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Many of state's Friendly's franchises won't be hurt by bankruptcy
Ct PostOctober 1, 2011

While unlikely to threaten their ice cream places, customers and business experts saw the potential bankruptcy as an indication of the economy's state. "You'd think a place like this would be OK with its moderate prices," Furrer said. ...more »

Feds reach deal with NJ Transit to reduce ARC tunnel debt to $95M
NorthJersey.comOctober 1, 2011

The state has so far spent just over $1 million in legal fees to fight the debt. John Wisniewski, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, said New Jersey commuters still lost out. “While the governor may tout his settlement as a win for New ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Washington Week: Reform Law Heads to Supreme Court
MedPage TodayOctober 1, 2011

The FDA has come under fire from the device industry for being too slow and unpredictable in its review process. The agency has responded by announcing it would streamline a number of processes and provide better training for staff reviewers. ...more »

Health Care Law
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President Obama's health care law not fulfilling promise
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)October 2, 2011

By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist By Michael F. Cannon The news that health insurance premiums are again rising rapidly is the latest reminder that President Obama's health care law is producing the opposite of what it promised. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on First Amendment, Due Process
Kansas City infoZineOctober 1, 2011

Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations deals withprofanity and nudity in broadcasts. Fox aired two music awards shows containing what the FCC deemed “indecent” speech by Cher and reality television star Nicole Richie, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Fla. Sen. Rubio's office claims Univision offered to spike story for Al Punto ...
MiamiHerald.comOctober 3, 2011

If Rubio appeared on Al Punto — Univision's national television show where the topic of immigration would likely be discussed — then the story of his brother-in-law's troubles would be softened or might not run at all, according to Univision insiders ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Planning law reform: Tory ministers back changes but oppose backyard developments
Daily MailOctober 4, 2011

A swathe of other ministers have backed him, declaring that Britain must build its way out of recession, regardless of an outcry from countryside and green groups, including the National Trust. Meanwhile, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Google Launches Trusted Stores Program
InformationWeekOctober 3, 2011

The purchase protection program allows customers to seek help from Google if a dispute arises. Google is offering up to $1000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases. The company describes its dispute resolution process on its website. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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W. R. Berkley Corporation Announces Estimate of Third Quarter Catastrophe Losses
MarketWatch (press release)October 10, 2011

This is a "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are based upon the Company's historical performance and on current plans, estimates and expectations. ...more »

Animal Law
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Davis School Board to OK service dogs in meeting federal law
StandardNetOctober 3, 2011

Service animals are defined by law as either a dog or a miniature horse that is trained to perform tasks for the person with a disability, which includes physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. Beus said currently there ...more »

Intellectual Property
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USPTO News Briefs
Patent DocsOctober 4, 2011

Currently the USPTO has PPH programs (full or pilot) in place with the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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United Foreclosure Attorney Network (UFAN) Seeks Highly Qualified ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 3, 2011

UFAN is also giving consumers a voice in the development of its public forum. Borrowers and property owners can communicate about the problems they are facing and the actions they have taken. Attorneys who are part of the private attorney forum are ...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 »

Aviation stocks, PSU OMCs in focus after hike in ATF prices
India Infoline.comOctober 3, 2011

State-owned oil marketing companies (PSU OMCs) on Friday, 30 September 2011 hiked jet fuel, or ATF, price by 1.5% as falling rupee made oil imports costlier. ATF price at Delhi's T3 airport was hiked by Rs 899 per kilolitre (kl), or 1.5%, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tools for Landlords to Avoid Tenant Improvement Construction Lien Claims
JD Supra (press release)October 12, 2011

4th DCA 2010), revisions were made to Section 713.10, Florida Statutes (the statute that governs construction lien rights on tenant improvement projects) making it easier for a landlord to avoid lien claims arising from tenant improvements from ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Goodbye to the Yakuza
The Atlantic WireOctober 1, 2011

For any small business, being outed as a yakuza front company is more than likely to result in bankruptcy or eviction. On an individual level, it means being fired or forced to resign from your occupation, as was the case of popular comedian and TV ...more »

Litigation
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SEC Asks Apple CFO for Information on Nokia Patent Litigation Settlement
BloombergOctober 3, 2011

The US Securities and Exchange Commission asked Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer for information on the financial terms of a patent litigation settlement with Nokia Oyj. ...more »

Business Law
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Manitoba election expected to be the closest in years
CTV.caOctober 4, 2011

One NDP ad included a photo of a scared little girl curled up in her mother's arms, with the question "Can your family risk Hugh McFadyen and the PCs?" The Tories, meanwhile, accused the NDP of letting criminals roam free with a soft-on-crime stance. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Another step taken, but a long road ahead
COS The CampusOctober 5, 2011

Yet, a heterosexual couple has rights and benefits if one or both are in the military that homosexual couples are not given. In an article by Associated Press, it states that when a Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual (LGB) person enlists in the military, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Kalispell man sentenced on child porn charges
KAJ18 Kalispell Montana NewsOctober 1, 2011

He also had to forfeit the computers and pay a $200 special assessment. The investigation was conducted by the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, and the Montana Division of Criminal ...more »

Personal Injury
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Judge blasts personal-injury lawyer for running P2P "shake down"
Ars TechnicaOctober 6, 2011

By Nate Anderson | Published October 6, 2011 5:22 PM Richmond, Virginia lawyer D. Wayne O'Bryan runs, as his website puts it, "a small law firm designed for personalized and professional legal services for dog attack injury and negligence claims. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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SCOTUS Cases Could Affect Presidential Race
NPROctober 3, 2011

One federal public court has ruled one way, saying the law is constitutional. The other has said that it's unconstitutional. It's an issue that the Supreme Court has got to resolve. So I think the thought will be: We might as well do it now. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Patch 2011 Elections: 9th Judicial District—Supreme Court Justice [POLL]
Patch.comOctober 29, 2011

That experience includes representing clients in diverse areas of law, including personal injury, professional liability (legal, medical and dental malpractice), Labor Law, Civil Rights, municipal liability, contracts, and insurance. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Social Security kept silent about private data breach | The Republic
The RepublicOctober 13, 2011

The mistakes Social Security has made -- and continues to make -- with a database called the "Death Master File" underscore how federal consumer protection laws lag far behind most of the nation. Legislation in 46 states makes disclosure of such ...more »

Real Estate Law
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William Cellini's business dealings cross party lines
Chicago Sun-TimesOctober 2, 2011

Cellini has used the longtime House speaker's law firm, Madigan & Getzendanner, to handle real estate tax work for his apartment projects in the Chicago area. Then there is Ald. Edward Burke, another powerful Chicago Democrat. His law firm gets real ...more »

Islanders sign veteran Pandolfo to 1-year deal
Wall Street JournalOctober 4, 2011

AP UNIONDALE, NY — Veteran forward Jay Pandolfo agreed to terms with the New York Islanders on a one-year contract. The Islanders announced the deal Tuesday, four days before they open the regular season at home against the Florida Panthers. ...more »

Sports Law
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LV law firm sports powerful lineup
Las Vegas Business PressOctober 3, 2011

This is the highest number of attorneys included in the guide from any one Nevada law firm. The lawyers from Lionel Sawyer & Collins were recognized within 24 different specialties. The nationwide legal referral guide was created in 1983 and is based ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense gives closing arguments in TCG case
Salt Lake TribuneOctober 5, 2011

Defense attorneys on Tuesday explained to jurors in federal court why seven alleged members of the Tongan Crip Gang (TCG) should be acquitted of racketeering charges. During closing arguments before US District Court Judge Tena ...more »

IRS inability to rein in tax fraud vexes law enforcement
Tbo.comOctober 10, 2011

"The IRS just sent the money, and they don't check that the business exists or anything," he added. Ellsworth said the sheriff's department immediately notified the IRS and provided evidence, including recorded telephone conversations, crib sheets and ...more »

Ukraine: Reject Homophobic Law
Reuters AlertNetOctober 17, 2011

It would violate freedom of expression and the right to information, and would create an unacceptable and unlawful environment of state-promoted discrimination against LGBT people, including those under age 18. Ukraine has been a party since 1997 to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Rusunawa Process Hampered by Law Protection
BeritaJakarta.comOctober 10, 2011

“Because regulation of financial ministry mentioned that central government is not allowed to give the asset to local government. Now, we are looking for law protection, so it could be sent to Jakarta Provincial Government,” he expressed at Jakarta ...more »

Environmental Law
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Biofuels losing government loan option
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 2, 2011

The USDA didn't require companies to have purchase contracts for the fuel, relying instead on the fact that the government has required use of the biofuels. The mandate “is a huge underpinning for our whole industry,” said Bolsen. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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How to fast-track life claims
Citywire.co.ukOctober 14, 2011

Ministry of Justice statistics reveal record numbers of contested probate and disputed wills cases. This shows that the key characteristics that ought to be present for the ABI process to apply cannot be taken for granted. A client's circumstances may ...more »

Family Law
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Family hears judicial nominee testify at Senate hearings
Las Vegas Review - JournalOctober 5, 2011

Du, from Reno, is a partner in the firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP, where she handles employment law and civil litigation. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he proposed Du for a judgeship after she was brought to his attention by his son Leif, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Expanded 9/11 Victims' Fund Opens to Applicants
WNYC (blog)October 3, 2011

I wasn't covered by workers comp really. And my long term job outlook is basically I'm disabled to the point I can't work and social security only goes so far.” The Department of Justice is expected to re-open the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund starting ...more »

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