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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 »

How to ensure your electronic information will be ready for litigation
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

The process of discovery — when the parties involved in litigation exchange information relevant to the case — has adapted to fit the way business is done today. Is your company ready for e-discovery? “Times have changed,” says Melissa Evans, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Senate to vote on some judicial nominations, while others languish
Elmira Star-GazetteOctober 3, 2011

Ninety-four of 874 judicial positions are listed as vacant by the Administrative Office of the US Courts. Eighteen of those vacancies are on the US Court of Appeals. Although Senate Republicans have agreed to vote on another four nominees later in the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health Care Law at Issue in Governor's Races
National JournalOctober 3, 2011

Paul Ryan's budget plan, the debt-ceiling debate -- the states have a role to play in the ongoing battle over the health care law. Twenty-six have joined a challenge to the law, and the Republican Governors Association's final ad in West Virginia ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Theresa May plans clampdown on criminals who resist deportation
The GuardianOctober 3, 2011

The home secretary, Theresa May, will win support from Conservative party members opposed to the Human Rights Act in its present form. Photograph: David Jones/PA Britain's immigration rules are to be amended to curb the ability of foreign criminals to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Hispanics leave school in face of Alabama's tough immigration law
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

Paul Horowitz, a constitutional law expert at the University of Alabama's law school in Tuscaloosa, says the data collection nature of the law “is fairly clever” in circumventing a federal law that prohibits discrimination in public school enrollment ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Long-Time Accomplished Aerospace, Semiconductor, and Security Industries...
MarketWatch (press release)October 6, 2011

With an aggressive marketing and product development strategy, he took the company to a leadership position in e-commerce trade. Prior to that, Peter served as Director of Worldwide Communications for aerospace, defense, and industrial fastening ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Crewe lawyer offers a mediation service for divorces
Crewe ChronicleOctober 5, 2011

A FAMILY lawyer hopes to take the pain and cost out of divorce and relationship break-down by offering a mediation service. David Lago, based on Prince Albert Street in Crewe, aims to help couples avoid lengthy and expensive courtroom battles. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Can events like Reno Air Races and Street Vibrations continue amid concerns ...
Reno Gazette JournalOctober 2, 2011

The question now is how, or if, the events can continue amid concerns over insurance costs, litigation and, for Street Vibrations, violence. Officials for both organizations have said any talk of their respective futures is months away. ...more »

Animal Law
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New Florida Laws Kick In Saturday
Local 10October 3, 2011

HB 75: The law creates the crime of "sexting", the transmission of sexually explicit pictures, often by cell phone. But it reduces the penalties from what they would be for teens charged with doing that now, which would brand them a sex offender for ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Newspapers to disappear by 2040: UN agency chief
AFPOctober 3, 2011

GENEVA — Newspapers will disappear and be replaced by digital versions by 2040, the UN intellectual property agency's chief said in an interview published on Monday. Francis Gurry, who heads the World Intellectual Property Organisation told the daily ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Dallas Attorney Amy LaValle Joins Skiermont Puckett LLP
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action no longer reflects needs of society
the InkwellOctober 6, 2011

The group contends this type of affirmative action proposal should not be tolerated by any person of any race. This raises the question: As it stands, does affirmative action still serve its original purpose? The answer may not be as black and white as ...more »

56th MCAS Miramar Air Show salutes San Diego
DVIDSOctober 2, 2011

This year's air show theme is “A Salute to San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation.” It features demonstrations by various civilian and military performers including the Blue Angels and the Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force. MARINE CORPS AIR STATION ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Austin real estate round-up: Oct. 12
Austin Business Journal (blog)October 12, 2011

Don Cox of the Don Cox Company represented the tenant. Jeff Henley of The Kucera Companies represented the landlord. Shidlofsky Law Firm leased 2421 square feet at Greystone Plaza located at 7200 N. Mopac Expy. Steve McMillon of The Kucera Companies ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Pelican Pools forced into bankruptcy
St. Augustine RecordOctober 1, 2011

Under personal bankruptcy law, a homesteaded home, one automobile and some other assets cannot be seized in personal bankruptcy. “Debtor estimates that, after any exempt property is excluded and administrative expenses paid, there will be no funds ...more »

Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of A.C. ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 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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Goodwin Procter Names 17 New Partners
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Michael T. Jones (Boston, Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement). Jones represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of regulatory, civil and criminal investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Glen Lerner & Associates Assisting Injured Veterans in Obtaining TSGLI Benefits
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 3, 2011

Glen Lerner & Associates, a Las-Vegas based injury law firm, is now assisting injured military servicemembers in recovering benefits, and getting the word out to many veterans who don't realize they are entitled to these benefits. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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House Cybersecurity Task Force Wary of Rules on Network Defense
BusinessWeekOctober 5, 2011

The Obama administration released cybersecurity proposals in May that would create a national standard for companies to report data breaches, toughen penalties for computer-related crimes, and direct Homeland Security to work with operators of critical ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawyers blamed for our high insurance rates
Sun-SentinelOctober 4, 2011

Florida has a reputation for high automobile insurance rates due to the racket that the personal injury lawyers have created. Apparently, the statistics show that Florida is notorious for its residents filing fraudulent claims ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Libertarian has day in court over driver's license requirements
Tampabay.comOctober 5, 2011

After Wyllie finished rattling off a list of cases he said proved the law is unconstitutional, Andringa asked him for the list. He said Wyllie was clearly guilty, but he would read case law and rule on the constitutional question in a week. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Did You Know... State Supreme Courts Routinely Find Tort Reform Damage Caps ...
InjuryBoard.comOctober 3, 2011

A cap on noneconomic damages diminishes tort liability for health care providers and diminishes the deterrent effect of tort law." Id. at 464. The Wisconsin Court found the burden of the non-economic damages cap fell entirely on the most seriously ...more »

Consumer Protection
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McGraw Sues Bank of America Corporation
WBOY-TVOctober 4, 2011

Similar to the GE Money Bank suit, this suit charges Bank of America with violating the state's consumer credit protection act. By Andrea Lannom In a second Sept. 30 federal lawsuit, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is charging another ...more »

Real Estate Law
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APOV: Proposed law would hurt Orleans real estate market
The Daily News OnlineOctober 6, 2011

We have properties where this new law will stop these sales. We have vacant homes that are rehabs. We will never get Health Department approval to close these. Here are more foreclosures. Real estate in Orleans County has been moving well even with the ...more »

Islanders sign veteran Pandolfo to 1-year deal
Wall Street JournalOctober 4, 2011

AP UNIONDALE, NY — Veteran forward Jay Pandolfo agreed to terms with the New York Islanders on a one-year contract. The Islanders announced the deal Tuesday, four days before they open the regular season at home against the Florida Panthers. ...more »

Sports Law
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Q&A with football coach Mike Leach
Los Angeles TimesOctober 3, 2011

Possessing a law degree from Pepperdine, Leach did not shrink. His legal team secured emails revealing university leaders discussing the possibility of dismissing him a year earlier, and poked numerous holes in the account of James' son, Adam, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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3 judicial candidates offer grab bag of styles for New Orleans Criminal Court ...
NOLA.comOctober 7, 2011

All three candidates are criminal defense attorneys and native New Orleanians. And that's where the similarities end. Sauviac eschews candidate forums and hasn't stirred up much by way of cash or political endorsements, saying he prefers to reach ...more »

IRS Just Says No to Medical Marijuana Deductions
ForbesOctober 7, 2011

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. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

Feds ask appeals court to block Ala. immigration law
ABC NewsOctober 7, 2011

Advertiser The Justice Department asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to block Alabama's strict new immigration law, saying it creates discrimination and drives aliens from the state through procedures outside those established in federal ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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RTS Offers Services to Support New Swap Execution Facilities as Dodd-Frank Act...
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

By RTS Realtime Systems Group CHICAGO, Oct., 3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The US Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has spawned the creation of regulated Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) that must capture trades electronically and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Jatropha as alternative fuel a bust
MalayaOctober 4, 2011

The official said that the remaining amount could be used to develop other forms of alternative fuels. The Biofuels Act of 2006 mandates mixing of 1 percent of biodiesel in diesel and 5 percent of ethanol in gasoline for the first four years of the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Races throughout county not drawing attention
Asbury Park PressOctober 20, 2011

“I thought I've got to get out there and start educating people,” said Peters, adding she has talked to about 50 groups this year about wills and probate. “I've kind of been a woman on a mission.” Improperly done wills that are filed wind up for ...more »

Family Law
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Family minister clarifies aspects of Law on Domestic Violence
AngolaPressOctober 4, 2011

Benguela – The minister of Family and Promotion of Women, Genoveva Lino, last Monday started a three-day work visit to the central Benguela Province, having on top of the agenda the national campaign to divulge the Law on Domestic Violence, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Applauds Governor for Signing Bill to Help ...
Insurance News Net (press release)October 8, 2011

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 684, which protects California employers from being dragged out of state by workers' compensation insurers to resolve disputes. SB 684, which received bipartisan ...more »

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