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Health Department Says Cause of Elyria Players' Illness 'Unknown'
Cleveland News - Fox 8October 1, 2011

The food borne illness that sickened dozens of players on the Elyria High School football team earlier this month remains a mystery. The Elyria City Health District and the Ohio Department of Health announced ...more »

Ark. judges eye rainy day fund for financial help
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

Circuit Judge David Clark asked at the meeting. Weiss said courts have been aware of the potential crisis with the fund since 2009, but this year, revenues suddenly plummeted. Neither Weiss nor JD Gingerich, who directs the Administrative Office of the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing continues for John Henry Ramirez who changes mind about execution
Examiner.comOctober 1, 2011

Texas Death Row inmate John Henry Ramirez no longer wants to be executed today(Friday) while the hearing as to whether he can change his mind continued. His dramatic change of heart could raise all sorts of issues for law enforcement officers in the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama's Healthcare Law Requires Thorough Review
Retirement PlanningOctober 4, 2011

by Sheena Festoon on October 4, 2011 On Friday, President Obama's healthcare laws became the center of attention when the federal appellate judges' conservative-leaning panel raised concerns about such topic. However, some recommended that it is too ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Conditions calm down for final day of NSW Youth Championships
My SailingOctober 4, 2011

NSW Maritime as the safety partner, the NSW Institute of Sport, the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, and the valuable contribution of Marine Rescue all played an active part in making the regatta such a resounding success. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration retaliation
Charleston Post CourierOctober 2, 2011

A US Justice Department spokeswoman told The Post and Courier on Thursday, "To the extent we find state laws that interfere with the federal government's enforcement of immigration law, we are prepared to bring suit." If that were a joke, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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PPD to be Acquired by The Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman
Business Wire (press release)October 3, 2011

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Bahrain chamber playing key role in oil and gas row
SteelGuruOctober 2, 2011

Mediation and arbitration are an increasingly appealing form of alternative dispute resolution, particularly in cross-border disputes such as for oil and gas deals. Mr MacPherson said that by avoiding the courts, it assists the parties as it reduces ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mid-Continent Tower's sale ends litigation in Tulsa
Tulsa WorldOctober 6, 2011

In the early 1980s, to fund an additional 20 stories in a cantilevered tower that doesn't actually touch the original structure, Greater Southwestern Funding sold $86 million in A bonds to seven national insurance companies and $8 million in B bonds to ...more »

Animal Law
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Guest column: Supports trap-neuter-return law for feral animals
St. Augustine RecordOctober 11, 2011

Florida statutes state that animal abandonment is cruelty to animals and it is a crime, if not a moral failure, to dump animals. Stray or abandoned cats revert back to being wild (feral) after a short period of time. These cats cannot be socialized to ...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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Ben DuBose Recognized by Thompson Reuters as a "Super Lawyer"
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

Mr. DuBose has led the way to discover the asbestos-containing properties of many products previously unknown in asbestos litigation. He was also part of a legal team working with Trial Lawyers for Public Justice seeking to prevent recent efforts by ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Black plaintiffs in class-action lawsuit challenging Iowa hiring policies to ...
The RepublicOctober 4, 2011

Joe Ellis, a former state official responsible for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs, is expected to testify Tuesday at the Polk County Courthouse. Lawyers representing 29 named class representatives and up to 6000 members ...more »

Pipistrel Wins Largest Aviation Prize In History
iWeather OnlineOctober 3, 2011

Image NASA-Bill Ingalls NASA has awarded the largest prize in aviation history to The CAFE Green Flight Challenge, sponsored by Google, was created to inspire the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and spark the start of a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Sacrificing jobs to protect landlords is plain wrong
Irish IndependentOctober 5, 2011

That said, it is still clear that the overwhelming victims were the small tenant farmers, who were crushed by a legal system that supported the rights of landowners over all others. Legal inflexibility and political inactivity led to revolution where ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Understanding credit: How it works and how to make it work for you
Pacific Daily NewsOctober 2, 2011

Having good credit usually translates into lower payments and more ease in borrowing money. Bad credit, however, can be a big problem. It usually results from making payments late or borrowing too much money, and it means that you might have trouble ...more »

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Can events like Reno Air Races and Street Vibrations continue amid concerns ...
Reno Gazette JournalOctober 2, 2011

The question now is how, or if, the events can continue amid concerns over insurance costs, litigation and, for Street Vibrations, violence. Officials for both organizations have said any talk of their respective futures is months away. ...more »

Business Law
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How we pick judges is good for business
The TennesseanOctober 1, 2011

Both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly agreed, and the Tennessee Civil Justice Act today becomes the law of the land. However, now is not the time to relax in our quest to make Tennessee the No. 1 state in job growth. Our new tort reform law is ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Girl Scouts Sale Program Helps the Military
Patch.comOctober 10, 2011

Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls in kindergarten through high school are engaged in projects that teach them life skills, such as the Fall Product Program that benefits the military. Courtesy of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Girl ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Website launched to combat cyber crime
Toronto SunOctober 3, 2011

The campaign comes just as the government is beefing up its own computer systems after Treasury Board and the finance department were hacked earlier this year. Canada is ranked sixth in the world as a source for cyber crime, up from 13th in 2010, ...more »

Personal Injury
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'Have a go' claims putting off genuine personal injury victims from pursuing ...
Prfire (press release)October 4, 2011

Personal Injury experts, Fentons Solicitors have noticed that bogus injury claims are putting off real victims. Not wanting to be seen as time wasters, those who have suffered an illness or injury that could have been avoided are missing out on the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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High Court Indirectly Tackles Gun Rights and Church/State Divide
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 4, 2011

But in a brief defending the state's gun laws, Maryland Assistant Attorney General Brian Kleinbord wrote, “The Second Amendment does not bar a state from requiring residents to obtain a permit before carrying handguns outside the home,” the Christian ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Dodgers' bankruptcy could cost Frank McCourt plenty
Los Angeles TimesOctober 14, 2011

If owner is forced to sell, a combination of debt load, tax liability plus a loan assumed in bankruptcy could wipe out much, if not all, of his profit. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt watches the festivites before the season opener last spring. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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White Paper: Impact of Dodd-Frank on Investment Advisers
JD Supra (press release)October 12, 2011

On June 22, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") adopted final rules under the Private Fund Investment Advisers Registration Act of 2010 (the “Act”), contained in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more »

Real Estate Law
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Brookstone Law, PC: Negotiations Granting Banks Immunity Means Less ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 5, 2011

... Fla., Brookstone Law, PC is a law firm comprised of attorneys with experience and success in business, corporate and personal finance, employment, entertainment and media, art and museum, intellectual property and real estate law. ...more »

A career in law: It's not all court battles and cross-examinations
The IndependentOctober 3, 2011

Likewise solicitors may well pursue personal injury claims for those involved in accidents at work, but this is far from their only function. In fact, the legal profession is very broad and there is often a crossover between the work of solicitors and ...more »

Sports Law
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Redesign the IRS Web Site
ForbesOctober 4, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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In life and death cases, costly mistakes | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011-10-23
Philadelphia InquirerOctober 23, 2011

"The number of reversals on these cases is staggering," said Ronald L. Greenblatt, chairman of the Philadelphia chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "The attorneys who are doing this work, because of the low pay, ...more »

IRS inability to reign in tax fraud vexes law enforcement
Tbo.comOctober 10, 2011

The fraud involves the filing of phony tax returns using Social Security numbers and other personal information stolen from living and dead people — and sometimes purchased from willing participants. The US Postal Service says it stopped the delivery ...more »

Did 'Age 55 Cliff' Violate ADEA?
HR.BLR.comOctober 12, 2011

In September 2008, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued both the Dept. of Corrections and MLEA, charging that the union's ERIP violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) —that it unlawfully discriminated against ...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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MOEA regularly reviewing timetable for nuclear-free homeland goal
eTaiwan NewsOctober 4, 2011

Shih said the key to the question lies in whether alternative energy sources can become more productive, saying that if the supply of alternative energy such as solar, wind, hydro and thermal power can be increased, the ministry will find follow-up ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Pro Bono Week offers free legal information
Palm Beach Daily NewsOctober 19, 2011

Volunteer attorneys from both organizations will answer general legal questions by telephone. Among the areas of expertise are family law, small claims, foreclosure, elder law, wills and probate. The program is free. For the free legal advice, ...more »

Family Law
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Inquirer Editorial: Insurers aren't playing fair | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
Philadelphia InquirerOctober 2, 2011

More important, most of the increases cannot be blamed on the Affordable Care Act, signed into law last year. Indeed, a report on premium increases released Tuesday by the respected Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Call for a fair go for older workers
August Margaret River MailOctober 1, 2011

The Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, wants age restrictions on workers compensation and income insurance scrapped and a national standard introduced. ''Most people in their 60s and 70s would like to be in work, probably part time, ...more »


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