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LAWYER CONVICTED OF FEDERAL CHARGES FOR ACCEPTING CASH AFTER PROMISING TO ...
Lawfuel (press release)September 1, 2011

Villalobos faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for his conviction of obstructing a grand jury proceeding, and another potential 20 years in federal prison for his conviction of attempted extortion by blackmail. ...more »

Blood drive benefits police officer's son
Today's THVSeptember 1, 2011

That's what citizens, police officers and even military members were doing Wednesday afternoon. A blood drive was organized to help out a young citizen of Benton. On July 25, 2-year-old Easton Begoon of Benton, was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Movers & Shakers
Hartford BusinessSeptember 4, 2011

Attorney Matthew L. Stone has joined Pullman & Comley as an associate in the Environmental Law Department. He had been counsel at the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund where he had represented CCEF before various administrative law and regulatory entities. ...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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Horizon Lines Troubles Show Need for Reform of US Build Requirement
Hawaii ReporterSeptember 12, 2011

Horizon is put further in a difficult financial position by their very old domestic Jones Act fleet, which they inherited from US Lines and Sea-Land, and now very much need to be replaced with new more efficient modern ships if they have any hope to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama: Immigration reform requires changing the law
Immigration Blog (blog)September 14, 2011

President Barack Obama said that while he can lessen some of the injustices in the current US immigration system, real progress requires changing the law. His obligation as president is to enforce the existing law, Obama said in a White House ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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NaFFAA grieves passing of Fil-Am leader
Asianjournal.comSeptember 15, 2011

... United States in executive management with Fairfield Communities, Inc. but was soon recruited by then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton to head the international and marketing divisions of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission (now the AEDC). ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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BBB AUTO LINE Turns 30
Better Business BureauSeptember 1, 2011

BBB AUTO LINE, a national program which resolves auto warranty and lemon law disputes, marks its 30th year of service to consumers and the automotive industry. This innovative program has helped nearly 2 million consumers find solutions to their ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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ARAG launches divorce products
Insurance DailySeptember 6, 2011

... for most divorce cases and proposed reforms to civil litigation, means that the popularity of nuptial agreements is likely to grow. ARAG managing director, Tony Buss, comments: “While some may see the very idea of 'divorce insurance' as unromantic, ...more »

Animal Law
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Rhino ban will increase poaching: Hunters
Times LIVESeptember 1, 2011

A moratorium is a delay or suspension of an activity or law. Animal rights activists and conservation authorities often request moratoriums to protect endangered or threatened animal species. Kitshoff said the moratorium would adversely impact private ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Senators want IP rights defended in trade talks
The Hill (blog)September 12, 2011

Roughly three dozen senators are pushing the Obama administration to protect intellectual property rights during current talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In particular, the bipartisan group of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Montana News Digest
MSN MoneySeptember 2, 2011

The settlement aims to resolve a 15-year lawsuit that claims US officials stole or squandered billions of dollars in land royalties meant for American Indians in exchange for oil, gas, grazing and other leases over a century. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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ALEC and the Arizona legislature: anti-Affirmative Action Initiative
Tucson CitizenSeptember 5, 2011

05, 2011, under Blog For Arizona by David Safier In 2010, Prop 107, whose purpose was to end affirmative action in Arizona's schools, public employment and public contracting, was passed by the voters. The proposition has a long history which began in ...more »

Boeing 727 aircraft gifted to WMU College of Aviation
WMU NewsSeptember 7, 2011

"As we retire this 727 from our fleet, we are proud to give back to the aviation community," said David Sutton, managing director of aircraft acquisition and sales for FedEx. "The donation of this aircraft by FedEx is just one example of the many ways ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Q & A
New York TimesSeptember 9, 2011

All those subject to rent control are considered “statutory month-to-month” tenants, and cannot be evicted except for cause, like not paying rent. If there was a lease, and the landlord can produce it, the tenant may have fewer rights than he would ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Are financial woes relevant in local politics?
Janesville GazetteSeptember 2, 2011

... she has been convicted of a crime. He doesn't think a person's finances are relevant. Voters, however, should be the ones to make those decisions, he said. Some might believe a bankruptcy or foreclosure reflects a person's ability to manage money. ...more »

Litigation
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My View: Wal-Mart ruling brings common sense to playing field
MiamiHerald.comSeptember 5, 2011

This case will inevitably ratchet this back some and bring more cohesiveness in class-action litigation, which was the original intent of the federal rules relating to class certification. Paul O. Lopez is a director of the Fort Lauderdale law firm, ...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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Unions helped secure benefits, fair pay for all
Anchorage Daily NewsSeptember 5, 2011

It became a federal holiday in 1894, following the deaths of 13 workers and injuries to an additional 57 workers at the hands of the US military and US marshals who were mobilized by railroad owners in the now infamous Pullman railcar strike. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Danville Photographer Gets Seven Years In Child Porn Case
LEX18 Lexington KY NewsSeptember 7, 2011

Since its creation in June 2008, General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit, a member of the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, has launched more than 230 investigations and seized nearly 300000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet.more »

Personal Injury
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Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney Roberta D. Pichini Named to US News ...
Citybizlist (press release)September 27, 2011

PHILADELPHIA -- Roberta D. Pichini, a personal injury attorney and partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP, was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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7th Annual Constitution Day with speaker Martha Dean
Connectcut PlusSeptember 1, 2011

Stevenson practices Constitutional Law, Appellate Law, Educational Law, and Criminal Law in a variety of courts, including Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts, federal District Courts, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Distinguished Trial Attorney David H. Marion Joins Archer & Greiner's ...
Your-Story.org (press release)September 12, 2011

Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Commercial Litigation, “Bet the Company” Litigation, Appellate Practice, First Amendment Law and Legal Malpractice Law, Mr. Marion has also been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Super ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Set it right
RepublicaSeptember 4, 2011

Ghimire, a promoter of Sugam Gas, along with Nepal Petroleum Trade Links, faced charges like flouting the Anti-Black Marketing Act and the Consumer Rights Protection Act. In grave violation of competition law, his company was found circulating tampered ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Will Latinos drive the real estate recovery?
89.3 KPCCSeptember 6, 2011

... and law enforcement issues surrounding immigration. Stories about health issues, education, and the politics of both. A post on Friday explored the number one way immigrant families move up the economic ladder, ie the acquisition of real estate. ...more »

International Law and the American Project Since 9/11
JURISTSeptember 11, 2011

Ironically, one can get more evidence about "torture flights" in a garden variety commercial contract dispute in a New York court than through any procedure attempting to redress the consequences of physical and psychological violence. ...more »

Sports Law
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NFLPA chief: Players have questions about HGH test
Houston ChronicleSeptember 8, 2011

NFLPA football chief DeMaurice Smith speaks during a panel discussion at the Sports Law Symposium at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. They addressed issues including concussions and labor in football. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Many facts in play for sentencing of DiMasi
Boston GlobeSeptember 7, 2011

Defense lawyers argue that a 2010 US Supreme Court decision in the case of former Enron chief executive officer Jeffrey Skilling narrowed the scope of evidence allowed in the type of bribery charges brought against DiMasi, and that it is an issue they ...more »

Singhvi stalls CAG audit of telecom firms in legal battle
Times of IndiaSeptember 1, 2011

He told TOI that according to Article 149 and CAG Act, the auditor could only audit central and state governments and public sector units. "No provision in the CAG Act allows it to audit private companies. This article is mischief. CAG can audit DoT, ...more »

Lawsuit requests MSU's timely response
MSU State NewsSeptember 13, 2011

The MSU College of Law has one month to respond to a employment discrimination complaint filed against it in US District Court. Nicholas Spaeth is demanding $500000 in compensation and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The secrets of investing in emerging markets
Financial TimesSeptember 4, 2011

Consumer advocates have welcomed “opt-in,” although there is a concern that after July 2012 there will be two classes of consumers: those receiving higher protection under “opt-in” and those existing customers who do not. ...more »

Environmental Law
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EC law to support renewable energy projects through green certificates
The Diplomat BucharestSeptember 5, 2011

The European Commission (EC) has approved a law that grants incentives in the form of green certificates to investments in renewable energy projects. Law 220 was initiated by the Romanian authorities as early as 2008 According to Joaquin Almunia, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Cash in on tips at local library's investment series
Hometownlife.comSeptember 4, 2011

Wills, Trusts and Probate Avoidance will be the topic, presented by Edgar Pugh Jr. and Diana Moak, attorneys practicing in the estate planning and probate field with a special emphasis on tax and probate avoidance. By the end of the session, ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law Specialist Announces New California Family Law Video Series
1888 Press Release (press release)September 5, 2011

The Judge Cannon Family Law Video Series provides hours of research to save you time when it comes to your California legal separation, divorce, division of assets, spousal support and child custody. San Francisco, CA (1888PressRelease) September 05, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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30 fired workers' comp arbitrators still getting paychecks
Belleville News DemocratSeptember 14, 2011

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission arbitrators fired July 1 remain on the job under a provision in the new law and continue to draw a paycheck. Despite their terms ending, ...more »

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