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Calif. woman sentenced in Alaska credit card scam
San Jose Mercury NewsSeptember 1, 2011

Amber Marquardt, 25, of Oakland, Calif., pleaded guilty to bank and credit card fraud. As part of a plea agreement, US District Judge Ralph Beistline sentenced her to 16 months in prison and the repayment of $124000—the amount prosecutors say she ...more »

A Shipping Line Is Crossed
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

But market freight rates had tumbled to under $20 a ton. BRS brought the two sides together and, after months of negotiation, cut a new deal for nine ships at $25 a ton. A Cosco cargo ship sails at the Kaohsiung port in Taiwan. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Fact-finding hearing begins for 11-year-old charged with murder
Reporter-TimesSeptember 6, 2011

In the background, other dispatchers are heard calling for emergency medical services and law enforcement to go to the scene. Butler tells Harrington that he put the weapon back in his parent's room. At one point Butler says “I don't know how the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law targets premiums
STLtoday.comSeptember 2, 2011

WASHINGTON • Health insurers will have to start publicly justifying big rate increases, according to a new requirement of the health care law implemented Thursday to put pressure on insurance companies to hold down skyrocketing premiums. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Local industries respond to Jones Act waivers
Daily CometSeptember 4, 2011

Gulf industries have expressed outrage over the Obama's administration to waive a key piece of federal legislation that protects the local maritime industry from foreign competition. In June, the administration issued a blanket waiver of the Jones Act ...more »

Immigration Law
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The Edge of Immigration
The Cutting EdgeSeptember 5, 2011

For a year, much of it while the boy remained in jail, Podkul shepherded the process of petitioning US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and asking that the youth be granted a visa for trafficking victims who cooperate with law enforcement. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Draft land Bill is a 'retrograde' step: CREDAI
Hindu Business LineSeptember 5, 2011

Mr Lalit Kumar Jain, National President, Credai, said the proposed law is a 'huge setback' for industrial development and urbanisation. Bringing private acquisition of land under the ambit of this law which covers rehabilitation and resettlement is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mining Giant Backs New Australian International Arbitration Rules
BernamaSeptember 2, 2011

... International-AsiaNet/ -- Vice President of Litigation BHP Billiton, Mr Damian Lovell has today welcomed the introduction of the new ACICA Arbitration Rules designed to speed up the resolution of cross border and international commercial disputes. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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North Chicago expected to settle wrongful death suit
Chicago Sun-TimesSeptember 3, 2011

He said the city's insurance company is investigating details of the case. “We're looking into what transpired,” he said. “It's pending litigation.” The North Chicago City Council is expected to approve Monday a reported $1 million settlement of a ...more »

Animal Law
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Jail call over Malaysian 'pet hotel from hell'
MSN Philippines NewsSeptember 6, 2011

An animal rights group in Malaysia called Tuesday for the owners of a pet-boarding business where hundreds of filthy, hungry and neglected cats were discovered to face jail. The case marks the latest in a series of animal cruelty incidents in Malaysia, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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HydraLogic to sell subsidiaries, intellectual property to lender
Winnipeg Free PressSeptember 16, 2011

H) said Friday it has signed a deal to sell shares in two of its subsidiaries as well as all of its intellectual property. In exchange, an international investment group will forgive US$2.43 million in debt that Hydralogic owes. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Justices say McKenna can challenge health care law
Seattle Post IntelligencerSeptember 1, 2011

McKenna believes the health care law is unconstitutional because of a requirement that individuals without health insurance must purchase private insurance or face a fine. McKenna is a Republican now running for governor. Gregoire, a Democrat, has said ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Wis. labor leaders look ahead following tough year
Houston ChronicleSeptember 3, 2011

Scott Walker's bill taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights for public workers. "There's a lot to be concerned about right now as far as the labor movement in the United States," said Paul Secunda, a labor law professor and program ...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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Tenants challenge explicit orders to remove their veggie patch.
Straight.comSeptember 14, 2011

“But that doesn't have any impact on the hearing; it's strictly contractual,” Durning added. “What did the tenants contract? What did the landlord contract with them? What rights did he allow them to have? And under our tenancy law and contract law, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Tips for becoming successful landlord
Your Houston NewsSeptember 11, 2011

Expect the phone to ring with questions and repair requests. If you're not the handyman type, establish good relationships with electricians, plumbers and carpenters who are willing to work within your budget and do repairs on short notice. ...more »

Litigation
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Dr Reddy's Lab gains on settling patent litigation with Pfizer
India Infoline.comSeptember 2, 2011

In a statement, Dr Reddy's Laboratories said the settlement with Pfizer is for resolving litigation related to Lipitor tablets of strengths 10 milligram (mg), 20 mg, 40 mg, and 80 mg, known generically as Atorvastatin calcium tablets. ...more »

Business Law
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ConocoPhillips defends handling of China oil spill
ForbesSeptember 5, 2011

... falsely claiming to have stopped and cleaned up the seeps. ConocoPhillips ( COP - news - people ) said in a statement Monday it is committed to complying with the law and conducting business "with the highest ethical standards" in China and elsewhere.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DADT Case Gets Appeal Hearing
Care2.com (blog)September 2, 2011

by Steve W. Thursday saw the Obama administration go before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to argue why a court case against the federal government over the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” (DADT) policy, which bans gay and lesbian military personnel from ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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15 arrested in cyber sting in Volusia County
Orlando SentinelSeptember 6, 2011

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office conducted the operation in conjunction with the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the State Attorney's Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and several Central Florida law...more »

Personal Injury
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Lawsuits filed
Longview News-JournalSeptember 12, 2011

Michael Lee Murphy, auto personal injury/damages 2011-1970-B Maria Griselda Sanchez, individually and as next friend of Eugenio Oronoa, a minor v. Norberto Cazares Vazquez, auto personal injury/damages 2011-1987-B Charles McClendon v. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge says Fla. docs can talk about guns
CBS NewsSeptember 15, 2011

MIAMI - A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a first-in-the-nation law that restricted what Florida physicians can say about guns to their patients. US District Judge Marcia Cooke ruled Wednesday that the law violates the Constitution's free ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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How private firms have cashed in on the climate of fear since 9/11
The GuardianSeptember 5, 2011

Incidents of malpractice and fraud by contracting firms – whom critics call modern-day mercenaries – are legion. One of the most infamous was the Baghdad battle involving Blackwater that saw 17 Iraqi civilians killed in 2007. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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M&T's CEO Says Dodd-Frank Won't Prevent Another Financial Crisis
MarketWatch (press release)September 22, 2011

22, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In a keynote address at the American Banker Regulatory Symposium this week, M&T Bank Chairman and CEO Robert G. Wilmers said that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act failed to address key ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The American Lawyer Finds Money Not Buying Associate Loyalty
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. ALM's market-leading brands include The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, ...more »

Image courtesy City of Austin
Austin Chronicle (blog)September 19, 2011

The contract joins two other recent wind purchases that put the city just 5% away from its goal of 35% renewable energy sources by 2020. Item 5: An agreement between the Greater Austin-Travis County Regional Radio System (GATRRS) and Austin Community ...more »

Sports Law
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Bulletin Board
Press HeraldSeptember 5, 2011

The University of Maine School of Law and Preti Flaherty will host a sports law symposium on athletes' rights from 3 to 5 pm Sept. 13 at the University of Southern Maine's Abromson Community Education Center in Portland. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Curtis Harrison, Divorce Lawyer in Plano, Recognized as Texas Super Lawyer
PR Web (press release)September 15, 2011

AHR practice areas include business litigation and transactions, employment law, criminal defense, divorce and family law, collaborative law, estate planning, wills and probate. For more information about Albin Harrison Roach, ...more »

Guest Post: Tax Reform
ForbesSeptember 2, 2011

Years ago, I found myself sitting in law school in Moot Court wearing an oversized itchy blue suit. It was a horrible experience. In a desperate attempt to avoid anything like that in the future I enrolled in a tax course. I loved it. ...more »

Sharp rise in certain Employment Tribunal cases
B P Collins Buckinghamshire and Thames Valey SolicitorsSeptember 6, 2011

In addition, Age Discrimination cases saw a 32 per cent rise over the 12-month period. The increase came despite an overall fall in claims of eight per cent. Of 382400 jurisdictional claims received, 30 per cent concerned the Working Time Directive, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Overseas Banks Pursue 'Living-Will' Exemption
Wall Street JournalSeptember 13, 2011

... proposed in the original legislation, part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed last year. Some lawyers for banks said that focusing on asset size and where a bank's operations are located misses the larger point. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Sino Bioenergy Salutes China Energy Policy
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

The Chinese government is implementing multiple policies to promote renewable energy. China invested US$34.6 billion into clean energy in 2009, an amount ranked #1 among G20 countries, and almost twice of that of the US The Renewable Energy Law passed ...more »

Wills & Probate
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State's First Private Forensics Lab Opens in Little Rock
Arkansas Business OnlineSeptember 2, 2011

In addition, it can offer over-the-counter paternity testing kits, private testing for families, and paternity testing for wills and immigration and probate services. AG has invested $1.4 million in equipment with more to come, Threet said. ...more »

Family Law
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Slater & Gordon launches fixed fee service
The New LawyerSeptember 9, 2011

The family law-only service is expected to be rolled out nationally after Victoria, the firm said. Slater & Gordon will be the first national law firm to offer a fixed fee service covering every stage of a family law matter up to and including court ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma's workers' comp rates may decline for first time in 8 years, governor ...
NewsOK.comSeptember 12, 2011

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Leave a comment Legislation overhauling the workers' compensation system that passed this year's legislative session already is turning up benefits for the state, Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday. ...more »

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