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Oil spill aftermath tests the legal waters
China DailySeptember 1, 2011

"Obviously in the case of the Bohai oil spills, polluting companies are not deterred by the government's administrative power, which has always been a major force in tackling pollution problems in China," said Zhou Ke, a law professor at Beijing-based ...more »

Secure Communities not deporting many, but still a big concern
KNDO/KNDUSeptember 1, 2011

Secure Communities is the program that has law enforcement checking a persons immigration status with the federal database, determining if deportation is needed. Yakima is 1 of 8 counties in Washington state to have adopted the controversial program. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Appellate Court Upholds MRCA's Deployment of Stop-Sign Cameras
Palisadian-PostSeptember 1, 2011

Kaufman's vehicle was photographed by a stop-sign camera in an MRCA park for failing to come to a complete stop, and he received an administrative citation in the mail and was fined $175. At the administrative hearing, Kaufman denied he was the 'driver ...more »

Health Care Law
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GUEST OPINION: Religious care deserves fair treatment
Santa Rosa Press DemocratSeptember 3, 2011

Given the widespread concerns about our economy, one issue that has escaped the attention of many is California's implementation of the nation's landmark health care reform legislation. Although most provisions in this new law won't kick ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Monday, September 5, 2012
Law TimesSeptember 5, 2011

The 177-year-old firm serves more than 200 Canadian clients with more than a dozen lawyers who will spend time in the new office providing US legal counsel in areas such as corporate, tax, labour, and intellectual property law. ...more »

Immigration Law
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US to Appeal Ruling Upholding Alabama Immigration Law
BusinessWeekSeptember 30, 2011

30 (Bloomberg) -- The US Justice Department said it will appeal the decision by a judge in Birmingham, Alabama, that allowed the state to enforce parts of an immigration law opposed by the federal government. “Under the Constitution, immigration, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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IDB hopes to walk away from 401 Union building downtown
Bizjournals.comSeptember 14, 2011

Members of the Davidson County Industrial Development Board today reviewed a potential agreement with Regions Bank of Birmingham, Ala., that would have the bank paying $150000 to cover costs the board incurred because of the property. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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California insurance head supports workers comp arbitration bill
Business InsuranceSeptember 7, 2011

Jerry Brown to sign legislation that would require insurers to warn workers compensation policyholders that they have a right to negotiate contract dispute-resolution provisions. Under SB 684 that has been approved by both chambers in the California ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Madoff, M Waikiki Hotel, Ambac, Borders, West End: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekSeptember 2, 2011

Rakoff has been taking suits away from the bankruptcy court where claims are based on common law. The new suits only make claims under bankruptcy law. Still, Rakoff has yet to rule on a motion by a customer who wants a fraudulent transfer suit under ...more »

Animal Law
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Not So Fast: Critics Decry Horse-Auction Exercise
Wall Street JournalSeptember 9, 2011

Auction houses that trade some of the world's most valuable race horses face increasing pressure to change a key practice that animal rights activists and some trainers say is harmful to the animals. Running 2-year-old horses in ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Institute announces plans to launch 'intellectual property bank' this month
Taipei TimesSeptember 1, 2011

The institute is planning to initially invest NT$50 million (US$1.73 million) in setting up an intellectual property (IP) company, or IP bank, in the middle of this month, ITRI vice president Johnson Sher (佘祥生) said during a media briefing. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Chadbourne & Parke Strengthens IP Practice With Addition of Brian Pollack
PR Newswire (press release)September 1, 2011

... and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, executive compensation and employee benefits, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates, and government contract matters. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Bill O'Reilly Supports Right Wing Attack On Affirmative Action
News HoundsSeptember 18, 2011

Since the dawn of affirmative action, the right wing has been whining about how these policies are discriminatory to more deserving whites. Given that Fox "News" loves to promote the meme of victimized conservatives and that Fox's Bill O'Reilly is a ...more »

United States' Department of Energy Selects Imperium Renewables as Part of ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

The DOE announcement continues President Obama's strong commitment to develop sustainable, homegrown drop-in aviation and marine biofuels. Last month, DOE joined the Department of the Navy and the Department of Agriculture in issuing a Memorandum of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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HUD: Single mother refused housing because of no man to shovel snow
La Crosse TribuneSeptember 9, 2011

He says landlords can protect their interests without discriminating; he suggests looking at sources of income and references. If the property requires tenant upkeep, the landlord should make that clear. How it gets done is up to the tenant. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bears GM Angelo's draft history not all bad
Chicago Daily HeraldSeptember 14, 2011

As much criticism as Bears general manager Jerry Angelo gets for his early-round foul-ups in the draft, he rarely gets credit for his later-round picks who are again playing prominent roles. Critics still bring up first-round bust Michael ...more »

Litigation
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America Invents Act Exercises “Con-Troll” Over Patent Litigation
IPWatchdog.comSeptember 19, 2011

With multiple defendants, having various and different accused products, differing business interests, and a host of other personal factors which may impact their views of the litigation in vastly different ways, it is often unrealistic to expect that ...more »

Business Law
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Chicago Business Law Firm Horwood Marcus & Berk Adds Four Corporate Partners ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 13, 2011

The four most recently practiced in the Chicago office of a large Detroit-based law firm and prior to that the former banking and bankruptcy boutique, Schwartz Cooper. The new partners are Robert Dunn Glick, Eric (Rick) S. Rein, Martin W. Salzman and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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VA pays out $2.2B in new Agent Orange claims
ArmyTimes.comSeptember 1, 2011

In the year since three diseases were added to the list of health conditions presumed to be linked to the toxic defoliant Agent Orange, the Veterans Affairs Department has paid $2.2 billion in benefits to 89000 Vietnam ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Bangkok Post : Prachathai lese majeste trial begins
Bangkok PostSeptember 1, 2011

The trial of independent media icon Chiranuch Premchaiporn on charges brought under the Computer Crimes Act was to begin on Thursday morning amid international academia concern over the ambiguous position of the new government on the controversial use ...more »

Personal Injury
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Head-on freeway accident results in injuries
Duluth News TribuneSeptember 11, 2011

At 12:52 am Sunday, a head-on accident occurred in St. Louis County at milepost 250 of US Interstate Highway 35, resulting in personal injury. The identities of the parties involved and their conditions have not been released yet, as authorities are ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Letter: Constitution clarification
Abilene Reporter-NewsSeptember 9, 2011

Many subsequent judicial rulings have reaffirmed this basic Constitutional principle. One who "challenges" established American constitutional law is entitled to his own unorthodox opinion, but not to his own facts, history or law. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Fronterion Releases Landmark Report on Legal Vendor Risk
PR.com (press release)September 10, 2011

Law firms and their insurers have yet to catch up, according to Fronterion, a leading LPO consulting firm. The Fronterion Law Firm Liability Report comes as top 50 AmLaw firm McDermott Will & Emery faces one of the first reported malpractice lawsuits ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC Wants Info About Mutual Fund Derivatives
Courthouse News ServiceSeptember 2, 2011

However, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act forbids the SEC from using ratings from these agencies when determining if an issuer is exempt under the Investment Company Act. After the SEC's solicitation for public comments is ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Land Acquisition Law could delay projects: Manoj Gaur , Executive chairman ...
Economic TimesSeptember 11, 2011

Manoj Gaur, executive chairman of the Jaypee Group, says his company has reaped the fruits of liberalisation and the results are visible in the real estate sector. "The real estate business has grown manifold with rising incomes. Home-buyers have a ...more »

Developer files claim vs. city for $112M
Arizona Daily StarSeptember 2, 2011

A Scottsdale shopping mall developer filed a $112 million claim against Tucson for breach of contract after the city tried to sell nearby land for commercial development, despite restrictions against it. Barclay Group filed the claim, ...more »

Sports Law
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Ministry of Youth and Sports Law endorsed
Aswat Al IraqSeptember 10, 2011

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqi Parliament endorsed Ministry of Youth and Sports Law after five years of preparing its initial drafts, parliamentary statement said here today. The statement, copy received by Aswat al-Iraq, said that the parliament ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Mayor Brown hires top attorney to fight allegations
WIVBSeptember 4, 2011

Sunday, News 4 has learned criminal defense lawyer Yerry Connors will represent Brown in the civil suit.more »

Paper Tiger
Ottawa CitizenSeptember 24, 2011

Most notably, the US advocate has the power to correct an IRS action that may have created an unfair situation or hardship for a taxpayer. Nor can the advocate's decision be appealed. The advocate's case workers can also issue formal requests to compel ...more »

Group files initiative petition for gay rights ballot measure
Anchorage Daily NewsSeptember 1, 2011

A new campaign is on in the decades-long battle over adding Anchorage's homosexual and transgender residents to the city's anti-discrimination law. A local group -- One Anchorage -- filed an application today that would put an initiative ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The secrets of investing in emerging markets
Financial TimesSeptember 4, 2011

Consumer advocates have welcomed “opt-in,” although there is a concern that after July 2012 there will be two classes of consumers: those receiving higher protection under “opt-in” and those existing customers who do not. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Feed-in tariff law a boon to renewable energy markets
Asahi ShimbunSeptember 2, 2011

Under the new law to bolster renewable energy, an independent committee to be set up by the government will effectively determine prices at which utilities purchase power. The panel's decisions on prices will go a long way toward determining the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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A program on basics of estate administration in Surrogate's Court at the ...
NJ.comSeptember 9, 2011

The duties of the Surrogate Office include the probate of wills; appointment of estate administrators; appointment of guardians of minors; acting as Deputy Clerk to the Superior Court of New Jersey in contested probate actions; and the processing of ...more »

Family Law
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MPs to Appoint New Speaker, Debate Family Law Referendum
STA - Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija (subscription)September 1, 2011

MPs are also expected to back a proposal to challenge the referendum motion against the family law act at the Constitutional Court. Pavel Gantar stepped down as the speaker of the National Assembly on Wednesday, after his party, Zares, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Organizations Focusing on Variable Pay, Poll Reports
Compensation.BLR.comSeptember 3, 2011

For a Limited Time receive a FREE Compensation Special Report on the "5 Proven Strategies for Reducing Workers' Comp Costs." Receive 5 proven strategies that can reduce your company's workers' comp costs with actual examples of these strategies in ...more »

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