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RCMP cautions YK renters to beware of scams
HQ YellowknifeOctober 1, 2011

The Yellowknife RCMP's commercial crime section is warning people about fraudulent ads popping up on on-line classified sites offering apartment rentals. Two such incidents have been reported in Yellowknife this month. Corporal Jarret MacDonald with ...more »

How to ensure your electronic information will be ready for litigation
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

The process of discovery — when the parties involved in litigation exchange information relevant to the case — has adapted to fit the way business is done today. Is your company ready for e-discovery? “Times have changed,” says Melissa Evans, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Washington Week: Reform Law Heads to Supreme Court
MedPage TodayOctober 1, 2011

The FDA has come under fire from the device industry for being too slow and unpredictable in its review process. The agency has responded by announcing it would streamline a number of processes and provide better training for staff reviewers. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Battle brews in Minn. over health care exchanges
Houston ChronicleOctober 3, 2011

Among the more vocal and influential opponents of the federal law is state Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services committee. He maintains the law is unconstitutional and should be repealed. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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GPS inventor slams GPS tracking
TG DailyOctober 5, 2011

"This is the first case where the Supreme Court will consider automatic, persistent, passive location tracking by law enforcement," says EFF senior staff attorney Marcia Hofmann. "The government can use location information over time to learn where you ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration reform debate: Envisioning society
Deseret NewsOctober 3, 2011

But legal workers have refused to fill the agricultural and manual labor jobs usually held by undocumented immigrants, even though many pay more than minimum wage. Millions of dollars worth of produce now lies rotting in Alabama fields for lack of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Feds' cannabis crack-down touches Arcata; council to re-evaluate medical ...
Times-StandardOctober 4, 2011

According to Arcata city staff, in February, the US Attorney sent a letter to officials in Oakland saying the city's proposed permitting of industrial marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facilities violates federal law. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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LRC to host talks on Limerick nurses' dispute
RTE.ieOctober 4, 2011

The Labour Relations Commission is to host talks tomorrow aimed at finding a resolution to the dispute at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick. Talks aimed at finding a resolution to the issues that led to three work stoppages by emergency ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Allstate and Progressive Settle Litigation
NEWS.GNOM.ES (press release)October 3, 2011

COM/ — Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire & Casualty Insurance Company and Progressive Casualty Insurance Company have agreed to settle litigation involving usage-based insurance and online insurance policy-servicing patents and certain ...more »

Animal Law
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"Nitro's Law" Set for Vote by Ohio House
WTRFOctober 13, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A law to increase criminal penalties against operators at kennels who abuse animals is set for a final vote by the Ohio House. House Bill 108, also known as “Nitro's Law”, will toughen the penalties for animal neglect ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Google, Nokia, Easyjet, Yahoo!, UMG: Intellectual Property
BloombergOctober 4, 2011

Schmidt also said the 17000 patents Google is gaining in the Motorola deal will “bulk up” its intellectual property and ultimately end legal battles among competitors in the $207 billion mobile-phone market. His comments come after analysts raised ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney: It's Time For JCPS Litigation To End
WLKY LouisvilleOctober 3, 2011

An attorney, who successfully challenged Jefferson County Public Schools' student assignment plan at the Kentucky Court of Appeals, said it's time to stop the court battles. The court's majority 2-to-1 opinion as it stands would mean JCPS would have to ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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High Court May Enter 2012 Election With Politicized Docket
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

... and nervousness about the UT case,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law in College Park. The broadcasting case, likely to be argued in January, is perhaps the most significant of the court's business cases. ...more »

Aviation Fun Day
Clarksville OnlineOctober 6, 2011

Clarksville, TN – Outlaw Airfield, North Central Institute (NCI) will be hosting their Annual Aviation Day in recognition of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians. Free activities will be on hand for the entire family, from the youngest to the oldest, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SL Green Teams with Stonehenge Partners to Acquire NYC Retail/Residential...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Ofer Yardeni, managing partner and co-founder of Stonehenge Partners, said, "The Stonehenge footprint in New York City continues to expand and this venture with one of New York City's pre-eminent real estate companies further enhances our presence and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Understanding credit: How it works and how to make it work for you
Pacific Daily NewsOctober 2, 2011

Having good credit usually translates into lower payments and more ease in borrowing money. Bad credit, however, can be a big problem. It usually results from making payments late or borrowing too much money, and it means that you might have trouble ...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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What's left of state illegals law
The Decatur DailyOctober 2, 2011

A court decision issued Wednesday preliminarily blocked enforcement of several provisions of the state's immigration law, but left some standing. Unless federal Judge Sharon Blackburn grants a request to block enforcement pending an appeal, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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'Semper Fry': Atomic Vet Fights For VA Benefits
Military.comOctober 10, 2011

Several decades ago, during the darkest days of the Cold War, with the threat of nuclear annihilation, the US military tested more than 1000 nuclear weapons in the deserts of Nevada and the waters of the Pacific. Many of the thermonuclear detonations ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Department of Justice's Former Acting Head of National Security Joins Perkins Coie
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Hinnen will join Perkins Coie's growing Privacy and Security Practice, advising clients on criminal and national-security investigations, regulatory compliance, and interactions with law enforcement, national security, homeland security, ...more »

Personal Injury
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David S Kohm & Associates Fort Worth - Caring About Your Personal Injuries and ...
SBWire (press release)October 10, 2011

Fort Worth, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/10/2011 -- The principle of a personal injury law firm is a reasonably new idea, at least in phrases of the modern tradition of in search of compensation for injuries acquired at perform or at the arms of others. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Striking a balance
Times LIVEOctober 1, 2011

Ours is an avowedly transformative supreme law. So we have fashioned the most efficient constitutional construct to eradicate the evil of the past, usher in a new dawn and anticipate and prevent future abuse of power. We cannot now regress in order to ...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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Discover Expects US 'Enforcement Action' Over its Marketing
Fox BusinessOctober 3, 2011

Eight class action suits, based on state laws and the federal Truth in Lending Act, have been filed against Discover in relation to the company's sales of the protection plans. The plaintiffs are seeking financial damages and injunctive relief. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Jacksonville legal giants join forces
Florida Times-UnionOctober 4, 2011

By The Times-Union Two prominent Jacksonville law firms have merged. Gunster, one of the city's largest business law firms, has combined with Pappas Metcalf Jenks & Miller, which focuses exclusively on commercial real estate and land use law. ...more »

Stanford Hospital & Clinics vows to fight $20M class action
San Jose Mercury NewsOctober 4, 2011

"This mishandling of private patient information was in complete contravention of the law and of the requirements of (Multi-Specialty Collection Service's) contract with (Stanford Hospital & Clinics) and is shockingly irresponsible," Stanford said in ...more »

Sports Law
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British Olympic Association stands by doping ban law despite CAS ruling
China PostOctober 7, 2011

LONDON -- Britain will retain a by-law preventing its athletes found guilty of willful doping from competing in any Olympics, British Olympic Association (BOA) chairman Colin Moynihan said on Thursday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) earlier ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Nevada Supreme Court Justice Cherry honored for work with indigent
The RepublicOctober 7, 2011

The Washington DC-based National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers named Cherry the 2011 winner of its Champion of Indigent Defense Award. Cherry is a former public defender who chairs the Nevada Supreme Court's Indigent Defense Commission. ...more »

What do I do about the notice I received from the IRS?
Tax Law Home (blog)October 17, 2011

Balance Due – As the result of changes to your return because of a miscalculation, an amendment, an audit, or for other reasons, you now have an outstanding tax liability. You will need to pay the balance due or contact the IRS to work out payment plan ...more »

SKALAFURIS v. CITY OF NEW YORK
Leagle.comOctober 12, 2011

The District Court concluded that his claim under New York State Human Rights Law, NY Exec. Law §§ 290-301, was barred by the election-of-remedies limitation of that statute, id. § 297(9), and that his claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment ...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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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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Veterans can get free legal help Oct. 22 in League City
Your Houston NewsOctober 6, 2011

No appointment will be necessary to attend one of the clinics. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can receive advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax ...more »

Family Law
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Going to Alabama? Take your Passport!
Indo American NewsOctober 6, 2011

He is a former Prosecutor with the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, and now focuses primarily on Immigration, Labor & Employment, and Criminal Law. His practice also includes Family Law and Small Business litigation. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Call for a fair go for older workers
Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 1, 2011

The Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, wants age restrictions on workers compensation and income insurance scrapped and a national standard introduced. ''Most people in their 60s and 70s would like to be in work, probably part time, ...more »

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