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Solaria Considers Tax Break in California Expansion
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Under a 2010 law, the state Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority can exempt sales taxes on equipment, the building or assembly of alternative-energy manufacturing and landfill-gas plants. The authority plans to vote on ...more »

Ill. Judge Allows State to Break Contracts With Catholic Charities
Christian PostOctober 1, 2011

The state contracts, collectively worth $30 million, make up 80 percent of its foster care budget. However, the state of Illinois has chosen, since the June 1 enactment of the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act, to direct the money and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Sprint Urges FCC to Hold Hearings on AT&T-T-Mobile Deal
BloombergOctober 3, 2011

If the FCC decided to put the transaction before an administrative law judge, “it's not a good sign for the merger.” AT&T spokesman Michael Balmoris said in an e-mail that there's “no legal or policy reason to designate the proceeding for a hearing. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Law sets rules for collection of medical bills
Colorado Springs GazetteOctober 1, 2011

An amendment to the law enacted a year after it went into effect added a provision that says a violation of the law cannot serve as the basis for a claim under another statute, the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Resourceful lawyers had ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Instant Impressions: Week 4
ESPNOctober 3, 2011

But Ridley had 10 carries for 97 yards and showed pretty good speed for a 225-pounder on a 33-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter, speed that the Law Firm just doesn't have. Like Shanahan, Belichick is never going to make it easy on fantasy ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration poses problem for Perry
PoliticoOctober 2, 2011

DERRY, NH – In his first extended exposure to the give-and-take style of New Hampshire primary politics, Rick Perry discovered that immigration is going to be a serious problem here. Perry faced sharp questions this weekend about the Texas law he ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Planning law reform: Tory ministers back changes but oppose backyard developments
Daily MailOctober 4, 2011

A swathe of other ministers have backed him, declaring that Britain must build its way out of recession, regardless of an outcry from countryside and green groups, including the National Trust. Meanwhile, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has ...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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Attorney Andrew Weinstein a featured speaker at auto negligence seminar
Naples Daily NewsOctober 5, 2011

Andrew's presentation, "Current Developments in PIP Insurance Litigation focused on recent case law interpreting Florida's Personal Injury Protection insurance law including the use of the Medicare fee schedule and the debate over whether it is ...more »

Animal Law
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Cat shooting prompts calls for animal protection authority
The NationalOctober 8, 2011

These two cheetahs were taken to the Abu Dhabi Wildlife Centre by owners who realised they were doing the wrong thing in keeping the exotic wild animals. Lee Hoagland / The National DUBAI // An animal-rights campaigner has called on the Government to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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ACTA signed and ready to go
FudzillaOctober 5, 2011

The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement which is an accord targeting intellectual property piracy. The European Union, Mexico and Switzerland have not ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Krieger's attorney submits petitions
Cuyahoga Falls News PressOctober 2, 2011

Hager said he had a petition with 7000 signatures of people who oppose the possible use of eminent domain to acquire Krieger's land for the project. Whether Graham Road is widened on the north side of the roadway, where Krieger's is located, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Cheating? That's affirmative
WND.comOctober 3, 2011

The bill says the University of California and California State University systems "may consider race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin, and household income, along with other relevant factors, in undergraduate and graduate ...more »

Boeing could boost Greenville's aviation cluster
Greenville NewsOctober 2, 2011

Jerry Howard, president of the Greenville Area Development Corp., said he figures the bigger effect of Boeing's new aircraft plant in North Charleston could be on the business of aviation companies already in Greenville County. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Disaster survivors can get free legal assistance
Warwick AdvertiserOctober 1, 2011

Disaster Legal Services can help survivors with bankruptcy, civil rights, employment law, landlord-tenant law, FEMA benefits claims, wills, trusts and probate matters, among other issues potentially arising from disaster. Any person affected by Irene ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Thinking of buying some new household goods?
Malta Independent OnlineOctober 3, 2011

The right to a remedy is given to us by the Consumer Affairs Act. Whenever repair is possible, feasible and won't cause any significant inconvenience, then the trader has the possibility to do this in the first instance. The trader must cover the costs ...more »

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Desert Hot Springs City Council looks at litigation Tuesday
The Desert SunOctober 2, 2011

The Desert Hot Springs City Council will consider two pieces of litigation in closed session Tuesday. One is a workers' compensation claim, and the second is an unspecified “initiation of litigation.” The council has previously said it is considering ...more »

Business Law
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Health Care Law Looms Over New Supreme Court Term
Fox NewsOctober 1, 2011

Presidents of both parties have directed the State Department to ignore the law, saying it wrongly interferes with the president's powers. Just over a third of the 48 cases the court has so far agreed to hear are of interest to the business sector, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Local military support group benefits from Edison fundraiser
SignalOctober 7, 2011

Local members of a US military-support organization met with employees of a California power company Thursday to pack more than 80 boxes filled with gifts for US service members. The event, part of Southern California ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Victor man gets 2 prison sentences for child porn
The MissoulianOctober 8, 2011

According to court records, in January 2010, Missoula Police Detective Chris Shermer, acting as part of the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children task force, identified a computer that uploaded child pornography to a website starting in December ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawyer welcomes referral fee ban
Insurance AgeOctober 10, 2011

A personal injury solicitor has broken ranks with his peers to welcome Government moves to ban referral fees in insurance cases. Mr Attwood, principal solicitor at Attwood Solicitors, stated the fees encouraged "spurious claims" which ultimately drove ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Second arrest for UM law professor
MiamiHerald.comOctober 1, 2011

His UM website bio says he joined the faculty in 1988, teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Employment Discrimination, has written commentaries for The Miami Herald and The Miami Times, and has appeared on national television programs. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Mullin as lawyer targeted in suits
The Detroit NewsOctober 10, 2011

Lawyers avoid so-called conflicts of interest to ensure clients have their "undivided loyalty," said Larry Dubin, a University of Detroit Mercy law professor. "It's so that clients get adequate loyalty that is not compromised by a lawyer's obligations ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Governor signs Perea bill to give retailers relief
Fresno Business JournalOctober 10, 2011

AB 1219, the California Business Protection Act of 2011, will provide an exemption to a California Supreme Court ruling in February that disallowed retailers from asking shoppers for their zip codes on the grounds that such private information should ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Jacksonville legal giants join forces
Florida Times-UnionOctober 4, 2011

By The Times-Union Two prominent Jacksonville law firms have merged. Gunster, one of the city's largest business law firms, has combined with Pappas Metcalf Jenks & Miller, which focuses exclusively on commercial real estate and land use law. ...more »

Clarification and Statement by Sinovel on Charges From American Superconductor
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

Sinovel reserves the right to legal actions against them." The Sinovel statement also said that "more than five years of development and the dedication of over 800 engineers have put Sinovel technically far ahead of its industry counterparts, ...more »

Sports Law
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ICC in talks with Interpol to fight corruption
ESPNcricinfo.comOctober 1, 2011

At a World Sports Law Report conference, Flanagan called for greater co-operation between sports associations to combat the problem of corruption. "I'm pretty certain that the bad guys within the sports and the malicious criminals - people outside ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Case against Tongan Crip Gang heading to jury
Salt Lake TribuneOctober 4, 2011

Scott C. Williams, one of eight defense attorneys on the case, has said the federal case against TCG isn't appropriate because there isn't evidence that the group is an organized criminal enterprise. Individual crimes should be charged in state court, ...more »

IRS Just Says No to Medical Marijuana Deductions
ForbesOctober 7, 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 »

A retirement policy that's past its prime
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteOctober 2, 2011

When federal lawmakers first addressed age discrimination more than 40 years ago, they carved out exceptions, including one for top executives in both the public and private sectors. Purdue's policy applies to that group – administrators in high ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Spur Creation of High Quality Jobs; US's ... (press release)October 10, 2011

“The enactment of benefit corporation law will give entrepreneurs the legal protection they need to maintain their mission and attract needed capital to grow.” “ This is an important and much needed step forward to grow our economy and create more jobs ...more »

Environmental Law
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Solar energy visionary wins 'Alternative Nobel Prize'
eco-business.comOctober 1, 2011

Not just a businessman, he served in parliament, and was instrumental in drafting China's 2005 Renewable Energy Law. In a quote on the Awards website, Ming says: “I have a dream that one day my entire country fellows, even the global citizens, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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South Bergenite's top picks for things to do this weekend
NorthJersey.comOctober 14, 2011

Serious issues such as the importance of wills, probate procedures, administration of estates, estate tax consequences, medical directives and much more will be covered on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 am when Michael Dressler, Bergen County Surrogate, ...more »

Family Law
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Diversion law changed: Defendants now must plead guilty
Pacific Daily NewsOctober 2, 2011

With her are, Tricia Tenorio, administrative assistant, seated left; Lynette Arriola, social worker, seated right; Rose Lucero, volunteer, standing left; and Maria Yangowi, shelter worker. The shelter is the focus of a feature column -- the first of a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp rates to increase in 2012 [Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage]
Insurance News Net (press release)October 10, 2011

Workers' compensation insurance premiums that employers pay are likely to increase modestly in 2012 after several years of decline, state Division of Insurance officials say. State law requires employers to purchase insurance to cover employees for ...more »


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