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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 »

New state law puts bullet in local gun ordinances
MiamiHerald.comOctober 1, 2011

Under the new law, a first time offense would not result in a sex offender label. • Malpractice: The law bolsters requirements for expert witnesses in medical malpractice lawsuits. The legislation makes it harder for some doctors from out of state to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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D-201 hearing tonight
Suburban Life PublicationsOctober 12, 2011

The Morton High School District 201 school board will meet at 7 pm today to host a public hearing regarding an increase in the district's administrative expenditures. The district is required to ...more »

Health Care Law
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NHS reform Bill survives 'fatal' Lords vote 12, 2011

Photo: JEFF GILBERT By Martin Beckford, Health Correspondent Amid deep concern in the medical profession and among many members of the public, some peers had tried to have the Health and Social Care Bill thrown out or subjected to detailed scrutiny ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Sports Briefs
Daily HeraldOctober 12, 2011

The school said Abromaitis' fifth year of eligibility was preserved for this season because of an NCAA waiver that considered the coaching staff's misunderstanding of the rule -- and on the condition that he sit out those four games. ...more »

Immigration Law
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More on Dayton's Ground-Breaking Pro-Immigration Law
Rust WireOctober 13, 2011

Kudos to the City of Dayton for getting it right and rejecting the racial and ethnic bigotry spewed by too many in Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia that advocated and approved anti-immigrant laws. My guess is those states are going to rue the day they ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Robert Correll receives Roy S.F. Angle Award from the Greater Waynesboro ...
Waynesboro Record HeraldOctober 21, 2011

Correll is also a past president and board member of the Waynesboro Area YMCA, a past president and board member of the Waynesboro Industrial Development Corp, past treasurer of Vision 2015, a past board member for Renfrew Institute and served as ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Bus dispute headed to mediation
Pensacola News JournalOctober 2, 2011

ECAT drivers returned to work Sept. 22 after a one-day strike disrupted bus service for the thousands of regular ECAT riders. "I hope to leave the meeting room on Tuesday with a tentative agreement," he said. "You always have to be optimistic."more »

Insurance Litigation
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Fenton and Argentine township lend support to lawsuit
Fenton Tri County TimesOctober 29, 2011

The Genesee County Water and Waste Service (WWS) claims that Genesee County is indebted to WWS for a portion of surplus funds that were returned to the county by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan for county medical/hospital insurance plan years 2001 ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal control officer arrested in drug case
Cullman Times OnlineOctober 2, 2011

He was pulled over and taken into custody by law enforcement following the alleged purchase. Cullman Police Department Assistant Chief Craig Green said Animal Control Director Tim McCoy was contacted before the controlled sell, which was monitored by ...more »

Intellectual Property
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CPA Global Launches Insight to Help Companies Better Manage and Leverage Their ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 20, 2011

"Intellectual property is having a larger-than-ever influence on corporate bottom lines as companies look for new ways to maximize value and save money," said Rich Kolar, patent intelligence manager, CPA Global. "IP departments now face high-pressure, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Analysis: RIM could face lawsuits for Blackberry problems
ReutersOctober 19, 2011

Because consumers can hire lawyers on a contingency basis, they would not have to fund the litigation, an added incentive, he said. Winning a class action case for BlackBerry users, in turn, would raise the profile of a small or medium-sized law firm. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Union-backed group spends more than $17M in fight over Ohio's collective...
Washington PostOctober 27, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The union-backed group pushing for the repeal of Ohio's new collective bargaining law has spent more than $17.3 million in the fight and has another $4.3 million on hand heading into the Nov. 8 election, according to campaign finance ...more »

Aviation Industry Upset of Proposed Flight Charges
KLAS-TVOctober 10, 2011

The National Business Aviation Association is meeting in Las Vegas. It has attracted more than 1000 exhibitors and there are more than 100 aircraft on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Henderson Executive Airport. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rogue landlord in the dock for benefit scam
ChronicleLiveOctober 31, 2011

A ROGUE landlord whose slum properties were some of the “worst ever seen” claimed thousands of pounds in a benefit con. Joshua Danski pretended tenants were still in the properties after they moved out, claiming the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Jackson Kelly Attorneys Honored as Lawyers of the Year
State JournalOctober 5, 2011

... Litigation – Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year; Stephen R. Crislip, Charleston, Legal Malpractice Law—Defendants Lawyer of the Year; Charles D. Dunbar, Charleston, Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year; David M. Flannery, Charleston, Energy Law...more »

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US and UK Corporate Counsel See Less Litigation, More Regulation
Corporate CounselOctober 18, 2011

Law departments have looked into both their ledgers and their crystal balls, and have seen a little less litigation but a lot more regulation. These are the top-line results of the 2011 Fulbright & Jaworski Litigation Trends Survey, released this week; ...more »

Business Law
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GOP Unleashes TV Ad War
Wall Street JournalOctober 26, 2011

Rick Scott for his debates last year against Republican Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. Messrs. Fabrizio and Warfield, having worked on the Scott campaign last year, have a granular feel for Republican politics in Florida, whose primary in late ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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US Pullout May Leave Iraq Struggling as Iran Benefits
BusinessWeekOctober 23, 2011

They will leave behind a US presence in the form of the world's largest embassy, without a large military force's protection, intelligence, supply chain and transportation. Diplomats will encourage peace and development in a largely Shiite Muslim Iraq ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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This Can Get Mark Zuckerberg Arrested
Huffington Post (blog)October 31, 2011

The Computer Crime Act should be amended so that people are responsible for their own actions, not the intermediaries. This would be a victory for Thais in their struggle for due process and for the internet as a whole. People everywhere should do what ...more »

Personal Injury
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Attorney Melinda J. Helbock Launches Redesign of, Aims to Help ...
PR Web (press release)October 26, 2011

Attorney Melinda J. Helbock is pleased to announce the redesign of the website,, designed to help people in learning about personal injury legal services in San Diego County. Along with the new design, Melinda Helbock added more ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Injunction law goes to Constitutional Court
The Times Group (blog)October 25, 2011

The controversial injunction law which limit people's access justice will now go to the Constitutional Court for interpretation. This follows an order High Court Judge Ivy Kamanga in Lilongwe. The much contested law, among other things, proposes that ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comOctober 26, 2011

This case involves a professional negligence claim, a breach of fiduciary duty claim, and a breach of contract claim. The issue is whether and to what extent section 537.060 1 bars recovery on the claims. That section discharges a settling tortfeasor ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bank Transfer Day
bestofneworleans.comOctober 31, 2011

The reason, according to the bank, was passage of the Dodd-Frank Act (full name: The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act), which limited debit card swipe fees and changed overdraft fee protection from opt-out to opt-in, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC: Three Madison attorneys recognized as lawyers of the ...
Wisbusiness.comOctober 12, 2011

Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” It has named the following three DeWitt Ross & Stevens attorneys: Troy A. Mayne, 2012 Madison Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year. ...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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Should sport be an academic major?
Minnesota DailyOctober 25, 2011

The many aspects surrounding sports could create a course curriculum including, but not limited to: sport law, history of sport, sport ethics, management and marketing. Even sport sciences like kinesiology and physics could provide further courses. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Edwards' attorneys ask judge to dismiss federal charges
ReutersOctober 27, 2011

Lawyer Abbe Lowell, who recently joined Edwards' defense team, told a judge in Greensboro, North Carolina that the government had failed to show how gifts from one third party to another constituted a campaign finance law violation by the former ...more »

Two US Army Corps of Engineers Employees and Two Others Indicted in $20 ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)October 4, 2011

According to the indictment, Kerry Khan and Alexander helped funnel more than $45 million in payments to a favored company through a federal government contract they oversaw, with plans to steer hundreds of millions more to the business. ...more »

Medical marijuana or employment?
The Morning SunOctober 3, 2011

Medical marijuana users are not allowed to be under the influence of the drug "when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice," as is stated in the law. Continued... There are also prohibitions against using or being under ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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'Ineffective' gift duty ends
Taranaki Daily NewsOctober 2, 2011

This farmer will have to be thinking on how far he wants to go and how he'll restructure the asset ownership." He pointed out there were also issues around protecting assets in the event of any legal action encountered by professionals such as a ...more »

Environmental Law
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Man takes advantage of county tax credits
Washington ExaminerOctober 31, 2011

The county law gives a property tax credit for high-performance dwellings built in the county on or after July 1, 2010. The amount of the tax credit depends on how green the house is, per LEED standards. Hamblin's 3100-square-foot home, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New boutique law firm opens in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Small Business TimesOctober 5, 2011

Walny Legal Group provides counseling to protect multi-generational family wealth, including drafting wills, revocable trusts, and irrevocable trusts designed to mitigate the effect of taxes, leverage wealth, and minimize the risk of creditors' claims. ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law Attorney Serving North County Informs Communities of Rancho ...
PR Web (press release)October 22, 2011

Matthew B. Golding of the Law Offices of Matthew B. Golding, APC, wants to inform the residents of North County San Diego, as well as the communities of Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Scripps Ranch, and 4S Ranch about his Family Law office in Rancho Bernardo. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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JJ Keller Launches OSHA Incident Tracker™
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 27, 2011

JJ Keller & Associates, Inc. has launched OSHA Incident Tracker, an online tool providing subscribers with workplace injury and illness management capabilities for OSHA 300 and State Workers' Compensation recording and reporting requirements. ...more »


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