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Schools Consider Whether To Accept Major Advertising
WFMY News 2October 1, 2011

Whatever the case may be Guilford County wants to have some kind of policy in place. They hope to take next several months to come up with a policy. Davidson County Schools does not have a policy that allows major outside advertising. ...more »

How to protect your business in the event of a breach of personal information
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

Smart Business spoke with Winter about how privacy and security liability insurance can protect your company if personal information is stolen. What kinds of companies should be concerned about the loss of personal information? Any company that retains ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Wappingers school board member: Alleged misconduct involves education law
Poughkeepsie JournalOctober 1, 2011

Board of Education Member Aziz Ashan said misconduct allegations involving trustees Marilynn Shultz and John Lumia "lean toward" administrative matters involving state and federal education law. The Wappingers Central School District Board of Education ...more »

Health Care Law
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President Obama's health care law not fulfilling promise
The Star-Ledger - (blog)October 2, 2011

By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist By Michael F. Cannon The news that health insurance premiums are again rising rapidly is the latest reminder that President Obama's health care law is producing the opposite of what it promised. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Supreme Court Starts NEW session TODAY!
Janesville Gazette (blog)October 3, 2011

It is important to note that he represents the states challenging the Affordable Care Act and is defending the Arizona anti-immigration law. On the docket 1. Zivotofsky v. Clinton: A major separation-of-powers case that asks whether the president may ...more »

Immigration Law
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Hispanics leave school in face of Alabama's tough immigration law
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

Paul Horowitz, a constitutional law expert at the University of Alabama's law school in Tuscaloosa, says the data collection nature of the law “is fairly clever” in circumventing a federal law that prohibits discrimination in public school enrollment ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Fiat Pulls Out of Italian Business Lobby
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

From January, neither company will be obliged to adhere to the terms of a national labor contract, to which Confindustria is a signatory. Mr. Marchionne has repeatedly said that the terms are outdated and prevent him from imposing new working ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Board members want more authority
Burbank LeaderOctober 1, 2011

Arbitrators usually have professional backgrounds in mediation, labor relations or human resources. It could also be more expedient, Doyle said, as opposed to attempting to schedule a hearing with an appointed commission. Councilman Dave Golonski said ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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LGC wants other insurance pools added to $100M claim
Seacoastonline.comOctober 8, 2011

... as a party in the litigation. Beyond that, she said, "I know very little." In June, Portsmouth's 34-member Professional Management Association switched from Anthem health insurance sold through the LGC, to CIGNA health insurance through SchoolCare. ...more »

Animal Law
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Schenectady County SPCA sues sheriff over cats
Albany Times UnionOctober 8, 2011

The lawsuit, filed in county court by SPCA lawyer Andrew McNamara, quotes state agriculture and markets law that "requires the Schenectady County Sheriff to take custody of any animal in possession of an individual arrested by an officer of the ...more »

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

Samsung lawyer David Catterns didn't give details about the proposal, and Apple will need time to consider it, Apple lawyer Steven Burley told the court. Catterns's proposal is a bid to end the last dispute over patent technology in Australia that's ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Appellate judges take sting out of Illinois opinion
Legal News LineOctober 3, 2011

In the new version he wrote, "We readily admit that we are not experts in asbestos litigation and that counsel knows a lot more about this case than we ever will, but for the benefit of the uninitiated, it would seem that some explanation of this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Commentary: Affirmative action and the Supreme Court
Kansas City StarOctober 10, 2011

The case potentially isn't just about one disappointed would-be Longhorn but about the undoing of affirmative action in higher education. Are enough justices ready to walk through this minefield again after just eight years? In 2003, the court took up ...more »

Aviation expert looks at possible causes of tragic New York helicopter crash
CNN (blog)October 5, 2011

Another man was listed in serious condition and was transferred to New York University Medical Center, he said. This Morning, Carol Costello talks with aviation expert and helicopter pilot Robert Tur to explain what could have happened to cause the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SL Green Teams with Stonehenge Partners to Acquire NYC Retail/Residential...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Ofer Yardeni, managing partner and co-founder of Stonehenge Partners, said, "The Stonehenge footprint in New York City continues to expand and this venture with one of New York City's pre-eminent real estate companies further enhances our presence and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Camera maker Kodak weighs bankruptcy option to push patents sale
Economic TimesOctober 2, 2011

A bankruptcy filing may help clear the way for a patent sale, said the people. The sale could fetch about $3 billion, MDB Capital Group estimates. Kodak also has discussed its options with law firm Kirkland & Ellis, the people said. ...more »

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Massachusetts AG Preparing Litigation Against Major Banks Over Foreclosures
Mortgage Rates & Trends (blog)October 5, 2011

The interesting thing is going to be whether or not the thread of a slew of state lawsuits will force banks to the bargaining table, or whether litigation will proceed. Recently Nevada AG Catherine Cortez Masto was able to reach a settlement with ...more »

Business Law
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Wilkie to complain over Ch 9 pokie comments
ABC OnlineOctober 1, 2011

He said while Channel Nine and the NRL were entitled to campaign against the changes, there were clear rules governing political advertising on TV. "If someone is going to effectively make a political advertisement, then there are issues that it has to ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Panetta begins to prepare Pentagon for budget cuts
ReutersOctober 11, 2011

WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday the US military should expect cuts to personnel, benefits and equipment as the Pentagon makes the "difficult choices" to reduce security spending by $450 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ghana to establish public internet registry to address cyber crime, virus attacks
Ghana Business NewsOctober 12, 2011

According to the Mr Iddrissu, the CIRT will also provide remedial actions as well as facilitate the addressing of computer malfunction, cyber crime and virus attacks among others. He however did not give a timeline for the project. ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Law Firm Gelber & O'Connell, LLC Partners with ...
Benzinga (press release)October 3, 2011

The Buffalo, NY Personal Injury law firm, Gelber & O'Connell, LLC is committed to business citizenship and community service within the Erie/Niagara County and Western New York area. The Personal Injury Attorneys of Gelber & O'Connell, LLC engage in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitution not sole issue on agenda of new Parliament
Today's ZamanOctober 1, 2011

While Parliament was in recess, Çiçek did not lose time but gathered 24 leading constitutional law experts in Parliament to discuss proposals for the new constitution. He will be forwarding the proposals to party leaders to prepare the ground for ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Posted On Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 03:25:20 AM
Ahmedabad MirrorOctober 3, 2011

A student of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) is under investigation for an alleged malpractice for admission under the physically handicapped (PH) category. The details of this particular case have come to the fore through a series of RTI ...more »

Consumer Protection
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State safe from fees for debit cards for now
Billings GazetteOctober 4, 2011

Bank of America doesn't have any branches in the Treasure State, and banks with assets less than $10 billion are exempt from the "Durbin Amendment" of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which took effect on Oct. 1. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Bryan Pelino Joins Offit Kurman
Citybizlist (press release)October 3, 2011

With offices serving Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Offit Kurman is a trusted legal advisor for commercial litigation, insurance recovery, business law, real estate, intellectual property, entertainment and media, ...more »

Berenstein chairs law school program
Sioux City JournalOctober 2, 2011

Berenstein also moderated a panel for the program: "Dissecting the Language: A Careful Review of Material Contract Language in the Commercial Agreement." A partner of the Berenstein, Moore, Heffernan, Moeller & Johnson firm, Berenstein specialized in ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Agency Headed by Howard Kusnick's Son Sui...
Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)October 4, 2011

But it is interesting to see that a sports agency based in South Florida (Double Diamond) has a relationship with the law firm that is in a lot of jeopardy. Mr. Joshua Kusnick is the sole principal of Double Diamond Sports Management, Inc. His father's ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Crime lab memo release appealed by San Francisco District Attorney's Office
San Francisco ExaminerOctober 4, 2011

Such pretrial arguments are standard fare in criminal cases. Indeed, defense attorneys have unsuccessfully sought the memo in other cases. But Gascón's opponents see a larger issue. “Justice is supposed to be blind, but our District Attorney should not ...more »

IRS offers a break for reclassifying employees
Houston ChronicleOctober 30, 2011

It's called the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) and is meant to encourage employers to come into compliance with respect to their worker classifications. The program allows employers to voluntarily correct misclassification issues ...more »

Older Unemployed Workers Face Age Discrimination
City Town Info Education ChannelOctober 5, 2011

"There is no question that age bias is rampant throughout American society and in the workplace in particular," said Howard Eglit, a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law who was interviewed by MSNBC. He noted that many people mistakenly believe ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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RTS Offers Services to Support New Swap Execution Facilities as Dodd-Frank Act...
PR Newswire (press release)October 3, 2011

CHICAGO, Oct., 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has spawned the creation of regulated Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) that must capture trades electronically and offer central clearing of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama's energy chief defends clean energy loans
Chem.InfoOctober 2, 2011

... defended on Saturday a loan guarantee program that has provided billions of dollars for solar energy and other renewable energy projects. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said a stimulus law program that expired Friday will help develop the world's ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Stakes High In Under The Radar County Election
Patch.comOctober 23, 2011

The surrogate, meanwhile, handles the probate of wills, adoptions, and appointments of estate administrators and guardians. Dressler counts among his accomplishments during his 15 years as surrogate the computerization of the office and getting a high ...more »

Family Law
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Law enforcement agencies grapple with heroin resurgence
Chicago Sun-TimesOctober 17, 2011

Kane County Sheriff Patrick Perez added that, unlike other drugs, heroin “can be snorted rather than injected, making detection by parents or family members more difficult.” “There is also a misconception by first-time users that they will not become ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation office to move to Sebastian Center
TCPalmOctober 4, 2011

The OJCC is responsible for the mediation and adjudication over workers' compensation benefits. The agency operates 17 district offices in Florida Each Judge of Compensation Claims is appointed by the Governor for a four year term, based upon the ...more »


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