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Sac State awaits rest of $10 million pledge from Alex Spanos
Capitol WeeklyOctober 1, 2011

Nava cited California law around the Public Records Act, noting that a government organization can withhold such information, but must provide a written justification. "We will not discuss donor agreements," Nava said via email. "Confidentiality of ...more »

Germany returns stolen Namibian skulls
Sky News AustraliaOctober 1, 2011

Researchers determined the region from which the skulls came as well as the sex and age of the victims but say there is no hope of learning their identity or cause of death. The Namibian representatives will return home on Tuesday with a memorial ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales
BloombergOctober 2, 2011

In 1980, David Koch ran for vice president on the Libertarian ticket, pledging to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve System, welfare, minimum wage laws and federal agencies -- including the Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Most Ohio union workers affected by insurance rule
ForbesOctober 5, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Employees of more than 550 school districts, townships and other government units across Ohio will see their share of health care costs rise if voters approve a collective bargaining law...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Privacy cases slated for US Supreme Court's new term
CNETOctober 3, 2011

It's one of a handful of technology cases that, in addition to a high-profile challenge to President Obama's controversial health care law, are likely to be decided by next summer. The high court began its new term today by declining to hear another ...more »

Immigration Law
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SCOTUS Cases Could Affect Presidential Race
NPROctober 3, 2011

But there are certain criteria in immigration law, and immigration law's incredibly complex and complicated, but that says that once you're granted legal status - in another words, you're a green card-holder - that if you commit a crime, ...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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ICC Produces New Arbitration Rules
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)October 3, 2011

The aim has been to make theICC a more attractive dispute resolution forum for international businesses andgovernments. Which Arbitrations Will the new Rules Apply to? It appears to be the case that they will apply to ICC arbitrations commenced on or ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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You Should Cancel Your Employer Provided Health Insurance Coverage
Sacramento BeeOctober 5, 2011

Employer health insurance is covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Initially passed by Congress as a simple and comprehensive way to reduce employee benefits litigation and protect employees, it has now become a ...more »

Animal Law
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FBI keeps activists' items
Salt Lake City WeeklyOctober 6, 2011

That's likely because these were terrorists lite, ones whose suspected acts of terror are what the feds call “animal enterprise terrorism.” The suspected terrorists are the types of “extremist” animal-rights activists who, at worst, trash research labs ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, Eastman Kodak, Intel, Zenimax: Intellectual Property
BloombergOctober 3, 2011

A bankruptcy filing may help clear the way for the patent sale, said the people. The sale could fetch about $3 billion, according to estimates from MDB Capital Group. Kodak has discussed its options with law firms Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jones Day, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Open Beaches Act litigation to continue
Daily News - Galveston CountyOctober 1, 2011

GALVESTON — In a short order issued Wednesday, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion by the state's attorney general to end part of some long-running litigation over enforcement of the Texas Open Beaches Act. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Employing Individuals with Disabilities—Understanding the Latest Requirements ...
PR Web (press release)October 18, 2011

With the announcement of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regarding updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the agency has made its focus on affirmative action...more »

Libya Sam-7's threaten civil aviation
News24October 2, 2011

The missiles present "a serious threat to civil aviation," the Italian admiral reportedly said. According to a US State Department report, more than 40 civilian aircraft have been hit by such portable surface-to-air missiles since 1975, causing about ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Greenpoint Loft Life Suburbanizes
The Brooklyn InkOctober 20, 2011

In response to the reported bullying of tenants by landlords, which occurred in the wake of the loft law, Lopez sponsored another bill, this one guaranteeing loft-dwellers basic services such as heat and water while they await the result of their Loft ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Deals of the Day: Could Alibaba Win Yahoo?
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 3, 2011

[WSJ] BofA: Kathy Patrick, the lawyer who helped craft a proposed $8.5 billion settlement with Bank of America over soured mortgages, told Blackrock and other big clients to oppose a more aggressive pact put for by a rival attorney. ...more »

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Dole Settles Pesticide Litigation
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 4, 2011

“We reached a point where it was good for them and for us,” Mark Sparks, an attorney with the Provost firm, told the Law Blog. “Based on how adversarial we have been with Dole in the past, I'm pleased both sides were able to set that aside and do ...more »

Business Law
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Midsize firms face risk management challenges overseas
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

Mid-market firms also should take note of local laws and customs governing their foreign partners, as well as domestic regulations for international trade. Many countries do not permit transactions with firms covered by nonadmitted insurers, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans Say Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Not Worth Sacrifice
ABC News (blog)October 5, 2011

... of the conflict in Afghanistan – America's longest war – a new poll finds just 34 percent of US veterans of the post-9/11 military believes that both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were worth fighting given the costs and benefits to the US. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI's “Operation Hackerazzi” comes to an end
VatorNewsOctober 14, 2011

Strict computer security should be practiced when using smart phones, laptops, desktops, iPads, or any other device that provides Internet access.” Chaney was released on an unsecured $10000 bond to the custody of his parents, and is facing 121 years ...more »

Personal Injury
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Anadarko Wins Dismissal of BP Spill Cleanup Injury Claims
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

30 (Bloomberg) -- Anadarko Petroleum Corp. was dismissed from personal injury claims arising from exposure to oil and other chemicals in the cleanup campaign following the 2010 BP Plc spill in Gulf of Mexico. Anadarko, based in The Woodlands, Texas, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Striking a balance
Times LIVEOctober 1, 2011

Ours is an avowedly transformative supreme law. So we have fashioned the most efficient constitutional construct to eradicate the evil of the past, usher in a new dawn and anticipate and prevent future abuse of power. We cannot now regress in order to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Stephen W. Brown joins Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP (press release)October 5, 2011

He works primarily in civil litigation, including commercial disputes, admiralty, and professional malpractice. Brown grew up in Macon, Georgia, where his father is a Superior Court Judge for the Macon Judicial Circuit. A graduate of the Cornell Law...more »

Consumer Protection
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Trouble with a brand-new car
SowetanOctober 3, 2011

PASSING THE BUCK: Consumers are still saddled with defective and unsafe cars. Photo: Elizabeth Sejake Though the Consumer Protection Act states that consumers have the right to fair value, good quality and safety, some dealers sell vehicles with ...more »

Real Estate Law
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SunHerald.comOctober 2, 2011

He is a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and former chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Blackwell practices in the Gulf Coast office with focus on gaming law, construction, ...more »

Medical marijuana or employment?
The Morning SunOctober 3, 2011

Medical marijuana users are not allowed to be under the influence of the drug "when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice," as is stated in the law. Continued... There are also prohibitions against using or being under ...more »

Sports Law
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ESPN insider: Brewers "wrong match-up" for D-backs
Arizona SportsOctober 1, 2011

ESPN insider Keith Law is one of them as he predicts the Brewers to hold off the D-backs in five games. "This just looks to me like the wrong match-up and not the most ideal opponent for them," said Law on the Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf show ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Underwear bomber pleads guilty, warns U.S.
Sacramento BeeOctober 12, 2011

When Abdulmutallab returned, his standby defense lawyer, Anthony Chambers, said his client had decided to plead guilty. Abdulmutallab read from a statement saying he was guilty under US law, but not under Islamic law, for the crimes charged. ...more »

New law widens state audit powers
Whittier Daily NewsOctober 5, 2011

Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a bill that will expand the powers of the state auditor to examine the books of counties, cities and special districts "at high risk" for fraud, waste or mismanagement. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, ...more »

One Senior Place is one-stop shop for seniors
Seminole VoiceOctober 5, 2011

One Senior Place, which opened its first location in Viera, will provide seniors and their caregivers with a one-stop shopping and information resource center for everything from hearing aids and living options to legal advice and counseling. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Pennsylvania Capital Harrisburg Files for Bankruptcy Over Incinerator Debt
BloombergOctober 12, 2011

While Chapter 9 bankruptcy, named for the section of federal law that governs insolvent municipalities, would mean the loss of state aid under a law passed in June, it would be better than pain caused by a state-imposed recovery plan, said Councilwoman ...more »

Environmental Law
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Perry Hall Man Charged With Selling Fake Clean Energy Credits
Patch.comOctober 3, 2011

An investigation by several federal and local regulatory and law enforcement agencies found that Clean Green Fuel, LLC—a company based in Nottingham and run by Hailey—sold more than 32 million renewable fuel credits, also known as renewable ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Neil Rogers' money woes
MiamiHerald.comOctober 9, 2011

“It's fair to say that whatever's left (about $500000, according to probate records in Broward County) is going to the IRS,” said Fort Lauderdale lawyer Norman Kent, Rogers' manager, agent and confidante. “Had he known that, the words coming out of ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law Solicitors Report Rise in the Number of Women Requesting Prenups (press release)October 1, 2011

Family law solicitors in the UK have seen a rise in the number of women initiating requests for prenuptial agreements, according to a recent survey by find-a-solicitor service, Contact Law. London, United Kingdom, October 01, 2011 --( Contact ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp claim frequency rises
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

Several Great Recession factors may have caused a sudden halt in the trend of decreasing frequency of workers compensation claims, according to NCCI Holdings Inc. research. Modest increases in employment since the recession formally ended in mid-2009 ...more »


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