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Lawfuel (press release)September 1, 2011

Villalobos faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for his conviction of obstructing a grand jury proceeding, and another potential 20 years in federal prison for his conviction of attempted extortion by blackmail. ...more »

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Financial-Planning.comSeptember 1, 2011

Thomas believes "most financial planners simply won't address estate tax planning with sufficient vigor [because] there is no incentive to pursue this type of planning. Some planners would love to do really complete plans, but struggle to get clients ...more »

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Administrative Law
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FCC Expresses Concern on AT&T Deal as Justice Challenge Unfolds
BusinessWeekSeptember 1, 2011

A vote to challenge a merger sends the deal to an administrative law judge at the FCC, who decides whether to accept the commissioners' action. That process would take “months at the very least,” Andrew Jay Schwartzman, policy director of Media Access ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health Care Without Harm Disappointed Over Postponing of Ozone Regulation Update
MarketWatch (press release)September 2, 2011

Gary Cohen, founder and president of Health Care Without Harm, issued the following statement in response to President Obama's decision to postpone EPA's updating of the regulation of ozone, as required by the Clean Air Act. "We are deeply disappointed ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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MDL court rules on availability of punitive damages in Gulf oil spill litigation
Lexology (registration)September 7, 2011

The court reasoned that Congress had not occupied the entire field of oil spill liability in light of the OPA provision preserving admiralty and maritime law, “except as otherwise provided.” OPA does not mention punitive damages; thus, while punitive ...more »

Immigration Law
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Stalemate over Australia asylum
BBC NewsSeptember 19, 2011

Australia's opposition rejected the government's proposed immigration law changes, as PM Julia Gillard scrambled to salvage a controversial asylum plan. Ms Gillard had presented redrafted legislation to the opposition as she sought support for her ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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FNCCI flays tax evaders
Himalayan TimesSeptember 4, 2011

“Trade unions cannot be ignored for industrial development but the politically motivated trade union and the intra-party rift has hurt the industrial environment,” he said, asking to create industry-friendly environment for mutual benefits. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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San Francisco's Christopher Sawyer, Divorce Attorney, Receives Super Lawyer's ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)September 3, 2011

Sawyer is a trained divorce mediator and experienced San Francisco divorce attorney providing full-service divorce and family law mediation services. He has been by the Super Lawyers Magazine to be among a group of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Directors and officers lawsuits increase for midsize firms
Business InsuranceSeptember 18, 2011

CHICAGO—Although lawsuits charging directors and officers of large, publicly traded companies with malfeasance may capture the headlines, experts say middle-market and small firms also are becoming frequent targets of such litigation. ...more »

Animal Law
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Escambia Considering New Animal Control Regulations
NorthEscambia.comSeptember 1, 2011

Escambia County is considering new animal control laws, and animal control activists are lobbying against one portion of the new rules. Under the county's current law, no animal over six months old can be tied, chained or otherwise tethered outdoors ...more »

Intellectual Property
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INDUSTRY: Outdoor Channel subsidiary wins intellectual property suit
Press-EnterpriseSeptember 13, 2011

An Outdoor Channel Holdings subsidiary has won an intellectual property lawsuit against a former employee who left and started a company that made a similar product, according to a statement. The former employee, Ronald Bennett, left SkyCam, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of ...
Bradenton HeraldSeptember 26, 2011

Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, LLP are investigating the acquisition of Superclick, Inc. (“Superclick” or “SPCK”) (OTC:SPCK) by SC Acquisition Co, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action faces new challenge
Milwaukee Journal SentinelSeptember 15, 2011

A friend in Madison sent a gleeful message about a recent affirmative action protest at the state's largest university. Like me, she's long past her college days but remembers vividly when affirmative action was the hot button cause of the time. ...more »

US Court Case Reveals Details Of Secret CIA Rendition Flights
RTT NewsSeptember 1, 2011

(RTTNews) - A four-year-old battle between two US aviation firms have revealed details of secret CIA "rendition flights" for transporting terror suspects across the world for interrogation after the 9/11 terror attacks. The legal battle involving New ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Live and Local Legal hour
KDWNSeptember 6, 2011

Her focus includes corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, real property purchase and sales, financing, distressed property foreclosures, modifications and litigation, and landlord tenant matters. A prolific and published writer, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Remove stench of corruption
Times LIVESeptember 17, 2011

In the post-Cold War era, BAE and other European arms manufacturers were facing bankruptcy. They targeted South Africa to destabilise our still fragile democracy. As early as 1998, there were allegations in the corridors of parliament that a senior ANC ...more »

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Dr Reddy's, Pfizer settle litigation over Lipitor
NDTV.comSeptember 1, 2011

PTI, September 1, 2011( New Delhi) Drug firm Dr Reddy's laboratories on Wednesday said it has entered into a settlement agreement with Pfizer to resolve litigation over cholesterol lowering Lipitor tablets. The Hyderabad-based firm has settled patent ...more »

Business Law
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Ex-Drug Smuggler Turned Data Miner Reclaims a Field He Created
BusinessWeekSeptember 15, 2011

He is “kind of a legend,” said Greg Lambert, who co- founded a legal-tech blog and runs the library for the Houston office of the law firm King & Spalding LLP. “He makes a product, puts it out, sells it, waits for the non-compete to end, then comes up ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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U.S. Military Cuts Ahead, Retiree Benefits on the Table
Medical DailySeptember 19, 2011

Military retiree benefits are vulnerable as Congress pushes to reduce federal deficits and the Pentagon may begin cutting core programs such as weapons procurement, research, training and construction military officials and experts say, according to a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Bradley County man arrested on child porn charges
Chattanooga Times Free PressSeptember 7, 2011

A month-long investigation by the sheriff's office's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit led detectives to search Tyler's home on Holly Brook Circle, Gault said. Detectives searched the residence Aug. 29 and seized two computer hard drives with ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Law Offices of Burg and Brock, Inc. Provide Powerful Legal Defense for ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

That's why many motorcyclists seek the expertise of a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles to get the compensation they deserve for their pain, injuries, and property damage in the case of an accident. Cameron Yadidi Brock, Esq. and his firm's team ...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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Ten Henderson Franklin Attorneys Selected as Best Lawyers in America® for 2012
Naples Daily NewsSeptember 19, 2011

A full-service firm, Henderson Franklin has over 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, immigration law, commercial and civil litigation, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Complaints Snagged by CFPB Hotline Bugs
Credit Card Guide NewsSeptember 1, 2011

The agency opened up its consumer phone hotline and online complaint channels on July 21 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Consumers can register their credit card complaints at the CFPB website or by calling ...more »

Real Estate Law
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30 Turner Padget shareholders named among Best Lawyers in America for 2012
SCNowSeptember 7, 2011

In addition, the firm is ranked as the top law firm in South Carolina in six areas: Arbitration, Legal Malpractice, Mediation, Municipal Law, Municipal Litigation, and Trusts and Estates Litigation. Turner Padget is ranked as the top law firm in ...more »

Warranties During Disasters:
Warranty WeekSeptember 2, 2011

And the rules for commercial property or multiple dwelling buildings may differ from the rules for single family homes or mobile homes. And here's where we cross over into insurance. Warranty covers defects. Insurance covers perils. ...more »

Sports Law
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Testimony That Helped Change Youth Sports
Patch.comSeptember 14, 2011

This story is part of a three-part series examining the new state law on sports-related concussions in Minnesota youth sports. The series was reported by John Hageman, Wendy Erlien, and edited by Regional Sports Coordinator Mark Remme.more »

Criminal Defense
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Retrial in gay teen killing poses challenges
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 3, 2011

And jurors told defense attorneys they did not believe the killing amounted to a hate crime. Prosecutors on Friday disagreed and said they continue to believe it was motivated by victim Larry King's sexual orientation. They also believe McInerney was ...more »

"Death", Alzheimer's and Taxes: When "I Do" Turns Complicated
ForbesSeptember 22, 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 »

Over-qualified? Or just seen as 'too old'?
Financial TimesSeptember 6, 2011

The overall numbers are small, however, compared with other reasons for going to tribunals, and Mr Brooks says this could be because the age discrimination laws are relatively new and people are less aware of them. Also, tribunal success rates are low. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Defenshield SafePoints Protect the President, United Nations Delegates
Sacramento BeeSeptember 21, 2011

Uses include personnel and asset protection, inconspicuous observation posts, and the immediate establishment of security checkpoints whenever and wherever a higher level of personal protection is necessary. Reader comments on are the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Quantum Technologies Reports Fiscal 2012 First Quarter Financial Results
Sacramento BeeSeptember 15, 2011

The call will also be available on the Company's Investor Relations web page: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., a fully integrated alternative energy company, is a leader in the development and production of hybrid propulsion systems, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Laird A. Lile presents at The Florida Bar CLE seminars
Naples Daily NewsSeptember 20, 2011

Laird A. Lile, PA, offers legal counsel on estate- and trust-related matters, including estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate-related litigation and tax matters. The firm's office is located at 3033 Riviera Drive, Suite 104, ...more »

Family Law
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Legal firm offers couples a fixed-price divorce
Herald SunSeptember 8, 2011

The set cost service for the firm to handle Family Court matters kicks off in Victoria next week ahead of a national launch to curb open-ended costs for family law matters. Clients will work with a lawyer to agree on a fair fee based on legal work ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CFO Atwater on the Big Three: Workers' Comp, Citizens, and PIP
PropertyCasualty360September 1, 2011

I recently spent four days in Orlando with some 8000 workers' compensation insurance professionals, from claims adjusters to attorneys, agents, brokers, and experts from the provider and medical arenas. Presented for the 25th year by the non-profit ...more »


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