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Silicon Valley titans pour millions into new Chinese Internet fund
San Jose Mercury NewsSeptember 1, 2011

Hand-picked by Bill Gates and Larry Page to lead the respective efforts of Microsoft and Google (GOOG) in the Asian powerhouse, Lee left all that behind two years ago to found Innovation Works, a venture capital fund for early-stage Chinese tech ...more »

One of NSW's most wanted is charged
NinemsnSeptember 1, 2011

One of NSW's most wanted people has been extradited from Queensland on charges ranging from theft to domestic violence. The 36-year-old man was arrested in the Gold Coast suburb of Labrador for outstanding warrants on Monday. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Legal duo moves in Las Vegas 3BD
BlockshopperSeptember 6, 2011

Her practice focuses on legal malpractice, insurance defense and professional liability. She received her BA from York University and her LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario. According to BlockShopper.com, there have been 24183 home sales in ...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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White House Regulation Shift Is a Political Bet
Wall Street JournalSeptember 11, 2011

Mr. Sunstein, who has been friends with Mr. Obama since their days on the University of Chicago law-school faculty, has long written about the need to weigh costs more prominently in determining whether regulations are worthwhile. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Dream Act: California Embraces Anti-Arizona Role on Illegal Immigration
ABC NewsSeptember 3, 2011

"California often exports progressive ideas, and coupled with the Obama administration's deportation changes in recent weeks, this is a significant law." However, many national immigration-reform groups say the bill is a bad idea in a state facing ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Southern Africa Has its Work Cut Out
Inter Press ServiceSeptember 9, 2011

"There is a lack of common industrial development, common policies and there is little intra-SACU trade," said Reginald Selelo, the Foreign Direct Investment specialist at the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) Southern Africa ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Maricopa County pays $100K to judge to settle claim
Arizona RepublicSeptember 3, 2011

"It's a very small amount of money . . . it was a fraction of the cost of defense," said private attorney Steve LaMar, who is overseeing the alternative dispute-resolution process for the county. "We have been reaching out, trying to settle some of the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Nortel agrees $21.5m settlement of ERISA litigation
Total TelecomSeptember 2, 2011

Funds for the settlement will come from Chubb Insurance Co., according to a filing Thursday in the US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. Nortel filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2009, brought down by the recession. It abandoned an effort to ...more »

Animal Law
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Man charged in canine kill
YourNabe.comSeptember 22, 2011

The NYPD said an Astoria man who allegedly killed his helpless Chinese Shar-Pei dog by throwing him out the window has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment. The crime has incensed one animal rights...more »

Intellectual Property
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EPO and Serbia co-operate on developing the European patent system
European Patent OfficeSeptember 22, 2011

Among the topics addressed were the role of patents in supporting innovation, the harmonisation of intellectual property laws in the framework of EU integration and the EPO's co-operation with Serbia, which became a member of the Organisation in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Two District Department of the Environment Officials Arrested, Accused of ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)September 6, 2011

Finally, Parrish and Scott stated that the violations, which purportedly included the illegal dumping and transportation of hazardous materials (asbestos), were also violations of the federal criminal environmental laws, and punishable by jail ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Quota 2.0
Times of IndiaSeptember 12, 2011

The government's proposal to make 4% of its annual purchases from dalit- and tribal-run units, if properly executed, can open up new avenues in affirmative action. It has the virtue of breaking away from the tired paradigm of expanding job- and ...more »

Air India Has No Money To Buy Boeing 787, Says Aviation Minister
Aviation WeekSeptember 12, 2011

Debt-ridden national carrier Air India does not have the funds to pay for the 27 Boeing 787s it has ordered, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi said Sept. 9, a day after the country's nodal public auditing agency flayed the state-run ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Displaced renters attend seminar on tenant rights
Binghamton University Pipe DreamSeptember 20, 2011

Husch emphasized that in circumstances such as this flood, when a rented residence is rendered uninhabitable by conditions that are not the tenants' fault, tenants have legal rights that must be respected by landlords and by the city. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The Sun Will Come Out... Tomorrow?
Fox and Hounds Daily (blog)September 1, 2011

Now, there's nothing legally wrong nor in my view, morally wrong with declaring bankruptcy; it is a provision under the law for those who have experienced extreme circumstances. But when you are a business that has received hundreds of millions of ...more »

Litigation
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Tribe officials to discuss hiring of special counsel in Freedmen litigation
kjrh.comSeptember 14, 2011

Cherokee Nation officials are meeting Wednesday to discuss the Freedmen litigation and how it might impact the special election for principal chief. Members of the tribe's election commission are holding this special meeting ahead of the Sept. ...more »

Business Law
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Online job hunt ends in horror
Independent OnlineSeptember 7, 2011

The retail giant's marketing From Page 1 and sustainability director, Bronwen Rohland, said: “Pick n Pay does not advertise any positions on Gumtree and views false advertising of employment positions within the company very seriously. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame set to induct new members
NewsOK.comSeptember 3, 2011

He's being honored for helping an estimated 20000 veterans and their spouses obtain their veterans benefits during the past 20 years. After military service, Graham became a tool maker and he rebuilt engines for the US Air Force at Tinker Air Force ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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53 Seattle-Area businesses target of hacking and break-ins
KING5.comSeptember 22, 2011

"This wasn't the type of crime that we anticipated." Because the hackers used other employee's names, several victims said they initially launched internal investigations. By masking their IP addresses, which trace back to certain computers, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Head-on freeway accident results in injuries
Duluth News TribuneSeptember 11, 2011

At 12:52 am Sunday, a head-on accident occurred in St. Louis County at milepost 250 of US Interstate Highway 35, resulting in personal injury. The identities of the parties involved and their conditions have not been released yet, as authorities are ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitution Day cometh: celebrate the law Saturday
Washington Post (blog)September 16, 2011

“I loved Con law [that's lawyer speak for Constitutional Law] in law school,” he says sounding misty-eyed still, 35 years after his graduation. “There's a lot to celebrate in there. It establishes all the functions of government. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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WALKER v. HARRIS
Leagle.comSeptember 15, 2011

This is an appeal of a judgment dismissing a legal malpractice claim, wherein the trial court found the plaintiffs were equitably estopped from asserting an action for malpractice against their former counsel because they had settled the underlying ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Ottawa roofing contractor sentenced to 71 days in jail
CBC.ca (blog)September 2, 2011

By Marketplace Staff An Ottawa-area contractor, Philip Slobodzian, has been sentenced to 71 days in jail and his company, PSC New Home Construction Inc., has been fined $90000 for violating Ontario's Consumer Protection Act. Between March 2009 and May ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Milford proponents buzz over medical marijuana law
Hometownlife.comSeptember 22, 2011

“It's really gotten under my skin,” said Pollicella, a Howell-based business and real estate attorney who added marijuana law as one of her specialties about 18 months ago. “It's unbelievably and irresponsibly egregious to not inform people what the ...more »

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 »

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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Man caught with drugs, cash gets lawyer defending mob boss' girlfriend
Seacoastonline.comSeptember 13, 2011

Boston Magazine has described Reddington as "the best criminal defense attorney" in Massachusetts, while calling him as "tough, honest, and able to charm juries while controlling difficult clients." In addition to Greig, he's known for representing ...more »

"Amazon Tax" Repealed Under New Law
ForbesSeptember 10, 2011

Under existing law, retailers “engaged in business” in the state of California were responsible for collecting sales tax. The law defined a “retailer engaged in business in this state” to include: controlled group that, pursuant to an agreement with or ...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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Celeste Luce Estate Planning, Farmer & Associates, PLLC Tap ALI-ABA Knowledge ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 15, 2011

She has practiced law for 23 years and has extensive experience working with families and businesses. Luce represents clients in all matters relating to asset protection, estate planning, living trusts, probate, business planning and charitable giving. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama-Backing Billionaire's Charity Sought Solyndra in Tulsa
BusinessWeekSeptember 26, 2011

Before that, federal funding paid for serving 104 children, Dow said. Kaiser has pledged similar support as long as the program shows effectiveness, Dow said. The two men meet every three months or so, he said. “The implication that George is somehow ...more »

Wills & Probate
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COALITION TO PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES TO VETERANS IN 14-COUNTY AREA
The Cypress TimesSeptember 5, 2011

No appointment will be necessary to attend one of the clinics. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can receive advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax ...more »

Family Law
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FBI Says Saudi Family in Sarasota Not Connected to 9/11
The LedgerSeptember 17, 2011

Law enforcement agency found no evidence from published reports that al-Hijjis had ties to the hijackers. By SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN & STEPHEN NOHLGREN, The FBI said that it had interviewed members of a Saudi Arabian family that left Sarasota shortly ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Man who contracted asbestosis not entitled to workers comp: SC high court
Business InsuranceSeptember 7, 2011

During that time, he was exposed regularly to asbestos dust from insulation products, court records state. Mr. Skinner also was a National Guard reservist and left Westinghouse in 1983 to work full-time for the National Guard earning more than he did ...more »

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