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DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine (Reuters) - The US Department of Justice is seeking to give control of Solyndra's estate to a bankruptcy trustee, citing the refusal by executives at the solar power company to answer questions about its operations. ...more »

How to protect your business in the event of a breach of personal information
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

Smart Business spoke with Winter about how privacy and security liability insurance can protect your company if personal information is stolen. What kinds of companies should be concerned about the loss of personal information? Any company that retains ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Perry defends tuition law as conservatives revive repeal effort
Fort Worth Star TelegramOctober 1, 2011

Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, said he wants to reintroduce legislation to repeal the law. Zedler pushed a repeal measure during this year's legislative session, but his bill died in the House without a hearing. Before the law became entangled in ...more »

Health Care Law
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Employers face higher health care costs for next year
Baltimore SunOctober 2, 2011

Kaiser estimates that up to 2 percentage points of this year's increase can be attributed to popular new benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul that won't take full effect until 2014. That law requires many health plans ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Feds say project could stabilize Richmond home prices
WTVROctober 5, 2011

... and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones toured the 800 block of North 27th Street in the Church Hill neighborhood to demonstrate how President Obama's proposed American Jobs Act and Project Rebuild can help stabilize home prices, revitalize neighborhoods, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Ala. immigration law stands, but cops still wary
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

"We are going to enforce the law. But we are not going to seek out and search out. I don't have the manpower for that," he said. In Birmingham's Jefferson County, which is trying to avoid filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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3 more GOP candidates running for governor
Billings GazetteOctober 5, 2011

Occupation: Real estate investor who owns income property. Education: Graduated from Pleasantville High School in New York in 1993. Received bachelor's degree in political science from Pace University in New York in 1998 and master's degree in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Super Mario jumps on domain squatter
RegisterOctober 3, 2011

It's not unusual for big companies to file complaints using the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy to claim back domains that use their brand names, but it is unusual for a company to wait so long. Whois records show that SuperMario.com was registered ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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IN MATTER OF IRREVOCABLE FUNDED LIFE INSURANCE TRUST ESTABLISHED
Leagle.comOctober 6, 2011

The facts regarding this estate, the two trusts, and much of the protracted litigation history are set forth in our unpublished opinion following Lynn's first appeal, In the Matter of the Irrevocable Funded Life Ins. Trust Established by Joseph ...more »

Animal Law
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No bull? The great rodeo debate
ABC OnlineOctober 20, 2011

A lawyer and animal-rights campaigner is backing calls for a rodeo ban and would like to see it in place beyond the Gold Coast. Angella Pollard is the Coordinator of the Animal Law and Education Project. She says it is the 'unnecessary nature' of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property: A new kind of arms race, with patents as ammo
Globe and MailOctober 5, 2011

Welcome to the world of intellectual property (IP) litigation, a high-stakes game in which inventors square off against deep-pocketed competitors, and companies that don't actually create anything have the power to shut down promising start-ups. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawyer tells JCPS: End litigation now
Louisville Courier-JournalOctober 4, 2011

(By John Sommers II, the Courier-Journal) Having twice beaten Jefferson County Public Schools in a court of law, Louisville lawyer Teddy Gordon is calling on the district to accept a new challenge — stop the litigation so children can attend their ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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SB 185 raises issue of race factor in college admissions
Daily BruinOctober 3, 2011

A controversial affirmative action bill currently awaiting Governor Jerry Brown's approval has raised concerns over the constitutionality of using race as a factor in college admissions. Senate Bill 185, authored by Sen. ...more »

Aviation conference to focus on Africa
Daily Times NigeriaOctober 4, 2011

According to the General Manager of Arabian Reach, Raj Menon, the presentations to be made at the conference will expose various opportunities as well as the challenges faced in the African aviation industry. According to the organisers of the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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BEWARE THE HIDDEN COSTS OF RENTING
Express.co.ukOctober 9, 2011

For tenants who can stump up the rent, the introduction of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) in 2007 means their cash is no longer at the mercy of the landlord. Malcolm Harrison, spokesman for the TDS, says: “Both the tenancy and deposit must, by law, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Financing help offered for Whatcom County septic tank work
TheNewsTribune.comOctober 1, 2011

... is now available to help Whatcom County residents pay for repair of failing septic systems. The County Council agreed to set up the program after the county imposed new inspection requirements on septic systems, following mandates in state law. ...more »

Litigation
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Insurance Litigation Attorneys
Healthy Wealthy n WiseOctober 1, 2011

Insurance litigation attorneys are lawyers that can help you with insurance claims against you, or claims you have against others. No matter what the situation, they will try their best to win for you. There are many different types of people that use ...more »

Business Law
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Critics of bid law revision fear best deals could be missed
Tribune ReviewOctober 1, 2011

Supporters of legislation that would allow government agencies to stop advertising and seeking bids for small-scale projects say it would cut costs and streamline government. Detractors argue it would result in less transparency and fewer good deals. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans deserve more help finding jobs when they leave the military
Herald and NewsOctober 12, 2011

That includes not only cancer's various forms, but such things as the benefits of support groups, good nutrition and other elements that make sense outside of the realm of breast cancer. Breast cancer, incidentally, doesn't just affect women, ...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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Marathon Business Development Group Now Offers a Service Designed to ...
PR Web (press release)October 4, 2011

The group says, "People need personal injury attorneys, and or plaintiffs law firms for a million different reasons, and contrary many critics, personal injury, or plaintiffs attorneys play a vital role in keeping, individuals, big companies, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Gingrich: Time to Subpoena Federal Judges
The AtlanticOctober 9, 2011

... judges in public for "dictating" the law to the American people. This, Gingrich concludes, would "re-balance" the Constitution in a way that he thinks is appropriate. Gingrich pitched his anti-judiciary message not once but twice this past week. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Jackson Kelly Attorneys Honored as Lawyers of the Year
State JournalOctober 5, 2011

... Litigation – Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year; Stephen R. Crislip, Charleston, Legal Malpractice Law—Defendants Lawyer of the Year; Charles D. Dunbar, Charleston, Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year; David M. Flannery, Charleston, Energy Law...more »

Consumer Protection
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McGraw Sues GE Money Bank for "Deceptive" Practices
State JournalOctober 4, 2011

West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is pursuing action against GE Money Bank for allegedly violating the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act. According to the suit, filed Sept. 30 in federal court, McGraw charges ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Bryan Pelino Joins Offit Kurman
Citybizlist (press release)October 3, 2011

With offices serving Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Offit Kurman is a trusted legal advisor for commercial litigation, insurance recovery, business law, real estate, intellectual property, entertainment and media, ...more »

Law360 Continues Rapid Expansion With Addition of New Sections for ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

Mergers & Acquisitions, a rebranding and significant expansion of the Corporate Finance section, which will include news from a legal perspective on M&A, regulatory merger reviews, poison-pill disputes, proxy contests and related litigation. ...more »

Sports Law
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Athletics is just one duty for Vanderbilt's David Williams
USA TodayOctober 5, 2011

His legal background has led to him being on the NCAA's five-member infractions appeal committee, where a law degree is required, through at least September 2014. And Williams notes that concerns with marketing, NCAA compliance and a host of other ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal defense, bankruptcy specialist joins veteran attorney Jones
Nashville Post (subscription)October 14, 2011

I want to subscribe for 2 FULL YEARS of Nashville's breaking business and political news. Save 10% off the regular subscription price. I want to subscribe for 3 FULL YEARS of Nashville's breaking business and political news. ...more »

Asset Protection Specialists Share How to Minimize Taxes This Year, Best Ways ...
PR Web (press release)October 10, 2011

The tax saving and asset protection service explains strategies that can reduce a person's taxes dramatically and at the same time make them audit proof. In addition, specific IRS tax codes are provided to share with an individual's accountant to ...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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Better With Age: Change in Medicaid recovery rules highly troublesome
Times Herald-RecordOctober 9, 2011

Most troublesome is the loss of protection for your home, often your most valuable asset. Over the years, it has been very common for people to transfer their homes to their children while retaining the right to live in their home for their lives. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Clean-Tech's Unlikely Champion
KQED (blog)October 3, 2011

According to a recent study from the Pew Charitable Trust, the military has tripled its investment in technologies like biofuels, solar panels, and electric vehicles over the last four years. Today, it spends $1.2 billion a year on alternative fuels. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Free senior legal planning workshop
Wicked LocalOctober 24, 2011

In order to make informed decisions, seniors must be aware of issues such as wills, nursing home planning, Medicaid, trusts and probate. Learn about the obstacles, so you can better understand your needs and make good decisions to keep you and your ...more »

Family Law
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Huntington Divorce Attorney Deals With Your Family Needs
AddPR.com (press release)October 3, 2011

At Pritt & Pritt PLLC, a Huntington attorney can assist you with any family law related issues. They have experience in dealing with a range of cases and can help you with all aspects of legal A Huntington Divorce Attorney provides guidance and legal ...more »

Workers Compensation
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State to boost base rate for workers' comp
The Register-GuardOctober 1, 2011

The base rate employers pay for workers' compensation coverage will go up by an average of 1.9 percent in 2012 — the first increase since 1990, state officials said. The main reason for the increase is Oregon's stagnant economy, ...more »

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