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Letter: Worker's comp changes hurt
Newsday (subscription)October 1, 2011

Letters Newsday > Opinion > Letters Letter: Worker's comp changes hurt Published: September 30, 2011 7:01 PM Regarding "Poverty on the rise on Long Island" [News, Sept. 22], another story that needs to be told was briefly touched on with the woman who ...more »

'It Wasn't a Bluff,' Cuomo Asserts
Wall Street JournalOctober 1, 2011

Andrew Cuomo's showdown with the state's second-largest public employees union this week has provided the most telling test yet of his effort to force labor concessions in the nation's most-unionized state. Mr. Cuomo on Friday stood firm on his ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Trinidad councilwoman in court on gambling charges
Pueblo ChieftainOctober 4, 2011

TRINIDAD — A City Council member and her brother, who both have been charged in connection with alleged liquor and gambling law violations at a bar they own, face new court hearings later this month. Linda Velasquez and Joseph Cordova have been ...more »

Health Care Law
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Vermont Edges Toward Single Payer Health Care
Kaiser Health NewsOctober 3, 2011

The law allows for either a completely public system or a public-private venture where the state could contract out some administrative functions to private insurers. Employers with self-insured plans (usually large companies) would be able to keep ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Barbier: BP cleanup contractors are immune only if directed by government
The Louisiana RecordOctober 4, 2011

Although he didn't dismiss all personal injury claims on grounds of immunity, he dismissed many of them on specific grounds. He rejected all injury claims under state law, ruling he would apply only maritime law. He had imposed the same rule on claims ...more »

Immigration Law
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New immigration law 'in 6 months'
Bangladesh News 24 hoursOctober 2, 2011

Dhaka, Oct 2 (—The government will revise the Immigration Act within six months, the expatriates welfare and overseas employment secretary has said. "We are taking everyone's opinion on the act and soon it'll be sent to the cabinet for ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Hemp, in its heyday, was the king of cash crops in Fond du Lac County.- 11:00 pm
Fond du Lac ReporterOctober 9, 2011

The bill excludes industrial hemp from the definition of "marijuana" in the Controlled Substances Act and gives states the exclusive authority to regulate the growing and processing of industrial hemp under state law. The bill died in committee at the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NBA owners, players still "miles apart"
Fox NewsOctober 2, 2011

New York, NY – There is still no resolution to the NBA's labor strife despite owners and players meeting Saturday for more than seven hours in an effort to resolve the long dispute. The parties are expected to meet on Monday, however, because they are ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. Announces Investigation of Harleysville Group, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

Rigrodsky & Long, PA, with offices in Wilmington, Delaware and Garden City, New York, regularly litigates securities class, derivative and direct actions, shareholder rights litigation and corporate governance litigation, including claims for breach of ...more »

Animal Law
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West Hollywood nears approval of first fur ban in U.S.
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California (Reuters) - Taking a stand for animal rights over fashion, the tiny, tony municipality of West Hollywood is poised to become the first US city to ban the sale of fur clothing within its boundaries. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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RIM's new poison pill
National PostOctober 4, 2011

Over about 100 pages, the report - Rights and Rents: Why Canada Must Harness Its Intellectual Property Resources - rattles on at length about how intellectual property kingpins such as Nortel were allowed to be taken over by foreigners, joining such ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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NCCU law center idea nixed amid donor concerns
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

DURHAM, NC (AP) — An offer to establish a constitutional law center at North Carolina Central University law school has been withdrawn after some faculty and alumni expressed concern that $600000 in startup funds would come from a major financial ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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BONNIE ERBE: Affirmative action to get another hearing
San Angelo Standard TimesOctober 21, 2011

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Is affirmative action passé, or is it a vibrant doctrine that is still sorely needed to diversify the nation's public colleges and universities? That is a question the Supreme Court is likely to take up and answer later in the ...more »

Aviation Adventure in Cody Oct. 21
Billings GazetteOctober 3, 2011

The Oct. 21 event begins at 6 pm in the Choice Aviation Terminal/Hangar at the old Yellowstone Regional Airport Terminal. Dining, dancing and celebration are all on tap, plus a mini-instructional tour of the new program. A few aviation-inspired ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How your attorney can save you money on lease negotiations
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

While conducting your search for an attorney, it is important to look for specific experience in commercial leasing as it is a unique area of law that has become much more sophisticated over the last few decades. Richard Mersman is a partner with The ...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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Desert Hot Springs City Council looks at litigation Tuesday
The Desert SunOctober 2, 2011

The Desert Hot Springs City Council will consider two pieces of litigation in closed session Tuesday. One is a workers' compensation claim, and the second is an unspecified “initiation of litigation.” The council has previously said it is considering ...more »

Business Law
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San Francisco mulls pregnancy center gag law
LifesiteOctober 1, 2011

The “False Advertising by Limited Services Pregnancy Centers” is the latest in a string of similar ordinances cropping up in major American cities, in tandem with a nationwide campaign unveiled by NARAL Pro-Choice America this spring to shutter ...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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Man Arrested After Child Pornography Investigation
CBS 47October 5, 2011

Sheriff's Detectives, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the High Tech Crimes Task Force served a search warrant at his home during a child pornography investigation. Stockard's arrest comes several weeks after he reported a burglary ...more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney Sam Harding to Teach Nevada CLE Course in ...
PR Web (press release)October 11, 2011

Las Vegas personal injury lawyer Sam Harding, a partner in the law firm of Bourgault & Harding, whose Web site URL can be found at, hereby announces that he will be one of two lecturers for a National Business Institute course ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A terrorist's due
Chicago TribuneOctober 6, 2011

But in this instance, the position of the Obama administration is sound as a matter of constitutional law as well as common sense. As Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith has written, "What due process requires depends on context." No kidding. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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APNewsBreak: Doctor data back online in Illinois
BusinessWeekOctober 20, 2011

The database was taken offline last year when the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a medical malpractice reform law as unconstitutional. A new law, the Patient Right to Know Act signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in August, reinstated the database and gave ...more »

Consumer Protection
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WMBAA Hosts Second Annual Swap Execution Facility Conference
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

SEFCON remains the only conference series singularly focused on the regulatory classification of SEFs under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The WMBAA and its partners have supported the actions of the current ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The Mortgage Law Group Expands Its Reach
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

The Mortgage Law Group is a national law firm headquartered in downtown Chicago with over 140 member attorneys in 46 states. The firm has developed a system to prepare for the wave of foreclosures backlogged in the banking system as a result of the ...more »

Upcoming WPL Webinar to Focus on Negotiation Techniques for Construction Contracts
Insurance News Net (press release)October 1, 2011

Preparation of a comprehensive construction contract is the best protection against time-consuming and costly construction claims and disputes. Construction projects succeed or fail as a direct result of terms and conditions in the contract. ...more »

Sports Law
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Could sports betting be Atlantic City's Hail Mary? | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
Philadelphia InquirerOctober 9, 2011

In March 2009, a New Jersey lawmaker challenged the law in federal court; the suit was thrown out this year on grounds the official had no standing. But legal and gaming observers say they believe that if both the referendum question and subsequent ...more »

Criminal Defense
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RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Firetag for the defense
Press-EnterpriseOctober 3, 2011

“I always told him, 'You are a criminal defense lawyer, not a civil litigator,' ” Harmon said. “ 'You like the challenge and the trial work, and that is where your strength is.' ” As it turned out, Harmon's colleague Paul Grech had an opening in his ...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 »

Q & A Session – Personal Liability for Age Discrimination
Federal Times (blog)October 4, 2011

Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience. If an employee feels that his supervisor is guilty of age discrimination, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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RTS Offers Services to Support New Swap Execution Facilities as Dodd-Frank Act...
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

By RTS Realtime Systems Group CHICAGO, Oct., 3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The US Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has spawned the creation of regulated Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) that must capture trades electronically and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Washington Week: MedPAC Votes to Scrap SGR
MedPage TodayOctober 8, 2011

If Congress does not act on the MedPAC plan or come up with an alternative before Jan. 1, a 30% across-the-board cut in Medicare payments mandated by the SGR will go into effect. The new plan would require some painful cuts for doctors and was met with ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Races throughout county not drawing attention
Asbury Park PressOctober 20, 2011

“I thought I've got to get out there and start educating people,” said Peters, adding she has talked to about 50 groups this year about wills and probate. “I've kind of been a woman on a mission.” Improperly done wills that are filed wind up for ...more »

Family Law
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Divorce Attorney Law Firm Internet Marketing
Justice News FlashOctober 2, 2011

Searching for divorce attorneys on the Internet would make you come across dozens of family law firms and solo divorce attorneys listed on Google places, or the find law business directories online. Dealing with anyone of these is arduous, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Injuries highest in health care field
TheChronicleHerald.caOctober 1, 2011

Eight years later, the Cape Breton woman can only stand for 10 minutes at a time, drive for half an hour at a time, and will be receiving wage replacement workers' compensation until she's 65. When her grandchildren called a couple of nights ago and ...more »


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