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Stealing your identity
bcrnews.comOctober 1, 2011

Mike Prusinski of LifeLock, an identity theft protection business, said identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. “You are 10 times more likely to have your identity stolen than your car,” he said. And of those thefts, one out of every ...more »

Many of state's Friendly's franchises won't be hurt by bankruptcy
Ct PostOctober 1, 2011

While unlikely to threaten their ice cream places, customers and business experts saw the potential bankruptcy as an indication of the economy's state. "You'd think a place like this would be OK with its moderate prices," Furrer said. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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How's this for a hostile work environment?
msnbc.comOctober 3, 2011

Administrative Law Judge Susan D. Ackerman ruled that Misty Shelsky, who worked at the QC Mart convenience store chain for two years, was eligible for unemployment insurance after quitting her job because her employer held a contest offering $10 to the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Law sets rules for collection of medical bills
Colorado Springs GazetteOctober 1, 2011

An amendment to the law enacted a year after it went into effect added a provision that says a violation of the law cannot serve as the basis for a claim under another statute, the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Resourceful lawyers had ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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After "Arab Spring," liberal groups say it's time for "American Autumn"
CBS NewsOctober 4, 2011

The organizers said they want to see action like those recommendations Mr. Obama has put forward in his $447 billion "American Jobs Act." At this point, Republicans are opposed to passing the bill in its entirety, but they've left the door open for ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law affecting MPS Hispanic attendance numbers
WSFAOctober 3, 2011

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - According to the Montgomery Public School District Hispanic attendance numbers have been down since Alabama's immigration law has gone into effect. School District Spokesperson Tom Salter says the district has approximately 1200 ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Morse praises Lebanon for economic development
Albany Democrat HeraldOctober 1, 2011

Morse said restrictive land use policies — especially surrounding industrial properties and wetlands — and the fact that it can take years to obtain building permits steer potential companies away from the state. Morse said his son-in-law is an ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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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 »

Insurance Litigation
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Rouge trader case shows serious risk management flaws
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

UBS has $200 million of directors and officers liability coverage—$70 million of which is Side A, covering individual directors and officers—with Zurich-based ACE Ltd. leading the program on the primary side, a source confirmed. ...more »

Animal Law
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'Killing' the festive spirit with animal slaughter
Times of IndiaOctober 5, 2011

Animal rights activists have been demanding a strict law prohibiting animal sacrifice for a long time now. "The Centre has instructed the Assam government to bring in a law to stop animal sacrifice during the Pujas. The state government should take ...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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Thomas hearing: Attorneys warned about testimony
AZ Central.comOctober 1, 2011

Throughout the hearing, the attorneys have been questioned about their dealings with the Board of Supervisors on issues ranging from contracts dealing with construction of a $340 million court tower and the board's desire to maintain a civil litigation...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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UW-L chief of staff departs for Rock County
La Crosse TribuneOctober 5, 2011

Carmen Wilson, the chancellor's chief of staff and affirmative action officer at UW-L, will leave her post to become CEO and dean for the two-year college in southeastern Wisconsin. Her departure caps a 15-year career at UW-L, but Wilson looks forward ...more »

FAA workers to get back pay for furloughs
The Hill (blog)October 1, 2011

Federal Aviation Administration employees who were furloughed for nearly two weeks this summer during a congressional impasse over the agency's funding will receive back pay for the time they missed, officials have ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Lawyer files more lawsuits in Apartments Downtown case
UI The Daily IowanOctober 5, 2011

"We're looking to change the culture of landlords and tenants here in Iowa City," Warnock said. "Good tenants suffer from bad landlords, and good landlords suffer from bad tenants." The first suit alleges Barkalow is violating the Iowa landlord-tenant...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Finding a Dealer for Bad Credit Auto Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)October 2, 2011

A web site we created especially for people with poor credit explains the bad credit car loan process and the choices that make that often lead to repossession while showing them why, unlike a tote the note dealer, these loans can result in better ...more »

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IGT Reaches Agreement with Aristocrat to Settle Patent Litigation
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

This settlement ends all present patent litigation between IGT and Aristocrat and their subsidiaries. "IGT is pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Aristocrat and put these disputes behind us," said Robert G. Melendres, ...more »

Business Law
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Gisele Bündchen Irks Brazil Feminists With Sexy Ad (watch!)
TheImproper.comOctober 2, 2011

Gisele caused an uproar before that in August 2010 after declaring that breastfeeding should be a mandatory “worldwide law.” “Some people here [in the US] think they don't have to breastfeed, and I think “Are you going to give chemical food to your ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Draft Possible with Defense Cuts
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)October 4, 2011

Additionally, cuts would also have an impact on present and future military pensions and other benefits. “No one is proposing resurrecting a conscript system. However, the cuts required under a sequestration scenario would force us to break faith with ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Deputies: Man Had Over 1000 Child Porn DVDs
WCTI12.comOctober 21, 2011

Deputies also confiscated two laptop computers, floppy disks and external hard drives. Detective David Flynn over the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force said that by estimating the quantity of the files, Venters had been collecting for ...more »

Personal Injury
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MPs want to cut fees paid to personal injury lawyers 12, 2011

The government has vowed to cut the fees paid to lawyers in small personal injury cases, the latest move in a campaign to stamp out dubious claims that drive up car insurance costs. Lawyers receive a fixed fee of £1200 in every uncontested personal ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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WVU College of Law to house First Amendment scholar's papers
West Virginia RecordOctober 6, 2011

A reception will precede the lecture at 11 am "This lecture and his collected works represents the legacy of one of most important constitutional law scholars of the 20th Century and we are honored to be asked to provide a home for this significant ...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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ICICI asked to pay Rs 4000 compensation to credit card holder
IBNLive.comOctober 1, 2011

It was of the opinion that the act of the bank was unwarranted and without following any legal procedure. Hence the bank was responsible for deficiency in services as per the Consumer Protection Act and is required to compensate the complainant, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Gov't report: Fannie knew of 'robo-signing' in '03
MiamiHerald.comOctober 4, 2011

AP Real Estate Writer WASHINGTON -- Mortgage giant Fannie Mae knew about allegations of improper foreclosure practices by law firms in 2003 but did not act to stop them, a government watchdog says. Similar allegations are the subject ...more »

Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

This is an appeal from an order granting summary judgment in a breach of contract action. The primary issue is whether an attorney and/or a law firm is liable on a contract negotiated on behalf of a client when the contract provides that both the ...more »

Sports Law
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Five Sports Media Ramblings
New York Baseball DigestOctober 3, 2011

Wow, someone else that thinks Law is a condescending bleep. I can't stand Somers either-he is the only host on the station that when I hear his voice, I put on music. Here are my main issues with him: 1)He knows nothing about sports whatsoever outside ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Pride may be a problem when Bloomberg testifies in court
ReutersOctober 2, 2011

By Joe Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Defense lawyers are hoping New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's famous self-confidence will be his downfall when he testifies on Monday against the political consultant accused of stealing more than $1 million from him, ...more »

Legal & Public Notices 10/23/11- Substitute Trustee's Sales & Notice of ...
Murfreesboro PostOctober 24, 2011

If the US Department of Treasury/IRS, the State of Tennessee Department of Revenue, or the State of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development are listed as Interested Parties in the advertisement, then the Notice of this foreclosure is ...more »

Employment today has come a long ways
GoDanRiver.comOctober 23, 2011

Some examples of workplace laws protecting the workforce today: » Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967: Protects individuals 40 years of age and older from employment discrimination in regard to hiring, promotion, termination and practices in the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Kodak creditors talking to advisers: Sources
Economic TimesOctober 5, 2011

After the market closed on Friday, Kodak said it had no plans to seek bankruptcy protection, but said it had engaged outside advisors including law firm Jones Day, known for handling the bankruptcy of car company Chrysler. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Free Electricity in Germany?
Care2.comOctober 4, 2011

The reason Germany has so much renewable energy is that national law has required aggressive construction of alternative power sources. Just five years ago, a surplus of electricity from renewables would not have occurred, but the forward-looking ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New boutique law firm opens in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Small Business TimesOctober 5, 2011

Walny Legal Group provides counseling to protect multi-generational family wealth, including drafting wills, revocable trusts, and irrevocable trusts designed to mitigate the effect of taxes, leverage wealth, and minimize the risk of creditors' claims. ...more »

Family Law
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Pro Bono Summit
Connecticut Law TribuneOctober 7, 2011

The event also featured a panel discussion by Chief Administrative Judges Linda K. Lager, Lynda B. Munro and Christine E. Keller, who respectively head the civil, family and juvenile court divisions. Munro said that about 13000 marriages are dissolved ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Calif. Gov. Takes Action on WC Bills
PropertyCasualty360October 10, 2011

On the latter bill, Brown says he vetoed it because consideration of these factors in making determinations is already outlawed by existing laws and court decisions, and enacting the new law would generate costly new litigation “over questions of ...more »


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