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Police seize truck, collect DNA to connect Vargas to Moore homicide
Northwest Cable NewsOctober 1, 2011

by & Katie Utehs SPOKANE-- Police have named Derrick Vargas, a registered sex offender, as a suspect in the Evon Moore homicide. Vargas has a history of sexual assault dating back to his teen years. He is the prime suspect in two violent ...more »

Special prosecutors to be appointed through SPSC, govt assures SC
The News InternationalOctober 1, 2011

The secretary law on Friday undertook before the Supreme Court that special public prosecutors and additional special public prosecutors, who have been relieved from their duties, would not be posted against the clear vacancies of prosecutors and such ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

Petitioner further contends that the Hearing Officer failed to complete the Tier III hearing in a timely manner. Although the hearing was completed more than 14 days after "the writing of the misbehavior report" (7 NYCRR 251-5.1 [b]), we nevertheless ...more »

Health Care Law
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Baucus bets big on supercommittee success
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

But with approval ratings still stinging from the controversial health care law he helped craft, Baucus is taking a gamble that constituents back home will reward the latest work in the spotlight. Success for the committee could result in changes that ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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No Child Left Behind runs into reality
The Virginian-PilotOctober 2, 2011

President Barack Obama had little choice but to offer waivers to states from the onerous and unrealistic expectations of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, meanwhile, had little choice but to ask for one, ...more »

Immigration Law
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A reality check on immigration
PoliticoOctober 5, 2011

In 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed more than 195000 convicted criminals — more than had ever been previously removed and 81000 more than ICE removed in FY 2008. For the first time in decades, 50 percent of the immigrants removed from ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Faux Told to Seek Advice
The LedgerOctober 8, 2011

Faux wrote in a response to DOR officials that the reason the number of subdivisions involved in the inquiry decreased was either because development had resumed in the subdivision or because the owner either didn't reapply for the classification or ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Names Mike Mulica as CEO
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)October 6, 2011

Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:OPWV) is a global software innovator delivering all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter services. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Privacy Web Companies, Privacy Advocates Weigh In On Supreme Court Case
MediaPost PublicationsOctober 21, 2011

In the real estate dispute, home buyer Denise Edwards says that she was affected by an illegal kickback arrangement, which required her to purchase title insurance through the company First American Financial. Edwards says she's entitled to sue under ...more »

Animal Law
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Ottawa woman faces 10 months in jail for starving dog to death
Ottawa CitizenOctober 6, 2011

OTTAWA — An Ottawa woman who let her dog starve to death has been sentenced to 10 months in jail, the first jail sentence under the newly strengthened Provincial Animal Welfare Act. The legislation, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property: A new kind of arms race, with patents as ammo
Globe and MailOctober 5, 2011

Welcome to the world of intellectual property (IP) litigation, a high-stakes game in which inventors square off against deep-pocketed competitors, and companies that don't actually create anything have the power to shut down promising start-ups. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Appellate judges take sting out of Castleman opinion
Madison County RecordOctober 2, 2011

In the new version he wrote, "We readily admit that we are not experts in asbestos litigation and that counsel knows a lot more about this case than we ever will, but for the benefit of the uninitiated, it would seem that some explanation of this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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India shows harmful effects of affirmative action
The Australian (blog)October 9, 2011

And its affirmative action programs, meant to help the disadvantaged, have been captured by the privileged elite. The programs are out of control, so much so that many groups engage in acts of mass public protest to press their claims for being added ...more »

Airline stocks drop, led by 33% decline of American parent AMR
Los Angeles TimesOctober 4, 2011

In July, American announced it planned to buy 460 narrow-body planes from Boeing Co. and Airbus from 2013 through 2022 — the largest aircraft order in aviation history — with about $13 billion of the financing from the manufacturers. ...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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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 »

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3 Steps Insurers Can Take To Avoid Class Action Litigation Stemming From ...
PropertyCasualty360October 6, 2011

In insurance-coverage cases, ambiguous clauses generally will be interpreted against the insurer. It is therefore imperative that all exclusion clauses be clear and unambiguous. For example, in the case of In Re: Katrina Canal Breach Litigation, ...more »

Business Law
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Facebook Privacy, Raymond James-Finra, Furukawa: Compliance
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

Ecuador's congress yesterday approved a new anti-monopoly law granting the president increased powers to regulate market concentration and fine companies for unfair business practices. The law was approved with 67 votes, according to a statement ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Analysis: Egypt revolution chips away at Sadat's legacy
ReutersOctober 6, 2011

CAIRO (Reuters)- Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, gunned down by Islamists at a military parade in Cairo 30 years ago on Thursday, left a political legacy that survived largely unscathed in the long reign of his successor, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Website launched to combat cyber crime
Toronto SunOctober 3, 2011

The campaign comes just as the government is beefing up its own computer systems after Treasury Board and the finance department were hacked earlier this year. Canada is ranked sixth in the world as a source for cyber crime, up from 13th in 2010, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Law firm Booth & Koskoff Specializing in Catastrophic Personal Injury and ...
SBWire (press release)October 18, 2011

The family's only desire is to find a way to put their lives back together, but that need often means finding the right wrongful death lawyer and firm to help them find closure. The catastrophic injury lawyer specialists of Booth & Koskoff has focused ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hispanics leave school in face of Alabama's tough immigration law
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

Paul Horowitz, a constitutional law expert at the University of Alabama's law school in Tuscaloosa, says the data collection nature of the law “is fairly clever” in circumventing a federal law that prohibits discrimination in public school enrollment ...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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Why Facebook Is After Your Kids
New York TimesOctober 12, 2011

The magazine called this “troubling news,” in no small part because their presence is at odds with federal law, which bars Web sites from collecting personal data about kids under 13 without permission from their parents. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Governor to take action on 600 bills before midnight deadline
News10.netOctober 10, 2011

SB 474 by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) - Commercial construction contracts: indemnity. • SB 507 by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) - Property taxation: change in ownership statement. • SB 510 by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) - Real estate...more »

Include me out: exclusion clauses, reinsurance, and section 18B of the ...
Clayton UtzOctober 10, 2011

Gordian Runoff wrote a seven-year Directors & Officers (D&O) liability run-off policy for FAI. Westport then wrote excess of loss reinsurance treaties over three layers for Gordian Runoff. Gordian Runoff asked Westport to expand the reinsurance cover ...more »

Sports Law
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FHFA faulted for delay of probes
Washington PostOctober 4, 2011

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator overseeing mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has missed multiple opportunities to investigate and stop abusive practices by law firms that were foreclosing on ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer Launches Website to Serve Wake County
PR Web (press release)October 26, 2011

Wake County criminal defense attorney David A. Coolidge Although we focus an extensive amount of our practice on providing aggressive representation in DUI / DWI cases, we are skilled and experienced in a wide variety of criminal defense areas. ...more »

IRS offer on contractors has some wary
San Jose Business Journal (blog)October 21, 2011

However, several lawyers in Silicon Valley who represent employers say the program could invite problems for their clients. Affected workers could file lawsuits seeking unpaid wages and benefits, and participating in the program could be a red flag to ...more »

Age discrimination in nation's workplaces has only worsened in the tough economy
msnbc.comOctober 3, 2011

3M's issues started with a mass reduction in force, or RIF, and that's often where issues of age discrimination can arise, according to Gavin Appleby, an attorney for the employment law firm Littler. “When we get involved in a RIF we typically do a ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Futterman & Lanza, LLP Hosts Free Elder Law and Estate Planning Seminars on ...
openPR (press release)October 7, 2011

(openPR) - SMITHTOWN, NY — The law firm of Futterman & Lanza, LLP presents two free two-hour seminars which addresse the topics of elder law and estate planning. “Medicaid Planning & Asset Protection” takes place October 26 at 400 West Main Street, ...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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Yarmouth man's homelessness fear due to lack of will
Norwich Evening NewsOctober 21, 2011

Common-law relationships have no legal basis, no matter how long they have lasted, according to Sue Hammett, a solicitor specialising in wills and probate at law firm Howes Percival. This means that any ceremony you might have had other than a formal ...more »

Family Law
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Keeping Kids Safe: Page Law Sponsors Child Safety Day at The Pageant
PR Web (press release)October 7, 2011

As part of our commitment to children, Page Law is sponsoring Child Safety Day this Saturday, October 8, from 10 am to 2 pm at The Pageant at 6161 Delmar. Page Law is a family law and personal injury law firm in downtown St. Louis. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Did workers' compensation reform committee need a little more time?
Montana WatchdogOctober 4, 2011

HELENA – The other night I bumped into someone who, along with many others, worked hard for several years on workers' compensation reform in the state. As you can remember, the state-appointed Labor-Management Advisory ...more »


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