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RCMP cautions YK renters to beware of scams
HQ YellowknifeOctober 1, 2011

The Yellowknife RCMP's commercial crime section is warning people about fraudulent ads popping up on on-line classified sites offering apartment rentals. Two such incidents have been reported in Yellowknife this month. Corporal Jarret MacDonald with ...more »

Funding expires to capture, remove protected timberwolves
Minnesota Public RadioOctober 1, 2011

For over 35 years, federal wolf trappers in Minnesota have captured timberwolves that have preyed on livestock, killed pets or threatened people. Federal funding for the program expired today, ending their work. Supporters of the program are worried ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Call out the judiciary
Daily PioneerOctober 3, 2011

Why not heed the advice of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution and the Second Administrative Reforms Commission and opt for an independent commission to appoint judges?more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term
Newsday (subscription)October 1, 2011

Click here Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term Originally published: October 1, 2011 9:04 AM Updated: October 1, 2011 9:11 AM By The Associated Press MARK SHERMAN (Associated Press) (AP) -- The nine justices of the Supreme Court, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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California Sets New Course In Immigrant-Student Law
Wall Street JournalOctober 9, 2011

... making the highest-profile change in policy toward illegal-immigrant youth since the failure of the federal Dream Act last year. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Dream Act into law Saturday, saying it would give "top students a ...more »

Immigration Law
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New Georgia immigration law produces more fear than effect
Chattanooga Times Free PressOctober 4, 2011

A federal judge allowed most of Alabama's immigration law to go into effect, now considered the strictest in the country. Among other things, school officials are required to check the immigration status of students. The law now allows police officers ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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PBS looking at Maine role in Prohibition
Morning SentinelOctober 2, 2011

"Alcohol was used to reward workers throughout the workday, so it was part of the industrial workplace. When ministers went visiting, they would go from house to house, expecting to be served a drink at each one. By the time they got home, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Strata infighting under review
Victoria NewsOctober 1, 2011

In response to growing frustration by strata owners suffering unresolved conflict with their neighbours, the BC government has proposed a new approach to dispute resolution, which is currently open to public feedback. The idea is to create a low-cost ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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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 »

Animal Law
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Gov. Kasich signs order to tame animal ownership laws
OSU - The LanternOctober 24, 2011

Kasich called on the help of state agencies such as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to enforce registration of exotic pets and the Department of Agriculture to use their authority to regulate auction houses and shut down any unlicensed ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property: A new kind of arms race, with patents as ammo
Globe and MailOctober 5, 2011

Welcome to the world of intellectual property (IP) litigation, a high-stakes game in which inventors square off against deep-pocketed competitors, and companies that don't actually create anything have the power to shut down promising start-ups. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Litigation Associate Joins Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC
PR Web (press release)October 1, 2011

Michael D. Gadarian has joined the Litigation Practice at Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC. He most recently served as Law Clerk for Judge Charles R. Breyer, United States District Court for the Northern District of California. ...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 »

Gasping Punjab aircraft engg college in its last lap
Times of IndiaOctober 2, 2011

For the last 30 years, the Punjab Aircraft Maintenance Engineering College (PAMEC) in Patiala, that shares its premises with the famed aviation club, has enjoyed a pride of place in India. Its students brought laurels to the college each year after ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Anne Peterson: Remaining roommate is 'jointly and severally' responsible for ...
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

The lease states that the tenant must repaint any room that requires two coats of paint to cover. The landlord gives rooms a single coat of paint to freshen them up when new tenants come in, I guess. Anyway, my lease will be up next month, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Professor of law to speak at AAUW meeting
nwitimes.comOctober 2, 2011

Professor Stuart practiced law for 11 years in Indianapolis after a three-year clerkship with the Indiana Court of Appeals. Her practice focused on education, labor and employment law, but also included commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. ...more »

Litigation
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IGT Reaches Agreement with Aristocrat to Settle Patent Litigation
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

This settlement ends all present patent litigation between IGT and Aristocrat and their subsidiaries. "IGT is pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Aristocrat and put these disputes behind us," said Robert G. Melendres, ...more »

Business Law
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Fiat Pulls Out of Italian Business Lobby
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

From January, neither company will be obliged to adhere to the terms of a national labor contract, to which Confindustria is a signatory. Mr. Marchionne has repeatedly said that the terms are outdated and prevent him from imposing new working ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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The Fayetteville Observer, NC, Live Wire column [The Fayetteville Observer, NC]
Insurance News Net (press release)October 13, 2011

A couple sets of rules govern what military benefits a spouse can retain after divorcing a military member. The most generous deal is for so-called 20/20/20 ex-spouses. Under that rule, a divorced spouse can retain her (or his) commissary and PX ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cyber security - better safe than sorry
gulfnews.comOctober 10, 2011

And with the increased use of the internet on phones, these cyber crimes have a whole new playground. As a result there has been a clamour for security related products covering everything from computer security, anti-virus programmes, data theft in ...more »

Personal Injury
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4 Ways To Irk Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Eva-News (press release)October 4, 2011

Some things they can do is reject reasonable settlement offers, be more focused on revenge than on getting a good settlement, threatening to have everyone “disbarred,” and completely ignoring his personal injury lawyer's advice. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitution not sole issue on agenda of new Parliament
Today's ZamanOctober 1, 2011

While Parliament was in recess, Çiçek did not lose time but gathered 24 leading constitutional law experts in Parliament to discuss proposals for the new constitution. He will be forwarding the proposals to party leaders to prepare the ground for ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Managing Partner Lance A. Harke Elected President of Legal Services of Greater ...
The Open Press (press release)October 16, 2011

(OPENPRESS) October 16, 2011 -- Managing Partner Lance A. Harke of the Miami Shores-based commercial litigation and consumer class action law firm of Harke Clasby & Bushman LLP, (www.harkeclasby.com) was recently elected President of Legal Services of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Woman sues Walmart over 2 cents, wins against retail giant
DigitalJournal.comOctober 3, 2011

The basis of Bach's complaint was that Walmart's practices violate the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act of 1968. "When they lure you to buy a product at one price, and then they electronically overcharge you by charging a higher price ...more »

Real Estate Law
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DC Council questions reinterpretation of tax law
Washington PostOctober 13, 2011

But David A. Catania (I-At Large) sharply questioned Gandhi on the 2007 ruling changing the Office of Tax and Revenue's interpretation of the 2001 law, the Tax Clarity Act. The change came in a “private letter ruling” in response to a building owner's ...more »

Abramovich's Russia 'lacked law'
BBC NewsOctober 4, 2011

... alleging breach of trust and breach of contract. Mr Sumption told Mrs Justice Gloster that "quite extraordinary conditions" prevailed in Russia following the collapse of communism in 1992. "There was no rule of law," said Mr Sumption. ...more »

Sports Law
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ICC in talks with Interpol to fight corruption
ESPNcricinfo.comOctober 1, 2011

At a World Sports Law Report conference, Flanagan called for greater co-operation between sports associations to combat the problem of corruption. "I'm pretty certain that the bad guys within the sports and the malicious criminals - people outside ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Medical Experts Among Final Witnesses in Case Against Michael Jackson Doc
NBC Los AngelesOctober 12, 2011

Criminal defense attorney Darren Kavinoky joins Colleen Williams on NonStop News to break down the 10th day of the Conrad Murray trial. Medical experts are among the remaining prosecution witnesses expected to testify in an attempt to ...more »

2011 Santa Barbara City Council Q&A with Cruzito Cruz
NoozhawkOctober 6, 2011

My completion of the IRS Income Tax Preparation certification since 2005 to the present has enabled me to develop the keen understanding and legal principles to continue to be of service for all Santa Barbarans by earning your vote and vote of ...more »

Firm wants new trial or $760000 award set aside in Cape County age...
Southeast MissourianOctober 2, 2011

Cape Girardeau lawyer JP Clubb, who specializes in employment law, said the amount was large for an employment discrimination case anywhere in Missouri, let alone Southeast Missouri. For example, a plaintiff in a Scott County sexual harassment case ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Capital Gains Planning Strategies
Palisades Hudson Financial GroupOctober 10, 2011

In this trust, established for a set amount of time or for the remainder of your life, you transfer an appreciated asset directly into the trust. The terms of the trust provide a yearly payment to the grantor: for example, 5 percent of the previous ...more »

Environmental Law
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Battle for Energy, Power, Love and Money Rages Again as TNT Starts Production ...
TVbytheNumbersOctober 18, 2011

Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die) is Christopher, Bobby's adopted son, who hopes to take the family business in the new direction of alternative energy sources. Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious movies) plays Elena Ramos, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Steve Jobs put real estate in trust in 2009-records
ReutersOctober 7, 2011

Besides estate planning, the only other reason that an individual might place assets into a trust is to shield them from potential creditors, O'Grady said. However, that is an unlikely scenario given Jobs's vast wealth, he said. California law directs ...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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FARM FAMILY CAS. INS. CO. v. BRADY FARMS, INC.
Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

Defendant did not have workers' compensation insurance at that time. Supreme Court thereafter granted defendant's motion for summary judgment seeking a declaration that, inter alia, plaintiff is obligated to defend and indemnify defendant under the ...more »

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