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How to revise your company's health care strategy in an age of uncertainty
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

... so much stress that employees often use the Federal Medical Leave Act to take time off and are less productive when they finally return to work. Savvy employers are starting to understand the connection between work-related absences, family issues, ...more »

Funding expires to capture, remove protected timberwolves
Minnesota Public RadioOctober 1, 2011

For over 35 years, federal wolf trappers in Minnesota have captured timberwolves that have preyed on livestock, killed pets or threatened people. Federal funding for the program expired today, ending their work. Supporters of the program are worried ...more »

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Administrative Law
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West Virginia Court System 2010 Annual Report released
Mountain StatesmanOctober 3, 2011

CHARLESTON -- Published every year, by the Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the West Virginia Court System 2010 Annual Report is a wealth of information about the current state of the West Virginia Court System ...more »

Health Care Law
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Baucus bets big on supercommittee success
BusinessWeekOctober 4, 2011

And in 2003, Baucus was one of only two Democrats to help Bush and Republicans change the Medicare prescription drug plan. His deal-making ways have in the past led to charges of betrayal from fellow Democrats in Washington DC But it has served him ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The most important Supreme Court ever?
CBS NewsOctober 4, 2011

One of the criminal-law cases before the Court this term concerns whether use of a GPS tracking device on a criminal suspect's vehicle constitutes a "search" under the Fourth Amendment. In United States v. Jones, police attached a GPS receiver to a car ...more »

Immigration Law
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County begins to enforce new immigration law
Moulton AdvertiserOctober 6, 2011

The state of Alabama's new illegal immigration law went into effect last Thursday and on Friday, delays associated with the new identification requirements, plus the normal rush associated with the last day of the month, caused a 3-hour wait, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Town to mull biomass project
Rutland HeraldOctober 1, 2011

The state law governs utility construction projects, which in Springfield's case would include the proposed $180 million biomass plant proposed for the North Springfield Industrial Park and the beginning of the ambitious broadband expansion by Vermont ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Man Indicted for Unlicensed Law Practice
Patch.comOctober 8, 2011

Timban had given the client a business card that listed himself as an attorney for The Timban Law Group in Cherry Hill and indicated he was “Specializing in Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights; Immigration & Nationality Law; Family Law; Alternative Dispute ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Crash vicitms tell lawmakers that proposed auto insurance changes could lead ...
Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.comOctober 4, 2011

Sinas said expenses would shift from auto insurance to health insurance, increasing already rising expenses for families and businesses, and increase litigation as victims sue at-fault drivers to recover unpaid costs. The group said that Michigan ...more »

Animal Law
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ACT warns tiger veshas<
Times of IndiaOctober 5, 2011

Suma stated that any group indulging in such an act will be penalised under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The trust also condemns use of snakes or any animals, reptiles in dance, programmes during Dasara procession and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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AMSC, Sinovel and the State of US-China Business Relations
RenewableEnergyWorld.comOctober 3, 2011

Pennsylvania, USA – Upon learning that American Superconductor (AMSC) has accused its largest customer of intellectual property theft, one couldn't help but well up with nostalgia for the halcyon days of 2008, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Kent Masters Assumes CEO Role at Foster Wheeler
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

These include statements regarding the Company's expectations about revenues (including as expressed by its backlog), its liquidity, the outcome of litigation and legal proceedings and recoveries from customers for claims and the costs of current and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Divisions rock AAG
The Zimbabwe StandardOctober 16, 2011

BY OUR STAFF FOUR provincial executives of the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) have passed a vote of no confidence in the national executive for failing to represent the interests of its constituency. The provinces that want the entire national ...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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Legal Events Calendar: October 4, 2011
Brooklyn Daily EagleOctober 4, 2011

Oct. 27, CLE: Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn Estates Planning Conference, 8 am Approved for up to 3 CLE credits (2.5 Professional Practice, .5 Ethics). Estate Planning And Administration Conference. Co-sponsored by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Clifford Olson — Canada's national monster — dead at 71
Vancouver SunOctober 1, 2011

A monster. He was a personable, charming guy. When he walked into my office, it was the cops that looked bad." "Olson very fully appreciated the nature and quality of what he was doing," said his former lawyer Shantz. "That probably was the engine that ...more »

Litigation
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Alternatives to litigation
Irish TimesOctober 2, 2011

A joint reception with the American Bar Association International Law Section, sponsored by Matheson Ormsby Prentice, follows the conference's close. For further information contact Mandy Sawier at SawierM@adr.org.more »

Business Law
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The Law Firm of Levi & Korsinsky Notifies Investors With Losses on Their ...
Stock Markets ReviewOctober 3, 2011

Levi & Korsinsky has expertise in prosecuting investor securities litigation and extensive experience in actions involving financial fraud and represents investors throughout the nation, concentrating its practice in securities and shareholder ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal: Obama Is Right, Don't Stop There
PolicyMicOctober 3, 2011

This means that even in states where gay marriage is legal, in couples where one of the partners is in the military, a same-sex civilian dependent does not receive the same benefits that a civilian dependent in a heterosexual couple would receive. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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October Is National Cyber Security Month
North Country GazetteOctober 12, 2011

In 2010, the Florida Computer Crime Center (FC3) worked 68 major investigations, made 46 arrests, managed 869 requests for assistance and provided computer crime investigation training to 336 law enforcement personnel. In addition, FC3 provided ...more »

Personal Injury
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Michigan no-fault insurance testimony before large crowd
Michigan RadioOctober 4, 2011

Advocates hoping to keep the Michigan No Fault Personal Injury Protection auto insurance told members of the Michigan House of Representatives Insurance Committee that it would be a mistake to change the law. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Issue 3 called symbolic
Cincinnati.comOctober 2, 2011

In short, it would allow Ohioans to opt out of the so-called "individual mandate" of President Barack Obama's health care law. The Affordable Health Care Act requires that all Americans have health insurance by 2014, either through keeping their ...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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Several Make Predictions of Why Second Financial Crisis Won't be Prevented
LoanSafeOctober 7, 2011

Unfortunately, a great deal about banking which actually helped create the financial crisis has been left unchanged,” said Wilmers. Dodd-Frank allows both, “increased concentration in the financial services sector and the emergence of a business model ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Bypassing the bank
Columbus DispatchOctober 2, 2011

Taylor drafted a contract for the renter to purchase the home in two years and referred both parties to a lawyer for the lease agreement. The buyer put $2000 down, which he will forfeit if he doesn't buy the home. Although some deals divert a portion ...more »

Former Mount Rainier chief scrutinized on land deal
TheNewsTribune.comOctober 3, 2011

As required by law, he had reported the sale on his annual federal Ethics in Government Form 450, where he described it, under the heading "Assets and Income," as "Real Estate Contract, Fidelity Contract Services," with Peter Whittaker. ...more »

Sports Law
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ICC in talks with Interpol to fight corruption
ESPNcricinfo.comOctober 1, 2011

At a World Sports Law Report conference, Flanagan called for greater co-operation between sports associations to combat the problem of corruption. "I'm pretty certain that the bad guys within the sports and the malicious criminals - people outside ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Harris County DA office accused of retaliation
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

Some local defense attorneys accuse the Harris County District Attorney's Office of advising county officials to not renew their contract with Lone Star College as retaliation against Amanda Culbertson, a former Houston Police Department crime lab ...more »

Victims discuss scorn of IRS at tax fraud forum
Tbo.comOctober 2, 2011

"I supposedly owe the IRS," said the retired Army staff sergeant who used to train drill sergeants. "I don't owe them anything. I keep telling them, 'Come on and audit me. Come on. Bring it on. I'm not shy.' " Elliott is one of a growing number of ...more »

A retirement policy that's past its prime
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteOctober 2, 2011

When federal lawmakers first addressed age discrimination more than 40 years ago, they carved out exceptions, including one for top executives in both the public and private sectors. Purdue's policy applies to that group – administrators in high ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Expert liability for ratings agencies
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

Noting this concern, the staff advised that they would not recommend enforcement of Regulation AB's requirements for prospectus disclosure of ratings. The enforcement position was initially effective for six months, and by replacement letter made ...more »

Environmental Law
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Free Electricity in Germany?
Care2.comOctober 4, 2011

The reason Germany has so much renewable energy is that national law has required aggressive construction of alternative power sources. Just five years ago, a surplus of electricity from renewables would not have occurred, but the forward-looking ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Disaster survivors can get free legal assistance
Warwick AdvertiserOctober 1, 2011

Disaster Legal Services can help survivors with bankruptcy, civil rights, employment law, landlord-tenant law, FEMA benefits claims, wills, trusts and probate matters, among other issues potentially arising from disaster. Any person affected by Irene ...more »

Family Law
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Law talk: Ex-husband tries to block sale of house
Chicago Daily HeraldOctober 9, 2011

Many law firms practice exclusively in this area and are generally successful in obtaining reductions in assessed valuations, which usually leads to lower real estate tax bills. • Send your questions to attorney Tom Resnick, 345 N. Quentin Road, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Business Insurance Recognizes Safety National as a Best Place to Work
MarketWatch (press release)October 10, 2011

LOUIS, Oct 10, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Safety National, the leading provider of excess workers' compensation insurance in the United States, has been once again named one of the Best Places to Work in the insurance industry by Business Insurance ...more »

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