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Nevada AG joins anti-human trafficking effort
KVVU Las VegasSeptember 1, 2011

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto Wednesday announced she has joined 45 other attorneys general in asking a popular website to remove its advertising for adult services. It is feared the web service facilitates sex trafficking, ...more »

"Land grabs" mar Cambodia's boom, rattle investors
Reuters CanadaSeptember 1, 2011

The evictions and so-called "land grabs" have angered donors, putting at stake hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid as well as a trade scheme that gives Cambodian produce tariff-free access to the European Union. Kong Song is fighting back. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Post 9/11 Sikh and Muslim experiences get a hearing
Times of IndiaSeptember 5, 2011

"It is imperative for policy makers to help pass policies for inclusion of people of diversity in law enforcement agencies." Harsimran Kaur, legal director of the Sikh Coalition, suggested the media be more responsible in not inflaming public sentiment ...more »

Health Care Law
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Gay Partners Can Keep Arizona Health Benefits
Courthouse News ServiceSeptember 6, 2011

The federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld an injunction that bars enforcement of a 2009 law that eliminated health care coverage for domestic partners of Arizona employees. A year earlier, the state passed a voter-approved constitutional ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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VM Ybor neighborhood opposes Trinity Cafe's planned move
Tampabay.comSeptember 13, 2011

The price had to be right, the zoning had to work and the location had to be on bus lines that could be used by clients and volunteers, who serve meals and act as hosts. Still, Trinity applied for a waiver from city parking rules. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Deportation policy: Decree undermines law, harms jobless Americans
OregonLive.comSeptember 3, 2011

Through their elected Congress, Americans have the right to determine their nation's immigration policies. But now, the Obama administration has given much of that right away -- to the very people, indeed, who broke our law to get here. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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IDB hopes to walk away from 401 Union building downtown
Bizjournals.comSeptember 14, 2011

Members of the Davidson County Industrial Development Board today reviewed a potential agreement with Regions Bank of Birmingham, Ala., that would have the bank paying $150000 to cover costs the board incurred because of the property. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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The major fault line in BC's earthquake insurance regulations
Burnaby NowSeptember 10, 2011

Claims may be held up in dispute resolution and/or court cases where the customer disagrees with the insurer's opinion. Delays in payments will mean individual hardship as people try to cope with the damage and the broader economic recovery will be ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Kansas abortion law faces legal challenge
American Medical NewsSeptember 2, 2011

A spokesman for Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, the defendant in the lawsuit, said the legal complaint is under review. He declined to comment on the case. Since 2010, at least 13 states have enacted similar measures banning some or all ...more »

Animal Law
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OP-ED: An Animal Shelter Alliance Will Help Animals AND The Township
Patch.comSeptember 12, 2011

This op-ed article was submitted by Sandra Reynolds, an attorney and founder of the Animal Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. It was announced today that Glen Ridge has decided to cancel its animal control contract with Montclair and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Australia's innovation patent system under review
Clayton UtzSeptember 5, 2011

On 17 August, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) published an issues paper, “Review of the Innovation Patent System”. The closing date for submissions is 14 October 2011. Innovation patents provide a means of patent protection for a ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Law Review: Lawyer Jerome J. Shestack inspired many others | Philadelphia ...
Philadelphia InquirerSeptember 2, 2011

That changed a few years ago when I came to Philadelphia to write about the world of law firms and litigation. Shortly before leaving Washington, I had a chat with Shestack's old friend William Coleman, the former transportation secretary and key ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Has Gender-Based Affirmative Action Achieved Its Objectives?
UGPulse.comSeptember 13, 2011

There have been increasing voices arguing that affirmative action should be abolished to let women compete at an equal footing with men. By Risdel Kasasira Political representation for special interest groups through affirmative action has been one of ...more »

CIA rendition details 'revealed'
BBC NewsSeptember 1, 2011

Charter company Richmor Aviation and aviation broker SportsFlight have been engaged in a four-year legal dispute over the costs of the flights. The suspects were taken to CIA-run secret prisons around the world and the US detention camp at Guantanamo ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Guarantees and AGAs: Some clarity at last?
Shoosmiths legal updatesSeptember 2, 2011

Under the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995, a tenant's liability will usually end on lease assignment. Where it does, the only way that the assigning tenant can be kept on the hook is if it enters into a prescribed guarantee arrangement which ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Getting Car Title Loans Online with Bad Credit Becomes Easier with Loans of ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)September 1, 2011

Loans of America, a leading provider of online car title loans, is announcing the launch of their new website. The company is able to help people with bad credit use a car title loans to get money fast and easy. The new website will allow people to ...more »

Litigation
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Partner Jeffrey S. Grand To Speak At Fall Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Conferences
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)September 2, 2011

In July 2011, he was named Co-Liaison Counsel in In re Pelvic Mesh Litigation, by the Honorable Carol E. Higbee of the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Atlantic County, who is overseeing the centralized management for all transvaginal mesh or ...more »

Business Law
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Corrections: September 8
New York TimesSeptember 8, 2011

Because of an editing error, an article on Wednesday about the dismissal of Carol A. Bartz as chief executive of Yahoo misstated the company's share of online display advertising in the United States as estimated by the digital marketing research firm ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Buyback and Tricare
Federal Times (blog)September 1, 2011

Q. If I buy back my military time, will I maintain Tricare? I am a military retiree. Also, what is the reference for you answer. A. While I know that you won't lose any other military benefits, including Tricare, if you make a deposit for your ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Two Arrested for Computer-Hacking
Wall Street JournalSeptember 2, 2011

Police said the arrests were related to attacks carried out under the nickname "Kayla." Security specialists say "Kayla" was among those behind the hacking earlier this year of Californian-based Internet security firm HB Gary Federal LLC, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Referral plans may send insurance sky-high
Debt Management TodaySeptember 13, 2011

Claims firms often pay solicitors to pass on possible personal injury claims – on a no-win, no-fee basis. This technique has often been blamed for pushing insurance prices up – the average comprehensive policy now stands at nearly £1000. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional change would protect initiatives
Houston ChronicleSeptember 17, 2011

It is not easy to change state law with an initiative, and it generally takes more than 30000 signatures from many legislative districts. It will take nearly 50000 signatures to place before voters the proposal to change the Montana Constitution to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Defensive medicine practices could signal a new 'norm' in the climate of fear
Ortho SuperSiteSeptember 9, 2011

A testimony to that opinion is the continuous efforts by the trial lawyers lobby to overturn the MICRA law in California. On the other hand, any broader measures that would give physicians the feeling of immunity from malpractice litigation would not ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Renfrew contractor jailed, fined for not doing work
Ottawa CitizenSeptember 2, 2011

A Renfrew contractor was sentenced Thursday to 71 days in jail and his company was fined $90000 for violating the province's consumer protection act. According to a statement from the Ministry of Consumer Services, Philip Slobodzian, who ran PSC New ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Obama Signs Patent Law: Help to Real Estate?
Speaking of Real Estate (blog)September 16, 2011

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine President Obama signed into law today the most sweeping reforms to the US patent system in decades, and it holds out hope for real estate. A number of REALTOR® associations and MLSs have been hit ...more »

Developer files claim vs. city for $112M
Arizona Daily StarSeptember 2, 2011

A Scottsdale shopping mall developer filed a $112 million claim against Tucson for breach of contract after the city tried to sell nearby land for commercial development, despite restrictions against it. Barclay Group filed the claim, ...more »

Sports Law
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New Jersey makes push for legalized sports betting
Casino City TimesSeptember 19, 2011

Garden State voters in November will be asked to approve a nonbinding referendum that seeks to legalize sports betting. Actual bets could not be accepted until a federal law limiting legal sports betting is repealed or overturned. ...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 »

Woman pleads not guilty to chemo fraud charges
ForbesSeptember 14, 2011

The clinic was operated as a profit-sharing business, at least since 2009, according to IRS records. The clinic had an IRS lien in 2007 for more than $4000, but there's no other indication the facility had financial troubles. In 2009, Sachdeva founded ...more »

Equal Employment Commission files age discrimination suit on behalf of former ...
Corpus Christi Caller TimesSeptember 21, 2011

The EEOC also claims the agency attempted to get Star Tex to voluntarily comply with age discrimination laws before resorting to the lawsuit, the filing states. In the filing, the EEOC seeks back wages and other pay, damages and hiring Champion into a ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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7 Common Misperceptions About Intellectual Property
IPWatchdog.comSeptember 23, 2011

The next rival to the power of McDonald's logo or Coca-Cola trade secret. I wear my nerd moniker proudly. 2. Intellectual property operates in a vacuum. There is a tendency to think of IP as this nebulous, weird, confusing body of law that operates in ...more »

Environmental Law
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Chadbourne & Parke Strengthens IP Practice With Addition of Brian Pollack
PR Newswire (press release)September 1, 2011

... and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, executive compensation and employee benefits, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates, and government contract matters. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local attorneys offer free legal clinics
ABC NEWS 4September 8, 2011

20: End of life issues, health care power of attorney, living wills, DNR orders and power of attorney, featuring attorney Robin Grossman Poliakoff. The clinic will be held from 10 to 11 am at the Lowcountry Senior Center located at 865 Riverland Drive ...more »

Family Law
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Expert: Blanks separation unlikely to impact Falcons
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionSeptember 2, 2011

In 2001, the Smiths finalized the sale of the Falcons to Blank, who paid $545 million for the franchise. Since then the Blanks have been among Atlanta's most active philanthropists and vowed in their statement to remain "as committed as ever to their ...more »

Workers Compensation
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BOWMAN v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comSeptember 1, 2011

Petitioner Bruce Bowman (Claimant) petitions for review of an order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board), which reversed the decision of a Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) granting Claimant`s petition to reinstate workers' compensation...more »

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