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Germany returns stolen Namibian skulls
Sky News AustraliaOctober 1, 2011

Researchers determined the region from which the skulls came as well as the sex and age of the victims but say there is no hope of learning their identity or cause of death. The Namibian representatives will return home on Tuesday with a memorial ...more »

US DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine Sept 30 (Reuters) - The US Department of Justice is seeking to give control of Solyndra's estate to a bankruptcy trustee, citing the refusal by executives at the solar power company to answer questions about its operations. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Perry defends tuition law as conservatives revive repeal effort
Fort Worth Star TelegramOctober 1, 2011

Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, said he wants to reintroduce legislation to repeal the law. Zedler pushed a repeal measure during this year's legislative session, but his bill died in the House without a hearing. Before the law became entangled in ...more »

Health Care Law
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Covering maternity care in California
Los Angeles TimesOctober 4, 2011

Last year's healthcare reform law required insurers to make maternity coverage a standard feature of all comprehensive health policies, starting in 2014. That would spread the cost of maternity care across most privately insured Americans. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Leveson inquiry throws media's future in the air – but where will it land?
The GuardianOctober 2, 2011

Its new media law, passed in 2010, attacks a free press by imposing state control over public service broadcasters and the right to levy fines on publishers. Hungary is perhaps the most dangerous example, but there are others too. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Can the Obama administration stop Alabama's immigration law?
Christian Science MonitorOctober 7, 2011

The Alabama law targets legal citizens, Hispanic activists point out, because it affects family groups of "mixed documentation" – where some people have legal papers and some do not. Thus, the interests of the entire group veer toward the plight of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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St. Tammany Parish Council punts decision on Lacombe waste transfer station
NOLA.comOctober 7, 2011

Parish Attorney Neil Hall said he was concerned that the judge's ruling that certain industrial zoning regulations in the Unified Development Code are unconstitutional could open the parish to future legal problems. Council administrator Mike Sevante ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Business Briefs: Oct. 2, 2011
St. Augustine RecordOctober 1, 2011

Greenfield Law also offers litigation services. Located on Anastasia Island, across from the post office, Greenfield Law offers free 30 minute consultations. Call 501-4912 or go to www.greenfieldlawpl.com for information. Submit business briefs to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Florida State Law Grad Stefani Norrbin Joins Henderson Franklin Tort and ...
PR.com (press release)October 8, 2011

Fort Myers, FL, October 08, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA is pleased to announce that Attorney Stefani Norrbin has joined the firm as an associate in the Tort & Insurance Litigation division. ...more »

Animal Law
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Pet fees not likely
The Herald | HeraldOnline.comOctober 16, 2011

York County leaders overseeing animal control won't support requiring pet owners to license their pets for a fee - but they might add "teeth" to an existing law designed to protect animals from neglect and abuse. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New BNA Webinar Helps Companies Identify and Tackle Online Product Counterfeiting
PR Newswire (press release)October 4, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The growing pace of e-commerce has opened the door to a dramatic increase in online counterfeiting and piracy of corporate intellectual property. What can company executives do to discover if ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Funds Spring Up to Invest in High-Stakes Litigation
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

... general counsel of chemical maker DuPont Co., who cites the rising cost of litigation in the US The business is gaining cautious backing from some partners within major US law firms, including Latham & Watkins LLP, Patton Boggs LLP and Cadwalader, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action bake sale misses the point
Highlander NewspaperOctober 4, 2011

27, 2011, members of the Young Republicans at The University of California at Berkeley staged an "Affirmative Action Bake Sale" in protest of the concept of affirmative action at public universities. The protest offered cupcakes to individuals at ...more »

India, 25 others oppose EU airline carbon charge plan
ReutersOctober 3, 2011

India, which hosted a two-day meeting in New Delhi this week, said delegates from the non-EU countries, which are also members of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO.L executive council, agreed to lodge a formal protest against the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Next step after three-day notice is eviction
Inland Valley Daily BulletinOctober 1, 2011

A: Yes, the tenant still owes for the 30-day notice period, unless the landlord is able to relet the premises before then. The landlord has to make a diligent effort to relet. Q: Our tenant, who has lived there for more than one year, ...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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Lee Tran & Liang (LTL) Announces New Partner and Opening of Silicon Valley Office
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

He will focus his practice on complex business and intellectual property litigation, "white collar" criminal defense, and trials. Kevin was formerly associated with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where he specialized in complex commercial ...more »

Business Law
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San Francisco mulls pregnancy center gag law
LifesiteOctober 1, 2011

The “False Advertising by Limited Services Pregnancy Centers” is the latest in a string of similar ordinances cropping up in major American cities, in tandem with a nationwide campaign unveiled by NARAL Pro-Choice America this spring to shutter ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Girl Scouts Sale Program Helps the Military
Patch.comOctober 10, 2011

Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls in kindergarten through high school are engaged in projects that teach them life skills, such as the Fall Product Program that benefits the military. Courtesy of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Girl ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man sentenced to prison for child pornography
Daily Inter LakeOctober 2, 2011

Child pornography was found on one of the computers and on six CDs. The second computer was found to have been used to browse for the material online and view some of the images on the CD. The investigation was conducted by the Montana Internet Crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Attorney
Eva-News (press release)October 3, 2011

Are you aware of what constitute personal injury? Basically, personal injury means injury or fatality caused by any form of carelessness on the side of another person. It is possible to claim compensation as a result of this. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Madness That Is The Front Page
The League of Ordinary GentlemenOctober 3, 2011

I thought this was a sexy issue, I offered a strong position, and included a bunch of direct application of Constitutional law. I got 4 comments. The second, a gloss and meditation on another post on a different site about the law of war and the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Galveston County judge finds conflict at every turn
Houston ChronicleOctober 4, 2011

Bryant countered, "If there is a sitting judge engaged in this kind of conduct, the public needs to know about it." Attorney Greg Hughes said DuPuy threatened revenge if Hughes appeared in his court again. Hughes, who represented the father in a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFPB proposed regulations
Lexology (registration)October 5, 2011

The rulemaking authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (”CFPB” or “Bureau”) kicked in on July 21, 2011, and the CFPB is wasting no time in addressing the variety of financial regulatory issues facing consumers. Raj Date, the current head ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Brokering Homes, and Mortgages
New York TimesOctober 6, 2011

Indeed, the mortgage application process proved so onerous that, although she had a background in real estate law, Mrs. Gaetani recalled, “I finally reached the point where I threw up my hands and said: 'Who needs this? Let's just forget about it. ...more »

Real estate market will increasingly revolve around distressed commercial...
NOLA.comOctober 5, 2011

The former owner, Orient Express, put it on the market in the first quarter of 2009, as the commercial real estate market was in free fall. The property was available without a contract on the hotel brand and management company, leaving the Berger ...more »

Sports Law
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Five Sports Media Ramblings
New York Baseball DigestOctober 3, 2011

The problem with the show involves Keith Law, whose lack of interest comes through as it seems clear that he doesn't want to be there. Having a former scout should have given the show a unique perspective. Instead, Law consistently provides laid back ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense gives closing arguments in TCG case
Salt Lake TribuneOctober 4, 2011

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

Legal & Public Notices 10/16/11- Substitute Trustee's Sales, Trustee's Sales ...
Murfreesboro PostOctober 17, 2011

57 ON THE PLAN OF BRANDYWINE SUBDIVISION, PH II, A PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT, AS OF RECORD IN PLAT BOOK 17, PAGE 52, REGISTER`S OFFICE FOR SAID COUNTY, TO WHICH PLAT REFERENCE IS HEREBY MADE FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE LEGAL DESCRIPTION. ...more »

CFO Slaps Ex-Employer with Bias Suit
CFO.com MagazineOctober 5, 2011

Disability discrimination may make for a better case. Rosenthal's attorney, David Sanford of law firm Sanford Wittels & Heisler, says there could be a certain logic in marginalizing and firing someone in a key position if there are concerns over the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ice Storm
The American LawyerOctober 2, 2011

The code did not meet international standards set by UNCITRAL, the United Nations commission that regulates international trade. "Icelandic law did not cover a reorganization proceeding for banks that was capable of being recognized outside of Iceland ...more »

Environmental Law
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Tadic calls for common regional policy on energy
EMportalOctober 19, 2011

Alternative energy resources should be granted a special attention so as to reduce our dependence on imports, the president said, drawing attention to the biomass as a particularly interesting resource. He underlined that Serbia has not yet utilized ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Sunday morning conversation with Lori Duff
Walton TribuneOctober 2, 2011

“I just always assumed I would be a lawyer,” Duff said. “I never considered anything else. Personally, it fits me because I like rules, knowing where the edges of the box are and the fact the law equalizes the playing field because everyone has to ...more »

Family Law
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Transgender law, others go into effect
Las Vegas Review-JournalOctober 1, 2011

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS: It becomes a misdemeanor crime, subject to a $1000 fine and possible jail time, to willfully post publicly the Social Security card number of another person. FORECLOSURE FRAUD REFORM: Homeowners facing foreclosure will have ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NFIB, EMPLOYERS Expand WC Program to Eight Additional States
Insurance JournalOctober 3, 2011

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has extended its discounted workers' compensation coverage benefits to its members in Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Arkansas and New Mexico through EMPLOYERS. ...more »

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