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US Federal Contractor Registration Helps Contractors Find FEMA Contracts
DigitalJournal.com (press release)October 1, 2011

Doing so can result in being awarded a contract on the spot. In order to be considered eligible for any federal contracts, vendors must have a DUNS number and have completed their CCR registration and ORCA. For FEMA contracts, businesses must also ...more »

Income-paying funds: How to find the right fit
Globe and MailOctober 1, 2011

So, what does Mr. Hallett see as an ideal mix of investments for an income-paying fund? “I don't think it needs to get too fancy – a mix of domestic and foreign stocks, some preferred shares for the higher yield and on the bond side a mix of government ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Several Requests for Hearing at Supreme Court Could Impact 2012 Election
Fox NewsOctober 2, 2011

The Obama administration's request last week that the justices resolve whether the health care law is constitutional makes it more likely than not that they will deliver their verdict by June 2012, just as Obama and his Republican opponent charge ...more »

Health Care Law
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Calif. Medicaid Cuts Open Supreme Court Term
MedPage TodayOctober 4, 2011

The healthcare providers in the case -- which is actually three cases consolidated into one -- argue that California set Medicaid reimbursement rates so low that it would endanger the Medicaid program and therefore violate federal law. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Horizon Lines Completes Comprehensive Refinancing
TradersHuddle.comOctober 5, 2011

... also known as the Jones Act; our ability to remain Jones Act compliant because of changes in ownership; catastrophic losses and other liabilities; the arrest of our vessels by maritime claimants; severe weather and natural disasters; and the aging ...more »

Immigration Law
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Group of Birmingham and Bessemer women protest Alabama immigration law at ...
al.com (blog)October 3, 2011

By Kent Faulk -- The Birmingham News BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A group of five women from Bessemer and Birmingham protested the state's new immigration law this morning in front of the Hugo L. Black US District Courthouse in downtown Birmingham. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Researcher: Von Maur's Coralville deal worth $16 million
Eastern Iowa GovernmentOctober 5, 2011

Previously an industrial area, Iowa River Landing is a 180-acre mixed-use development in Coralville. (Submitted by Shive-Hattery.) CORALVILLE — The deal that is bringing Von Maur to Coralville may be worth more than $16 million to the department store ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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DoLE settles labor case online
Manila BulletinOctober 1, 2011

The online conference led to the resolution of the case. The complainants received a P1.3-million separation package, which is the highest so far in Caraga. Baldoz said they are considering using the case as model in resolving similar disputes. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AIG's $725M Settlement with Pension Funds Gains Preliminary Approval
Insurance JournalOctober 7, 2011

“As we said when we executed the term sheet for this settlement In July 2010, we are pleased to have resolved this long-standing lawsuit and welcome the court's preliminary approval ruling,” AIG spokesman Mark Herr told Insurance Journal. ...more »

Animal Law
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Why Is Georgetown Law Helping to Promote Cruelty to Animals?
Huffington PostOctober 5, 2011

For those of us in the animal rights community, that's an understatement -- based solely on one case, National Meat Association v. Harris (PDF). But first, allow me a moment to explain the philosophy of animal rights, which is often misunderstood: What ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, Kodak, Intel, Zenimax: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

According to the database of the US Patent and Trademark Office, the named inventor on all the patents is Michael L. Obradovich of San Clemente, California. The database indicated he has been issued 65 US patents. The patents had previously been ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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BNY Mellon under Litigation over Deception in Foreign Exchange
Dice NewsOctober 5, 2011

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (BK.N) was sued by the Justice Department (US Attorney) and New York's attorney general on Tuesday, both had filed separate lawsuits (civil) in Federal Court, accusing that the bank has deceitfully over-charged customers ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Racism and affirmative action
Student LifeOctober 6, 2011

The bake sale was analogous to affirmative action, which will be permissible on a college level in California if Senate Bill 185 (SB 185) is made law. Though the analogy is imperfect, the idea is the same: minorities are, in general, ...more »

Santa Monica Airport analysis shows rosy economics
Santa Monica Daily PressOctober 3, 2011

The charge comes against the backdrop of decades of controversy revolving around the airport, its neighbors, and ultimately a struggle between the Federal Aviation Administration and City Hall for control of the property. City officials hope to use the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Legal Events Calendar: October 4, 2011
Brooklyn Daily EagleOctober 4, 2011

Oct. 27, CLE: Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn Estates Planning Conference, 8 am Approved for up to 3 CLE credits (2.5 Professional Practice, .5 Ethics). Estate Planning And Administration Conference. Co-sponsored by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Nashville People in Business
The TennesseanOctober 2, 2011

... creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation-bankruptcy; Mary Taylor Gallagher for railroad law; Dan Haskell for government relations practice; Andra J. Hedrick for trusts and estates; Allen D. Lentz for corporate law; ...more »

Litigation
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Can events like Reno Air Races and Street Vibrations continue amid concerns ...
Reno Gazette JournalOctober 2, 2011

The question now is how, or if, the events can continue amid concerns over insurance costs, litigation and, for Street Vibrations, violence. Officials for both organizations have said any talk of their respective futures is months away. ...more »

Business Law
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Law enforcement says it's business as usual as realignment unfolds
KGET 17October 1, 2011

Worried about an influx of new felons. Some are taking self protection literally into their own hands. Jenn McKenna is assistant manager at 2nd Amendment Sports. She says she's had two recent gun customers specifically cite the prison realignment. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans invited to open house
AccentOctober 3, 2011

Military service members who served and are still serving our nation, had the opportunity to find more educational benefits at the Humvee to ACC event held on Sept. 29 at Round Rock Campus. The transition from the battlefield to the classroom is not ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Simple precautions can prevent Internet fraud
MiamiHerald.comOctober 20, 2011

In phishing schemes, a fraudster poses as a bank or other legitimate entity and uses emails and scam websites to obtain a victim's personal information, such as bank account numbers and social security account information. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Scartelli Olszewski Law Firm Secures $750000 Settlement for Client in Wrongful...
NorthcentralPa.comOctober 20, 2011

(Scranton-area Personal Injury Lawyers Melissa A. Scartelli and Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. Secure Six-figure Settlement in Wrongful Death Case Arising out of Death of Federal Prison Inmate) SCRANTON, PA (October 2011) – Personal injury ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Constitution and the Bakgatla question
The Bostwana GazetteOctober 5, 2011

... noted the appalling status of apathy amongst Batswana in respect of their constitution and the fact that there is yet to be a challenge to its independence. In Botswana where common law exists with customary law side by side; the courts administer ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyers profit while assisting government lawbreaking
Washington ExaminerOctober 5, 2011

In securing the suspect $535 million Department of Energy loan to Solyndra, private lawyers respectively representing Solyndra and the Department of Energy made a cool $4.3 million off the taxpayers. Now that Solyndra is in bankruptcy, more taxpayer ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Suite justice at last for fobbed-off furniture customer
Independent Online (blog)October 3, 2011

I spend most of my work week investigating reader complaints about companies failing to honour their Consumer Protection Act (CPA) rights. The complaints pour in – from bus and train coupons and pre-paid data expiring within a short time, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Quicken Loans CEO Discusses Appeal
WBOY-TVOctober 10, 2011

According to the law firm, Bordas & Bordas, an undisclosed settlement also was reached with the company's real estate appraiser. “The case encapsulates much of what lead to the collapse of the housing market and economy as a whole,” the firm's news ...more »

Labour laws differ in govt and private sector
Khaleej TimesOctober 3, 2011

KK Sarachandra Bose is a Partner/Corporate, Commercial and Contract Lawyer at Dar Al Adalah Advocates and Legal Consultants. Readers may e-mail their questions to: ktedit@emirates.net.ae or send them to (Legal View), Khaleej Times, Dubai PO Box 11243.more »

Sports Law
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Part 1: State's Concussion Law Aims to Protect Student-Athletes
Patch.comOctober 4, 2011

The MSHSAA is now outlining the regulations and procedures with the new state law regarding sports-related concussions. By Justin Phelps Long before NFL players were exhibiting the long-term symptoms of concussions, MICDS had an eye out for its ...more »

Criminal Defense
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One local criminal lawyer has shed some light on the bond revocation for ...
WTSP 10 NewsOctober 3, 2011

"Even as a defense attorney, if Sheriff Gee hadn't reacted the way he did, I would've been surprised. I think he acted appropriately in wanting to protect not only his deputy, but somebody else out there in the community that could come into contact ...more »

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO DISCLOSE A FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNT
Community MagazineOctober 3, 2011

First, a US taxpayer is required to report the existence of the offshore account and the income earned on the account on his or her income tax return and related schedules. Second, a taxpayer is required to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial ...more »

Retire When You Want To!
Motley Fool UKOctober 3, 2011

In other words, Britain's senior workers now have a legal right to work beyond age 65. This law -- the latest piece in a complex jigsaw of anti-discrimination legislation introduced by the previous Labour government -- should spell the end of ageism in ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Enforcement Blotter 10/20
Brownwood News (blog)October 21, 2011

According to the report, the asset protection employee stated that she observed a female pass the last point of sale without attempting to pay for some items. Officers issued the female suspect a citation for theft less than $50 and a criminal trespass ...more »

Environmental Law
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Clean-Tech Companies Should Get 10-Year Tax Breaks, Hundt Says
BusinessWeekOctober 6, 2011

Hundt, who was chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997, is working with the government as well as Silicon Valley venture capital and private equity firms to ensure that money is still available for clean-energy projects ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Brokers can tap into legal services market
Mortgage StrategyOctober 3, 2011

A potentially lucrative market exists for brokers in areas like wills and probate as there are significant margins in estate planning. It's also an opportunity to strengthen your brand. Some have dubbed ABS as Tesco Law as huge brands will inevitably ...more »

Family Law
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'Modern Family' leads Wednesday ratings, lifts ABC
Orlando Sentinel (blog)October 13, 2011

In Orlando, the top shows were “Modern Family” with 177400 viewers, “Survivor” with 163600, “The Middle” with 144800, “CSI” with 138500 and “Criminal Minds” with 135400. The next few shows were “Revenge” with 126000 viewers, “Harry's Law” with 112700, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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IRS offers employers partial amnesty
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 6, 2011

They are not really independent contractor duties," says Jim Brown, an employment lawyer with Sedgwick. Employers in California might be especially reluctant to enter the IRS program because "it is the most dangerous state for wage and hour litigation ...more »

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