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SEC record purges at odds with other agencies
Washington PostSeptember 1, 2011

Law enforcement authorities in related lines of work have preserved records of inquiries even if those probes never led to charges against anyone. Regulators and archivists said that the records could be a valuable source of ...more »

Tips to protect yourself from fraudulent debt collectors
KMOV.comSeptember 1, 2011

LOUIS (KMOV) – With the tough economy, many St. Louisans continue to be under financial stress that could lead to a bill collector calling. But even if you owe money, you still have rights, and debt collectors must still play by the rules. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing postponed for teen charged in alleged Miss. hate crime
Jackson Clarion LedgerSeptember 6, 2011

Armed law enforcement officials in kevlar vests were scattered throughout the courtroom, beefing up the usual security. A group of teens stood with Dedmon's family at the back of the courtroom, and one of them appeared to wipe a tear from his eye when ...more »

Health Care Law
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Are new rules on health care and banks killing jobs?
CNNMoneySeptember 6, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) -- To many Republicans and business leaders, there's little doubt: The health care law and sweeping new Wall Street regulation -- two of President Obama's signature legislative victories -- are causing uncertainty and killing jobs ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Amazon deal could help state level playing field
San Francisco ChronicleSeptember 9, 2011

As to why California and San Francisco looked so good, "the level of deal investment activity can either be due to the number or size of private equity investments," he said. "But, it is clear that private equity plays a substantial role in San ...more »

Immigration Law
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'Rewriting of Act' puts offshore deals in doubt
ABC OnlineSeptember 1, 2011

It is unlikely, however, it will redraft the Immigration Act to allow offshore processing because the Greens, who control the Senate, would be certain to block such a bill. However Nauru, which will ratify the United Nations Refugee Convention this ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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No Surprises as China Appeals WTO Raw Materials Decision
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable DevelopmentSeptember 5, 2011

reduction of environmental pollution, freeing the economic development from the limitation by resource and alleviating the tense relations among coal, electricity, and oil,” China asserted. While WTO law with Article XX GATT provides for sensitive ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation Settles Disputes Peacefully
Patch.comSeptember 9, 2011

The projected time to schedule a hearing can be a few days or a few weeks versus a few months for other dispute resolution options. Most importantly, the relations of the parties can develop into a cooperative effort as opposed to the adversarial ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Status conference set in judicial bribery lawsuit
Houston ChronicleSeptember 9, 2011

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, USF&G Insurance Co., asked for the conference, saying the litigation has been on hold since December 2010 because of the criminal case against former attorney Paul Minor and former Harrison County Chancery Judge Wes Teel. ...more »

Animal Law
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Kangaroo's Powerful Kick Lands Man in Hospital
ABC News (blog)September 22, 2011

Caller: “My father-in-law got hurt by an animal, bad.” Caller: “All over. I don't know how to explain it, but it's bad. “ The 3-year-old male kangaroo was about 6 feet tall and weighed approximately 200 pounds. Kokas was discharged from the hospital ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IPAF's 'truth behind excuses' hopes to curb piracy
encoreSeptember 12, 2011

The Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (IPAF) today announced a new campaign off the back of research that showed 72% of consumers say they would stop illegal downloading if they received a notification from their ISP. ...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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Affirmative action opponents petition Supreme Court to review UT case
The American IndependentSeptember 21, 2011

By Teddy Wilson | 09.20.11 | 5:32 pm The University of Texas is once again embroiled in a possible Supreme Court case involving affirmative action in their admissions process. As the Austin American-Statesman reported, lawyers have filed a petition on ...more »

Checks - but no balance
Ha'aretzSeptember 10, 2011

But the terror attack also caused changes, most of them negative, in the attitude of the "security authorities" toward civil-aviation pilots everywhere in the world. During the past decade all of us pilots have been suspects. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Time for clarity
Inside HousingSeptember 20, 2011

I would urge ministers to take the time to listen to those who work in this sector day in day out to ensure that these new laws support both tenants and landlords alike and not bind them in needless red tape. Jonathan Hulley - lawyer at Clarke ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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New Jersey Governor Christie Sued by Unions Over Pension, Health Benefits
BloombergSeptember 1, 2011

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg June 28 (Bloomberg) -- Robert Grady, chairman of the New Jersey Investment Council, talks about a bill signed into law by Governor Chris Christie raising pension and health-care contributions by public employees. ...more »

Litigation
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BofA may need litigation trust for lawsuits
China PostSeptember 11, 2011

... an associate professor of law and economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and former litigation director of the old Federal Home Loan Bank Board during the run-up to the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. ...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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Plan to cut retirement outrages service members
NavyTimes.comSeptember 2, 2011

“Of all the places the government can cut spending, they are going to come after military benefits — after 10 years of war? “This proposal is a total affront to the men and women of today's armed forces,” said Worden, a Michigan native who left his ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Former volunteer firefighter sentenced in child porn case
Stamford TimesSeptember 15, 2011

Lt. James Matheny, commander of the Stamford Police Department's Bureau of Criminal Investigations, said the SPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed the search and seizure warrant on May 20, 2010 at approximately 7:30 am COMMENTING ...more »

Personal Injury
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Harrisburg PA Personal Injury Attorney Selected to Super Lawyers
Law Firm Newswire (press release)September 12, 2011

Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2011 – Freeburn & Hamilton, PC, is pleased to announce that its founder, Richard E. Freeburn, Esq., has been selected to SUPER LAWYERS, 2011 edition, as one of the top personal injury lawyers in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Asheville as a 'Cesspool of sin?' Now that hurts!
Asheville Citizen-TimesSeptember 13, 2011

The paper reported that he then added that “if he was a homosexual, he'd 'target' North Carolina to practice homosexual 'mischief' because there is no constitutional law prohibiting it.” Forester, who represents Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Wiley Rein LLP | Prior Knowledge Exclusion Bars Coverage for Legal Malpractice...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)September 7, 2011

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, applying Ohio law, has held that a claim for legal malpractice was not covered under a lawyers professional liability (LPL) policy because the claim was reasonably foreseeable at the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Error at the Heart of the Dodd-Frank Act
American Enterprise InstituteSeptember 6, 2011

Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, HR 4173, 111th Cong. (2010), §202(a)(1)(C). 9. "The Orderly Liquidation of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. under the Dodd-Frank Act," FDIC Quarterly 5, no. 2 (2011).more »

Real Estate Law
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Scott: Repeal more than 1000 state rules
MiamiHerald.comSeptember 5, 2011

Rick Scott is on a crusade to repeal more than 1000 state rules that target everything from dwarf tossing to gambling and real estate licenses. The rules — which are crafted by state agencies to implement laws passed by the Legislature — typically ...more »

CERTIFICATES OF INSURANCE: Understanding the Difference Between What Is ...
JD Supra (press release)September 1, 2011

Many business contracts require one or both parties to maintain a certain level of general liability, commercial automobile, umbrella/excess liability, and other specialized forms of insurance coverage. There can also be a further requirement that one ...more »

Sports Law
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What Minnesota's New Sports Concussion Law Means For You
Patch.comSeptember 14, 2011

Editor's note: 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, Jay Corn, Reece Lamppa and edited by Regional Sports Coordinator Mark ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cerabino: Celeb enlists top lawyer over spat with off-duty cop
Palm Beach PostSeptember 2, 2011

As South Florida police capers go, it's hard to beat the latest one, which involves singer Beyoncé's younger sister, noted criminal defense lawyer Roy Black, and a 5-foot-long inflatable banana. Solange, the Billy Carter of the ...more »

Zoeller sues former township trustee to recover public funds
Muncie Free PressSeptember 11, 2011

KOKOMO, Ind. - Today Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a civil lawsuit against a former Harrison Township trustee in Howard County seeking repayment of more than $16000 in public funds that are the ex-trustee's personal obligation and should ...more »

Failure of Alabama challenge to Voting Rights Act looms over Arizona suit
East Valley TribuneSeptember 22, 2011

The fight is over a section of the 1965 law that requires states with a history of discrimination to get “preclearance” from the US Department of Justice before implementing any changes in election law. These range from identification required at the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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How to asset protect your clients
Mortgage SolutionsSeptember 28, 2011

Mortgage broker Toby Clement, a partner at Kingswood Law, started actively promoting will and trusts, aka 'asset protection', to his clients back in the summer of 2009. The mortgage market was in tatters, and his income, like most brokers, ...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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Columbia Star
Columbia StarSeptember 22, 2011

Zion Baptist Church, along with the Historic Columbia Foundation, Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the Columbia Development Council, and the Zion Community Foundation are working to preserve City of Columbia Historical Landmark No. ...more »

Family Law
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If he seeks re-election, Gilbert owes voters an explanation
Your Houston NewsSeptember 4, 2011

While no attorney has formally announced intentions to run for Gilbert's seat, which is up for election next year, and Gilbert at least has not told the media whether he will seek re-election, the timing of the paternity case will put a cloud over any ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Bill would require breaks for babysitters
OCRegisterSeptember 1, 2011

The bill, called the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Act, would require that people who hire domestic workers not only pay them minimum wage (currently $8 an hour), but also pay overtime and provide workers' compensation. Employers would also have to ...more »

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