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Sizing up the Supreme Court
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

I happen to have been in Court the day that the bankruptcy case [Ransom v. FIA Card Services] came down and she delivered it as though she was talking to some friends about it and made it very accessible to people in the audience. ...more »

'It Wasn't a Bluff,' Cuomo Asserts
Wall Street JournalOctober 1, 2011

Andrew Cuomo's showdown with the state's second-largest public employees union this week has provided the most telling test yet of his effort to force labor concessions in the nation's most-unionized state. Mr. Cuomo on Friday stood firm on his ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Firing contest by boss leads employees to quit
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 2, 2011

Administrative Law Judge Susan D. Ackerman sided with the workers, calling the contest “egregious and deplorable.” Shelsky was awarded unemployment benefits. “The employer's actions have clearly created a hostile work environment by suggesting its ...more »

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

Bev Perdue, recorded a message in March to urge an override to the governor's veto of a state health care bill. The health care law also has become a hot issue in Washington state, where one of next year's most competitive open-seat races will take ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Best Lawyers in America 2012 Selects Attorneys at Wright, Constable ...
Citybizlist (press release)October 5, 2011

David W. Skeen, Esq., for Admiralty & Maritime law and Mediation law. Mr. Skeen has been named to Best Lawyers every year since 1989. George J. Bachrach, Esq., for Construction law and Insurance law. Mr. Bachrach has been named to Best Lawyers since ...more »

Immigration Law
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Ala. immigration law marked by Hispanic school absences
USA TodayOctober 3, 2011

We're in the business and have the obligation to educate all students. For us, it's just data collection." Tuscaloosa City Schools reported at least 10 Hispanic parents withdrawing their children from school late last week, while other parents ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Land Acquisition Bill - Short of expectations
Hindu Business LineOctober 1, 2011

... for their massive investments, without entirely altering their payback estimates. While no law can be expected to be a panacea for all evils, the new Bill appears to leave almost everyone disappointed with corporates being the most dissatisfied. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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US sending special envoy to Pakistan for dispute resolution on Haqqani network
Hindustan TimesOctober 1, 2011

The United States is sending its Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Marc Grossman, to Islamabad in a bid to resolve the dispute on the Haqqani network. Delhi, Islamabad, and Doha from September 30 to October 14, 2011. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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The Washington Woes Of Michael Mastro And Friends
ForbesOctober 1, 2011

... who practices in the areas of creditor-debtor law, including creditors collections and debtor asset protection, and business planning including captive insurance company planning and litigation involving captive insurance arrangements. ...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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Barbara Butler Foster Recognized by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication
MarketWatch (press release)October 6, 2011

She is a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation and is a member of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and The American Intellectual Property Law...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Tim Scrantom and Sean Coffey Announce the Formation of BlackRobe Capital ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

BlackRobe is a commercial claim investor that, in addition to financing, will offer claimholders in high-stakes business disputes a variety of services designed to help claimholders optimize recoveries in those disputes. BlackRobe's entry into the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Some thoughts on a half-baked idea
Chicago TribuneOctober 3, 2011

Oh, I disagree with them about affirmative action, and probably a dozen other things as well. But I am not troubled — amused, but not troubled — by the way they've expressed their view. Unfortunately, others have been less sanguine. ...more »

Aviation stocks, PSU OMCs in focus after hike in ATF prices
India Infoline.comOctober 3, 2011

State-owned oil marketing companies (PSU OMCs) on Friday, 30 September 2011 hiked jet fuel, or ATF, price by 1.5% as falling rupee made oil imports costlier. ATF price at Delhi's T3 airport was hiked by Rs 899 per kilolitre (kl), or 1.5%, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Disaster survivors can get free legal assistance
Warwick AdvertiserOctober 1, 2011

Disaster Legal Services can help survivors with bankruptcy, civil rights, employment law, landlord-tenant law, FEMA benefits claims, wills, trusts and probate matters, among other issues potentially arising from disaster. Any person affected by Irene ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Clifford Olson — Canada's national monster — dead at 71
Vancouver SunOctober 1, 2011

A monster. He was a personable, charming guy. When he walked into my office, it was the cops that looked bad." "Olson very fully appreciated the nature and quality of what he was doing," said his former lawyer, Shantz. "That probably was the engine ...more »

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Patriot Scientific and TPL Settle Litigation
MarketWatch (press release)October 7, 2011

... Patriot Scientific Corporation's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. ...more »

Business Law
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Finance firms welcome new tight laws
Sunday Times.lkOctober 1, 2011

78 of 1988, the current law relating to finance business. Sri Lanka has 37 legal finance companies with a total of 376 branches and assets running to Rs 234 billion, according to the regulator. The new law effectively curbs unauthorized deposit taking ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Miller's bill to boost veterans benefits moves through House
Pensacola News JournalOctober 13, 2011

Miller's bill also would require those leaving the military to take classes to help them make the transition to civilian life, would align state licensing requirements for technical jobs with the skills service members learned in the military, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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In Thailand, a Campaign to Purify Internet of Royal Insults
New York TimesOctober 3, 2011

In addition, the country's Computer Crimes Act, which was passed by a military-installed government in 2007, calls for prison terms of as long as five years for the digital dissemination of information that threatens the security of the country or ...more »

Personal Injury
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Denver Injury Attorneys Hull & Zimmerman, PC Extend Service to Nearby Communities
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

DENVER, Oct 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Denver personal injury attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, PC, are excited to announce the extension of their services to Denver's surrounding communities. In addition to the capital city, the firm will now be ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Striking a balance
Times LIVEOctober 1, 2011

Ours is an avowedly transformative supreme law. So we have fashioned the most efficient constitutional construct to eradicate the evil of the past, usher in a new dawn and anticipate and prevent future abuse of power. We cannot now regress in order to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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PIAA: Medical Liability Reforms Ripe for 'Supercommittee' Picking
Insurance News Net (press release)October 1, 2011

Trial attorneys and consumer groups are opposed to the changes, saying they take away the rights of victims of medical malpractice but leave insurers unaccountable. The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures opposes HR 5, calling it an ...more »

Consumer Protection
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ICICI asked to pay Rs 4000 compensation to credit card holder
IBNLive.comOctober 1, 2011

It was of the opinion that the act of the bank was unwarranted and without following any legal procedure. Hence the bank was responsible for deficiency in services as per the Consumer Protection Act and is required to compensate the complainant, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Taxpayers have extra time for real, personal property taxes
Baxter BulletinOctober 5, 2011

Tilley said Arkansas law has changed to give taxpayers an additional week in October to pay both real estate and personal property taxes. "Lawmakers' reasoning for the change was that federal taxes are due on the 15th, and that a lot of people are paid ...more »

Haggerty Contract Is Said Backdated
Wall Street JournalOctober 6, 2011

But, he added, "it has nothing to do with John Haggerty's wrongdoing." This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law. ...more »

Sports Law
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South Sports: Boca's Don Law has been named 2011 SFPGA golf professional of ...
Palm Beach PostOctober 5, 2011

Boca Raton resident Don Law has been named 2011 SFPGA golf professional of the year. The award is the highest honor a PGA professional can receive, recognizing the individual for their overall performance, level of service to the association, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal Defense Attorney Venus Niner Moves to New Office (press release)October 3, 2011

Winner of Tennessee Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals Cases Moves to New Office in Franklin, TN. Franklin, TN, October 03, 2011 --( Franklin defense criminal attorney Venus Niner – winner of Tennessee Supreme Court and Court of ...more »

Audit Questions Job Corps Placement Claims
Youth TodayOctober 7, 2011

More and more post-secondary schools are being accused of this ruse, most recently law schools for claiming that their graduates have been placed in high-paying legal jobs. But while the hubbub about mislabeling job placements has swirled around these ...more »

Q & A Session – Personal Liability for Age Discrimination
Federal Times (blog)October 4, 2011

Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience. If an employee feels that his supervisor is guilty of age discrimination, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Jersey Elder Law Firm Offers Free Asset Protection Seminar
Cape May County Herald (press release)October 3, 2011

By Press Release The respected Begley Law Group will host free seminars in October to help individuals and their loved ones learn how to properly plan for nursing home care. The team of New Jersey elder law attorneys is skilled in protecting assets and ...more »

Environmental Law
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A Third Of The Way Through Its Timeline, Alternative Energy Portfolio Delivers ...
StateImpact PennsylvaniaOctober 11, 2011

But here in Pennsylvania, both Democrats and Republicans agree a plan to boost the commonwealth's alternative energy consumption is working well. StateImpact Pennsylvania's Scott Detrow has an update on the law, which took effect in 2007. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Former senator to be register of wills
The News JournalOctober 22, 2011

In her lengthy career, Cook became arguably the most important figure in the state's annual budget drafting process through the General Assembly's Joint Finance Committee. Last year, she was unseated by tea party-backed Republican Dave Lawson. ...more »

Family Law
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Inquirer Editorial: Insurers aren't playing fair | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
Philadelphia InquirerOctober 2, 2011

More important, most of the increases cannot be blamed on the Affordable Care Act, signed into law last year. Indeed, a report on premium increases released Tuesday by the respected Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Widow wins workers compensation fight
ABC OnlineOctober 11, 2011

A woman whose husband had a brain haemorrhage while at work and later died is entitled to compensation, the Workers Compensation Tribunal has found. Dennis Owens, 58, died in hospital in August 2009, three weeks after suffering a brain haemorrhage at ...more »


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