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East Fallowfield appeals decision by zoning hearing board
Daily Local NewsOctober 1, 2011

EAST FALLOWFIELD — Township supervisors did not properly vote to pursue an appeal of a zoning hearing board decision, according to a state Sunshine Law expert. Teri Henning, an attorney with the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, ...more »

California exits foreclosure talks
Los Angeles TimesOctober 1, 2011

Harris' decision will create further uncertainty and legal liability for the large banks involved in the discussions — BofA, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Ally Financial Inc. — which have been struggling in recent months ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Immigration Law and Schools
WBHMOctober 4, 2011

The law went into effect last week after a federal judge upheld many of its most controversial provisions, including a requirement that schools check the immigration status of newly enrolled students. And that extra layer of administrative...more »

Health Care Law
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SF task force to tackle health care law loophole
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 6, 2011

Mayor Ed Lee moved to avoid a showdown with the Board of Supervisors and other candidates in the mayor's race by convening a task force Wednesday to address closing a loophole in the city's landmark health care law. His move came one day after he ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bed tax funds array of entities
Topeka Capital JournalOctober 1, 2011

The Topeka Capital-Journal earlier this year filed requests for documents under the Kansas Open Records Act. The requests asked for each agency's operating budget, including all staff salaries. The KORA filings were made in light of the 2012 city ...more »

Immigration Law
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OAS Secretary General Regrets Immigration Law HB 56
South Florida Caribbean NewsOctober 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today regretted the harshness that immigration law HB 56, passed in the State of Alabama, represents to the lives of thousands of immigrants ...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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Eversheds adds FSA lawyer to London disputes team
The LawyerOctober 3, 2011

Eversheds has hired a lawyer from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to join its financial services dispute resolution team in London. Greg Brandman joins Eversheds today as a partner and will act for regulated entities in enforcement, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Sand Springs schools join in statewide funding effort
Sand Springs LeaderOctober 4, 2011

In July, the Sand Springs board voted unanimously to spend up to $10000 for pre-litigation research and consulting expenses in preparation for a possible court fight and invited other district to join them. A proposed lawsuit was drafted, ...more »

Animal Law
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Charles Short Insurance Says New Law Is Good News for Horse Lovers with Texas ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 2, 2011

The new law aims to protect barn operators and other industry professional from claims of equine-related injuries, and requires that business owners post signs around their property outlining the regulations. The markers will draw attention to the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
American University Intellectual Property BriefOctober 2, 2011

... almost 200 experts and advocates from 32 countries and six continents convened in Washington, DC at our own American University Washington College of Law (WCL) for the inaugural Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Funds Spring Up to Invest in High-Stakes Litigation
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

... general counsel of chemical maker DuPont Co., who cites the rising cost of litigation in the US The business is gaining cautious backing from some partners within major US law firms, including Latham & Watkins LLP, Patton Boggs LLP and Cadwalader, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court set to open crucial term
Los Angeles TimesOctober 3, 2011

Since then, generations of law students have been taught that in matters of economics and business, Congress makes the law and the court stands aside. If the court were to void the individual mandate, it would put healthcare reformers in a box. ...more »

ICAO Moves Forward on Global CO2 Emissions
Aviation International NewsOctober 2, 2011

As the date of the European Union's (EU) controversial implementation of its aircraft Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) nears, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is moving forward with plans for a global carbon dioxide (CO2) standard for ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Election signs cause tenant spat
Stuff.co.nzOctober 3, 2011

Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway has hit out at landlords directing tenants to take down election billboards, saying this could be interfering with tenancy rights enshrined under law. Mr Lees-Galloway, the Labour candidate for the city electorate ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Law Firm Sees More Bankruptcies in Store for Freight
CNBC.comOctober 3, 2011

... restructuring or declare bankruptcy over the next 12 months as the long downturn in the freight market forces further consolidation, an industry executive told Reuters. Norton Rose, a leading law firm in the transport and commodities industries, ...more »

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 »

Business Law
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Mitt Romney gets down to business
Eagle TribuneOctober 2, 2011

Romney also said the country needs to follow the rule of law. He faults Obama for packing the National Labor Relations Board with what he calls "labor stooges." He said he would invest in human capital. He would work to restore confidence in the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Repealing DADT Is a Major Step Forward, But There's Still More Work to Be Done
Huffington PostOctober 4, 2011

The federal prohibitions outlined in DOMA mean that the spouses of gay service members are not eligible for base housing and allowances for off-base housing, legal counseling, certain health benefits, help finding work, ability to shop at military base ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Daytona Beach considering moratorium on Internet cafes
Daytona Beach News-JournalOctober 2, 2011

Chitwood said, "There's really no regulation" and "they get around gambling laws." Unless state law changes, local law enforcement will be powerless to do much, Chitwood said. "We're concerned about the proliferation of these," Chitwood said. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Regal Beagle attack subject of personal injury suit
Madison County RecordOctober 7, 2011

Marquis says he received serious injuries to his head during the the alleged attack. Marquis alleges Everage was too drunk to understand his actions and accuses the Regal Beagle of violating Illinois' Dram Shop Act by allowing the patron to be consume ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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HK gov't to appeal ruling on maids
Philippine StarOctober 1, 2011

“The Court of First Instance ruling involves a law point of great constitutional and public importance, and the government has decided to appeal expeditiously and seek to reverse the court's ruling,” Lee said. He added that the Immigration Department ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Criminal Charges Filed Against Tennessee Vet
VetPracticeNews.comOctober 22, 2011

The board suspended Baber's license because his actions were by law considered fraudulent, deceptive, dishonest and illegal in connection with the practice of veterinary medicine, the board said. Baber's “gross malpractice,” the board found, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Blumenauer to Regulators: "Draft a Strong Volcker Rule to Protect Consumers"
Insurance News Net (press release)October 10, 2011

Earl Blumenauer and Maurice Hinchey are sending a letter to financial regulators [PDF] expressing concern about recent press reports that initial proposals on section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (The Act), ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Investment lawyer listing Spring Valley 6BD for $1.65M
BlockshopperOctober 8, 2011

The 2898-square-foot house was built in 1947. The Amorosis acquired the property for $665000 in Nov. 2001. Lenora Amorosi-Lynham of Long and Foster Real Estate is the agent for the listing. Amorosi is a partner in the law firm, K&L Gates, LLP. ...more »

Blow for retirement industry bullies
Independent OnlineOctober 2, 2011

The claim, which was for office equipment rental financing, was resisted by Mostert because he said the financing agreement was not authorised in terms of the Pension Funds Act, its regulations and the rules of the provident fund. ...more »

Sports Law
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NCCU law center idea nixed amid donor concerns
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

DURHAM, NC (AP) — An offer to establish a constitutional law center at North Carolina Central University law school has been withdrawn after some faculty and alumni expressed concern that $600000 in startup funds would come from a major financial ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Likelihood of criminal charges against Madoff family in NY appears to fade ...
Washington PostOctober 3, 2011

In a statement, defense attorney Martin Flumenbaum repeated that Andrew Madoff “had no prior knowledge of Bernard Madoff's crimes” and “continues to cooperate fully with the authorities in their ongoing investigations.” There was no response to phone ...more »

Perry Hints At "Simple" Flat Tax
ForbesOctober 20, 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 »

People's Law School to offer six weekly seminars
Evening ObserverOctober 10, 2011

... and Dale Robbins of Burgett & Robbins, will provide attendees with a working knowledge of creating a will, establishing a trust, and crucial areas of elder law such as powers of attorney, health care proxy, and guardianship among others. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Lehman, Auto Loans, Centaur, Townsends, Pure Beauty: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekOctober 6, 2011

The primary secured creditor is TD Banknorth. The bankrupt company also owns a two-story commercial building on Waverly Avenue in Brooklyn. The case is In re Clinton Court Development LLC, 11-14673, US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District New York. ...more »

Environmental Law
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COMPANIES AND INDUSTRIES
Power Engineering MagazineOctober 7, 2011

The law is aimed at guaranteeing the investors in renewable energy an internal rate of return between 9.9% and 11.8%. Romania hesitates endorsing renewable energy bill on price, technical concerns. The government of Romania reviews the renewable energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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'People's Lawyer' to speak at Lone Star's Cy-Fair campus
Ultimate CyFairOctober 7, 2011

... four sessions: “Consumer Law for Buying/Selling Goods and Services,” “Wills/Probate for Planning for Serious Illness or Death,” “Landlord/Tenant for Renting Apartments or Homes” and “Credit and Debt Collection for Managing Financial Matters. ...more »

Family Law
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11 divorce cases
Times of MaltaOctober 4, 2011

She added that some provisions in the divorce law also applied to separated couples who did not have to divorce to benefit from them. The Maltese voted to introduce divorce in a referendum held in May after which the law was approved by Parliament in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Stine Sworn in as Nebraska Workers' Comp Court Judge
Insurance JournalOctober 7, 2011

As the Civil Litigation Bureau Chief he organized and oversaw workers' compensation litigation, federal civil rights litigation, state tort litigation, state contract litigation, employment law litigation, Administrative Procedures Act litigation, ...more »

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