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Sizing up the Supreme Court
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

I happen to have been in Court the day that the bankruptcy case [Ransom v. FIA Card Services] came down and she delivered it as though she was talking to some friends about it and made it very accessible to people in the audience. ...more »

Many of state's Friendly's franchises won't be hurt by bankruptcy
Danbury News TimesOctober 1, 2011

While unlikely to threaten their ice cream places, customers and business experts saw the potential bankruptcy as an indication of the economy's state. "You'd think a place like this would be OK with its moderate prices," Furrer said. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Preliminary hearing date set for ex-Blount cop accused of killing wife
Knoxville News SentinelOctober 1, 2011

Danny Ray Brewer, 37, of Maryville waits for a hearing to begin Friday in Blount County General Sessions Court. Judge Michael Gallegos set a Nov. 9 preliminary hearing date for Brewer, a former law enforcement officer accused of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Is Romney right on Obamacare? Depends how you count
MiamiHerald.comOctober 9, 2011

"If the law goes through as it is, it will save us money," he said. But what if Washington lawmakers — as they often do — balk at implementing some of the cost-savings features, such as higher taxes or dramatic cuts in Medicare? ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Saturday State News Briefs: Wisconsin Rapids council bans holding cell phone ...
Pierce County HeraldOctober 1, 2011

US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's construction project at Jones Island is the type of innovative, long-lasting investment in public facilities that the President's American Jobs Act will pay for. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law causes immediate change in probate
The Enterprise LedgerOctober 3, 2011

He said the major issue has been possessing documents with correct, legal names on them. For example, the new computer system will not recognize “Bob Smith” on a title if a person's name is “Robert Smith.” Blair said people then have to correct the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Videoke bar owners, workers attends orientation on labor laws and children's ...
Philippine Information AgencyOctober 1, 2011

On the other hand, OIC Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer (PSWDO) Cynthia R.dela Cruz explained that Republic Act 9231 or Child Labor Law protects children from the worst forms of child labor like prostitution, pornography, forced labor, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Bus dispute headed to mediation
Pensacola News JournalOctober 2, 2011

ECAT drivers returned to work Sept. 22 after a one-day strike disrupted bus service for the thousands of regular ECAT riders. "I hope to leave the meeting room on Tuesday with a tentative agreement," he said. "You always have to be optimistic."more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mid-Continent Tower's sale ends litigation in Tulsa
Tulsa WorldOctober 6, 2011

In the early 1980s, to fund an additional 20 stories in a cantilevered tower that doesn't actually touch the original structure, Greater Southwestern Funding sold $86 million in A bonds to seven national insurance companies and $8 million in B bonds to ...more »

Animal Law
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Fines alone don't promote responsible dog ownership
Vancouver SunOctober 12, 2011

Calgary has been so successful that its aggressive-animal incidents are almost non-existent. Rebeka Breder is an animal-law lawyer at Boughton Law Corporation in Vancouver and a director of the Vancouver Humane Society.more »

Intellectual Property
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New BNA Webinar Helps Companies Identify and Tackle Online Product Counterfeiting
PR Newswire (press release)October 4, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The growing pace of e-commerce has opened the door to a dramatic increase in online counterfeiting and piracy of corporate intellectual property. What can company executives do to discover if ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Appellate judges take sting out of Illinois opinion
Legal News LineOctober 3, 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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Black plaintiffs in class-action lawsuit challenging Iowa hiring policies to ...
The RepublicOctober 4, 2011

Joe Ellis, a former state official responsible for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs, is expected to testify Tuesday at the Polk County Courthouse. Lawyers representing 29 named class representatives and up to 6000 members ...more »

Change of Command Ceremony at Museum of Aviation
13WMAZOctober 1, 2011

They held a ceremony at the museum of aviation. After 9 years, the Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Wing de-blended with the active duty and formed the 461st Air Control Wing. Hundreds attended the special event which according to Robins Air ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Next step after three-day notice is eviction
Inland Valley Daily BulletinOctober 1, 2011

A: Yes, the tenant still owes for the 30-day notice period, unless the landlord is able to relet the premises before then. The landlord has to make a diligent effort to relet. Q: Our tenant, who has lived there for more than one year, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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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 »

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Litigation may be too costly for those unfairly dismissed
Financial TimesOctober 6, 2011

Nonetheless, it ought to be understood by those in power that it is already very difficult for many, many people facing the sudden and deranging impoverishment resulting from unfair dismissal to fund litigation. It is worth recalling, too, ...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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Gay military personnel ready for 1st convention
The Associated PressOctober 14, 2011

Under the law abolishing "don't ask, don't tell" that Congress passed in December, the policy would not officially end until 60 days after such certification. The timing ended up working out, but if the ban had remained in effect, this weekend's summit ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Escatawpa man faces child porn charges; deputies seize laptop from pawnshop
Mississippi Press (blog)October 4, 2011

30 as a result of a 2-week investigation with the Internet Crimes Against Children system. The system is used to catch anyone downloading and saving child porn on computers. The method uses advanced technologies to track down suspected child predators, ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Law Firm Gelber & O'Connell, LLC Partners with ...
Benzinga (press release)October 3, 2011

The Buffalo, NY Personal Injury law firm, Gelber & O'Connell, LLC is committed to business citizenship and community service within the Erie/Niagara County and Western New York area. The Personal Injury Attorneys of Gelber & O'Connell, LLC engage in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'Occupy Wall Street' and the Constitution
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 6, 2011

The Law Blog has sought comment from the New York City legal department. New York police have said that the protesters were warned not to block the roadway on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to this Bloomberg article about the suit. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner set Friday
Journal TimesOctober 15, 2011

During her tenure as president, the NBA deployed thousands of lawyers throughout the nation to educate voters regarding new voting laws. The Maryland Bar Foundation awarded her their Professional Legal Excellence Award for her national effort to ...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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Fed's Raskin Calls For Changes In Mortgage Servicing
Wall Street JournalOctober 4, 2011

"These problems indicate the existence of unsafe and unsound banking practices and violations of federal and state laws, as well as demonstrated patterns of misconduct and negligence on the part of servicers," said Raskin, formerly Maryland's top ...more »

Combine Solicitation - Psychologist Services At The Ft. Yates Indian Health ...
Insurance News Net (press release)October 4, 2011

SE, Room 309 Aberdeen, SD 57401 Or fax to 605-226-7669 or email Contractors intending to conduct business with the Federal Government must register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database prior to award. ...more »

Sports Law
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CAS poised for crucial doping decision
Globe and MailOctober 1, 2011

“We're now going to be told whether it's good law or bad law.” The USOC and IOC agreed to go to CAS, the sports world's highest court, to seek a ruling well ahead of the London Games to avoid last-minute confusion before the Olympics start on July 27, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyers blast DA's office on contract
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

Some local defense attorneys accuse the Harris County District Attorney's Office of advising county officials to not renew theircontract with Lone Star College as retaliation against Amanda Culbertson, a former Houston Police Department crime lab ...more »

New guiding hands at Suffolk
Boston GlobeOctober 4, 2011

The results of that audit are near completion but “will have no impact on the university whatsoever, regardless of the outcome,'' Meyer said. “That is between the IRS and the taxpayer, who is the previous president.'' The board is working with a team ...more »

Want Wrinkles With That? Texas Roadhouse Sued For Age Discrimination
ABC NewsOctober 6, 2011

This undated graphic is the corporate logo for the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant franchise. (Texas Roadhouse) Texas Roadhouse restaurants reportedly rejected applicants for jobs as waiters and bartenders by telling them things like, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Expert liability for ratings agencies
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

Noting this concern, the staff advised that they would not recommend enforcement of Regulation AB's requirements for prospectus disclosure of ratings. The enforcement position was initially effective for six months, and by replacement letter made ...more »

Environmental Law
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Michelle Malkin
Marietta Daily JournalOctober 3, 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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Guam Supreme Court Adopts Pro Bono Program
Pacific News CenterOctober 14, 2011

One of the first of such presentations under this new program is a free lecture on “Wills, Probate and Alternatives to Probate.” On October 22 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Guam Territorial Law Library located adjacent to the Guam Judicial Center in ...more »

Family Law
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Family of quarry shooter expresses condolences
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionOctober 8, 2011

In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo, Cynthia Mose of Sacramento holds a book written by Shareef Allman as she speaks to members of the media in Sunnyvale, Calif., where Allman was was found and shot dead by law enforcement officers. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Clarify workers' comp law
The Detroit NewsOctober 3, 2011

Bradford Jacobsen has taken on the job of bringing clarity to Michigan's complicated workers' compensation rules. So far, what's clear is that he's in for a battle. Opposition is lining up among lawyers who handle workers' claims. ...more »


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