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Argentina Debates Foreign Land Buys
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

Mrs. Kirchner has indicated that her law wouldn't be applied retroactively, meaning that current investments wouldn't be affected. One of the provisions of her proposal would be to create a unified registry of land ownership to define who owns what ...more »

Amendment allows secret investigations
China DailySeptember 1, 2011

BEIJING - A controversial clause in a draft amendment to China's Criminal Procedure Law has met with mixed reaction from legal experts for allowing the police to conduct secret investigation and detention of suspects of national security crimes. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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NLRB dismisses all union claims that KMHS engaged in unfair labor practices
Kitsap Peninsula Business JournalSeptember 1, 2011

A federal Administrative Law Judge from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has dismissed all unfair labor practice charges filed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199NW against Kitsap Mental Health Services (KMHS). ...more »

Health Care Law
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Massachusetts Health-Jobs Surge May Signal Effects of U.S. Law
BloombergSeptember 7, 2011

The Massachusetts health law passed in 2006 led to near- universal coverage for residents and greater spending on health care. US health-care employment rose 8 percent from January 2001 to December 2005. The researchers used data from the Bureau of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Garvey Schubert Barer Continues Growth, Adds Litigators Gary Grenley and Paul ...
dBusinessNews Portland (press release)September 5, 2011

Grenley focuses on the prevention, resolution, arbitration and litigation of business and commercial disputes, with special emphasis on securities, real estate, antitrust, financing, trade regulation and other complex business-related matters. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law doesn't discriminate
Washington PostSeptember 3, 2011

28 editorial “Alabama's travesty” suggested that Alabama's immigration law is aimed at minorities. The law is aimed at immigrants who are illegal. If it's enforced against all violators equally, how is that discriminatory? Twenty-four million Americans ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Are dues paid by port unnecessary?
Daily CometSeptember 27, 2011

For at least four years, the Port of Terrebonne has paid hundreds of dollars in dues to join industry groups, though as a public body, it can join for free. Whether paying the dues is legal is also being debated. The Louisiana Attorney General's Office ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Legal malpractice lawyer listing Palm Springs 4BD
BlockshopperSeptember 8, 2011

Her areas of practice include business litigation, legal malpractice, attorney fee disputes, estate planning, real estate and business law and alternative dispute resolution. She holds an LL.M. degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and a JD ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Government confirms ban on referral fees in personal injury cases
Legal WeekSeptember 8, 2011

The move, confirmed today (9 September), is part of the Government's efforts to drive down civil litigation costs in the UK. It comes alongside the civil litigation reforms put forward earlier this year by Lord Justice Jackson, which were included in ...more »

Animal Law
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Group looks to give animal law a bit more bite
Western NewsSeptember 29, 2011

Third-year Western Law student Teri Muszak has started up the Student Animals Legal Defense Fund at Western, much to the appreciation of Cash, a 6-year-old border collie mix. A group of Western Law students are prepared to speak up on ...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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HomeVestors Attains Victory Over Trademark Infringers
MarketWatch (press release)September 7, 2011

HomeVestors is the #1 buyer of houses in the US The first franchise company of its kind, HomeVestors has been franchising since 1996. HomeVestors currently has about 200 franchises in 33 states. Franchisees are authorized to use the WE BUY UGLY HOUSES® ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action for Ugly People
TruthdigSeptember 1, 2011

Research over the years has shown that attractive people tend to reap economic rewards, from higher salaries and more promotions to lower interest rates on mortgages. In fact, one study showed that a person in the ugliest one-seventh of the population, ...more »

Fuel barge breaks loose in rough seas near Alaska
CBS NewsSeptember 21, 2011

(AP) ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A barge carrying 140000 gallons of aviation fuel and 5800 gallons of gasoline has broken loose amid rough seas off Alaska's west coast. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow says the vessel broke off from a tug boat ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Troubles: Can I Break My Lease Due To My Insane Landlord And High Cats?
The San Francisco AppealSeptember 21, 2011

If the landlord is truly crazy as you paint him, I think you've made the right decision on a personal level to walk away from the lease. On a legal level, however, you should be aware that there may be some pitfalls. As you anticipated, the landlord...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Portland Trail Blazers: 12 Most Popular Players in Franchise History
Bleacher ReportSeptember 7, 2011

Let's take a look at the most popular Trail Blazers in franchise history. Many people forget that, although he played in New York a few years back, the start of Zach Randolph's bad-mouthed big man career had its roots in Portland. ...more »

Litigation
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Attorney says possible hotel litigation was discussed in meeting
Peoria Journal StarSeptember 15, 2011

But one Springfield-based Open Meetings Act expert suspects it's unlikely litigation, which hasn't been filed, was the only thing discussed during such a long closed-door meeting. "My fear is, and I don't know if it occurred in this case or not, ...more »

Business Law
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Boulder seeks restrictions on medical marijuana advertising
Daily CameraSeptember 2, 2011

Deborah Prowell holds up an advertising board for Boulder MM Dispensary along Pearl Street on Oct. 22, 2010. The Boulder City Council will decide Tuesday whether to prohibit advertising that appeals to recreational ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Coastal Link: Relay for Life, Market to Benefit Military Families
WSAV-TVSeptember 13, 2011

That amounted to 34-percent of the total raised in Savannah. Plus, helping the military and military spouses is as easy as shopping. A market being held benefits the Helping Our Troops Organization's Education Funds of Hunter's Military Spouses Club.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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3 indicted in sophisticated Wash. hacking scheme
TheNewsTribune.comSeptember 21, 2011

Three Seattle men face charges in federal court that they hacked into the computer systems of dozens of Washington businesses - sometimes choosing their victims simply by driving around and picking up their wireless Internet signals. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Hillsborough tries to curb car crash fraud
ABC Action NewsSeptember 22, 2011

Criminals stage car crashes and then fake injuries. They go to phony pain clinics, which bill insurance companies up to $10000 under the company's Personal Injury Protection (PIP). The fraud has led to increased rates from drivers and put some ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Re-Evaluation of Clarence Thomas
FrontPage MagazineSeptember 5, 2011

Wrote Toobin: “In several of the most important areas of constitutional law, Thomas has emerged as an intellectual leader of the Supreme Court. Since the arrival of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in 2005, and Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., in 2006, ...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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Is the Lemon Law ripe for the picking?
Inquirer.netSeptember 6, 2011

Doria added that in the absence of a Lemon Law, buyers would have to seek redress via the Consumer Protection Act, which, he assessed, has been “weak” in settling disputes. It also does not specify the parameters by which a car can be classified as a ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Vacaville Man Arrested in Real Estate Fraud Case
LoanSafeSeptember 23, 2011

Months after failing to show up for court after a civil court judge ordered him to repay nearly $2 million in a real estate deal gone bad, a Vacaville man was arrested Monday on suspicion of fraud and securities law violations. Richard D. Lamphere, 48, ...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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What Minnesota's New Sports Concussion Law Means For You
Patch.comSeptember 13, 2011

Editor's note: 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, Jay Corn, Reece Lamppa and edited by Regional Sports Coordinator Mark ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge: Eight is enough
Boston HeraldSeptember 10, 2011

You have someone who has never done jail time before,” said Randy Chapman, a former prosecutor and past president of Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “I would describe it as on the high end of reasonableness . . . but (the court) ...more »

Back to School: Tax & Organizational Tips
ForbesSeptember 28, 2011

To help you stay organized, I've made a list of five quick tax tips – for everyone but especially students – to keep in mind: April 15 of each year is the due date for filing your federal individual income tax return. Your return is considered filed ...more »

MAVROMMATIS v. CAREY LIMOUSINE WESTCHESTER, INC.
Leagle.comSeptember 8, 2011

1 Mavrommatis alleged discrimination and unlawful retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as amended, 42 USC § 2000e et seq., the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), 29 USC § 621 et seq., and 42 USC § 1981. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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What gives with charity crackdown?
Toronto SunSeptember 25, 2011

Federal bean-counters define a charity as a corporation or a trust that carries on, what else, “charitable purposes” — meaning, an enterprise set up “for the benefit of the public,” or a “sufficient segment” of the public. The leading case on ...more »

Environmental Law
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Power-fee folly
Press-EnterpriseSeptember 21, 2011

And state law now mandates that 33 percent of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2020. So the public goods charge, for example, directs ratepayer subsidies to alternative energy operations, at the same time state law requires the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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SD SC rules against woman in Workers' Comp claim
Legal News LineSeptember 21, 2011

PIERRE, SD (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme Court last week upheld the dismissal of a woman's Workers' Compensation claim. The appellant, Vera Martin, lives in Belle Fourche, SD, but worked at an American Colloid Co. ...more »

Family Law
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Massachusetts Overhauls Alimony System
WAMCSeptember 27, 2011

BOSTON, MA (WAMC) - Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law what attorneys and advocates say is the first major change in Massachusetts family law in 40 years. The law reforms the system for awarding alimony in divorce cases a system nearly everyone ...more »

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