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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 »

New law will give more flexibility to college-bound vets
SignOnSanDiego.comOctober 1, 2011

“Giving our veterans every reasonable chance to make a good-faith effort to complete college is in the best interests of veterans, their families and our country,” said Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, ...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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Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term
Centre Daily TimesOctober 3, 2011

The Obama administration's request last week that the justices resolve whether the health care law is constitutional makes it more likely than not that they will deliver their verdict by June 2012, just as Obama and his Republican opponent charge ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Path set for ACA?
ModernHealthcare.comOctober 4, 2011

Greg Katsas, a Jones Day attorney representing the federation, said the reform law's requirement that insurance companies issue policies to virtually anyone who applies would become dysfunctional without the corresponding requirement that nearly ...more »

Immigration Law
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Georgia farmers losing millions to anti-migrant law
Fox NewsOctober 5, 2011

Atlanta – Georgia's agricultural industry lost tens of millions of dollars last harvest and many farmers say they will plant less in the upcoming season due to a labor shortage triggered by a strict immigration law, two new studies show. ...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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Gary Hansen to Run for Minnesota House Seat
Patch.comOctober 3, 2011

He also works as a commercial arbitrator on the Minnesota Alternative Dispute Resolution Rule 114 Neutrals Roster, as well as a securities arbitrator for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota/North Dakota ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Actos Attorneys for Takeda Support Consolidation of Bladder Cancer Litigation
AboutLawsuits.comOctober 3, 2011

In June, an Actos recall was issued in France after a review of public insurance data identified an increased incidence of bladder cancer with Actos use. The European Union's European Medicines Agency (EMA) also conducted a review and confirmed the ...more »

Animal Law
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Cape May County jail inmate saves shelter worker from pit bull attack
Press of Atlantic CityOctober 4, 2011

Schaffer said jail Warden Donald Lombardo has discretion through an administrative law to cut three days from an inmate's sentence. James is back at work at the animal shelter. The stitches are out and her wounds are healing, she said. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Disruptive Forces in Patent Law: Change Without Innovation
JURISTOctober 4, 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Dan Burk of the University of California, Irvine School of Law says the America Invents Act unnecessarily disrupts long settled patent law, creates new opportunities for gamesmanship, foments new litigation and introduces new ...more »

Asbestos 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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Admissions Favor the Wealthy at Expense of Others
The RamOctober 19, 2011

Dr. Naison's Affirmative Action class held a bake sale underscoring how the wealthy and other groups are privileged. Prices reflect college admissions. The elephant in the room of college admissions has finally received some notice. ...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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Evicted Shogun tenants take legal action
Northwest Cable NewsOctober 4, 2011

The Northwest Justice Project and Gonzaga Legal Services in Spokane are working to help these displaced tenants, and filed a civil suit on September 30th against the Shogun Plaza's owner Jong Lee. Under the Washington Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Land contracts can help people with poor credit buy homes
Michigan Business Review - MLive.comOctober 2, 2011

“You don't have land contract police,” Leyrer said. “They're having a hard enough time with fraud on a large scale, let alone a smaller scale.” Leyrer recommends investing in a real estate attorney. “It's really worth the $200 to $400 to get some ...more »

Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of Crexus ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 6, 2011

DALLAS, Oct 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, LLP are investigating the board of Crexus Investment Corporation ("Crexus") ...more »

Business Law
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Supreme Court May Enter 2012 Election With Politicized Docket
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

The president already has targeted the Supreme Court once, using his 2010 State of the Union address to criticize the court's decision letting corporations spend unlimited sums on political advertising. “If they strike down the law, Obama is going to ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Glen Lerner & Associates Assisting Injured Veterans in Obtaining TSGLI Benefits
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 3, 2011

Glen Lerner & Associates, a Las-Vegas based injury law firm, is now assisting injured military servicemembers in recovering benefits, and getting the word out to many veterans who don't realize they are entitled to these benefits. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Exclusive: National Security Agency helps banks battle hackers
ReutersOctober 26, 2011

The hackers, likely backed by a foreign government, used data from the RSA breach, coupled with personal identifying information gleaned from other attacks, to break into Lockheed's computer networks. Erin Nealy Cox, a former US federal computer crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at the Studstill Firm, LLP Celebrate 30th ...
PR Web (press release)October 5, 2011

Studstill Firm, LLP is now a family of Georgia personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping other Georgia families move forward after a tragic event. In 2009, the Studstill Firm, LLP added a second office in Macon, Georgia to focus on serious and ...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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PIAA: Medical Liability Reforms Ripe for 'Supercommittee' Picking
Insurance News Net (press release)October 1, 2011

Trial attorneys and consumer groups are opposed to the changes, saying they take away the rights of victims of medical malpractice but leave insurers unaccountable. The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures opposes HR 5, calling it an ...more »

Consumer Protection
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RTS Offers Services to Support New Swap Execution Facilities as Dodd-Frank Act...
PR Newswire (press release)October 3, 2011

CHICAGO, Oct., 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has spawned the creation of regulated Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) that must capture trades electronically and offer central clearing of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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3 more GOP candidates running for governor
Billings GazetteOctober 5, 2011

Occupation: Real estate investor who owns income property. Education: Graduated from Pleasantville High School in New York in 1993. Received bachelor's degree in political science from Pace University in New York in 1998 and master's degree in ...more »

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

11 request to dismiss the claim, lawyers for the rating companies said every court has rejected efforts to hold them liable under federal securities law. The plaintiffs' claim under New Mexico law was a “blatant attempt to avoid the parade of recent ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Concussions, Part 3: Concussions and the Brain Test
Patch.comOctober 4, 2011

While the state of Missouri passed a law this summer aimed at protecting youth athletes, greater understanding has led to the offering of baseline testing at many schools. “With an increased awareness of it, we thought it was a good idea and something ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Legal experts: Loughner's only defense is insanity
The Associated PressOctober 1, 2011

Mike Black, a former federal defender who argued four death penalty cases and is now in private practice as a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, said the Hinckley verdict caused an outcry and drew nationwide reform that limited the insanity defense ...more »

Asset Protection Specialists Share How to Minimize Taxes This Year, Best Ways ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 10, 2011

While average Americans pay more than 30 percent of their annual income in taxes, the IRS.gov website states that 80 percent of Americans are actually overpaying their taxes. Tax Solutions of America, which provides tax information and resources, ...more »

DoJ asks federal appeals court to block Alabama immigration law
World War 4 ReportOctober 9, 2011

The law also invites discrimination against many foreign-born citizens and lawfully present aliens, including legal residents, by making it a crime for any landlord to rent housing to an unlawfully present alien, invalidating all contracts with ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Kodak creditors talking to advisers: Sources
Economic TimesOctober 5, 2011

After the market closed on Friday, Kodak said it had no plans to seek bankruptcy protection, but said it had engaged outside advisors including law firm Jones Day, known for handling the bankruptcy of car company Chrysler. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Michelle Malkin: Solar Energy School Propaganda 101
Marietta Daily JournalOctober 5, 2011

But the House Budget Committee reported last week: “The president's stimulus law alone included tens of billions in new government subsidies for politically favored renewable-energy interests: $6 billion in loan guarantees for renewable energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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What To Do When a Family Member or Loved One Dies
Cape May County Herald (press release)October 3, 2011

Robert Poserina and Andrea McHugh can help guide you through the legal issues of Medicare/nursing home planning, estate planning, wills, trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney, probate, estate administration, estate litigation and contested wills. ...more »

Family Law
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Grim news from pair of LA crashes provides closure
Boston GlobeOctober 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. The family of another missing man, 67-year-old David ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp claim frequency rises
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

Several Great Recession factors may have caused a sudden halt in the trend of decreasing frequency of workers compensation claims, according to NCCI Holdings Inc. research. Modest increases in employment since the recession formally ended in mid-2009 ...more »

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