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Solaria Considers Tax Break in California Expansion
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Under a 2010 law, the state Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority can exempt sales taxes on equipment, the building or assembly of alternative-energy manufacturing and landfill-gas plants. The authority plans to vote on ...more »

Federal healthcare lawsuit could make McKenna sick
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)October 1, 2011

For the sake of his 2012 gubernatorial chances, he'd better pray his side loses when the justices decide the fate of the new federal healthcare law next year. McKenna autographing a poster for a supporter after he announced his 2012 gubernatorial bid ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Wappingers school board member: Alleged misconduct involves education law
Poughkeepsie JournalOctober 1, 2011

Board of Education Member Aziz Ashan said misconduct allegations involving trustees Marilynn Shultz and John Lumia "lean toward" administrative matters involving state and federal education law. The Wappingers Central School District Board of Education ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama's Healthcare Law Requires Thorough Review
Retirement PlanningOctober 4, 2011

by Sheena Festoon on October 4, 2011 On Friday, President Obama's healthcare laws became the center of attention when the federal appellate judges' conservative-leaning panel raised concerns about such topic. However, some recommended that it is too ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Anne Hathaway can't keep her hands off boyfriend Adam Shulman
Daily MailOctober 3, 2011

... but Anne Hathaway and her boyfriend still act like a pair of lovesick teenagers. The actress couldn't keep her hands off actor Adam Shulman as they left a friend's house in Beverly Hills yesterday. And she didn't mind that her friend, Rashida Jones...more »

Immigration Law
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New Georgia immigration law produces more fear than effect
Chattanooga Times Free PressOctober 4, 2011

A federal judge allowed most of Alabama's immigration law to go into effect, now considered the strictest in the country. Among other things, school officials are required to check the immigration status of students. The law now allows police officers ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Cable: Palestinian membership in UNESCO is just the tip of the iceberg
Foreign Policy (blog)October 7, 2011

Palestinian membership in UNESCO would also grant them immediate membership in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The US would have to stop contributing to WIPO but ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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ICC Produces New Arbitration Rules
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)October 3, 2011

The aim has been to make theICC a more attractive dispute resolution forum for international businesses andgovernments. Which Arbitrations Will the new Rules Apply to? It appears to be the case that they will apply to ICC arbitrations commenced on or ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Allstate and Progressive Settle Litigation
NEWS.GNOM.ES (press release)October 3, 2011

COM/ — Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire & Casualty Insurance Company and Progressive Casualty Insurance Company have agreed to settle litigation involving usage-based insurance and online insurance policy-servicing patents and certain ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activists call for stringent animal cruelty laws
Today's ZamanOctober 9, 2011

Animal rights activists protest against the mistreatment of a stray animal that was tortured in Samsun. The protest was organized on social networking websites in April. Animal rights activists and advo-cates have been urging the government to enforce ...more »

Intellectual Property
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US Signs International Anti-Piracy Accord
Wired News (blog)October 3, 2011

The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on Saturday, an accord targeting intellectual property piracy. The European Union, Mexico and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Dallas Attorney Amy LaValle Joins Skiermont Puckett LLP
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Ms. LaValle earned her law degree with honors from SMU's Dedman School of Law in 2003 and her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 1999. Skiermont Puckett is a trial litigation firm with experience representing both plaintiffs and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Brown Vetoes SB 185
City on a Hill PressOctober 13, 2011

SB 185, the “affirmative action” bill, was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last Saturday. The bill would have allowed college admissions to take ethnicity and gender into consideration during the admissions process. ...more »

26 countries join to protest EU's aircraft carbon emission norms
Economic TimesOctober 2, 2011

NEW DELHI: In a first-of-its-kind initiative, member nations of UN aviation body, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and other non-European Union (EU) states led by India have come together to protest against EU's proposal to put a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Service charge demands under the spotlight
Mortgage Finance Gazette OnlineOctober 10, 2011

The notice should be in a format prescribed by legislation and must include a date for payment of the ground rent; the period that the demand covers; the amount to be paid; and the landlord's address for service (s47 Landlord and Tenant Act 1987). ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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A trail of accusations and fear
The StateOctober 2, 2011

A Gulf Breeze, Fla., insurance saleswoman filed bankruptcy in 2008 in part because she had purchased a 2007 Mercedes CLS 550 for Hawes. The car has a base price of $68000. • A Michigan woman who works in financial services and met Hawes through the ...more »

Litigation
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Pork Producers Threaten Litigation Over Prison's Response to Muslim Inmates ...
ABA JournalOctober 5, 2011

But that didn't derail the halal-meal litigation, reports the Associated Press. And now pork producers are threatening a lawsuit of their own unless what they refer to as the other lean meat is put back on the regular diet for most Ohio inmates. ...more »

Business Law
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Third-party ads blitz provincial campaigns, where strict federal rules absent
Winnipeg Free PressOctober 2, 2011

Political finance disclosure laws, lobbying rules and third-party advertising regulations in Canada have, to date, kept things relatively in check, said Middleton, but he worries about the ascendant trend line of single-issue, third-party ads. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Reporter's Notebook: Talking with Taiwanese Soldiers
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 4, 2011

The military also plans to increase benefits and remunerations to recruit enough volunteer troops as Taiwan's birth rate continues to fall. The change, when it comes, will likely be welcome by conscripts and volunteers alike. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man headed to prison for posessing child pornography
Sacramento Bee (blog)October 1, 2011

The case resulted from an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and composed of agents from federal, state and local ...more »

Personal Injury
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LA Law Firm Benefits from Founder's Expertise on Personal Injury Law
NEWS.GNOM.ES (press release)October 10, 2011

ES/ — When the average citizen thinks of personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles, they think of unscrupulous ambulance chasers. In fact, there are prominent personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles with legitimate credentials, reputations for the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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1st ballots to be cast Tuesday
Toledo BladeOctober 2, 2011

The law makes the most sweeping changes to collective bargaining by police, firefighters, teachers, clerks, and other public employees since 1983. The law prohibits all public employee strikes, limits issues for contract negotiations, requires workers ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Pro Bono Summit
Connecticut Law TribuneOctober 7, 2011

The event also featured a panel discussion by Chief Administrative Judges Linda K. Lager, Lynda B. Munro and Christine E. Keller, who respectively head the civil, family and juvenile court divisions. Munro said that about 13000 marriages are dissolved ...more »

Consumer Protection
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RTS Offers Services to Support New Swap Execution Facilities as Dodd-Frank Act...
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

By RTS Realtime Systems Group CHICAGO, Oct., 3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The US Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has spawned the creation of regulated Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) that must capture trades electronically and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Law firm celebrates centennial
Rocky Mount TelegramOctober 10, 2011

W. Dudley Whitley III focuses on civil litigation, collections and bankruptcy. Curtis L. Bentz, retired from the Judge Advocate General staff of the US Air Force, focuses on civil litigation and on labor and employment law. Jacob R. Parrott III focuses ...more »

New York Fed May Demand Europe's Banks Produce More Details on Liquidity
BloombergOctober 3, 2011

US-based money funds, which buy short-term commercial paper, have been shunning securities issued by some banks based on the continent, and European Central Bank Governing Council member Yves Mersch said Sept. 28 that liquidity shortages pose the main ...more »

Sports Law
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Part 1: State's Concussion Law Aims to Protect Student-Athletes
Patch.comOctober 4, 2011

The MSHSAA is now outlining the regulations and procedures with the new state law regarding sports-related concussions. By Justin Phelps Long before NFL players were exhibiting the long-term symptoms of concussions, MICDS had an eye out for its ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Best way to help wrongly accused is to identify and convict the guilty
Patriot-NewsOctober 2, 2011

The faulty assumptions and predetermined conclusions from the academics and criminal defense attorneys that dominated the committee produced a fundamentally flawed report that deserves additional scrutiny. As a member of that committee, I believe that ...more »

IRS Announces PTIN Renewals, Changes
ForbesOctober 24, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. ...more »

National Labor Court: Agudas Yisrael Is Guilty Of Discrimination
Yeshiva World NewsOctober 3, 2011

The decision was in response to an appeal to the court after a regional labor court ruled there was age discrimination that were in violation of labor laws as well as a violation of the Basic Law relating to one's dignity and freedom. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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How the Valuation Dates of Different Assets Are Decided During Divorce
ForbesOctober 12, 2011

BedrockDivorce.com) a national divorce financial strategy firm that exclusively advises women who are going through, or may be going through, a financially complicated divorce (we provide financial analyses and projections, not legal services). ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama's energy chief defends clean energy loans
Chem.InfoOctober 2, 2011

... defended on Saturday a loan guarantee program that has provided billions of dollars for solar energy and other renewable energy projects. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said a stimulus law program that expired Friday will help develop the world's ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Nelsons promotes four
Insider MediaOctober 4, 2011

Nuttall also joined Nelsons as a trainee solicitor in 2005 and works as a wills and probate specialist. Having joined Nelsons in 2007, Dudhia works in the real estate team as a specialist in commercial landlord and tenant matters. ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law audioCPD unlimited access for your CPD year
Family Law NewswatchOctober 6, 2011

Her family sought a court order authorising the withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration but then discovered that she was not in vegetative state, but in 'minimally conscious state'. The family nonetheless proceeded with the application, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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IRS offers employers partial amnesty
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 6, 2011

They are not really independent contractor duties," says Jim Brown, an employment lawyer with Sedgwick. Employers in California might be especially reluctant to enter the IRS program because "it is the most dangerous state for wage and hour litigation ...more »

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