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Major construction set for I-94 Friday night
Newsradio 620October 1, 2011

By Matt Montgomery & Cody Holyoke Starting Friday night, overnight construction will start, which could mean some traffic headaches for a busy weekend. Engineers with the I-94 project are working to open up a brand new tunnel, but it isn't easy. ...more »

The law of unintended consequences
The Canberra TimesOctober 1, 2011

... taxes and contribute to the economy and the society in myriad ways, will begin to demand better access to government services, greater political representation and, eventually, access to the franchise and other rights that come with citizenship. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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2 Wappingers board of ed trustees deny wrongdoing
Poughkeepsie JournalOctober 2, 2011

The allegations of misconduct involving trustees Marilynn Shultz and John Lumia do not involve money or criminal activity, but are related to administrative matters involving state and federal education law, according to board member Aziz Ahsan. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Voters to decide health care law
Parkersburg NewsOctober 10, 2011

Retired Marietta physician Russell Schreiber said he is opposed to Issue 3 and is a strong supporter of the federal health care legislation, officially titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. "It's morally unethical to vote against this ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Perry stem cell push faces hurdles
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

The legislation's original draft was written by Jones and tweaked by Perry, according to correspondence obtained through the Texas Public Information Act. Adult stem cells are cells in the body that multiply to replenish dying cells. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration reform debate: Envisioning society
Deseret NewsOctober 3, 2011

But legal workers have refused to fill the agricultural and manual labor jobs usually held by undocumented immigrants, even though many pay more than minimum wage. Millions of dollars worth of produce now lies rotting in Alabama fields for lack of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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North Dakota grants permits to all compliant wells
Bismarck TribuneOctober 2, 2011

Josh Fershee, a University of North Dakota law professor who specializes in energy issues, said that he thinks the state Industrial Commission has the authority to limit the rate of permitting if it decided it was necessary to their job of industry...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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UK broadcasters: Net neutrality a must
Advanced TelevisionOctober 5, 2011

The Plum report recommends that EU institutions, national governments and regulators should signal a clear commitment to safeguarding the Open Internet and that the application of an industry code of conduct and dispute resolution procedures, ...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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Lufkin City Council votes against measure to regulate roadside animal sales
Lufkin Daily NewsOctober 5, 2011

The proposed ordinance would have required breeders to submit an application to the city's animal control department, pass a pre-license inspection with a veterinarian or law enforcement agency, provide proof they have written permission from the owner ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Hidden hooks in trademark bill 1, 2011

Kiwi businesses will need to get their trademark acts in order before New Zealand enters an international treaty next year that could prompt an intellectual property land-grab. A New Zealand intellectual property practice has issued the warning before ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Louisiana man awarded $7.55 million in asbestos compensation
Mesothelioma FactsOctober 4, 2011

According to the Louisiana Record, Thomas Kenney filed the asbestos lawsuit against Rexam, John Crane Inc. and Haveg Inc., contending he was exposed while working in a refinery and a canning factory during the 1960s and 1970s. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Our View: Affirmative action ignores students' academic qualifications
Daily 49erOctober 4, 2011

Nearly 15 years after banning affirmative action in California public universities, Gov. Jerry Brown faces a controversial bill that would allow schools to consider race, gender and household income in the admissions process. The bill's author, Sen. ...more »

FG axes more aviation chiefs
VanguardOctober 5, 2011

LAGOS—A new wave of reorganisation in the aviation industry which swept away the chief executives of three agencies continued, Wednesday, as four more directors in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, were relieved of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Greenpoint Loft Life Suburbanizes
The Brooklyn InkOctober 20, 2011

In response to the reported bullying of tenants by landlords, which occurred in the wake of the loft law, Lopez sponsored another bill, this one guaranteeing loft-dwellers basic services such as heat and water while they await the result of their Loft ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ford spends $1.7m on 2Q lobbying
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

The company lobbied on a bill that requires automakers to provide repair and diagnostic information to independent car repair shops. It also talked to lawmakers about Defense Department appropriations for military vehicles and legislation that would ...more »

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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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Lawyer denies report that Travolta met Gotti widow
Sacramento BeeOctober 1, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vets happy for a hand up at Stand Down in Dixon
TheReporter.comOctober 12, 2011

According to Capps, he came to the event in order to have a better idea about what is available to veterans in terms of benefits. The former Army sergeant spent 12 years in the military before being discharged in 1998, but was virtually unaware of any ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cyber crime hits 76% of residents
The NationalOctober 3, 2011

Read article Internet and BlackBerry crimes rise More people are reporting instances of their BlackBerry handsets being hacked. Read article Laws needed to conquer cyber crime Federal judge says criminals are getting off the hook because toothless ...more »

Personal Injury
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Virginia Car Wreck Sends Norfolk Pedestrian to Hospital
InjuryBoard.comOctober 3, 2011

As Virginia personal injury attorneys, we have seen many car accidents happen in busy roads. In one case, the firm helped a client settle a case for $227000.00. The defendant in the case struck the client, severely fracturing his right leg. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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OPINION: I Have No Love For Al...
Talk Radio News ServiceOctober 3, 2011

The Center for Constitutional Rights, of which he is president, has filed a lawsuit to prevent these drone killings. Some may say my brother is too radical, but the Financial Times quotes a more “mainstream” law professor from the University of Notre ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Legal Events Calendar: October 17, 2011
Brooklyn Daily EagleOctober 17, 2011

Subjects include: civil evidence, municipal liability, disclosure, no fault/serious injury, ethics, premises liability, labor law, product liability and medical malpractice. Cost: free for Academy of Trial Lawyers members, $125 for non-members. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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WMBAA Hosts Second Annual Swap Execution Facility Conference
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

SEFCON remains the only conference series singularly focused on the regulatory classification of SEFs under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The WMBAA and its partners have supported the actions of the current ...more »

Real Estate Law
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McDonald Hopkins Law Firm Elects Four Members: Anne Owings Ford, Michael J ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

Owen P. Quinn (Chicago) is a litigator who specializes in construction law and real estate litigation as well as commercial and financial services litigation. He has counseled clients in matters involving contract disputes, fraud, civil conspiracy, ...more »

Ford, UAW Reach Tentative Deal
Wall Street JournalOctober 4, 2011

They voted to give union leaders authorization to call a strike if this year's contract talks failed. That was in contrast to workers at GM and Chrysler who gave up that right through 2015 as a condition of the companies' government bailout and ...more »

Sports Law
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FIRST PERSON: The law of improbability
BP NewsOctober 3, 2011

It is the law of improbability. Anything can happen, and this time it did. A lesson can be learned from this, and not just from sports teams. None of us are above colossal failures in life. We are reminded of 1 Corinthians 10:12, “Wherefore let him ...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 »

Victims Discuss Scorn of IRS at Tax Fraud Forum
LoanSafeOctober 3, 2011

Local police trying to stop what they says is blatant fraud have expressed frustration at their inability to get help from the IRS, which is prohibited by law from sharing information needed to investigate crimes and seems ill-equipped to stop the ...more »

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 »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Kodak creditors talking to advisers: Sources
Economic TimesOctober 5, 2011

After the market closed on Friday, Kodak said it had no plans to seek bankruptcy protection, but said it had engaged outside advisors including law firm Jones Day, known for handling the bankruptcy of car company Chrysler. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Insurance News Net (press release)October 13, 2011

Repeal Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which prohibits federal agencies from contracting for alternative fuels, such as coal-to-liquid fuel. This provision stifles the coal industry and puts our national security at ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Helping Out for Oct. 5, 2011
Charleston Regional BusinessOctober 5, 2011

Legal Help with Wills, Estates and Probate. 6-7:30 pm Thursday, Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Attorney George E. Morrison will come to the library for a free legal clinic about wills, estates and probate issues. This event is co-sponsored by the SC Bar ...more »

Family Law
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Kevin Fuller Receives Texas Family Law, Collaborative Law Honors in Highly ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

DALLAS, Oct 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Attorney Kevin Fuller has been named Dallas' top family law attorney and collaborative lawyer for 2012 by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp costs Postal Service more than it should, IG finds
Federal TimesOctober 11, 2011

The US Postal Service could save at least $335 million on its yearly workers' compensation tab if the federal government adopted some of the cost-cutting techniques used by private companies, the agency's ...more »


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