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The US needs to get rid of its guns
Casey Weekly Berwick (blog)August 1, 2012

So deeply embedded is the gun culture of the US, that millions of law-abiding, Americans truly believe that it is safer to own a gun, based on the chilling logic that because there are so many guns in circulation, one's own weapon is needed for self ...more »

New Bird-X Website Makes Pest Control Easier For Consumers
Virtual-Strategy MagazineAugust 1, 2012

The new Bird-X website is especially useful to facility managers, pest control operators, business owners and others who wish to solve a bird or pest problem. When searching for pest control products online, one can feel overwhelmed by options being ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Health Law's Medical-Loss Ratio And Birth Control Coverage Requirements Kick ...
Kaiser Health NewsAugust 1, 2012

The law requires employers to distribute millions of dollars in insurance-company refunds to workers whose plans spent a high percentage of their premium dollars on administrative expenses instead of medical care. Employers also will have to begin ...more »

Health Care Law
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Governors aside, feds building health care markets
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionAugust 6, 2012

Bobby Jindal speaks in Hot Springs, Ark. Republican governors who've balked at creating new consumer health insurance markets under President Barack Obama's health care law may end up getting stuck. Instead of their state officials retaining some ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Goldberg Jones Law Firm Sponsors Justice Equality
Sacramento BeeAugust 2, 2012

1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Goldberg Jones, a family law firm focused on fathers' rights, sponsored St. Andrew Legal Clinic's (SALC) Race for Justice. This annual event helps fund the legal clinic that provides access to legal services for low-income ...more »

Immigration Law
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GOP to Obama: Enforce immigration laws to keep Americans safe
Toronto SunAugust 1, 2012

"The Obama administration could have prevented these senseless crimes by enforcing our immigration laws. But President Obama continues to further his anti-enforcement agenda while innocent Americans suffer the consequences." According to the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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United States: New Massachusetts Law Boosts Wind And Solar Energy
Power Engineering MagazineAugust 7, 2012

ML Strategies and Mintz Levin have been actively engaged with the Legislature and the Patrick Administration in the development of the Act. We welcome the opportunity to advise interested companies on the details and implications of the Act as well as ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Free dispute mediation program available
Historic City NewsAugust 1, 2012

Mediation services are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday and Friday of each month in the County Administration Palace located at 500 San Sebastian View in St Augustine. Impartial county court mediators can assist ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Fort Myers Attorney John Miller Honored With Young Lawyer of the Year Award
Naples Daily NewsAugust 17, 2012

Miller is an associate in the Tort & Insurance Litigation division. He focuses his practice in municipal and governmental liability defense and professional negligence defense. Miller also speaks and writes frequently before public ... He currently ...more »

Animal Law
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Assure your pet survives you in good hands
Tahoe Daily TribuneAugust 1, 2012

Two of the fastest growing legal specialties are elder law and animal law. Both focus on providing for and assuring ... now have legal provisions for pet trusts. Correctly set up, pet trusts are stronger and more specific regarding ongoing care...more »

Intellectual Property
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Fallbrook Technologies Inc. Reaches Intellectual Property Milestone for its ...
MarketWatch (press release)August 2, 2012

Fallbrook has relied on the services of top intellectual property firm Knobbe Martens since its beginning in the garage of its original inventor Don Miller in Fallbrook, California. Knobbe Martens has provided the expertise and guidance necessary to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Blackwater Midstream Corp. Shareholder Alert: The Briscoe Law Firm and ...
MarketWatch (press release)August 6, 2012

DALLAS, Aug 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, LLP announce that they are investigating the acquisition of Blackwater ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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NABC files brief backing affirmative action case
KMPH Fox 26August 17, 2012

Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC, said his organization has spent the last six years lobbying in several states against referendums to repeal affirmative action, so chiming in on the Supreme Court case was a natural. "I think for a number of ...more »

Small plane crash kills 1 in St. Petersburg
WPECAugust 1, 2012

Police say a 65-year-old single-engine Luscombe Model 8A was taking off from the runway at Albert Whitted Airport Wednesday afternoon when it crashed. Witnesses say the plane ascended about 100 feet, then the engine sputtered and the plane took a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord-Tenant Disputes Not Unique To Cascades
WFMY News 2August 22, 2012

READ: Cascades Grandview: Who's Accountable? Officials with the Greensboro Housing Coalition, Legal Aid and the Greensboro Landlord-Tenant Dispute program say they constantly receive calls from tenants with air conditioning problems, mold, pest ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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San Bernardino Is Third California City to File Bankruptcy
San Francisco ChronicleAugust 3, 2012

San Bernardino, a city of 209000 about 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, listed assets and debt of more than $1 billion in a filing yesterday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside, California. “All of our vital service bills will ...more »

Litigation
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Apple Seeks Default Victory As Result Of Samsung's 'Litigation Misconduct'
AppAdviceAugust 2, 2012

Litigation misconduct is apparently a part of Samsung's litigation strategy — and limited sanctions have not deterred Samsung from such misconduct. Now, with so much at stake, Samsung has taken the calculated risk that any sanctions arising from its ...more »

Business Law
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Emergency loan rules for cities and schools, Club Keno advertising among ...
MLive.comAugust 1, 2012

LANSING, MI - Gov. Rick Snyder has approved new laws that his administration says will provide more flexibility in state loans made to financially troubled schools and cities. The Republican governor announced Wednesday that he recently had signed the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Feds sue over benefits of NYC officers in military
CBS NewsAugust 2, 2012

NEW YORK — Federal authorities have accused New York City of miscalculating employment benefits for officers of the nation's largest police department while they were away serving in the military. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Government sets up cyber crime unit
New VisionAugust 8, 2012

The Government has set up a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), a specialised unit under the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to detect internet crime in the country. ... The first two laws are, however, yet to be operationalised.more »

Personal Injury
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Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyers at the Demas Law Group, PC Sponsor Hit ...
Einnews PortugalAugust 9, 2012

California law makes it a crime to leave the scene of an accident without stopping. Leaving the scene of a property damage only accident is a misdemeanor, while leaving the scene of a collision in which someone suffers serious bodily injury is a felony.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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DA holds firm on stance that parole board is violating law
Tulsa WorldAugust 12, 2012

Oklahoma's constitution clearly spells out that parole and commutation are entirely separate powers of the executive branch, said Randall Coyne, who teaches criminal and constitutional law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. "The 85 percent ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Malpractice awards should be capped
Baltimore SunAugust 7, 2012

The recent article about the large amount of settlements in malpractice claims reveals the inequities in the medical system and how the trial lawyers continue to be getting favorable treatment while the actual delivery of medical care is controlled ...more »

Consumer Protection
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INADEC Alerts Consumers On Existence of Fake Butane Gas Regulators
AllAfrica.comAugust 18, 2012

This practice violates the constitution requirement of Articles 4, 5 and 6 of the Consumer Protection Act, into force in the Republic of Angola, reads the note. Tagged: Angola, Business, Central Africa, Environment, Health, Legal Affairs, Petroleum ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Common Commercial Real Estate Terms Explained
RealtyBizNewsAugust 6, 2012

Daniel Doran is a 20+ year veteran in the real estate industry. He is a previous owner of a law firm, mortgage and title company. Daniel has also written several books on mortgage modification, short sales and real estate investing. He currently ...more »

Herbert Smith, Proskauer, Ropes & Gray: Business of Law
BloombergAugust 3, 2012

Herbert Smith LLP hired a team of six commercial litigation partners from Chadbourne & Parke LLP, five of whom will open a New York office in September, the firm's first in the U.S.. Thomas Riley, Chadbourne's former litigation head, Gregory Loss, ...more »

Sports Law
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Republicans grill IRS commissioner on health care
KEYC TVAugust 2, 2012

KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Republicans grill IRS commissioner on health care. Member Center: Create Account|; Log In; Manage Account|; Log Out. SITE SEARCH WEB SEARCH BY Google ... House Republicans are grilling the head of the Internal ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Who Can Get A Fair Trial In China? A Visit To Foshan Detention Center
WorldcrunchAugust 10, 2012

A criminal defense lawyer recounts how a jailhouse meeting with a suspect was virtually impossible to even talk with his client. What do such conditions say about getting justice? Who Can Get A Fair Trial In China? A Visit To Foshan Detention Center ...more »

'Audit the Fed' passes
Lehigh Acres CitizenAugust 1, 2012

This is a monumental achievement for the people of our Republic. For the first time ever, we can audit the ones who control our finances. When the Federal Reserve Act was passed in 1913, it became law that we cannot audit the Fed nor does the Fed pay ...more »

WPIX Beats Age-Discrimination Suit Against Former News Director
mediabistro.comAugust 3, 2012

WPIX Beats Age-Discrimination Suit Against Former News Director. By Jerry Barmash on August 3, 2012 10:28 AM. We've reported about the recent ratings win for WPIX. But the Tribune flagship also has a victory in the legal world. A jury Wednesday, in its ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Illinois State Bar Association's New Chair of Elder Law is Chicago Attorney ...
Melodika.net (press release)August 1, 2012

Areas of expertise include: estate planning, asset protection, administration of estates, trusts and guardianships, special needs planning, small business planning and tax law. The firm is a recognized leader in the Chicago legal community whose ...more »

Environmental Law
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Future of renewable energy now up to Idaho PUC [The Idaho Statesman, Boise]
Equities.comAugust 12, 2012

12--Even attorneys for wind developers agreed this week that Idaho Power customers have been paying too much for renewable energy since about 2010. That's because the method for determining the cost Idaho Power must pay under federal law did not ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Probate judge will bring community program to Stow
Stow SentryAugust 12, 2012

by HOLLY SCHOENSTEIN | REPORTER. Stow -- Starting with a check of their house deeds and other assets, thousands of Stow homeowners may be able to prepare now in order to save themselves time, money and hassle when trying to resolve ownership ...more »

Family Law
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Law Society considers Family Court Review report
Scoop.co.nz (press release)August 2, 2012

He said the Law Society's Family Law Section would now study the proposed changes in detail and assess their likely impact on all parties who use the Family Courts. “Maintaining a workable and efficient Family Court system which enables families to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Snakebite victim not eligible for workers compensation benefits: Court
Business InsuranceAugust 1, 2012

A logger who was bitten by a snake while working can't collect workers compensation benefits because the accident did not arise during the course of his employment, according to an Alabama appellate court. Johnnie L. Odom worked as a log-truck driver ...more »

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