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DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine (Reuters) - The US Department of Justice is seeking to give control of Solyndra's estate to a bankruptcy trustee, citing the refusal by executives at the solar power company to answer questions about its operations. ...more »

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Sweet Dee Gets Audited Promo
MovieWebOctober 1, 2011

Desperate times call for truly sad and horrific measures as Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson) tries to get out of an IRS audit. Meanwhile, the rest of The Gang institutes a new democratic voting system in Paddy's that's sure to solve all their problems. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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PERC: No unfair labor practice
Cape Coral Daily BreezeOctober 1, 2011

A state agency dismissed Friday an unfair labor practice claim that was filed against the city of Cape Coral earlier this year by the local police union. ...more »

Health Care Law
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New healthcare law battle: Family planning rules
The Hill (blog)October 1, 2011

A major provision of Democrats' healthcare reform law has stoked a bitter fight over contraceptives. Federal regulators must soon decide whether family planning should be included in the preventive care benefits ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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World's Most Dangerous Places to Breathe
ForbesOctober 1, 2011

Particle pollution – especially fine particles – contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can get deep into the lungs and cause serious health problems. Numerous scientific studies have linked particle pollution...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law author tells farmers: No changes
ForbesOctober 4, 2011

... but only eight of the 48 workers they needed showed up after the law took effect. "My husband and I take them to the grocery store at night and shop for them because they are afraid they will be arrested," she said. Chad Smith said his family would ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lack of math emphasis in schools doesn't add up
UPI.comOctober 2, 2011

US President Barack Obama discusses education at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Va., March 14, 2011. Obama called on Congress to reform the No Child Left Behind act. UPI/Leslie E. Kossoff/POOL Is ...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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Ebix Close to Repurchasing All the Company Shares Issued for Purchase of ADAM ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

For more information, visit the Company's website at www.ebix.com Safe Harbor for Forward Looking Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 -- This press release contains various forward looking statements and information ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Control Board sdets Oct. 27 groundbreaking for new shelter
Delaware County Daily TimesOctober 14, 2011

Thursday's meeting also saw the axe drop on the suggestion of partnering with animal shelters from Delaware as part of what members called “Plan B.” Judge said state law precludes the transportation of unvaccinated animals across state lines. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
American University Intellectual Property BriefOctober 2, 2011

... almost 200 experts and advocates from 32 countries and six continents convened in Washington, DC at our own American University Washington College of Law (WCL) for the inaugural Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Pension case reignites Aguirre-Goldsmith feud
SignOnSanDiego.comOctober 3, 2011

The City Council voted unanimously in February to allow current City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to dismiss the litigation and forego an appeal of the judge's initial ruling. Orange County: The county sued to eliminate roughly $187 million in retroactive ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative-Action Case Could Be Campaign Issue
NPROctober 5, 2011

A Texas affirmative action case that has the potential to rewrite law on how or whether public colleges and universities may consider race and ethnicity as a factor in admissions could be headed for the US Supreme Court, and soon. ...more »

No mechanism to address complaints against pvt airlines: DGCA
Economic TimesOctober 3, 2011

NEW DELHI: It has been 17 years since Indian skies were opened for private airlines, but there are still no regulations in place under which a citizen can file complaint against them, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. ...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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Occupying Wall Street
The Moral LiberalOctober 3, 2011

There's no better illustration than the New Deal, particularly the National Industrial Recovery Act (NRA), which cartelized business through industry-generated and -enforced codes that suppressed competition, restricted production, and kept prices high ...more »

Litigation
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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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Global Crackdown on Online Peddlers Nets $6.3 Million in Drugs
PCWorldOctober 1, 2011

In August, for example, Google, in one of the largest settlements of its kind in history, agreed to pay the US government $500 million to settle a case against the company involving the use of its advertising platform, AdSense, to facilitate the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Improved benefits for veterans shortchange reservists, ombudsman says
Canada.comOctober 6, 2011

... reservists serving with the military as of Aug. 31. Stoffer also said the government has not gone far enough in helping injured or sick veterans access important services, many of whom have complained of difficulties being approved for benefits. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Kalispell man sentenced on child porn charges
KAJ18 Kalispell Montana NewsOctober 1, 2011

He also had to forfeit the computers and pay a $200 special assessment. The investigation was conducted by the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, and the Montana Division of Criminal ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawyer lists 5BD in Palm Harbor
BlockshopperOctober 8, 2011

Mr. Yanchuck is a personal injury lawyer and a senior partner at the law firm Yanchuck Berman Wadley & Zervos in St. Petersburg. He received his JD from the Cumberland School of Law and earned his BS from the University of Florida. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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NCCU law center idea nixed amid donor concerns
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

DURHAM, NC (AP) — An offer to establish a constitutional law center at North Carolina Central University law school has been withdrawn after some faculty and alumni expressed concern that $600000 in startup funds would come from a major financial ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Cobb County Bar Association Invites Social Media Trainer Kelly Quattlebaum to ...
PR.com (press release)October 2, 2011

Other topics include Malpractice Avoidance/Retainer Issues/Office Practice Management, Maximizing Collections in your Practice, Marketing for the Solo/Small Firm and Technology in the Small Law Office Setting. Seminar attendees will receive 4 hours of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Conflict Minerals: An Assessment of the Dodd-Frank Act
Brookings InstitutionOctober 3, 2011

US companies' and local miners' concerns are well founded; however, the law is intended to force a paradigm shift in the cost-benefit assessment of mining and thus induce the desired behavioral change in the players. By forcing beneficiaries of mining...more »

Real Estate Law
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Haynes and Boone Expands its Corporate and Capital Markets Practices in New ...
Insurance News Net (press release)October 3, 2011

He negotiates and structures investments across all asset classes and investment fund vehicles. He serves as chair of the American Bar Association's Institutional Investors Committee and is chair of the annual Practising Law Institute's Institutional ...more »

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 »

Sports Law
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Sports concussion bill gains strength
Tarentum Valley News DispatchOctober 6, 2011

Between 80000 and 90000 students play sports through the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League, a subsidiary of the PIAA that comprises 140 member schools. WPIAL Executive Director Tim O'Malley said he was worried that the law would ...more »

Criminal Defense
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One local criminal lawyer has shed some light on the bond revocation for ...
WTSP 10 NewsOctober 3, 2011

"Even as a defense attorney, if Sheriff Gee hadn't reacted the way he did, I would've been surprised. I think he acted appropriately in wanting to protect not only his deputy, but somebody else out there in the community that could come into contact ...more »

2011 Santa Barbara City Council Q&A with Cruzito Cruz
NoozhawkOctober 6, 2011

My completion of the IRS Income Tax Preparation certification since 2005 to the present has enabled me to develop the keen understanding and legal principles to continue to be of service for all Santa Barbarans by earning your vote and vote of ...more »

Former Alderson cop files discrimination suit
West Virginia RecordOctober 6, 2011

The town, Williams alleges, not only committed race and age discrimination, but also violated state law when it did not give him a hearing to contest his termination. The result of his termination, which Williams says was "arbitrary, capricious, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Preserving wildlife can rebrand Zim
The Zimbabwe StandardOctober 2, 2011

Inappropriate resettlement and lack of the rule of law has seen the demise of an asset, which is at the core of the nation-building initiatives for the immediate and future generations of Zimbabwe and the global context. Some 80% of Zimbabwe's wildlife ...more »

Environmental Law
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California Won't Suspend Program Giving Solyndra Tax Break
BusinessWeekOctober 25, 2011

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority voted against halting new applications to and awards from a program at a meeting today. The authority has granted $31.6 million in tax breaks to 33 companies, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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'People's Lawyer' to speak at Lone Star's Cy-Fair campus
Ultimate CyFairOctober 7, 2011

... four sessions: “Consumer Law for Buying/Selling Goods and Services,” “Wills/Probate for Planning for Serious Illness or Death,” “Landlord/Tenant for Renting Apartments or Homes” and “Credit and Debt Collection for Managing Financial Matters. ...more »

Family Law
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Family law attorney pays $1.5M in Redondo Beach
BlockshopperOctober 5, 2011

Heimanson is an attorney at Voss, Silverman & Braybrooke, a law firm in Marina del Rey. She concentrates her practice on family law litigation and child custody matters. She joined the firm from Trope and Trope in Los Angeles. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Warnings arise of sticker shock in '12 workers comp costs
North Bay Business JournalOctober 3, 2011

NORTH BAY — The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau, the body that oversees and makes recommendations for the workers comp sector, has officially recommended a 1.8 percent decrease in pure premium ...more »

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