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Arapahoe County voters to consider open space sales tax extension
Our Colorado NewsSeptember 1, 2011

1 to consider extending the 0.25 percent open space sales and use tax. The tax is dedicated to preserving natural areas, enhancing neighborhood parks, building and maintaining trail connections and protecting heritage areas. ...more »

Sikh marriage act: Akal Takht, DSGMC meetings to decide next move
Times of IndiaSeptember 1, 2011

Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh said, "It is cultural discrimination, which is being heaped on the Sikhs who have their own traditional ways of life." Refusing to buy the argument of law minister Salman Khurshid that implementation of the Anand ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Panel calls for 'radical overhaul' of hiring in Massachusetts judicial branch
MassLive.comSeptember 9, 2011

In the report, a 10-member task force, chaired by former Attorney General L. Scott Harshbarger, examined hiring and promotion practices in the offices of the state's top administrative judge and the seven judges who lead the Trial Court departments. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Firms cash in on law change
St. Cloud TimesSeptember 4, 2011

Many workers who retire before reaching 65 face difficulty trying to buy individual insurance for various reasons, including affordability and pre-existing health conditions. The health care law would eliminate those factors but not until 2014.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
DigitalJournal.com (press release)September 4, 2011

Maritime law covers several types of claims by injured sailors and people working on or around ships through the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. September 04, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Admiralty law has long ...more »

Immigration Law
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Our immigration quandary
Austin American-StatesmanSeptember 5, 2011

In the most recent example of sending mixed signals about illegal immigration, a federal judge last week temporarily blocked Alabama's far-ranging new immigration law, which is widely seen as tougher and more cruel than the infamous "papers, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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European Turks: 50 years of labor migration from Turkey
Sunday's ZamanSeptember 10, 2011

People from Anatolia began to emigrate to European countries which were involved in a huge industrial development effort and needed a fresh labor force. It has been a half century since the first international labor migration agreement. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Gaming board cold to Foxwoods moves to regain license | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
Philadelphia InquirerSeptember 4, 2011

An attorney for the board, James Eisenhower, said it was "pure fiction" to think there could be an amicable resolution of the dispute that would eliminate the need for an appeal. "The parties have not even discussed such a resolution, nor is it at all ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Nortel agrees $21.5m settlement of ERISA litigation
Total TelecomSeptember 2, 2011

Funds for the settlement will come from Chubb Insurance Co., according to a filing Thursday in the US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. Nortel filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2009, brought down by the recession. It abandoned an effort to ...more »

Animal Law
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PETA plans Montgomery billboard alluding to Alabama immigration law
al.com (blog)September 2, 2011

By Christine Kneidinger, al.com The controversial animal rights group says it plans to post this billboard soon in Montgomery, alluding to Alabama's immigration law. The ad, which will read, "No One Should Need Papers-Adopt an 'Undocumented' Mutt Today ...more »

Intellectual Property
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UK-Nigeria reach new intellectual property agreement
Fresh Business ThinkingSeptember 5, 2011

“Businesses need to have confidence in the intellectual property systems of other countries if they are to prosper in international markets. The move mirrors a number of efforts to enhance international recognition of intellectual property rights, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos' human cost 'astronomical'
Petrolia TopicSeptember 2, 2011

The same year Blayne fell ill, Kinart's brother-in-law was diagnosed with stomach and bowel cancer, and her best friend's husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer. "Sarnia has lost an astronomical amount of people to asbestos and the story's still ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Harassment discourages investment: Economist
The ZimbabweanSeptember 10, 2011

The Affirmative Action Group, that is made up of Zanu (PF) apologists, has been accused of its intentions to take over some foreign owned companies. Saviour Kasukuwere the Zanu (PF) Youth Development and Empowerment Minister has also threatened to take ...more »

Aviation, Road Bill Extension Clear House
Fort Smith Times RecordSeptember 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — The House approved a bill to temporarily extend key aviation and highway funding programs with little debate Tuesday in sharp contrast to a rancorous partisan impasse that caused a temporary shutdown of hundreds of airport construction ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Equality Act: complete renovation or papering over the cracks?
The Guardian (blog)September 1, 2011

Photograph: Alamy The court of appeal heard a case earlier this year that could ultimately change the way the housing sector is forced to respond to equality law. It involved a disabled tenant of a social landlord in Manchester, who claimed for ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Madoff Trustee Defends $19B JPMorgan Suit
BloombergSeptember 2, 2011

Picard, who appealed the ruling, said bankruptcy law gives him the powers necessary to bring his suit. “The bankruptcy code allows the trustee to stand in the shoes of a judgment creditor and assert common-law claims against JPMC,” he said in a court ...more »

Litigation
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Bridge Bank Provides XOS Digital With $5 Million Line of Credit
MarketWatch (press release)September 2, 2011

Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are subject to the safe harbors created by that Act. Forward-looking statements can be ...more »

Business Law
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Himlan is a peak performer at law, road racing
Presidio SportsSeptember 3, 2011

That means she has had take it easy, as of late … which is pretty tough, as busy as she usually is running around is in her new life: a young attorney launching her career with specialty in family, bankruptcy and business law, working out at Spectrum, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Donation benefits Military Order of the Purple Heart
Springfield News-LeaderSeptember 11, 2011

The Missouri State University ROTC Color Guard and members of the Military Order of The Purple Heart carry an American flag to the flagpole during a ceremony for veterans at Reliable Superstore on Saturday. / Nathan Papes / News-Leader Tony ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man Facing Dozens of Child Porn Charges
NBC MiamiSeptember 21, 2011

According to the report, the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force traced an IP address that offered to share child pornography videos and images on a file sharing network to Martinet. The report said 44 files including child ...more »

Personal Injury
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New auto insurance plan introduced in Mich. House
Houston ChronicleSeptember 13, 2011

The new proposals instead would offer motorists less expensive insurance in exchange for limited personal injury protection coverage. The new proposal would offer a range of coverage from $250000 to $5 million. Opponents of the proposed legislation say ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Ginsburg rebuts Scalia on sex bias
SFGate.com (blog)September 17, 2011

When the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection of the laws was ratified in 1868, “nobody thought it was directed against sex discrimination,” and the idea that it applies to gender is a “modern invention,” Scalia told students at UC ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Fourteen Lawyers from Hull Barrett, PC Were Recently Selected by their Peers ...
PR Web (press release)September 13, 2011

Hull Barrett represents a broad client base of major corporations, small businesses, professional entities, financial and lending institutions, local governments, public authorities, public utilities, railroad companies, insurance companies, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Florida should stop fighting health-care law, put people 1st
Orlando SentinelSeptember 2, 2011

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act had become law, and insurance companies would finally be held accountable. It turns out, the battle still rages right here in Florida. Despite Florida having the nation's seventh-highest unemployment rate ...more »

Real Estate Law
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'Some laws have to be submitted urgently'
Macau Daily TimesSeptember 12, 2011

Not only as a lawmaker, but also as a resident of Macau, I have the same concerns about real estate prices. Anyway, I feel that the government has had the assurance and courage to keep the [property] market healthy. Secondly, there is the problem of ...more »

USDOJ: Saudi Arabia-Based Tamimi Global Company to Pay US $13 Million to ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)September 17, 2011

The United States alleges that employees of TAFGA paid kickbacks to KBR to obtain subcontracts awarded under LOGCAP (Logistics Civil Augmentation Program) III – KBR's prime contract with the United States Army to provide logistical support to the ...more »

Sports Law
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Eight NFL players subject to suspension for conduct during lockout
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 26, 2011

According to a Yahoo Sports report later confirmed by the Associated Press, eight players — among them Tennessee's Kenny Britt, Tampa Bay's Aqib Talib, Cincinnati's Cedric Benson and New England's Albert Haynesworth — are subject to suspension under ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Developer Jeff Wirth pleads not guilty to tax fraud
Minneapolis Star TribuneSeptember 3, 2011

But this time, Chris Madel, a prominent Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer who was advising Wirth prior to the indictment, showed up with him. An Oct. 24 trial before US District Judge Ann Montgomery has tentatively been set. ...more »

Paper Tiger: Taxpayers ombudsman lacks real power
Montreal GazetteSeptember 24, 2011

Most notably, the US advocate has the power to correct an IRS action that may have created an unfair situation or hardship for a taxpayer. Nor can the advocate's decision be appealed. The advocate's case workers can also issue formal requests to compel ...more »

BRADLEY v. PFIZER, INC.
Leagle.comSeptember 12, 2011

Bradley raised numerous causes of action in the district court, including: (1) discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), 29 USC § 623 et seq.; (2) retaliation under the ADEA; (3) hostile work environment or harassment ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Operation Broken Silence
Memphis Commercial AppealSeptember 10, 2011

A Memphis-based human rights nonprofit organization, Operation Broken Silence, focuses on abolishing slavery in Tennessee and mass atrocities in conflict zones internationally. OBS was founded in 2006 by Memphians concerned by the genocide developing ...more »

Environmental Law
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Renewable goes flip-flop too
Philippine StarSeptember 4, 2011

CollegiateChampionsLeague.net to join the surveys for free and get surprise gifts from PCCL. Should you wish to share any insights, write me at Link Edge, 25th Floor, 139 Corporate Center, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, 1227 Makati City. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Open day at crematorium
Chelmsford Weekly NewsSeptember 9, 2011

Between 10am and 4pm, there will be a programme of activities, including guided tours, how to trace families using burial and cremation records, talks on wills and probate, headstone safety testing and gem cutting demonstrations. ...more »

Family Law
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ADFP Honors Family Law Software Founders
Financial-Planning.comSeptember 23, 2011

The Association of Divorce Financial Planners on Friday awarded its annual Pioneering Award to Dan Caine and Wendell Smith, the founders of Family Law Software Inc. The ADFP award honors individuals who have pioneered products and services that have ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Tangram Insurance Announces Partnership with ProSight Specialty Insurance for ...
PR Newswire (press release)September 13, 2011

13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tangram Insurance Services, a national insurance program administrator, today announces a new partnership with ProSight Specialty Insurance (ProSight) for its non-profit workers compensation program. With over $1B in assets, ...more »

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