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Hail Damage Helps Sales and Use Tax Revenue Soar
KGWNOctober 1, 2011

Sales and use tax collections typically lag the point of sale by about two months, which means the work load from the hail storm events that happened in July are just now starting to show in the state's tax numbers. "We're seeing this work load ...more »

Iconic for decades, time running out for Kodak
CNBC.comOctober 1, 2011

Concerns about the company's future boiled over on Friday, after it hired a law firm well-known for bankruptcy cases, sending its shares down 54 percent to 78 cents per share. Although Kodak said it has "no intention" of filing for bankruptcy, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Firing contest by boss leads employees to quit
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 2, 2011

Administrative Law Judge Susan D. Ackerman sided with the workers, calling the contest “egregious and deplorable.” Shelsky was awarded unemployment benefits. “The employer's actions have clearly created a hostile work environment by suggesting its ...more »

Health Care Law
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Supreme Court Health Care Law Decision Looms Over New Term
Huffington PostOctober 1, 2011

The Obama administration's request last week that the justices resolve whether the health care law is constitutional makes it more likely than not that they will deliver their verdict by June 2012, just as Obama and his Republican opponent charge ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Al Qaeda Figure Killed; Listeria Toll Rises
Wall Street JournalOctober 1, 2011

Reebok International, a unit of Adidas, agreed to pay $25 million in customer refunds to settle charges of false advertising brought by the FTC over the shoemaker's claim that its "toning shoes" could work better than normal footwear to whip muscles ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration reform debate: Envisioning society
Deseret NewsOctober 3, 2011

But legal workers have refused to fill the agricultural and manual labor jobs usually held by undocumented immigrants, even though many pay more than minimum wage. Millions of dollars worth of produce now lies rotting in Alabama fields for lack of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Ruling sought on HCA suit
Standard SpeakerOctober 2, 2011

Attorneys from Wilkes-Barre's Hoegen & Associates law firm filed a petition Friday requesting the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas appoint a board of view to assess damages sought by Keegan Land Development Corp. for water lines that the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Service Activation Using Metro Ethernet Forum Service Attribute Mappings to ...
Ethernet AcademyOctober 3, 2011

Therefore, the EML-CM is responsible for handling the device mediation. The device mediation typically will process API requests, coordinate and communicate with devices using but not limited to CLI (Command Line Interface) commands, SNMP SETs/GETs and ...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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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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Webb: No tech help to China
Richmond Times DispatchOctober 5, 2011

Many US companies in China are forced to transfer intellectual property and proprietary technology to the country as a requirement for doing business there. In many cases, those technologies were developed through grants, loans and other domestic ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Litigation Associate Joins Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC
PR Web (press release)October 1, 2011

Michael D. Gadarian has joined the Litigation Practice at Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC. He most recently served as Law Clerk for Judge Charles R. Breyer, United States District Court for the Northern District of California. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The 7 Most Important Affirmative Action Battles
AlterNetOctober 24, 2011

With the Supreme Court likely to reconsider the issue of affirmative action in higher education within the year, we decided to take a look back at some of the most significant legal battles in the war over Affirmative Action. 1) The Philadelphia Plan: ...more »

EU Aviation Emission Levy Critics Join Forces at New-Delhi Meeting
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable DevelopmentOctober 3, 2011

The EU initiative to address emissions from the aviation sector has sparked strong opposition by several countries and airlines - some of which have now joined forces to dispute the EU decision. The 29-30 September meeting, which was hosted by India, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Washington County property owners and managers: You're invited to a forum to ...
OregonLive.comOctober 5, 2011

Wolf said the second part of the forum always features Bennett, the rental property attorney, discussing how landlords and managers can avoid common problems. Those who attend can also ask about landlord-tenant law issues. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wall Street occupation inspires Canadian protesters
CTV.caOctober 2, 2011

For the sale of lots of building an construction materials, employment for the building trades, relacement and repair of vehicles, Increased security and police employment. After the mayhem and riots have subsided blame it all on our three levels of ...more »

Litigation
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Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. Announces Final Approval of Settlement of ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

08-MD-1989-GKF-FHM (the "Class Action Litigation"), in accordance with the Stipulation of Settlement entered into by the parties on May 3, 2011. The settlement provides for, among other things, dismissal of the Class Action Litigation with prejudice, ...more »

Business Law
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How to avoid a liability insurance nightmare with the right coverage
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

But then the insurer tells you that your general liability insurance policy only covers claims for bodily injury, property damage and something called “advertising injury.” None of the claims in your lawsuit fall into those categories. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney Shares Daily Life of Members of the ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 1, 2011

Contacts: Media Inquiries: Janice Summerby Media Relations Advisor Veterans Affairs Canada 613-992-7468 Codie Taylor Director of Communications Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs 613-996-4649 Jean-Pierre J. Godbout Communications Advisor, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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KSP: Computers seized for illegal internet activity
Richmond RegisterOctober 4, 2011

... News Writer RICHMOND — Friday's confiscation of several computers from a Richmond apartment is part of an investigation “... related to illegal activity occurring over the Internet,” according to the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes Branch. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Tort Reform: A Failed Experiment
InjuryBoard.comOctober 13, 2011

Contrary to what the Chamber is pitching, medical liability caps – which prevent severely injured patients from being fully compensated for damage caused by bad doctors – have not reduced medical costs or curbed the ordering of expensive diagnostic ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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1st ballots to be cast Tuesday
Toledo BladeOctober 2, 2011

The law makes the most sweeping changes to collective bargaining by police, firefighters, teachers, clerks, and other public employees since 1983. The law prohibits all public employee strikes, limits issues for contract negotiations, requires workers ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Medical marijuana or employment?
The Morning SunOctober 3, 2011

Medical marijuana users are not allowed to be under the influence of the drug "when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice," as is stated in the law. Continued... There are also prohibitions against using or being under ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC Expresses Concerns Over Credit Rating Agencies
Tax-news.comOctober 3, 2011

Last year, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) enhanced the regulation and oversight of NRSROs by imposing new reporting, disclosure, and examination requirements. It requires the SEC staff to conduct an ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Tenn. lawmaker arrested on DUI, gun charges
CBS NewsOctober 12, 2011

"I feel you should be a law abiding citizen, especially if you serve as an example to the community," Faith Peters said. Outside the same store, real estate appraiser Terry Smith, who said he played high school basketball with Todd in the 1960, ...more »

Lehman, Harrisburg, Madoff, Dodgers, Real Mex: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekOctober 18, 2011

(This report contains items about companies both in bankruptcy and not in bankruptcy. Updates items on Lehman, Madoff and Harrisburg; adds Solyndra and Dodgers in Updates, section on Bankruptcy Venue Legislation.) Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The bankruptcy...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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Harris County DA office accused of retaliation
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

Some local defense attorneys accuse the Harris County District Attorney's Office of advising county officials to not renew their contract with Lone Star College as retaliation against Amanda Culbertson, a former Houston Police Department crime lab ...more »

News: Beware of IRS Bearing Gifts
Staffing Industry Analysts (registration)October 5, 2011

Cannot currently be under audit by the IRS. Cannot currently be under audit concerning the classification of workers by the Department of Labor or by a state agency. Participating firms will pay 10 percent of the employment tax liability that may have ...more »

Age discrimination in nation's workplaces has only worsened in the tough economy
msnbc.comOctober 3, 2011

3M's issues started with a mass reduction in force, or RIF, and that's often where issues of age discrimination can arise, according to Gavin Appleby, an attorney for the employment law firm Littler. “When we get involved in a RIF we typically do a ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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It's Not Easy Being an Attorney
Patch.comOctober 11, 2011

I will suggest, however, that most of the attorneys that I have the honor of litigating with and associating with are an asset to our judicial system and serve as positive contributors to our community. I enjoy good (clean) attorney jokes. ...more »

Environmental Law
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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 »

Wills & Probate
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Pro Bono Week offers free legal information
Palm Beach Daily NewsOctober 19, 2011

Volunteer attorneys from both organizations will answer general legal questions by telephone. Among the areas of expertise are family law, small claims, foreclosure, elder law, wills and probate. The program is free. For the free legal advice, ...more »

Family Law
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Hall adjusting to her 'robe' as Family Court judge
Canton RepositoryOctober 3, 2011

“There are a lot of social issues that need addressed,” she said of family law. “I liked that part of it.” A juvenile case from those days sticks with her. She was guardian ad litem for a high school freshman who was missing class and failing. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NFIB, EMPLOYERS Expand WC Program to Eight Additional States
Insurance JournalOctober 3, 2011

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has extended its discounted workers' compensation coverage benefits to its members in Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Arkansas and New Mexico through EMPLOYERS. ...more »

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