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Financial-Planning.comSeptember 1, 2011

Thomas believes "most financial planners simply won't address estate tax planning with sufficient vigor [because] there is no incentive to pursue this type of planning. Some planners would love to do really complete plans, but struggle to get clients ...more »

Court voids Tusten gas lease,property owner keeps the money
The River ReporterSeptember 1, 2011

A Sullivan County Supreme Court judge has ruled that a gas-drilling lease in the Town of Tusten is void because restrictive covenants on the deed prohibit using the land for any kind of commercial activity. The land in question is a 66-acre parcel ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Va regulators hold hearing on APCo rates
BusinessWeekSeptember 14, 2011

Like most public utilities, the companies are entitled to a reasonable rate of return for its stockholders. If the company earned above the authorized level, Virginia law allows for customers to get refunds. Companies also can get incentives for ...more »

Health Care Law
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Issue 3 called threat to state health-care
Toledo BladeSeptember 2, 2011

COLUMBUS -- While most attention has focused on its potential impact on President Obama's health-care law, a constitutional amendment before voters this fall could have a much broader effect, opponents said yesterday. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Bear's Mouth
Big Bear GrizzlySeptember 8, 2011

Admission is free, but all guests must sign a liability waiver. Big Bear City Airport is at 501 W. Valley Blvd., Big Bear City. For more information, visit www.trsc1977.com. And if you don't get your fill at the Moonridge Animal Park's Ice Cream Safari ...more »

Immigration Law
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O'Fallon councilmen push bill on immigration
STLtoday.comSeptember 12, 2011

8 when the City Council unanimously adopted their resolution declaring O'Fallon a "Rule of Law" city, asserting a policy of strict enforcement of existing state and federal immigration laws. The resolution states O'Fallon is not, and has no intention ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Official Languages Commission - taking up a fresh challenge
Ceylon Daily NewsSeptember 8, 2011

The Privy Council in the Devanayagam case referred to above (United Engineering Workers Union V Devanayagam (1967) 69 New Law Reports 289) dealing with the Industrial Disputes Act has ruled that the concept of just and equitable confers on the body ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Jenner & Block LLP | “United States – Illinois,” Getting the Deal Through ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)September 2, 2011

Under the ICAA, arbitrators may award the prevailing party costs, but generally not attorneys' fees. Alternative dispute resolution 33 Types of ADR What types of ADR process are commonly used? Is a particular ADR process popular? ...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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Starving Dogs Found Buried In Trash
MyFox PhiladelphiaSeptember 18, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - Animal cruelty charges could be brought against the owners of two dogs found starving and buried in trash Sunday after police spotted them while serving a warrant in North Philadelphia. According to officials, city police contacted law...more »

Intellectual Property
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Inventor Awards Increase Return on R&D Investment According to ipPerformance ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)September 7, 2011

ipPerformance Group, a leader in benchmarking corporate intellectual property asset management operations announces the release of its 2011 Inventor Reward and Recognition Program study. "76% of companies provide both monetary and non-monetary awards ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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DEVELOPING... Sanitary Board Faces Racial Discrimination Suit Allegedly ...
HNN Huntingtonnews.netSeptember 6, 2011

Huntington City Councilman Jim Insco has asked that the administration provide council with an update on the status of this litigation. During a late August 2011 deposition in Wayne H. Friday v. Huntington Sanitary Board and City of Huntington, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Judge Censors Speech About Affirmative Action and Fraud in Racial Set-Asides
OpenMarket.orgSeptember 28, 2011

The problem of fraud in affirmative action programs is neither new nor rare. People who are not minorities often pretend to be minorities in order to obtain benefits under affirmative-action programs and racial set-aside schemes. ...more »

Coalition aviation policy leaves UK trade grounded, says report
Telegraph.co.ukSeptember 17, 2011

The Government's aviation policy will face a fresh attack this week when a new report reveals that Heathrow is falling further behind its European competitors in the battle for lucrative routes to emerging market economies. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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A new offer
Inside HousingSeptember 5, 2011

Our vision is to work with others to increase trust in dispute resolution and to improve landlord and tenant relations. Our mission is impartial dispute resolution in rented housing. To deliver our vision we intend to work with landlords and tenants to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Portland Trail Blazers: 12 Most Popular Players in Franchise History
Bleacher ReportSeptember 7, 2011

Let's take a look at the most popular Trail Blazers in franchise history. Many people forget that, although he played in New York a few years back, the start of Zach Randolph's bad-mouthed big man career had its roots in Portland. ...more »

Litigation
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US bank shares plunge on litigation
Business DaySeptember 3, 2011

Goldman CEO, Lloyd Blankfein has hired high profile defence attorney Reid Weingarten who previously defending WorldCon executives. In addition to JPMorgan and Bank of America, others include Merrill Lynch,, Barclays, Nomura Holdings, HSBC Holdings, ...more »

Business Law
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Legislature Gives City More Power to Fight Ad Trailers
Patch.comSeptember 3, 2011

The bill comes in the wake of another law that went into effect in January that bans unhitched trailers with advertising on them from being parked on city streets. Following passage of the January law, Councilman Dennis Zine launched a task force to ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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AT&T's Battle for T-Mobile Is Political as Well as Legal
New York TimesSeptember 6, 2011

As a result, AT&T, which contends the acquisition would help it accommodate the huge demand for bandwidth created by smartphones, must show that any downside of higher concentration in local markets would be outweighed by the benefits of a deal. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Missoula man sentenced on child porn charges
KPAX-TVSeptember 8, 2011

Detectives found the residential address of the IP address account holder and then obtained a search warrant and found a computer that belonged to Peeples. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Bill would limit auto medical coverage
Livingston DailySeptember 5, 2011

A proposal in Lansing would repeal unlimited personal-injury protection coverage on auto policies — a move critics argue would leave seriously injured motorists millions of dollars in debt. Senate Bill 293, sponsored by state Sen. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Prop. 8 sponsors' arguments go before California high court
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 5, 2011

... appeals court is more likely to rule that ProtectMarriage.com, the sponsor of Proposition 8, also lacks standing under federal law and "Proposition 8 dies because no one will defend it," said Vikram Amar, UC Davis constitutional law professor. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Fronterion Releases Landmark Report on Legal Vendor Risk
PR.com (press release)September 10, 2011

Law firms and their insurers have yet to catch up, according to Fronterion, a leading LPO consulting firm. The Fronterion Law Firm Liability Report comes as top 50 AmLaw firm McDermott Will & Emery faces one of the first reported malpractice lawsuits ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Feds announce recall of more ethanol fuel gel products
Riverhead LOCALSeptember 1, 2011

"It shouldn't have taken three dozen injuries and two deaths before the agency charged with protecting consumers from defective products takes action," Romaine said today. “These harmful products have caused unnecessary pain and damage to the lives of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Another real estate financing lawyer trades places
Montreal Gazette (blog)September 14, 2011

National law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP said today Pierre-Denis Leroux is returning to its Montreal real estate group as partner. Leroux, who has spent the past eight years with the Montreal office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, had previously worked ...more »

ECONOMY: Supermarket union talks overshadow Labor Day weekend
North County TimesSeptember 3, 2011

Over the previous day, Gonzalez traded text messages about developments at the negotiating table with Mickey Kasparian, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 135, which represents 14000 workers at the major chains in San Diego and ...more »

Sports Law
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It's All About the NFL
Fox NewsSeptember 12, 2011

And second, sponsors continue to view sports as a prime way to reach and engage consumers. Rick Horrow is the "Sports Professor," and is the Sports Business Analyst for Fox Sports. He has been the Visiting Expert on Sports Law at the Harvard Law School ...more »

Criminal Defense
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YOUR SAY: Crime on decline in Boroondara
Leader NewsSeptember 5, 2011

Crimes against property dropped 12.7 per cent and drug offences were down 10.6 per cent. Sen Sgt Cullen said even though the figures showed thefts and burglaries had declined, they remained Boroondara's biggest problems. “People need to make sure their ...more »

Tax preparer charged with cheating IRS out of $14m
Washington ExaminerSeptember 12, 2011

Davis also allegedly gave clients false documentation for the charitable deductions claimed on their tax returns in case they needed the documents for a future audit. Davis received no training in tax preparation beyond what she learned from her aunt, ...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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Perpetual Asks: Is your nest egg protected?
PR Leap (press release)September 1, 2011

Chris Balalovski, Perpetual Private Clients Head of Strategic Advice, talks about the importance of asset protection in today's environment. What is asset protection and why is it important? Asset protection is about using sophisticated and legally ...more »

Environmental Law
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The Solar Farm on the Parking Deck
CaryCitizenSeptember 7, 2011

Cary, NC – Back in 2007, the North Carolina General Assembly implemented the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS). Under this law, investor-owned utility companies in North Carolina (like Duke Energy) are required to meet ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Elder Law Minute: Does the debt ceiling deal hurt seniors?
Queens CourierSeptember 2, 2011

Ronald Fatoullah is an attorney and a leading authority in the field of elder law. He is the founder and managing attorney of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, a law firm concentrating in elder law, Medicaid eligibility, estate planning, special needs, ...more »

Family Law
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Local attorney to moderate statewide seminar
Sparta IndependentSeptember 9, 2011

The NJICLE seminar, “The Family Law/DYFS Overlap: What Every Family Lawyer Needs to Know” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Edison from 9 am to 12 pm As moderator/speaker of the Sept. 22 NJICLE event, Mikulka will have ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation – Independent contractor – Joint employment
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklySeptember 7, 2011

By Tom Egan Where a property management company has appealed from the Industrial Accident Reviewing Board's decision that the claimant was entitled to workers' compensation coverage from both the company and an individual who also employed the claimant ...more »

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