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Obama makes Trump's case on affirmative action
WND.comSeptember 1, 2011

In April of this year, after persistent badgering by MSNBC's Chris Matthews, veteran commentator Pat Buchanan said the obvious about President Barack Obama: "I think he's affirmative action all the way." Matthews had been goading Buchanan to defend ...more »

Naples couple indicted, accused of withholding $600000 from IRS
Naples Daily NewsSeptember 1, 2011

8 by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, 11 counts of failure pay employment taxes and one count of obstructing the IRS, according to Department of Justice press release. The indictment alleges the Chaudhuris, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Nashville megachurch wants all its facilities tax-exempt
The TennesseanSeptember 3, 2011

Alliance Defense Fund lawyer Erik Stanley noted that state law exempts college bookstores, hospital gift shops and “family wellness centers” from paying property taxes. “In each of these instances, facilities similarly situated are granted a property ...more »

Health Care Law
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IRS Praised For Tax Oversight Of Health Care Law
Tax-news.comSeptember 27, 2011

The division of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) responsible for tax oversight of tax-exempt organizations has made effective plans for the implementation of the new health care law, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Alberta Chief Justice Clarifies Conflict Rules
BlakesSeptember 13, 2011

The court held that Nova's purported consent did not qualify as the type of generic agreement sufficient to allow Bennett Jones to act without more. In addition, the court held that the specific retainer contemplated was never within the contemplation ...more »

Immigration Law
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'Rewriting of Act' puts offshore deals in doubt
ABC OnlineSeptember 1, 2011

It is unlikely, however, it will redraft the Immigration Act to allow offshore processing because the Greens, who control the Senate, would be certain to block such a bill. However Nauru, which will ratify the United Nations Refugee Convention this ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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India's Apex Court Leaves Gujarat Riot Case to Trial Court
Wall Street JournalSeptember 12, 2011

Though he has been re-elected twice and has won plaudits for the state's rapid growth and industrial development, allegations that Mr. Modi looked the other way as a massacre ensued in his state have stunted his ability to pursue national office, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Griego: Jefferson County court supports fathers' efforts to pay support for ...
Denver PostSeptember 4, 2011

From here, fathers are connected to existing substance-abuse treatment, free mediation services, vocational rehab, workforce development, GED and fatherhood programs. The team has plans to add financial literacy classes, as well. ...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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Montague Says New Food Safety Act Will Cover Imports
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceSeptember 23, 2011

... that animals and animal products, intended for trade, meet the minimum required international standards,” he stated. Mr. Montague said this is necessary, in light of the Food Safety Modernization Act recently signed into law in the United States. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Monster $1.3b Oracle copyright award thrown out by judge
New Zealand HeraldSeptember 1, 2011

Oracle was awarded $US1.3 billion by a jury last year in its intellectual property dispute with German IT company SAP. But a judge has now thrown out this award, saying $272m is more appropriate. Photo / AP A US judge has tossed out a $US1.3 billion ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Pangea3 Dedicates Taskforce to Mortgage-Backed Securities ("MBS") Document Review
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

The Pangea3 Mortgage-Backed Securities Taskforce is spearheaded by senior US litigators with experience managing complex securities litigation at the nation's top law firms and is supported by over 200 full-time attorneys. Since 2010, members of the ...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 »

Newly Published Audio Provides Real-Time View of 9/11 Attacks
New York TimesSeptember 8, 2011

11, an airliner that had vanished from all the tracking tools of modern aviation suddenly became visible in its final seconds to the people who had been trying to find it. Miles Kara, who worked as an investigator for the 9/11 Commission, tracked down ...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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Bankruptcy Calculations and Proceedings Call for an Experienced Attorney
Law Firm Newswire (press release)September 16, 2011

“If you do something like that, you may have your case dismissed by a bankruptcy judge if you can't follow the guidelines as enumerated in bankruptcy law.” These days, bankruptcy is pretty much a black and white process, meaning a person either is or ...more »

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Pangea3 Dedicates Taskforce to Mortgage-Backed Securities ("MBS") Document Review
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

The Pangea3 Mortgage-Backed Securities Taskforce is spearheaded by senior US litigators with experience managing complex securities litigation at the nation's top law firms and is supported by over 200 full-time attorneys. Since 2010, members of the ...more »

Business Law
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Tobacco industry case up in smoke
HealthCanal.comSeptember 14, 2011

The threatened litigation by the tobacco industry against proposed plain packaging laws is part of a larger strategy of seeking to frustrate the regulation of tobacco advertising and branding, according to a leading intellectual property expert. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Organization finds jobs for SWFL military vets
WZVN-TVSeptember 3, 2011

Tens of thousands of military veterans from every branch call Southwest Florida home. And many of them are out of work with some of their benefits frozen. "The water bills go up, the electric bills go up. Everything goes up, but we're on a freeze. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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How an IP address led to an international child-porn investigation.
Monterey County WeeklySeptember 15, 2011

This gap in local knowledge is frequently filled by the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), which covers 11 counties and encompasses 76 law enforcement agencies. In the first five months of 2011, ICAC investigated 216 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Did You Know... Missouri Trial Lawyers Continue To Help Joplin Residents After ...
InjuryBoard.comSeptember 5, 2011

It seems like personal injury lawyers are often the subject of ridicule and positive stories like this one don't get told. As a proud member of MATA's ERT, I am incredibly pleased to share these success stories. Lawyers and non-lawyers can show your ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama tears up the Constitution
Washington TimesSeptember 16, 2011

The Fifth Amendment: The Constitution guarantees that no one is deprived of his or her property without “due process of law” or “just compensation.” The National Labor Relations Board's absurd order to the Boeing Co. not to open a newly built ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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RRGs thriving 25 years after law's passage
Business InsuranceSeptember 4, 2011

Five years earlier, lawmakers approved the Product Liability Risk Retention Act to establish the special group captives that—under a pre-emption provision in the law—can write policies for member-owners nationwide after meeting the licensing...more »

Consumer Protection
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Watchdog shows car firms red light
Times LIVESeptember 3, 2011

When the faults persisted, she said she was assured of a refund by the dealer principal and franchise manager - but that the dealership later reneged on this. Tim Pearce, attorney for Datcentre Motors, which owns Datcentre Pietermaritzburg Fiat, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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NYC's Liu Keeps $32 Million in Pension Costs Secret as Openness Has Limits
BloombergSeptember 7, 2011

The $41.8-billion New York City Employees Retirement System, whose 347000 members are the most of any US municipal retirement fund, reported $28.8 million in such expenses for private-equity investments and $3.1 million for real estate in the fiscal ...more »

The Post-Labor Day Letdown
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 5, 2011

"I really get into the joy of life on vacation and it always takes me awhile to get back into the joy of contract law," says Helen Bender, a law professor in New York. There are few studies or statistics on the end-of-summer malaise, but therapists, ...more »

Sports Law
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Minister for sports facilities to cops
Pakistan ObserverSeptember 22, 2011

This he said while inaugurating the renovated police squash court at police sports complex, Malik Saad Shaheed police line Peshawar today. The police chief informed that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police besides maintaining law and order has also exhibited ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Drew Peterson criminal defense team says allegations against civil attorney...
PR NewsChannel (press release)September 20, 2011

The following is a statement from lead attorney Joel A. Brodsky, and the criminal defense team representing Drew Peterson. “While Walter Maksym has represented Drew Peterson in two unrelated civil matters, he is not, and never has been, involved with ...more »

IRS Shows Off New Look
ForbesSeptember 27, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. 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. ...more »

Threats 'may mean five years' jail'
The Press AssociationSeptember 20, 2011

Mrs Cunningham said she was also open to extending the discriminatory remarks to cover those based on age and gender as well as to bring it in line with other discrimination legislation. Committee member John Lamont, the Conservatives' justice ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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BofA, JPMorgan, Costco, TCW, Liberty Mutual, UBS in Court News
BusinessWeekSeptember 19, 2011

The option of seeking court protection exists because the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank maintained a separate legal identity for the subprime lender after the 2008 acquisition, said the people, who declined to be identified because the plans are ...more »

Environmental Law
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Ygrene Energy Fund Florida Awarded Landmark Energy Retrofit Program
Sacramento BeeSeptember 8, 2011

PACE operates under State law and allows property owners to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and wind-hardening retrofits on their buildings. Besides benefiting property owners through reduced energy and insurance bills, the programs provide ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Estate Executors: An Honor...and a Pain
Wall Street JournalSeptember 18, 2011

An executor administers a will through probate, a court process that involves accounting for assets, paying bills and distributing property as the deceased person wished. Doing this usually takes a year or two for midsize estates, but can stretch as ...more »

Family Law
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Family practice: two couples, two generations, four attorneys
Tillamook Headlight HeraldSeptember 21, 2011

Albright & Kittell has long focused on civil and family law. Michael brings a bit more civil litigation experience, and Taylor brings expertise in mediation and collaborative divorce. Michael said he loves working with his parents - and while it's ...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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