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US Federal Contractor Registration Helps Contractors Find FEMA Contracts
DigitalJournal.com (press release)October 1, 2011

Doing so can result in being awarded a contract on the spot. In order to be considered eligible for any federal contracts, vendors must have a DUNS number and have completed their CCR registration and ORCA. For FEMA contracts, businesses must also ...more »

Scores of Wis. school unions to try to recertify
Sacramento BeeOctober 1, 2011

The law backed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker strips public unions of their ability to negotiate anything except wage increases, which are limited to the cost of living. Unions without existing contracts must hold recertification elections to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Cory Maples' 'mailroom error' Death Row case gets US Supreme Court hearing
al.com (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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Vermont Edges Toward Single Payer Health Care
Kaiser Health NewsOctober 3, 2011

Employers with self-insured plans (usually large companies) would be able to keep their current health coverage. --Launches a health insurance exchange as required by the 2010 federal health care law. --Creates pilot projects to revamp the way health ...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 law will create busy month for probate office
Cullman Times OnlineOctober 5, 2011

By Benjamin Bullard The Cullman Times CULLMAN — A federal judge's upholding of key parts of the state's tough immigration law came just ahead of the busiest month of the year for annual business licenses in Cullman County, creating a few ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Catholic Campaign for Human Development 2011: Part 2
Spero NewsOctober 5, 2011

SWOP is also a member of Chicago Alinskyian community organizing network, the Industrial Areas Foundation, founded by Alinsky himself. The Chicago local affiliate is called United Power for Action and Justice (UPAJ) and is a mega-meld of institutions: ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Scots mother fails to win Dragons' £75000 investment
Herald ScotlandOctober 4, 2011

A Scottish mother-of-three came away without the investment she wanted from television's Dragons' Den for her novel dispute resolution aid. Karen Chapman appeared on the latest episode of Dragons' Den last night when she attempted to prise £75000 out ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Baron and Budd, PC Selected to Plaintiffs' Hot List for Seventh Time
Insurance News Net (press release)October 6, 2011

... Qui Tam , California Proposition 65 violations, dangerous medications and medical devices, Chinese drywall, insurance claims, commercial litigation, consumer fraud, securities fraud and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma. ...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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Disney, Microsoft, Subway Sandwiches: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekOctober 7, 2011

According to the complaint, Intellectual Ventures owns more than 35000 intellectual property assets, with 3000 of those patents and patent applications coming from the company's own invention efforts. None of the patents at issue in the case against ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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BMHA facing penalties from EPA
WIVBOctober 3, 2011

The EPA issued a compliance order on the Housing Authority, which could be fined up $25000 a day until the asbestos is removed. BMHA officials declined comment, but Housing Authority attorney Adam Perry did issue a brief statement saying in part, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Kasich Puts Face In Front Of Issue 2 Push
Ohio News NetworkOctober 3, 2011

John Kasich is taking the Issue 2 (SB 5) fight on the road, making the case for the controversial collective bargaining law. His critics question, however, whether the Kasich coalition is enough to put it over the top, reported ONN's Jim Heath. ...more »

Small UAS Rule Will Begin Phased Entry of Unmanned Aircraft
Aviation International NewsOctober 1, 2011

Assuming the FAA follows the recommendations of its sUAS aviation rulemaking committee (ARC), the rule will serve as the regulatory basis for allowing UAS weighing up to 55 pounds to operate in the NAS “for compensation or hire. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Real estate briefs
Naples Daily NewsOctober 15, 2011

Premiere Plus Realty Co. is a privately-owned full service real estate brokerage firm in Southwest Florida. The company's main office is in Old Naples and they operate multiple branch locations in Fort Myers, Naples, and Marco Island. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Goodbye to the Yakuza
The Atlantic WireOctober 1, 2011

For any small business, being outed as a yakuza front company is more than likely to result in bankruptcy or eviction. On an individual level, it means being fired or forced to resign from your occupation, as was the case of popular comedian and TV ...more »

Litigation
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Allstate and Progressive Settle Litigation
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire & Casualty Insurance Company and Progressive Casualty Insurance Company have agreed to settle litigation involving usage-based insurance and online ...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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Technology Giants Band Together to Support Military Families
Sacramento BeeOctober 5, 2011

... The National Military Family Association has partnered with ConvergeUS to launch a broad strategic initiative to tap the resources of the technology, social media, and telecommunications sectors to benefit military families. ...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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Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Joseph Klest Quoted in USA Today College Story
U.S. Politics TodayOctober 4, 2011

Chicago personal injury attorney Joseph Klest was quoted in an article in USA Today Online, discussing the issue of sexual abuse on college campus, pointing out the importance for victims to come forward with their stories. SCHAUMBURG, IL, October 04, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Opposing view: Uphold America's founding principles
USA TodayOctober 3, 2011

We should also reject any domestic or foreign policies that diminish constitutional protections. The Fifth Amendment states, "No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." While the killings of Anwar ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Attorney Ashley Campbell Receives 2011 UNC School of Law Outstanding Recent ...
dBusinessNews Triangle (press release)October 4, 2011

In addition to practicing in such areas of insurance/ reinsurance coverage disputes, shareholder derivative actions, ERISA disputes, professional negligence defense, accountants' liability actions, catastrophic personal injury defense and complex ...more »

Consumer Protection
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RTS Offers Services to Support New Swap Execution Facilities as Dodd-Frank Act...
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

By RTS Realtime Systems Group CHICAGO, Oct., 3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The US Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has spawned the creation of regulated Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) that must capture trades electronically and ...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 »

Class action targets Auction
Gloucester Daily TimesOctober 5, 2011

By Richard Gaines Staff Writer The Ciulla family filed in US Bankruptcy Court Tuesday to protect the mostly theoretical assets left in the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction from liabilities traced to claims in a pending lawsuit. ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports, Business, Law And The First Monday in October
Press BoxOctober 5, 2011

The event brought together some of the best and brightest legal advocates, scholars and media personalities to discuss and debate the top issues in sports business and law today. The list was impressive and included Stan Kasten, the only person ever to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Crime lab memo release appealed by San Francisco District Attorney's Office
San Francisco ExaminerOctober 4, 2011

Such pretrial arguments are standard fare in criminal cases. Indeed, defense attorneys have unsuccessfully sought the memo in other cases. But Gascón's opponents see a larger issue. “Justice is supposed to be blind, but our District Attorney should not ...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 »

Waller Lansden adds more than 15 to core practice groups
Nashville Post (subscription)October 14, 2011

Morgan Jones joins Waller Lansden as a staff attorney practicing in the area of commercial real estate. Jones represents clients in the acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposition of commercial real property. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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USDOJ: US Virgin Islands Company Sentenced for Illegal Trade of Protected Coral
7thSpace Interactive (press release)October 26, 2011

... that we and our federal law enforcement partners are in the business of preventing illegal wildlife trade,” said Roberto Escobar Vargas, special agent in charge of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations ...more »

Environmental Law
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Brown clears his desk
Contra Costa TimesOctober 11, 2011

Ted Lieu, D- Redondo Beach, that would have required microchips be implanted in all dogs and cats rescued from animal shelters. "Under current law, local agencies and shelters can - and should - require animals to be microchipped before being released ...more »

Wills & Probate
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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 »

Family Law
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Developer's Family Sues Over Retroactive Estate Tax
Hartford CourantOctober 3, 2011

"This only affects a very small number of people — people who died between January and May, when they passed the law, and people with estates over $2 million,'' said Stephen R. Bellis, a New Haven attorney representing the family. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Call for a fair go for older workers
The Canberra TimesOctober 1, 2011

The Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, wants age restrictions on workers compensation and income insurance scrapped and a national standard introduced. ''Most people in their 60s and 70s would like to be in work, probably part time, ...more »

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