are needed, specialists warn of a significant problem. According to the Swiss government, real estate is not used systematically for money laundering. But a “risk of abuse” exists, especially when ...more »

CFTC set to back CME Group on higher grain position limits
Chicago TribuneSeptember 22, 2011

Position limits will be raised in tandem for Kansas City Board of Trade and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange wheat contracts, to continue CFTC's aim of "parity" for those markets with the leading CME contract.more »

Sports Law
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David Epstein: NFL and Players' Union at odds over validity of HGH test
SI.comSeptember 2, 2011

... Agency for disruptive tactics, the first and only defense team to suffer such a penalty before CAS, according to Michael Straubel, an attorney who has represented athletes before CAS and heads the Valparaiso University sports law clinic. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Law Firm Launches Improved Consumer Search Site
PR Web (press release)September 16, 2011

Leading criminal defense lawyer John Crowley has announced that his firm has launched a new initiative that vastly improves consumers' ability to search for a top lawyer more selectively. My consumer initiative draws people's attention to the type of ...more »

US Court Fight May Not Solve Chinese Accounting Mess
Insurance JournalSeptember 14, 2011

US regulators appear to be on strong footing in a legal battle over a Chinese auditor's work papers, though their ability to act may have limits and a victory in court may not resolve a widening international ...more »

Bereans march in support of fairness ordinance
Richmond RegisterSeptember 21, 2011

“Until the discrimination stops regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, until that stops, we cannot stop.” Berea resident Guy Townsend claimed gays and lesbians are not allowed to live freely in Berea, and encouraged the audience to stand ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Thinking about expanding your business?
Smart Business NetworkSeptember 10, 2011

Determining whether NAFTA rules of origin are satisfied (and supplying documentation if they are) will avoid potential civil liability for non-compliance with customs laws and manage customs costs. As Canada's Export and Import Permits Act imposes ...more »

Environmental Law
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Sino Bioenergy Salutes China Energy Policy
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

The Chinese government is implementing multiple policies to promote renewable energy. China invested US$34.6 billion into clean energy in 2009, an amount ranked #1 among G20 countries, and almost twice of that of the US The Renewable Energy Law passed ...more »

Wills & Probate
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A comprehensive Will is the only way to handle your legacy
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineSeptember 24, 2011

Drawing from his long experience, Dr Israni talked about how to prepare a comprehensive Will, and how to complete all the requisite nomination & transmission formalities for both movable and immovable properties. He explained terms like probate, ...more »

Family Law
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'Kadyn's Law' Making Progress
KIMTSeptember 15, 2011

He's charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of leaving the scene of personal injury resulting in death. Gunderson's bail was set at $85000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23. Now that charges have been filed the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Vanek to Lead Internal Audit Division at Ohio Workers' Comp Bureau
Insurance JournalSeptember 8, 2011

Dennis A. Vanek has been appointed as chief of the internal audit division at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). Vanek most recently served as director of global audit services for Expedia, Inc. in Bellevue, Wash., where he was responsible ...more »


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