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Germany returns stolen Namibian skulls
Sky News AustraliaOctober 1, 2011

Researchers determined the region from which the skulls came as well as the sex and age of the victims but say there is no hope of learning their identity or cause of death. The Namibian representatives will return home on Tuesday with a memorial ...more »

How recent oil and gas discoveries will impact Ohio businesses and landowners
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

Smart Business asked Huntsberger what Utica Shale drilling means for Ohio. Why does the Utica Shale hold so much promise for Ohio? The Utica Shale formation appears to hold significant amounts of 'wet' gas and oil. The wet gas has elements in it that ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Louis Menendez gets a seat on the bench
Juneau EmpireOctober 2, 2011

By EMILY RUSSO MILLER Longtime attorney Louis James Menendez was sworn in as a Juneau Superior Court Judge in a ceremony at the Dimond Court Building on Friday before friends, family and a number of judges from Southeast Alaska. ...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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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on First Amendment, Due Process
Kansas City infoZineOctober 1, 2011

Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations deals withprofanity and nudity in broadcasts. Fox aired two music awards shows containing what the FCC deemed “indecent” speech by Cher and reality television star Nicole Richie, ...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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Senate body expresses reservation over misuse of SEZs facility
Pakistan Daily TimesOctober 8, 2011

Under this approach, the committee was informed that the government commitment to provide utilities at the gate level of SEZs. The government has decided that developer of the Zone would be entitled to concessions like exemptions from all taxes on all ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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McDonald Hopkins Law Firm Elects Four Members: Anne Owings Ford, Michael J ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

Owen P. Quinn (Chicago) is a litigator who specializes in construction law and real estate litigation as well as commercial and financial services litigation. He has counseled clients in matters involving contract disputes, fraud, civil conspiracy, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Analysis: Louisianans call for end to tort overload
Tri Parish TimesOctober 5, 2011

... have left communities or states because of the number of medical-related lawsuits that take place and the expense of carrying medical malpractice insurance. Weimer said he could not comment on medical malpractice caps because of pending litigation. ...more »

Animal Law
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Letter: Closure of animal shelter would open a can of worms
The Flint Journal - MLive.comOctober 6, 2011

Ask local Vets to donate “X” number of spay/neuter surgeries for GCAC. Presently, few spay/neuter contracts are honored. • Help change the “F” classification for Michigan animal cruelty laws to increase punishment for Illegal dog activity, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Two held for intellectual property theft
Deccan ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

The two are charged of intellectual property theft by stealing the drawings, designs and other data. According to police, Mr Rao and Mr Patel, as promoters of SMSIPL, had entered into assets purchase agreement with AESSEAL worth Rs 17.2 crore on ...more »

Asbestos 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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Teachers rally against collective bargaining law
Dayton Daily NewsOctober 7, 2011

Late last month, a Quinnipiac University poll found that 51 percent of Ohio voters support repealing Senate Bill 5, the law that will be listed on the Nov. 8 ballot as State Issue 2, while 38 percent support keeping it. In July, the poll found 56 ...more »

Small UAS Rule Will Begin Phased Entry of Unmanned Aircraft
Aviation International NewsOctober 1, 2011

Assuming the FAA follows the recommendations of its sUAS aviation rulemaking committee (ARC), the rule will serve as the regulatory basis for allowing UAS weighing up to 55 pounds to operate in the NAS “for compensation or hire. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rob Samouce: Associations can collect the rent when owners are delinquent in ...
Naples Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

The housing foreclosure mess has greatly impacted many association's budgets. When an underwater owner does not pay his mortgage, he usually does not pay his condominium or homeowners association's quarterly or monthly assessments. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Supporters remember Troy Davis at memorial
CBS NewsOctober 1, 2011

Friends, pastors, anti-death penalty activists and Davis' lawyer all took turns at a podium behind his closed casket, decorated with a spray of white and purple flowers. The 42-year-old Davis was executed by lethal injection last week for the 1989 ...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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Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term
eTaiwan NewsOctober 2, 2011

The Obama administration's request last week that the justices resolve whether the health care law is constitutional makes it more likely than not that they will deliver their verdict by June 2012, just as Obama and his Republican opponent charge ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Reporter's Notebook: Talking with Taiwanese Soldiers
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 4, 2011

The military also plans to increase benefits and remunerations to recruit enough volunteer troops as Taiwan's birth rate continues to fall. The change, when it comes, will likely be welcome by conscripts and volunteers alike. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Daytona Beach considering moratorium on Internet cafes
Daytona Beach News-JournalOctober 2, 2011

Chitwood said, "There's really no regulation" and "they get around gambling laws." Unless state law changes, local law enforcement will be powerless to do much, Chitwood said. "We're concerned about the proliferation of these," Chitwood said. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Applauds Key Biscayne Effort to Ban Texting ...
PR Web (press release)October 20, 2011

Personal injury attorney Philip DeBerard, III of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, says the Florida legislature should follow local municipalities' lead by banning texting while driving in 2012. Implementing bans on cell phone use and texting while ...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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Attorney Ashley Campbell Receives 2011 UNC School of Law Outstanding Recent ...
dBusinessNews Triangle (press release)October 4, 2011

In addition to practicing in such areas of insurance/ reinsurance coverage disputes, shareholder derivative actions, ERISA disputes, professional negligence defense, accountants' liability actions, catastrophic personal injury defense and complex ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Durbin Amendment unfair to customers
NYU Washington Square NewsOctober 4, 2011

by WSN Editorial Board President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law on July 21, 2010. Included in this package of checks and balances on the corporate agenda was the Durbin Amendment — a rule ...more »

Real Estate Law
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USAA Real Estate Hires New Chief Legal Officer
Citybizlist Real EstateOctober 3, 2011

Waters has been recognized by the law-rating Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, and was elevated to top-tier Band 1 in 2011. He was also named the San Antonio Real Estate Lawyer of the Year (2011) by Best Lawyers in America, ...more »

Chrysler-UAW Talks Winding Up
Wall Street JournalOctober 9, 2011

DETROIT—Chrysler Group LLC and the United Auto Workers will begin hammering out the final details of a new labor contract Monday that could go to the union's rank and file for a vote by the end of the week. Local union leaders will meet ...more »

Sports Law
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Online operators ask EU to probe Greek gaming law
ReutersOctober 4, 2011

ATHENS (Reuters) - The world's largest online gambling operators asked the European Union on Tuesday to investigate a new Greek gaming law, saying it violates the bloc's free market rules to the benefit of the country's sports betting monopoly OPAP. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Distinctly Oklahoma Magazine Recognizes Hunsucker Legal Group
PR Web (press release)October 8, 2011

John is a Director of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, a Fellow with the Litigation Council of America, and the State Delegate ( one of fifty) and Member of the National College for DUI Defense.more »

People: Week of Oct. 3, 2011
North Bay Business JournalOctober 3, 2011

By Business Journal Staff Report Moss Adams LLP announced that Michael Ricioli, a senior tax manager in the firm's Santa Rosa office, was named a partner. Mr. Ricioli, a senior tax manager, focuses on strategic tax planning and compliance services for ...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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Lubbock Texas Elder Law Firm, Nathan Ziegler & Associates Announces The ...
Online PR News (press release)October 18, 2011

Elder Law is an emerging area of law that focuses on the legal needs of people as they age. This includes advanced estate planning, long-term care planning, asset protection, Medicaid nursing home qualification, Veterans' benefits, guardianship and ...more »

Environmental Law
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SOLAR ENERGY SEMINAR FEATURED EXPERT PANELISTS
RealEstateRama (press release)October 3, 2011

Still, alternative energy and energy tax incentives are an important part of the solar equation. Among other tax benefits, “the federal energy income tax credit amounts to 30 percent of the cost of equipment using solar energy to produce electricity or ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Barnes Foundation's disputed relocation is upheld by judge
Los Angeles TimesOctober 6, 2011

Judge Stanley Ott of Montgomery County Orphans Court (the equivalent of a probate division judge in California's Superior Courts) ruled Thursday that there's no reason to revisit his 2004 decision allowing the Barnes Foundation to abrogate the will of ...more »

Family Law
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Law lets friends help put indigent dead to rest
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

Researchers try hard to find funds, using federal databases including Social Security and Veterans Administration, bank and insurance records, identification and any other federal forms of subsidy to help determine eligibility for a county ceremony. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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National Federation of Independent Business and EMPLOYERS(R) Expand Workers...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Based on the latest expansion, EMPLOYERS offers NFIB members discounted workers' compensation coverage in 27 states around the country. NFIB named EMPLOYERS its provider of choice in these states due to the carrier's focus and expertise as a specialty ...more »

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