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Judge considers DNA testing of items linked to Dexter murders
Bangor Daily NewsSeptember 1, 2011

The justices ruled that Cole should have issued written findings of fact as to why the evidence Cookson asked to be tested in 2009 did not meet criteria outlined in state law. The hearing Wednesday focused on the issue of where the items were before ...more »

Amendment allows secret investigations
China DailySeptember 1, 2011

BEIJING - A controversial clause in a draft amendment to China's Criminal Procedure Law has met with mixed reaction from legal experts for allowing the police to conduct secret investigation and detention of suspects of national security crimes. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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National Labor Relations Board: Facebook firings illegal
Wisconsin Law JournalSeptember 14, 2011

By Correy Stephenson Dolan Media Employees who were fired over comments made on Facebook were illegally terminated, an Administrative Law Judge for the National Labor Relations Board has determined. As part of its recent focus on social media, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Employers skeptical of health law
DesMoinesRegister.comSeptember 4, 2011

A company that gives no bonuses, pays for attendance not output, offers unlimited sick leave and 100 percent disability pay, provides rich medical and absence benefits without performance pay, and offers no profit sharing, is sending its employees a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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CAWLEY v. ASTRUE
Leagle.comSeptember 26, 2011

Id. The Court's review of the Commissioner's decision is a limited one. The Court's sole function is to determine whether the ALJ's opinion is supported by substantial evidence and whether the proper legal standards were applied. See Jones v. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Georgia urged to reconsider post for anti-immigration firebrand
Fox NewsSeptember 9, 2011

Atlanta – Growing criticism is being leveled at the naming of anti-immigrant activist Phil Kent to a panel in charge of investigating and punishing local authorities who fail to enforce Georgia's tough new immigration law. The Anti-Defamation League ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Seven regions in Kingdom to benefit from new industrial incentives
Arab NewsSeptember 14, 2011

The Cabinet decision that offers such investors loans worth 75 percent of a project cost from the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) would contribute to the Kingdom's balanced development, said Tawfig Alrabiah, director general of the authority. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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REGION: Courts grapple with budget crunch
North County TimesSeptember 4, 2011

A reduction to court services such as family-dispute resolution or defending a traffic ticket may also be in store in the coming years if things don't improve, they said. "Judges are shouldering more work and time, staff is shouldering more work and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Madoff, M Waikiki Hotel, Ambac, Borders, West End: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekSeptember 2, 2011

Rakoff has been taking suits away from the bankruptcy court where claims are based on common law. The new suits only make claims under bankruptcy law. Still, Rakoff has yet to rule on a motion by a customer who wants a fraudulent transfer suit under ...more »

Animal Law
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Victim in Mont. grizzly attack was shot
CBS NewsSeptember 24, 2011

It is illegal to kill grizzly bears in the lower 48 states, where the animals are protected under the Endangered Species Act, and the case is also under investigation by federal wildlife agents. Grizzlies were largely exterminated across the lower 48 ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Monster $1.3b Oracle copyright award thrown out by judge
New Zealand HeraldSeptember 1, 2011

Oracle was awarded $US1.3 billion by a jury last year in its intellectual property dispute with German IT company SAP. But a judge has now thrown out this award, saying $272m is more appropriate. Photo / AP A US judge has tossed out a $US1.3 billion ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Sixty-Five Bracewell Attorneys
PR Newswire (press release)September 2, 2011

... Patent Law Marcy E. Kurtz - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy Thomas D. Manford III - Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Edgar J. Marston III - Corporate Governance Law, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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High Level Departures at Columbia Cast Doubt on Diversity
The RootSeptember 2, 2011

For a short while, it seemed that Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, an ardent defender of affirmative action and diversity, had backed his beliefs with action. He could boast of having African-Americans in two key position. ...more »

National Stearman Fly-In Schedule of Events
Galesburg Register-MailSeptember 1, 2011

The year 2011 also marks the 100th anniversary of US Naval Aviation. By Anonymous 7-11 am: Hog Capital of the World Days fly-in breakfast, Kewanee Municipal Airport, Kewanee. Food charge. 9 am: Daily pilot briefing, Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Faster Anti-Social Tenant Eviction: "Boost To Landlords"?
OfficialWire (press release)September 6, 2011

Landlord support agency Helpland welcomed the proposals, in support of both landlords and neighbours subjected to persistent uncivilised, unpleasant and unreasonable behaviour. Mr Shaps has proposed an amendment to existing legislation for tenant...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bad Credit Auto Loans and Credit Bureau Errors
Auto Credit Express (blog)September 1, 2011

We also built a web site that explains to applicants why a tote the note dealer won't help their FICO scores and goes over the bad credit auto loans process so they can avoid many of the issues that result in repossession. ...more »

Litigation
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doeLEGAL's CEO to Introduce Legal Enterprise Collaboration as Part of a ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)September 2, 2011

doeLEGAL, LLC, the leading provider of innovative, next generation litigation management, eDiscovery and legal spend and matter management solutions, today announced that CEO Tom Russo will present at a conference jointly sponsored by Inside Counsel ...more »

Business Law
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Governor Signs Simitian Bill that Aids Victims of Data Breaches
Patch.comSeptember 2, 2011

The new law requires business and agencies where breaches took place to provide victims with a full accounting of what transpired, how it may affect them, and how they can protect themselves. “No one likes to get the news that personal information ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Serving in Silence No Longer
Huffington PostSeptember 16, 2011

Many who were discharged lost pensions and a raft of military and veteran's benefits. Adding insult to injury, the government continues to pursue individuals discharged under DADT to recover educational loans and enlistment bonuses, even though it was ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Abington [Safely] Online
Patch.comSeptember 13, 2011

The forum is geared toward parents, but it will also touch on Internet-related economic crime like identity theft, credit card fraud and phishing. “Detectives will be talking about things like cyber-bullying, nudity being transferred online—kids ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney Opens New Office And Celebrates 10 Years of ...
The Open Press (press release)September 6, 2011

Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney, Joseph P. McClelland, LLC understands and represents those who were hurt. He holds memberships in the New York and Georgia Bar and had represented clients in the Superior Court, Court of Appeals, and United States ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'Flawed' new rape law roils military justice system
MiamiHerald.comSeptember 21, 2011

The problem was that the rewritten law had shifted the burden of proof involving consent, appeals court judges concluded. Prather, as the defendant, had the burden to prove that the alleged victim was capable of consenting. Under the Constitution...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Wiseman ranked high among attorneys
The TennesseanSeptember 19, 2011

Tom Wiseman, a founding member of Wiseman Ashworth Law Group PLC, received top Band 1 ranking for his Medical Malpractice Defense Litigation practice in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA directory of recommended lawyers and law firms. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Watchdog shows car firms red light
Times LIVESeptember 3, 2011

When the faults persisted, she said she was assured of a refund by the dealer principal and franchise manager - but that the dealership later reneged on this. Tim Pearce, attorney for Datcentre Motors, which owns Datcentre Pietermaritzburg Fiat, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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NYC's Liu Keeps $32 Million in Pension Costs Secret as Openness Has Limits
BloombergSeptember 7, 2011

The $41.8-billion New York City Employees Retirement System, whose 347000 members are the most of any US municipal retirement fund, reported $28.8 million in such expenses for private-equity investments and $3.1 million for real estate in the fiscal ...more »

Business complaints about public sector contracts reach peak
The GuardianSeptember 5, 2011

Cairns said that the government was also coming under more pressure to investigate complaints because bidders were increasingly aware of their rights under procurement law and were more likely to take the matter to court. ...more »

Sports Law
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The Case for Paying College Athletes
Wall Street JournalSeptember 15, 2011

Gabe Feldman, the head of Tulane's sports law program, notes that the US Supreme Court has recognized that the NCAA has a "legitimate and important goal in maintaining the academic integrity of the institution and maintaining amateurism. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Jackson doctor's attorneys set to blame the pop star himself
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 27, 2011

"We think that he was desperate at the time that he did that," attorney Ed Chernoff told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, asking that Jackson's contract with concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group be allowed at trial. ...more »

Facing an Audit: Should you Hire a Tax Pro?
Fox BusinessSeptember 8, 2011

An IRS audit is certainly on the list of most stressful activities a person might endure. The good news is that you don't need to endure it at all, not in person, anyway. It's as easy as signing an IRS Form 2848, which gives your tax pro ...more »

EEOC Showing Late Summer Spike in Discrimination Suits
The National Law JournalSeptember 1, 2011

"The governments of US territories should act as model employers and prevent civil rights violations." Other EEOC suits filed in the last 10 days of August have hit more or less every category of discrimination, including sex bias (against Crime Scene ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Perpetual Asks: Is your nest egg protected?
PR Leap (press release)September 1, 2011

Chris Balalovski, Perpetual Private Clients Head of Strategic Advice, talks about the importance of asset protection in today's environment. What is asset protection and why is it important? Asset protection is about using sophisticated and legally ...more »

Environmental Law
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Monopoly Energy or Energy Democracy?
RenewableEnergyWorld.comSeptember 7, 2011

Perhaps it was Secretary of Interior Salazar's push to open 22 million acres of ecologically valuable public land for industrial solar development. Or maybe it was watching this hilarious, but tragically revealing, 2010 Daily Show where Jon Stewart ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Husband of jailed Lincolnshire solicitor ordered to pay £5.5k for role in ...
This is LincolnshireSeptember 23, 2011

Laverick, 32, who was head of the wills and probate department at the Grantham office of 200-year-old firm Chattertons, spent the money on a deposit for a second home, a Jaguar car and household bills. A judge passed a suspended prison sentence on her ...more »

Family Law
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Same-sex domestic abuse targeted
Boston GlobeSeptember 5, 2011

A series of killings of gay men and women by their partners has alarmed advocates, who say the deaths reflect a serious problem of domestic violence in the gay community that draws scant attention from many in law enforcement. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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PA LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comSeptember 21, 2011

... MARY HANNAH LEAVITT, Judge, JOHNNY J. BUTLER, Judge, The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Employer) petitions for review of an order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) affirming the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) ...more »

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