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The law of unintended consequences
The Canberra TimesOctober 1, 2011

... taxes and contribute to the economy and the society in myriad ways, will begin to demand better access to government services, greater political representation and, eventually, access to the franchise and other rights that come with citizenship. ...more »

Clifford Olson — Canada's national monster — dead at 71
Vancouver SunOctober 1, 2011

A monster. He was a personable, charming guy. When he walked into my office, it was the cops that looked bad." "Olson very fully appreciated the nature and quality of what he was doing," said his former lawyer, Shantz. "That probably was the engine ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Slater approves infiltration law, schedules animal ordinance hearing
The Marshall Democrat-NewsOctober 19, 2011

The council also scheduled a public hearing on Nov. 7 at 7 pm to discusse the proposed pet ordinance. The lengthy proposal along with a "Decision Tree" are available at Slater City Hall for anyone interested in reviewing the content before the hearing. ...more »

Health Care Law
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White House Sends Mixed Signals on Failed Home Care Insurance Program
Fox NewsOctober 19, 2011

Republicans say they are mystified after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration could not implement a new benefit under the health care law because it would add too much to the deficit only to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Maurice Jones becomes top returnee for Southern Cal basketball team
The Saginaw News - MLive.comOctober 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES - Former Arthur Hill star Maurice Jones heads into his sophomore season at Southern Cal, but he is expected to act like a senior. Because of graduation and injuries, Jones is the top returning scorer after averaging 9.9 points per game. ...more »

Immigration Law
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More immigration frustration
Charleston Post CourierOctober 15, 2011

Earlier this month, the US Justice Department warned that it is "prepared to bring suit" against state immigration laws, including South Carolina's, if they "interfere with the federal government's enforcement of immigration law." However, Gov. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Corbett launches state takeover of Pa. capital
The Associated PressOctober 24, 2011

"Those are open questions that I'm pretty sure have never come up in one of these cases before," said Widener University law professor Juliet Moringiello, who studies bankruptcy law. The judge has yet to decide whether Harrisburg's petition will be ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Elders helpline seeking help
IBNLive.comOctober 8, 2011

“We provide legal assistance in case of disputes and also methods for alternative dispute resolution. Fifty seven per cent of our cases are resolved successfully,” said Dr Radhamurthy, trustee. The helpline also has a database of Alzheimer's patients ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Citizens' group dismisses lawsuit against Kaysville city
StandardNetOctober 27, 2011

Davis County's costs to defend itself against the suit were minimal because its defense was handled by its insurance provider, said Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings. Layton attorney Don S. Redd, representing Kaysville Citizens for Responsible ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Abuse Now A Felony In Nevada
Global AnimalOctober 7, 2011

(ANIMAL CRUELTY) NEVADA — Federal law makers in Nevada are cracking down on animal abuse with the implementation of Cooney's Law. The issue of animal cruelty has become a bigger and more sensitive issue over the years. With an increase in animal...more »

Intellectual Property
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Making A Case For InterDigital
Seeking AlphaOctober 2, 2011

I have been very intrigued by the recent pickup in the Intellectual Property (IP) patent companies of 3G and 4G technology, and subsequent stories that have come out over the last few months. From acquisitions, lawsuits, licensing deals (or ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Buyer beware: loopholes in real estate disclosure
Ct PostOctober 30, 2011

Ron Curran, a project manager for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said he wants to change the culture of buyers' remorse in Stratford neighborhoods contaminated with industrial sludge. The best way to do this, he said, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Brown vetoes affirmative action-like SB 185
Daily CalifornianOctober 8, 2011

Jerry Brown vetoed a controversial, affirmative action-like bill Saturday that would have allowed public colleges and universities in California to consider demographic factors in admissions processes. SB 185 would have made it legal for UC and CSU ...more »

Eight foreign tourists killed in Botswana plane crash
Reuters AfricaOctober 18, 2011

Among those killed in the accident last Friday were four Swedes, two French and two Britons, aviation authorities said. The Cessna 208 was carrying nine passengers and two crew members. Information on the causes of the crash was not immediately ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How your attorney can save you money on lease negotiations
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

While conducting your search for an attorney, it is important to look for specific experience in commercial leasing as it is a unique area of law that has become much more sophisticated over the last few decades. Richard Mersman is a partner with The ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Debt, Deception, and the ABA
The American LawyerOctober 7, 2011

Recently, it used those initiatives to bludgeon a favored target: After the many WSJ articles about the rise of corporate big law's multimillionaires, such special disdain for greedy, noncorporate trial lawyers seems somewhat disingenuous. ...more »

Litigation
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Actos Multidistrict Litigation Pending As EMA And FDA Still Pushing Drug As ...
Newsome Law (blog)October 31, 2011

If you or a loved one has suffered from severe side effects, including symptoms of bladder cancer, as a prescribed user of Actos, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to ...more »

Business Law
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Newspapers are the No. 1 source for local news
Enid News & EagleOctober 5, 2011

Organizers of community events depend on newspaper advertising and coverage if their events are going to be successful. The Enid News & Eagle is proud to be a true partner in northwest Oklahoma. We are a partner with local businesses and organizations. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Why military pensions should be generous
Washington PostOctober 30, 2011

Suggestions that private-sector pension plans should be a model for the military retirement system fail to acknowledge the vast difference between civilian jobs and the military profession. Military retirement benefits are not gifts; they are earned ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Confessed Miley Cyrus Hacker Sentenced to Three Years Probation
Wired News (blog)October 31, 2011

Self-proclaimed Miley Cyrus hacker Josh Holly was sentenced on Monday to three years probation for computer crimes — though not for the Cyrus hack that was his claim to fame. Holly, 22, pleaded guilty last April to possessing about 200 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lawsuits reveal web of alliances
Brownsville HeraldOctober 16, 2011

They work together, support each other, contribute to political campaigns, and sometimes share in the fruits of high-priced personal injury litigation with the potential to pay off in six- or seven-figure cash prizes. At least four of those cases were ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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HK gov't to appeal ruling on maids
Philippine StarOctober 1, 2011

“The Court of First Instance ruling involves a law point of great constitutional and public importance, and the government has decided to appeal expeditiously and seek to reverse the court's ruling,” Lee said. He added that the Immigration Department ...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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Trade minister defends accountability of suppliers
AngolaPressOctober 31, 2011

For the preparation of the Competition Act, she highlighted its importance as an essential condition for effective consumer protection, as only when companies are required to compete with each other are created new better quality products, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Shoosmiths real estate team quick to hit double figures
Shoosmiths legal updatesOctober 24, 2011

Shoosmiths' real estate team in Manchester has reached double figures just six months after launching in the city. Partner and property specialist Vaqas Farooq moved to the national law firm's Spinningfields office in May to get a real estate offering ...more »

Biloxi officials prod commercial property owners into doing something about ...
The RepublicOctober 31, 2011

The purpose of this law is to motivate the owner to do something with the building," he said. If the owner won't fix or demolish the building, the city can step in to have the work done by city employees or by contract. The city can recover its expense ...more »

Sports Law
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High school football betting rankles state athletic officials
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewOctober 30, 2011

Delaware allows only multigame bets on professional sports. The Nevada Gaming Commission allows single-game bets on pro and college sports but prohibits bets on high school games or noncollegiate athletic events. Even if laws permitted such betting, ...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 »

Victims Discuss Scorn of IRS at Tax Fraud Forum
LoanSafeOctober 3, 2011

Local police trying to stop what they says is blatant fraud have expressed frustration at their inability to get help from the IRS, which is prohibited by law from sharing information needed to investigate crimes and seems ill-equipped to stop the ...more »

Four fire companies to pay $441000 to settle lawsuit
Buffalo NewsOctober 4, 2011

As a result, the senior firefighters kept working but did not receive credit for their service once they reached the maximum age. The EEOC said the age restriction violated the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, a federal law protecting workers 40 ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Bank trade group spends $2.36M lobbying in 2Q
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Derivatives are bets whose value changes based on that of an underlying asset. Their use by speculators amplified the financial crisis. The ABA also supported a measure to limit funding for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Special Investigation: Who's Behind the "Information Attacks" on Climate ...
ThinkProgressOctober 31, 2011

“While we need freedom of information laws to hold public officials accountable, the law has exemptions for good reason,” said Francesca Grifo, director of the Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, one of the letter's ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Revamp of funeral firm creates 100 new jobs
Herald ScotlandOctober 17, 2011

It sells end of life products relating to wills, pre-paid probate, powers of attorney, and asset protection, as well as some insurance plans. However, Golden Charter will not move into the “over-50s” insurance product market which has been attracting ...more »

Family Law
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Abused women will suffer from legal aid cuts, charity claims
The GuardianOctober 31, 2011

Cuts in legal aid will also hit law centres. The Labour peer, Lord Bach, who speaks on justice in the Lords, said last week: "There are at least eight law centres who generate over 70% of their income through legal aid contracts. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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'Miracle' tornado survivor denied workers' comp
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 23, 2011

He assumed workers' compensation would cover his bills, but his claim was denied "based on the fact that there was no greater risk than the general public at the time you were involved in the Joplin tornado," according to a letter to Lindquist from ...more »

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