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Solaria Considers Tax Break in California Expansion
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Under a 2010 law, the state Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority can exempt sales taxes on equipment, the building or assembly of alternative-energy manufacturing and landfill-gas plants. The authority plans to vote on ...more »

How to protect your business in the event of a breach of personal information
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

Smart Business spoke with Winter about how privacy and security liability insurance can protect your company if personal information is stolen. What kinds of companies should be concerned about the loss of personal information? Any company that retains ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Federal lawmakers hear about Appleton guardianship abuse
Green Bay Press GazetteOctober 3, 2011

At a hearing last week before a US Senate subcommittee, testimony suggested the case against Jeffrey M. Schend is far from unique. "While the vast majority of court-appointed guardians are undoubtedly professional, well-meaning and law-abiding, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Can the CLASS Act Ever Work?
National JournalOctober 5, 2011

The future is increasingly uncertain for the CLASS Act, a controversial long-term care insurance program created by the 2010 federal health law and championed by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. ...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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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comOctober 3, 2011

The states whose new immigration laws are being examined include Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah. To voters in states looking at similar bills, remember that your taxpayer dollars are being used to defend these laws. Greg Siskind is a partner ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Hydrocarbon potential, reservoir development estimated for western Iraq's ...
Oil & Gas JournalOctober 3, 2011

Those can multiply the profits from the petrochemicals and other industries of the petroleum resources. The Iraq government chooses the service contracts for different political and regulatory reasons (like delays or unapproved petroleum law). ...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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AIG's United Guaranty to Appeal $45 Million SunTrust Order
BusinessWeekOctober 5, 2011

The loans at issue in the litigation, known as combo loans, involve a combination of first- and second-lien mortgages. United Guaranty said in court papers that SunTrust loans may be disqualified from coverage if the bank failed to meet guidelines or ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal protection laws have unintended results
The TennesseanOctober 1, 2011

Many fear well-intentioned animal protection laws could have unintended consequences for farmers / Sanford Myers / The Tennessean Darwin Newton of Ashland City was investigated after police were told one of his horses was being abused. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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CPA Global Launches Insight to Help Companies Better Manage and Leverage Their ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 20, 2011

"Intellectual property is having a larger-than-ever influence on corporate bottom lines as companies look for new ways to maximize value and save money," said Rich Kolar, patent intelligence manager, CPA Global. "IP departments now face high-pressure, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Chamberlain D'Amanda attorneys lauded
MPNnow.comOctober 1, 2011

... Insurance Coverage · Douglas J. Lustig—Bankruptcy: Consumer; Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights · Eugene M. O'Connor—Estate Planning & Probate; Elder Law; Estate & Trust Litigation · Edward C. Radin—Estate Planning & Probate; Business/Corporate.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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High Court May Enter 2012 Election With Politicized Docket
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

... and nervousness about the UT case,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law in College Park. The broadcasting case, likely to be argued in January, is perhaps the most significant of the court's business cases. ...more »

Small UAS Rule Will Begin Phased Entry of Unmanned Aircraft
Aviation International NewsOctober 1, 2011

Assuming the FAA follows the recommendations of its sUAS aviation rulemaking committee (ARC), the rule will serve as the regulatory basis for allowing UAS weighing up to 55 pounds to operate in the NAS “for compensation or hire. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rob Samouce: Associations can collect the rent when owners are delinquent in ...
Naples Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

The housing foreclosure mess has greatly impacted many association's budgets. When an underwater owner does not pay his mortgage, he usually does not pay his condominium or homeowners association's quarterly or monthly assessments. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Jefferson Co. truck stop wins TDOT contract, buys equipment, shuts down
WBIR-TVOctober 1, 2011

The following year, in 2003, Lewis filed his first bankruptcy claim, emerging from it in 2005. Then, while still on probation from his earlier crimes, he found himself in trouble with the law again. In April 2010, he was charged with 10 felony counts ...more »

Litigation
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Quinn Emanuel Adds High-Profile Litigator Schapiro
The American LawyerOctober 4, 2011

Am Law Daily sibling publication The Am Law Litigation Daily named Schapiro "Litigator of the Week" for his efforts in the case, which included arguing that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act's safe harbor provisions shielded YouTube from liability if ...more »

Business Law
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How we pick judges is good for business
The TennesseanOctober 1, 2011

Both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly agreed, and the Tennessee Civil Justice Act today becomes the law of the land. However, now is not the time to relax in our quest to make Tennessee the No. 1 state in job growth. Our new tort reform law is ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military benefits
Salt Lake TribuneOctober 10, 2011

But as the nation battles soaring entitlement spending for Social Security and Medicare, military benefits are going to have to take their lumps, too. It should be clear from the outset that the nation must make good on its promise to provide health ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man Charged with Possession of Child Porn
Patch.comOctober 12, 2011

Portsmouth Police detectives assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have charged an Epsom man with four felony counts of possession of child pornography. Michael Wearing, 54, an unemployed resident of 6 Bishop Lane ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers Announce Addition of Consumer Alerts Section ...
Emailwire (press release)October 1, 2011

To help ease navigation, the consumer alerts page on the Atlanta injury lawyers' website has been separated into four sections: prescription drugs; medical devices; consumer fraud claims; and allegedly defective products. The prescription drug section ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term
The Associated PressOctober 3, 2011

Presidents of both parties have directed the State Department to ignore the law, saying it wrongly interferes with the president's powers. Just over a third of the 48 cases the court has so far agreed to hear are of interest to the business sector, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Nine Baker & Daniels Attorneys Honored as Lawyers of the Year
dBusinessNews Indianapolis (press release)October 10, 2011

Baker & Daniels LLP provides advice and counsel to regional, national and international clients with legal and business needs. With more than 370 attorneys and legal professionals, the full-service law firm has offices in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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In Advance of Senate Vote, Banking Panel Examines Role of Consumer Financial ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkOctober 5, 2011

... Berkeley; Katherine Porter, professor of law, University of California-Irvine School of Law; Robert Lawless, professor of law, University of Illinois College of Law; Ray Boshara, senior advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; G. Michael Flores, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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MGPA plans to launch Asian Real Estate special fund for German investors
Property Magazine InternationalOctober 2, 2011

The independent private equity real estate advisor MGPA intends to launch a core plus special fund under German investment law, aimed at making investments in the Asian region. The focus will be on established markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore, ...more »

Medical marijuana or employment?
The Morning SunOctober 3, 2011

Medical marijuana users are not allowed to be under the influence of the drug "when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice," as is stated in the law. Continued... There are also prohibitions against using or being under ...more »

Sports Law
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Bobby Orr's daughter-in-law accused of driving drunk
Boston HeraldOctober 6, 2011

By AP QUINCY - Former Boston Bruins [team stats] star Bobby Orr remains one of the most revered sports icons in the city, a fact police say his daughter-in-law tried to use to her advantage when she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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McCabe: Contradictions equal perjury.Or not.
The Idaho StatesmanOctober 2, 2011

... continuing to employ someone who has been found to be a perjurer by the highest court in the state? Tom McCabe has been a criminal defense attorney for 30 years and is the founding president of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.more »

IRS offers employers partial amnesty
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 6, 2011

They are not really independent contractor duties," says Jim Brown, an employment lawyer with Sedgwick. Employers in California might be especially reluctant to enter the IRS program because "it is the most dangerous state for wage and hour litigation ...more »

Did 'Age 55 Cliff' Violate ADEA?
HR.BLR.comOctober 12, 2011

In September 2008, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued both the Dept. of Corrections and MLEA, charging that the union's ERIP violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) —that it unlawfully discriminated against ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Impacts felt from new LLC law changes
Mainebiz DailyOctober 17, 2011

Without the agreement, there's no LLC, and therefore no personal asset protection, a primary reason for seeking LLC status. Wherever the LLC agreement fails to specifically spell out the members' wishes, default provisions of the law apply. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Working Capital: More power to Brookfield: Ottawa's least-known energy company ...
Ottawa CitizenOctober 12, 2011

He said the Ottawa-Gatineau team “includes our renewable power executives, led by chief executive officer Richard Legault, our finance and legal professionals and all our operational teams: the engineers and power experts who run our network. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Disaster survivors can get free legal assistance
Warwick AdvertiserOctober 1, 2011

Disaster Legal Services can help survivors with bankruptcy, civil rights, employment law, landlord-tenant law, FEMA benefits claims, wills, trusts and probate matters, among other issues potentially arising from disaster. Any person affected by Irene ...more »

Family Law
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Law Enforcement Family Comes Together For Pott County
News On 6October 2, 2011

Sheriff Mike Booth said a deputy never forgets the faces, families and victims of car accidents. They train and respond to every accident. The worst case scenario for first responders? Finding fellow law enforcement members involved. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Exclusive: two HPD officers charged in alleged workers comp fraud scheme
Hawaii News NowOctober 5, 2011

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii News Now has learned that two Honolulu police officers have been charged with criminal wrongdoing for an alleged workers compensation fraud scheme. One of the defendants, a sergeant, ...more »

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