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Hail Damage Helps Sales and Use Tax Revenue Soar
KGWNOctober 1, 2011

Sales and use tax collections typically lag the point of sale by about two months, which means the work load from the hail storm events that happened in July are just now starting to show in the state's tax numbers. "We're seeing this work load ...more »

Next step after three-day notice is eviction
Inland Valley Daily BulletinOctober 1, 2011

A: Yes, the tenant still owes for the 30-day notice period, unless the landlord is able to relet the premises before then. The landlord has to make a diligent effort to relet. Q: Our tenant, who has lived there for more than one year, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leahy plans Fast and Furious hearing with Holder
CBS NewsOctober 7, 2011

He has continued to demonstrate his strong commitment to tough law enforcement, transparency and integrity." Sen. Leahy is working to schedule an oversight hearing with Holder and other Justice Department leaders before the end of the year. ...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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Open records court battle between mortgage lender, WR begins
Macon Telegraph (blog)October 6, 2011

Such was the crux of opening arguments in a non-jury trial before Judge George F. Nunn on alleged violations of the Open Records Act by the city and its officials. John Smith, an attorney representing Allison Equities, which brought the lawsuit, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law sends Hispanic families fleeing
Washington PostOctober 9, 2011

"I don't even want to talk about this law,” Angel said. “It is so sad." A statue of St. Jude in Foley holds photos of parents who remained in Mexico. The family that owns the statue was leaving Alabama. Praxedis Teran, 50, left and Angel Coronilla, 53, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Preston's IDA ideas aren't allowed by law
Press & Sun-BulletinOctober 21, 2011

Debbie Preston stated that, if elected county executive, she would use "surplus funds" from the Broome County Industrial Development Agency to give every municipality the opportunity to compete for economic development grants. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Author of Elusive Peace Teaches Incarcerated Women Peacemaking Skills
PR Web (press release)October 31, 2011

Doug has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by US News & World Report and is a Northern California Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has mediated over 1500 conflicts, including business disputes, clergy sexual abuse ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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HCC Announces Third Quarter 2011 Catastrophe Loss Estimates and Reserve ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 26, 2011

This business has been adversely impacted by continued depressed economic conditions and unfavorable litigation expense trends. The strengthening of reserves is primarily related to revised assumptions with respect to claims frequency and severity in ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Nature: From rhino poachers and turtle traffickers to something really ...
OregonLive.comOctober 26, 2011

ANIMAL LAW: Lewis & Clark, a school long active in animal law, announced this week it's launching the world's first post-graduate degree in animal law. The university aims to give lawyers expertise with such questions as: What are the limits of the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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BVR Announces Business Valuation Case Law Compendiums on Bankruptcy and ...
Bradenton HeraldOctober 27, 2011

Business Valuation Resources, LLC (BVR) is pleased to announce two new case law compendiums, BVR's Business Valuation & Bankruptcy Compendium: Case Law & Analysis and BVR's Intellectual Property Valuation Case Law Compendium, both with hundreds of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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"Best Lawyers" Names Craig R. McClellan San Diego's 2012 Product Liability ...
U.S. Politics TodayOctober 13, 2011

Craig R. McClellan of The McClellan Law Firm is named San Diego's Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year for 2012 by Best Lawyers. SAN DIEGO, CA, October 13, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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A better understanding of affirmative action
Loyola PhoenixOctober 5, 2011

Last week, in an effort to satirize affirmative action, the university group decided to host an “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” wherein prices for baked goods correlated to the consumer's gender and race. For the same cupcakes, white male students paid ...more »

Lopano turns down raise but open to bonus plan
Tbo.comOctober 6, 2011

However, Lopano said he'd be open to a Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board plan to consider adding incentives to his contract. The five-member board in a split vote agreed to review other airport CEO bonus plans at an Oct. 20 workshop. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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BREAKING: City officials respond to 'Brothel law' allegations
Daily NorthwesternOctober 3, 2011

If construction work has been done without permits, a "stop work order" will be posted on the property and letter sent to the owners. Many Northwestern University (NU) students live in multi-family dwelling units and some encounter unsafe living...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Last of Rothstein items to hit auction block
Law.comOctober 2, 2011

This is the third and final sale of former Rothstein possessions and the only one to be held by the bankruptcy trustee overseeing the liquidation of Rothstein's collapsed law firm. The first two were held by the US Marshals Service. ...more »

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Babst Calland Opens New Charleston Office
WBOY-TVOctober 17, 2011

“The significant growth of our natural resources practice during the past few years has created a need for geographic expansion of our services,” said Chester R. Babst III, managing shareholder of Babst Calland. “The addition of Matt Casto and Steve ...more »

Business Law
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Google launches Good To Know before UK safety week
ZDNet UK (blog)October 20, 2011

Google has launched Good To Know, a consumer advertising campaign and website. It says this is "designed to give people practical guidance on staying safe online," and consumer safety is clearly essential to every company that does business online. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Long thought sacrosanct, military pensions now a target, too
Pensacola News JournalOctober 27, 2011

But with the current economic climate and military drawdown, Hardin said he's less confident than ever that military retirement benefits will escape budget cuts unscathed. "At the end of a drawdown, (the country) is pretty good at saying 'We don't need ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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St. Martin man arrested on child pornography charge
Mississippi Press (blog)October 21, 2011

The arrest was made using the department's Internet Crimes Against Children computer system. The system utilizes advanced technologies to help track down suspected child predators. Landing faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted on 1 county of ...more »

Personal Injury
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Do I Need A Personal Injury Attorney? Overall
InjuryBoard.comOctober 31, 2011

If you have been in a car collision, it is always worth talking to someone who does personal injury work to make sure that you know what all of your rights are. The call and visit are usually free, and if nothing else, you can make sure that you ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Libya's new constitution: Lessons from Iraq's missteps
Chicago TribuneOctober 21, 2011

The distribution of Iraq's oil revenues is to be handled by a law that has only this month been proposed in parliament, six years after the adoption of the constitution. An upper house called the Federation Council, to represent regions, has never been ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Florida OIR Report on Med-Mal Shows Profitable 2010
PropertyCasualty360October 6, 2011

OIR notes in its 2011 annual report that “ ... it would appear that the 2003 changes to the law have benefited policyholders and the industry, assisted with the solvency of medical malpractice carriers, and directly contributed to lowering the defense ...more »

Consumer Protection
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BlackBerry braces for backlash
Times LIVEOctober 14, 2011

Prudence Moilwa, head of enforcement and investigation at the National Consumer Commission, said users could seek recourse in terms of the Consumer Protection Act for loss or harm suffered. But two of the country's top cellphone service providers ...more »

Real Estate Law
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From here to paternity: gay parenthood at SNR Denton
The LawyerOctober 17, 2011

The gay lawyer and his partner, a director of a boutique real estate consultancy in the City, recently became parents to their first child, who was born four months ago in the US via a commercial surrogacy agreement. Semernin admits that the decision ...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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Top German firms, gov't debate law on representation for women executives
Washington PostOctober 17, 2011

SuperFan badge holders consistently post smart, timely comments about Washington area sports and teams. If your comments or those of another user measure up, please let Post editors know. Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney delivers closing argument in Bay City man's sexual misconduct ...
MLive.comOctober 28, 2011

Bennett is charged with seven counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim between 13 and 16 years old and three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim between the ages of 13 and 16. ...more »

Don't Forget About These Tax Deductions for Entrepreneurs
ActiveFilings.comOctober 21, 2011

Although this can be a big source for deductions, this a perennial favorite reason for the IRS to request to audit business owners' books so be sure that anything you claim in home office deductions are backed up with documentation. ...more »

Workers hang in the balance
Portland TribuneOctober 27, 2011

Some of the servers, many of them older women, accuse Aramark of sex and age discrimination. Sophie Welcer can safely balance five dinner plates on a large oval tray hefted over her shoulder, then carry it across a football field-sized banquet room to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Expert liability for ratings agencies
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

Noting this concern, the staff advised that they would not recommend enforcement of Regulation AB's requirements for prospectus disclosure of ratings. The enforcement position was initially effective for six months, and by replacement letter made ...more »

Environmental Law
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Dems invoke the 'Kennedy Card' to defend Obamacare in wake of failing CLASS Act
Daily CallerOctober 26, 2011

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, were holding a joint hearing on the failures of Obamacare's Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, or CLASS Act. The CLASS Act...more »

Wills & Probate
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Sunday morning conversation with Lori Duff
Walton TribuneOctober 2, 2011

“I just always assumed I would be a lawyer,” Duff said. “I never considered anything else. Personally, it fits me because I like rules, knowing where the edges of the box are and the fact the law equalizes the playing field because everyone has to ...more »

Family Law
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Seattle Divorce and Family Law Firm Goldberg Jones Hires Thomas Sabin
MarketWatch (press release)October 18, 2011

SEATTLE, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Goldberg Jones, the Pacific Northwest's largest Family Law law firm focused exclusively on divorce and family law for men, has added Thomas Sabin as an attorney in its Seattle office. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Pro-business Groups Praise Brown's Workers Comp Record; Warn about 2012
Insurance JournalOctober 19, 2011

In interpreting the governor's actions in 2011 on workers' comp, Jerry Azevedo, a spokesman for WCAN, said Brown “didn't want to do things that would increase litigation, that's very clear.” What other signals was the governor sending? ...more »


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