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Finally, some good news on the uninsured
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

It's critical for our kids, our parents, our friends and neighbors and our health care jobs that they find solutions that protect the federal government's commitment to Medicaid. Proposals like block grants and spending caps would simply make more ...more »

Major construction set for I-94 Friday night
Newsradio 620October 1, 2011

By Matt Montgomery & Cody Holyoke Starting Friday night, overnight construction will start, which could mean some traffic headaches for a busy weekend. Engineers with the I-94 project are working to open up a brand new tunnel, but it isn't easy. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Stolen Valor Act to get hearing at Supreme Court
Tampabay.comOctober 18, 2011

The case arose from the prosecution of Xavier Alvarez under a 2005 law, the Stolen Valor Act. Alvarez, an elected member of the board of directors of a water district in Southern California, described his background at a public meeting in 2007. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Romney: 'I didn't get the job done' on health costs
The Hill (blog)October 19, 2011

That is an accurate description of both the Massachusetts reforms and Obama's healthcare law. Both established a new marketplace to buy private coverage, neither created a new government plan, and both provide subsidies to help people purchase private ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Harrisburg council approves bankruptcy filing
USA TodayOctober 12, 2011

(AP) – Pennsylvania's financially distressed capital city is seeking Chapter 9 bankruptcy, citing overwhelming debt, but Harrisburg's mayor and top city lawyer said the filing signed by a City Council member was not legal. The petition docketed by US ...more »

Immigration Law
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American DREAM hopeful for immigrants
Campus TimesOctober 20, 2011

By Campus Times · Published on October 20, 2011 5:37 AM · Op-Eds, Opinions To the disdain of anti-immigration groups and conservative opposition, California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bill AB 131 into law, which gives certain undocumented students in ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Is eminent domain a real monster?
Natchez DemocratOctober 30, 2011

But the state's current eminent domain law has been on the books for decades. Quick, can you think of a single case in which someone you know was wronged by the state taking away their property? Clearly, while Initiative 31 strikes us all in our heart, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Bowl Six
Dissident VoiceOctober 8, 2011

To safeguard peace, the covenant provided for dispute resolution: by arbitration, by a new International Court of Justice, or by unanimous decision of the Great War's victors in Council. The League bound its member states into a defensive alliance. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Data breach ruling may signal change in approach
Business InsuranceOctober 30, 2011

BOSTON—An appeals court's decision to permit negligence and contract putative class action litigation to proceed in a grocery store chain data breach because of the alleged damages incurred could signal a change in courts' approach to this issue, ...more »

Animal Law
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Pet Vet: Animal health news
WNDU-TVOctober 8, 2011

Indiana's Senate Bill 6 was signed into law and took effect this past May. It allows governments to enter into mutual aid agreements, so that veterinary services may be provided on an emergency basis. Animal emergency response teams already exist in ...more »

Intellectual Property
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UK, Mexico reach landmark intellectual property agreement
Fresh Business ThinkingOctober 24, 2011

“This agreement will allow the UK and Mexico to share best practice in areas such as enforcing intellectual property rights and to address the issue of global patent application backlogs,” said Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Property Firm Sentenced After Worker Exposed To Asbestos
Build.co.ukOctober 31, 2011

... resulted in the significant release of asbestos fibres into the air. The handyman wore two dust masks while removing the board on 15 October 2010, but did not undergo any decontamination procedures and was not wearing a protective, disposable suit. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court Session Opens, Expected To Hear Highly Debated Issues
Neon TommyOctober 4, 2011

While many issues have not formally made it onto the docket, NPR reports issues that will likely be heard include healthcare, affirmative action and gay marriage. The president has asked the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the Patient ...more »

Alaska aviation safety continues improvements
Juneau EmpireOctober 14, 2011

By Sarah Day Federal Aviation Administration Regional Administrator Robert Lewis told Juneau Chamber of Commerce members Thursday aviation safety is improving in Alaska, though data show a recent trend of decreasing numbers of plane crashes appears to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Queens landlord seeks tenant for former JetBlue office space
The Real Deal New York (blog)October 3, 2011

Queens-based landlord Muss Development is searching for a new tenant to fill 200000 square feet of Class A space at 118-35 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, the current headquarters of JetBlue Airways, Crain's reported. The airline will be moving out ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison steps down
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 13, 2011

... the bankruptcy process far better than the people they replace. "It does help to have familiarity with the process," said John Hansen, a partner in the Nossaman LLP law firm. "I've seen a lot of regular business people who've been in Chapter 11, ...more »

Litigation
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Oppenheimer Rochester Funds Lose Dismissal Bid, Face Trial
BloombergOctober 25, 2011

“This is a very significant opinion” and “we are pleased that we can now proceed with the discovery phase of this litigation,” said plaintiffs' co-lead counsel, Steven Toll, in a statement today. Shareholders in seven Oppenheimer municipal bond funds ...more »

Business Law
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Abortion Foes Offer Thanks to Pro-Choice Supe
The San Francisco AppealOctober 4, 2011

Supervisor Malia Cohen is leading the charge against First Resort, saying that advertisements for its "pregnancy crisis centers" are false and misleading, and has authored legislation -- modeled on efforts in four other cities -- that ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Glen Lerner & Associates Assisting Injured Veterans in Obtaining TSGLI Benefits
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 3, 2011

Glen Lerner & Associates, a Las-Vegas based injury law firm, is now assisting injured military servicemembers in recovering benefits, and getting the word out to many veterans who don't realize they are entitled to these benefits. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Waterbury Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography
7thSpace Interactive (press release)October 21, 2011

... statements made in court, on June 2, 2009, a Milford Police detective working with the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force conducted a keyword search over a peer-to-peer Internet file-sharing program using a phrase related to child pornography. ...more »

Personal Injury
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San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer Daniel M. Gilleon Earns 'AV(R) Preeminent ...
PR Web (press release)October 28, 2011

Daniel M. Gilleon, a partner in the law firm of Mitchell | Gilleon, which is a law firm comprised of San Diego personal injury lawyers, has been honored with an 'AV® Preeminent' rating by his legal peers at Martindale-Hubbell, one of the largest ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Paul Premack: Election may affect surviving spouses, students and taxpayers
San Antonio ExpressOctober 31, 2011

Proponents point out that the constitution already allows cities and towns to issue such bonds, and this amendment would expand the law to allow counties to issue such bonds as well. Opponents feel that economic development should not be funded by ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Medical marijuana or employment?
The Morning SunOctober 3, 2011

Medical marijuana users are not allowed to be under the influence of the drug "when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice," as is stated in the law. Continued... There are also prohibitions against using or being under ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Case of the Missing Red Snapper
Mother JonesOctober 28, 2011

A new Senate bill, "The Commercial Seafood Consumer Protection Act," aims to try and stop cases of seafood fraud by encouraging federal agencies to cooperate with each other and increase testing and regulation of imported seafood. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Elaine Newman Moranz, 65, commercial real estate lawyer | Philadelphia ...
Philadelphia InquirerOctober 28, 2011

Elaine Newman Moranz, 65, of Newtown Square, a lawyer who specialized in commercial real estate law, died of ovarian cancer on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Trained as a city planner and lawyer, Mrs. Moranz had been a ...more »

GAO overrides exemption for set-aside contracts at VA
Bizjournals.com (blog)October 14, 2011

But thanks to unique requirements under a 2006 law, that exemption does not apply to the Department of Veterans Affairs, decided the Government Accountability Office. Protest issue: Whether the VA can acquire commercial products using a GSA schedule ...more »

Sports Law
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Enough Is Enough
TIME (blog)October 31, 2011

The law is challenged in many states and ultimately will be decided by the Supreme Court within the next year. I don't underestimate the complexities of implementing a health care reform law that we can all live with. As with most entitlement programs ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Louisville Criminal Defense and Family Law Attorneys of Campisano Law Office ...
PR Web (press release)October 25, 2011

The site offers helpful information to remove some of the fear and uncertainty from the legal process, including basic information on criminal defense and family law. Attorney Frank Campisano is a native of Louisville and has practiced in this area and ...more »

Networth: IRS offers employers amnesty on worker classification
The RepublicOctober 12, 2011

They are not really independent contractor duties," says Jim Brown, an employment lawyer. The IRS program does not make it any easier to determine who is and is not an employee. There are various tests, but most employers look at a list of 20 factors ...more »

Want to Advance Civil Rights? Focus Less on Individual Grievances, Law Prof Argues
ABA JournalOctober 28, 2011

But the same laws fail to remedy a bigger problem—age discrimination in hiring—because “job seekers rarely sue over the job that got away.” Ford says developments in international human rights law are an example of a better approach. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Kodak creditors talking to advisers-sources
ReutersOctober 3, 2011

After the market closed on Friday, Kodak said it had no plans to seek bankruptcy protection, but said it had engaged outside advisors including law firm Jones Day, known for handling the bankruptcy of car company Chrysler. ...more »

Environmental Law
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MOEA regularly reviewing timetable for nuclear-free homeland goal
Focus Taiwan News ChannelOctober 4, 2011

Shih said the key to the question lies in whether alternative energy sources can become more productive, saying that if the supply of alternative energy such as solar, wind, hydro and thermal power can be increased, the ministry will find follow-up ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Doctor Offers Options
Wheeling IntelligencerOctober 30, 2011

WHEELING -Dr. Vic Wood is reaching out to small business owners faced with soaring workers' compensation premiums and the inability to offer health care to their employees. Wood, founder of the Doctor's Urgent Care clinics, ...more »

Family Law
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American Law Student Released In Israeli-Egyptian Prisoner Exchange
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TVOctober 31, 2011

A Queens law student arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday for an emotional reunion with his family, after he was freed from an Egyptian prison. Having stepped off a flight from Israel with his ...more »

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