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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 »

US Federal Contractor Registration Helps Contractors Find FEMA Contracts (press release)October 1, 2011

Doing so can result in being awarded a contract on the spot. In order to be considered eligible for any federal contracts, vendors must have a DUNS number and have completed their CCR registration and ORCA. For FEMA contracts, businesses must also ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Save Sand Hill Lakes Coalition Members Update on County Line Well Field Proposal
Holmes County Times AdvertiserOctober 11, 2011

The legal issue has been before an administrative law judge for the last four weeks at the Division of Administrative Hearings in Tallahassee. The judge has scheduled a public hearing on the matter to be held in Chipley on October 18, 2011, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Calif. Medicaid Cuts Open Supreme Court Term
MedPage TodayOctober 4, 2011

The healthcare providers in the case -- which is actually three cases consolidated into one -- argue that California set Medicaid reimbursement rates so low that it would endanger the Medicaid program and therefore violate federal law. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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More Fines Handed Out for Thunder Creek Fisheries Act Convictions
MarketWatch (press release)October 11, 2011

...Act. The charges were laid after unauthorized work to Thunder Creek caused damage to critical Rainbow Trout spawning habitat. Douglas Jones and Donald Jones had previously pleaded guilty and been fined for their actions in the same incident. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Trade Names: Challa Law Offices find niche in business immigration law
Richmond Times DispatchOctober 10, 2011

"In about 20 days, the immigration team at Challa Law Offices worked with us to ensure that Hiro, his wife and young son could arrive in time for the season." "They make things easy to understand," she said. Challa Law Offices handles business...more »

Industrial Development Law
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China Cracks Down on Leaks, Officials Jailed
BloombergOctober 24, 2011

“A message is being sent as a deterrent for future,” said Sean Callow, a Sydney-based senior currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp. “It's for anyone who doubts the seriousness with which the issue is being taken.” Some of those who leaked data ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NBA owners, players still "miles apart"
Fox NewsOctober 2, 2011

New York, NY – There is still no resolution to the NBA's labor strife despite owners and players meeting Saturday for more than seven hours in an effort to resolve the long dispute. The parties are expected to meet on Monday, however, because they are ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Data breach ruling may signal change in approach
Business InsuranceOctober 30, 2011

BOSTON—An appeals court's decision to permit negligence and contract putative class action litigation to proceed in a grocery store chain data breach because of the alleged damages incurred could signal a change in courts' approach to this issue, ...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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Intellectual Property Attorney Joins Callidus
MarketWatch (press release)October 24, 2011

I'm looking forward to bringing my experience in patent litigation and licensing to the sales effectiveness domain, and making a valuable contribution to Callidus' long-term success." Mr. Krishnan brings to Callidus an extensive background in patent ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos law change set to boost claims
Belfast TelegraphOctober 18, 2011

Victims of asbestos in Northern Ireland who suffer from lung scarring have welcomed a change in the law which will allow them to claim for compensation. Pleural plaques is a scarring of the lungs which, although it has no symptoms, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Dispelling Myths About Affirmative Action
Huffington Post (blog)October 3, 2011

Over the last decade, the term "affirmative action" has become more controversial than the actual racial and gender inequities it was originally designed to address. However, regardless of your feelings about the term, the fact remains that women and ...more »

Government's aviation policy 'a joke', says Ryanair boss 11, 2011

The British Government's policy on aviation is “a joke”, the chief executive of Ryanair said today. By Oliver Smith Michael O'Leary described plans for a rail link between Heathrow and Gatwick – currently being considered by the Government as part of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Property clinic: Issues around owning business premises 24, 2011

Whether it's in writing or not, the tenancy is also likely to have the protection of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Unless it has specifically been agreed otherwise. The effect of the tenancy having such protection is that the tenant will be ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bankruptcy cases can be amended to allow for additional debts
Bankruptcy HomeOctober 4, 2011

According to the Clagett Law Office, a West Virginia law firm, a bankruptcy can also be reopened, but that rarely happens. "In certain instances a bankruptcy case can be reopened, but except to bring a contempt proceeding against a creditor ignoring ...more »

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US Legal Support Names Beth Apollo Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
MarketWatch (press release)October 18, 2011

Her last position was managing director for Energy Trading Liquidations and Litigation Support for North America and Europe for Enron Creditor's Recovery Corp. Upon completing the liquidation of those groups in 2008, Beth created Apollo Advisors, ...more »

Business Law
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Health reform may outweigh Supreme Court's light employment law docket
Tire BusinessOctober 25, 2011

WASHINGTON (Oct. 25, 2011) — The legality of the Obama administration's health reform law is likely to overshadow all other employment-related cases during the US Supreme Court term that began Oct. 3. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military retirement benefit proposal
YNN Hudson ValleyOctober 26, 2011

The report also found it unfair that those serving under 20 years are denied benefits while service members who become vested receive contributions10 times greater than the private sector packages. A spokesperson for the Military Officers Association ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Electronic devices give predators easy access to children
Lexington Herald LeaderOctober 30, 2011

Flannery is the only Lexington police officer who is assigned full-time to investigate Internet crimes against children. He tackles any cases that involve electronic devices and children, and he gets assistance from The Division of Police's computer...more »

Personal Injury
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Legal Representation for Pedestrian Vs. Vehicle Accident Victims Available at ... (press release)October 30, 2011

Grayson & Grayson personal injury law firm is now extending its legal services to victims of pedestrian-vehicle accidents. Victims can fill out the no-obligation form at to receive a free case review. Los Angeles, CA, October 30, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Proposed constitutional amendments: in a nutshell
Houston Chronicle (blog)October 27, 2011

Under current Texas law, counties do not have the power of tax-based financing to fund such projects. Opponents say the law will cause appraisal values to rise, thereby increasing property taxes in a given area. This provision would fix what many say ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyers profit while assisting government lawbreaking
Washington ExaminerOctober 5, 2011

In securing the suspect $535 million Department of Energy loan to Solyndra, private lawyers respectively representing Solyndra and the Department of Energy made a cool $4.3 million off the taxpayers. Now that Solyndra is in bankruptcy, more taxpayer ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Report: Obama nominee, some AGs too close to plaintiffs bar
Legal News LineOctober 25, 2011

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act created the CFPB. "Dodd-Frank expressly gives state AGs power to enforce state laws against national banks, as well as to enforce federal laws against state and federally chartered banks ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Baker Donelson law firm acquires Houston practice
NOLA.comOctober 24, 2011

While the Spain Chambers practice focuses primarily on litigation, energy, construction and the financial sector, Baker Donelson provides legal services to a broader range of industries, including banking, real estate, and health care. ...more »

Crockett Facilities Services a Leader Around the Beltway
Contracting BusinessOctober 28, 2011

As a graduate of the College of Law of Catholic University, Cynthia Crockett has brought her understanding of the importance of legal matters and detail management to the hectic world of commercial HVAC contracting, a world where little details mean a ...more »

Sports Law
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Newsdesk - Corruption Case Opened Against Brazil Sports Minister; Half-Price ...
World Football InsiderOctober 26, 2011

Brazilian lawmakers are up in arms over a number of FIFA demands, a spat delaying the passage of a federal law covering trademark protection, the sale of alcohol in stadiums and television rights with regard to the 2014 showpiece. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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For district attorney, conflict must be guided
Daily Local NewsOctober 17, 2011

Stretton has been an attorney for more than 35 years, most of which time was as a solo attorney primarily in Chester County and Philadelphia. His practice consists of criminal defense work, judicial and attorney disciplinary proceedings as well as ...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 »

Feminism Doesn't Fit the Monarchy
Daily BeastOctober 29, 2011

Anyhow, why should the elder daughter succeed before the younger son: isn't that age discrimination? Shouldn't all Britons decide which of them will be God's anointed by a secret ballot? Some of the greatest monarchs of British history – Elizabeth I, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ice Storm
The American LawyerOctober 2, 2011

The code did not meet international standards set by UNCITRAL, the United Nations commission that regulates international trade. "Icelandic law did not cover a reorganization proceeding for banks that was capable of being recognized outside of Iceland ...more »

Environmental Law
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DOE lawyers not testifying on Solyndra
PoliticoOctober 27, 2011

Republicans are trying to come up with some kind of alternative to the DOE lawyers, including inviting the Treasury Department and Office of Management and Budget officials who sent emails urging caution before the Energy Department went ahead with ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Key Questions for Your Legacy Conversation
Morningstar.comOctober 7, 2011

For people with extensive assets, you may need to draft proper documents such as a living trust. The major details of your legacy plan should be worked out before you instruct the lawyer on your intentions. Questions will arise. ...more »

Family Law
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Mariska Hargitay 'In Shock' About Son's Adoption
People MagazineOctober 20, 2011

If anyone deserves this it's her. I watch Law And Order all the time. I really miss her and Christopher Melloni together.God Bless her and her new family. What a little miracle! I'm sure the entire family is delighted to have another member. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation insurance to increase for Colorado employers
Denver PostOctober 28, 2011

Colorado employers will see a 3.7 percent increase in the premiums they pay for workers' compensation insurance next year. The Colorado Division of Insurance said Thursday that the 2012 increase in the "loss costs" component of workers' ...more »


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