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Health Department Says Cause of Elyria Players' Illness 'Unknown'
Cleveland News - Fox 8October 1, 2011

The food borne illness that sickened dozens of players on the Elyria High School football team earlier this month remains a mystery. The Elyria City Health District and the Ohio Department of Health announced ...more »

Scores of Wis. school unions to try to recertify
Sacramento BeeOctober 1, 2011

The law backed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker strips public unions of their ability to negotiate anything except wage increases, which are limited to the cost of living. Unions without existing contracts must hold recertification elections to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Can ID laws sway vote?
Albany Times UnionOctober 3, 2011

Just how much of an impact the new laws will have is a matter of some dispute. Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., who held a hearing on the new laws last month, said they "will make it harder for millions of disabled, young, minority, rural, elderly, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Partnership for America Cheers Rep. Sam Johnson's Bill to Freeze and ...
PR Newswire (press release)October 5, 2011

Johnson introduced the Freeze and Investigate Affordable Care Act (HR 3095) on Wednesday. Once enacted, the Freeze and Investigate Act would immediately suspend implementation of President Obama's health care law and require Congress and the President ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Constitution of the United States
The Moral LiberalOctober 1, 2011

... the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority; — to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls; — to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction; — to Controversies ...more »

Immigration Law
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Illegal immigration law worries South Carolina farmers
The Augusta ChronicleOctober 8, 2011

COLUMBIA — Some say that South Carolina's new illegal-immigration law is already putting a chill on the state's supply of immigrant farm labor. Gary Spires, the director of the government relations of the SC Farm Bureau, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Catholic Campaign for Human Development 2011: Part 2
Spero NewsOctober 5, 2011

SWOP is also a member of Chicago Alinskyian community organizing network, the Industrial Areas Foundation, founded by Alinsky himself. The Chicago local affiliate is called United Power for Action and Justice (UPAJ) and is a mega-meld of institutions: ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Practice Tips How to Impress or Annoy a Judge
WisBarOctober 11, 2011

This article was adapted from the author's presentation at the May 2011 State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE TM Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Appellate Practice Institute.. Here are some suggestions that will help you impress (and avoid annoying) the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Oklahoma rate decrease approved; commissioner seeks more reforms
Workers Comp ForumOctober 6, 2011

Among its provisions, SB 878 promotes mediation over litigation of workers' comp disputes, sets a new medical fee schedule aimed at reducing medical costs by 5 percent, and returns injured workers back to work faster by providing physical and ...more »

Animal Law
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Brownsville Official Explains Vicious Dog Law
KRGVOctober 7, 2011

BROWNSVILLE - The Brownsville vicious dog law has come under attack from animal right activists. They're upset a dog owner is charged even though a young girl trespassed onto the homeowner's property. There have been a lot of questions about the dog ...more »

Intellectual Property
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US Signs International Anti-Piracy Accord
Wired News (blog)October 3, 2011

The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on Saturday, an accord targeting intellectual property piracy. The European Union, Mexico and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales
BloombergOctober 2, 2011

In 1980, David Koch ran for vice president on the Libertarian ticket, pledging to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve System, welfare, minimum wage laws and federal agencies -- including the Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action plan set for approval; Human Right Commission has requested ...
Quincy Herald WhigOctober 7, 2011

To fulfill the requirement of a federal grant application, the city of Quincy is set to approve an affirmative action plan that has been sought by the city's Human Rights Commission for eight years. Doug Olson, director of Human Resources, ...more »

Boeing could boost Greenville's aviation cluster
Greenville NewsOctober 2, 2011

Jerry Howard, president of the Greenville Area Development Corp., said he figures the bigger effect of Boeing's new aircraft plant in North Charleston could be on the business of aviation companies already in Greenville County. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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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 »

Bankruptcy Law
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Allmand Law Presents Bankruptcy Practice Fundamentals October 29th
PR Web (press release)October 2, 2011

Reed Allmand, the managing partner of Allmand Law ( is scheduled to speak at the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys' (NACBA) October 29, 2011. Allmand will make a presentation, “Fundamentals: Getting the ...more »

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Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

This matter is before the Court upon the Motion for Summary Judgment made by Plaintiffs Arbor Farms, LLC, Jaswinder Grover, Monica Grover, MacDonald Stables, LLC, Nelson Breeders, LLC, and West Hills Farms, LLC [DE 482]. ...more »

Business Law
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Illegal students face obstacles even after college
Sacramento BeeOctober 2, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Federal Retirement Plans Cost Almost as Much as Social Security
ABC NewsOctober 2, 2011

The government paid a record $268 billion in pension and health benefits last year to 10 million former civil servants, military personnel and their dependents, about $100 billion more than was paid a decade earlier after adjusting for inflation. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Daytona Beach considering moratorium on Internet cafes
Daytona Beach News-JournalOctober 2, 2011

Chitwood said, "There's really no regulation" and "they get around gambling laws." Unless state law changes, local law enforcement will be powerless to do much, Chitwood said. "We're concerned about the proliferation of these," Chitwood said. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Law Firm Accepting Cases of Heart Attack Victims Caused by Avandia®
Emailwire (press release)October 8, 2011

Craig Swapp & Associates is now accepting personal injury cases where the use of the diabetes drug Avandia led to a heart attack or stroke. (EMAILWIRE.COM, October 08, 2011 ) Sandy, Utah, – Personal Injury Lawyer Craig Swapp announced today that his ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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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 »

Professional Malpractice
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Custody Disputes
Psychiatric TimesOctober 7, 2011

If the patient or parent/legal guardian consents to the release of records and signs a release form, the psychiatrist would typically release that information. If this is not the case, the psychiatrist is typically bound by confidentiality not to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Suite justice at last for fobbed-off furniture customer
Independent Online (blog)October 3, 2011

I spend most of my work week investigating reader complaints about companies failing to honour their Consumer Protection Act (CPA) rights. The complaints pour in – from bus and train coupons and pre-paid data expiring within a short time, ...more »

Real Estate Law
[read all news] Names Beth O'Brien Managing Director
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)October 3, 2011

(EON: Enhanced Online News), the nation's leading real estate auctioneer and loan sales advisor, has named Elizabeth O'Brien as Managing Director and Senior Vice President. She will be based in the company's New York office and will lead ...more »

Upcoming WPL Webinar to Focus on Negotiation Techniques for Construction Contracts
Insurance News Net (press release)October 1, 2011

Preparation of a comprehensive construction contract is the best protection against time-consuming and costly construction claims and disputes. Construction projects succeed or fail as a direct result of terms and conditions in the contract. ...more »

Sports Law
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Merritt ruling overturned
SkySportsOctober 6, 2011

The ruling also means that the British Olympic Association will come under pressure to relax their own by-law, which prohibits any athlete who has served more than a six-month drugs ban from representing Team GB at any future Olympics. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Haggerty Defense Grills Mayor Over Campaign Spending
NY1October 3, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the witness stand in Manhattan criminal court today in the trial against a former political aide accused of stealing $1.1 million intended for ballot security. Former political consultant John Haggerty is charged with grand ...more »

IRS Proposes New Regulations for Submitting EITC Claims
ForbesOctober 8, 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 »

Illegals in Alabama rush to make plans for kids
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 10, 2011

On Friday, the US Justice Department and civil rights groups asked a federal appeals court to block the law, saying it could lead to discrimination against even legal residents. Under the law, police making traffic stops can question anyone suspected ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Debt Resolve (DRSV) Brings Debt Collection Industry Online
TheOTCInvestor.comOctober 3, 2011

Debt Resolve recently restructured its business and developed the strongest prospective client pipeline in its history. Strong Patent Protection. Debt Resolve has acquired strong patent protection for its online debt settlement technologies. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Vertex Energy, Inc. Will Present at the Craig-Hallum 2nd Annual Alpha Select ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

Vertex's focus, as a participant in the alternative energy and environmentally friendly investment sectors, is on creating increased value in the products it manages and produces through a variety of strategies and technologies that facilitate the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Husband of crooked lawyer ordered to pay back money stolen from clients' estates
Grantham TodayOctober 3, 2011

32-year-old Laverick, who was the head of the wills and probate department at the Grantham office of the 200-year-old firm Chattertons, spent the money on a deposit for a second home, a Jaguar car and to pay off household bills. ...more »

Family Law
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Huntington Divorce Attorney Deals With Your Family Needs (press release)October 3, 2011

At Pritt & Pritt PLLC, a Huntington attorney can assist you with any family law related issues. They have experience in dealing with a range of cases and can help you with all aspects of legal A Huntington Divorce Attorney provides guidance and legal ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Call for a fair go for older workers
Blacktown SunOctober 1, 2011

The Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, wants age restrictions on workers compensation and income insurance scrapped and a national standard introduced. ''Most people in their 60s and 70s would like to be in work, probably part time, ...more »


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