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Mayor Says RCMP Contract Talk Top Topic of UBCM
Opinion250 News (blog)October 1, 2011

Municipalities want to have some say on costs containment in the new contract, as right now, the federal government can provide for increases in salaries or benefits and the municipality is left to pick up the bill. Rogers says an integrated police ...more »

Kansas Supreme Court orders new trial in 2007 homicide
Dodge City Daily GlobeOctober 1, 2011

Malone was referring to an August decision in which the court said jury instructions on lesser degrees of homicide are proper in felony murder cases when there is some evidence that could justify a conviction on a lesser charge. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Emergency hearing set on Harrisburg, Pa., filing
ReutersOctober 14, 2011

* Harrisburg mayor seeks dismissal of bankruptcy filing * Court orders emergency hearing on Monday * Pennsylvania also objects, says prohibited by state law (Updates with court order setting hearing, state filing objection, adds bullet points) By Chip ...more »

Health Care Law
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US suspends home-care program from healthcare law
ReutersOctober 14, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health officials said on Friday they were suspending a program to provide home care for the elderly and disabled, the first program to be pulled from the 2010 healthcare law. The insurance program was passed as part of President ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Pair appear in court charged with monkey cruelty
MetroOctober 13, 2011

The 2006 Animal Welfare Act was the most significant change to animal welfare law in the UK in nearly a century when it was passed. Under the act people must provide five basic needs for their pets, including a suitable diet and water, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Restaurants close doors to protest immigration law
WBRCOctober 13, 2011

Hispanics across the state are fighting back against the state's immigration law. "I think it's great actually," said Naveen Lokesh. Lokesh walks by Rojo every day and isn't used to seeing it empty. He hopes others we notice it as well. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Georgia Trust issues 'Places in Peril' List
Patch.comOctober 26, 2011

... WW Law House in Savannah; historic railroad buildings of Atlanta; Historic Liberty Street in Milledgeville; Randolph County Courthouse in Cuthbert; Mt. Zion Church in Sparta; Crown Mill Store in Dalton; Secondary Industrial High School in Columbus; ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Kal Tire Deploys FuseSource's Open Source Integration and Messaging Software
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

Kal Tire uses the Fuse Mediation Router(R) and Fuse Services Framework(R) products to integrate more than 230 stores with its retread facilities, warehouses and industrial locations. Kal Tire joins the many retail organizations that use FuseSource(TM) ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mercury General Corporation Announces Third Quarter Results and Increases ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 31, 2011

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for certain forward-looking statements. The statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements based on the Company's current expectations and beliefs ...more »

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

There's a bright line of distrust between Tennessee's farmers and its animal rights activists. Incidents like this are part of the reason why. And nothing brings that distrust to the surface like the issue of animal cruelty. When state lawmakers float ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Bangladeshi actor accused of stealing intellectual property
Weekly BlitzOctober 18, 2011

by Special Correspondent One of the Bangladeshi drama actors and occasional producers, Tarin has been accused of stealing intellectual property of a Bangladesh film production and distribution company. Tarin, who entered the entertainment media a few ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Thirty-Four Burns & Levinson Attorneys Included in 2011 Massachusetts Super ...
Citybizlist (press release)October 24, 2011

The firm has expertise in corporate law, finance, venture capital, private equity, tax, bankruptcy, lending and leasing, real estate, business litigation, government investigations and white collar crime defense, intellectual property - including ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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THE FRESHMAN: Cupcake prices heat up an affirmative action dispute
Daily BreezeOctober 3, 2011

This was the scene of last week's "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans, in response to UC Berkeley's support for Senate Bill 185, a state bill that would enable the entire UC system to resort to affirmative action...more »

China to become key market for aviation industry: Airbus chief
XinhuaOctober 15, 2011

TOULOUSE, France, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- China will take center stage in the development of the global aviation industry, Airbus President and CEO Thomas Enders said here Friday. The global aviation industry would expand at an annual rate of over 5 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Election signs cause tenant spat
Stuff.co.nzOctober 3, 2011

Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway has hit out at landlords directing tenants to take down election billboards, saying this could be interfering with tenancy rights enshrined under law. Mr Lees-Galloway, the Labour candidate for the city electorate ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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IN RE HAM'S RESTAURANTS, INC.
Leagle.comOctober 10, 2011

On October 22, 2009, Ham's Restaurants, Inc. (the "Debtor") filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. On August 4, 2010, the case was converted to one under Chapter 7 and the Plaintiff became the Chapter 7 Trustee. ...more »

Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of The ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 27, 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 »

Business Law
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PM Noda needs to address key political issues, not be a showy speech-making puppet
Mainichi Daily NewsOctober 3, 2011

It suggests that his campaign pledge to carry through political reform was false advertising. Prime Minister Noda mentioned the name of the greatest reformer in British history merely as an excuse for his "no-side politics," in which he bows to the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal means new challenges
Los Angeles TimesOctober 17, 2011

The right wing's worst fear are the people in this room," Benecke, a former Army artillery officer, told conference members. Under "don't ask, don't tell," as long as gay men and lesbians kept their sexual orientation secret, they were allowed to serve ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Take Precautions To Lock Out Cyber Crime
Ashland CurrentOctober 30, 2011

“Hackers and scammers enter through that open door to steal your personal information, spy on your internet surfing or use your computer to send spam to other computers without your knowledge.” Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed October 2011 as Cyber ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawsuit filed after circus truck rear-ends car
Southeast Texas RecordOctober 27, 2011

MARSHALL - After being involved in a severe rear-end collision involving a tractor-trailer, Deborah Bailey filed a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver Juan Cavallini Ramirez and his employers Miller Equipment Co. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Preeminent Law Firms Find Nebraska Pipeline Siting Legislation Likely ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 31, 2011

The legal memos were prepared by the international law firm of Sidley Austin LLP and the firm of McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO from Omaha, Nebraska. Both firms have extensive experience in analyzing and litigating constitutional and statutory ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Florida OIR Report on Med-Mal Shows Profitable 2010
PropertyCasualty360October 6, 2011

OIR notes in its 2011 annual report that “ ... it would appear that the 2003 changes to the law have benefited policyholders and the industry, assisted with the solvency of medical malpractice carriers, and directly contributed to lowering the defense ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Occupy Wall Street Isn't Anti-Corporation, It's Anti-Corporate Crime
Huffington Post (blog)October 27, 2011

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was the only piece of legislation passed in direct response to the financial sector's disastrous shenanigans. Even though it was watered-down in Congress, Dodd-Frank is an attempt to crack ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Q&A: Bankruptcy might be best option for stranded senior
Kansas City StarOctober 27, 2011

Gary M. Singer is a Florida attorney and board-certified as an expert in real estate law by the Florida Bar. He is the chairperson of the Real Estate Section of the Broward County Bar Association and is an adjunct professor for the Nova Southeastern ...more »

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 »

Sports Law
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Court reverses part of conviction for sports agent convicted of smuggling ...
Washington PostOctober 31, 2011

But prosecutors countered that he violated federal immigration law and endangered the lives of the athletes in pursuit of a profit when he helped organize two trips to smuggle the athletes from Cuba to Miami in 2004. They also said he broke federal law...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney: Prosecutors plan charges for couple in Utah teen's death
Washington PostOctober 27, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah couple being investigated by authorities as part of a probe into the death of a 16-year-old girl will soon face criminal charges in the case, a defense attorney said Wednesday. Alexis Rasmussen vanished Sept. ...more »

Asset Protection Specialists Share How to Minimize Taxes This Year, Best Ways ...
PR Web (press release)October 10, 2011

The tax saving and asset protection service explains strategies that can reduce a person's taxes dramatically and at the same time make them audit proof. In addition, specific IRS tax codes are provided to share with an individual's accountant to ...more »

National Labor Court: Agudas Yisrael Is Guilty Of Discrimination
Yeshiva World NewsOctober 3, 2011

The decision was in response to an appeal to the court after a regional labor court ruled there was age discrimination that were in violation of labor laws as well as a violation of the Basic Law relating to one's dignity and freedom. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Expert liability for ratings agencies
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

Noting this concern, the staff advised that they would not recommend enforcement of Regulation AB's requirements for prospectus disclosure of ratings. The enforcement position was initially effective for six months, and by replacement letter made ...more »

Environmental Law
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China Warns of Bad Effects if US Turns Protectionist
New York TimesOctober 21, 2011

Many environmental groups have advocated the creation of a strong American clean energy industry, which could improve the odds that Congress will continue to approve subsidies for alternative energy. But many environmentalists also advocate the widest ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Taxpayers forked out €1bn last year to cover the cost of illness claims
Irish IndependentOctober 9, 2011

A retired doctor, Eileen Brooks, of Monkstown, Co Dublin, who died on November 15, 2008, has left €2820518 in her will, which went to probate last week. Other Wills: Kathleen Jones, a farmer of Toberultan, Kells, Co Meath who died on December 26, 2010, ...more »

Family Law
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The 'Family Penalty' in the Health Care Law and Jobs Bill Debate – Today's Q's ...
ABC News (blog)October 27, 2011

TAPPER: The American Academy of Pediatrics wrote a letter http://thehill.com/images/stories/blogs/healthwatch/aaptaxcredits.pdf expressing concerns about what they call the family penalty provision of the health care law, the provision that excludes ...more »

Workers Compensation
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'Miracle' tornado survivor denied workers' comp
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 23, 2011

He assumed workers' compensation would cover his bills, but his claim was denied "based on the fact that there was no greater risk than the general public at the time you were involved in the Joplin tornado," according to a letter to Lindquist from ...more »

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