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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 »

Candidates for Missouri Supreme Court face public questioning
STLtoday.comSeptember 1, 2011

One applicant who interviewed Wednesday, St. Peters attorney Richard Gartner, took the opportunity to praise the state's merit-based judicial selection method for “focusing on credentials.” “These positions need the most qualified people, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Blotter: Counterfeit Bill Passed At Panera's; Compliance Check Nets Two Arrests
Patch.comSeptember 4, 2011

He was located and issued an administrative hearing for Sept. 14 at Lake Forest City Hall. Kathryn M Pfau, 18, 555 Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, was charged with minor consumption of alcohol at 1:11 am Sept. 24 in the 500 block of Sheridan Road. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Pro-con: Is health care law hurting job creation? (blog)September 3, 2011

But in the 15 months after the law passed, the economy added a mere 6500 jobs each month on average — less than one-tenth the pre-health care act rate. Other factors are at work, of course. Companies must see an improvement in the business climate ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Maritime Law Permitted Claim For Personal Injury Punitive Damages
Gulf Coast MaritimeSeptember 1, 2011

Lobegeiger sued Celebrity Cruises and other defendants in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, where she alleged a variety of personal injury claims. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Caribbean Cruise Ltd. (Cruise Lines) ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law doesn't discriminate
Washington PostSeptember 3, 2011

28 editorial “Alabama's travesty” suggested that Alabama's immigration law is aimed at minorities. The law is aimed at immigrants who are illegal. If it's enforced against all violators equally, how is that discriminatory? Twenty-four million Americans ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Government Affairs Update
UPENN AlmanacSeptember 6, 2011

In accordance with Governor Corbett's proposal, the final budget aggregates funding for the SBDCs, along with funding for the Industrial Resource Centers, Local Development Districts, and Industrial Development Corporations, into a new single line item ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Service is Easy to Use (press release)September 6, 2011

In 2010-2011, 97.5% of people who brought complaints to the Insurance & Savings Ombudsman found the dispute resolution service easy to use. 95% of people agreed the reasons for the decision made about their complaint were explained clearly to them, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Wind Versus Water? Not This Time
PropertyCasualty360September 2, 2011

... I hope more of them also consider flood insurance…from a seriously-in-debt federal program that is scheduled to expire Sept. 30 (Yeah, that's a different story.). Stop with talk about wind vs. water litigation. Maybe there will be several lawsuits ...more »

Animal Law
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Glitch in law leaves loopholes for those who handle venomous reptiles
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleSeptember 20, 2011

But an extreme case came to light in June, when authorities found 75 snakes, including 57 illegal venomous animals, living in a Putnam County home downstate — but only after a black mamba had bitten one of the home's occupants and left her dead. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Institute announces plans to launch 'intellectual property bank' this month
Taipei TimesSeptember 1, 2011

The institute is planning to initially invest NT$50 million (US$1.73 million) in setting up an intellectual property (IP) company, or IP bank, in the middle of this month, ITRI vice president Johnson Sher (佘祥生) said during a media briefing. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Analysis: Damages ruling may be pivotal in BP case
ReutersSeptember 2, 2011

Such claims can strengthen plaintiffs' bargaining position in settlement negotiations by presenting an added risk for defendants, said Howard Erichson, an expert in complex litigation and a professor of law at Fordham University. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Liberals try to neutralize debate over immigrant tax credit
Toronto StarSeptember 11, 2011

Tory Leader Tim Hudak derided it as an “affirmative action program to hire foreign workers.” The Liberals shot back with an attempt to brand Hudak's position as downright xenophobic. So on Saturday, with Premier Dalton McGuinty took a day off from the ...more »

Corbett announces investment to improve airport safety
GoErie.comSeptember 2, 2011

The $4 million in grants will be provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's aviation development program. Funding for the program is provided by the state's jet-fuel tax, and leverages more than $1.3 million in local matching funds. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Memos & Distinctions
Charleston Post CourierSeptember 12, 2011

E. Paul Gibson of North Charleston-based Riesen Law Firm LLP has been elected to a two-year term as president of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Bobby Pearce, an attorney in the Charleston office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Saving on Bad Credit Auto Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)September 15, 2011

Although individuals with bad credit will end up with a higher interest rate than a traditional auto loan there are ways you can save money on almost all no credit auto loans. ...more »

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Litigation Firms Planning to Merge
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

"In the US, litigation is by far the dominant source of spending on legal services," he said. Overall, he said, "there is more interest now [among firms] in merging than at any time in the past 10 to 20 years." There were 28 mergers among law firms in ...more »

Business Law
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Gazprom, an Austrian Bank and No Rule of Law
The Moscow TimesSeptember 14, 2011

Some answers can be found in a Colorado court decision from this June that provides a rare inside look at lawlessness in Russian business and law enforcement. The decision ended 10 years of litigation in which Creditanstalt Investment Bank — or CAIB, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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the Post-9/11 Military
TIME (blog)September 2, 2011

There is a spirit of community in the US military that no longer exists in the rest of society. Of course, there are responsibilities that come with these benefits: you have to agree to risk your life and limb for your country; you have to agree to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Study: Total annual cost of cybercrime near $400 billion
ITworld.comSeptember 7, 2011

The report said on top of the $114 billion in money stolen, cybercrime costs victims an additional $274 billion in time lost, putting the total price tag for Internet-based crimes to $388 billion annually. "[C]ybercrime costs the world significantly ...more »

Personal Injury
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Nashville Personal Injury Attorneys Pohl & Berk Announce the Launch of Newly ...
Online PR News (press release)September 1, 2011

The Nashville personal injury attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP are proud to announce the redesign of their website Online PR News – 01-September-2011 –The Nashville personal injury attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP are proud to announce the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Florida Laws That Don't Make Sense
Patch.comSeptember 19, 2011

Perhaps this may be unfair and upset some people, but if a constitution is defined as “the written instrument embodying this fundamental law, together with any formal amendments” by Black's Law Dictionary, why are pigs only granted fundamental rights? ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Bad medicine: Doctors with histories of alleged malpractice often go undisciplined
Kansas City StarSeptember 4, 2011

Evidence gathered for the Chase family's lawsuit showed that on the day after the operation, Tenny had booked an operating room to perform additional surgery on Chase, but it was never done. He called his malpractice insurance company. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Lenders Compliance Launches Dodd-Frank Forum
The Reverse Review | Daily Reverse Mortgage News (press release)September 9, 2011

In a post about the "New Era of Mortgage Reform," Foxx discusses the impetus of the Dodd-Frank Act, "The "Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act," known as the “Dodd-Frank Act” (Act), is the federal government's response to the financial ...more »

Real Estate Law
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House Hunting in ... Toronto
New York TimesSeptember 21, 2011

The average lawyer fee is approximately $1012, and a lawyer must be insured to practice real estate law in Canada. Foreigners are eligible for financing as long as they fulfill the same financial requirements as Canadians. However, banks cannot lend ...more »

Patheon Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)September 9, 2011

The change in adjusted EBITDA versus the prior year is primarily due to non-recurrence of take-or-pay revenue from the UK commercial operations and reduced volume in France, partially offset by stronger performance in Puerto Rico. ...more »

Sports Law
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Testimony That Helped Change Youth Sports
Patch.comSeptember 17, 2011

This story is part of a three-part series examining the new state law on sports-related concussions in Minnesota youth sports. The series was reported by John Hageman and Dominic Zahner and edited by Regional Sports Coordinator Mark Remme.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 »

Facing an Audit: Should you Hire a Tax Pro?
Fox BusinessSeptember 8, 2011

An IRS audit is certainly on the list of most stressful activities a person might endure. The good news is that you don't need to endure it at all, not in person, anyway. It's as easy as signing an IRS Form 2848, which gives your tax pro ...more »

Governments must make health of older people a priority, says UN rights chief
UN News CentreSeptember 16, 2011

... for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council's panel on the right to health of older persons, citing discrimination based on age in areas as vital as social protection policies, employment laws, and access to public services. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The GOP Race to Eliminate Government Entirely
The Nation. (blog)September 23, 2011

Apparently, Romney thinks his short record of public service, which a normal electorate might see as a liability, is an asset in the Republican primary. Ironically, the Republican voters Romney thinks will like his mere four years in office were the ...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 »

Wills & Probate
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Rosser to run for probate judge
Times DailySeptember 14, 2011

However, I believe I share a different vision for the probate judge's office.” The probate judge has various duties, including presiding over adoptions, wills and estates, commitments, guardianships and land disputes. In addition, the judge supervises ...more »

Family Law
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BPW conference to hear from Galway-native expert on family law
Galway AdvertiserSeptember 7, 2011

A key focus of the conference will be an exploration of the rapidly changing dynamics of the family in the current society. Geoffrey Shannon will share his extensive knowledge of family law and in particular, the law as it relates to children. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Comp Denied for Spouse of Sales Manager Working From Home
Workforce ManagementSeptember 9, 2011

Workers' Compensation Appeal Board show that Werner split his time working at a home office in his basement and at his employer's facility when he wasn't traveling. The spouse of a sales manager who died several days after being found unresponsive in ...more »


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