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Sac State awaits rest of $10 million pledge from Alex Spanos
Capitol WeeklyOctober 1, 2011

Nava cited California law around the Public Records Act, noting that a government organization can withhold such information, but must provide a written justification. "We will not discuss donor agreements," Nava said via email. "Confidentiality of ...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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Firing contest by boss leads employees to quit
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 2, 2011

Administrative Law Judge Susan D. Ackerman sided with the workers, calling the contest “egregious and deplorable.” Shelsky was awarded unemployment benefits. “The employer's actions have clearly created a hostile work environment by suggesting its ...more »

Health Care Law
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Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan Uses Video Technology to Update Constituents ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

The OFIR representatives explained how they can assist patients and families when they have issues with their insurance regarding claims or denials for payment or services. The OFIR representatives also explained the new Federal Health Care Law, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Rangel: Redistricting map hold puts state races in limbo
LubbockOnline.comOctober 1, 2011

About a dozen plaintiffs allege the maps violate the federal Voting Rights Act because Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton — as chairmen of the Senate and House redistricting committees — ignored the explosive growth of ...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 Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their ...more »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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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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Tribunal considered for strata disputes
The ProvinceOctober 2, 2011

The proposed tribunal would provide a dispute resolution process that is affordable, timely, user friendly and accessible and would improve compliance with the Strata Property Act and Regulations as well as strata corporations' own bylaws. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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You Should Cancel Your Employer Provided Health Insurance Coverage
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

Employer health insurance is covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Initially passed by Congress as a simple and comprehensive way to reduce employee benefits litigation and protect employees, it has now become a ...more »

Animal Law
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A dog's life
Malaysia StarOctober 2, 2011

Will the expected amendment to the archaic Animal Act 1953 next year make a difference? A stray spends its days foraging for food. The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is amending the Act during next June's Parliamentary sitting. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Canadians are an inventive lot, but have trouble making it pay
Globe and MailOctober 3, 2011

But almost without notice, Canada is losing something far more valuable than fertilizer or hockey talent: knowledge and intellectual property. These are the natural resources of Canada's future, and they're slipping from our grasp at an alarming rate, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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United Foreclosure Attorney Network (UFAN) Seeks Highly Qualified ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 3, 2011

UFAN is also giving consumers a voice in the development of its public forum. Borrowers and property owners can communicate about the problems they are facing and the actions they have taken. Attorneys who are part of the private attorney forum are ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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UT, affirmative action head back to Supreme Court
Fort Worth Star TelegramOctober 6, 2011

The case potentially isn't just about one disappointed would-be Longhorn but about the undoing of affirmative action in higher education. Are enough justices ready to walk through this minefield again after just eight years? In 2003, the court took up ...more »

Aviation Biofuels a Big Opportunity for Asian Business and Governments
ASIATravelTips.comOctober 2, 2011

Now, the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), an organisation representing parties from across the aviation industry, says that governments across Asia could be getting a slice of that by kick-starting development of a new source of energy for flights. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Medical marijuana or employment?
The Morning SunOctober 3, 2011

Medical marijuana users are not allowed to be under the influence of the drug "when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice," as is stated in the law. Continued... There are also prohibitions against using or being under ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wife stands by husband accused of murder
MetroWest Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

Lawyers for Treefon Manoloules, the first man to stand trial, have argued that the man's son didn't say anything about his father being involved until he'd been behind bars for nearly a year. Deborah Manoloules, when questioned about the events of Sept ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation case, the focal point
Daily News & AnalysisOctober 3, 2011

Without ruling out other angles, the police said they are focusing on the Nataraj's financial transactions in a property litigation case. It is believed that an amount of about `2 crore was paid to Nataraj. The money was invested in his finance ...more »

Business Law
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Ala. immigration law marked by Hispanic school absences
USA TodayOctober 3, 2011

We're in the business and have the obligation to educate all students. For us, it's just data collection." Tuscaloosa City Schools reported at least 10 Hispanic parents withdrawing their children from school late last week, while other parents ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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A Broader GI Bill
New York TimesOctober 3, 2011

In the 2010-11 academic year, when 5985 institutions collected $4.4 billion in VA benefits, eight of the 10 biggest aid recipients were for-profit institutions, together raking in $1 billion. From those eight, the committee found, a total of 409437 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Mexican national pleads guilty to receipt of child pornography
Your Houston NewsOctober 13, 2011

The charges against Perez are the result of an investigation conducted by the Postal Inspection Service in Houston and officers with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Perez was arrested in January 2011 and has been detained ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Outlines ...
U.S. Politics TodayOctober 9, 2011

"Building inspectors save lives in New York," personal injury lawyer Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York's personal injury law firms, said. "Buildings that are in violation of the building code risk more than fines. ...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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Nine Baker & Daniels Attorneys Honored as Lawyers of the Year
dBusinessNews Indianapolis (press release)October 10, 2011

Baker & Daniels LLP provides advice and counsel to regional, national and international clients with legal and business needs. With more than 370 attorneys and legal professionals, the full-service law firm has offices in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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RTS Offers Services to Support New Swap Execution Facilities as Dodd-Frank Act...
PR Newswire (press release)October 3, 2011

CHICAGO, Oct., 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has spawned the creation of regulated Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) that must capture trades electronically and offer central clearing of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Upcoming real estate events
Detroit Free PressOctober 9, 2011

Lori Chmura of Middleton Training will present an update on real estate law and practices for six hours of state-mandated real estate continuing education. Only one of the two classes is required. $80 registration fee for BIA members, ...more »

US Law Firm News - BRYAN CAVE LLP ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP ROLES
LawfuelOctober 5, 2011

Peirce has litigation and counseling experience in domestic and foreign antitrust and trade regulation law, class actions, complex commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Stuart Price will become managing partner of the Irvine, ...more »

Sports Law
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Homeschool sports are examined in Oklahoma
NewsOK.comOctober 5, 2011

As a child, Tebow was homeschooled, but under Florida law he was allowed to participate in sports activities at his local school. Under Blackwell's proposal, homeschool students would be required to register their intent to participate in sports with ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Harris County DA office accused of retaliation
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

Some local defense attorneys accuse the Harris County District Attorney's Office of advising county officials to not renew their contract with Lone Star College as retaliation against Amanda Culbertson, a former Houston Police Department crime lab ...more »

Cain's 9-9-9 Tax Plan Continues to Attract Interest
ForbesOctober 12, 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 »

74-year-old security guard files age discrimination lawsuit after losing job
Southeast Texas RecordOctober 17, 2011

Claiming age discrimination, James C. McClain filed suit against C-Rock Inc., doing business as Security Staffing, on Oct. 6 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. McClain was hired by Citadel Security in April 2004 as a security guard for ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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A Modern, Developed Economy Needs Banks of All Sizes
American BankerOctober 3, 2011

Take for example, the Dodd-Frank Act's arbitrary $10 billion asset threshold, which was used to "exempt" smaller institutions from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforcement and other provisions in the Act. It gives an $8 billion or $9 billion ...more »

Environmental Law
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Green energy firms watch election closely
Toronto StarOctober 3, 2011

The cost of capital is also declining as lenders become more familiar with alternative energy. At some point, the declining cost of solar will match the rising cost of other forms of energy. “How many years away is it? It's hard to say. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Revamp of funeral firm creates 100 new jobs
Herald ScotlandOctober 17, 2011

It sells end of life products relating to wills, pre-paid probate, powers of attorney, and asset protection, as well as some insurance plans. However, Golden Charter will not move into the “over-50s” insurance product market which has been attracting ...more »

Family Law
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MATTER OF BECK v. BUTLER
Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

The record also supports the court's determination that petitioner met her burden of establishing by a preponderance of the evidence that respondent committed the family offense of harassment in the second degree (Penal Law § 240.26 [3]; see Matter of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Did workers' compensation reform committee need a little more time?
Montana WatchdogOctober 4, 2011

HELENA – The other night I bumped into someone who, along with many others, worked hard for several years on workers' compensation reform in the state. As you can remember, the state-appointed Labor-Management Advisory ...more »

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