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Sac State awaits rest of $10 million pledge from Alex Spanos
Capitol WeeklyOctober 1, 2011

Nava cited California law around the Public Records Act, noting that a government organization can withhold such information, but must provide a written justification. "We will not discuss donor agreements," Nava said via email. "Confidentiality of ...more »

How Important is it to Have a Will? (online only)
Best of TimesOctober 1, 2011

By making a will and assigning power of attorney, an elder will feel comforted that his/her wishes will be carried out. Wills are often changed, so be ready to execute more than one document over time. And remember, anytime someone signs a will, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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His claim to fame? Your claims ... Judge speaks to local businesses about ...
Muscatine JournalOctober 19, 2011

MUSCATINE, Iowa — It's Judge Joe Walsh's job to help ensure that those who are entitled to unemployment insurance get it, and those who aren't don't. Walsh, chief administrative law judge for Workforce Iowa's Unemployment Insurance Appeals Bureau, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Some states seek flexibility to push health-care overhaul further
Washington PostOctober 17, 2011

His state has aggressively implemented the health overhaul Congress passed last year, taking more than $100 million in federal funding to do so. But at the same time, the health-care law puts Kitzhaber (D) in a bind. This year, Oregon passed its own ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Containers fall off stricken ship in New Zealand
Philippine StarOctober 12, 2011

Meanwhile, the captain of the Liberian-flagged Rena was arrested and charged under New Zealand's Maritime Act. He could face a year in prison if convicted. The ship has been foundering since it ran aground Oct. 5 on the Astrolabe Reef, about 14 miles ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's immigration law impacts local church, school attendance
Gulf Coast NewspapersOctober 18, 2011

... the ministry has talked about not renewing its lease in November because of dwindling numbers in its congregation. According to Toledo, several members are in the process of relocating to other states due to fear borne from the immigration law. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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UNESCO votes to admit Palestine; US cuts off funding
Washington PostOctober 31, 2011

The approval opens the door for the Palestinians also to gain membership in the World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO), the UN Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Member states must do more to promote mediation
PublicServiceEurope.comOctober 3, 2011

This can result in the preservation of a relationship, which might otherwise deteriorate due to a number of reasons associated with court cases, primarily heavy financial burdens. Mediation is of particular benefit in cases involving children as the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkOctober 31, 2011

This discussion includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in filings with the SEC, in our press releases, investor presentations, and in oral statements made by or with the ...more »

Animal Law
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Breeding better policies
McGill DailyOctober 6, 2011

The recent seizure of over 500 dogs from a rural Quebec dog breeding facility has brought the province's poor animal rights record to the forefront. Earlier this year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund in California named Quebec as “the best province to be ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property fees to go up from December
Straits TimesOctober 31, 2011

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is raising its trademark, patent and design filing charges from December, for the first time since 2007. The charges will rise between 5 per cent and 10 per cent. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lincoln, litigation and law clinics
The Star DemocratOctober 26, 2011

At Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, like at other conservation advocacy programs, when we do decide to resort to litigation, we often must rely on local environmental law clinics to provide legal representation. Our budget is relatively small and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action plan set for approval; Human Right Commission has requested ...
Quincy Herald WhigOctober 7, 2011

To fulfill the requirement of a federal grant application, the city of Quincy is set to approve an affirmative action plan that has been sought by the city's Human Rights Commission for eight years. Doug Olson, director of Human Resources, ...more »

Small plane lands on Watertown street
Chicago TribuneOctober 17, 2011

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports ( ) police say the plane was being taken to the airport, and the Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted. Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How to Write a Tenant Lease
Smartmoney.comOctober 12, 2011

They don't just set the terms between landlord and tenant. They also create the value of the property itself, because an investment property's market value is based on the income it generates. In other words, leases are your assets, so you'll want to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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New trophy cases shine light on Montclair's glorious athletic history
NorthJersey.comOctober 13, 2011

When Kennedy learned about the existence of The Pit, he also made the acquaintance of a man named Paul Morgan. "If you're going to hand out credit, Paul's a guy that richly deserves it," Kennedy said. "He made sure a bad situation didn't get any worse. ...more »

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MF Global Provides Update on Primary Dealer Status
MarketWatch (press release)October 31, 2011

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Forward-looking statements in this press release, including statements relating to the Company's future revenues and earnings, plans, strategies, objectives, ...more »

Business Law
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New laws not answer
Business DayOctober 4, 2011

The government is contemplating a raft of related nanny state legislation aimed at curbing drinking and reducing road carnage and violent crime: increasing the minimum drinking age to 21; reducing the speed limits; banning alcohol advertising; ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Department Reminds Troops of Member-designated Benefits
DoD LiveOctober 28, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – In their ongoing review of military benefits in connection with the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” Defense Department officials have now identified a total of 14 benefits where members may designate beneficiaries of their choosing, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Task force arrests alleged sexual predator
WFIR News Talk RadioOctober 19, 2011

The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says Porter was traveling across the central Virginia area as part of a work crew and living in various motels. He faces charges involving computer solicitation of a child. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Officials say revamp needed for auto insurance's personal injury protection
MyCentralJersey.comOctober 7, 2011

The Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee heard nearly four hours of testimony Thursday about a series of changes planned for auto insurance's personal injury protection, or PIP, which covers medical care for injuries, regardless of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Group pushes pulpit politics
Charleston Post CourierOctober 2, 2011

John Simpkins, a research fellow at the Charleston School of Law and a constitutional law expert, said the claim that the government is restricting freedom of religious expression in churches doesn't hold water. Churches, he said, are free to discuss ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Cobb County Bar Association Invites Social Media Trainer Kelly Quattlebaum to ... (press release)October 2, 2011

Other topics include Malpractice Avoidance/Retainer Issues/Office Practice Management, Maximizing Collections in your Practice, Marketing for the Solo/Small Firm and Technology in the Small Law Office Setting. Seminar attendees will receive 4 hours of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Amendments to effective date for swap regulation
Lexology (registration)October 24, 2011

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the CFTC) has proposed to extend its earlier exemptive order that provides temporary relief from certain swap-related provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The Daily Docket: Lehman Wins Approval on SunCal Plans
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 26, 2011

A California bankruptcy judge Tuesday approved Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s Chapter 11 plans for more than a dozen real-estate projects that had been caught up in the legal tug of war between the failed investment bank and land ...more »

Swiss Banks, Goldman, Standard Bank, BofA in Court News
BusinessWeekOctober 24, 2011

AT&T will argue at a hearing today in Washington that Sprint, as a competitor rather than a consumer, has no right under antitrust law to bring the suit and that Sprint's claims the $39 billion deal would hurt its business are unfounded. ...more »

Sports Law
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Dodgers, EPA Rules, Immigration, Innkeepers in Court News
BusinessWeekOctober 12, 2011

The team wants court permission to auction future television rights to raise enough money to exit bankruptcy. Fox, Selig and the Ad Hoc Committee of Season Ticket Holders asked US Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross in Wilmington, Delaware, to say no. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Paper: Defense attorney mistakes reverse or send back to court scores of Pa ...
The RepublicOctober 23, 2011

"The number of reversals on these cases is staggering," said Ronald L. Greenblatt, chairman of the Philadelphia chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "The attorneys who are doing this work, because of the low pay, ...more »

Treasury Finds Tanning Tax Collections Lacking
ForbesOctober 13, 2011

I'm an associate editor at Forbes, reporting on personal finance from my outpost in a Modernist house in New Canaan, Conn. (The New York Times once called me a member of "a cadre of design connoisseurs.") I have a law degree, and I write about how to ...more »

Ryan's Family Steakhouse Sued for Firing 79 Year Old Woman
JobmouseOctober 22, 2011

In fiscal year 2010, the EEOC received a total of 23264 charges of age discrimination, which accounted for 23.3 percent of all charges filed with the EEOC nationwide. The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Golden Key Scam, Portals Of Misery And The Liability Of The Central Bank
Sunday LeaderOctober 15, 2011

The famous English Novelist, Trollope wrote the above words after he was disgusted by what he perceived as a decline of ethical values in British public life which resulted in the writing of the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Ban on cellphones while driving among laws going into effect today
Las Vegas SunOctober 1, 2011

... permanent school fund to invest in companies in Nevada or seeking to move here that are in health care, life science, cybersecurity, homeland security and defense, alternative energy, advanced materials, manufacturing and information technology. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Hamill Law Firm has Released the “Massachusetts Probate Guide” for Consumers
PR Web (press release)October 1, 2011

Attorney Bernard J. Hamill of the Hamill Law firm has published a free guide for Massachusetts probate. The probate guide, in PDF format and obtainable at the Massachusetts wills website, was written exclusively for Massachusetts consumers having ...more »

Family Law
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Israeli-American Queens law student Ilan Grapel arrives home in NYC after ...
New York Daily NewsOctober 29, 2011

Llan Grapel is seen in JFK Airport Saturday shortly after being reunited with his family upon his return from being detained for months in Egypt. A Queens law student enjoyed a teary airport homecoming Saturday after ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Legislature makes settlement offer to end workers' comp lawsuit
Little Falls Evening TimesOctober 28, 2011

21 and awarded the amount of $2074711.44 to the self-insurance plan against the town of Frankfort, $2451108.87 against the village of Herkimer and $1667704.09 against the village of Ilion as of Sept. 20. In addition, the judgment said the three ...more »


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