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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 »

Auburn police investigate domestic violence assault
Auburn ReporterOctober 1, 2011

Auburn police arrested a man on a charge of attempting to murder his wife in a domestic violence dispute Friday afternoon. An unidentified 78-year-old man was arrested at his home after allegedly stabbing his 67-year-old wife, police reported. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Emergency hearing set on Harrisburg, Pa., filing
ReutersOctober 14, 2011

* Harrisburg mayor seeks dismissal of bankruptcy filing * Court orders emergency hearing on Monday * Pennsylvania also objects, says prohibited by state law (Updates with court order setting hearing, state filing objection, adds bullet points) By Chip ...more »

Health Care Law
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Federal contraception law upsets Catholic colleges
San Jose Mercury NewsOctober 13, 2011

Dozens of schools and organizations have opposed the provision in the federal Affordable Care Act. The law, which would take effect Aug. 1, exempts some churches from including contraceptive coverage in the health care plans they offer, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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AG Coakley testifies to NOAA, catch share 'failings'
Gloucester Daily TimesOctober 13, 2011

The catch share system promoted by NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco was a primary target of the witnesses — along with a corrupted law enforcement regime, Lubchenco herself and so-called green nonprofit groups that were said to share an anti-fishing ...more »

Immigration Law
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Attorney General briefs law enforcement on immigration law changes
North Jefferson NewsOctober 17, 2011

Among the topics discussed, the conference included a presentation from Director Spencer Collier of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security about the status of Alabama's immigration law. This law designates the Department of Homeland Security as ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Water worries continue as state mulls new plan
CanadianBusiness.comOctober 31, 2011

(AP) — The public will have a chance say what they think of a proposed state ground water plan as the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources hosts a series of meetings beginning Nov. 8 in Ruston. The Times (http://bit.ly/s8WQn9 ) reports the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Google Launches Trusted Stores Program
InformationWeekOctober 3, 2011

The purchase protection program allows customers to seek help from Google if a dispute arises. Google is offering up to $1000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases. The company describes its dispute resolution process on its website. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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SLDN Files Landmark Litigation on Behalf of Married Gay and Lesbian Service ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 28, 2011

Currently, federal law requires the military to ignore these marriages and, therefore, prevents it from providing vitally needed benefits to these legally married spouses, including housing; health care; surviving spouse benefits; the issuance of ...more »

Animal Law
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In Israel, an ultra-Orthodox call to prevent animal cruelty in Yom Kippur ...
Washington PostOctober 6, 2011

Yehuda Shein, a community activist in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh, founded an ultra-Orthodox animal rights group last year. This year, about 50 activists from his group, “Behemla,” or “in compassion,” handed out flyers citing rabbinical ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Louisiana Tech University recognizes innovators, inventors
EurekAlert (press release)October 24, 2011

Louisiana Tech University's Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization and Research Foundation have honored a number of the institution's faculty and researchers for technologies they have patented, licensed, submitted applications for ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lincoln, litigation and law clinics
The Star DemocratOctober 26, 2011

At Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, like at other conservation advocacy programs, when we do decide to resort to litigation, we often must rely on local environmental law clinics to provide legal representation. Our budget is relatively small and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Cheating? That's affirmative
WND.comOctober 3, 2011

The bill says the University of California and California State University systems "may consider race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin, and household income, along with other relevant factors, in undergraduate and graduate ...more »

New York City aviation attorney: Chopper Crash Kills 1, Injures 2
WiredPRNews.com (press release)October 12, 2011

New York City, NY – On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, a private helicopter crashed into the East River shortly after takeoff, killing one woman and injuring three others, according to information received by New York City aviation attorney, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Franklin County Housing Authority's upgrades have detractors
Chambersburg Public OpinionOctober 25, 2011

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A public housing landlord has installed energy-saving heat pumps, toilets and shower heads to save millions of dollars, but some tenants are not pleased with the change. "The comfort of the elderly and disabled were never considered ...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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Michigan Islamic Academy vows litigation after Pittsfield Township rejects ...
AnnArbor.comOctober 27, 2011

In response, an attorney representing the school said they will be “pursuing litigation and we will do it soon.” The vote brings to a conclusion the latest chapter in the debate over whether the 360-student school should be built at the intersection of ...more »

Business Law
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The Riding Reporter: a ride with the bicycle lawyer
Ballard News TribuneOctober 3, 2011

He then worked for personal injury attorney David Roth and decided in 1999 to go off on his own. "Representing bicyclists specifically wasn't an agenda. There are a lot of people now who are advertising and marketing towards bikers but I didn't do that ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vets, Medicare Beneficiaries Worry About Future Health Coverage
Kaiser Health NewsOctober 22, 2011

The Associated Press: Lawmakers Open To Changes In Military Benefits The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Simple precautions can prevent Internet fraud
MiamiHerald.comOctober 20, 2011

In phishing schemes, a fraudster poses as a bank or other legitimate entity and uses emails and scam websites to obtain a victim's personal information, such as bank account numbers and social security account information. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury litigation feeds law firm expansion
Memphis Business JournalOctober 28, 2011

Elizabeth and Ben Daniel go over a client's file at Daniel Law Firm's new, expanded offices at 145 Court St. Downtown. Daniel Law Firm has almost doubled the size of its growing personal injury practice and moved to newly renovated space in the former ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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DOMA Fails Under Any Level of Constitutional Scrutiny
JURISTOctober 29, 2011

In general, a court evaluating the constitutionality of a law considers only whether the law has some rational relationship to a legitimate governmental interest — which, as a shorthand, is termed rational basis review. Virtually all laws pass ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Abortion reclaims center stage
The Hill (blog)October 12, 2011

Messing with Texas: The advocacy group Public Citizen charged Wednesday that limits on medical malpractice suits have made the healthcare system worse in Texas. The state's alleged success with tort reform is the major component of Gov. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer watchdog to probe Gold's Gym
CTV.caOctober 25, 2011

After the CTV News story aired, NDP public safety critic Kathy Corrigan called on the consumer agency to do something. "The [Business Practices and Consumer Protection] Act is very clear that if somebody is deceptive in their practices and it causes ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Law Firm Takes Ninth Floor Space at 551 Madison Ave
Citybizlist Real EstateOctober 27, 2011

Carlos M. Velazquez & Associates, LLP, a real estate and real property tax law firm, has leased a 4056-square-foot office space on the ninth floor of 551 Madison Avenue, which is located on the corner of 55th St, Owen Hane, senior director of Cushman ...more »

Dubai judiciary and IBA officials attend DIAC roundtable meeting
AME InfoOctober 30, 2011

We have seen the number of arbitration cases we have received increase over the past few years, which indicates a heightened awareness amongst the business community of this efficient means of resolving commercial disputes. ...more »

Sports Law
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Downes finds happiness in a cage
Yahoo! SportsOctober 25, 2011

Sports 9 minutes ago Danny “Boy” Downes makes an awful lot of sense, except when he doesn't. Take his decision to bypass a potential career as a doctor, or a lawyer, or as perhaps a Secret Service agent, in order to become a mixed martial arts fighter. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Chesco D.A. candidates clash on experience, goals for office | Philadelphia ...
Philadelphia InquirerOctober 24, 2011

Both are running on their experience: Hogan as a former Chester County assistant district attorney and federal prosecutor, and Stretton on his almost 39 years of private practice, mostly as a criminal defense lawyer. Each offered a different vision of ...more »

Networth: IRS offers employers amnesty on worker classification
The RepublicOctober 12, 2011

They are not really independent contractor duties," says Jim Brown, an employment lawyer. The IRS program does not make it any easier to determine who is and is not an employee. There are various tests, but most employers look at a list of 20 factors ...more »

Federal court to expedite immigration law appeal
Montgomery AdvertiserOctober 8, 2011

The fight over Alabama's immigration law moved to a new venue Friday as a federal appeals court agreed to expedite an appeal for an injunction blocking the statute until a lower court can decide if it is constitutional. Earlier in the day, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Kodak creditors talking to advisers: Sources
Economic TimesOctober 5, 2011

After the market closed on Friday, Kodak said it had no plans to seek bankruptcy protection, but said it had engaged outside advisors including law firm Jones Day, known for handling the bankruptcy of car company Chrysler. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Northampton wind law needs to protect birds
Tasley Eastern Shore NewsOctober 26, 2011

Although I fully support wind energy and other forms of alternative energy, I am also concerned about the impacts of wind turbines, including potential mortality to birds and bats, and noise and other impacts to nearby residents. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Gardai appeal for witnesses after car crash claims lives of two teenagers
Irish IndependentOctober 2, 2011

The Pink at La Stampa will continue to operate as normal. Dublin landlord Michael Aherne of Terenure Road East, Rathgar, who died on August 9, 2007, has left €5045665 in his will, which went to probate this week. Other wills: Seamus Dardis, farmer, ...more »

Family Law
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'Braxton Family Values' Media Event Cancelled after Cast Member Hospitalized
TMZ.comOctober 27, 2011

TMZ has learned ... more than 30 media outlets were scheduled to attend an event at Boa Steakhouse tonight to kick off the new season of "Braxton Family Values." But plans changed when Toni's brother-in-law, Vince Herbert, was rushed to a NY hospital ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Michigan panel approves workers' comp changes
9&10 NewsOctober 26, 2011

The changes are supported by business groups in part because they are expected to contain or reduce workers' compensation costs for employers. Supporters say the changes also would clarify the law and could help cut down on workers' compensation...more »

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