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AFL-CIO Providing $134M for Penn South's Rehabilitation
Citybizlist Real EstateSeptember 1, 2011

The union's pension capital will be used to renovated the 10-building complex and create 610 union construction jobs in the process. Wells Fargo has partnered with the union on the loan. "Our investment is helping sustain a vital urban community that ...more »

Shell, Malabu $1.3 billion oil deal questions FG indigenisation plan
BusinessDaySeptember 1, 2011

For instance, to transfer the block will mean drafting a new contract. One analyst even said: “Under the arrangement that we have seen, NNPC [Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation] is not going to be involved in the operations of potentially Nigeria ...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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Another 'Victory' for Obama's Health Care Law?
Huffington Post (blog)September 9, 2011

The court rejected this notion, calling its passage a "smokescreen for Virginia's attempted vindication of its citizens' interest." In any event, the federal health care law does not impact Virginia's sovereign interests. Where does all this leave us ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Anti-terrorist police arrest six men in Birmingham
The GuardianSeptember 19, 2011

Photograph: David Jones/PA Counter-terrorism officers have arrested seven people, fearing they were in the "advanced stages" of planning a mass-casualty attack on the British mainland, the Guardian has learned. The arrests were made in Birmingham, ...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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Renewable energy law may be revised
ABS CBN NewsSeptember 6, 2011

A few months ago the DOE requested the World Bank to bring in some experts and review the law. Clearly they have identified areas that could be improved," Almendras said. The Philippines already has one of the highest industrial power rates in Asia, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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The Racists Are Coming! Campaign Against Sharia Law a Threat to Indian Country
Indian Country Today Media Network.comSeptember 6, 2011

Porter, who admits to not knowing much about Islam, warns against any religious discrimination. “The Creator did a good job and nobody needs to change us—it doesn't matter if it's Islam or Catholic or Jewish. As long as they respect other religions ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Settling an Insurance Claim: When to Hire a Professional
CBS MoneyWatch.com (blog)September 16, 2011

Don't seek the counsel of a family layer, but instead seek an attorney who specializes in the practice of law in the areas of Plaintiffs Insurance Coverage or Bad Faith Litigation. The insurance company will use a very skilled insurance defense ...more »

Animal Law
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Hearings for animal law, rezoning for motorcycle shop set
Lexington DispatchSeptember 9, 2011

First, the city council will hold a public hearing on proposed animal law changes that call for setbacks of dog runs and kennels near streets and sidewalks. The proposal also addresses the leashing and tethering of animals and makes it illegal for the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Microsoft Nabs Acer, Viewsonic in Android Patent Deals
eWeekSeptember 8, 2011

“We are pleased that Acer is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android's IP issues,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of intellectual property and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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YUN MEI FU v. HOLDER
Leagle.comSeptember 5, 2011

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Jennifer L. Lightbody, Senior Litigation Counsel; Edward E. Wiggers, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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3 state agencies face EEOC suits on age bias
Minneapolis Star TribuneSeptember 27, 2011

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed three nearly identical lawsuits in federal court Monday alleging that the agencies violated age discrimination laws when they signed collective bargaining agreements that included health and ...more »

Arinc Eyes Russian Expansion For Commercial And Business Aviation
Aviation WeekSeptember 12, 2011

Arinc plans to set up a Russian office next year to tap growth in commercial and business aviation in the market. The aviation electronics specialist already has contracts with Russian airports and business jet operators for its ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Law gives landlords new protections on damage
Helena Independent RecordSeptember 20, 2011

“It's a possibility, with law enforcement involved, that there is a better chance that I might educate them to not destroy the landlord's property,” Trippet said. Education on the law change, and other landlord-tenant relations, is already taking place ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Spanish Banks' Bad Loans Ratio Climbs to Highest in 17 Years
BloombergSeptember 19, 2011

Inigo Vega, a Spanish banks analyst at Credit Agricole Cheuvreux, said in a Sept. 15 report he didn't expect bad loans to peak “any time soon” as corporate insolvencies keep growing. Slowing growth in Spain as the European debt crisis pushes up the ...more »

Litigation
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Patent law overhaul expected to limit litigation, spur filings
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewSeptember 16, 2011

The most significant changes to patent law in 60 years go into effect today -- and experts say they will limit litigation, spur more filings to protect inventors and put the United States on the same footing as patent systems overseas. ...more »

Business Law
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People in Business
Houston ChronicleSeptember 18, 2011

David V. Wilson II, shareholder with the Houston-based law firm of Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering, PC has been appointed the 2012 Chair of the DRI Construction Law Committee, which consists of approximately 1200 lawyers across the United States who ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pilot Program at Military Hospital Indicates Benefits of Touch Therapies
Massage MagazineSeptember 22, 2011

Results of a pilot program at a major military hospital indicate the hospital's employees would benefit from a wellness center that employs complementary and alternative therapies, including touch therapies. "The objectives of this study were to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI takes over for Microsoft in spam-network takedown
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)September 22, 2011

In the case of Rustock, Microsoft researchers found that just one infected computer was able to send out 7500 spam messages in 45 minutes – or as many as 240000 emails a day. In March, Boscovich estimated there were more than 1 million computers...more »

Personal Injury
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UK Government to Ban Personal Injury Referral Fees
Insurance JournalSeptember 9, 2011

The charges are assessed when information concerning personal injuries is transferred, in most cases to lawyers, who then file claims and personal injury actions. The ABI issued a statement, supporting the government's decision. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A Law Blog Q&A With Neal Katyal
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 6, 2011

The case that really captivated me the most over the last several months was an argument in the Federal Circuit court about whether you can patent the human genome. That was a remarkable case. (The Federal Circuit ruled that the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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ORTHOWORLD Introduces ORTHOPRENEUR(R), an All-Digital Journal Aimed at ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 7, 2011

Surgeon owned hospitals, physician owned distributorships (PODs), medical malpractice insurance costs, the doctor/patient relationship relative to patient care choices -- each remains unclear or unaddressed under the new healthcare reform law. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Complaints Snagged by CFPB Hotline Bugs
Credit Card Guide NewsSeptember 1, 2011

The agency opened up its consumer phone hotline and online complaint channels on July 21 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Consumers can register their credit card complaints at the CFPB website or by calling ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate: UA law students aid homeowners facing foreclosure
Arizona Daily StarSeptember 4, 2011

The course outlines the larger components of the national crisis and provides details about Arizona mortgage law. Braucher also teaches them about modification programs and touches on bankruptcy law. Because Arizona has a nonjudicial foreclosure ...more »

Middleborough Lawsuit Could Delay Mashpee Tribe Casino Hopes
CapeNews.netSeptember 9, 2011

“A state gaming law that provides a tribal preference in a state licensing process is facially unconstitutional as race-based discrimination that violates the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution,” Ms. Sajer wrote. ...more »

Sports Law
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Sport funding act full of hooey
Portales News-TribuneSeptember 18, 2011

The purpose of the law is to make sure districts include private funding when abiding by the federal Title IX Act to make sure boys sports and girls sports are treated equally. Any substantial donation to any team will then give the school district a ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge: Eight is enough for ex-Speaker Sal DiMasi
Boston HeraldSeptember 10, 2011

You have someone who has never done jail time before,” said Randy Chapman, a former prosecutor and past president of Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “I would describe it as on the high end of reasonableness . . . but (the court) ...more »

"Death", Alzheimer's and Taxes: When "I Do" Turns Complicated
ForbesSeptember 22, 2011

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

Former manager claims age discrimination at Scotiabank
Financial Post (blog)September 19, 2011

And he was older than the average age of executive vice-presidents (49) senior vps and district vps (about 53.) In the statement, Garner said at that meeting he was told that age discrimination was at work “but that Garner should not quote him on that. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Protecting Your Future: Trusts now being used by middle class
Times Herald-RecordSeptember 4, 2011

There have been legislative efforts to limit the effectiveness of current Medicaid asset protection strategies, including the MAPT. However, these efforts do not have the effect of law at this time, and no one knows what the ultimate limitations will ...more »

Environmental Law
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Lima doctor adding Ohio's largest residential solar array to home
istockAnalyst.com (press release)September 6, 2011

"The other forms of energy are not instant forms of energy," he said. "This is a supply that would last for many, many generations." Gerad said the idea came to him during a conversation with his son-in-law, who formed Yellow Springs Renewable Energy. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Free Legal Clinics @ Your Library!
Pickens SentinelSeptember 2, 2011

September 15th's clinic will focus on Family Law Issues including: divorce, separation, custody, and visitation. On September 22, the topic will be Wills, Estates, and Probate. And on October 29, Magistrate Court Issues will be covered. ...more »

Family Law
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Oprah-Backed Charter School Denying Disabled Collides With Law
BusinessWeekSeptember 21, 2011

While charters are free from many of the bureaucratic constraints of traditional districts, such as union contracts and limits on the length of school days, they must follow US antidiscrimination laws, just like other public schools. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Employers' costs for workers' comp is lowest in decades, NASI reports
Workers Comp ForumSeptember 6, 2011

The recession's impact on the workers' comp system is dramatically evident in the latest report from the National Academy of Social Insurance. While not surprising, the 2009 data from the Washington, DC-based nonprofit research organization includes ...more »

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