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Ahead on Emancipation
New York Times (blog)October 1, 2011

He interpreted every event through the lens of freedom. A quick end to the conflict, he feared, would leave slavery intact. Although he did not wish for it, he saw the benefit of the humiliating Union defeat at Bull Run in July 1861. ...more »

Spirit of the West Adventures Donates to West Coast Environmental Law to Help ...
PR Web (press release)October 1, 2011

In 2011 alone the small sea kayaking company donated over $6000 to non-profit environmental groups including West Coat Environmental Law, the Save our Salmon Foundation, the Wilderness Tourism Association, The Mainland Enhancement of Salmonoid Species ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Mikati says administrative reform top priority
The Daily StarOctober 12, 2011

BEIRUT: Administrative reform is a top priority for the government, Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Tuesday, calling on the state minister for administrative reform to develop a draft law to tackle bottlenecks and move public administration in Lebanon ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama's Health Care Plan Was Based on Romney's, Investigation Shows
International Business TimesOctober 11, 2011

President Barack Obama based his health care law directly on a similar law passed in Massachusetts when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was governor, an NBC News investigation released on ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Chris Brown Wins Big at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards
The Gossip GirlsOctober 12, 2011

With the show having been pre-taped at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 1, the just-broadcast event saw Mike Epps act as host while Chris Brown ended up being the big winner by topping three categories at the yearly event. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Mad About Immigration? Blame the Federal Government
Huffington Post (blog)October 13, 2011

The roughly 14750000 losers of the small green card lottery program are evidence of how restrictive our laws are; the inflexible nature of our system is the reason why so many break our immigration laws. According to the Congressional Research Service, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Turtle Bay: Will Congress's defunding of the UN over Palestine hurt US goals ...
Foreign Policy (blog)October 25, 2011

The Palestinians would also have a good shot at gaining entrance into several other UN specialized agencies, including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the International Atomic ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Tribunal considered for strata disputes
The ProvinceOctober 2, 2011

The proposed tribunal would provide a dispute resolution process that is affordable, timely, user friendly and accessible and would improve compliance with the Strata Property Act and Regulations as well as strata corporations' own bylaws. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Comfort Systems USA Announces Third Quarter 2011 Conference Call
Insurance News Net (press release)October 25, 2011

... future liability from environmental, safety, and health regulations including the inherent risk associated with self-insurance, adverse litigation results and other risks detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission . ...more »

Animal Law
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Protect dolphins from slaughter
MiamiHerald.comOctober 3, 2011

This new paradigm offers hope of making the dual stains on our legacy of dolphin captivity and dolphin slaughter a thing of the past. Ira Fischer is an attorney-at-law in Delray Beach. He devotes his retirement to the cause of animal welfare through ...more »

Intellectual Property
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UN, drug makers to pool data on tropical diseases
eTaiwan NewsOctober 27, 2011

The collaborative database will include data drawn from patents, compounds and unpublished results and made available to qualified researchers through royalty-free licenses, said Francis Gurry, director general of the UN's World Intellectual Property...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos ruling opens way to claims by white-collar workers
Herald ScotlandOctober 14, 2011

The news comes after the UK Supreme Court threw out a legal bid by major insurance firms to strike down a Holyrood law giving Scots with lungs scarred by asbestos the right to sue. That decision means at least 1350 actions for damages will now go ahead ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Unions point to Toledo workers' concessions as proof state anti-collective...
The American IndependentOctober 30, 2011

Union staffers pointed to the schools deal as further evidence that collective bargaining works. Ohio's collective bargaining law, which was enacted in 1984, provides sufficient flexibility for local municipalities to negotiate terms that are fair to ...more »

Top Pilots Rack Up Hours Flying Safely
Aviation International NewsOctober 9, 2011

The National Business Aviation Association presents Pilot Flying Safety Awards each year to the member company pilots who have exemplary safety records. To be eligible for an award, a pilot must have flown corporate aircraft 1500 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Hoboken to vote on referendum to repeal rent control ordinance
The Jersey Journal - NJ.comOctober 28, 2011

First, the ordinance stipulated that landlords could prove any rent increases in relation to tenants voluntarily vacating units before 2006 were in compliance with the law by using leases, letters or other documentation and would only need the vacancy ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lawson Products, Inc. Announces Extension of $55.0 million Credit Agreement
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)October 3, 2011

Founded in 1952, Lawson Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAWS), is an industrial distributor of more than 300000 different maintenance and repair supplies. Lawson Products serves its customers through a dedicated team of 1100 experienced field sales agents and ...more »

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Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP and Saxena White PA Announce the Proposed ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 20, 2011

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The following statement is being issued by Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP and Saxena White PA regarding the SADIA, SA Securities Litigation In re SADIA, SA Securities Litigation Case No. ...more »

Business Law
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Operation Targets Unsafe Drivers
Chesterfield PostOctober 25, 2011

A man who dumped rubbish in NE Derbyshire after advertising an illegal waste disposal service on the internet has been hit with a £400 fine. More... Police in Calow are asking bikers to ensure their vehicles are secure at all times following a number ...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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Casper man convicted of child porn makes final appeal
Billings GazetteOctober 26, 2011

In January 2007, a federal grand jury indicted Solon on a single count of possessing child pornography after the Internet Crimes Against Children agency of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation identified his computer as offering files ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawyer asking $2.595M for Scottsdale 4BD
BlockshopperOctober 28, 2011

Mr. Schwab is a lawyer at Calbom & Schwab, PSC, where he practices personal injury matters. He received his JD from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, Calif. and earned his BA from UC Berkeley. According to, there have been ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Is Nyachae next target after PLO Lumumba?
The StandardOctober 22, 2011

This was an indictment by MPs of the Commission for Implementation of the Constitution chairman on the day Parliament passed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Bill into law. In the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Parliament found an ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Malpractice Carrier Need Not Cover Solo's Legal Work at Accounting Firm, Judge ...
Texas LawyerOctober 3, 2011

In 1999 and 2000, Falk and his Moore Stephens colleagues were preparing a qualified personal residence trust for the Ventrice family, relating to property in Islamorada, Fla., in which Ann Ventrice held an interest. In October 2000, Falk left Moore ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Cabinet Approves New Laws
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkOctober 29, 2011

Also approved by Cabinet is the Zimbabwe Investment Promotion Bill; the Standards Development Bill, the amendment of the Banking Act and the Zimbabwe Examinations and Qualific-ations Bill. The AG's Bill seeks to create a board in the office of the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Ingham Co. aiding homeowners in legal battles over foreclosures
Lansing State JournalOctober 25, 2011

... with Flagstar Bank, but it was a real estate agent who came by to offer him cash for his house keys, essentially a payment to walk away, who told him the property had been sold. He decided to fight the process "Because it's my house. It's my home. ...more »

Scholarship to study law in UK
Auckland 18, 2011

The 23-year-old graduated from Auckland University with a conjoint economics and law degree and is hoping to use his time at Cambridge to analyse international commercial law and tax policy. "I'm hoping to study a masters of law at Cambridge and then ...more »

Sports Law
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Yahoo! Contributor Network
Yahoo! SportsOctober 24, 2011

There certainly isn't any evidence in that tape to support their actions were within the bounds of the law. Instead, they seem to be acting rashly and over-aggressively to a situation that hardly warranted it. These were—for the most part—nothing ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney says calling Eric Robert to testify against 2 other inmates ...
The RepublicOctober 28, 2011

Norm Pattis, a Connecticut-based criminal defense attorney, said the state could ask Robert to testify to show jurors deciding the fate of Nordman and Berget what sort of people they are dealing with. At the same time, he said, it could be dangerous ...more »

IRS offers a break for reclassifying employees
Houston ChronicleOctober 30, 2011

It's called the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) and is meant to encourage employers to come into compliance with respect to their worker classifications. The program allows employers to voluntarily correct misclassification issues ...more »

Retirement and age discrimination
Lexology (registration)October 17, 2011

Now that the government has removed the automatic exemption from age discrimination law that used to apply to compulsory retirement at the age of 65, employers are having to decide whether to maintain a compulsory retirement age. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Environmental Due Diligence 101 - Why is it required? (blog)October 28, 2011

The AAI obligation originated from the CERCLA or “Superfund” law of 1980, and was refined by several later laws: the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA) in 1986; the Asset Conservation, Lender Liability and Deposit Insurance Protection...more »

Environmental Law
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Sending in the Marines to Support Biofuels
BusinessWeekOctober 27, 2011

“You can if you have a 10-year contract from the US Navy.” President Barack Obama in August announced that the Navy and other government agencies would plow $510 million into the commercial development of biofuels by 2014. The Navy expects to ramp up ...more »

Wills & Probate
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What To Do When a Family Member or Loved One Dies
Cape May County Herald (press release)October 3, 2011

Robert Poserina and Andrea McHugh can help guide you through the legal issues of Medicare/nursing home planning, estate planning, wills, trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney, probate, estate administration, estate litigation and contested wills. ...more »

Family Law
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Stanford Law School Honors Vernon Jordan and Sharon Terman with Public Service ...
PR Newswire (press release)October 20, 2011

The mission of the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School is—through courses, research, pro bono projects, public lectures, academic conferences, funding programs, and career development—to make ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Michigan Chamber of Commerce Praises House Commerce Committee for Approving ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 26, 2011

Arguments from opponents that the bill will result in an arbitrary reduction of an injured worker's weekly benefits for his or her 'theoretical' ability to work are, quite simply, false, misleading and not grounded in reality. "The Chamber will remain ...more »


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