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Staff director of super-committee in Congress comes well trained
Crosscut (blog)September 1, 2011

Bob Packwood (R), who hired him in 1990 as tax counsel to Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee. Packwood, still regarded as one of Washington's most-knowledgeable sources on taxation, orchestrated a nearly unanimous tax-reform measure in 1986, ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Discrimination hearing will be set for former Mason City police officer
Mason City Globe GazetteSeptember 1, 2011

Regarding the religion discrimination, Ohl said in her deposition, “Repeated comments from other officers and supervisor about my religious practices also lead me to believe the decisions to deny me promotional opportunities and treat me differently ...more »

Health Care Law
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If given a chance, health care law will jump-start economy
SunHerald.comSeptember 1, 2011

JIM MCDERMOTT SEATTLE -- 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 ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (press release)September 4, 2011

Maritime law covers several types of claims by injured sailors and people working on or around ships through the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. September 04, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Admiralty law has long ...more »

Immigration Law
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Admit Nauru is wrong, Gillard tells Abbott 5, 2011

THE federal government is sticking with offshore processing of asylum seekers even if it means changing the law and potentially causing a split within Labor ranks. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen played down the potential for internal rifts as the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Farmers jack up asking price for airport land
Business StandardSeptember 6, 2011

Of that, nearly 66 per cent is in possession of the state-run City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), the nodal authority for development. Roughly 13 per cent is government land and 424 hectares is private land. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Justice Minister Urges More Consensuses Seeking
STA - Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija (subscription)September 2, 2011

Lorraine Brennan of the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world, JAMS, which deals with trade disputes, meanwhile believes that the use of mediation will expand in the EU when it is no longer considered a sign of weakness, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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DA seeks to block release of certain records regarding Jackson's death
Los Angeles Wave NewspapersSeptember 1, 2011

As trial in the death of Michael Jackson gets ready to begin, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is trying to delay the release of certain records regarding his death that also relate to a civil litigation regarding insurance. ...more »

Animal Law
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Banning halal slaughter the right thing to do
Bikya MasrSeptember 2, 2011

Religious groups are crying foul, saying the new law is an infringement on their religious rights, but animal rights advocates have come out in support of the bill, which they say will reduce unnecessary cruelty in today's modern world. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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HTC-Apple, Oracle, Google, Eastman Kodak: Intellectual Property
BloombergSeptember 8, 2011

HTC Corp. (2498), Asia's second-biggest maker of smartphones, filed infringement claims against Apple Inc. yesterday, using patents obtained from Google Inc. last week. The nine patents originated with Palm ...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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Teacher retirements double in wake of collective bargaining
Green Bay Press GazetteSeptember 1, 2011

... first day of school across Wisconsin, many familiar faces will be gone, as teachers chose retirement over coming back in the wake of a new law that forces them to pay more for benefits while taking away most of their collective bargaining rights. ...more »

Trainee pilots in 'near collisions' 4, 2011

A Waikato Times investigation has found that three of what were classified as near collisions involved trainee pilots from the airport-based CTC Aviation flying school. In two of those incidents, trainee pilots endangered the lives of at least two of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Op-Ed: If you're a tenant in Toronto, look out! Special
DigitalJournal.comSeptember 20, 2011

The Landlord and Tenant Board has been getting a lot of flak from tenant rights groups, which state that it's working with the landlords and that tenants don't get a fair hearing. This very negative perception of the Board's role is extremely ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Foreign Transaction Costs – and 5 Other Credit Card Pet Peeves
Money Talks News (blog)September 1, 2011

Visa created a website called “Practical Money Skills For Life” that says, among other things, the following: This general “rule of thumb” helps you understand how much credit you can afford. Credit cards are loans, so avoid borrowing more than 20 ...more »

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Centennial Issues Response to Media Coverage of Lawsuits
Patch.comSeptember 2, 2011

In fact, the Right-to-Know law expressly states that records relating to investigations – including complaints, investigative materials, notes, correspondence and reports – are not public records. Turnbaugh's employment contract required nothing more ...more »

Business Law
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Puerto Rico businessman accused of laundering $7M
Sacramento BeeSeptember 3, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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University of the Rockies Extends Military Grant to More Members of the ...
Sacramento BeeSeptember 2, 2011

2, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- University of the Rockies has expanded its military grant, including tuition benefits, to cover additional members of the military community. The University of the Rockies Military Grant includes a tuition grant, a technology ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Hacking Crackdown 'Targets Dissent'
Wall Street JournalSeptember 5, 2011

Officials say illegal data transactions have been on the rise in recent months. “Penalizing these violations helps sever the profit chain of hacking and other related crimes,” the official Xinhua news agency reported this week.more »

Personal Injury
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The NHTSA says Navistar To Recall Buses… Just As School Gets Underway!
InjuryBoard.comSeptember 1, 2011

This could possibly result in an electrical short, which could cause a fire—which could result in property damage, personal injury, and/or death. This particular safety recall is expected to begin on or about September 16. No numbers were published ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Lawsuit on La. 'crime against nature' law survives
Houston ChronicleSeptember 8, 2011

Deon Haywood, executive director of Women with a Vision, echoed longstanding complaints that the law in question has been used to target gays. "The women and transgender women of our NO Justice Project have been living with the scarlet letter of 'sex ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Bad medicine: Doctors with histories of alleged malpractice often go undisciplined
Kansas City StarSeptember 4, 2011

Evidence gathered for the Chase family's lawsuit showed that on the day after the operation, Tenny had booked an operating room to perform additional surgery on Chase, but it was never done. He called his malpractice insurance company. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Error at the Heart of the Dodd-Frank Act
American Enterprise InstituteSeptember 6, 2011

Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, HR 4173, 111th Cong. (2010), §202(a)(1)(C). 9. "The Orderly Liquidation of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. under the Dodd-Frank Act," FDIC Quarterly 5, no. 2 (2011).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 »

Congress to Take Up 6-Month Highway Extension
TruckinginfoSeptember 12, 2011

1, all commercial vehicles traveling on I-70 in Colorado between milepost 133 (Edwards exit) and milepost 259 (Morrison exit) must carry sufficient chains to be in compliance with the Colorado chain law.... More > UPDATED -- Key technical details of ...more »

Sports Law
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London 2012, here we come
GhanaWebSeptember 2, 2011

The IOC suspended the Ghana Olympic Committee on 13th January 2011 because Ghana was unable to change its sports law (SMCD 54), which had promoted “political interference” by giving the authority to government to appoint the leaders of the various ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Helps Individuals Deal With Legal Issues ...
The Open Press (press release)September 1, 2011

Given the complexity of the legal system in Los Angeles, California and elsewhere, people facing troublesome times need a helping hand in the form of a skilled, experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney by their side to see to it that their ...more »

Guest Post: Tax Reform
ForbesSeptember 2, 2011

Years ago, I found myself sitting in law school in Moot Court wearing an oversized itchy blue suit. It was a horrible experience. In a desperate attempt to avoid anything like that in the future I enrolled in a tax course. I loved it. ...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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ForbesSeptember 20, 2011

But none of this provides any exception to the fraudulent transfer laws. In the end, the bankruptcy trustee argued something like, “Sharon was in financial distress when she made these transfers, and the circumstances indicate that she did it to keep ...more »

Environmental Law
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'Bloom Boxes' a blow to clean energy
The News JournalSeptember 4, 2011

"To change the definition of renewable in a state that has such a vulnerable environment is a very scary thing," said former Democratic Rep. Diana McWilliams, one of the sponsors of the 2005 law requiring Delmarva Power to buy a portion of its power ...more »

Wills & Probate
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For caregivers of older relatives, preparation is key
Bellingham HeraldSeptember 21, 2011

Beti Bergman, the founder and principal of Peninsula Law, a probate specialty law firm in Los Angeles, says, "Ask your aging relative to choose (as long as he or she has the capacity to do so) one person who will take responsibility in making sure all ...more »

Family Law
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Separating? Family law courts may not be the best route
Mayo NewsSeptember 13, 2011

Unfortunately, family law is historically an adversarial system that polarises couples in a battle for competing interests. It doesn't have to be this way. Increasingly, more and more family solicitors are training in mediation and collaborative law, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp denied for spouse of sales manager working from home
Business InsuranceSeptember 2, 2011

The spouse of a sales manager who died several days after being found unresponsive in his home office is not entitled to workers compensation benefits, a Pennsylvania appellate court has ruled. Court records in Donald Werner, Deceased vs. ...more »


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