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RCMP cautions YK renters to beware of scams
HQ YellowknifeOctober 1, 2011

The Yellowknife RCMP's commercial crime section is warning people about fraudulent ads popping up on on-line classified sites offering apartment rentals. Two such incidents have been reported in Yellowknife this month. Corporal Jarret MacDonald with ...more »

Rays rookie shuts down Rangers
Toronto SunOctober 1, 2011

The Rangers carried the second-lowest playoff winning percentage among MLB's 30 franchise into Friday's game and fell to 9-18 in their history. They were the only team never to win a postseason series before they beat the Rays last year on the way to a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Our View: Chief judge's challenge is to improve system
Rockford Register StarOctober 2, 2011

By Anonymous Congratulations to Judge Joe McGraw, who was selected Wednesday to serve as the chief judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court. The chief judge is responsible for the overall administrative responsibilities of the court, and McGraw will ...more »

Health Care Law
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Heineman: Neb. will wait for health care ruling
Houston ChronicleOctober 3, 2011

Heineman told reporters that the state is planning and designing a program in case the US Supreme Court rules in favor of President Barack Obama's health care law. But the Republican governor said it doesn't make sense to build a formal proposal before ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Rangel: Redistricting map hold puts state races in limbo
LubbockOnline.comOctober 1, 2011

About a dozen plaintiffs allege the maps violate the federal Voting Rights Act because Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton — as chairmen of the Senate and House redistricting committees — ignored the explosive growth of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law causes immediate change in probate
The Enterprise LedgerOctober 3, 2011

He said the major issue has been possessing documents with correct, legal names on them. For example, the new computer system will not recognize “Bob Smith” on a title if a person's name is “Robert Smith.” Blair said people then have to correct the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mamata Banerjee urges industrialists not to pay bribe for setting units
Economic TimesOctober 1, 2011

Launching a website of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), the nodal agency for industrial development, the Chief Minister called for improving infrastructure prerequisite for industrial development in the state. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Hawaii introduces foreclosure dispute resolution program
Bizjournals.comOctober 4, 2011

Hawaii on Monday introduced a mortgage foreclosure dispute resolution program that will allow owner-occupants with homes in nonjudicial foreclosure to have the opportunity to meet directly with their lenders. The program will give those owners the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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GOP's Do-or-Die Health Insurance Mandate
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

Whether government can penalize those who don't purchase health insurance is a highly contentious issue currently in litigation and likely to be decided by the Supreme Court this term. [Disclosure: I signed an amicus brief in support of the mandate. ...more »

Animal Law
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West Hollywood nears approval of first fur ban in U.S.
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California (Reuters) - Taking a stand for animal rights over fashion, the tiny, tony municipality of West Hollywood is poised to become the first US city to ban the sale of fur clothing within its boundaries. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New BNA Webinar Helps Companies Identify and Tackle Online Product Counterfeiting
PR Newswire (press release)October 4, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The growing pace of e-commerce has opened the door to a dramatic increase in online counterfeiting and piracy of corporate intellectual property. What can company executives do to discover if ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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McAfee & Taft combines with ESCL
Tulsa WorldOctober 1, 2011

With the merger, McAfee & Taft is retaining all ECSL employees, including 15 lawyers and 12 support personnel, the law firm stated in a news release. The merger adds significant experience in a number of complementary practice areas, ...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 »

Northwest College, Choice Aviation launching aeronautics program
Billings GazetteOctober 5, 2011

A new collaboration between Northwest College and Choice Aviation will help aspiring pilots earn their license and possibly find work in the aviation industry. Ronda Peer, interim vice president for academic affairs at Northwest, said the college will ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rob Samouce: Associations can collect the rent when owners are delinquent in ...
Naples Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

The housing foreclosure mess has greatly impacted many association's budgets. When an underwater owner does not pay his mortgage, he usually does not pay his condominium or homeowners association's quarterly or monthly assessments. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Consumers Using A Secured Bad Credit Credit Card For Affordable Rates On ...
Red, White, and Blue PressOctober 4, 2011

... look for the most affordable secured credit card despite the fact that this is one tool that can be used to improve a bad credit score is usually not a card that a consumer will carry a balance on while they are improving their credit rating. ...more »

Litigation
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Gardere Litigation Chair Richard Faulk Lends Expertise to Appellate Treatise
openPR (press release)October 7, 2011

(openPR) - HOUSTON – Houston lawyer Richard O. Faulk, Chair of the Litigation Department of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, is among the noted appellate attorneys to be chosen as contributing experts to the Law Journal Press' recently released “Appellate ...more »

Business Law
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"Do As I Say, Not As I Do" Rules Drivers' Decisions on Cell Phone Use and Texting
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 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 »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Officials Seek DOD-wide Tuition Assistance Plan
Department of DefenseOctober 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2011 – Pentagon officials are reviewing the Defense Department's tuition assistance policy, and no DOD-wide decision has been made to change benefits, officials said today. All military services are providing input ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man headed to prison for posessing child pornography
Sacramento Bee (blog)October 1, 2011

The case resulted from an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and composed of agents from federal, state and local ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Attorney Says Contaminated Cantaloupes Have Brought ...
PR Web (press release)October 4, 2011

New York personal injury lawyer Joseph W. Belluck In addition to helping the individual victim, legal action can also help to prevent future outbreaks by identifying the source of the illness and any mistakes that were made in response to the outbreak. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Where Is the Judicial Branch on Targeted Killings?
The AtlanticOctober 1, 2011

Can a US citizen -- himself or through another -- use the US judicial system to vindicate his constitutional rights while simultaneously evading US law enforcement authorities, calling for "jihad against the West," and engaging in operational planning ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Records - Oct. 17, 2011
Indianapolis Business JournalOctober 15, 2011

Kim Ebert, Ogletree Deakins, has been named 2012 Indianapolis Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. Heather McPherson, Kroger, Gardis & Regas LLP, has been recognized for the second time as a Five Star Wealth Management ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Calling all bloggers who believe that consumers and citizens have the right to ...
Bizcommunity.comOctober 7, 2011

The right to plain language is set out in laws such as the Consumer Protection Act and National Credit Act. The laws signal that the time for legalese, bureaucratese and corporatese is over. South Africans have the right to receive documents that are ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate lawyer lists Westwood 3BD for $1.45M
BlockshopperOctober 7, 2011

Mr. Mescobi is a lawyer who handles legal matters involving professional liability, business, and real estate litigation. He holds a JD from Southwestern Law School and a BA from the University of Southern California. Ms. Mescobi serves as director of ...more »

Ford, GM may qualify for higher credit ratings
Wall Street JournalOctober 5, 2011

Moody's Investors Service said Wednesday that it's reviewing its ratings for Ford Motor Co., after the Dearborn, Michigan, automaker reached a deal with the United Auto Workers for a new four-year contract. The automaker's ratings under review include ...more »

Sports Law
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FHFA faulted for delay of probes
Washington PostOctober 4, 2011

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator overseeing mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has missed multiple opportunities to investigate and stop abusive practices by law firms that were foreclosing on ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer, Jeffrey Feiler, Announces the Launch of the ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

MIAMI, FL, Oct 04, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Accomplished Miami criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Feiler, along with the legal team at The Feiler Law Firm, is proud to announce the launch of its vibrant new website. The Feiler Law Firm, ...more »

Asset Protection Specialists Share How to Minimize Taxes This Year, Best Ways ...
PR Web (press release)October 10, 2011

The tax saving and asset protection service explains strategies that can reduce a person's taxes dramatically and at the same time make them audit proof. In addition, specific IRS tax codes are provided to share with an individual's accountant to ...more »

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis Adds 19 Attorneys, Expands Several Core Practice ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 13, 2011

He earned his JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law and earned degrees in economics and history from Yale University. Stephen Quinn joins Waller Lansden as an associate practicing in the area of corporate matters with a focus on finance and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Harrisburg, Nebraska Book, Meritage, Broadstripe: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekOctober 13, 2011

Although Harrisburg is officially in bankruptcy, whether it stays there is an open question. The city attorney advised against the filing, saying proper procedures weren't used in authorizing bankruptcy. There are other reasons based on state law...more »

Environmental Law
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Huntsman, champion of energy incentives in Utah, pans them in national race
Salt Lake TribuneOctober 4, 2011

As Utah governor, Jon Huntsman was a major proponent of alternative energy, whether it was wind, solar or geothermal, signing into law several bills aimed at giving tax credits to renewable energy producers to jump-start the sector. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Husband of crooked lawyer ordered to pay back money stolen from clients' estates
Grantham TodayOctober 3, 2011

32-year-old Laverick, who was the head of the wills and probate department at the Grantham office of the 200-year-old firm Chattertons, spent the money on a deposit for a second home, a Jaguar car and to pay off household bills. ...more »

Family Law
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Ava Fabian, Wife of Neal Schon, Retains Beverly Hills Family Law Firm Sussman ...
PR Web (press release)October 10, 2011

Evan T. Sussman, Founder of Sussman & Associates, APLC a Boutique Family Law Firm, has been retained by Ava Fabian to represent her in matters relating to her relationship with husband, Journey guitarist Neal Schon, whom she married in Paris on July ...more »

Workers Compensation
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300 ex-workers start payout fight
BBC NewsOctober 17, 2011

A total of 300 former workers at a smokeless fuel plant in Rhondda Cynon Taff have started a joint compensation claim for ill health. The men claim making the fuel left them with cancer and respiratory disease at the Phurnacite plant at Abercwmboi near ...more »

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