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Board members want more authority
Burbank LeaderOctober 1, 2011

Arbitrators usually have professional backgrounds in mediation, labor relations or human resources. It could also be more expedient, Doyle said, as opposed to attempting to schedule a hearing with an appointed commission. Councilman Dave Golonski said ...more »

County solar project fails to get fed loan guarantee
Las Vegas Review - JournalOctober 1, 2011

This particular loan program, created by the 2009 economic stimulus law to spur development of renewable energy, was especially prized by applicants because it picked up the cost of credit insurance that would otherwise be paid by borrowers, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Sprint Urges FCC to Hold Hearings on AT&T-T-Mobile Deal
BloombergOctober 3, 2011

If the FCC decided to put the transaction before an administrative law judge, “it's not a good sign for the merger.” AT&T spokesman Michael Balmoris said in an e-mail that there's “no legal or policy reason to designate the proceeding for a hearing. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health-care reform law: What's the big deal?
SunHerald.comOctober 10, 2011

I'm not an attorney, so I cannot help the federal judges struggling to figure out whether the individual insurance mandate in President Obama's health-care law violates the interstate commerce clause of the US ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bed tax funds array of entities
Topeka Capital JournalOctober 1, 2011

The Topeka Capital-Journal earlier this year filed requests for documents under the Kansas Open Records Act. The requests asked for each agency's operating budget, including all staff salaries. The KORA filings were made in light of the 2012 city ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law spurs exodus from schools
Detroit Free PressOctober 2, 2011

The Obama administration is appealing a judge's decision that upheld key parts of the law, saying immigration is a federal, not state, issue. / TAMIKA MOORE/Birmingham (Ala.) News via Associated BY JAY REEVES ASSOCIATED PRESS Students sit in the gym at ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mesothelioma Law Firm Shares University of Hawaii and Fox Chase Cancer Center ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 3, 2011

Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason are informing their clients diagnosed with asbestos related diseases of a new scientific discovery published in the August edition of Nature Genetics that may help in diagnosing risk and development of mesothelioma. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Judiciary to come out with document on resolution of electoral disputes
Ghana News AgencyOctober 3, 2011

Mr Assouma noted that democracy was based on a set of values which sustained it, adding those values were free and fair elections and a fair dispute resolution processes because in Africa, elections were synonymous with violence and troubles. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance Litigation Attorneys
Healthy Wealthy n WiseOctober 1, 2011

Insurance litigation attorneys are lawyers that can help you with insurance claims against you, or claims you have against others. No matter what the situation, they will try their best to win for you. There are many different types of people that use ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights activists mark bitter Animal Day
Hurriyet Daily NewsOctober 3, 2011

As the world marks the World Animal Day today, the animal rights activists in Turkey try to overcome mounting problems from inadeqaute shelters to the lack of interst by municpal officers. Municipalities continue to expel stray animals to the forests ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Disruptive Forces in Patent Law: Change Without Innovation
JURISTOctober 4, 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Dan Burk of the University of California, Irvine School of Law says the America Invents Act unnecessarily disrupts long settled patent law, creates new opportunities for gamesmanship, foments new litigation and introduces new ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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In This Case, Litigation Funding Led to Court Dates for Former Partners
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

"In our view, [litigation-funding] arrangements have no place in modern society and should not be permitted," says S&T attorney J. Mark Brewer. Financiers "skew the decision-making process of the litigants" and also add to the cost of the disputes, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Some thoughts on a half-baked idea – and the beauty of free speech
TheNewsTribune.comOctober 2, 2011

Oh, I disagree with them about affirmative action, and probably a dozen other things as well. But I am not troubled – amused, but not troubled – by the way they've expressed their view. Unfortunately, others have been less sanguine. ...more »

T-33 jet trainer to be unveiled at Aviation Heritage Center
Milwaukee Journal SentinelOctober 3, 2011

A T-33 jet will be unveiled in front of the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin at the Sheboygan County Airport in Sheboygan Falls on Saturday. The T-33 will be unveiled at 4 pm and will be on permanent display at ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Legal Events Calendar: October 4, 2011
Brooklyn Daily EagleOctober 4, 2011

Oct. 27, CLE: Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn Estates Planning Conference, 8 am Approved for up to 3 CLE credits (2.5 Professional Practice, .5 Ethics). Estate Planning And Administration Conference. Co-sponsored by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Credit Repair Decoded
The Strategic Sourceror (blog)October 1, 2011

One of them is that the credit industry and the legal legislation has successfully created an overly complicated system that overwhelms and intimidates the average consumer. Many consumers have resolved to hiring lawyers or credit repair specialists to ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation attorney pockets Lafayette 5BD for $3.2M
BlockshopperOctober 1, 2011

Mr. Brown is a managing partner in the law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. He works in the firm's litigation division and focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation and complex business litigation. ...more »

Business Law
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Press Association Gears Up for Battle on Va. Legal Ads
Sun GazetteOctober 1, 2011

The Virginia Press Association (VPA) is gearing up in another effort to fend off efforts by local governments to escape state rules related to legal advertising. State law requires localities to post notices of meetings and certain actions as paid ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vets complain feds denying health-related travel benefits
CTV.caOctober 9, 2011

Former members of the Canadian military who are struggling with mental health problems say they're being denied benefits from Veterans Affairs to cover travel costs to their psychologists and other medical professionals. Two veterans said they've ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Department of Justice's Former Acting Head of National Security Joins Perkins Coie
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Hinnen will join Perkins Coie's growing Privacy and Security Practice, advising clients on criminal and national-security investigations, regulatory compliance, and interactions with law enforcement, national security, homeland security, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Anadarko Doesn't Have to Face Some BP Spill Cleanup Claims
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Anadarko Petroleum Corp. won't have to face personal injury claims arising from exposure to oil and other chemicals in the cleanup campaign following the 2010 BP Plc spill in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Appeals court upholds DC semi-automatic rifle ban
ReutersOctober 4, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An appeals court on Tuesday upheld a District of Columbia law that bans semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines in Washington, finding that the restrictions were constitutional. The ruling upheld a lower court decision ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Legal Firm Opens Downtown
Wheeling IntelligencerOctober 3, 2011

Chapman focuses in insurance defense, health care law, asbestos and toxic tort litigation, employment and education law. She also has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating. She is a founding member of the West Virginia Council of School Attorneys and served ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Woman sues Walmart over 2 cents, wins against retail giant
DigitalJournal.comOctober 3, 2011

The basis of Bach's complaint was that Walmart's practices violate the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act of 1968. "When they lure you to buy a product at one price, and then they electronically overcharge you by charging a higher price ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The Frutkin Law Firm Launches Website Dedicated to Foreclosure, Legal Assistance
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

The firm consists of attorneys with decades of experience in each of the core areas of business law, bankruptcy, and estate and tax planning. For more information, visit www.frutkinlaw.com . For more information on Arizona's newest and best homeowner ...more »

Oracle to Pay U.S. $199.5 Million to Settle False Claim Act Investigation
BloombergOctober 6, 2011

“The DOJ had to take on two superb law firms representing Oracle and had to devote a lot of resources to the case.” Frascella started working at Oracle in 1997 as a contract specialist in the commercial sales department and was still at the company ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports concussion bill gains strength
Tarentum Valley News DispatchOctober 6, 2011

Between 80000 and 90000 students play sports through the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League, a subsidiary of the PIAA that comprises 140 member schools. WPIAL Executive Director Tim O'Malley said he was worried that the law would ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge tosses out murder case, blaming district attorney's delay tactic
NOLA.comOctober 1, 2011

What's different, defense attorneys gripe, is that the DA also has pushed to try far more cases in criminal court. The number of new felony cases entering the court system rose 64 percent in 2010 from three years earlier, before the DA took office, ...more »

Two US Army Corps of Engineers Employees and Two Others Indicted in $20 ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)October 4, 2011

According to the indictment, Kerry Khan and Alexander helped funnel more than $45 million in payments to a favored company through a federal government contract they oversaw, with plans to steer hundreds of millions more to the business. ...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 »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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It's important to be aware of asset transfer laws
The Prairie StarOctober 5, 2011

It is important for individuals to be aware of these changes in the law for asset transfers as it pertains to their personal situation. Financial planning is a complex process that should involve your financial advisor and an Elder Care attorney who ...more »

Environmental Law
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Green Energy Ohio Tour highlights Vantage, renewable energy tech
Times BulletinOctober 3, 2011

But in the last three years, we have had a virtual explosion after the legislation passed a law that said the utilities in this state had to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable energy. Four-and-a-half years ago, we brought 5000 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Myers opens up world of wills and trusts
Our Colorado NewsOctober 10, 2011

Photo by Pat Hill In the maze of wills, trusts and legacies, planning ahead simplifies the process of inheritance according to the law. In a Lunch and Learn forum Oct. 6 sponsored by the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, Julie D. Myers, ...more »

Family Law
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MATTER OF COMMISSIONER OF GENESEE COUNTY DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVS. v. JONES
Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously reversed on the law without costs and the matter is remitted to Family Court, Genesee County, for a new hearing. Memorandum: Respondent father appeals from an order confirming the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Senior Management Changes at Workers Compensation Fund
Utah PulseOctober 18, 2011

Bob Short, Workers Compensation Fund senior vice president of claims, has been promoted to executive vice president. Bob joined WCF in 1993 as senior vice president of claims and under his leadership there have been many important accomplishments. ...more »

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