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Jerry Brown tweaks 'bipartisan' legislators again
San Jose Mercury NewsOctober 1, 2011

"This presumably important bill earned overwhelming support by both Republicans and Democrats," the governor wrote in his signing message. "If only that same energetic bipartisan spirit could be applied to creating clean energy jobs and ending tax laws...more »

Ventura company awarded security gate contract at Port of Hueneme
Ventura County StarOctober 1, 2011

Berry listed its subcontractors as Ventura-based companies C&W Construction and Taft Electric Co., Interstate Striping & Signs Inc. of Thousand Oaks, Benner & Carpenter of Santa Paula, and Mission Paving & Sealing Inc. of Irwindale. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Cory Maples' 'mailroom error' Death Row case gets US Supreme Court hearing
al.com (blog)October 2, 2011

There is no constitutional right to an attorney in that proceeding," Lee Kovarksy, assistant professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law, said in a recent interview. "They've actually got to sit down and think seriously about whether ...more »

Health Care Law
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Someond has to pick up the health care insurance bill
Lexington DispatchOctober 5, 2011

If a state does not act in advance, the law authorizes the federal government to set up and run the exchange. A few of the larger corporations are taking steps now to move toward implementing some of the facets of the health care act that will be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Perry touts stem cell therapy
Houston Chronicle (blog)October 2, 2011

The legislation's original draft was written by Jones and tweaked by Perry, according to correspondence obtained through the Texas Public Information Act. Adult stem cells are cells in the body that multiply to replenish dying cells. ...more »

Immigration Law
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OAS Secretary General Regrets Immigration Law HB 56
South Florida Caribbean NewsOctober 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today regretted the harshness that immigration law HB 56, passed in the State of Alabama, represents to the lives of thousands of immigrants ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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State supports development of science in Kazakhstan
CaspionetOctober 1, 2011

Representatives of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies believe that this measure will assist the real sector of the economy in creating more competitive products. «As part of the law on state support for industrial and innovative development, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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It's time to reform investor-state arbitration
Troy Media CorporationOctober 3, 2011

Among other things, the code requires arbitrators to “observe high standards of conduct so that the integrity and impartiality of the dispute settlement process is preserved.” It includes ongoing disclosure obligations – including in relation to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Law firm celebrates centennial
Rocky Mount TelegramOctober 10, 2011

W. Dudley Whitley III focuses on civil litigation, collections and bankruptcy. Curtis L. Bentz, retired from the Judge Advocate General staff of the US Air Force, focuses on civil litigation and on labor and employment law. Jacob R. Parrott III focuses ...more »

Animal Law
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Fighting for pets in Texas pays off
Times Record NewsOctober 3, 2011

Another new law will streamline the details surrounding animal seizures in cruelty cases, requiring owners to provide upfront money to pay for the care of seized animals. Animal protection agencies like the Humane Society, the American Society for the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Bristol-Myers, Stem Cells, Facebook, Dow: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekOctober 19, 2011

The ruling might actually allow scientists a “sigh of relief,” said Julian Hitchcock, a lawyer and intellectual property specialist in the London office of law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP. Researchers “won't have to worry about inadvertently ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Conn. Gets Tough With Amazon, Pushing On With Tax
NPROctober 9, 2011

... those purchases made during that small window of time when it still had arrangements with its affiliates and the law was in place. She said it remains to be seen whether prolonged litigation, which would be costly for both sides, will be necessary. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What Happened to Post-Racial America?
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

Few government policies have had the reach, immortality and consequences of affirmative action. A policy that could be justified at its start, affirmative action has now become yesterday's solution to yesterday's problem. ...more »

UK policies 'damaging aviation'
The Press AssociationOctober 4, 2011

UK Government policies are inflicting "significant damage on the aviation industry", the boss of British Airways' parent company has said. It was "outrageous" that the Government would not be publishing an aviation policy until 2013, added Willie Walsh ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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We need a new kind of tenure for a new kind of housing market
Left Foot ForwardOctober 8, 2011

He knows that administering a housing co-operative under inappropriate landlord and tenant law creates numerous practical difficulties. He also knows that the absence of appropriate co-operative legislation puts the UK government is in breach of its ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Reform of bankruptcy law and initiatives on homeowners in trouble finally to ...
Irish IndependentOctober 2, 2011

The Keane Report, which will be presented to the Cabinet next week, will propose major changes to Ireland's bankruptcy laws -- which are the harshest in Europe -- and make the banks write off mortgage debt for homeowners in a similar way to writing off ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation attorney pockets Lafayette 5BD for $3.2M
BlockshopperOctober 1, 2011

Mr. Brown is a managing partner in the law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. He works in the firm's litigation division and focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation and complex business litigation. ...more »

Business Law
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Judge strikes South Fla. prison privatization
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

The department acknowledged it was not following a law that requires the agency to take a series of steps including preparing cost and business case analyses before seeking privatization proposals. Fulford rejected the state's argument that the law...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney Shares Daily Life of Members of the ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 1, 2011

Contacts: Media Inquiries: Janice Summerby Media Relations Advisor Veterans Affairs Canada 613-992-7468 Codie Taylor Director of Communications Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs 613-996-4649 Jean-Pierre J. Godbout Communications Advisor, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Task force fingers Wise guy
WTAM.comOctober 8, 2011

A digital media storage device along with Wise's computer was seized. The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force conducted a preliminary forensic examination of Wise's computer, and report discovering the remnants of photographs or ...more »

Personal Injury
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Athens, GA Personal Injury Attorney Helps Truck Accident Victim's Family Win ...
Benzinga (press release)October 8, 2011

Matthew Cook, personal injury attorney near Athens, GA, with McDonald, Cody & Cook, LLC, was lead counsel at trial for a case that won $5.47 million dollars in compensation for Mack Pitts' family while potentially raising oversight standards for local ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Law firm error imperils Alabama death row inmate
Wall Street JournalOctober 4, 2011

Maples' lawyer in the Supreme Court is former Solicitor General Gregory Garre, who says no one should be executed without a court review of "serious constitutional questions." Garre wants the justices to order lower courts to consider Maples' claim ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Maryland Lawyers on the Move: September 25, 2011 [Daily Record, The (Baltimore ...
Insurance News Net (press release)October 13, 2011

James F. Rosner , of Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, of Towson , has been included in the 2012 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" in the practice areas of commercial litigation and medical malpractice law- defendants.more »

Consumer Protection
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Brown calls for report on alleged bank fraud of veterans
Washington Post (blog)October 5, 2011

Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio), chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Panel and a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs The two Georgia mortgage brokers who brought the suit said they were ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Goodwin Procter Names 17 New Partners
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Michael T. Jones (Boston, Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement). Jones represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of regulatory, civil and criminal investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, ...more »

A career in law: It's not all court battles and cross-examinations
The IndependentOctober 3, 2011

Likewise solicitors may well pursue personal injury claims for those involved in accidents at work, but this is far from their only function. In fact, the legal profession is very broad and there is often a crossover between the work of solicitors and ...more »

Sports Law
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Delaware is pro sports teams' home court
The News JournalOctober 2, 2011

"For the Stars, it looks like they want to get in and out as quickly as possible, and Delaware is typically the best place to do that," said Evan Flaschen, a bankruptcy attorney in Connecticut with law firm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cases Endangered by Ticket Scandal
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

Criminal defense attorneys said they will challenge the credibility of New York City police officers investigated for ticket-fixing when they testify in unrelated cases, a sign of how the scandal may reverberate through the court ...more »

Victims discuss scorn of IRS at tax fraud forum
Tbo.comOctober 2, 2011

"I supposedly owe the IRS," said the retired Army staff sergeant who used to train drill sergeants. "I don't owe them anything. I keep telling them, 'Come on and audit me. Come on. Bring it on. I'm not shy.' " Elliott is one of a growing number of ...more »

Mendon-Upton School Committee calls for specifics from disgruntled ex-member
Milford Daily NewsOctober 19, 2011

He said he would file an age-discrimination complaint against the school district and pointed to the district's policy against discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, religion or sexual orientation for admission to programs and activities. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Harrisburg Files for Bankruptcy on Overdue Incinerator Debt
BusinessWeekOctober 12, 2011

While Chapter 9 bankruptcy, named for the section of federal law that governs insolvent municipalities, would mean the loss of state aid under a law passed in June, it would be better than the pain that would be caused by a state-imposed recovery plan, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Green energy firms watch election closely
Toronto StarOctober 3, 2011

The cost of capital is also declining as lenders become more familiar with alternative energy. At some point, the declining cost of solar will match the rising cost of other forms of energy. “How many years away is it? It's hard to say. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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GUEST COLUMN: Estate planning's dark side
Odessa AmericanOctober 20, 2011

Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) actions occur as property rights and personal freedoms are targeted through probate venues or instruments like wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney. Actions are often initiated by a combination ...more »

Family Law
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Finding a Family Law Attorney
Huffington Post (blog)October 11, 2011

In this process, both parties retain separate attorneys whose job it is to help them settle the dispute through problem solving and mediation, as an alternative to trial. The goal of the process is to work toward a peaceful resolution, to control the ...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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