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Rays rookie shuts down Rangers
Toronto SunOctober 1, 2011

The Rangers carried the second-lowest playoff winning percentage among MLB's 30 franchise into Friday's game and fell to 9-18 in their history. They were the only team never to win a postseason series before they beat the Rays last year on the way to a ...more »

Auburn police investigate domestic violence assault
Auburn ReporterOctober 1, 2011

Auburn police arrested a man on a charge of attempting to murder his wife in a domestic violence dispute Friday afternoon. An unidentified 78-year-old man was arrested at his home after allegedly stabbing his 67-year-old wife, police reported. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Parents chafe at truancy oversight
Omaha World-HeraldOctober 2, 2011

Despite assurances offered by Douglas County Juvenile Judge Elizabeth Crnkovich, several parents at the mass truancy hearing in August were angry and combative, questioning why they had been called in and challenging the truancy law. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Closing SF health care loophole debate heats up
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

A proposal to close a loophole in the San Francisco law mandating employers provide some funding for workers' health care costs now has the backing of a Board of Supervisors' majority and an all-but promised veto by Mayor Ed Lee. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Rangel: Redistricting map hold puts state races in limbo
LubbockOnline.comOctober 1, 2011

About a dozen plaintiffs allege the maps violate the federal Voting Rights Act because Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton — as chairmen of the Senate and House redistricting committees — ignored the explosive growth of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Oklahoma's anti-immigration law tough enough
Tulsa WorldOctober 3, 2011

By World's Editorial Writers Finally, some reason and common sense has come from the state Capitol concerning immigration law. Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus, House chairman of the legislative joint immigration committee, said last week that no sweeping ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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PBS looking at Maine role in Prohibition
Morning SentinelOctober 2, 2011

"Alcohol was used to reward workers throughout the workday, so it was part of the industrial workplace. When ministers went visiting, they would go from house to house, expecting to be served a drink at each one. By the time they got home, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Judiciary's services need funding
Pacific Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

The Judiciary has consistently demonstrated its commitment to enhancing and expanding its operations by offering specialty therapeutic courts, family violence counseling, mediation services, alcohol education and anger-management programs. ...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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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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America Invents Act: US Will Become a First-to-File Patent System
RenewableEnergyWorld.com (blog)October 4, 2011

Protection of the intellectual property around a cleantech innovation can be crucial to the success of both start-up and established renewable energy companies. One form of intellectual property protection is a patent granted ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Louisiana man awarded $7.55 million in asbestos compensation
Mesothelioma FactsOctober 4, 2011

According to the Louisiana Record, Thomas Kenney filed the asbestos lawsuit against Rexam, John Crane Inc. and Haveg Inc., contending he was exposed while working in a refinery and a canning factory during the 1960s and 1970s. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Conservatives Continue Mean Anti-Affirmative Action Campaign
Scoop.co.nzOctober 13, 2011

A year later, you founded, and became the chairman of, the Sacramento, California-based American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI). In 2003, you placed Proposition 54 on the ballot, an initiative which aimed to prohibit the government from classifying any ...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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Top 6 Tips For Turning Your Home Into A Rental Property
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 6, 2011

Those laws have changed and are now more complicated. On top of Fair Housing laws, you have to run a credit check which is more difficult for individuals. Even if you were legally allowed to judge them based on your intuition, experienced landlords ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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After scathing report, questions linger for Asheville ABC board
Asheville Citizen-TimesOctober 2, 2011

A series of scandals at local ABC boards statewide last decade included reports of gifts from industry representatives to ABC officials, nepotism and outrageous salaries. The NC General Assembly last year passed a reform law that tightened existing ...more »

Litigation
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Merck reports fourth win in Fosamax litigation
BusinessWeekOctober 4, 2011

Drug maker Merck said Monday it won a fourth court case brought by a patient who blamed the company's osteoporosis drug Fosamax for jaw and dental injuries. A jury in New York ruled in the company's favor against a Florida woman who said she ...more »

Business Law
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Lawyer denies report that Travolta met Gotti widow
Sacramento BeeOctober 1, 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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Gay-marriage backers making full-court press
Washington TimesOctober 30, 2011

The service members want to be counted as married for such military purposes as medical and dental coverage, housing allowances, travel and transportation allowances, visitation rights in military hospitals, survivor benefits and the right to be buried ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cyber security - better safe than sorry
gulfnews.comOctober 10, 2011

And with the increased use of the internet on phones, these cyber crimes have a whole new playground. As a result there has been a clamour for security related products covering everything from computer security, anti-virus programmes, data theft in ...more »

Personal Injury
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'Have a go' claims putting off genuine personal injury victims from pursuing ...
Prfire (press release)October 4, 2011

Personal Injury experts, Fentons Solicitors have noticed that bogus injury claims are putting off real victims. Not wanting to be seen as time wasters, those who have suffered an illness or injury that could have been avoided are missing out on the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Nobel in Medicine
Inside Higher EdOctober 3, 2011

A proposal to create a center on constitutional law at North Carolina Central University has been withdrawn amid criticism of the source of funds, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported. The money would have come from the John William Pope Foundation, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Luis Board supports physicians' opposition to medical malpractice proposal
Virgin Islands Daily NewsOctober 13, 2011

Under VI Code, the VI Health Commissioner is responsible for procuring a group insurance policy to cover the cost of professional liability insurance for health care providers. As the law now stands, physicians who are employed by the hospitals and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Massmart, SABS sign deal to aid SMEs
Fin24October 11, 2011

"The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) that came into effect in April 2011 fuelled the initiative," Massmart Holdings CEO Grant Pattison told media in Johannesburg. "We recognise the opportunity to develop our local supplier base while ensuring safer, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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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 »

SocGen, BSkyB, Enterprise, Blackstone, S&P, AT&T in Court News
BusinessWeekOctober 4, 2011

Menon dismissed suggestions from the US March report that Singapore's bank secrecy laws attract tax evaders and money launderers. An Icelandic court dismissed two of six charges against former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde, limiting the scope of a ...more »

Sports Law
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U.S. asks court to halt immigration law
Washington PostOctober 8, 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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More trouble finds outspoken defense lawyer
Las Vegas Review-JournalOctober 10, 2011

The Bar already is considering disciplinary action against MacArthur over his conduct in another criminal case. The district attorney's office asked the Bar in December to investigate whether the defense lawyer tried to bribe a witness in the criminal...more »

Google's $3b tax haven loophole probed
Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 17, 2011

Google cuts its tax bill by about $US1 billion a year using a technique that allocates profits to a unit managed out of a law firm in Bermuda, where there is no corporate income tax. In 2009, the most recent year for which records are available, ...more »

Tanzania: Vestiges of Gender Discrimination in Labour Laws
AllAfrica.comOctober 6, 2011

Tanzania has been praised, in different quarters, for enacting laws that promote, at least in spirit, gender equity. To a large extent this perception has been reinforced by the removal in some cases or promotion in other cases of seemingly blatant ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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After Death, QQ Numbers and Virtual Property are a Legal Grey Area
Penn OlsonOctober 13, 2011

But right now, according to China's current Property Law and other legal requirements, legal protection of property is confined to real property, not including virtual property, since it is not technically even property. So what can be done here? ...more »

Environmental Law
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MOEA regularly reviewing timetable for nuclear-free homeland goal
Focus Taiwan News ChannelOctober 4, 2011

Shih said the key to the question lies in whether alternative energy sources can become more productive, saying that if the supply of alternative energy such as solar, wind, hydro and thermal power can be increased, the ministry will find follow-up ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Register of wills candidate unveils 6-point plan
Reading EagleOctober 5, 2011

The fourth point also involves the Internet: Carbajal said he would work to install a system that would allow attorneys to probate wills online, something he said is done by several registers of wills in nearby counties. For his fifth step, ...more »

Family Law
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Grim news from pair of LA crashes provides closure
The Associated PressOctober 2, 2011

No clues emerged from separate investigations by a Los Angeles police detective who was "terrific" and a private detective who was "equally good," Gelfand's son-in-law Will Matlack said Saturday. Then came a bizarre twist. The family of another missing ...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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