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US Federal Contractor Registration Helps Contractors Find FEMA Contracts
DigitalJournal.com (press release)October 1, 2011

Doing so can result in being awarded a contract on the spot. In order to be considered eligible for any federal contracts, vendors must have a DUNS number and have completed their CCR registration and ORCA. For FEMA contracts, businesses must also ...more »

Solaria Considers Tax Break in California Expansion
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Under a 2010 law, the state Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority can exempt sales taxes on equipment, the building or assembly of alternative-energy manufacturing and landfill-gas plants. The authority plans to vote on ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Michael Green's judicial nomination among 17 languishing in Senate
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleOctober 3, 2011

Ninety-four of 874 judicial positions are listed as vacant by the Administrative Office of the US Courts. Eighteen of those vacancies are on the US Court of Appeals. Although Senate Republicans have agreed to vote on another four nominees later in the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Supreme Court Health Care Law Decision Looms Over New Term
Huffington PostOctober 1, 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 »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Apartments without access for disabled prompt lawsuit
Statesman JournalOctober 1, 2011

It alleges that various barriers at Gateway Village Apartments on Madras Street SE have violated the Federal Fair Housing Act. According to the complaint, 112 ground floor units and public and common use areas in the 275-unit complex have inaccessible ...more »

Immigration Law
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Michigan universities set own rules on illegal immigrant tuition rates
Detroit Free PressOctober 2, 2011

But policies on how to classify the children of undocumented immigrants, who may have lived in Michigan most of their lives, run the gamut. Because Michigan's colleges and universities are run by independent boards, they set their own polices, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Egypt: Mineral Industry Overview
Afribiz.infoOctober 1, 2011

The Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) was responsible for issuing licenses for new cement and steel plants as well as for expanding the capacities of the existing plants. One of MTI's charges was to ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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ICC Produces New Arbitration Rules
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)October 3, 2011

The aim has been to make theICC a more attractive dispute resolution forum for international businesses andgovernments. Which Arbitrations Will the new Rules Apply to? It appears to be the case that they will apply to ICC arbitrations commenced on or ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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The Washington Woes Of Michael Mastro And Friends
ForbesOctober 1, 2011

... who practices in the areas of creditor-debtor law, including creditors collections and debtor asset protection, and business planning including captive insurance company planning and litigation involving captive insurance arrangements. ...more »

Animal Law
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Ottawa woman faces 10 months in jail for starving dog to death
Vancouver SunOctober 5, 2011

OTTAWA — An Ottawa woman who let her dog starve to death has been sentenced to 10 months in jail, the first jail sentence under the newly strengthened Provincial Animal Welfare Act. The ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The 2nd Annual Home Safety & PreparednesExpo
Springfield News-LeaderOctober 1, 2011

All information submitted to the calendar becomes the intellectual property of the Springfield News-Leader (SNL). The SNL reserves the exclusive right to edit, correct, add or remove data from submissions. Submissions containing content deemed obscene, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Louisiana man awarded $7.55 million in asbestos compensation
Mesothelioma FactsOctober 4, 2011

According to the Louisiana Record, Thomas Kenney filed the asbestos lawsuit against Rexam, John Crane Inc. and Haveg Inc., contending he was exposed while working in a refinery and a canning factory during the 1960s and 1970s. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Does Affirmative Action Work?
Claremont Port SideOctober 5, 2011

Last Thursday, in a ballroom energetically charged with dozens of young college students just ending a week of midterms, expert panelists deliberated the merits of affirmative action. Although the Pomona Student Union organized event was ...more »

Jet Aviation Names John Langevin Vice President and General Manager, FBO ...
AMTOnline.comOctober 7, 2011

To increase focus on consistent service delivery, hospitality, safety and security at its US FBOs, Jet Aviation has appointed John Langevin vice president and general manager, FBO operations, North America. Previously, Langevin managed the FBOs and MRO ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Screening renters
Detroit Free PressOctober 2, 2011

Michigan law limits the deposit to 1.5 times a month's rent. The lease. You need a good lease, not a generic one from an office supply store. Research them online. You can also place your house with a Realtor specializing in leasing. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ala. immigration law stands, but cops still wary
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

"We are going to enforce the law. But we are not going to seek out and search out. I don't have the manpower for that," he said. In Birmingham's Jefferson County, which is trying to avoid filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, ...more »

Litigation
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Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. Announces Final Approval of Settlement of ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

08-MD-1989-GKF-FHM (the "Class Action Litigation"), in accordance with the Stipulation of Settlement entered into by the parties on May 3, 2011. The settlement provides for, among other things, dismissal of the Class Action Litigation with prejudice, ...more »

Business Law
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Brazilian law professor allegedly kills student
Sacramento BeeOctober 1, 2011

The officer declined to give his name because he wasn't authorized to speak to the news media. He said Saturday that Rodrigues could be sentenced to up to 30 years in jail. Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Deadline nears to claim Stop Loss Special Pay
Tallmadge ExpressOctober 2, 2011

The deadline was previously extended to allow those eligible more time to apply for the benefits they have earned under the program guidelines. "The nation has rallied behind this effort -- the military services have been joined by the White House, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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In Thailand, a Campaign to Purify Internet of Royal Insults
New York TimesOctober 3, 2011

In addition, the country's Computer Crimes Act, which was passed by a military-installed government in 2007, calls for prison terms of as long as five years for the digital dissemination of information that threatens the security of the country or ...more »

Personal Injury
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Injury, consumer case laws change
DeSoto AppealOctober 1, 2011

The bill also substantially alters the state's Consumer Protection Act. It prohibits lawsuits under the TCPA for securities fraud, and prohibits some lawsuits filed by individuals -- providing instead for enforcement of key provisions by the state ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Timothy Spangler: Obama's constitutional conundrums
OCRegisterOctober 7, 2011

A three-judge panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals had struck down the law as unconstitutional. A federal law is constitutional if authority to legislate in that area can be found in the words of the Constitution. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Johnson Law Group on Medical Malpractice
AddPR.com (press release)October 11, 2011

The standards and regulation of medical malpractice will depend on the country and the law for it. If a person is sick, she or he puts her trust on a medical professional, basically, a doctor. If a health care professional fails to give the proper care ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC Proposes Expansive Conflict of Interest Rules
JD Supra (press release)October 6, 2011

Section 621 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”)1 was a reaction to securitizations structured such that the parties involved in arranging and marketing the transaction could profit from circumstances ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Polunsky & Beitel Partners Highlighted on Texas Super Lawyers List
Sacramento BeeOctober 5, 2011

Mr. Polunsky and Mr. Beitel were among the first attorneys in Texas to earn rare dual certifications from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Residential Real Estate Law and Commercial Real Estate Law. The latest edition of Texas Super Lawyers ...more »

Shoppers Contract, Energy Bill Focus Of Currie Trial
WBAL BaltimoreOctober 5, 2011

Collins said the following exchange took place Wednesday: Richard: Yes, his office requested a delay in large package air conditioning units and commercial refrigerators. Richard: It appeared that the senator came around to our point of view. ...more »

Sports Law
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Judge: US law, not Iraqi, to hold sway in lawsuit over Pa. soldier's barracks ...
Washington PostOctober 3, 2011

Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, timely comments on the arts, lifestyle and entertainment. If your comments or those of another user measure up, please let Post editors know. Fact Checkers contribute questions, information and ...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 »

IRS hits Oakland pot dispensary with $2.4M tax bill, but allows marijuana ...
Washington PostOctober 4, 2011

DeAngelo has until Dec. 22 to contest the audit in tax court. The IRS has told him it is now reviewing Harborside's returns for 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, a handful of state officials have written House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, ...more »

New Second Edition of "Reductions in Force in Employment Law" Provides a ...
PR Newswire (press release)October 5, 2011

BNA is a leading private publisher of news and information products for professionals in law and business. In addition to Reductions in Force in Employment Law, BNA's Book Division publishes: Age Discrimination in Employment Law; Covenants Not to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Preserving wildlife can rebrand Zim
The Zimbabwe StandardOctober 2, 2011

Inappropriate resettlement and lack of the rule of law has seen the demise of an asset, which is at the core of the nation-building initiatives for the immediate and future generations of Zimbabwe and the global context. Some 80% of Zimbabwe's wildlife ...more »

Environmental Law
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Snowe, Michaud, laud EPA biomass response
Press Herald (blog)October 14, 2011

Maine lawmakers are applauding a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to make it clear under federal rules that biomass and other alternative energy sources used for fuel should not be regulated as hazardous waste. The EPA today responded to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Truths about Estate Planning -- Fort Myers Estate Planning Attorney Barbara M ...
PR Web (press release)October 23, 2011

Ms. Pizzolato represents clients by reviewing current estate plans, establishing new estate plans including Wills and Trusts, Probate and Trust Administration, and Business Planning. Ms. Pizzolato is committed to establishing long-term relationships ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law Solicitors Report Rise in the Number of Women Requesting Prenups
PR.com (press release)October 1, 2011

Family law solicitors in the UK have seen a rise in the number of women initiating requests for prenuptial agreements, according to a recent survey by find-a-solicitor service, Contact Law. London, United Kingdom, October 01, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Contact ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Online workers' compensation premium estimator
Transport and Logistics NewsOctober 11, 2011

WorkCover NSW has released an online tool to help businesses estimate their annual workers compensation costs. Based on a similar concept to the Motor Accident Authority's successful Green Slip Calculator, the Premium Estimator is located on the ...more »

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