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Blood drive benefits police officer's son
Today's THVSeptember 1, 2011

That's what citizens, police officers and even military members were doing Wednesday afternoon. A blood drive was organized to help out a young citizen of Benton. On July 25, 2-year-old Easton Begoon of Benton, was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. ...more »

Amendment allows secret investigations
China DailySeptember 1, 2011

BEIJING - A controversial clause in a draft amendment to China's Criminal Procedure Law has met with mixed reaction from legal experts for allowing the police to conduct secret investigation and detention of suspects of national security crimes. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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NLRB dismisses all union claims that KMHS engaged in unfair labor practices
Kitsap Peninsula Business JournalSeptember 1, 2011

A federal Administrative Law Judge from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has dismissed all unfair labor practice charges filed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199NW against Kitsap Mental Health Services (KMHS). ...more »

Health Care Law
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Is the Affordable Care Act hampering recovery? No
Modesto BeeSeptember 6, 2011

The newest line of Republican attack on the president is to say that the new health care law is hurting job growth because it creates "uncertainty" for businesses. Nonpartisan research shows this isn't true, and we should have a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerSeptember 9, 2011

Securities enforcement lawyer LINDA RIEFBERG jumped to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York from the Enforcement Department of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Riefberg, who joins the enforcement and investigations practice ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law advisor jailed over scam
UK Visa & Immigration NewsSeptember 5, 2011

Gupta, an accredited immigration law advisor, was found to be illegally supplying false documents to accompany immigration applications that he was charging around £5000 for each. Gupta admitted 14 charges of assisting illegal immigration and an ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bachmann's Empty EPA Trash-Talk
FrumForumSeptember 6, 2011

The Florida Everglades is a treasured natural resource that provides drinking water and other ecological benefits to much of South Florida. The state of Florida and the federal government have spent hundreds of millions of dollars restoring the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Talks hoped to head off strike
Stuff.co.nzSeptember 7, 2011

STRIKE THREAT: The Department of Labour is hoping to get unions and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare around the table for mediation. The Department of Labour's mediation service will try to get the unions and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare back around the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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La Puente grapples with troubles at City Hall
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 4, 2011

Furthermore, investigations, litigation and poor staff morale will continue as well." The behavior of public officials in La Puente has given way to disgust among some citizens. "The council can't play in the sandbox together," said Robert Simons, 63, ...more »

Animal Law
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Jefferson Parish Council odds and ends, Sept. 21 meeting
NOLA.comSeptember 22, 2011

Animal laws: Passed various laws creating hearing procedures for incidents involving vicious animals; prohibiting the improper disposal of animal waste and dealing with noisy animals. Also passed a law allowing animal control officers to enter ...more »

Intellectual Property
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SpectraScience Strengthens Intellectual Property Portfolio
MarketWatch (press release)September 8, 2011

"The granting of this new patent is indicative of our commitment to improving and expanding our already large intellectual property portfolio in this space. The diagnosis and detection of cancer, non-invasively using light, is becoming an increasingly ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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City attorney: Marijuana collectives must close 'immediately'
SignOnSanDiego.comSeptember 4, 2011

Rogers continued that he and five other attorneys named in the letter wanted to work with the city to “avoid unnecessary and costly litigation.” In her Aug. 18 reply, Brannan said the city's position remained unchanged. “Medical marijuana dispensaries ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Is affirmative action still thriving in BC NDP?
BCLocalNewsSeptember 9, 2011

Is affirmative action still alive and well in the Comox Valley? You reported recently about the upcoming nominations for the local constituency, but I noticed that there were no men running; only women were mentioned. Am I to conclude that men are ...more »

Cathy Mighell's aviation business flies right
HeraldNetSeptember 1, 2011

“You'll never make it, you'll fail in a business like that, they told me,” she said with a grin in the pilots' lounge at Out of the Blue Aviation, her business at the Arlington Airport. She knew that any new business is risky. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Displaced renters attend seminar on tenant rights
Binghamton University Pipe DreamSeptember 20, 2011

Husch emphasized that in circumstances such as this flood, when a rented residence is rendered uninhabitable by conditions that are not the tenants' fault, tenants have legal rights that must be respected by landlords and by the city. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Anglo tries to stop former chief from declaring bankruptcy in the US
thejournal.ieSeptember 1, 2011

Drumm's hearing is ongoing in the Us Bankruptcy Court in Boston. Reuters reports that Anglo claims Drumm altered the terms of loans taken out by he and other directors of the bank to avoid any risk of personal liability. Anglo's complaints to the court ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation Firms Planning to Merge
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

"In the US, litigation is by far the dominant source of spending on legal services," he said. Overall, he said, "there is more interest now [among firms] in merging than at any time in the past 10 to 20 years." There were 28 mergers among law firms in ...more »

Business Law
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Harmonising sales-tax laws on services
DAWN.comSeptember 5, 2011

Whereas all other provinces are still in process of finalising the rates and categories of services deemed taxable, Sindh has taken a lead by mapping services it desired to tax and enforcing them at the rate of 16 per cent under the Sindh Sales Tax on ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans receive state medals at Deptford Mall, learn of possible benefits
NJ.comSeptember 7, 2011

The ceremony was part of a three-day visit to the mall by officials with the state Department of the Military and Veterans Affairs, in which the department is offering literature and answering questions on benefits for which area veterans may be ...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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LABOURDETTE LAW FIRM: Personal Injury Attorney Takes On Big Insurance Companies
WiredPRNews.com (press release)September 3, 2011

Labourdette Law Firm has just announced that they have increased their staff in order to handle more personal injury cases in Orleans, St. Tammany, and Jefferson Parish. Labourdette Law Firm is managed by the professional litigation team of Eric and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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7th Annual Constitution Day with speaker Martha Dean
Connectcut PlusSeptember 1, 2011

Stevenson practices Constitutional Law, Appellate Law, Educational Law, and Criminal Law in a variety of courts, including Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts, federal District Courts, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Let's take a little trip down private members' motion memory lane ...
CBC.ca (blog)September 1, 2011

M-185 -- November 2, 2004 -- Mr. Grewal (Newton--North Delta) -- That, in the opinion of the House, the government should study the merit of introducing a mandatory voting law for federal elections. M-186 -- November 2, 2004 -- Mr. Grewal ...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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Lawyers find issues in real estate law
Macau Daily TimesSeptember 3, 2011

Two local lawyers have urged the government to review the structure of the Housing Bureau (IH), in order to ensure the proper enforcement of the new law regarding real estate activity. In a paper published by International Law Office.com, ...more »

Brown signs bill requiring university disclosure
San Jose Mercury NewsSeptember 7, 2011

... contracts and correspondence under the public records law. Democratic Sen. Leland Yee, of San Francisco, drafted the bill after the California State University Stanislaus' foundation refused to release its contract with the former Republican Alaska ...more »

Sports Law
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News in brief
Westfair OnlineSeptember 9, 2011

The program includes a panel discussion on business transactions in sports law. The exposition will run from 8:30 am to noon Tuesday in the moot court room at Pace Law Library. Registration starts at 8 am Rye-based Curemark LLC, a biotechnology company ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge: Eight is enough for ex-Speaker Sal DiMasi
Boston HeraldSeptember 10, 2011

You have someone who has never done jail time before,” said Randy Chapman, a former prosecutor and past president of Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “I would describe it as on the high end of reasonableness . . . but (the court) ...more »

Why would families destroy estate value, Judge Mark Holmes asks appraisers
BVWire NewsSeptember 6, 2011

“Why would a wealthy elderly lady willingly destroy half of the value of her estate,” Judge Mark Holmes of the US Tax Court just asked 200 appraisers at the LA Chapter of the Appraisal Institute's IRS Valuation Summit last month. ...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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7 Common Misperceptions About Intellectual Property
IPWatchdog.comSeptember 23, 2011

The next rival to the power of McDonald's logo or Coca-Cola trade secret. I wear my nerd moniker proudly. 2. Intellectual property operates in a vacuum. There is a tendency to think of IP as this nebulous, weird, confusing body of law that operates in ...more »

Environmental Law
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Alternate Energy Holdings (AEHI) Provides Financial Update and Key Business...
MarketWatch (press release)September 7, 2011

Energy Neutral sold three homes and another home is currently under contract for sale. -- Green World Water traveled to Algeria to meet with the Minister of Water and the Minister of Finance and Industry as part of the US-Algeria Business Council ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Veterans Legal Initiative - FIRST clinic to be held in Montgomery County
The Paper MagazineSeptember 15, 2011

No appointment will be necessary to attend one of the clinics. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can receive advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax ...more »

Family Law
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Why breaking up is hard to do
The Canberra TimesSeptember 4, 2011

FORMER lovers are being caught out by family law arrangements that mean they scarcely needed to have lived with their ex-partner to face losing their house and car in divorce-style proceedings. A number of Canberra lawyers have ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp costs to rise
TheChronicleHerald.caSeptember 2, 2011

Premiums will increase for 63 per cent of employers, while 37 per cent will see their assessment rates go down or stay the same, the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia said Thursday. The average rate change, ...more »

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