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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 »

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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US Senate panel cancels Oct 6 speculation hearing
ReutersOctober 4, 2011

"We want them to act according to the law, which is that they address the issue of speculation and that they set some position limits," he said. Efforts to curb excessive speculation are part of the CFTC's efforts to enact sweeping new reforms in the ...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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Superintendent Kyle Wood responds to letter from state auditor
Bixby BulletinOctober 4, 2011

Wood was responding to an inquiry by the Bixby Bulletin regarding a letter to State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones dated Aug. 26, in which Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked the auditor's office to assist his office “in monitoring compliance” with ...more »

Immigration Law
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Clean-up time for a messy state immigration law
Muncie Star PressOctober 4, 2011

Among the many objections that were raised to Indiana's sweeping new immigration law was the prospect of costly, protracted and risky litigation. The warning, sounded by the state's own attorney general among others, came to fruition quickly with a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Land Acquisition Bill - Short of expectations
Hindu Business LineOctober 1, 2011

... for their massive investments, without entirely altering their payback estimates. While no law can be expected to be a panacea for all evils, the new Bill appears to leave almost everyone disappointed with corporates being the most dissatisfied. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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UK broadcasters: Net neutrality a must
Advanced TelevisionOctober 5, 2011

The Plum report recommends that EU institutions, national governments and regulators should signal a clear commitment to safeguarding the Open Internet and that the application of an industry code of conduct and dispute resolution procedures, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Judge approves settlement in wrongful death
Warren Tribune ChronicleOctober 5, 2011

The settlement adds to increased fees paid by Trumbull County for general liability and other types of insurance, partially due to lawsuit settlements between Trumbull County Highway Engineer David DeChristofaro and two former workers. ...more »

Animal Law
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Fighting for pets in Texas pays off
Times Record NewsOctober 3, 2011

Another new law will streamline the details surrounding animal seizures in cruelty cases, requiring owners to provide upfront money to pay for the care of seized animals. Animal protection agencies like the Humane Society, the American Society for the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Smith Moore Leatherwood Expands Charlotte Office
dBusinessNews Charlotte (press release)October 4, 2011

“The attorneys in the firm's intellectual property practice have a broad range of global experience in intellectual property matters, and Andy's diverse patent law background makes him an integral addition to the firm.” Before joining Smith Moore ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Merck Wins Another Fosamax Trial
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 3, 2011

You can read other Law Blog posts about the Fosamax litigation here, here, here and here. Secrest took Fosamax from 1998 to 2005, according to court papers. “We believe the company acted properly,” said Chilton Varner of King & Spalding LLP, ...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 »

Airlines Record Fifth Successive Month of 5% Capacity Growth Worldwide
MarketWatch (press release)October 6, 2011

"It is unusual to see such consistent growth in scheduled flights and capacity," said Peter von Moltke, Chief Executive Officer, UBM Aviation. "While profit forecasts for the industry remain weak, these figures indicate that airlines remain confident ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Empty Stores As Landlords Wait It Out
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

"Sometimes it's when the right tenant is shunned over because the offer is a dollar off per foot. But when brokers stop paying attention to space, it's definitely a bad thing." At Sheldon Solow's 9 W. 57th St., the building, which gave its name to an ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Clifford Olson — Canada's national monster — dead at 71
Vancouver SunOctober 1, 2011

A monster. He was a personable, charming guy. When he walked into my office, it was the cops that looked bad." "Olson very fully appreciated the nature and quality of what he was doing," said his former lawyer, Shantz. "That probably was the engine ...more »

Litigation
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IN RE CLASSICSTAR MARE LEASE LITIGATION
Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

This matter is before the Court upon the Motion for Summary Judgment made by Plaintiffs Arbor Farms, LLC, Jaswinder Grover, Monica Grover, MacDonald Stables, LLC, Nelson Breeders, LLC, and West Hills Farms, LLC [DE 482]. ...more »

Business Law
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What's left of state illegals law
The Decatur DailyOctober 2, 2011

A court decision issued Wednesday preliminarily blocked enforcement of several provisions of the state's immigration law, but left some standing. Unless federal Judge Sharon Blackburn grants a request to block enforcement pending an appeal, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Federal Retirement Plans Cost Almost as Much as Social Security
ABC NewsOctober 2, 2011

The government paid a record $268 billion in pension and health benefits last year to 10 million former civil servants, military personnel and their dependents, about $100 billion more than was paid a decade earlier after adjusting for inflation. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cyber crime hits 76% of residents
The NationalOctober 3, 2011

Read article Internet and BlackBerry crimes rise More people are reporting instances of their BlackBerry handsets being hacked. Read article Laws needed to conquer cyber crime Federal judge says criminals are getting off the hook because toothless ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawyers opposed to three special-session bills
WSAUOctober 3, 2011

MADISON (WSAU) Personal injury and consumer protection lawyers are upset with three bills proposed in the state's new special legislative session on job creation. Senate Republican Rich Zipperer of Pewaukee is sponsoring a bill to reduce interest rates ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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NCCU law center idea nixed amid donor concerns
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

DURHAM, NC (AP) — An offer to establish a constitutional law center at North Carolina Central University law school has been withdrawn after some faculty and alumni expressed concern that $600000 in startup funds would come from a major financial ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Attorney Ashley Campbell Receives the 2011 UNC School of Law Outstanding ...
PR.com (press release)October 6, 2011

The law firm of Ragsdale Liggett PLLC is comprised of lawyers with extensive legal expertise across a broad range of practice areas. Ragsdale Liggett is equipped to handle all of a business' legal needs, including formation, day-to-day business...more »

Consumer Protection
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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 »

Real Estate Law
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McDonald Hopkins Law Firm Elects Four Members: Anne Owings Ford, Michael J ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

Owen P. Quinn (Chicago) is a litigator who specializes in construction law and real estate litigation as well as commercial and financial services litigation. He has counseled clients in matters involving contract disputes, fraud, civil conspiracy, ...more »

DigitalGlobe Inc : DigitalGlobe Wins US Government Value-Added Services ...
4-traders (press release)October 5, 2011

DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a one-year contract at a funded level of $37.9 million by the US Government via the National ...more »

Sports Law
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HOFFARTH SUNDAY Q&A: Why Ex-Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach has booked ...
Los Angeles Daily NewsOctober 2, 2011

Armed with a degree from Pepperdine Law School and a divergent sense of humor, Leach operates more these days out of the option offense as far as his career goals are concerned. He explains: QUESTION: All the things that happened at Tech are in the end ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense gives closing arguments in TCG case
Salt Lake TribuneOctober 4, 2011

Defense attorneys on Tuesday explained to jurors in federal court why seven alleged members of the Tongan Crip Gang should be acquitted of racketeering charges. During closing arguments before US District Court Judge Tena Campbell, ...more »

Will Danes Influence US Tax Policy? Fat Chance.
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

Haverford still in court over anti-discrimination ordinance
Delaware County Daily TimesOctober 10, 2011

The ordinance established a local human relations commission and bars discrimination in housing, commercial property, employment and public accommodations based on race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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In Advance of Senate Vote, Banking Panel Examines Role of Consumer Financial ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkOctober 5, 2011

... Berkeley; Katherine Porter, professor of law, University of California-Irvine School of Law; Robert Lawless, professor of law, University of Illinois College of Law; Ray Boshara, senior advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; G. Michael Flores, ...more »

Environmental Law
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New laws taking effect, economic summit, polls
Connectcut Plus (blog)October 3, 2011

The governor also announced that Jackson Laboratory, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to “discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease, and to enable research for the global biomedical community,” will fund $809 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Millions of Lackawanna County records go online
Scranton Times-TribuneOctober 7, 2011

Among the records now available are probate records from 1878 to the present, marriage applications from 1885 forward and orphan's court division records since 1938. They also include dockets from both the civil and family court divisions since 1995, ...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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COUNTY OF KERN v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD
Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

SCVFD is classified as a nonprofit organization under the federal Internal Revenue Code with an independent board of directors. It is organized as a volunteer fire department under state law (Health and Saf. Code, § 14825 et seq. ...more »

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