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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 »

Many of state's Friendly's franchises won't be hurt by bankruptcy
Danbury News TimesOctober 1, 2011

While unlikely to threaten their ice cream places, customers and business experts saw the potential bankruptcy as an indication of the economy's state. "You'd think a place like this would be OK with its moderate prices," Furrer said. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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California wineries fight House bill
The Salinas CalifornianOctober 3, 2011

It's been assigned to the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee. The beer wholesalers depict it as an attempt to rescue state and local control over alcohol sales from "online alcohol sellers, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Pass Rate Review Legislation to Keep Health Insurance Premiums Down
Huffington Post (blog)October 6, 2011

As steps are being taken under the health reform law to stabilize insurance rates, lower costs and coordinate care, a recent survey shows that health insurance premiums continue to rise. Over the past year, the average cost for employer-sponsored ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Full Cast Announced for HELLO! MY BABY at Goodspeed
Broadway WorldOctober 5, 2011

Ms. Steinkellner wrote the book for the current Broadway and West End hit Sister Act and for Goodspeed's Princesses at The Norma Terris Theatre. New music and arrangements are by Georgia Stitt whose musicals include Big Red Sun (winner of the Harold ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration protest ends without incident
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

Franklin Tate told protesters he hoped Beason and other legislators would change the "evil and cruel" law. Alabama's overhaul, which took effect last week, is considered by many as the toughest immigration law in the United States. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Tory Nimbies: The ministers backing planning law changes who have opposed ...
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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Bus dispute headed to mediation
Pensacola News JournalOctober 2, 2011

ECAT drivers returned to work Sept. 22 after a one-day strike disrupted bus service for the thousands of regular ECAT riders. "I hope to leave the meeting room on Tuesday with a tentative agreement," he said. "You always have to be optimistic."more »

Insurance Litigation
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Chamberlain D'Amanda attorneys lauded
MPNnow.comOctober 1, 2011

... Insurance Coverage · Douglas J. Lustig—Bankruptcy: Consumer; Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights · Eugene M. O'Connor—Estate Planning & Probate; Elder Law; Estate & Trust Litigation · Edward C. Radin—Estate Planning & Probate; Business/Corporate.more »

Animal Law
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Humane Society of Vilas County Will Need to Expand
WJFW-TVOctober 7, 2011

Eagle River - A new law could mean a new additon to the Humane Society of Vilas County, but it comes at a price. The recent Act 90 Law, also known as the Puppy Mill Law, applies to all places selling more than 25 dogs a year, including animal shelters. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung Seeking IPhone 4S Ban in France, Italy
MobilediaOctober 5, 2011

Samsung plans to seek injunctions in France and Italy against Apple's new iPhone 4S, continuing the legal battle over intellectual property between the two tech companies. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Epiq Systems Expands Expert Services Amid Growing Demand for End-to-End ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

Pamela N. Downs has more than 20 years of experience in litigation and law firm management, and brings significant strategic planning and project management experience in discovery preparedness, litigation hold systems, archiving technologies, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Calif. Gov. Vetoes Affirmative Action
Daily BeastOctober 9, 2011

"I wholeheartedly agree with the goal of this legislation," Brown said in his veto message, but he thought that the courts, not the legislature, should decide on the affirmative action law. Brown is sifting through a flurry of legislation that passed ...more »

Aviation Fabricators Goes Hawker with Cabin Upgrades
Aviation International NewsOctober 1, 2011

Aviation Fabricators has received an STC approval for its arm-ledge/table design for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, E90, F90 and 200. The package is designed to combine style with functionality and update the aircraft to the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Frutkin Law Firm Launches Website Dedicated to Foreclosure, Legal Assistance
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

The firm consists of attorneys with decades of experience in each of the core areas of business law, bankruptcy, and estate and tax planning. For more information, visit www.frutkinlaw.com . For more information on Arizona's newest and best homeowner ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Credit Repair Co. Settles Class Action For $12.5M
Law360 (subscription)October 1, 2011

Law360, New York (September 30, 2011, 2:09 PM ET) -- Credit repair firm Lexington Law on Thursday agreed to pay up to $12.5 million in in-kind services to settle proposed class action claims in California that it illegally blocked ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation attorney pockets Lafayette 5BD for $3.2M
BlockshopperOctober 1, 2011

Mr. Brown is a managing partner in the law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. He works in the firm's litigation division and focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation and complex business litigation. ...more »

Business 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 »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military pension crisis looms in 2016: Abad
ABS CBN NewsOctober 10, 2011

Abad said the current system, where the government shoulders the benefits for retired military personnel, is unsustainable. He agreed with the statement of Retirement and Separation Benefits System (RSBS) President Emilio Marayag that the indexation of ...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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Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC ...
PR Web (press release)October 7, 2011

The Tennessee personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC, whose Web site URL can be found at http://www.poncelaw.com, hereby remind the public that as of October 1, 2011, the Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011 took ...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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Stephen W. Brown joins Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP
CarriageTradePR.com (press release)October 5, 2011

He works primarily in civil litigation, including commercial disputes, admiralty, and professional malpractice. Brown grew up in Macon, Georgia, where his father is a Superior Court Judge for the Macon Judicial Circuit. A graduate of the Cornell Law...more »

Consumer Protection
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It is Time to Pay Attention to CFPB Developments and Credit Cards
InsideARMOctober 6, 2011

In fact, we suggest that some of the proposals requiring more “supervision” may not help consumers as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 intends, particularly as they relate to the ARM industry. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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MGPA plans to launch Asian Real Estate special fund for German investors
Property Magazine InternationalOctober 2, 2011

The independent private equity real estate advisor MGPA intends to launch a core plus special fund under German investment law, aimed at making investments in the Asian region. The focus will be on established markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore, ...more »

A career in law: It's not all court battles and cross-examinations
The IndependentOctober 3, 2011

Likewise solicitors may well pursue personal injury claims for those involved in accidents at work, but this is far from their only function. In fact, the legal profession is very broad and there is often a crossover between the work of solicitors and ...more »

Sports Law
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Police: Brazilian law professor kills female student after she ends three ...
Washington PostOctober 1, 2011

SuperFan badge holders consistently post smart, timely comments about Washington area sports and teams. If your comments or those of another user measure up, please let Post editors know. Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Debate continues in Edwards case
News & ObserverOctober 13, 2011

In dozens of pages filed in federal court this week, defense attorneys contend that what prosecutors have accused the former senator of is not illegal. The case is expected to test the sweep of federal campaign finance laws. "John Edwards' motion to ...more »

Strive to Excel files for tax deadline extension
Hilton Head Island PacketOctober 18, 2011

The IRS allows an automatic three-month extension, he wrote, noting Strive has used the extension each of the past few years. The letter included a copy of the extension application. Arundell declined a telephone interview Monday, but his letter ...more »

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that a Hostile Work Environment Claim ...
NewYorkInjuryNews (press release)October 11, 2011

To speak with a Texas employment lawyer about age discrimination or religion discrimination under federal or state law, contact the Texas employment lawyers at Clouse Dunn LLP at info@clousedunn.com.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Dodd-Frank Effect
US BankerOctober 24, 2011

Using neither notes nor a net, the co-author of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provided an emphatic defense of the landmark, 2300-page bill, including a lengthy critique of efforts to neuter its 5 percent risk-retention ...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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Business News: Law firm merges with Loughridge Bowler
Coventry TelegraphOctober 19, 2011

A COVENTRY law firm has merged with niche law practice Loughridge Bowler – which specialises in wills, probate and court of protection work. QualitySolicitors Mander Hadley, which is based at The Quadrant, will be joined by the partners of Loughridge ...more »

Family Law
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Immigration law author tells farmers: No changes
ForbesOctober 4, 2011

... but only eight of the 48 workers they needed showed up after the law took effect. "My husband and I take them to the grocery store at night and shop for them because they are afraid they will be arrested," she said. Chad Smith said his family would ...more »

Workers Compensation
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The Dollars and Sense of Workers' Compensation
PropertyCasualty360October 3, 2011

Getting injured employees back to work quickly—and providing positive communication and assistance during the rehabilitation process—has always been an important aspect of successful workers' compensation programs. Research consistently shows that ...more »

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