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Finally, some good news on the uninsured
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

It's critical for our kids, our parents, our friends and neighbors and our health care jobs that they find solutions that protect the federal government's commitment to Medicaid. Proposals like block grants and spending caps would simply make more ...more »

Federal judge dismisses part of fraud case against Citi
Thomson Reuters News & InsightOctober 1, 2011

For plaintiffs: Stuart Grant and Megan McIntyre of Grant & Eisenhoffer. For Citi defendants: Brad Karp, Richard Rosen, Susanna Buergel and Karen King for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. (Reporting by Nick Zieminski) REUTERS / Lucas Jackson.more »

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Administrative Law
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Diversion law changed: Defendants now must plead guilty
Pacific Daily NewsOctober 2, 2011

With her are, Tricia Tenorio, administrative assistant, seated left; Lynette Arriola, social worker, seated right; Rose Lucero, volunteer, standing left; and Maria Yangowi, shelter worker. The shelter is the focus of a feature column -- the first of a ...more »

Health Care Law
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Baucus bets big on supercommittee success
BusinessWeekOctober 4, 2011

And in 2003, Baucus was one of only two Democrats to help Bush and Republicans change the Medicare prescription drug plan. His deal-making ways have in the past led to charges of betrayal from fellow Democrats in Washington DC But it has served him ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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After "Arab Spring," liberal groups say it's time for "American Autumn"
CBS NewsOctober 4, 2011

The organizers said they want to see action like those recommendations Mr. Obama has put forward in his $447 billion "American Jobs Act." At this point, Republicans are opposed to passing the bill in its entirety, but they've left the door open for ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration groups urge Brown to sign part two of California Dream Act
Times of IndiaOctober 2, 2011

CALIFORNIA: California Governor Jerry Brown has until Oct 9 to sign legislation which would give the state's 41000 undocumented students access to Cal Grants, UC grants and other state-funded scholarships for college education. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kansas Court of Appeals rules in favor of property owners; development of ...
Lawrence Journal WorldOctober 4, 2011

By Chad Lawhorn Property owners in northwest Douglas County have won a key legal ruling that could put a damper on large-scale industrial development in the area near the Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike. The Kansas Court of Appeals on ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Election 2011: Broad Run District
Loudoun Times-MirrorOctober 3, 2011

“I think my experience itself really lends itself to draft policy and dispute resolution,” he said. “… What I do 10 hours a day is compromise and try to resolve resolution.” He said he respects his opponents, but believes his view of what needs to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Calif. Gov. Takes Action on WC Bills
PropertyCasualty360October 10, 2011

On the latter bill, Brown says he vetoed it because consideration of these factors in making determinations is already outlawed by existing laws and court decisions, and enacting the new law would generate costly new litigation “over questions of ...more »

Animal Law
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Rockingham shelter wants to offer low-cost spay clinics
Greensboro News & RecordOctober 10, 2011

Andrea Jenkins, chairwoman of the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, said she and Director Kevin Baughn met with County Attorney Eugene Russell to consider the legal questions of the project. Baughn said everything was fine with the program, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Kylin Therapeutics Receives Notice of Allowance for Second U.S. Patent ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

This new intellectual property covers multi-valent RNA structures broadly encompassing: tissue targeting, aptamer binding, receptor-mediated endocytosis, and RNA interference. "We continue to be gratified that the USPTO recognizes pRNA as an entirely ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Alternatives to litigation
Irish TimesOctober 2, 2011

A joint reception with the American Bar Association International Law Section, sponsored by Matheson Ormsby Prentice, follows the conference's close. For further information contact Mandy Sawier at SawierM@adr.org.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What Happened to Post-Racial America?
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

Few government policies have had the reach, immortality and consequences of affirmative action. A policy that could be justified at its start, affirmative action has now become yesterday's solution to yesterday's problem. ...more »

Our Opinion: Sky's the limit for air show
Times Record NewsOctober 1, 2011

No, what you'll see in the skies this weekend won't be Superman, but a super display of aviation finesse. Also a super showcase of Sheppard Air Force Base's connection to aviation's past, present and future, as well as its invaluable mission to the US ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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LA's Housing Department: Scofflaw Landlord
City WatchOctober 14, 2011

Critics of the REAP program, and there are many, include tenants who live in buildings that provide safe refuge to protected squatters, landlords who lose rental income which leads to foreclosure, and neighbors who live next to properties that go into ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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After scathing report, questions linger for Asheville ABC board
Asheville Citizen-TimesOctober 2, 2011

A series of scandals at local ABC boards statewide last decade included reports of gifts from industry representatives to ABC officials, nepotism and outrageous salaries. The NC General Assembly last year passed a reform law that tightened existing ...more »

Litigation
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Albert H. Parnell Named Atlanta's Best Lawyer 2012
PR Web (press release)October 9, 2011

Albert H. Parnell was named the “Atlanta Best Lawyers Mass Tort Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2012, by Best Lawyers. Mr. Parnell stated, “I thank Best Lawyers for the award. I could never have earned the award or the praise from my peers without ...more »

Business Law
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Obama administration challenges decision on Alabama immigration law
Sacramento BeeOctober 1, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Debate rages on military pensions as White House proposes reduction in benefits
Memphis Commercial AppealOctober 9, 2011

"It jeopardizes the ability of the military to sustain a top-quality force because of the loss of a career incentive." Perhaps most upsetting to former military members and their advocacy groups is the suggestion that benefits packages can or should be ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man Arrested After Child Pornography Investigation
CBS 47October 5, 2011

Sheriff's Detectives, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the High Tech Crimes Task Force served a search warrant at his home during a child pornography investigation. Stockard's arrest comes several weeks after he reported a burglary ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawyers blamed for our high insurance rates
Sun-SentinelOctober 4, 2011

Florida has a reputation for high automobile insurance rates due to the racket that the personal injury lawyers have created. Apparently, the statistics show that Florida is notorious for its residents filing fraudulent claims ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Law aficionado talks to James Madison College on constitution
MSU State NewsOctober 5, 2011

“We have a lot of students interested in constitutional institutions or interested in law school,” Bratzel said. “I figured that he was a good guest considering he founded a law school and has been a lawyer and a judge.” In 1966, on a recommendation ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyer loses hard drive with patient records
Baltimore SunOctober 10, 2011

A Baltimore law firm lost a portable hard drive containing information about its cases, including medical records for 161 stent patients suing cardiologist Mark G. Midei for alleged malpractice at St. Joseph Medical...more »

Consumer Protection
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ICICI asked to pay Rs 4000 compensation to credit card holder
IBNLive.comOctober 1, 2011

It was of the opinion that the act of the bank was unwarranted and without following any legal procedure. Hence the bank was responsible for deficiency in services as per the Consumer Protection Act and is required to compensate the complainant, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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3 plead guilty in real estate scheme
Palm Beach PostOctober 5, 2011

Carol Asbury, 59, a title attorney who founded the Save My Home Law Group in late 2009, and Patrick Brinson, of Miami, pleaded guilty to the charges last month and face up to 20 years in prison and a $250000 fine when they are sentenced on Nov. 18. ...more »

Upcoming WPL Webinar to Focus on Negotiation Techniques for Construction Contracts
Insurance News Net (press release)October 1, 2011

Preparation of a comprehensive construction contract is the best protection against time-consuming and costly construction claims and disputes. Construction projects succeed or fail as a direct result of terms and conditions in the contract. ...more »

Sports Law
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Trinidad councilwoman in court on gambling charges
Pueblo ChieftainOctober 4, 2011

TRINIDAD — A City Council member and her brother, who both have been charged in connection with alleged liquor and gambling law violations at a bar they own, face new court hearings later this month. Linda Velasquez and Joseph Cordova have been ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyer George Lyons gets new perspective in court, as juror in ...
The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.comOctober 13, 2011

The Jackson criminal defense lawyer was Juror No. 1 among the panel of jurors selected for the negligent homicide trial that ended Tuesday, a rare position for a man in his profession. “The hardest part was not objecting,” said Lyons, ...more »

Understanding greed
Cal Coast NewsOctober 11, 2011

I just attempt to follow the byzantine tax rules as best as I can hoping I don't make a mistake and find myself on the receiving end of an IRS audit. I work hard, spending a great deal of time looking for write-offs trying to make that 'taxes owed' ...more »

Ageism lawsuit deadline approaches
MSU State NewsOctober 13, 2011

The college has until Friday to respond to an age discrimination lawsuit filed against it by Nicholas Spaeth — a former job applicant who claims he was not given a fair evaluation because of his age. MSU College of Law marketing and communications ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Feds to announce Calif. pot dispensary crackdown
USA TodayOctober 7, 2011

They state that federal law "takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana." "Under United States law, a dispensary's operations involving sales and ...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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Fort Bend Lawyers Care to offer 'Legal Line' in November
Ultimate Fort BendOctober 25, 2011

These questions might involve divorce, custody, child support, adult guardianship, adoption, real estate, landlord and tenant issues, credit issues, and wills and probate. The Legal Line phone number is 281-239-0015 and is for advice and counsel only. ...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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UNINSURED EMPLOYERS' FUND v. STANFORD
Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

CHRIS DAVIS, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE; UNINSURED EMPLOYERS' FUND; BLUEGRASS AREA DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT; AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION BOARD, CROSS-APPELLEES. Christopher P. Evensen, Louisville, Kentucky, BRIEFS FOR APPELLEE/CROSS-APPELLEE, MATTHEW STANFORD. ...more »

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