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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 »

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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Cambodia: Judges Investigating Khmer Rouge Crimes Should Resign
TrustLawOctober 3, 2011

If the court only investigates cases involving the top leadership of the Khmer Rouge, lower-ranking mass murderers will continue to remain at liberty, often in the same villages as the families of their victims. "The UN is burying its head in the sand ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health and social care bill: the law of trust
The GuardianOctober 2, 2011

Its members, who include eminent figures of all stripes, including Conservatives, plainly don't think "trust us" is a good enough defence for this botched rewrite of crucial laws. The house as a whole should pay attention before second reading next ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Democrats ought to like school choice
Columbus DispatchOctober 2, 2011

The Blue Jackets might also be more interested in the waiver wire than they were a week ago. The future has never been brighter in Columbus. I've covered every training camp since 2000-01, and there's never been this much competition for the final few ...more »

Immigration Law
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Congress' inaction on immigration reform fuels states' actions
Montgomery AdvertiserOctober 10, 2011

Sessions said more states are passing their own laws because federal law enforcement officials aren't enforcing existing laws. "States are taking steps to do what they can," he said. Some advocates of reform blame Democrats for not pushing changes when ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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UAE sets up Dh10b bank
Khaleej TimesOctober 19, 2011

He said the bank will support various development initiatives, including industrial and real estate projects, and to facilitate real estate credit applications for building, maintaining and renovating residential properties. It all started, on June 24, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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State Launches Mortgage Foreclosure Dispute Resolution Program
Maui NowOctober 5, 2011

Lopez will discuss the Mortgage Foreclosure Dispute Resolution program and take caller questions. The MFDR program is the primary component established under Act 48 (Session Laws of Hawai'i 2011) which sought to implement a comprehensive strategy to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Market moves: Making moves in the Midlands
Insurance AgeOctober 2, 2011

The team, which specialises in professional liablility, financial institutions and directors' and officers' business, is led by David Doe. Teams seemed to be the order of the day in London, as specialist commercial broker NBJ UK appointed Tony Copping ...more »

Animal Law
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Pet Vet: Animal health news
WNDU-TVOctober 8, 2011

Indiana's Senate Bill 6 was signed into law and took effect this past May. It allows governments to enter into mutual aid agreements, so that veterinary services may be provided on an emergency basis. Animal emergency response teams already exist in ...more »

Intellectual Property
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AMSC, Sinovel and the State of US-China Business Relations
RenewableEnergyWorld.comOctober 3, 2011

Pennsylvania, USA – Upon learning that American Superconductor (AMSC) has accused its largest customer of intellectual property theft, one couldn't help but well up with nostalgia for the halcyon days of 2008, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leagle.comOctober 5, 2011

... to recover damages allegedly resulting from Harris' exposure to asbestos-containing products while working as a sheetrock installer, which plaintiffs claimed caused Harris' fatal disease. Three of the defendants in the litigation are Union Carbide, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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UC Berkeley Labor Center
California Progress ReportOctober 20, 2011

Ohio voters will decide “Issue 2” on Tuesday, Nov.8, a referendum on a law which limits collective bargaining for government employee unions. As many as 12 other states (including Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona, Idaho, Michigan, New Hampshire, ...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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Anne Peterson: Remaining roommate is 'jointly and severally' responsible for ...
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

The lease states that the tenant must repaint any room that requires two coats of paint to cover. The landlord gives rooms a single coat of paint to freshen them up when new tenants come in, I guess. Anyway, my lease will be up next month, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Federal pre-emption cases on upcoming Supreme Court docket
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

Independent Living Center of Southern California Inc. et al., involving the federal Medicaid Act. The case, oral arguments of which are scheduled for Monday, is the first case the Supreme Court will hear this term. Under the Medicaid Act enacted in ...more »

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Goodwin Procter Names 17 New Partners
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Michael T. Jones (Boston, Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement). Jones represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of regulatory, civil and criminal investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, ...more »

Business Law
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Nielsen: Top TV Shows Are False Idols, Web Builds Reach Better
MediaPost Publications (blog)October 3, 2011

Nielsen this morning released a white paper it claims establishes audience reach and effectiveness models for online advertising, including the fact that online media “delivers audiences more effectively than some popular TV shows. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Girl Scouts Sale Program Helps the Military
Patch.comOctober 10, 2011

Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls in kindergarten through high school are engaged in projects that teach them life skills, such as the Fall Product Program that benefits the military. Courtesy of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Girl ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Weatherford Man Arrested For Possession of Child Pornography KWTVOctober 5, 2011

Members of the OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and Southwestern Oklahoma State University Police Department arrested 25-year-old Craig Kastl Tuesday on an arrest warrant issued out of Custer County. The warrant was issued for Kastl's arrest ...more »

Personal Injury
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Athens, GA Personal Injury Attorney Helps Truck Accident Victim's Family Win ...
Benzinga (press release)October 8, 2011

Matthew Cook, personal injury attorney near Athens, GA, with McDonald, Cody & Cook, LLC, was lead counsel at trial for a case that won $5.47 million dollars in compensation for Mack Pitts' family while potentially raising oversight standards for local ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Time For A Constitutional Convention? It's the Integrity, Stupid, Part 2
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

His work has recast the very terms of discussion and debate in multiple areas of law, ranging from intellectual property to constitutional theory. His new focus on questions of governance and corruption will be similarly transformative. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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APNewsBreak: Doctor data back online in Illinois
BusinessWeekOctober 20, 2011

The database was taken offline last year when the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a medical malpractice reform law as unconstitutional. A new law, the Patient Right to Know Act signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in August, reinstated the database and gave ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Forget Wall Street: Occupy The Voting Booth
ForbesOctober 10, 2011

As a twenty-something liberal it's incredibly frustrating that young people are willing to sleep on the streets but won't read 848 pages of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act, available on the same interweb utilized by social ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Taxpayers have extra time for real, personal property taxes
Baxter BulletinOctober 5, 2011

Tilley said Arkansas law has changed to give taxpayers an additional week in October to pay both real estate and personal property taxes. "Lawmakers' reasoning for the change was that federal taxes are due on the 15th, and that a lot of people are paid ...more »

Law360 Continues Rapid Expansion With Addition of New Sections for ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

Mergers & Acquisitions, a rebranding and significant expansion of the Corporate Finance section, which will include news from a legal perspective on M&A, regulatory merger reviews, poison-pill disputes, proxy contests and related litigation. ...more »

Sports Law
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Supreme Court will weigh corporate liability for alleged abuses overseas
Washington PostOctober 17, 2011

The case centers on the 222-year-old Alien Tort Statute that has been increasingly used in recent years to sue corporations for alleged abuses abroad. The villagers argue Shell was complicit in torture and other crimes against humanity in the country's ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Police officer acquitted in Ala. rape case
BlueRidgeNow.comOctober 9, 2011

Defense attorney Billy Joe Sheffield II says he hopes his client, 39-year-old Webster Simmons, can return to a career in law enforcement after the criminal charges forced him to resign his position as a police officer at Duke University. ...more »

Bank of America Debit Card Fees Slammed as "Durbin Tax"
ForbesOctober 4, 2011

111-203), signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. The Act was meant to protect us from all of those banks that were too big to fail – you know, the whole banking/financial sector meltdown that we just lived through. ...more »

Jenkintown Borough Council to consider anti-discrimination ordinance
Montgomery NewspapersOctober 26, 2011

Mulderrig is one of many residents in the borough who supports the passage of a municipal ordinance that would protect Jenkintown's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents from being discriminated against in matters of housing, property, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Oakland Tribune My Word: OUSD moving far to quickly in school closings
Oakland TribuneOctober 25, 2011

A recent report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that the savings on school closures for big-city school-district budgets have been relatively small. They looked at the results of school closures in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Green Energy Ohio Tour highlights Vantage, renewable energy tech
Times BulletinOctober 3, 2011

But in the last three years, we have had a virtual explosion after the legislation passed a law that said the utilities in this state had to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable energy. Four-and-a-half years ago, we brought 5000 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Learn About Wills and Other End-of-Life Legal Issues
Patch.comOctober 26, 2011

The seminar, which is part of the library's Fall Tuesday Evening Program Series, is designed to provide answers to questions about the probate process, wills, powers of attorney and advanced medical directives. Area residents are invited to come with ...more »

Family Law
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Grim news from pair of LA crashes provides closure
The Associated PressOctober 2, 2011

No clues emerged from separate investigations by a Los Angeles police detective who was "terrific" and a private detective who was "equally good," Gelfand's son-in-law Will Matlack said Saturday. Then came a bizarre twist. The family of another missing ...more »

Workers Compensation
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PEO Advantage Helps High Risk Industries Reduce Workers' Compensation Costs ...
PR Newswire (press release)October 18, 2011

As more states approve workers' compensation rate increases this year, PEO Advantage is uniquely positioned to cost-effectively serve high risk accounts. "Our clients immediately recognize our value when they receive their customized cost analysis, ...more »


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