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East Fallowfield appeals decision by zoning hearing board
Daily Local NewsOctober 1, 2011

EAST FALLOWFIELD — Township supervisors did not properly vote to pursue an appeal of a zoning hearing board decision, according to a state Sunshine Law expert. Teri Henning, an attorney with the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, ...more »

Agencies: Al-Awlaki death may spur new attacks against U.S.
CNNOctober 1, 2011

The agencies issued a joint intelligence bulletin late Friday to state and local law enforcement partners. The bulletin said supporters might seek to portray al-Awlaki as a martyr in a supposed US war against Islam. The document, obtained by CNN, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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UAE: Trial of Activists 'Fundamentally Unfair'
Reuters AlertNetOctober 2, 2011

The previous four trial sessions have been held in secret, closed to family members as well as the media and human rights observers. The court told the rights groups on September 29 that the fifth hearing will be open to the public. ...more »

Health Care Law
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GOP Pressures for Health Reform Repeal with 1.6 Million Signatures
ABC News (blog)October 5, 2011

About a dozen Congressional Republicans gathered Wednesday morning to pressure Democrats to repeal the president's health care law and to receive 1.6 million hand-signed petitions demanding that Congress overturn the law before it can be fully ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Democrats ought to like school choice
Columbus DispatchOctober 2, 2011

The Blue Jackets might also be more interested in the waiver wire than they were a week ago. The future has never been brighter in Columbus. I've covered every training camp since 2000-01, and there's never been this much competition for the final few ...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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Land Acquisition Bill - Short of expectations
Hindu Business LineOctober 1, 2011

... for their massive investments, without entirely altering their payback estimates. While no law can be expected to be a panacea for all evils, the new Bill appears to leave almost everyone disappointed with corporates being the most dissatisfied. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Justice: The people want in
Winnipeg Free PressOctober 1, 2011

Consider mandatory mediation for divorcing couples, provide translation services for victims of domestic violence, establish a specialized court for allegations of violence and domestic abuse and take steps to aid self-represented litigants in family ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Sand Springs schools join in statewide funding effort
Sand Springs LeaderOctober 4, 2011

In July, the Sand Springs board voted unanimously to spend up to $10000 for pre-litigation research and consulting expenses in preparation for a possible court fight and invited other district to join them. A proposed lawsuit was drafted, ...more »

Animal Law
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Transgender law, others go into effect
Las Vegas Review-JournalOctober 1, 2011

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS: It becomes a misdemeanor crime, subject to a $1000 fine and possible jail time, to willfully post publicly the Social Security card number of another person. FORECLOSURE FRAUD REFORM: Homeowners facing foreclosure will have ...more »

Intellectual Property
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John Gartman Singled Out for Best Lawyer Honor
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 14, 2011

John Gartman, of Gartman Law Group, has been named Best Lawyers' 2012 San Diego Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year. John Gartman, of Gartman Law Group, has been named Best Lawyers' 2012 San Diego Litigation - Intellectual Property...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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SIMPSON v. SHINSEKI
Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

MEREDYTH COHEN HAVASY, Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, of Washington, DC, for respondent-appellee. With her on the brief were TONY WEST, Assistant Attorney General, JEANNE E. DAVIDSON, ...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 »

Research and Markets: The Aviation Sector in Hong Kong - Trends and ...
SunHerald.comOctober 4, 2011

For any country, the aviation sector is not only its gateway to the world but also one of the most important sectors for its economy and its growth; generating billions in revenues and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. In recent years, the global ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Police: Woman calls 911, attacks responding deputy
WTSP 10 NewsOctober 5, 2011

The responding deputy told her there was nothing authorities could do because of existing landlord-tenant laws, which angered Myers. She allegedly called 911 again, this time to report the deputy was trespassing. Officials say when the deputy told her ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Supporters remember Troy Davis at memorial
CBS NewsOctober 1, 2011

Friends, pastors, anti-death penalty activists and Davis' lawyer all took turns at a podium behind his closed casket, decorated with a spray of white and purple flowers. The 42-year-old Davis was executed by lethal injection last week for the 1989 ...more »

Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of A.C. ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation and shareholder rights advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor, LLP is a boutique litigation law firm that ...more »

Business Law
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Health Care Law Looms Over New Supreme Court Term
Fox NewsOctober 1, 2011

Presidents of both parties have directed the State Department to ignore the law, saying it wrongly interferes with the president's powers. Just over a third of the 48 cases the court has so far agreed to hear are of interest to the business sector, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Talk of changing military pensions sparks debate
Fort Worth Star TelegramOctober 5, 2011

"I don't think it has much traction with the military, but it's going to have to come under the microscope," Brack said. "I, for one, don't see how they can get the cuts they need without touching benefits, namely pensions and healthcare costs. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PCeU saves UK economy over £140m
IT PROOctober 3, 2011

That was the claim of the Met yesterday, saying the body had delivered the savings after cracking down hard on internet-based crime. The PCeU was tasked with saving the UK economy £504 million over the next four years, after the ACPO National e-Crime...more »

Personal Injury
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No-fault insurance changes could shift cost to taxpayers
Michigan RadioOctober 3, 2011

Right now, people who buy car insurance in Michigan also have to purchas something called Personal Injury Protection. But, Representative Pete Lund says drivers who don't want the coverage should by law be able to pay for something less. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'No' to ballot amendments
Monroe News StarOctober 2, 2011

Voters should consider these amendments carefully, and part of that consideration should be whether these items actually belong in the state's constitution. A constitution is the basic, fundamental law that establishes governmental organization, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Florida OIR Report on Med-Mal Shows Profitable 2010
PropertyCasualty360October 6, 2011

OIR notes in its 2011 annual report that “ ... it would appear that the 2003 changes to the law have benefited policyholders and the industry, assisted with the solvency of medical malpractice carriers, and directly contributed to lowering the defense ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Obama: "Occupy Wall Street" reflects "broad-based frustration"
CBS NewsOctober 6, 2011

Mr. Obama said he had "used up a lot of political capital to...make sure that we prevented a financial meltdown," pointing to his push for passage of the Dodd-Frank consumer protection act in 2010. He also pointed to the creation of the Consumer ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Attorney brings client-focused practice to Petoskey
Petoskey News-ReviewOctober 4, 2011

Delorenzo's solo law practice is based at 107 Howard St., Suite A. He specializes in estate planning, bankruptcy, and real estate, and also handles family and contractual law. Delorenzo, 48, became a lawyer later in life, after pursuing a career as a ...more »

Women to Watch: Change of jobs let attorney apply law in new ways
Memphis Commercial AppealOctober 2, 2011

Pam Skelton relaxes at one of her favorite spots, Otherlands coffee shop in Cooper-Young. "This is the perfect time of year in Memphis," the attorney says. Pam Skelton, a former litigator and assistant ...more »

Sports Law
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Running to keep AHS sports in shape
Attleboro Sun ChronicleOctober 3, 2011

These children need sports and activities. I'm here to support my daughter-in-law's (Lombardy) amazing efforts and also do my part," Joyce Lombardy of Smithfield, formerly of Attleboro, said. Jane Swenson of Cape Cod agreed that her daughter is helping ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Feds' New Crackdown on Medical Marijuana
The Bay CitizenOctober 7, 2011

The move is part of a "concerted effort" by the federal government to crack down on the state's medicinal pot industry, marijuana advocates and criminal defense attorneys say. On Friday morning, the four US attorneys in California will hold a news ...more »

News: Beware of IRS Bearing Gifts
Staffing Industry Analysts (registration)October 5, 2011

Cannot currently be under audit by the IRS. Cannot currently be under audit concerning the classification of workers by the Department of Labor or by a state agency. Participating firms will pay 10 percent of the employment tax liability that may have ...more »

4 fire companies to pay $441K to settle lawsuit
FireRescue1October 5, 2011

As a result, the senior firefighters kept working but did not receive credit for their service once they reached the maximum age. The EEOC said the age restriction violated the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, a federal law protecting workers 40 ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Limited Liability Company May Protect Your Assets from Creditors - Careful ...
JD Supra (press release)October 5, 2011

Under Arizona law, your personal creditors may not be able to seize your membership interest in the LLC, which will be discussed in detail in this article. Additionally, there are substantive matters to consider before your LLC is structured that could ...more »

Environmental Law
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Solaria Considers Tax Break in California Expansion
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Under a 2010 law, the state Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority can exempt sales taxes on equipment, the building or assembly of alternative-energy manufacturing and landfill-gas plants. The authority plans to vote on ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Trustee dies – what now?
Sacramento BeeOctober 12, 2011

Usually the successor trustee will execute a "Certification of Trust," which is drafted in accordance with the California Probate Code. This certification may indicate the name of the successor trustee, the trust's date of execution, ...more »

Family Law
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Edinger spoke about job rule
Coeur d'Alene PressOctober 14, 2011

COEUR d'ALENE - City Councilman Ron Edinger says he never knew about a law prohibiting jobs for family members. But a newspaper article he was quoted in gave him a chance to learn it. Three of Edinger's grandsons lost jobs with the city of Coeur ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Layoffs coming to California's state workers compensation fund
Business InsuranceOctober 6, 2011

The job cuts are expected to include such positions as payroll auditors, workers compensation insurance technicians, office assistants and typists. This will be the first time State Fund has laid off employees since the 1930s, the insurer said. ...more »

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