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Investigators going after administrators' certifications over cheating scandal
WSB AtlantaOctober 1, 2011

Lawson told Winne these PSC investigations are very significant because if his clients lose their state educator certificates, APS may stop paying them. The three SRT executive directors are currently on administrative leave with pay while awaiting ...more »

Nik Aziz adamant hudud will rule Kelantan
Free Malaysia TodayOctober 1, 2011

... PAS by accusing it of neglecting its Islamic agenda and pandering to its non-Muslim Pakatan Rakyat partners. Making matters worse was former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's recent challenge to Nik Aziz to go ahead and implement the hudud law. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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UAE Trial of Activists Enters Home Stretch
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 3, 2011

... where they gather at every hearing, have described the defendants as un-nationalistic. State prosecutors said the men sought to foment a revolution, accusing them of instigating to break laws, committing acts that threaten state security, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Five ways to squeeze Medicare
USA TodayOctober 3, 2011

Hospitals that swallowed $155 billion in reduced payments under last year's health law face an additional $50 billion cut under Obama's plan. They, too, have launched an ad campaign and are focusing on the potential job loss at hospitals — often a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Barbier: BP cleanup contractors are immune only if directed by government
The Louisiana RecordOctober 4, 2011

Although he didn't dismiss all personal injury claims on grounds of immunity, he dismissed many of them on specific grounds. He rejected all injury claims under state law, ruling he would apply only maritime law. He had imposed the same rule on claims ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bentley works on immigration law's 'job-related opportunities'
Montgomery AdvertiserOctober 8, 2011

The statement went on to say that Bentley's plan to address the labor shortage will represent the areas of agricultural industry, forestry, construction and trades, small business, manufacturing. The Alabama Development Office, Department of Industrial...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Long-Time Accomplished Aerospace, Semiconductor, and Security Industries...
MarketWatch (press release)October 6, 2011

With an aggressive marketing and product development strategy, he took the company to a leadership position in e-commerce trade. Prior to that, Peter served as Director of Worldwide Communications for aerospace, defense, and industrial fastening ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Strata infighting under review
Victoria NewsOctober 1, 2011

In response to growing frustration by strata owners suffering unresolved conflict with their neighbours, the BC government has proposed a new approach to dispute resolution, which is currently open to public feedback. The idea is to create a low-cost ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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PRESS RELEASE: Conceptus(R) Wins Favorable Verdict in Patent Litigation...
Wall Street JournalOctober 17, 2011

The forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the potential impact on our financial statements due to favorable litigation results (including with respect to the patent lawsuit with Hologic) and potential subsequent appeals, ...more »

Animal Law
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Nepal: Nepalese activists against the slaughter of animals during the festival ...
Spero NewsOctober 4, 2011

Animal rights activists suggest replacing animals with pumpkins and vegetables. To avoid waste and criticism, the government cuts funding for the Dashain, which will last until October 13. In just two days more than two hundred buffaloes and goats ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New BNA Webinar Helps Companies Identify and Tackle Online Product Counterfeiting
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

How can corporate counsel advise clients in such a fast-moving environment? Two leading legal specialists will share their experience in trademark and brand protection in a new webinar, Tackling Online Product Counterfeiting, from BNA Business & Legal. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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United Foreclosure Attorney Network (UFAN) Seeks Highly Qualified ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 3, 2011

UFAN is also giving consumers a voice in the development of its public forum. Borrowers and property owners can communicate about the problems they are facing and the actions they have taken. Attorneys who are part of the private attorney forum are ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Some thoughts on a half-baked idea – and the beauty of free speech
TheNewsTribune.comOctober 2, 2011

Oh, I disagree with them about affirmative action, and probably a dozen other things as well. But I am not troubled – amused, but not troubled – by the way they've expressed their view. Unfortunately, others have been less sanguine. ...more »

Mallya has done a good thing by having one brand: Gopinath
Business StandardOctober 1, 2011

Captain Gopinath, the pioneer of low-cost aviation model in India, is known to be a straight talker. He is always to the point. And, he was in full swing when he spoke exclusively to Business Standard about Vijay Mallya's recent decision to ground the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Mia the dog: Reason to evict or housing rights violation?
Lincoln Journal StarOctober 14, 2011

The law is clear, she said: A housing provider would have to make a reasonable accommodation -- like waiving a no-pet policy -- if the tenant required a service or support animal. Less clear is whether the law would require the landlord to make the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Meeting focuses on consumer law rights
The Daily CougarOctober 3, 2011

The People's Law School, hosted by the UH Center for Consumer Law, held one of its biannual sessions on Saturday, drawing in over 500 people eager to learn about different laws regarding everything from bankruptcy to health insurance ...more »

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Actos Attorneys for Takeda Support Consolidation of Bladder Cancer Litigation
AboutLawsuits.comOctober 3, 2011

In June, an Actos recall was issued in France after a review of public insurance data identified an increased incidence of bladder cancer with Actos use. The European Union's European Medicines Agency (EMA) also conducted a review and confirmed the ...more »

Business Law
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Global Crackdown on Online Peddlers Nets $6.3 Million in Drugs
PCWorldOctober 1, 2011

In August, for example, Google, in one of the largest settlements of its kind in history, agreed to pay the US government $500 million to settle a case against the company involving the use of its advertising platform, AdSense, to facilitate the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Reporter's Notebook: Talking with Taiwanese Soldiers
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 4, 2011

The military also plans to increase benefits and remunerations to recruit enough volunteer troops as Taiwan's birth rate continues to fall. The change, when it comes, will likely be welcome by conscripts and volunteers alike. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Pryor man arrested on child pornography complaint
Tulsa WorldOctober 17, 2011

Zachary A. Line, 21, was booked into the Mayes County jail after being arrested at his home by Mayes County deputies and investigators and agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. He posted $25000 bail and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Money Damages for Injuries Caused by Drunk Drivers in Georgia (press release)October 12, 2011

One important aspect of Georgia personal injury law is that DUI injury plaintiffs can seek punitive damages due to the recklessness behind driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Punitive damages are authorized in some civil cases to punish ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Health Care Law Looms Over New Supreme Court Term
Fox NewsOctober 1, 2011

Presidents of both parties have directed the State Department to ignore the law, saying it wrongly interferes with the president's powers. Just over a third of the 48 cases the court has so far agreed to hear are of interest to the business sector, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney Says Better-Informed Decisions Will ...
PR Web (press release)October 3, 2011

... Chicago medical malpractice attorney Patrick A. Salvi said today. “This will be valuable new tool for the public to use in their search for qualified physicians,” said Salvi, whose Chicago medical malpractice law firm, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FDIC Board Passes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Prohibitions and ...
Insurance News Net (press release)October 11, 2011

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation requested public comment on a proposed regulation implementing the so-called "Volcker Rule" requirements of section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. That section of the Act ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Bypassing the bank
Columbus DispatchOctober 2, 2011

Taylor drafted a contract for the renter to purchase the home in two years and referred both parties to a lawyer for the lease agreement. The buyer put $2000 down, which he will forfeit if he doesn't buy the home. Although some deals divert a portion ...more »

Pilot in fatal NYC chopper crash was experienced
Wall Street JournalOctober 5, 2011

AP NEW YORK — The man at the helm of a private helicopter that crashed into the East River on Tuesday, killing one passenger and injuring three others, was an experienced commercial pilot who owns a company that manages a local airport. ...more »

Sports Law
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Government threatens to regulate football if authorities do not change ...
Out-Law.comOctober 13, 2011

The Committee had recommended changes to the way football is governed, including establishing a "formal licensing model" for regulating clubs' finances and a restructuring of the FA Board. The Committee also suggested establishing "robust" club ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorneys discuss 'A Strong Constitution' at elementary school
TCPalmOctober 5, 2011

STUART — Local criminal defense attorney Arthur Brandt seemed to be at home in front of Kelly Coleman's American History class at Hidden Oaks Middle School Thursday, Sept. 22. Brandt and other local lawyers volunteered to participate in Martin County ...more »

News: Beware of IRS Bearing Gifts
Staffing Industry Analysts (registration)October 5, 2011

Cannot currently be under audit by the IRS. Cannot currently be under audit concerning the classification of workers by the Department of Labor or by a state agency. Participating firms will pay 10 percent of the employment tax liability that may have ...more »

Feds accuse Texas Roadhouse chain of age discrimination
Syracuse.comOctober 5, 2011

“As a national law enforcement agency, the EEOC will vigorously protect the rights of job applicants to ensure that hiring decisions are based on abilities, not age.” The EEOC found that just 1.9 percent of the restaurant chain's workers were over 40, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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As criminal gangs get smarter, retailers find tools to fight back
Arizona RepublicOctober 1, 2011

Sometimes the merchandise is returned for gift cards that are resold through similar channels. Other times, the stolen goods are sold back to the retailers through crooked distributors. Retailers and law-enforcement agencies note that metro Phoenix is ...more »

Environmental Law
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A-Power Receives Further Nasdaq Notice of Noncompliance
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. ("A-Power"), through its China-based operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of distributed power generation systems in China and is expanding into the production of alternative power generation systems. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Gardai appeal for witnesses after car crash claims lives of two teenagers
Irish IndependentOctober 2, 2011

The Pink at La Stampa will continue to operate as normal. Dublin landlord Michael Aherne of Terenure Road East, Rathgar, who died on August 9, 2007, has left €5045665 in his will, which went to probate this week. Other wills: Seamus Dardis, farmer, ...more »

Family Law
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ACLU Challenges Kansas Family Planning Law
KCUROctober 3, 2011

The federal funds subsidize things like birth control, pap smears, and STD tests to low income Kansans. Effective this summer, state law now mandates that funds first go to health departments, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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State Reduces Opioid Prescriptions in Workers' Comp Cases
Workforce ManagementOctober 6, 2011

Medical experts say Washington state's guideline for chronic, noncancerous pain could serve as a model for other states looking to reduce deaths and addiction among workers' compensation claimants and the general population. They say such guidelines ...more »


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