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Candidates for Missouri Supreme Court face public questioning
STLtoday.comSeptember 1, 2011

One applicant who interviewed Wednesday, St. Peters attorney Richard Gartner, took the opportunity to praise the state's merit-based judicial selection method for “focusing on credentials.” “These positions need the most qualified people, ...more »

Multiple Scams Hit Washington
KEPR 19September 1, 2011

Know how to protect yourself from the most recent scams in our area, including Debt Collection, Refunds, and Traffic Tickets. Both law enforcement and BBB are hearing about similar scam scenarios in recent days. ...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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When health insurance isn't enough
Washington Post (blog)September 4, 2011

(KAREN BLEIER) We have a lot of numbers to estimate how many people will gain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office estimates it will hover around 34 million, with 24 million purchasing coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Cincinnati hopes to show swagger vs lowly Akron
Houston ChronicleSeptember 15, 2011

Pop up, hop a couple of times and act like the opponent's hit didn't bother them at all. "It's a mentality," Jones told the team, talking into a microphone. "When we get tackled, we're the first guy up off the ground." Some of the players were a little ...more »

Immigration Law
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Miami-Dade commission to Legislature: Do not pass immigration laws
Florida IndependentSeptember 20, 2011

The Miami-Dade County Commission today will consider a resolution urging the state Legislature not to pass legislation related to immigration, “while supporting comprehensive immigration reform at the federal ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Official Languages Commission - taking up a fresh challenge
Ceylon Daily NewsSeptember 8, 2011

The Privy Council in the Devanayagam case referred to above (United Engineering Workers Union V Devanayagam (1967) 69 New Law Reports 289) dealing with the Industrial Disputes Act has ruled that the concept of just and equitable confers on the body ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute resolution committee meeting ends inconclusively
Himalayan TimesSeptember 9, 2011

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the dispute resolution sub-committee of the Constitutional Committee held at Singha Durbar on Friday ended inconclusively. The meeting has been postponed until for the next notice after the Nepali Congress (NC) leaders demanded ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Penn Millers Holding Corporation to be Acquired by ACE Limited
Business Wire (press release)September 8, 2011

Some of the statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” ...more »

Animal Law
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Sinovac's Animal Rabies Vaccine RabEnd Receives Production License
Sacramento BeeSeptember 27, 2011

Sinovac does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Microsoft Nabs Acer, Viewsonic in Android Patent Deals
eWeekSeptember 8, 2011

“We are pleased that Acer is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android's IP issues,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of intellectual property and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Firefighters Seen at Cancer Risk From World Trade Center Exposure in Study
BloombergSeptember 1, 2011

The chemicals that the firefighters were exposed to, including asbestos, biphenyls and dioxins, are known to cause blood cancers and mesothelioma, so doctors will continue to monitor for those illnesses, Prezant said in a conference call. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Unions Pledge Direct Action to Halt Changes to U.K. Labor Laws
BloombergSeptember 12, 2011

In Wisconsin, protesters occupied the state capitol building in Madison and staged protests in the streets earlier this year against a proposal by Governor Scott Walker to curb collective bargaining for government employees. ...more »

Man fleeing Volusia police arrested in Scottsmoor
Florida TodaySeptember 2, 2011

The hunt for Timmy W. Stafford, 47, in northern Brevard County began about 6 am with BCSO aviation and canine units assisting. SCOTTSMOOR -- A man fleeing Volusia County Sheriff's deputies was arrested today after trying to steal a pickup on Berlin ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Property Trax: Registration open now for October seminars on landlord/tenant...
Wisconsin State JournalSeptember 29, 2011

People who work with rental housing can attend one of three identical one-day seminars about housing law being offered around the state in October by the Madison-based Tenant Resource Center. • Oct. 12, in Appleton, at the Goodwill Community Center, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Payments Loom for Harrisburg
Bond BuyerSeptember 2, 2011

Harrisburg is the first municipality to reject a proposed Act 47 workout since the program began in 1987. Another Piccola-sponsored bill, which became law two months ago, threatens distressed small-to-medium sized cities that file for bankruptcy...more »

Litigation
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Analysis: Damages ruling may be pivotal in BP case
ReutersSeptember 2, 2011

Such claims can strengthen plaintiffs' bargaining position in settlement negotiations by presenting an added risk for defendants, said Howard Erichson, an expert in complex litigation and a professor of law at Fordham University. ...more »

Business Law
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Group buying websites in the dock for 'misleading' adverts
Telegraph.co.ukSeptember 4, 2011

Iain Connor, an advertising expert at law firm Pinsent Masons, said: "The fact that users of these 'group purchase' vouchers know that there will be conditions attached does not mean that they will not still have a reasonable expectation of getting ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Plan to cut retirement outrages service members
NavyTimes.comSeptember 2, 2011

“Of all the places the government can cut spending, they are going to come after military benefits — after 10 years of war? “This proposal is a total affront to the men and women of today's armed forces,” said Worden, a Michigan native who left his ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Chris Barton: Is it freedom or anarchy?
New Zealand HeraldSeptember 5, 2011

To sign up we will likely need to firm up a few more laws involving the "preservation of computer data, in particular traffic data, that exists in some stored form at a point in time, to enable it to be obtained". Plus agree to "mutual legal assistance ...more »

Personal Injury
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Harrisburg PA Personal Injury Attorney Receives Highest Peer Rating
Law Firm Newswire (press release)September 13, 2011

Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2011 – Freeburn & Hamilton, PC, Harrisburg PA personal injury lawyers are pleased to announce that its founder, Richard E. Freeburn, Esq., has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional Law – Establishment Clause – graduation ceremonies
Wisconsin Law JournalSeptember 9, 2011

Constitutional Law Establishment Clause; graduation ceremonies It did not violate the Establishment Clause for a public school to hold its commencement ceremonies in a church. “The Does present ample evidence that the Church is indeed a highly ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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STINNETT v. TAM
Leagle.comSeptember 2, 2011

This case involves a provision of MICRA which limits the recovery of so-called "noneconomic" damages to a maximum of $250000 in any action against a health care provider based on professional negligence. The statute, Civil Code section 3333.2, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Ottawa roofing contractor sentenced to 71 days in jail
CBC.ca (blog)September 2, 2011

By Marketplace Staff An Ottawa-area contractor, Philip Slobodzian, has been sentenced to 71 days in jail and his company, PSC New Home Construction Inc., has been fined $90000 for violating Ontario's Consumer Protection Act. Between March 2009 and May ...more »

Real Estate Law
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San Francisco Family Law Attorney Barry Schneider Stresses Need for Disaster ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)September 16, 2011

Barry Schneider, a San Francisco Bay Area family law attorney with over 30 years of experience, says families should take steps now to be prepared for emergencies. September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and Barry Schneider, a San Francisco ...more »

Auction faced fishermen's suit
Gloucester Daily TimesSeptember 9, 2011

Seeking $1 million for "breach of maritime contract," the suit by Eric Hesse and Greg Walinski — both members of the board of the controversial Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association — was filed in US District Court on Aug. ...more »

Sports Law
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Another week of sports business tests fan loyalty
newjerseynewsroom.comSeptember 26, 2011

The 1984 Congressional rework of cable TV rules that created a sort of cable TV socialism was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. Cable TV is the second biggest part of the three necessities needed to operate a successful franchise in Major ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Probe Into Goldman Widens
Wall Street JournalSeptember 7, 2011

Mr. Blankfein hired Reid Weingarten, a top criminal defense attorney at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, who has represented a number of top executives such as former WorldCom Inc. Chief Executive Bernard Ebbers and former Enron accounting officer Richard ...more »

Judge gives reasons for new trial
Monroe News StarSeptember 16, 2011

"Because he assisted the FBI in this case, the IRS did not forward his case to the civil unit to determine if an audit should be performed," he said. "At this late juncture, even if a civil audit reveals criminal wrongdoing, it is unlikely that another ...more »

Stanford law professor argues black women should cross race barrier...
San Jose Mercury NewsSeptember 10, 2011

Your children will see the world differently than you or I do. "The black experience is more varied now," he says. "Our children have grown up in an integrated Palo Alto or Orinda. They don't have the experience of living in the Jim Crow South. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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A Post-Labor Day Look At Amazon's Jobs And Tax Strategy
ForbesSeptember 5, 2011

I've worked in the Washington DC bureau of Forbes for more than two decades and in recent years have spent much of my time reporting about taxes -- tax policy, tax planning, edgy tax shelters, tax evasion, wacky tax credits, and Congressional tax ...more »

Environmental Law
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Alternate Energy Holdings (AEHI) Provides Financial Update and Key Business...
MarketWatch (press release)September 7, 2011

Energy Neutral sold three homes and another home is currently under contract for sale. -- Green World Water traveled to Algeria to meet with the Minister of Water and the Minister of Finance and Industry as part of the US-Algeria Business Council ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Brighton Library Offers Tips on Genealogy Research
Patch.comSeptember 12, 2011

Marriage certificates, divorce records, land grants, deeds, wills, probate records, military rosters and an abundance of other genealogical records are tucked away in books, folders, file cabinets and boxes just waiting to be discovered. ...more »

Family Law
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SA family law changes will 'demonise dads'
NinemsnSeptember 2, 2011

Planned changes to South Australia's Family Law Act will demonise dads in the courts and deprive more children of their right to a mother and father, some men's groups say. More children would be murdered if Labor and the Greens got their way with a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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State seeks fines, penalties against LGC and Portsmouth city manager
Seacoastonline.comSeptember 3, 2011

In November 2010, he told the Herald he was one of three members who voted against the disputed workers' compensation funding method. Wingate also previously announced that at least $20 million must be returned to municipalities for money diverted from ...more »

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