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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 »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Union in hotel workers' fight scores legal victory
Houston ChronicleSeptember 1, 2011

25 in a decision from Administrative Law Judge Gregory Z. Meyerson in Washington, DC Meyerson ordered the Texas-based operator of the hotel to stop doing certain things, including pressuring workers to decertify the union and suspending or disciplining ...more »

Health Care Law
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Gay Partners Can Keep Arizona Health Benefits
Courthouse News ServiceSeptember 6, 2011

The federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld an injunction that bars enforcement of a 2009 law that eliminated health care coverage for domestic partners of Arizona employees. A year earlier, the state passed a voter-approved constitutional ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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August Lawyer of the Month: Bow Down Before the King
Above the LawSeptember 13, 2011

Get Above the Law updates in your inbox! By Above the Law Business Situation: Seyfarth Shaw, an AMLaw 100 Chicago firm, wanted an alternative to the Thomson West retooled version of LiveNote™, now embedded in West Case Notebook®. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lawyer ready for migration scrap
The AustralianSeptember 6, 2011

But he said a "much more difficult issue" would be amending the law to overcome the Immigration Minister's guardianship responsibilities to unaccompanied minors. "I fail to see how the government could seek to fire-proof any amendments to this act from ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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South Carolina editorial roundup
CNBC.comSeptember 13, 2011

Nikki Haley says South Carolina was "the buzz" of the Paris Air Show, and that her visit in June will reap rewards for industrial development and job recruitment. How's that going so far? The governor initially said that the state's salesmanship at the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Health Beat: Boot drive for Alzheimer's
The Daily News of NewburyportSeptember 2, 2011

Community Action Mediation Program Director Thomas Joy said North Essex Mediators is one of the oldest mediation programs in Massachusetts and works in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. NEM provides mediation services...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Firm Opens Pittsburgh Office to Serve Clients in Western Pennsylvania
Citybizlist (press release)September 8, 2011

BB&S attorneys are experienced in a multitude of areas including insurance coverage and bad faith, special investigations and fraud, premises liability and construction litigation, products liability, automobile insurance and liability, employment law, ...more »

Animal Law
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How much is that designer doggie?
Northern Rivers EchoSeptember 8, 2011

Southern Cross University law student Anna Ludvik is an animal protection advocate and she wants to see more public awareness about what puppy farms are and get people thinking more about the animals in our lives. Anna is involved with the Animal Law...more »

Intellectual Property
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Vedder Price: Magotteaux a Critical Reminder for Businesses to Protect ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 7, 2011

Vedder Price PC is a business-oriented law firm composed of 265 attorneys with offices in Chicago, New York and Washington, DC The firm offers clients a wide range of services in three core practice areas: Corporate, Labor & Employment and Litigation. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Four partners at Clark Fountain named Best Lawyers in America
TCPalmSeptember 26, 2011

The attorneys are Mark Clark, recognized in the areas of personal injury litigation, products liability litigation and medical malpractice litigation, Donald R. Fountain, Jr., recognized in the area of personal injury, Nancy La Vista, recognized in the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Really? Affirmative Action for Ugly People?
Opposing ViewsSeptember 7, 2011

University of Texas economics professor Daniel Hamermesh, author of "Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful" is proposing an affirmative action-type program for ugly people, who are often ...more »

Wait for FDI from foreign carriers to continue
Hindustan TimesSeptember 4, 2011

PTI Indian carriers hoping to attract investments from foreign airlines may have to wait longer as the government is yet to finalise its stand on a civil aviation ministry proposal sent three years ago. The proposal to allow foreign airlines to invest ...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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Civil War re-enactors offer taste of history
Fremont News MessengerSeptember 17, 2011

Many re-enactors credit friends or relatives with piquing their interest in the hobby. Tim Dabrunz, of Fremont, said he became interested in re-enacting through his brother-in-law and his daughter, Julie Stawowy. Dabrunz's unit runs a cannon crew, ...more »

Litigation
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Viewer's Guide to Texas Redistricting Litigation: What's Coming Up
Burnt Orange ReportSeptember 5, 2011

Trial in the first of two big lawsuits over Texas redistricting starts bright and early at 8:00 am this Tuesday morning in San Antonio's federal courthouse. Here's a quick guide to who's who and what's what. The legislative association of the current ...more »

Business Law
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Twitter contests ad company's 'tweets' trademark
RegisterSeptember 14, 2011

Twittad owns the trademark "Let Your Ad Meet Tweets". It is a company that "offers online advertising services specifically for use on Twitter and in connection with Twitter's services," Twitter's legal filing said. Twitter is a micro-blogging social ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Park University Earns 'Military Friendly' Distinction By GI Jobs
Park UniversitySeptember 13, 2011

The list recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students. Schools on the 2012 Military Friendly Schools list offer additional benefits to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cristian Fernandez case: As someone surfed Internet, tot's life was slipping away
Florida Times-UnionSeptember 16, 2011

As both mother and son await separate trials, the newly released documents provided more details about the day of the crime. They also sparked questions about who was behind the Toshiba's keyboard. Police records show Susana got to St. Luke's at 5:25 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury and Litigation Attorney Rafael M. Diaz Joins LaBovick Law Group
Einnews PortugalSeptember 19, 2011

The LaBovick Law Group is pleased to announce that Rafael M. Diaz, Esq., has joined the firm's Personal Injury and Litigation Division. Mr. Diaz's practice is focused on personal injury, auto accidents, truck accidents, rollovers, and wrongful death. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge: Florida's drug possession law is constitutional; rejects 'guilty mind ...
Sun-SentinelSeptember 8, 2011

In a move that disappointed but didn't surprise defense attorneys, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a state drug law that is used in roughly a third of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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MOBILE DOCTORS : AJAG publishes robust rebuttal to ABI's case
4-traders (press release)September 5, 2011

It is the main, and often only, recourse available to victims of breaches of privacy like phone hacking, those who have suffered from professional negligence, victims of asbestos poisoning, the families of those killed at work, consumers, ...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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Real-estate sector jittery over new land acquisition law
Economic TimesSeptember 5, 2011

It is an absolutely mindless idea to bring private land acquisition under this act," said Lalit Kumar Jain, national president of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (Credai). The bill, which seeks to replace colonial era ...more »

Dechert Hires Bank Counsel to Run New Outsourcing Practice; It's Vivian ...
ABA JournalSeptember 12, 2011

It is intended to help investment bank clients with the increasingly complex compliance issues raised by the Dodd-Frank Act concerning financial institutions that contract to have work done overseas, explains a law firm press release. ...more »

Sports Law
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NFLPA chief: Players have questions about HGH test
Houston ChronicleSeptember 8, 2011

NFLPA football chief DeMaurice Smith speaks during a panel discussion at the Sports Law Symposium at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. They addressed issues including concussions and labor in football. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Probe Into Goldman Widens
Wall Street JournalSeptember 7, 2011

Mr. Blankfein hired Reid Weingarten, a top criminal defense attorney at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, who has represented a number of top executives such as former WorldCom Inc. Chief Executive Bernard Ebbers and former Enron accounting officer Richard ...more »

Lawyer Jay Sekulow's Christian Calling Comes with Big Payday
ABA JournalSeptember 6, 2011

•$2.74 million in private jet lease payments to companies owned by Jay Sekulow and his sister-in-law, Kim Sekulow. The companies also earned $2.89 million for space rental, media production and administrative work. The tax lawyer for ACLJ, ...more »

Law Professor Sues University of Pittsburgh for Age Discrimination, New York ...
U.S. Politics TodaySeptember 2, 2011

Brown's teaching contract was not renewed for the 2008-09 academic year. At the end of the 2007-2008 school year, he was given the law school's Excellence in Teaching award. Some New York civil rights violation lawyers and The National Law Journal note ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Thinking about expanding your business?
Smart Business NetworkSeptember 10, 2011

Determining whether NAFTA rules of origin are satisfied (and supplying documentation if they are) will avoid potential civil liability for non-compliance with customs laws and manage customs costs. As Canada's Export and Import Permits Act imposes ...more »

Environmental Law
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More False Hope About Renewable Energies That Consumers Reject
ForbesSeptember 19, 2011

, CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research, says that alternative energy sources fail the cost, reliability and scalability tests. Americans seek affordable energy and expect greater fiscal prudence from Washington. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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A comprehensive Will is the only way to handle your legacy
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineSeptember 24, 2011

Drawing from his long experience, Dr Israni talked about how to prepare a comprehensive Will, and how to complete all the requisite nomination & transmission formalities for both movable and immovable properties. He explained terms like probate, ...more »

Family Law
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Fathers Day present from hell
On Line opinionSeptember 1, 2011

In the lead up to Fathers Day this Sunday I received a call from a grandmother who was in tears because of what her son was going through in the Family Law Court. Her son, she told me, is a devoted dad ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Chiropractor gets jail time for workers' comp fraud
FOX19September 6, 2011

The investigation by BWC and Attorney General Mike DeWine's office, dubbed 'Operation Backbreaker,' has already resulted in the conviction of four of Holaday's associates for their role in the scheme to defraud the state's workers' compensation system. ...more »

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