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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 »

DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine (Reuters) - The US Department of Justice is seeking to give control of Solyndra's estate to a bankruptcy trustee, citing the refusal by executives at the solar power company to answer questions about its operations. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Legal experts: Loughner's only defense is insanity
The Associated PressOctober 1, 2011

Mike Black, a former federal defender who argued four death penalty cases and is now in private practice as a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, said the Hinckley verdict caused an outcry and drew nationwide reform that limited the insanity defense ...more »

Health Care Law
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Federal healthcare lawsuit could make McKenna sick
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)October 1, 2011

For the sake of his 2012 gubernatorial chances, he'd better pray his side loses when the justices decide the fate of the new federal healthcare law next year. McKenna autographing a poster for a supporter after he announced his 2012 gubernatorial bid ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Common law couples — til death do they part
Canadian Lawyer MagazineOctober 3, 2011

While the focus is on division of assets after the breakdown of a common law relationship, it has important ramifications for wills and estate law, especially with respect to constructive trusts and unjust enrichment. “The Kerr decision makes it easier ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's immigration law wracks up the online sentiment in LA as well as here (blog)October 3, 2011

28, 2011, in protest of the Alabama immigration law. (Ben Flanagan/ BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Coverage of nearly every development in recent days related to the court challenges, protests, business impacts, and plans for enforcement of the Alabama ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mamata Banerjee urges industrialists not to pay bribe for setting units
Economic TimesOctober 1, 2011

Launching a website of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), the nodal agency for industrial development, the Chief Minister called for improving infrastructure prerequisite for industrial development in the state. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Way Out project for gender equality
Jamaica ObserverOctober 3, 2011

MORE than 19000 people from across the island are set to directly benefit in the coming months from a gender equality and women's empowerment project that was launched by the Bureau of Women's Affairs (BWA) and the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF). ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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How to avoid a liability insurance nightmare with the right coverage
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

But then the insurer tells you that your general liability insurance policy only covers claims for bodily injury, property damage and something called “advertising injury.” None of the claims in your lawsuit fall into those categories. ...more »

Animal Law
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Wausau might revisit animal leash law
Wausau Daily HeraldOctober 4, 2011

The committee took no action on a prohibition on weapons in city parks before the state's concealed carry law takes effect Nov. 1. Marathon County is in the process of assembling an ordinance banning weapons from county buildings, a rule that will be ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Latest acquisition sees Intellectual Property specialist move to Merseyside
Liverpool Daily PostOctober 4, 2011

INTERNATIONAL intellectual property (IP) law specialist Forresters has expanded its base after acquiring a Merseyside firm. It has bought out the Birkenhead-based patent and trade mark specialists Potts, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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10 Questions: The Pekin Daily Times news quiz
Pekin Daily TimesOctober 1, 2011

What local nursing home is under scrutiny for allegedly failing to follow legal guidelines for asbestos removal? 4. Who was sworn in as a Pekin City Councilman following the resignation of John Neumann? 5. What percentage of the Pekin Community High ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Does Affirmative Action Work?
Claremont Port SideOctober 5, 2011

Last Thursday, in a ballroom energetically charged with dozens of young college students just ending a week of midterms, expert panelists deliberated the merits of affirmative action. Although the Pomona Student Union organized event was ...more »

REGION: Civilians connect with troops at Miramar Air Show
North County TimesOctober 2, 2011

... A crowd roughly equivalent to the population of Oceanside gathered Saturday to witness astonishing displays of speed and winged power as the nation's biggest and best air show saluted the 100th anniversary of Marine aviation. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Attorney rips bill to limit fees on lawsuits
Milwaukee Journal SentinelOctober 19, 2011

Megna says the bill to eliminate fee-shifting would also hurt consumers in faulty or fraudulent home repairs, landlord/tenant disputes, motor vehicle repairs and debt collection matters by also making their cases unattractive to lawyers. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Staving Off Bankruptcy, Kodak Shares Enjoy Huge Relief Rally
Fox BusinessOctober 3, 2011

You know things are going poorly for a company when its stock surges 50% simply because it didn't file for bankruptcy over the weekend. Despite several reports indicating that Eastman Kodak (EK) had brought in a restructuring law firm and ...more »

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Leagle.comOctober 6, 2011

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Jennifer L. Lightbody, Senior Litigation Counsel; Stefanie A. Svoren, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. ...more »

Business Law
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Body count grows in a South African murder mystery
The Associated PressOctober 2, 2011

Last month, the charred body of Jackson's lawyer was found in the burned remains of his car near Johannesburg. Days later, Jackson's former business partner, Mark Andrews, was found dead on an isolated stretch of highway near Johannesburg. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Repealing DADT Is a Major Step Forward, But There's Still More Work to Be Done
Huffington PostOctober 4, 2011

The federal prohibitions outlined in DOMA mean that the spouses of gay service members are not eligible for base housing and allowances for off-base housing, legal counseling, certain health benefits, help finding work, ability to shop at military base ...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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Marathon Business Development Group Now Offers a Service Designed to ...
PR Web (press release)October 4, 2011

The group says, "People need personal injury attorneys, and or plaintiffs law firms for a million different reasons, and contrary many critics, personal injury, or plaintiffs attorneys play a vital role in keeping, individuals, big companies, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hispanics leave school in face of Alabama's tough immigration law
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

Paul Horowitz, a constitutional law expert at the University of Alabama's law school in Tuscaloosa, says the data collection nature of the law “is fairly clever” in circumventing a federal law that prohibits discrimination in public school enrollment ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Malpractice Carrier Need Not Cover Solo's Legal Work at Accounting Firm, Judge ...
The American LawyerOctober 2, 2011

In 1999 and 2000, Falk and his Moore Stephens colleagues were preparing a qualified personal residence trust for the Ventrice family, relating to property in Islamorada, Fla., in which Ann Ventrice held an interest. In October 2000, Falk left Moore ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Research and Markets: Banking and Financial Institutions: A Guide for ...
Business Wire (press release)October 11, 2011

Due to various factors, ranging from the global financial crisis that began in 2007 to new laws such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, banks and financial institutions have had to alter the way they operate. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Upcoming real estate events
Detroit Free PressOctober 9, 2011

Lori Chmura of Middleton Training will present an update on real estate law and practices for six hours of state-mandated real estate continuing education. Only one of the two classes is required. $80 registration fee for BIA members, ...more »

Curtis wins Oman Government IPP contract in competitive tender
AME InfoOctober 8, 2011

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has announced that the international law firm has won the competitive tender for a contract to advise the Oman government-owned power purchaser, the Power and Water Procurement Company SAOC (OPWP). ...more »

Sports Law
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Local sports roundup: Youth football teams in action
Gaston GazetteOctober 16, 2011

Dajuan Jamerson, Kyle Kovalchuk, Ashton Law, Alex Murrow, Zaria Clark and Zack Clark led the Stanley defense. Stanley hosts McAdenville next Saturday. Stanley 34, Belmont 7 (Junior Pee Wee) — Bryce Cobb (two touchdowns), Ben Finger (one touchdown), ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Occupy Seattle Attorney Says Arrests Violate First Amendment
PubliColaOctober 6, 2011

Trombold, a private criminal defense attorney, says “the city made a political decision and they are trying to turn it into a criminal case. … When you do that you run into problems with the First Amendment.” The political decision? ...more »

Audit finds problems in IRS purchase card use
Federal TimesOctober 11, 2011

IRS employees sometimes skirted federal law and agency guidelines when using government purchase cards, according to a new audit. Among other infractions, employees bought goods and services without first ...more »

Hispanic students disappear from Ala. schools
CBS NewsOctober 1, 2011

Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Hispanic students have started ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Feds to announce Calif. pot dispensary crackdown
USA TodayOctober 7, 2011

They state that federal law "takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana." "Under United States law, a dispensary's operations involving sales and ...more »

Environmental Law
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MOEA regularly reviewing timetable for nuclear-free homeland goal
Focus Taiwan News ChannelOctober 4, 2011

Shih said the key to the question lies in whether alternative energy sources can become more productive, saying that if the supply of alternative energy such as solar, wind, hydro and thermal power can be increased, the ministry will find follow-up ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Steve Jobs put real estate in trust in 2009: records
ReutersOctober 7, 2011

Besides estate planning, the only other reason that an individual might place assets into a trust is to shield them from potential creditors, O'Grady said. However, that is an unlikely scenario given Jobs's vast wealth, he said. California law directs ...more »

Family Law
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Silk Family Law plans expansion 10, 2011

Silk Family Law was set up as a specialist family practice with 15 staff, split between a central office in Newcastle and one in Richmond, North Yorkshire. It operates on a 'best friends' basis with Dickinson Dees, with the two referring business to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Program to Lower Workers' Comp Rates for New Employers in Ohio Approved
Insurance JournalOctober 3, 2011

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) board of directors has approved the creation of Grow Ohio, a program targeted toward job creation by lowering workers' comp costs for employers new to Ohio, agency announced. The program could reduce ...more »


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