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Candidates for Missouri Supreme Court face public questioning
STLtoday.comSeptember 1, 2011

One applicant who interviewed Wednesday, St. Peters attorney Richard Gartner, took the opportunity to praise the state's merit-based judicial selection method for “focusing on credentials.” “These positions need the most qualified people, ...more »

Sikh marriage act: Akal Takht, DSGMC meetings to decide next move
Times of IndiaSeptember 1, 2011

Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh said, "It is cultural discrimination, which is being heaped on the Sikhs who have their own traditional ways of life." Refusing to buy the argument of law minister Salman Khurshid that implementation of the Anand ...more »

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Administrative Law
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ALLEN v. ASTRUE
Leagle.comSeptember 1, 2011

Allen's application was denied and she was granted a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") on July 9, 2008. The ALJ issued an unfavorable decision on August 8, 2008. When the Appeals Council rejected review, the ALJ's decision became the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Massachusetts Health-Jobs Surge May Signal Effects of U.S. Law
BloombergSeptember 7, 2011

The Massachusetts health law passed in 2006 led to near- universal coverage for residents and greater spending on health care. US health-care employment rose 8 percent from January 2001 to December 2005. The researchers used data from the Bureau of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Can My Insurer Require Yacht Surveyor's 'Recommended' Repairs?
The Log NewspaperSeptember 1, 2011

He is also one of a small group of attorneys to be certified as an Admiralty and Maritime Law Specialist by the State Bar of California. If you have a maritime law question for Weil, he can be contacted at (562) 438-8149 or at dweil@weilmaritime.com.more »

Immigration Law
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Bills would tighten Pennsylvania's immigration enforcement
Tribune ReviewSeptember 5, 2011

... to obtain public benefits; penalize employers who hire illegal aliens; require employers to use the federal E-Verify systems, in which applicants are checked against 455 million records; and let state and local police enforce immigration laws. ...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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Newsmakers
Savannah Morning NewsSeptember 4, 2011

Duties: He will oversee residential real estate sales at the 900-acre master planned community and will manage the six-member sales team as well as serve in a project management capacity. Related work experience: More than 10 years of real estate sales ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Liberty Mutual Group Settles Suit Accusing Lawyer of Extortion
BusinessWeekSeptember 16, 2011

16 (Bloomberg) -- Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. settled a lawsuit the insurer filed against one of its former outside lawyers claiming he tried to extort new legal work with a threat to expose misconduct by an unidentified company executive. ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Abuse Bill Passes in Committee, Full House Vote Next
WYTVSeptember 21, 2011

Seven other dogs were also found starved to death, but because of current animal cruelty laws in Ohio, the abuser only received four months jail time. House Bill 108 must now be passed by the full House of Representatives and Senate before becoming law...more »

Intellectual Property
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Fuwei Films Announces Receipt of Three PRC Utility Patents
MarketWatch (press release)September 12, 2011

... Fuwei Films (Shandong) Co., Ltd. ("Shandong Fuwei") has recently received three utility patents in August 2011 from the Ministry of State Intellectual Property Office of PRC. These utility patents relate to anti-condensation automotive window film, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The Am Law DailySeptember 1, 2011

Johnson, formerly with Epstein Becker Green, has a broad labor and employment practice covering litigation and counseling work. Areas of expertise include wage and hour, trade secrets, executive compensation, employment contracts, and invasion of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action faces new challenge
Milwaukee Journal SentinelSeptember 15, 2011

A friend in Madison sent a gleeful message about a recent affirmative action protest at the state's largest university. Like me, she's long past her college days but remembers vividly when affirmative action was the hot button cause of the time. ...more »

Carbon trading for aviation struggles to take off
Business Green (blog)September 11, 2011

The inclusion of aviation in the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is under increasing pressure from North American, Russian, and Chinese lobby groups, airlines, and governments. Launched in response to the anticipated additional costs ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants challenge explicit orders to remove their veggie patch.
Straight.comSeptember 14, 2011

“But that doesn't have any impact on the hearing; it's strictly contractual,” Durning added. “What did the tenants contract? What did the landlord contract with them? What rights did he allow them to have? And under our tenancy law and contract law, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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District 7 Seat Comes with Great Expectations
Mission Times CourierSeptember 3, 2011

If we can't get to that point, then maybe bankruptcy is the answer, but we can't go through another 10 years like the last.” Mat Kostrinsky announced Aug. 21 he will file papers for a D-7 seat campaign. Kostrinsky wants to bring less vitriol and more ...more »

Litigation
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Obama's Environmental Announcement Could Spark Litigation
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 2, 2011

Jones Day partner Kevin Holewinski told the Law Blog he thinks that the president's announcement could prompt a number of environmental groups, well-heeled plaintiffs' lawyers, and state attorneys general to consider litigation against companies over ...more »

Business Law
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Jessica Mutch: Election spending rules explained
TVNZSeptember 2, 2011

Under National the law was clarified to make the definition of election advertising easier to understand and make it clear that parliamentary funding can't be used for election advertising. Political parties also get an allocation of free time for ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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COLUMN: Military exhibits cynicism regarding recruits
Oklahoma DailySeptember 2, 2011

But as many soldiers have found, the military is not as benevolent toward its recruits as it paints itself. Since the bloody and expensive invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the government has been doing everything it can to avoid paying out benefits...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Bangkok Post : Prachathai lese majeste trial begins
Bangkok PostSeptember 1, 2011

The trial of independent media icon Chiranuch Premchaiporn on charges brought under the Computer Crimes Act was to begin on Thursday morning amid international academia concern over the ambiguous position of the new government on the controversial use ...more »

Personal Injury
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Government ban on personal injury referral fees should be catalyst for further ...
openPR (press release)September 15, 2011

He serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, where he has been a Fellow since 2006, and is a Law Society PI Panel Member. He has served as Chairman of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) and is its RTA ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Giving doctors free speech
News ChiefSeptember 18, 2011

So asking such a question could have made a doctor liable to the law's harsh punishment -- the possible loss of the doctor's medical license, which would deprive the physician of the ability to make a living, and a fine up to $10000. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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20 UNDER 40: McFadden serves clients, community with vigor
nwitimes.comSeptember 18, 2011

She brings the same energetic intensity to her law practice. "What amazes me about her is her ability to multitask, handling a wide variety of personal and professional activities," says Mike O'Neill, fellow law partner at O'Neill, McFadden, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Dodd-Frank Act: Impact On Derivatives Technology Infrastructure
InformationWeekSeptember 20, 2011

Overview: The US President Barack Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on July 21st, 2010. The Act is essentially a 2300-page introduction to a new financial regulatory environment that supposedly outlines ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Malkus expands Cambridge practice to include estate planning, elder law
The Star DemocratSeptember 11, 2011

The seminars will cover the basic elements of elder care planning, pertinent estate planning documents, how to protect assets from the nursing home, creative estate planning strategies, probate avoidance, implications of the new federal tax law and VA ...more »

Business complaints about public sector contracts reach peak
The GuardianSeptember 5, 2011

Cairns said that the government was also coming under more pressure to investigate complaints because bidders were increasingly aware of their rights under procurement law and were more likely to take the matter to court. ...more »

Sports Law
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Disciplinary power in wrong hands
Las Vegas Review - JournalSeptember 23, 2011

That way we'd probably see fewer routine grounders in response to athletes breaking the law out there. Las Vegas Review-Journal sports columnist Ed Graney can be reached at egraney@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4618. He can be heard from 3 to 5 pm ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Many facts in play for sentencing of DiMasi
Boston GlobeSeptember 7, 2011

Defense lawyers argue that a 2010 US Supreme Court decision in the case of former Enron chief executive officer Jeffrey Skilling narrowed the scope of evidence allowed in the type of bribery charges brought against DiMasi, and that it is an issue they ...more »

New Jersey Says No To Tax Credit for "Jersey Shore"
ForbesSeptember 27, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. ...more »

Armstrong Law Firm Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fruitti Yogi
U.S. Politics TodaySeptember 27, 2011

If you have experienced similar treatment at work, such as harassment, discrimination or wrongful termination, it is important to speak with an employment law attorney. To contact the Armstrong Law Firm, please visit http://www.thearmstronglawfirm.com ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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State ban on corporate political donations before Montana Supreme Court
Billings GazetteSeptember 18, 2011

Federal regulatory measures passed since then, such as antitrust and labor protection laws, would prevent corporations from exerting the same influence that the Copper Kings once held over Montana, he said. "Finally, individuals have more space to ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wind Power Takes a Hit as Charlestown Rhode Island Bans Wind Turbines
OilPrice.comSeptember 15, 2011

Wind mills are a clean alternative energy supply but not everyone agrees. The Rhode Island General Assembly's newly enacted laws facilitating the siting, construction and power-purchase agreements for commercial-grade renewable energy projects recently ...more »

Workers Compensation
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DYNCORP INTERNATIONAL v. DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION PROGRAMS
Leagle.comSeptember 5, 2011

Petitioners Dyncorp International and Fidelity & Casualty Company of New York/CNA International appeal the decision and order of the Department of Labor Benefits Review Board reversing the Administrative Law Judge's dismissal of respondent Elizabeth ...more »

Family Law
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Imminent legal aid cuts: the consequences for family law disputes
Fitzrovia NewsSeptember 5, 2011

Legal aid will be retained for certain classes of case but imminent changes to the law will scrap legal aid for social welfare law, and almost all private family law matters which includes advice on divorce, contact with and residence of children and ...more »

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