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NBA, union meet but no announced progress
USA TodaySeptember 1, 2011

The following day the league filed a suit against the players in federal court and an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. The NBPA had filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB in May and is awaiting a ruling ...more »

Ethics panel launches investigation of former prison administrator
Statesman JournalSeptember 1, 2011

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is moving forward with a full investigation into whether a former state prison administrator violated the law by going to work for a company he helped choose for a multi-million-dollar state contract. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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DoJ Says "No Ma Cell"; What Happens Next?
Huffington PostSeptember 1, 2011

If they find an "issue of material fact" (which happened once in living memory, the DISH-DIRECTV merger), then the FCC votes to refer the matter for an evidentiary hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Unlike the DoJ complaint, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Now Opposed to ObamaCare, Perry Once Praised HillaryCare
The New AmericanSeptember 2, 2011

Today Perry rails against the healthcare law, calling it “the closest this country has ever come to outright socialism” in his 2010 book Fed Up, where he also declared the individual mandate “a total outrage.” If elected President, he says, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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August Lawyer of the Month: Bow Down Before the King
Above the LawSeptember 13, 2011

Get Above the Law updates in your inbox! By Above the Law Business Situation: Seyfarth Shaw, an AMLaw 100 Chicago firm, wanted an alternative to the Thomson West retooled version of LiveNote™, now embedded in West Case Notebook®. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Court to review rules for some deportations
CBS NewsSeptember 27, 2011

Both cases hinge on a provision of immigration law that allows people who have been in the United States legally for more than five years or illegally for more than seven years to seek leniency. The appeals court said immigrants who came as children ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New law hopes to regulate direct bank wage transfers
Viet Nam NewsSeptember 1, 2011

HA NOI — Direct wage payments to employee bank accounts linked to automatic teller machine cards may be written into law, indicated the Department of Labour-Salary under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. Deputy director Hoang Minh ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Icesave liquidators find money to compensate UK savers 2, 2011

Icesave has more than double the assets needed to compensate depositors from Britain and the Netherlands, according to the latest report from the bank's resolution committee. By Rowena Mason More than 200000 British savers were bailed out by the UK ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurer balks at defending Beebe in Bradley lawsuits
The News JournalSeptember 2, 2011

Beebe hospital spokeswoman Kelly Griffin declined comment on the St. Paul lawsuit in that it is "active litigation." An attorney for the insurance company did not return calls seeking comment. Bradley, whose medical license was suspended, ...more »

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

By Christine Kneidinger, 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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US seeks to allay drug access concerns in TPP talks
ReutersSeptember 12, 2011

Groups such as Doctor Without Borders have raised concern about "hard-line intellectual property policies" in the TPP pact that they said could greatly diminish access to affordable medicines for millions of people. TPP countries include the United ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Mesothelioma Victims Center Offers Vital Facts About The Best Mesothelioma ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)September 1, 2011

If these individuals were working in the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, or even 1980's, they were probably exposed to enormous levels of asbestos on their job sites. City or county water works employees could have been exposed to asbestos pipes up until the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action for the ugly?
Idaho Press-TribuneSeptember 13, 2011

If you have the sort of face that only a mother could love, you may not be surprised by the ugly truths documented by Daniel Hamermesh. Hamermesh, a University of Texas at Austin economist and author of “Beauty Pays,” puts forth the provocative ...more »

U.S. warns on small planes, but says no plots known
CNN InternationalSeptember 4, 2011

"Violent extremists with knowledge of general aviation and access to small planes pose a significant potential threat to the Homeland," according to an intelligence bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities announcement
MyIntroducer.comSeptember 5, 2011

In a move designed to strengthen tenants' and landlords' awareness of their rights and responsibilities, Housing Minister Grant Shapps has published helpful advice aimed at those letting or renting a property. Mr Shapps said that too often, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Rakoff Will Decide If Madoff Trustee Can Sue for False Profits
BusinessWeekSeptember 17, 2011

One of Madoff's customers, James Greiff, argued on July 29 Rakoff should take a lawsuit away from the bankruptcy court in which Irving Picard, the Madoff trustee, sued Greiff for taking more cash out of the Madoff firm that he put in. ...more »

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Cellular South joins AT&T/T-Mobile merger litigation (blog)September 20, 2011

Dallas-based AT&T Inc. has been hit with more anti-trust litigation over its proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA Inc. Cellular South Inc. , has filed papers in a Washington DC court seeking to block the merger. In its filing, Cellular South ...more »

Business Law
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Wilmington cracking down on signs blocking business windows
StarNewsOnline.comSeptember 17, 2011

Some downtown merchants now are trying to find a way to get city council to change the law to allow for more signs in downtown windows. The concerned business owners met with city staff and the Downtown Business Alliance last week. ...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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Cyber terrorist threats loom 10 years after 9/11
msnbc.comSeptember 6, 2011

“There are several other definitions which define it much more generally as any computer crime targeting computer networks without necessarily affecting real-world infrastructure, property, or lives.” However you define cyber terrorism, don't use the ...more »

Personal Injury
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UK's Justice Action Group Rebuts ABI's Stance on Personal Injury Claims
Insurance JournalSeptember 6, 2011

It is often the main, if not the only, “recourse available to victims of breaches of privacy like phone hacking, those who have suffered from professional negligence, victims of asbestos poisoning, the families of those killed at work, consumers, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Anti-guest worker law classes have yet to materialize
Salt Lake TribuneSeptember 27, 2011

... while also explaining why Utah's guest-worker law, HB116, was unconstitutional. Witte said one of the problems for the classes was an unexpected departure of a constitutional law professor who was lined up to address that portion of the seminar.more »

Professional Malpractice
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MOBILE DOCTORS : AJAG publishes robust rebuttal to ABI's case
4-traders (press release)September 5, 2011

It is the main, and often only, recourse available to victims of breaches of privacy like phone hacking, those who have suffered from professional negligence, victims of asbestos poisoning, the families of those killed at work, consumers, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Alexander Maslarski: It will be beneficial to consumers, if electronic ...
Focus NewsSeptember 3, 2011

In addition, the latest amendments to the Consumer Protection Act state that complaints must be signed. The issue was raised and discussed by the commission at its meeting on August 15. Two options were suggested to solve the issue and Mr. [Damyan] ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Legal Ground: Does a realtor have to tell you the truth?
Jerusalem PostSeptember 9, 2011

Shopkeepers, neighbors and relatives, answering an incidental inquiry that led to the purchase of the apartment, all claimed a commission, even though they had nothing to do with the property field or the real-estate market. The new law provided that ...more »

Jobs Act Analysis
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)September 12, 2011

Subsection (a) temporarily increases the size of contract surety bond that the Small Business Administration (SBA) can guarantee from $2000000 to $5000000. This will make it easier for small businesses to take advantage of contracting opportunities ...more »

Sports Law
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Testimony 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, Britt Johnsen, and edited by Regional Sports Coordinator Mark Remme.more »

Criminal Defense
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Battling Barratry: Lawyers Publicize New Law, Predict Its Impact
Texas LawyerSeptember 9, 2011

Most of the lawyers interviewed think the new law will cut down on barratry, but one disagrees. Edwards Law Firm founder William R. "Bill" Edwards Sr. says he's already seen another Corpus Christi lawyer's television commercial about the new law, ...more »

Back to School: Special Food Needs
ForbesSeptember 9, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. ...more »

Senior Power… My Generation's War
Berkeley Daily PlanetSeptember 30, 2011

People concerned about AD and its effect on families, the health care system and the country as a whole have lobbied for years for a national action plan. Advocates celebrated in December 2010, when Congress passed the National Alzheimer's Project Act, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Accomplished New Jersey Elder Law Firm Offers Free Asset Protection Seminars
Law Firm Newswire (press release)September 7, 2011

The team of New Jersey elder law attorneys is skilled in protecting assets and helping clients utilize government benefits such as Medicaid and Veteran's benefits. “It is never too early to start strategizing about how to protect your savings and what ...more »

Environmental Law
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Measures ease environmental permit process
The Desert SunSeptember 2, 2011

Pérez, who chairs the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy, said his law will provide the regulatory stability developers look for when siting their projects. “Smart policy choices such as this new law will help encourage a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Free Legal Clinics @ Your Library!
Pickens SentinelSeptember 2, 2011

September 15th's clinic will focus on Family Law Issues including: divorce, separation, custody, and visitation. On September 22, the topic will be Wills, Estates, and Probate. And on October 29, Magistrate Court Issues will be covered. ...more »

Family Law
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Prominent Judge Hosts TV's First Family Law Talk Show
PR Web (press release)September 15, 2011

Justice Harvey Brownstone, Canada's most well-known judge, surprised TV executives last week with the launch of his family law talk show, Family Matters. The show generated a huge buzz last week when the show was announced in an article by Kirk Makin ...more »

Workers Compensation
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New Paltz cop indicted in workers' comp fraud
Times Herald-RecordSeptember 26, 2011

KINGSTON — An inactive New Paltz police officer was arraigned Thursday on accusations of a long-running workers' compensation fraud totaling more than $50000.An Ulster County grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against ...more »


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