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Christie offers incentives for NJ towns to merge
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

In few places is the issue as pronounced as in New Jersey, a small but populous state with 566 municipalities, nearly 600 school districts and some of the highest property taxes in the country. By comparison, California would stretch from Maine to ...more »

Business warns of budget blues for decades
Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 1, 2011

The council says combined federal, state and local governments will need to raise an extra 5 per cent of GDP in tax by the middle of the century - almost twice as much as conceded by Finance Minister Penny Wong. The council's research - to be released ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Tenn. Gun Bill Sponsor Faces DUI, Firearm Charges
ABC NewsOctober 12, 2011

The sponsor of the law that made it legal to carry a gun into bars in Tennessee is facing charges of possession of a handgun while under the influence and drunken driving. Rep. Curry Todd, a Collierville Republican, was pulled over ...more »

Health Care Law
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White House used Mitt Romney health-care law as blueprint for federal law
msnbc.comOctober 11, 2011

reporter: massachusetts law as the model for obama care. >> even though the attack ad isn't airing on broadcast tv romney felt compelled to respond. >> reporter: you're going to find people will take what i've said and try and say something else. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Tales From New Hampshire
USA TodayOctober 12, 2011

For example, Romney continued to claim that the health care law he signed affected only 8 percent of the population (not true) and that he didn't raise taxes to pay for it (he left that for his successor). Bachmann claimed that a Medicare advisory ...more »

Immigration Law
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Opinion: The Human Aspect Of Immigration
Huffington PostOctober 10, 2011

It all got started with an article I read about the repercussions of the draconian immigration laws passed in Alabama less than two weeks ago. Basically, undocumented parents are keeping their children from school, fearing a new law that requires ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Amesbury solar panel plan draws criticism
The Daily News of NewburyportOctober 26, 2011

Lisa Mead, the attorney representing RPB Investment Realty Development, said the project is an "exempt use" under state law, whether it's the property's primary use or accessory use. She said the project is subject to reasonable regulation to protect ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Tickets available for gala honoring Whatcom County peace builders
Bellingham HeraldOctober 30, 2011

The awards honor local groups and people who have supported the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center's goal of promoting understanding, tolerance and healing in the community. The ceremony at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St., will feature comedy from the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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SLDN Files Landmark Litigation on Behalf of Married Gay and Lesbian Service ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 28, 2011

Currently, federal law requires the military to ignore these marriages and, therefore, prevents it from providing vitally needed benefits to these legally married spouses, including housing; health care; surviving spouse benefits; the issuance of ...more »

Animal Law
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Illinois considered to have strong ban on exotic animals, but there are exemptions
Chicago TribuneOctober 30, 2011

"That's the USDA's bureau, their oversight," said Stacey Solano, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. "We don't just get that stuff given to us." Illinois began banning the new ownership of primates this year and has ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Pendrell Corp buys stake in digital rights company
CBS MoneyWatch.comOctober 31, 2011

Intellectual property consultant Pendrell Corp. said Monday that it had completed its purchase of a controlling stake in a company that develops digital patents and technologies. Pendrell said it paid $90.1 million for a 90.1 percent stake in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Rosen Law Firm Reminds Investors of Important October 24, 2011 Deadline in ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 18, 2011

The Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe, concentrating its practice in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Black plaintiffs in class-action lawsuit challenging Iowa hiring policies to ...
The RepublicOctober 4, 2011

Joe Ellis, a former state official responsible for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs, is expected to testify Tuesday at the Polk County Courthouse. Lawyers representing 29 named class representatives and up to 6000 members ...more »

Aviation Week's Fred George Wins NBAA Platinum Wing Lifetime Achievement Award
PR Newswire (press release)October 10, 2011

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Senior Editor Fred George, part of Aviation Week's Business and Commercial Aviation (BCA) team, today received the 2011 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) David W. Ewald Platinum Wing Award, ...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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Make Your Business More Appealing to Lenders
BusinessWeekOctober 5, 2011

“Regulators have gotten so afraid [of] bad loans that we leave many good loans on the table,” one institutional banker who interacts with hundreds of lenders across the country told me recently. “No one ever got fired for not making a good loan. ...more »

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US and UK Corporate Counsel See Less Litigation, More Regulation
Corporate CounselOctober 18, 2011

Law departments have looked into both their ledgers and their crystal balls, and have seen a little less litigation but a lot more regulation. These are the top-line results of the 2011 Fulbright & Jaworski Litigation Trends Survey, released this week; ...more »

Business Law
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Taking Bets on Grand Theft Auto V
GameSpotOctober 27, 2011

That would make sense given that one of the characters Rockstar was advertising for actors last year was an aspiring actress, but then dreaming about making it big in Hollywood doesn't even guarantee that she's made it to Hollywood. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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VFW calls on 2 million members to fight any changes in military benefits to ...
Washington PostOctober 18, 2011

Last week, the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee wrote to the special supercommittee looking for $1.2 trillion in spending cuts and recommended cost-saving changes in military health benefits. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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The Faces of Violence
Tremonton LeaderOctober 28, 2011

Niki Wolfe, an education specialist who works at the Attorney General's Office, recently presented information on the task force for Internet Crimes Against Children. This task force responds to tips of children being abused through computers and open ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawsuit filed after circus truck rear-ends car
Southeast Texas RecordOctober 27, 2011

MARSHALL - After being involved in a severe rear-end collision involving a tractor-trailer, Deborah Bailey filed a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver Juan Cavallini Ramirez and his employers Miller Equipment Co. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Whale suit: Frivolous or novel legal strategy?
SignOnSanDiego.comOctober 27, 2011

“Basically, no,” said Karl Manheim, a constitutional law professor and civil-rights expert at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. “While I might be sympathetic to PETA's claims, the lawsuit is frivolous,” Manheim said. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Malpractice Carrier Need Not Cover Solo's Legal Work at Accounting Firm, Judge ...
The American LawyerOctober 2, 2011

In 1999 and 2000, Falk and his Moore Stephens colleagues were preparing a qualified personal residence trust for the Ventrice family, relating to property in Islamorada, Fla., in which Ann Ventrice held an interest. In October 2000, Falk left Moore ...more »

Consumer Protection
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63% not aware about consumer rights: Survey
Times of IndiaOctober 25, 2011

JAIPUR: Against the backdrop of several cases of reported adulteration in food products and sweets comes a survey that states that 63 per cent of the respondents do not know the availability of laws under Consumer Protection Act (COPRA). ...more »

Real Estate Law
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RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Firm Contract on the Sheppard ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 27, 2011

The Income Tax Act (Canada) (the "Act") contains legislation affecting the tax treatment of publicly traded trusts (the "SIFT Legislation"). The SIFT Legislation will not impose tax on a trust which qualifies under such legislation as a real estate ...more »

Adrian Smith demoted for not backing gay marriage after criticising new law on ...
Daily MailOctober 23, 2011

But after a disciplinary hearing, he was downgraded from his £35000-a-year managerial job to a much less senior £21000 post – and avoided the sack only because of his long service. Mr Smith, 54, is now taking the association to court, arguing that his ...more »

Sports Law
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McIlroy Eyes Horizon After Leaving 'Chubby'
Wall Street JournalOctober 24, 2011

A month after losing Ernie Els as a client, Andrew "Chubby" Chandler's International Sports Management group has lost another star: US Open champ Rory McIlroy. World No. 3 McIlroy told Chandler last week that he was joining Horizon Sports. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Seized papers trigger legal brawl
San Antonio ExpressOctober 27, 2011

Both District Attorney Susan Reed and her chief of prosecutors, Cliff Herberg, participated. Three criminal defense lawyers associations have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the case. The only moment of levity in what otherwise was the tedious ...more »

Accountability there
Boston HeraldOctober 20, 2011

Our state's community-based human services sector is indeed subject to extensive reporting requirements and is monitored by the IRS, Department of Labor, Massachusetts attorney general, secretary of state and Legislature, as well as the Executive ...more »

A retirement policy that's past its prime
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteOctober 2, 2011

When federal lawmakers first addressed age discrimination more than 40 years ago, they carved out exceptions, including one for top executives in both the public and private sectors. Purdue's policy applies to that group – administrators in high ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Take care in planning estate, giving schedule
Cleveland Jewish NewsOctober 20, 2011

"With a competent asset management team, set an asset allocation strategy and be patient with your managers," Dinner said. "Let them do what they do best: manage money. It's too easy to allow emotions to interrupt an effective strategy. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Waste to energy: Green or greenwash?
CNETOctober 21, 2011

In some states, trash-to-energy plants qualify as renewable energy by law and some proponents say the US should build more, as Europe already has. Municipal solid waste is considered renewable because people continue to generate trash which can't be ...more »

Wills & Probate
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In brief: Gardai appeal for witnesses after car crash claims lives of two ...
Irish IndependentOctober 2, 2011

The Pink at La Stampa will continue to operate as normal. Dublin landlord Michael Aherne of Terenure Road East, Rathgar, who died on August 9, 2007, has left €5045665 in his will, which went to probate this week. Other wills: Seamus Dardis, farmer, ...more »

Family Law
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Denver Family Law Firm Hosts Free Webinar
PR Web (press release)October 23, 2011

In 2008, Rich co-authored the publication, Colorado Family Law Deskbook by Bradford Publishing. In 2006, Rich Harris was chosen to be one of Denver's 40 Under 40 based on his business leadership, community involvement, and recognition of his ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comOctober 31, 2011

Christina Wellington petitions for review of the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board), which affirmed the order of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) granting her claim petition, but denying her request for lost wage benefits, ...more »


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