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Hail Damage Helps Sales and Use Tax Revenue Soar
KGWNOctober 1, 2011

Sales and use tax collections typically lag the point of sale by about two months, which means the work load from the hail storm events that happened in July are just now starting to show in the state's tax numbers. "We're seeing this work load ...more »

Sac State awaits rest of $10 million pledge from Alex Spanos
Capitol WeeklyOctober 1, 2011

Nava cited California law around the Public Records Act, noting that a government organization can withhold such information, but must provide a written justification. "We will not discuss donor agreements," Nava said via email. "Confidentiality of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Perry defends tuition law as conservatives back home revive repeal effort
MiamiHerald.comOctober 1, 2011

Confronted by a New Hampshire voter at a town hall meeting Saturday who declared the tuition policy doesn't make sense, Perry stood steadfastly by the law, saying he and Texas legislators passed it in 2001 because it was in the state's best interests. ...more »

Health Care Law
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If the mandate goes will the health law stay
PoliticoOctober 5, 2011

The law's opponents — including the 26 states and National Federation of Independent Business, which filed the suit that the Supreme Court could review this year — say the mandate is so integral to the legislation that if it is struck, the whole law...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Tar Heels deck East Carolina as Jones puts on show
Burlington Times NewsOctober 2, 2011

GREENVILLE — For a second there, Dwight Jones tried to act like it wasn'ta big deal. He'd just fought off East Carolina defensive back Emmanuel Davis, snagged a Bryn Renner pass out of the air with one hand and thudded on his back for a show-stopping ...more »

Immigration Law
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Oklahoma's anti-immigration law tough enough
Tulsa WorldOctober 3, 2011

By World's Editorial Writers Finally, some reason and common sense has come from the state Capitol concerning immigration law. Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus, House chairman of the legislative joint immigration committee, said last week that no sweeping ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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America's permanent robot war
The GuardianOctober 4, 2011

The machines (and their creators and supporters in the military-industrial complex) are decades ahead of the government officials who theoretically direct and oversee them. "A Future for Drones: Automated Killing", an enthusiastic article that appeared ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Way Out project for gender equality
Jamaica ObserverOctober 3, 2011

MORE than 19000 people from across the island are set to directly benefit in the coming months from a gender equality and women's empowerment project that was launched by the Bureau of Women's Affairs (BWA) and the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF). ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Criminal Hackers
CNET (blog)October 12, 2011

A lawsuit filed by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Company this year accuses Killinger of leading more Facebook is adding a Websense Web link blacklist service to its arsenal of defenses designed to protect users from clicking on links that lead to ...more »

Animal Law
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Charles Short Insurance Says New Law Is Good News for Horse Lovers with Texas ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 2, 2011

The new law aims to protect barn operators and other industry professional from claims of equine-related injuries, and requires that business owners post signs around their property outlining the regulations. The markers will draw attention to the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New BNA Webinar Helps Companies Identify and Tackle Online Product Counterfeiting
PR Newswire (press release)October 4, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The growing pace of e-commerce has opened the door to a dramatic increase in online counterfeiting and piracy of corporate intellectual property. What can company executives do to discover if ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Advertising Rules for Lawyers May Change
WCTVOctober 4, 2011

"Well, if the plaintiff, our client Mr. Harrell had just accepted the staff rejection of their ad and their slogan, they would have been throwing out five years of expensive branding," says Frank. Since 2002, the personal injury law firm out of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Roundup: Student Aid for Children of Gay Parents; Whither Affirmative Action...
New York Times (blog)October 17, 2011

In case you missed it, The Times published three important articles over the weekend that should resonate with at least some families applying to college this year, or in the near future. In “For Children of Same-Sex Couples, ...more »

NASA Awards Historic Green Aviation Prize
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

By NASA MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the largest prize in aviation history, created to inspire the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and spark the start of a new electric airplane industry ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Western Center's Christine Minnehan to Retire
Beyond ChronOctober 5, 2011

... revenue set-aside for housing by redevelopment agencies; and scores of fair housing and landlord-tenant reforms, such as requiring a 60-day notice of a no-cause eviction, exempting SRO's from the Ellis Act, prohibiting housing discrimination based ...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 »

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Open Beaches Act litigation to continue
Daily News - Galveston CountyOctober 1, 2011

GALVESTON — In a short order issued Wednesday, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion by the state's attorney general to end part of some long-running litigation over enforcement of the Texas Open Beaches Act. ...more »

Business Law
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Man headed to prison for posessing child pornography
Sacramento Bee (blog)October 1, 2011

The case resulted from an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and composed of agents from federal, state and local ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans Say Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Not Worth Sacrifice
ABC News (blog)October 5, 2011

... of the conflict in Afghanistan – America's longest war – a new poll finds just 34 percent of US veterans of the post-9/11 military believes that both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were worth fighting given the costs and benefits to the US. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Website launched to combat cyber crime
Toronto SunOctober 3, 2011

The campaign comes just as the government is beefing up its own computer systems after Treasury Board and the finance department were hacked earlier this year. Canada is ranked sixth in the world as a source for cyber crime, up from 13th in 2010, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Marathon Business Development Group Now Offers a Service Designed to ...
eYugoslavia.comOctober 4, 2011

By Djordje Jurinac on Oct 4, 2011 in Business News, Featured The Marathon Business Development Group specializes in assisting personal injury, or plaintiffs law firms improve their branding, or will assist a personal injury law firm expand its brand ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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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 »

Professional Malpractice
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Isle judge finds conflict at every turn
Houston ChronicleOctober 4, 2011

Judges have a higher standard of conduct than attorneys in their personal and professional lives, said James Alfini, professor at South Texas College of Law. Alfini, who co-authored the book Judicial Conduct and Ethics, said that even in their private ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Don't blame banks for debit card fees -- blame merchants
Fort Worth Star TelegramOctober 8, 2011

Simply put, the cap on what merchants pay to banks on debit card purchases (21 cents plus up to an additional 5 cents per transaction) does not cover the high costs financial institutions pay to provide secure systems, including fraud-prevention ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Upcoming real estate events
Detroit Free PressOctober 2, 2011

Lori Chmura of Middleton Training will present an update on real estate law and practices for six hours of state-mandated real estate continuing education. Only one of the two classes is required. $80 registration fee for BIA members, ...more »

Insight: China's foreign lawyers argue case from the gallery
ReutersOctober 4, 2011

But for Chinese law matters, they must partner with domestic firms. The country's ruling Communist Party shows no appetite for change, lawyers say, not least because of worries that a more robust legal system could foster challenges to its rule. ...more »

Sports Law
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FHFA faulted for delay of probes
Washington PostOctober 4, 2011

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator overseeing mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has missed multiple opportunities to investigate and stop abusive practices by law firms that were foreclosing on ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Amanda Knox's Family Likely Spent Millions for Her Acquittal, Say Experts
KBOIOctober 4, 2011

Curt Knox, her father, told ABC News in October 2009 that he and his ex-wife, Knox's mother, had spent over $1 million on attorneys, travel and living in Perugia to be near their daughter. Gerald Lefcourt, a criminal defense attorney who has ...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 »

Some Restaurants Only Hire Hot People -- Get Over It
The StirOctober 5, 2011

Now, you don't need a law degree to know that age discrimination in the workplace is illegal and disgusting. But I'm betting that if the EEOC were actually to investigate all the other restaurant chains in the country, it would discover that many more ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Feds to announce Calif. pot dispensary crackdown
USA TodayOctober 7, 2011

They state that federal law "takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana." "Under United States law, a dispensary's operations involving sales and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama fundraiser took active interest in Solyndra loan, emails show
Los Angeles TimesOctober 8, 2011

The company closed its doors at the end of August and filed for bankruptcy protection a week later, leaving taxpayers as a major creditor. It has since become the target of FBI inquiries and congressional investigations. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Sunday morning conversation with Lori Duff
Walton TribuneOctober 2, 2011

“I just always assumed I would be a lawyer,” Duff said. “I never considered anything else. Personally, it fits me because I like rules, knowing where the edges of the box are and the fact the law equalizes the playing field because everyone has to ...more »

Family Law
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Choosing the right contract
Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 4, 2011

But whether you are buying with a spouse, friend or family member, it's important to understand your legal rights in the event of your death, divorce or a simple parting of the ways. There are two types of legal contracts for buying joint property ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Call for a fair go for older workers
The Canberra TimesOctober 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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