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NBA, players agree on urgency but little else after six-hour meeting
SI.comSeptember 1, 2011

Thanks to the surge of interest in the NFL, the NBA's labor dispute has flown under the radar. But training camps are scheduled to open in less than a month. Stern said he was not ready to set any deadlines, but by mid-September the league will have to ...more »

Hatch says country would be in better shape if GOP was in charge
Daily HeraldSeptember 1, 2011

Camp specifically worried the provisions in the act that call for the IRS to be involved in the funding of the health care plans won't turn out to be efficient or helpful for the federal government. Hatch and Camp both declared that changing the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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New hearing for Verona Bowers in ranger killing
San Francisco ChronicleSeptember 3, 2011

Current law bars parole for federal prisoners sentenced since mid-1984. Bowers tried to escape from prison in 1979. But as his 30-year date approached in 2004, a hearing officer cited his spotless record for the past 15 years and found he was unlikely ...more »

Health Care Law
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Dramatic expansion in health care rules pronounced dead
Capitol WeeklySeptember 1, 2011

Federal law stemming from 2010's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires 80 cents of every $1 charged by a health insurer to small businesses or individuals be spent on medical care. The remainder can pay for administrative costs. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Class action planned against Scientology
ABC OnlineSeptember 15, 2011

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The law firm Slater and Gordon is planning a class action against the Church of Scientology over claims it has underpaid its workers. On Tuesday night Lateline revealed that a draft report by the Fair Work Ombudsman had found ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's Immigration Law Is a Train Wreck
Fox NewsSeptember 2, 2011

For a first offense, the employer must fire all undocumented workers, sign an affidavit promising not to repeat the infraction, and have his business licenses suspended for 10 business days. For a second offense, the government will revoke all of the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The Am Law DailySeptember 1, 2011

Johnson, formerly with Epstein Becker Green, has a broad labor and employment practice covering litigation and counseling work. Areas of expertise include wage and hour, trade secrets, executive compensation, employment contracts, and invasion of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Minnesota Department of Transportation could face 110 shutdown claims
Finance and CommerceSeptember 1, 2011

Once approved, the consultants are available to resolve disputes in a variety of categories, including construction contract “claim analysis and support.” Leegard said MnDOT happened to be working on updating that list before the shutdown. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court Upholds Poizner's Rejection of Insurance Company Sale
Metropolitan News-EnterpriseSeptember 7, 2011

The litigation is one piece of the continuing fallout from the failure of Executive Life Insurance Company, which was the largest life insurer in the state before crashing in 1991 under the weight of its heavy investments in so-called junk bonds. ...more »

Animal Law
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Rhino ban will increase poaching: Hunters
Times LIVESeptember 1, 2011

A moratorium is a delay or suspension of an activity or law. Animal rights activists and conservation authorities often request moratoriums to protect endangered or threatened animal species. Kitshoff said the moratorium would adversely impact private ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Brian Cuda: Protecting your intellectual property on the Internet
SignalSeptember 17, 2011

Adding hurdles for intellectual-property thieves also creates obstacles for potential customers. This could potentially hinder the sales of a product or service. Hence, after explaining this to a potential client, the next question is usually regarding ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of Venoco, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP is a national law firm which represents investors and individuals in class action litigation. The firm is focused on providing exemplary legal services in complex litigation in the areas of securities, shareholder, antitrust and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Does UW take the discrimination cake ... or should I say cheese?
Indiana Daily StudentSeptember 15, 2011

While the University of Michigan undergraduate affirmative action policy was struck down, others have remained.This is because not all affirmative action policies are unconstitutional. The court ruled against the University of Michigan in Gratz v. ...more »

United States' Department of Energy Selects Imperium Renewables as Part of ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

The DOE announcement continues President Obama's strong commitment to develop sustainable, homegrown drop-in aviation and marine biofuels. Last month, DOE joined the Department of the Navy and the Department of Agriculture in issuing a Memorandum of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Changing rent reviews will have serious consequences
Irish TimesSeptember 4, 2011

Rents in the retail sector have fallen sharply, but this will only be reflected in new contracts as existing ones may have years to run and will have UORR clauses which will prevent reductions in the absence of agreement between the landlord and tenant...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Anglo tries to stop former chief from declaring bankruptcy in the US
thejournal.ieSeptember 1, 2011

Drumm's hearing is ongoing in the Us Bankruptcy Court in Boston. Reuters reports that Anglo claims Drumm altered the terms of loans taken out by he and other directors of the bank to avoid any risk of personal liability. Anglo's complaints to the court ...more »

Litigation
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DOJ's Top Fraud Official and Accomplished Enron Trial Attorney Robb C. Adkins ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 7, 2011

7, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Winston & Strawn LLP announced today that nationally recognized trial attorney Robb Adkins has joined its litigation practice as a partner in the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Over the past decade, ...more »

Business Law
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Law sector remains 'buoyant'
TaxAssist AccountantsSeptember 2, 2011

It comes after the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) published a study showing a "steady decline" in demand for business. Highlighting law practices as an example, Martin Snell, chair of the REC's Legal and HR Group, said that business is now ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame set to induct new members
NewsOK.comSeptember 3, 2011

He's being honored for helping an estimated 20000 veterans and their spouses obtain their veterans benefits during the past 20 years. After military service, Graham became a tool maker and he rebuilt engines for the US Air Force at Tinker Air Force ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Prosecutors accuse website of aiding terrorist Ergenekon network
Today's ZamanSeptember 11, 2011

One such document is a Word document found on Yalçın's computer titled “Sabri Uzun.” Yalçın wrote in the document: “Sabri has reservations on the book issue. Let's try to convince him. The book should come out before the elections. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury acccident in Clifton, two-vehicle crash in Massena Thursday
North Country NowSeptember 2, 2011

State police Thursday investigated a personal injury accident and a two-vehicle accident, among others. Julie A Fleming, 39, of Newton Falls, was in an accident in which one person was reportedly hurt. The mishap occurred after 7 am Thursday along ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Ban on Gay Marriage Gets on NC Ballot
Wall Street JournalSeptember 13, 2011

Constitutional proposals aren't signed into law or vetoed by a governor, but that didn't stop Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue from criticizing the amendment as a "partisan exercise" that neither solves problems nor creates jobs. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Defensive medicine practices could signal a new 'norm' in the climate of fear
Ortho SuperSiteSeptember 9, 2011

A testimony to that opinion is the continuous efforts by the trial lawyers lobby to overturn the MICRA law in California. On the other hand, any broader measures that would give physicians the feeling of immunity from malpractice litigation would not ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Commission starts to flex its muscle
Times LIVESeptember 7, 2011

Five months after its establishment, the commission is taking on the country's heavyweight businesses for violating consumers' rights - and is refusing to back down when the businesses fail to comply with the new Consumer Protection Act. The ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Is SAFE mortgage reform law squeezing the real estate market?
New Hampshire Business ReviewSeptember 9, 2011

(The SAFE Act only applies to residential properties.) Meanwhile, the real estate market sputters along, with a large inventory of residential properties and foreclosures, while slowing, still stubbornly high. "It's dramatically affecting commerce," ...more »

Warranties During Disasters:
Warranty WeekSeptember 2, 2011

And the rules for commercial property or multiple dwelling buildings may differ from the rules for single family homes or mobile homes. And here's where we cross over into insurance. Warranty covers defects. Insurance covers perils. ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports FYI for Sept. 18, 2011
Daytona Beach News-JournalSeptember 18, 2011

Proceeds will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum. Entry forms can be obtained at the DBGC pro-shop. For info, call 386-671-3500. The Friends of A1A Golf Club Classic is Sept. 25 at Palm Harbor Golf Club. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lottery winner must pay for court-appointed attorney
The ColumbianSeptember 3, 2011

So when she appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court to face charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and third-degree theft, her attorney questioned the appointment. Defense attorney John Peterson was appointed to ...more »

Chiropractor convicted of arson gets 17 years in prison
Allentown Morning CallSeptember 9, 2011

... contended Wiktorchik set the blaze to escape his debts, presented testimony that painted Wiktorchik as a troubled businessman reeling from a 2007 health insurance fraud conviction, the subsequent suspension of his license and a looming IRS audit. ...more »

Worker Activists Deliver Petitions Against Jobless Discrimination To Capitol Hill
Huffington PostSeptember 21, 2011

... ban hiring discrimination against the jobless on Wednesday, handing them off to congressional Democrats in front of the Capitol. Progressive activist groups National Employment Law Project, USAction, Change.org, ColorofChange.org and CREDO Action, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ghaddafi and the Chiefs
GhanaWebSeptember 10, 2011

In the days of no central government, the Chiefs served a central force of protection against tribal aggression. They settled local disputes and preserved a local identity through traditions and customs that defined a group of people. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Questions Raised After DOE Hides Costs Of Energy Projects
NASDAQSeptember 1, 2011

He was referring to the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which is not a federal law, but a model law that most states use to protect trade secrets. Government employees are precluded from releasing trade secrets. Total cost of a project can be considered a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Minnesota to create workers compensation ombudsman service
Business InsuranceSeptember 9, 2011

Injured workers and their employers in Minnesota have a new, state-run resource for navigating the often confusing process of pursuing a claim for workers compensation. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry announced this week that it has ...more »

Family Law
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2 Salt Lake City lawyers appointed to state court
Houston ChronicleSeptember 1, 2011

He is a graduate of Stanford's law school. Elizabeth A. Hruby-Mills is expected to replace Judge Joseph Fratto Dec. 15. Hruby-Mills has practiced law in Utah since 1993 and specializes in family law. She is a graduate of the University of Utah law ...more »

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