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Bud Wright: Anti-gay bill more 'mean-ing down' of America
The Daily AdvanceOctober 1, 2011

It is a genetic component of the human makeup, like left or right-handedness, or eye color. Gay and lesbian individuals are people – no more, no less. They have the same rights and dreams that all people have. In the final analysis, we are all just ...more »

Hill gets federal contract worth up to $10M
NJBIZOctober 1, 2011

The contract, worth $10 million for Hill if all of the years of the contract are optioned, has a base of one year and four one-year options. Hill will work alongside RC Engineering & Construction Management to provide cost engineering, cost estimating, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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West Virginia Court System 2010 Annual Report released
Mountain StatesmanOctober 3, 2011

CHARLESTON -- Published every year, by the Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the West Virginia Court System 2010 Annual Report is a wealth of information about the current state of the West Virginia Court System ...more »

Health Care Law
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An ObamaCare Reform Law That Is A CLASS In Fiscal Irresponsibility
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

In another e-mail, a top aging policy official points out that CLASS will “create significant new burdens on the states” by forcing them to make up for federal funding shortfalls. HHS personnel also called the state-level deadlines for implementing the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Feeling like a third wheel? Anne Hathaway can't keep her hands off her ...
Daily MailOctober 3, 2011

... but Anne Hathaway and her boyfriend still act like a pair of lovesick teenagers. The actress couldn't keep her hands off actor Adam Shulman as they left a friend's house in Beverly Hills yesterday. And she didn't mind that her friend, Rashida Jones...more »

Immigration 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 »

Industrial Development Law
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What ails asset reconstruction firms?
LivemintOctober 2, 2011

Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) followed suit by merging itself with IDBI Bank and creating a stressed asset stabilization fund (SASF) to alienate Rs 9000 crore worth of bad assets from its books. But two other development finance ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Judiciary's services need funding
Pacific Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

The Judiciary has consistently demonstrated its commitment to enhancing and expanding its operations by offering specialty therapeutic courts, family violence counseling, mediation services, alcohol education and anger-management programs. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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O'Hara warns of litigation threat from wave of new US regulation
Royal GazetteOctober 11, 2011

Former XL Group chief executive officer Brian O'Hara yesterday warned a group of insurance industry professionals that history could repeat itself in the form of growing damages awards facilitated by a raft of new regulations in the US ...more »

Animal Law
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Why Is Georgetown Law Helping to Promote Cruelty to Animals?
Huffington PostOctober 5, 2011

For those of us in the animal rights community, that's an understatement -- based solely on one case, National Meat Association v. Harris (PDF). But first, allow me a moment to explain the philosophy of animal rights, which is often misunderstood: What ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Barbara Butler Foster Recognized by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication
MarketWatch (press release)October 6, 2011

She is a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation and is a member of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and The American Intellectual Property Law...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney shuffle sparks dispute among officials
Northwest HeraldOctober 2, 2011

He said Leist is no longer handling the case because of “procedural posture” but declined to comment further because it is pending litigation. “It's been pending for 18 months,” Bianchi said. “I expect an expeditious resolution. ...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 »

Gasping Punjab aircraft engg college in its last lap
Times of IndiaOctober 2, 2011

For the last 30 years, the Punjab Aircraft Maintenance Engineering College (PAMEC) in Patiala, that shares its premises with the famed aviation club, has enjoyed a pride of place in India. Its students brought laurels to the college each year after ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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THE LAGOS TENANCY LAW
Nigerian TribuneOctober 6, 2011

It defines the rights and obligations of the both the landlord and the tenant as parties to a contract. Although the law purports to prohibit “unreasonable” increase in the rent on a property, it does not place a ceiling on rents neither does it fix ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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A trail of accusations and fear
The StateOctober 2, 2011

A Gulf Breeze, Fla., insurance saleswoman filed bankruptcy in 2008 in part because she had purchased a 2007 Mercedes CLS 550 for Hawes. The car has a base price of $68000. • A Michigan woman who works in financial services and met Hawes through the ...more »

Litigation
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Will you choose litigation or arbitration to settle disputes?
SQL Server Magazine (blog)October 10, 2011

The choice of arbitration or litigation is one of the most important business decisions you can make. It's also a decision typically ignored by small businesses until it's too late. You might think that arbitration and litigation is pretty a boring ...more »

Business Law
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Midsize firms face risk management challenges overseas
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

Mid-market firms also should take note of local laws and customs governing their foreign partners, as well as domestic regulations for international trade. Many countries do not permit transactions with firms covered by nonadmitted insurers, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pride at the Beach Attracts Civilian, Military Alike
Patch.comOctober 9, 2011

... said Jerry Tetalman, a candidate for the new 49 th Congressional District. The next step, he said, is to make sure to get military family benefits to same sex spouses. “That should be equal,” he said. “That has to be done at the federal level.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man Arrested After Child Pornography Investigation
CBS 47October 5, 2011

Sheriff's Detectives, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the High Tech Crimes Task Force served a search warrant at his home during a child pornography investigation. Stockard's arrest comes several weeks after he reported a burglary ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lawyer backs changes to personal-injury process
Derbyshire TimesOctober 8, 2011

A TOP north Derbyshire lawyer has welcomed Government plans to ban insurance and claims-management companies from selling personal injury victims' cases to solicitors. John Spencer, of CS2 Lawyers, of Chesterfield, has been campaigning for years to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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What it's about: Health care
Cincinnati.comOctober 3, 2011

... child support orders and the licensing of doctors. The amendment states that no law "shall compel ... any person, employer or health care provider to participate in a health care system." It also states that no law "shall prohibit the purchase or ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Abortion reclaims center stage
The Hill (blog)October 12, 2011

Messing with Texas: The advocacy group Public Citizen charged Wednesday that limits on medical malpractice suits have made the healthcare system worse in Texas. The state's alleged success with tort reform is the major component of Gov. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Gift certificate holders upset after wings your way closes
Hampton UnionOctober 4, 2011

New Hampshire's Consumer Protection Act is designed to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive business trade practices and includes a section about gift certificates, Boffetti said. If his office receives any complaints, Boffetti said the first ...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 »

Rajaratnam, SocGen, Blackstone, S&P, AT&T in Court News
BusinessWeekOctober 4, 2011

11 request to dismiss the claim, lawyers for the rating companies said every court has rejected efforts to hold them liable under federal securities law. The plaintiffs' claim under New Mexico law was a “blatant attempt to avoid the parade of recent ...more »

Sports Law
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What's Next for Sports Broadcaster Dan McLaughlin?
Patch.comOctober 3, 2011

Could two brushes with the law this year force higher-ups to end McLaughlin's talented career? What do you think about the situation? By James Baer I used to get upset with the late sports editor of the St. Louis Globe Democrat. ...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 »

IRS Announces PTIN Renewals, Changes
ForbesOctober 24, 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 »

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that a Hostile Work Environment Claim ...
Justice News FlashOctober 9, 2011

The Court then determined that a plaintiff's hostile work environment claim based on age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act can proceed if the plaintiff establishes: (1) he was over the age of 40; (2) he was subjected to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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People on the move 10/17/11
Southeast MissourianOctober 17, 2011

Kelvin Birk of Birk Law Firm in Cape Girardeau recently attended a continuing education course titled "Advanced Asset Protection Strategies." The course covered domestic trusts, foreign trusts and using entities such as LLCs and corporations in ...more »

Environmental Law
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China's PV Feed-In Law Results in Solar Boom, Unlike Weak US Subsidies
SustainableBusiness.comOctober 10, 2011

"Such incentives were instrumental in overcoming the risk factor and establishing the current petroleum industry, and they are as necessary now for the alternative fuel businesses as they were 100 years ago." The report concludes with a call to support ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Millions of Lackawanna County records go online
Scranton Times-TribuneOctober 7, 2011

Among the records now available are probate records from 1878 to the present, marriage applications from 1885 forward and orphan's court division records since 1938. They also include dockets from both the civil and family court divisions since 1995, ...more »

Family Law
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Gay Marriage Foes In Mexico Push For 'Family' Law
On Top MagazineOctober 1, 2011

By On Top Magazine Staff Gay marriage foes in the Mexico state of Jalisco are pushing for a new law that would define the concept of “family.” Last year, the city-state of Mexico City legalized gay marriage. While gay and lesbian couples can only ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Detroit Lions support Michigan's proposed workers compensation reforms
Business InsuranceOctober 3, 2011

The Detroit Lions are backing Michigan's proposed workers compensation reform, in part because they believe it would help limit the organization's liability from aging football players filing claims in California, according to a letter from the team to ...more »

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