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Hail Damage Helps Sales and Use Tax Revenue Soar
KGWNOctober 1, 2011

Sales and use tax collections typically lag the point of sale by about two months, which means the work load from the hail storm events that happened in July are just now starting to show in the state's tax numbers. "We're seeing this work load ...more »

How recent oil and gas discoveries will impact Ohio businesses and landowners
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

Smart Business asked Huntsberger what Utica Shale drilling means for Ohio. Why does the Utica Shale hold so much promise for Ohio? The Utica Shale formation appears to hold significant amounts of 'wet' gas and oil. The wet gas has elements in it that ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Local law enforcement issue safety tips for trick-or-treaters
St. George Daily SpectrumOctober 17, 2011

• Remember masks that can restrict peripheral vision and hearing and oversized or loose costumes and shoes can cause children to trip and fall. • Make sure children know their phone number and carry coins for emergency telephone calls or carry a cell ...more »

Health Care Law
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House advances controversial abortion bill
The Hill (blog)October 13, 2011

The House on Thursday afternoon took a step toward approving a highly controversial bill aimed at ensuring that no funds from last year's healthcare law could be used for abortion services. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Volcker Rule Divides Regulators
New York Times (blog)October 17, 2011

Henry Klehm, a lawyer at Jones Day and a former Securities and Exchange Commission official, noted that regulators would try to reconcile their differences, though “this means delay.” The Volcker Rule bickering reflects broader tensions among financial ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Law: Deli Owner Defends Documented Latinos, Pays Price
Huffington PostOctober 20, 2011

When Alabama's sweeping new immigration law went into effect last month, Birmingham business owner Steve Dubrinsky realized he had a serious problem. Dubrinsky runs Max's Delicatessen, a classic Jewish deli, in the city's Inverness neighborhood. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Race for mayor in Circleville has no mudslinging
Columbus DispatchOctober 31, 2011

The city needs to leverage assets such as the Rt. 23 corridor, a newly developed industrial park and partnerships with key players to bring jobs to the community, McIlroy said. “Ohio Christian University is going to be annexed into the city, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Brenau to host 16 teams for Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament
Access North GeorgiaOctober 6, 2011

Brenau became a leader in alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, 13 years ago when Frank, a member of the board of directors of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, developed the Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies major, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Victory in fraud lawsuit for Chinese company
China DailyOctober 27, 2011

NEW YORK - In perhaps the first court dismissal of a class action lawsuit alleging securities fraud against a US-listed Chinese company, a New York federal district court recently tossed out a package of securities fraud...more »

Animal Law
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Wrong to call animal activists 'terrorists'
Toronto SunOctober 24, 2011

An animal rights activist holds a dog rescued from a dog meat farm during a protest against the eating of dog meat in Seoul, Korea, in August 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak Do most people think of animal rights activists as ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Legislation helps SMEs protect intellectual property rights in Patents County ...
ComputerWeekly.comOctober 3, 2011

A law has come into force to make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to protect intellectual property such as copyright and trademarks. The law ensures lower value cases will be dealt with at the less costly Patents County Court ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Shale Gas Fuels Legal Boom
Wall Street JournalOctober 30, 2011

"I predict it will become the predominant area of litigation in the next year or two," said Joel Burcat, a lawyer at Saul Ewing in Harrisburg, Pa. John Lowe, a professor of mineral law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said Pennsylvania is a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What Happened to Post-Racial America?
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

Few government policies have had the reach, immortality and consequences of affirmative action. A policy that could be justified at its start, affirmative action has now become yesterday's solution to yesterday's problem. ...more »

Lopano turns down raise but open to bonus plan
Tbo.comOctober 7, 2011

However, Lopano said he'd be open to a Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board plan to consider adding incentives to his contract. The five-member board in a split vote agreed to review other airport CEO bonus plans at an Oct. 20 workshop. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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David McWilliams: Sacrificing jobs to protect landlords is plain wrong
Irish IndependentOctober 5, 2011

In the first decade of the 21st Century, the laws need to change to reflect these new realities because the lesson from Irish history is that if the law protects landlords over workers and tenants, this will soon become the unique source of the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bankruptcy Can Happen to Anyone Says Iowa Bankruptcy Lawyer
Law Firm Newswire (press release)October 7, 2011

Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2011 – Bankruptcy does not respect age, social status or famous people. If it is going to happen, it will, no matter who they are. “I get asked this question a lot, and my answer is usually the same thing,” ...more »

Litigation
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Overhaul civil litigation
The National Law JournalOctober 29, 2011

Civil litigation costs too much. Also, the process often takes far too long. Continuances, unresolved motions and changes in judges protract the case. The jury trial is not just vanishing — it has all but vanished. Instead, cases settle — frequently ...more »

Business Law
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The Shuman Law Firm Investigates Imperial Holdings, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

BOULDER, Colo., Oct 04, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Shuman Law Firm announced today that it is investigating potential claims against certain officers and directors of Imperial Holdings, Inc. ("Imperial Holdings" or the "Company") ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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McCain eyes barring retirees from Tricare Prime
NavyTimes.comOctober 26, 2011

Steve Strobridge of the Military Officers Association of America said the Arizona Republican's support for cutting military benefits was unexpected. “MOAA is surprised and disappointed,” he said. McCain said in an interview that he expected complaints. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Computer related crimes on the rise
St. Clair TimesOctober 31, 2011

Matson said spam e-mail causes a loss of job productivity and a huge expense for consumers to repair. Three to four million compromised computers are active at any given time on the Internet. Millions of other computers can be used to launch “disrupted ...more »

Personal Injury
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Waterloo McDonald's named in personal injury suit
Madison County RecordOctober 24, 2011

The owners of a Waterloo McDonald's are accused of causing a woman to hurt herself while walking on the restaurant's sidewalk. Tina M. Eames filed a lawsuit Oct. 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against McDonald's Corporation and Burris Management, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Where Is the Judicial Branch on Targeted Killings?
The AtlanticOctober 1, 2011

Can a US citizen -- himself or through another -- use the US judicial system to vindicate his constitutional rights while simultaneously evading US law enforcement authorities, calling for "jihad against the West," and engaging in operational planning ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Personal Injury Attorney Who Can Put Law To Work
AddPR.com (press release)October 1, 2011

The practice area for litigation includes real estate transactions, real estate disputes, legal malpractice, and professional liability. The practice area for civil rights includes police brutality and misconduct, prison guard abuse and municipal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Redbox raises its prices, talks about streaming
Very AwareOctober 29, 2011

Redbox cited rising costs and the recent Durbin Amendment, a provision within the Dodd/Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that limited debit card transaction fees but also paved the way for banks to raise other fees. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Voters will choose between McGettigan and Verno for county clerk
Shore News TodayOctober 26, 2011

MAYS LANDING – Voters will decide who will serve as the official recorder of all legal documents related to real estate in the county when they vote for Atlantic County clerk Nov. 8. On the ballot will be Democratic candidate Ed ...more »

DIFC Courts' jurisdiction widens
The NationalOctober 31, 2011

Previously, only companies based in the DIFC or those that had an issue related to the free zone could use the English-language courts, which are also based on English common law. But now, before any commercial contract is signed, parties can agree to ...more »

Sports Law
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Wagner Hopeful New Poll Showing Heavy Support For Sports Betting Portends ...
ParamusPost.comOctober 25, 2011

Wagner is one of the sponsors of the proposed constitutional amendment (ACR-167) that asks voters whether New Jersey should allow sports betting at Atlantic City casinos and horse racing tracks in the state, if federal law is changed. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Raw-food crackdown went too far, defense attorneys say
Los Angeles TimesOctober 28, 2011

A one-year investigation into allegedly illegal trafficking of raw dairy products by a Ventura County farmer, her assistant and a Venice store operator included hundreds of hours of manpower by 10 law enforcement and regulatory agencies using hidden ...more »

IRS announces the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program
Lexology (registration)October 4, 2011

To be eligible for the VCSP, employers must (1) consistently have treated the workers as non-employees, (2) have filed all required 1099s for the workers for the prior three years, and (3) not currently be under audit by the IRS, Department of Labor or ...more »

National Labor Court: Agudas Yisrael Is Guilty Of Discrimination
Yeshiva World NewsOctober 3, 2011

The decision was in response to an appeal to the court after a regional labor court ruled there was age discrimination that were in violation of labor laws as well as a violation of the Basic Law relating to one's dignity and freedom. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Is Kodak in trouble?
News 10NBCOctober 3, 2011

The stock lost more than half its value Friday after the Wall Street Journal reported that Kodak had hired a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy and restructuring. Kodak has said it has no intention of filing for bankruptcy but the rumors are hard ...more »

Environmental Law
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Prop 2 alternative
Fairbanks Daily News-MinerOctober 2, 2011

The law demands it. The proposition on Tuesday's borough election ballot would start to do so. Much of what it proposes is necessary. Unfortunately, in an attempt to bite deep into the sources of pollution, the measure also would ban devices that ...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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Denver Family Law Firm Hosts Free Webinar
Benzinga (press release)October 23, 2011

Rich Harris, of The Harris Law Firm will host a Free Webinar: “Is Your Spouse Cheating on You?” Please join Colorado Family Law Attorney Rich Harris for a Free Webinar on Wednesday, November 2nd, from 12:00-1:00pm. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Doctor Offers Options
Wheeling IntelligencerOctober 30, 2011

WHEELING -Dr. Vic Wood is reaching out to small business owners faced with soaring workers' compensation premiums and the inability to offer health care to their employees. Wood, founder of the Doctor's Urgent Care clinics, ...more »

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