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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 »

Appeals court hears U. of I. dispute with Tribune
Chicago TribuneOctober 1, 2011

The two sides are seeking a federal ruling after U. of I. argued that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as FERPA, prevents it from releasing the information. The school argues that releasing the records would jeopardize ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Washington Week: Reform Law Heads to Supreme Court
MedPage TodayOctober 1, 2011

The FDA has come under fire from the device industry for being too slow and unpredictable in its review process. The agency has responded by announcing it would streamline a number of processes and provide better training for staff reviewers. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Battle brews in Minn. over health care exchanges
Houston ChronicleOctober 3, 2011

Among the more vocal and influential opponents of the federal law is state Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services committee. He maintains the law is unconstitutional and should be repealed. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bed tax funds array of entities
Topeka Capital JournalOctober 1, 2011

The Topeka Capital-Journal earlier this year filed requests for documents under the Kansas Open Records Act. The requests asked for each agency's operating budget, including all staff salaries. The KORA filings were made in light of the 2012 city ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Law Leaves Schools Gripped by Uncertainty
ABC NewsOctober 2, 2011

A judge's ruling Wednesday upheld several portions of Alabama's tough new immigration law, including the section on public-school enrollment. Advocates of the law say it doesn't block enrollment in schools, but simply enables the state to track the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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All Africa Global Media-Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkOctober 5, 2011

Such Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) should contribute to growth and job creation, not damage industrial capacity, they added. "The government departments have intervened to safeguard the public interest and in the accordance with the rule of law. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Hawaii introduces foreclosure dispute resolution program
Bizjournals.comOctober 4, 2011

Hawaii on Monday introduced a mortgage foreclosure dispute resolution program that will allow owner-occupants with homes in nonjudicial foreclosure to have the opportunity to meet directly with their lenders. The program will give those owners the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Demand for product liability insurance sees a surge
Hindu Business LineOctober 3, 2011

Rising consumer court cases, burgeoning litigation costs and increasing awareness among companies about the risks inherent in their business operations has resulted in increased demand for product liability insurance, say experts in the insurance...more »

Animal Law
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Transgender law, others go into effect
Las Vegas Review - JournalOctober 1, 2011

ANIMAL CRUELTY: "Cooney's Law," named after a Reno beagle killed last year by an owner who cut her stomach open with a box cutter, makes it a felony, punishable by at least a year in prison, to "willfully and maliciously" commit cruelty against pets. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Azerbaijan and Korea sign grant agreement on Automation of Intellectual...
APAOctober 11, 2011

Today, Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and State Committee on Standardization, Metrology and Patents of the Republic of Azerbaijan have signed grant agreement on Automation of Intellectual Property Management System. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

According to the probable cause statement on the back of the citation, the van was stopped at the sobriety checkpoint and its occupants, who were "under suspicion of being illegal aliens," were interviewed by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Calif. Gov. Vetoes Affirmative Action
Daily BeastOctober 9, 2011

"I wholeheartedly agree with the goal of this legislation," Brown said in his veto message, but he thought that the courts, not the legislature, should decide on the affirmative action law. Brown is sifting through a flurry of legislation that passed ...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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City mulls policy that would crack down on landlords
Lawrence Journal WorldOctober 2, 2011

If property owners disagree, the appeal process would go to the City Commission — although a landlord always has the ability to sue the city in a court of law. “We're not going to be too quick to pull the trigger on any case,” said Jimenez. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Credit Repair Co. Settles Class Action For $12.5M
Law360 (subscription)October 1, 2011

Law360, New York (September 30, 2011, 2:09 PM ET) -- Credit repair firm Lexington Law on Thursday agreed to pay up to $12.5 million in in-kind services to settle proposed class action claims in California that it illegally blocked ...more »

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Litigation Associate Joins Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC
PR Web (press release)October 1, 2011

Michael D. Gadarian has joined the Litigation Practice at Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC. He most recently served as Law Clerk for Judge Charles R. Breyer, United States District Court for the Northern District of California. ...more »

Business Law
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Two jailed over sex trafficking
BBC NewsOctober 3, 2011

The pair were caught after travel documents, internet and newspaper advertising, telecoms evidence and pre-paid credit cards which linked them to each other and key witnesses - who were sex workers - were found. The court was told that the "most ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Family Awarded Mortgage-Free Home
MarketWatch (press release)October 7, 2011

In August 2003, Humana Military was awarded the contract to provide health-benefits support and services to approximately three million active duty and retired military and their eligible family members in the 10-state South Region. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Busted: Police unit saves UK £140m in crackdown on digital crime
Silicon.comOctober 3, 2011

... Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), is an 85-strong team whose remit is to tackle those responsible for the most serious digital crime such as computer intrusion, distribution of malware, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and internet fraud. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Bills limiting lawsuits added to Legislature's jobs session
Milwaukee Journal SentinelOctober 3, 2011

"All that it's doing is preventing people injured by defective products from even getting into the courthouse doors if they have been approved by the FDA." But Zipperer said his proposal was a common-sense move to give manufacturers certainty. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Law firm error imperils Alabama death row inmate
Wall Street JournalOctober 4, 2011

Maples' lawyer in the Supreme Court is former Solicitor General Gregory Garre, who says no one should be executed without a court review of "serious constitutional questions." Garre wants the justices to order lower courts to consider Maples' claim ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Johnson Law Group on Medical Malpractice (press release)October 11, 2011

The standards and regulation of medical malpractice will depend on the country and the law for it. If a person is sick, she or he puts her trust on a medical professional, basically, a doctor. If a health care professional fails to give the proper care ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Foundation proposes bill to set up consumer protection fund
eTaiwan NewsOctober 11, 2011

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) The Consumer's Foundation said Tuesday it will propose a revision to the relevant law to establish a "consumer protection fund." The revision to the Consumer Protection Act will help consumers who have been victims of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Winstead Appoints Steve Drenner Group to the Austin Office
Citybizlist (press release)October 3, 2011

The Burton group is a well known real estate team who represents national, regional and local clients in the acquisition, development, operation and administration of residential and mixed use, condominium and master planned communities. ...more »

Midsize firms face risk management challenges overseas
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

Mid-market firms also should take note of local laws and customs governing their foreign partners, as well as domestic regulations for international trade. Many countries do not permit transactions with firms covered by nonadmitted insurers, ...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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Supreme Court to decide: Can police use GPS tracking without warrant?
Battle Creek EnquirerOctober 17, 2011

Law enforcement officials bristle at the idea of curtailing what is proving to be an effective and cheap way to conduct police investigations. "Please don't take away what tools we have left in law enforcement," said Fred Timpner, the executive ...more »

IRS inability to reign in tax fraud vexes law enforcement
Tbo.comOctober 10, 2011

"If they took the time to fully audit, fully review every single item on just a basic tax return, it may be a year or many more months before each refund is generated, and the public, you know, the politicians aren't going to put up with major delays ...more »

Chicago Elder Law Firm Peck Bloom, LLC Advocates For Alzheimer's Disease
Online PR News (press release)October 5, 2011

... of areas including probate litigation, guardianship litigation, trust litigation, administration of estates and trusts, elder law, estate planning, asset protection, corporate law, tax law, litigation attorney services, and special needs planning.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Elizabeth Warren Pictures
ZimbioOctober 10, 2011

She is also the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she has taught contract law, bankruptcy, and commercial law. In the wake of the 2008-2011 financial crisis, she became the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to ...more »

Environmental Law
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MOEA regularly reviewing timetable for nuclear-free homeland goal
Focus Taiwan News ChannelOctober 4, 2011

Shih said the key to the question lies in whether alternative energy sources can become more productive, saying that if the supply of alternative energy such as solar, wind, hydro and thermal power can be increased, the ministry will find follow-up ...more »

Wills & Probate
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£1.1 trillion to be left in wills by 2047
IBB Solicitors (blog)October 3, 2011

By 2062, the HSBC report predicts the total left in wills will dip to £552 billion. For advice on issues relating to wills, trusts, probate and tax and estate planning, contact our specialist team, call us on 01494 790007 or email ...more »

Family Law
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Mellinson Robinson PC Announce Divorce and Family law Services In Troy Michigan (press release)October 9, 2011

Many people looking for divorce and family law attorneys always find it difficult getting qualified lawyers to handle their divorce cases. Many people looking for divorce and family law attorneys always find it difficult getting qualified lawyers to ...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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