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Sac State awaits rest of $10 million pledge from Alex Spanos
Capitol WeeklyOctober 1, 2011

Nava cited California law around the Public Records Act, noting that a government organization can withhold such information, but must provide a written justification. "We will not discuss donor agreements," Nava said via email. "Confidentiality of ...more »

HK not a dream destination for mainland graduates
China DailyOctober 1, 2011

The survey was conducted after the Hong Kong government relaxed restrictions on mainland youths studying and working in the city. In 2008, the Hong Kong Immigration Department started extending visas of mainland students who had earned at least a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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East Fallowfield appeals decision by zoning hearing board
Daily Local NewsOctober 1, 2011

EAST FALLOWFIELD — Township supervisors did not properly vote to pursue an appeal of a zoning hearing board decision, according to a state Sunshine Law expert. Teri Henning, an attorney with the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Va. AG appeals healthcare reform decision to Supreme Court
CMIOOctober 3, 2011

Virginia's petition asks the Supreme Court to overturn the recent decision of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that dismissed Virginia's lawsuit because the court said the commonwealth lacked standing to challenge the healthcare law. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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World's Most Dangerous Places to Breathe
ForbesOctober 1, 2011

Particle pollution – especially fine particles – contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can get deep into the lungs and cause serious health problems. Numerous scientific studies have linked particle pollution...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law author tells farmers: No changes
Houston ChronicleOctober 4, 2011

(AP) — A sponsor of Alabama's tough new immigration law told desperate tomato farmers Monday that he won't change the law, even though they told him that their crops are rotting in the field and they are at risk of losing their farms. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Cable: Palestinian membership in UNESCO is just the tip of the iceberg
Foreign Policy (blog)October 7, 2011

Palestinian membership in UNESCO would also grant them immediate membership in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The US would have to stop contributing to WIPO but ...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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Investor Advocate Attorney Chris Vernon Named Best Lawyer for Bet-the-Company ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

NAPLES, Fla., Oct 5, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Chris Vernon, of the Naples based law firm Vernon Healy that represents clients facing financial litigation and arbitration, was named this week as Best Lawyers' 2012 Bet-the-Company Litigation...more »

Animal Law
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Attorneys disqualified in Palm Springs Animal Shelter lawsuit
The Desert SunOctober 5, 2011

An animal rights group will likely appeal an Indio judge's ruling to disqualify attorneys representing it in a suit against the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, a spokeswoman for the group said. Riverside Superior Court Judge John G. Evans granted a motion ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Lee Tran & Liang (LTL) Announces New Partner and Opening of Silicon Valley Office
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

He will focus his practice on complex business and intellectual property litigation, "white collar" criminal defense, and trials. Kevin was formerly associated with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where he specialized in complex commercial ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Open Beaches Act litigation to continue
Daily News - Galveston CountyOctober 1, 2011

GALVESTON — In a short order issued Wednesday, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion by the state's attorney general to end part of some long-running litigation over enforcement of the Texas Open Beaches Act. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Our View: Affirmative action ignores students' academic qualifications
Daily 49erOctober 4, 2011

Nearly 15 years after banning affirmative action in California public universities, Gov. Jerry Brown faces a controversial bill that would allow schools to consider race, gender and household income in the admissions process. The bill's author, Sen. ...more »

Wichita needs a world-class aviation museum
Kansas.comOctober 2, 2011

Over the past 20 years, Kansas Aviation Museum staff, board members and volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure the preservation of Kansas and Wichita aviation heritage. They've spent huge amounts of time, money and energy to restore ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Forced From Home at 75 as Tenant Rules Bend
New York TimesOctober 21, 2011

A nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization providing local coverage of the San Francisco Bay Area for The New York Times. To join the conversation about this article, go to On a dingy twin bed in a downtown hotel for ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Credit ratings can survive bankruptcy
Lansing State JournalOctober 2, 2011

A bankruptcy or civil judgment will stay on your credit report for 10 years, but it is a weighted scale. The older it gets, the less impact it has on your credit. The irony of a bankruptcy is that while it is bad for your credit score, ...more »

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Litigation Funding Market Heats Up
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 3, 2011

One of the new players is Bentham Capital LLC, which opened for business last Monday. It's focusing on commercial and intellectual-property litigation, according to its chief investment officer, Ralph Sutton, a former lawyer at Cowan, DeBaets, ...more »

Business Law
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Judge strikes South Fla. prison privatization
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

The department acknowledged it was not following a law that requires the agency to take a series of steps including preparing cost and business case analyses before seeking privatization proposals. Fulford rejected the state's argument that the law...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans invited to open house
AccentOctober 3, 2011

Military service members who served and are still serving our nation, had the opportunity to find more educational benefits at the Humvee to ACC event held on Sept. 29 at Round Rock Campus. The transition from the battlefield to the classroom is not ...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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Kentucky Personal Injury Attorney Endorses Ban on Truck and Bus Drivers Using ...
PR Web (press release)October 7, 2011

Lexington accident and injury lawyer Frank Jenkins III of Frank Jenkins Law Office says that eliminating distractions among commercial drivers will significantly reduce the likelihood of deadly vehicle crashes. Lexington personal injury lawyer Frank M. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Second arrest for UM law professor
MiamiHerald.comOctober 1, 2011

His UM website bio says he joined the faculty in 1988, teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Employment Discrimination, has written commentaries for The Miami Herald and The Miami Times, and has appeared on national television programs. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Posted On Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 03:25:20 AM
Ahmedabad MirrorOctober 3, 2011

A student of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) is under investigation for an alleged malpractice for admission under the physically handicapped (PH) category. The details of this particular case have come to the fore through a series of RTI ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Discover Expects US 'Enforcement Action' Over its Marketing
Fox BusinessOctober 3, 2011

Eight class action suits, based on state laws and the federal Truth in Lending Act, have been filed against Discover in relation to the company's sales of the protection plans. The plaintiffs are seeking financial damages and injunctive relief. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Taxpayers have extra time for real, personal property taxes
Baxter BulletinOctober 5, 2011

Tilley said Arkansas law has changed to give taxpayers an additional week in October to pay both real estate and personal property taxes. "Lawmakers' reasoning for the change was that federal taxes are due on the 15th, and that a lot of people are paid ...more »

Lehman, Auto Loans, LA Dodgers, Madoff, Ambac: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekOctober 6, 2011

The pension fund is now after documents from donors to see how they intended for their gifts to be used. Not-for-profit institutions that end up in bankruptcy court sometimes learn that money they thought was restricted isn't in the eyes of the law...more »

Sports Law
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Indian Open to mark Law's Pro debut
ESPN STAR SportsOctober 3, 2011

The Hero Indian Open is India's oldest-running sports event comes at a time when Indian golf is at its strongest. The event is the richest full-field event on the Asian Tour carrying a prize purse of US$ 1.25 million. Indian Open to mark Law's Pro ...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 »

Island Transit director protests audit
Seattle Post IntelligencerOctober 3, 2011

Rose, the executive director of the transit agency, said two findings by the auditor's office are unfair and just plain wrong. She said Island Transit's attorney, a statewide expert in transit-related law, agrees with her. She plans to take the unusual ...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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Better With Age: Change in Medicaid recovery rules highly troublesome
Times Herald-RecordOctober 9, 2011

Most troublesome is the loss of protection for your home, often your most valuable asset. Over the years, it has been very common for people to transfer their homes to their children while retaining the right to live in their home for their lives. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Nesscap Energy Inc. Receives Financing from RUSNANO and I2BF Global Ventures
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

RUSNANO's mission is to develop the Russian nanotechnology industry through co-investment in nanotechnology projects with substantial economic potential or social benefit. The Government of the Russian Federation owns 100 percent of the shares in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Trustee dies – what now?
Sacramento BeeOctober 12, 2011

Usually the successor trustee will execute a "Certification of Trust," which is drafted in accordance with the California Probate Code. This certification may indicate the name of the successor trustee, the trust's date of execution, ...more »

Family Law
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Officials Defending Law To Keep People In Nursing Home Safe
KRGVOctober 4, 2011

The attorney for a Harlingen family suing a local nursing home says Texas needs to strengthen its laws to better protect the elderly. Paulino Lopez's family says he should still be alive. "If you talk to everybody that you see," says Lopez's son Paul, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mitchell to provide workers' compensation claims EDI services for Utah
Insurance Business ReviewOctober 14, 2011

According to the company, the new regulatory reporting solutions for workers' compensation will help Utah to simplify its Workers' Compensation Act reporting requirements while providing insurers with an automated EDI process that allows insurers to ...more »


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