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The law of unintended consequences
The Canberra TimesOctober 1, 2011

... taxes and contribute to the economy and the society in myriad ways, will begin to demand better access to government services, greater political representation and, eventually, access to the franchise and other rights that come with citizenship. ...more »

DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine (Reuters) - The US Department of Justice is seeking to give control of Solyndra's estate to a bankruptcy trustee, citing the refusal by executives at the solar power company to answer questions about its operations. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge backs car dealer that fired employee over Facebook post
Chicago TribuneOctober 1, 2011

Judge Joel Biblowitz in his ruling issued Wednesday agreed that Becker's online posts about the sales event were protected by federal law. But the judge found that his comments and pictures about the Land Rover accident were "neither protected nor ...more »

Health Care Law
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Duffy working on health care reform bill
Herald Times ReporterOctober 6, 2011

Sean Duffy voted to repeal the health care law, and Republicans have yet to produce a comprehensive package to replace it. So Duffy, a freshman Republican from Ashland, said he will propose his own legislation as an alternative to the Affordable Care ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Fantasy Football: Week 5 Waiver Wire
WEEI.comOctober 4, 2011

That said, if you rely on BJGE as one of your fantasy starters and you ignored our pleas to back him up with Ridley so far, we implore you to act now if you still can. It could save your bacon. If you are a Rotobahn reader, you'll know that we had Tim ...more »

Immigration Law
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Theresa May to tackle 'human rights' defence in immigration cases
The IndependentOctober 4, 2011

Theresa May will today announce plans to tighten the immigration rules, making it easier to deport foreign nationals who have settled and started families in Britain. The Home Secretary will argue that an ...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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Rouge trader case shows serious risk management flaws
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

UBS has $200 million of directors and officers liability coverage—$70 million of which is Side A, covering individual directors and officers—with Zurich-based ACE Ltd. leading the program on the primary side, a source confirmed. ...more »

Animal Law
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Transgender law, others go into effect
Las Vegas Review-JournalOctober 1, 2011

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS: It becomes a misdemeanor crime, subject to a $1000 fine and possible jail time, to willfully post publicly the Social Security card number of another person. FORECLOSURE FRAUD REFORM: Homeowners facing foreclosure will have ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, Kodak, Intel, Zenimax: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

According to the database of the US Patent and Trademark Office, the named inventor on all the patents is Michael L. Obradovich of San Clemente, California. The database indicated he has been issued 65 US patents. The patents had previously been ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Louisiana man awarded $7.55 million in asbestos compensation
Mesothelioma FactsOctober 4, 2011

According to the Louisiana Record, Thomas Kenney filed the asbestos lawsuit against Rexam, John Crane Inc. and Haveg Inc., contending he was exposed while working in a refinery and a canning factory during the 1960s and 1970s. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Iowa state government begins its defense in case on bias in hiring
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 5, 2011

State of Iowa following questions to Joe Ellis, who was state government's chief affirmative action officer before he retired in 2009. Ellis also was the first witness for state lawyers, who until Tuesday had largely restrained their questioning. ...more »

GA User Fees DOA, Lobby Groups Remind President
Aviation International NewsOctober 2, 2011

Nine general aviation organizations found themselves in lockstep with the Air Transport Association (ATA) and the Regional Airline Association (RAA) in decrying Obama's per-flight charge. The GA groups pointed out to Obama that many foreign counties ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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City mulls policy that would crack down on landlords
Lawrence Journal WorldOctober 2, 2011

If property owners disagree, the appeal process would go to the City Commission — although a landlord always has the ability to sue the city in a court of law. “We're not going to be too quick to pull the trigger on any case,” said Jimenez. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Congress probes the Federal Reserve's controversial lending policies
Gant DailyOctober 3, 2011

Until now, lawmakers blamed the financial crisis largely on big banks that granted easy credit and bad loans to people who never should have received them. When the borrowers stopped paying, the banks collapsed, taking much of the US economy along with ...more »

Litigation
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GSI Technology Responds to Comments by Cypress Semiconductor Regarding Pending ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

In the litigation that Cypress initiated, Cypress has provided no evidence that GSI (or any of its customers) infringe any valid Cypress patent. In fact, GSI is confident that GSI does not infringe any valid patent of Cypress. ...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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La Sierra Military Academy color guard in Tulare County gets flags
Visalia Times-DeltaOctober 3, 2011

The event benefits the Craig School's $100000 scholarship endowment that awards two to three scholarships each year to students. Guests will sample wines from Twin Pomegranates Wine, Engelmann Cellars, E&J Gallo Winery and Chamisal Vineyards. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Website launched to combat cyber crime
Toronto SunOctober 3, 2011

The campaign comes just as the government is beefing up its own computer systems after Treasury Board and the finance department were hacked earlier this year. Canada is ranked sixth in the world as a source for cyber crime, up from 13th in 2010, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Charleston Personal Injury Lawyer Says Speed Is Contributor to Nation-Leading ...
Benzinga (press release)October 7, 2011

South Carolina personal injury attorney Ken Harrell of Joye Law Firm says his experience indicates that negligence is a bigger factor in fatal traffic accidents than road and bridge conditions. Charleston personal injury lawyer Ken Harrell today ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Federal judge dismisses rights suit
Houston ChronicleOctober 3, 2011

Starrett wrote a memorandum opinion dismissing the case and arguing that Roy Burnett's constitutional rights remained intact throughout his encounter with the law. The lawsuit sought $4.5 million in damages. The Hattiesburg American reports ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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PIAA: Medical Liability Reforms Ripe for 'Supercommittee' Picking
Insurance News Net (press release)October 1, 2011

Trial attorneys and consumer groups are opposed to the changes, saying they take away the rights of victims of medical malpractice but leave insurers unaccountable. The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures opposes HR 5, calling it an ...more »

Consumer Protection
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State safe from fees for debit cards for now
Billings GazetteOctober 4, 2011

Bank of America doesn't have any branches in the Treasure State, and banks with assets less than $10 billion are exempt from the "Durbin Amendment" of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which took effect on Oct. 1. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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William Cellini's business dealings cross party lines
Chicago Sun-TimesOctober 2, 2011

Cellini has used the longtime House speaker's law firm, Madigan & Getzendanner, to handle real estate tax work for his apartment projects in the Chicago area. Then there is Ald. Edward Burke, another powerful Chicago Democrat. His law firm gets real ...more »

At variance with the Constitution
Malaysia StarOctober 5, 2011

If all matters of Islam are in State hands, as some experts are arguing, then whether it is crime, tort, contract, banking, or commercial law, if it involves Muslims, the matter should be in State Assembly hands and triable by the Syariah Courts. ...more »

Sports Law
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Q&A with football coach Mike Leach
Los Angeles TimesOctober 3, 2011

Possessing a law degree from Pepperdine, Leach did not shrink. His legal team secured emails revealing university leaders discussing the possibility of dismissing him a year earlier, and poked numerous holes in the account of James' son, Adam, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Amanda Knox's Family Likely Spent Millions for Her Acquittal, Say Experts
KBOIOctober 4, 2011

Curt Knox, her father, told ABC News in October 2009 that he and his ex-wife, Knox's mother, had spent over $1 million on attorneys, travel and living in Perugia to be near their daughter. Gerald Lefcourt, a criminal defense attorney who has ...more »

OIG Faults FHFA Oversight of Law Firms
Mortgage News DailyOctober 4, 2011

The audit was requested by Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to examine "widespread allegations of abuse by ...law firms hired to process foreclosures." Fannie Mae established a Retained Attorney Network (RAN) in 1997 to perform default-related ...more »

New law to prevent workers being thrown on 'scrapheap' at 65
WalesOnlineOctober 1, 2011

Employees have had protection from age discrimination since 2006, but the Cardiff-based Hugh James Solicitors noticed a significant rise in claims since 2008-9. Emma Burns, head of employment and HR, said: “That year saw 3800 claims throughout England ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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I lied about being the biological dad
Jamaica ObserverOctober 10, 2011

Yes, you are a father in fact -- if not in law. It is a great pity that you and your family have been suffering for what was clearly a well-intentioned act on your part. But it was not legal as it is an offence to make a false declaration on oath. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Michelle Malkin
Marietta Daily JournalOctober 3, 2011

But the House Budget Committee reported last week: “The president's stimulus law alone included tens of billions in new government subsidies for politically favored renewable-energy interests: $6 billion in loan guarantees for renewable energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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Long term residential care in Jersey
Lexology (registration)October 25, 2011

Janina Porter of Voisin's Wills and Probate team discusses a pressing concern for many of Jersey's older residents: how to pay for residential care. When we prepare or review Wills for our Jersey domiciled clients, the clients often express concern ...more »

Family Law
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Gay Marriage Foes In Mexico Push For 'Family' Law
On Top MagazineOctober 1, 2011

By On Top Magazine Staff Gay marriage foes in the Mexico state of Jalisco are pushing for a new law that would define the concept of “family.” Last year, the city-state of Mexico City legalized gay marriage. While gay and lesbian couples can only ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Mail & Worker's Comp Fraud
KSEEOctober 18, 2011

By KSEE News (Press Release) United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Karina S. Beard, 44, of Turlock, plead guilty Monday to four counts of mail fraud and two counts of federal Workers' Compensation fraud. ...more »

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