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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 »

Federal judge dismisses part of fraud case against Citi
Thomson Reuters News & InsightOctober 1, 2011

For plaintiffs: Stuart Grant and Megan McIntyre of Grant & Eisenhoffer. For Citi defendants: Brad Karp, Richard Rosen, Susanna Buergel and Karen King for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. (Reporting by Nick Zieminski) REUTERS / Lucas Jackson.more »

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Administrative Law
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$50M ANZ Class Action Suit Hearing Starts in Melbourne Federal Court
International Business Times AUOctober 3, 2011

"This hearing will answer important questions regarding the definitions within the contracts between ANZ and its customers of what is a fee or a charge," class action principal Andrew Watson of Maurice Blackburn law firm was quoted by Herald Sun. ...more »

Health Care Law
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An ObamaCare Reform Law That Is A CLASS In Fiscal Irresponsibility
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

In another e-mail, a top aging policy official points out that CLASS will “create significant new burdens on the states” by forcing them to make up for federal funding shortfalls. HHS personnel also called the state-level deadlines for implementing the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Full Cast Announced for HELLO! MY BABY at Goodspeed
Broadway WorldOctober 5, 2011

Ms. Steinkellner wrote the book for the current Broadway and West End hit Sister Act and for Goodspeed's Princesses at The Norma Terris Theatre. New music and arrangements are by Georgia Stitt whose musicals include Big Red Sun (winner of the Harold ...more »

Immigration Law
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Fur flies between Clarke and May as cat tale starts immigration row
The IndependentOctober 5, 2011

She had won applause as she announced that she was tightening immigration rules because of perverse interpretations of the European Convention on Human Rights, which is enshrined in British law in the Human Rights Act. The Home Secretary listed cases ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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US Stocks Tumble; Major Indexes Close At New 2011 Lows
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 258.08 points, or 2.4%, to 10655.30. Selling accelerated throughout the trading session, with stocks finishing at their lows of the day. The blue-chip index, which has dropped 498.68 points during its last two ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Justice: The people want in
Winnipeg Free PressOctober 1, 2011

Consider mandatory mediation for divorcing couples, provide translation services for victims of domestic violence, establish a specialized court for allegations of violence and domestic abuse and take steps to aid self-represented litigants in family ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AIG's $725M Settlement with Pension Funds Gains Preliminary Approval
Insurance JournalOctober 7, 2011

“As we said when we executed the term sheet for this settlement In July 2010, we are pleased to have resolved this long-standing lawsuit and welcome the court's preliminary approval ruling,” AIG spokesman Mark Herr told Insurance Journal. ...more »

Animal Law
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World Bites Into Shark Conservation
Global AnimalOctober 10, 2011

Read on for more regarding shark conservation laws and what other countries are leading the charge. — Global Animal The endangered ocean whitetip shark. Photo Credit: Brian Kerry “Jaws,” an ode to humans' fear of the sea, is still a cultural icon. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Kilopass Non Volatile Memory XPM Intellectual Property Core Holds ...
Marketwire (press release)October 4, 2011

Kilopass Technology, Inc., a leading supplier of embedded NVM intellectual property, leverages standard logic CMOS processes to deliver one-time programmable (OTP) and many-time programmable (MTP) memory. With 58 patents granted or pending and more ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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USDA's Affirmative Action for Vegetables
Heritage.org (blog)October 6, 2011

First they came for the donuts, and few dared to defend partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Then they came for the soft drinks, declaring high-fructose corn syrup verboten. Now they're after lima beans, peas, and corn, moving us ever closer to a ...more »

Dassault Aviation - Quarterly Information as of September 30, 2011
Reuters (press release)October 9, 2011

They include, in particular, the contract for the upgrade of the Indian Air Force's MIRAGE 2000 fleet signed by DASSAULT AVIATION and THALES. FALCON net sales decreased by 35 % between the two periods. In particular, 35 new aircraft were delivered from ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Teen stabs tenant's relative
Mid-DayOctober 6, 2011

Reportedly, the tenant had to return his brother-in-law's loan and they used to fight frequently over the issue. Trying to intervene in one such fight, landlord's son stabbed the latter Trying to make his tenant's life a bit easier, a Class XII student ...more »

Bankruptcy 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 »

Litigation
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Litigation attorney pockets Lafayette 5BD for $3.2M
BlockshopperOctober 1, 2011

Mr. Brown is a managing partner in the law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. He works in the firm's litigation division and focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation and complex business litigation. ...more »

Business Law
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AJC Calls Israeli Arab Mosque Attack Despicable Crime
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 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 »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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American Legion Blasts Defense Cut Proposals
MarketWatch (press release)October 12, 2011

Some have proposed that future military pensions be converted into 401-k plans. "Comparing military retirement benefits with what is available in the private sector isn't comparing apples to oranges. It's comparing apples to peanuts, which are what our ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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CCSO, Terremark unveil forensics lab
Culpeper Star ExponentOctober 8, 2011

Some examples of crimes that may contain digital evidence are: computer trespassing, child exploitation, assaults, fraud, missing persons and identity theft. According to CCSO auxiliary deputy, Tom Gregg, the lab took two years to complete. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Norwood, Canton drivers in personal injury accident in Potsdam
North Country NowOctober 5, 2011

POTSDAM – Women from Norwood and Canton were in a personal injury accident in the town of Potsdam Tuesday. St. Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies investigated the accident near Country Lane on State Rt. 56. Stephanie Morgan 25, 17 Clark St., Canton, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Editorial: It's foolish to stall federal aid
Denver PostOctober 3, 2011

Most recently, the Obama administration and Republican state attorneys asked the US Supreme Court to take one of the cases challenging the act in an expedited basis and rule on whether the law, including the individual mandate, is constitutional. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Nine Baker & Daniels Attorneys Honored as Lawyers of the Year
dBusinessNews Indianapolis (press release)October 10, 2011

Baker & Daniels LLP provides advice and counsel to regional, national and international clients with legal and business needs. With more than 370 attorneys and legal professionals, the full-service law firm has offices in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Do we really need an advertising authority?
The Media OnlineOctober 5, 2011

The advent of the Consumer Protection Act and a Consumer Council, plus growing pressure on media owner margins, may force advertising's long-standing 'referee', the Advertising Standards Authority, to close. Sandra Gordon considers the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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In rough real estate market, appraisers feel heat for home sales that fall ...
Plain DealerOctober 2, 2011

Real estate agents say appraisers are being sent from miles away to evaluate homes in unfamiliar neighborhoods, resulting in flawed appraisals and sidelined sales. View full sizePDHarmon takes measurements outside the home in Cleveland. ...more »

Fed's Raskin - Legal Opportunities and Challenges in Crafting a Foreclosure ...
LoanSafeOctober 4, 2011

I have been immersed at the Federal Reserve in economic analysis, but my first professional language is the law, so it's a special treat to be before this audience of lawyers today where I can speak in my native tongue. I'm also excited to be with you ...more »

Sports Law
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Cavs' Michael ready to make right call
Fox Sports OhioOctober 7, 2011

So much, in fact, he gave up a career in construction law to pursue it. “Even when I was practicing law, broadcasting was always something I was interested in,” he told FOX Sports Ohio. “I don't hunt, I don't fish. I've just always watched sports and ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Best Lawyers in America® Honors Durham Attorney Ferguson in Class of 2012
PR.com (press release)October 5, 2011

He also was selected as a “Best Lawyer in North Carolina” (eminent domain/land condemnation) by NC Magazine, is considered one of North Carolina's “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina magazine (criminal defense) and was named a “Top 100 Lawyer in ...more »

Networth: IRS offers employers amnesty on worker classification
The RepublicOctober 12, 2011

They are not really independent contractor duties," says Jim Brown, an employment lawyer. The IRS program does not make it any easier to determine who is and is not an employee. There are various tests, but most employers look at a list of 20 factors ...more »

Four fire companies to pay $441000 to settle lawsuit
Buffalo NewsOctober 4, 2011

As a result, the senior firefighters kept working but did not receive credit for their service once they reached the maximum age. The EEOC said the age restriction violated the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, a federal law protecting workers 40 ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Debt Resolve (DRSV) Brings Debt Collection Industry Online
TheOTCInvestor.comOctober 3, 2011

Debt Resolve recently restructured its business and developed the strongest prospective client pipeline in its history. Strong Patent Protection. Debt Resolve has acquired strong patent protection for its online debt settlement technologies. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Green energy firms watch election closely
Toronto StarOctober 3, 2011

The cost of capital is also declining as lenders become more familiar with alternative energy. At some point, the declining cost of solar will match the rising cost of other forms of energy. “How many years away is it? It's hard to say. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Police probe death of Irish student in fall from Spanish motorway bridge
Irish IndependentOctober 16, 2011

Pauline Fitzpatrick, a company director of Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin, who died on January 14, 2011, has left €19m in her will, which went to probate in Dublin last week. Pauline Angela Fitzpatrick, a director of a number of industrial and ...more »

Family Law
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Tough immigration law leads to Ala. exodus
CBS NewsOctober 6, 2011

The impact of the Alabama Immigration Law will prevent Smith from being able to fully harvest his crop, costing his family nearly $200000 in revenue and may put them out of business permanently. (AP Photo) MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama's strict new ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp exclusive remedy challenged
Business InsuranceOctober 9, 2011

The estate appealed, arguing that an exception to the exclusivity rule should be recognized for alleged intentional torts by an employer. “The estate seeks to circumvent this rule by arguing that CCA engaged in intentional violation of a variety of ...more »

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