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A Franchise Star Anchors The Newest Madden
Kotaku AustraliaSeptember 1, 2011

Disaster struck in week nine when I lost my starting right tackle, Khalif Barnes, for the year with a busted tailbone. Two weeks later, I lost my starting right guard, Cooper Carlisle, effectively for the year with a partial ACL tear. ...more »

Pixieland Employee Arrested For Having Child Porn
KTVU San FranciscoSeptember 1, 2011

... is related to the park's owners. Police say that about 10:30 am, investigators with the local Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force arrested 33-year-old Christopher Michael Hull, a Pixieland employee, for possessing child pornography. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing set for Enbridge pipeline plan
WOOD-TVSeptember 1, 2011

An administrative law judge will hold a pre-hearing (scheduling conference) with attorneys on Sept. 21. Hearings will be set before the judge, who will make a recommendation to the service commission, which will consider the matter and render an ...more »

Health Care Law
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Dems propose health care legislation
UW Badger HeraldSeptember 9, 2011

While President Obama's health care law continues to face strong opposition nationally, a bill recently proposed to both houses of state Legislature would keep health insurance companies from refusing clients because of pre-existing ...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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Terraferma: Venice Film Review
Hollywood ReporterSeptember 4, 2011

The film contrasts Italy's traditional humanist values to inhuman new laws aimed at stemming illegal immigration and insists it's morally imperative to rebel against them. Its main commercial outlet will certainly be Italy, where the terrible clash ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Good intentions and the law
The Citizen.com (blog)September 1, 2011

It was to “offer a job creation grant for the 'Project Z' expansion in the Peachtree City Industrial Park, according to the minutes of that meeting. The vote in the two-minute meetings was 4-to-0 in favor of the grant. No amount was given on the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Pendulum must swing on jobs
Independent OnlineSeptember 2, 2011

With the world's largest dispute resolution centre in Joburg (the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, or CCMA) we are clearly doing something wrong. Such a level of dispute and conflict is not in keeping with international norms. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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DA seeks to block release of certain records regarding Jackson's death
Los Angeles Wave NewspapersSeptember 1, 2011

As trial in the death of Michael Jackson gets ready to begin, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is trying to delay the release of certain records regarding his death that also relate to a civil litigation regarding insurance. ...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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TruePosition Acquires Intellectual Property from Rosum
Financial PostSeptember 8, 2011

TruePosition, Inc., a leading provider of wireless location technologies and solutions and a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, today announced that it has acquired all of Rosum Corporation's intellectual property portfolio. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Michigan affirmative action, ban to face appeal
MSU State NewsSeptember 13, 2011

Almost as soon as it was resurrected affirmative action might soon be buried for good in Michigan. On Friday, Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the US Court of Appeals decided to revisit the ruling and might deem the ban legal after all, ...more »

Wait for FDI from foreign carriers to continue
Hindustan TimesSeptember 4, 2011

PTI Indian carriers hoping to attract investments from foreign airlines may have to wait longer as the government is yet to finalise its stand on a civil aviation ministry proposal sent three years ago. The proposal to allow foreign airlines to invest ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Law allows landlords to claim multiple homestead exemptions
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteSeptember 18, 2011

What many people may not readily realize is that when anything gives relief, such as a homestead or senior exemption, the tax burden tends to shift to other properties, such as commercial, industrial or other residential properties, McMillen said. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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DeLand bankruptcy attorney disciplined for mishandling cases disbarred
Daytona Beach News-JournalSeptember 2, 2011

J. Christopher Rich, 42, had been suspended from practicing law last year for not providing "diligent representation" in handling several bankruptcy cases. This week, he became one of 23 lawyers across the state to be disciplined. ...more »

Litigation
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Patent Overhaul to Curb Litigation, Encourages Innovation
MobilediaSeptember 7, 2011

New legislation may revolutionize patent creation and litigation in the tech industry, as infringement lawsuits escalate among mobile companies. The Senate voted the pass the America Invents Act, ...more »

Business Law
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Rob Samouce: Doggie DNA to catch owners who don't scoop the poop
Naples Daily NewsSeptember 3, 2011

... of their associations, covenant enforcement, assessment collections, contract negotiations and contract litigation, real estate transactions, general business law, construction defect litigation and other general civil litigation matters. ...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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Credit card numbers swiped
Northern Virginia DailySeptember 8, 2011

Authorities urge credit card holders to report any suspicious account activity to the bank or business involved. Local law enforcement agencies also suggest possible victims of fraud can save time by filing a report with the Internet Crime Complaint ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney Opens New Office And Celebrates 10 Years of ...
The Open Press (press release)September 6, 2011

Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney, Joseph P. McClelland, LLC understands and represents those who were hurt. He holds memberships in the New York and Georgia Bar and had represented clients in the Superior Court, Court of Appeals, and United States ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge: Florida's drug possession law is constitutional; rejects 'guilty mind ...
Sun-SentinelSeptember 8, 2011

In a move that disappointed but didn't surprise defense attorneys, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a state drug law that is used in roughly a third of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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STINNETT v. TAM
Leagle.comSeptember 2, 2011

This case involves a provision of MICRA which limits the recovery of so-called "noneconomic" damages to a maximum of $250000 in any action against a health care provider based on professional negligence. The statute, Civil Code section 3333.2, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Tru Talent signs settlement, closes its doors
Fox 13 Now - Salt Lake CitySeptember 4, 2011

"They are agreeing, by signing this, that they've violated the consumer sales practices act and have indicated they will not do it again," said Francine Giani with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection. "There's no question we would not be able to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Judge denies WexTrust receiver's deal with law firm
The Virginian-PilotSeptember 3, 2011

The federal judge overseeing the recovery of funds for WexTrust Capital investors rejected a proposed settlement with the Chicago law firm that advised WexTrust on several of its flawed securities offerings. An agreement the WexTrust ...more »

New York City awards contract for bike hire scheme launching next summer
road.ccSeptember 15, 2011

The scheme will use similar bikes and infrastructure to those in use in the Bixi scheme in Montreal and the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme in London, and in common with the British capital, New York City is seeking a commercial sponsor for the initiative, ...more »

Sports Law
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News in brief
Westfair OnlineSeptember 9, 2011

The program includes a panel discussion on business transactions in sports law. The exposition will run from 8:30 am to noon Tuesday in the moot court room at Pace Law Library. Registration starts at 8 am Rye-based Curemark LLC, a biotechnology company ...more »

Criminal Defense
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U.S. v. BARRAZA
Leagle.comSeptember 9, 2011

Manuel Barraza was a state court judge and former criminal defense attorney in El Paso, Texas. A jury found Barraza guilty of two counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements, stemming from Barraza's use of his position as a state ...more »

Iowa Supreme Court: Just because it looks like a drug doesn't mean it's a drug
DesMoinesRegister.com (blog)September 23, 2011

Justices this morning upheld the original Dubuque County court decision, reasoning that the bank had failed to make the proper objections to preserve its appeal and that the former IRS agent who had been called to testify was not a CPA and therefore ...more »

Employers may now face baby boomers' discrimination claims
South Florida Business JournalSeptember 2, 2011

As baby boomers age, they're looking behind them for who might be in line for their jobs – and wondering if they've been discriminated against, said April Boyer, an employment law partner in the Miami office of law firm K&L Gates . ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Brooks Paley, J.D., LL.M., Managing Principal of Paley Law Corporation ...
PR Newswire (press release)September 8, 2011

Mr. Paley is a Los Angeles-based attorney who specializes in strategic wealth transfers and the mitigation of estate, gift and generation skipping transfer taxes. His practice areas include estate and trust planning, estate and trust administration, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Ygrene Energy Fund Florida Awarded Landmark Energy Retrofit Program
Sacramento BeeSeptember 8, 2011

PACE operates under State law and allows property owners to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and wind-hardening retrofits on their buildings. Besides benefiting property owners through reduced energy and insurance bills, the programs provide ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Thomas Begley joins Capehart Scatchard
The Mt. Laurel TelegramSeptember 16, 2011

The Moorestown resident joins the Mt. Laurel law firm as chairman of its trusts and estates department. By Tim Ronaldson Capehart Scatchard announced that Thomas D. Begley III has joined the law firm as chairman of its trusts and estates department. ...more »

Family Law
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Argument outside court injures two deputies
Pittsburgh Post GazetteSeptember 9, 2011

A man and woman involved in a child-custody case were arrested Thursday after their domestic dispute at the Family Law Center, Downtown, escalated into a full-scale confrontation involving sheriff's deputies, two of whom suffered minor injuries. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Man who contracted asbestosis not entitled to workers comp: SC high court
Business InsuranceSeptember 7, 2011

During that time, he was exposed regularly to asbestos dust from insulation products, court records state. Mr. Skinner also was a National Guard reservist and left Westinghouse in 1983 to work full-time for the National Guard earning more than he did ...more »

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