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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 »

Income-paying funds: How to find the right fit
Globe and MailOctober 1, 2011

So, what does Mr. Hallett see as an ideal mix of investments for an income-paying fund? “I don't think it needs to get too fancy – a mix of domestic and foreign stocks, some preferred shares for the higher yield and on the bond side a mix of government ...more »

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Administrative Law
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GOP wants CLASS Act hearing
The Hill (blog)October 6, 2011

Senate Republicans on Thursday asked for a hearing on the controversial CLASS Act program created by the healthcare reform law. There are serious questions about whether the new insurance program for long-term care ...more »

Health Care Law
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Committee: Wyoming should create its own health exchange
Billings GazetteOctober 7, 2011

Health exchanges are marketplaces where small businesses and individuals can buy health coverage. Giving consumers the ability to shop for different policies will help address rising health care costs, advocates say. Under the Affordable Care Act, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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England set to gamble on starting Bobby Zamora and Phil Jones in Montenegro
MirrorFootball.co.ukOctober 6, 2011

Capello is set to go for Manchester United's Phil Jones at right-back to counter-act dangerman Mirko Vucinic. The Mirror has already revealed Capello is also leaning towards giving Fulham striker Bobby Zamora his first start alongside Wayne Rooney. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Effective Immigration Enforcement, Not Failure to Enforce the Law
Huffington PostOctober 6, 2011

Rather than applauding the administration's announcement, however, Congressional and media critics have accused the administration of flaunting the Constitution by refusing to enforce the law. Napolitano's letter affirms a July 2011 DHS memorandum that ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Probe demanded into Goa land scam with Alva links
Zee NewsOctober 15, 2011

We have filed a criminal complaint against top officials of the GIDC (Goa Industrial Development Corporation). We have noticed nearly 250 dubious allotments. Most plots measure from 5000 sq mts to 35000 sq mts," Sardesai told reporters here. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Quartet on mission impossible in Mideast logjam
ReutersOctober 27, 2011

The Quartet's position, as outlined in a September 23 statement, reflects the US view that bilateral talks must resume between the sides, reiterating its commitment to seeking "a comprehensive resolution" as its aim. For now, Avineri said mediators...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Tax law could hinder quick high court ruling on health mandate
The Hill (blog)October 23, 2011

Some of the healthcare law's victories in lower courts were procedural rulings — cases where courts decided, for one reason or another, that a particular lawsuit couldn't go forward. The states, NFIB and the federal government all agree that they don ...more »

Animal Law
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West Odessa Mountain Lion Should Have Been Registered
NewsWest9.comOctober 19, 2011

He said according to a statute under state law, a mountain lion falls under the category of a dangerous wild animal. That means anyone in possession of that animal must have a permit and is required to follow certain regulations to keep it. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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China Patent Week: National spotlight on intellectual property
China DailyOctober 26, 2011

China Patent Week held from Nov 9 to 15 across the country is an effort to increase intellectual property (IP) awareness and create a favorable environment for inventions and IP protection, according to a senior official of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of BigBand ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)October 12, 2011

The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation and shareholder rights advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor, LLP is a boutique litigation law firm that ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Does Affirmative Action Work?
Claremont Port SideOctober 5, 2011

Last Thursday, in a ballroom energetically charged with dozens of young college students just ending a week of midterms, expert panelists deliberated the merits of affirmative action. Although the Pomona Student Union organized event was ...more »

New aviation distribution company moves to Columbus
WLTZ 38 NBCOctober 5, 2011

The Connecticut-based company will distribute aviation parts and hardware to clients like Pratt and Whitney. Aviation distribution is a very important part of the aviation industry. Airplanes are built using tens of thousands of dollars of parts that ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Small businesses seek less room to maneuver
China DailyOctober 31, 2011

BEIJING - Shi Lijuan was almost at her wit's end when she went looking for office space for the company she partly owns, Beijing Yongcheng Law Firm. As a small enterprise with just 10 members of staff, she only needed about 40 ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bad Science Leads to Bad Policy, No Matter Your Political Beliefs
Huffington PostOctober 28, 2011

This isn't new -- there is a long history of irrational, pseudoscientific, or downright anti-scientific thinking and political culture here -- ironic, given how much our founding fathers like Benjamin Franklin valued science. ...more »

Litigation
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Porn BitTorrent Litigation Getting Trickier, Lawyer Says
XBizOctober 14, 2011

RALEIGH, NC — More porn BitTorrent defendants are using cut-and-paste defense kits, slowing down the wheels of justice and causing added expenses in litigation, according to an attorney suing John Does in a K-Beech Video ...more »

Business Law
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S.F. supes target antiabortion pregnancy centers
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 19, 2011

On a 10-1 vote, the board gave initial approval to a proposed law that would bar pregnancy crisis centers from engaging in false or misleading advertising practices. Final approval is anticipated next week. The legislation targets centers that oppose ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Harley's Heroes® Brings Local Veterans Free Benefits Counseling to MotorCity ...
PR Web (press release)October 30, 2011

DAV, offering free VA benefits counseling to all Veterans at MotorCity HD on November 5th & 6th. Honoring our Heroes not just today, but everyday. Military Veterans in the Detroit Metro area can receive free counseling and assistance with their ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Election Questionnaires: Commonwealth's Attorney Candidates
Orange County ReviewOctober 26, 2011

My office has partnered with the US Attorney's office and one of my assistants has been cross-designated as an Assistant US Attorney and we have prosecuted Orange County cases in the federal court when appropriate. Family: wife Lori Bedell Berger, ...more »

Personal Injury
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San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer Daniel M. Gilleon Earns 'AV(R) Preeminent ...
PR Web (press release)October 28, 2011

Daniel M. Gilleon, a partner in the law firm of Mitchell | Gilleon, which is a law firm comprised of San Diego personal injury lawyers, has been honored with an 'AV® Preeminent' rating by his legal peers at Martindale-Hubbell, one of the largest ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Supreme test
Pueblo ChieftainOctober 21, 2011

THE US Supreme Court announced this week that it will consider constitutional challenges to the Stolen Valor Act. That law, the brainchild of former Puebloans Doug and Pam Sterner, was passed by Congress to give federal authorities the ability to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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PIAA: Medical Liability Reforms Ripe for 'Supercommittee' Picking
Insurance News Net (press release)October 1, 2011

Trial attorneys and consumer groups are opposed to the changes, saying they take away the rights of victims of medical malpractice but leave insurers unaccountable. The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures opposes HR 5, calling it an ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Office of Fair Trading taking action over "cowboy builders"
isleofman.comOctober 24, 2011

He pleaded guilty to offences under the Consumer Protection (Trade Descriptions) Act of 1970 of knowingly making false or misleading statements as to services. The Office of Fair Trading has revealed the builder received a substantial fine and was ...more »

Real Estate Law
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EVANS v. UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BOARD OF REVIEW
Leagle.comOctober 17, 2011

After several years, Claimant's business took a downturn coinciding with the real estate market collapse. In an attempt to keep Agency afloat, Claimant financed a line of credit on her home. However, Claimant was unable to turn around the business, ...more »

Verizon Earnings More Than Double
Wall Street JournalOctober 21, 2011

Verizon Communications Inc. reported its third-quarter profit more than doubled, helped by an uptick in contract wireless subscribers and improved profit margins for those customers. Verizon posted a gain of 882000 contract...more »

Sports Law
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Big East votes to expand
Boston Globe (blog)October 14, 2011

But according to a Big East source, "nothing will happen this weekend'' because of a Big East by-law which requires a 72 hour period after any decision to allow the schools to digest the information which has been voted upon.' If it is implimentedd, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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First Amendment champion Louis Sirkin to speak at Vermont-ACLU annual meeting ...
vtdigger.orgOctober 26, 2011

by Press Release | October 25, 2011 MONTPELIER – H. Louis Sirkin, a First Amendment and criminal defense lawyer from Cincinnati, Ohio, will be keynote speaker at this year's American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont annual meeting Saturday, ...more »

<b>County audit fairly clean</b>
The Mountain PressOctober 25, 2011

... the report makes some "best practices" recommendations, including that the county should establish and audit committee to help the state officials who look at its books and that it should adopt central accounting. As provided under state law, ...more »

Justice Stevens Speaks His Mind
The AtlanticOctober 31, 2011

Armstrong in 1996, "do indeed support the thesis that the Court has tolerated law enforcement practices that are discriminatory against African-Americans." 4. He makes an important (if somewhat implicit) point about the legalization of marijuana, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Offit Kurman Welcomes Christopher Wachter To Its Family Law Group
Citybizlist (press release)October 21, 2011

... Offit Kurman is a trusted legal advisor for commercial litigation, insurance recovery, business law, real estate, intellectual property, entertainment and media, labor and employment, construction law, estate planning, asset protection, elder law, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Mammoth Energy Group Announces Claim Titles on Laguna Lagunilla Acquisition
MarketWatch (press release)October 27, 2011

With an ever changing shift to alternative energy and fuels Mammoth Energy Group will be prepared to be a leading energy supplier and operator. Mammoth Energy's goal is to become an important partner as the world's energy paradigm begins to change ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Millions of Lackawanna County records go online
Scranton Times-TribuneOctober 7, 2011

Among the records now available are probate records from 1878 to the present, marriage applications from 1885 forward and orphan's court division records since 1938. They also include dockets from both the civil and family court divisions since 1995, ...more »

Family Law
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Law enforcement agencies grapple with heroin resurgence
Chicago Sun-TimesOctober 17, 2011

Kane County Sheriff Patrick Perez added that, unlike other drugs, heroin “can be snorted rather than injected, making detection by parents or family members more difficult.” “There is also a misconception by first-time users that they will not become ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Verdicts & Settlements October 24, 2011: School bus driver wins workers' comp...
Insurance News Net (press release)October 31, 2011

A West Plains School District bus driver who fell while cleaning her bus won $309833 in her workers' compensation case. As part of Aleeta Eberle's job, she was responsible for keeping the bus clean, including removing trash and other debris. ...more »

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