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A federal takeover of education
Washington PostOctober 1, 2011

Such federal aid to education came in 1965, the year of liberals living exuberantly, which produced Medicare and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The latter completed the long repudiation of the idea that some sectors of life are ...more »

Germany returns stolen Namibian skulls
Sky News AustraliaOctober 1, 2011

Researchers determined the region from which the skulls came as well as the sex and age of the victims but say there is no hope of learning their identity or cause of death. The Namibian representatives will return home on Tuesday with a memorial ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Senators to President Don t Sidestep on Immigration
PoliticalNews.me (press release)October 2, 2011

Additionally, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton recently directed the agency to use its “prosecutorial discretion” in deciding which of the pending 300000 federal deportation cases should be prosecuted. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Court Can't Kill Health Reform Without Collateral Damage: View
BusinessWeekOctober 4, 2011

If the health-care law's individual mandate is unconstitutional, so is much of what the government has been doing for 80 years or so, and it will be the duty of the Supreme Court to sort through the ruins of the federal government as we know it and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Privacy cases slated for US Supreme Court's new term
CNETOctober 3, 2011

It's one of a handful of technology cases that, in addition to a high-profile challenge to President Obama's controversial health care law, are likely to be decided by next summer. The high court began its new term today by declining to hear another ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration gets though one court, and it's on to the next
The Colorado IndependentOctober 3, 2011

It's why the federal government, when challenging the Arizona and Alabama laws, chose to avoid civil rights-related challenges, focusing on arguing that state-level immigration enforcement preempts federal law. And it's this argument that has had the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Hydrocarbon potential, reservoir development estimated for western Iraq's ...
Oil & Gas JournalOctober 3, 2011

Those can multiply the profits from the petrochemicals and other industries of the petroleum resources. The Iraq government chooses the service contracts for different political and regulatory reasons (like delays or unapproved petroleum law). ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Deal diary: Oct 3, 2011
The Daily DealOctober 2, 2011

Dispute resolution specialist Zar has fought in both corporations' and public agencies' corners across a wide range of sectors. Clients have included America Online Inc. and energy regulator Office of Gas and Electricity Markets. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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You Should Cancel Your Employer Provided Health Insurance Coverage
Sacramento BeeOctober 5, 2011

Employer health insurance is covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Initially passed by Congress as a simple and comprehensive way to reduce employee benefits litigation and protect employees, it has now become a ...more »

Animal Law
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Kaparot: Jewish leaders want to end animal killing
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 7, 2011

Yehuda Shein, a community activist in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh, founded an ultra-Orthodox animal rights group last year. This year, about 50 activists from his group, Behemla, or "in compassion," handed out flyers citing rabbinical ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Lee Tran & Liang (LTL) Announces New Partner and Opening of Silicon Valley Office
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

He will focus his practice on complex business and intellectual property litigation, "white collar" criminal defense, and trials. Kevin was formerly associated with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where he specialized in complex commercial ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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ROBERTSON v. DOUG ASHY BUILDING MATERIALS, INC.
Leagle.comOctober 5, 2011

On May 26, 2005, plaintiffs, Harris' wife and children, filed this lawsuit against a host of defendants seeking to recover damages allegedly resulting from Harris' exposure to asbestos-containing products while working as a sheetrock installer, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Some thoughts on a half-baked idea
Chicago TribuneOctober 3, 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 »

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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Rochester landlords must learn about safety
Minnesota Public RadioOctober 14, 2011

Earlier this year, the Rochester City Council passed a controversial ordinance that requires rental property owners to take a day-long class to specialize in tenant/landlord issues, including leases, evictions, building and safety, gangs and street ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Deals of the Day: Could Alibaba Win Yahoo?
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 3, 2011

[WSJ] BofA: Kathy Patrick, the lawyer who helped craft a proposed $8.5 billion settlement with Bank of America over soured mortgages, told Blackrock and other big clients to oppose a more aggressive pact put for by a rival attorney. ...more »

Litigation
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Dallas Attorney Amy LaValle Joins Skiermont Puckett LLP
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Business Law
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CVS Caremark spent $2.3M on lobbying in 2Q
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

The Woonsocket, RI, company said its lobbying interests included antitrust laws relating to pharmacies, health care competition and its business model, it said in a report it filed July 20. CVS' combination of a large drugstore chain and big pharmacy ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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SLDN scoffs at DOD's “14 benefits”
Keen News ServiceOctober 28, 2011

... as he said Thursday, that his organization is “not advocating any special treatment” for gay servicemembers, “but we want to underscore that all military families should be treated the same when it comes to recognition, benefits and family support. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Identity theft protection tips for mobile device users
Milwaukee Journal SentinelOctober 17, 2011

By (ARA) (ARA) - If you use complex passwords for your online accounts, have a firewall on your PC's Internet connection and only shop at secure websites, you may think you're doing a good job protecting yourself from identity theft. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawyers blamed for our high insurance rates
Sun-SentinelOctober 4, 2011

Florida has a reputation for high automobile insurance rates due to the racket that the personal injury lawyers have created. Apparently, the statistics show that Florida is notorious for its residents filing fraudulent claims ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Could medical marijuana provide tax dollars for cities?
Shelby Township Source NewspapersOctober 3, 2011

But here in Michigan, where it has been legal for nearly three years, the potential economic benefits of pot commerce remain a distant afterthought for state and local policymakers who just want to see some clarity in the law. ...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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California passes its own conflict minerals legislation
Mining ReviewOctober 11, 2011

This legislation mirrors Section 1502 of the national legislation, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 ‒ simply referred to as the 'Dodd-Frank Act' ‒ which also aims at addressing the problem of conflict minerals ...more »

Real Estate Law
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William Cellini's business dealings cross party lines
Chicago Sun-TimesOctober 2, 2011

Cellini has used the longtime House speaker's law firm, Madigan & Getzendanner, to handle real estate tax work for his apartment projects in the Chicago area. Then there is Ald. Edward Burke, another powerful Chicago Democrat. His law firm gets real ...more »

Bill against illegal immigrant workers may go to House
OCRegisterOctober 3, 2011

"The Republicans seem to be ready to punch small business in the stomach when they are just getting back on their feet," said Tyler Moran, policy director at National Immigration Law Center. "Ultimately Republican leadership is going to have to make ...more »

Sports Law
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Brown recognized as Arkansas football trailblazer
Yahoo! SportsOctober 7, 2011

The University of Arkansas law school, however, welcomed its first black student without incident or litigation in 1948. When Brown was accepted to UA, he found 11 other black faces in the undergraduate ranks. Just attending Arkansas wasn't enough. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Robert Downey Jr Is Iconic Defense Attorney PERRY MASON For Warner Bros
WhatCulture!October 5, 2011

Oh Lord, just what Robert Downey Jr needs – another franchise to his name. But if we delve deeper, this one sounds like it could be heaps of fun… Variety says the actor who is next seen on our screens as the world's most famous literary detective in ...more »

USDOJ: Niagara Falls, New York, Financial Advisor Sentenced to Prison for ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)October 4, 2011

According to the plea agreement, Muto also counseled clients to submit frivolous correspondence to the IRS in response to audit notices as a way to intimidate IRS revenue agents and thwart IRS audits of the trusts he was promoting. ...more »

Age-old issue goes online
Financial PostOctober 4, 2011

Three weeks back, Chris Garner, a 58-year old employee at the Bank of Nova Scotia filed a statement of claim against the bank, his employer for 35 years, alleging age discrimination. Garner, a branch manager at the time and based in Nova Scotia, ...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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Clean-Tech's Unlikely Champion
KQED (blog)October 3, 2011

According to a recent study from the Pew Charitable Trust, the military has tripled its investment in technologies like biofuels, solar panels, and electric vehicles over the last four years. Today, it spends $1.2 billion a year on alternative fuels. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Estate lawyer lists 3BD in Greater Uptown
Ultimate MemorialOctober 24, 2011

Her practice focuses on probate, estate planning and wills and trusts. She received her JD from the University of Houston and her BA from the University of Texas at Austin. According to BlockShopper.com, there have been 569 home sales in Greater Uptown ...more »

Family Law
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President Obama's health care law not fulfilling promise
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (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 »

Workers Compensation
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State to boost base rate for workers' comp
The Register-GuardOctober 1, 2011

The base rate employers pay for workers' compensation coverage will go up by an average of 1.9 percent in 2012 — the first increase since 1990, state officials said. The main reason for the increase is Oregon's stagnant economy, ...more »

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