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Widower files second lawsuit in wife's Pinellas jail death
Tampabay.comSeptember 1, 2011

None of the three was the subject of internal investigations when they left the agency, according to a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. However, a detention deputy and a nurse were previously disciplined by Coats after internal affairs investigations ...more »

Mayor requests special jobs rules for LA
89.3 KPCCSeptember 1, 2011

At the risk of mentioning reality, I'd point out that if you go out and get Federal regulations lifted, you are in fact "cutting red tape." Anyone working on a project locally would then spend locally. ....like a Chicago machine politician? ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Gas rate hike sought: Public hearing date set for Bluefield
Bluefield Daily TelegraphSeptember 2, 2011

“A hearing has been scheduled as part of the procedural order to determine whether or not the rate increase will be approved. They will take public comments at the evidentiary hearing in front of an administrative law judge who will be there on behalf ...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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Forestry Law Splits Wood Industry
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

Mr. Finkell said that American wood-product makers benefit from enforcement of the act because they can't compete with companies using cheap, illegally logged wood. Other wood importers complain that the law is vague and requires complicated paperwork. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Many deportees unwittingly waive rights, report says
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 9, 2011

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Nicole Navas said in a statement that the agency had not had a chance to fully review the study. But, she wrote, "an alien's decision to accept a stipulated removal is strictly voluntary. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Judge tosses lawsuits seeking to block Chrin landfill expansion
Allentown Morning CallSeptember 20, 2011

A Northampton County judge has tossed two lawsuits by neighbors of Chrin Brothers Sanitary Landfill that sought to block its expansion in Williams Township, the latest legal development in a long-fought battle that ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Griego: Jefferson County court supports fathers' efforts to pay support for ...
Denver PostSeptember 4, 2011

From here, fathers are connected to existing substance-abuse treatment, free mediation services, vocational rehab, workforce development, GED and fatherhood programs. The team has plans to add financial literacy classes, as well. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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SB COUNTY: $9.6 million settlement in Grass Valley Fire
Press-EnterpriseSeptember 24, 2011

... further because of the pending litigation. San Bernardino County's insurance carrier decided to settle for $600000 because it determined that would be the cost of the trial, and made that offer to the government, county spokesman David Wert said. ...more »

Animal Law
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Law would address kennel abuse
Youngstown VindicatorSeptember 22, 2011

The 2008 incident at the High Caliber K-9 on Coitsville-Hubbard Road resulted in four misdemeanor convictions against the kennel owner, who subsequently filed for bankruptcy, avoiding additional civil penalties. The bill, titled “Nitro's Law” in memory ...more »

Intellectual Property
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CareFusion, Pfizer, RIM, Levi Strauss: Intellectual Property
BloombergSeptember 1, 2011

Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry mobile communications device, has filed papers with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office to oppose a trademark filing by Apple Inc. According to the CIPO database, Waterloo, Ontario-based ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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County schools to demolish two vacant houses
Martinsville BulletinSeptember 2, 2011

However, the latter option would have required the shingles and asbestos to be removed before the houses could be burned, Martin said. Also, he said adjacent large trees would have been damaged or destroyed under that option. Rudy Law, Blackberry ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action politically incorrect
Virginia Tech Collegiate TimesSeptember 29, 2011

For decades, affirmative action has helped minorities get ahead in school and the work force. It was created as a means of balancing out races and genders in everyday life, but affirmative action has not lessened the ...more »

Faith in Space: Behind the Mission to Land a Bible on the Moon
Fox NewsSeptember 2, 2011

Rare artifacts and trinkets from the history of NASA are going to auction in the upcoming week-long Space & Aviation Autograph and Artifact Auction from RR Auction starting September 15th. The auction will feature a letter from Neil Armstrong about his ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Ukraine issues Russia an ultimatum on gas deal
BusinessWeekSeptember 1, 2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Russia would consider revising the deal only in exchange for Ukraine joining a Russia-led customs union -- a move that would halt its integration with the European Union -- or Kiev ceding control of ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lehman, Boston Generating, Dodgers, M Waikiki: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekSeptember 1, 2011

The Madoff firm began liquidating in December 2008, with the appointment of the trustee under the Securities Investor Protection Act. Bernard Madoff individually went into an involuntary Chapter 7 liquidation in April 2009. His bankruptcy case was ...more »

Litigation
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WiLAN Initiates Litigation
Investor's Business DailySeptember 2, 2011

WiLAN will be represented in this action by McKool Smith, a leading US law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation. McKool Smith has successfully defended the patent rights of many high profile companies throughout the US and has ...more »

Business Law
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris "Acted as the Pawn of America's Most ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 6, 2011

Defendants' lawsuit . . . claimed, among other things, that attorney Stein had participated in illegal and unethical soliciting of clients through mail advertising. On February 3, 2011, Bank of America lawyer Keith Klein went into Superior Court with ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Blood drive benefits police officer's son
Today's THVSeptember 1, 2011

That's what citizens, police officers and even military members were doing Wednesday afternoon. A blood drive was organized to help out a young citizen of Benton. On July 25, 2-year-old Easton Begoon of Benton, was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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When freedom's not free at the State Department
CBS NewsSeptember 27, 2011

Had I, they asked, looked at the WikiLeaks site at home on my own time on my own computer? Every blog post, every Facebook post, and every Tweet by every State Department employee, they told me, must be pre-cleared by the Department prior to ...more »

Personal Injury
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ABI launches attack on compensation culture
Insurance DailySeptember 5, 2011

The number of personal injury claims received by insurers leapt 72% between 2002 and 2010. UK consumers pay £2.7 million a day to claimant lawyers through their motor insurance premiums, despite the fact that people get more personal injury...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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NAACP issues strong condemnation of anti-LGBT marriage amendment
The Progressive PulseSeptember 12, 2011

The NAACP has always opposed any custom, tradition, practice, law or constitutional amendment that denies any right to any person.The NAACP does not and has not taken a position endorsing or opposing same sex marriage. However, the NAACP has a long ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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ORTHOWORLD Introduces ORTHOPRENEUR(R), an All-Digital Journal Aimed at ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 7, 2011

Surgeon owned hospitals, physician owned distributorships (PODs), medical malpractice insurance costs, the doctor/patient relationship relative to patient care choices -- each remains unclear or unaddressed under the new healthcare reform law. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FDIC adopts rules on bank 'living will' plans under Dodd-Frank
Northern Colorado Business ReportSeptember 14, 2011

Tuesday approved rules requiring resolution plans for larger banking institutions, as directed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The act requires that banks and some other large institutions that are deemed "systemic" by ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lawyers find issues in real estate law
Macau Daily TimesSeptember 3, 2011

Two local lawyers have urged the government to review the structure of the Housing Bureau (IH), in order to ensure the proper enforcement of the new law regarding real estate activity. In a paper published by International Law Office.com, ...more »

ABA Webinar on Stanford v. Roche
Patent DocsSeptember 10, 2011

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Intellectual Property Law, Section of Public Contract Law, and Center for Continuing Legal Education will be offering a live webinar entitled "The Impact of Stanford v. Roche on Private Party Transactions: ...more »

Sports Law
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Athletes' rights to be forum topic
Lewiston Sun JournalSeptember 10, 2011

PORTLAND — A leading sports agent, an Olympic swimming champion and local sports law attorneys are among the panelists who will address the rights of athletes in Olympic sports at the “Sports Law Symposium: Law and the Olympic Movement. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge poised to make call on Clemens
Boston GlobeSeptember 2, 2011

“It would be hard to make the case that the prosecutors deliberately did this so they would have a second bite at the apple,'' said David Rossman, a Boston University School of Law professor and criminal defense attorney. “I'd be surprised if the judge ...more »

Guest Post: The "easy" answer is to raise Taxes!
ForbesSeptember 4, 2011

Years ago, I found myself sitting in law school in Moot Court wearing an oversized itchy blue suit. It was a horrible experience. In a desperate attempt to avoid anything like that in the future I enrolled in a tax course. I loved it. ...more »

Over-qualified? Or just seen as 'too old'?
Financial TimesSeptember 6, 2011

The overall numbers are small, however, compared with other reasons for going to tribunals, and Mr Brooks says this could be because the age discrimination laws are relatively new and people are less aware of them. Also, tribunal success rates are low. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Lehman, Venue, Innkeepers, Thornburg, Sbarro: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekSeptember 12, 2011

King was the country's leading authority on bankruptcy law and a principal author of the Collier bankruptcy treatise. The present system wasn't without supporters. David A. Skeel of the University of Pennsylvania Law School testified that “removing the ...more »

Environmental Law
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After Solyndra, State Puts Some Tax Breaks on Hold
The Bay Citizen (blog)September 27, 2011

Solyndra received a $34.5 million tax break under the program, which gives tax breaks to alternative energy companies who manufacture in California. Under the terms of the state law Lockyer wants reviewed, the state treasurer is not authorized to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Downing earns specialist designation
SignalSeptember 16, 2011

The state planning designation is earned by candidates who complete a 135-plus hour education program focusing on trusts, wills, probate and retirement benefits, caring for children and what should be done after the death of a loved one. ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law and South African Pre-Nups
Expat ForumSeptember 13, 2011

I previously practiced as a family lawyer in Johannesburg with attorney Billy Gundelfinger, and have been practising in Australia since 2002. I am presently a director of a specialist family law firm, Meyer Partners Family Lawyers. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CFO Atwater on the Big Three: Workers' Comp, Citizens, and PIP
PropertyCasualty360September 1, 2011

I recently spent four days in Orlando with some 8000 workers' compensation insurance professionals, from claims adjusters to attorneys, agents, brokers, and experts from the provider and medical arenas. Presented for the 25th year by the non-profit ...more »

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