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Liberty's Chief Tidwell selected to train his law enforcement counterparts
Your Houston NewsOctober 1, 2011

Liberty Police Department Chief Billy Tidwell will lecture on an area of law enforcement management to many other Texas law enforcement leaders, such as sheriffs, constables and other police chiefs. Tidwell will help to train his counterparts who will ...more »

California exits foreclosure talks
Los Angeles TimesOctober 1, 2011

Harris' decision will create further uncertainty and legal liability for the large banks involved in the discussions — BofA, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Ally Financial Inc. — which have been struggling in recent months ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearings still resonate for Anita Hill
UPI.comOctober 7, 2011

"The hearing had for me an unexpected consequence," Hill told the newspaper. "I just didn't have any sense that it was going to resonate in the way that it did. It has been kind of difficult for me." Hill teaches social policy, law and women's studies ...more »

Health Care Law
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Barbara Anthony cites 'moral responsibility' in review of health insure rates
Boston HeraldOctober 4, 2011

Deval Patrick, who used the ever-increasing cost of premiums as a bludgeon in his 2010 reelection campaign against former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charles Baker, has filed legislation overhauling the state's system of paying for and delivering ...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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Alabama Immigration Law: Prove Citizenship or Lose Clean Water Supply
International Business TimesOctober 10, 2011

Under section 30 of the law, known as HB56, anyone lacking the proper immigration papers is considered to be committing a crime if they try to enter into a "business transaction" with the "state or a political subdivision of the state. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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California board approves cap and trade on carbon emissions
Sacramento BeeOctober 21, 2011

Dubbed the economic equivalent of "a moonshot" by its backers and a "job killer" by detractors, the "cap and trade" system adopted Thursday sets limits on the amount of carbon dioxide that can be produced by 350 of the state's largest industrial...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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End to judicial delays
The HinduOctober 27, 2011

A. Jainulabdeen, Chennai The government has shown the will to ensure a speedy disposal of cases. The Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism is already in place. Efforts need to be intensified to resolve disputes using ADR methods. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Tenth Circuit Finds Patent Infringement Insurance Coverage Under “Advertising ...
IPWatchdog.comOctober 26, 2011

... and the case will return to its trial court for further litigation. It should also be noted that the ultimate question here on the question of insurance coverage is one of Colorado State law, and under Colorado law the operative question at this ...more »

Animal Law
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New law sniffs out inhumane breeders
Green Bay Press GazetteOctober 31, 2011

"Some of us can run our businesses well enough without being regulated by the state." The new state law, which took effect June 1, requires a state license for any business that sells more than 25 dogs a year from multiple litters, or any business that ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Tech recognizes faculty members for inventions, innovations
Monroe News StarOctober 29, 2011

The event was hosted by Louisiana Tech's Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization and the Louisiana Tech University Research Foundation. Faculty recognized represented Louisiana Tech's College of Engineering and Science, College of Applied ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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San Francisco Mesothelioma Lawyers at Asbestos Legal Center Donation Provides ...
PR Web (press release)October 14, 2011

The Asbestos Legal Center pledges its support for new medical research and cutting-edge treatments at the VA of Los Angeles, providing new hope for veterans in the fight against Mesothelioma. So many of our Navy veterans who were exposed to asbestos in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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High Court May Enter 2012 Election With Politicized Docket
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

... and nervousness about the UT case,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law in College Park. The broadcasting case, likely to be argued in January, is perhaps the most significant of the court's business cases. ...more »

MIAMI Pan Am to Participate in NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas
Sacramento BeeOctober 6, 2011

By Pan Am International Flight Academy MIAMI, Oct. 6, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Pan Am International Flight Academy, operator of the only Las Vegas Based 737 BBJ Full Flight Simulator, is slated to attend the National Business Aviation Association (booth ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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One of three landlords pleads guilty in fatal Quincy fire in 2009
Boston.comOctober 25, 2011

He said he asked then-district attorney William R. Keating to prosecute the landlords under the new law. “Landlords who put their tenants at risk must be held accountable,'' Coan said. Ma pleaded guilty to four counts of wanton or reckless violation of ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Texas Rep. Michael Burgess accuses White House of Solyndra cover-up
Houston Chronicle (blog)October 31, 2011

It's like everything else: It's not the crime, it's the cover-up,” Burgess said. “That is what is so discouraging about this.” Burgess' comments come as news emerges of the bankruptcy Beacon Power Corp., another energy-sector company that received a ...more »

Litigation
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Jones Walker Welcomes Ten New Associates
PR Newswire (press release)October 13, 2011

He received his juris doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was a member of the University of Florida Journal of International Law, the Journal of Technology, Law and Policy, and was a member of the Corporate and ...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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Pentagon warned over impact of defence cuts
Financial TimesOctober 3, 2011

Reducing such overlap could save billions of dollars from the defence department budget, even without tackling the military pay and benefits that are at the heart of increased costs in the Pentagon's base budget. But the centre warned against cutting ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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New tools to combat thieves online
Daily CallerOctober 26, 2011

But when those same criminals commit these same crimes against American citizens via the Internet from offshore locations, US law is powerless to act. The recently introduced US Senate bill “PROTECT Intellectual Property (IP) Act of 2011” offers a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Halloween Safety in the San Francisco Bay Area
InjuryBoard.comOctober 31, 2011

However, as a San Francisco Bay Area Personal Injury attorney, I wear different glasses on Halloween. I think of all the safety precautions that should be made, and are often missed. Safety, afterall, is number one and should have priority over ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Twenty Years of Justice Thomas
Wall Street JournalOctober 21, 2011

Associated Press In United States v. Lopez (1995), which held unconstitutional a federal law banning guns in school zones as beyond Congress's powers, Justice Thomas called on the court to reverse decades of case law that had transformed the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner set Friday
Journal TimesOctober 15, 2011

During her tenure as president, the NBA deployed thousands of lawyers throughout the nation to educate voters regarding new voting laws. The Maryland Bar Foundation awarded her their Professional Legal Excellence Award for her national effort to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Judge says he wants to make an example of Joseph Horton
Annapolis CapitalOctober 29, 2011

Officials with the office's Consumer Protection Division said Horton violated the Consumer Protection Act through "a gauntlet of unfair trade practices" designed to coerce consumers into paying inflated fees. These practices included refusing to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Cooley Law among schools making real estate deals
Tampa Bay Business JournalOctober 21, 2011

In September the school added an undeveloped 4.5-acre parcel abutting the east for just under $1.5 million. Mark Holan's beats include commercial real estate, transportation and ports, and economic development.more »

Lehman, Innkeepers, Madoff, Tribune, Xanadoo: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekOctober 24, 2011

... to appeal a ruling by the bankruptcy judge on Sept. 22 refusing to dismiss the $198 million lawsuit against Madoff family members. Rules in federal courts don't permit an automatic appeal from a decision upholding a complaint before trial. ...more »

Sports Law
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Report: Suspended LSU players won't miss Alabama
CBSSports.com (blog)October 21, 2011

It is very depressing for me to see any fans of college sports making excuses for any amateur athletes that knowingly break the law. A college campus, (or for that matter any other school unless it is a correctional institution), is no place to condon ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Baton Rouge, LA Attorney Rhett Spano Negotiates Favorable Plea Bargain in ...
PR Web (press release)October 25, 2011

Baton Rouge criminal defense attorney Rhett Spano successfully negotiated a favorable plea bargain for a Texas client charged with possession with the intent to distribute five pounds of cocaine. With his client facing up to 60 years in prison, ...more »

Movin' On Up: Inflation May Translate to Lower Tax Bills
ForbesOctober 21, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. ...more »

'Post-Retirement' Lawyers Finding Greater Satisfaction With Nonprofits
The American LawyerOctober 26, 2011

Funding for legal service providers has always been scant, and the prolonged harsh economic times have compounded the issue. It has also made some lawyers more leery of hanging up their hat, even as more approach retirement age. But she argues that, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Delivers Strong Third Quarter with Important Clinical ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 27, 2011

These factors also include the company's ability to execute successfully its strategic plans, including its String of Pearls strategy, the expiration of patents or data protection on certain products, and the impact and result of governmental ...more »

Environmental Law
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Man takes advantage of county tax credits
Washington ExaminerOctober 31, 2011

The county law gives a property tax credit for high-performance dwellings built in the county on or after July 1, 2010. The amount of the tax credit depends on how green the house is, per LEED standards. Hamblin's 3100-square-foot home, ...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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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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Mesothelioma suit allowed to continue in court
Workers Comp ForumOctober 27, 2011

Summary: A worker sued his employer, alleging that his work-related exposure to asbestos caused him to develop mesothelioma. The employer asserted as an affirmative defense that the worker's claims were barred because workers' compensation was his ...more »

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