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How to revise your company's health care strategy in an age of uncertainty
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

... so much stress that employees often use the Federal Medical Leave Act to take time off and are less productive when they finally return to work. Savvy employers are starting to understand the connection between work-related absences, family issues, ...more »

Police seize truck, collect DNA to connect Vargas to Moore homicide
Northwest Cable NewsOctober 1, 2011

by KREM.com & Katie Utehs SPOKANE-- Police have named Derrick Vargas, a registered sex offender, as a suspect in the Evon Moore homicide. Vargas has a history of sexual assault dating back to his teen years. He is the prime suspect in two violent ...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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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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Florida's philosophically correct ban on bestiality
The Guardian (blog)October 3, 2011

On 1 October, a state law went into effect that bars erotic contact between people and non-human animals, "however slight". The misdemeanor carries a jail sentence of up to one year. Mention of bestiality typically elicits comedic cracks on hillbillies ...more »

Immigration Law
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SCOTUS Cases Could Affect Presidential Race
NPROctober 3, 2011

One federal public court has ruled one way, saying the law is constitutional. The other has said that it's unconstitutional. It's an issue that the Supreme Court has got to resolve. So I think the thought will be: We might as well do it now. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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CenterPoint Properties Announces the Completion of Its CEO Transition
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

He is a past Chairman of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. Mike leaves a legacy of unparalleled achievements including such Chicago landmarks as the O'Hare Express airport development and the nation's largest inland port ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Letters: Justice Classic helps fund mediation services
MLive.comOctober 3, 2011

By The Muskegon Chronicle Mediation & Restorative Service's third annual Justice Classic was a rousing success. Once again, we had great fun and a beautiful day at Stonegate Golf Club while we raised money to resolve conflict, build unity and restore ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Kingstone Announces 23% Growth in Direct Written Premiums in Q3, Losses from ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

Statements in this press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, may be forward-looking statements. ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal bill passed is a win for AC&C
Queens ChronicleOctober 6, 2011

“It's not a reality in the economic situation we're in,” said Dromm, who calls himself an animal rights proponent. “I am concerned that the monies might not materalize,” he said. “In a budget crisis, it's easy to make promises, but hard to deliver. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property: A new kind of arms race, with patents as ammo
Globe and MailOctober 5, 2011

Welcome to the world of intellectual property (IP) litigation, a high-stakes game in which inventors square off against deep-pocketed competitors, and companies that don't actually create anything have the power to shut down promising start-ups. ...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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Iowa state government begins its defense in case on bias in hiring
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 5, 2011

State of Iowa following questions to Joe Ellis, who was state government's chief affirmative action officer before he retired in 2009. Ellis also was the first witness for state lawyers, who until Tuesday had largely restrained their questioning. ...more »

NASA Awards Historic Green Aviation Prize
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

By NASA MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the largest prize in aviation history, created to inspire the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and spark the start of a new electric airplane industry ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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ACLU presses ahead with charter school lawsuit
KAREOctober 4, 2011

The ACLU's lawsuit alleged that TIZA used the charter school to further Islam at taxpayer expense, and that TIZA was legally and financially entangled with its landlord, the Minnesota Education Trust and it's fellow tenant, the Muslim American Society ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Jefferson Co. truck stop wins TDOT contract, buys equipment, shuts down
WBIR-TVOctober 1, 2011

The following year, in 2003, Lewis filed his first bankruptcy claim, emerging from it in 2005. Then, while still on probation from his earlier crimes, he found himself in trouble with the law again. In April 2010, he was charged with 10 felony counts ...more »

Litigation
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Merck reports fourth win in Fosamax litigation
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

AP , 10.03.11, 04:56 PM EDT WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ -- Drug maker Merck said Monday it won a fourth court case brought by a patient who blamed the company's osteoporosis drug Fosamax for jaw and dental injuries. A jury in New York ruled in the company's ...more »

Business Law
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YouToon official contest rules
USA TodayOctober 2, 2011

Ad blocking software on your computer needs to be disabled so that it doesn't interfere with processing your entry. By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules and to receive e-mails from Sponsor or those directed by Sponsor. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney Shares Daily Life of Members of the ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 1, 2011

Contacts: Media Inquiries: Janice Summerby Media Relations Advisor Veterans Affairs Canada 613-992-7468 Codie Taylor Director of Communications Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs 613-996-4649 Jean-Pierre J. Godbout Communications Advisor, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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KSP: Computers seized for illegal internet activity
Richmond RegisterOctober 4, 2011

... News Writer RICHMOND — Friday's confiscation of several computers from a Richmond apartment is part of an investigation “... related to illegal activity occurring over the Internet,” according to the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes Branch. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Officials say revamp needed for auto insurance's personal injury protection
MyCentralJersey.comOctober 7, 2011

The Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee heard nearly four hours of testimony Thursday about a series of changes planned for auto insurance's personal injury protection, or PIP, which covers medical care for injuries, regardless of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hispanics leave school in face of Alabama's tough immigration law
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

Paul Horowitz, a constitutional law expert at the University of Alabama's law school in Tuscaloosa, says the data collection nature of the law “is fairly clever” in circumventing a federal law that prohibits discrimination in public school enrollment ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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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 »

Consumer Protection
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#1 Complaint Received by FTC in 2011 Involves Collection Agencies and Bad Debt...
News Junky JournalOctober 3, 2011

Weisberg & Meyers, LLC, Attorneys for Consumers, is a national consumer protection law firm dedicated to fighting bad debt collectors and their allegedly unscrupulous collection efforts, one debt at a time. By utilizing the Fair Debt Collection ...more »

Real Estate Law
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FHFA Knew About Robo-Signing Issues in 2009
Bryan Ellis Real Estate LetterOctober 5, 2011

... don't know if the borrower has been offered… [a loan modification], service has been cancelled, etc.” What do you think should be done about the ongoing issues with the robo-signing fiasco? Thank you for reading the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter!more »

Former Mount Rainier chief scrutinized on land deal
TheNewsTribune.comOctober 3, 2011

As required by law, he had reported the sale on his annual federal Ethics in Government Form 450, where he described it, under the heading "Assets and Income," as "Real Estate Contract, Fidelity Contract Services," with Peter Whittaker. ...more »

Sports Law
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Delaware is pro sports teams' home court
The News JournalOctober 2, 2011

"For the Stars, it looks like they want to get in and out as quickly as possible, and Delaware is typically the best place to do that," said Evan Flaschen, a bankruptcy attorney in Connecticut with law firm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defending Driving on Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked License Cases
PR.com (press release)October 3, 2011

Offering two Continuing Legal Education (CLE) General Credits, the course will be held in October 2011 in Franklin and Lawrenceburg, TN. The seminar will take a comprehensive look at the state of the driver license law in Tennessee. ...more »

Strive to Excel files for tax deadline extension
Hilton Head Island PacketOctober 18, 2011

The IRS allows an automatic three-month extension, he wrote, noting Strive has used the extension each of the past few years. The letter included a copy of the extension application. Arundell declined a telephone interview Monday, but his letter ...more »

DANG v. SOLAR TURBINES INC.
Leagle.comOctober 10, 2011

The district court properly granted summary judgment on Dang's claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA") because Dang failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Jersey Elder Law Firm Offers Free Asset Protection Seminar
Cape May County Herald (press release)October 3, 2011

By Press Release The respected Begley Law Group will host free seminars in October to help individuals and their loved ones learn how to properly plan for nursing home care. The team of New Jersey elder law attorneys is skilled in protecting assets and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Biofuels losing government loan option
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 2, 2011

The USDA didn't require companies to have purchase contracts for the fuel, relying instead on the fact that the government has required use of the biofuels. The mandate “is a huge underpinning for our whole industry,” said Bolsen. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Sunday morning conversation with Lori Duff
Walton TribuneOctober 2, 2011

“I just always assumed I would be a lawyer,” Duff said. “I never considered anything else. Personally, it fits me because I like rules, knowing where the edges of the box are and the fact the law equalizes the playing field because everyone has to ...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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Letter: Worker's comp changes hurt
Newsday (subscription)October 1, 2011

Letters Newsday > Opinion > Letters Letter: Worker's comp changes hurt Published: September 30, 2011 7:01 PM Regarding "Poverty on the rise on Long Island" [News, Sept. 22], another story that needs to be told was briefly touched on with the woman who ...more »

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