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Staff director of super-committee in Congress comes well trained
Crosscut (blog)September 1, 2011

Bob Packwood (R), who hired him in 1990 as tax counsel to Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee. Packwood, still regarded as one of Washington's most-knowledgeable sources on taxation, orchestrated a nearly unanimous tax-reform measure in 1986, ...more »

Corrections supervisor investigated
KRQESeptember 1, 2011

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) - A top dog with the state's Probation and Parole department, who is already being investigated for allegedly cheating on his time card, is facing another investigation for shooting a gun on prison grounds. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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State not OK with ruling
Tbo.comSeptember 1, 2011

The state agency that oversees the workforce alliance — Florida's Agency for Workforce Innovation — filed an exception Monday to an administrative law judge's order. The state agency said the Tampa Bay alliance should repay $125258. ...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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Emory Law Expert in 'Titanic' Case to Lecture in Atlanta Sept. 26
GlobalAtlantaSeptember 8, 2011

...admiralty and legal history, will be giving a lecture on “public law and custom” at 4 pm on Sept. 26. In private practice, Dr. Bederman has been involved with many cases involving the law of the sea, maritime law and shipwreck disputes, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Op-Ed: Canada needs to change immigration detention and release rules
DigitalJournal.comSeptember 1, 2011

There are weaknesses in release and detention provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and these need to be changed. A good starting point would be to compare the detention and release criteria with the judicial interim release ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Can UK talent make white shoe firms a good fit in Hong Kong?
The LawyerSeptember 5, 2011

In addition, HKEx estimates that there were 187.2 million equity transactions during 2010, but according to the Law Society of England and Wales there are around 6500 practising solicitors in Hong Kong. The real challenge, then, is less for clients and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Ex-NJ Supreme Court Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto joins Cherry Hill law firm
NJ.comSeptember 6, 2011

Rivera-Soto, former general counsel to Sands Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, joined Ballard Spahr where he will specialize in appellate work, construction dispute resolution, gaming and complex commercial litigation. "Serving on the Supreme Court of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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SemGroup lawsuit returns to district court
Tulsa WorldSeptember 15, 2011

Freeh's report, however, had no indictment power, and none of the SemGroup executives have been charged with a crime. SemGroup LP, meanwhile, reorganized itself under 17 months of bankruptcy protection and emerged as SemGroup Corp. in December 2009. ...more »

Animal Law
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6 months not adequate, say animal rights group
The Sun DailySeptember 7, 2011

PETALING JAYA (Sept 7, 2011): Animal rights groups while cautiously optimistic at a bill that is expected to impose heavier penalties for animal abuse, say the proposed six-month jail term is not adequate. Veterinary Services Department (VSD) ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Philippines seizing 'record amounts' of fake goods
AFPSeptember 19, 2011

MANILA — The Philippines is seizing record amounts of fake goods, most of them from China, showing the government's commitment to enforcing intellectual property rights, a government watchdog said Monday. In the first eight months of 2011, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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IEA Loses Challenge to Luna Law, Will Appeal
Boise WeeklySeptember 30, 2011

Idaho's teachers union has lost its District Court battle against one of the so-called "Luna laws." The Idaho Education Association formally challenged Senate Bill 1008, which reworked school districts' collective bargaining process. ...more »

9/11 Commission Report Card: Aviation Screening System 'Falls Short'
National Defense Magazine (blog)September 1, 2011

11, 2001 attacks, a report card on the 9/11 Commission's recommendations says the nation is “still highly vulnerable to aviation security threats.” “We are not satisfied with TSA's explosives screening capability,” the National Security Preparedness ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Re: Fashola, on tenancy law
Daily SunSeptember 9, 2011

Finally, let me add a comment on the cheap emotional rubbish that has been peddled to support this law. It is claimed tenants don't pay rent in advance in any other country. This is utter nonsense. When you take a lease of a property for 2, 5, 10, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Have You Ever Litigated Over a Good Contract?
Student Operated PressSeptember 21, 2011

Generally speaking, there are three types of contracts most of us are familiar with: the first type is what lawyers call contracts of adhesion. These contracts are drafted entirely by one side " always the one with the superior bargaining power " where ...more »

Litigation
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30 Turner Padget shareholders named among Best Lawyers in America for 2012
SCNowSeptember 7, 2011

In addition, the firm is ranked as the top law firm in South Carolina in six areas: Arbitration, Legal Malpractice, Mediation, Municipal Law, Municipal Litigation, and Trusts and Estates Litigation. Turner Padget is ranked as the top law firm in ...more »

Business Law
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Ruling on beer ad significant
Bizcommunity.comSeptember 19, 2011

Natasha Wright, an associate at Adams & Adams, the law firm acting for SAB elaborates, "In the advertisement, Vuyo and his friends come across a young musician playing an instrument. Vuyo's friend states, 'You know, Vuyo sees things that other people ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Community briefs: Girl Scout creates websites for military
Arizona Daily SunSeptember 10, 2011

Every raffle ticket purchased benefits St. Joseph's Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute. The cutoff to enter into the Final Draw is midnight, Thursday, Sept. 22. The Final Draw will take place Thursday, Sept. 29. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Hacking Crackdown 'Targets Dissent'
Wall Street JournalSeptember 5, 2011

Officials say illegal data transactions have been on the rise in recent months. “Penalizing these violations helps sever the profit chain of hacking and other related crimes,” the official Xinhua news agency reported this week.more »

Personal Injury
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Understanding Your Cyber-Risk Policy
PropertyCasualty360September 1, 2011

Many policyholders are surprised to learn that a standard CGL policy likely would not apply to a technology or cyber-privacy claim, notwithstanding that the form typically includes coverage for “property damage” and “personal and advertising injury. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Nepal: Doctrine of necessity is vulnerable on any ground
Telegraphnepal.comSeptember 5, 2011

The decision of the court only gives continuity to this status quo on the strength of a doctrine which is controversial as far as the constitutional law is concerned. It does not help the process of change. The problem lies there. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Jacko's doc represents rise in criminal prosecutions
Thomson Reuters News & InsightSeptember 12, 2011

In civil suits, doctors' legal bills are usually covered by their malpractice insurance plans, which don't extend to criminal charges. The AMA has argued that the civil tort system is sufficient for holding doctors accountable for negligent or ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC Filing: Alpha Natural Resources Receives Notice of Safety Concerns
Citybizlist (press release)September 6, 2011

On July 21, 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act was enacted. Section 1503 of the Dodd-Frank Act contains new reporting requirements regarding mine safety, including disclosing on a Current Report on Form 8-K the receipt of a ...more »

Real Estate Law
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AP source: Man injured by Mich. car bomb a lawyer
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionSeptember 21, 2011

The firm's website says Chappell mostly handles business litigation in Ohio, Michigan and federal courts but also works in family law, such as divorce, and real estate. No one answered the door at the Chappell home mid-afternoon Wednesday. ...more »

Nominal GDP up 15 pc in Q1
Business Today OmanSeptember 4, 2011

However, the offering is subject to a law which is still under consideration in the cabinet to allow firms to sell 25 per cent stake through IPOs. Currently, as per the commercial law, a company needs to dilute a minimum of 40 per cent stake if it ...more »

Sports Law
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Catawba welcomes new faculty members
Salisbury PostSeptember 1, 2011

Dr. Tom Appenzeller – associate professor of athletic training — You might say that Appenzeller inherited his academic interest in sport law. His father, Herb Appenzeller, a coach and athletic director at Guilford College for 31 years, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Felony Worthless Check Charges Reduced to Two Misdemeanor Offenses in Wake County
U.S. Politics TodaySeptember 30, 2011

North Carolina criminal defense attorney Patrick Roberts of Roberts Law Group helped client fight felony worthless check charges. RALEIGH, NC, September 30, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- When a man fell on difficult financial times and couldn't pay his ...more »

Paper Tiger: Taxpayers' ombudsman lacks any real power
Ottawa CitizenSeptember 24, 2011

Most notably, the US advocate has the power to correct an IRS action that may have created an unfair situation or hardship for a taxpayer. Nor can the advocate's decision be appealed. The advocate's case workers can also issue formal requests to compel ...more »

Train managers to avoid tribunals, businesses urged
Fresh Business ThinkingSeptember 14, 2011

However, there were significant increases in claims relating to the European Working Time Directive (up by 20 per cent), age discrimination (up by 32 per cent), and regulations for part-time workers (almost trebled). The report also showed that of the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Perpetual Asks: Is your nest egg protected?
PR Leap (press release)September 1, 2011

Chris Balalovski, Perpetual Private Clients Head of Strategic Advice, talks about the importance of asset protection in today's environment. What is asset protection and why is it important? Asset protection is about using sophisticated and legally ...more »

Environmental Law
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The Green Jobs, Clean Energy Scam
Canada Free PressSeptember 8, 2011

The cost of Green “solutions” to non-existant environmental problems is proving particularly evident as reports reveal that “renewable energy” companies rapidly fail when federal subsidies are ended or spent. A case in point was the Senate vote in June ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Jinaro Kibet named CMA tribunal chairman
Kenya Broadcasting CorporationSeptember 6, 2011

He has extensive experience in private legal practice since his admission to the Bar in 1989 with broad experience in commercial and civil law, conveyancing, divorce and family law, wills and probate, trademarks and trust law. ...more »

Family Law
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Abduction law to punish fly-away dads and mothers
Sydney Morning HeraldSeptember 10, 2011

The Family Law Council has told the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, new criminal charges need to be created to punish parents. ''The [existing] legislation does not cover the situation where a parent takes a child overseas with the other parent's ...more »

Workers Compensation
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REVIEW: 'Workers' Comp' pilot professional and funny
Sarasota Herald-TribuneSeptember 1, 2011

I'm the first to admit I did not have high expectations for the pilot episode of "Workers' Comp," the comedy by Harrison Sanborn and Camille Landon based on the experiences of Landon's mother, Dori Sperko, running a business that ...more »

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