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How recent oil and gas discoveries will impact Ohio businesses and landowners
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

Smart Business asked Huntsberger what Utica Shale drilling means for Ohio. Why does the Utica Shale hold so much promise for Ohio? The Utica Shale formation appears to hold significant amounts of 'wet' gas and oil. The wet gas has elements in it that ...more »

Ill. Judge Allows State to Break Contracts With Catholic Charities
Christian PostOctober 1, 2011

The state contracts, collectively worth $30 million, make up 80 percent of its foster care budget. However, the state of Illinois has chosen, since the June 1 enactment of the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act, to direct the money and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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House bill worries California wineries
The Desert SunOctober 3, 2011

It's been assigned to the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee. The beer wholesalers, in a statement, depict it as an attempt to rescue state and local control over alcohol sales from “some online ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama's Healthcare Law Requires Thorough Review
Retirement PlanningOctober 4, 2011

by Sheena Festoon on October 4, 2011 On Friday, President Obama's healthcare laws became the center of attention when the federal appellate judges' conservative-leaning panel raised concerns about such topic. However, some recommended that it is too ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Preseason Closes With Question Marks
Oil On WhyteOctober 2, 2011

I'm hoping the club makes a roster move (or two) between now and then in an effort to bolster the blue. You guys: watch the waiver wires. I'll be busy sending letters to Tambellini cleverly hidden in donair wrappers in the hopes he'll open one and read ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law spurs exodus from schools
Detroit Free PressOctober 2, 2011

The Obama administration is appealing a judge's decision that upheld key parts of the law, saying immigration is a federal, not state, issue. / TAMIKA MOORE/Birmingham (Ala.) News via Associated BY JAY REEVES ASSOCIATED PRESS Students sit in the gym at ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cops for Labor?
Dollars & SenseOctober 3, 2011

Tens of thousands participated in protests outside. The civilly disobedient unions found themselves with a surprising ally—the police. Off-duty cops joined the protests, some wearing “Cops for Labor” and “Deputies for Democracy” t-shirts. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Way Out project for gender equality
Jamaica ObserverOctober 3, 2011

MORE than 19000 people from across the island are set to directly benefit in the coming months from a gender equality and women's empowerment project that was launched by the Bureau of Women's Affairs (BWA) and the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF). ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AIG Appeals $45 Million Court Order in SunTrust Mortgage Insurance Dispute
BloombergOctober 5, 2011

The loans at issue in the litigation, known as combo loans, involve a combination of first- and second-lien mortgages. United Guaranty said in court papers that SunTrust loans may be disqualified from coverage if the bank failed to meet guidelines or ...more »

Animal Law
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Lufkin City Council votes against measure to regulate roadside animal sales
Lufkin Daily NewsOctober 5, 2011

The proposed ordinance would have required breeders to submit an application to the city's animal control department, pass a pre-license inspection with a veterinarian or law enforcement agency, provide proof they have written permission from the owner ...more »

Intellectual Property
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RWS buys stake in US patent firm for $5.8m
ShareCastOctober 11, 2011

LONDON (SHARECAST) - Intellectual property support services firm RWS has acquired a one third interest in US patent filing solutions provider inovia Holdings for $5.8m, and signed an agreement to buy up the remaining share capital. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Chamberlain D'Amanda attorneys lauded
MPNnow.comOctober 1, 2011

... Insurance Coverage · Douglas J. Lustig—Bankruptcy: Consumer; Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights · Eugene M. O'Connor—Estate Planning & Probate; Elder Law; Estate & Trust Litigation · Edward C. Radin—Estate Planning & Probate; Business/Corporate.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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SB 185 Vetoed: Jerry Brown Vetoes Affirmative Action-Like Bill
Huffington PostOctober 9, 2011

On Saturday, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 185, an affirmative action-like bill that would have allowed public universities to consider factors including race, gender and ethnicity in the admissions process, according to The Daily Californian. ...more »

4 Aviation Notes, Including Some on TSA and 1 for Nerds Only
The AtlanticOctober 5, 2011

The prize of $1.35 million, reportedly the largest ever in aviation, went to the plane shown at right, which met the following standards: >>NASA today awarded what it called the largest prize in aviation history to a company that flew ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New law OKs posting political signs on apartments
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

In a state Supreme Court opinion in 2001, then-Chief Justice Ronald George suggested that a tenant's display of political signs was protected by the right of free speech under the California Constitution. Unlike the US Constitution's First Amendment, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Jefferson Co. truck stop wins TDOT contract, buys equipment, shuts down
WBIR-TVOctober 1, 2011

The following year, in 2003, Lewis filed his first bankruptcy claim, emerging from it in 2005. Then, while still on probation from his earlier crimes, he found himself in trouble with the law again. In April 2010, he was charged with 10 felony counts ...more »

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Chamberlain D'Amanda attorneys lauded
MPNnow.comOctober 1, 2011

... Insurance Coverage · Douglas J. Lustig—Bankruptcy: Consumer; Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights · Eugene M. O'Connor—Estate Planning & Probate; Elder Law; Estate & Trust Litigation · Edward C. Radin—Estate Planning & Probate; Business/Corporate.more »

Business Law
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Identity Ecosystem: Big Brother Logs On
Foster's Daily DemocratOctober 2, 2011

That user would then be barred from accessing the Internet merely for being suspected of a crime. Neither the government nor any single corporation has the right to know every single purchase, transaction and communication a person makes. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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House easily passes veterans employment bill
NavyTimes.comOctober 13, 2011

A retraining program that would include one year of GI Bill benefits would be created to teach a skill that could lead to immediate employment. The bill provides for 45000 to be trained in 2012 and 55000 in 2013. Proposed improvements in 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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Personal injury lawyer lists Clearwater 4BD for $1.15M
BlockshopperOctober 11, 2011

Mr. Meissner is a member at the law firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett PA His areas of practice include personal injury, criminal law defense and workers' compensation law. He holds a JD from Tulane University School of Law and a BA from the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Healthcare in the hands of an angry court
UPI.comOctober 9, 2011

The petition also asks whether the appeals court "erred, and opened a circuit split, when it construed the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act contrary to the construction placed upon it by the chief law officer of the Commonwealth of Virginia by holding ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Malpractice Carrier Need Not Cover Solo's Legal Work at Accounting Firm, Judge ...
The American LawyerOctober 2, 2011

In 1999 and 2000, Falk and his Moore Stephens colleagues were preparing a qualified personal residence trust for the Ventrice family, relating to property in Islamorada, Fla., in which Ann Ventrice held an interest. In October 2000, Falk left Moore ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Suite justice at last for fobbed-off furniture customer
Independent Online (blog)October 3, 2011

I spend most of my work week investigating reader complaints about companies failing to honour their Consumer Protection Act (CPA) rights. The complaints pour in – from bus and train coupons and pre-paid data expiring within a short time, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Fannie Mae sticking with fired Florida law firm
Palm Beach PostOctober 6, 2011

"It's just another layer of outrageous information," said Hollywood-based attorney Evan Rosen, who focuses on foreclosure defense, bankruptcy and real estate law. "Fannie and Freddie were designed to help stabilize the nation's mortgage markets, ...more »

Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

This is an appeal from an order granting summary judgment in a breach of contract action. The primary issue is whether an attorney and/or a law firm is liable on a contract negotiated on behalf of a client when the contract provides that both the ...more »

Sports Law
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L.A. law school wins sports law event at TJSL
San Diego Source (subscription)October 4, 2011

A team from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles beat 19 teams from across the nation to capture the title at the inaugural National Sports Law Negotiation Competition (NSLNC) & Symposium hosted by Thomas Jefferson School of Law last ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Best way to help wrongly accused is to identify and convict the guilty
Patriot-NewsOctober 2, 2011

The faulty assumptions and predetermined conclusions from the academics and criminal defense attorneys that dominated the committee produced a fundamentally flawed report that deserves additional scrutiny. As a member of that committee, I believe that ...more »

Bogus IRS Email Turns More Sophisticated
ForbesOctober 9, 2011

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

Feds accuse Texas Roadhouse chain of age discrimination
Syracuse.comOctober 5, 2011

“As a national law enforcement agency, the EEOC will vigorously protect the rights of job applicants to ensure that hiring decisions are based on abilities, not age.” The EEOC found that just 1.9 percent of the restaurant chain's workers were over 40, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Limited Liability Company May Protect Your Assets from Creditors - Careful ...
JD Supra (press release)October 5, 2011

Under Arizona law, your personal creditors may not be able to seize your membership interest in the LLC, which will be discussed in detail in this article. Additionally, there are substantive matters to consider before your LLC is structured that could ...more »

Environmental Law
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Solar energy visionary wins 'Alternative Nobel Prize'
eco-business.comOctober 1, 2011

Not just a businessman, he served in parliament, and was instrumental in drafting China's 2005 Renewable Energy Law. In a quote on the Awards website, Ming says: “I have a dream that one day my entire country fellows, even the global citizens, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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How to fast-track life claims 14, 2011

Ministry of Justice statistics reveal record numbers of contested probate and disputed wills cases. This shows that the key characteristics that ought to be present for the ABI process to apply cannot be taken for granted. A client's circumstances may ...more »

Family Law
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Grieving Family says arrest doesn't ease pain
WALA-TV FOX10October 3, 2011

News of the arrest does not ease the pain for the victim's grieving family. "My brothers gone, and my sister in law is gone, and you know they can't come back," Mattie Handberry said. Handberry is the oldest of the siblings who lost a brother and his ...more »

Workers Compensation
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New Jersey Workers' Comp Attorney Says Rise in Workplace Fire Deaths Indicates ... (press release)October 7, 2011

New Jersey workers' compensation and personal injury attorney Samuel L. Davis today expressed concern about new government statistics showing more than a doubling of the number of deaths resulting from workplace fires from 2009 to 2010. ...more »


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