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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 »

Schools Consider Whether To Accept Major Advertising
WFMY News 2October 1, 2011

Whatever the case may be Guilford County wants to have some kind of policy in place. They hope to take next several months to come up with a policy. Davidson County Schools does not have a policy that allows major outside advertising. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Firing contest by boss leads employees to quit
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 2, 2011

Administrative Law Judge Susan D. Ackerman sided with the workers, calling the contest “egregious and deplorable.” Shelsky was awarded unemployment benefits. “The employer's actions have clearly created a hostile work environment by suggesting its ...more »

Health Care Law
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Some Medicare plan prices drop: now is time to shop
ReutersOctober 5, 2011

The annual enrollment period for Medicare prescription drug and Advantage managed care plans is about to begin, and it's one of the best opportunities of the year for seniors to save money. The new healthcare reform law is reshaping certain parts of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Perry wants to put stem cells therapy to the test in Texas
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

The legislation's original draft was written by Jones and tweaked by Perry, according to correspondence obtained through the Texas Public Information Act. Adult stem cells are cells in the body that multiply to replenish dying cells. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Ala. loses workers as immigration law takes effect
Seattle Post IntelligencerOctober 5, 2011

Only a few of Smith's field workers showed up for work after Alabama's new immigration law took effect last week. Hispanic workers and their children are fleeing Alabama or going into hiding because of the state's strict new immigration law, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Haslam attorney participated in incentive meeting
Knoxville News SentinelOctober 5, 2011

At a December Industrial Development Board meeting, Slatery told the board that while he was taking a leave of absence from his Knoxville law firm — Egerton McAfee Armistead & Davis — nothing would prevent him from representing the board. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Justice: The people want in
Winnipeg Free PressOctober 1, 2011

Consider mandatory mediation for divorcing couples, provide translation services for victims of domestic violence, establish a specialized court for allegations of violence and domestic abuse and take steps to aid self-represented litigants in family ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Demand for product liability insurance sees a surge
Hindu Business LineOctober 3, 2011

Rising consumer court cases, burgeoning litigation costs and increasing awareness among companies about the risks inherent in their business operations has resulted in increased demand for product liability insurance, say experts in the insurance...more »

Animal Law
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Charles Short Insurance Says New Law Is Good News for Horse Lovers with Texas ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 2, 2011

The new law aims to protect barn operators and other industry professional from claims of equine-related injuries, and requires that business owners post signs around their property outlining the regulations. The markers will draw attention to the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Michael Best: Welcomes new intellectual property attorneys
Wisbusiness.comOctober 12, 2011

Milwaukee, WI (October 12, 2011) – Jason M. Schleicher, Ph.D. and Albert Bianchi, Jr. have joined Michael Best as a members of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. James M. Schleicher, Ph.D. is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Thomas hearing: Attorneys warned about testimony
Tucson CitizenOctober 1, 2011

Throughout the hearing, the attorneys have been questioned about their dealings with the Board of Supervisors on issues ranging from contracts dealing with construction of a $340 million court tower and the board's desire to maintain a civil litigation...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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'Do away with race-based policies'
Free Malaysia TodayOctober 15, 2011

by Teoh El Sen KUALA LUMPUR: Race-based affirmative action in the form of the New Economic Policy is a thing of the past, admitted two Barisan Nasional youth leaders – Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Gerakan Youth Chief Lim Si Pin, today. ...more »

NBAA Preview: Bizav Convention Coming Soon to Las Vegas
Aviation International NewsOctober 1, 2011

“NBAA is proud to host such an exemplary group of leaders from the public and private sectors, who are not only outstanding in their respective fields, but also in their understanding of the many contributions business aviation has made and continues ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Oakland nonprofit landlord treats tenants as if they are slave labor
Bay Area IndymediaOctober 1, 2011

The tenants received notices dated August 8, 2011, threatening them with eviction after the tenants were falsely accused of denying management entry into their apartments. In another recent letter dated Aug. 23, 2011, from the law firm of Kimball, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bankruptcy option suspected by Kodak investors
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

Bankruptcy imminent for Kodak? Investors dumped Kodak stock Friday, under suspicion that the company had p[lans to declare bankruptcy. By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press / October 1, 2011 Kodak workers enter corporate headquarters in Rochester, ...more »

Litigation
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Chamberlain D'Amanda attorneys lauded
MPNnow.comOctober 1, 2011

... Insurance Coverage · Douglas J. Lustig—Bankruptcy: Consumer; Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights · Eugene M. O'Connor—Estate Planning & Probate; Elder Law; Estate & Trust Litigation · Edward C. Radin—Estate Planning & Probate; Business/Corporate.more »

Business Law
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What's left of state illegals law
The Decatur DailyOctober 2, 2011

A court decision issued Wednesday preliminarily blocked enforcement of several provisions of the state's immigration law, but left some standing. Unless federal Judge Sharon Blackburn grants a request to block enforcement pending an appeal, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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McCain eyes barring retirees from Tricare Prime
NavyTimes.comOctober 26, 2011

Steve Strobridge of the Military Officers Association of America said the Arizona Republican's support for cutting military benefits was unexpected. “MOAA is surprised and disappointed,” he said. McCain said in an interview that he expected complaints. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PCeU saves UK economy over £140m
IT PROOctober 3, 2011

That was the claim of the Met yesterday, saying the body had delivered the savings after cracking down hard on internet-based crime. The PCeU was tasked with saving the UK economy £504 million over the next four years, after the ACPO National e-Crime...more »

Personal Injury
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Regal Beagle attack subject of personal injury suit
Madison County RecordOctober 7, 2011

Marquis says he received serious injuries to his head during the the alleged attack. Marquis alleges Everage was too drunk to understand his actions and accuses the Regal Beagle of violating Illinois' Dram Shop Act by allowing the patron to be consume ...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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OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Abortion reclaims center stage
The Hill (blog)October 12, 2011

Messing with Texas: The advocacy group Public Citizen charged Wednesday that limits on medical malpractice suits have made the healthcare system worse in Texas. The state's alleged success with tort reform is the major component of Gov. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Social Security kept silent about private data breach | The Republic
The RepublicOctober 13, 2011

The mistakes Social Security has made -- and continues to make -- with a database called the "Death Master File" underscore how federal consumer protection laws lag far behind most of the nation. Legislation in 46 states makes disclosure of such ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Winstead Expands Real Estate Development & Investments Practice Group
JDJournal.comOctober 10, 2011

The law firm of Winstead PC in recent days announced the expansion of its real estate practice. Two real estate development, entitlement-focused shareholders, one development planner, one development project manager, and their support team have joined ...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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Sports Agency Headed by Howard Kusnick's Son Sui...
Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)October 4, 2011

But it is interesting to see that a sports agency based in South Florida (Double Diamond) has a relationship with the law firm that is in a lot of jeopardy. Mr. Joshua Kusnick is the sole principal of Double Diamond Sports Management, Inc. His father's ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Harris County DA office accused of retaliation
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

Some local defense attorneys accuse the Harris County District Attorney's Office of advising county officials to not renew their contract with Lone Star College as retaliation against Amanda Culbertson, a former Houston Police Department crime lab ...more »

Reason unclear for 400 Minnesota database checks on female driver
Grand Forks HeraldOctober 5, 2011

More details emerged Tuesday in the probe of about 100 employees at law enforcement agencies in Minnesota who accessed one woman's driver's license data more than 400 times. The woman is not a public figure but a potential "victim of a crime," a state ...more »

Linklaters LLP | DTI proposes age discrimination law
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)October 17, 2011

The Department of Trade and Industry has published its final proposals on the proposed age discrimination law. This is widely regarded as the most significant piece of employment legislation since the early 1970s. Although the law will not come into ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Debt Resolve (DRSV) Brings Debt Collection Industry Online
TheOTCInvestor.comOctober 3, 2011

Debt Resolve recently restructured its business and developed the strongest prospective client pipeline in its history. Strong Patent Protection. Debt Resolve has acquired strong patent protection for its online debt settlement technologies. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Study of Wave Power as a Renewable Energy Source
OilPrice.comOctober 4, 2011

As an energy-poor nation, Tokyo is now re-examining the possibilities of generating electrical power from waves. While two months ago the Japanese government enacted a law to promote renewable energy sources and require power suppliers to purchase ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Fentons Solicitors warn of 'charlatans' offering useless will-writing services
Prfire (press release)October 4, 2011

If you are looking to make a will choose a reputable firm with plenty of will writing experience behind them, like Fentons. Their dedicated Wills and Probate team offer sound advice and provide services on a fixed cost basis, giving you a clear quote ...more »

Family Law
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New healthcare law battle: Family planning rules
The Hill (blog)October 1, 2011

A major provision of Democrats' healthcare reform law has stoked a bitter fight over contraceptives. Federal regulators must soon decide whether family planning should be included in the preventive care benefits ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Layoffs coming to California's state workers compensation fund
Business InsuranceOctober 6, 2011

The job cuts are expected to include such positions as payroll auditors, workers compensation insurance technicians, office assistants and typists. This will be the first time State Fund has laid off employees since the 1930s, the insurer said. ...more »

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