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Listeria outbreak: Victims file lawsuits, but will they receive damages?
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

It wasn't long after officials linked a listeria outbreak with cantaloupe from a Colorado farm that wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits began to be filed. The outbreak, which is the deadliest food crisis in more than a decade, has killed at ...more »

Ventura company awarded security gate contract at Port of Hueneme
Ventura County StarOctober 1, 2011

Berry listed its subcontractors as Ventura-based companies C&W Construction and Taft Electric Co., Interstate Striping & Signs Inc. of Thousand Oaks, Benner & Carpenter of Santa Paula, and Mission Paving & Sealing Inc. of Irwindale. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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State: Courts don't have to jail illegal immigrants
WALA-TV FOX10October 12, 2011

(WALA) - Under Alabama's new immigration law, officers have the authority to verify citizenship of anyone they pull over and think might be an illegal immigrant. However, the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts handed down a suggestion to local ...more »

Health Care Law
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Liberty U. asks Supreme Court to review health care ruling
Washington TimesOctober 10, 2011

Liberty University has asked the Supreme Court to hear its case against President Obama's new health care law, after a lower court ruled the university's challenge premature. Invoking a law known as the Anti-Injunction Act that bars ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Huws appointed language champion
BBC NewsOctober 5, 2011

Meri Huws will act as a champion for the Welsh language, First Minister Carwyn Jones has said. Her new job was created as part of legislation to place duties on bodies to provide services in Welsh. The commissioner will have enforcement powers intended ...more »

Immigration Law
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Boycotts over Ala. immigration law
PoliticoOctober 13, 2011

Businesses dependent on immigrant labor were shuttered Wednesday as workers took the day off to protest the state's strict new immigration law. Continue Reading Text Size - + reset POLITICO 44 The work stoppage appeared largest in northeast Alabama, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Southeast Venture hires new property manager
Nashville Ledger newspaperOctober 27, 2011

Lee White has joined Southeast Venture as property manager and will handle the day-to-day operations of over 400000 square feet of office and industrial space located in Brentwood, LaVergne, Antioch, Belle Meade, MetroCenter, the Gulch and airport ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Deal diary: Oct 3, 2011
The Daily DealOctober 2, 2011

Dispute resolution specialist Zar has fought in both corporations' and public agencies' corners across a wide range of sectors. Clients have included America Online Inc. and energy regulator Office of Gas and Electricity Markets. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Pro-business Groups Praise Brown's Workers Comp Record; Warn about 2012
Insurance JournalOctober 19, 2011

In interpreting the governor's actions in 2011 on workers' comp, Jerry Azevedo, a spokesman for WCAN, said Brown “didn't want to do things that would increase litigation, that's very clear.” What other signals was the governor sending? ...more »

Animal Law
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Wausau might revisit animal leash law
Wausau Daily HeraldOctober 4, 2011

The committee took no action on a prohibition on weapons in city parks before the state's concealed carry law takes effect Nov. 1. Marathon County is in the process of assembling an ordinance banning weapons from county buildings, a rule that will be ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The Medicrime Convention and its Side Effects on Intellectual Property...
American University Intellectual Property BriefOctober 31, 2011

The focus of the Convention is therefore not on infringements of intellectual property rights, but “concerns [about] medical products whether they are protected under intellectual property rights or not, or whether they are generic or not, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Travelers adds to insurers' asbestos woes
ReutersOctober 19, 2011

Travelers put 25 percent more into its asbestos claim reserves this year than it did last year, the company said on Wednesday, citing more litigation and more severe payouts because of those lawsuits. "While the Company believes that over the past ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative-Action Case Could Be Campaign Issue
NPROctober 5, 2011

A Texas affirmative action case that has the potential to rewrite law on how or whether public colleges and universities may consider race and ethnicity as a factor in admissions could be headed for the US Supreme Court, and soon. ...more »

Duncan Aviation Adds Parts Manufacturing Approval to Renewed ODA Authority
AMTOnline.comOctober 11, 2011

Duncan Aviation has received approval through the FAA's Wichita ACO to renew its Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) authority for the next three years, adding Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) to its revised ODA procedures and naming Jim ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Free legal clinic in Hudson Nov. 14
Pierce County HeraldOctober 31, 2011

... 10 minutes to provide general information in the following areas of law: employment law, family law, landlord/tenant and small claims, criminal/traffic, estate planning/elder law/probate, real estate, business law, and debtor/creditor. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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PhillyDeals: Data-mining social media for Wall St. protesters chatter
Philadelphia InquirerOctober 4, 2011

Investment bank Stephens Inc. and Philadelphia law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advised Aramark. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP advised CI Capital. Lawyer Ken Trujillo, onetime Philadelphia city solicitor and longtime partner in ...more »

Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of ...
Bradenton HeraldOctober 24, 2011

Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, LLP are investigating the sale of HealthSpring, Inc. (“HealthSpring” or “HS”) (NYSE: HS) to Cigna Corporation for HS ...more »

Business Law
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House to repeal law withholding contractors' taxes
Bismarck TribuneOctober 26, 2011

"We have to enforce our tax laws, but we have to enforce them fairly," said Rep. Wally Herger, R-Calif., a chief sponsor of the repeal bill. "If we have tax laws being enforced in a way to deter our economy and detrimental to small business and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Same sex couples file suit, saying denial of military benefits unconstitutional
Free Speech Radio NewsOctober 28, 2011

With Don't Ask, Don't Tell now officially a policy of the past, same sex couples in the military are turning their attention to a federal law that they say denies them key benefits and relegates them to second class citizens in the armed forces. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man sentenced for having child porn
WTNHOctober 17, 2011

In October 2008, agents with the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force conducted a search of Roarty's residence and seized two computers. Subsequent forensic analysis of the seized computers revealed images and videos of child pornography, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Benefits of Using Structured Settlements in Claims Negotiations
ClaimsJournal.comOctober 31, 2011

“The reason this is such a perfect tool for a personal physical injury claim is because most plaintiffs are claiming damages for future medical needs, future loss of earnings and future loss of consortium. A number of issues commonly found in the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Reagan, Not the Left, Started Washington's Partisan Fires: Michael Kinsley
BloombergOctober 28, 2011

His entire oeuvre consisted of a few contradictory law review articles, pamphlets and lectures, along with a good book about antitrust. Since then, he has written a couple of books and a few booklets with titles like “Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Records - Oct. 17, 2011
Indianapolis Business JournalOctober 15, 2011

Kim Ebert, Ogletree Deakins, has been named 2012 Indianapolis Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. Heather McPherson, Kroger, Gardis & Regas LLP, has been recognized for the second time as a Five Star Wealth Management ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Reports Celebrates 75 Years of Product Testing and Consumer Protection
PR Newswire (press release)October 28, 2011

Consumers Reports' toy tests contributed to the 1969 passage of the Child Protection and Toy Safety Act. The organization was also instrumental in the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Safety Belts. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Wayne State center a tribute to civil rights icon Damon Keith
Detroit Free PressOctober 20, 2011

Keith, who is 89, toured the new center that opened Wednesday with a gaggle of news media and local dignitaries. He has lived his life pressing for the rights of those oppressed by decisions made in secret, he said. He graduated from WSU law school. ...more »

Manage corruption risk: Set sail in a TIGHT ship [Compliance Week]
Insurance News Net (press release)October 25, 2011

In these instances, metrics can quantify the pervasiveness of FCPA compliance language in business partner contracts, and/or the extent and frequency of due diligence performed over such partners. Typically, entities use a risk-ranking system to ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports injuries: New York's new concussion law will allow students time to recover
Syracuse.com (blog)October 24, 2011

A student who suffers a concussion, which is considered a mild traumatic brain injury, must immediately be removed from sports and must have a doctor's permission to return, and only after experiencing no symptoms for 24 hours. Not only will this law...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 »

Redesign the IRS Web Site
ForbesOctober 4, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. ...more »

Alabama's schools caught in immigration law crossfire
Los Angeles TimesOctober 16, 2011

The 14th Amendment guarantees that all school-age children, including undocumented ones, are protected from discrimination. The Alabama law has, in effect, deterred undocumented students, as well as US-born children whose parents or siblings may be ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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How to Build and Manage a Law Practice
Texas LawyerOctober 21, 2011

While malpractice insurance may not be required in every state, it is certainly worth the low monthly payment to have peace of mind. The basic concept of obtaining malpractice insurance is just like any other insurance policy—One protects an asset ...more »

Environmental Law
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Solyndra Burns Energy Dept.
The Fiscal TimesOctober 28, 2011

Once in Washington, he continued his focus on alternative energy sources. In a speech soon after taking office, he talked about energy efficiency, transmission lines and renewable energy. Afterward, Peter J. Robertson, vice chairman of Chevron at the ...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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Homicide shocks family, stumps police
Journal and CourierOctober 15, 2011

"It looks pretty bad," said daughter-in-law Monica Hartlep. "It doesn't look like anything is salvageable. "We'll have to back up a pick-up truck and haul stuff out." Hartlep, 84, was found dead Wednesday in his home at 2213 Meadow Drive on Lafayette's ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Tulsa attorney pleads guilty to workers' comp fraud
NewsOK.comOctober 26, 2011

Tulsa attorney is accused of embezzling more than $1 million from clients, according to the Oklahoma attorney general's office. BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com TULSA — A longtime Tulsa criminal defense attorney has pleaded guilty in Tulsa County ...more »

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