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Schools Consider Whether To Accept Major Advertising
WFMY News 2October 1, 2011

Whatever the case may be Guilford County wants to have some kind of policy in place. They hope to take next several months to come up with a policy. Davidson County Schools does not have a policy that allows major outside advertising. ...more »

Listeria outbreak: Victims file lawsuits, but will they receive damages?
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

It wasn't long after officials linked a listeria outbreak with cantaloupe from a Colorado farm that wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits began to be filed. The outbreak, which is the deadliest food crisis in more than a decade, has killed at ...more »

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Administrative Law
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California wineries fight House bill
The Salinas CalifornianOctober 3, 2011

It's been assigned to the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee. The beer wholesalers depict it as an attempt to rescue state and local control over alcohol sales from "online alcohol sellers, ...more »

Health Care Law
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NHS: the nightmare of choice
The Guardian (blog)October 9, 2011

As the House of Lords prepares to scrutinise the health and social care bill, doctors' leaders of all disciplines are questioning the place of choice and competition in the health service. The proposed model for the NHS is very similar to the one that ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Perry stem cell push faces hurdles
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

The legislation's original draft was written by Jones and tweaked by Perry, according to correspondence obtained through the Texas Public Information Act. Adult stem cells are cells in the body that multiply to replenish dying cells. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law contributing to longer tag lines
Dothan EagleOctober 4, 2011

If you see a line stretching from inside the Houston County Administrative Building to the outside, odds are it's due to people trying to renew their car tags. According to county workers, the lines are usually long at the beginning of the month, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Long-Time Accomplished Aerospace, Semiconductor, and Security Industries...
MarketWatch (press release)October 6, 2011

With an aggressive marketing and product development strategy, he took the company to a leadership position in e-commerce trade. Prior to that, Peter served as Director of Worldwide Communications for aerospace, defense, and industrial fastening ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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How do You Like your Net Neutrality: Weak or Strong?
ComputerworldUK (blog)October 6, 2011

The application of an industry code of conduct and dispute resolution procedures, trough “self-regulation with oversight”, should be promoted. The code should require: - Open access to and distribution of internet-based, lawful content and applications ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Credit union directors absolved from lawsuit
CanadaEast.comOctober 19, 2011

The credit union corporation is suing its former auditors saying they should have discovered the fraud perpetrated over 12 years by a longtime employee. The auditors, doing business as Cumming, Webber, Francoeur, sought to include 16 former directors ...more »

Animal Law
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Illinois' Exotic Animal Law
WSIL TVOctober 19, 2011

After hearing about the escape of exotic animals in Ohio, Shofstall says there's no way to prevent similar incidents from happening again. Shofstall says illinois laws are among the nation's toughest, but that won't stop people from owning exotic ...more »

Intellectual Property
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How to avoid the land mines that trademarks, copyrights and patents can create
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

With an estimated 80 percent of the value of S&P companies in their intellectual property holdings, businesses cannot ignore the impact of IP on their bottom lines, their equity value and their day-to-day operations. Intellectual property law is among ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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ROBERTSON v. DOUG ASHY BUILDING MATERIALS, INC.
Leagle.comOctober 5, 2011

On May 26, 2005, the plaintiffs, Harris Robertson's wife and children, filed this lawsuit against a host of defendants that they claimed were responsible for manufacturing, supplying, selling, or exposing Harris Robertson to asbestos-containing ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Our View: Affirmative action ignores students' academic qualifications
Daily 49erOctober 4, 2011

Nearly 15 years after banning affirmative action in California public universities, Gov. Jerry Brown faces a controversial bill that would allow schools to consider race, gender and household income in the admissions process. The bill's author, Sen. ...more »

Wichita needs a world-class aviation museum
Kansas.comOctober 2, 2011

Over the past 20 years, Kansas Aviation Museum staff, board members and volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure the preservation of Kansas and Wichita aviation heritage. They've spent huge amounts of time, money and energy to restore ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Troubles: My Landlord Forged Documents To Get Me Evicted
The San Francisco AppealOctober 5, 2011

If you are unsure about who to call check out the Crow & Rose list of tenant resources. Dave Crow is an attorney who specializes in San Francisco landlord tenant law. However, the opinions expressed in these articles are those of the author, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Big Brother GPS tracking: your privacy vs. your safety?
89.3 KPCCOctober 4, 2011

Bev IV, the former leader of Oakland's Youth Black Muslim Bakery, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Oakland Post's editor-in-chief Chauncey Bailey, who was covering the Bakery's corruption and pending bankruptcy at the time. ...more »

Litigation
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Catholic Charities of Peoria withdraws from lawsuit against Illinois
WBEZOctober 7, 2011

"Public policy and state law, however, have increasingly clashed with church teachings in such a way that we no longer can maintain this partnership as a viable option," Jenky said. Peoria Catholic Charities' foster care contracts with the state total ...more »

Business Law
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Law enforcement says it's business as usual as realignment unfolds
KGET 17October 1, 2011

Worried about an influx of new felons. Some are taking self protection literally into their own hands. Jenn McKenna is assistant manager at 2nd Amendment Sports. She says she's had two recent gun customers specifically cite the prison realignment. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Top House Republican Urges Cuts to Entitlements, Not Defense
BusinessWeekOctober 13, 2011

The “combined effects will have a devastating impact on the fiscal and quality of life of military retirees.” Military benefits must be viewed with the dangers and the extended absences from family in mind, McKeon said. The benefits must also be ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Website launched to combat cyber crime
Toronto SunOctober 3, 2011

The campaign comes just as the government is beefing up its own computer systems after Treasury Board and the finance department were hacked earlier this year. Canada is ranked sixth in the world as a source for cyber crime, up from 13th in 2010, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Crack Down on Rogue Text ads but Leave No Win No Fee Alone - say Lawyers
Einnews PortugalOctober 13, 2011

Personal Injury specialists at DBS law are warning the public that the Government's Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, which gets its third reading today, will seriously reduce their access to justice while doing nothing to cut the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Law firm error imperils Alabama death row inmate
ForbesOctober 4, 2011

Maples' lawyer in the Supreme Court is former Solicitor General Gregory Garre, who says no one should be executed without a court review of "serious constitutional questions." Garre wants the justices to order lower courts to consider Maples' claim ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Medical marijuana or employment?
The Morning SunOctober 3, 2011

Medical marijuana users are not allowed to be under the influence of the drug "when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice," as is stated in the law. Continued... There are also prohibitions against using or being under ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Cite consumer act, BlackBerry owners told
Business DayOctober 13, 2011

Ms Mohlala said consumers would find protection under sections 55, 56 and 61 of the Consumer Protection Act , which provided rights on the quality of goods, and liability for damage cause by goods. She said everyone who was involved in the value chain ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Upcoming real estate events
Detroit Free PressOctober 2, 2011

Lori Chmura of Middleton Training will present an update on real estate law and practices for six hours of state-mandated real estate continuing education. Only one of the two classes is required. $80 registration fee for BIA members, ...more »

Matt Wallace: Heed mother's advice when it comes to scams
Port Huron Times HeraldOctober 9, 2011

Under the Uniform Commercial Code, if you endorse a check with any agreement or restrictions above the endorsement, you are agreeing to that contract. That contract is legally enforceable against you. So if you sign the $20 check and put it in your ...more »

Sports Law
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Freddie Fletcher signs up as a consultant for Square One Law
nebusiness.co.ukOctober 5, 2011

FORMER Newcastle United chief executive Freddie Fletcher has been signed up as a consultant to build the sports law business of a law firm launched this year by his son Alan. Alan Fletcher and former Eversheds colleague Ian Gilthorpe want to build one ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyers to Give Closing Arguments in Komisarjevsky Case
Patch.comOctober 11, 2011

If he's only an accessory, the defense will say he ought not to be killed," said Norman Pattis, one of the highest profile criminal defense attorneys in Connecticut. A supporter of the Petit family reportedly approached a juror on the murder trial to ...more »

IRS Auditing How Google Shifted Profits Offshore to Avoid Taxes
BloombergOctober 13, 2011

The agency is bringing more than typical scrutiny to how the company valued software rights and other intellectual property it licensed abroad, said the person, who requested anonymity because the audit isn't public. The IRS has requested information ...more »

Texas Roadhouse sued for age discrimination
Idaho State JournalOctober 3, 2011

Age discrimination violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The agency seeks monetary relief for all applicants denied ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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IT solution providers look for electronic waste management opportunities
SearchITChannel.comOctober 4, 2011

Colin Curtis, director of sustainability for Dimension Data, said it makes the most sense to have asset recovery conversations when clients are evaluating new infrastructure investments. The very local nature of e-waste disposal laws around the world ...more »

Environmental Law
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County solar project fails to get fed loan guarantee
Las Vegas Review - JournalOctober 1, 2011

This particular loan program, created by the 2009 economic stimulus law to spur development of renewable energy, was especially prized by applicants because it picked up the cost of credit insurance that would otherwise be paid by borrowers, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Make will and help charities
nebusiness.co.ukOctober 25, 2011

Carolyn Tilly, partner with Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors and specialist in Wills and Probate, commented: National Make a Will Month should be the catalyst to make people think about either writing a will, or reviewing their current will. ...more »

Family Law
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Judge hastens briefing on Kansas family planning clinic funding
Kansas City StarOctober 7, 2011

US District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Thursday set a Monday deadline for all responses to be filed to the request by Dodge City Family Planning Clinic. At issue is the new state law requiring Kansas to allocate federal family-planning money first to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Program to Lower Workers' Comp Rates for New Employers in Ohio Approved
Insurance JournalOctober 3, 2011

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) board of directors has approved the creation of Grow Ohio, a program targeted toward job creation by lowering workers' comp costs for employers new to Ohio, agency announced. The program could reduce ...more »

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