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Solar Firm Aided by Federal Loans Shuts Doors
New York TimesSeptember 1, 2011

Two other American solar companies, Evergreen Solar and SpectraWatt, also sought bankruptcy protection in August, and both said competition from Chinese companies had contributed to their financial problems. In the case of Solyndra, some experts said ...more »

Feds, EFF Clash in Appeals Court Hearing on NSA Spying
Wired News (blog)September 1, 2011

...lawyers while entertaining arguments here Wednesday concerning dozens of dismissed lawsuits alleging the National Security Agency illegally vacuumed American's internet traffic and telephone calls from every major US telecommunication company. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Social media emerges as battleground for protected speech at work
Chicago TribuneSeptember 2, 2011

"This is clearly an area of focus and interest," said Aaron Gelb, an attorney at Chicago law firm Vedder Price, who represents employers in labor disputes. "Until employers recognize what the issues are, everybody is going to be feeling their way ...more »

Health Care Law
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Santa Rosa Health Centers to start nurse practitioner residency program
North Bay Business JournalSeptember 5, 2011

Health officials across the country have warned of a looming primary care provider shortage, particularly after the federal health care overhaul. The law will extend health care to about 32 million Americans. In Sonoma County, roughly 45000 new ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Local industries respond to Jones Act waivers
Daily Comet (blog)September 2, 2011

At least 46 foreign ships moved the oil, a practice that advocates say violates the Jones Act, which mandates domestic cargo move on US-flagged ships, unless they are unavailable during a national security crisis. "The waivers deny work to American ...more »

Immigration Law
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The Edge of Immigration
The Cutting EdgeSeptember 5, 2011

For a year, much of it while the boy remained in jail, Podkul shepherded the process of petitioning US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and asking that the youth be granted a visa for trafficking victims who cooperate with law enforcement. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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When Sunoco leaves, what might go up at South Phila. site? | Philadelphia ...
Philadelphia InquirerSeptember 8, 2011

John Grady, president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., which last year completed a study of the city's remaining industrial land, was skeptical of putting housing where the refinery now stands. "I think you have some significant ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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EU online shoppers double in number but changes to laws needed, new study says
Out-Law.comSeptember 1, 2011

There is no right to return customer-specified or personalised products under the provisions of the proposed new laws. Current UK law says that distance-sold goods can be returned within seven days. EU ministers must approve the proposed new Directive ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Nortel agrees $21.5m settlement of ERISA litigation
Total TelecomSeptember 2, 2011

Funds for the settlement will come from Chubb Insurance Co., according to a filing Thursday in the US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. Nortel filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2009, brought down by the recession. It abandoned an effort to ...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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NTT DoCoMo, Allergan, Microsoft, Apple: Intellectual Property
BloombergSeptember 9, 2011

Microsoft has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements since the company began its intellectual-property licensing program in December 2003. Marshall Phelps joined Microsoft in 2003 after a 28-year career with International Business Machines ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Laid off Yuba worker sues, claiming retaliation for asbestos whistle-blowing
Appeal-DemocratSeptember 2, 2011

A lawsuit filed by a former Yuba County employee says he discovered asbestos problems in the county courthouse, told state regulators about them, and was laid-off in retaliation for whistle-blowing. The federal suit ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Tories keep barking about Grits' 'affirmative action subsidy'
Hamilton SpectatorSeptember 14, 2011

“When McGuinty unveiled his platform, he made it clear that this was his affirmative action subsidy for these people. His position was very clear,” Witmer said, speaking at Elms' campaign headquarters Wednesday morning. “When Dalton McGuinty offers a ...more »

Bill to avert shutdown of aviation and highway programs clears House
Washington TimesSeptember 13, 2011

The House on Tuesday passed a stopgap funding bill to avert a shutdown of federal aviation and highway programs, with the Senate expected to approve the measure later this week. With Federal Aviation Administration funding set to expire ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Re: Fashola, on tenancy law
Daily SunSeptember 9, 2011

Finally, let me add a comment on the cheap emotional rubbish that has been peddled to support this law. It is claimed tenants don't pay rent in advance in any other country. This is utter nonsense. When you take a lease of a property for 2, 5, 10, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Loanpitstop Website Reviews 2011
The Open Press (press release)September 1, 2011

Applying for a loan is strenuous enough process; doing so with a bad credit history can seem like an impossible task. Everyone has problems at one time or another in their lives and some people handle the problems better than others. ...more »

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GE Gets Wrapped Up in FHFA Litigation With Banks (GE)
24/7 Wall St. (blog)September 7, 2011

It is not just the banks getting wrapped up in this latest FHFA litigation notice. General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) has issued a release this morning showing that it was also caught up in the FHFA actions. The notice, from GE Reports, is as follows: ...more »

Business Law
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China's regulators may force Baidu to be more like Google
VentureBeatSeptember 2, 2011

China Central Television's recent attacks on Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) may lead to new regulations that force China's largest search engine to separate paid advertising from organic search results more clearly. On August 15, 2011, CCTV aired a half-hour ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Student Veterans and Sept. 11
Inside Higher EdSeptember 9, 2011

“My main reason for joining the military was so I could get the college benefits,” Leys says. “It kind of changed after 9/11. It was more so about -- I guess it made me proud to be in the military and go to war, and all of the things that came with it. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police officer trained for computer investigations
TMC NetSeptember 7, 2011

With the availability of the Internet, computer crimes can and do occur everywhere, from large cities such as New York to small towns like Franklin. "The Internet has made crime in these arenas very localized," McFadden said. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Maritime Law Permitted Claim For Personal Injury Punitive Damages
Gulf Coast MaritimeSeptember 1, 2011

Lobegeiger sued Celebrity Cruises and other defendants in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, where she alleged a variety of personal injury claims. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Caribbean Cruise Ltd. (Cruise Lines) ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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No Promised Concession in NC Gay Marriage Amendment (blog)September 24, 2011

Michael Gerhardt, a constitutional law expert at UNC-Chapel Hill, said it's not just semantics. It opens the amendment to further legal challenge and interpretation by the courts – and the courts would likely favor what appeared on the ballot, he said. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Nashville People in Business
The TennesseanSeptember 18, 2011

Tom Wiseman, a founding member of Wiseman Ashworth Law Group PLC, received top Band 1 ranking for his medical malpractice defense litigation practice in Chambers USA, a directory of recommended lawyers and law firms. Tim Strickland has joined ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Senate refuses to consider Obama nominees
Washington PostSeptember 2, 2011

Community banks have to compete with many of these entities, and they will continue to suffer from unfair competition and pressure to do things they would rather not do if the new bureau is not able to assume its full powers. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Judge denies WexTrust receiver's deal with law firm
The Virginian-PilotSeptember 3, 2011

The federal judge overseeing the recovery of funds for WexTrust Capital investors rejected a proposed settlement with the Chicago law firm that advised WexTrust on several of its flawed securities offerings. An agreement the WexTrust ...more »

Pellet export conference focuses on important contract terms
Biomass Power and ThermalSeptember 8, 2011

CIF contracts are the opposite, he added, saying the buyer takes over responsibilities upon discharge of the pellets off the ship. Simmons continued into a list of contract aspects, beginning with basic commercial terms that will need to be agreed upon ...more »

Sports Law
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Brown blocks youth helmet law for snow sports
Sacramento BeeSeptember 7, 2011

The Democratic governor says "not every human problem deserves a law." SB105 by Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat, would have allowed $25 fines for parents whose children didn't wear helmets. He cited statistics showing half of reported ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge poised to make call on Clemens
Boston GlobeSeptember 2, 2011

“It would be hard to make the case that the prosecutors deliberately did this so they would have a second bite at the apple,'' said David Rossman, a Boston University School of Law professor and criminal defense attorney. “I'd be surprised if the judge ...more »

Congress Breaks Out Thesaurus for Super-Committee
ForbesSeptember 17, 2011

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

Sheena Hastings: Employers must wake up to changes in retirement date
Yorkshire PostSeptember 15, 2011

“There are two compelling reasons why employers need to spend some serious time examining age in their workforce. First, recent statistics from the Tribunal Service show that the number of age discrimination claims accepted by employment tribunals in ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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FGIC, Lehman, Madoff, A&P, Borders, Gateway Metro: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekSeptember 13, 2011

19, 2008, in the same court, with a trustee appointed under the Securities Investor Protection Act. The Lehman holding company Chapter 11 case is In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., 08-13555, while the liquidation proceeding under the Securities ...more »

Environmental Law
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After Nuclear Mishap, Japan Debates Energy Future
NPRSeptember 6, 2011

7:00 pm ET Japan faces a dilemma: the country lacks natural resources and relies heavily on nuclear power. But in the wake of the nuclear accident in March, 70 percent of Japanese now say they want to phase out atomic energy. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Open day at crematorium
Chelmsford Weekly NewsSeptember 9, 2011

Between 10am and 4pm, there will be a programme of activities, including guided tours, how to trace families using burial and cremation records, talks on wills and probate, headstone safety testing and gem cutting demonstrations. ...more »

Family Law
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FAMILY LAW: Same-sex marriage — be careful what you wish for
Wisconsin Law JournalSeptember 12, 2011

Some of these benefits can be extended by a domestic partnership law enacted by an individual state. Others, particularly those involving federal law like retirement plan divisions and Social Security benefits, cannot be extend without amendments to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Washington L&I: Reforms Create Opportunity to Restore Workers' Comp Reserves
Occupational Health & SafetySeptember 15, 2011

"It's critical that we restore the workers' comp reserves. Savings from the reforms create an opportunity to do this without large rate increases," said L&I Director Judy Schurke. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently asked the ...more »


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