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Listeria outbreak: Victims file lawsuits, but will they receive damages?
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

It wasn't long after officials linked a listeria outbreak with cantaloupe from a Colorado farm that wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits began to be filed. The outbreak, which is the deadliest food crisis in more than a decade, has killed at ...more »

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Sweet Dee Gets Audited Promo
MovieWebOctober 1, 2011

Desperate times call for truly sad and horrific measures as Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson) tries to get out of an IRS audit. Meanwhile, the rest of The Gang institutes a new democratic voting system in Paddy's that's sure to solve all their problems. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Cory Maples' 'mailroom error' Death Row case gets US Supreme Court hearing (blog)October 2, 2011

There is no constitutional right to an attorney in that proceeding," Lee Kovarksy, assistant professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law, said in a recent interview. "They've actually got to sit down and think seriously about whether ...more »

Health Care Law
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Medco CEO: Healthcare Innovation is Essential for Sustainable Reform and a ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

"In its present form, the precise course of the healthcare reform law is an open question," concluded Snow. "Many of its rules remain to be spelled out and the contours of its underlying institutions are not yet clear." But while that poses challenges ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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No Child Left Behind runs into reality
The Virginian-PilotOctober 2, 2011

President Barack Obama had little choice but to offer waivers to states from the onerous and unrealistic expectations of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, meanwhile, had little choice but to ask for one, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Reform Advocates Announce DREAM Act Scholarships In New York
Latin America News DispatchOctober 5, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Immigration Coalition and the Fund for Public Advocacy launched a scholarship program Monday night aimed at undocumented students that would be eligible for the DREAM Act, if the federal bill were to pass. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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High Court Kicks Off October Term
Courthouse News ServiceOctober 3, 2011

Pollution laws are also the focus of another case the solicitor general has been asked to consider. In March, the 9th Circuit said California can require ships to use cleaner fuels within 24 miles of the coast as they move through the state's busy ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Labor dispute threatens Philly theater productions
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Theater stagehands in Philadelphia have gone on strike after contract negotiations ended without a resolution, Kimmel Center officials said Saturday. A contract between the Kimmel Center and the local chapter of the International ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Teaneck law firm disqualified in Prudential lawsuit
NorthJersey.comOctober 13, 2011

The DeCotiis law firm in Teaneck was disqualified Thursday from representing a group of clients who allege that insurance giant Prudential bribed their previous attorney in an attempt to limit its liability in an employment class ...more »

Animal Law
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CA governor signs animal protections bills into law
Examiner.comOctober 11, 2011

The passage of these laws represents an important step in the direction of animal rights, but ultimately it is the tip of the iceberg. I urge readers to familiarize themselves with the animal protection laws in their own state and to write to their ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Westinghouse Solar, Aker Biomarine, BSkyB: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekOctober 5, 2011

“Unfortunately, we believe that Zep Solar, Canadian Solar and others have not appropriately recognized Westinghouse Solar's intellectual property rights by incorporating a system -- the Zep System -- that we contend infringes certain of our patents,” ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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API: Lower Fox Law Firm Ignores Facts In Blatant Attempt to Mislead Wisconsin ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

The company has not spent one dollar repairing any damage to Wisconsin's Natural Resources. The Federal and Wisconsin government agencies overseeing the clean-up effort continue to press parties to contribute to the cost of the clean-up. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Dispelling Myths About Affirmative Action
Huffington Post (blog)October 3, 2011

Over the last decade, the term "affirmative action" has become more controversial than the actual racial and gender inequities it was originally designed to address. However, regardless of your feelings about the term, the fact remains that women and ...more »

Naval Aviation: The Next 100 years
Second Line of DefenseOctober 4, 2011

ABOARD USS WASP, At sea – The Navy and Marine Corps Team made more remarkable naval aviation history today as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp's (LHD-1) flight deck, the first at sea vertical landing for ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Me, go slow? Perish the thought!
The Nation NewspaperOctober 8, 2011

We have also introduced arbitration into dispute resolution because that is the biggest disincentives to investors. It is difficult for them to re-possess houses when people default, so beneficiaries are going to sign that they may not go to regular ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Image Credit: Ursula Coyote/AMC
Entertainment Weekly (blog)October 3, 2011

...Bad, in which a desperate Walt turned to Saul for help after Gus brought the hammer down. Also moving into the top ranks: the season premieres of Friday's sci-fi freakout Fringe, and Sunday's lawyer-cum-political-cum-domestic drama The Good Wife. ...more »

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Funds Spring Up to Invest in High-Stakes Litigation
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

... general counsel of chemical maker DuPont Co., who cites the rising cost of litigation in the US The business is gaining cautious backing from some partners within major US law firms, including Latham & Watkins LLP, Patton Boggs LLP and Cadwalader, ...more »

Business Law
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Law enforcement says it's business as usual as realignment unfolds
KGET 17October 1, 2011

Worried about an influx of new felons. Some are taking self protection literally into their own hands. Jenn McKenna is assistant manager at 2nd Amendment Sports. She says she's had two recent gun customers specifically cite the prison realignment. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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'Semper Fry': Atomic Vet Fights For VA Benefits
Military.comOctober 10, 2011

Several decades ago, during the darkest days of the Cold War, with the threat of nuclear annihilation, the US military tested more than 1000 nuclear weapons in the deserts of Nevada and the waters of the Pacific. Many of the thermonuclear detonations ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Kingman man pleads guilty in child porn case
Kingman Daily MinerOctober 3, 2011

The investigation was prompted after White's computer IP address was tracked by police in Phoenix with the Internet Crimes Against Children unit who were looking into peer-to-peer networks of exploitive images. White can get no less than five and no ...more »

Personal Injury
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Ballard Designs Step Stool Recall: Falls, Injuries Reported
AboutLawsuits.comOctober 5, 2011

Two users reported falling and suffering a personal injury as a result of the step stools. The CPSC said in the recall notice that the problem is linked to plastic tabs on the feet, which can cause the stools to become unstable. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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High Court will impact election
The Hill (blog)October 3, 2011

By Curt Levey, constitutional law attorney and executive director of Committee for Justice. - 10/03/11 02:28 PM ET The Supreme Court term that began this week will be remembered not for the important cases already on the High Court's docket, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Cobb County Bar Association Invites Social Media Trainer Kelly Quattlebaum to ... (press release)October 2, 2011

Other topics include Malpractice Avoidance/Retainer Issues/Office Practice Management, Maximizing Collections in your Practice, Marketing for the Solo/Small Firm and Technology in the Small Law Office Setting. Seminar attendees will receive 4 hours of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Durbin takes effect Oct. 1. Should you care?
Fox BusinessOctober 1, 2011

But I highly doubt many of you will be thinking, "Hey, the Durbin Amendment becomes law today." But bank executives, credit card issuers and personal finance experts around the country are thinking just that, and so in case anyone is wondering what all ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Law firm secretary charged with embezzlement
Scranton Times-TribuneOctober 1, 2011

An investigation by Detective Barrett discovered 138 fraudulent checks, signed by her, either cashed or deposited in one of the firm's little-used real estate accounts at PNC Bank, arrest papers stated. Ms. Farino allegedly embezzled $46976.45 to cover ...more »

Business class justice
The Express TribuneOctober 2, 2011

If our commercial justice system is to be fixed, it will be as a consequence of four things: (1) judicial commitment and recognition of commercial disputes as a high priority matter; (2) a revised, modern and updated domestic arbitration regime; ...more »

Sports Law
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London 2012 - BOA 'to stick to doping ban law'
Yahoo! Eurosport UKOctober 6, 2011

British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson, however, rushed to throw his weight behind the country's ban. "I have always supported the BOA ban, crucially 95 per cent of our athletes support the BOA ban and believe it is different from the IOC by-law...more »

Criminal Defense
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Petit Home Invasion Trial: Will Joshua Komisarjevsky Take the Stand?
ABC NewsOctober 4, 2011

If he's only an accessory, the defense will say he ought not to be killed," said Norman Pattis, one of the highest profile criminal defense attorneys in Connecticut. They will blame Hayes for the violence, Pattis said. It was Hayes who bought the gas, ...more »

Victims discuss scorn of IRS at tax fraud forum
Tbo.comOctober 2, 2011

"I supposedly owe the IRS," said the retired Army staff sergeant who used to train drill sergeants. "I don't owe them anything. I keep telling them, 'Come on and audit me. Come on. Bring it on. I'm not shy.' " Elliott is one of a growing number of ...more »

Hispanic students disappear from Ala. schools
CBS NewsOctober 1, 2011

Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Hispanic students have started ...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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N-component unit: US firm offered alternative site
The HinduOctober 4, 2011

Sources told The Hindu that the APIIC has sent feelers to Brighton Energy to retain its investment plan in Visakhapatnam district by promising an alternative location for its project involving an investment of $ 800 million. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Reforming legal services
The EconomistOctober 13, 2011

That could mean big supermarket chains using their strong brands to offer routine legal services (such as conveyancing, personal-accident litigation, small claims, wills and probate) cheaply; liberalisation has already allowed them to offer products ...more »

Family Law
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Women's views are often ignored in the family law system, says charity
Family Law WeekOctober 7, 2011

The charity says that women often find their concerns are ignored or minimised through the family law system. It refers to a recent study found court conciliators routinely ignore, reframe, or reject allegations of domestic abuse during dispute ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp claim frequency rises
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

Several Great Recession factors may have caused a sudden halt in the trend of decreasing frequency of workers compensation claims, according to NCCI Holdings Inc. research. Modest increases in employment since the recession formally ended in mid-2009 ...more »


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