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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 »

Schools Consider Whether To Accept Major Advertising
WFMY News 2October 1, 2011

Whatever the case may be Guilford County wants to have some kind of policy in place. They hope to take next several months to come up with a policy. Davidson County Schools does not have a policy that allows major outside advertising. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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NH hearings begin about Local Government Center
Boston GlobeOctober 4, 2011

The complaint accuses the center of violating securities laws and seeks administrative penalties. It also seeks to have the center return a surplus estimated at more than $100 million in taxpayer money to cities and towns. Tuesday's hearing is to be an ...more »

Health Care Law
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Huffington PostOctober 6, 2011

As steps are being taken under the health reform law to stabilize insurance rates, lower costs and coordinate care, a recent survey shows that health insurance premiums continue to rise. Over the past year, the average cost for employer-sponsored ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Instant Impressions: Week 4
ESPNOctober 3, 2011

But Ridley had 10 carries for 97 yards and showed pretty good speed for a 225-pounder on a 33-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter, speed that the Law Firm just doesn't have. Like Shanahan, Belichick is never going to make it easy on fantasy ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law's impact unseen in Georgia schools
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionOctober 6, 2011

... its focus on deporting violent criminals while giving special consideration to illegal immigrants who were brought here as young children and who are getting an education. None of this is welcome news to supporters of Georgia's new immigration law. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lack of math emphasis in schools doesn't add up
UPI.comOctober 2, 2011

US President Barack Obama discusses education at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Va., March 14, 2011. Obama called on Congress to reform the No Child Left Behind act. UPI/Leslie E. Kossoff/POOL Is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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KESC management, unions looking to govt for solution
The News InternationalOctober 2, 2011

Regarding the formation and convening of the maiden meeting of the proposed dispute resolution committee, both the management of Karachi Electric Supply Company and the leadership of KESC Labour Union and other labour bodies of the power utility have ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Allstate and Progressive Settle Litigation
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

By Allstate Insurance Company NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire & Casualty Insurance Company and Progressive Casualty Insurance Company have agreed to settle litigation involving usage-based ...more »

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

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS: It becomes a misdemeanor crime, subject to a $1000 fine and possible jail time, to willfully post publicly the Social Security card number of another person. FORECLOSURE FRAUD REFORM: Homeowners facing foreclosure will have ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Gore Acquires Intellectual Property of NMT Medical, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)October 19, 2011

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Oct 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- WL Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced that the Company has purchased the assets and intellectual property of NMT Medical, Inc., including the data related to CLOSURE I, a prospective, multi-center ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rate during year of death applied to tax
Centre Daily TimesOctober 1, 2011

asbestos litigation. The litigation was finalized in 2011 and payment was made to the estate. What type or amount of inheritance tax is paid in such a situation? A:If the decedent died in 1988, then the tax rate that applied in 1988 ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Start Socioeconomic Affirmative Action Now
Above the LawOctober 5, 2011

Why can't we have both socioeconomic and race-based affirmative action? Look, you can accuse me of playing the “race card” if you want to, but I'm just trying to figure out a way to help white people get into law school…. Professor Sander looks at the ...more »

Rogers Mauritius Rises Most in More Than 2 Years on Merge Plans
BusinessWeekOctober 14, 2011

Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Rogers & Co., a Mauritian company with interests in financial services and aviation, rose the most in 28 months after saying its insurance units will merge with those of Swan Insurance & Co and Anglo-Mauritius ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent-Regulated Apartment Dilemma: When Co-op Boards MUST Act
Habitat magazineOctober 28, 2011

"It's tricky, because the rule of thumb is that staff will usually do minor services, like changing a fuse, at no charge. You also have to remember that staff is often getting gratuities. Sometimes it can be hard to say no when a tenant wants them to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Kodak Retirees Worry About Healthcare
13WHAM-TVOctober 4, 2011

The Eastman Kodak Retirees Association planned the forum before reports that the company is considering bankruptcy. In the last couple weeks, Kodak has drawn down its credit line, seen its credit rating slashed and hired a law firm known for ...more »

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 »

Business Law
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Global Crackdown on Online Peddlers Nets $6.3 Million in Drugs
PCWorldOctober 1, 2011

In August, for example, Google, in one of the largest settlements of its kind in history, agreed to pay the US government $500 million to settle a case against the company involving the use of its advertising platform, AdSense, to facilitate the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Poll finds pride in military, but not for Afghanistan, Iraq wars
CNNOctober 5, 2011

"The ambivalence that many post-9/11 veterans feel about their military mission has a parallel in the mixture of benefits and burdens they report having experienced since their return to civilian life," the report said. On top of that, veterans -- 84% ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Recession sparks bank scam boom
NEWS.com.auOctober 2, 2011

UNEMPLOYED computer programmers and IT experts are behind a surge in internet finance scams and cyber attacks. These new white collar criminals are hooking up with international crime gangs to steal millions of dollars from customer accounts and bank ...more »

Personal Injury
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4 Ways To Irk Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Eva-News (press release)October 4, 2011

Some things they can do is reject reasonable settlement offers, be more focused on revenge than on getting a good settlement, threatening to have everyone “disbarred,” and completely ignoring his personal injury lawyer's advice. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Alabama Immigration Law Prompts Immigrants to Flee School, Jobs, Homes
International Business TimesOctober 5, 2011

It imposes immigration status checks at schools, businesses and routine police stops, and appears to have stoked widespread fears of deportation. One of the most controversial provisions of the law requires schools to check the immigration status of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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MMIC Group Forms Team to Focus on Kansas and Missouri Health Care Providers
MarketWatch (press release)October 12, 2011

Robert Thompson has joined MMIC as business development director, with responsibility for leadership of the company's marketing and growth plans in Missouri. "Building on our 30-year track record of providing medical liability insurance to health care ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Durbin takes effect Oct. 1. Should you care?
Fox BusinessOctober 1, 2011

But I highly doubt many of you will be thinking, "Hey, the Durbin Amendment becomes law today." But bank executives, credit card issuers and personal finance experts around the country are thinking just that, and so in case anyone is wondering what all ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Nashville People in Business
The TennesseanOctober 2, 2011

... creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation-bankruptcy; Mary Taylor Gallagher for railroad law; Dan Haskell for government relations practice; Andra J. Hedrick for trusts and estates; Allen D. Lentz for corporate law; ...more »

A career in law: It's not all court battles and cross-examinations
The IndependentOctober 3, 2011

Likewise solicitors may well pursue personal injury claims for those involved in accidents at work, but this is far from their only function. In fact, the legal profession is very broad and there is often a crossover between the work of solicitors and ...more »

Sports Law
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Judge: US law, not Iraqi, to hold sway in lawsuit over Pa. soldier's barracks ...
Washington PostOctober 3, 2011

Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, timely comments on the arts, lifestyle and entertainment. If your comments or those of another user measure up, please let Post editors know. Fact Checkers contribute questions, information and ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyer recuses self, may be witness in John Edwards case
Boston HeraldOctober 11, 2011

RALEIGH, NC – Wade Smith, the courtly Raleigh lawyer known by many as the dean of the defense bar, is bowing out of the criminal case against John Edwards. His exit comes after prosecutors raised questions about a ...more »

2011 Santa Barbara City Council Q&A with Cruzito Cruz
NoozhawkOctober 6, 2011

My completion of the IRS Income Tax Preparation certification since 2005 to the present has enabled me to develop the keen understanding and legal principles to continue to be of service for all Santa Barbarans by earning your vote and vote of ...more »

No more forced retirement at 65. How employment change affects you
This is MoneyOctober 2, 2011

There is no upper or lower age limit on entitlement to redundancy. Employers will have to pay the statutory minimum to those over 65. Little progress has been made in tackling age discrimination in the workplace – five years after new laws were ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Kodak creditors talking to advisers: Sources
Economic TimesOctober 5, 2011

After the market closed on Friday, Kodak said it had no plans to seek bankruptcy protection, but said it had engaged outside advisors including law firm Jones Day, known for handling the bankruptcy of car company Chrysler. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Chinese Solar Expert, Huang Ming, Wins The 2011 Right Livelihood Honorary Award
Asian Scientist MagazineOctober 2, 2011

In 2005, when he served on the 10th and 11th Peoples Congress, Huang was instrumental in getting the Renewable Energy Law passed in China, thus building a strong case for his country to take a leading role in preventing global climate chaos. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Solicitors will waive fees in aid of charity donation
Hertfordshire MercuryOctober 18, 2011

Staff at Curwens who are offering free wills in exchange for a small charity donation. Pictured, from left, secretary Debbie Torry, solicitor Amanda Thurston and probate partner Jeff Dunne Curwens, of High Street, Hoddesdon, DJK Solicitors, ...more »

Family Law
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Divorce Attorney Law Firm Internet Marketing
CaymanMama.com (press release)October 4, 2011

Searching for divorce attorneys on the Internet would make you come across dozens of family law firms and solo divorce attorneys listed on Google places, or the find law business directories online. Dealing with anyone of these is arduous, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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California Gov. Brown Signs, Vetoes Several Workers' Comp Bills
Insurance JournalOctober 11, 2011

Brown on Friday signed several workers' compensation bills that some say will save costs in California's workers' compensation system and avoid new mandates or requirements that will increase costs and make the system less predictable and stable. “Gov. ...more »

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