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Richmond Car Accident Attorneys Encouraged By Virginia's Reduction in DUI ... (press release)September 1, 2011

Although that figure was down from 294 fatalities in 2008, hundreds of people are still losing their lives because of entirely preventable behavior, the law firm says. The Virginia auto accident attorneys at Marks & Harrison urge motorists to pay heed ...more »

Hatch says country would be in better shape if GOP was in charge
Daily HeraldSeptember 1, 2011

Camp specifically worried the provisions in the act that call for the IRS to be involved in the funding of the health care plans won't turn out to be efficient or helpful for the federal government. Hatch and Camp both declared that changing the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge Rules That Workers Fired for Facebook Posting Must Be Rehired
WGRZ-TVSeptember 7, 2011

BUFFALO, NY - In the first ruling of its kind, a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge has found that a Buffalo nonprofit organization unlawfully discharged five employees after they posted comments on Facebook concerning working ...more »

Health Care Law
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Conference examines constitutionality of health care law, Sept. 16
Duke UniversitySeptember 2, 2011

“Some of the most prominent constitutional law and health law scholars in the United States will gather at Duke Law School to analyze the constitutionality of an enormously consequential federal law — the Affordable Care Act — whose legal fate will ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Legal responses to 9/11 still in flux
Law.comSeptember 3, 2011

11, 2001, then-Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor kept a long-standing commitment to help dedicate a new building at New York University School of Law. She visited Ground Zero first, and told her NYU audience, "I am still tearful from that ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration enforcement set up
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionSeptember 2, 2011

The board stems from Georgia's new immigration enforcement law -- formerly known as House Bill 87 -- much of which went into effect July 1. The newly appointed members include an anti-illegal immigration activist, a sheriff, some attorneys and several ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Renewable energy law may be revised
ABS CBN NewsSeptember 6, 2011

A few months ago the DOE requested the World Bank to bring in some experts and review the law. Clearly they have identified areas that could be improved," Almendras said. The Philippines already has one of the highest industrial power rates in Asia, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Calif. cap-and-trade proposal criticized as inadequate, harmful to industry
Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production MagazineSeptember 1, 2011

"These decisions will be made unilaterally without public process," the California Chamber said. "Regulated parties should have a fair, transparent process by which to appeal a decision through an autonomous dispute resolution process prior to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lawsuit against Evergreen Lakeport Healthcare moves to mediation
Lake County NewsSeptember 26, 2011

As one example, he said facilities looking for insurance are facing higher premiums because of the suits. The association also argues that the state's licensed convalescent facilities are highly regulated and are meeting state and federal requirements ...more »

Animal Law
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In California, Foie Gras Will Soon Be a Faux Pas
BusinessWeekSeptember 8, 2011

A state law banning the delicacy pits animal-rights activists against chefs. Even big fines won't stop some from satisfying their high-end customers By Alison Vekshin Gary Danko pan-sears a thick slice of duck liver in the kitchen of his San Francisco ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Australia's innovation patent system under review
Clayton UtzSeptember 5, 2011

On 17 August, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) published an issues paper, “Review of the Innovation Patent System”. The closing date for submissions is 14 October 2011. Innovation patents provide a means of patent protection for a ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Chadbourne & Parke Strengthens IP Practice With Addition of Brian Pollack
PR Newswire (press release)September 1, 2011

... and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, executive compensation and employee benefits, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates, and government contract matters. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Byo pressure group demands affirmative action on firms
The Zimbabwe StandardSeptember 4, 2011

BY NQOBANI NDLOVU BULAWAYO — A local pressure group, Ibhetshu LikaZulu, has begun a process of engaging management at companies operating in the city over their employment policies. The group says it wants to lobby the companies to adopt policies with ...more »

Ratan Tata readies plan to enter aviation business
Times of IndiaSeptember 1, 2011

MUMBAI: Ratan Tata may have given up plans to get into civil aviation but the chairman of the $72 billion Tata Group is putting pieces together to be a major player in the general aviation space. Tata, a trained pilot, is working out deals with ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Equality Act: complete renovation or papering over the cracks?
The Guardian (blog)September 1, 2011

Photograph: Alamy The court of appeal heard a case earlier this year that could ultimately change the way the housing sector is forced to respond to equality law. It involved a disabled tenant of a social landlord in Manchester, who claimed for ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Madoff Trustee Defends JPMorgan Suit
TheStreet.comSeptember 2, 2011

There have been a myriad cases in which courts have recognized the authority of bankruptcy trustees to bring common law claims, the lawyers said. "Allowing the defendants to escape liability for their knowing and devastating conduct would be to give a ...more »

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Esquire Solutions Announces Sale of Esquire Litigation Solutions Business Unit ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 6, 2011

6, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Esquire Solutions, an Alexander Gallo Holdings company, today announced an agreement to sell the assets from its Esquire Litigation Solutions (ELS) Business Unit to Document Technologies, Inc. (DTI) as part of its ...more »

Business Law
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Md. Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Fla. to Federal Teen-Sex Enticement-Attempt Charge
ABA JournalSeptember 1, 2011

In addition to practicing family and business law, he ran an entertainment company and billed himself as a "master balloon entertainer" and magician. He also combined his love of camping with holiday events, using the woods near the family's home in ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lee calls for ending employment discrimination against non-college graduates
Yonhap NewsSeptember 2, 2011

During the meeting, the labor ministry reported to Lee that it will carry out measures to expand benefits for those who have only graduated from high school as they serve in the military or seek employment. The benefits include placing male graduates ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Elk Grove Man Admits to Producing Child Porn
Elk Grove CitizenSeptember 10, 2011

The Elk Grove police along with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office investigated Dayley, leading to his arrest in 2009. “It took two years getting there, but it's a great job by the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Capping Governments' Liability for Accidents Adds to Victims' Suffering
InjuryBoard.comSeptember 6, 2011

Virginia (VA), North Carolina (NC), and South Carolina (SC), are three states in which my Virginia Beach-based personal injury and wrongful death attorney colleagues and I hold licenses to represent plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death...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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Smith Moore Leatherwood Announces 63 of Firm's Attorneys Named The Best ...
dBusinessNews Atlanta (press release)September 6, 2011

... William L. Dennis (15): Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Trusts and Estates • Steven E. Farrar: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law (Defendants), Construction Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law (Defendants) ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Good, the Bad and the Uncertain of Dodd-Frank
BankInvestmentConsultant.comSeptember 1, 2011

The sweeping Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act includes some 400 rules that were supposed to be in place by this summer. But regulators are far behind on their deadline. (Less than half those rules have been finalized. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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SRC to offer continuing education opportunities for realtors at local campuses
McDonough VoiceSeptember 25, 2011

Class includes NEW questions on the NEW license law. Will you be asked to “come on down?” Going Green in Real Estate will be held on Friday, September 30th from 1-4 pm at the SRC Canton Outreach Center. This is a 3-hour Elective course for Realtors. ...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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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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Experts: Court Case Impact Negligible
Fort Smith Times RecordSeptember 6, 2011

Fort Smith attorney Joseph Self, a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, agreed with his colleagues that the Perry case — regardless of how it's decided — will have minimal if any impact in Arkansas. “I didn't see anything there that's ...more »

Tenn. lawyer's family, firm collect millions from charities
USA TodaySeptember 5, 2011

Today both charities operate under the name American Center for Law and Justice. When supporters send donations to ACLJ, the funds actually go to CASE, which handles the fundraising for both groups, tax records show. Borochoff worries that donors will ...more »

Child Hanged in Public as Ahmadinejad Prepares for his General Assembly Speech
Huffington Post (blog)September 21, 2011

Prosecutors have charged journalists with offenses that on their face violate the right to freedom of expression, such as “propaganda against the regime.” Courts in these cases have handed down heavy prison terms, flogging, and work bans. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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On The Beat: Man Has History Of Stealing Drugs
Rockdale CitizenSeptember 6, 2011

Walmart asset protection officers said it was the man's second offense and they banned him from all Walmarts, Sam's Clubs and Murphy USA facilities. His parents were on location at the time he was arrested. A CPD officer worked a minor wreck and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Measures ease environmental permit process
The Desert SunSeptember 2, 2011

Pérez, who chairs the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy, said his law will provide the regulatory stability developers look for when siting their projects. “Smart policy choices such as this new law will help encourage a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Is this the end of the beginning?
Cambridge NewsSeptember 14, 2011

What if wills and probate largely went a similar way or to the Co-op? There is no doubt that clever advisory services will remain for the intellectually gifted lawyer who can provide pragmatic solutions to the corporate or individual, but what if those ...more »

Family Law
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If he seeks re-election, Gilbert owes voters an explanation
Your Houston NewsSeptember 4, 2011

While no attorney has formally announced intentions to run for Gilbert's seat, which is up for election next year, and Gilbert at least has not told the media whether he will seek re-election, the timing of the paternity case will put a cloud over any ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Chronic pain workers comp claims increasing for employers
Business InsuranceSeptember 11, 2011

Chronic pain is an infrequent but growing aspect of workers compensation claims, but employers need concrete programs with measurable outcomes to respond to and reduce those types of injuries. Dr. Gary Franklin, medical director for the Department of ...more »


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