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At Least 7 Syrian Security Personnel Killed In Fighting With Dissident Troops
RTT NewsOctober 1, 2011

The spokesman said at least seven soldiers and other law-enforcement officials, including two officers, were killed in the fighting with renegade soldiers in Rastan on Friday and added that the situation in the town is now under control. ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Law firms ask bankruptcy judge to step aside
Thomson Reuters News & InsightOctober 3, 2011

The law firms want the proceedings moved to federal district court because those judges may rely more on state laws than bankruptcy judges, which could benefit the firms. Defending Heller's claims in district court also would make it easier to appeal a ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health and social care bill: the law of trust
The GuardianOctober 2, 2011

Its members, who include eminent figures of all stripes, including Conservatives, plainly don't think "trust us" is a good enough defence for this botched rewrite of crucial laws. The house as a whole should pay attention before second reading next ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Supreme Court Gets Down to Business
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 3, 2011

The Arizona law at issue allows state police to question and arrest illegal immigrants, but lower courts have blocked the law, concluding that it usurps the federal government's authority over immigration matters. A ruling upholding the Arizona ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law cutting Latinos in schools
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

Latino students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their ...more »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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Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow hires senior counsel to co-head disputes
Legal Business OnlineOctober 5, 2011

Wong & Leow has appointed senior counsel Chan Leng Sun as a principal in the firm's dispute resolution practice group based in Singapore. Chan joins from local maritime firm Ang & Partners where he was an equity partner since 2004. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Progressive Settles Patent Dispute with Allstate
istockAnalyst.com (press release)October 3, 2011

Progressive Casualty Insurance Company has reached a settlement agreement with Allstate Insurance Company and Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company regarding the litigation in which Progressive alleged that Allstate infringed on Progressive's ...more »

Animal Law
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New state law puts bullet in local gun ordinances
MiamiHerald.comOctober 1, 2011

Under the new law, a first time offense would not result in a sex offender label. • Malpractice: The law bolsters requirements for expert witnesses in medical malpractice lawsuits. The legislation makes it harder for some doctors from out of state to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, Eastman Kodak, Intel, Zenimax: Intellectual Property
BloombergOctober 3, 2011

A bankruptcy filing may help clear the way for the patent sale, said the people. The sale could fetch about $3 billion, according to estimates from MDB Capital Group. Kodak has discussed its options with law firms Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jones Day, ...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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The Charles Street Times: Do looks really matter?
my.hsj.orgOctober 28, 2011

In certain jurisdictions of California and the District of Columbia, laws have been passed that include ugly people in the affirmative action program. Affirmative action gives minority groups legal protection against the discrimination they face on a ...more »

Mallya has done a good thing by having one brand: Gopinath
Business StandardOctober 1, 2011

Captain Gopinath, the pioneer of low-cost aviation model in India, is known to be a straight talker. He is always to the point. And, he was in full swing when he spoke exclusively to Business Standard about Vijay Mallya's recent decision to ground the ...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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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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Singapore firm agrees to back Equititrust suit
Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 10, 2011

In a letter to unitholders with more than $250 million tied up in Equititrust's Income Fund and Premium Fund, the law firm Piper Alderman confirmed it has signed up ILP as litigation funder. The law firm, which is spearheading efforts to recover ...more »

Business Law
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Al Qaeda Figure Killed; Listeria Toll Rises
Wall Street JournalOctober 1, 2011

Reebok International, a unit of Adidas, agreed to pay $25 million in customer refunds to settle charges of false advertising brought by the FTC over the shoemaker's claim that its "toning shoes" could work better than normal footwear to whip muscles ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Why I Didn't Celebrate the Repeal of DADT
SouthFloridaGayNews.comOctober 4, 2011

He gets no benefits. The government owes him big..." There are known instances when a service member was subjected to deep questioning resembling terrorist interrogation, and to imposed "visits" to military psychologists or psychiatrists, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Beach teacher sentenced for Internet sex crimes
WVEC.com (subscription)October 11, 2011

Police later searched Pilon's computer and found multiple images of child pornography. Pilon pled guilty in April to the charge of attempted indecent liberties and use of communications device to facilitate offenses against children. Va. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Marathon Business Development Group Now Offers a Service Designed to ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 4, 2011

The Marathon Business Development Group has created a game changing service designed to dramatically assist a personal law firm, or plaintiffs law firm grow their law practice, or to expand their law practice into new areas. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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At variance with the Constitution
Malaysia StarOctober 5, 2011

If all matters of Islam are in State hands, as some experts are arguing, then whether it is crime, tort, contract, banking, or commercial law, if it involves Muslims, the matter should be in State Assembly hands and triable by the Syariah Courts. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Neil McKelvey headed the International Bar Association
Globe and MailOctober 5, 2011

The case is now studied in law schools because it involved determining whether the burden of proof of causation in a malpractice case is on the plaintiff. Practising in Saint John meant that McKelvey delved into marine law on several occasions. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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InCharge Debt Solutions Showcases Bankruptcy Services at ABI Chicago Consumer ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 6, 2011

"The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) numbers released October 4, 2011 showed a 10 percent decrease in personal bankruptcy filings during the first month of 2011 as compared to the same period a year ago," said Beth Mason, InCharge's Director of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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In rough real estate market, appraisers feel heat for home sales that fall ...
Plain DealerOctober 2, 2011

Real estate agents say appraisers are being sent from miles away to evaluate homes in unfamiliar neighborhoods, resulting in flawed appraisals and sidelined sales. View full sizePDHarmon takes measurements outside the home in Cleveland. ...more »

Great Lakes Announces New Contract Awards of $180 Million
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

The project is being funded primarily through Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, (CWPPRA), federal legislation enacted in 1990 that was designed to identify, prepare, and fund construction of coastal wetlands restoration ...more »

Sports Law
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Running to keep AHS sports in shape
Attleboro Sun ChronicleOctober 3, 2011

These children need sports and activities. I'm here to support my daughter-in-law's (Lombardy) amazing efforts and also do my part," Joyce Lombardy of Smithfield, formerly of Attleboro, said. Jane Swenson of Cape Cod agreed that her daughter is helping ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense gives closing arguments in TCG case
Salt Lake TribuneOctober 5, 2011

Defense attorneys on Tuesday explained to jurors in federal court why seven alleged members of the Tongan Crip Gang (TCG) should be acquitted of racketeering charges. During closing arguments before US District Court Judge Tena ...more »

Understanding greed
Cal Coast NewsOctober 11, 2011

I just attempt to follow the byzantine tax rules as best as I can hoping I don't make a mistake and find myself on the receiving end of an IRS audit. I work hard, spending a great deal of time looking for write-offs trying to make that 'taxes owed' ...more »

An especially ugly kind of lawsuit
Las Vegas Review-JournalOctober 2, 2011

It's easy enough to establish the age of people who bring age discrimination lawsuits. Same goes for gender, racial and weight discrimination cases -- you're a black woman or an Asian man. You're heavy or you're not. It takes a little testimony to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Property is the right way to build your SMSF's assets
The AustralianOctober 11, 2011

...laws and act against their own interests when making ill-advised property investments. He says the main problem SMSFs strike with direct property is to become involved in questionable related-party deals involving residential real estate. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Glencoe to vote on unplugging from ComEd
Chicago TribuneOctober 31, 2011

"I think this is something that a lot of the towns are starting to look at really seriously," said William Jones, assistant Glencoe village manager. Such a move would not affect ComEd's much-criticized slow response times to mass outages after major ...more »

Wills & Probate
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In brief: Gardai appeal for witnesses after car crash claims lives of two ...
Irish IndependentOctober 2, 2011

The Pink at La Stampa will continue to operate as normal. Dublin landlord Michael Aherne of Terenure Road East, Rathgar, who died on August 9, 2007, has left €5045665 in his will, which went to probate this week. Other wills: Seamus Dardis, farmer, ...more »

Family Law
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Immigration law author tells farmers: No changes
BusinessWeekOctober 5, 2011

Scott Beason of Gardendale met with about 50 growers, workers, brokers and business people Monday at a tomato packing shed on Chandler Mountain in northeast Alabama. They complained that the new law, which went into effect Thursday, scared off many of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Expanded 9/11 Victims' Fund Opens to Applicants
WNYC (blog)October 3, 2011

I wasn't covered by workers comp really. And my long term job outlook is basically I'm disabled to the point I can't work and social security only goes so far.” The Department of Justice is expected to re-open the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund starting ...more »

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