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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. ....like a Chicago machine politician? ...more »

AFL-CIO Providing $134M for Penn South's Rehabilitation
Citybizlist Real EstateSeptember 1, 2011

The union's pension capital will be used to renovated the 10-building complex and create 610 union construction jobs in the process. Wells Fargo has partnered with the union on the loan. "Our investment is helping sustain a vital urban community that ...more »

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Administrative Law
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California Supreme Court to hear key gay marriage arguments
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 6, 2011

Tuesday's hearing will be the fourth time the California Supreme Court has heard a same-sex marriage case. In May 2008, the court ruled, 4 to 3, that California's ban on gay marriage violated the state Constitution. Proposition 8 passed six months ...more »

Health Care Law
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Feds to oversee NH family planning
Nashua TelegraphSeptember 9, 2011

Federal law prevent family planning money from being used for abortions. At Planned Parenthood, abortions are either paid for with health insurance or private payment. The family planning money is used for services like cervical cancer screenings, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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MLB: 40 Big Names Who Could Change Teams After 2011
Bleacher ReportSeptember 7, 2011

However, Berkman was placed on waivers two weeks ago, and when no one claimed him, it was assumed that he would be traded before the waiver trade deadline expired on Aug. 31. As great a year as he has had for the Cards, Berkman may be expendable if the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Illegal Immigration, Jobs Back in Spotlight at E-Verify Hearing
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 15, 2011

Or as Tyler Moran, the policy director of the National Immigration Law Center, put it in congressional testimony: “The Legal Workforce Act will worsen unemployment rates, cause billions of dollars in lost tax revenue, and leave both employers and ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Capital, textile units going abroad: Shujaat
The Nation, PakistanSeptember 3, 2011

In an interview with TheNation here on Friday, he said because of the killings in Karachi and terrorist activities in other parts of the country foreign investors were shy of making investment in Pakistan, which was very bad development for the country ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Expert's tactics for avoiding RWC disputes
Yahoo!Xtra Blogs (blog)September 2, 2011

Director of Massey University's Dispute Resolution Centre Virginia Goldblatt says the upcoming tournament poses challenges to fans and non-fans alike as emotions run high. She says basic principles of dispute resolution, which she teaches, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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SEO Legal Services weighs in on big anti-foreclosure lawsuit
Athens NEWSSeptember 6, 2011

In the "60 Minutes" show in early August, a former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures bank deposits, told Pelley that she believes in many cases in which foreclosure defendants are demanding that plaintiffs produce ...more »

Animal Law
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Kangaroo attack adds to law debate
Bucyrus Telegraph ForumSeptember 23, 2011

COLUMBUS -- A kangaroo attack Tuesday in Green Camp is adding fuel to the debate over laws about exotic animals in Ohio. John Kokas, 80, was attacked by a kangaroo at Kokas Exotics Animal Farm. As of Wednesday, he was in fair condition at Grant Medical ...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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Mesothelioma Victims Center Offers Vital Facts About The Best Mesothelioma ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)September 1, 2011

If these individuals were working in the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, or even 1980's, they were probably exposed to enormous levels of asbestos on their job sites. City or county water works employees could have been exposed to asbestos pipes up until the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Should ugly people get affirmative action?
The HornSeptember 2, 2011

A UT Economics professor argues there are prejudices against ugly people, making them discriminated against and just as qualified to receive affirmative action. Fact: Being attractive helps you earn more money, obtain loan approvals and find more ...more »

1 plane lands safely after midair collision
Anchorage Daily NewsSeptember 3, 2011

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says one pilot landed on the tundra and the other plane crashed and burned. One of the pilots -- 24-year-old Scott Veal of Kenai -- is believed to have been killed in the crash, troopers said. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Acme Stays Put; Renews 88000-SF Lease
GlobeSt.comSeptember 19, 2011

During that period, however, both tenant and landlord had to be extremely flexible with terms due to the Great Recession, which left Acme with some vacant space due to client consolidation. “At the end of their committed term, the building began to see ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The History of the Portland Trail Blazers: Limbo Land
Blazer's EdgeSeptember 2, 2011

Local media sources began retroactively revising their assessments of his tenure, minimizing the once-generous credit given for the Brandon Roy-LaMarcus Aldridge draft and speculating that he was dismissed because of the disaster Oden had become. ...more »

Litigation
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Samsung Is Undeterred by Apple Litigation
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

And few Samsung investors seem to believe that the high-profile litigation will deal a major blow to Samsung's fast-rising smartphone business, which is poised to overtake Apple in unit sales this quarter. Samsung's stock price for months has swung ...more »

Business Law
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City of Joburg gets tough on by-laws
Independent OnlineSeptember 6, 2011

TAKING ACTION: The City of Joburg has pulled down an illegal advertising sign on the N1. Picture: Moeletsi Mabe BY-LAW infringers in the City of Johannesburg will soon face the wrath of the law. This is the promise of the council, which has said ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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After winning key right, gays press for more from military : 2011-09-05
Washington TimesSeptember 6, 2011

“The same commitments should be made to gay and lesbian service members.” Meanwhile, Outserve, an underground association of gay service members, plans a summit in Las Vegas next month to discuss their new freedom and what they want from the military.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Pixieland Employee Arrested For Having Child Porn
KTVU San FranciscoSeptember 1, 2011

... is related to the park's owners. Police say that about 10:30 am, investigators with the local Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force arrested 33-year-old Christopher Michael Hull, a Pixieland employee, for possessing child pornography. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Bus and Truck in Accident in West Palm Beach Draws Reaction From Noted ...
TheNewsFactory (press release)September 20, 2011

Anthony Quackenbush is a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney. This Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer is not an attorney involved in the above mentioned situation, but he does handle cases involving bus and truck accidents. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Framers' Constitution
Huffington PostSeptember 12, 2011

First, because those who enacted the broad foundational provisions of our Constitution often did not have any precise and agreed-upon understanding of the specific meaning of "freedom of speech" or "due process of law" or "regulate Commerce...among the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Hoge Fenton Attorney Appointed to California State Bar's Committee of ...
Business Wire (press release)September 22, 2011

Buchanan is also a member of APRL (Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers) and an active member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, serving as the 2010 and 2011 Chair of its Business Law/Business Litigation Committee. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Tru Talent signs settlement, closes its doors
Fox 13 Now - Salt Lake CitySeptember 4, 2011

"They are agreeing, by signing this, that they've violated the consumer sales practices act and have indicated they will not do it again," said Francine Giani with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection. "There's no question we would not be able to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Sahara challenges govt stand on OFCDs issue at SAT
Business StandardSeptember 5, 2011

Sahara India Real Estate Corporation and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation are contesting an order by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to refund money collected by issuing Optionally Fully Convertible Debentures (OFCDs). ...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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Head Games | Concussions in youth sports, the Lystedt Law and a local response
Bellevue ReporterSeptember 23, 2011

In 2009, as a result of Zack's saga, Washington became the first state to adopt head injury and concussion legislation by passing Engrossed House Bill 1824, known since its signing as the Lystedt Law. The legislation, which is intended to be ...more »

Criminal Defense
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GOP group denounces 'baseless' Andrew Thomas investigation
AZ Central.comSeptember 6, 2011

The resolution alleges that the Bar is "under the control of liberal attorneys and criminal defense attorneys" who are attempting to strip the three of their law licenses. DeBruhl said the Bar's current Board of Governors is made up of 10 Republicans, ...more »

Ex-bookkeeper at Naples law firm charged with fraud, grand theft
Naples Daily NewsSeptember 17, 2011

A month-long audit in the spring had revealed the company was missing $35815. The audit showed that it appeared Hill, who by then was no longer an employee, had stolen the money. Hill's last day with the firm was Jan. 28 and, the weekend of Jan. ...more »

Employers may now face baby boomers' discrimination claims
South Florida Business JournalSeptember 2, 2011

As baby boomers age, they're looking behind them for who might be in line for their jobs – and wondering if they've been discriminated against, said April Boyer, an employment law partner in the Miami office of law firm K&L Gates . ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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BofA Said to Keep Bankruptcy as Option for Countrywide Unit
BusinessWeekSeptember 16, 2011

The threat of a Countrywide bankruptcy is a “nuclear” option that Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan could use as leverage against plaintiffs seeking refunds on bad mortgages, said analyst Mike Mayo of Credit Agricole Securities USA. ...more »

Environmental Law
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After Nuclear Mishap, Japan Debates Energy Future
NPRSeptember 6, 2011

7:00 pm ET Japan faces a dilemma: the country lacks natural resources and relies heavily on nuclear power. But in the wake of the nuclear accident in March, 70 percent of Japanese now say they want to phase out atomic energy. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CFO Atwater on the Big Three: Workers' Comp, Citizens, and PIP
PropertyCasualty360September 1, 2011

I recently spent four days in Orlando with some 8000 workers' compensation insurance professionals, from claims adjusters to attorneys, agents, brokers, and experts from the provider and medical arenas. Presented for the 25th year by the non-profit ...more »

Family Law
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Practicing law a family business for Davises
Salisbury PostSeptember 1, 2011

Attorney James A. Davis II took the oath Tuesday morning which allows him to practice law in North Carolina. He will do so out of the same office as his father, James A. Davis, who stood next to his son during the swearing-in at the Rowan County ...more »

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