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Killing of American al Qaeda puts US in new territory
New Zealand HeraldOctober 1, 2011

The order was reviewed by top lawyers at the White House, CIA and Justice Department. With the ruins of the World Trade Center still smoking, there was little discussion about whether US citizens should have more protection, the officials recalled, ...more »

HK not a dream destination for mainland graduates
China DailyOctober 1, 2011

The survey was conducted after the Hong Kong government relaxed restrictions on mainland youths studying and working in the city. In 2008, the Hong Kong Immigration Department started extending visas of mainland students who had earned at least a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing continues for John Henry Ramirez who changes mind about execution
Examiner.comOctober 1, 2011

Texas Death Row inmate John Henry Ramirez no longer wants to be executed today(Friday) while the hearing as to whether he can change his mind continued. His dramatic change of heart could raise all sorts of issues for law enforcement officers in the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Duffy working on health care reform bill
Herald Times ReporterOctober 6, 2011

Sean Duffy voted to repeal the health care law, and Republicans have yet to produce a comprehensive package to replace it. So Duffy, a freshman Republican from Ashland, said he will propose his own legislation as an alternative to the Affordable Care ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Leveson inquiry throws media's future in the air – but where will it land?
The GuardianOctober 2, 2011

Its new media law, passed in 2010, attacks a free press by imposing state control over public service broadcasters and the right to levy fines on publishers. Hungary is perhaps the most dangerous example, but there are others too. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law cutting Latinos in schools
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

Latino students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Independent gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith wants to make the ...
Louisville Courier-JournalOctober 9, 2011

In addition to education, Galbraith is calling for programs to encourage bio-industrial development, clean up the environment and help Kentucky transition from coal. He opposes the coal mining process known as mountaintop removal and said he is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Board members want more authority
Burbank LeaderOctober 1, 2011

Arbitrators usually have professional backgrounds in mediation, labor relations or human resources. It could also be more expedient, Doyle said, as opposed to attempting to schedule a hearing with an appointed commission. Councilman Dave Golonski said ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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IRDA tells insurers to honour the spirit of contract, reject claims only on ...
Economic TimesOctober 5, 2011

Rejection of claims purely on technical grounds in a mechanical fashion will result in policyholders losing confidence in the insurance industry, giving rise to excessive litigation," the note warns.more »

Animal Law
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Animal control making a push for anti-tethering laws
WBRCOctober 12, 2011

The Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control is supporting efforts for anti-tethering legislation in the state. In September there were 13 pit bulls found tied up in a wooded area off Woodruff Mill Road. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Office launches online patent search
The GuardianOctober 6, 2011

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a new online service to reduce the cost to business of requesting patent documents. Named Ipsum, it allows users to obtain a document for free rather than pay a £5 application fee. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Appellate judges take sting out of Castleman opinion
Madison County RecordOctober 2, 2011

In the new version he wrote, "We readily admit that we are not experts in asbestos litigation and that counsel knows a lot more about this case than we ever will, but for the benefit of the uninitiated, it would seem that some explanation of this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Blacks, Jews look ahead at forum in Bloomfield Township
Hometownlife.comOctober 28, 2011

With a large audience in attendance, a balanced mix of blacks and Jews, the panel talked about affirmative action, mentoring and other related issues. Audience members also submitted questions for the panel members to answer. The forum was organized by ...more »

Our Opinion: Sky's the limit for air show
Times Record NewsOctober 1, 2011

No, what you'll see in the skies this weekend won't be Superman, but a super display of aviation finesse. Also a super showcase of Sheppard Air Force Base's connection to aviation's past, present and future, as well as its invaluable mission to the US ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Helpland comment on booming rentals and tenant evictions (press release)October 4, 2011

The number of tenant evictions has risen during the last year, as has the number of tenants in serious rent arrears. 45 per cent of respondents to the survey aged 16-50 years old pointed to the benefits of due to flexibility. A common response was that ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wife stands by husband accused of murder
MetroWest Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

Lawyers for Treefon Manoloules, the first man to stand trial, have argued that the man's son didn't say anything about his father being involved until he'd been behind bars for nearly a year. Deborah Manoloules, when questioned about the events of Sept ...more »

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Chevron, Yukos, and Two Lifetimes of Oil Company Litigation
Corporate CounselOctober 3, 2011

The men who formerly owned Yukos Oil Company have promised a "lifetime of litigation" against the Russian state over the 2004 seizure of their company, which they value at more than $100 billion. Half a world away, Chevron Corporation has warned that a ...more »

Business Law
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Negative ads, positive economy may push NDP to fourth term in Manitoba
Global WinnipegOctober 2, 2011

Premier Greg Selinger, who took over the premier's office in the fall of 2009, was still working on his public-speaking skills, trying to connect with the votes and fending off attacks on the province's high crime rate and health-care waits. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military benefits could face the chopping block
My Edmonds News (registration)October 3, 2011

As Washington looks to squeeze savings from entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare, another program — the health and pension benefits of military retirees — is growing rapidly; this makes it a prime target for cuts. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Chesapeake man charged with child porn
Charleston GazetteOctober 5, 2011

Members of the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation, FBI, West Virginia Cyber Crimes Task Force and West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Robert Leslie Lutsy, 42, of Chesapeake on Wednesday and charged him with 18 counts of ...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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The Constitution and the Bakgatla question
The Bostwana GazetteOctober 5, 2011

... noted the appalling status of apathy amongst Batswana in respect of their constitution and the fact that there is yet to be a challenge to its independence. In Botswana where common law exists with customary law side by side; the courts administer ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Personal Injury Attorney Who Can Put Law To Work (press release)October 1, 2011

The practice area for litigation includes real estate transactions, real estate disputes, legal malpractice, and professional liability. The practice area for civil rights includes police brutality and misconduct, prison guard abuse and municipal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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McGraw Sues Bank of America Corporation
WBOY-TVOctober 4, 2011

Similar to the GE Money Bank suit, this suit charges Bank of America with violating the state's consumer credit protection act. By Andrea Lannom In a second Sept. 30 federal lawsuit, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is charging another ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Investors Check Out of Real-Estate Stocks
Wall Street JournalOctober 4, 2011

And, it means employment is going to be weaker," making it harder for some office landlords to boost occupancy, said Brad Case, senior vice president of research and industry information at the National Association for Real Estate Investment Trusts. ...more »

Protecting the Rights of Surrogate Mothers in India
New York TimesOctober 4, 2011

The bill makes it clear that women engaged in commercial surrogacy will have no rights over the child they have contracted to bear. The proposed law does not spell out what a surrogate mother would be paid in the case of a miscarriage or other ...more »

Sports Law
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Concussions “Hot Topic” In Maryland School Sports
Patch.comOctober 2, 2011

A new state concussion law along with raised media awareness surrounding concussions have caused those involved in the Maryland youth sports community to take extra precautions when it comes to an athlete's safety. By Valerie Bonk Former Centennial ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Pride may be a problem when Bloomberg testifies in court
ReutersOctober 2, 2011

By Joe Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Defense lawyers are hoping New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's famous self-confidence will be his downfall when he testifies on Monday against the political consultant accused of stealing more than $1 million from him, ...more »

GOP Debate: The Night's Greatest Zingers
ABC News (blog)October 12, 2011

When Congresswoman Bachmann was asked about Cain's 9-9-9 plan, the former IRS lawyer flipped the numbers. “I would have to say that the 9-9-9 plan isn'ta jobs plan, it is a tax plan,” she said, adding, “And one thing I would say is, when you take the ...more »

An especially ugly kind of lawsuit
Las Vegas Review-JournalOctober 2, 2011

It's easy enough to establish the age of people who bring age discrimination lawsuits. Same goes for gender, racial and weight discrimination cases -- you're a black woman or an Asian man. You're heavy or you're not. It takes a little testimony to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Spur Creation of High Quality Jobs; US's ... (press release)October 10, 2011

“The enactment of benefit corporation law will give entrepreneurs the legal protection they need to maintain their mission and attract needed capital to grow.” “ This is an important and much needed step forward to grow our economy and create more jobs ...more »

Environmental Law
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RealEstateRama (press release)October 3, 2011

Still, alternative energy and energy tax incentives are an important part of the solar equation. Among other tax benefits, “the federal energy income tax credit amounts to 30 percent of the cost of equipment using solar energy to produce electricity or ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Avoid a courtroom drama
Irish TimesOctober 9, 2011

The use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as an alternative to litigation in the courts is increasingly popular and can be extremely cost-effective. Research has shown that mediation can, in some instances, see legal costs fall by up to 85 per ...more »

Family Law
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Eau Claire family liked apples, so they made them their business
Pioneer PressOctober 2, 2011

It's what our family does now," he said. "I'm not sure how the law degree will play into this." The Fergusons took over the Galesville orchard 11 years ago, added the Lake City store last year and this year bought the former Eau Claire Orchards from ...more »

Workers Compensation
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California State Work Comp Fund to Downsize
PropertyCasualty360October 10, 2011

California's largest workers' compensation insurer, the State Compensation Insurance Fund, has announced plans to reduce its staff by 25 percent in the second quarter of 2012. Established in 1914 by the state legislature, the fund has 150000 ...more »


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