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Anglo Irish asks U.S. court to deny ex-CEO protection
ReutersSeptember 1, 2011

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Anglo Irish Bank ANGIB.UL asked a US court on Wednesday to deny its former chief executive David Drumm a discharge from United States bankruptcy laws as it seeks to recover debts of nearly $11 million from its former CEO. ...more »

Richmond Car Accident Attorneys Encouraged By Virginia's Reduction in DUI ...
DigitalJournal.com (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 »

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Administrative Law
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Friday hearing set for ballot lawsuit
Palladium-ItemSeptember 3, 2011

The suit alleges the Indiana Election Commission's interpretation of the law violates the free speech rights of the unopposed candidates, disenfranchises voters by restricting their right "to vote for a candidate or not vote for such candidate" and ...more »

Health Care Law
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Appeals court upholds same-sex benefits in Arizona
ReutersSeptember 7, 2011

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Arizona must continue for now to provide health care benefits to same-sex partners of state government workers. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Escopta now drilling in Cook Inlet
Houston ChronicleSeptember 10, 2011

The use of the Chinese ship for part of the voyage has led the US Department of Homeland Security to investigate a possible violation of the US Jones Act. US shipping groups who work to defend the Jones Act have complained to Homeland Security, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Deportation policy: Decree undermines law, harms jobless Americans
OregonLive.comSeptember 3, 2011

Through their elected Congress, Americans have the right to determine their nation's immigration policies. But now, the Obama administration has given much of that right away -- to the very people, indeed, who broke our law to get here. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The Am Law DailySeptember 1, 2011

Johnson, formerly with Epstein Becker Green, has a broad labor and employment practice covering litigation and counseling work. Areas of expertise include wage and hour, trade secrets, executive compensation, employment contracts, and invasion of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Circuit Judge Barbara Haynes will retire Nov. 15
The TennesseanSeptember 13, 2011

She was similarly criticized in an eminent domain lawsuit between a developer and the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. The developer, Tower Investments, argued she had a conflict of interest because her daughter is a partner at the firm ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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North Chicago expected to settle wrongful death suit
Chicago Sun-TimesSeptember 3, 2011

He said the city's insurance company is investigating details of the case. “We're looking into what transpired,” he said. “It's pending litigation.” The North Chicago City Council is expected to approve Monday a reported $1 million settlement of a ...more »

Animal Law
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OP-ED: An Animal Shelter Alliance Will Help Animals AND The Township
Patch.comSeptember 12, 2011

This op-ed article was submitted by Sandra Reynolds, an attorney and founder of the Animal Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. It was announced today that Glen Ridge has decided to cancel its animal control contract with Montclair and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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ADA-ES, Goodyear, Vivid-Kardashian, Purple Hearts: Intellectual Property
BloombergSeptember 6, 2011

In that suit, Norit, one of the world's largest manufacturers of activated-carbon products used to control pollution, says ADA-ES persuaded John Rectenwald and Stephen D. Young to violate the confidentiality agreements they signed, and to reveal such ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP | Canadian Insurance Law Newsletter - Fall 2011
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)September 2, 2011

The words hardly raise the spectre of asbestos, mould or historical abuse, but they are a risk that will not be legislated out of existence or solved by technology. In fact, class action litigation is still expanding in Ontario and many other provinces ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Labor unions adjust to new reality under Obama
The Associated PressSeptember 4, 2011

In Ohio, unions are more hopeful that they can win a November referendum to undo the state's collective bargaining law that passed this spring. A Quinnipiac University poll in July found that 56 percent of Ohio voters say the new collective bargaining ...more »

Moody's downgrades Tampa International Airport's bond rating
Tampabay.comSeptember 2, 2011

Moody's revised its rating on Hillsborough County Aviation Authority bonds to A1 from Aa3, with a stable outlook. The downgrade was based on the airport's debt coverage levels, which remained substantially lower than historical averages at TIA and well ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Memos & Distinctions
Charleston Post CourierSeptember 12, 2011

E. Paul Gibson of North Charleston-based Riesen Law Firm LLP has been elected to a two-year term as president of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Bobby Pearce, an attorney in the Charleston office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stock futures fall ahead of key macro data
ReutersSeptember 1, 2011

US stocks closed out the worst month in more than a year on an up note on Wednesday, with sharp gains in the last several days still not enough to repair the damage from a US credit downgrade and fears of a slide back into recession. ...more »

Litigation
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Electronic Discovery Experts to Help Legal and IT Professionals "Manage ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 6, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY, Sep 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Orange Legal Technologies, a leading electronic discovery provider of one source litigation, audit, and investigation support services for law firms and corporations, today announced its hosting and ...more »

Business Law
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Business Digest for Saturday, Sept. 3
Milford Daily NewsSeptember 3, 2011

In MetroWest, Brian E. Glennon II of the Cumberland Gulf Group in Framingham was named vice chairman of business law; Michael L. Fabbri of the Middlesex County District Attorney's office in Framingham was named chairman of criminal justice; ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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A small price for freedom
The Virginian-PilotSeptember 1, 2011

The issue Defense Business Board targets military pensions to help pare federal budget. Where we stand Replacing military retirement benefits with a 401(k) account makes service less attractive. One of the defining characteristics of military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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A personal VPN won't save you from the Internet, but it doesn't hurt
Chicago Sun-TimesSeptember 10, 2011

Imagine a thick steel pipeline laid across a high-crime district, only it's made out of bulletproof encryption. Your data pops out safely at the other end of the tunnel, where the trusted computer shoots it onto the Internet through its own secure ...more »

Personal Injury
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San Diego Chiropractor Launches New Website to Better Serve the Community
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

Dr. Kien Ta, a chiropractor with the practice, is an experienced trial specialist and has testified for auto accident and personal injury cases involving workman's compensation. Individuals can learn more on the website about Dr. Ta's natural ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Chief Justice selection process flawed - expert
Independent OnlineSeptember 5, 2011

Constitutional law professor Pierre de Vos said the JSC's decision not to entertain any other people for the top job two weeks ago could have caused the body to be pushed “into a legal corner”. “The legal challenge would be the decision taken by JSC ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Cosmetic surgery gets cheaper, faster, scarier
USA TodaySeptember 15, 2011

Investigators, she says, are looking into possible violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, which bans commercial practices that deceive consumers. Joyce Wooten, 53, of Tampa said her surgeries at Lifestyle Lift "ruined my ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Renfrew contractor jailed, fined for not doing work
Ottawa CitizenSeptember 2, 2011

A Renfrew contractor was sentenced Thursday to 71 days in jail and his company was fined $90000 for violating the province's consumer protection act. According to a statement from the Ministry of Consumer Services, Philip Slobodzian, who ran PSC New ...more »

Real Estate Law
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When Real Estate Agents Make Referrals
New York TimesSeptember 8, 2011

Either way, you have a right to be informed of any business relationship between the real estate agent and the mortgage broker. A federal law passed in 1974, and updated with new rules in January 2010, prohibits referral fees, sharing fees (known as ...more »

Legal Watch
SecurityInfoWatchSeptember 9, 2011

, SD&I's legal columnist, is a partner in Kleinbard Bell & Brecker LLP, Philadelphia, a commercial law firm with a national practice in the electronic security and life safety industries.more »

Sports Law
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Farleys Solicitors Announced as New Sponsors for Football League
WebWire (press release)September 2, 2011

Sport, and particularly football, is very close to many of our hearts at Farleys and we are therefore always keen to get involved with local teams. The recent launch of our Sports Law department, which offers legal expertise to sports ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Offit Kurman sees green in adding white-collar criminal defense arm
Baltimore Business JournalSeptember 2, 2011

To capture a piece of this legal market, Offit Kurman has launched a new white-collar criminal defense practice and hired a veteran defense attorney to run it. Rachel Marblestone Kamins joined Offit Kurman on Aug. 1 from Bennett & Bair LLC, a criminal ...more »

Audit questions Texas Homeland Security spending
Houston ChronicleSeptember 4, 2011

FORT WORTH - In the years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Texas has received at least $1.7 billion in federal Homeland Security grants, and spent much of the money to strengthen law enforcement ...more »

Employment Discrimination Charges Reach All-Time High
U.S. Politics TodaySeptember 16, 2011

The EEOC is the government agency responsible for enforcing such laws as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination Employment Act. The EEOC received 99922 complaints from ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Warning: Don't Let Friends, Family or Non-Divorce Professionals Give You ...
ForbesSeptember 7, 2011

There's the neighbor who claims she hired the “best divorce attorney in the world”—although, unfortunately, he has since left the country. The sister-in-law who knows “exactly” what you're going through –even though she has never been divorced. ...more »

Environmental Law
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California Touts the Economic Upsides of Clean-Tech Investment
Corporate CounselSeptember 20, 2011

So too are states like California, where renewable energy goals—which were passed into state law last spring—are driving conversations about financing and investment in local power projects. "The California renewables mandate is at least as ambitious ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Russell Jones & Walker | Wills 'simplify probate process for families'
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)September 1, 2011

The probate process faced by a family after a loved one has passed away can be made simpler if the individual in question has drawn up a will prior to their death. That is according to Toby Harris, a tutor in the Certificate in Will Preparation for the ...more »

Family Law
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Texas Divorce Attorney Patrick A. Wright recertified as Family Law Specialist ...
PR Web (press release)September 6, 2011

Lewisville, TX attorney Patrick A. Wright of The Wright Firm, LLP has been approved for recertification in the area of family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Lewisville, TX attorney Patrick A. Wright of The Wright Firm, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Honoring NJ's 100 years of workers compensation
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)September 2, 2011

Wilson's first major legislative achievement was enacting the Workers' Compensation Act. By Peter J. Calderone As we near the day celebrating labor, we look back at the first major legislative achievement of Woodrow Wilson, who, while governor of New ...more »

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