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'Boston Legal's' Kelley delivers parting shots
No other current scripted TV series is as political, topical or self-referential as ABC's 'Boston Legal.' After tomorrow night, the show will disappear, ending its five-year run. Created and largely written by David E. Kelley, 'Boston Legal,' which began as a spin-off of Kelley's 'The Practice,' probably won't go gently in its two-hour finale Monday (9 p.m., WTAE).
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Dec 7, 2008

Legal Group May Become Very Influential
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy was founded seven years ago to counter a growing right-leaning legal philosophy that has reshaped the American legal landscape on issues from the reach of federal regulation to the separation of church and state. Now, as President-elect Barack Obama assembles his administration, the little-known legal organization stands on the brink of ...
Washington Post - Dec 7, 2008

Victim impact videos stir unease in criminal cases
Writing for a 6-to-3 majority, then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist said prosecutors could balance the unlimited defense mitigation evidence by offering 'a quick glimpse of the life' of the victim. But the court laid out little specific guidance beyond saying that victim impact evidence must not be 'unduly prejudicial' WASHINGTON The images are those of any childhood: a toddler wearing a ...
Houston Chronicle - Dec 7, 2008

Election was no sweeping mandate
Chief Justice William Rehnquist liked to take small groups of Supreme Court law clerks to lunch at the Monocle, an old Capitol Hill watering hole near the Senate. He ordered the same meal every time, a hamburger and a beer. Just as predictably, one of the young clerks would ask the chief justice of the United States for career advice. 'Go home,' he would say.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Dec 7, 2008

O.J. Simpson faces prison during appeal
LAS VEGAS -- In the harsh light of the morning after his sentencing, O.J. Simpson s future was clear Saturday. His new home will be a prison cell in the Nevada desert with his door to freedom hinging on an appeal of a trial that his lawyers say was filled with errors. This is not a frivolous appeal, Yale Galanter, Simpson s lawyer, said. There were some grave errors made by Judge ...
China Post - Dec 7, 2008

O.J. lawyer cites trial errors
PHOTO GALLERY O.J. Simpson sentencing LAS VEGAS - In the harsh light of the morning after his sentencing, O.J. Simpson's future was clear Saturday. His new home will be a prison cell in the Nevada desert with his door to freedom hinging on an appeal of a trial that his lawyers say was filled with errors. 'This is not a frivolous appeal,' Yale Galanter, Simpson's lawyer, said.
Los Angeles Daily News - Dec 7, 2008

Proposed cow, hog fee causes stink
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - For farmers, this stinks: Belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if a federal proposal to charge fees for air-polluting animals becomes law. Feeders speak out The Texas Cattle Feeders Association said in a Nov. 25 letter to the EPA that it strongly opposes any effort to regulate greenhouse cases under the Clean Air Act.
Amarillo Globe News - Dec 7, 2008

Term limits still a bad idea
Sen. Mary Easley, D-Tulsa, hopes Oklahoma voters will abolish the 12-year limitation on legislative service that they approved overwhelmingly in 1990. She tried and failed last session to get the issue on the state ballot but undeterred, she will try again when the Legislature convenes Feb. 2. Senate Joint Resolution 3, which Easley has pre-filed, calls for a vote of the people to repeal the ...
Tulsa World - Dec 7, 2008

Indian Democracy: Time to be 'Of the People, By the People and For the People'
Jawahir Mulraj There is, justifiably, a palpable anger at the political leaders for failing miserably in governance. Democracy, as practised in India, is more about survival of politicians, guarded by a bevy of commandos whom they dont pay for, and not about the people. The terrorist attacks in Mumbai have revealed the disdain and insensitivity of our political class for the people who have put ...
Seeking Alpha - Dec 7, 2008

For sale: Fake futures
PRICIEST FAKE: 'DIPLOMA' FROM U OF T Here is the price list Peng Sun quoted in emails and brought with him to meetings with a Star undercover operative: $3,000 Most university degrees (York, University of Toronto, etc.) $6,000 University of Toronto-post 2006 (with anti-counterfeit hologram) $1,000 Two copies of sealed transcripts, on watermarked paper $1,000 Letter from the Chinese Ministry of ...
Toronto Star Online - Dec 7, 2008

Fishermen begin to get payments from Valdez oil spill
CORDOVA, Alaska A little less than 20 years ago, Mike Webber was king of his own watery world. He was 28, with three herring fishing boats. He leased another boat for halibut, and gill-netted the fat salmon that made Prince William Sound one of the most legendary fisheries in the world. Then came the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Overnight, it was all gone: Fish prices plummeted.
Star-Telegram - Dec 7, 2008

Guns and butter
Under the UN umbrella, there are at least 12 conventions and protocols on terrorism and, ad nauseam, UN documents tell us lack of consensus on defining terrorism inhibits adoption of an international comprehensive convention. In 1937, League of Nations did attempt a definition, but nothing much came of that proposed convention. 'All criminal acts directed against a State and intended or ...
Yahoo! India - Dec 7, 2008

Extremism breeds extremism
Following the expulsion of families from Beit Hashalom in Hebron, during a radio interview with the BBC, I was asked about our future plans. When I responded that the community would continue to purchase property in Hebron, the interviewer asked, 'But won't that just cause more violence?' I answered, 'If I bought a home in London and was told that a Jew purchasing on 'that side of the city' ...
Jerusalem Post - Dec 7, 2008

For Some Elderly, Mentally Ill Patients, There's Nowhere to Go
BREMERTON The old man is getting worse. He spent his life as an educator active in the community. Now, he is losing his mental capacity. He is becoming combative and confused. He frightens his wife and hits her. Eventually, he ends up in a Harrison Medical Center emergency room. A rush of doctors, bright lights and loud voices whirl around him. He is bewildered.
Kitsap Sun - Dec 7, 2008

CIBC faces $600M class-action lawsuit hearing Monday
TORONTO - The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce squares off in a Toronto courtroom Monday with bank teller Dara Fresco, in a $600-million class-action fight about overtime. It's the first major national class-action lawsuit to be contested at the certification stage and the case could spill over into workrooms across the nation if Justice Joan Lax accepts arguments from Ms.
National Post - Dec 7, 2008

Columnist: Local judge's Ten Commandments poster ensures religious liberty
In a nation that espouses the motto, 'Liberty and justice for all,' are we really ready for the consequences should the Ten Commandments suddenly become unprotected speech? Fortunately, the Federal Court of Northern Ohio last summer ruled in favor of the display of a form of the Ten Commandments in a courtroom in Richland County. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged Judge James DeWeese ...
Mansfield News Journal - Dec 7, 2008

How 'visionary' raised - and lost - a fortune
In Minnesota, his chiropractic clinics collapsed in a flurry of lawsuits and unpaid bills. Two girlfriends had him arrested, one for allegedly abusing her, the other for assertedly trashing her house, according to court records. After a traffic stop, police booked him on suspicion of using cocaine. There was little about John P. Rogers' turbulent, erratic life as a Midwestern businessman to ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 7, 2008

Martha Crawford von Bulow, famed heiress dies at 76
The notorious aristocrat at the center of the von Bulow Trial of the Century greeted the news of his ex-wifes death with sadness, his famous lawyer said yesterday. Its a tragic ending to a tragic story, said s former attorney, Harvard law professor . Claus was falsely accused of something that he didnt do and I was privileged to represent him. This is not a day for celebration.
Boston Herald - Dec 7, 2008

Will Obama's recession become a 1930s depression?
Gordon Bishop Posted:12/08/08 With all of these bailouts and bankruptcies throwing millions of people out of work, is America about to plunge into another Great Depression like the 1930s? General Motors, CitiGroup, AIG and thousands of small, medium and big size businesses are begging the federal government to bail them out. The bailouts could cost taxpayers 2 or 3 trillion dollars, or ...
Bayshore Courier - Dec 7, 2008

Ex-beau's rant leads to criminal charges (12/05/2008)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Locked in a visitation dispute with his ex-girlfriend over their young daughter, J.P. Weichel wanted to vent, court records show. Mr. Weichel, 40, allegedly posted comments about the woman on the Craigslist 'Rants and Raves' forum, accusing her of child abuse and welfare fraud and making crude comments about her sex life. The woman said the postings were defamatory.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Dec 7, 2008

What does a Collection Company do?
What is a collection company? There are two possibilities. Some creditors will try to deceive a debtor by using a DBA'ed company name, address, and telephone number for their internal collection department. They want to give the impression of an 'outside' agency hoping the debtor will take it more seriously. This strategy is generally only used when the debt is not older than six months old. ...
Article Motron - Dec 7, 2008

NC death row inmate dies in a hospital
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. George Franklin Page, a death row inmate convicted of killing a police officer in 1995, has died at a hospital, more than four years after state and federal judges postponed his scheduled execution. He was 68. Page died Friday at WakeMed hospital in Raleigh, where he's been for the last month. He had a chronic heart condition and other health problems, said Ken Rose and ...
Asheville Citizen-Times - Dec 7, 2008

LA Weight Loss Settles Nationwide Sex Discrimination Lawsuit With EEOC
Company Refused to Hire Men into Weight Loss Counselor and Other Jobs, Agency Alleged BALTIMORE The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has resolved its pattern or practice sex discrimination lawsuit against LA Weight Loss Centers, Inc., (renamed Pure Weight Loss, Inc., in early 2007), for $20 million and other significant relief.
Equal Employment Opportunity - Dec 7, 2008

Proving a disability is about to get much easier
Effective Jan. 1, the Americans With Disabilities Act will be amended to make important changes in the definition of the word 'disability.' The amendments retain the basic definition of disability as: (1) an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) a record of such an impairment; or (3) being regarded as having such an impairment.
Tennessean - Dec 3, 2008

Colorado man faces criminal charge in libel case
Reporting from Fort Collins, Colo. Locked in a visitation dispute with his former girlfriend over their young daughter, J.P. Weichel wanted to vent, court records say. Weichel, 40, allegedly posted comments about the woman on the Craigslist 'rants and raves' forum, accusing her of child abuse and welfare fraud and making crude comments about her sex life. The woman said the postings were ...
Los Angeles Times - Dec 3, 2008

High court hears clean water case involving R.I.
By John E. Mulligan Journal Washington bureau WASHINGTON -- Several members of the Supreme Court agreed with environmentalists today that it's difficult, and perhaps impermissible, to weigh the value of an environmental rule directly against its economic cost -- ''a few baby clam larvae'' versus the dollars it would cost to save them, as Justice David H. Souter put it.
Providence Journal - Dec 3, 2008

Give bankruptcy judges power to alter mortgages
I watched a middle-aged widow lose her home recently. Her story was familiar. She owned her simple brick residence outright until four years ago, when a mortgage broker stopped by and offered her a loan too good to be true. In exchange for taking on a modest monthly payment, she could make some needed repairs and consolidate other debts. More sophisticated than many borrowers, she realized she ...
Press of Atlantic City - Dec 3, 2008

White House fights for nuke plants over towers
The Bush administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to let the nation's older power plants, including the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey, avoid installing costly cooling towers that would best protect fish and other aquatic organisms. Lawyers for the government and electricity producers urged the justices to overturn a lower court ruling that says the Clean Water Act does not ...
Asbury Park Press - Dec 3, 2008

Justices object to Oregon court's actions in tobacco case
Tobacco giant Philip Morris USA might be partially freed from a $145 million punitive judgment, from the sounds of some Supreme Court justices Wednesday. In an epic legal dispute pitting the will of one court against another, conservative justices made clear their sympathies with Philip Morris and their dismay over seemingly being ignored by the Oregon Supreme Court.
San Luis Obispo.com - Dec 3, 2008

An Important Case the Supreme Court Heard This Week Shows Why Constitutional and Statutory Remedies for Gender Discrimination are Not Redundant
The Supreme Court argument this week in Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee was less than helpful to the petitioner's constitutional cause. The Justices were given little help by counsel in working through the complex interrelationships between constitutional and statutory remedies for gender discrimination. Normally, when the correct interpretation of a major federal statute outlawing ...
Find Law - Dec 3, 2008

Pa. High Court Hears Arguments Over Taxpayers' Standing
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has heard arguments over the issue of whether Philadelphia taxpayers have standing to appeal rulings of the Zoning Board of Adjustments and other panels. In a case linked to the battle over billboard proliferation in Philadelphia, the state Supreme Court heard arguments over a state law enacted several years ago. An attorney for the city argued that the law is ...
KYW News radio - Dec 3, 2008

Gas-station dispute may draw Supreme Court's scrutiny
The U.S. Supreme Court signaled interest in a case that could affect how much leverage oil companies have to change their leases with tens of thousands of independent service station owners. The justices asked the Justice Department for advice on a bid by Massachusetts gas station owners to sue Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC. A group of station owners say Shell and Motiva used rent ...
Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 3, 2008

Judge Hears Arguments Over Telco Immunity
Constitutional-questions dept We were quite disappointed with Congress earlier this year, selling out the country and granting retroactive immunity to telcos for any involvement they might have had in any warrantless wiretapping program. The immunity basically gave the White House a get out of jail free card that it could hand to any telco -- even if that telco clearly violated constitutional ...
Techdirt - Dec 3, 2008

RPM International loses bid to get insurers to cover asbestos-related liabilities
Medina firm fighting to get insurers to cover liabilities from lawsuits Frank Bentayou Plain Dealer Reporter A federal court in Ohio has handed RPM International Inc. a loss in its efforts to get insurance companies to cover the Medina-based corporation's asbestos-related liabilities resulting from lawsuits. But the company said Tuesday that it will seek to overturn that ruling with a filing in ...
Cleveland Live - Dec 3, 2008

Septic system proposal tweaked
County Council continues debate The proposal to require homeowners near the waterfront to put in pollution-reducing septic systems was scaled back last night as county councilmen tried to quell concerns that state money for the project would run out. The plan would mandate that homeowners with failing systems near the waterfront replace them with more expensive pollution-reducing systems.
HometownAnnapolis.com - Dec 3, 2008

Family of man trampled at Wal-Mart sues retailer
NEW YORK (Reuters) The family of a man killed in a stampede of frenzied holiday shoppers filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday, seeking unspecified damages. Shoppers on New York's Long Island broke down doors and surged into the Valley Stream Wal-Mart at 5 a.m. Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving, known as 'Black Friday' and traditionally the busiest retail ...
Business Insurance - Dec 4, 2008

Ex-WorldCom chief Ebbers seeks clemency from Bush
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Imprisoned former WorldCom Inc chief Bernard Ebbers has joined the list of high-profile corporate defendants petitioning for clemency in the final days of President George W. Bush's term in office. Ebbers, convicted of orchestrating an $11 billion accounting fraud, joins former publishing mogul Conrad Black and 1980s-era financier Michael Milken in seeking ...
Portland Tribune - Dec 4, 2008

Tobacco trial: Philip Morris disputes addiction claims
(The Miami Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- MO | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- Philip Morris, defending a lawsuit brought by the Cooper City widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer, disputed allegations that he was addicted to cigarettes and therefore couldn't stop smoking. In opening arguments of a closely watched trial, the first to be heard of ...
TradingMarkets - Dec 3, 2008

Half of civil servants are unqualified, says minister
Abdul Khalik, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Responding to the discouraging results of recent public service surveys, State Minister for Administrative Reforms Taufiq Effendi revealed half of the country's 4 million civil servants are unqualified. He said his office was preparing to reassign 2 million unqualified officials to other government jobs in an effort to tackle bureaucratic inefficiencies ...
Jakarta Post - Dec 4, 2008

Change: The Election's Effect on Securities Regulation
The SEC's Chairman, Christopher Cox, typically describes the SEC as a 'law enforcement agency.' The election of Barack Obama and a House and Senate dominated by the Democratic Party will likely change this job description. Under the US Constitution, law enforcement is the duty of our executive branch of government. Chairman Cox's statement shows that he thinks the SEC is part of the executive ...
Traders Magazine - Dec 4, 2008

Stopping WMD; Plan for Economy; Mortgage Crisis; Selective Enforcement; College Loan Crisis
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. LOU DOBBS, CNN ANCHOR: Thank you, Wolf. Tonight, startling evidence that one in five young American adults now suffers from serious psychological problems. Many are abusing alcohol and drugs. We're going to tell you what's causing this crisis and what can be done about it.
CNN - Dec 3, 2008

MedQuist Announces Resolution of the DOJ Investigation and Dismissal of Shareholder Lawsuits
MedQuist Inc. (Nasdaq: MEDQ), the largest Medical Transcription Service Organization (MTSO) in the world, is pleased to announce the positive resolution of several material legal matters As previously announced, the Company received an administrative HIPAA subpoena for documents from the United States Department of Justice ('DOJ') on December 17, 2004. The subpoena sought information primarily ...
PR Newswire - Dec 3, 2008

Department of Justice Announces Improvements and Name Change for Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
Feature News Text hiding to spacing of Justice Announces Improvements and Name Change for Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website Changes Announced Near the 5-year Anniversary of Dru Sjodin Disappearance WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Justice today announced improvements to the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Web site (NSOPW) and a new ...
PR Newswire - Dec 3, 2008

Patent Office Stifles Innovation
Information Age innovators need not apply. At least that's the implied message being stretched like police tape across the door of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office [USPTO]. The agency seems fixated on eliminating the last, true, sustainable American advantage: our capacity to innovate. Recent moves by the USPTO have resulted in a precedent-setting legal victory that now threatens software ...
MSNBC - Nov 11, 2008

U.S.: FIRST, CLOSE GUANTANAMO, RIGHTS GROUPS BESEECH OBAMA
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2008 (IPS/GIN) -- President-elect Barack Obama should make the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility a top priority when he takes office Jan. 20, U.S. and international human rights groups said Monday. They are also calling for the abolition of the military commissions that have begun trying suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo, and for them to be transferred to ...
Macro World Investor - Nov 11, 2008

COLUMN: Workplace Law: Court to clarify meal requirements
Recently, the authors of this column have followed case law regarding meal periods with interest. You may remember that the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District concluded in the Brinker decision, which was the topic of an earlier article, that employers are not required to force their employees to take their meal periods but, rather, need only 'authorize and permit' them to take ...
The Californian - Nov 11, 2008

Covalence SA: Innovation Fuels Techs' Reputation Despite Corruption Scandals
(M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Innovative green and social products greatly contribute to the ethical reputation of technology hardware companies, while labour, legal, institutional and production-related challenges are rising, states a report published today by -based research firm Covalence - Covalence Technology Hardware Industry Report 2008. In Covalence cross-sectors EthicalQuote ranking ...
TMC Net - Nov 11, 2008

The Lanier Law Firm Announces Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Nintendo Over Wii Video Game Technology
Attorney W. Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm is announcing a patent infringement lawsuit filed against Kyoto, Japan-based video game giant Nintendo Co. Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary on behalf of a small Ohio technology company based on claims that Nintendo infringed the company's patented technology to produce the popular Wii video game. The lawsuit, Motiva, LLC v.
PR Newswire - Nov 11, 2008

Ex-S.F. firefighter's workers' comp problem
Christina Hijjawi, 37, surrendered at the Hall of Justice last week, after a warrant was issued for her arrest on multiple felony counts of workers' compensation and disability insurance fraud, and attempted perjury, authorities said. Hijjawi is free on $30,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 3. 'Many of these (endurance) events were completed while Hijjawi reportedly was too injured ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Nov 11, 2008

A Quiet Windfall For U.S. Banks: With Attention on Bailout Debate, Treasury Made Change to Tax Policy
The financial world was fixated on Capitol Hill as Congress battled over the Bush administration's request for a $700 billion bailout of the banking industry. In the midst of this late-September drama, the Treasury Department issued a five-sentence notice that attracted almost no public attention. But corporate tax lawyers quickly realized the enormous implications of the document: ...
Washington Post - Nov 10, 2008

ABA President Calls Expensive Judicial Races Obscene
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The president of the American Bar Association says enormously expensive judicial races, like this year's $5 million slugfest for a Supreme Court seat in his home state of Alabama, threaten the public's confidence in the judicial system. 'More was spent on that race than was spent on providing access to the courts for people of limited means.
New York Lawyer - Nov 10, 2008

4th Circuit could be reshaped: Obama's picks could swing the court to one with a majority named by Democratic presidents
Nov. 10--As president, Barack Obama and a new U.S. Senate could transform the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, long one of the most conservative in the country. President Bush failed to fill four vacancies on the 15-judge court, which decides cases on issues such as abortion, the death penalty and terrorism. The Bush administration steered terrorism cases to the court, where it ...
Calibre Macro World - Nov 10, 2008

US labor looks to Obama to help advance its agenda
The labor unions that helped Barack Obama win the White House are looking for some return on their investment. Labors wish list for the incoming president and the expanded Democratic majority in Congress includes an easier path toward forming unions, expanding the pool of workers who can join them, prohibiting employers from permanently replacing striking workers and expanding health care.
Japan Today - Nov 10, 2008

In California, What Happens After Prop 8?
Well perhaps this sill put an end to the absurd @ssunption that African American support can be taken for granted by those on the left. Cookie Puss Says: Monday, November 10, 2008 at 9:46 am Roberta McCain was right -- Mormons are trouble! textee Says: Monday, November 10, 2008 at 9:49 am Yawn. Ana Marie Cox, pimping for the unwatched freakshow hostessed by Kief Olbermoronn, announces that ...
Time - Nov 10, 2008

California Enacts New Disability Access Legislation
A landmark disability access bill aimed at decreasing unwarranted disability-access litigation that does not advance disability access and increasing equal access for individuals with disabilities has been approved by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The legislation, S.B. 1608, adds new provisions to the states existing disability access laws which are likely to benefit employers and ...
Jackson Lewis - Nov 10, 2008

Family under the foreclosure gun (3)
Family under the foreclosure gun The Sylvester family stands to lose their Mendham home in foreclosure. Above: Valerie Sylvester in front of the home. Family says they re subprime victims and will lose home without last-minute help MENDHAM Valerie and Gary Sylvester and their five children don t want to become another casualty in the subprime mortgage scandal that has been the focus of ...
Madison Eagle - Nov 10, 2008

Health Care Workers Get Help Fighting Unprecedented Attacks from Service Employee International Union Leadership
Fundraising has begun to help United Healthcare Workers-West members fight unprecedented attacks by Andy Stern and Anna Burger, Service Employees International Union President and Secretary-Treasurer. 'A Salute to Union Democracy' honoring the 150,000 members of SEIU United Health Care Workers-West and their President, Sal Rosselli, takes place Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 5:30 to 7:30 at the ...
San Antonio Business Journal - Nov 10, 2008

Proper medicine for sound' economy
CST The truest thing that Sen. John McCain said during this election campaign is what got him into the most trouble: The economy is sound.Sound does not mean bullet-proof. Nor does it mean that everything is going wonderfully at the moment or that nothing needs to be done. You may be as sick as a dog from having eaten the wrong thing. But that does not mean that you need to have your arm ...
Mohave Valley News - Nov 10, 2008

Property Law Overview Through Conversion
Takeaways Overview, Ownership, Conquest, Conversion, PROPERTY OVERVIEWProperty law gives owners rights over non-ownersa. Right to exclude non-owners from propertyb. Imposes duty on others not to enter without consentc. Power to transfer titled. Immunity from having property taken or damaged without consente. Privilege to use = power over peoplei. pros: creates jobsii.
Associated Content - Nov 10, 2008

Protests Continue in Paraguay
Asuncion, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Paraguayan doctors, teachers, indigenous people and farmers began on Monday a day of protests in front of the Congress building, simultaneously to the beginning of the 2009 budget analysis. In their demands, they highlighted salary rises, funds for cotton crops and land buys, mother-infant health, social security, snacks, and school materials.
Prensa Latina - Nov 10, 2008

PRESS DIGEST - Philippine newspapers - Nov 11
MANILA, Nov 11 (Reuters) - These are the leading stories in Manila newspapers on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified these stories. - Former agriculture secretary Jocelyn Bolante, suspected of diverting fertiliser money to finance the candidacy of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2004, promised to attend the Senate inquiry on the multi-million pesos fertiliser fund scam.
Reuters - Nov 10, 2008

B.C. health workers get $68 million in compensation after jobs privatized
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Thousands of British Columbia health-care workers who lost their jobs through contracting out will be getting payouts from a total of $68 million in compensation. The Hospital Employees' Union, which represented about 92 per cent of the affected employees, said Monday that the average amount will be $9,500, and the cheques will be in the mail before Christmas.
1057 EZRrock - Nov 10, 2008

Construction: When is a development project a project?
LATEST CEQA RULING CLOUDS PROCESS FOR PUBLIC-PRIVATE EFFORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL STAFF REPORTER Instead of clarifying a long-running legal question about when a development plan becomes a project, triggering environmental-impact analysis, a new state Supreme Court ruling will prompt a review of commonly used public-private agreements, according to Phillip Kalsched, a construction and land-use ...
Press Democrat - Nov 10, 2008

InterTAN Canada to File for Creditor Protection
InterTAN Canada Ltd. ("InterTAN"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Circuit City Stores Inc. (NYSE: CC), today announced that it intends to file for creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. InterTAN expects that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice will hear the application today. InterTAN Canada Ltd. ("InterTAN"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Circuit ...
MarketWire - Nov 10, 2008

Federman & Sherwood Announces That a Securities Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Daktronics Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT)
On November 7, 2008, a class action On November 7, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota against Daktronics Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT). The complaint alleges violations of federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including allegations of issuing a series of material ...
MarketWire - Nov 10, 2008

Judge tells White House to release wiretapping docs
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration must give to a federal court documents related to government wiretapping of domestic communications without a warrant after the September 11 attacks, according to a recent court order. U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy signed the order on Friday requiring the U.S. Justice Department to provide the court for private review certain documents that were ...
Reuters - Nov 2, 2008

Whatever the Outcome, the World Wont End
You would think from the way some political partisans on both sides of the ideological divide are talking, the sky will fall Tuesday night if the presidential candidate they oppose is elected to the White House. You just want to look them square in the eyes and slowly and calmly say Breathe & take deeeeep breaths. The true believers on the both the right and the left are hyperventilating and ...
Lynchburg News and Advance - Nov 2, 2008

Gay marriage votes may show changing U.S
By Peter Henderson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gay couples are not hiding any more and that has made all the difference, said health care administrator Linda Merkens before Tuesday's vote in California that will decide the legality of same-sex marriage there. It's one of several important ballot measures voters will face in states across the country on Election Day.
Reuters - Nov 2, 2008

Dirty politics: Election of 1898 among nastiest in history
Theres no telling how many votes were dumped into the Cape Fear River. No telling how many would-be voters were dumped along with them. But people who balk at the name-calling, the mean-spirited bickering, even the sporadic property damage that has flavored this years campaigns in North Carolina can take a look at history to see just how nasty elections around here can get.
Fayetteville Online - Nov 2, 2008

Terrorism financing blacklists at risk
BRUSSELS - The global blacklisting system for financiers of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups is at risk of collapse, undermined by legal challenges and waning political support in many countries, according to counterterrorism officials in Europe and the United States. In September, the European Court of Justice threw the future of the United Nations' sanctions program against al-Qaeda and the ...
MSNBC - Nov 2, 2008

How the Supreme Court Fractured Online Pricing
A June 2007 ruling gave manufacturers greater leeway to set retail prices. That s set off a free-for-all as online retailers seek creative ways to compete including on price. Just as millions of consumers are turning to the web to find the lowest prices, online retailers in many categories find they no longer can compete on price. That s because a growing number of manufacturers are ...
InternetRetailer.com - Nov 2, 2008

U.S. Senate " Minnesota
Party: DFL. Family: Wife Franni; 2 children. Age: 57. Home: Minneapolis. Education: B.A., Harvard University. Professional experience: Political commentator; satirist. Political experience: See above. - On the economy: Franken proposes to increase support for working families, including assistance with child care and tax credits for employers with family-friendly policies.
Grand Forks Herald - Nov 2, 2008

Direction of high court hangs on election
WASHINGTON As Election Day nears, Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama are sparring over the economy, taxes, health care and each other. But the next president of the United States may make his most lasting imprint on the U.S. Supreme Court. With four of the nine justices in their 70s and one in his 80s, the next president likely will have the privilege of appointing at least one new justice to ...
St. Petersburg Times - Nov 2, 2008

EPA passes wastewater authority to state
Discharger user fees will rise to handle agency's new workload The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it would hand off wastewater discharge permitting authority and enforcement in Alaska to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Alaska joins 45 other states that will oversee their own National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems, and they all have to follow ...
Juneau Empire - Nov 2, 2008

US electoral system flaws come to fore
Moved by the powerful speech of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama, one of his supporters cries during a rally at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Missouri Saturday. Photo: AFPAs Republicans and Democrats are expecting record turnout in the November 4 US presidential election, experts fear loopholes in the electoral system may bring into question the fairness of the historic ...
Bangladesh Daily Star - Nov 2, 2008

40,000 Jewish Conversions Annulled by Israel High Court
JERUSALEM In a rigorous conversion process, she studied religious law for a year, took a Hebrew name and changed her wardrobe to long skirts and sleeves as dictated by Orthodox Jewish custom. Finally, a panel of rabbis pronounced her Jewish. But five years later, she and some 40,000 like her have suddenly had their conversions annulled by Israel's Rabbinical High Court.
FOXNews.com - Nov 2, 2008

Argentina Impoverishes Itself Again
'It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.' -- Frederic Bastiat, 'The Law,' 1850 Our subject today is not Barack Obama's 'change' plan to 'share the wealth.' But readers who want to know what happens to a nation that legalizes plunder -- as the 19th century French economist termed the taking ...
Wall Street Journal Online - Nov 2, 2008

Surrey homes with high power usage can still be inspected -but cops stay outside
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Local municipalities and B.C. police forces have to rewrite part of their battle plan in the war against marijuana grow operations after a B.C. Supreme Court drew the line at police entering homes without a search warrant. The provincial government widened the powers of cities two years ago under the Safety Standards Act, in the effort to rid communities of the power-hungry and ...
Yahoo! Canada - Nov 2, 2008

Jump-starting climate action
This is a guest essay by Michael Northup and David Sassoon. It was originally published at . ----- The urgency of the current situation cannot be overemphasized: The latest scientific research tells us that global warming is accelerating at a rate beyond previous expectations, and that the window for a timely response is closing quickly. Despite some political efforts to muddy the waters, there ...
Grist Magazine - Nov 2, 2008

Drug makers seek new limits on lawsuits
Children's musician Diana Levine watched her right hand gradually turn black in the six weeks after she was injected with a Wyeth anti-nausea drug. The pain, so powerful even morphine couldn't mask it, subsided only when doctors amputated the arm just below the elbow. 'It was totally shocking to wake up to this,' said Levine, motioning toward her sleeve-covered stump as she sat in the kitchen of ...
Delaware Online - Nov 2, 2008

Obviousness: On carbon nanotubes
Home> Nanotechnology Columns > Magda Carvalho PhD, JD > Abstract: Carbon nanotube inventions have succeeded as innovative and hundreds of patents have been awarded. But as claimed inventions accumulate, issues of patentability relating to obviousness inevitably arise. Specifically, methods that produced end-derivatized single-wall carbon nanotubes could not successfully stand up to 35 ...
Nanotechnology News - Nov 2, 2008

Economic woes mean boom time for lawyers
LOS ANGELES - The loose-leaf binders on Beverly Hills attorney Paul Kiesel's shelves contain hundreds of stories alleging deception, loss, and heartache. Kiesel is representing struggling homeowners who say they were misled about the terms of their mortgages. He is far from the only lawyer finding himself busy these days as a result of the hard economic times.
Boston Globe - Oct 31, 2008

Nevada Cap on Medical Damage Awards Draws Criticism
As 59-year-old Richard Krikalo lumbers through the office of a junkyard he helps manage, he bumps into a desk and clips a wastebasket with his right leg. Krikalo is almost blind in his right eye and has trouble with depth perception and peripheral vision. 'I go to the buffet and bump into people carrying food,' he growls, shaking his head, his static right eye unable to follow his blinking left ...
Insurance Journal - Oct 31, 2008

Neighbours left rich spinster 'in squalor'
Squalor ... rich spinster Betty Dyke gave neighbours $1.2m to look after her, but was found in filthy conditions, a court has been told. Rich spinster died in squalor Gave neighbours money to care for her Court hears they did nothing MILLIONAIRE spinster Betty Dyke was so desperate to end her days in her own home with her beloved animals that she gave neighbours $1.2 million to look after her.
NEWS.com.au - Oct 31, 2008

Campaign ad watch: Dueling ads in attorney general race mislead
This week's most popular (2198) Regional News By JENNIFER McKEE Missoulian State Bureau HELENA - The Montana Democratic and Republican parties both released fresh attack ads this week in the withering air war of the attorney general race.The Missoulian State Bureau analyzed both ads for accuracy.Republican ad vs. Bullock The ad attacks Democratic candidate Steve Bullock and neither mentions ...
Missoulian - Oct 30, 2008

Rabbis' ruling puts thousands of converts in limbo
LAURIE COPANS JERUSALEM, Raised without religion in Maryland, Shannon sought to make a new life for herself as a Jew in Israel. In a rigorous conversion process, she studied religious law for a year, took a Hebrew name and changed her wardrobe to long skirts and sleeves as dictated by Orthodox Jewish custom. Finally, a panel of rabbis pronounced her Jewish.
Calibre Macro World - Oct 30, 2008

Mee wins patent case against corporate giant
Mee Industries has announced the successful conclusion of a patent infringement suit brought against it by Dow Chemical Company. The Federal Court suit, tried in December of last year in Orlando, Florida, USA, was ended by a decision of the court in late September of this year. In the suit, Dow accused Mee Industries of infringement of patents dealing with the use of fogging technology for ...
Power Engineering - Oct 30, 2008

Military Members to Face General Court Martial in Database Corruption Case
Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) Silvya Reid and PO2 Janet Sinclair will face a General Court Martial in relation to the alleged corruption of a Government database in July 2007. Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) Silvya Reid and PO2 Janet Sinclair will face a General Court Martial in relation to the alleged corruption of a Government database in July 2007. PO2 Reid and PO2 Sinclair were charged ...
MarketWire - Oct 30, 2008

Baseball and the reserve clause
These election days have seen political terms bandied about such as socialism and the Bradley Effect. Essentially socialism is the distribution of money and goods by the government. It s not something new, we have been going down that path for many years beginning with social security, which has allowed our aging a better life. Socialism flies in the face of the free market, but maybe it s ...
Albert Lea Tribune - Oct 30, 2008

Nursing home cameras will help reduce abuse
God bless Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for placing hidden cameras in nursing home rooms. Much elder abuse is assault, pure and simple, and those in any way involved, including staff who avert their eyes, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent. Residents in nursing homes are often thought of as other, not normal adults. But they are your mother and father, sister and brother; they are you if ...
Buffalo News - Oct 30, 2008

ExxonMobil profit surges to record $14.8bln
US oil giant ExxonMobil shook off economic troubles and hurricanes to post a record third-quarter profit of 14.83 billion US dollars, up 58 percent from a year ago, the company said Thursday. The latest report pushed up profits for the first nine months of 2008 to 37.4 billion US dollars, putting the biggest oil and gas company toward another record year for earnings.
Sydney Morning Herald - Oct 30, 2008

Persons With Psychosocial Disability [opinion]
(Ghanaian Chronicle/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX News Network) -- Everybody has the right to rights; fundamental human rights are meant for everyone, no matter the circumstance one might find him or herself. Most times societies tend to disassociate with people who are psychologically screwed up. Little attention is given to them when it comes to the issue of rights.
Calibre Macro World - Oct 30, 2008

Lost-gun ordinances usually fire blanks
Lose a gun in Cleveland and fail to report it to police and you could face a $250 fine and 30 days in jail. But in the 12 years that ordinance has been on Cleveland's books, only two people have been taken to court for failing to report a lost or stolen gun. That experience, and those of other cities, suggests that Pittsburgh's proposed ordinance on reporting lost or stolen guns and others ...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Oct 30, 2008

India's Vanishing Tigers
Edited by Claire George It is a well known fact that the tiger in the Indian wild is critically endangered. At the beginning of the 20th century 40,000 of these striped animals roamed the country's jungles. Wanton killing, rising human populations and economic development leading to shrinking habitats brought their numbers to a perilous low of around 2,000 by the end of the ...
OhmyNews - Oct 31, 2008

Races to Watch: Pennsylvania 11
Previous Races to Watch: Ohio 15 Minnesota 3 Once upon a time, when the Republican presidential hopefuls were all attempting to 'out-Tancredo Tancredo,' immigration looked to be shaping up as a major issue in the 2008 election. Of course, that was before the selection of immigration moderate John McCain as the GOP nominee. Before Palin-mania. Before the financial crisis.
American Prospect - Oct 30, 2008

Am Law Litigation Daily -- Oct. 30, 2008
Years ago, the Litigation Daily remembers, we were sitting in Steven Schulman's office at One Penn Plaza as he boasted about the big, big returns he was expecting from the 300 class actions that were later consolidated to become the multidistrict IPO securities litigation. It was way back in 2001, and Schulman's firm, today just known as Milberg, was leading the plaintiffs bar's charge against ...
The American Lawyer - Oct 30, 2008

Growing National Demand For Marijuana Expert Eric Nash
GROWING NATIONAL DEMAND FOR MARIJUANA EXPERT ERIC NASH Eric Nash sits quietly in a small room at the Duncan court offices. He's impeccably dressed in a black suit and burgundy tie, and with his glasses and closely cropped hair, he looks every bit the qualified court expert. What's not immediately apparent is that this man's area of expertise is marijuana. 'We're beginning to become known by ...
Media Awareness Project - Oct 30, 2008

The Senior Citizens League's Comments on U.S. Supreme Court Case Wyeth v. Levine
The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) filed an amicus brief in support of a courageous Vermont woman's fight to preserve her common law right to damages for the amputation of her gangrenous arm caused by the tortious conduct of a large pharmaceutical company. Wyeth, with the wholehearted backing of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), argued that the administration of its drug in a manner not ...
Pharma Live - Oct 30, 2008

COALITION PROTECTS LEGAL AID FROM HULLS' RAID ATTEMPT
The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition has stopped the government from raiding the Public Purpose Fund, through an amendment passed by the Legislative Council, Shadow Attorney-General Robert Clark said today. The Brumby Government attempted to give itself the power to take money from this fund, which provides money for legal aid, education and research, and use it to pay running costs for its ...
Liberal Party Victoria - Oct 30, 2008

Many states' ballot measures concern social issues
WASHINGTON California voters on Tuesday will consider the care of pregnant pigs, and Massachusetts voters will have a chance to abolish the state's income tax, but most ballot issues this year again target a variety of social issues. State ballots contain 153 propositions, including 59 initiatives from citizen petitions. Some are on the ballot because of a constitutional mandate Illinois' ...
Chicago Tribune - Oct 31, 2008

Emptoris Comments on Initial Verdict of Patent Infringement Lawsuit Case
Emptoris, Inc., a leading provider of Emptoris, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise supply and contract management software, commented today on the patent infringement lawsuit filed against the company by Ariba, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARBA) of Sunnyvale, CA. The suit, filed in April 2007, was heard over the past two weeks in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Case Number ...
MarketWire - Oct 30, 2008

New Report Shows How Drug Industry Immunity Would Endanger Women
A new report released today by the national consumer rights group Center for Justice & Democracy finds that many of this country's dangerous government-approved drugs and devices have been marketed specifically for women. Many of these products were removed or made safer only after women filed lawsuits. The release of the report, THE BITTEREST PILL -- How Drug Companies Fail To Protect Women ...
PR Newswire - Oct 29, 2008

Lawsuit over Obama's citizenship dismissed
I believe that only McCain has the standing to sue. JakeD Says: October 27th, 2008 at 11:43 am Although, I guess the other Presidential candidates could technically argue they have standing to sue as well (but what is the harm to them? McCain would simply win). Flyboy Will Says: October 27th, 2008 at 12:04 pm I m going to go sue Berg for molesting puppies in 1973, I heard some guy in ...
Orange County Register - Oct 29, 2008

DWP OKs payouts for overcharges to L.A. County, schools, MTA
After almost a decade of what state prosecutors called 'ripping off state agencies,' the Department of Water and Power on Monday agreed to pay out a $160 million settlement to the county, local schools, community colleges and the MTA. Coming after years of legal wrangling, the settlement is the largest ever against a utility for overcharging customers, according to attorneys for the plaintiffs.
Los Angeles Daily News - Oct 29, 2008

Court weighs state ban on violent video games
SACRAMENTO - A federal appeals panel on Wednesday considered whether California can ban the sale of violent video games to minors. The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held a rare hearing in Sacramento to take arguments over a 2005 state law. It prohibits the sale or rental of violent video games to anyone under the age of 18 and requires that such games be clearly ...
Los Angeles Daily News - Oct 29, 2008

Wealthy interests alter Calif's initiative process
SACRAMENTO, Calif. When Hiram Johnson championed an initiative system for California nearly a century ago, he sold it as a grassroots way to 'arm the people to protect themselves.'California's 23rd governor foresaw citizen campaigns putting propositions on the ballot when the Legislature failed to address a pressing need.But 97 years after Californians voted to allow themselves to put measures on ...
Vida en el Valle - Oct 29, 2008

The George W. Bush factor looms large
The campaign for the election of the 44th president of the United States has been dominated by the administration of George W. Bush, as Sen. Barack Obama speaks as if hes running against him and Sen. John McCain spares no effort to distinguish himself from Bush. This is not surprising, considering that most public opinion polls report President Bushs popularity at about 35 percent (although more ...
Desert Dispatch - Oct 29, 2008

The Supreme Court matters
Marian Wright Edelman Carolina Peacemaker Originally posted 10/29/2008 On the way to the voting booth on November 4, in addition to thinking about who should occupy the White House, we should also be concerned about who will appoint to federal courts. The next president will likely name one to three Justices to the Supreme Court and hundreds to lower federal courts.
Carolina Peacemaker - Oct 29, 2008

Life Insurance Is Big Business in the USLoading...
Life - Life in America.; Life insurance is big business in the US, with changes brought about by the credit crunch creating new opportunities reports Stephen Gray. UK The integration of the financial services sector is a worldwide phenomenon, and the US life industry with its $4tn of assets has not been immune. The surge tide of regulatory rulings and law changes began in the 1980s, when rulings ...
Insurance News Net - Oct 29, 2008

B.C. judge's ruling could change way suspected grow-op inspections are done
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Provincial legislation that allows electrical inspections of homes identified as having high electricity usage - and therefore suspected of being marijuana grow-ops - is sound but police cannot accompany those safety teams without a warrant, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled.The decision came after two Surrey residents went to court against the City of Surrey, BC Hydro and ...
Metronews - Oct 29, 2008

Group challenges Nativity scenes at state parks: Letter to attorney general alleges church/state violation
Oct. 29--An organization that advocates separation of church and state has asked the Ohio attorney general for her position on having a Nativity scene in a state park, while warning of a possible legal challenge. The Freedom from Religion Foundation wrote to Nancy H. Rogers on Oct. 6 to complain that a stand-alone Nativity scene at Malabar Farm State Park in north-central Ohio was 'a recurring ...
Calibre Macro World - Oct 29, 2008

The Other Half of Standard Oil
John D. Rockefeller could not have built his empire without one of America s greatest entrepreneurs, Henry Flagler. In all of American industrial history, perhaps only Henry Ford is more closely identified with the company he founded than is John D. Rockefeller. In the 1860s, Rockefeller was just one of many entrepreneurs seeking to exploit the possibilities opened up by the brand-new ...
American.com - Oct 29, 2008

IR tribunal faces firing squad
THE NSW Labor Government has delivered an ultimatum to Australia's oldest industrial relations tribunal: sack yourselves or we'll do it for you. The tribunal's commissioners have been told that NSW Attorney-General John Hatzistergos wants half of them to take redundancy under the threat that all their positions will be abolished if they refuse. The Attorney-General's move has been prompted by ...
The Australian - Oct 29, 2008

Chickens and the egg
But thanks to Olivera Egg Farm and its 700,000 chickens, country life is not all sunshine and butterflies. With a quick turn of the wind, the pleasant breeze suddenly sours to the sickening, fetid stench of ammonia from the nearby 'lagoon' a 16.5-acre cesspool of chicken manure that lies 370 feet from the nearest house. 'It takes your breath away,' said Janice Magaoay, who has lived in a ...
San Francisco Bay Guardian - Oct 29, 2008

Algeria president to abolish term limits
ALGIERS, Algeria-Algeria's president is giving himself the constitutional right to stay in power, announcing plans Wednesday to abolish term limits that would have prevented him from seeking a third term next spring. Abdelaziz Bouteflika said in a speech broadcast from Algeria's supreme court that he wants to bring 'stability, efficiency and continuity' to the oil- and gas-rich nation, which is ...
Macro World Investor - Oct 29, 2008

CO2Emission Cuts: The Economic Costs of the EPA's ANPR Regulations
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) foreshadows new regulations of unprecedented scope, magnitude, and detail. This notice is not just bureaucratic rumination, but could very well become the law of the land. Jason Grumet, a senior environmental advisor to Barack Obama, has promised that a President Obama would 'initiate those rulings.' These ...
Heritage Foundation - Oct 29, 2008

Republican Loyalists Jumping Ship
BOSTON -- The Republican Party was the model of unity leaving its national convention barely two months ago. But no more.Displaying a fracture that stands to become a clean break if John McCain loses the election next week, Republicans of all stripes and stature have broken with their party's nominee and are not only supporting Democrat Barack Obama, but trashing the GOP in the process.Former ...
WSMV - Oct 29, 2008

'Eli Stone' Recap: Lead Paint and a Magic Book
With the resolution of Eli's crisis of faith having already come (his reluctance to become a prophet was so last season), 'Eli Stone' was in need of a larger story arc to keep the momentum going and provide viewers with a reason to tune in each week. Posner (Tom Amandes) and Klein's (Katey Sagal) attempt to wrest the firm from Jordan's (Victor Garber) control has provided just that.
Starpulse - Oct 29, 2008

Security and Financial Risks of Data Breaches Grow as Some IT Departments Inadvertently Expose Data by Improperly Retiring Data Storage Products
OAKDALE, Minn., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Patient health records, social security numbers, bank account numbers and internal auditing procedures are examples of the kinds of information that is unknowingly 'leaking' out of data centers. This disturbing trend is the result of companies improperly disposing of used data storage products at end-of-life, including a growing practice of ...
Columbus Business First - Oct 29, 2008

Sri Lankan government tests all milk products for melamine
Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka government today said that it is taking urgent steps to implement procedures recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) over the melamine found in some food products. The government has instructed the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) to test all milk products being sold in the market to test whether they are suitable for human consumption.
Colombo Page - Oct 29, 2008

Ex-Haitian strongman sentenced in NYC fraud scheme
Emmanuel Constant was sentenced in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn to 12 years to 37 years in prison, said state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office, which prosecuted the case. Constant was found guilty of fraud and grand larceny in July. He has been jailed since 2006 for the fraud case. An investor who testified as part of a plea deal claimed Constant offered to broker deals to buy ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 29, 2008

Aussie sues casino over gambling binge
CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian gambler who lost millions in a A$1.4 billion (548.5 million pounds) gaming spree is suing one of the country's largest casinos, claiming he was targeted by managers despite a known gambling addiction. In a case which lawyers say could have implications stretching to China, gambling addict Harry Kakavas is suing Crown Casino in Melbourne for A$50 million damages ...
Tiscali - Oct 30, 2008

Discover Financial Services Reaches $2.75 Billion Settlement Agreement in Antitrust Dispute with Visa and MasterCard
RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) said today that it has reached an agreement with Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. in the settlement of a lawsuit seeking damages for practices that suppressed third-party issuing on the Discover Network and the acceptance of its cards. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Discover is expected to receive up to $2.75 ...
Street Insider - Oct 27, 2008

CBS increasingly airing indecency
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--CBS and other broadcast television networks increasingly are pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable entertainment as the Federal Communications Commission, the government body charged with enforcing indecency laws, awaits an upcoming Supreme Court hearing in order to determine a response.The Parents Television Council, a nonpartisan watchdog group, filed an indecency ...
Town Hall - Oct 27, 2008

Supreme Smackdown Over Speech
While America will be busy at the polls on Nov. 4, Fox has a different, pressing Election Day appointment at the Supreme Court. That?s where the network?s reps will battle the FCC over fleeting profanities that drew an indecency finding from the commission. Fox has elected to take aim at the FCC?s powers to regulate any broadcast speech whatsoever. News Corp.
WaveForm - Oct 27, 2008

Galvanizing the gun vote
NRA hopes to seal election by painting Obama as no friend of the firearm Tiffany Brown Canadian tourists Colin Grosh, left, and David Mitchnick check out the wares Wednesday at the Las Vegas Gun Range & Firearms Center. The NRA says that in the past year it has registered more than 1 million gun owners to vote, and at the center NObama T-shirts are hot items, with most of the 300 ...
Las Vegas Sun - Oct 27, 2008

The Dangerous Reasoning of the Connecticut Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of Connecticut recently embraced legal reasoning that opens a Pandora's Box. The Court recently handed down the latest in a series of bizarre rulings from state courts on 'gay marriage.' Using the court's logic any and all sexual conduct could be deemed constitutional -- and any and all sexual partners allowed to 'marry.' The Connecticut court's ruling brings America another ...
American Thinker - Oct 27, 2008

George F. Will: A healthy proposition (Yesterday)
WASHINGTON -- On Election Day, Arizonans can give the nation the gift of a good example. They can enact a measure that could shape the health-care debate that will arrest or accelerate the nation's slide into statism. Proposition 101, 'The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act,' would put the following language into Arizona's Constitution: 'Because all people should have the right to make ...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Oct 28, 2008

In This Election The Supreme Court Matters
Court will rule on whether cigarette manufacturers can be sued for deceptively labeling their products as "light" and "lowered tar and nicotine." This case will have a major impact on the health of children and teenagers who are influenced to start smoking because they are deceived by these ads. Many of them will grow up to be among the 438,000 who die of smoking related causes each year.
Huffington Post - Oct 27, 2008

2 skinheads accused of plot to kill Obama
Nazi skinheads accused of plot to kill Barack Obama Comments WASHINGTON - Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday. In all, the two men whom officials describe as neo-Nazi skinheads planned to kill 88 people - 14 by ...
Chicago Sun-Times - Oct 27, 2008

Shame, Cubed
The Drudge Report this morning led off with a link to audio of Barack Obama on WBEZ, a Chicago public radio station. And this time, Barack Obama was not eight years old when the bomb went off. York: Dunphy: Whittle: Bayefsky: McCarthy: Coulson: Busch: Miller: Neighborly WisdomGratzer: Lopez: Reality ElectionBenard: Pitney: Whittle: Biden's HintSteyn: Barone: Sowell: Obama, Con Speaking on a ...
National Review - Oct 27, 2008

Credit Suisse Repurchases Auction Rate Securities (ARS) From Rosetta Genomics
REHOVOT, Israel and JERSEY CITY, New Jersey, October 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (Nasdaq:ROSG), a leader in the development of microRNA-based diagnostics and therapeutics, today announced that Credit Suisse, as part of a settlement agreement it has reached with the Attorney General of the State of New York and the North American Securities Administrators Association Task ...
PR Newswire - Oct 27, 2008

Banks lose in Bell litigation saga
A group of 20 financiers, including three of Australias four biggest banks, face having to pay back more than $280 million they snatched out of Alan Bonds failed Bell Group after it collapsed in April 1991. Bringing an end to the first chapter of a 13-year legal battle, WA Supreme Court judge Neville Owen today upheld parts of claims by Bell liquidators over the actions of the Westpac-led banking ...
The West Online - Oct 27, 2008

Parental notification measure on ballot again
For the third time in four years, California voters will be asked to require doctors to notify an unmarried minor girl's family before performing an abortion on her. Thirty-four states have laws requiring parental involvement in abortion decisions, but the issue has proved to be a hard sell in California. AT ISSUE:PROPOSITION 4 The measure would amend the state constitution to require a doctor ...
SignOn San Diego - Oct 27, 2008

Parenting abused children
DOUBLE TAKE THE Philippines is a country filled with hurt and angry children. Some of these children have been burned with flatirons, cigarette butts, bathed in alcohol or gasoline, beaten up with wood or iron rods, chained to staircases, caged like dogs, or their heads bashed against the wall. There are some who were born alcoholic or addicted to drugs simply because their expectant mothers had ...
Manila Times - Oct 27, 2008

Mokbel loses bid to have charges stayed
Accused underworld killer Tony Mokbel has lost his bid to have drugs and murder charges against him stopped. Mokbel's lawyers argued in the Victorian Supreme Court that the charges against him should be stayed on the basis his extradition to Australia was unlawful because his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights was pending. Mokbel fled Australia in 2006, but was extradited from Greece ...
Sunshine Coast Daily - Oct 27, 2008

ACLU to new president: End rights slide
The American Civil Liberties Union has recommendations Here's an excerpt from the ACLU issued to alert media about its new report: 'This past administration has left us with a disastrous legacy of bad policy, abuse of power, and civil liberties violations,' said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the Washington Legislative Office of the ACLU. 'The next president, whoever he is, must immediately ...
Baltimore Sun - Oct 27, 2008

Labor Unions Prolonged the Depression
Dow Jones Reprints: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com By the mid-1930s, the U.S. economy appeared to be climbing out of the Great Depression. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), which had ...
Wall Street Journal Online - Oct 27, 2008

Senator Stevens Guilty; McCain Slams Obama; San Francisco Policy Rejected; Election Fraud Risk
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. LOU DOBBS, HOST: Thank you, Wolf. Tonight a bombshell verdict in the Senator Ted Stevens trial. Stevens found guilty of seven charges of corruption. We'll have a live report and we'll examine the political impact. Also tonight Senator McCain and Obama presenting their so-called closing arguments in this ...
CNN - Oct 27, 2008

Hedge Lawsuit Threat Has Hill Seeing Red
When Braddock Financial heard about out a plan to fix the mortgage dilemma, it threatened a lawsuit. The Denver hedge fund had a mortgaged-back portfolio, so a renegotiation could hurt its performance. That threat of legal action did not sit well with Capitol Hill. Now, Braddock Financial along with another hedge fund, Greenwich Financial, is being summoned to Washington, D.C., to explain its ...
HedgeFund.net - Oct 27, 2008

From Vogue to MTV, Palin drew press to Alaska
GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is keeping reporters at arms' length in her campaign, but she had a very different approach as Alaska's new governor: She couldn't get enough of them. Palin cultivated interviews with local and national journalists and welcomed them from as far away as London, earning time in the spotlight even before Republican presidential candidate John McCain selected ...
Fresno Bee - Oct 27, 2008

McCain warns of dangers of Dem control
This election comes down to how you want your hard-earned money spent, McCain said to a small audience at the Renaissance hotel in downtown Cleveland. Do you want to keep it and invest it in your future, or have it taken by the most liberal person to ever run for the Presidency, and the Democratic leaders who have been running Congress for the past two years -- Nancy Pelosi and Harry ...
The Politico - Oct 27, 2008

SC frowns upon unnecessary use of Contempt of Court Act
New Delhi, Oct 27 (UNI) The Supreme Court has strongly disapproved the use of Contempt of the Court Act for purpose other than to secure the compliance of the order of the court. A bench comprising Justices S P Sinha and Cyriac Joseph while dropping the contempt of court proceedings against a TV programme producer company 'Three Cheers Entertainment Pvt Ltd' also imposed a cost of Rs one lakh on ...
United News of India - Oct 27, 2008

Obama vs. McCain: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Treatment of Veterans -- Voter Guide
The current financial crisis, which experts are roundly describing as a calamity of unprecedented proportions, has convinced most voters that the economy is the most urgent priority of the incoming administration. The war on Iraq -- and the broader existential conflict known for years now as the Global War on Terror -- has taken a backseat in many voters' minds.
AlterNet.org - Oct 27, 2008

McCain tackles Obama on plan to 'spread the wealth'
Reporting from Pottsville, Pa., and Canton, Ohio - Addressing a boisterous crowd in eastern Pennsylvania, John McCain said Monday that Barack Obama wanted to be 'Redistributionist in Chief,' putting a new twist on his warning that the Democrat intends to 'spread the wealth around,' as he told Joe the Plumber. McCain's new turn-of-phrase came after his campaign unearthed an obscure, 7-year-old ...
Chicago Tribune - Oct 28, 2008

Happy Is as Happy Does: Mortgage Interest Deductibility & the GAAR
Happy and Snitty are soon-to-be neighbours. Snitty shops around for a mortgage, haggles over half a percentage point, and ultimately accepts the financing offered by the institution he's banked with for years. He purchases a home with the funds and makes the first of many mortgage payments, knowing a large portion of each payment will go toward the interest, and not the principal amount, of his ...
Ottawa Business Journal - Oct 27, 2008

Secure Computing Reports Q3 2008 Results
Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading enterprise security company, today announced third quarter GAAP revenue of $63.0 million. This represents a 5% increase in revenue compared to $60.0 million in the same quarter last year. Third quarter non-GAAP revenue was $64.7 million. This represents a 1% decrease compared to the same ...
MarketWire - Oct 27, 2008

Stull, Stull & Brody Announces Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of AIG International Group, Inc. 7.70% Series A5 Junior Subordinated Debentures (NYSE: AVF) Investors
Notice is hereby given that Stull, Stull & Notice is hereby given that Stull, Stull & Brody filed a lawsuit on October 27, 2008 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking class action status on behalf of purchasers of 7.70% Series A5 Junior Subordinated Debentures (NYSE: AVF) of American International Group, Inc.
MarketWire - Oct 27, 2008

Holzer Holzer & Fistel, LLC Announces That a Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against The Spectranetics Corporation (NASDAQ: SPNC)
Shareholder class action lawsuits have been Shareholder class action lawsuits have been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado against The Spectranetics Corporation ("Spectranetics" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SPNC) and certain of its officers and directors on behalf of purchasers of Spectranetics common stock, who purchased shares between April 19, 2007 and ...
MarketWire - Oct 27, 2008

Bankruptcy not the best choice for borrowers
WASHINGTON -- Can filing for bankruptcy help homeowners facing foreclosure? For most people, trying to negotiate changes in their loan with help from a housing counselor or lawyer is a far better option. While bankruptcy judges can reduce or eliminate certain kinds of debt, they aren't allowed to alter the total amount owed or interest rate of primary mortgages.
The Sun News - Oct 26, 2008

Knowledge is the best defense for renters
By E-E Business Editor Many people choose to rent a place to live as an alternative to buying a home. While rental options are many and varied, it is always wise to protect oneself when entering into a lease or rental agreement, which is, after all, a legal and binding contract between a landlord and a tenant.Glenna Dorris, managing attorney for Legal Aid Services of Bartlesville and Jay, said ...
Examiner Enterprise - Oct 26, 2008

European politics: Why don't we care?
The decisions taken by our representatives in Brussels have a direct impact on nearly every area of our lives. Yet British voters remain stubbornly apathetic toward EU affairs John Edward What is it about the United States that makes its politics so exciting to us? Is it the shared language? Is it the vast amounts of money and influence at play? Or is it just the sheen of 'West Wing'-esque ...
Edinburgh Journal - Oct 26, 2008

PRO BONO WORK: Not a self-serving activity
As a law professor (and now dean of a new law school), I work hard to encourage my students to use their legal training to make society a better place and to help those who cannot afford legal services. Whatever their field of practice, they should spend some time doing legal work without charging for their time and services. There are so many pressures on lawyers, especially economic ones, that ...
National Law Journal - Oct 26, 2008

Freedom of Choice in Health Care
WASHINGTON -- On Election Day, Arizonans can give the nation the gift of a good example. They can enact a measure that could shape the health care debate that will arrest or accelerate the nation's slide into statism. Proposition 101, 'The Act,' would put the following language into Arizona's Constitution: 'Because all people should have the right to make decisions about their health care, no ...
Town Hall - Oct 26, 2008

Dems predicting earthquake election
Carville likened the Washington political environment to pre-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, saying that there will be nothing left standing after the election. He added that Republicans stand to lose not just an election but a generation of voters. [John] McCain and [Sarah] Palin are losing the argument, Greenberg said, pointing to favorable numbers for Obama on the campaign s ...
The Politico - Oct 26, 2008

Credit card lawsuits on the rise
More Wisconsinites sued for defaulting on debts A growing number of Wisconsinites are being sued for defaulting on credit card and other debts, another sign of stress in a weakening economy. Large-claim money judgment lawsuits - debt collections exceeding $5,000 on credit cards as well as business, car and college loans, and medical and other bills - jumped 49% statewide in 2007, a review of ...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Oct 26, 2008

McCain: Obamas Judges Would Coddle Criminals
The National Law Journal invited John McCain, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin and Joe Biden to write op-eds about their views on the rule of law, the federal court system, judicial appointees and priorities for the U.S. Department of Justice. So far, only McCain accepted the offer. Tomorrows NLJ will feature this article. Frankly, were a little disappointed. McCain begins the article with a call for a ...
Wall Street Journal Online - Oct 26, 2008

How candidates stand on the issues
A recap of where Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., stand on issues that have helped to define their campaigns for the presidency: TAXING AND SPENDING McCain would extend the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 and add new breaks: He would cut the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent from 35 percent, repeal the alternative minimum tax and double the deduction for dependents.
Akron Beacon Journal - Oct 26, 2008

Missing from Prop. 8 ads: gays
These days, it's pretty hard to walk the streets of a California city without seeing same-sex couples -- shopping, strolling, holding hands, sometimes accompanied by children. What used to be called, self-consciously, 'public displays of affection' are now merely public displays of ordinary family life. For gay folks, then, it is all the more stinging an irony that the one place where same-sex ...
Los Angeles Times - Oct 26, 2008

IndyMac, FDIC are models for mortgage relief
Los Angeles earlier this year. With her family's construction business sputtering, she and her husband soon fell behind on their home loan on their four-bedroom ranch home in Los Angeles. After missing three payments, the Carrillos were $9,800 behind on their mortgage with IndyMac Bank. But after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized IndyMac, the bank agreed to modify Carrillo's loan, ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 26, 2008

Activist files suit to halt bailoutFORT ANN -- Activist Robert Schulz won't let the $700 billion bailout of American International Group and other Wall Street giants slide by.
FORT ANN -- Activist Robert Schulz won't let the $700 billion bailout of American International Group and other Wall Street giants slide by.When he heard the news that the insurance giant would receive taxpayer money in order to stay afloat, the Fort Ann resident and nationally known constitutional rights scholar filed two lawsuits in federal court.He contends the bailout package goes against the ...
Post Star - Oct 26, 2008

Ariz. health plan debated
WASHINGTON - On Election Day, Arizonans can give the nation the gift of a good example. They can enact a measure that could shape the health care debate that will arrest or accelerate the nation's slide into statism. Proposition 101, 'The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act,' would put the following language into Arizona's Constitution: 'Because all people should have the right to make ...
The Leaf Chronicle - Oct 26, 2008

Ethiopia: the authoritarian executive, rubber-stamp parliament, and delegation of power
The Nondelegation Principle The doctrine of nondelegation is explicit or implicit in all written constitutions that impose a structural separation of powers. It is usually applied in questions of constitutionally improper delegations of legislative powers to the executive. In 1690, John Locke (1632-1704), one of the most influential political philosophers of the modern period, wrote that ...
American Chronicle - Oct 26, 2008

Ambani brothers feud over natural gas sharing reaches SC
NEW DELHI: A petition has been moved in Supreme Court seeking vacation of stay granted by Bombay High Court, which restrained Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries from selling gas to any company other than Anil Ambani group and NTPC. The petition filed in public interest by one B A Aloor, a practising advocate from Pune, alleged that the feud between two brothers is affecting people at large ...
Economictimes - Oct 26, 2008

Lawyers movement gaining lost momentum
By Sohail Khan ISLAMABAD: The upcoming election of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), scheduled to be held on October 28, and the recent pace of the lawyers movement for the independence of judiciary is likely to gain momentum which the legal fraternity had lost during the last few months for the restoration of deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.The recent visits of deposed ...
The News International - Oct 26, 2008

Indonesia fights terrorism with power of persuasion
By WARREN P. STROBEL - McClatchy papers (0) Text Size: tool name tool goes here Sitting in a Papa Ron's pizza outlet in the Indonesian capital, Nasir Abbas looks more like a would-be business entrepreneur than a former Islamic militant. He's dressed in a gray polo shirt and blue jeans, ordering a takeout pizza for his children. He munches on an appetizer in between calls on his cell ...
San Luis Obispo.com - Oct 26, 2008

Monopoly On Pot Fought
MONOPOLY ON POT FOUGHT It's a marijuana 'monopoly' that deserves to go up in smoke, activists say. Lawyers representing a group of 30 medicinal marijuana users will be in court Monday to fight the federal government's bid to keep control of large-scale medicinal pot distribution in Canada. Activists say the government-issued pot is weak. They say Health Canada's regulation that forbids licensed ...
Media Awareness Project - Oct 26, 2008

AIG settles North Carolina disability case: $18 million payout is 'huge'
(The News & Observer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- AIG | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- American International Group, the major insurance company that received an $85 billion federal bailout for risky financial practices, has agreed to pay $18 million to a former North Raleigh man who was completely disabled when a pickup truck hit him in the parking lot of ...
TradingMarkets - Oct 26, 2008

DOL puts socially conscious funds on tighter leash
All 'non-economic' factors should be rare, managers advised By Sara Hansard October 26, 2008, 6:01 AM EST Socially conscious fund managers participating in qualified plans have been put on notice that investment returns must always be a higher priority than any other consideration. An interpretive bulletin issued Oct. 17 by the Labor Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration ...
Investment News - Oct 26, 2008

Roe vs. Wade? Bush vs. Gore? What are the worst Supreme Court decisions?
Gov. Sarah Palin appeared to draw a blank recently when asked by CBS' Katie Couric to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with other than Roe vs. Wade. Recalling high school history, she might have cited widely condemned 19th century decisions such as Dred Scott (1857), which upheld slavery even in the 'free states,' and Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896), which upheld segregation as 'separate ...
Los Angeles Times - Oct 22, 2008

In Hawaii, Whether or Not to Con Con is a Contentious Debate
This November 4 election, Hawaii voters must decide whether to support a Constitutional Convention or a 'Con Con.' Even if they leave their ballot blank, they will have a say in the issue, because a Supreme Court ruling determined blank votes are no votes (a whole other issue that could be taken up in a Con Con). Hawaiis has not had a Con Con for 30 years since 1978, but powerful forces are ...
Hawaiian Reporter - Oct 22, 2008

Campaign 2008: Where the candidates stand
With Election Day fast approaching, we want to help you cut through the campaign blather. Here s a quick comparison of where Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain stand on 10 key issues. EDUCATION Obama: Opposes private school vouchers as a drain on public education funds. Proposes $18 billion a year in new spending on early childhood classes, teacher recruitment, performance pay ...
DothanEagle.com - Oct 23, 2008

Putting the brakes on foreclosures
A week into the big bailout, banks are beginning to charge each other less for loans and companies are finding it easier to borrow short term. The Dow has been up and down, but so far this week, it is back above 9,000. So has the worst passed? Probably not. The unfortunate reality is that as long as millions of Americans continue to default on their mortgages and housing prices continue to ...
International Herald Tribune - Oct 22, 2008

Next US President Could Set Direction Of Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AFP)--Abortion, torture, gay marriage, war-on-terror detentions - whoever the next president appoints to the U.S. Supreme Court could play a major role in shaping constitutional rights for a generation. Appointments to the country's highest court have always been a political battleground as the nine judges, who hold life terms, rule on some of the weightiest issues in U.S.
Nasdaq - Oct 23, 2008

OPINION: Judicial candidates should gear campaigns to rule by the law
(Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- DJCO | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- Electing judges and writing about judicial elections are both difficult tasks. We can demand to know how John McCain and Barack Obama or senatorial candidates Ronnie Musgrove and Roger Wicker stand on every issue. We can quiz congressional candidates Greg ...
TradingMarkets - Oct 22, 2008

Hidden cameras to monitor nursing homes
Calling it a deterrent against nursing home abuse, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that his office will use hidden camera technology in Western New York to expose and prosecute mistreatment of residents. Hidden cameras have been used by the attorney generals office in four cases already, resulting in 26 convictions of nurses, nurses aides and a nursing home owner.
Buffalo News - Oct 22, 2008

Many Obstacles to Drilling Remain
Dow Jones Reprints: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com Sen. Lisa Murkowski raises critical points about the challenges facing the U.S. with respect to energy production on the Outer Continental ...
Wall Street Journal Online - Oct 22, 2008

Florida turns into tossup after financial meltdown
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Democrat Barack Obama poured millions of dollars into Florida over the summer but couldn't close in on John McCain's comfortable lead. The Republican didn't flinch, confident the state was trending toward the GOP eight years after it gave George W. Bush the White House. Then the mortgage crisis hit, jolting the high-foreclosure state - and its presidential politics.
The Sun News - Oct 22, 2008

Obama lawyers aim to stop repeat of Florida fiasco
Just before Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton walk on stage in front of a roaring Florida crowd of 40,000 - arm-in-arm and beaming - Richard Siwica, a harassed looking lawyer, takes the podium to invoke the ghosts of hanging chads past. We'll have lawyers in every significant precinct, Mr Siwica told this Orlando crowd. Many Democrats here still speak of the 2000 Florida recount that gave the ...
The Times - Oct 22, 2008

How the U.S.A. elects its President
Every four years, the world looks with bafflement at the United States as the country goes through its curious process of electing its President. Truth be told, the system is far from obvious, and remains misunderstood and controversial even within the U.S.A. A brief primer on how it all works. Foto: AFP With early voting opening in some states such as Florida, voting season has begun. ...
Time - Oct 22, 2008

Do you qualify for severance pay?
Losing your job is tough enough but you'll get some severance pay, won't you? Not necessarily. There are many situations where you won't get any severance pay. I divide these no severance situations into two categories. The first category covers people hired for a specific task or for a fixed period of time. Let's say you've been hired to fill in for one year while Debbie is on a maternity ...
Toronto Sun - Oct 22, 2008

Seminole explains constitutional amendments
SEMINOLE - Vice Mayor Thomas Barnhorn has been busy hitting the speaker's circuit over the last couple of months. After attending an educational seminar provided by the Florida League of Cities, Barnhorn has be heading out to present free seminars on the ramifications of six Florida constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot Nov. 4. "I hope to speak to civic clubs and other groups as ...
Tampa Bay Newspapers - Oct 22, 2008

Justice Roberts delays U of L visit
Business First of Louisville Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. has postponed indefinitely a talk he originally planned to give on Monday at the University of Louisville. He had an unavoidable schedule conflict, but plans to speak at the university sometime in the future, McConnell Center director Gary Gregg said Wednesday in a news release.
Biz Journals - Oct 22, 2008

An irresistible force meets an immovable Mass v. EPA
Kate says: The Wall Street Journal spazzes out about Obama adviser Jason Grumet's assertion that a President Obama would fight climate change under the Clean Air Act if Congress doesn't move to address the issue within 18 months. In what may be a historical first, I actually think the WSJ editorial board is right about this. Not that it's bad, but that it's a Very Big Deal.
Grist Magazine - Oct 22, 2008

Justice, Texas Supreme Court
What does the term activist judge mean to you? Does this term affect the public s perception of the judiciary? Please explain (75 words) Question 3: What method of selection of judges is most likely to result in a qualified, diverse, and independent judiciary? (75 words) Question 4: Should a judge or justice recuse himself or herself from cases in which the participating lawyers, their ...
Fort Bend Sun - Oct 22, 2008

EDITORIAL: Initiative power: Supreme Court strikes down unconstitutional law
Oct. 22--Earlier this year, the Legislature gutted the people's power to make land-use laws through initiatives and to refer the implementation of land-use laws to the voters. Last week, the Utah Supreme Court reversed that action by declaring unconstitutional the law that stole the people's rights. Thank goodness for the balance of powers. In its opinion, the court offered the Legislature a ...
Calibre Macro World - Oct 22, 2008

Big-time Waffle House guy in trouble
Local entrepreneur James L. Shaub II's job running SouthEast Waffles, a 113-restaurant Waffle House franchise based in Nashville, remains under the scrutiny of creditors amid whispers of missing millions and the shadow of a pending Chapter 11 bankruptcy hearing. Next week, Shaub could lose his job at what is now the second-largest franchise under the umbrella of Norcross, Ga.-based Waffle House, ...
Tennessean - Oct 22, 2008

Trial of Economic Saboteurs Postponed
(The New Times/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX News Network) -- The first hearing on economic sabotage that had been scheduled for October 16, 2008, at Kacyiru Lower Instance Court was postponed to November 13 by Claudine Nyirabikenye, the Court President has said. Economic sabotage is any act or crime that impedes economic growth of the country. According to the Prosecutor General's office, ...
Calibre Macro World - Oct 22, 2008

U.S. Intervenes in False Claims Act Suit Against McKesson Corp. and Golden Horizons Nursing Homes
WASHINGTON - The United States has intervened in a lawsuit against several companies alleging that they submitted false claims to Medicare arising from illegal kickbacks and the establishment of sham durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers, the Justice Department announced today. The companies are McKesson Corporation, McKesson Medical-Surgical MediNet Inc.
United States Department of Justice - Oct 22, 2008

Congress' report card
With 36 days left for the assembly elections in Delhi, HT does a reality check on what the ruling Congress promised in its election manifesto before the 2003 polls and what it actually delivered during the last five years. Statehood for Delhi The Congress in its 2003 election manifesto had promised that it would demand full statehood for the National Capital from the Central government.
Yahoo! India - Oct 22, 2008

Anti-JPEPA groups fail to get temporary respite
THE Supreme Court did not give due course to the petition of civil and environmental groups for the issuance of a temporary restraining order to stop the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) from becoming final and binding. Instead, the High Court asked the Senate and Malacaang to comment on the petition filed by the anti-JPEPA groups within 10 days.
Yehey - Oct 22, 2008

SC dismisses Excise Dept plea against Tata Motors
(Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX) -- TTM | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- The Supreme Court has dismissed the Excise Department's appeal which alleged that Tata Motors had changed the classification of motor vehicle chassis supplied to its distributors just to evade duty to the tune of around Rs 2.9 crore including penalty. A bench headed by Justice S H Kapadia dismissed the petition ...
TradingMarkets - Oct 22, 2008

Thaksin convicted of corruption
Outgoing Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has been found guilty of corruption and sentenced to two years in jail by Thailand's Supreme Court. The former PM was not present for the ruling, having fled to exile in England two months ago. The ruling was the first against him since he was removed in a 2006 military coup after being accused of corruption and abuse of power.
Bromsgrove Advertiser - Oct 22, 2008

Nigerian Court Seen Ruling On 2007 Presidential Election Thursday
LAGOS (AFP)--Nigeria's Supreme Court is expected to decide Thursday whether to declare invalid the results of the April, 2007, election that brought President Umaru Yar'Adua to power. Two opposition candidates - former vice-president Atiku Abubakar and ex- president Mohammadu Buhari - have petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld Yar'Adua's victory in the ...
Morningstar.com - Oct 22, 2008

Palin to give deposition later this week (AAP)
Sarah Palin, already found by one investigation to have abused her power as Alaska governor, will take time from her campaign for vice president later this week to give a deposition in a second inquiry into her firing of the state's top public safety official. It will be the first deposition in the affair by the Republican vice presidential candidate. She wasn't subpoenaed to answer questions in ...
Yahoo! News Australia - Oct 21, 2008

How green is the high court?
WASHINGTON Is the U.S. Supreme Court hostile to environmental regulation? Does it shy away from the tougher environmental questions of today? Or are its decisions a 'mixed bag,' giving comfort and angst to environmentalists and industry depending on the issue? The justices this term have taken five environmental cases for decision thus far a significant number for a relatively small docket.
National Law Journal - Oct 21, 2008

Hollywood money boosts opponents of Calif. amend.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP)--After sounding the alarm two weeks ago, opponents of a proposed California constitutional marriage amendment have outraised supporters by a wide margin, and fundraising in the coming days could determine which side gets more ads on television between now and Nov. 4 -- and wins. Proposition 8 opponents have raised $6.8 million since Oct.
Town Hall - Oct 21, 2008

World events now steer election
WASHINGTON Republican presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. John McCain's answer to the first question in last week's debate was an acknowledgment that 'Americans are hurting right now, and they're angry.' He said it twice, so there could be no missing the message. Democratic presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., quickly agreed. 'Everybody understands at this point that we are ...
CourierPostOnline.com - Oct 21, 2008

U.S. -- Lawsuit Claims Mapmaking Firm Owns Your Neighborhood
A mathematician who pioneered a fractal-based urban-mapping technique is embroiled in a copyright battle that raises legal questions about whether a company can claim ownership of the definition of neighborhoods: their specific locations and boundaries. The dispute highlights a growing movement to quantify the amorphous tendrils connecting communities. Bernt Wahl had the idea in 2004 to use a ...
Wired News - Oct 22, 2008

Accused knew of status, HIV murder trial told
Johnson Aziga, who has HIV, is alleged to have had sex with 13 women without disclosing his medical condition. He is believed to be the first person in Canada to be charged with murder in an HIV transmission case. (Hamilton Spectator/Canadian Press)An HIV-positive man charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two sexual partners knew of his status for seven years before he was arrested, ...
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Oct 21, 2008

Thailand to demand Britain hand over Thaksin
Britain will be asked to extradite former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra after he was convicted of corruption charges today. Thaksin was found guilty of abusing his office by the Thai Supreme Court and sentenced to two years jail in his absence. The former Manchester City football club owner and his wife fled to Britain in August where they remain in exile but the Thai attorney-general s ...
Breaking News.ie - Oct 21, 2008

Canada doesn't have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: apex court
Toronto, Oct 22 (IANS) Canada, the world's fourth worst polluter, has been let off the hook, with the country's top court dismissing a lawsuit to force the government to implement the Kyoto Protocol to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, though it has signed and ratified the protocol. Of the 38 industrialised nations with binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Canada is the only ...
Yahoo! India - Oct 22, 2008

Bush Decides to Keep Guant namo Open
WASHINGTON Despite his stated desire to close the American prison at Guant namo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to do so, and never considered proposals drafted in the State Department and the Pentagon that outlined options for transferring the detainees elsewhere, according to senior administration officials. Mr. Bush s top advisers held a series of meetings at the White House ...
RINF.com - Oct 21, 2008

Comment on What presidential team is more likely to support fathers? by Roger Knight
Punish Biden for VAWA and deprive the NOW and VAWA feminists of the reward that they will ask and obtain when Biden is elected? Is the Peter Principle operating among some MRAs?: What happens if social workers cure poverty? Most of us do not want to continue to pay fees to lawyers to feel good and lose. If Biden loses, VAWA and NOW feminists will not be rewarded.
Men's News Daily - Oct 21, 2008

New Zealand's chief justice to speak
New Mexico Business Weekly Related News The first female chief justice of New Zealand s Supreme Court will present a lecture this week on indigenous rights. The Right Honorable Dame Sian Elias will give the Ramo Lecture on International Law and Justice on Oct. 23 at 5 p.m., at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Elias address First Peoples and Human Rights: A South Seas ...
Biz Journals - Oct 21, 2008

Both campaigns have lawyers at the ready
Barack Obama and John McCain have a litigation game plan to accompany their election strategy. Both candidates have armies of volunteers to ring doorbells and get voters to the polls. They are also forming squadrons of lawyers who are filing challenges and preparing in case Election Day doesn't settle the contest for the White House. Legal battles unfolding in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin provide ...
Philadelphia Inquirer - Oct 21, 2008

Groups Go to Court to Force Cleanup of Air Pollution in National Parks
As autumn foliage season reaches its peak, clean air advocates are going to court to make sure visitors to national parks can enjoy scenic vistas free of the yellowish haze caused by industrial pollution. The nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice filed a lawsuit today on behalf of Environmental Defense Fund and National Parks Conservation Association over the failure by the U.S.
Calibre Macro World - Oct 21, 2008

Libby judge on leave for conduct
LIBBY - A small-town judge is off the bench, with a recommendation that he be removed permanently from office, after investigators ruled he did, in fact, offer leniency to female defendants in return for sexual favors. The fate of Gary Hicks, a two-term justice of the peace from Libby, now is in the hands of the Montana Supreme Court. I didn't see any surprises here, said Stephen Berg, ...
Missoulian - Oct 21, 2008

Initiative power: Supreme Court strikes down unconstitutional law
In its opinion, the court offered the Legislature a short course in the legislative power that the Utah Constitution reserves to the people independently of their Legislature. We hope that an arrogant Legislature gets the message that, when it comes to making laws, the people have co-equal constitutional power with their elected lawmakers. The subject of the lawsuit is an initiative in Sevier ...
Salt Lake Tribune - Oct 21, 2008

Lawsuit: Atlanta Cops Violated HIV-Related Privacy
A man who applied to become a police officer in 2006 sued the Atlanta police department, claiming they tested him for HIV without his consent and then wouldnt hire him after learning his HIV-positive status, reports. According to court documents, the defendantwho filed the lawsuit under pseudonym Richard Roeaccused the department of discrimination and violation of privacy and claimed the ...
POZ.com - Oct 21, 2008

Billions of fish and roe die in nuclear power plants intake systems
For a newly hatched striped bass in the Hudson River, a clutch of trout eggs in Lake Michigan or a baby salmon in San Francisco Bay, drifting a little too close to a power plant can mean a quick and turbulent death. Sucked in with enormous volumes of water, battered against the sides of pipes and heated by steam, the small fry of the aquatic world are being sacrificed in large numbers each year ...
Taipei Times Online - Oct 21, 2008

Trying Times, Complex Solutions
During a July conference call introducing former Treasury Under Secretary Robert Steel as Wachovia Corp.'s new chief executive, Lanty Smith, the company's chairman, made a somewhat humbling admission. Just two years after paying $25.5 billion to acquire Golden West Financial Corp., the big Oakland, California-based thrift, Wachovia's board was conceding that the deal was a mistake. A bust.
Bank Director - Oct 21, 2008

U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards obtains 900th criminal conviction for the decade
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) today announced its criminal enforcement data for September 2008. During the month, OLMS obtained three convictions, seven indictments and court orders of restitution totaling more than $80,000. The office's totals for fiscal year 2008 (which ended on Sept. 30, 2008) are 102 convictions and 130 indictments, with ...
PR Newswire - Oct 21, 2008

Cybersecurity 'needs to move beyond IT'
Businesses need to expand in-house departments that focus on cybersecurity beyond IT, and the chief financial officer should be dedicated to assessing and reducing cyberrisk, according to a new report. Although the IT department should remain a major player in cybersecurity efforts, the CFO and the legal, risk management, human resources, public relations and other departments need to be involved ...
Computerworld UK - Oct 21, 2008

Murder Who Claimed He Was Too Fat To Die Is Executed
A convicted murder who claimed he was too overweight to be executed was put to death Tuesday morning by lethal injection. Warden Phillip Kearns of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility said Richard Cooey, 41, was pronounced dead at 10:28 a.m. Cooey's execution happened an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal to stop it. Cooey was 75-pounds overweight and argued his weight would ...
WMFD - Oct 14, 2008

How Sarah Palin lived down Troopergate.
Perhaps it was the overblown coverage of her every move and misstep or perhaps I too have come down with a case of Palin fever. But last Friday, as I read the details of the report confirming that Palin abused her power as governor to get her brother-in-law fired, I was nonplussed. Troopergate is a significantly more severe infraction than anything she's been accused of since we first met Palin ...
Slate - Oct 14, 2008

$700 Billion Worth of Vagueness
Despite what you read in the press, the $700 billion 'Wall Street bailout' program granting the Treasury and the Fed almost unlimited and only slightly defined authority to implement the bailout bill is hardly unprecedented. Most new regulatory programs are approved in broad principle by the public and by Congress. Legislative implementing language typically is along the lines of, 'An act to ...
American Daily - Oct 14, 2008

National Lampoon Asks ... Are Americans Too Dumb to Vote?
Statistics from the new book How Dumb Are You? point to a lack of basic knowledge in Americans LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In recent political discourse, much has been made of whether Barack Obama is too inexperienced to lead, or whether John McCain is too old to be elected. But in all the discussion, one question has been overlooked: Are Americans too dumb to make that ...
KVIA.com - Oct 15, 2008

Patent Law: Juicy Enough for the Silver Screen
The new film 'Flash of Genius' may be based on a 1960s case of patent infringement, but its David-vs.-Goliath story involving independent inventors going up against monolithic corporations continues to spin off sequels well into the 21st Century, says a Minneapolis-based patent attorney. And while the movie uses the automotive industry to tell its tale of innovation, obsession and redemption, the ...
E-Commerce Times - Oct 14, 2008

Wells Fargo asks judge to void Citi-Wachovia pact
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co , which has agreed to buy Wachovia Corp , asked a federal court to void Citigroup Inc's earlier agreement to buy parts of the big North Carolina lender. In a complaint filed Tuesday with the U.S. district court in Manhattan, Wells Fargo said the earlier agreement is unenforceable under the government's $700 billion banking industry bailout because it is ...
Reuters via MSN Money - Oct 14, 2008

Chinese Lawyers Help Tainted Milk Victims Despite Suppression
A shopper carries Chinese-produced milk powder in a supermarket in Beijing on Sept. 12, 2008. (China Photos/) A Beijing Lawyer Mr. Xu Zhiyong, told Radio Free Asia (RFA) on Oct. 13 that at least 10 lawyers have decided to take the tainted-milk cases to court, which goes against the Chinese regimes decision to discourage lawyers from doing so. It is unclear whether the regime will have any new ...
Epoch Times - Oct 14, 2008

Vioxx heart risks confirmed in long-term study
A long-term study has confirmed the risks associated with the arthritis drug Vioxx. The study, an analysis of people who took the arthritis drug carried out by Dr. Robert Bresalier of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, has found Vioxx doubles the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Dr. Bresalier says other drugs in the same class of painkillers known as Cox-2 inhibitors ...
News-Medical.Net - Oct 14, 2008

Judicial Watch Announces: California Court of Appeals Rules That Extra Compensation for Los Angeles County Judges Violates California Constitution
Judicial Watch, the public interest group Judicial Watch, the public interest group that fights government corruption and judicial abuse, announced today that a California Court of Appeals ruled on October 10th that a scheme by Los Angeles County to pay superior court judges in the county approximately $21 million annually in perks and supplemental benefits on top of what they already receive ...
MarketWire - Oct 14, 2008

Defense Opens In Mob Murder Trial
MIAMI - Former FBI agent John Connolly opened his defense to murder and conspiracy charges today by calling a senior federal judge from Boston as his first witness - a judge who six years ago was publicly reprimanded for using his position to praise Connolly. Judge Edward Harrington was again effusive in his description of Connolly as one of the nation's top mob busters.
Hartford Courant - Oct 14, 2008

Uncle Sam, Inc.
Dow Jones Reprints: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com Yesterday's latest installment of bailout money has the government virtually annexing the financial sector.
Wall Street Journal Online - Oct 14, 2008

Direct US stake in banks has many precedents
President Bush's announcement on Tuesday that the government would directly invest up to $250 billion in the nation's top financial institutions was the latest step in increasingly bold efforts here and abroad to prop up a financial system near collapse. It was presented as a last-resort intervention. But already this year, the Federal Reserve had taken a $85 billion stake in failing insurer ...
TheDay.com - Oct 14, 2008

POLITICS-US: Judge Sides with Voting Rights Groups
By Bankole Thompson DETROIT, Michigan, Oct 14 (IPS) - A federal judge ruled Monday that the current practices to purge the voter rolls in Michigan are illegal and ordered Republican Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land to immediately stop the cancellation of registered voters whose voter identification cards are returned as undeliverable in the mail.The purging of registered voters, many of whom ...
Inter Press Service - Oct 14, 2008

LegalView Reintroduces Its Medical Malpractice Information Portal with Updated Links to Finding Immediate Legal Assistance
(PR.com)-- LegalView.com, the number one legal resource on the Internet, announced the re-launch of its medical malpractice information portal to provide victims of medical malpractice injuries with the most up-to-date news, the latest on medical malpractice as well as how to obtain a medical malpractice attorney, should the need arise for a medical malpractice lawsuit to be developed.Medical ...
PR.com - Oct 14, 2008

Options narrow
Gloria Arroyo's options to extend her stay in Malacaang have gotten narrower, what with the Supreme Court (SC) dismissing the petition of a pro-administration congressman for the alleged unconstitutionality of the House rules on Congress constituting itself as a constituent assembly. As things stand, it will be very difficult to effect changes in the Constitution without the cooperation of the ...
Philippines Daily Tribune - Oct 14, 2008

Accused therapist killer headed to mental hospital
NEW YORK -- Prosecutors in the case of a mentally ill patient accused of hacking a psychotherapist to death with a meat cleaver decided Tuesday not to challenge a psychiatrist's finding that the killer is not mentally fit to stand trial. David Tarloff, 40, will be turned over to the state and sent to a mental institution, where he will be held indefinitely, said Manhattan state Supreme Court ...
Seattle Post Intelligencer - Oct 15, 2008

Muslim rumor exposed
So now we know the genesis of the false Obama-is-a-Muslim rumor. According to the New York Times, Patient Zero in this particular epidemic which has virally spread around the nation thanks to the Internet is a fellow named Andy Martin, known for filing copious lawsuits that on occasion have contained very anti-Semitic language. After reading the NYT story that places Martin at the starting point ...
Chicago Tribune - Oct 13, 2008

Tainted milk, a baby's death and lawsuit in China
Yi Yongsheng holds his daughter Yi Xuan, right, as he speaks about the death of his infant son, at their Xinxing home in China's northern Gansu province, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008. The death of Yi's son from kidney failure was one of four China's government has reported so far in a tainted milk scandal. Thousands of children were sickened after eating milk powder laced with the industrial chemical ...
Buffalo News - Oct 13, 2008

Patent trolls responsible for dramatic increase in state suits
Florida nearly doubled from 72 in 2004 to 131 in 2007. As many as half of last year's cases were filed by companies that might be termed patent trolls, which have no commercial products but own patents and aggressively file patent infringement suits against companies that may be reluctant to get involved in lengthy and costly court battles over complex issues.
Daily Business Review - Oct 13, 2008

Citigroup Drops Bid to Block Wachovia Sale, Presses Ahead With $60 Billion Suit for Damages
Citigroup Inc. may have abandoned its attempt to purchase the assets of Wachovia Corp. but continues to pursue its claim for $60 billion in damages. The focus in the latest maneuvering was whether those claims belonged in federal or state court. Citigroup no longer is seeking to block the acquisition of Wachovia by Wells Fargo for $15 billion but insisted in a statement Thursday that 'it has ...
Yahoo! Canada - Oct 13, 2008

Law cracks down on attorneys
Gov. David Paterson signed legislation into laws that crack down on attorneys in the state pension system. The legislation, first introduced in late June, represents the states response to separate investigations by the state comptroller and state attorney general into alleged abuses of the states $153.9 billion pension fund. Albany law firm Girvin & Ferlazzo PC was one of the early targets of ...
Business Review Albany - Oct 13, 2008

Political advocacy in the workplace: What are the limits?
As the race for the White House reaches the home stretch, the nonstop campaign rhetoric has reached a fever pitch. Political candidates are promising change to bring about needed reforms in how we deal with immigration, health care, the economy, education, the tax system and other hot-button issues. It s a process fundamental to our democracy, right? But what happens when that political ...
Fort Worth Business Press - Oct 13, 2008

New Evidence of Systemic Bias in Guant namo Trials
Andy Worthington, author of The Guant namo Files, continues his analysis of the corrupt command structure of the Military Commissions at Guant namo, with new information from Maj. David Frakt, one of the Commissions military defense lawyers. In the last three weeks, two events have occurred that have dealt what should have been a knockout blow to the Military Commissions at Guant namo, the ...
RINF.com - Oct 13, 2008

Nationalization Has Happened Before in U.S.
The government s plan to take ownership stakes in American banks is an exceptional step, but not an unprecedented one. The United States has a culture that celebrates laissez-faire capitalism as the economic ideal, yet the practice strays at times. Over the last century, the federal government has occasionally nationalized railways, coal mines and steel mills, and has even taken a controlling ...
New York Times - Oct 13, 2008

Comcast Bucks the Plan
Washington- Comcast, the country's largest cable operator, is challenging a plan by Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin that could allow hundreds of TV stations to demand cable carriage for the first time. An attempt to force cable operators to distribute so-called low-power Class-A stations would both violate the law and needlessly embroil cable operators, the stations and ...
Macro World Investor - Oct 13, 2008

Justices to consider whether man entitled to damages from company's 'alter ego'
Justices this morning are expected to consider whether a northeastern Ohio ironworker is entitled to damages from not only his employer, but a sister corporation, after he was rendered paraplegic in a workplace accident in 2003. The case is one of eight the Supreme Court of Ohio is scheduled to hear during sessions at the Ohio Judicial Center, downtown, today and Wednesday.
The Daily Reporter - Oct 13, 2008

Anti-same-sex marriage groups hope for victory this time around
Those same opponents are hoping for redemption Nov. 4, when Arizona voters again will have to decide whether they want the state's constitution to be amended to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. 'It actually helped us out having it fail the first time because it allowed us to raise more money,' said state Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican and prime sponsor of ...
Casa Grande Valley Newspaper - Oct 13, 2008

States Ask Baby Product Companies To Avoid BPA
Connecticut's attorney general on Monday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was 'asleep at the switch' by failing to take action against companies that use the chemical bisphenol A in making baby bottles and baby formula containers. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said he and attorneys general from New Jersey and Delaware sent letters Friday to 11 companies that make baby bottles and ...
Hartford Courant - Oct 13, 2008

Economic downturn expected to fuel litigation, study predicts
San Antonio Business Journal - by Tricia Lynn Silva Stephen C. Dillard chairs Fulbright & Jaworski's global litigation practice. Related News The current economic slump will likely lead to an increase in lawsuits, according to a new litigation trends survey released Tuesday by law firm Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. The blame game will prompt many of these suits.
Philadelphia Business Journal - Oct 13, 2008

Lawsuit filed against UW police alleges bias
A lawsuit filed by six current and former members of the University of Washington Police Department contends discrimination is pervasive within the agency, and that their complaints about the harassment have been ignored by department brass. The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, alleges the department violated the civil rights of the plaintiffs, who are a records clerk, three ...
Seattle Post Intelligencer - Oct 13, 2008

Apple's Psystar Case Is Explained
Apple's filing to dismiss with prejudice Psystar's countersuit revealed the tenants of Apples' strategy to win. The basis of Apple's argument is that and Macs do not, in themselves, create a legally plausible market, antitrust does not apply, and Apple has no obligation to share its sources of advantage. An attorney who has been following the case, and wishes to remain anonymous, explained ...
NewsFactor Network - Oct 13, 2008

Asbestos Witch Trials
Hercules Chemical Co. has been a reputable manufacturer of plumbing-heating specialty chemicals for almost 100 years. Many years ago, ending in 1983, they produced a rather innocuous sealant that contained a tiny amount of fully encapsulated asbestos. For that they have been put to the stake and tortured ever since. As we reported last month, Hercules decided to pursue a voluntary bankruptcy ...
Supply House Times Magazine - Oct 13, 2008

For Ousted Candidate, Fight Goes On: Venezuelan Disqualified Along With Other Chvez Foes Campaigns for Those Remaining
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Young and photogenic, Leopoldo Lpez has been running the campaign of his political life, rummaging for votes here amid a warren of crowded slums and as far away as Venezuela's lawless western frontier. Polls show that the politician has won a strong following by promising a sharp change from the populist government of President Hugo Chvez, who after nearly a decade in office ...
Washington Post - Oct 13, 2008

Broadcom renews patent battle with Qualcomm
(Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- QCOM | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- Communications chip maker Broadcom has renewed its patent battle with wireless telecommunications products and services company Qualcomm with a new lawsuit accusing Qualcomm of patent misuse. In the suit filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego, Broadcom is seeking to stop ...
TradingMarkets - Oct 13, 2008

Anti-JPEPA groups petition SC
CIVIL rights and environmental groups on Monday sought a last minute intervention from the Supreme Court to stop the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) from becoming final and binding. The petitioners include groups like the Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services Inc., Alliance of Progressive Labor, Ecological Coalition of the Philippines ...
Manila Times - Oct 13, 2008

Hypocrisy at its Heights
Why did Rawlings sack Tsatsu Tsikata as CEO of GNPC? This is a question which the adherents of the NDC have refused to answer in spite of numerous challenges thrown to them. I wont relent on it. Ghanaians deserve to be told the answer. Now judging by the criteria with which the NDC as a party has set that any official who losses his position in the government is guilty, it follows that Tsatsu ...
GhanaHomePage - Oct 14, 2008

India: Tribe Vows To Fight Mine With Axes & Arrows
India: Tribe Vows To Fight Mine With Axes And Arrows One of Indias most isolated tribes, the Dongria Kondh, is preparing to stop British FTSE 100 company Vedanta from mining aluminium ore on their sacred mountain, after police and hired thugs forced protestors to dismantle a barricade over the weekend. About 150 people had blocked the road in Orissa state on Wednesday after hearing that Vedanta ...
Scoop - Oct 14, 2008

Law Bulletin Publishing Company's DM2000(R) Expands into Will County, Illinois; Law Firms With Cases in Will County Courts Gain Powerful Case Calendaring Tool
Law Bulletin Publishing Company announced today the expansion of its Court Docket Management Program, DM2000(R) into Will County, Illinois effective today. The Will County Circuit court calls and information will also be published each day in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin(R) and available online via name and case number search at http://www.ChicagoLawBulletin.com.
PR Newswire - Oct 13, 2008

FindLaw's New Case Summaries Through RSS Feeds
Time was you had to go to FindLaw (www.findlaw.com) to find out about the law. Now FindLaw comes to you! Last week FindLaw announced 'up-to-the-minute' court opinions and case summaries available through RSS feeds. The summaries are written by attorney-editors at the Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters of FindLaw, tagged by jurisdiction and law topic, and then fed into an RSS (really simple ...
Information Today - Oct 13, 2008

Age Discrimination Laws Have Unintended Consequences
They make companies less competitive and reward the underperformer who feels entitled to a job. October 12, 2008 - by Melissa Clouthier Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers Too often, laws have unintended consequences. McCain-Feingold comes immediately to mind. A lot of good that law did about getting money out of politics. Other laws are just confusing.
Pajamas Media - Oct 13, 2008

Financial chaos good for lawyers
NEW YORK As the corporate victims continue to pile up in Wall Streets great financial collapse, that flapping noise coming from the skies over Manhattan isnt the pigeons circling, its the vultures. With personal fortunes, retirement savings and institutional assets evaporating each day, swarms of attorneys from some of the nations most prestigious firms are positioning themselves to cash in on ...
Times Leader - Oct 13, 2008

Guest Column: Bill looks to undermine democracy at work
The Employee Free Choice Act's proposed elimination of secret ballot elections flies in the face of pronouncements by the Supreme Court. Can you imagine the United States denying to its citizens the right to vote for whomever they want to be their president? Or their senators or congressmen? Of course you can't. The foundation of our democracy is the secret ballot.
Commercial Appeal - Oct 14, 2008

From Vogue to MTV, Palin drew press to Alaska
GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is keeping reporters at arms' length in her campaign, but she had a very different approach as Alaska's new governor: She couldn't get enough of them. Palin cultivated interviews with local and national journalists and welcomed them from as far away as London, earning time in the spotlight even before Republican presidential candidate John McCain selected ...
Ledger-Enquirer - Oct 13, 2008

DNA exoneree fell victim to 'drive-by' identification
Billy Wayne Miller was asleep in a back bedroom of his father's modest Oak Cliff home when three Dallas police officers burst through the front door around 3 a.m., guns in hand, yelling another man's name. Still groggy and clad only in his underwear, Mr. Miller was taken to the front porch. There he spotted a woman in a squad car glance at him and nod to an officer seated beside her before the ...
Dallas Morning News - Oct 12, 2008

Litigating Patent Obviousness
To be patentable, an invention must be completely novel and be the result of inventive activity, that is, it would not have been obvious to a skilled person at the time it was made. But when is this the case? In spring 2007, the Supreme Court ruled on KSR International v. Teleflex, commenting for the first time in decades on the meaning of obviousness under patent law.
Bio-IT World - Oct 12, 2008

State and federal election laws can be confusing
Text Size: tool name tool goes here For all of our bluster and promotion of democracy, one would think that by now we would have a fairly foolproof voting system, but we still have problems. Some are technical and unintended and others are more sinister.While people look to America for guidance, we are really a hodgepodge of states with 50 different sets of election rules.
Macon Telegraph - Oct 12, 2008

Wachovia fate may get court hearing
NEW YORK - A court hearing may be held on Monday over the rival bids of Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. for Wachovia Corp. even though Citigroup dropped out of negotiations, a U. S. judge said yesterday. Citigroup has said it would seek damages from Wachovia and Wells Fargo because it had an agreement with Wachovia to acquire the North Carolina bank before San Franciscobased Wells Fargo ...
National Post - Oct 12, 2008

Meltdown 101: Bankruptcy won't help borrowers much
WASHINGTON -- Can filing for bankruptcy help homeowners facing foreclosure?For most people, trying to negotiate changes in their loan with help from a housing counselor or lawyer is a far better option. While bankruptcy judges can reduce or eliminate certain kinds of debt, they aren't allowed to alter the total amount owed or interest rate of primary mortgages.Whether to change this law to help ...
Arizona Daily Sun - Oct 12, 2008

Palin book smack dab in middle of legal fight
Tiny Epicenter Press Inc. struck gold in late August when little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was named Sen. John McCains vice presidential running mate, just three months after the Kenmore, Wash., company published a book about Palins rise to power. Today, the company and its bestseller, Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaskas Political Establishment Upside Down, are smack dab in the middle of ...
Portland Tribune - Oct 12, 2008

Are America's easy credit days gone?
But sitting across from a salesman in a quiet back room, Adrian Clark could see it would not be nearly that easy. This was the ninth or tenth dealership for Clark, a steamfitter looking for a car to commute to a new job. Every one offered a variation on the discouragement he was getting here: Without $1,000 for a down payment, no loan. 'It's just rough times right now,' Clark said.
Record Publishing Online - Oct 13, 2008

School nurses' roles expand as medical technology grows
Oct. 12--There's the story Teresa Martin likes to tell about the time a young boy at Oakdale Elementary School entered her office and announced to Martin, the school nurse -- 'Mrs. Martin, I have a song stuck in my head, and I can't get rid of it.' 'He came to the nurse to fix that,' Martin said, smiling. Gently, she counseled the young student to think of another song.
Calibre Macro World - Oct 12, 2008

Navy Sonar v. Whales Argued in U.S. Supreme Court
The closely watched case touches on controversial issues of presidential power and the military's obligation to follow key environmental laws that require federal agencies to consider and mitigate the environmental impacts of their activities. The dispute emerged from the Navy's plan to conduct a series of 14 submarine hunting exercises using its mid-frequency active sonar off the coast of ...
Environment News Service - Oct 12, 2008

Draft signup rules unfair to men?
If Henry Tucker were a woman, he'd still have a job with the federal government. In February, he resigned from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., ending a 17-year career that started in the mailroom and took him to the post of 'financial institution specialist.' The end came because of an oversight dating to his teenage years: Mr. Tucker, now 38, never registered with the Selective Service, ...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Oct 12, 2008

Intel Says AMD Split Violates License Agreement
AMD says the split into two companies doesn't interfere with the agreement AMD and Intel are rivals in the marketplace when it comes to x86 compatible CPUs and graphics processors. AMD and Intel have a cross-license agreement in place that allow AMD to use Intel IP to build x86 compatible processors. On October 7, AMD announced that it was splitting its holdings into two separate companies.
DailyTech - Oct 12, 2008

Lotteries elsewhere raking in millions as high court set to hear arguments on Arkansas proposal
Political Blog From the Stephens Media team in Arkansas and Washington D.C. By Rob MoritzArkansas News Bureau LITTLE ROCK - It seems state lotteries can be just the ticket in tough economic times.As the U.S. economy slows under the burden of a widening financial crisis, lotteries are raking in millions of dollars for many states, some reporting record revenues from the games.
Arkansas News Bureau - Oct 12, 2008

Vermont consumer rights case goes to Supreme Court
(Host) A Vermont woman is at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that could determine the rights of consumers to sue over dangerous products. The woman is Diana Levine, a musician who lost her right arm because of a medical disaster. VPR's John Dillon has the story that leads from the back roads of Marshfield to the marble halls of the Supreme Court. (Dillon) Eight years ago, Diana Levine ...
Vermont Public Radio - Oct 12, 2008

How high will hybrid mortgage go?
Article: :/c/a/2008/10/11/REKL1388NM.DTL Home of the San Francisco Chronicle Home Delivery| Today's Paper | Ads SFGate Web Search by YAHOO! | Advanced Search Quick links to the best of SFGate | Still can't find it? see Site Index News Today Sections Sports More Features Food Travel Living Entertainment Classifieds How high will hybrid mortgage go? Benny L.
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 12, 2008

Presidential Poll: Buhari Alleges Plots to Influence Judges
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the petition of both the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and Action Congress (AC) presidential candidates, the Director General of the Presidential Campaign Organisa-tion of the ANPP, Alhaji Sule Hamma, has raised an alarm over alleged moves to influence the outcome of the case at the apex court. Hamma however said Buhari's faith in the ability of the ...
This Day Online - Oct 12, 2008

The quadrennial plea to consider the court
BOSTON - I really hate to bring it up. We already have two branches of our national government in full-scale meltdown. The president looks like a guy pleading before the parole board for early release. The Congress makes 'dysfunctional' sound like a compliment. But there is the third branch also in dire need of a rescue operation. Oyez, oyez, or should I say oy vey.
Hutchinson News - Oct 12, 2008

The Man Behind the Whispers About Obama
The most persistent falsehood about Senator Barack Obamas background first hit in 2004 just two weeks after the Democratic convention speech that arguably set him on the path to his presidential candidacy: Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion. That statement was contained in a press release and it spun a complex tale about the alleged ancestry of Mr. Obama, who is Christian.
New York Times - Oct 12, 2008

Landlords hit hard by foreclosure
Filings are up by 136 percent since 2000. Tom Wolf says he could not stop the spiral that ended with foreclosures on his rental homes and a wrecked credit history. In the early 2000s, the former electrical engineer lost half of his savings in the high-tech bust and wanted to change pace. He started acquiring Tulsa houses. 'Ultimately, I did not want to be a landlord for more than five or 10 ...
Tulsa World - Oct 12, 2008

Declare SAP first before reserving cane area, say growers
Any move to reserve area before SAP would go against the law. UP Govt has already formed a committee to recommend SAP for 2008-09. Growers in a better bargaining position due to lower crop. Harish Damodaran New Delhi, Oct 12 In what could well create a precedent, sugarcane growers in Uttar Pradesh (UP) are demanding that the State Government declare the price payable by mills for their crop ...
Hindu Business Line - Oct 12, 2008

Church, Constitution and the RH bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer Other Most Read Stories x Opinion Opinion Most Read RSS MANILA, Philippines - The debate on the reproductive health bill in Congress is by no means over. It should surprise no one that this is happening; after all, religion and the Constitution, both of which are involved in any evaluation of the bill, are very much at the heart of the life of our people.
Philippine Daily Inquirer - Oct 12, 2008

Govt, farmers fight aerial spraying
DAVAO CITY: Once a week, the drone of airplanes shatters the early morning calm in Calinan, a cluster of small farmlands in the hilly terrain around Mount Apo. It is the signal for farmers to rush indoors or take cover and stop feeding livestock, for women to pull down clothes hanging out to dry, and for everyone to stay indoors, windows shut. The small fixed-wing planes, known as crop dusters, ...
Manila Times - Oct 12, 2008

Post-Cold War era over, but not US primacy
The end of the Cold War had a triple significance for world affairs: the defeat of one power by another, the triumph of one political ideology over another, and the discrediting of one economic model in favour of another. All three have now been attenuated. The Cold War was a global and transcendental struggle centred on and led by the Soviet Union and the United States.
Frontier Post - Oct 12, 2008

UN WORKING GROUP ON ARBITRARY DETENTION CONCLUDES VISIT TO COLOMBIA
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concludes today its visit to Colombia, which took place from 1 to 10 October 2008, at the invitation of the Government. During its visit, the Group visited Arauca, Bogota and Cali. The delegation was headed by Mrs. Manuela Carmena (Spain), Chairperson-Rapporteur and included Mr. Roberto Garretn (Chile), member of the Group.
UNHCHR - Oct 12, 2008

No beating around the Bush
Racy Tales of a Fictional First Lady cause Red Faces in the White House was one headline, says Curtis Sittenfeld, laughing. Then there was Book to Smear First Lady's Sex Life. NBC said my bedroom scenes were too graphic to print. In one poll 60 per cent of Americans said that the book shouldn't be published. Sittenfeld refused to be deterred. The 33-year-old, who only half-jokingly compares ...
The Times - Oct 12, 2008

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Explains How Intellectual Property Damages Innovation
Over the last year or so, there have been a bunch of excellent books that have come out highlighting many of the issues we talk about here on a regular basis. The latest may be The Crime of Reason and the Closing of the Scientific Mind, written by Nobel Prize winning physicist, Robert B. Laughlin. I became aware of the book thanks to the fact that he'll be speaking at the Cato Institute this ...
Techdirt - Oct 9, 2008

Wells Fargo, Citigroup said to share Wachovia
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- As their two-day litigation timeout was drawing to an end, Wells Fargo & Co. and Citigroup Inc. might ultimately be forced to share Wachovia Corp., the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday. Among the possible scenarios reported, the San Francisco-based Wells Fargo could agree to take 75 percent to 80 percent of Wachovia's 488 billion U.S.
Xinhua News Agency - Oct 8, 2008

Supreme Court justices indicated Wednesday they would side with a longtime government worker who claims she was fired in retaliation after she cooperated with a sexual harassment investigation.CONTINUE
WASHINGTON Supreme Court justices indicated Wednesday they would side with a longtime government worker who claims she was fired in retaliation after she cooperated with a sexual harassment investigation.The court wrestled with whether the anti-retaliation provisions of a landmark civil rights law apply to people who havent themselves complained about workplace discrimination.
Maryland Daily Record - Oct 9, 2008

Supreme Court takes up timber dispute
WASHINGTON -- A well-seasoned Sequoia National Forest logging dispute comes to a boil today as the U.S. Supreme Court considers when activists can challenge the management of federal lands. In one of the year's most anticipated environmental cases, the court could either narrow or expand the public's power over the Forest Service. Everyone from homebuilders to California Attorney General Jerry ...
Fresno Bee - Oct 8, 2008

Georgia's dysfunctional death penalty
Troy Davis' execution was the fifth scheduled this year. Each raises hard questions about the death penalty. All photos provided by Georgia Department of Corrections DEATH CHAMBER: The lethal injection gurney at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Butts County, where the state executes convicted offenders Defense attorney Steve Bright, who arguably knows more about the death ...
Creative Loafing - Oct 8, 2008

Spotlight: Supreme Court 'Light' fight as judges gear up
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court picked up Monday where it left off last term, signaling support for efforts to block lawsuits against tobacco companies over deceptive marketing of 'light' cigarettes. Hundreds of appeal denials O'Connor visits: The first day of the court's new term, which is set in law as the first Monday in October, included denials of hundreds of appeals.
Commercial Appeal - Oct 8, 2008

Blame on every level for finance meltdown
Finally, some relief for the little guy. Under terms of a court settlement reached this week, as many as 400,000 homeowners in 11 states -- including 11,000 homeowners in Illinois -- can expect help soon to avoid foreclosure. Do the little guys deserve help? Not always. Many took out mortgages that they fully knew were risky, but they just had to have that house in the suburbs.
Chicago Sun-Times - Oct 8, 2008

China tries to halt lawsuits, anger in tainted milk scandal
BEIJING -- Lawyers advising the families of children sickened in China's tainted milk scandal said Tuesday they are facing growing official pressure to withdraw from the cases. A loose grouping of more than 100 lawyers across China has been offering free legal advice to the families of children who became ill after drinking milk laced with the industrial chemical melamine, said Chang Boyang, one ...
The Detroit Free Press - Oct 8, 2008

Next Up After Countrywide: Everyone Else (1579)
Monday that the settlement struck between 11 states and Countrywide Financial Corp. catapults his office forward in an effort to stop foreclosures for San Diego borrowers who were victims of predatory lending practices. Aguirre said he will announce by Friday a list of other subprime lenders he will be targeting with similar legal action, in line with his efforts to create a 'foreclosure ...
Voice of San Diego - Oct 8, 2008

Eli Lilly settles Zyprexa inquiries
INDIANAPOLIS -- Drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co. cleared another legal cloud hanging over its top-selling drug Zyprexa when it announced a $62 million settlement Tuesday, but several other storms are still brewing for the antipsychotic medication. Lilly agreed to pay 32 states and Washington, D.C., to resolve an investigation into the company's marketing practices.
Anchorage Daily News - Oct 8, 2008

Vince Warren Addresses the Need to Restore Constitutional Rights
Vince Warrren, Executive Director, Center Vince Warrren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), will deliver the address "100 Days to Constitutional Restoration: What the Next President Must Do," on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at The Jonathan Club. Warren's "100 Days" talk is part of a larger CCR campaign designed to communicate the concerns of Americans through a series of ...
MarketWire - Oct 8, 2008

Frugality can look good on you, for less
This lousy economy has given rise to something called “the new frugality,” a story on Tuesday’s front page reported.

I don’t know about you, but most of the folks I know might have something to say to this new class of bargain-conscious Americans, if they got a chance.

“Welcome to our world,” perhaps. Or “Gee, where have you guys ...
Kansas City Star - Oct 8, 2008

Federman & Sherwood Announces That a Securities Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. (NYSE: MRX)
On October 3, 2008, a class action On October 3, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona against Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. (NYSE: MRX). The complaint alleges violations of federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including allegations of issuing a series of material ...
MarketWire - Oct 8, 2008

Lehman CEO Grilled Over Millions Paid Executives
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KPIX-TV5 - Oct 7, 2008

Bear Stearns probe expands to other banks, lenders
McClatchy-Tribune Service via COMTEX) -- -- A federal probe of the $1.8 billion collapse of Bear Stearns hedge funds has spread to include the activities of a number of banks and other lenders, according to court records and legal sources. Investigators are also reviewing various private financial memorandums prepared by Bear Stearns officials for possible fraud against wealthy investors, ...
TradingMarkets - Oct 7, 2008

Simpson to be isolated pending sentence, appeal
LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson is being isolated from other prisoners for his own safety, and is focusing on a motion for a new trial and a strong bid for appellate reversal of his conviction for kidnapping and robbery, his attorney said yesterday. Attorney Yale Galanter, an attorney for Simpson, said that he will continue to pursue a request for Simpson to be released on bond pending appeal. ...
Winston-Salem Journal - Oct 7, 2008

Tycoon Pickens sues Lehman over collateral
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Texas billionaire and energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens has sued Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc (LEHMQ.PK) for $59.9 million, claiming the bankrupt investment bank breached its contract by failing to repay collateral posted by Pickens. Lehman Brothers Commodity Services Inc. failed to return $18,157 to Pickens and approximately $42 million posted by four of his BP Capital LLC ...
Washington Post - Oct 7, 2008

Judicial discipline system needs dose of independence
JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE is what differentiates free societies from repressive regimes and banana republics. Illegitimate rulers cannot have their way with a people when the judiciary can make sure that the rule of law is obeyed by the powerful and the powerless alike, that criminal charges and legal disputes are decided on the basis of the facts and the law, without regard to politics and power.
The State - Oct 7, 2008

Never have so few ripped off so many
Charlie Reese is a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel. Reese makes a frightening point with an article that was forwarded via the Internet. The article points out that there are 545 human beings, out of the total population of approximately 300 million, who are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
Durant Daily Democrat - Oct 7, 2008

Wachovia, Citigroup and Wells Fargo agree to litigation standstill
NEW YORK, Wachovia, Citigroup and Wells Fargo on Monday agreed to a standstill of all formal litigation activity, a sign that the banks and the U.S. Federal Reserve are working feverishly to reach an agreement over the fate of Wachovia. The standstill agreement will end at noon on Wednesday, unless extended. ''We are pleased to participate with the Federal Reserve Board in a fair-minded, good ...
Macro World Investor - Oct 7, 2008

Citi wins court order in battle for Wachovia
NEW YORK: Citigroup said it had won a court order late blocking Wells Fargo from buying hobbled US bank Wachovia Corp until the court rules otherwise. Citigroup, which planned to buy Wachovia s banking assets for $2.2bn, said New York State Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos granted an injunction late Satruday night extending Wachovia s agreement to negotiate exclusively with ...
Gulf Times - Oct 7, 2008

NBA's Code of Ethics & Broadcasting Standards goes live
Aghast at the manner in which many news channels promote programmes encouraging superstition thorough stories on ghosts, haunted houses and what not? Or angered by instances such as the recent Aarushi murder case where again most news channels happily went along with the police version that labeled the teen's father guilty?News Broadcasters Association's (NBA) News Broadcasting Standards ...
Televisionpoint - Oct 7, 2008

Jewish 'modesty patrols' sow fear in Israel
Jewish 'modesty patrols' sow fear in Israel Israel's ultra-Orthodox zealots hurl stones at women for 'sins' such as wearing red blouse, using internet. By Amy Teibel - JERUSALEM In Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, where the rule of law sometimes takes a back seat to the rule of God, zealots are on a campaign to stamp out behavior they consider unchaste.
Middle East Online - Oct 7, 2008

Million-dollar donors flood Calif. ballot props
'A million dollars seems to be almost a new threshold,' said Robert Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a Los Angeles think tank that focuses on campaign finance issues. Spending on California ballot measures has been climbing in recent years, with the median amount spent on an initiative jumping from $4.3 million in 2000 to $15.7 million in 2006, according to a study the ...
San Jose Mercury News - Oct 7, 2008

Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, and the Boston Region MPO: A Discussion Paper
Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, and the Boston Region MPOA Discussion Paper Boston Region MPO Staff Prepared by Ben Rasmussen May 2008 Reviewers: Cathy Lewis Anne McGahan Scott Peterson Karl Quackenbush Pam Wolfe Introduction Climate change will likely have significant impacts on the Boston region. If climate trends continue as projected, the climate and weather patterns in Boston at the end of ...
Federal Highway Administration - Oct 7, 2008

Chinese lawyers face pressure to drop milk cases
A pedestrian walks past a billboard advertising White Rabbit candies Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 in Shanghai, China. China's iconic White Rabbit candy is back in production after being pulled out of stores around the world last month in the wake of the country's tainted milk scandal, a state-run newspaper reports. Story highlightsLawyers advising the families of children sickened in China's tainted ...
Beaufort Gazette - Oct 7, 2008

Next Up After Countrywide: Everyone Else (1308)
Monday that the settlement struck between 11 states and Countrywide Financial Corp. catapults his office forward in an effort to stop foreclosures for San Diego borrowers who were victims of predatory lending practices. Aguirre said he will announce by Friday a list of other subprime lenders he will be targeting with similar legal action, in line with his efforts to create a 'foreclosure ...
Voice of San Diego - Oct 7, 2008

Reduce litigation risks and costs with eDiscovery approach
By Ursula TalleyCompanies of all sizes are facing increased litigation risks and costs today. A great way to reduce those risks and costs is by adopting a proactive eDiscovery approach. If you're not sure what proactive eDiscovery means, this article not only offers a good definition, but also explains the trends that make proactive eDiscovery inevitable, how to implement a proactive solution ...
AccountingWEB - Oct 7, 2008

If Big Storm Hits
Countrywide May Pay Back $1-Billion to Florida Homeowners In a deal meant to stave off home foreclosures, as many as 57,000 Florida homeowners could get $1-billion in relief from Countrywide Financial. The nation's largest mortgage lender, recently bought by Bank of America, settled 'predatory lending' lawsuits with 11 states and will give back nearly $9-billion to Countrywide customers.
Florida Trend - Oct 7, 2008

Chinese lawyers face pressure to drop milk cases
A pedestrian walks past a billboard advertising White Rabbit candies Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 in Shanghai, China. China's iconic White Rabbit candy is back in production after being pulled out of stores around the world last month in the wake of the country's tainted milk scandal, a state-run newspaper reports. Most-read stories Most e-mailed stories BEIJING -- Lawyers advising the families of ...
Star-Telegram - Oct 7, 2008

Dow Falls 750 Points - BusinessWeek
Investors appeared to be in panic mode Monday afternoon, one week to the day after a vicious market sell-off. U.S. stocks were plunging, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling 750 points to trade well below 10,000, reaching its lowest level in four years. The pace of selling accelerated in late afternoon trading. Indexes in Europe and Asia also dropped sharply Monday as investors fled ...
BusinessWeek - Oct 6, 2008

Court ruling removes obstacles for pro-life license plates
PM The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday wiped out the last legal hurdle for anti-abortion groups to get their own special state license plates. Without comment, the high court upheld a unanimous decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which concluded that the state License Plate Commission illegally denied the request by Arizona Life Coalition to issue a plate with the message 'Choose ...
Yuma Sun - Oct 7, 2008

US court divided on tobacco case
AM The US Supreme Court seemed closely divided as it heard arguments over whether tobacco firms can be sued under state law for deceptive advertising of light cigarettes, a case that could affect some 40 suits around the country seeking billions of dollars. A lawyer for Altria Group Inc and its Philip Morris USA unit argued that the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act bars such ...
ONE News - Oct 6, 2008

Smokers' deception claims met with skepticism at Supreme Court
(McClatchy Newspapers - McClatchy-Tribune News Service via COMTEX) -- MO | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- The Supreme Court returned to the stage Monday as justices weighed whether state laws can be used to challenge deceptive cigarette advertising. Against the backdrop of a presidential campaign, the high court opened its 2008-2009 term with a case crucial to business and consumer ...
TradingMarkets - Oct 6, 2008

Merrill and Bank of America deal sparks lawsuits
Losses & Lawsuits NEW YORK - Within minutes of the September 15 announcement of the demise of Lehman Brothers, rival Merrill Lynch revealed its sale to fellow investment giant Bank of America in a $50 billion deal.The deal, which will be worked out in the early part of 2009, will see Bank of America pay around $29 for each Merrill share - up on September prices of under $5 but down from more than ...
Op Risk and Compliance - Oct 6, 2008

Citigroup sues Wachovia, Wells Fargo for $60 billion
San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. for tortious interference. Citigroup also seeks relief from Wachovia for what it called its bad-faith breach of the banks' contract. Meanwhile, Federal Reserve officials have been in talks with Wells Fargo and Citigroup in the hope of getting the parties to come to some sort of agreement, according to a person with knowledge of the talks.
Fort Pierce Tribune - Oct 6, 2008

Bank of America settles suits over bad mortgages
Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America said Monday it will modify troubled mortgages with up to $8.4 billion in interest rate and principal reductions for nearly 400,000 customers of Countrywide Financial Corp., the troubled mortgage lender it acquired last summer. The announcement arrived after the Illinois attorney general's office said Sunday that the bank was modifying loans for customers in ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 6, 2008

Bank of America settles suits over bad mortgages
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Facing a lawsuit over deceptive mortgage practices, Bank of America Corp. is agreeing to pay more than $8 billion to modify hundreds of thousands of loans to keep people from losing their homes. Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America said Monday it will modify troubled mortgages with up to $8.4 billion in interest rate and principal reductions for nearly 400,000 customers of ...
Carlisle Sentinel - Oct 6, 2008

The Fed: The fox in America's henhouse
The Fed: The fox in America's henhouse Looking for the source of the current financial crisis? It came from Jekyll Island "Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task ...
Columbus Free Press - Oct 6, 2008

Fed steps into Wachovia fight between Citigroup, Wells Fargo
By Binyamin Appelbaum and Neil Irwin WASHINGTON A high-stakes battle over who will gain control of the nation's fourth-largest bank intensified over the weekend, with the Federal Reserve acting as a go-between in the pursuit of Wachovia by both Citigroup and Wells Fargo. Wachovia agreed Friday to be bought by Wells Fargo, spurning Citigroup, which had agreed to buy most of the troubled bank a few ...
Virginian Pilot - Oct 6, 2008

Paid plaintiff gets 3 months for kickback scheme
LOS ANGELES-A man who was paid $2.5 million to be a plaintiff in a major lawsuit kickback scheme was sentenced Monday to three months in prison. Retired real estate mortgage broker Harold J. Vogel was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Walter for his role in a scheme that targeted some of the nation's biggest corporations with class-action lawsuits. Vogel, 64, pleaded guilty in 2006 to making ...
Macro World Investor - Oct 6, 2008

TiVo Statement on United States Supreme Court Decision to Deny EchoStar's Appeal
ALVISO, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), the creator of and leader in television products and services for digital video recorders (DVR), offered the following statement today on the ruling by the United States Supreme Court to deny an appeal by EchoStar Communications Corporation: 'We are extremely pleased that the United States Supreme Court has denied ...
Atlanta Business Chronicle - Oct 6, 2008

Environmental impact of power plant disputed
Florida wildlife conservation officials ignored concerns of two state scientists who predicted a new power plant would harm animals in an environmentally sensitive area, the scientists testified Monday in federal court. The testimony came during a court hearing in which U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks denied an environmental group's emergency request to suspend temporarily, construction ...
Palm Beach Interactive - Oct 6, 2008

Ask the Expert: Will Araujo stick in Minnesota?
Posted: 9:02 AM- Question: Rafael Araujo is in training camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves? Any chance he makes the squad? -Joseph Horner Answer: I don't think so. I checked the Timberwolves' training camp roster and it includes 20 players. Ten of them are either centers or power forwards, including Calvin Booth, Brian Cardenal, Jason Collins, Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Mark Madsen, Nikola ...
Salt Lake Tribune - Oct 6, 2008

Slain man's mom must pay legal fees
A Milwaukee County judge is requiring that Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Willie Hines sign off on a $35,000 judgment that city lawyers obtained against a woman whose son was shot to death in 2004 by a police officer who was later convicted in the beating of Frank Jude Jr. The judgment against Debra Jenkins was the result of an unsuccessful federal lawsuit she brought against the ...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Oct 6, 2008

Ralph 'Bucky' Phillips seeks new trial in shootings of troopers
Oct. 1--As promised, Ralph "Bucky" Phillips is going through with his plans to try and overturn his convictions of killing a state trooper and wounding two others. Lawyers for Phillips, 46, are scheduled to appear Oct. 20th in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester, officials at the Chautauqua County District Attorney's office confirmed today.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

Parents file lawsuit in China against dairy firm
BEIJING The parents of a 1-year-old boy who developed kidney stones after drinking infant formula tainted with an industrial chemical are suing the dairy at the heart of the scandal, state media reported, as tests implicated 15 more companies Wednesday.The case is believed to be the first civil lawsuit filed in response to the contamination of milk, yogurt and other dairy products with melamine, ...
Merced Sun-Star - Oct 1, 2008

When do kids belong in adult court?: The case of Trevor Reizenstein, who was 12 when he was arrested, puts the spotlight on a juvenile justice quandary.
Oct. 1--The practice of charging a juvenile in adult court is not a deterrent or a punishment, but a way to protect the public from what officials believe is a dangerous child. It is an imperfect system but seems to work reasonably well, juvenile justice experts say. Now, the Idaho State Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether Trevor Reizenstein, 14, should be tried as an adult or a ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

Brookings Event Announcement: Preview of the 2008-2009 U.S. Supreme Court Term
On October 6, when the U.S. Supreme Court's 2008-2009 term begins, the Brookings Judicial Issues Forum will host a panel discussion with leading legal scholars and practitioners who will offer their insights on the upcoming Court term and discuss some of the biggest cases on the docket. Issues include the constitutionality of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act; the FCC's ban on ...
San Antonio Business Journal - Oct 1, 2008

Governor vetoes job security for medical marijuana users
In its 5-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the initiative, Proposition 215, exempted medical marijuana patients and their caregivers from state prosecution, but wasn't intended to limit an employer's authority to fire workers for violating federal drug laws. Schwarzenegger used the same rationale in his veto message Tuesday. 'I am concerned with interference in employment decisions as they relate ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 1, 2008

Reports show medical malpractice reforms working
Oct. 1--CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Recent reports show laws passed five years ago to deal with a medical malpractice crisis have had a dramatically beneficial effect. But a legislator who's also executive director of the West Virginia Medical Association said the state is "one Supreme Court decision away" from being thrust back into the crisis. In 2003, there were 315 malpractice lawsuits filed in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

Florida sues Merck to recover money spent on Vioxx
TRENTON, N.J. Florida has joined eight other states in suing drugmaker Merck & Co. over what the state alleges was deceptive marketing of its former prescription painkiller Vioxx. In a lawsuit brought by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, the state is seeking restitution for all money spent by state health programs on Vioxx, plus interest. Florida's Medicaid program alone spent more than ...
St. Petersburg Times - Oct 1, 2008

Workplace Bully Worries
By Margery Weinstein You thought you were rid of them at the end of middle school, but no such luck. Bullies, as you've probably noticed by now, thrive in offices, too. They usually aren't after your lunch, but are just as, if not more, threatening. It's so bad, 13 states have considered 'healthy workplace legislation,' which would prohibit bullying in the workplace.
Manage Smarter - Oct 1, 2008

Ohio Supreme Court upholds sex offender rules
Oct. 1--The Ohio Supreme Court today upheld as constitutional the retroactive application of a 2003 law that tightened reporting and community notification rules on registered sex offenders. Applying the law to sex offenders whose crimes predate it doesn't violate federal and state constitutional prohibitions against "ex post facto," or retroactive, laws, wrote Justice Maureen O'Connor, who ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

Obama's Assault on the First Amendment
In London last week, a frightful warning was sounded about encroaching tyranny. At an important conference, speaker after impassioned speaker warned of the peril to Western values posed by freedom-devouring sharia - the Islamic legal code. Like all tyrannies, sharias first target is speech: Suppress all examination of Muslim radicalism by threats of prosecution and libel actions, and smugly call ...
National Review - Oct 1, 2008

US Supreme Court Takes Up Shell, Burlington Superfund Appeal
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will hear a challenge by Shell Oil Co. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. (BNI) to a federal appeals court ruling that would leave them saddled with financial liability for a Superfund contamination cleanup. The high court, in accepting the appeals, said it will decide whether the Ninth U.S.
Morningstar.com - Oct 1, 2008

Pre-emption Looms Large in Supreme Court's Upcoming Business Cases
The Roberts Court's will continue into the October 2008 U.S. Supreme Court term as the justices take on major questions concerning federal pre-emption of state tort suits, environmental regulation, workplace discrimination, arbitration, pensions and antitrust. The Court has agreed to decide 15 business-related cases thus far, noted Mark I. Levy, chairman of the Supreme Court and appellate ...
Yahoo! Canada - Oct 1, 2008

GOP calls for abortion ban: Legislators unveil bills, vow to take fight to high court
Oct. 1--Conservative Utah legislators said Tuesday they plan to sponsor legislation banning abortions in Utah in nearly all cases, sparking a legal fight they vowed to fight to the Supreme Court. "We're tired of it. This group of legislators has had enough of the slaughter of innocents and we're going to step up and we're going to do something about it," said Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

New Fuels Alliance Blasts Ethanol Lawsuit Filed Today by Tesoro Corporation; Calls Lawsuit Frivolous
The New Fuels Alliance released the following statement regarding the Tesoro lawsuit filed in California today against the California Air Resource Board. 'This a blatant attempt by Tesoro to try to use the regulatory and legal process to gain competitive advantage in the market place. Other oil companies are moving toward increased ethanol use to extend gasoline supply, lower cost, and even ...
WKYT - Oct 1, 2008

EDITORIAL: Should profanity be protected as free speech?
Oct. 1--Should profanity be protected as free speech? The South Dakota Supreme Court is currently tackling that question -- and it's a tough one. The high court is meeting this week at South Dakota State University and one of the cases it will hear is that of Marcus Suhn, a 23-year-old Brookings man who used the "f" word, among others, in an exchange with a police officer back in September 2007. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

Independent Group Raises McCain Health Issue
The ad went up in six battleground states -- Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri -- this morning, and will run for two days with a low six-figure buy behind it, according to sources familiar with the spot. That relatively meager amount of spending means that the ad is meant to be more provocative than persuasive, aimed at driving a discussion -- publicly and privately -- ...
Washington Post - Oct 1, 2008

US judge orders release of IndyMac records
LOS ANGELES-Lawyers pursuing a class action lawsuit against failed IndyMac Federal Savings Bank won a legal round when a federal judge ordered the release of borrowers records. U.S. District Judge Alicemarie H. Stoller ruled Tuesday that officials with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which now operates the bank, must turn over paperwork identifying possible plaintiffs in the suit claiming ...
Calibre Macro World - Oct 1, 2008

International news briefs: Georgia recovers fallen Russian spy drone
TBILISI, Georgia _ A senior Georgian Interior Ministry official said on Wednesday that a Russian unmanned plane fell into Georgian territory on Tuesday while conducting a reconnaissance flight. Shota Utiashvili, head of the ministry's analytical department, said the reconnaissance drone was equipped with a camera and that specialists have already decoded the footage.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

Cleaning up Wall Street's mess
Party's over? No kidding. The problem is the food's gone, the liquor cabinet is empty and the house has been trashed. Now the question is, who's going to clean up the mess? How about the neighbors and their kids and their kids' kids and their kids' kids' kids? After all, they made the mistake of living on the same block. Editor - Most Americans are against the bailout because they rightly see a ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 2, 2008

Conservative Polston Picked For Florida's High Court
Oct. 2--TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Charlie Crist has chosen conservative appellate Judge Ricky L. Polston to sit on the Florida Supreme Court. Polston, of the 1st District Court of Appeal, takes the place of retiring Justice Kenneth Bell. He is Crist's second appointment to the state's highest bench this year, following Charles Canady, who was sworn in last month.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 2, 2008

The Wall Street bailout and the threat of dictatorship
Recriminations have continued to reverberate internationally over the vote in the US House of Representatives Monday to reject a $700 billion bailout package for the Wall Street banks. Much of the opposition in the 228-to-205 vote to defeat the bailout was attributed to representatives-Democratic and Republican alike-who face tight races for their seats in November and fear being tarred by their ...
World Socialist Web Site - Oct 1, 2008

The Palin Payoff: How Sarah Brings in the Christian Cash
Research for this story was supported by the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Until John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate, Obama attack ops -- whether political action committees or their 501(c)4 partners -- were struggling mightily to raise the kind of cash that fueled the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth smear machine in 2004. More than $45 million poured into that effort ...
AlterNet.org - Oct 1, 2008

Iowa appeals court reverses conviction of off-duty Chicago police officer
CHICAGO _ An Iowa appeals court on Wednesday reversed the conviction of an off-duty Chicago police officer who says he hit a man in self-defense three years ago while visiting his brother in Dubuque, Iowa. Last year, a district court judge convicted Michael A. Mette for failing to avoid the 2005 scuffle. Mette served 11 months of a 5-year sentence while family members, police officers and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

Outside groups find small markets to air provocative ads against Obama, McCain
Their messages run the gamut, but an explosion of outside advertising targeting the presidential candidates has the same goal: to provoke voters on issues from abortion and judges to killing wolves and John McCain's age. One group plans to spend up to $1 million on ads attacking Democrat Barack Obama's economic policies and blaming the financial crisis on Democrats' lack of oversight.
Fargo Forum - Oct 1, 2008

Will SF's healthcare ordinance go to Supreme Co...
Supreme Court. GGRAs executive director Kevin Westly told me they might, or they might ask the Ninth Circuit to do an en banque review, instead, which involves all eleven Ninth Circuit judges. Healthy San Francisco is a good program and employer spending mandates are a separate issue," Westly said, repeating a position that Mayor Gavin Newsom used to share, back when Sup.
San Francisco Bay Guardian - Oct 1, 2008

California air quality regulators sued over ethanol rule
An affiliate of oil refiner Tesoro Corp. has filed a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board seeking to block the implementation of a new regulation that would require refiners to increase the amount corn-based ethanol in gasoline in California. The lawsuit was filed by the companys operating subsidiary, Tesoro Refining & Marketing Co. It seeks a temporary injunction against the state ...
Sacramento Business Journal - Oct 1, 2008

Stub it out
NEW DELHI, Oct. 1: Some call it a 'draconian measure' while others consider it a godsend that may help them in bringing down the intake of nicotine and health problems, not to mention making their wallet fatter, but either way smokers beware! Hotels, restaurants, pubs, offices and even the international airport would be out of bounds to light up the rolled tobacco from tomorrow with the ban on ...
The Statesman - Oct 2, 2008

Business bill wrap up: Governor signs disability bill, vetoes secret-ballot measure
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a disability access bill that seeks to increase voluntary compliance with disability laws and curb lawsuits. It was a top legislative priority of business leaders. Senate Bill 1608 seeks to improve access to businesses and other public places for people with disabilities and promote compliance with access laws through use of state-certified specialists and a ...
Biz Journals - Oct 1, 2008

Apple aims to dismiss Psystar countersuit
Apple asked a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss Psystars counterclaims against the company. As background, Apple launched a suit against Psystar alleging that the Mac clone maker harmed its brand. Psystar (all resources) fired back arguing that Apple was abusing monopoly power and launched its own lawsuit. On Sept. 30, Apple fired back at Psystar in a strongly worded 23-page court filing (PDF ...
ZDNet - Oct 1, 2008

EDITORIAL: Attorney general: Rob McKenna
Oct. 1--The state attorney general contest is a fiery one. Incumbent Rob McKenna and his opponent, John Ladenburg, are spending too much of their time firing barbs at each other rather than talking about what they hope to accomplish if elected. Ladenburg's biggest criticism of McKenna is his lack of courtroom experience. McKenna worked for Perkins Coie for a few years, then served three terms on ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

The Oakland Tribune, Calif., Tammerlin Drummond column
Oct. 1--For the past month, John McCain has gone to great lengths to keep Sarah Palin under wraps. The apparent theory: The less American voters know about the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee, the better. At least for the McCain ticket. Palin has only given three interviews since accepting the nomination at the Republican National Convention. Now, we know why.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

Marathon Environmental Suit Finally Ends After 18 Years
A ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has brought an 18-year lawsuit to its conclusion. On September 26, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed a jury verdict in favor of White and Williams' client, Monsanto Company, in Pennsylvania Department of General Services v. U.S. Mineral Products Group, No. 75 MAP 2007 (Sept. 26, 2008). It is the second Supreme Court victory for Monsanto in the ...
PR Newswire - Sep 30, 2008

Suit: Firm preys on homeowners facing foreclosure
Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a Pennsylvania company has been operating a mortgage rescue fraud scheme preying on homeowners on the verge of foreclosure. Madigan filed suit in Sangamon County Circuit Court against Aeroworks LLC, doing business as Augustus Rae and Reed, and its president John F. Reed. The suit alleges the defendants violated the Mortgage Rescue ...
Chicago Sun-Times - Sep 30, 2008

Brooke Capital Shareholder Requests Board Investigation
Robert Orr is the largest shareholder and a Robert Orr is the largest shareholder and a director of Brooke Capital Corporation (AMEX: BCP). Beginning in August 2008, Orr spearheaded the implementation of Brooke Capital's collection strategy to recover past due servicing fees and expenses owed to Brooke Capital by securitization investors. The legality and advisability of this collection ...
MarketWire - Sep 30, 2008

Fraud case begins in federal court
Or was the one-time Giles County Circuit Court clerk and commissioner of the revenue in effect conned himself -- drawn into desperate financial straits by the lure of poorly understood investments similar to those causing havoc on Wall Street? As what is scheduled to be a three-week jury trial began Monday in Roanoke's federal court, Johnson's attorney Tony Anderson drew parallels to recent ...
Roanoke Times - Sep 30, 2008

J&J: Court rules rivals pay $1.2B in patent fight
Health care products maker Johnson & Johnson says a federal court has entered a final judgment of about $1.2 billion in favor of Cordis Corp., its heart device unit, in a patent dispute. The dispute involves Boston Scientific Corp. and Medtronic Inc., two rival makers of stents, tiny metal-mesh scaffolds that prop open heart arteries after they have been cleared.
Grand Forks Herald - Sep 30, 2008

Fannie, Freddie disclose investigations
WASHINGTON -- A federal grand jury is investigating accounting and disclosure issues at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage finance companies said Monday. Fannie and Freddie said they received subpoenas Friday from the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan as well as requests from the Securities and Exchange Commission that they preserve documents. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over ...
Chicago Daily Herald - Sep 30, 2008

Candidates talk budget
Candidates for the Petaluma City Council are: top, left to right: Spence F. Burton, Samantha Freitas, David Glass; bottom, left to right: Mike Healy, Karen Nau, Tiffany Ren e. CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES SPENCE F. BURTON Age: 60 Occupation: Petaluma planning commissioner; retired from postal service Goal(s) for your term: In less than four years, I want to see the new East Washington playing fields ...
Press Democrat - Sep 30, 2008

Breast-implant lawsuit dismissed
TORONTO - Ontario's top court has dismissed a class-action lawsuit by thousands of women who claim their health suffered after their silicone breasts ruptured and leaked into their bodies. The suit, against Health Canada, was launched by Joyce Attis and Alexandra Tesluk on behalf of 29,500 individuals and claimed the government was negligent in regulating the product.
Canada.com - Sep 30, 2008

Securities class actions problems rest with system, not lawyers
This settlement followed the guilty pleas of two of the firm's former partners, Bill Lerach and Melvyn Weiss, for their parts in the scheme. The convictions of these deans of the plaintiffs' bar have brought the predictable calls to crack down on class action lawyers. The truth, however, is that lawyers are simply responding to the perverse incentives created by our system of securities fraud ...
Daily Business Review - Sep 30, 2008

Courts OK Ohio's same-day voting, registration: Republicans win right to have election observers watching
Sep. 30--COLUMBUS -- Beginning today, Ohio voters may register to vote and immediately cast absentee ballots thanks to federal and state court decisions upholding the process. In separate lawsuits filed from opposite sides of the feud, a U.S. District Court judge in Cleveland and the Ohio Supreme Court agreed with Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner that overlapping state laws created a one-week ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 30, 2008

Blumner: Plenty of U.S. homeowners could use a bailout, too
If Congress can get it done, we are about to spend astronomical sums to shore up a financial sector that has done its utmost to trip up the financial footing of average people. Millions of Americans are in danger of losing their homes because they succumbed to the allure of borrowing too much money against their homes or buying one they couldn't afford. Those who sold these mortgages knew these ...
Salt Lake Tribune - Sep 30, 2008

Bloomberg backs halt of tax-free cigarette sales
Sep. 30--ALBANY -- An effort to end tax-free cigarette sales by Indian merchants received its biggest political boost Monday when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on Gov. David A. Paterson to begin collecting what he said could be more than $1 billion in lost tax revenues. Railing against what he said has been a reluctance by officials in Albany to collect the taxes because "they ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 30, 2008

A web site is scheduled to be launched that will offer fans a chance to buy shares in athletes like LeBron James and Tiger Woods.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Michael Sroka dreamed up a day-trading website for sports fans while still in high school, and the concept will finally come to fruition with the launch of OneSeason.com. The website, scheduled to debut on Wednesday, offers U.S. fans the chance to buy shares in such athletes as basketball star LeBron James and golfer Tiger Woods. The aim is to make a profit from trades, much ...
Fox Sports Radio 970 - Oct 1, 2008

Why A Federal District Court's Decision Is a Victory for Transsexuals' Right Not to Face Employment Discrimination
In a thoughtful, well-reasoned opinion, a federal district judge handed transsexuals a significant victory against employment discrimination. The case was , and the court was the federal district court for the District of Columbia. The Case Against the Library of Congress The facts of the case are these: Diane Schroer applied for a position as a terrorism specialist with the Congressional ...
Find Law - Oct 1, 2008

Wife who made glass lunches avoids jail
A vengeful wife who tried to harm her cheating husband by sprinkling crushed glass on his lunches has avoided imprisonment in Tasmania. Hobart Centrelink manager Lynette Quessy, 50, who is back living with her husband, was sentenced in the state's Supreme Court to a suspended nine-month jail term by Justice Shan Tennent. Quessy pleaded guilty just before going to trial last month to one count of ...
OptusNet - Oct 1, 2008

RIGHTS-PAKISTAN: REPORTING RAPE OFTEN MAKES VICTIM'S LIFE WORSE
KARACHI, Pakistan, Sep. 30, 2008 (IPS/GIN) -- Rape and sexual violence are widespread in Pakistan, but cases are rarely reported. Few survivors and their families can withstand the pressure to compromise with the assailants over the years the cases drag on. The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan recorded 755 cases of sexual harassment in 2007, including 377 cases of rape (166 ...
Macro World Investor - Sep 30, 2008

Accused killer said he falsely confessed to setting fatal B.C. blaze
VANCOUVER - An accused killer testified Tuesday that he falsely confessed to setting a fire that killed five people two years ago because he thought he would be killed. 'I was terrified, stressed out,' Nathan Richard Fry told a B.C. Supreme Court jury. Fry, 20, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in relation to the arson attack on May ...
Canada.com - Sep 30, 2008

Voting for president begins in pivotal Ohio
CLEVELAND Ohio voters started casting early ballots Tuesday as Barack Obama struggles to thwart a John McCain victory in Ohio four years after the state tipped the election to President George W Bush. Both candidates visit often while spending millions of dollars flooding TV and radio with advertisements, mailboxes with literature and even voicemail with automated phone calls to get supporters to ...
Japan Today - Sep 30, 2008

Ohio Supreme Court upholds decision to remove children from Lucas County couple
Sep. 30--COLUMBUS --The Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday upheld the decision of Lucas County child protection officials to remove two young children from their home because their father had been convicted of molesting boys 17 years ago. In the 6-1 decision, the majority stressed that the decision was not about the mother's refusal to divorce the father so that she could maintain custody of her ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 30, 2008

Marathon Environmental Suit Finally Ends After 18 Years
It is the second Supreme Court victory for Monsanto in the case. In the first appeal, the Supreme Court reversed a $60 million The case originated in 1990 as a claim by the Commonwealth ofPennsylvania against United States Mineral Corp., the manufacturer of sprayed asbestos insulation found throughout the Transportation & Safety Building (T&S Building) inHarrisburg, former home of the ...
NewsBlaze - Sep 30, 2008

Groups eye Chief Justice Puno for president
Oct. 1--But Puno said he turned down the propositions even as he admitted that the top position of the land is "providential." According to the chief justice, he has no plans to enter politics. Puno said he would rather stay with the High Court and spend quality time with his grandchildren. "My grandchildren were better lobbyists," Puno said in Filipino. "I would rather choose to be president of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Oct 1, 2008

McMahon sued by Griffin's company
Former The Tonight Show star Ed McMahon has one more lawsuit to add to his already packed court calendar. He allegedly owes late TV host Merv Griffin's company $100,000. The Griffin Group Inc., founded by the late TV mogul, reportedly loaned the beloved star the sum in 2005 in a suit filed in Los Angeles on Thursday. The company is seeking the full amount to be repaid, plus interest and legal ...
Webcenter 11 - Sep 30, 2008

Diaz says false charges shaped him as a judge
Sep. 30--GULFPORT -- Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. said the most important factors in his election race against challenger Randy "Bubba" Pierce are integrity, experience and special interests. Diaz, who discussed the race Monday with the Sun Herald, believes he and Pierce are men of integrity. Both also have chosen to run positive campaigns and have avoided attacking one ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 30, 2008

Good Question: Why Do False Political Ads Air?
US/Central ReportingJason DeRusha (WCCO) You can't turn on the television without seeing a campaign commercial for one candidate or another. While each ad is serving up one version of truth, to be generous, some include falsehoods that seem hard to defend. So what are they doing on television? 'When political ads are patently false,' wondered Marguerite Cavett of St. Peter.
WCCO - Sep 30, 2008

Lienholders' battle over deed could affect future cases
With equity in property quickly evaporating, legal fights are beginning to surface about which creditor has dibs when it comes to trust deed claims. The case of one failed Las Vegas condo project may cast doubt on the priority order of liens placed on Nevada titles. A battle is going on between lienholders of the bankrupt Onyx Condominiums, but the outcome of the fight between the chief lender ...
Las Vegas Business Press - Sep 29, 2008

Court upholds charges against supervisor in 'Angel of Death' case
A judge today upheld the full indictment against a former supervisor at a McHenry County nursing home accused of allowing, and even encouraging, a nurse to serve as an 'Angel of Death' for dying residents. Rejecting claims that three of the seven charges against Penny Whitlock did not follow state law, Judge Joseph Condon ruled Monday morning that prosecutors could charge her with neglecting ...
Chicago Daily Herald - Sep 29, 2008

Despite critics, consumers laud states trial lawyers
None of us have legal or political backgrounds, so it was really helpful to have the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association to help guide us through the system and make the political connections we needed, La Follette said. La Follette credits the organization for help suing the New Jersey-based manufacturer of the halide bulbs. However, Oregon puts an eight-year time limit on product defect claims. ...
Biz Journals - Sep 29, 2008

Microsoft targets spammers in legal blitz
Microsoft is expected to launch a legal campaign today against spammers who use its products in their advertising. According to reports sweeping the net, lawyers from Microsoft's Internet Safety Enforcement Team have been working with the Washington State Attorney General's Office and are set to announce a number of lawsuits against high-profile offenders. The spammers in question are likely to ...
VNUNet.com - Sep 29, 2008

Fannie, Freddie disclose subpoenas, investigations
Fannie and Freddie said they received subpoenas Friday from the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan as well as requests from the Securities and Exchange Commission that they preserve documents. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over by the government earlier this month as their mounting defaults and foreclosures threatened the entire mortgage market.
San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 29, 2008

Judge: City sign ordinance doesn't violate free speech
In an order reversing a previous injunction, U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon dismissed a lawsuit filed by a company with signs in the city's 'extraterritorial jurisdiction,' rejecting claims the ordinance violated free-speech rights. City Attorney Arturo Michel said the order allows authorities to move forward with criminal and civil enforcement against the company RTM Media.
Houston Chronicle - Sep 30, 2008

High court reshaping the landscape for patents
As the nations highest court, the Supreme Courts increased attention to patents mirrors the rising public perception that the patent system needs repair. Since the mid-1980s, patent cases were left to the domain of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, with the Supreme Court hearing on average only one patent case per year between 1982 and 1998. Since 2001, however, the Supreme Court has ...
East Bay Business Journal - Sep 29, 2008

Ecuador's Correa to extend state grip after vote
By Frank Jack Daniel Ecuador's President Rafael Correa has a clear mandate to extend the state's grip over the economy, install leftist reforms and seek re-election after his easy win in Sunday's referendum on a new constitution. Correa hailed it as a 'historic victory' but the new rules will unnerve investors because they increase state control over monetary and oil policy in the OPEC nation in ...
International Herald Tribune - Sep 29, 2008

Give 'Em a Break ... or Get Sued
Employers are being slapped with lawsuits costing them millions of dollars in some cases by workers who say they are being compelled to work through meal breaks. Antiquated labor laws are to blame, some corporations say. But plaintiff attorneys blame in part deteriorating corporate ethics. t the Tyson Foods meatpacking plant in Logansport, Indiana, workers wear helmets, protective pads on ...
Workforce - Sep 29, 2008

Legal challenge takes on salmon farming industry
Alexandra Morton heads to B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver today for a four-day challenge of the provincial government's constitutional right to regulate and approve fish farm locations. Until recently, fighting the salmon-farming industry was a solo upstream battle for her. Not anymore. She is being joined by the Wilderness Tourism Association, Area E Gillnetters Association, Fishing Vessel ...
Times Colonist - Sep 29, 2008

Washington Mutual Class Action Members Have Legal Options to Explore, Announces Tramont Guerra & Núñez, PA
The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Tramont Guerra & Núñez, PA (TGN) makes an announcement to prospective class members of class action lawsuit (Case No. 07 CV 09801) against Washington Mutual (NYSE: WM). Prospective class members need to determine which legal process is more suitable for them to recover losses, either a class action or ...
MarketWire - Sep 29, 2008

Strategy - There's kosher, and then there's kosher
To succeed, the responsible business movement will need to redefine the terms of management thinking, argues Andy Savitz For many Jews, the word "kosher" conveys deep meaning, associated with ideas of goodness, purity and quality. For me, it evokes memories of both of my grandmothers, for whom preparing and serving kosher food was a way of saying: "I love you, so eat." In the US, the ...
Ethical Corporation Online - Sep 29, 2008

Suspended term for woman who tried to kill spouse
ANASTASIA Nestorowycz felt she had failed when her husband went into a nursing home. He begged her to take him home, and she became paranoid that he was being mistreated. On one of her daily visits she decided to end his suffering, and her own, and stabbed him once through the stomach before turning the knife on herself. Nestorowycz, 76, was yesterday sentenced to two years and nine months' ...
The Age - Sep 29, 2008

Delphi Announces Effectiveness of Key Agreements and Further Advances Its Transformation Activities
Delphi Corp. (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) today announced Delphi Corp. (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) today announced the effectiveness of several agreements with GM and Delphi's U.S. unions. These agreements further the significant progress Delphi has achieved in its Chapter 11 cases and, together with other actions Delphi has taken, keep Delphi on track to complete the five key tenets of its transformation by ...
MarketWire - Sep 29, 2008

Securities class actions problems rest with system, not lawyers
This settlement followed the guilty pleas of two of the firm's former partners, Bill Lerach and Melvyn Weiss, for their parts in the scheme. The convictions of these deans of the plaintiffs' bar have brought the predictable calls to crack down on class action lawyers. The truth, however, is that lawyers are simply responding to the perverse incentives created by our system of securities fraud ...
Daily Business Review - Sep 30, 2008

Attorneys Who Threaten Homeowners With Deficiency Judgments
One of the reasons homeowners have such a fear of being sued by their bank for a deficiency judgment after facing foreclosure is that nearly any lawyer they contact will bring up this possibility. Some attorneys may even use the threat of further litigation after foreclosure as a reason to file bankruptcy prematurely or otherwise pressure borrowers into retaining legal counsel throughout the ...
MyContentBuilder - Sep 29, 2008

America pays the piper, big time
Reality began to reassert itself with the bloody insurgency that resulted from Bushs conquest of Iraq The hyping of an 'Islamic threat' fit with the neocon exaggerated depiction of the Soviet menace in the 1980s and again the propaganda strategy worked. By Robert Parry After a 28-year binge of drunken optimism and blind nationalism often punctuated by chants of USA, USA! and Were No.
Aljazeera.com - Sep 29, 2008

Feds: Judge should ax Pa. Muslim scientist's suit
PITTSBURGH A federal judge does not have the jurisdiction to second-guess security clearance decisions and should throw out a lawsuit by a Muslim scientist who claims he wrongly lost his clearance and his job at a nuclear warship plant, U.S. Justice Department attorneys said in court documents. Lawyers for the Department of Energy contend the lawsuit filed by Egyptian-born scientist ...
Augusta Chronicle - Sep 28, 2008

U.S. bailout unlikely to stem emerging market economy fears
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Emerging market investors braced for another roller-coaster week on Sunday as U.S. lawmakers appeared set to pass a $700 billion (381.4 billion pound) financial rescue package in the coming days but analysts said the world economy could still face a deep economic downturn. Even if the Washington bailout succeeds in calming down financial markets, investors should remain ...
Yahoo! UK and Ireland - Sep 28, 2008

High court returns to work
WASHINGTON - Against the backdrop of a tight presidential election that likely will shape its future, the Supreme Court goes back to work this week. The justices will face cases on whether the government can forbid foul language on television and whether drug makers can be sued by injured patients. The court also will decide whether officials can be held liable for violations of rights that took ...
South Florida Sun-Sentinel - Sep 28, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court to tackle drug liability, censorship and whales
Justices have hands full with hot issues Font size: Letter to editor Against the backdrop of a tight presidential election that likely will shape its future, the Supreme Court goes back to work this week, facing cases on whether the government can forbid foul language on television, whether drug makers can be sued by injured patients and whether environmentalists can protect whales off the ...
Concord Monitor - Sep 28, 2008

Palin treads carefully between fundamentalist beliefs and public policy
ANCHORAGE Soon after Sarah Palin was elected mayor of the foothill town of Wasilla, Alaska, she startled a local music teacher by insisting in casual conversation that men and dinosaurs coexisted on an Earth created 6,000 years ago -- about 65 million years after scientists say most dinosaurs became extinct -- the teacher said. After conducting a college band and watching Palin deliver a ...
Los Angeles Times - Sep 28, 2008

Lange v Free Speech
The ironies of jurisprudence are terrible indeed. More than a decade ago the late David Lange launched his famous defamation action against Joe Atkinson and the publishers of North & South magazine believing that it would be an open and shut matter, another sure-fire success for one of the country's most-litigious politicians. Instead, the action would not only bring the curtain down on ...
National Business Review - Sep 28, 2008

Rice to visit India next week, N-deal expected to be signed
Organization: Mumbai Central The Mumbai Grapevine Connecting Mumbaikars with Mumbai Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and co-workers who might be interested in it. The instructions to join the Mumbai Grapevine are at the end of the message. (From various agencies) After two weeks, terror back in Delhi: Bomb blast kills boy New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Terror returned to Delhi ...
Mumbai Central - Sep 28, 2008

'Flash of Genius' tells story of Detroiter who fought a corporation
Dr. Robert Kearns, inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, is hardly a household name. But for guys like Ferndale's Tim McElgunn, he's something of a local legend. 'Here's this guy who came up with this innovation, convinced that it was his, and refused to give up on what he thought was his rightful ownership,' says McElgunn, who works in automotive quality engineering.
The Detroit Free Press - Sep 28, 2008

Shock therapy
The last time President Bush got a blank check from Congress, the United States invaded Iraq on bad intelligence with no game plan. No wonder the country is wary of handing his administration $700 billion in taxpayer-financed loan guarantees to fix the mess that its own love affair with deregulation helped create. Who ever thought that this election's September surprise would feature free-market ...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Sep 28, 2008

MillerCoors Puts New Sparks on Hold
MillerCoors urging it to abandon plans for a new version of its Sparks alcoholic energy drink, the alcohol beverage maker put on hold plans to launch the drink Oct. 1, The Associated Press reported. Called Sparks Red, it comes from a line of canned alcoholic drinks that contain stimulants such as caffeine and taurine. Published reports stated the new version would have an 8 percent alcohol ...
Beverage Aisle - Sep 29, 2008

Zappa's wife puts up fight for music legacy
LOS ANGELES Whoever devised the slipknot contract clause 'into perpetuity' hadn't conceived a Gail Zappa. She has made it her job to parse the music industry's legalese, close contractual loopholes and, most significantly, end what she sees as its iron grip on an artist's past, present and future. 'Let me say it in the simplest way,' she lays it out, her full hand on the table, 'My job is to ...
Denver Post - Sep 28, 2008

Girl Talk: Good music, fun concerts, copyright controversy
Sep. 28--In the 1850s, a kid from Pittsburgh named Stephen Foster hammered out a template for popular song ("Oh! Susanna," "Camptown Races," etc.) that, in some respects, has lasted to this day. In 2008, a kid from Pittsburgh built up a pretty amazing career by prying the template for the modern pop song apart, seeing what makes it tick, and reassembling it into strange new forms.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 28, 2008

Ecuador's Correa to extend state grip after vote
By Frank Jack Daniel Ecuador's President Rafael Correa has a clear mandate to extend the state's grip over the economy, install leftist reforms and seek re-election after his easy win in Sunday's referendum on a new constitution. Correa hailed it as a 'historic victory' but the new rules will unnerve investors because they increase state control over monetary and oil policy in the OPEC nation in ...
International Herald Tribune - Sep 29, 2008

Land for Pantnagar plant has come from govt: Tata Motors
Organization: Mumbai Central The Mumbai Grapevine Connecting Mumbaikars with Mumbai Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and co-workers who might be interested in it. The instructions to join the Mumbai Grapevine are at the end of the message. (From various agencies) After two weeks, terror back in Delhi: Bomb blast kills boy New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Terror returned to Delhi ...
Mumbai Central - Sep 28, 2008

Advocates push for equal rights for unmarried couples
Michael Imel wants to put his girlfriend on his health-insurance policy. But the Bermuda Dunes, Calif. man's employer declined his request because the couple is not married. To Thomas Coleman, Imel's case exemplifies how unmarried people face pervasive discrimination under federal, state and local laws. The group that Coleman heads, Glendale-Calif. based Unmarried America, sponsors Unmarried and ...
Scripps Howard News Service - Sep 29, 2008

Court: Philly can't enact tougher its own gun laws
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Philadelphia officials cannot enact gun laws tougher than Pennsylvania's law, a state appeals court ruled Friday in throwing out city ordinances that included limiting gun purchases to one a month and banning assault weapons. Commonwealth Court dismissed a lawsuit against the Legislature filed by two members of Philadelphia's City Council, Darrell L.
Anchorage Daily News - Sep 28, 2008

Judges to hear gay bias appeal
Judges from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will be in Pittsburgh beginning today for a special session that will include oral arguments in an appeal by a Penn Hills man who claims his former employer retaliated and discriminated against him for being gay. Brian D. Prowel, 39, sued his former employer, Butler-based Wise Business Forms, claiming he was harassed for being an ...
Pittsburgh Tribune Review - Sep 29, 2008

State House Dome: Same-sex marriage bill returnsReader comments: 34
LAWMAKERS WILL BE will be debating whether to legalize same-sex marriage when they return to Concord in January. Rep. Jim Splaine, who sponsored the state's civil unions law, said winning enough votes to pass his same-sex marriage bill will be tough but he thinks the conversation needs to start. 'I think that what we really need is full marriage equality, with the word marriage, to make sure ...
Union Leader - Sep 28, 2008

Making a case for workers' comp
ST. PETERSBURG jamie Dolan arrives at a Starbucks clutching his wife's arm and the first thing you notice is he seems fragile, weighted, broken. His left eye is covered with a patch; his fingernails are long. Four years ago, a gunman walked into the Gateway Mall RadioShack where Dolan worked and started shooting. Three people died, including the shooter. One bullet traveled into Dolan's temple ...
St. Petersburg Times - Sep 28, 2008

Amish ways clash with technology
BLANCHARD, Mich. - It's not like Glen Mast to be confrontational or to draw attention to himself. He is Old Order Amish and is happy to tend his 35-acre farm, build furniture for his children and repair horse-drawn buggies for the Amish in his rural central Michigan community. 'I just want to be left alone,' Mast says. So it is extraordinary that Mast is a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit filed ...
Saukvalley.com - Sep 28, 2008

Judges to hear gay bias appeal
Jason CatoThe Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sep. 29--Judges from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will be in Pittsburgh beginning today for a special session that will include oral arguments in an appeal by a Penn Hills man who claims his former employer retaliated and discriminated against him for being gay. Brian D. Prowel, 39, sued his former employer, Butler-based Wise ...
Calibre Macro World - Sep 29, 2008

Dems push bankruptcy proposal to help homeowners
Sep. 25--A proposal by congressional Democrats to help keep people in their homes by allowing bankruptcy court judges to rewrite troubled primary mortgage loans could overwhelm court caseloads, spark lawsuits by banks who might claim judges have too much power and further destabilize the housing market, lawyers and others involved in bankruptcy cases said yesterday.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 25, 2008

Place blame squarely on Congress
From the RoundTable blog Read the latest entries Arthur B. Nunn III Nunn, of Roanoke, is the president of The Air Compliance Group, LLC. Who is really to blame for the current financial crisis? The answer is clear: The U.S. Congress. In 1977, Congress passed the Community Reinvestment Act, which required banks to grant loans to low-income buyers. While the intent was admirable, it was a ...
Roanoke Times - Sep 25, 2008

'Judge selection process has failed'
Sep. 25--NEW DELHI -- The Government on Wednesday attacked the procedure for appointment of Supreme Court and High Court judges saying "quality of some of the judges selected over the years was questionable." A day after the Supreme Court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe Ghaziabad Provident Fund scam case involving 35 judges, Law Minister H. R.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 25, 2008

Judge takes the 'gentleman' out of nonsolicitation agreements
New York trial court. In the Monroe County case, a judge ruled Nixon Peabody was well within its rights to recruit a dozen Taylor Wessing partners even though the two firms agreed in 2007 not to hire from each other for two years as a condition of merger talks that collapsed. Judge Kenneth Fisher's reasoning was simple: such agreements, though they may be common, are unenforceable because they ...
Daily Business Review - Sep 25, 2008

Online businesses scamming Wisconsin tax laws
I believe we should tax income, we should tax property and we should probably even tax the dead just as long as their relatives dont bury their riches away with them. So, it is only natural that I would support extending the money-grubbing hand of the state government to our Internet shopping, lest we keep 5 1/2 percent more money in our pockets that could be better spent by state legislators.
Badger Herald - Sep 25, 2008

Tower industry rulings ping pong in courts: Zoning, backup power, birds are only some of the issues facing tower owners
A Cellular South employee works on a temporary cell tower in Gulfport, Miss., following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The wireless industry is still reeling from effects of the hurricane. Photo credit:Bloomberg News On the surface, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to reverse a three-judge panel and hand San Diego County a surprise victory over Sprint Nextel Corp.
RCR Wireless News - Sep 25, 2008

Technology spurs growth of fantasy sports in U.S
Reuters CHICAGO (Reuters) - If Scott Troetel is out with friends when the Indianapolis Colts are playing, he often reaches for his Blackberry to check how running back Joseph Addai is doing. But Troetel, who is 32 and lives in Boulder, Colorado, is not particularly interested in the Colts. Addai's performance is crucial to 'Addai in the Life,' Troetel's fantasy football team.
Yahoo! Asia - Sep 25, 2008

AAPD Applauds President Bush for Signing ADA Amendments Act into Law
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the largest cross-disability membership organization in the U.S., commends the signing into law of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Thursday by President George W. Bush. 'Today President Bush has followed in his father's footsteps and taken a stand for equal opportunity and full participation for all Americans.
KLFY - Sep 25, 2008

Carl Bernstein: The Palin Pick -- The Devolution of McCain
In one of our many conversations as we crisscrossed the country during his campaign for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, John McCain said to me, 'I've always tried to act on what I thought was the best for the country. And that has guided me.... The only thing I can do is assure people that I would act on principle.' I traveled with McCain for weeks that political season, stayed in ...
Huffington Post - Sep 25, 2008

NRA group gets update
Sep. 25--The election year and concern by National Rifle Association members across the state that their rights could be impacted by new national leadership have increased not only membership but also donations to the foundation. Those and other comments about the condition of the NRA locally, statewide and nationally were made by NRA Senior Field Representative, Darren Delong Of Moore.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 25, 2008

SEC sues five men plus firms over securities
Sep. 26--The Securities and Exchange Commission filed two civil lawsuits Thursday alleging that five men -- four from North Texas -- and their related companies violated securities laws. In the first suit, the SEC alleges that Ryan M. Reynolds, Jason W. Brola and Desmond J. Milligan -- all living in Texas -- and Timothy T. Page of California conspired to sell millions of shares of penny stock ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 26, 2008

Pastor's Sunday endorsement of McCain may get him in IRS trouble
Sep. 25--It appears that a Warroad, Minn., pastor is going to be in the national spotlight this Sunday when he plans to endorse Sen. John McCain for president from his pulpit as part of his challenge to federal rules against churches engaging in political campaigns. The Rev. Gus Booth, pastor of Warroad Community Church, said he's heard from about 20 media organizations across the nation just ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 25, 2008

BRIEF: Tighter scrutiny for judges-to-be
Sep. 26--NEW DELHI -- A day after Law Minister HR Bhardwaj criticised the procedure for the appointment of Supreme Court and high court judges, Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan announced new steps for better scrutiny of credentials of lawyers aspiring to be judges. The CJI has issued a new proforma which requires lawyers to furnish all the details of their career as well as those of their ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 26, 2008

A commission of omissions
Sep. 26--AHMEDABAD -- The Nanavati Commission report describing the 2002 Sabarmati Express fire at Godhra as a conspiracy has not surprised anyone. The report has in fact confirmed the worst apprehensions of rights activists, Non-Governmental Organisations and lawyers that the commission would toe the BJP line that the fire was the result of a conspiracy. The composition of the commission itself ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 26, 2008

Call for survey based on caste
Sep. 26--NEW DELHI -- Finding disparity in Other Backward Classes (OBC) population figures in different government surveys, experts have called for a caste-based survey or census to ensure that affirmative action policy is based on realistic data. At a seminar on Thursday, a paper presented by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, brought to light disparities of over five per cent in OBC ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 26, 2008

'This is why terrorists are made'
Sep. 26--AHMEDABAD -- Not too far from where a Gujarat government-appointed panel cleared the same government over the 2002 Godhra train burning, the elderly dentist leaned back in his clinic off the busy Ahmedabad street and paused for a moment of restless silence. He had told his life's story. He now announced the verdict. "This is why people take to terrorism, because there is no justice for ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 26, 2008

Texas Supreme Court denies Libertarian request to remove McCain, Obama from ballot
Austin Business Journal Related News Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain will have their names on the ballot when election season rolls around in Texas. The Texas Supreme Court denied a petition filed by Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party of Texas to remove the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees from the ballot because of their ...
Los Angeles Business - Sep 25, 2008

Brooklyn Man Dies After Police Use a Taser
A naked and apparently emotionally disturbed man fell to his death from a building ledge in Brooklyn after , the police said. The police and witnesses said he had been yelling at passers-by and swinging a long light bulb tube at officers before he fell. The man, identified by the police as Inman Morales, 35, was taken to Kings County Hospital Center with serious head trauma after falling about ...
New York Times - Sep 25, 2008

U. Nebraska: Editorial: Proposal would pave way for doctors to make moral choices for patients
(C) 2008 Daily Nebraskan via UWIRE By , Daily Nebraskan (U. Nebraska) LINCOLN, Neb. -- In August, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a regulation that, if passed, will threaten the integrity of the medical system in this country. The regulation would allow doctors and other health workers 'to practice according to their conscience,' effectively letting them choose which ...
Calibre Macro World - Sep 25, 2008

Spouse's illness not an issue in job search
Question: Through my employer, I carry health insurance for myself and my husband, who is self-employed and has heart disease and diabetes. He was diagnosed in the past year. How would my husband's condition affect my ability to find another job and coverage for him? I am worried that a company might not want to cover his pre-existing condition. I am also concerned that his health problems and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

PETA seeks to refile MSU lawsuit
Group aims to gain access to animal experiments conducted for Iams Lawrence Simmons Issue date: 9/23/08 Section: News Page 1 of 1 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a lawsuit against Mississippi State University and Iams in January 2006 to gain access to documents related to animal experiments. Iams, a brand of Procter & Gamble produces pet food and health products.
Reflector Online - Sep 23, 2008

Lacrosse suits so far cost city $729,350
Sep. 23--DURHAM -- Lawyers defending the city government and police from three lawsuits stemming from the Duke lacrosse case have already submitted $1.2 million in bills for their time and expenses. Taxpayers have covered $729,350 of that, but the city is in line to get $229,350 of that back from the American International Group, the company that owns the insurer the city was using when the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

Explaining the need to plead
Sep. 23--Odds are, unless you're a regular courtroom spectator or spend a lot of time watching TV shows like "Law and Order," you don't know the difference between a no-contest plea and a guilty plea. You may also think an "Alford plea" is reserved only for people with the same name. Legalese can be difficult to understand -- especially if you're the one standing in front of a stern-faced judge, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

Judge rules in McMahon's favor in hospital lawsuit
LOS ANGELES Ed McMahon's lawsuit against a hospital and doctors he claims failed to properly diagnose and repair his broken neck has passed a key legal hurdle. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled last week that McMahon's lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and two physicians lays out adequate legal ground to pursue claims that include negligence, elder abuse, battery, fraud and ...
Augusta Chronicle - Sep 23, 2008

Jury pays night visit to The Gap
Against the stark black of a moonless night sky, 24 torch beams bobbed, retracing the final steps of Sydney model Caroline Byrne. Justice Graham Barr, his staff, and a team of lawyers on Tuesday night joined 15 jurors atop cliffs at The Gap, in Sydney's east, for a viewing of the rock platform where Ms Byrne's body was found. The 24-year-old model was wedged head-first between rocks at the foot ...
Yahoo! News Australia - Sep 23, 2008

Homeowner advocacy groups weigh in on bailout
WASHINGTON - Homeowner advocates weighed in Tuesday on the Wall Street bailout bill, pressing Congress to include bankruptcy court relief for people unable to keep up with their mortgage payments.The Bush administration opposes it, citing the need for simplicity and speedy action on the legislation to avert further financial meltdown. The administration and industry lobbyists oppose the provision ...
Philadelphia Inquirer - Sep 23, 2008

Fortifying the disabilities law
The Americans with Disabilities Act was supposed to make it easier for people with disabilities to function in the workplace and other public venues by requiring public facilities to be accessible to all. Unfortunately, a string of wrongheaded decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court has worked to undermine the 1990 law by narrowing the definition of who is disabled. Sen.
Star Ledger - Sep 23, 2008

Keeping count
Sep. 24--COLOMBO -- By definition, census is an official population count taken at set intervals. A count that that is taken of the entire population, and not of any community. But last Sunday, a census with an uneasy difference was carried out in Colombo and parts of the western province. It was to count the number of those Sri Lankans who had migrated to the western province from specifically ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 24, 2008

US election diary: Time to talk
Sep. 24--DOHA, Qatar -- "After last night's debate, the reputation of Messieurs Lincoln and Douglas is secure." Edward R Murrow, journalist, after listening to the Kennedy-Nixon debate, September 26, 1960. The first US presidential debates of the televison age proved how the new medium favoured image over substance. What John F Kennedy, then a Democrat senator and Richard Nixon, the Republican ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 24, 2008

School-funding formula on trial before N.J. court
TRENTON The state asserts the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 follows the state constitution, which mandates the Legislature maintain and support a 'thorough and efficient system of free public schools' for all New Jersey children. It wants the state's highest court to issue an order upholding the constitutionality of the new funding approach. 'The act is not a retreat.
CourierPostOnline.com - Sep 23, 2008

Supreme Court candidates oppose lengthy vacations
Sep. 23--CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Huntington lawyer Menis Ketchum says by his count, state Supreme Court justices are on what he calls "vacation" for three months and 22 days out of the year, not counting holidays. Ketchum, a Democrat running for one of two seats on the court, says the data shows the justices don't work hard enough. He vowed to change things if elected.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

Last Lake County inmate to be executed - in 1959 - didn't kill anyone: Richard Henyard could be next, if his execution for the killings of 2 Eustis girls in 1993 is carried out as scheduled today
Sep. 23--TAVARES The last inmate from Lake County to be executed by the state of Florida didn't kill anyone. Sam Wiley Odom was 20 on Aug. 28, 1959, when he was strapped into the state's electric chair for raping a 63-year-old woman and electrocuted in front of a small audience that included Lake County Sheriff Willis V. McCall. Richard Henyard, 34, of Eustis will join Odom on the state's list ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

Brad Pitt's just another big giver in gay marriage showdown
Sep. 23--Actor Brad Pitt's $100,000 donation last week to the campaign opposing a November ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in California was the largest thus far by an A-list celebrity. But it accounts for a small percentage of the roughly $30 million collected by supporters and opponents of Proposition 8, in donations ranging from $20 to seven-figure sums.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

Woman whose dogs mauled neighbor sentenced in SF
By Marjorie Knoller listens to closing arguments in the San Francisco dog mauling trial on March 18, 2002, at the Los Angeles County Courthouse in Los Angeles. Knoller whose dogs viciously attacked and killed her neighbor in the hallway of their apartment building seven years ago was sentenced on Monday, Sept 22, 2008, to 15 years to life in prison. Her previous conviction had been reduced, but ...
Hollister Freelance - Sep 23, 2008

The Oracle And The Intoxilyzer: DWI/DUI Source Code Defense Posted By : Maury D. Beaulier
The ?Oracle? And The Intoxilyzer: DWI/DUI Source Code Defense By: In the Kingdom of Nod, a villager?s fate hangs in the balance as wise men huddle around the oracle. The oracle will decide his fate. The penalties exacted may be severe: freedom or servitude; the forfeiture of his worldly possessions; the payment of punitive tariffs; or a prohibition against travel.
ArticleAddict - Sep 23, 2008

The Upcoming Supreme Court Case of Wyeth v. Levine and the Preemption Temptation: Part One in a Two-Part Series
In November, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Wyeth v. Levine, which concerns a healthy guitarist in Vermont who lost her arm to gangrene caused by Wyeth's anti-nausea drug Phenergan. Wyeth is challenging a plaintiff's verdict of over $6.7 million dollars on the ground that state failure-to-warn claims for FDA-approved warnings are preempted by the federal agency's action. ...
Find Law - Sep 23, 2008

Nigeria court set to hear presidential vote dispute
(Reuters) - Nigeria's top court begins preliminary hearings on Thursday in an election dispute whose outcome could either force President Umaru Yar'Adua from office or strengthen his grip on power in Africa's most populous nation. Yar'Adua took office in May last year, a month after polls which foreign observers said were so marred by vote-rigging and intimidation that they 'fell far short of ...
Reuters UK - Sep 23, 2008

Why don't churches pay taxes?
Today's question: Why should churches be tax exempt in the first place? Wouldn't it be a better approach to deny the tax exemption to all churches? Previously, Stanley and Lynn debated whether federal tax law chills free speech in churches. Hands off our churches, IRS Point: Erik Stanley There is said to be an old Arabian proverb: 'If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon ...
Los Angeles Times - Sep 23, 2008

Ruling may be last in long-running mortgage lawsuit
Posted: 5:11 PM- After more than three decades, one of Utah's longest-running civil lawsuits appears to be at an end. On Tuesday, the state Supreme Court ruled that Richard and Nancy Madsen, who made advance payments to a mortgage company to cover taxes and insurance, are not entitled to interest on that money. The unanimous decision reverses a judgment of $134 in interest for the Madsens, who ...
Salt Lake Tribune - Sep 23, 2008

Drug profits case faces big setback: Defense argues charges violate Supreme Court decision on 'proceeds' definition
Sep. 23--Six years after arresting the owner of La Esperanza markets for allegedly selling drugs and laundering proceeds through the grocery chain, federal prosecutors may have to start their case over from scratch. Defense attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss charges against Javier Vasqez-Robles, his wife and daughter based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that criminal ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

Louisiana Politics: Supreme Court Election Huge Battle
After serial hurricanes and the global financial meltdown, for an election to capture any leftover public attention it had better be historic or crucial. The presidential contest rates, but after that and perhaps the U.S. Senate race, public attention quickly recedes moving on down the election ballot. Yet in two parts of the state, elections to the state Supreme Court will make history and a ...
Bayou Buzz - Sep 23, 2008

Candidates for Supreme Court debate lawyers' ads: Ketchum, Walker and Workman also give views on judicial selection
Sep. 23--CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Supreme Court candidates debated the propriety of running sensational ads in order to drum up business for law firms during a meeting with the Daily Mail editorial board. "I think it's awful," said Huntington lawyer Menis Ketchum. "I advertise because the Charleston lawyers are taking my business." Ketchum, a Democrat running for one of two seats coming open on the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

California Legislature Responds to Residential Foreclosure Crisis, According to Greenberg Glusker Attorney
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In an effort to help the thousands of Californians who are in default of their home mortgages, a new law now requires lenders to meet with defaulting borrowers and explore ways to avoid foreclosure, according to a legal expert. According to Foreclosures.com, California recorded 116,857 foreclosures in the first six months of 2008.
Business Wire - Sep 23, 2008

What China's tainted milk may not bring: lawsuits
The government is giving families free care but may ban legal action over contaminated formula, which has affected more than 50,000 babies. Beijing - Li Fangping, a prominent human rights lawyer, is busy organizing victims of the poisoned infant formula scandal rocking China and offering pro bono help. But he is not planning to sue Sanlu, the formula manufacturer not yet.
Christian Science Monitor - Sep 22, 2008

Execution is set, but questions linger: Pope, Carter, Tutu have made pleas on inmate's behalf
Sep. 23--ATLANTA -- Barring a last-minute stay, Troy Anthony Davis will be executed by lethal injection Tuesday for the murder of a Savannah, Ga., police officer. But nearly two decades after the killing, questions linger over whether Davis is guilty. A campaign spearheaded by Davis' relatives and Amnesty International has brought worldwide attention to the case, prompting well-known figures to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

Senate committee calls for revamp of domestic insolvency law
Sep. 23--The renewed call for an update to the country's insolvency law comes on the heels of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s bankruptcy filing in the US, which helped trigger wild swings in global financial markets. The collapse of the US' fourth-biggest investment bank hit the Philippines, with seven local lenders admitting exposure to the troubled American financial giant.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

The Paulson-Bernanke Bank Bailout Plan: Will the Cure be Worse Than the Crisis?
Congress gave land grants to the railroad barons a century and a half ago. If it goes through, it will shape the coming century by giving finance unprecedented power over debtors homebuyers, industry, state and local government, and the federal government as well. But what threatens to be even worse is the governments move to let the financial sector make even higher, unprecedented gains by ...
CounterPunch - Sep 22, 2008

Wall Street Bailout: Now, the Lawsuits
Consider the developments of the past 10 days: collapsing share prices, huge investor losses, allegations of financial obfuscation and mismanagement. It would seem a likely setup for a new wave of litigation and a boon for the plaintiffs' bar. The reality, however, is far more muted. Legal rulings have made it significantly harder to press shareholder claims.
BusinessWeek - Sep 22, 2008

Elderly woman stabs husband to end suffering
AN elderly woman who stabbed her ailing husband with a kitchen knife in a nursing home said she couldn't stand seeing him suffer. Anastasia Nestorowycz, 76, stabbed her 82-year-old husband in the stomach then stabbed herself in the bathroom of his nursing home unit in Thornbury, Victoria. The Supreme Court yesterday heard Mrs Nestorowycz, of Thornbury, stabbed her husband Paul Nestorowycz - who ...
The Australian - Sep 22, 2008

Symposium to Examine Federal Courts, Consumer Protections, Abuses of Executive Power
As the election approaches and the Bush presidency draws to a close, Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is hosting a symposium to examine the administration's legacy on the American legal system. The three-panel event -- Our Rights, Our Courts, Our Future -- will examine judicial selection and the future of the federal bench, current challenges to consumer protections, and recent abuses of presidential ...
NewsBlaze - Sep 22, 2008

EDITORIAL: Follow litigation with tax reform
Sep. 22--Over-reliance on property taxes to fund public education is one of Pennsylvania's most pressing problems, and its scope goes well beyond the vital matter of education itself. Pennsylvanians pay more than $14 billion in property taxes every year, most of it to local school districts, because the state government pays a lower share of education costs than most other state governments. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 22, 2008

Justice Department Reaches Voting Rights Settlement With The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts resolving allegations that the Commonwealth violated the rights of Puerto Rican voters under Section 4(e) of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Section 4(e) requires that election materials, including ballots, be provided in Spanish for Puerto Rican voters who are limited-English ...
PR Newswire - Sep 22, 2008

Ford has to pay in disability bias lawsuit
Workplace chatter about an employee's illness at the Ford Motor Credit Co. violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the company has to pay $75,000 to settle the disability discrimination lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged that Ford Motor had disclosed medical information that had to be kept confidential under the ADA.
Tennessean - Sep 22, 2008

Trial schedule on Farmers Branch rental law agreed
Sep. 23--Farmers Branch's latest ordinance to halt property rentals to illegal immigrants is on hold until a lawsuit seeking to have it struck down as unconstitutional is resolved. U.S. District Court Judge Jane Boyle on Monday agreed to a proposal from the city and the attorneys for one group of plaintiffs that will see the case come to trial, if necessary, by December.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

NAFTA needs to be changed in light of U.S. bailout: trade lawyer
OTTAWA, Sept. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, party leader Jack Layton announced that the NDP is prepared to engage the U.S. government to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. In a statement, Layton said, 'As Prime Minister, I will enter those talks with one over-riding priority - saving and protecting Canadian jobs.' Responding to the NDP's announcement, international trade lawyer ...
Canadian Business Magazine - Sep 22, 2008

In libertarian Vegas, ACLU keeps finding battles to fight
Nevada ACLU s key cases and issues ACLU of Nevada President Richard Siegel, Executive Director Gary Peck and General Counsel Allen Lichtenstein named these issues and cases as some of the organization s most memorable: Free speech: Since the 1990s, the Nevada ACLU has been defending the right to free speech in two locations central to the psychic and physical maps of the Las Vegas Valley: ...
Las Vegas Sun - Sep 22, 2008

Wife: Diabetic man mistaken for drunken driver and beaten: Family's attorney say man has been in a coma since June 15
Sep. 22--A diabetic Detroit man was mistaken for a drunken driver by Allen Park and Dearborn police, and brutally beaten to the point that he had to have part of his brain surgically removed, the man's wife and their attorney allege. Ernest Griglen, 59, has been comatose and on a ventilator since the June 15 incident, said attorney Arnold Reed of Farmington Hills.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 22, 2008

S.C. sues LendingTree
The state of South Carolina has filed a civil lawsuit against LendingTree, alleging the Charlotte-based company didnt tell customers that it charges fees to lenders. The suit also contends LendingTree told customers it isnt a mortgage broker. The lawsuit was filed by 13th Circuit Solicitor Robert Ariail on behalf of the state for customers who lived in Greenville and Pickens counties when they ...
Charlotte Business Journal - Sep 22, 2008

US election diary: Time to talk
Sep. 24--DOHA, Qatar -- "After last night's debate, the reputation of Messieurs Lincoln and Douglas is secure." Edward R Murrow, journalist, after listening to the Kennedy-Nixon debate, September 26, 1960. The first US presidential debates of the televison age proved how the new medium favoured image over substance. What John F Kennedy, then a Democrat senator and Richard Nixon, the Republican ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 24, 2008

BRIEF: Ban on Anand, Khan to continue
Sep. 23--NEW DELHI -- The ban on senior advocates RK Anand and IU Khan from practicing will continue as the Supreme Court on Monday refused to suspend temporarily the Delhi High Court verdict restraining them from appearing in courts failing within its jurisdiction. Admitting notice to the High Court, a bench headed by Justice BN Agrawal declined to entertain their plea to grant interim relief, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

New Software Lowers Risk of Conducting Business on the Web
IBM (NYSE: IBM) IBM (NYSE: IBM) today is unveiling new software that helps companies reduce the cost of detecting security vulnerabilities and managing application compliance across their portfolio of Web applications. IBM Rational AppScan Developer Edition software can be used at the earliest stages of software development, allowing organizations to achieve significant cost savings and lower ...
MarketWire - Sep 22, 2008

Maxim Announces Proposed Settlement of Delaware Derivative Lawsuit
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MXIM) announced that the Company, certain of its current and former Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MXIM) announced that the Company, certain of its current and former executive officers and directors, and plaintiffs have entered into an agreement to settle a stockholder derivative action that was filed in the Court of Chancery of the ...
MarketWire - Sep 22, 2008

Williams convicted of human trafficking
Sep. 23--A jury Monday convicted Marlin Williams in Sedgwick County's first case of human trafficking, but his lawyer said the real test may be whether the new law holds up at sentencing. Jurors deliberated little more than two hours before convicting Williams, 38, of taking a 15-year-old girl from Wichita to Dallas to work as a prostitute. But when Williams returns for sentencing Nov.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

'Master trial attorney' set to retire
Article Photos One of attorney Merle K. Evey's former associates thinks he has that ''Honest Abe effect.''Aside from the fact he has certain characteristics of America's greatest president - being tall and rangy -Evey also possesses a good sense of humor, is a ''people person,'' and ''breeds trust,'' Blair County President Judge Jolene Kopriva said.Kopriva, now in her third term as a judge, was ...
Altoona Mirror - Sep 22, 2008

SC notice to 3 condom manufacturers
Sep. 23--NEW DELHI -- Should condom-manufacturing companies exercise conservative approach while advertising and packaging their products? On Monday, the Supreme Court issued notice on petitions filed by three companies including a public sector undertaking (PSU) that have asserted their right to advertise condoms as per their own policy. The bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan also ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 23, 2008

Congress approves legislation that would expand Americans with Disabilities Act
The House on Wednesday gave final approval to Senate legislation (S 3406) expanding the definition of disability for people claiming discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Times reports. The bill, approved by voice vote, states that the Supreme Court erred by 'eliminating protection for many individuals whom Congress intended to protect' under the original ADA, ...
News-Medical.Net - Sep 22, 2008

Forcing a Foreclosing Lender to Negotiate an Out of Court Settlement
In terms of saving a house from foreclosure, defending the lender's lawsuit in court may be one of the most effective ways of going about this. Banks can easily become frustrated at the slowing down of the legal process and are more open to settling the matter out of court. While banks and corrupt judges will try and railroad homeowners defending themselves, hiring a competent attorney may allow ...
Marketing Article Bank - Sep 21, 2008

Spouse's illness not an issue in job search
Sep. 21--DEAR CARRIE: Through my employer, I carry health insurance for myself and my husband, who is self-employed and has heart disease and diabetes. He was diagnosed in the past year. How would my husband's condition affect my ability to find another job and coverage for him? I am worried that a company might not want to cover his pre-existing condition.
Calibre Macro World - Sep 21, 2008

The Bush administration seeks ''dictatorial power unreviewa
Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Bush administration asked Congress for unchecked power to buy $700 billion in bad mortgage investments from U.S. financial companies in what would be an unprecedented government intrusion into the markets. The plan, designed by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, is aimed at averting a credit freeze that would bring the financial system and economic growth to a ...
Free Dominion - Sep 21, 2008

Democrats, Republicans face off over US financial bailout plan
US President George W. Bush speaks during a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Bush's administration has proposed a 700-billion-dollar bailout of the troubled financial sector over a two-year period, according to a draft proposal sent to Congress and released Saturday. (AFP) President George W. Bush's administration has proposed a 700-billion-dollar bailout ...
Turkish Press - Sep 21, 2008

Florida's Medicaid recipients file federal lawsuit
MATT SEDENSKY Charles Todd Lee spent a lifetime going backstage at concerts, following politicians on the campaign trail and capturing iconic shots of everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Mick Jagger to Mickey Mantle. Today, he enjoys such freedom only in his dreams. The 67-year-old photographer has been confined to a nursing home for five years, the victim of a stroke that paralyzed his left ...
The Olympian - Sep 21, 2008

Almond Growers File Federal Lawsuit To End "Adulteration" Of Raw Nuts
Lawsuit Would Halt Treatment Of Almonds With Toxic Fumigant Or Steam Heat WASHINGTON A group of fifteen American almond growers and wholesale nut handlers filed a lawsuit in the Washington, D.C. federal court on Tuesday, September 9 seeking to repeal a controversial USDA-mandated treatment program for California-grown raw almonds. The almond farmers and handlers contend that their businesses ...
Press and Dakotan - Sep 21, 2008

EDITORIAL: Settling the bill
Sep. 21--You can buy a pack of cigarettes at any convenience store for about $4. But what does it really cost, and who ultimately pays the price? Those questions are at the heart of a long-running lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court, where hospitals are suing tobacco companies for the costs of caring for uninsured smokers. The case was filed in 1998. If all goes well, it could go to trial in ...
Calibre Macro World - Sep 21, 2008

Timeline: WaMu's long history
ROBERT GIROUX / Bonanza gone bad and insurers Deregulation of the banking industry made it possible for insurers, investment houses and commercial banks to link arms. Now they're in a collective pile of trouble. Here's how the regulatory barriers eroded: 1916: National Bank Act limits insurance sales by banks, except in small towns. 1933: Glass-Steagall Act prohibits commercial banks and ...
Seattle Times - Sep 21, 2008

Investigation showed local union's tangled ties: But questions remain over handling of bombing case
Sep. 21--ALBANY -- The plan to firebomb an Albany concrete plant came together five years ago. It was late at night, and a pair of beefy men inside the former Mad River tavern on North Pearl Street asked a bartender for a pair of rubber gloves and some rags before slipping quietly out the door. They climbed into a new Mercury SUV, which was owned by their laborers union, and bought a 12-pack of ...
Calibre Macro World - Sep 21, 2008

Iraqi VP Presents Study on Tackling Unemployment
By Naseer Al-Ily Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat- Now that the problem of unemployment and the difficulties associated with it have grown worse, and because unemployment is considered the main reason behind the acts of violence from which the country is suffering, the Iraqi Executive Council has tasked one of its members, namely, Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, to prepare a paper or study that ...
Asharq Al-Awsat - Sep 21, 2008

Irving hospital caused man's death, Texas Supreme Court says
Christopher Hogue was a freshman at Texas Tech University in Lubbock when he got the unexpected call from his mother: His father was dying from heart complications at an Irving hospital. He and his brother, Robert, then a senior at Tech, boarded a plane and arrived three hours before their 52-year-old father breathed his last. Now, more than a decade later, the state Supreme Court, by a vote of ...
Star-Telegram - Sep 21, 2008

Maxim Announces Proposed Settlement of Delaware Derivative Lawsuit
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MXIM) announced that the Company, certain of its current and former Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MXIM) announced that the Company, certain of its current and former executive officers and directors, and plaintiffs have entered into an agreement to settle a stockholder derivative action that was filed in the Court of Chancery of the ...
MarketWire - Sep 22, 2008

THE BUSH BOX
Thanks to the unprecedented $1 trillion bailout of the economy and new agreements with Iraq, Barack Obama and John McCain find themselves running for an unenviable position: Hostage-in-chief. It doesn't matter who wins the election. Either side will spend all of a first term (maybe even a second), cleaning up after George W. Bush - with little or no options as to how.
New York Post - Sep 21, 2008

North Carolina lawyer must apologize for Flight 5191 crash Web site
Sep. 18--A North Carolina lawyer accused of improper advertising after the crash of Comair Flight 5191 must publicly apologize for starting a misleading Web site days after the crash that killed 49 people in 2006. Joseph Anderson, a lawyer from Winston-Salem, must take out newspaper advertisements apologizing to the 49 families who lost someone in the Aug. 27, 2006 Comair crash in Lexington in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

State worker won't honor subpoenas in 'Troopergate' case
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday when the attorney general said state employees would refuse to honor subpoenas in the case. In a letter to state Sen. Hollis French, the Democrat overseeing the investigation, Republican ...
Chicago Daily Herald - Sep 18, 2008

Appeals Court to Consider State's Death Penalty Gridlock: SMALL STEP IN BATTLE OVER LETHAL INJECTION
Sep. 18--Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court offered a legal road map to states dealing with challenges to lethal injection, California is no closer to resuming executions on the nation's largest death row. Today, however, the legal battle over lethal injection in this state will finally inch forward when an appeals court in San Francisco considers one of the two cases paralyzing ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

Court rulescouple only entitled to costs of care, not husband's lost wages
A Dublin man, who took leave from his financial planning business to care for his wife who suffered long-term brain injury in a traffic accident, is entitled to be paid for the fair market value of the care he provided, Ohio Supreme Court justices determined Wednesday. In the 5-2 decision, justices reasoned John Hutchings was not due lost wages during the time in which he voluntarily cared for ...
The Daily Reporter - Sep 18, 2008

Appeals court reinstates conviction of 'Mafia Cops'
A federal appeals court yesterday reinstated the conviction of the infamous 'Mafia Cops' and ordered that they be sentenced for taking part in eight mob murders. The charges against former Dets. Louis Eppolito, 60, and Stephen Caracappa, 66, involved some of the darkest allegations of murder and corruption ever to involve the . Even after the murder conviction was set aside, they remained in ...
Newsday - Sep 18, 2008

Merrill Lynch shareholders file suit over BofA buyout
Merrill Lynch shareholders filed suits this week against the brokerage firms CEO John Thain and its board over Bank of Americas proposed $50 billion buyout. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, claims the deal is wrong, unfair and harmful to Merrill public shareholders. The suit, filed by law firm Murray, Frank & Sailer, says Merrills shareholders have been and will continue to be ...
Dayton Business Journal - Sep 18, 2008

Patient information used to be confidential
To the Editor: I've never been to a psychologist and, while I know who Vince Young is, I prefer books to football. Nonetheless, when I first read about Young's 'disappearance,' I became vaguely uncomfortable to learn that a psychologist shared information about her discussions with him. It was reported in the Sept. 13 Tennessean that that same psychologist confirmed Young's thoughts of suicide. ...
Tennessean - Sep 18, 2008

Stokes loses lawsuit
Jury orders radio talk-show host to pay $3.8 million in defamation case A Flathead County District Court jury ordered radio host John Stokes Wednesday to pay $3.8 million to Davar and Todd Gardner for slamming them with malicious false accusations on his show. I am so thankful for the verdict that the jury brought. It was all we hoped for and more. He [Stokes] has a message that he cannot do ...
Daily Inter Lake - Sep 18, 2008

Ex-chiefs have earful for candidates, sharp words for FCC
Michael Powell and William Kennard, former chairs of the Federal Communications Commission under presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, respectively, spoke candidly about their experiences heading the regulatory agency at a National Press Club event Tuesday. Held by the Information Economy Project at George Mason University, the forum was meant to provide frank advice on telecom policy to ...
ArsTechnica - Sep 18, 2008

Kilpatrick's swagger gone as he nears exit: Here, there, but rarely in the office
Sep. 18--As speculation grows on where Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will go after his scandalous tenure ends today, questions remain about where he has been since becoming Detroit's first chief executive to cop felony pleas while in office. Unlike his predecessor, Dennis Archer, who came to city hall and worked from his desk until his last day in office, Kilpatrick has not been seen much in the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

EDITORIAL: Governor's influence helps bushwhack school lawsuit
Sep. 18--Four years ago a group of mostly rural school systems sued the state over education funding. That lack of funding, the 50 systems said, was the reason their students did poorly. The state funding formula gives more money to larger school systems. The suit, filed by the Consortium for Adequate School Funding in Georgia, was progressing through the court system and seemed poised for ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

Estate drained during guardianship, suit alleges
Sep. 18--The estate of an evangelist who died this year is suing the Department of Human Services, alleging that her financial assets were depleted during a guardianship. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of the estate of Martha "Vicki" Peterson, whose personal representative is Carl R. Peterson, her husband. The filing in Tulsa County District Court alleges a conspiracy to defraud Vicki ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

BRIEF: Ohio Supreme Court rejects ban on guns in parks
Sep. 18--Cities and counties may not restrict the right of Ohioans to carry firearms, a divided state Supreme Court ruled this morning. In a 4-3 decision, the court struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in public parks by the city of Clyde, a small town in northwestern Ohio. The case has implications for dozens of cities across Ohio, including Columbus, that banned certain types of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

Woman on feeding tube dies; Schiavo-like case moot
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A woman kept alive by a feeding tube since a stroke has died, effectively ending a legal battle between her husband and mother in a case similar to Terry Schiavo, whose fate became the subject of national political debate in 2005. Karen Weber, 57, had been in and out of a nursing home and Okeechobee hospital since having a stroke in December.
Washington Post - Sep 18, 2008

Florida Attorney General's Office Files Mortgage Fraud Suit
ORLANDO - The Florida Attorney General's Office is suing 10 companies and 15 individuals for their alleged roles in a major mortgage fraud scheme. According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Orlando, the defendants obtained more than $37 million in mortgages for at least 60 home purchases and siphoned off more than $6 million of the proceeds for their own use.
Tampa Tribune - Sep 18, 2008

Offshore Sham
WASHINGTON -- The other night, when House Democrats appeared to reverse their long-standing ban on offshore oil drilling, the electorate was hoodwinked again. At least, the Democratic leadership hoped the electorate was hoodwinked. In August, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was beginning to feel the heat from a citizenry angered by high energy prices, particularly high gasoline prices.
Town Hall - Sep 18, 2008

Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenge to Arizona Immigration Law
By SHERRI M. OKAMOTO, Staff Writer The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld the constitutionality of an Arizona law requiring employers to verify the employment status of their workers and penalizing those who knowingly hire illegal aliens. Affirming the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Neil V. Wake of the District of Arizona, the three-judge panel held that the Legal ...
Metropolitan News-Enterprise - Sep 18, 2008

Taser panel mostly lawyers
Sep. 18--Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. picked seven fellow lawyers and two police chiefs for a 10-member panel that will study the use of Tasers by law enforcement. "I, like every citizen in Allegheny County, feel a certain uneasiness with a technology that I'm not familiar with," said former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph Cappy, who will chair the group ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

New: Second wrongful-death suit filed in 'angel of death' case
WOODSTOCK Attorneys filed a second wrongful-death lawsuit against a Woodstock nursing home Wednesday on behalf of a woman whose son died while he resided there.Sharon Hunt of McHenry alleges in the lawsuit that her son, John Sherman, died as a result of a drug overdose given while he was being cared for at the Woodstock Residence nursing home at 309 McHenry Ave.
Northwest Herald - Sep 18, 2008

Beach court suspends order from U.K. on man's legal bills
Sep. 18--VIRGINIA BEACH -- A Circuit Court judge has suspended a British order to collect more than $1.4 million in legal bills from a retired Beach surgeon who has been in a contentious divorce fight for more than a decade. Last month, Dr. Mansur Rahnema learned that the Supreme Court of England and Wales had awarded the London law firm of Dean & Dean Solicitors 817,709 pounds for representing ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

Starr turns event at law school into a stellar occasion
Sep. 18--Good lawyers can read judges like tea leaves, and there are few better at it than Kenneth Starr. The legal heavyweight made an appearance at the UA's James E. Rogers College of Law Wednesday, highlighting a panel on constitutional law. A former federal judge and U.S. solicitor general, Starr is probably best known for his Whitewater land-deals investigation, one of several scandals that ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

Minton: Transparency a long-term goal of state court system
Sep. 18--The goal for the court system over the next several years is to become more transparent and easier for the public to use, said Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton. Minton was the speaker Wednesday at a Constitution Day event at Western Kentucky University at the Mass Media and Technology Hall. Minton, a Bowling Green resident and WKU graduate, was sworn in as Kentucky's ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

Quick Takes: Psychologists Toughen Ethics Code, Apology From Debate Coach, Enrollment Data, Facebook Snoops, Call for Energy Research, Split at Truman State, Scalia Trashes Chicago Law School, Strike at Windsor, Pre-Nike Life Stumps Syracuse
The membership of the American Psychological Association has to specifically bar members from working in settings where people are held outside of the protections of international law or the U.S. Constitution. The vote 8,792 to 6,157 follows years of intense debate in which some psychologists accused their scholarly association of leaving loopholes in its anti-torture policy.
Inside Higher Ed - Sep 18, 2008

Kaplan Fox Seeks to Recover Losses for Investors Who Purchased Auction Rate Securities From Northern Trust
Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP (www.kaplanfox.com) has filed a class action suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Northern Trust Securities, Inc., Northern Trust Corporation, and Northern Trust Company ("Northern Trust" or the "Company") that alleges violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on behalf of ...
MarketWire - Sep 18, 2008

Entrepreneur Growth Capital Announces New Attorney Funding Division
Entrepreneur Growth Capital, LLC ("EGC") continues its expansion into new financial services with the creation of its Attorney Funding Division. This division will provide financing services to plaintiff law firms by buying their legal fees from settled cases. "The entire area of financing for plaintiff law firms is evolving rapidly and we saw an opportunity to bring our decades of experience in ...
PR Newswire - Sep 18, 2008

Alaska AG: State employees won't honor subpoenas
JUNEAU, Alaska Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday when the attorney general said state employees would refuse to honor subpoenas in the case. In a letter to state Sen. Hollis French, the Democrat overseeing the investigation, Republican Attorney ...
Augusta Chronicle - Sep 17, 2008

Wisconsin Department of Revenue eyes Internet sales to boost tax revenue
Sep. 17--State officials want a major rewrite of sales tax rules to bring in $46.5 million more over the next two years, make it easier to collect taxes on Internet sales and reverse the effects of a recent high-profile court decision that opened a massive hole in the state budget. This is at least the fourth attempt to enact the so-called "streamlined sales tax" proposal, which could finally ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

BRIEF: Culliton elected DuPage County chief judge
Sep. 17--DuPage Judge Stephen Culliton has been elected the county's chief judge for the next three years. Culliton, 64, was elected Wednesday by the county's 15 Circuit Court judges to complete the term of Judge Ann Jorgensen, who was appointed in June to the Illinois Appellate Court. Culliton, who will start his term in December, was appointed an associate judge in 1998 after serving as chief ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

Defendants in prison suit ask case to be dismissed
Sep. 17--Several defendants accused in a lawsuit of being responsible for exposing prisoners and prison workers to toxic material as part of a computer recycling program are asking a federal judge to dismiss the plaintiff's claims. Overall, 26 current and former inmates and employees of the Federal Correctional Institution in Marianna, Fla., are suing the U.S.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

GOP ticket draws big crowd in Ohio: McCain vows to fight for Wall Street reform; Palin says she'll lead the effort to 'drill now'
Sep. 17--VIENNA -- Sen. John McCain promised a crowd of more than 7,000 Tuesday afternoon near Youngstown that he would get tough on Wall Street. "I will fight as president of the United States to reform Wall Street and make sure Washington works for your interests," he told the boisterous audience that filled an expansive hangar at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

House debates bill to kill D.C. gun restrictions
WASHINGTON ? The House took up NRA-backed legislation Tuesday to eliminate most of the gun restrictions in the nation's capital, including a ban on semiautomatic weapons. The House action comes three months after the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, struck down the District of Columbia's ban on handgun possession, ruling that what had been one of the nation's toughest gun control laws violated the ...
Arizona Daily Star - Sep 17, 2008

Brimer-Davis eligibility lawsuit is moved to Dallas County court
Sep. 18--FORT WORTH -- The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday moved a lawsuit to Dallas County that will determine whether former Fort Worth Councilwoman Wendy Davis is ineligible to challenge Republican state Sen. Kim Brimer on the November ballot. Before the state's highest court moved the case, attorneys were scheduled to present oral arguments today at the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

Sixteen Foreign Nationals and Corporations Indicted on Charges of Illegally Exporting Potential Military and Explosives Components to Iran
A federal grand jury in Miami, FL, has returned a Superseding Indictment charging eight individuals and eight corporations in connection with their participation in conspiracies to export U.S.-manufactured commodities to prohibited entities and to Iran. The defendants are named in a thirteen (13) count Indictment -- returned on Sept. 11, 2008 and unsealed today -- that includes charges of ...
PR Newswire - Sep 17, 2008

Gas price-gouging complaints prompt state to subpoena suppliers and corporate officials
As the Fueling Station reported yesterday, the rampant complaints about price-gouging in the wake of Hurricane Ike have prompted the state's top consumer protection official to subpoena 16 gasoline terminal operators that supply fuel to Florida stations. Now Attorney General Bill McCollum's office has also subpoenaed the corporate officers of four large retail chains that run gas stations in ...
St. Petersburg Times - Sep 17, 2008

Florida attorney general sues 25, claiming mortgage fraud
The Florida Attorney General's Office today sued 10 companies and 15 individuals for their alleged roles in a major mortgage fraud scheme first reported by the St. Petersburg Times last year. In number of defendants, the case may be the largest mortgage fraud case ever filed in the United States, the office said. According to the lawsuit filed in Orlando, the ring obtained more than $37-million ...
St. Petersburg Times - Sep 17, 2008

Court postpones land deal ruling for Thai ex-PM Thaksin, wife+
The court also issued new arrest warrants for the couple, who live in exile in Britain, to bring them back to hear the verdict. The court indicated the defendants have to be present in court to hear the ruling, but it added a verdict will be delivered Oct. 21 even if the defendants fail to appear. The court issued arrest warrants for Thaksin and Potjaman in the same case when the couple failed ...
Breitbart.com - Sep 17, 2008

Meralco execs face arrest: Firm spokesman says estafa case aims to harass
Sep. 17--The Department of Justice has sought the immediate arrest of 16 top officials of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) for the non-bailable offense of syndicated estafa. The officials had been accused by an advocacy group of allegedly misappropriating almost P1 billion in interests earned from consumers' meter and bill deposits. The department's move came after one of its prosecuting teams, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

Mother sues EnergyUnited after boy was electrocuted: Six-year-old touched an uninsulated wire while he was climbing a tree in his neighbor's yard.
Sep. 18--A Rowan County mother has filed a lawsuit against an electric utility company for what she claims is the wrongful death of her 6-year-old son who was electrocuted in March while climbing a tree. Deborah Kenemore alleges in her lawsuit that EnergyUnited violated national safety standards that resulted in her son's death. EnergyUnited provides electrical power to Rowan County, according ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 18, 2008

State office misdirected fraudulent lawyer complaint
Sep. 17--A Minnesota board in charge of the lawyer discipline system said today it received a complaint against Howard O. Kieffer in February but that it was probably misdirected. The Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility received a complaint about Kieffer seven months ago, said director Martin Cole. The tip came from a person in Duluth, Cole said, but he would not reveal the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

VSP Vision Care's Appeal to Supreme Court Bolstered by Filing of Three Amici Briefs
Prevent Blindness America, the National Association of School Nurses and the National Council of La Raza collaborated and recently filed an amicus brief in support of VSP(R)'s efforts to regain its federal tax-exempt status. The National Taxpayers Union and Professor Darryll K. Jones of Stetson University College of Law also filed amicus briefs with the U.S.
PR Newswire - Sep 17, 2008

Persecuted Aramaeans, a Pseudo-Nation of "Assyrians", Kurdish Terrorists, and the Anti-Christ
Americas presence in Mesopotamia (Iraq being a disastrous colonial term with no History) contributed only to bloodshed, Islamist radicalization, and total disaster for the Aramaean Christian minority. Quite characteristically, the American President does not even refer to them by their proper and historical name; in his scarce references, he strangely calls them Assyrians.
American Chronicle - Sep 17, 2008

Court denies bid to stop boat launch
Sep. 17--BEULAH -- State officials may build a boat launch on Crystal Lake, despite some neighbors' efforts to block the plan, an appeals court ruled. A Michigan Court of Appeals panel this month denied a local group's bid to prevent the state Department of Natural Resources from building a boat launch near Mollineaux Road west of Beulah, a site opposed by some nearby shoreline property owners. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

The cost of justice in Falls court often a lot higher than elsewhere: Judge's fees for minor offenses hiked to pay for a new building
Sep. 17--If you get a ticket for a minor traffic violation in northeast Summit County, you'll pay a lot more money than if you're caught elsewhere in the county. Why? Because the judge who runs the municipal court in Cuyahoga Falls says his court needs the money -- and because he can charge anything he wants. Judge Kim Hoover is the driving force behind the Falls court, which has jurisdiction ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

Persecuted Aramaeans, a Pseudo-Nation of "Assyrians", Kurdish Terrorists, and the Anti-Christ
America s presence in Mesopotamia (Iraq being a disastrous colonial term with no History) contributed only to bloodshed, Islamist radicalization, and total disaster for the Aramaean Christian minority. Quite characteristically, the American President does not even refer to them by their proper and historical name; in his scarce references, he strangely calls them Assyrians .
Los Angeles Chronicle - Sep 18, 2008

Thai ruling party rebels agree on candidate
Bangkok: A rebel group in Thailand's ruling People Power Party (PPP) agreed on Tuesday to back a brother-in-law of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra as prime minister, its spokesman said. The faction's climb-down from a threat to pull out of the party after a night of haggling for cabinet positions makes the election of Somchai Wongsawat at today's special session of parliament highly likely.
Gulf News - Sep 17, 2008

Federman & Sherwood Announces That a Securities Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR)
On September 16, 2008, a class action On September 16, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR). The complaint alleges violations of federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including allegations of issuing a ...
MarketWire - Sep 17, 2008

Federman & Sherwood Announces That a Securities Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against NextWave Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: WAVE)
On September 16, 2008, a class action On September 16, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California against NextWave Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: WAVE). The complaint alleges violations of federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including allegations of issuing a ...
MarketWire - Sep 17, 2008

Scalia says judges need to interpret, not rewrite Constitution
Sep. 16--LOGAN -- In recent years, American judges have taken to "abstract moralizing" at the expense of their real job, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Monday. As a result, judicial selection has become mired in a political snakepit because people expect new appellate judges to "rewrite" the U.S. Constitution and make policy decisions that are normally the purview of the executive and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Troopergate probe running into new resistance
Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday from state Republican lawmakers who want to end it or delay it past the election. Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally in Golden, Colo., Monday, Sept. ...
Tuscaloosa News - Sep 16, 2008

Alaska AG: State employees won't honor subpoenas
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally in Golden, Colo., Monday, Sept. 15, 2008. Gallery: On the Trail JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday when the attorney general said ...
The State - Sep 17, 2008

EDITORIAL: Politics, guns
Sep. 16--Congress is likely to take up a bill of some sort this week to repeal the District of Columbia's gun registration requirements and make it easier for citizens to legally buy semiautomatic weapons. Rather than being a significant step toward more freedom in our nation's capital, however, it is likely to play out as a political ploy designed to boost the re-election prospects of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Farmers Branch dipping into reserves to pay bills
Sep. 16--As the Farmers Branch City Council prepares to approve a new budget tonight amid shaky economic times, officials are dipping into savings to cover legal and other bills from the current year. "Quite frankly, the hardest thing in the world is to bring the city through an economic crisis, and right now we're going through an economic crisis in the U.S.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

EDITORIAL: Bipartisanship, for what purpose?
Sep. 16--John McCain's promise in his acceptance speech to end "partisan rancor" may resonate with exasperated voters in California. They too are looking for someone, anyone, to help end the gridlock in Sacramento and Washington. But to what end is the Republican presidential candidate offering to reach across the aisle on Capitol Hill "to get this country going again"? For more votes to make ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Choosing freedom or security
Sep. 16--The debate of freedom versus security will take center stage Wednesday at Oklahoma State University. The school is hosting Mickey Edwards, foreign affairs expert and former Oklahoma congressman, in honor of Constitution Day. Edwards will give a talk called "National Security and the Rule of Law" in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room of the Edmon Low Library beginning at 3:30 p.m.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

California ballot initiative on gay marriage seen as larger issue for the country
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The stakes of the ballot drive to forbid same-sex marriage reach far beyond California's geographic and political borders in what has emerged as another chapter in America's culture wars. Christian groups, wealthy benefactors and self-styled pro-family groups from all over the nation are watching closely _ and weighing in with money. Gay-rights groups and wealthy individuals ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Legal Fight Over Drug Liability Law
A Supreme Court ruling may reinterpret a statute that now allows consumers to sue drug makers over serious side effects. Prescription drugs sometimes cause serious side effects. A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court expected this fall could radically alter consumers' ability to seek recourse from drug makers should they suffer harm. The case, called Wyeth vs. Levine, may lead to a new ...
Truth Out - Sep 16, 2008

House debates bill to kill D.C. gun restrictions
WASHINGTON-The House took up legislation Tuesday to eliminate most of the gun restrictions in the nation's capital, including a ban on semiautomatic weapons. City officials contend it will be harder to protect dignitaries but are fighting an uphill battle against the National Rifle Association in an election year. The House action comes three months after the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, struck ...
Macro World Investor - Sep 16, 2008

Sprint still battling Illinois company in court over WiMax deal
Sep. 17--Sprint Nextel still confronts a court action in Illinois attempting to block its WiMax deal with Clearwire following a new ruling in the case. Cook County Circuit Judge Kathleen M. Pantle has denied Sprint's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by subsidiaries of iPCS, an Illinois company that sells Sprint-branded wireless service. In exchange for a promise from Sprint that it would have ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

California court decision could affect Kansas as well
Sep. 17--A California court decision could have legal implications for Kansas and eight other states that grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, an opponent of those laws said Tuesday. Kris Kobach, chairman of the Kansas Republican Party and lead attorney in the California case, said the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento agreed with his claim that California's tuition law ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

Lautenschlager's appeal tossed
Sep. 16--MADISON -- Former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager today lost her legal claim that legislators must disclose who they worked with on a vetoed bill that would have legalized the carrying of concealed weapons in Wisconsin. Although Lautenschlager began the lawsuit to force disclosure of who legislators may have shared drafts of the concealed carry bill when she was attorney general, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

For companies courting surgeons, how far is too far?
MINNEAPOLIS _ When medical device salesman John Thomas heard in late 2000 that there was a new doctor in Arkansas specializing in patients with ailing backs, he stopped by his office to see if the two could do a little business. The would-be customer, Dr. Patrick Chan, said he was partial to a metal plate made by Medtronic Inc. _ just the kind of item Thomas sold working for a distributor of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

S. Ky. judge prolongs ban on early inmate release
Sep. 16--SOMERSET -- A ban could continue for months on using controversial new parole rules to release prison inmates from three southern Kentucky counties. Whether such a ban will spread statewide, however, remains a question for another day. In an order issued Monday, Circuit Judge David A. Tapp barred the state corrections commissioner from using the rules to release felons from his circuit ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Larger SC bench to decide if FIR registration must
Sep. 17--NEW DELHI -- Should the police register an FIR immediately on receiving a complaint? The issue was on Tuesday referred to a larger bench of Supreme Court after a two-judge bench headed by Justice BN Aggarwal said it was unable to take a final call on it in wake of conflicting judgments delivered earlier by the apex court. The court's direction came on a petition filed by a man whose ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

Meralco execs face arrest: Firm spokesman says estafa case aims to harass
Sep. 17--The Department of Justice has sought the immediate arrest of 16 top officials of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) for the non-bailable offense of syndicated estafa. The officials had been accused by an advocacy group of allegedly misappropriating almost P1 billion in interests earned from consumers' meter and bill deposits. The department's move came after one of its prosecuting teams, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

BRIEF: Nomad Husain turns 93 in exile
Sep. 17--NEW DELHI -- Artist Maqbool Fida Husain will celebrate his 93rd birthday in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. He has no regrets being away from home and friends on this special day, for the third successive year. Husain is in self-imposed exile since January 2006, living in Dubai and London. "I am a nomad. Static life has no meaning for me. Art compels me to travel and wander from place to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

Bihar boy dies after principal thrashing
Sep. 17--MOTIHARI (BIHAR) -- A class V student in Bihar's East Champaran district was allegedly beaten up so badly by his school principal and teachers that he died within a few hours. All that Gyan Ranjan, 11, had done was reply back to his teachers, police said. The incident of corporal punishment took place at the Holy Mission Children's Academy, a private residential school, in Rajepur block ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

Sabio wants expanded probe on bribery mess
Sep. 17--Sabio said he wants the probe expanded to identify the real source of the money and to determine if there was a conspiracy. Before the three-man Justice department investigating panel headed by Justice Undersecretary Ernesto Pineda, Sabio affirmed his earlier affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court fact-finding team and all other matters that he disclosed under oath, in relation to the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 17, 2008

EDITORIAL: Free speech lesson from Va. Justices
Sep. 16--Virginia knows James Madison, and spammer Jeremy Jaynes is no James Madison. But Virginia's leaders should also have more than a passing familiarity with the First Amendment. A Virginia Supreme Court ruling last week makes it embarrassingly clear that state lawmakers need to wipe the dust off their constitutional law books and refresh their memory on that topic.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

EDITORIAL: Disclosure
Sep. 16--The State Supreme Court made a good call last week. The case involved public records of settlements in wrongful-death cases. The settlement concerned surgeries performed at Fredericksburg's Mary Washington Hospital; it closed a suit by family members against a drug manufacturer. When the settlement was reached, the terms were not disclosed. The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star and the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

High court allows hearings via video
Sep. 16--The state's top judge is noticing taxpayers' pain at the gas pump. In a sweeping order Monday, S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal said bail hearings, guilty pleas and preliminary hearings in magistrate and municipal courts statewide can be handled through videoconferencing from detention facilities. In issuing the order, Toal cited the "sharp increase in fuel costs" and the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Cameras enter fight against marijuana
Sep. 16--A lone man enters a grove of giant marijuana plants, yanks them out and stacks his harvest. But a camera hidden near the illicit field caught it all. These days, even the ground can have eyes as police and pot growers engage in a high-tech battle. Police on both sides of the state line use covert cameras to watch outdoor fields and arrest growers. Marijuana growers in some states battle ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Opinion poll ban proposal scrapped
Sep. 16--NEW DELHI -- The government has taken back the controversial Law Ministry proposal to frame a law to ban opinion polls, predicting the outcome of elections. It is now considering only restrictions on publication and telecast of exit polls till voting is over. The ban proposal was to be taken up by the Union Cabinet on September 4, but was quietly withdrawn at the last moment.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Centerpiece of Dickie Scruggs' Flawed Katrina Legal Strategy Settled Out of Court
After Two Years of Emerging Evidence - Plaintiffs Say Claim Handled Properly - State Farm(R) Settles McIntosh Lawsuit BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Just days after attorneys for Thomas and Pamela McIntosh of Biloxi, Miss., acknowledged State Farm handled their claim properly and admitted there was 'no credible evidence' State Farm engaged in bad faith, a compromise settlement has ...
PR Newswire - Sep 15, 2008

International news briefs: Russia eyes Mediterranean as alternative to Sevastopol naval base
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine _ Russia could build up its presence in the Mediterranean to make up for the loss of its naval base in Ukraine's port of Sevastopol, a Black Sea Fleet official said Monday. "Undoubtedly, the withdrawal (of the Black Sea Fleet) from the Crimea will affect Russia's security in the south. New bases in the Mediterranean Sea could make up for the departure," Rear Adm.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 15, 2008

Former McKeesport captive to appeal for right to sue
Sep. 16--A woman who was held against her will in McKeesport for nearly a decade indicated Monday that she will appeal a federal judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit against her captor and his employers. U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster ruled Friday that Tanya Kach's civil rights claims against Thomas Hose, the security company that hired him and the McKeesport school where he worked were ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Second lawsuit challenges Farmers Branch attempt to deny rentals for illegal immigrants
Sep. 16--A second set of opponents has filed a federal lawsuit over Farmers Branch's latest attempt to deny rental houses or apartments to illegal immigrants. Like a suit filed earlier this month, it challenges a new ordinance that requires renters to apply for occupancy licenses. Those who are not citizens would have their immigration status checked against a federal database, and those in the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Lawyering businesses to bankruptcy
The Eggs Benedict on a thick slice of Italian toast with a side of German potato pancakes at the Dor-Stop Restaurant in Dormont is one of the best breakfasts in town. We were at a sidewalk table reading the morning newspaper and the guy at the next table was talking about the closing of the Hollywood Theater across the street. 'Closed for now,' reads the marquee.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review - Sep 15, 2008

Harry Potter 'Lexicon' case not over yet: 2 Mich. men plan to file appeal to try to get book published
Sep. 15--The two Michigan men who lost a lawsuit against Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. haven't given up on publishing a book version of the popular Harry Potter Lexicon Web site. Roger Rapoport, a Muskegon publisher, and Steve Vander Ark, a Grand Rapids area librarian and author, expect their attorneys this week to file a notice of appeal preserving the men's right to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 15, 2008

Hospitals' suit against tobacco industry is large in every dimension
Sep. 15--ST. LOUIS -- Everything about the City of St. Louis v. American Tobacco seems over the top. Big money. Big delays. Big teams of attorneys. Big fines. It's the oldest lawsuit pending in St. Louis Circuit Court. Missouri hospitals and the nation's largest tobacco companies have sparred for almost 10 years over pretrial details in the billion-dollar case.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 15, 2008

Boardroom buzzwords: security, insurance cover
Sep. 16--NEW DELHI -- The spate of bomb blasts in prosperous metros has sparked off "security management" and "terror insurance cover" as the new boardroom buzzwords. With the five blasts in Delhi last Saturday that followed similar attacks in Ahmedabad and Bangalore earlier this year, private security system providers are also suddenly in great demand. Increased frequency has resulted in higher ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Case against lawyer-son of acquitted Air India...
VANCOUVER - Jaspreet Singh Malik, the lawyer-son of former Air India bombing suspect Ripudaman Singh Malik, has lost his bid to get a dishonourable-conduct case against him thrown out. A law society disciplinary panel has ruled there is enough evidence that Jaspreet Malik misled a B.C. Supreme Court judge when he helped in his dad's attempt to get legal aid in the terrorism case.
Windsor Star - Sep 15, 2008

No reprieve for BMW case lawyers
Sep. 16--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Monday declined to give immediate relief to senior advocates R.K. Anand and I.U. Khan, who were last month banned from appearing before any court within the jurisdiction of Delhi High Court for the next four months. A bench headed by Justice B.N. Aggarwal also made it clear to the counsel for the two advocates that it would not entertain any arguments ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

All about animal instincts
Sep. 16--MUMBAI -- New dos and don'ts have been prescribed for the way animals and birds can be picturised. So some filmmakers are opting for computergenerated jaanwars.. while others are treating them better than their best friends, reports Roshmila Bhattacharya. It may not have rocked the box office but Tahaan did engage the discerning viewer. So did its ensemble cast of actors, not to forget ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

Justice Roxas not a victim -- justices
Sep. 16--In fact, they added, he should have been disciplined a long time ago for his handling of a couple of controversial cases, including the one on the Philippine Communications Satellite Corp. (Philcomsat). Instead of playing the victim, Roxas should be repentant for getting into trouble, several magistrates, who requested anonymity, told The Manila Times.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 16, 2008

'Star Trek's' George Takei Weds in Buddhist Ceremony: Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig were the maid of honor and best man, respectively
Sep. 15--George Takei has boldly gone into matrimony. The " Star Trek" actor has finally wed his longtime partner, Brad Altman, in a Buddhist ceremony in downtown Los Angeles Sunday, reports People. "All I can remember is what the priest said," Takei says. "That this moment will never happen again. It's something to savor." The ceremony included the exchange of vows, sipping sake from red ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 15, 2008

Attention Purchasers of TOUSA, Inc. Common Stock Pursuant to TOUSA's Prospectus, Dated September 7, 2005; Your Rights May Be Affected Announces Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz, LLP
Attorney Advertising -- On July 25, 2008, Attorney Advertising -- On July 25, 2008, Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz, LLP (the "Firm") (www.bernlieb.com) announced that on July 14, 2008, Judge Kenneth Marra of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida appointed the Firm to act as sole lead counsel in Durgin v. Technical Olympics USA, Inc., et al., Case No. ...
MarketWire - Sep 15, 2008

Federman & Sherwood Announces That a Securities Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR)
On September 5, 2008, a class action On September 5, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey against Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR). The complaint alleges violations of federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including allegations of issuing a series ...
MarketWire - Sep 15, 2008

Torrington Man's 'Bag Of Bones' Revives Cold Case
Sep. 14--Already facing serious drug charges, Kenneth Gelormino Jr. walked into the Litchfield state police barracks 18 months ago, hoping the contents of the bag he was carrying could solve his legal troubles. He gave the bag to detectives, who were startled to discover what was inside -- bones from a human arm. Gelormino told police the bones belonged to Lester "Chip" Stewart, who had been ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 14, 2008

Anti-spam law violates free speech, court says
AP) The Virginia Supreme Court declared the state's anti-spam law unconstitutional Friday and reversed the conviction of a man once considered one of the world's most prolific spammers. The court unanimously agreed with Jeremy Jaynes' argument that the law violates the free-speech protections of the First Amendment because it does not just restrict commercial e-mails it restricts other ...
Deseret Morning News - Sep 14, 2008

McCain fumbles Palin's record
NEW YORK -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday defended two debunked television ads attacking Democrat Barack Obama and claimed erroneously that running mate Sarah Palin never sought money for lawmakers' pet projects as Alaska governor. Palin sought $197 million in so-called 'earmarks' for 2009. In the previous budget year, she asked for earmarks worth $256 million.
Chicago Daily Herald - Sep 15, 2008

Widow's suit to keep husband's frozen sperm denied
Sep. 14--A state appellate court has decided that frozen sperm left behind by a deceased Sacramento County sheriff's deputy cannot be used by his widow to become pregnant. Justices in the 3rd District Court of Appeal were asked to decide whether the widow, Iris Kievernagel, had the right to conceive a child from her late husband's frozen sperm. Deputies Joseph Kievernagel, 36, and Kevin Blount, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 14, 2008

Nominees differ on Supreme Court
Bob Deans, Cox News Service The candidates haven't spoken much about it, but American life could be dramatically affected by the next president's picks for justices for the U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate courts.With the Supreme Court split with four liberals, four conservatives, and a single swing vote, it's likely that at least two liberals would retire on the next president's ...
Raleigh News & Observer - Sep 15, 2008

Missouri leads the nation in juvenile justice reform
Sep. 14--ST. LOUIS -- Hope for the once-fallen teen sparkles in an emerald green class ring under the fluorescent lights of the Hogan Street Regional Youth Center. "It's a blessing," says Terrell, 17, fingering the ring he earned for passing his GED exam with 1,000 points to spare. He was awarded the ring at a cap-and-gown ceremony last month in the facility's gym, where he was cheered on by 29 ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 14, 2008

Palin, Biden studied on abortion, gun views
Sep. 14--The views of a vice presidential candidate on issues like abortion and gun rights usually get little attention. But for many reasons, America is getting an earful about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's skills as a caribou killer and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden's feud with Catholic bishops over when the clock starts ticking on a human life. The attention paid to the Republican vice presidential ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 14, 2008

Forum looks to abolish Ky. death penalty
Sep. 14--"It's not 'if' the death penalty will be abolished -- it's a question of when," the Rev. Pat Delahanty told a dozen people gathered Saturday in a Sunday school classroom at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Thirteen states have no death penalty, he said; while some of them never have, just last year New Jersey abolished it, and several more states are moving in that direction.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 14, 2008

Program turns to online masses to improve patents
WASHINGTON -- Some of the biggest players in the technology industry complain that the U.S. patent system is broken -- putting too many patents of dubious merit in the hands of people who can use them to drag companies and other inventors to court. And Blaise Mouttet, a small inventor in Alexandria, Va., thinks he knows why. The problem, he said, is that 'there are too many lawyers and not ...
Detroit News - Sep 15, 2008

Constitutional mythbusters
The U.S. Constitution, signed by its 39 framers on Sept. 17, 1787, established our nation and government built on ideals such as liberty, equality, justice and commitments to the rule of law. During the last 221 years, the debate, interpretation and reinterpretation of this incredible document have spawned myths and misunderstandings. As a prelude to Constitution Day, faculty at the University ...
Arizona Daily Star - Sep 14, 2008

Despite scandals, poll says RP judiciary not the worst in Asia
THE PHILIPPINE judicial system still scores better than some of its Southeast Asian neighbors, a poll released in the wake of a bribery scandal at the Court of Appeals showed. The survey of expatriate businessmen, conducted by the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC), judged Hong Kong and Singapore as having the best judicial systems in Asia while Indonesia and Vietnam ...
Business World - Sep 14, 2008

Hugo Chvez tightens his grip
FOR much of the past eight months, since suffering defeat in a referendum on changing the constitution, Hugo Chvez has seemed to be on the defensive. Abroad, he repaired strained relations with Colombias president and with Spains King Juan Carlos. At home, he backpedalled on unpopular measures, such as a new socialist educational curriculum and a draconian intelligence law.
The Economist - Sep 14, 2008

Barbour goes back to friendly court
Haley Barbour has generally gotten what he s wanted out of the Mississippi Supreme Court. It will be interesting to see if the Republican governor can keep that string alive in the flap over the ballot order in November. Barbour has agreed with fellow Republican Delbert Hosemann, the secretary of state, that the special election between interim U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Democratic challenger ...
Greenwood Commonwealth - Sep 14, 2008

A constitutional court?
Dean Amado Valdez of the UE College of Law could have been deliberately provocative when, advocating the implanting of a constitutional court in our body of judicial institutions, he said: "This is the last chance to redeem the Judiciary." (Nowadays, the Judiciary has its high - and low - moments, but I would not venture to use the word "redemption." Its swift resolution of the imbroglio at the ...
Philippines Daily Tribune - Sep 14, 2008

Posco closer to starting line
Sep. 15--NEW DELHI -- Even as most mega projects in the country are increasingly getting mired in controversies relating to land acquisition, India's largest foreign direct investment venture, Posco's 12 million tonne per annum (tpa) steel plant in Orissa, is inching closer towards the starting line. On a high, post a Supreme Court verdict on forest diversion last month that freed up over 2,900 ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 15, 2008

Legal Bytes: E-businesses face the long-arm reach of the law
Just ask the people at Getty Oil, who had the idea of offering branded credit cards over its website to New Jersey residents. One of them became irate when Getty switched to a generic gasoline product, and sued in New Jersey, alleging violation of federal petroleum regulations. Getty argued that the New Jersey court had no jurisdiction, because Getty had no offices in New Jersey, but the court ...
East Bay Business Journal - Sep 15, 2008

In MP, malnutrition deaths a non-issue
Sep. 15--MADHYA PRADESH -- Madhya Pradesh has learnt to live with malnutrition deaths. They disturb no one. The Bhopal edition of Hindustan Times, which has been focussing on them from time to time for the last two years, remains a lone voice: no other newspaper, much less the government, has taken up the issue seriously. Only a handful of NGOs have been at it, but they too have failed to dent ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 15, 2008

Many Supreme Courts? It's possible
Sep. 15--NEW DELHI -- Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan has said that India can have zonal benches of the Supreme Court, if the principal bench hears only constitutional matters and inter-state disputes. "In many countries -- Canada, Brazil, South Africa, the UK, the USA, Supreme Courts adjudicate only disputes between the states. If a constitutional court is there, creating an appellate ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 15, 2008

Secret sex tape can't be used, court says: Man accused of assault of wife in coma
Sep. 12--Prosecutors can't use secret videotapes of a Watertown minister having sex with his comatose wife while she was in a nursing home, the 4th District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The man faces eight felonies -- four counts of second-degree sexual assault of an unconscious person and four counts of third-degree sexual assault -- as well as a misdemeanor.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 12, 2008

Circus sued over treatment of elephants
Sep. 11--Not everyone is thrilled that the circus is in town. At issue is the treatment of the performing animals, especially the seven elephants that will be among the star attractions when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus opens tonight at Arco Arena for the first of nine shows in four days. "If people knew what went on behind the big top, they should be outraged about the cruelty ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 11, 2008

Consumers Union Urges Federal Trade Commission to Protect Consumers With Gift Cards When Retailers Go Bankrupt
Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, filed a petition today with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking the agency to protect consumers from losing money on gift cards when retailers file for bankruptcy. The issue has come to light following recent retailer bankruptcies and millions in lost gift card dollars for consumers. 'Gift cards shouldn't be the gift that stops ...
PR Newswire - Sep 11, 2008

Documentary plays chicken with the poultry industry
That s the provocative movie poster tagline superimposed over the back-end of a chicken for Shall We Gather at the River, a film documentary directed by Don McCorkell, a former state legislator from Tulsa. Thursday at the Circle Cinema, with McCorkell introducing the documentary and state Attorney General Drew Edmondson speaking at 7:30 p.m. between showings.
Tulsa World - Sep 11, 2008

Couple says holdings are protected
An Evans woman accused of costing many people their life savings, homes or both with her real estate dealings blamed the downturn in the real estate market and banks for the financial troubles, including her own bankruptcy. And the attorney for Regina and Charles 'Greg' Preetorius contends that any assets and property held in her corporations' names are protected from creditors.
Augusta Chronicle - Sep 11, 2008

Tell It, Paul Begala
Without further comment, the lede of Begala's HuffPo article about McCain, Palin, the truth, the media, and the relationship between the four of them: What else? What more can we do with LipStickOnAPigGate? Talk about it. Have dueling surrogates on our channel to talk about it. Interview each other talking about it. Point to how others in the media have talked about it. Done. Done. Done.
Columbia Journalism Review - Sep 11, 2008

Colo. high court to decide on natural gas case
DENVER -- A case with potentially far-reaching effects on Colorado's oil and gas industry will be decided by the Colorado Supreme Court. The court heard arguments Wednesday in a dispute over water that's pumped from the ground in order to draw natural gas out of coal beds. The justices are expected to rule later. Landowners in southwest Colorado had sued, saying the practice threatens their ...
Central Utah Daily Herald - Sep 11, 2008

- Hefty settlement ends court clerks lawsuit
Pregnant employee claimed manager bullied her The state has paid $315,000 to a former Multnomah County juvenile court clerk to settle a lawsuit alleging workplace discrimination and harassment. Sheri Peters filed suit in federal court two years ago, alleging that after telling the juvenile justice center manager she was pregnant in August 2004, she was retaliated against, berated and bullied by ...
Outlook Online - Sep 12, 2008

Wisconsin wineries using co-ops to avoid wholesalers: New law says all winemakers must go through wholesaler
Sep. 12--Wisconsin wine producers are beginning to bunch together to keep their products sold in local supermarkets and liquor stores. As the result of a state law taking effect Oct. 1, smaller wineries are taking steps to form cooperatives that would act as wholesale distributors. On Thursday, Jon Hamilton, vice president of the Wisconsin Winery Association, consulted in Madison with the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 12, 2008

Lose your house, lose your vote in Michigan
Indymedia (IMC) says: Indymedia says: Your speech has the same fate as the polar bears! (ha ha). Indybay.org says: this news blog is automatically censored! We don't even have to work for our money! Chicago Indymedia says: We will delete this news blog; remove the 911 hoax from our server! Cleveland.Indymedia.org says: look at this theme! we can't wait to put American citizens against the wall! ...
Boston IMC - Sep 12, 2008

Who's afraid of impeachment?
Sep. 12--NEW DELHI -- It will take more than mere intentions and words to impeach a corrupt judge in India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for honest judges, but how do you keep them in line if they have no fear of punishment. Not even impeachment. Some former judges of the Supreme Court have said that the impeachment process is so "highly politicised" and ineffective that Calcutta ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 12, 2008

Sen. Cornyn Seeks Criminal Investigation of Corporate Officers at Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac
Sen. Cornyn Seeks Criminal Investigation of Corporate Officers at Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Says in Wake of Record Corporate Bailout, Any Who Violated Criminal Laws Must Be Held Accountable WASHINGTON Citing past examples of corporate malfeasance by Fannie Mae, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Vice-Chair of the Senate Republican Conference, announced on the Senate floor this morning that he has sent ...
U.S. Senator John Cornyn - Sep 11, 2008

EPA Considering Carbon Regulation Options
In an exclusive interview with CarbonInsider.com, the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Div. indicated that the agency is anticipating widespread carbon regulatory restrictions on business. EPA is moving ahead with preparations that could well include imposing on industry mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions which experts have said lead to global ...
TickerTech.com - Sep 11, 2008

Special education proposals ruled out: Overwhelming opposition dooms bids to cut parent input and revise hearings
Sep. 12--Under pressure from politicians and thousands of parents of special-education students, the state Department of Education has backed down from proposed rule changes that would limit parental consent for ending special-education services. Billy K. Cannaday Jr., superintendent of public instruction, said the department also would withdraw a proposal to move the due-process hearings from ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 12, 2008

Inman's trial put on hold: Inman's attorneys accuse prosecutor of intimidating witness
Sep. 12--PICKENS -- Jerry Buck Inman will have to wait awhile before learning whether he will be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. His death penalty trial was put on hold indefinitely Thursday after his attorneys accused 13th Circuit Solicitor Bob Ariail of trying to intimidate a defense expert Wednesday by suggesting she could face criminal penalties if she testified.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 12, 2008

Doctors Fight Drug Industry's Free Gifts
TRENTON, N.J. -- Just about every segment of the medical community is piling on the pharmaceutical industry these days, accusing drugmakers of deceiving the public, manipulating doctors and putting profits before patients. Recent articles and editorials in major medical journals blast the industry. Medical schools, teaching hospitals and physician groups are changing rules to limit the influence ...
WISN Milwaukee - Sep 12, 2008

Telco to fiber-deploying town: we sue because we care
Monticello, Minnesota, for trying to put in a fiber optic network of its own. Why would a company try to prevent a town from building itself a faster network? TDS tells us that it's really just looking out for the taxpayer (and its own infrastructure investment). Not satisfied with the current DSL and cable offerings, Monticello hatched an ambitious plan to wire up its entire town with fiber, ...
ArsTechnica - Sep 12, 2008

Lawsuit filed over 'sober house'
Sep. 11--SALEM -- A Saugus man filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city for not allowing him to open a "sober house" in The Point neighborhood. Michael Viola has accused city officials of discriminating against the disabled by blocking a home for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts at 17-23 Salem St. The suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 11, 2008

Members of Artes Medical face suit
Sep. 11--A shareholder lawsuit filed against current and former board members of San Diego-based Artes Medical alleges that insider trading, channel stuffing and cronyism contributed to the loss of 90 percent of the company's share value in the last year. The lawsuit also says that the insider trading prompted a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation involving the former chief ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 11, 2008

Ars Book Review: "Intellectual Property and Open Source"
You'd have to do a lot of man-on-the-street interviews before you'd find someone who could explain the difference between a patent and a trademark. And even the relatively savvy participants in the Ars forums have been known to mangle copyright's fair use doctrine, misunderstand key provisions of the GPL, or foolishly assume that the law must track their own notions of common sense.
ArsTechnica - Sep 12, 2008

Jury Slaps City with $8 Million Police Misconduct Verdict
San Diego County history, a Superior Court jury Monday ordered the city of San Diego to pay $8 million to a 28-year-old man who, in early 2006, fell into a coma after allegedly being knocked to the ground by a San Diego Police Department officer. Officer Joseph De Veaux knocked San Diego resident Pablo Gomez off his feet, causing Gomez to fall backward and hit his head on the pavement after an ...
Voice of San Diego - Sep 11, 2008

Senate eyes another petition on ZTE deal
Sep. 10--The Senate blue-ribbon committee is mulling over the filing of a second motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court, to clarify its decision on the executive privilege case filed by former Socio-economic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri. Neri now heads the Social Security System. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, the committee chairman, said senators have many objections to the Supreme ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 10, 2008

Killer won't walk: Court flips ruling
Sep. 10--LIMA -- A man convicted of a 2001 murder will remain in prison following a federal appeals court reversing a lower court's overturning of his verdict. Tierre Manley, convicted of murder with a gun in the June 2001 shooting death of Stephen Glover Jr., had that conviction overturned by M a g i s t r a t e Judge William H. Baughman Jr. of the U.S. District Court Northern District of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 10, 2008

Enron payout plan approved: Shareholders may see some money before the end of the year
Sep. 10--Enron shareholders could start pocketing their part of $7.2 billion in settlements of massive federal civil litigation by year-end now that a judge has approved the distribution plan. Late Monday U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon approved a plan to distribute the money to eligible shareholders, clearing the way for the California-based law firm that runs the litigation to move toward ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 10, 2008

Provena to take tax case to state Supreme Court
Sep. 10--Provena Covenant Medical Center on Tuesday said it will take its case to the Illinois Supreme Court after a state appeals court last month put the Urbana hospital's tax exemption in jeopardy. "The Appellate Court opinion runs counter to the law, facts and evidence of our case, but also unfairly impugns the proud history of charitable and religious mission service by Provena Covenant ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 10, 2008

"Food, Inc." filmmaker lets them eat burgers (Reuters)
Related Articles A 'Summer' to remember for Kid Rock September 2, 2008, 8:51 am Australians load up on AC/DC albums September 2, 2008, 9:50 am Mexican Supreme Court compares Walmart to Mexican dictatorship September 5, 2008, 10:59 am Mexico's Supreme Court slams Walmart's labor practices September 5, 2008, 11:27 am TORONTO (Reuters) - Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner still eats hamburger, ...
Yahoo! News Australia - Sep 10, 2008

Federal Court of Appeals in a Divided Decision Reverses District Court Ruling Dismissing VIOXX(R) Securities Class Action
Merck & Co., Inc. said today that it is considering asking either the full court of appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court to review a divided decision of a three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals reinstating a consolidated securities class action suit. The suit, brought by investors in connection with disclosures regarding VIOXX, had been dismissed by a federal district court in April ...
DiGiTAL50 - Sep 10, 2008

Amazon Defense Coalition: Chevron's Environmental Clean-Up in Ecuador Falls Far Short of Company Claims, Report Says
An independent court-appointed expert in Ecuador has found that 42 out of 46 toxic waste pits inspected in the Amazon rainforest operated exclusively by Chevron contain high levels of toxins in violation of environmental norms in both Ecuador and the U.S. The findings are a devastating blow to Chevron's legal strategy in a class action trial in Lago Agrio, Ecuador filed in 2003 by 30,000 ...
Macro World Investor - Sep 10, 2008

Victims' families question value of detainee trials
WASHINGTON _ This time of year especially, Carole O'Hare gets stuck in a sad reverie at her California home, wondering about the last moments of her mother's life, alone, aboard the hijacked Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. "I think of my mom sitting on that plane by herself," she says of Hilda Marcin, 79, listed as victim No. 2,964 on the Pentagon's Sept. 11 war crimes charge sheet.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 10, 2008

EDITORIAL: Sarah Palin interview today: 10 things inquiring minds want to know
Sep. 11--Two weeks after Sen. John McCain named Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, she is finally going solo with a major network. Portions of her interview with ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson will be broadcast today. Until now, Palin has not participated in news shows, press conferences or interviews. A team of media handlers has been preparing her for the Gibson interview.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 11, 2008

Trib argues for release of public officials' cell-phone records
Sep. 11--A lawyer for the Tribune-Review Publishing Co. told state justices Wednesday that cell-phone records of public officials are public documents and should be available for public inspection. "The Right to Know Act gives people an opportunity to see how government spends its money," attorney Ronald Barber said during a hearing before the state Supreme Court, Downtown.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 11, 2008

Medical schools, journals fight industry influence
TRENTON, N.J. - Just about every segment of the medical community is piling on the pharmaceutical industry these days, accusing drugmakers of deceiving the public, manipulating doctors and putting profits before patients. In this undated file photo, Journal of the American Medical Association editor-in-chief Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis is seen in her office in Chicago, Ill.
The Dispatch - Sep 11, 2008

Hybrid taxis couldn't handle NYC streets: Lawsuit
Taxi operators have sued the city over requiring yellow cabs to go green, saying cars that run on a mix of gasoline and electric power can't handle the workout they would get on New York City streets. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, weeks before an Oct. 1 deadline requiring new cabs to get 25 miles per gallon. It asked a federal judge to strike down the city requirement. ...
Yahoo! Canada - Sep 10, 2008

Liability reform having positive effect on medical community, study shows
Houston Business Journal - by Monica Perin Reporter Related News Five years after the Texas Legislature passed new laws restricting medical liability claims, the Texas Medical Association says a recent survey proves the reforms have worked. The online survey of 1,391 physician members of TMA found that since September 1, 2003, when the new laws went into effect, Texas physicians are ...
East Bay Business Journal - Sep 10, 2008

Educators: Special-ed costs threaten tax cap plan
Sep. 10--Special-education costs on Long Island have been rising more than 15 percent a year -- more than twice the rate for total school expenses -- and educators say this could spell trouble if the state imposes a proposed cap on property taxes. The reason? Special-education spending is largely shielded from cutbacks by a federal law guaranteeing students with disabilities a "free, appropriate ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 10, 2008

50 Cent wins right to see son on alternate weekends
Sep. 9--The multiplatinum hip-hop star 50 Cent briefly became just a satisfied father named Curtis Jackson at a Suffolk Family Court appearance in Central Islip yesterday when he won the right to see his 11-year-old son on alternating weekends. The temporary schedule will last until Oct. 22, when Jackson's visitation dispute with the boy's mother, Shaniqua Tompkins, is set to go to trial.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Enron settlement: $7.2 billion to shareholders, $688 million to lawyers
Sep. 9--Eligible shareholders whose Enron holdings became worthless when the company crumbled in scandal will receive $7.2 billion in settlements under a distribution plan approved in federal court. And the California-based law firm that ran massive Enron shareholder litigation for more than six years will get $688 million -- plus interest -- for its work, U.S.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

CSPI Sues to Stop MillerCoors' 'Sparks' Alcoholic Energy Drink
The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest today filed suit (http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/complaint_millercoors.pdf) against MillerCoors Brewing Company, formerly Miller, over its alcoholic energy drink, Sparks. The product has more alcohol than regular beer and contains unapproved additives, including the stimulants caffeine and guarana. The lawsuit is asking the Superior Court of ...
PR Newswire - Sep 9, 2008

Justice Department Issues Report on Antitrust Monopoly Law
Report Provides Consumers, Businesses, and Policy Makers With Analysis of Single-Firm Conduct Under the Antitrust Laws WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice today issued a report informing consumers, businesses and policy makers about issues relating to monopolization offenses under the antitrust laws. The report, 'Competition and Monopoly: Single-Firm ...
PR Newswire - Sep 9, 2008

Russian officials sue British American Tobacco
MOSCOW: Russia's top health officer said Monday his governmental agency is suing British American Tobacco's Russian office for misleading the consumers, Russian news agencies reported. Gennady Onishchenko, director of consumer rights agency Rospotrebnadzor, said he has signed a lawsuit against BAT for 'misleading the consumers' and infringing on their rights.
International Herald Tribune - Sep 9, 2008

ACLU seeks nearly $400,000 from Pulaski, McCreary
Sep. 9--"I'm not really happy with any figure at all, but a lower figure is better." Those were the words of Pulaski County Judge-Executive Barty Bullock yesterday afternoon, after hearing the ACLU is seeking is seeking nearly $400,000 in attorney fees in the Ten Commandments case Pulaski County has been involved in since 1999. According to a report in The Lexington Herald-Leader, the ACLU is ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

BRIEF: Judge dismisses portions of Katrina lawsuit
Sep. 9--The annexation by the City of Meridian of part of Lauderdale County has been delayed, according to Meridian Chief Administrative Officer Ken Storms. During a Council of Governments meeting Monday, Storms said a group of citizens in the annexed area were granted a two week extension on the time they were initially given to decide whether they wanted another hearing on the annexation. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Pali Names New General Counsel
Pali Holdings, Inc. today announced that Barbara Bishop has joined the firm as General Counsel. She is based in the firm's New York headquarters and reports to Brad Reifler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Joseph Schenk, Chief Operating Officer. Bishop has been practicing law for 32 years of which the last 23 years have been with Bear Stearns. 'Barbara's broad experience in both local ...
PR Newswire - Sep 9, 2008

Major advertisers protest Google-Yahoo search advertising deal
(Computerworld) A trade group that represents large national advertisers like Ford, Sara Lee, Wal-Mart and Pepsi has sent a objecting to a proposed . The Association of National Advertisers -- which represents 400 companies that spend more than $100 billion annually in advertising -- said yesterday that it sent the letter to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Barnett after what it called a ...
Computerworld - Sep 9, 2008

Banks' death sentence on hold
Sep. 9--The psychological disorders clouding convicted mass murderer George Banks' thoughts with delusion and irrationality, including a firmly held belief that a higher power overturned his death sentence, have rendered him incompetent to be executed, Senior Judge Michael T. Conahan ruled Monday. "Banks is out of touch with reality," Conahan said in a 21-page memorandum that accompanied his ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

James Surowiecki: The politics of pay discrimination.
She was an ordinary middle-class mom who, despite fierce criticism, succeeded in a male-dominated profession. She challenged the local establishment and became a national figure, earning herself a spot as a featured speaker at her partys recent Convention. But she wasnt the governor of Alaska. She was a woman named Lilly Ledbetter, a former middle manager at a Goodyear plant in Alabama, who ...
New Yorker - Sep 9, 2008

Compensation argued for Staten I. ferry crash victim
Sep. 9--Staten Island Ferry victim James McMillan Jr. deserves to be compensated for a life of lost dignity and independence, his attorney told a federal jury yesterday. "This is something that happened, that could have happened to any New York City commuter," attorney Evan Torgan said of the Oct. 15, 2003 crash of the Andrew J. Barberi into a Staten Island dock.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

CBI gets nod to question judges
Sep. 10--NEW DELHI -- Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan has given the CBI permission to question two sitting judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with the "cash-at-judge's-door" scam, allegedly involving judges, lawyers and Chandigarh-based property dealers. This is the first time the CJI has allowed questioning of sitting high court judges, sources said, adding, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 10, 2008

Give Husain security: Friends
Sep. 10--NEW DELHI -- A day after the Supreme Court refused to initiate criminal proceedings against painter MF Husain for allegedly hurting public sentiments, his friends and supporters on Tuesday said the government should provide him security to enable him to return to India. The Supreme Court order on Monday describing Husain's Bharat Mata painting as a "work of art," came as a major relief ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 10, 2008

Sweating to return to the courtroom: Ex-judge Velasquez seeks redemption with community service
Sep. 9--Former Monterey County Superior Court Judge Jose Angel Velasquez knows he'll never sit on the bench again, but he wants to practice law. In order to do that, Velasquez says he is doing everything he can -- including cutting cornstalks in a field outside Soledad to give them to local organizations. "There's no better way to cleanse your mind and your soul," he said Monday.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Speakers deliver straight talk at forum
Sep. 9--When former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke Monday of the challenges facing the nation, he didn't pull any punches. "With the rise of China and India, we no longer have the margin to be willfully stupid," he said. The line drew applause from many of the 800 attendees of the Blanchard Leadership Forum. The event, held at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center and sponsored by ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Hazleton's anti-illegal immigrant law back in court: Panel of judges to hear case four days before Nov. 4 election in which mayor is running for Congress.
Sep. 9--Hazleton will get to argue before a federal appeals court on Oct. 31 that a judge wrongly struck down the city's ordinance making it illegal to hire or rent housing to illegal immigrants, Mayor Lou Barletta announced Monday. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to have the appeal heard by a three-judge panel, and recent rulings by other federal appeals courts have given the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Inmate to die though 198 sentenced before him
Sep. 9--TAVARES Richard Henyard was born two months after Gary Alvord was condemned to die. Yet Henyard, 34, scheduled for execution this month for the murders of two Lake County girls, leapt ahead of 198 other Florida killers sentenced to death before him, including Alvord, 61, who has resided on death row longer than any other inmate in the nation. Why Henyard now? "I'm not able to answer that ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Armstrong County woman wants land back
Sep. 9--Sally Moody is hoping the state Supreme Court will return to her family a strip of land used by railroads for more than 150 years. Moody, 77, of Applewold in Armstrong County, and several other land owners are challenging a rails-to-trails group that wants to convert the former railroad path crossing her property into a trail. The state Supreme Court heard the case Monday in Pittsburgh. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Ga. Supreme Court to hear appeal in Bibb murder case
Sep. 9--The Georgia Supreme Court is scheduled to hear an appeal in a Bibb County murder case today to determine whether a man convicted of killing a pizza delivery person in 2004 should get a new trial. Damian Darnell Henderson, 33, is serving a life sentence at Hancock State Prison in the shooting death of Steven Lamar Bass, 25, following a shootout at a San Juan Avenue duplex, according to a ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

BRIEF: Group files suit over energy drink
Sep. 9--The Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors over the marketing and formulation of its Sparks energy-alcohol drink. The Washington-based advocacy group said the drink contains "unapproved" additives, including caffeine and guarana. The lawsuit asks the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to stop MillerCoors from selling the drink.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

County seeks a settlement in records lawsuit
Sep. 9--Muskogee County commissioners hope to settle a lawsuit in which the plaintiffs are seeking to obtain copies of county records at reduced rates. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a California businessman who collects "current computer-readable assessment database information of real property." Roger Hurlbert, doing business as Sage Information Services, alleges the fee totaling more than ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Senate eyes another petition on ZTE deal
Sep. 10--The Senate blue-ribbon committee is mulling over the filing of a second motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court, to clarify its decision on the executive privilege case filed by former Socio-economic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri. Neri now heads the Social Security System. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, the committee chairman, said senators have many objections to the Supreme ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 10, 2008

High Court sacks CA Justice Roxas: Sabio receives suspension, other magistrates get sanctions
Sep. 10--The Supreme Court sacked an appellate justice from the Court of Appeals and sanctioned others in connection with a recently concluded investigation into improprieties by magistrates in a case between Meralco and GSIS. The High Court dismissed from the service Associate Justice Vicente Roxas, whom the Tribunal earlier found guilty of "multiple violations of the canons of Judicial ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 10, 2008

EDITORIAL: Tell-all father's rights registry needs more exposure
Sep. 9--Fathers-to-be are not exactly queuing up to get on Virginia's Putative Father Registry. One year after its creation, only 64 men have signed up. The registry was created so that unmarried men can preserve their legal rights in case they father a child out of wedlock. The response is just as underwhelming in the other 35 states with similar registries.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

TransUnion owes millions free credit monitoring
WASHINGTON - In a class action settlement, the credit bureau TransUnion has agreed to provide free credit-monitoring services to millions of consumers to settle claims it illegally passed along private information for marketing purposes.Although TransUnion denied any wrongdoing, the settlement requires the company to sign up consumers for either six months or nine months of monitoring.Now unless ...
Rutland Herald - Sep 9, 2008

Jury selection to begin in OJ Simpson robbery case
AM (2 hrs 3 mins ago) By KEN RITTER, AP 2 hrs 3 ago: 2 hrs 15 ago: OJ to get his wish for jury to hear his case 3 days ago: OJ co-defendant again loses bid to postpone trial 3 days ago: OJ co-defendant renews appeal to postpone trial 5 days ago: Lawyer: OJ Simpson ready for trial in Las Vegas 5 days ago: OJ Simpson lawyer: 'Ready for trial' in Las Vegas 10 days ago: Nevada Supreme Court ...
Examiner-Milwaukee - Sep 9, 2008

BRIEF: Restraining order sought to block Farmers Branch rental license ordinance
Sep. 8--Opponents filed a request Monday for a temporary restraining order to block Farmers Branch's latest effort to stop housing rentals to illegal immigrants. The request followed the filing of a lawsuit last week targeting the measure, Ordinance 2952, which is scheduled to go into effect Saturday. The ordinance would allow the rental of homes or apartments to anyone who obtained a rental ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 8, 2008

Medical device payments to doctors draw scrutiny
With 25 million Americans suffering from back pain, spinal surgery has become a growth industry. Recently, at St. Joseph s Hospital in St. Paul, Dr. Charles Burton, left, replaced a spinal neurostimulator. Burton is vice president of the Association for Ethics in Spine Surgery, a grassroots group of doctors who do not accept compensation from companies for using their devices.
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Sep 9, 2008

Tort reform has cash flowing in governor race
Sep. 8--JEFFERSON CITY -- In the battle over big money, the race for Missouri governor boils down to this: Big Business vs. Big Law. If the old Watergate-era directive -- "follow the money" -- still holds true, then the code to decipher who wants to see either Democrat Jay Nixon or Republican Kenny Hulshof occupy the Governor's Mansion can be found in filings with the Missouri Ethics Commission. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 8, 2008

Lawsuits target baby-food plant in Sanger
AM Sep. 7--Two former top managers of a Sanger baby-food processing plant are fighting a legal battle with the company's president, claiming he repeatedly violated food-safety standards. In separate lawsuits, they say that John Ypma, founder of Initiative Foods, put consumers' health at risk by cutting corners, including approving the use of sweet potatoes that were full of maggots and shipping ...
Macro World Investor - Sep 8, 2008

Toxic footprint of meth labs isn't easily erased: Few labs seized now, but issues persist
Sep. 7--AS A RESTORATION SPECIALIST -- or as he calls it, a demolition grunt -- Chris Pease's days were spent inside homes and apartments where authorities had found meth labs. After police cleared out, he and a crew suited up in full-body protective gear and set about the dirty, painstaking job of making the buildings safe. They pulled out furniture and carpeting, tore out sinks, counter tops ...
Calibre Macro World - Sep 8, 2008

Scam savvy: 9 tips to protect from con artists
'They said, 'Don't worry.' They took me in a limo to their office. They said, 'Sign here, sign there,' and I did.' And that's how Priscila Nano, 66, a divorcee, came to lose the house in Great Neck that she'd lived in and loved for 29 years. Nano is not alone. Consumer Action, an advocacy group, reports that, while people older than 60 make up 15 percent of the U.S.
Newsday - Sep 8, 2008

State high court hears Washington County tax-plan gripe
Sep. 9--A citizens group fighting a tax-increment financing plan given to a Washington County outlet mall told state Supreme Court justices Monday that people should be able to challenge such plans in court. Citizens Against Tax Incremental Financing sued the county, South Strabane and Trinity School District after they approved a 20-year tax plan for the development of the Victory Centre ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Victim's father lunges at killer
Sep. 9--A death-penalty hearing in a Wyandotte County courtroom was disrupted Monday when the father of the murder victim lunged at the defendant. The sentencing hearing for Gary Kleypas, convicted of capital murder in the death of 20-year-old Pittsburg State University student Carrie Williams in 1996, was halted for several minutes before resuming. After the jury heard the 911 recording from ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

EDITORIAL: Onorato's trials
Sep. 9--Something rings troublingly false about Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato's self-professed altruism over the badly broken property tax assessment system. First, Mr. Onorato imposes an unconstitutional "base-year" system in the guise of halting "back-door" tax increases. Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick slapped him. Then, in advance of oral arguments on his appeal this ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

BRIEF: Court seeks RBI response on credit card interest rate
Sep. 9--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on several petitions filed by multinational banks challenging the order of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission restraining banks from charging over 30 per cent annum interest from credit card holders for delayed payment. Admitting the bunch of petitions, a bench headed by Justice B ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Magnolia Green project caught in suit on funding
The developers of Magnolia Green are in a bit of a jam. According to a recently filed civil lawsuit, the developers sent in the lawyers when iStar Financial Inc., their New York-based lender, requested that the developers post money -- $24.3 million in 15 days to be precise. Magnolia Green Development LLC, Philip Pilevsky and Raymond L. Zimmerman are claiming that iStar's financial situation and ...
Richmond Times Dispatch - Sep 9, 2008

KC-based association is at center of insurance-regulation storm
Sep. 9--A states-rights battle stretching back to the Civil War has heated up, catching one of Kansas City's largest businesses in the brewing storm. The clash is over insurance regulation, which ultimately determines what consumers pay to insure everything from their homes and autos to their lives and financial security. And while this regulatory thunderclap is largely being played out behind ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

EDITORIAL: Another big step backward
Sep. 9--The Supreme Court's ruling last week to uphold its March ruling on the Neri vs. Senate Committee case, in effect, affirms the right of the President and her chosen people to hide--from the Congress, the media or any person or institution seeking the truth about the executive's activities--their lies, their attempts to lie and to commit acts that could be criminal or are in fact criminal.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

Foreign cos can claim tax deduction: SC
Agencies New Delhi, Sept 7: The Supreme Court has held that foreign companies can claim tax deductions for foreign exchange losses on account of currency fluctuations. A bench headed by Justice S H Kapadia while dismissing the Income tax department's petition held that the loss arising on account of 'foreign currency translation' was allowable as deduction and the gains on the same account were ...
Central Chronicle - Sep 9, 2008

Fannie Mae investor sues five banks
Shareholder sues banking giants, claiming they did not tell her about off-balance sheet accounting proposals A shareholder is suing five banks for allegedly not warning her about accounting change proposals which caused Fannie Mae shares to nosedive in price. Karen Orkin, who bought 600 Class B Fannie Mae shares, filed the suit at the Supreme Court in New York this week as a proposed class ...
Finance Director - Sep 9, 2008

5 CA justices found guilty: Magistrates committed improprieties ? panel
Sep. 9--With facts on hand that five of the eight justices of the Court of Appeals really did commit acts of impropriety in connection with the controversial Meralco-GSIS case, the Supreme Court en banc will deliberate today on possible penalties against the five justices. The Supreme Court spokesman, lawyer Jose Midas Marquez, said on Monday that the penalties may range from "simple admonition ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 9, 2008

DVD copier by RealNetworks is sure to ire Hollywood
People have been avidly feeding music CDs into their computers for years, ripping digital copies of albums and transferring the files to their other computers and mobile devices. This has not happened nearly as much with DVDs, for both practical and legal reasons. But that may soon change. On Monday, RealNetworks, the Seattle digital media company, will introduce RealDVD, a $30 software program ...
International Herald Tribune - Sep 9, 2008

For companies courting surgeons, how far is too far?
Sep. 8--When medical device salesman John Thomas heard in late 2000 that there was a new doctor in Arkansas specializing in patients with ailing backs, he stopped by his office to see if the two could do a little business. The would-be customer, Dr. Patrick Chan, said he was partial to a metal plate made by Medtronic Inc. -- just the kind of item Thomas sold working for a distributor of devices, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 8, 2008

Jobs in the balance: Do illegal workers help or hurt the U.S. economy?
Sep. 8--TULSA, Okla. -- Fluid teamwork is necessary in the hot, cramped kitchen of a mom-and-pop restaurant near an interstate ramp. A tangle of brown faces -- head chef Jose, his wife, parents, two brothers and sister -- cooked the American comfort food in the humid hive. In the middle of the controlled chaos stood Teri Kidd, the white owner of the restaurant, basking in the sweet smell of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 8, 2008

Plea bargain reversal would be a first in Utah: Widows of men killed by a reckless driver say they didn't know the deal had been struck
Sep. 8--Utah crime victims for years have asserted their constitutional right to be heard at sentencing hearings and informed of court proceedings. Now, Peggy and Patricia Hay, who were left widows by a reckless driver, are going a step further and attempting to reverse a plea bargain. If they are successful, it would be the first time in Utah that a victim got a binding plea agreement ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 8, 2008

Politics makes strange pen pals
Sep. 8--I hear things. Things like this from John Elfmont of Redondo Beach: "After the last comma in the last sentence of your piece on Sarah Palin, you used the phrase 'get real.' Amen, brother! Though a lifelong conservative Republican, I am sick to death of all of them from 'W' on down. I'm sick to death of the empty cliches about the 'American people,' blah blah blah.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 8, 2008

City nets free legal work in firefighters' suit: Group hopes to bring reverse discrimination case before U.S. Supreme Court
Sep. 8--NEW HAVEN -- A mega-law firm with extensive experience before the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to represent the city for free in a reverse discrimination lawsuit by 20 city firefighters. The Boston-based firm WilmerHale has more than 1,000 lawyers in 11 cities on three continents, according to its Web site. While the country's highest court has not yet indicated whether it will accept ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 8, 2008

Bartolomei files repeat lawsuits against Niagara Falls: Dispute focuses on development rights
Sep. 8--NIAGARA FALLS -- As city officials try to move forward on downtown development, the deals made decades ago continue to haunt them. John P. Bartolomei, the Niagara Falls lawyer who built the former Niagara Splash Water Park and made several other leases on downtown property, recently filed two more lawsuits against the city in an effort to recoup money he says he would have made if his ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 8, 2008

ITPCG Reveals Extreme Costs Swings Among Organizations With Varying Legal Holds Maturity Practices
The IT Policy Compliance Group (ITPCG) today The IT Policy Compliance Group (ITPCG) today announced the availability of its latest benchmark research report titled, "Improving Results for the Legal Custody of Information." Based on interviews conducted with 235 organizations, it finds that costs associated with legal holds on information vary considerably, depending on organizational size and ...
MarketWire - Sep 8, 2008

Former Bank of China Managers and Their Wives Convicted for Stealing More Than $485 Million, Laundering Money Through Las Vegas Casinos
Two former managers of the Bank of China and their wives were convicted on Aug. 29, 2008, by a federal jury in Las Vegas on charges of racketeering, money laundering, international transportation of stolen property as well as passport and visa fraud, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Gregory A. Brower of the District of Nevada ...
PR Newswire - Sep 2, 2008

More Conn. residents affected by data breach
HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut officials say 135,000 more state residents may be affected by a security breach at Bank of New York Mellon than the bank initially announced. Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal say the state is now demanding more information from the bank and considering possible sanctions. The bank at first said 500,000 Connecticut residents were potentially ...
Boston Herald - Sep 2, 2008

Palin was member of party calling for vote on Alaskan secession from US
US Republican presidential candidate John McCain with his vice-presidential running mate, Alaska governor Sarah Palin, in Ohio. Photograph: Matt Sullivan/Reuters New revelations about the Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin including her membership of a party that wants Alaskans to vote on becoming a separate country are raising questions about how thoroughly John McCain's ...
Guardian Unlimited - Sep 2, 2008

State Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in priest abuse case
Sep. 3--The state Supreme Court on Tuesday ended a long-standing lawsuit against the Green Bay Catholic Diocese over the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old boy by a priest at a parish school in 1988. The high court declined to take up the appeal of David Schauer, now 30 and living in Arizona, who said church officials had known about the abuse and warned his parents not to take any action at the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 3, 2008

Suit fails to show liability, Upper St. Clair school district says
Sep. 3--Lawyers for Upper St. Clair School District are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming they failed to protect a student from being raped by a boy accused of other attacks. In court papers filed Tuesday, lawyers for the district and its employees said only one teacher -- an independent contractor employed by Wesley Institute -- knew about reports of previous assaults; ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 3, 2008

Couture headed back to UFC
LAS VEGAS: The Ultimate Fighting Championship and its heavyweight champion Randy Couture have settled a public dispute and scheduled his return to the octagon. Couture and UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday that Couture will fight Brock Lesnar on Nov. 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. 'We had some problems with Randy, we've solved them all.
International Herald Tribune - Sep 2, 2008

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Diebold: Shareholders charged investors were misled
Sep. 3--A federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed in 2005 against ATM and voting machine maker Diebold Inc. of Green, saying that shareholders failed to prove the company lied about its financial health and misled investors. Five shareholder lawsuits were filed in late 2005 against Diebold and some current and former officers and directors, alleging federal securities laws were ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 3, 2008

Sayles Werbner Earns Rare Texas Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Punitive Damages Award in Medical Malpractice Case
Attorneys from the Dallas litigation firm Sayles Werbner are announcing a rare Supreme Court of Texas opinion upholding a medical malpractice award for the family of a man who died of a heart attack after waiting 12 hours for treatment following his admission to a hospital emergency room for chest pains. The opinion issued by the high court on Friday in Columbia Medical Center of Los Colinas Inc. ...
PR Newswire - Sep 2, 2008

Another lawsuit challenges voter-approved development regulations
Attorney Ken Weiss wants his latest lawsuit on a fast track. ST. PETE BEACH Yet another in a long list of lawsuits challenging voter-approved development regulations was filed against the city last week. The City Commission is expected to discuss the lawsuit, either in public or in a private 'shade' session with its attorney, at its meeting tonight. At issue are four ballot questions ...
St. Petersburg Times - Sep 2, 2008

OASIS responds to Dr Bronners lawsuit
The Organic and Sustainable Industry Standards (OASIS) has brought a motion against Dr Bronners Magic Soap for attempting to stifle free speech with its lawsuit against the organic certification body. In its motion OASIS has gained the support of the free-speech charity the First Amendment Project for its attack against All One God Faith (AOGF), which trades as Dr Bronners Magic Soap.
Cosmetics Design Europe - Sep 2, 2008

Sayles Werbner Earns Rare Texas Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Punitive Damages Award in Medical Malpractice Case
Attorneys from the Dallas litigation firm Sayles Werbner are announcing a rare Supreme Court of Texas opinion upholding a medical malpractice award for the family of a man who died of a heart attack after waiting 12 hours for treatment following his admission to a hospital emergency room for chest pains. The opinion issued by the high court on Friday in Columbia Medical Center of Los Colinas Inc. ...
Biz Journals - Sep 2, 2008

Ragland wants new trial after $63.3 million verdict
Sep. 2--Shane Ragland wants a new civil trial in the 1994 shooting death of a University of Kentucky football player because he thinks the $63.3 million verdict against him is excessive. In a motion filed in Fayette Circuit Court, Ragland's attorney, David Broderick of Bowling Green, said the jury in the August wrongful death trial acted "under the influence of passion or prejudice or in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 2, 2008

Judge: Kilpatrick ouster hearing can proceed
Sep. 2--A judge ruled today that Gov. Jennifer Granholm can proceed with a removal hearing Wednesday against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick's attorneys said they would immediately appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski said Granholm's public and private comments about Kilpatrick's criminal case and the Detroit City Council's request that ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 2, 2008

'Raise against fundamental rights'
By Our Correspondent LAHOREA PETITION was moved on Tuesday before the Lahore High Court challenging the 31 per cent increase in electricity tariff, requesting to declare the increase against the fundamental rights of citizens provided by the Constitution. Advocate Malik Tariq Aziz in his petition stated that according to economic experts, the utility bills of a family goes beyond 20 per cent of ...
The News International - Sep 2, 2008

MCD blames police for encroachments
Sep. 3--NEW DELHI -- The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has told the Supreme Court that failure on the part of Delhi Police has enabled vendors to illegally occupy pavements and public places in the Capital. The corporation moved an application before the apex court accusing the Delhi Police of violating Supreme Court orders directing removal of unauthorised vendors.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 3, 2008

Courts see through flip-flops of witnesses
Sep. 3--NEW DELHI -- Don't bank on hostile witnesses: that's the message going out to all high-profile accused following Sanjeev Nanda's conviction in the BMW hit-and-run case. Increasingly, courts are taking into account relevant portions of otherwise 'unreliable' witnesses' testimonies to do justice. The trend started after Delhi High Court, in December 2006, convicted three of the accused in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 3, 2008

UA law school plans talks by Supreme Court justices
Sep. 3--The University of Arizona law school's annual tradition of bringing in U.S. Supreme Court justices to campus appears set for another year. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor plan to visit the James E. Rogers College of Law this academic year, and Justice Stephen Breyer will make two appearances next week.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 3, 2008

Suit asks if trash talking can make you an outlaw: Commissioner sues city over his free speech rights
Sep. 3--HALLANDALE BEACH -- A city commissioner has filed a civil rights suit against his own city claiming his colleagues are preventing him from talking trash -- literally. Commissioner Keith London's federal lawsuit attacks a motion passed in May that prohibits commission members from discussing anything related to a pending lawsuit between the city and Waste Management Inc.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 3, 2008

Art motivated lawyer's thefts
A COMPULSION to collect artwork motivated a former high-profile lawyer to steal from his clients and partners, a court has heard. In the Supreme Court in Hobart today, John William Avery, 60, of Battery Point, pleaded guilty to 130 charges of stealing and dishonesty. Crown prosecutor Tim Ellis SC told the court that between December 2001 and March 2006 he stole $512,218 from the law firm where ...
The Mercury - Sep 3, 2008

ABCP appeal headed to Supreme Court
TORONTO - The battle over billions of dollars of investments known as asset-backed commercial paper appears headed for Canada's highest court. The investments, also known as ABCP, were supposed to be safe and short-term. But about $32 billion of ABCP has been frozen for about a year - much of it held by Canadian pension plans. Smaller amounts are held by companies and individuals.
Lethbridge Herald - Sep 3, 2008

Environmental Law Scholar Michael Wara Joins Stanford Law School Faculty
STANFORD, Calif. Stanford Law School today announced the appointment of environmental scholar Michael Wara as Assistant Professor of Law. Trained as a lawyer and a scientist, Wara's current research focuses on the emerging global carbon trading market and mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. His broader scholarship encompasses the legal, ...
Centre Daily Times - Sep 2, 2008

A Chinese experiment in democracy meets fierce resistance
When Fang Zhaojuan began organizing her neighbors here to impeach village leaders whom she suspected of corruption, she had no idea that the challenge would lead her first to the hospital and then to jail. She was following the law, after all, and had launched legal petitions signed by a large majority of villagers. They believed they had been cheated of proper compensation when their village ...
Yahoo! Canada - Sep 2, 2008

Court voids state's grocery tax
Sep. 2--The state can no longer tax your baked beans, frozen waffles, or that Big Mac from the drive-thru, a state appeals court ruled yesterday. Handing Ohio grocers and fast-food restaurants a victory, the Franklin County Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the commercial activities tax (CAT) created by state lawmakers in 2005 cannot, under the Ohio Constitution, be applied to food consumed ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 2, 2008

A nine-year wait ends
Sep. 3--NEW DELHI -- A delayed verdict in the BMW hit-and-run case raises serious doubts over the efficiency of the criminal justice system that took almost a decade to convict the culprit. Failure to take a trial to its logical conclusion within a reasonable timeframe can erode people's faith in the system leading to social anarchy and lawlessness. Apart from the victims, who suffered an ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 3, 2008

Did Palin use power in state police, family dispute?
For the past several years, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, has been embroiled in a bitter family feud that has drawn in the state police, the attorney general, the governor's office and the state legislature. A bipartisan state legislative panel has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether Palin improperly brought the family fight into the ...
Newsday - Sep 1, 2008

How to Get More Time from the Bank to Stop Foreclosure Posted By : Nick Adama
The most important factor homeowners in foreclosure need to remain aware of is how much time they have left to work out a solution, either to save the home or unload it with the least financial damage. The bank, working through its local attorneys, will typically attempt to push through the legal process as quickly as possible, in order for the lawyers to get paid and the bank to have an empty ...
ArticleAddict - Sep 1, 2008

Parental-rights cases: Who should pay?: A state board hammered by a $3.8 million shortfall has shifted the responsibility to counties to pay for lawyers for poor adults who are losing parental rights.
Sep. 2--If you are a low-income parent and your child is being taken away, you used to be able to get a state public defender to represent you. Not anymore. The State Board of Public Defense, battered by a $3.8 million shortfall, has shifted the responsibility to counties to pay for lawyers for poor adults who are losing parental rights or are otherwise involved in cases where children need ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 2, 2008

EDITORIAL: Peter Schrag: Props. 5 and 8 will make waves nationally
Sep. 2--Although hardly anyone's noticed, billionaire financier George Soros and some other very deep pockets are back on the California ballot with a drug and criminal sentencing reform measure that makes their prior efforts seem modest. Given the prison mess we've locked ourselves into, Soros' proposal may be the brightest light on a bleak horizon. This one, Proposition 5, called NORA, the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 2, 2008

3 CEOs credit SMU Law with helping them reach the top
Sep. 2--With Sarbanes/Oxley disclosures, the prospect of more regulation looming and litigious minefields to tip-toe through, companies are turning to lawyers -- or at least those with law degrees -- to run the show. In years past, the inside track to the top offices seemed to belong to chief financial officers. Now, the general counsels of the corporate world may find an edge.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 2, 2008

Thai army chief renounces force
'I can insure to every person that the Thai police and military will not use force against any civilian by any means,' the army commander, General Anupong Paochinda, said at a news conference. He asserted that the military is 'on the people's side' and presented it as an honest broker between the government of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and protesters who are demanding his resignation.
International Herald Tribune - Sep 2, 2008

Full Text Remarks of the 2008 Republican National Convention's Opening Day Now Available
Today, First Lady Laura Bush and Mrs. Cindy McCain addressed the opening session of the 2008 Republican National Convention. Other speakers included Republican National Committee Chairman Robert M. 'Mike' Duncan, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). A full text of remarks delivered today, as prepared for delivery, appears below.
PR Newswire - Sep 1, 2008

Look into the crystal ball: future being revealed as Vermont town lifts ban on fortunetelling
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) _ Behold, the future is being revealed and it looks bright for fortune tellers, clairvoyants, tarot card readers and anyone claiming to contact spirits in this corner of northern New England.Soothsaying might still be banned in some parts of the country, but St. Johnsbury has repealed the ordinance against peering into the future that it had on the books since 1966.'When ...
Newsday - Sep 1, 2008

Maple Leaf Foods' problems hard to digest
MAPLE LEAF'S TOP MAN Michael McCain: President and chief executive officer 2007 Salary and bonus: $3.3 million Age: 50 Born: Florenceville, N.B. Educated at: Mount Allison University. Honours in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario Residence: Lives in Toronto with his wife Chris and their five children. McCain joined Maple Leaf Foods after his father, Wallace, bought ...
Toronto Star Online - Sep 2, 2008

Who makes up 30% of Bush fans?: President's stalwart supporters often share his evangelical faith and feel a strong tie to him despite his mistakes
Sep. 2--Daniel Darling thinks George W. Bush is doing a good job as president, and that means roughly 70 percent of Americans think Darling is a nut. He is not. What he is, perhaps not surprisingly, is the pastor of an evangelical church in the far north suburbs. He is a man of faith--the same general faith as Bush. He is passionately anti-abortion. He believes all leaders make mistakes and that ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 2, 2008

When religion & health care collide, patients lose
By RICHARD P. SLOAN Los Angeles Times Last month, the California Supreme Court ruled against two physicians who allegedly denied -- based on their religious opposition -- a legal medical treatment to a patient based on her sexual orientation. The decision was issued in a lawsuit filed by a lesbian against doctors in a Vista, Calif., medical group who refused to artificially inseminate her.
South Bend Tribune - Sep 1, 2008

Third party ads start early in attorney general, Supreme Court races
Sep. 1--CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Third parties have started ad campaigns in what many consider two of the most crucial state contests come November. The Center for Individual Freedom, West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce all have ads running that name specific candidates in the attorney general and state Supreme Court races.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 1, 2008

Missouri judges evaluated a new way for retention vote
Sep. 1--Review teams of six lawyers and six laymen will provide voters with an evaluation as well as results from a survey of lawyers and opinions of jurors. Twenty-three St. Louis-area judges on the Nov. 4 ballot will learn this week whether newly constituted review teams think they should keep their robes. Also under refreshed scrutiny are Missouri Supreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 1, 2008

Apex court panel suggests tax to decongest Delhi
Sep. 1--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee has mooted the idea to levy congestion tax on vehicles to decongest Delhi roads. In its report placed before the National Capital Regional Planning Board (NCRPB), which has submitted a blueprint suggesting solutions to meet the growing demands of Delhiites, the monitoring committee said there should be a cap on the number of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 1, 2008

Neb. irrigation dispute heads to state high court
LINCOLN, Neb. - A case that could help define state government's role in restricting a lifeblood of the state economy, irrigation, is before the Nebraska Supreme Court. Two years ago, the state Department of Natural Resources shut down new irrigation development in portions of the Platte River Basin. The department had studied the basin and determined that allowing more wells would strain water ...
Beatrice Daily Sun - Sep 1, 2008

EDITORIAL: Stab at peace comes up short
Sep. 1--A Muslim insurgency has been fought in Mindanao, the main island in the southern part of the Philippines, for decades. A few weeks ago, the government of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed a historic peace agreement that would have ceded part of the province to the insurgents. It now appears that the deal will unravel in the face of legal challenges, a victim of deep and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 1, 2008

In-house lawyers can now prosecute cases of underpayment
The Workplace Ombudsman has gained approval to use in-house lawyers to litigate against employers accused of underpaying their staff. Attorney-General Robert McClelland has given the national regulator a two-year exemption from the Legal Services Directions 2005. Workplace Ombudsman Chief Counsel Leigh Johns welcomes the decision, saying it will lead to a reduction in the agencys legal bills. ...
Australasian Bus and Coach - Sep 1, 2008

The Private Sector: Countrywide acquisition may not keep it from seeking bankruptcy
NEW YORK -- Countrywide's acquisition by Bank of America Corp. was supposed to help keep the troubled mortgage lender from collapse. Things might not turn out exactly as planned. The people who did the deal hoped that a strong bank would rescue a weak one. But the deal's structure may have only delayed the inevitable -- Countrywide still could face bankruptcy or a federal takeover potentially ...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Sep 2, 2008

Lawyer sues businesses over handicapped access
Sep. 1--SALEM, N.H. -- Two building owners are facing federal lawsuits filed by a Dracut, Mass., lawyer, who claims he could not comfortably enter their businesses or use their bathrooms in his wheelchair. It's one of several lawsuits Dino Theodore, 48, has filed in federal courts against businesses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The Salem cases are targeting 327 South Broadway, home of the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 1, 2008

Seinfeld files counter-suit against cook
In a counter-lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, Seinfeld hits back at chef Missy Chase Lapine - who sued his wife Jessica in January. Lapine claimed bestselling cookbook 'Deceptively Delicious' had been 'brazenly plagiarised' from her own book 'The Sneaky Chef' - both of which describe how to hide healthy ingredients in children's foods. Seinfeld's subsequent appearance on US ...
Irish News - Sep 1, 2008

Some turn violent in GOP convention protests
ST. PAUL, Minn. Demonstrations near the Republican National Convention site turned violent Monday, as protesters harassed some delegates, smashed windows, slashed car tires and threw bottles. Police using pepper spray arrested more than 250 people.</p><p>The trouble happened not far from the Xcel Energy Center convention site where the GOP was starting its four-day meeting.
Lake Wylie Pilot - Sep 2, 2008

LegalView Informs Mesothelioma Blog Readers of Asbestos Still in Use in America
LegalView reported on the details of several thousand tons of asbestos still being used in the United States, even though the material has been highly associated with an incurable form of lung cancer. The U.S. Geological Survey reported on the use of asbestos in a 2005 study and found that asbestos was being used in several everyday products. Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 1, 2008 -- LegalView, ...
PRWeb - Sep 1, 2008

School boards oppose 3 proposed amendments
Sep. 2--SANFORD School boards are taking a stand against three proposed amendments to the state constitution that they say will damage public schools. Seminole County School Board members, who voted unanimously last week to oppose amendments 5, 7 and 9, say the changes would drain funding from schools already crippled by drastic state budget cuts. The Volusia County School Board also voted to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Sep 2, 2008

Nicaragua: heartbeat of protest, Sergio Ramrez
Sergio Ramrez is a Nicaraguan writer. He was vice-president of the country from 1984-90 during the period of the Frente Sandinista de Liberacin Nacional (FSLN) government. In 1995 he broke from the FSLN to form the Movimiento de Renovacin Sandinista (MRS). His many books include (Alfaguara, 2006). He was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1993, and was awarded the Medalla ...
Open Democracy - Sep 2, 2008

Extendicare REIT Calls Lawsuit Claims False and Misleading
Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust ("Extendicare REIT" or "Extendicare") (TSX: EXE.UN) today said claims made in a lawsuit filed August 21, 2008, in Washington State Court in Seattle, against Extendicare Homes, Inc. and Fir Lane Terrace Convalescent Center, Inc., two wholly owned U.S. based subsidiaries of Extendicare REIT, are false and misleading. Extendicare REIT also says it will ...
MarketWire - Aug 28, 2008

Court hears big-box appeal - roanoke.com
Attorneys involved in the contentious case of the Blacksburg big-box store widely thought to be a Wal-Mart Supercenter got a shock at a hearing Wednesday in Richmond. In a rare moment of candor, Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan told attorneys for the town, Ohio developer Fairmount Properties and activist group BURG that the court would likely grant two appeals seeking to block ...
Roanoke Times - Aug 28, 2008

Thai protesters defy court order to leave compound
BANGKOK, THAILAND (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators _ some armed with golf clubs, batons and bamboo sticks _ defied a court order to end their occupation of the prime minister's office compound on Thursday, vowing to remain until the country's leaders resign. Dozens of members of the People's Alliance for Democracy clad in military fatigues wielded makeshift weapons as they stood guard around the ...
Washington Times - Aug 28, 2008

Top Mexico court shows support for abortion law
Mexico's Supreme Court was poised Wednesday to uphold legal abortion in the capital despite deep opposition elsewhere in the heavily Catholic country. Eight of the 11 Supreme Court justices said during deliberations that they would vote against declaring the law unconstitutional. Eight votes would be needed to strike it down, but only three judges have spoken in favor of doing so.
Kansas City Star - Aug 28, 2008

Coming soon....Facebook: the Movie, by Aaron Sorkin
The friendships, disputes and sudden fantastic wealth of a Harvard student who invented Facebook have been retold on a million webpages but now it appears the creator of The West Wing will write the big-budget Hollywood version of the story. A film about the social networking phenomenon has been commissioned by Sony Pictures and Aaron Sorkin, the master of a thousand intrigues in the popular ...
The Times - Aug 28, 2008

Land dispute divides Brazil's north
Aug. 28--RAPOSA SERRA DO SOL'S INDIGENOUS TERRITORY IN BRAZIL -- Brazil's Supreme Court is to deliver a decision in a land dispute case that is being called one of the most important rulings in the country's history because of the long-term impact it will have on indigenous peoples. The case revolves around Raposa Serra do Sol, a territory which is home to 19,000 indigenous people comprising ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Same-sex marriage ban is losing, state pollsters say
Aug. 28--Likely voters in California would soundly reject a ballot measure to ban marriage between same-sex couples if the election were held today, a Public Policy Institute of California poll finds. Through telephone surveys of 2,001 California adults, the poll found that 54 percent of voters said they would vote against Proposition 8, while only 40 percent said they would support it.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Foreigners step up humanitarian aid to conflict areas in Mindanao: Medco says int'l community eager to help victims of ongoing war
Aug. 29--AN intensified humanitarian aid from various foreign governments is set to arrive next week in Mindanao's conflict areas, an official said Thursday. Janet Lopoz, Executive Director of Mindanao Economic Development Council (Medco), said the international community has expressed its ardent desire to help the victims of the fighting between the government forces and the Moro Islamic ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 29, 2008

Goodhue County judge got special deal in divorce, complaint says: Timothy Blakely of Goodhue County received a $63,503 discount in exchange for directing mediation business to his lawyer, the state Board on Judicial Standards alleges.
Aug. 28--A Goodhue County Judge improperly received a $63,503 discount on his $108,876-divorce in exchange for directing mediation business to the lawyer who handled his contentious split, the state Board on Judicial Standards alleges in a complaint filed with the state Supreme Court. The 9-page complaint signed by David S. Paull, executive secretary of the board, includes numerous e-mails ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Split Panel Supports Trial Judge in His Use of 'Ultimate' Sanction
A divided appeals panel has backed the decision of an exasperated trial judge who threw an attorney and her former employer out of court after both parties 'willfully' disobeyed discovery orders in spite of repeated warnings and sanctions. In an unsigned opinion, three justices of the Appellate Division, 1st Department, held that then-New York Supreme Court Justice Rolando T.
Yahoo! Canada - Aug 28, 2008

Judge orders Vermont to enforce housing rules
In the latest chapter in the long-running legal case, Franklin County Superior Court Judge Ben Joseph issued a summary judgment in favor of Vermont renters tenants, represented by Vermont Legal Aid, ordering the department to come up with a plan to enforce the building codes as intended by the Legislature. He said that between 2002 and earlier this year, state inspectors found more than 4,000 ...
Yahoo! Canada - Aug 28, 2008

Panel wants to regulate political ads
Aug. 28--MADISON -- Members of the state's elections watchdog said they would like to find a way to regulate the nasty, anonymous political ads that have cropped up in recent Supreme Court races, but that they don't yet know whether they have the power to do anything about them. "I think it called into question the independence of the judiciary," Government Accountability Board Chairman Thomas ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Out-of-state interests spend big on I-1000
Aug. 28--Out-of-state money is pouring into the campaigns both for and against Washington Initiative 1000, the measure known by supporters as death with dignity and by opponents as physician-assisted suicide. The campaign has turned bitter in recent weeks over the role that out-of-state interests, including the Roman Catholic Church, are playing in the debate over a physician "aid-in-dying" law ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

MHP to reel in top court's power
GKSEL BOZKURTANKARA TDN Parliament Bureau In the lead up to the new legislative term, the opposition Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, has begun to draft constitutional amendments to constrain the powers of the top court. The MHP aims to constrain party closures by limiting the conditions of closure to only crimes of terrorism and violence. Although the draft is yet a product of the MHP ...
Turkish Daily - Aug 28, 2008

Same-sex marriages discussed
Aug. 28--A group of religious leaders gathered at a downtown Modesto church Wednesday night to discuss same-sex marriage, a heavily debated issue. But heated rhetoric and animosity were nowhere to be seen as panelists on both sides of the issue talked about their beliefs and views of a proposed state law that would prevent gay couples from marrying. Proposition 8 is the November ballot ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Judge won't delay order against RI governor
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A contract dispute between Governor Carcieri and the state's largest public employees union is now before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Carcieri's lawyers appealed to the court Wednesday after a lower court judge refused to delay her order blocking the governor from raising health insurance costs for union members. Lawyers for the governor and the union met privately ...
Eyewitness News - Aug 28, 2008

Wake's all-year lawsuit lives on: Consent question goes to high court
Aug. 28--RALEIGH -- Wake County's ability to tell families where their children will go to school for the next three years is in question now that the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the year-round lawsuit. The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a case that will decide whether the Wake County school system needs parental permission to assign students to year-round schools.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Hu makes proposal on regional peace, common prosperity for SCO
DUSHANBE - Chinese President Hu Jintao, in a keynote speech Thursday at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tajik capital Dushanbe, made a five-point proposal for joint efforts to develop lasting peace, common prosperity and regional harmony. Strengthening strategic consultation and political mutual trust Efforts should be made to promote mutual support on important ...
CHINAdaily - Aug 28, 2008

Exxon Valdez settlement checks could be distributed in October: Partial agreement reached in long case
Aug. 27--Lawyers in the epic Exxon Valdez court case have negotiated a settlement to pay out most of the $507.5 million the U.S. Supreme Court awarded in June, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed Tuesday. Under the deal, Exxon will release about $383 million for distribution to the nearly 33,000 commercial fishermen and others who sued Exxon after the disastrous 1989 oil spill in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

State court to hear year-round school case
Aug. 27--RALEIGH -- The state Supreme Court agreed today to hear a case that will decide whether the Wake County school system needs parental permission to assign students to year-round schools. The high court granted the request from Wake CARES, a parent group, to hear the appeal contesting Wake's right not to seek parental consent. The high court also left in place an order blocking ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

An ultimatum from State Farm in payment battle: Decision sought in settlement
Aug. 27--BILOXI -- State Farm has told Roland Moran he can take or leave a final payment for damage from Katrina. Moran must decide by Friday whether he will settle for the $57,000 State Farm is offering. The company refuses to pay the amount set through an arbitration process -- $170,150 for additional wind damage -- but the state and courts have left him little if any recourse.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

Ruling: Legal ads don't need to be in Statesman: The Idaho Supreme Court says private notices can be placed in the Idaho Business Review.
Aug. 27--The Idaho Supreme Court Tuesday overturned a lower-court ruling that said certain local legal notices must be published in the Idaho Statesman, not a business weekly. The court ruled for the Idaho Business Review, saying a state law that dictates where government and private legal notices must be published was unconstitutional. That means some private legal notices that both papers ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

Top Mexico court shows support for abortion law
Mexico's Supreme Court was poised Wednesday to uphold legal abortion in the capital despite deep opposition elsewhere in the heavily Catholic country. Eight of the 11 Supreme Court justices said during deliberations that they would vote against declaring the law unconstitutional. Eight votes would be needed to strike it down, but only three judges have spoken in favor of doing so.
Kansas City Star - Aug 28, 2008

Pakistani lawyers to press government
Pakistani lawyers were set to launch protests on Thursday pressing the government to reinstate judges purged by former president Pervez Musharraf, as militants attacked police in the northwest, killing 11 people. Disagreement over the judges led to a split in the ruling coalition this week, dashing hopes for political stability in the nuclear-armed country after Musharraf's resignation last week. ...
Reuters via Yahoo! - Aug 28, 2008

Attorney general proposes sensible rules on medical pot
Article: :/c/a/2008/08/27/EDHB12IKBA.DTL Home of the San Francisco Chronicle Home Delivery| Today's Paper | Ads SFGate Web Search by YAHOO! | Advanced Search Quick links to the best of SFGate | Still can't find it? see Site Index News Today Sections Sports More Features Food Travel Living Entertainment Classifieds Attorney general proposes sensible rules on medical pot Print E-mail ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 28, 2008

Maple Leaf accused of hiding Listeria risk
A class-action lawsuit against Maple Leaf Foods in the wake of a tainted-meat affair that has claimed six Canadian lives accuses the company of telling its commercial partners about the contamination four days before warning the public. One of the class-action lawsuits filed by Merchant Law Group alleges the company 'was aware of the potential toxicity of several of its food products four days ...
Global T.V. - Aug 28, 2008

Gerrymandering a key culprit in California budget mess
Proposition 11, which would strip the Legislature of its power to draw state Senate and Assembly district lines, is desperately needed. George Skelton, Capitol Journal SACRAMENTO -- For Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, nothing better illustrates the evils of legislative gerrymandering -- and the need for Proposition 11 on the November ballot -- than Sacramento's two-month budget stalemate.
Los Angeles Times - Aug 28, 2008

Pass 'Lilly's law'
But as Ledbetter told a national audience from the stage of the Democratic National Convention, her lawsuit against Goodyear was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, because she had not filed the claim within 180 days of the wage disparity (as required by federal law). That limit fails to reflect the 'realities of the workplace,' as dissenting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 28, 2008

N.S. man launches class-action lawsuit against diabetes drug Avandia
HALIFAX, A Nova Scotia man has launched a class-action lawsuit against the federal government and the company responsible for the popular drug Avandia, most commonly used to treat Type 2 diabetes. Counsel for Ronald Finck of Shinimicas Village filed the statement of claim in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Wednesday. Named as defendants are Glaxosmithkline Inc., Glaxosmithkline PLC, ...
Calibre Macro World - Aug 28, 2008

Horton gets life for 1974 murder of Prairie Village teen
Aug. 28--For the second time, John Henry Horton has been sentenced to life in prison for the 1974 murder of a Prairie Village girl. And again, just as he had declared at his first sentencing, Horton, 61, maintained he was innocent. "I'm not guilty of this," he told District Judge James Franklin Davis on Wednesday, as he stood between his attorneys, Michael McCulloch and Carol Cline.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Wake's all-year lawsuit lives on: Consent question goes to high court
Aug. 28--RALEIGH -- Wake County's ability to tell families where their children will go to school for the next three years is in question now that the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the year-round lawsuit. The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a case that will decide whether the Wake County school system needs parental permission to assign students to year-round schools.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Land dispute divides Brazil's north
Aug. 28--RAPOSA SERRA DO SOL'S INDIGENOUS TERRITORY IN BRAZIL -- Brazil's Supreme Court is to deliver a decision in a land dispute case that is being called one of the most important rulings in the country's history because of the long-term impact it will have on indigenous peoples. The case revolves around Raposa Serra do Sol, a territory which is home to 19,000 indigenous people comprising ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Joker slams Palace move: Seeking help from Sweden, UK ?misguided'
Aug. 28--The messenger got a mouthful from an administration ally on Wednesday. Sen. Joker Arroyo said that whoever advised President Gloria Arroyo to seek the help of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in resolving the Muslim insurgency in southern Philippines should be fired. "This idea is injudicious as it is misguided, a frying pan to the fire approach," he added.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

UC whistle-blower suit shield draws fire
Aug. 27--Lawmakers and University of California employees are pushing to overturn a court ruling that essentially declared UC exempt from most whistle-blower lawsuits. The California Supreme Court ruled last month that UC employees cannot seek damages in court if the university properly investigated their whistle-blower claims. That exemption does not apply to other state agencies, including the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

Husband gets guardianship in Schiavo-like case
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. --A judge on Wednesday granted temporary guardianship to the husband of a woman on a feeding tube in a case similar to the lengthy legal dispute over whether Terri Schiavo should be kept alive. Karen Weber, 57, has been in and out of a nursing home and hospital since having a stroke in December. She is now hospitalized on a feeding tube in Okeechobee and suffering from ...
The State - Aug 28, 2008

For rights pioneers, another wall falls: As students, they fought segregation. Now they celebrate Obama's rise
Aug. 28--FARMVILLE, Va. -- When Joy Cabarrus Speakes and 450 other high school students went on strike here 57 years ago, she couldn't have imagined that an African-American would someday be running for the White House. All they were asking for was classrooms that weren't tar paper shacks that leaked when it rained. Their strike would help lead one day to the landmark 1954 U.S.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Young killer to get new sentencing
Aug. 27--Michael D. Taylor was too young for a death sentence when he raped and murdered a classmate at McCluer North High School in 1995, but later went to death row for a prison killing. On Tuesday, a divided Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing hearing in the capital case, with a new set of jurors. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith said that prosecutors ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

Ethanol plant clears hurdle: DEQ will grant company permit it needs to build in Hopewell
Aug. 28--The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality today will grant Osage Bio Energy LLC an air permit the company needed to begin construction of an ethanol plant in Hopewell. The Glen Allen-based company plans to build a facility with the capacity to produce up to 68.2 million gallons of ethanol per year. 8/27/08 7:08 PM on inRich.com Construction is expected to begin in early October, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

Court hears big-box appeal - roanoke.com
Attorneys involved in the contentious case of the Blacksburg big-box store widely thought to be a Wal-Mart Supercenter got a shock at a hearing Wednesday in Richmond. In a rare moment of candor, Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan told attorneys for the town, Ohio developer Fairmount Properties and activist group BURG that the court would likely grant two appeals seeking to block ...
Roanoke Times - Aug 28, 2008

BRIEF: Venango County animal control officer admits exceeding authority
Aug. 28--An animal control officer being sued for taking six kittens from a couple in Venango County admits she overstepped her legal authority. Tammy Kerr said she was following orders from her employer, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Kerr said she has been sent to 27 counties since she was hired for her $17-an-hour job in June.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

In the hard fought battle after Hurricane Katrina of homeowner versus insurance company, it at first appeared the policyholder would prevail. But time has shown that, on appeal, the insurer almost always wins.
Initially, the court victories came easily. On the stand, telling their tales of battling to get their insurance claims paid, the homeowners almost always won, often with bad-faith penalties. But on appeal, in both federal and state courts, insurers prevailed, winning key legal precedents and knocking down monetary judgments if the parties had not settled. 'For a policyholder in the trial court ...
NOLA Live - Aug 27, 2008

New policies make it harder for CPS to remove kids: Fort Bend parents' lawsuit led to changes calling for court orders before state pulls alleged victims from homes in abuse cases
Aug. 27--AUSTIN -- Texas child abuse investigators are being advised to seek court orders before removing children from their home in all but the most dangerous situations, one of several major policy changes demanded by a federal appeals court. The new standards, lauded by parental rights advocates and decried by prosecutors, arose out of a ruling late last month by a three-judge panel of the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

The armour strengthens around privilege
At a time when many U.S. corporations are complaining that solicitor-client privilege is under assault by government prosecutors, the Supreme Court of Canada justices are sending a very different signal in Canada. A landmark decision on privilege handed down by the nation's top court has drawn the cloak around lawyer-client communications even tighter, with the court saying regulators do not have ...
Globe Investor - Aug 27, 2008

Ruling won't stop local home-school families
Aug. 27--Six Christian families across Pennsylvania intend to continue their federal court battle in hopes of receiving an exception from state law mandating that they supply their local school districts with documentation about the home-schooling of their children. The families, represented by the Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association, have been tied up in litigation for four ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

States sue EPA over greenhouse-gas emissions from refineries
Twelve states, the city of New York, and the District of Columbia are suing the U.S. EPA for not regulating greenhouse-gas emissions from oil refineries. The suit accuses the agency of violating the Clean Air Act by refusing to issue standards for controlling carbon dioxide emissions from new or updated refinery equipment. In essence, the suit is an attempt to force the Bush administration to ...
Grist Magazine - Aug 27, 2008

State: Nassau attorney's pension improper
Aug. 27--Albert D'Agostino, the politically prominent Nassau attorney who got a six-figure public pension after the state retroactively approved 21 years of credit for him, must give up his pension and pay back the more than $600,000 he has collected, the New York State comptroller's office said yesterday. In an Aug. 19 letter to D'Agostino, the comptroller's office said D'Agostino had been ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

BRIEF: High court candidate argues why her 'incumbent' rival has an edge
Aug. 26--State Supreme Court candidate Jill Clark argued in before a panel of former justices today that her opponent, Justice Lori Gildae, was illegally appointed and has an unfair advantage in the upcoming primary. By appointing justices to fill vacancies, then labeling those justices as incumbents on ballots when they run for election, the state has "basically eliminated elections," Clark ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 26, 2008

Court ruling favors employers in lawsuit over meal breaks
California employers are breathing a little easier at lunch time after a California Court of Appeals recently ruled in their favor over employee meal breaks. The state's rules over meal and rest breaks had become one of the most contested and costly issues in the workplace. Numerous lawsuits were filed by employees alleging that their bosses broke the law by not giving them a meal break for ...
Fresno Bee - Aug 27, 2008

Godhra case: Probe team gets extension
Aug. 27--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the five-member special investigation team (SIT) tasked with going into the post-Godhra riots till December 31 to complete its probe. A bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat extended the time given to the team headed by former CBI director R.K. Raghavan after it submitted its preliminary report to the court.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

EDITORIAL: Gaming the system: Rein in the lawyers
Aug. 27--"Lawyers Gone Wild" might be a good title for a movie about the machinations employed by former Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board lawyers to place nose to thumb and waggle their fingers furiously at state law. A least four former gaming board lawyers -- including former board Chairman Tad Decker -- have gone to work for casinos in the commonwealth.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

A Sports Hero vs. a Government Villain
This is a true story about two men named Mike, both of whom lived in Durham, North Carolina, two years ago. Both had ambitions and dreams, but that is where the similarities end. One Mike sought to build lives, and the other sought to tear them down. One Mike nearly destroyed the life of the other, and for no good reason except that the destruction of the first Mike and his family would help him ...
LewRockwell.com - Aug 26, 2008

ADCB urges others to join lawsuit
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) which is leading a class action in a New York court against four US financial institutions alleging fraud, yesterday said it is talking to other Gulf banks and investors to join the lawsuit.ADCB said in a statement that it expects additional investors to 'join or support' the legal action against against Morgan Stanley, the Bank of New York Mellon and ratings ...
Zawya.com - Aug 27, 2008

Gov to conduct removal hearing
DETROIT -- Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's tenuous grip on his fate slipped even further Tuesday when Gov. Jennifer Granholm authorized a historic Sept. 3 hearing on whether to bounce him from office. Putting even more pressure on the mayor to cut a deal in his dual felony cases, Granholm rejected every argument from Kilpatrick attorneys to cancel the hearings. Instead, the mayor's tenure will rest on ...
Detroit News - Aug 27, 2008

Tel-Aviv Court Rules in Favor of Sun Pharmaceutical; No Special Tender Offer Necessary in Taro Offer
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Reuters: SUN.BO, Bloomberg: SUNP IN, NSE: SUN PHARMA, BSE: 524715) today announced it was victorious in all elements of its defense of the litigation brought against it in the Tel-Aviv District Court by Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Taro) and certain of its directors. The Tel-Aviv Court yesterday rejected Taro's contention that Sun Pharma should have ...
PR Newswire - Aug 26, 2008

Centerra Gold Comments on Kyrgyz Republic Court Decision
Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX: CG) stated that according to available information the Bishkek Inter District Court of the Kyrgyz Republic today dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Vice-Speaker of the Parliament, K.S. Isabekov, against the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic relating to the Company's Kumtor project. The lawsuit sought to annul the Government's decree approving the December 31, 2003 agreements ...
MarketWire - Aug 26, 2008

Milberg LLP Announces Its Investigation on Behalf of Certain Investors of CIT Group, Inc. -- CIT
Attorney Advertising. The law firm of Milberg Attorney Advertising. The law firm of Milberg LLP is investigating possible illegal conduct as alleged in proposed class action lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against CIT Group, Inc. ("CIT" or the "Company") (NYSE: CIT) and certain of CIT's officers and directors for violations of the ...
MarketWire - Aug 26, 2008

Milberg LLP Announces Its Investigation on Behalf of Certain Investors of GT Solar International, Inc. -- SOLR
Attorney Advertising. The law firm of Milberg Attorney Advertising. The law firm of Milberg LLP is investigating possible illegal conduct as alleged in proposed class action lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire against GT Solar International, Inc. ("GT Solar" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SOLR) and certain of GT Solar's officers and directors for ...
MarketWire - Aug 26, 2008

Court rejects challenge to constitutionality of PCAOB
U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit in a vote of 2-1 upheld the constitutionality of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). The Board was created five years ago by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), responding to a mandate in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The Court rejected the claim by Beckstead & Watts LLP, a Nevada accounting firm, and the ...
AccountingWEB - Aug 27, 2008

Stull, Stull & Brody Announces Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Shareholders of MF Global, Ltd.
Attorney Advertising. Notice is hereby given Attorney Advertising. Notice is hereby given that Stull, Stull & Brody filed a lawsuit seeking class action status on August 25, 2008 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of MF Global, Ltd. ("MF Global" or the "Company") (NYSE: MF) common stock between March 17, 2008 and June 20, 2008, ...
MarketWire - Aug 26, 2008

Young killer to get new sentencing
Aug. 27--Michael D. Taylor was too young for a death sentence when he raped and murdered a classmate at McCluer North High School in 1995, but later went to death row for a prison killing. On Tuesday, a divided Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing hearing in the capital case, with a new set of jurors. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith said that prosecutors ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

South Carolina high court rebukes Transportation Department
Aug. 26--LADSON -- The state Transportation Department broke the law four years ago when it used an emergency provision to hire a contractor on the long-delayed Ladson Road project without soliciting bids, the S.C. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The five-mile stretch of the Ladson Road project was a headache for residents from 2000 to 2004 because the first contractor, Eagle Construction of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 26, 2008

Werther's Law: Werther
Why do politicians make disastrous decisions with the consistency of iron filings obeying a magnet? Decisions that in retrospect (and frequently in prospect) seem doomed to failure? After 9/11, did it make any sense when, after coming close to the point of capturing Osama bin Laden, the U.S. government began pulling troops, materiel, and intelligence assets away from the hunt in order to invade ...
Antiwar.com - Aug 27, 2008

AT&T Thanks Democrats For Telecom Immunity
In private party in Denver crashed by Salon.com... tags: legal business telco privacy Politics There's a slew of private corporate-sponsored parties occurring at this week's Democratic National Convention in Denver, one of which was hosted by AT&T. AT&T is surely eager to thank Democrats for recently getting them off the hook for handing over American phone and data records to ...
Broadband Reports - Aug 27, 2008

Women hail Clinton legacy
Aug. 28--DENVER -- As the political pundits debate the possibly fractious relationship between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, for the women of the Democratic convention her legacy is clear. At the "Unconventional Women" gathering for the convention this week, women from the Democratic party celebrated the 88th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the US constitution, which ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 28, 2008

EDITORIAL: Shut loophole on inequality: Wage case shows dilemma
Aug. 27--Lilly Ledbetter's pay-discrimination case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court last year and the Alabama Goodyear plant supervisor lost in a 5-4 decision. When Ms. Ledbetter retired from her job of 19 years, she got an anonymous note that her salary of $45,000 a year was $6,600 less than the lowest-paid male supervisor. She sued for sex discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

Text of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's remarks to the Democratic National Convention
DENVER, CO - I am honored to be here tonight. A proud mother. A proud Democrat. A proud American. And a proud supporter of Barack Obama. My friends, it is time to take back the country we love. Whether you voted for me, or voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose. We are on the same team, and none of us can sit on the sidelines.
Wave 3 - Aug 27, 2008

High court shields lawyer in case of missing boy
Aug. 27--CLAYTON -- Defense attorney John Rogers does not have to give a grand jury information he gathered about the disappearance five years ago of Christian Ferguson, a disabled 9-year-old boy, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Rogers represented the boy's father, Dawan Ferguson, a bounty hunter from Pine Lawn whose story that Christian was taken in a carjacking was met with open ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 27, 2008

Bolting of a Trojan horse
This is a sheer bolting of a Trojan horse. And the PPP will now realise ruefully after inflicting what devastating cuts to it internally and nationally has Nawaz Sharif left the coalition headed by it at the centre. Asif Zardari may have been driven by the compelling political reality that the two main poll winners coalescing together could be a potent force to face up to the formidable ...
Frontier Post - Aug 27, 2008

'Idol' to gain more girl power
Let's see -- there are nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court and now 'American Idol' is adding a fourth to its panel of judges. Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will sit alongside churlish Simon Cowell, vapid Paula Abdul and pitch-conscious dawg-ster Randy Jackson when the eighth season of 'American Idol' premieres in January, the Fox network said Monday.
The Detroit Free Press - Aug 27, 2008

Serial killer's penalty phase likely to carry emotional toll
Aug. 25--STOCKTON -- Having already found him guilty of serial murders, a jury deciding the fate of William Jennings Choyce now may get a glimpse into the defendant's childhood and psychological makeup in the second part of his trial. Choyce, 54, is expected to return to San Joaquin County Superior Court next week when jurors likely will hear emotional testimony from Choyce's relatives and those ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 25, 2008

Lottery quick to pull games
Aug. 25--Fortune seekers should look elsewhere before spending $5 on an instant-win "The Price Is Right" ticket from the Pennsylvania Lottery. The $100,000 and $50,000 top prizes have been claimed, but game tickets are still being sold because two trips to Hollywood remain. The last $50,000 prize was claimed in April, and the final $100,000 prize in May. The state Lottery Commission yanks most ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 25, 2008

Seattle holds off on gun restrictions
Aug. 25--As summer began, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said he was taking steps to prohibit guns on all city-owned property after three people were injured in a shooting at Seattle Center's Northwest Folklife festival. But as the Center's summer festival season concludes with Bumbershoot this weekend, no prohibition has taken effect. "It's very complex. The city owns numerous properties citywide ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 25, 2008

State has yet to start mental illness registry: Database would bar them from purchasing guns in wake of Virginia Tech massacre
Aug. 25--CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than two months after the law took effect, the state hasn't started compiling a mental health registry meant to prevent potentially dangerous individuals from buying a gun. The names of at least 708 West Virginians housed in mental facilities could be placed on the registry right now. The registry will include basic information about people who have been ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 25, 2008

Pakistan's governing coalition splits, promising more convulsions
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan _ Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pulled his party out of Pakistan's coalition government and joined the opposition Monday, a blow to chances for political stability in the nuclear-armed country. The dramatic break came one week after Pervez Musharraf resigned the presidency under pressure and amid a growing Islamist insurgency, which threatens Pakistan's stability and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 25, 2008

Judge won't delay OJ Simpson trial in Las Vegas
Judge refuses to delay OJ Simpson Las Vegas trial 5 days ago: Co-defendant seeks delay of OJ Simpson trial 5 days ago: OJ Simpson co-defendant seeks trial delay 20 days ago: OJ co-defendant appeals for separate trial 21 days ago: Co-defendant in OJ Simpson case pleads guilty 21 days ago: OJ Simpson co-defendant enters plea in Las Vegas 21 days ago: Co-defendant in O.J.
Examiner.com - Aug 25, 2008

Guardian watches over every foster child in state
Aug. 26--The state's 16,000 foster children, she likes to say, are hers. And, by law, they are. For 12 years, D. Jean Ortega-Piron's name has appeared on every Juvenile Court order as the legal guardian of all minors in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She handles the most vital decisions in their lives like whether they should be prescribed ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 26, 2008

Court denies bid to restore bail license: The state had suspended the Tul-san's license for not producing records.
Aug. 26--OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday denied immediate relief for a Tulsa bail bond agent whose license was suspended by the Oklahoma Insurance Department. The license of Quan Minh Hoang, vice president of Affordable Bail Bonds in Tulsa, was suspended after Hoang failed to keep required records at his place of business and make them available for inspection, according to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 26, 2008

Employers should heed worker complaints about retaliation
Virtually all of the laws that regulate employers prohibit retaliation, which means companies can't take action against an employee who exercises certain rights, opposes unlawful activity or participates as a witness in another employee's claim. Employees who report illegal activities (the so-called whistle-blowers) and those who file for workers' compensation, serve on juries, complain of ...
Tennessean - Aug 26, 2008

Uncertain times for Pakistan: Demise of ruling coalition leaves weaker government to fight Taliban
Aug. 26--ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The breakup of Pakistan's ruling coalition Monday likely paves the way for the widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari, to win the Sept. 6 presidential election while potentially ending most of the political squabbling that has paralleled a surge in strength by militants in recent months. But while Zardari's party is expected to patch ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 26, 2008

Fired ticket manager sues Hempfield Area
Aug. 26--Hempfield Area's former ticket manager filed a whistleblower's lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh against school directors, Superintendent Terry Foriska and Athletic Director Greg Meisner alleging he was unfairly blamed and then fired when $2,400 in ticket money disappeared and mysteriously reappeared. Mike Burrell Jr. claims in the lawsuit that he discovered the theft ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 26, 2008

Listeriosis linked to 12 deaths: health officials
Canadian health officials now say 12 deaths have been linked to listeriosis. Six of those deaths have been linked to an outbreak of tainted meat at Maple Leaf Foods in North York, Ont. The spike in deaths is because they have reworked the definition to include any cases where Listeria is an underlying or contributing factor to a person's illness, said Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz at a news ...
CTV.ca - Aug 25, 2008

How unscrupulous campaign strategists are taking advantage of a quirk in our brains " and what reporters can do to stop helping them
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at church (not a mosque). (AP photo) Because of the way humans process information, political journalists who think they are dispelling false beliefs may actually be spreading them. Two brain experts offer ground rules for reporters who want to avoid becoming accessories to disinformation campaigns. Rule one: Stop repeating things that aren't true. ...
Nieman Watchdog - Aug 25, 2008

Attorney can get texts in Greene case
DETROIT -- In a victory for the attorney representing the family of slain exotic dancer Tamara Greene and a blow to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a federal judge has ruled that text messages exchanged by Kilpatrick and other city officials must be released as part of a lawsuit against the city involving the dancer's death. U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen held that Norman Yatooma, the attorney ...
Detroit News - Aug 25, 2008

Patients And Physicians Alliance Asks DNC to Remove Governor Ed Rendell as Democratic National Convention Speaker
The Patients And Physicians Alliance The Patients And Physicians Alliance (P.A.P.A.) (www.fightingdocs.com), an organization of physicians and patients formed to stop Pennsylvania's erosion of health care services, blames Pennsylvania's Governor Ed Rendell for the commonwealth's continued closure of hospital maternity care services, trauma centers, and medical practices, and is asking the ...
MarketWire - Aug 25, 2008

Wind farm opponents plan appeal
A group of rural Taylor County landowners plan to appeal to the Texas Supreme Court a recent ruling that people cannot sue solely because they dislike how wind turbines sound or look. The 11th Court of Appeals, which serves 28 counties in West Central Texas, ruled Thursday that a lower court was correct in deciding that state law 'does not provide a nuisance action for aesthetic impact.' Dale ...
Abilene Reporter - Aug 26, 2008

Physicians in Training: When doctoring is not about dollars
Christopher Dodd tends to a typical patient, Luis Orozco, 52, who had half of his left leg amputated after a cut toe turned into a gangrene infection. Orozco, a welder, doesn't have health insurance and didn't monitor his diabetes, which, left unchecked, can lead to serious foot problems. ''This was something we could have taken care of,'' Dodd said. ''Maybe then this wouldn't have happened.'' ...
Miami Herald - Aug 26, 2008

Apex court questions new changes in Master Plan
Aug. 26--NEW DELHI -- Taking exception to the latest amendments to the Master Plan for Delhi-2021, allowing commercialisation of the entire ground floor in the city, the Supreme Court on Monday wondered if the government did not know about the need for these changes at the time of notifying the MPD-2021. "There must be some fresh material which the government did not know at the time of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 26, 2008

Quest for statewide smoking ban continues
Scientific Evidence Shows Secondhand Smoke Is No Danger Written By: Jerome Arnett, Jr., M.D. Published In: Environment & Climate News Publisher: The Heartland Institute Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) is an unpleasant experience for many nonsmokers, and for decades was considered a nuisance. But the idea that it might actually cause disease in nonsmokers has been around only since the ...
Casper Star Tribune - Aug 26, 2008

Cascal N.V. Provides Update on Operations in Panama
LONDON, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cascal N.V. (NYSE: HOO), a leading provider of water and wastewater services in seven countries, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Aquas de Panama, SA, ('APSA') has filed for an 'amparo' with the Supreme Court in Panama. An 'amparo' is a constitutional action that seeks to protect the right to private property and due process.
PR Newswire - Aug 25, 2008

Ticker: Bill Clinton not happy with convention role
DENVER, Colorado (CNN) " Bill Clinton is perplexed and, frankly, not happy that he was asked to speak about national security Wednesday night at the and not about the economy, the issue that he rode to the White House at another time of economic peril, a source close to the former president said Monday. Some close to Clinton are encouraging him not to stick with the nights theme of national ...
CNN - Aug 25, 2008

Women are crucial for the Democratic ticket's chances in November
Aug. 26--DENVER -- Without women, Democrats can't win. Missouri Democratic delegate Kristy Manning of St. Peters knows it, and so does her party's presumptive presidential nominee, Barack Obama. The importance of female voters to Democrats has been a given since 1980, when experts began realizing that women as a bloc tend to lean Democratic, in some cases by double digits.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 26, 2008

Gov. may decide on ouster hearing today
DETROIT -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm is expected to announce today whether she'll proceed with hearings next week that could remove Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office, amid continued speculation that a plea deal could still be in the works for the embattled mayor. Granholm is expected to announce her intentions after reading final legal arguments submitted Monday by attorneys for Kilpatrick and the ...
Detroit News - Aug 26, 2008

Boise law school proposals hit snags: Concordia needs more money. U of I is trying to work with the Ed Board's third-year school plan.
Aug. 25--A pair of law schools once racing to open in Boise next fall now face delays that could keep either school from opening until at least 2010. University of Idaho's dream of growing a full-fledged, three-year law school in Boise was dismantled by the State Board of Education last week. State education leaders have permitted U of I to start only a third year of law school in Boise by 2010 ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 25, 2008

Gun 'Rights' Vs. Freedom
Supporters of the right to keep and bear arms have long recognized the value of firearms for the defense of life, liberty and property. But in Florida, a perverse conception of the 2nd Amendment has produced the opposite effect: The cause of gun rights is being used to attack property rights. In 1987, Florida wisely affirmed personal freedom by letting law-abiding citizens get permits to carry ...
Post Chronicle - Aug 25, 2008

State having trouble finding work for prison labor crews
Aug. 25--OLYMPIA -- In this realm, the Department of Corrections has more than enough employees. What it wants are qualified employers. For the first time since a 2004 state Supreme Court ruling, the agency has the ability to contract with private businesses to run operations inside prisons, using inmates for a work force. "The offenders that work for Class I industries are paid a prevailing ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 25, 2008

Adding color to the courthouse: With the help of a Houston artist, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison uses his artistic judgment to create a work environment seldom seen in courtrooms
Aug. 25--Jurors seeking a place to rest their eyes in court usually can choose from serious lawyer faces, dark paneling and portraits of retired judges in robes. But in U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison's court, a panelist's gaze can stop on the bright blues of a modern canvas reminiscent of an underwater scene, the bold reds of a painting named Allred Dawn or four other engaging modern pieces ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 25, 2008

A pay discrimination fix
Abill to restore to women (and men) the right to fully recover damages for gender-based pay discrimination got stuck in the U.S. Senate earlier this year, but California has an opportunity to move forward with a corrective measure of its own. Unfortunately, that bill too -- AB 437 by Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) -- is in danger of being blocked by critics who brand it a job ...
Los Angeles Times - Aug 26, 2008

States sue EPA over refinery emissions
NEW YORK - Twelve states, including all six in New England, are suing federal environmental regulators over greenhouse gas emissions from oil refineries, the New York attorney general's office said yesterday. The suit, led by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, charges that the Environmental Protection Agency violated the federal Clean Air Act by refusing to issue standards, known as new ...
Boston Globe - Aug 26, 2008

Job bias lawsuits on the increase: Rise may be due to economy and easier online access to EEOC
Aug. 24--The worsening economy seems to be good for something -- the job-discrimination lawsuit business. In Houston and nationwide, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is getting increasing numbers of inquiries about workplace law. Full-fledged complaints about mistreatment in the workplace are up nationwide. And the number of discrimination-based workplace lawsuits has jumped in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

Hazing case due in court
Aug. 24--A defense attorney for one of the teenagers accused in the Wilson baseball team sexual abuse case said he has had "positive" and "very productive" discussions with the Niagara County district attorney's office since it made a plea offer to the three defendants last month. As the three players' attorneys prepare for an appearance Thursday in Town Court, the school superintendent said the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

Not feeling well? You may be allergic to your workplace
NEW YORKFor Patty Mulcahy, it began with itchy eyes. They started to water two years ago when renovation began on the Midtown office building where she was working as an assistant at a television network. By the fifth day, after 30,000 square feet of new carpeting had been glued in place, the redness and swelling became unbearable. She ended up in the emergency room.During the next three months, ...
Chicago Tribune - Aug 24, 2008

Calif. won't probe NY Sen. Schumer over IndyMac
Moving on general news and financial services. NEW YORK (AP) _ California authorities have rebuffed a request to investigate whether Sen. Charles Schumer helped fuel IndyMac Bancorp Inc.'s collapse by expressing concerns about the major mortgage lender's soundness. The California Attorney General's office said in a letter Thursday that there was 'insufficient evidence' to investigate the New ...
Newsday - Aug 24, 2008

OPINION: Biden brings engaging personality to Obama's ticket
Aug. 24--As Joe Biden's airplane landed on a barely visible grass strip in a small Iowa town one summer night in 1987, members of his entourage breathed a sigh of relief. But the Delaware senator was looking ahead. "Pizza," he announced. "Let's order pizza." When it arrived, he made one of the more unusual campaign promises I've ever heard, pledging that, if elected president, he'd name an ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

Pakistan's ruling coalition on verge of collapse
Bhutto widower to run for Pakistan president 1 day ago: Pakistan army says 37 militants killed in Swat 1 day ago: Bhutto widower proposed for Pakistan president 2 days ago: Pakistan coalition averts crisis after blasts 2 days ago: Pakistan army kills 16 militants in northwest 2 days ago: Shaky ruling coalition meets after Pakistan blasts 2 days ago: Suicide bombers kill 67 at Pakistani arms ...
Examiner-Burlington - Aug 24, 2008

Seeking a fair tax equation
Aug. 24--HARRIETSTOWN -- If a single, clear move toward property tax equity rose from a hundred ideas Friday it was: one market, one park. Adirondack Action, a citizen political action group, called a property valuation conference drawing input from 130 Adirondack taxpayers counting 30 town supervisors and two-dozen Adirondack assessors. En masse, the room scrutinized Adirondack state land ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

A county exploits a crippled Clean Water Act (10)
The federal Water Pollution Control Amendments of 1972 have gone from being a powerful tool created by the Nixon administration to prevent and enforce anti-pollution laws at the state and federal level to an excuse to avoid enforcement by cities and counties across the West-including Pima County. Better known as the Clean Water Act, it boasts statutory authority to control pollution discharges ...
Nogales International - Aug 24, 2008

Fight or Flight: Taken from family and threatened with deportation, a legal resident battles his detention in South Texas
Aug. 24--Juan Larin-Ulloa has been fighting his entire life. As a government soldier in his native El Salvador, he fought against the advance of the Communist Farabundo Marti National Liberation front. As a refugee of the same bloody war that ravaged his country and uprooted his family, he fought for asylum in the United States. And when the fight landed on the doorstep of his Wichita, Kansas ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

EDITORIAL: Wildlife act is at risk: Industry-friendly policy shift guts the Endangered Species Act
Aug. 24--The Bush administration's latest assault on science, good government and common sense, not to mention the public lands all Americans own in common, would effectively short-circuit the valuable Endangered Species Act. The proposed change in administrative rules would allow government agencies with no particular expertise in wildlife to decide on their own if the projects they want to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

Brown challenges 'supermajority' rule for taxes: State Supreme Court will hear lawsuit Sept. 9
Aug. 24--OLYMPIA -- Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown is doing something that would make many a politician squirm: going to court to make it easier to raise taxes. A 15-year-old law declaring that a tax increase requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature is unconstitutional, she argues. Her fast-track lawsuit will be heard by the state Supreme Court on Sept. 9.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

Content Code: the ball in many courts
With the Supreme Court stepping in to lay down coverage norms in media, the information and broadcasting ministry deciding to accord high priority to content code and News Broadcasters Association (NBA) setting up a high powered team to facilitate self regulation, the ball of content code is now in three courts. More than any media market in the world, what should flow into the drawing rooms is a ...
Yahoo! India - Aug 24, 2008

Epic Systems' $300 million expansion tangible sign of success: Madison firm helps in shift from paper to electronic health records
Aug. 24--VERONA -- The complex of buildings, set on the crest of a small hill against a backdrop of slightly rolling farmland, is a startling sight. Epic Systems Corp. will have spent more than $300 million on the complex southwest of Madison when work on the most recent expansion ends late next year. It may be the most tangible sign of the company's success.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

OPINION: Getting the picture on 'illegal'
Aug. 24--There's a familiar retort intended to derail suggestions that untangling the problem of illegal immigration might involve something beyond just shipping immigration violators back where they came from: "What is it about 'illegal' that you don't understand?" Having fielded this retort more than a few times, I have to say that it's popular among those who seem inordinately proud to have ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

Obama-Biden team previews their campaign strategy: Experience. Foreign policy chops. Fists for a political fight. And, if Obama's lucky, an appeal to white working-class voters.
Aug. 24--SPRINGFIELD -- Barack Obama returned Saturday to the place he launched his improbable campaign for the presidency 18 months earlier to introduce running mate Joe Biden as a tough-spirited champion of the American worker tested by personal tragedy. Though Biden is seen to provide an important advantage by adding foreign policy heft to a candidate criticized for inexperience, Obama and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

Florida 'cowboy' gallops into Alaska politics: 'STOP THE CORRUPTION': With fistful of money, Vic Vickers grabs the spotlight.
Aug. 24--Raymond "Vic" Vickers, the Florida transplant dishing out $1 million in a quixotic bid for the U.S. Senate, is running on a "stop the corruption" platform. But as recently as 2005, Vickers himself was touched by scandal down in Florida. There were lawsuits, countersuits and allegations that Vickers had urged an associate to romance an elderly widow to secure control of a shipping ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

Meetings set for potential court advocates
CASA Kane County will be holding informational meetings for anyone interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for abused and neglected children on these dates: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25; 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27; 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Messenger Public Library in North Aurora; 10 to 11 a.m.
Chicago Daily Herald - Aug 24, 2008

EDITORIAL: The fiscal challenge for the executive
Aug. 25--LAST week, a team from the Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCRA) visited the Philippines to undertake a review of the country's economic performance and fiscal position. The review forms part of the rating company's process of revisiting its credit rating on the Philippines and determining whether we would merit an upgrade. An upgrade would improve our chances of attracting more foreign ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 25, 2008

Blumenthal Asks Regulators To Reopen Electric-Meter Probe
Consumer Watchdog: George Gombossy Based on customer complaints his office has received, as well as those sent to me, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is asking state public utility regulators to reopen their investigation into meter accuracy issues at Connecticut Light & Power Co., the state's largest utility. Blumenthal said in an interview last week that he is concerned with both ...
Hartford Courant - Aug 24, 2008

A Teacher on the Front Line as Faith and Science Clash
Orange Park, Fla. - David Campbell switched on the overhead projector and wrote 'Evolution' in the rectangle of light on the screen. He scanned the faces of the sophomores in his Biology I class. Many of them, he knew from years of teaching high school in this Jacksonville suburb, had been raised to take the biblical creation story as fact. His gaze rested for a moment on Bryce Haas, a football ...
Truth Out - Aug 24, 2008

AG files suit against mortgage companies - Central Penn Business Journal
State Attorney General Tom Corbettyesterday announced that consumer protection lawsuits have been filed against two mortgage company owners that illegally solicited consumers throughout Central Pennsylvania and other parts of the state over the past year and a half. Lawsuits were filed against Baltimore-based Direct Leadsource owner Charles A. Ruppersberger IV and State College, Centre ...
Central Penn Business Journal - Aug 24, 2008

Exclusive: Obama's Lost Law Review Article
More from Politico.com Provided by As president of the Harvard Law Review and a law professor in Chicago, Barack Obama refined his legal thinking, but left a scant paper trail. His name doesn't appear on any legal scholarship. But an unsigned - and previously unattributed - 1990 article unearthed by Politico offers a glimpse at Obama's views on abortion policy and the law during his student ...
KPVI - Aug 24, 2008

Decades-old riverfront suit settled
Henderson Circuit Court's oldest active lawsuit was recently settled when the city of Henderson paid $58,400 to get clear title to riverfront property formerly claimed by Dennis Francis Sr. The lawsuit dates back three decades, although the land dispute is nearly a decade older. It was filed June 2, 1978, by Thorp Credit Inc. of Indiana, which held two second mortgages, against Dennis J.
Evansville Courier - Aug 24, 2008

"ILLEGAL INVASION NEWS": 80+ illegal have been arrested in the past month in Hawaii
'IT'S NOT 'IMMIGRATION' AND THEY'RE NOT 'IMMIGRANTS'': 1. http://www.whas11.com/video/index.html?nvid=265420 WRIT OF MANDATE (FIRST OF ITS' KIND IN THE COUNTRY, LEXINGTON, KY.) 2. MUST SEE VIDEO & READ ARTICLE: THIS IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE: http://www.buffalonews.com/nationalworld/international/story/421229.html Davis warns of a new civil war with Southern states Sees possibility of secession due ...
PHX News - Aug 24, 2008

Methane Hydrate -- the Next Big Fuel Source? Ebiz news from Japan
Japanese business and government agencies are not sitting on their collective hands, but instead are deeply involved in futuristic projects that border on science fiction. Japanese trading houses have already cornered the world's LPG and LNG transport and brokerage, Sanyo and others are leaders in solar electricity, and Toto and others are developing the world's most cost-efficient fuel cells.
Japan Inc - Aug 24, 2008

Can you really 'navigate' the Santa Cruz River?: Boating in 18 inches of water takes grit, humor and muscle
Aug. 24--ON THE SANTA CRUZ -- The afternoon sun was searing. The canoe was stuck amid rocks and filled with gray sewer water. The waterlogged boat was too heavy to turn over and dump out the muck. I was soaking wet well above the knees, sunburnt, dehydrated in the 95-degree heat and high humidity, and growing more exhausted by the second. In short, I was trapped, wondering what in the hell to do ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

A former believer takes on the leader: Critics call the Fellowship of Friends a cult; members say it's a school of spiritual development
Aug. 24--It's not that the emperor wears no clothes at the 1,171-acre property in the Sierra foothills with a winery, cemetery and main building meant to resemble a French castle, says Elena Haven. The old folk tale speaks of adults afraid to say their ruler is naked. But Haven, a former member of the Yuba County-based Fellowship of Friends, said silence surrounded the colorful clothes -- the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

Environmentalists warn of a future where laws no longer apply
Aug. 24--MISSION -- National representatives of the Sierra Club warned on Friday that the Bush administration's proposed relaxation of the Endangered Species Act could lead to an ongoing disregard of environmental laws, with results echoing construction of the U.S.-Mexico border fence. Under the new provisions, federal agencies would have the authority to independently determine whether ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 24, 2008

A Senate stalwart who bounced back
September 1987 was a month of ruin and renewal for Joe Biden. Then a three-term senator from Delaware, Biden saw his bid for the Democratic nomination for president in tatters after he had been caught cribbing from other politicians' speeches. He exited the race amid a chorus of Washington chatter that the presidency would never be his. Yet just as his candidacy was ending, Biden, as chairman of ...
International Herald Tribune - Aug 24, 2008

Feds seek county court records
Aug. 21--WILKES-BARRE -- The FBI has subpoenaed the Luzerne County's Treasurer's Office, seeking documents related to spending by the Luzerne County courts. Federal agents, who seized court-related records from the county Juvenile Probation Office in June, are investigating the financial ties of county President Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Senior Judge Michael T.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

Mexico City's abortion-rights law faces constitutional test
MEXICO CITY _ More than a year after abortion was decriminalized in this capital city, abortion opponents hope the Mexican Supreme Court will reverse the legislation in a decision that could reverberate across Mexico and Latin America. Mexico's highest court heard public testimony in the spring, and is expected to rule as early as this month on the constitutionality of the local abortion ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

Accomplice in 1996 slaying gets execution delay: Opponents say 'law of parties' is archaic and unjust
Aug. 21--In a blistering opinion that labeled state court proceedings "an insane system," a federal judge Thursday halted the execution of Jeffery Wood to allow mental health experts to determine whether the killer is sane enough to be put to death. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia's ruling came less than six hours before Wood, 35, was to be executed for his role as getaway driver in the 1996 ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

Attempt to change much of constitution fails court test: Changes to constitution go too far, appeals judges say
Aug. 21--LANSING -- A sweeping proposal led by Michigan Democrats and labor unions to rewrite much of the Michigan Constitution appears dead after a court ruling Wednesday. A unanimous three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals said the proposal for the November ballot was an illegal attempt to enact a general revision of the state constitution. The number and scope of the proposed ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

Granholm gets fighting words on Kilpatrick: Plea to scrap hearing bucks council argument for ouster
Aug. 21--Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's attorney tried again Wednesday to dissuade Gov. Jennifer Granholm from judging whether to remove the mayor from office, while the City Council's lawyer argued that the unprecedented show must go on. In sharply worded legal motions to Granholm before she decides whether to proceed with a Sept. 3 hearing, both sides took shots at each other -- and, in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

No right to know your judges: Govt
Aug. 22--NEW DELHI -- The Government does not want people to know their judges. The Ministry of Law and Justice has said the Right To Information Act does not cover Supreme Court and High Court judges. "Constitutional authorities like the President, Chief Justice of India, Supreme Court judges, Chief Justices of High Courts and other judges of the High Courts are outside the purview of the Right ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 22, 2008

Barack Obama says John McCain would deliver a third Bush term; McCain camp wonders Bush who?
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama likes to say, 'We can't afford to give John McCain the chance to serve out George Bush's third term.' Bush's 'third term' has become a favorite attack line for Democrats, repeated almost daily by the candidate and his surrogates. They argue that McCain favors failed Bush administration economic policies and would keep U.S. troops in Iraq for the forseeable future.
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Aug 22, 2008

Manila asks Malaysia to mediate talks
Aug. 21--The government seems to be sending mixed signals to Muslim rebels in southern Philippines. While President Gloria Arroyo on Tuesday was ordering the military to crush the insurgents from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for their deadly attacks in two provinces in Mindanao on Monday, her chief adviser on the peace process-- Hermogenes "Jun" Esperon Jr.--was convincing Kuala ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

Philippines drops Muslim peace deal after dithering
The comments from Jesus Dureza signal the end of a territorial agreement reached last month between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which is fighting for some amount of self-rule in the mineral-rich Mindanao region. Analysts said while deal was hastily drawn-up, its scrapping would delay resolving by months, and possibly years, the decades-long conflict in the south ...
International Herald Tribune - Aug 22, 2008

Should a security professional have a...
Posted by (ISC)2 My own experience and talking to colleagues has prompted me to wonder whether the day has arrived that security professionals will need a legal background. The information security management professional is under increasing pressure to cope with the demands of the organization for access to information, to manage the expectations of the data owner on how and where the ...
ZDNet UK - Aug 21, 2008

Manjhi not abandoned, says SC
Aug. 21--NEW DELHI -- Manjhi, who was born to a surrogate mother in Jaipur, is not an abandoned baby, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday. The proceedings on Manjhi's petition requesting the court to permit her to leave India alongwith her grandmother for Japan witnessed heated arguments between the judges and NGO, Satya. Snubbing the NGO, which moved the Rajasthan High Court to restrain Manjhi ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

Lawsuit Takes a Swing at Wii Motion Controller
A handheld device manufacturer claims it is the rightful owner of the technology that powers Nintendo's wildly popular, motion-sensitive Wii game controller. Hillcrest Labs is suing the video game giant for infringing four of its patents. Nintendo has so far not commented on the matter, saying it hasn't received any legal notifications on the matter. Ready to take your business to the next ...
E-Commerce Times - Aug 21, 2008

The Freedom to Worship and the Courts
By Andrew C. Spiropoulos 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof....' When citizens believe that a law violates that principle of the U.S. Constitution, they turn to the courts, constitutionally appointed as the guardians of these principles. Citizens will challenge a law for impermissibly establishing a faith, or for ...
Calibre Macro World - Aug 21, 2008

Mich. voters to decide on medical marijuana, lifting stem cell research ban
Aug. 21--LANSING -- The field of statewide ballot proposals for 2008 appears to be set at two -- medical marijuana and embryonic stem cell research -- following approval of ballot wording by a state elections panel today. The proposal to permit the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana by patients with certain debilitating illness, like muscular dystrophy and HIV-AIDS, was designated as ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

Execution of mentally ill man put on hold in Texas
WASHINGTON A view of the "death chamber" at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit. A US court on Thursday granted a stay of execution to a mentally ill Texas man who was set to die for his role in a murder-robbery, even though he did not pull the trigger. (/File) A US court on Thursday granted a stay of execution to a mentally ill Texas man who was set to die for his role in a ...
Turkish Press - Aug 21, 2008

EDITORIAL: Listen to the candidates and not the special-interest groups
Aug. 21--It's not too early to worry about next spring's election for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson will be up for re-election and, if the past two years are any indication, she likely will face opposition from big-money groups running so-called "issue ads" that actually are de-facto campaign ads. And, again based on past history, the ads will likely play on negative, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

Clemency petition postpones Skillicorn execution
Aug. 21--JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed the scheduled execution of Dennis Skillicorn to give his lawyers more time to gather information for a clemency petition. Skillicorn, 49, of Kansas City, is on death row for the murder of an Excelsior Springs man in 1994. He was scheduled to be executed next Wednesday. The court denied a petition by Skillicorn's lawyers ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

Terrorists could gain from fighting--Australia
Aug. 22--The Australian envoy to Manila on Thursday warned that renewed fighting in southern Philippines could derail talks for lasting peace there, negate the country's efforts to stamp out terrorism and possibly open the gates to international terrorists. "We are concerned about recent developments in Mindanao, with the civilians being affected and their houses being burned," Ambassador Rod ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 22, 2008

Panel set to name Missouri high court nominees
Aug. 21--JEFFERSON CITY -- The nominees for an open seat on the Missouri Supreme Court should be known today, when the commission reviewing applications selects three finalists to present to the governor. Twenty-three individuals have applied to replace Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr., a 16-year veteran of the court who left last month to become a federal judge.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 21, 2008

EuroGas Files Official Request With Slovak Republic and European Commission to Accelerate Return of Germerska Poloma Talc Concession to Its Rozmin Affiliate Pursuant to Order by Supreme Court of Slovak
EuroGas, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EUGS) (FRANKFURT: EUG) (XETRA: EUG) (HAMB: EUG) (STUTTGART: EUG) today announced that it has EuroGas, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EUGS) (FRANKFURT: EUG) (XETRA: EUG) (HAMB: EUG) (STUTTGART: EUG) today announced that it has officially requested an acceleration of the return of the Gemerska Poloma talc mining concession to Rozmin s.r.o. by filing official requests with the ...
MarketWire - Aug 21, 2008

California Farmers Applaud Federal Appeals Court Ruling & Call On Governor to Immediately Repeal Obsolete Regulations
The court case has been wrapped up in a complex set of federal pesticide regulations linked to the Clean Air Act. Both state regulators and farmers have agreed that a federal order requiring the state to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from pesticide use by 20 percent was unnecessary, said Roy. The state sued in federal court and a group of farmers joined as an intervener.
Business Wire - Aug 21, 2008

Two Individuals Plead Guilty to Trafficking In More Than Half a Million Tubes of Counterfeit Toothpaste
Two individuals and two corporations pleaded guilty today in Brooklyn, N.Y., to charges of trafficking in counterfeit Colgate toothpaste, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Benton J. Campbell for the Eastern District of New York announced. Saifoulaye Diallo, 51, from the Bronx, N.Y., and Habib Bah, 47, of Queens, N.Y.; and two New York ...
PR Newswire - Aug 21, 2008

Government of Canada Takes Action to Prevent Crime in the Northwest Territories
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced more than $688,000 in funding to support five crime prevention projects that focus on helping at-risk Aboriginal youth in the Northwest Territories. The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, ...
MarketWire - Aug 21, 2008

Government of Canada Continues With its Review of the Youth Criminal Justice Act
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada, will today hold a roundtable discussion in Yellowknife on the functioning of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The roundtable is part of the Minister's cross-country tour to meet key youth justice stakeholders and partners in all regions of Canada to seek their input on ...
MarketWire - Aug 21, 2008

Federman & Sherwood Announces That a Securities Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Perini Corp. (NYSE: PCR)
On August 20, 2008, a class action On August 20, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts against Perini Corp. (NYSE: PCR). The complaint alleges violations of federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including allegations of issuing a series of material ...
MarketWire - Aug 21, 2008

Mysterious Honey Bee Disorder Buzzes into Court
WASHINGTON, DC -- The nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Washington DC to force the federal government to disclose studies on the effect of a new pesticide on honey bees. Studies on the pesticide, clothianidin, were ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from the pesticide's manufacturer, Bayer CropScience, in 2003 when the federal ...
NBC 10 - Aug 20, 2008

Another win for gay rights: STATE HIGH COURT: DOCTORS CANNOT DISCRIMINATE
Aug. 19--Declining to carve out a religious exemption to civil rights laws, the California Supreme Court has ruled that the constitutional rights of religious freedom and free speech do not exempt doctors from state anti-discrimination laws. In a year when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in California, Monday's unanimous decision was another victory by gay rights groups that could ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

BRIEF: Time added for comment on rules for court records
Aug. 19--Court watchers and public-records advocates will have another month to comment on proposed rules that would limit access to certain court records. The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday put out its revised rules for a second, and probably final, period for the public to weigh in before the full court adopts the policy for all Ohio courts. The 30-day comment period ends Sept.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

CALIFORNIA EXTREME: YOUR FAITH OR YOUR JOB (Maggie Gallagher)
The California Supreme Court made one thing perfectly clear this week as a matter of constitutional law: When it's a case of religious liberty vs. sexual liberty, sexual liberty wins. In the case of Benitez v. North Coast Women's Care Medical Group, the California Supreme Court asked: 'Do the rights of religious freedom and free speech, as guaranteed in both the federal and the California ...
Yahoo! - Aug 20, 2008

Petition against smoking ban fails: Proprietors to huddle today after referendum effort wilts
Aug. 19--Surfside Beach restaurant and bar owners pledge to continue their efforts to get rid of a smoke ban, despite a recent failure to get a referendum item put on the November ballot. A group of business owners are expected to meet today to regroup and discuss requesting a special election, said Jonathan Staton, owner of Dagwood's Deli and Sports Bar. "They may think it doesn't hurt our ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Government of Canada Continues With its Review of the Youth Criminal Justice Act
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada, will today hold a roundtable discussion in Iqaluit on the functioning of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The roundtable is part of the Minister's cross-country tour to meet key youth justice stakeholders and partners in all regions of Canada to seek their input on ...
MarketWire - Aug 19, 2008

EDITORIAL: Dependency court reforms will be worth the cost
Aug. 19--Few readers had heard of dependency courts and few legislators had paid attention to them before Mercury News Staff Writer Karen de Sa's series in February, "Broken Families, Broken Courts," exposed monumental problems in their operation. But awareness from the articles and the focus brought by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George have created hope for reforming the courts ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Court rules against retiree trust
Aug. 19--Taxpayers will have to decide how their local governments pay for retiree health insurance after a state Supreme Court decision Monday. The court ruled that a trust fund set up to help South Carolina cities and towns cover future retiree benefits is unconstitutional because it would invest in publicly traded company stock. In November, S.C. voters will decide whether to change the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

BRIEF: Texas Supreme Court rejects state Sen. Kim Brimer's bid to kick opponent off ballot
Aug. 19--The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by state Sen. Kim Brimer to remove opponent Wendy Davis from the November ballot. An appeal of an earlier defeat on this issue, however, is still pending with the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. Mr. Brimer, a Republican, has argued that Ms. Davis, a Democrat and former Fort Worth City Council member, isn't eligible to be on the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Bank of America's Countrywide Acquisition Has Drawbacks
Countrywide's acquisition by Bank of America Corp. was supposed to help keep the troubled mortgage lender from collapse. Things might not turn out exactly as planned.The people who did the deal hoped that a strong bank would rescue a weak one. But the deal's structure may have only delayed the inevitable Countrywide still could face bankruptcy or a federal takeover potentially involving ...
Hartford Courant - Aug 19, 2008

ABCP may land in top court
For the second time this summer, the Supreme Court of Canada may decide the fate of investors with billions of dollars at stake, after an opponent of the $32-billion asset-backed commercial paper restructuring announced plans to pursue the challenge to the highest court in the land. Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., which is stuck with $70.7-million (U.S.) of ABCP because of last summer's freeze-up in the ...
CTV.ca - Aug 19, 2008

Woman says medical leave led to firing on O'Hare project
The former head of the O'Hare Modernization Program claims she was demoted and ultimately fired by the city after she requested days off because of a medical condition. Teresa Rodriguez alleges in a federal discrimination lawsuit filed Tuesday that she was terminated from her position after she was hospitalized with a serious health condition called Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT).
Chicago Sun-Times - Aug 19, 2008

Can a Woman be Fired for Absenteeism Related to Fertility Treatments? A Federal Court of Appeals Says No.
Like many other women, Cheryl Hall was afflicted with infertility. After taking one leave from work, and requesting a second, to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF), she was fired. Does Title VII, the main federal anti-discrimination law, prohibit an employer from firing an employee under these circumstances? In a recent ruling, , the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said yes. ...
Find Law - Aug 19, 2008

Plastic-bag coalition sues Manhattan
COURTS: Group argues that an EIR was required for the city to ban their product. COURTS: Group argues As promised, a group of plastic retailers and manufacturers has sued Manhattan Beach for its recent ban on plastic bags. The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition has asked a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to toss out the prohibition on grounds that the city violated the California ...
Daily Breeze - Aug 19, 2008

Gov't told to answer dolphin case
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has asked government lawyers to comment on a petition filed by environmental lawyers to have oil exploration in the Taon Strait in the Visayas declared illegal. But the high court did not issue a temporary restraining order against the drilling activity. An oil rig used for test drilling was already pulled out from the waters off Pinamungahan town in west ...
Philippine Daily Inquirer - Aug 19, 2008

BRIEF: MCD's hoarding plea rejected
Aug. 19--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court appointed committee has turned down the request of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to permit advertising displays mounted on mobile vans as well as on the rooftops of the buildings. In a setback to the corporation and other civic agencies the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has disfavoured the mounted advertisement ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Editorials on Pervez Musharraf's resignation
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, Aug. 19: AFTER MUSHARRAF For much of this decade, the Bush administration viewed Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as indispensable _ a key ally in the war on terror. His government enjoyed billions of dollars in U.S. aid money. Monday brought a game-changer. Musharraf announced in a television address to his countrymen that ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Ms. Stites goes to Washington
Aug. 19--While strolling through our nation's capitol, Emily Stites was thrilled to see the people she had been missing the most -- good old Oklahomans. "I walked by the Supreme Court on the day they were overturning the handgun ban, and I saw all these people who looked and talked like me, and I thought, 'These are my people. They're here. These good Southern people have made their way to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

High Court fines Justice Roxas over two unresolved motions
Aug. 20--Embattled Justice Vicente Roxas of the Court of Appeals received a P15,000-fine from the Supreme Court for failing to resolve two motions for reconsideration--a violation of court rules and judicial conduct. Voting unanimously, the Supreme Court en banc sternly warned Roxas that a repeat of the violation would merit a more severe penalty. The sanction was handed in a 15-page resolution ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 20, 2008

Despite violence,US will still help Mindanao--envoy
Aug. 20--The United States will continue to provide millions of dollars in development aid to southern Philippines despite recent deadly attacks by separatist Muslim rebels. The assurance was made Tuesday by Kristie Kenney, the US ambassador to the Philippines, who expressed hope that the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would be able to again negotiate peace ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 20, 2008

Court seeks details of amenities in Govt schools
Aug. 20--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Delhi Government to furnish details about lack of teaching staff and infrastructural facilities like building, fire safety, drinking water and toilet in the schools run by its education department. A bench headed by Justice Dalveen Bhandari, which has been has been monitoring the steps taken by the Delhi Government for improving the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 20, 2008

Duke Energy, ex-employee settle suit in Ohio court
Duke Energy Corp. confirmed Monday that it has reached an out-of-court settlement with a former employee who claimed he was fired for questioning payments the utility made to some major corporate customers. Former employee John Deeds' lawyer also confirmed that a settlement was reached over the weekend. Both sides refused to disclose terms of the agreement.
Press Democrat - Aug 19, 2008

Nursing home bill in works
STERLING HEIGHTS -- Lawmakers are struggling to put together legislation that would ensure nursing home patients are treated with dignity even after they die. The Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously ruled last week that because a dead body is not a person, it is not protected under a statute meant to deter patient abuse in nursing homes. The case involved Lillian McIntyre, who died in the ...
Detroit News - Aug 19, 2008

Last day to send primary ballots
Aug. 19--Washington voters have plenty of choices today in the state's first top-two primary. There are 10 choices for governor, although most voters are probably only familiar with two. Incumbent Chris Gregoire and her 2004 opponent Dino Rossi have been moving toward a rematch since shortly after Democrat Gregoire won the final recount and defeated a Republican Party court challenge in 2005. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Police shooting complaint filed
Aug. 19--LONG BEACH -- The mother of a man shot and killed by a Long Beach Police officer in May has filed a complaint against the city alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations. Roketi Su'e, a 46-year-old Samoan man, was shot multiple times in the torso in front of his home in the 3400 block of East 67th Street on May 17 after an alleged struggle with two police officers.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Principal unified his schools: Jack Graybill worked during racially charged times.
Aug. 19--For a few years in the early 1970s, John "Jack" Graybill found himself at the center of one of Roanoke's most contentious debates. As principal of Jefferson and Patrick Henry high schools, Graybill was charged with keeping his students -- both black and white -- focused on education at a time when the politics of school desegregation swirled around them.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Woodward Acquires MPC Products Corporation
Woodward Governor Company (NASDAQ: WGOV) Woodward Governor Company (NASDAQ: WGOV) today announced Woodward and MPC Products Corporation have entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement under which Woodward would acquire MPC in a transaction valued at approximately $383 million. MPC, a privately-held company headquartered in Skokie, Ill., operated under the leadership of Joseph Roberti and ...
MarketWire - Aug 19, 2008

State high court upholds murder-for-hire conviction
Aug. 19--The Utah Supreme Court today upheld the murder-for-hire conviction of Paul Christopher Allen, who was found guilty of plotting the death of his 24-year-old wife more than a decade ago. In a unanimous decision, the high court said Allen -- a non-lawyer representing himself -- did not adequately argue the issues and failed to identify flaws in his trial that called for a reversal of his ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

New Jersey Manufacturer Agrees to Reduce Harmful Emissions
Colorite Specialty Resins, headquartered in Somerville, N.J., has agreed to perform corrective measures at its Burlington, N.J., manufacturing facility that will reduce harmful emissions of vinyl chloride to resolve alleged violations of federal and state environmental laws, the Justice Department, the State of New Jersey, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
PR Newswire - Aug 19, 2008

Price-fixing Comes Back After Supreme Court Ruling
Manufacturers are embracing broad new legal powers that amount to a type of price-fixing - enabling them to set minimum prices on their products and force retailers to refrain from discounting. For the better part of a century, punishing retailers for selling at cut-rate prices was an automatic violation of antitrust law. However, a Supreme Court ruling last year involving handbag sales at a ...
TheDay.com - Aug 19, 2008

NEJM Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Preemption Case
Drugmakers Merck, Wyeth and Bayer Healthcare withheld important information from the FDA regarding the safety of certain drugs, costing tens of thousands of lives, according to 10 former and current editors and authors of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The drug companies have withheld key information from the FDA and ardently negotiated against stricter label warnings all the while ...
FDA News - Aug 19, 2008

Capital notes
Aug. 19--New attorney general lays down e-mail rules E-mail helped document much of the misbehavior among staff members in the Ohio attorney general's office, but now the office is telling employees to think twice before hitting "send." E-mail messages among employees, including former Attorney General Marc Dann himself, revealed a culture of drinking, cursing and sexual harassment in his 17 ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Musharraf's claims versus realities
Musharraf's gifts to the nation.Suicide bombings across the countryTribal areas unrestBalochistan unrestTargeted killingsDisappeared/missing peopleSacking of judiciary twiceDeclaration of 'martial law' twiceHanding over Pakistani citizens to US for bountyAttacks on media freedomMay 12 Karachi carnage and no accountabilityScandals/mismanagement during Musharraf's regimeSteel Mills (privatisation ...
Business Recorder - Aug 20, 2008

Nevada Jury Awards Inventor Gil Hyatt $388 Million Against California's Taxing Agency
Gil Hyatt, a Nevada inventor, scientist and engineer with over 70 patents from the United States Patent & Trademark Office to his credit, was awarded more than $388 million by a Nevada jury against the Franchise Tax Board of the State of California. Liability was based on torts committed by the Franchise Tax Board while auditing Mr. Hyatt's residency, during the time he received substantial sums ...
Biz Journals - Aug 18, 2008

Illinois' med mal law on trial
Aug. 18--A lawsuit testing the constitutionality of Illinois' medical malpractice reforms is expected to come before the state's Supreme Court this fall -- and with it the very real possibility that the law will be nixed. State Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, was one of the leaders in a long bipartisan effort to draft the legislation, which was approved after dozens of doctors fled from the Metro East ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 18, 2008

Court rules medical services can't be denied on religious grounds
The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that doctors can't use their religious beliefs as a reason to refuse treatment to patients because doing so violates the state's anti-discrimination law. Documentation: State Supreme Court ruling From the U-T archives: High court hearing pits religious vs. equal rights (5/29/08) Court to hear insemination case (5/27/08) Maternal wish, doctors' faith at ...
SignOn San Diego - Aug 18, 2008

No joke: Be careful what you say
BY TERESA MCALEAVY SPECIAL TO THE RECORD For those inclined to telling ethnic jokes, there's plenty of clarity in the state Supreme Court's recent ruling saying hateful language at work is actionable under New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination.Those who shrugged off as harmless phrases such as "dirty Jew" now know there's nothing funny or inoffensive about such words.
North Jersey.com - Aug 18, 2008

Nevada Jury Returns $388 Million Award for Bullivant Client
Gilbert P. Hyatt, a Nevada inventor, scientist and engineer with more than 70 patents from the United States Patent & Trademark Office to his credit, was awarded more than $388 million by a Nevada jury against the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) of the State of California. These punitive damages were based on torts committed by the FTB while auditing Hyatt's residency, during 1991 and 1992, when ...
San Francisco Business Times - Aug 18, 2008

'Super Lawyers' making its case
Aug. 18--David and Jeff Stowman, a father-and-son law practice in Detroit Lakes, Minn., enjoy their "Super Lawyer" status and even promote it with their limited advertising budget. But they're not sure what it means. Barbara Brown, the marketing manager for the Minneapolis firm of Meagher & Geer, has 19 of her firm's attorneys on the 2008 Super Lawyer list, although she doubts that the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 18, 2008

EDITORIAL: Church members needed court, got a worship service
Aug. 18--Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan of Andalusia seemed like a Roy Moore wannabe four years ago when he came to court wearing a robe embroidered with the Ten Commandments. The previous year, Mr. Moore was unseated as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courts' headquarters in Montgomery.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 18, 2008

President orders militaryto defend every inch of RP
Aug. 19--President Gloria Arroyo ordered the police and military to "defend every inch of Philippine territory" against forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who overran several towns in Lanao del Norte province in southern Philippines on Monday. Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, though, said that the government will continue negotiating peace with the MILF despite the renewed ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Texas mental health program delayed over fears of drug-company influence
Aug. 18--AUSTIN -- A state mental health plan naming the preferred psychiatric drugs for children has been quietly put on hold over fears drug companies may have given researchers consulting contracts, speakers fees or other perks to help get their products on the list. The Children's Medication Algorithm Project, or CMAP, was supposed to determine which psychiatric drugs were most effective for ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 18, 2008

Different versions of peace pact circulating
Aug. 19--A copy of the supposedly official memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain that is circulating in some quarters is different from the draft memorandum of agreement that also was supposed to be signed by the government negotiating panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) two weeks ago in Malaysia. This was the clarification made on Monday by Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Did Washington waste millions on faulty voting machines?
Aug. 18--WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding that have gone to upgrade the nation's voting machines since 2003 were used to purchase touch-screen systems that many states are now scrapping because of concerns about their security and reliability. State governments in Alaska, California, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Tennessee and New Mexico have decided to replace their ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 18, 2008

EDITORIAL: Ground swell for renegotiation
Aug. 19--Throughout the country the ground swell of support for the renegotiation of the Memorandum of Agreement on An-cestral Domain (MOA-AD) has been growing. The most telling of many developments showing that renegotiation is the will of the majority of Filipinos--including some important Moro leaders--are those in the House of Representatives and among local government officials.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 19, 2008

Mainers urged to use care when pre-buying oil
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) " Consumers looking to buy oil in advance of the upcoming heating season should be cautious and ask questions, state and industry officials agree. The warning comes ahead of Tuesdays foreclosure auction of Veilleux Oil & Services Inc., a defunct Biddeford dealer charged with accepting money from customers and failing to deliver heating oil last season.
Bangor Daily News - Aug 18, 2008

Ideal and reality: medias role in India
Having discussed, in a previous article, the role of art and literature in a country such as India as it stands today, we should consider the role of the media in such a context. What do we see on television these days? Some channels show film stars, pop music, disco and fashion parades (often with scantily clad young women), astrology or cricket. Is it not a cruel irony and an affront to our ...
The Hindu - Aug 18, 2008

Iowa attorney general files suit alleging Sumner, Fairbank stations sold E85 as unleaded gas
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa investigators claim a company spiked unleaded gasoline and 10-percent ethanol-blended fuel with cheaper E85 at stations in Sumner and Fairbank. The Iowa attorney general's office filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Black Hawk County District Court against Jerry Fratzke, who owns Pronto Market stations in Sumner and Fairbank. The suit asked the court to order ...
Canadian Business Magazine - Aug 18, 2008

More gay men are becoming daddies
The cost remains high, and a good lawyer is essential. Yet despite complications, the idea of becoming a biological dad with help from a surrogate mother is gaining allure among gay men as the status of 'married with children' grows ever more possible. With same-sex marriage now legal in California even to nonresidents, and Massachusetts extending its 4-year-old gay-marriage policy to ...
CNN - Aug 18, 2008

CIBC World Markets sees softening in Canadian household credit
CIBC World Markets sees softening in Canadian household credit KRISTINE OWRAM August 18, 2008 06:12 TORONTO - Canadian consumers are starting to feel the sting of a slowing global economy as they go deeper into debt and see their wealth erode, according to a report released Monday by CIBC World Markets."With the recent correction in the stock market and a slowing housing market, Canadians are ...
Metronews - Aug 18, 2008

Blockades: Acts of War Were just completed U.S. War Games preparation for a Naval Blockade of Iran?
INFORMED SPECULATION: Were just completed U.S. War Games preparation for a Naval Blockade of Iran? by Stephen Lendman Igniting another world conflict should give everyone pause. Especially given the Bush administration's design for 'full spectrum dominance' and stated unilateral right to achieve it with first-strike nuclear weapons. From July 21 - 31, Joint Task Force (mostly US, but also UK, ...
The Baltimore Chronicle and Sentinel Newspaper - Aug 18, 2008

Cooperation of Ombudsman, law enforcement bodies discussed
Human Rights Commissioner of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan (Ombudsman) and OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan organized a seminar entitled 'Interaction of Ombudsman with judicial and law-enforcement bodies in the sphere of human rights protection' in Tashkent, Pravda Vostoka newspaper reported. Representatives of Supreme Court of Uzbekistan, ministries of justice, internal affairs, Office of ...
Turkish Weekly - Aug 18, 2008

Final Briefs Filed in Critical Wine Shipping Case
DISCRIMINATION AT ANY LEVEL OF THE THREE DISCRIMINATION AT ANY LEVEL OF THE THREE TIERS OF THE ALCOHOL DISTRIBUTION CHAIN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. FURTHER, A STATE MAY NOT REQUIRE AN IN-STATE PHYSICAL PRESENCE TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE. This was the core message embodied in Specialty Wine Retailers Association's final brief submitted today in the case of Siesta Village Market v.
MarketWire - Aug 18, 2008

In order to un-form an imperfect union...
Q. I entered a civil union in Vermont. Three years later I left the union and moved from Vermont to Massachusetts. My partner wants me back and refuses to start an action in Vermont to dissolve our civil union. I dont want to move back to Vermont to establish residence. Will Massachusetts dissolve my civil union? - G.T., Newbury A. Vermont law provides that if either party to a civil union ...
Boston Herald - Aug 18, 2008

Riverwalk Fire Victims Seek Answers Through Filing of Class-Action Complaint Against Developer and Contractors
Attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi's Firm says disaster was an accident waiting to happen CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A class-action complaint was filed in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas this morning alleging that negligence on the part of the developer, building and management contractors of the Millennium apartment complex here contributed ...
PR Newswire - Aug 18, 2008

Conservative Elon student aspires to lead: Local resident in U.S. spotlight
Aug. 18--A Kernersville native who hopes to become a force in conservative politics was among the pro-gun-rights activists demonstrating in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 in advance of its historic ruling that struck down the District of Columbia handgun ban. Amanda Prevette, 21, a rising senior at Elon University, said she went with co-workers to support Americans' constitutional ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 18, 2008

Kenney judge puts strict limits on media access
Aug. 18--When jurors visit the scene where John Kenney shot Mel and Elizabeth Grimes, they will do so in private. Contrary to jury visits in other high-profile homicide cases in Monterey County, Judge Stephen Sillman ruled that portion of the trial off-limits to the public and media. It is one of several limits the judge has placed on media covering Kenney's case, which has drawn national ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 18, 2008

Duke Energy, ex-employee settle suit in Ohio court
CINCINNATI Steve Brash told The Associated Press the settlement was confidential and that the two sides could not disclose terms of the deal. John Deeds filed the lawsuit after losing his job in 2005. He accused Duke of retaliating against him after he told supervisors the $22 million in annual payments appeared to be sham transactions. Deeds' attorney Randy Freking also confirmed the ...
Springfield News Sun - Aug 18, 2008

Unico, Inc. Issues Statement on Press Release Issued by Krause Kalfayan Benink and Slavens, LLP
Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UNCO), a natural Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UNCO), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today issued a statement regarding a press release issued by Krause Kalfayan Benink and Slavens, LLP, a law firm located in San Diego, California on August 15, 2008. The press release stated that Krause Kalfayan Benink and Slavens, LLP had filed a ...
MarketWire - Aug 18, 2008

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro: Firm Appointed Lead Counsel in Charles Schwab YieldPlus Class Action
Today United States District Judge William Alsup appointed Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro lead counsel in the class-action litigation against Charles Schwab Corporation (Nasdaq: SCHW) involving Schwab YieldPlus Funds Investor Shares (SWYSX) and Schwab YieldPlus Funds Select Shares (SWYPX). (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080317/AQM144LOGO) Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro filed the first ...
PR Newswire - Aug 18, 2008

California Supreme Court Ruling Threatens Medical Care and Religious Freedom, Says Americans United for Life
California Supreme Court Ruling Threatens Medical Care and Religious Freedom, Says Americans United for Life CHICAGO, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Supreme Court today ruled that patient demand for nonessential, elective care trumps the freedom of conscience of physicians and their ability to practice medicine in accordance with their religious or moral beliefs.
San Francisco Business Times - Aug 18, 2008

A new wedding boom awaits
WHILE MUCH of the country remains to be sold on the concept of same-sex marriage, the atmosphere in Provincetown is positively giddy as it braces for what is expected to be another wave of nouveau nuptials.Former governor Mitt Romney warned against letting Massachusetts become the 'Las Vegas of same-sex marriage,' and even Provincetown has shown some ambivalence on the marriage issue in the past. ...
Boston Globe - Aug 18, 2008

Musharrafs exit poses challenge for Pakistan
(AP) ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pervez Musharraf resigned Monday as the president of Pakistan, avoiding a power struggle with rivals vowing to impeach him that would have deepened the countrys political crisis. His exit, announced in an emotional televised address, leaves the politicians who pushed out the stalwart U.S. ally to face the Islamic militants and economic problems gnawing at this ...
KAALtv.com - Aug 19, 2008

Ruling on ABCP restructuring plan likely won't mark and end to courtroom battles
The decision by the Superior Court had prevented ordinary corporate and individual investors from suing brokerages, financial services companies, the banks and bond rating agencies for millions of dollars in losses they suffered from the collapse of the short-term investments last year. The restriction on lawsuits was one of the main reasons the players in the financial community, particularly ...
News 91.9 Moncton - Aug 19, 2008

Here's the secret every jury needs to know
I've got a secret to tell you. It's about jurors. Jurors called for duty on criminal cases have a secret power. It's a secret because in a trial neither the judge nor the lawyers are allowed to tell the jurors this power exists. But it does. It's called 'jury nullification.' It doesn't mean the jury gets nullified. It means the jury can nullify a law or nullify the application of a law to a ...
Winnipeg Sun - Aug 17, 2008

Vail in culture shock as arts benefactor faces trial
Alberto Vilar, right, founder of Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc., leaves U.S. District Court in Manhattan after a July 2005 hearing for his investment fraud case. He was accompanied by his lawyer Jeffrey Hoffman. Alberto Vilar likely would have attended a February performance of Puccini's tragic opera Tosca to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Beaver Creek performance hall that bears his ...
Rocky Mountain News - Aug 17, 2008

On Company Equipment, Don't Expect Privacy
Most people are getting very comfortable with technology. Non-typers have evolved into typers. Non-writers have learned to get by. People once not inclined to make telephone calls now make them without blinking. Using technology, though, may put them at risk either on or off the job site.Hope Haslam, director of Consulting Services at Epiq Systems Inc., headquartered in Kansas City, Kan., works ...
Hartford Courant - Aug 17, 2008

Construction begins on $57M San Diego border fence
Smuggler's Gulch. The gorge was overrun by illegal immigrants until U.S. authorities launched a crackdown in the 1990s that pushed traffic to the remote mountains and deserts of California and Arizona. At a cost of about $16 million a mile, the fence will be far more expensive than fences the U.S. government is building elsewhere along the nation's 1,952-mile border with Mexico. U.S.
San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 17, 2008

Windmills Split N.Y. Town And Families
Article:Windmills split upstate NY town and families:/n/a/2008/08/16/national/a100906D55.DTL Home of the San Francisco Chronicle Home Delivery| Today's Paper | Ads SFGate Web Search by YAHOO! | Advanced Search Quick links to the best of SFGate | Still can't find it? see Site Index News Today Sections Sports More Features Food Travel Living Entertainment Classifieds Windmills split ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 17, 2008

ROSEN: 'We the people'
By Mike Rosen, Rocky Mountain News (Contact) Updated 01:43 a.m., August 15, 2008 More Opinion Columns & Blogs Story Tools Change text size Share 'We the people of the United States in Order to form a more perfect Union . . . do ordain and establish this Constitution.' When those words, the Preamble to the Constitution, were crafted, the context was to introduce a document prescribing the ...
Rocky Mountain News - Aug 17, 2008

Border fence started
SAN DIEGO - Scrapers and bulldozers began filling a deep canyon Friday to make way for a border fence in the southwestern corner of the continental United States after 12 years of planning, environmental reviews and legal challenges. The 3.5-mile stretch extends from Border Field State Park on an oceanfront cliff through 'Smuggler's Gulch' canyon, which was overrun by illegal immigrants until ...
Daily Breeze - Aug 17, 2008

Increasing Liability Risks Threaten Growth and Trouble Boards
Issue Date: July/August 2008, Posted On: 7/29/2008 By Fayazuddin A Shirazi A study conducted by Lloyds, a London based insurance market, reveals that board members are increasingly concerned about the increasing number of corporate litigation cases facing the boards and the escalating cost in mitigating such risks. Among the companies surveyed, almost seven in ten have faced lawsuits in the past ...
Chief Executive - Aug 17, 2008

Sonny Bill free from Bulldogs for $750k
Former ALP powerbroker Graham Richardson has ended the Sonny Bill Williams saga, brokering a deal between the renegade footballer and the Bulldogs. In a heady chain of events played out late last night, the club has verbally agreed to a $750,000 payout from Williams, allowing him to break a five-year deal to take up a $2 million contract with French rugby side Toulon.
Dominion Post - Aug 17, 2008

Early dam plan supports Georgia's claim to Lanier water
One of the core issues of the 18-year-old water dispute between Georgia, Florida and Alabama is whether water supply is an authorized use of Lake Lanier. Alabama and Florida contend it was not an original use and are challenging Georgia's agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on water storage based on a law passed a year after Lanier was completed.
Gainesville Times - Aug 17, 2008

Risk-taking part of our character
Since a state Supreme Court ruling nearly 40 years ago, wearing protective headgear while riding a motorcycle has been voluntary in Illinois. Despite the dire predictions of carnage on our highways following that decision, the fatality rate for motorcycle accidents is lower in Illinois than in California, which has a mandatory helmet law.Credit goes in part to an aggressive rider-training program ...
Chicago Tribune - Aug 17, 2008

Who you gonna CALL?
Aug. 17--Bad boys. Bad boys. Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? "They" in this case is the police. And if it so happens that they indeed "come for you" then it's likely your next destination is the local lockup. So what next? Well, there are only three ways to make bail: you can pay up in cold hard cash, use the equity in your home as collateral, or call a bail bondsman.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 17, 2008

Japan to grant citizenship to children born out of wedlock
TOKYO _ The Japanese government plans to revise the Nationality Law to remove a provision requiring parents to be married for their children to obtain Japanese citizenship, according to government sources. The decision came after the Supreme Court ruled in June that denying Japanese citizenship to children born out of wedlock to Japanese fathers and foreign mothers is unconstitutional, the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 17, 2008

EDITORIAL: Readers have right to know tax-paid salaries
Aug. 17--Taxpayers deserve to know how their hard-earned dollars are being spent. That is the primary reason behind the newspaper's California Public Records Act requests of Sutter and Yuba counties and the cities of Marysville and Yuba City for the names, titles and salaries of current county and city employees. The newspaper is entitled to this information -- the California Supreme Court ruled ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 17, 2008

Lawyer's penalty weighed in fraud case
SARASOTA - A Florida Bar referee recommended that John A. Yanchek be suspended from practicing law for two years after the Sarasota attorney admitted earlier that he engaged in mortgage fraud and lied about the existence of escrow funds. John Yanchek likely faces more serious punishment on bank fraud, conspiracy and other charges. Yanchek has been indicted on conspiracy and other federal charges ...
Southwest Florida Herald Tribune - Aug 17, 2008

Land Law Amendment Targets 'Vestiges Of Racism'
TALLAHASSEE -- There's a new Amendment 1 in Florida, and it doesn't have anything to do with your tax bill. In November, the first proposal voters will see on the presidential election ballot would eliminate an obscure provision of the Constitution that can stop people ineligible for U.S. citizenship from owning property in Florida. That may sound reasonable, given the short list of groups ...
Macro World Investor - Aug 18, 2008

Candidates try to navigate politics of abortion
When Barack Obama and John McCain offered their sharply divergent views on abortion this weekend at an Orange County church, it was a rare chance to hear the presidential rivals address one of the most contentious issues in American politics. Each has sought to steer clear of the often fierce disputes between their parties on abortion, relegating it to the low ranks of campaign quarrels.
Los Angeles Times - Aug 18, 2008

Laws to Rein in Internet Portals Are Needed
The government and the ruling Grand National Party have decided to revise related laws governing print and online news outlets, classifying Internet portals as news organizations so that they will face more social responsibility. The aim is to classify Internet portals so they fall under the jurisdiction of the Press Arbitration Commission and can be held accountable in a court of law if an ...
Digital Chosun - Aug 17, 2008

Lawyer for Rhode Island says ex-lead paint companies shouldn't be able to recover court costs
A lawyer for Rhode Island said Friday that three former lead paint companies should not be allowed to recoup costs from a nine-year legal fight with the state that ended last month in their favor. The state Supreme Court in July overturned a landmark jury verdict that found Sherwin-Williams Co. and two other companies responsible for creating a public nuisance.
Fargo Forum - Aug 17, 2008

Judge in sniper trial named to Va. Supreme Court
RICHMOND, Va. - The judge who presided over the trial of sniper mastermind John Muhammad was appointed to the Virginia Supreme Court by Gov. on Friday. The Democrat selected Virginia Court of Appeals Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. to succeed Justice G. Steven Agee, who was recently appointed to 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Kaine also appointed Chesterfield County Circuit Judge Cleo E.
Hampton Roads Daily Press - Aug 17, 2008

Broken Promises: Residents frustrated as developers of planned community abandon project
Aug. 17--First in a three-part series DALLAS TWP. -- Unlike many retirees, Joseph Gualtiere moved out of Florida, leaving the palm trees and ocean breezes in his rear-view mirror to return to northeastern Pennsylvania to live closer to his aging sisters. The Dakota Woods development planned for Dallas Township looked like the perfect destination. The 37 acres along Route 309 were tucked in a ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 17, 2008

Tensions run high in southern Philippines province
ALEOSON, Philippines _ A renegade force of Muslim rebels began slipping into the villages near Aleoson in late June. By the time they were pushed out last week in three days of bloody fighting, the rebels had razed at least 50 houses, pilfered livestock and rubbed emotions raw between Christians and Muslims, according to residents and the Philippines military.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 17, 2008

Thomas must face ethics probes, high court says: Decision is a blow to Maricopa County attorney
Aug. 17--The state's high court on Friday decided that Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas must still face multiple ethics investigations ongoing against him, despite his claim that the agency that launched them is politically motivated. The decision is a blow to the Valley's top prosecutor, who has been engaged in an intense legal battle for months trying to get the investigations tossed. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 17, 2008

AG says he's in talks with Bank of America
The California attorney general disclosed Friday he is in negotiations with Bank of America, the parent of Countrywide Financial Corp., Legal Newsline reported. Attorney General Jerry Brown was the first of a handful of state attorneys general to file a lawsuit against Countrywide over its home lending practices. Speaking to Legal Newsline Friday, Brown said his negotiations with Bank of America ...
Webindia123 - Aug 17, 2008

DPS RK Puram hosts Youth Congress
Aug. 18--NEW DELHI -- Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram organised the Justice Grover Memorial DPS Youth Congress Session 2008 in the memory of Late Justice A. N. Grover, former Chairman, DPSS. Principal Dr (Mrs) Shayama Chona welcomed Vinod Grover and Pramod Grover, sons of Late Justice Grover and eminent guests and judges. The topic of the session was 'Rage and Aggression in youth today -- is ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 18, 2008

Civilians killed in southern Philippines
Muslim separatist rebels left a trail of bloodied corpses and burning homes after a series of pre-dawn attacks on towns in the southern Philippines, on Monday. AFP reporters saw nine bodies lying bloodied by a roadside in one village as black smoke billowed from houses burning in the background. Five other civilians were killed in another village by the marauding Moro Islamic Liberation Front ...
Brisbane Times - Aug 18, 2008

CMAP put on hold over fears of drug-company influence on research
AUSTIN A state mental health plan naming the preferred psychiatric drugs for children has been quietly put on hold over fears drug companies may have given researchers consulting contracts, speakers fees or other perks to help get their products on the list. The Children's Medication Algorithm Project, or CMAP, was supposed to determine which psychiatric drugs were most effective for children ...
WFAA.com - Aug 18, 2008

Virginia Beach attorney relishes unpopular causes
Aug. 18--VIRGINIA BEACH -- As he pored over depositions and sorted through evidence last week, preparing for a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, Kevin Martingayle said he never imagined that he would be at the center of so much conflict. His case against Virginia Beach, scheduled for trial in November, claims that racial profiling and selective enforcement tactics by the city hurt ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 18, 2008

Venezuelans protest Chavez's new socialist push
CARACAS, Venezuela --Riot police used tear gas Wednesday as they blocked hundreds of Venezuelans protesting what they call new moves by President Hugo Chavez to concentrate his power. The demonstrators said a blacklist barring key opposition candidates from elections and a series of socialist decrees are destroying what's left of their democracy. Though the protest of about 1,000 people chanting ...
The Sun News - Aug 13, 2008

Lawyers claim Manchin crossed the line in fighting judgment against DuPont
Aug. 13--CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lawyers in a case against chemical giant DuPont say records show that Gov. Joe Manchin got a little too cozy with the company in its quest to have a $382 million circuit court verdict against it reviewed by the state Supreme Court. A Harrison County jury last year ruled that DuPont carelessly dumped toxic chemicals near the site of a plant in Spelter, W.Va.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Judicial corruption: Learn from US, Canada, says Govt
Aug. 14--NEW DELHI -- The chief Justice of India (CJI) should put in place a permanent mechanism to probe corruption allegations against judges on the lines of judicial councils in the United States and Canada, the government said on Wednesday. The mechanism in form of a committee, with five senior-most judges of the Supreme Court as its members, could provide a solution to the decades-old ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 14, 2008

Child's wish supreme in court
Aug. 13--NEW DELHI -- The court should ascertain wishes of a minor child before taking a final call on his or her custody, says the Supreme Court. Departing from the prevailing law a bench headed by Justice C K Thakker denied custody of a nine-year-old boy to his natural guardian, the father by permitting the child to live with his maternal grandparents. The father is facing trial for alleged ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Medellin execution highlights flaw in international law: experts
The execution of a Mexican citizen by the United States against the orders of the UN's highest court highlights a flaw in international law that enables countries to snub rulings without repercussions, experts say. While the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) orders are binding, their execution are left up to states who consent voluntarily to the court's jurisdiction, they told AFP.
AFP via Yahoo! - Aug 13, 2008

Former state Supreme Court justices: Judges shouldn't disqualify selves because of proposal
Aug. 13--Michigan judges should not disqualify themselves from cases involving a controversial ballot proposal that would, among other things, cut judicial pay, said a group of former state Supreme Court justices in a statement released today. The seven former justices -- three Democrats, three Republicans and an independent -- said they expressed no opinion on the merits of the Reform Michigan ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Loophole in tobacco regulation bill
A loophole in a sweeping tobacco regulation bill would give the industry a 21-month window to introduce some new products without first getting federal approval. The House last month overwhelmingly passed the legislation, which for the first time would empower federal public health authorities to regulate tobacco. Some tobacco foes say the bill's 21-month escape clause would let companies start ...
The Sun News - Aug 13, 2008

Tale of bin Laden's driver to go Hollywood
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba _ It's true that a production company owned by Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney optioned the story of Osama bin Laden's driver. Not quite true are tabloid reports that Clooney is reserving for himself the role of retired Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Swift, the former Navy JAG officer who championed the case of driver Salim Hamdan from the prison camps to the U.S.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

City held in contempt of court over take-home vehicles
Aug. 13--A judge has held the city of Buffalo in contempt of court, a rare ruling that is prompting the city to temporarily return take-home vehicles to seven employees. City Hall's top attorney said the cars will be returned to the blue-collar workers by the end of today, but she vowed to appeal State Supreme Court Judge Timothy Drury's ruling. "We have been defending the city in hopes of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

EDITORIAL: Let's reconsider the death penalty
Aug. 13--No one has been executed in North Carolina in two years, but capital punishment is still on the books. A challenge to North Carolina's method of execution by injection was recently cast aside by the U.S. Supreme Court. So it's no surprise that Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall decided to seek the death penalty for Demario Atwater, the 22-year-old charged with the murder of UNC ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

What you need to know about Washington's top-two primary
Aug. 13--Washington state's first top-two primary election will be held Tuesday. We solicited questions from readers about the new primary, and added a few of our own. Here are the answers: Q: Why are we having a primary in August? Isn't that early? A: The state used to have its primary in mid-September. But elections officials said they need more time between the primary and the November ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

ACLU, DGA, AFTRA Gang Up on FCC
The American Civil Liberties Union , flanked by unions representing directors and actors, told the Supreme Court the Federal Communications Commission has no business regulating any speech short of outright obscenity. The ACLU -- joined by the Directors Guild of America , the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and several others -- asked the Supreme Court to rethink the FCC's ...
International Broadcasting Convention - Aug 13, 2008

Pakistan Eyes Generals Amid Musharraf Impeachment Option
The ex-commando, who seized power in a coup nine years ago, has yet to make any public response after being given the option of facing a confidence vote in parliament or being impeached. A session of the National Assembly, Pakistan's lower house of parliament, has been called for Monday, coincidentally Musharraf's 65th birthday, to start what could be a lengthy process unless the president ...
KOOL 108 - Aug 14, 2008

Fighting for the rights of the chronically ill
The ADA, signed into law in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush, was designed to give people with disabilities an equal crack at employment, public services and accommodations. It was hailed as a long-awaited recourse for those who face discrimination. With costs soaring and consumers asked to make more decisions, you need up-to-date health advice. But a series of Supreme Court decisions ...
MarketWatch - Aug 13, 2008

McCain, Obama Both Stretch the Truth
Hillary Clinton was positively skewered during her failed presidential campaign for claiming she landed in Bosnia 'under sniper fire,' but Barack Obama and John McCain have told their share of whoppers, too. In no particular order, Politico, in partnership with PolitiFact, a partnership between the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, present McCain and Obama's biggest distortions ...
KPAX - Aug 13, 2008

Probe uncovers irregularities in Court of Appeals
Aug. 14--The three-man Supreme Court panel investigating the Court of Appeals justices has found some procedural lapses and unusual actions by the appellate court's Eighth Division. The probe stems from the division's decision to void the cease-and-desist order of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to the stop the counting of proxy votes at the annual stockholders' meeting of the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 14, 2008

Jury to convene in malpractice case against Mayo Clinic
Aug. 13--An Olmsted County jury could decide Wednesday whether Mayo Clinic doctors were negligent 11 years ago in their treatment of an infant who ended up with permanent brain damage. Final testimony in the medical malpractice trial is expected Wednesday morning, followed by closing arguments and instructions from Judge Robert Birnbaum. The lawsuit was initiated in 2001 by Nancy and Michael ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Cherokees to restore high court building
Aug. 13--The Trail of Tears was no doubt the single most heinous crime visited upon the Cherokee people. But events in downtown Tahlequah Tuesday may have done much to restore tribal pride. The Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Enterprises, and local and state officials kicked off the restoration of the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court building, the oldest government building in Oklahoma.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Patient seeks right to sue over surgery mishap
Aug. 13--RALEIGH -- A man who had surgery with instruments that had been washed in hydraulic fluid is hoping a state Supreme Court ruling will clear the way for him to sue Duke Raleigh Hospital in court. Bennie Holland, 49, was one of more than 3,600 patients operated on in November and December 2004 when hydraulic fluid was mistakenly used to wash surgical instruments.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

BRIEF: Nebraska, Colorado still overusing Republican River
Aug. 13--LINCOLN -- Nebraska and Colorado continue to fall short in their efforts to not overuse their shares of the Republican River, the Kansas water czar said Wednesday. "Compliance is not optional," said David Barfield, chief engineer of the Kansas Division of Water Resources. "Both Colorado and Nebraska can expect to hear from Kansas in the near future about these new violations." Barfield ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

As Omaha smokers retreat to patios, some patrons balk
Aug. 13--Lawrence Weatherall plopped into a chair on the restaurant patio and exhaled. A cool breeze swept the smoke away. Two tables behind him, an older couple grumbled about the stinky cigarette in his hand. "What?" the 29-year-old Weatherall said, flinging his hand into the air. Smokers are retreating outdoors to bar beer gardens and restaurant patios in light of the city's ban on indoor ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Ex-director pleads guilty in Cobo probe
DETROIT -- The former director of Detroit's Cobo Center could receive a sharp reduction in his sentence if he provides 'substantial assistance' in an ongoing investigation of City Hall corruption, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow made the remarks as Lou Pavledes pleaded guilty to a felony financial offense in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
Detroit News - Aug 13, 2008

Securities suit nets $1.5M for Hopkinton, N. Bedford
Massachusetts investors will get back millions of dollars from major Wall Street firms as a result of two settlements announced yesterday regarding the controverisal sale of auction-rate securities. Attorney General Martha Coakley, whos already wrung nearly $40 million out of UBS for its role in selling the risky bond-like products, said yesterday shes reached an agreement with Morgan Stanley for ...
Boston Herald - Aug 13, 2008

Indymac lied about its financial health, stockholders claim in suit
LOS ANGELES -- Stockholders of failed Pasadena lender IndyMac filed a lawsuit against the bank's former heads claiming they violated federal securities laws by lying about the bank's health. Last month, stockholders lost money when IndyMac Bank collapsed and was seized by federal regulators in the second largest bank failure in U.S. history. Soon after, CNN reported that the FBI was ...
Los Angeles Daily News - Aug 13, 2008

Sarraf Gentile LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc.
A class action lawsuit has been filed on A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of those who purchased or otherwise acquired securities of Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: FRZ) between August 10, 2005 and March 6, 2008, inclusive (the "Class Period"). The class action was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
MarketWire - Aug 13, 2008

/ CORRECTION - Court Grants Final Approval of $33 Million Gender Class Action Settlement With Smith Barney
In the news release, "Court Grants Final In the news release, "Court Grants Final Approval of $33 Million Gender Class Action Settlement With Smith Barney," issued earlier today by Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, we are advised by the company that the first paragraph should read "Professional women across America won a major employment victory today against the investment house when a federal court ...
MarketWire - Aug 13, 2008

Schools' windfall may be a bust: Legislators say there's no money to pay the $747 million from civil fines a judge says is due public schools
Aug. 13--RALEIGH -- Legislative leaders said Tuesday there's not enough extra cash on hand to pay $747.9 million a Wake County judge says must go to North Carolina public schools. As a result, the legal victory that caps a decade-old court battle may result in schools getting no new money after all. Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. has ordered the state to turn over civil ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

EDITORIAL: California wins on medical pot law: Fourth District Court of Appeal upholds validity of state law over federal supremacy
Aug. 12--On July 31 California's Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed that California's medical marijuana laws are valid despite the fact that federal law does not make any provision for the medicinal use of marijuana. This means that state, county and local officials, whether they like the laws put in place by the people through the initiative process and later the Legislature are duty-bound ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Group of evangelicals, Catholics applauds Democrats' proposed abortion plank: It includes commitment to reduce number through prenatal care, income support, adoption programs
Aug. 12--It's not every day that you hear religious leaders praise Barack Obama and the Democratic Party for their anti-abortion stance. But today, a group of evangelicals and Catholics said they were encouraged by the proposed Democratic platform, which includes a commitment to reduce the number of abortions with prenatal care, income support and adoption programs.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Political-conduct rules might loosen for judges
Aug. 13--Although they run in partisan primaries and are popularly elected, judges in Ohio long have been barred from getting their hands dirty with some of the more political aspects of running for office. The Ohio Supreme Court now is proposing rules that would change that -- a little. The new setup won't happen until after this year's election, however. The proposed revisions to the Code of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Schwarzenegger sues California controller over pay cuts
Aug. 12--Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration sued Democratic state Controller John Chiang on Monday in an effort to cut pay for about 180,000 state employees by the end of August, moving the salary battle from the political arena to the courtroom. Chiang vowed to defy the Republican governor's pay instructions asking that 150,000 state employees receive the federal minimum wage of $6.55 ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

City held in contempt of court over take-home vehicles
Aug. 12--A judge has held the city of Buffalo in contempt of court, a rare ruling that is prompting the city to temporarily return take-home vehicles to seven employees. City Hall's top attorney said the cars will be returned to the blue-collar workers by the end of today, but she vowed to appeal State Supreme Court Judge Timothy Drury's ruling. "We have been defending the city in hopes of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Preate files suit for those serving life sentences
Aug. 12--SCRANTON -- A Scranton attorney who once served as the state's top prosecutor has filed a federal lawsuit against the state Board of Pardons, alleging the board is violating the state constitution by arbitrarily refusing to grant clemency hearings to inmates serving life sentences. The lawsuit filed by attorney Ernest D. Preate Jr. alleges a merit review system implemented by the board ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Lesbian couple files for divorce: Fresno County sees likely first split since gay marriages began.
Aug. 12--A same-sex couple who were married in Fresno County on June 27 -- just 10 days after county clerks in California started issuing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples -- has filed for divorce. The couple, Theresa Ramirez and Adelita Guajardo, are among more than 100 same-sex couples who applied for a marriage license in the county since June.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Texas officials initially estimated 70 charges against FLDS: Current number of cases unknown
Aug. 12--While Texas authorities were initially investigating 20 cases of sexual assault and 50 bigamy cases involving FLDS members, it's unclear how many of those cases remain open four months later. Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange confirmed the number of cases -- outlined in an April e-mail -- was accurate in the month officials raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch near ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

EDITORIAL: Duty of the state
Aug. 13--No surprise that the National Legal Aid & Defender Association would recommend that Ohio devote additional resources to providing lawyers for poor people charged with crimes. What was striking about the organization's report, conducted for Hamilton County and released last week, was the persuasiveness of its arguments. Ohio is out of step, and the victims aren't merely often ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Protesters sue again, seek more space: Two groups taking cases to state court
Aug. 12--REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION -- St. Paul is facing two new lawsuits related to protest activity at September's Republican National Convention. Both suits were announced Monday, each claiming a designated protest area, which will house a large stage with amplified sound for the duration of the Sept. 1-4 event, is inadequate. The suits also ask a Ramsey County judge to force the city to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Appeals court to consider interest on punitive damages in Exxon Valdez suit
WASHINGTON _ Once again, plaintiffs who have been waiting for a payout in the Exxon Valdez lawsuit will have to continue their wait. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to decide whether Exxon Mobil Corp. should pay interest on punitive damages, which would nearly double the $507 million award punishing the company for its role in an oil spill that leaked 11 million gallons of crude oil ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Judge fined for improper actions: Board: He jailed without trial man who harassed his friend
Aug. 13--A Dakota County judge has been fined and reprimanded for jailing a man who harassed his friend without offering the man the right to a trial and a defense attorney. The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards announced Tuesday it had issued a civil penalty of $1,000 to Judge Michael V. Sovis for failing to act impartially and failing to allow all parties the right to be heard.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Deserter to learn his fate
Aug. 13--Between phone calls Tuesday afternoon, Chuck Fager was at his computer creating a couple of signs for a rally in support of Fort Bragg deserter Jeremy Hinzman. Fager, who is director of the Quaker House in Fayetteville, plans to be ready no matter which decision is announced today on Hinzman's request for permission to remain in Canada on humanitarian grounds.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

More to story, says judge about rant: He wants panel hearing charges to know ?other facts.?
Aug. 12--An Allen Superior Court judge facing judicial misconduct charges and possible removal from office does not deny making derogatory comments to the family of a man sentenced in another judge's courtroom last year. But Judge Kenneth Scheibenberger wants the Indiana Supreme Court commission that will have a say in his fate to hear the whole story. "Judge Scheibenberger does not dispute the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Child's wish supreme in court
Aug. 13--NEW DELHI -- The court should ascertain wishes of a minor child before taking a final call on his or her custody, says the Supreme Court. Departing from the prevailing law a bench headed by Justice C K Thakker denied custody of a nine-year-old boy to his natural guardian, the father by permitting the child to live with his maternal grandparents. The father is facing trial for alleged ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Seeking justice in Guantanamo
Aug. 13--DOHA, Qatar -- Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reported from the Guantanamo Bay trial of Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's former driver. Here he examines what motivated Charles Swift, the US lawyer who defended him. After his sentencing, for the first time Salim Hamdan broke into a smile, hugged his lawyers, waved to the court observers and in his meagre English, said: "Bye-bye everybody." ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

New bench to hear Ghaziabad fund scam case
Aug. 13--NEW DELHI -- Yet another bench was constituted to hear the multi-crore Ghaziabad provident fund scam that allegedly involves 36 judges. The move came after an unprecedented spat last week between Justice BN Agrawal and former law minister Shanti Bhushan that led to the senior most judge of the Supreme Court withdrawing from the case. Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan has ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Dems win over religious leaders
Aug. 13--It's not every day that you hear religious leaders praise Barack Obama and the Democratic Party for their anti-abortion stance. But yesterday, a group of evangelicals and Catholics said they were encouraged by the proposed Democratic platform, which includes a commitment to reduce the number of abortions through prenatal care, income support and adoption programs.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Fairness in forensics
A Mississippi judge has recently taken the unusual step of allocating several thousand dollars in county funds so a defendant, accused of murdering a Jackson State University co-ed last November, can hire a forensic expert to examine the evidence in the case, scheduled for trial in September. With forensic evidence _ fingerprints, DNA, ballistics, bloodstain patterns, footwear analysis and the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Fighting threatens peace plan in Philippines
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines _ Fierce fighting between Muslim rebels and the Filipino military over the past three days has dealt a setback to a peace plan aimed at ending the world's longest-running insurgency and raised fears of violence spreading elsewhere in the southern Philippines. The fighting, which has displaced at least 130,000 residents, began Sunday when Philippine armed forces ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

BRIEF: Duke asks court to dismiss lawsuit
Aug. 12--Duke Energy has asked a federal court to dismiss an environmentalists' lawsuit that aims to stop expansion of the Cliffside power plant west of Charlotte. The Southern Environmental Law Center, which has fought the addition of an 800-megawatt addition to Cliffside on behalf of five environmental groups, filed the suit July 16. The group claims Duke is violating the federal Clean Air Act ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Charter schools try to save themselves using tax dollars
Aug. 13--FAILURE -- or perceived failure -- is expensive. Just take a look at Renaissance Charter School, in business since 1999. In April, the School Reform Commission unanimously voted to begin the process of shutting down the Mount Airy school, citing years of sloppy management, high staff turnover and low student achievement. Since then, Renaissance officials, in a scramble to save the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Fairway man sues Time Warner over cable box rental requirement
Aug. 13--It irks Fairway resident Matthew Meeds that he has to rent a cable box from Time Warner Cable in order to watch premium channels. He'd rather buy one from a manufacturer of his own choosing. But Time Warner doesn't give him that option. Instead, like the company's other customers in the Kansas City area, Meeds must pay a monthly fee for the box. "I think that for most people, if they ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Ex-Blues chief sues state: Jews claims decision to cut severance deal is unconstitutional
Aug. 13--William L. Jews, the former chief executive officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has sued Maryland's top insurance regulator over its decision to deny him about $9 million in severance and other pay, calling the regulatory move unconstitutional. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore this week, takes issue with a ruling last month by state Insurance Commissioner ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Schools told to let Christian group in rent-free: A federal judge granted an injunction, saying the school district's fee policy is unconstitutional.
Aug. 12--NEWPORT NEWS -- A federal judge has ordered Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools to stop charging a Christian group to use one of its schools as a meeting place while a lawsuit against the school district is under way. In granting a preliminary injunction requested by the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Virginia, U.S. District Judge Raymond A.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Decision to seek death penalty draws strong reaction
Aug. 12--CHAPEL HILL -- The last time a defendant received the death penalty in Orange County was more than 35 years ago. And the attorney who defended that man -- and who had the sentence ultimately overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court -- said Monday "that's not a bad thing." "I'm an opponent of the death penalty, and have been for years," said attorney Bob Epting, "and I believe that Orange ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

EDITORIAL: MILF leadership must show sincerity
Aug. 12--The leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has failed to prove its sincerity in seeking to make peace reign in Mindanao. A senior leader of the organization, Eid Kabalu, is the designated MILF spokesman. He is a familiar face, voice and name in newspapers and broadcast media. He has blamed the government military and civilian volunteers for the MILF's failure to withdraw ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Ranchers seek solution to conservation easement jam: A Denver lawyer says a lawsuit might be the best answer.
Aug. 12--SWINK -- Landowners in the Lower Arkansas Valley are searching for options now that some conservation easements have been deemed invalid by the Colorado Department of Revenue. One tactic under consideration is a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the state of Colorado. On Monday, about 50 Southern Colorado landowners, who have either had trouble selling tax credits from ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Panel: Deny funds to errant colleges
Aug. 12--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court-appointed Raghavan Committee has suggested to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to link release of grants to educational institutions with the compliance of the apex court directions to curb ragging in colleges. The suggestion is made in wake of the regulatory bodies expressing their helplessness to prevent ragging in colleges.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Mar asks SC to stop signing of peace pact
Aug. 12--Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas 2nd asked the Supreme Court on Monday to stop the government from pushing through with what he called as an unconstitutional memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain that Malacanang had planned to sign with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The government welcomed the motion for intervention filed by Roxas, saying the move will further clarify the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

City takes offensive against drug houses: Appleton Ave. building subject of lawsuit
Aug. 13--For city officials, the events of June 29 were the last straw at 7251 W. Appleton Ave. Five armed men were ransacking a first-floor apartment when a woman who lived in another unit walked in on them, according to a lawsuit. The intruders tortured her with a Taser before realizing they were in the wrong apartment. Then they went down the hall and kicked in the door of apartment No.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Lawsuit by Danieal's parents called 'disgusting'
Aug. 13--Two of the city's top officials yesterday expressed outrage over the filing of a civil lawsuit by the parents of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly, who were recently criminally charged in the girl's death. "This is unfortunately one of the most insane, obscene and disgusting things I've heard in all my public life," Mayor Nutter said after an unrelated news conference yesterday.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 13, 2008

Brower Piven Encourages Investors Who Have Losses in Excess of $100,000 From Investment in Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc. to Inquire About the Lead Plaintiff Position in Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Before the October 7, 2008 Lead Plaintiff Deadline
Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc. ("Reddy Ice" or the "Company") (NYSE: FRZ) during the period between August 10, 2005 and March 6, 2008, inclusive ...
MarketWire - Aug 12, 2008

Schwarzenegger sues to cut state salaries for missed budget deadline
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filed suit Monday to force the slashing of state salaries each time legislators bust their annual budget deadline _ a move he hopes will transform a debilitating political dynamic. By opting to go to court, Schwarzenegger may well be conceding no pay cuts will happen this year, since the legal process is likely to be protracted.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 11, 2008

Arrest made in '75 slaying: DNA leads to new suspect in killing of Emporia teacher; man now dead was convicted
Aug. 12--The 1975 rape and killing of an 88-year-old Emporia woman may have been solved by a pioneering DNA project aimed at clearing people wrongly convicted decades ago. Thomas Pope Jr., 53, of Emporia was arrested yesterday and charged with rape and first-degree murder in the Jan. 2, 1975, death of Eva King Jones, a retired teacher attacked in her home across North Main Street from the police ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Esch urges focus on Afghan-Pakistani border
Aug. 12--Fresh off a trip to Afghanistan, congressional candidate Jim Esch said the United States is not focused on the job of fighting terrorists hiding in the border region with Pakistan. Esch, the Democrat running against Republican incumbent Lee Terry in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, said terrorists are regrouping in the mountainous border region and flushing them out is in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

N.C. renews bid to cut air pollution: The state revives a battle with EPA over pollution that blows in from other states
Aug. 12--North Carolina wants federal air regulators to require power plants to cut pollution that is wafting into the state and is renewing a legal bid to force 13 states to curb pollution. The state attorney general and two environmental organizations filed a motion Monday asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for an immediate hearing.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Inmates' attorney calls jail system 'unsafe': Class-action lawsuit dates to 1977, targets treatment, conditions
Aug. 11--Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's tough-guy policies spawned pink underwear, chain gangs and two meals a day for jail inmates, as well as an international media following. He's parlayed the jail's reputation as a hell-hole into four terms in office. But now that a 30-year-old federal lawsuit alleging unconstitutionally inhumane treatment for inmates in his jails has been re-energized ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 11, 2008

Disbarred attorney admits to fraud count: Real estate lawyer misused client funds in escrow accounts
Aug. 12--ALBANY -- An Albany-area attorney who recently was disbarred by a state appeals court for misusing client funds pleaded guilty to a related bank fraud charge Monday in U.S. District Court. William F. Tessitore, 60, a real estate attorney and married father of two children, faces a maximum of 30 years in prison for his conviction, but he is likely to receive substantially less ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Mar asks SC to stop signing of peace pact
Aug. 12--Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas 2nd asked the Supreme Court on Monday to stop the government from pushing through with what he called as an unconstitutional memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain that Malacanang had planned to sign with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The government welcomed the motion for intervention filed by Roxas, saying the move will further clarify the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Panel: Deny funds to errant colleges
Aug. 12--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court-appointed Raghavan Committee has suggested to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to link release of grants to educational institutions with the compliance of the apex court directions to curb ragging in colleges. The suggestion is made in wake of the regulatory bodies expressing their helplessness to prevent ragging in colleges.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Looking back on John McCain's visit to Lima
Aug. 11--Now, to the important things when it comes to rehashing John McCain's visit to Lima last week. Like, how long did McCain talk? Was anyone turned away? Why did they pick the Civic Center to host the event? And, most of all, where did Mc-Cain have lunch? That last question is actually a nobrainer, given this is Lima, Ohio. Mc-Cain may call himself a "maverick" politician who will go ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 11, 2008

Q&A: Tribal lawyer says there's a united front on California gambling
Aug. 11--Howard Dickstein is a tribal lawyer who fought major casino expansions that voters approved for four Southern California tribes. He is sounding an alarm over prospects of an initiative to overturn a state Supreme Court ruling by restoring state lottery Keno games. The Bee talked with him about gambling in California. Gov. Schwarzenegger's office is now adamant it doesn't support ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 11, 2008

Sabio under fire in SC investigation
Aug. 12--CHAIRMAN Camilo Sabio of the Presidential Commission on Good Government tried to influence his younger brother, Court of Appeals Justice Jose Sabio, to take the side of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) in its intra-corporate war with the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco). Justice Sabio, who is five years younger than Chairman Sabio, admitted Monday before the three-man Supreme ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Death for tourist killers
Aug. 12--NEW DELHI -- Terming the rape and murder case of the Australian woman Dawn Emilie Griggs as "rarest of rare", a city court on Monday sent the two convicts -- cab driver Jyotish Prasad (28) and his friend Ashish Kumar -- to gallows. "To be hanged till death," said Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar. His words came as a shock to the mother of the main convict, Prasad, who could not ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Protesters sue again, seek more space: Two groups taking cases to state court
Aug. 12--REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION -- St. Paul is facing two new lawsuits related to protest activity at September's Republican National Convention. Both suits were announced Monday, each claiming a designated protest area, which will house a large stage with amplified sound for the duration of the Sept. 1-4 event, is inadequate. The suits also ask a Ramsey County judge to force the city to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Lure of land gives way to frustration
Aug. 12--SIERRA BLANCA -- Weathered skin hanging over her petite frame, June Ellingson says she is happy with the desert home that leaves her perched precariously close to death nearly every day. "It's quiet, peaceful," she says, flashing a two-toothed grin. "I can look out and see the stars at night and almost count them as they pop out." But when night gives way to another scorching day, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

St. Paul sues to recover investment money: The city wants almost $1 million, as well as punitive damages, because it says Merrill Lynch did not disclose the risk. The broker said the investment was legal.
Aug. 12--St. Paul is suing its longtime investment broker to recoup money lost in a risky investment that the city claims it was misled into making. The city says Merrill Lynch knowingly sold it an investment -- backed by risky mortgage loans and originated in the Cayman Islands -- that is unauthorized under Minnesota law. Merrill Lynch maintains that the investment was legal.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Conporec Requests Procedures with Respect of the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act
Conporec Inc. (TSX VENTURE: CNX)(ALTERNEXT: ALCNX) ("Conporec" or the "Company"), announces today that the Company requested and obtained an initial ordinance from the Court under the terms of the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Until this initial 30 days period or until any other delay decided by the Court, this ordinance aims the Canadian activities of Conporec but do not affect ...
MarketWire - Aug 11, 2008

Brower Piven Encourages Investors Who Have Losses in Excess of $250,000 From Investment in SemGroup Energy Partners, L.P. to Inquire About the Lead Plaintiff Position in Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Before the September 19, 2008 Lead Plaintiff eadline
Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of the common units of SemGroup Energy Partners, L.P. ("SGLP" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SGLP) during the period between July 17, 2007 and July 17, 2008, ...
MarketWire - Aug 11, 2008

Six Flags pursues plan to sell beer in the park
Aug. 12--Six Flags has quietly submitted its application to the state to sell liquor at its two Arlington parks, but protesters will have their chance to be heard by a judge later this year. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has set a protest hearing for Oct. 14-15 in Fort Worth, where an administrative judge will listen to testimony for and against the application.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia Sign an Agreement for Electronic Monitoring Technology
The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety along with the Honourable Len Goucher, Minister of Immigration for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Cecil Clarke, Attorney General and Minister of Justice for Nova Scotia, today announced an agreement for the use of Nova Scotia's electronic monitoring systems in a pilot program for federal offenders.
MarketWire - Aug 11, 2008

Government Initiates Electronic Monitoring for Federal Offenders
The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety today announced that the Government of Canada is launching a program to electronically monitor federal offenders. The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety today announced that the Government of Canada is launching a program to electronically monitor federal offenders. "This initiative will better protect communities and ...
MarketWire - Aug 11, 2008

Danieal Kelly's parents, charged in her death, are suing for damages
Aug. 12--WHAT A MESS! The parents of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly face criminal charges in connection with her death, but have now also filed a lawsuit against their criminal co-defendants, blaming them for the girl's demise. Danieal, as a recent Philadelphia District Attorney's Office's grand-jury report so gut-wrenchingly detailed, died two years ago of starvation while lying in her own feces, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Texas Bus Crash Could Have Been Prevented, Attorney Says
The attorney who helped win one of the most The attorney who helped win one of the most notable bus crash lawsuits in Texas history says a Houston bus company and one of its drivers are likely to blame for the recent deadly bus crash near the Texas-Oklahoma border that has claimed the lives of 17 passengers so far. Attorney Mark Werbner of Dallas' Sayles Werbner says the allegations that the ...
MarketWire - Aug 11, 2008

Lawsuits, foes derail biolab schedule
Aug. 12--Boston University conceded yesterday its high-security anti-bioterrorism lab won't be opening on time due to all the legal wrangling surrounding the controverisal project. But that won't stop Boston University Medical Center from conducting mock "emergency" drills and training early next year to test its public safety and health procedures. The $178 million lab, where the university ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 12, 2008

Courts keeping cases secret: District judges sealing many documents
Aug. 10--View an interactive map of sealed records from each county. Oklahoma's district court judges are sealing thousands of court cases and documents -- mostly because attorneys simply asked them to. More than 2,300 cases statewide have received a judge's order to make at least one record in the file not available to the public, according to a Tulsa World analysis going back to 2003.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Court of eye appeal: Halls of Judicial Center decked with a corpus of delectable works
Aug. 10--The business of the Ohio Supreme Court is legal, but its pleasure is artistic. More than 170 artworks -- with more on the way -- grace the Ohio Judicial Center at 65 S. Front St., Downtown. From Hocking Hills landscapes to Aminah Robinson paintings, pieces by (mostly) Ohio artists have been donated, lent or bought for the 1933 building -- renovated to become the court's home in 2004. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Gay divorce cases complicated by differences in state, federal law
BOSTON _ Sometimes the joy of same-sex marriage is followed by the pain of divorce, but Peter Zupcofska is there to help. In Boston, he's become known as "the master of gay divorce." For a $25,000 retainer, he can lead couples through the intricacies of how best to break up. Zupcofska said divorces presented gay couples with a new opportunity "to make things right" when a relationship ended. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Brain surgeon returns to town: High malpractice insurance rates forced him out
Aug. 10--BELLEVILLE -- One of the region's top neurosurgeons plans to re-open his practice in Belleville next month after a five-year absence. Dr. William W. Sprich, 56, said he expects to start seeing patients Sept. 2 at his new office at Belleville Memorial Hospital. Sprich closed his Belleville office in the summer of 2003 and relocated to St. Mary's Hospital in Clayton, Mo.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Law students to work on freeing innocent inmates
Aug. 10--The odds will be steep, the clients reviled and the long path ahead is already marked by rejection and failure. But that's just fine when the potential payoff is freedom and justice, said University of Michigan law professors David Moran and Bridget McCormack. Moran and McCormack are spending the summer setting up the Michigan Innocence Clinic, a student law clinic to challenge what ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

EDITORIAL: Odd Hamdan trial raises disturbing questions
Aug. 10--The curious trial of Osama bin Laden's driver raises still more doubts about the Bush administration's handling of terrorism-related cases. Bush personally approved the idea of sending the driver, Salim Hamdan, to trial under the controversial military commission system that gives big advantages to the prosecution. The prosecution then portrayed Hamdan as a terrorist conspirator, a ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

EDITORIAL: Verdict for America
Aug. 10--One of the darkest eras in the history of the American system of jurisprudence finally has resulted in something that looks like justice. A military tribunal last week acquitted Salim Hamdan, who was a driver for Osama Bin Laden, of conspiracy to engage in terror, the more serious of two charges brought against him. He was convicted on a lesser count of providing material support to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Utah crime victims gaining more clout
Aug. 10--Crime victims have long depended on prosecutors for justice. But Peggy Hay and Patricia Hay, sisters-in-law who were left widows by a reckless driver, say a plea bargain approved by the former Duchesne County attorney denied them theirs. Now they want the Utah Supreme Court to rule their rights were violated and overturn the deal. From speaking up at sentencings to conferring with ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Widows' fight over plea deal goes to top Utah court: Ex-Duchesne County attorney misrepresented their stand on driver's plea in double fatal, they say
Aug. 10--In February 2005, John and Patricia Hay celebrated his retirement and her birthday by taking a trip to Las Vegas with his brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Peggy Hay. The four were headed home to Colorado, on Highway 40 in Duchesne County, when driver Brandon R. Lane, trying to pass a semitrailer, hit the Hays' Jeep head-on, court records said. The brothers were killed instantly and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Support of McCain fuels talk that Lieberman might once again be a VP candidate
WASHINGTON _ If a few votes had shifted eight years ago, Joseph Lieberman might now be the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Instead, the Connecticut senator, who won re-election in 2006 as an independent, is one of Republican John McCain's more potent political weapons, maybe even potent enough to make another run at vice president, this time as a Republican.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Law school taking no new students this fall
Aug. 10--The Barkley School of Law won't accept any new students when classes resume Aug. 18 and will offer limited classes for about 20 previously enrolled students. Those changes are part of an effort by the school's new owners and dean to overcome the past and establish credibility. "I want to make it as clear as possible that this is not just a name change (from the American Justice School ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Govt shelves bill against corrupt judges
Aug. 11--NEW DELHI -- A bill empowering people to complain against corrupt judges will remain a pipe-dream. The government has shelved a move that would have made it mandatory for the judiciary to put in place a mechanism to probe corruption against judges for the first time. Succumbing to pressure from its allies keen to avoid a confrontation with the judiciary, the UPA government has frozen ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 11, 2008

Public defender race heats up: It is the first contested race for the office in the history of the 1st Judicial Circuit
Aug. 10--For the first time in the history of Florida's 1st Judicial Circuit, there is a contested race for public defender. And it's gotten ugly. With the Aug. 26 primary looming, Republican candidates James Owens and Kelly Merritt Richards aren't holding back their criticism of one another. Owens accuses Merritt Richards of being an insider who will maintain the " status quo" in an office ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Mayor's suit dropped: Counts against Roger McMillian dismissed by federal judge
Aug. 10--Stillwater Mayor Roger McMillian has been dismissed from a sexual harassment lawsuit. The charges were dismissed with prejudice Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. "With prejudice" means the plaintiffs cannot re-file the claim against McMillian. McMillian declined comment Friday night. He did issue a written statement earlier (see page A3).
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Son battled officers; now mom fights suit: Year after Shingle Springs shootout, deputies seek $8 million from widow
Aug. 10--A carved post and a boulder mark the place where Eddie Mies gunned down his dad last year on the family's rustic homestead in Shingle Springs. Up the hill a little farther, among the dusty pines and chaparral, stands another wooden post and a cairn of smaller rocks. This is where Mies, who was 34, died of bullet wounds from the ensuing gunbattle with El Dorado County deputies.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Faculty complaints: Chancellor nullifies grievance panel findings
Aug. 10--Since losing his job at the University of Missouri, Horstmeier has been working out of state. On this particular trip, he also weighed his options after Chancellor Brady Deaton overturned a grievance panel decision that Horstmeier believes vindicated him. Horstmeier claimed he lost his job as the result of a university rule violation, because he suffered in a hostile work environment, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Jitters drove energy deal: Nervous analysts urged power plant settlement
Aug. 10--Fielding calls from folks on Wall Street isn't in the typical job description for someone working for a conservation group. But the calls were about the costliest construction project in state history, the $2.3 billion We Energies power plant being built in Oak Creek. Jittery stock analysts visited with representatives of Clean Wisconsin in Madison this spring, wanting to know whether ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Land records go online -- but they're pricey: Many court clerks require contracts, with advance payments of up to $960
Aug. 10--Searching real estate property records online instead of wasting valuable time and gas driving to the local courthouse makes perfect sense to Reed Adams, whose job requires frequent document checks. "With the cost of gas right now, it's an excellent saving for us," said Adams, director of land surveying for the civil engineering firm of Koontz-Bryant PC.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

BRIEF: People on the move
Aug. 10----Kemp Smith: Jeanne "Cezy" Collins, a partner at Kemp Smith law firm, was recently appointed by the Texas State Bar to the Texas Access to Justice Commission for a three-year term. The commission was created in 2001 by the Supreme Court of Texas to develop and implement policy initiatives to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for low-income ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Lawyer says legal climate not hurting business
Aug. 10--Beckley attorney Thomas Rist feels the legal profession is taking an unfair shellacking by special interest groups that blame lawyers for West Virginia's dead-last ranking by Forbes magazine in doing business. And Rist, while only 31, has the experience to make comparisons. Early on in his career, he practiced law, and still holds a license to do so, in California, juggling his time ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Law clinic preparing Page Mill database: Tenant petitions to be filed to rent board
Aug. 10--As she sat with her 2-year-old son Jorge in an East Palo Alto law clinic Thursday morning, 45-year-old Juana Yanez was in a real bind. Her landlord, Page Mill Properties, has raised the rent for her studio twice since November from $600 to $1,250 effective Sept. 1. "I called them because I thought it was a mistake," Yanez said. "And they never returned my call." Yanez's plight caught ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Irving criticized as it plots its own course to get water from Oklahoma
Aug. 10--The small town of Hugo, Okla., has excess water it wants to sell. The thriving and thirsty city of Irving wants to buy it. Sounds easy enough, right? Yet a deal reached this week by the Dallas suburb to buy millions of gallons a year from the southeast Oklahoma city has officials fretting on both sides of the Red River and clouds a long-term plan by a sprawling North Texas water ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Looking back on John McCain's visit to Lima
Aug. 11--Now, to the important things when it comes to rehashing John McCain's visit to Lima last week. Like, how long did McCain talk? Was anyone turned away? Why did they pick the Civic Center to host the event? And, most of all, where did Mc-Cain have lunch? That last question is actually a nobrainer, given this is Lima, Ohio. Mc-Cain may call himself a "maverick" politician who will go ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 11, 2008

Lawsuit says real estate company is anti-children
Aug. 11--To view a copy of the lawsuit, click here. LAS CRUCES -- A Las Cruces woman has sued a real estate company here, alleging she suffered discrimination when the company refused to rent a property to her after learning she had grandchildren. Mary L. Hernandez of Las Cruces filed suit Wednesday in federal court, against Monarch Real Estate Corp. The El Paso-based Border Fair Housing and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 11, 2008

Hamilton County Sheriff-elect Jim Hammond prepares for 'tons of challenges'
Aug. 10--Hamilton County Sheriff-elect Jim Hammond defeated three opponents in Thursday night's election, winning by more than a 2-to-1 margin over Democrat Greg Beck. Mr. Hammond, 64, who previously served as the county's chief deputy, pledged to greet each of his employees, as well as form a coalition to tackle school violence. He succeeds former Sheriff Billy Long who resigned in February and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

11,000 couples later, gay marriage largely a nonevent in Massachusetts
BOSTON _ When Michele Frost and Mary Helen Walker enrolled their 3-year-old daughter, Shea, in preschool, it required a change in the school application form. But it was no big deal: Officials simply substituted the words "mother" and "father" with "Parent 1" and "Parent 2." When they got their marriage license, city employees behind the counter were more interested in the child than they were ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

18 protective orders under wraps: Critic says sealed records are possibly dangerous.
Aug. 10--In Tulsa County, 18 protective orders have been sought by unknown people against unknown assailants with an unknown outcome. Even the judge is not listed. Oklahoma County has six such protective order cases and one with a protective order issued against an unnamed person. This is unfair to the public and possibly dangerous, according to Joey Senat, former president of Freedom of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 10, 2008

Some sex offenders can live by schools: 2003 law doesn't apply if crimes were before then
Aug. 11--The Franklin County sheriff's office has a list of 231 sex offenders who live within 1,000 feet of a school or a day-care center. But most of them likely won't have to move because the Ohio Supreme Court determined in February that the 2003 law that bans them from living near schools doesn't apply if they committed their crime before the law took effect.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 11, 2008

Q&A: Tribal lawyer says there's a united front on California gambling
Aug. 11--Howard Dickstein is a tribal lawyer who fought major casino expansions that voters approved for four Southern California tribes. He is sounding an alarm over prospects of an initiative to overturn a state Supreme Court ruling by restoring state lottery Keno games. The Bee talked with him about gambling in California. Gov. Schwarzenegger's office is now adamant it doesn't support ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 11, 2008

Honduran Chi executed for 2001 Arlington murder
Aug. 8--HUNTSVILLE -- Heliberto Chi, the native Honduran who shot an Arlington store manager in the back during an after-hours robbery in 2001, was executed Thursday evening after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal to spare his life. Chi, 29, was prounounced dead at 6:25 p.m. while the two sons of his victim witnessed the lethal injection in a tiny room adjacent to the death ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

State workers union sues over Schwarzenegger's job cuts
Aug. 7--The largest state employees union filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Sacramento Superior Court alleging that the state mishandled its termination of some temporary and part-time employees last week, potentially costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. The state is still processing some exit paychecks due last week for employees and will be forced to pay them additional compensation because it ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Move against Musharraf threatens Pakistan turmoil
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan _ The leaders of Pakistan's ruling coalition Thursday said they'd impeach President Pervez Musharraf, a move that could ignite a political firestorm even as the government is under mounting American pressure to crack down on Islamic insurgents allied with al-Qaida. A political battle could push nuclear-armed Pakistan into protracted turmoil; prevent its shaky civilian ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

It's a rich man's court: House panel
Aug. 8--NEW DELHI -- In the court of law, some appear to be more equal than others. That's what a parliamentary panel believes is the case in the India. High profile corporate disputes are getting preference in courts at the cost of poor people, who cannot afford the highly paid lawyers in their fight for justice and have to suffer endless delays, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Court rules against federal judge
Aug. 8--EL PASO -- U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo had no right to keep three men implicated in the public corruption investigation from hiring whomever they wanted as a lawyer because the men have never appeared before the judge, a court ruling that became public Thursday states. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Montalvo did not have the jurisdiction to keep El Paso ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Clemens seeks to keep suit in Houston
Aug. 8--Rusty Hardin will file a motion in federal court today arguing that Roger Clemens' defamation suit against Brian McNamee should remain in Houston. "We basically filed a brief that says if you injure someone in Houston, Texas, you should properly be held accountable in Houston," Hardin said. "McNamee slandered Roger in Houston, and that's where the injury occurred." McNamee told former ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Anthrax victim's widow convinced dead suspect was the killer: Widow of Boca Raton victim is convinced FBI pinpointed correct suspect
Aug. 8--WEST PALM BEACH -- The widow of anthrax victim Bob Stevens, a tabloid photo editor who worked in Boca Raton and was the first victim to die, says she is satisfied the FBI pinpointed the right man in the 2001 attacks. Over the years since her husband's death, Maureen Stevens has periodically expressed doubts about whether the case would ever be solved, even as she sought more information ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Recall vote aimed at easing tensions exacerbates instability in Bolivia
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia _ More than once, President Evo Morales' jet has been forced to divert when opponents stormed an airport and declared: You're not landing here. Thousands of supporters of the leftist Morales, meanwhile, had this state's opposition governor fleeing for his life when they set fire to his government office building. With civil and calm dialogue in short supply, both sides hope ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

State suing lending giant: Countrywide ?stacked the deck'
Aug. 7--HARTFORD -- Adding to the growing list of legal and financial woes swirling around beleaguered Countrywide Financial Corp., Attorney General Richard Blumenthal Wednesday sued the mortgage giant for allegedly luring consumers into deceptive loans they could not afford and c h a r g i n g e x c e s s i v e fees. The lawsuit, filed in Superior C o u r t i n H a r t f o r d , seeks ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Baird Hails Successful Conclusion to Elephant Ivory Smuggling Sting
Canada's Environment Minister John Baird today congratulated Canadian and American enforcement officers for a big victory in the battle against international elephant ivory smuggling. Canada's Environment Minister John Baird today congratulated Canadian and American enforcement officers for a big victory in the battle against international elephant ivory smuggling.
MarketWire - Aug 7, 2008

Lewis-Palmer grad's 'Jesus speech' lawsuit thrown out
Aug. 7--Lewis-Palmer School District 38 did not violate the First Amendment rights of a 2006 graduate when it disciplined her for mentioning Jesus Christ in a valedictorian speech, a federal judge has ruled. The former student, Erica Corder, said Thursday she is considering an appeal. U.S. District Court Judge Walker D. Miller dismissed the lawsuit Corder filed in August 2007 accusing the school ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Legal Aid helps the down and out
Aug. 7--DURHAM -- It is common knowledge that Durham and many other counties have public defenders to assist poor criminal defendants. However, it is less well known that free legal help also is available for low-income people with civil woes, such as victims of identity theft and those with looming house foreclosures, mountains of consumer debt and other wallet-numbing nightmares.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Lawyer admits transporting prostitute across state lines for Jesters convention
Aug. 7--A former state court law clerk admitted Thursday that he drove a prostitute to Ashland, Ky., in his motor home in 2005, and agreed to cooperate with an ongoing federal investigation of the nationwide fraternal order that was meeting there at the time. Michael R. Stebick, 60, pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy count alleging he transported the unnamed woman across state lines for ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Ultraman deal gets zapped
Aug. 7--Media Network Retail Co (MNR) has cancelled a plan to buy the rights to the Japanese superhero Ultraman for distribution in Thailand from Tsuburaya Productions despite the settlement of a decade-long legal dispute in the Japanese company's favour. Tsuburaya demanded that MNR fight on its behalf more than 10 cases now in court over the copyright of the superhero, said Samart ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Judges call for extensive reforms
Aug. 7--Santa Clara County's two top juvenile court judges are calling for sweeping reforms of the dependency courts far beyond what a statewide commission is considering, contending the current child welfare system designed to protect children from abuse "often does more harm than good." Judges Patrick Tondreau and Katherine Lucero wrote to a commission studying problems in the state's ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Osteen suit: Faith in jury, not in God
Aug. 8--It turns out that the latest Trial of the Century, Continental flight attendant Sharon Brown's lawsuit seeking 10 percent of Victoria Osteen's net worth, is not primarily over hemorrhoids and Brown's loss of faith in God. Not that those two things aren't worth a tithe of the millions Osteen has earned with her husband, Joel, as co-pastor of Lakewood Church, one of the largest in the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Questions and answers about Kilpatrick's decision
Aug. 7--Following are some questions raised by Wednesday's decision by Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to waive his preliminary examination in Detroit's 36th District Court and take his criminal case directly to Wayne County Circuit Court. QUESTION: What does it mean that Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty, his former chief of staff, intend to waive their preliminary examinations? ANSWER: The ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Judge to weigh Garden City Hotel proposal
Aug. 8--The controversy over $4 million in tax breaks for the potential buyer of the Garden City Hotel is now in the hands of a judge. State Supreme Court Justice F. Dana Winslow yesterday heard arguments from attorneys for the Garden City school district, the village, the hotel's owners and buyers, the Hempstead Industrial Development Agency and the Nassau County assessor.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

EDITORIAL: There is no substitute for hard evidence
Aug. 7--The judiciary seems to be caught in two minds about banning the Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi), going by the ping-pong decisions coming out of courts. On Tuesday, a special tribunal of the Delhi High Court lifted the ban on Simi, saying that the government had failed to provide sufficient evidence to justify continued curbs on the fundamentalist group.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Man executed for 1991 robbery, murder in Arlington
Aug. 8--A man convicted of the 1991 aggravated robbery and murder of an Arlington store manager was executed Thursday at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Walls Unit. Heliberto Chi, 29, was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m., less than three hours after the Supreme Court denied his final appeal in a 9-0 vote. "Heliberto Chi was executed Thursday for the 2001 slaying of Armand Paliotta, the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

SC stays tribunal order lifting ban on SIMI
Aug. 7--NEW DELHI -- Eleven hours after a court lifted the ban on the Islamic student body SIMI, an unidentified man opened a creaking, cobwebbed door inside a three-storey building at Zakir Nagar's lane no. 9 -- after six years. The furniture is crumbling and the air is musty. The man who opened the door refuses to say who is, jumps on a motorcycle and speeds away.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Profile: Pervez Musharraf
Aug. 8--DOHA, Qatar -- When asked in an interview with Al Jazeera's Darren Jordan early in 2007 what he would like his legacy as president of Pakistan to be, Pervez Musharraf said he wanted to be remembered as a "reformer and developer." "[Pakistanis] must remember me as a reformer and developer, someone who saved them from catastrophe and introduced sustainable democracy," he said.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Female football player, mother file lawsuit
Aug. 7--EVANSVILLE -- A former football player at Evansville High School and her mother have filed a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination by coaches and staff. Ivyanne Elborough broke her clavicle as a freshman member of the football team last year. The lawsuit alleges Elborough was injured because she was told to practice without safety equipment, even though the rest of the team was wearing ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Lawyer-judge showdown in Supreme Court
Aug. 8--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Thursday witnessed an unprecedented spat between its second senior-most judge and former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan. The showdown took place during the hearing of multi-crore Provident Fund scam, involving 36 judges of the Allahabad High Court and Gaziabad district court. Stung by the senior advocate's remark that Supreme Court was protecting corrupt ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Little legal recourse for breast-feeding mom
Aug. 8--A mother doesn't have much legal recourse if she's asked to stop breast-feeding in a public place -- as Jessica Denny learned at a Berea McDonald's on Wednesday. Kentucky's 2006 law that prohibits interfering with a breast-feeding woman doesn't carry any penalties. But it could form the basis of a lawsuit, said Lexington attorney Robert Abell. Denny, who was asked to leave the McDonald's ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Career over, legacy lingers: City faces possible fines in two situations linked to ex-DPW chief McTygue
Aug. 8--SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Thomas McTygue era may be coming back to bite the city. The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court ruled last week that the former public works commissioner violated the constitutional rights of Ken Mar Development by arbitrarily blocking its access to a lot it owned in 2006. It said the developer may seek compensatory damages against the city and McTygue, and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

S.C. Supreme Court denies Willis' appeal
Aug. 8--FLORENCE -- The S.C. Supreme Court has denied Florence Mayor Frank Willis' appeal in which he sought a new Democratic mayoral primary against Stephen J. Wukela. "Once the court rules, that's it -- it's over," Willis said after the ruling was announced Thursday. Wukela, with 1,469 votes, defeated Willis by one vote in the certified tally from the primary.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Municipal judge faces misconduct charges from stay-away order
Aug. 8--Municipal Judge James DeLeon is facing misconduct charges for allegedly issuing an improper "stay away order" to assist an acquaintance. The charges leveled by the state Judicial Conduct Board yesterday could lead to a reprimand, suspension or dismissal from the bench. Samuel Stretton, DeLeon's attorney, said that his client will admit to the facts charged in the board's complaint, and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Honduran Chi executed for 2001 Arlington murder
Aug. 7--HUNTSVILLE -- Heliberto Chi, the native Honduran who shot an Arlington store manager in the back during an after-hours robbery in 2001, was executed Thursday evening after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal to spare his life. Chi, 29, was prounounced dead at 6:25 p.m. while the two sons of his victim witnessed the lethal injection in a tiny room adjacent to the death ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Gun owners arm themselves with advocacy group
Aug. 7--As the District prepares to fight double-barreled attempts to loosen its gun-control laws, some of the city's gun rights pioneers have done what folks in Washington do best -- they have formed a lobbying group. About a dozen residents have pledged their support to Capital Gun Owners, a new D.C.-based gun advocacy and education group headed by Northwest resident Amy McVey.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Sex offender's suit over registry change dismissed
Aug. 8--Is a sex offender registry a tool for community safety, or punishment by public shame? A lawsuit filed against New York State last year by a convicted sex offender, which was dismissed in federal court in Central Islip on Monday, argues that the registry can be abused as punishment instead of its original public service purpose, and that extending the registration period is a violation ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Cornfield raises hackles in Wales: Fines, legal action possible in dispute over land use
Aug. 8--WALES -- The kettle is hot, but the corn isn't popping just yet. Threats of daily fines and a lawsuit, all over a 7-acre stand of corn, have people talking in the small village of Wales, just west of Waukesha. Property owner Kent Hanson says the corn crop is better for the community than a plot of unchecked, unsightly weeds. Village President Jeffrey Flaws wants the corn taken out ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

BRIEF: Court disbars dishonest lawyer: William F. Tessitore quits after admitting taking client's money
Aug. 8--ALBANY -- An Albany-area attorney has been disbarred after a "substantial conversion" of client funds, a state appeals court said Thursday. William F. Tessitore, a lawyer since 1991, also resigned from practice, according to the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court. The court ordered Tessitore to immediately cease practicing law. The decision said Tessitore "disclosed the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Troy OKs Rensselaer water deal: Pact settles lawsuit, sets $1.7M in payments on bill dating back to 1998
Aug. 8--TROY -- The city of Rensselaer's decade-old water debt will finally be paid off under the terms of an agreement approved 9-0 Thursday night by the Troy City Council. Rensselaer will pay Troy $1.7 million in fees, interest and penalties for water bills unpaid since 1998. The settlement resolves a lawsuit brought in March 2007 by Troy against Rensselaer in state Supreme Court.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 8, 2008

Federman & Sherwood Announces to All Current Owners of Magma Design Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAVA) Common Stock
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Parties YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Parties to a shareholder derivative action styled Susan Willis v. Rajeev Madhavan, et al.; Civil Action No. 1:05-CV-045834 (Superior Court of CA, County of Santa Clara) (the "Derivative Action") have entered into a Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement (the "Stipulation") to resolve the allegations asserted in the ...
MarketWire - Aug 7, 2008

Imperial Reports 2008 Second Quarter Financial Results
Imperial Metals Corporation (TSX: III) reports comparative financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2008 and June 30, 2007 are summarized below and discussed in detail in the Management's Discussion and Analysis. Imperial Metals Corporation (TSX: III) reports comparative financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2008 and June 30, 2007 are summarized below ...
MarketWire - Aug 7, 2008

Pennichuck Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2008 Earnings
Pennichuck Corporation (NASDAQ: PNNW) today Pennichuck Corporation (NASDAQ: PNNW) today announced that net income for its second quarter ended June 30, 2008 was $792,000, or $.19 per share (basic). This compares to $1.3 million, or $.32 per share (basic), for the same quarter in 2007. Prior year second quarter net income was higher due principally to a non-operating after-tax gain of ...
MarketWire - Aug 7, 2008

Federman & Sherwood Announces That a Securities Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH)
On August 5, 2008, a class action lawsuit On August 5, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana against Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH). The complaint alleges violations of federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including allegations of issuing a series of ...
MarketWire - Aug 6, 2008

State settles lawsuit in teen-sex case
Aug. 7--Kansas taxpayers will pay $475,000 to settle a lawsuit defending how health care providers report teen sexual activity, spurred by a 2003 attorney general's opinion by Phill Kline, lawyers for the plaintiffs said. Court costs and fees for lawyers representing the state's health care providers were settled last week between the Center for Reproductive Rights, which sued Kline, and the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Omaha builder, Cass County settle lawsuit
Aug. 7--PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. -- Cass County will pay an Omaha construction company $65,000 to drop its lawsuit after the county canceled a contract to build a highway maintenance garage near Plattsmouth. Prairie Construction had asked for $88,437 for lost construction work, plus attorney fees and interest payments. Under the settlement, Prairie will not receive attorney fees or interest payments, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Bennett Environmental Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results
Bennett Environmental Inc. (TSX: BEV) (the "Company" or "BEI") announced today its second quarter results for the period ended June 30, 2008. In commenting on the results, Mr. Christopher Wallace, Chairman of the Board, observed that the absence of activity at the Company's Saint Ambroise facility had a negative impact on the overall financial results. However, the Company's dependence on Saint ...
MarketWire - Aug 6, 2008

C2 Global Technologies Inc. Reports 2008 Second Quarter Results
C2 Global Technologies Inc. ("C2" or the "Company") (OTCBB: COBT) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008. All amounts are stated in US dollars. C2 Global Technologies Inc. ("C2" or the "Company") (OTCBB: COBT) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008. All amounts are stated in US dollars.
MarketWire - Aug 6, 2008

Catalina Marina Del Rey Flyer -- the Ferry to Catalina From Marina Del Rey -- Wins Court Battle Over Rights
CATALINA-MARINA DEL REY FLYER ("Marina CATALINA-MARINA DEL REY FLYER ("Marina Flyer") (Sea Planes, Inc), operating luxury scheduled passenger ferry service from Fisherman's Village in Marina Del Rey (near LAX, Venice, Santa Monica) to Avalon and Two Harbors on Catalina Island, was sued in 2006 by a small company named Pacific Adventure Cruises ("Pacific") for allegedly interfering, unlawfully, ...
MarketWire - Aug 6, 2008

Optimal Group Announces Second Quarter 2008 Results
Optimal Group Inc. (NASDAQ: OPMR) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008. All references are in U.S. dollars. Optimal Group Inc. (NASDAQ: OPMR) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008. All references are in U.S. dollars. Revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008 consisted of revenues from both the ...
MarketWire - Aug 6, 2008

Florida Bar Grants Prestigious Construction Law Board-Certification to Ft. Myers Resident Attorney
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a diversified Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a diversified commercial law firm with more than 125 attorneys in 15 offices throughout Florida, in New York City, and affiliated offices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, today announced that attorney Tom Code has been granted certification by the Florida Bar in the area of construction law in recognition of special ...
MarketWire - Aug 6, 2008

Florida Bar Grants Prestigious Construction Law Board-Certification to Weston Resident Attorney
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a diversified Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a diversified commercial law firm with more than 125 attorneys in 15 offices throughout Florida, in New York City, and affiliated offices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, today announced that attorney Lisa Colon has been granted certification by the Florida Bar in the area of construction law in recognition of special ...
MarketWire - Aug 6, 2008

Ohio high court to hear case of dead shoplifter: Giant Eagle files appeal after lower court orders new trial in Akron man's death
Aug. 7--The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lawsuit brought by the family of a shoplifter who died while being restrained outside the Giant Eagle store in Rootstown Township. Earlier this year, the Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals ordered the case retried after a jury found store workers negligent in the death of Paul Niskanen, but the judge refused to award punitive ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Irving has its eye on Oklahoma water
Aug. 7--When it comes to finding new ways to whet North Texans' appetite for water, Irving officials hope they will succeed where some of the region's biggest water providers haven't -- by piping it in from Oklahoma. The Irving City Council is set to vote tonight on what is believed to be the first water sales agreement between an Oklahoma water authority and a Texas customer.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Four more file answers to lawsuit: Men deny culpability in regard to councilman's complaint
Aug. 6--CAVE CITY -- Four additional defendants have filed answers to a civil suit accusing them of deliberate tortuous acts of conduct against a Cave City councilman and his wife. Capt. Michael Bale, Bruce Neville, Jason Logsdon and Brian Wilson, firefighters with the Cave City Volunteer Fire Department, deny most of the allegations made in the complaint filed in Barren Circuit Court by Cave ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Carpitcher asks Kaine for pardon: This is the last chance at freedom for the man, whose accuser recanted her testimony in 2000.
Aug. 6--Aleck J. Carpitcher, a convicted child molester whose claim of innocence is now supported by the woman who testified against him as an 11-year-old girl, has one last shot at freedom. He took it Tuesday, filing a petition for clemency with Gov. Tim Kaine. "This is the very last chance for relief, and unless Mr. Carpitcher is granted clemency from his wrongful conviction, Mr.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

'Free SIMI dangerous'
Aug. 7--NEW DELHI -- The ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) would continue for now as the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a designated tribunal's order quashing the centre's notification proscribing it under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, K.G. Balakrishnan, stayed the August 5 order of the tribunal after ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Huetter dispute goes to state: Eligibility of elected officials questioned
Aug. 7--HUETTER -- Huetter is little more than a blip on the Kootenai County map, but the tiny town of 100 residents could soon mark a new spot in Idaho elections law. An ongoing dispute over whether two elected town officials are eligible to serve their terms in office has been appealed to the Idaho Supreme Court. "I said from the beginning I was going to keep it up until the last thing because ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Engineering colleges fined for flouting rules
Aug. 6--MUMBAI, India -- In a major drive against erring engineering colleges, the higher and technical education department led by senior NCP leader Dilip Walse-Patil on Monday, imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on four engineering colleges for admitting students after the prescribed date. According to an order passed by the director of technical education, S M Mahajan, a fine of Rs 1 lakh has ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Judges call for extensive reforms
Aug. 7--Santa Clara County's two top juvenile court judges are calling for sweeping reforms of the dependency courts far beyond what a statewide commission is considering, contending the current child welfare system designed to protect children from abuse "often does more harm than good." Judges Patrick Tondreau and Katherine Lucero wrote to a commission studying problems in the state's ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Questions and answers about Kilpatrick's decision
Aug. 7--Following are some questions raised by Wednesday's decision by Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to waive his preliminary examination in Detroit's 36th District Court and take his criminal case directly to Wayne County Circuit Court. QUESTION: What does it mean that Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty, his former chief of staff, intend to waive their preliminary examinations? ANSWER: The ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Rep. Bishop joins GOP colleagues for vacation rail against Dems
Aug. 7--WASHINGTON -- Tourists visiting the U.S. Capitol this week took a detour from the typical sightseeing trip to see Congress in action. Or at least protests about Congress' inaction. A cadre of Republicans, peeved that the House took a five-week vacation instead of staying to address high gas prices, commandeered the chamber floor to scold "anti-oil" Democrats who would rather jet home ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Questions remain despite conviction of ex-bin Laden driver: Rash of appeals likely for ex-driver, others
Aug. 7--WASHINGTON--The government has been trying to prosecute and convict Salim Ahmed Hamdan for war crimes for five years. On Wednesday, a Guantanamo Bay military jury found Hamdan guilty of supporting terrorism, and he now faces life in prison. So, mission accomplished? Hardly. The conviction of Osama bin Laden's former driver may have provided the Pentagon with a brief moment of certitude, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

CAPITAL NOTES
Aug. 7--Ex-BWC figure faces disciplinary hearing Prominent Cleveland Democrat George L. Forbes faces a public hearing next Thursday before the Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline after a proposed sanction to resolve a pending complaint against him as a lawyer was rejected. Forbes, a member of the former Oversight Commission at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Man convicted in 2001 slaying is set to be executed tonight
Aug. 7--AUSTIN -- Heliberto Chi, a Honduran native who led authorities on a six-week manhunt after gunning down an Arlington clothing-store manager in 2001, moved one step closer to execution Wednesday when the state's highest criminal court rejected his bid for a stay. Chi, condemned for killing Armand Paliotta during an after-hours robbery of the K&G Men's Superstore in Arlington, will be put ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Court defied critics in Medellin ruling: Its rejection of his appeal signals it is willing to buck foreign pressure
Aug. 7--In its rejection of Jose Ernesto Medellin's appeal, the Supreme Court made clear its refusal to bow to international pressure and its unwillingness to await related legislation that had not progressed beyond the "bare introduction of a bill." Medellin, 33, was executed Tuesday night after an almost four-hour delay as Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials awaited the high court's ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Questions remain despite conviction of ex-bin Laden driver
WASHINGTON _ The government has been trying to prosecute and convict Salim Ahmed Hamdan for war crimes for five years. Wednesday, a Guantanamo Bay military jury found Hamdan guilty of supporting terrorism and he now faces life in prison. So, mission accomplished? Hardly. The conviction of Osama bin Laden's former driver may have provided the Pentagon with a brief moment of certitude, something ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Black sheep even in judiciary: SC
Aug. 7--NEW DELHI -- Virtually admitting there was corruption in the judiciary, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said it couldn't issue a certificate that all judges were honest. "Black sheep are everywhere. It's only a question of degree," a three-judge Bench headed by Justice B.N. Agrawal said, during the hearing of petitions seeking "impartial and unfettered" probe into the multi-crore ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

EDITORIAL: There is no substitute for hard evidence
Aug. 7--The judiciary seems to be caught in two minds about banning the Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi), going by the ping-pong decisions coming out of courts. On Tuesday, a special tribunal of the Delhi High Court lifted the ban on Simi, saying that the government had failed to provide sufficient evidence to justify continued curbs on the fundamentalist group.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

SC stays tribunal order lifting ban on SIMI
Aug. 7--NEW DELHI -- Eleven hours after a court lifted the ban on the Islamic student body SIMI, an unidentified man opened a creaking, cobwebbed door inside a three-storey building at Zakir Nagar's lane no. 9 -- after six years. The furniture is crumbling and the air is musty. The man who opened the door refuses to say who is, jumps on a motorcycle and speeds away.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Neelesh Misra column: The (political) importance of being this terrorist group
Aug. 7--India just set a new global precedent in the battle against terrorism: for about 15 hours, we had a 'legal' terrorist group. On Tuesday, a High Court judge highlighted a farce in India's battle against terror when Justice Gita Mittal lifted the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi), an alleged terror group, because of lack of evidence.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

EDITORIAL: No executive privilege for presidential advisers means more accountability
Aug. 6--here goes an activist judge again, encroaching on President Bush's ability to do his job. Oh, wait. U.S. District Judge John Bates, who on Thursday rightly slapped down yet another administration attempt to stretch presidential prerogative beyond the law, is a Bush appointee. Bates said that former White House counsel Harriet Miers could not claim executive privilege to avoid a ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Ilonggos arming vs. MILF: Senators slam Esperon, say he should resign
Aug. 7--Funds are being raised on Panay and Negros islands to arm Ilonggos in Mindanao against separatists, Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas 2nd revealed on Wednesday. Roxas did not say who was or were behind the fund-raising or exactly what for money is being collected. His statement, though, came a day after the government and Muslim rebels aborted their scheduled signing of a memorandum of agreement ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 7, 2008

Man whose porn conviction was reversed awaits release
Aug. 6--NEW 12:30 p.m. BLOOMINGTON -- A Gridley man whose conviction for child pornography was reversed by the appellate court is waiting to be released from prison on a personal recognizance bond. The Illinois Supreme Court approved the bond Tuesday for Jeffrey L. Shoemaker. The 53-year-old man was convicted in an April 2007 bench trial of creating child pornography.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

High court reverses child abuse conviction: Man serving life sentence in baby's death; justices say trial judge erred
Aug. 5--The state's top court Monday reversed the conviction of a Columbia man charged with homicide by child abuse in the 2000 beating death of his girlfriend's 9-month-old son. The S.C. Supreme Court in a 4-1 vote said the judge in Henry Fletcher's 2002 Richland County jury trial should not have allowed a friend of Fletcher's to testify about suspected prior acts of abuse involving 9-month-old ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

GOVERNMENT: Hoping lawsuit frees New York from handouts
Aug. 5--A taxpayer advocacy group with roots in Lockport has taken its concerns over state-sponsored economic development projects to a court in Albany. Buffalo attorney James Ostrowski on Monday filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of more than 40 taxpayers who are hoping to put an end to New York's long-standing practice of using public money to support private businesses. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Lawyer in investment scam OK with license suspension
Aug. 5--A Moosic attorney who admitted to helping bilk people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars is, for now, no longer allowed to practice law. David Gnall, 39, has agreed to a temporary law license suspension, according to paperwork filed July 31 at the Disciplinary Board of the state Supreme Court. The suspension stems from Mr. Gnall's guilty plea in January to misprision of a felony, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Landowners urge justices to rethink open streams decision
Aug. 5--A group of Weber River Valley landowners is asking the Utah Supreme Court to reconsider the court's recent decision allowing anglers, rafters and other river users to walk in publicly owned waterways -- even when the water flows through private land. Utah's angling community has applauded the decision, saying it will open streams to the public that were previously accessible only to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

State wage cuts not needed, Chiang tells California Senate committee
Aug. 5--State workers, their unions and other officials warned legislators Monday that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to slash state worker pay during a budget impasse will disrupt lives while doing little to ease a supposed cash crunch. "We are not in a cash crisis," Controller John Chiang told the Senate Governmental Organization Committee. "The need for this is misdirected." Among the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Court upholds Cablevision plan for remoteDVRs
Aug. 5--A federal appeals court yesterday ruled in favor of a Cablevision Systems Corp. service that would allow consumers to record programs remotely on its network storage facilities without the need for a separate video recorder. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned a lower-court ruling last year that barred Cablevision from operating the service without ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

NYCLU sues to obtain race of suspects fired at by police
Aug. 5--The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing the New York City Police Department for information it says is important to learning how the NYPD polices minority neighborhoods. The group yesterday filed the suit in state Supreme Court in Manhattan seeking the release of information on the race of suspects shot at by police officers. Racial data was included for years in the department's ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Forbes ranks W.Va. worst for jobs again
Aug. 5--West Virginia touts itself as "Open for Business," but Forbes magazine feels the state has a long way to go -- right up from the cellar in its annual rankings of "The Best States for Business." Even Mississippi, longtime occupant of last place in state rankings of positive attributes, holds down 42nd place. Forbes has now put West Virginia at the bottom for the second year in a row.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Are you above the law? SC asks Baalu
Aug. 5--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Monday threatened to issue arrest warrants against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and Union Shipping Minister TR Baalu for undue delay in filing their replies to its contempt notice in connection with the October 1, 2007 Tamil Nadu bandh in support of the Sethusamudram Project. "The Chief Minister is not above the law," a Bench headed by Justice ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Yasukuni in spotlight as Aug. 15 nears: Low-profile Fukuda not expected to visit contentious Shinto shrine as he tries to keep relations with Asia positive
Aug. 5--Aug. 15 marks the 63rd anniversary of the end of World War II. For the people of Japan, including relatives of the war dead, it is a day of remembrance and of peace. And every year on this day, the spotlight shines on Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo -- especially on whether the prime minister and Cabinet ministers will pay a visit to pray for those enshrined there.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

EDITORIAL: Court of Appeals has reason to hear power plant case
Aug. 6--There has been a long-running battle over energy and how it's produced focused on a proposed coal-fired power plant in Early County. The legal machinations over the plant have been extensive. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division approved the permits, but the Friends of the Chattahoochee and the Sierra Club objected, and the case was sent to an administrative law judge who ruled ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Ex-lacrosse attorney now on Duke team
Aug. 6--DURHAM -- A lawyer who helped exonerate three former Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape has signed on to represent the school in a new case involving one of its athletes. Charlotte attorney Jim Cooney will help defend Duke and men's golf coach O.D. Vincent against former golf team member Andrew Giuliani's breach-of-contract lawsuit.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Detroit Free Press Brian Dickerson column: Incumbent judges still untouchable
Aug. 6--Imagine a kingdom where public office is a lifetime sinecure -- where incumbents up for re-election are rarely opposed and almost never defeated, even when their tenures have been marked by controversy or scandal. Cuba? North Korea? An obscure county in Louisiana or Mississippi? No, I'm talking about the Michigan judiciary, almost all of whose members facing re-election this year will ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Long Beach aldermen settle OpTech lawsuit
Aug. 6--LONG BEACH -- The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night voted to accept settlement terms in a lawsuit OpTech filed against the city. The board went into closed session to discuss a possible settlement and came out 40 minutes later. Mayor Billy Skellie said no further action was necessary. But after the meeting, Alderman Charlie Boggs said the board agreed to finish out its contract with ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Ventura preparing for trial against insurance company
Aug. 6--Ventura officials have ramped up their efforts -- and rhetoric -- in support of a lawsuit against a prominent local insurance company to recoup upward of $1 million in allegations of professional negligence and breach of contract. The city's suit against Ventura-based Tolman and Wiker Insurance blames the firm's out-of-town lawyers for stringing out their case, costing taxpayers hundreds ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

EDITORIAL: White House can't refuse: Judge rules it must comply
Aug. 6--Washington, D.C., is a town full of lawyers, a breed that favors clear distinctions. But some things are perhaps left murky. The tension between the president's right to confidential advice from his White House inner circle and Congress' right to inquire into the running of the government may well be one such area. Traditionally, neither the White House nor Congress wanted to push to the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Retired justices to probeCourt of Appeals row
Aug. 5--The Supreme Court named three of its retired justices to a panel that will investigate apparent impropriety and corruption at the Court of Appeals. The inquiry arose from a case involving GSIS and Meralco that the appellate court ruled on last week. The retired justices will look into the dismissal by the justices of the Court of Appeals of the case in favor of Meralco and the alleged ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Villar, de Castro lead insurvey among officials
Aug. 5--Senate President Manuel Villar Jr. remains on top of the surveys among top government officials after getting a plus 52 net satisfaction rating in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The 2008 second-quarter poll of the SWS, conducted from June 27 to 30, found out that 66 percent were satisfied and 14 percent were dissatisfied with the performance of the Senate president. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Shasta's testimony would close courtroom: Privacy concerns outweigh public interest, judge rules
Aug. 6--BOISE -- A federal judge has ordered the courtroom closed if confessed killer Joseph Duncan's surviving victim takes the stand in his death penalty sentencing trial, even though the 11-year-old girl likely would testify from another room by closed-circuit television. "The Court finds the compelling interests in protecting the minor victim from further harm and embarrassment significantly ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Big dig: WCS awards $80 million contract for nuclear waste pit
Aug. 6--Red bed clay will start churning in September to make way for the latest additions to the Waste Control Specialists facility in Andrews County. WCS announced Tuesday that it had awarded URS, one of the world's largest engineering firms, a three-year, $80 million contact to design and build a byproduct waste pit at the facility. These new facilities will enable WCS to begin operations ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Murder victim's family sues for $50 million Multimillionaire and 6 others named in lawsuit
Aug. 6--BRENTWOOD -- A $50 million wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against multimillionaire John "Jay" Brooks and six others in connection with the murder of Derry resident Jack Reid. The lawsuit comes as Brooks, 56, of Las Vegas, prepares to go on trial for allegedly arranging Reid's murder in June 2005 and delivering the fatal blow to Reid's chest with a hammer.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Officials seek to put 8 polygamist ranch children back in state custody
Aug. 6--SAN ANGELO -- Child Protective Services, forced by courts last spring to return hundreds of children to their parents in a polygamist sect, jumped back into Texas' tussle with the sect Tuesday. The state agency asked a judge to put eight of the children of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints back into state custody. In affidavits that provide the best view yet ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

County sued over food-labeling law: RESTAURANT INDUSTRY SEEKS STANDARDS ON DISCLOSING MEAL NUTRITION DATA
Aug. 6--Santa Clara County's effort to curb obesity by taking on the restaurant industry has landed local officials in a quickly expanding legal battle. The California Restaurant Association recently sued the county, trying to block June legislation that would require chain restaurants in unincorporated areas to include calorie counts on their menus. The county legislation, which does not apply ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 6, 2008

Palace defers to Court, postpones KL signing
Aug. 5--Malacanang postponed signing of a memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) "in deference" to the Supreme Court decision it issued Monday. "We submit to the sound discretion of the Supreme Court. It is a good opportunity for some issues to be threshed out, so we welcome the action taken by the Supreme Court," Press Secretary Jesus Dureza ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Sierra Club to appeal TrAIL plan: Says chosen route less safe for the state environment
Aug. 5--An environmental group said it will appeal the state Public Service Commission's approval of the construction of the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line (TrAIL) project. The PSC approved Allegheny Energy's plans for a 500-kilovolt transmission line that would cross 120 miles of north-central West Virginia last week. The Sierra Club's West Virginia chapter announced it would appeal the PSC ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Lawsuit accuses Chinatown man of theme park scam
Aug. 5--In China the dragon is a symbol of good luck. But some local Chinese-Americans have charged that the "giant dragon" of Guilin has bled them dry. More than a dozen investors from Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County maintain that they and nearly 100 others were bilked out of $5 million in a project to build a theme park in southern China that was to open in time for the Olympics.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Setbacks in Enron case threaten other white-collar prosecutions
WASHINGTON _ Almost seven years after the energy giant Enron collapsed, a series of court decisions have opened the door to new trials for some of the convicted corporate executives and threatened to hobble the Justice Department's efforts to pursue future corporate-fraud cases. In the wake of the scandal, prosecutors pursued executives for covering up the company's financial bleeding and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

California state computers can't handle pay cut, controller says
Aug. 5--If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to issue minimum-wage checks to 200,000 state workers in less than a month, he may want to rehire any semi-retired computer programmers he terminated last week. The massive pay cut would exhaust the state's antiquated payroll system, which is built on a Vietnam-era computer language so outdated that many college students don't even bother to learn it ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Famed trial lawyer Robert Montgomery dies
Aug. 5--Robert Montgomery spent more than half a century in the courtroom, forging a name for himself that often struck fear in the hearts of his opponents. The 78-year-old Palm Beach resident was a pre-eminent civil attorney and philanthropist extraordinaire, perhaps best known as lead counsel in Florida's multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the big tobacco companies.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 5, 2008

Our view on crowded skies: Air travel delays mount as local interests prevail (USATODAY.com)
Air travelers, who suffered through historic delays last year, are off to another sizzling summer of gridlock, thanks mostly to the spinoff effects of congestion in New York, which causes 75% of the nation's delays. This is nothing new. It just goes on and on not because of disinterest and not because solutions aren't available but because, as with many other problems, local opposition can ...
Yahoo! - Aug 4, 2008

Chip Makers Settle Calif. Suit
A nearly three year lawsuit between California Attorney General, Edmund Brown Jr., and four potato chip makers ended Friday. Heinz, Frito-Lay, Kettle Foods, and Lance Inc all agreed to cut levels of the cancer-causing chemical acrylamide in their potato chips and french fries to 275 parts per billion over three years. Brown calls the move 'a victory for public health and safety' in the state and ...
QSR Online - Aug 4, 2008

ERI's California Employment Law Update Conference Helps Employers Prepare for New Economy, Legal Risks
The Employer Resource Institute (ERI) is presenting a two-day conference specifically for HR professionals. The conference, the third-annual California Employment Law Update, will take place at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis on Nov. 5-7. 'What many employers don't realize is that employee lawsuits actually increase dramatically during times of economic hardship,' says Matthew T.
PR inside - Aug 4, 2008

Top Ten
Worst conference: Big Ten. Proof: Missouri 55, Illinois 35. Trendy junk: Clemson, Texas Tech, USF, BYU. Dumb handicapping: Picking a team to have a high ranking because of an easy schedule. Easy scheduling made Kansas State what it is today. Nothing. Easy scheduling is what a habitual loser does to pull itself from the pits, nothing wrong there. But once decent, you have to act decent.
Tulsa World - Aug 4, 2008

Israel to transfer Fatah fugitives to West Bank
AFP, Jerusalem Israel said on Monday it will transfer to the West Bank Fatah members who had fled the Gaza Strip amid concern that those who had already returned to the Hamas-ruled territory were in mortal danger. The announcement reversed a previous decision that more than 200 members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party who had fled Gaza into Israel on Saturday should be returned there ...
The New Nation - Aug 4, 2008

California to sue EPA
CALIFORNIA TO SUE EPA THE Attorney General of California, Edmund Brown, says the US state plan to sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency PA for continuing to wantonly ignore its duty to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from ships, aircraft, and construction and agricultural equipment. Ships, aircraft and industrial equipment burn huge quantities of fossil fuel and ...
Maritime Global Net - Aug 4, 2008

California computer system will make minimum-wage checks a throwback, too
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to issue minimum-wage checks to 200,000 state workers in less than a month, he should explore whether he terminated any semi-retired computer programmers last week. The massive pay cut would exhaust the state's antiquated payroll system, which is built on a Vietnam-era computer language so outdated that many college students don't even ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 4, 2008

Philippines supreme Court halts Muslim land deal
By Manny Mogato MANILA - The Philippines Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on Monday to halt a territorial deal between the government and Muslim separatists, the latest setback for peace in the nation's volatile south. The agreement between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front , the country's largest Muslim rebel group, was to be signed in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday after ...
Yahoo! Singapore - Aug 4, 2008

Fracing key in volatile Garza case
One issue at the heart of a Texas Supreme Court case some say could potentially kill the state's natural gas industry, should it be decided one way, is the process that makes the entire industry possible and profitable in the first place. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracing for short, is a process by which a water-sand-chemical mixture is pumped down into a well in order to create cracks and splits ...
Fort Worth Business Press - Aug 4, 2008

'Girls,' Francis settle lawsuit
Jul. 31--PANAMA CITY -- U.S. District Judge Richard Smoak had heard the word "settlement" before in a "Girls Gone Wild" lawsuit, and he wanted to make sure Wednesday it was a done deal. "The defendant has already signed the documents?" Smoak asked the plaintiff's attorney, Mark Casto. "I certainly don't want to get to a dej vu all over again." B r i t t a n y Pitts, of Georg i a , s u e d ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

Driver swore allegiance to bin Laden, U.S. agent testifies
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba _ In a day that started in secrecy and ended in secrecy, the Pentagon prosecution got what it wanted: A federal agent testified Thursday that Osama bin Laden's driver confessed here in 2003 that he had sworn a pledge of allegiance to his boss. "He said he pledged bayat to Osama bin Laden," Robert McFadden, an agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

Exxon Mobil earns record $11.68 billion
Jul. 31--Record crude oil prices pushed Exxon Mobil Corp.'s second-quarter earnings to a record as well, with the Irving-based company reporting $11.7 billion in net income. That included an after-tax charge of $290 million to account for the Supreme Court's recent ruling that put a $508 million cap on punitive damages for the company's 1989 Alaska oil spill.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

Sen. Stevens pleads not guilty to making false statements
WASHINGTON _ Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska was arraigned Thursday afternoon in federal District Court in Washington, where he pleaded not guilty to seven counts of failing to disclose gifts he allegedly received from an oil services executive. Stevens waved to television cameras on his way into the courthouse, and left the hearing with his arms around his wife and daughter.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

Olmert to Quit as Israeli PM in September
In a surprise announcement from his residence in Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert says he will step down as Israel's prime minister immediately after his Kadima Party selects a new leader at a party convention on September 17. Mr. Olmert says he will not run in the Kadima Party primary and he will leave office once a new leader is chosen. He says he hopes a new party leader will be able to put together an ...
Turkish Weekly - Jul 31, 2008

BRIEF: Work comp claim denied in MLK case: Court: She's not entitled to benefits
Jul. 31--A woman who claimed her treatment following a decision to skip an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration left her unable to work has lost the latest battle in her attempt to secure workers compensation benefits. In a 4-3 decision Wednesday, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Patricia Brackett's "refusal to attend the mandatory event constituted intentional and willful ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

House Votes to Let FDA Regulate Tobacco
Decades after the surgeon general first warned that cigarettes were a health hazard, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that would for the first time give the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products. Stefan Zaklin/European Pressphoto Agency John Dingell supported the bill to regulate the tobacco industry.
New York Times - Jul 31, 2008

Complaints filed against Macomb County judge: Her behavior is called unprofessional
Jul. 31--Eastpointe police and the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office have filed a joint complaint with the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission about Norene Redmond -- a judge with the 38th District Court who already has been censured once by the state Supreme Court for her behavior on the bench. The complaint cites two incidents that Eastpointe Police Chief Michael Lauretti called unprofessional ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

Row over Iraq elections law
The Kirkuk issue has always been a major problem in Iraq. Recently, the Iraqi parliament had a tough time to approve the elections law because of the disagreement over voting in the disputed oil city of Kirkuk. Finally, last Tuesday, the Iraqi parliament passed the law, setting guidelines for provincial elections, despite a boycott by Kurdish lawmakers. Soon after the elections law was put to ...
Gulf News - Jul 31, 2008

Gore Expected to Be Star at Democratic Convention
Campaign 2008: Get the latest news, video, and polls! WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Al Gore, long mocked as an exaggerating bore, seems certain to land a lead role at the Democratic National Convention as an internationally recognized defender of the Earth. Eight years after losing one of the closest White House elections ever, Gore is being embraced by party faithful as the Nobel Peace Prize-winning ...
KHYL-FM - Jul 31, 2008

Judge: Baseball plan moved too fast
Jul. 31--A judge said a state panel should have given Charlotte attorney Jerry Reese a chance to review a decision to let bonds not approved by voters to be used for a land-swap deal to help bring a baseball stadium to uptown. However, Senior Administrative Judge Fred Morrison stressed that his recent order does not reverse the decision of the Local Government Commission's executive committee to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

King & Spalding Earns Major Appellate Victory for The Home Depot
King & Spalding, a leading international law King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, earned a significant appellate victory for its client The Home Depot, Inc. in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. On July 28, 2008, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's decision granting The Home Depot summary judgment and dismissing the case.
MarketWire - Jul 31, 2008

Nevada governor continues 'comped' meal tax fight
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Gov. Jim Gibbons wants to continue the state's $142 million battle with casinos over 'comped' meals. Gibbons administration officials said Wednesday they think new legal arguments could be used to hold on to taxes casino companies have paid on complimentary meals money the companies say they want back. Nevada lost the previous round in the fight to prevent the ...
Casino City Times - Jul 31, 2008

Ex-Thai leader's wife found guilty of tax evasion
The ruling against Pojaman Shinawatra is the first verdict in several corruption lawsuits against Thaksin and his inner circle. Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 military coup, denies all wrongdoing. Pojaman, her adopted brother Bhanapot Damapong, and her secretary were convicted of colluding to evade millions of dollars in taxes in 1997 through a complicated transfer of shares in the family's ...
1050 AM - Jul 31, 2008

Peru says no to outdoor-wood-boiler law
Jul. 31--PERU -- Peru officials shot down a proposed law that would have regulated the use of outdoor wood burners in the town. The council voted 3-1 this week to reject the local law. The proposal was a revision of legislation that the council considered two months ago when Supervisor Donald Covel appointed a committee to revamp the original draft. Councilor Brandy McDonald called the proposal ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

$2 million bias settlement between officers, Minneapolis derailed: The suit, which accuses the city and the Police Department of racial discrimination against five black officers, will go forward.
Jul. 31--A proposed $2 million settlement of a lawsuit by five black Minneapolis police officers alleging racial discrimination by the city and the Police Department is off the table. That revelation, contained in a notice filed Wednesday in federal court, came less than a week after the Minneapolis City Council adjourned without voting on the proposed settlement.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

Apex Oil ruling pleases residents in Hartford: Fined $150 million for fouling soil, water
Jul. 31--HARTFORD -- Rose Luebbert said her house was never affected by the oil companies' spills and leaks. But, whenever she would attend events at the gym on the north end of town, they would occasionally have to open the windows to air out the gas fumes. A resident for about 45 years, Luebbert said she was happy with a federal court holding Apex Oil Co. Inc.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

United sues its pilots union
Jul. 31--United Airlines asked the U.S. District Court in Chicago on Wednesday to bar the Air Line Pilots Association from encouraging its pilots to engage in what United called an illegal and disruptive "sickout" as a protest against the carrier's plans to slash the number of pilots it employs. A hearing was planned for Thursday in Chicago. In its lawsuit, the Chicago-based airline alleges the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

Vancouver denies 'vendetta' against fired police officer
Jul. 31--Vancouver officials are standing by their decision to fire a Vancouver police officer on the grounds that he included false information in drunken-driving reports. City officials had a muted reaction Wednesday to a Willamette Week story portraying the police department as targeting former officer Navin Sharma because he had the temerity to challenge the city establishment.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

Jury convicts former executive of mortgage fraud
BARTOW -- A former vice president for a subprime lender has been convicted of mortgage fraud, racketeering and grand theft. Orson Benn, who worked for Argent Mortgage Co., faces up to 105 years in prison when sentenced at a later date, Attorney General Bill McCollum's office said.A Circuit Court jury convicted Benn on Wednesday in connection with 130 loans worth about $13 million in Hillsborough, ...
Florida Today - Jul 31, 2008

Dallas Jury: AT&T Created Hostile Environment for Minority Employee at Arlington Call Center
A Dallas County jury awarded $411,339 to an AT&T A Dallas County jury awarded $411,339 to an AT&T call center employee this week after finding that race was a motivating factor in the company's repeated failure to promote her. Additionally, the jury agreed that AT&T had created a hostile work environment and retaliated against her when she complained.
MarketWire - Jul 31, 2008

Ca. to Sue EPA Over Greenhouse Gas Emissions
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California will sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 'wantonly' ignoring its duty to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from ships, aircraft, and construction and agricultural equipment, state Attorney General Jerry Brown said on Wednesday. Brown said the lawsuit, to be announced at a news conference at the Port of Long Beach on Thursday and filed in Washington ...
Progressive Talk 1260 - Jul 31, 2008

SonoSite and GE Resolve First Lawsuit
BOTHELL, Wash. - (Business Wire) SonoSite, Inc. (Nasdaq:SONO), the world leader and specialist in hand-carried ultrasound for the point-of-care, today announced that the lawsuit General Electric Company (GE) filed against the company in federal district court in Madison, Wisconsin has been resolved (case no. 07-C-0273). Following the trial court's summary judgment rulings on July 24, 2008 the ...
Earthtimes.org - Jul 31, 2008

Two years after landslide, homeowners suing developer
Jul. 31--MOUNTAIN GREEN -- The landslide in an upscale Morgan County neighborhood has apparently stopped. But the fallout continues. Two years after one home was condemned as the hillside along Creekside Drive moved, owners of another just down the hill have moved out. Now, a third homeowner, Brian Pugh, has filed a lawsuit in 2nd District Court, alleging his builder misrepresented the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 31, 2008

SC to step in justices' row
Aug. 1--The Court of Appeals decided to have the Supreme Court settle a conflict between its Eighth and Ninth Divisions over which gets jurisdiction of a case involving Meralco and the GSIS. In an en banc resolution Thursday, the appellate court decided to elevate the "propriety of the actions of the justices concerned to the Supreme Court through the Office of the Court Administrator." On the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Aug 1, 2008

Sprint early termination fees are illegal, judge rules
Jul. 30--Californians fed up with being charged for ending their cell phone service prematurely won a major victory in a Bay Area court decision that concluded such fees violate state law. In a preliminary ruling Monday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Bonnie Sabraw said Sprint Nextel must pay California mobile-phone consumers $18.2 million as part of a class-action lawsuit challenging early ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 30, 2008

Supreme Court Justice takes strong stand: Brent Benjamin issues 60-page opinion dismissing calls that he step down from Massey cases
Jul. 30--CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin has issued a 60-page opinion defending his decision to continue hearing cases involving Massey Energy even though its chief executive spent millions to defeat his opponent for the court seat. In the strongly worded opinion filed Monday, Benjamin called all the legal fuss over his participation in a $50 million appeal by the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 30, 2008

Chubb Survey Finds Private Companies More Exposed to Liability Risks, But Less Protected
Current Economic Conditions Increase Risks -- WARREN, NJ, July 30, 2008 - 'Despite a down economy and an increase in risks, private companies may not be purchasing sufficient management liability insurance to help protect their bottom line from a costly liability lawsuit,' said Lisa Jones, vice president, Chubb & Son, and private commercial product manager for Chubb Specialty Insurance.
Chubb - Jul 30, 2008

TVA's CEO says trust the agency
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - TVA will install new air pollution control equipment to three coal-burning power plants in East Tennessee, as it has previously pledged, TVA's president and CEO told a federal court here. A climate of tightening regulations, and the fact that TVA has already begun the upgrades, dictates finishing the upgrades, chief executive officer Tom Kilgore said.
Tennessean - Jul 30, 2008

Bush signs housing bill to provide mortgage relief
WASHINGTON President Bush on Wednesday signed a massive housing bill intended to provide mortgage relief for 400,000 struggling homeowners and stabilize financial markets. Bush signed the bill without any fanfare or signing ceremony, affixing his signature to the measure he once threatened to veto, in the Oval Office in the early morning hours. He was surrounded by top administration ...
WFAA.com - Jul 30, 2008

Chief Operating Officer Updates Shareholders of ERHC Energy Inc.
The following update on Company activities was The following update on Company activities was issued by Peter Ntephe, chief operating officer of ERHC Energy Inc. (OTCBB: ERHE), prior to the opening of the market on Wednesday, July 30, 2008. "To ERHC Shareholders: "I am pleased to update the ERHC Energy family on the company's recent progress. "We are happy that the London Court of ...
MarketWire - Jul 30, 2008

Peru rejects law to govern outdoor wood boilers
Jul. 30--PERU -- Peru officials shot down a proposed law that would have regulated the use of outdoor wood burners in the town. The council voted 3-1 this week to reject the local law. The proposal was a revision of legislation that the council considered two months ago when Supervisor Donald Covel appointed a committee to revamp the original draft. Councilor Brandy McDonald called the proposal ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 30, 2008

Diverse crowd gathers at vigil
Jul. 30--SHENANDOAH -- A candlelight vigil Tuesday night for an illegal Mexican immigrant fatally beaten earlier this month was marked by impassioned calls for racial unity and justice. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a national Hispanic civil rights organization, held the memorial for Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala, 25, who died July 14 from injuries he suffered after ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 30, 2008

David McGrath: I refuse to believe bowlers are bigots
To: St. Alvin's Bowling League From: David McGrath Subject: Those ugly Obama e-mails OK, I get it, guys. You've got Barack Obama in that purple robe looking like a Watusi or something, from when he visited Africa. And then his picture featured right next to a photograph of a smiling and youthful John McCain, circa 1968. In his military uniform. No caption, just the mute message that our choice ...
Capital Times - Jul 30, 2008

Decision applauded by ACLU: Federal ruling backs argument against sectarian prayer, it says
Jul. 30--A federal-appeals-court opinion in a Virginia case reinforces the argument against sectarian prayer at meetings of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union said today. The opinion, decided on July 23 by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, said that the city of Fredericksburg, Va., did not violate the rights of a minister serving on ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 30, 2008

M&R: Psychic has Newsom predictions
Although Simone (who long ago professionally dispensed with her first name, Carol) says her psychic readings days are largely behind her, she has come up with a few predictions: On Newsom becoming governor: 'I get a very positive energy about that. It's clear this is something he would like to do and he has a very strong personality, and I feel he'll get it.' And on the chances of Newsom landing ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Jul 30, 2008

Crosshair Completes Uranium Property Acquisition & Appoints Board Member
Crosshair Exploration and Mining Corp. (TSX: CXX)(AMEX: CXZ) is pleased to announce that it has closed on the agreement with Universal Uranium Ltd. ("Universal") to acquire all of Universal's 60% interest in its Central Mineral Belt (CMB), Labrador, uranium project, consisting of approximately 4,741 claims and including the Two Time uranium deposit, which sits outside the Labrador Inuit Land ...
MarketWire - Jul 30, 2008

Family resolves to take fight over exorcism to Supreme Court
FORT WORTH, Texas _ Laura Schubert Pearson was an impressionable 17-year-old when friends in her church youth group thought demons possessed her. Repeatedly, over two days, the youth pastor, his wife and others held the girl down on the floor of the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God Church in Colleyville, Texas, even as Pearson screamed, fought and begged to be released.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 30, 2008

AP: Barriers exist to Pa. constable system reforms
(AP) The head of Pennsylvania's judicial system, Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille, sees the state's constable system as a medieval remnant that could benefit from reform. Yet his own court has determined constables cannot be under the control of the judiciary, so any change will have to come from the Legislature. In an interview, the chief justice said he believes most of their duties ...
Times Leader - Jul 30, 2008

Farmer Is Suspended for Selling Another's Meat
Are Greenmarket officials unrealistic to expect that farmers in the Northeast s harsh climate should sell only what they grew? In November, Greenmarket, which runs 45 farmers markets in the five boroughs, took the rare step of suspending Jay Dines for selling meat he did not raise on his farm, a violation of their rule that vendors must raise, grow or make everything they sell at the ...
New York Times - Jul 30, 2008

Public Interest Groups Back Federal Court Appeal to Implement New U.S. Patent Rules; Proposed Regulations Would Curtail
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit inWashington, DC, the groups urged that a decision by the federal District Court forEastern Virginia blocking the proposed rules be overturned. The groups urged the appeals court to implement the USPTO's proposed rules immediately. The proposed regulations ask applicants to justify the need for more ...
NewsBlaze - Jul 30, 2008

Thai court accepts another case against Thaksin
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - The Thai Supreme Court accepted Wednesday a lawsuit alleging abuse of power by ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in connection with a government loan to Myanmar. It was the fourth case to go to court involving allegations of corruption and abuse of power against Thaksin, who was deposed in a September 2006 military coup. The first hearing is set for Sept.
AOL - Jul 30, 2008

Homebuilder closes shop: Blaming housing crisis, Sullivan Homes will sell properties to pay bank debts
Jul. 30--The national housing crisis is claiming one of Spokane's largest homebuilders. Sullivan Homes Inc. owes local banks about $16.2 million and has filed a petition in state court to liquidate its assets and pay off those debts. At least $900,000 is owed to other vendors and contractors. "This is absolutely a sign of the times," said attorney Nancy Isserlis, who will be appointed as the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 30, 2008

Former Va. governor Linwood Holton pens memoir
Jul. 30--RICHMOND -- During his history-making term as Virginia's governor in the early 1970s, Linwood Holton forged a friendship with acclaimed Thomas Jefferson biographer Dumas Malone. "Every time I went to the Charlottesville area, I would call him up and say, 'Well, have you got any Virginia Gentleman handy?' " Holton said with a chuckle. "And his response was, 'Come on over, governor, the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 30, 2008

NHL owners' loans helped buy Predators Commissioner says he was unaware money was given to investor 'Boots' Del Biaggio.
The Preds Sale: First of two parts Two NHL owners who stood to gain if William J. 'Boots' Del Biaggio III bought a stake in the Nashville Predators lent the California financier and the team a total of $27 million to help close the deal in December, according to court records, interviews and confidential internal documents obtained by The Tennessean.The two lenders - sports and entertainment ...
Tennessean - Jul 30, 2008

Student Papers Can Shed Shackles By Going Online
The freedom of the press, as guaranteed by the First Amendment, is often taken for granted in the United States. Yet, this promise has been hollowed by the placement of unnecessary limitations upon the freedom of the press in high schools. I experienced this as editor of my high school newspaper. The uneven relationship between school officials and students who seek to express themselves in ...
Hartford Courant - Jul 30, 2008

California tribe fears a return of Keno
Jul. 30--Indian gambling interests are concerned that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to bring back Keno, a popular bingo-like game banned 12 years ago for violating state gambling law. According to a draft of the governor's lottery plan obtained by The Bee, Schwarzenegger would propose a state constitutional amendment that tribes say could override a California Supreme Court decision that ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 30, 2008

U.S. TV star Ed McMahon sued over legal bills
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. television star Ed McMahon's financial and legal woes worsened on Wednesday -- as well as fighting to save his home from foreclosure, he is now being sued for not paying a lawyer hired for his daughter. McMahon, 85, long-time sidekick to talk show host Johnny Carson, failed to pay divorce attorney Norman Solovay $275,168, according to the lawsuit filed in ...
Reuters UK - Jul 30, 2008

Disgraced NBA ref gets 15 months in jail
NEW YORK _ Timothy Donaghy took one more gamble by cooperating with the FBI, and Tuesday it paid off. A federal judge in Brooklyn took into account the disgraced former NBA referee's help with investigators in the yearlong probe of the basketball gambling scandal. She gave him a 15-month prison sentence _ about half of what the government recommended. "Everything worked out good," the normally ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Ruling clears way to begin Tiller trial
Jul. 29--George Tiller will learn today when he'll be scheduled for trial, after a judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can proceed with 19 misdemeanor charges against the Wichita abortion provider. Sedgwick County District Judge Clark Owens denied a motion by Tiller's lawyers to dismiss the charges, brought more than a year ago by the Kansas Attorney General's Office.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Court dismisses family's lawsuit against officials: Parents claimed the removal of their children during a child abuse probe violated their rights
Jul. 29--A federal appeals court agreed to dismiss a lawsuit claiming state and local officials violated a Fort Bend County family's constitutional rights when officials removed the children from their home during a child abuse investigation. While the ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals supports a lower court's finding against the Gary Gates family, the court said child welfare and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Five indicted sect members surrender in West Texas
Jul. 29--AUSTIN -- Four of the five polygamist sect members indicted last week with jailed leader Warren Jeffs surrendered to authorities in West Texas on Monday on an array of sexual-assault charges and face up to life in prison, Attorney General Greg Abbott said. The fifth man named in the indictments from Schleicher County also surrendered and faces six months behind bars on charges of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Judge kills suit to force collection of tax on cigarettes sold by Indians
Jul. 29--ALBANY -- A State Supreme Court justice has dismissed a state lawmaker's lawsuit seeking to force the collection of taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian retailers. The legal victory for the retailers, as well as the administration of Gov. David A. Paterson, means the state Department of Taxation and Finance can continue not to enforce the 2005 law, overwhelmingly passed the State ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

First death penalty hearing held: Md. panel listens to evidence on disparities
Jul. 29--A state commission appointed to study the death penalty began its work yesterday by hearing testimony on statistical evidence of racial, geographic and socioeconomic disparities in different states' imposition of death sentences. University professors, a former judge and statisticians from across the country appeared before the panel, which is assigned to offer recommendations to the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Backers of same-sex marriage ban to challenge rewording of Proposition 8
Jul. 29--Proponents of a ballot measure to ban same-sex marriages in California plan to appear in court today to challenge state Attorney General Jerry Brown's rewording of the measure's ballot summary. On the petitions circulated last year to qualify the measure for the Nov. 4 ballot, it was described as a "Limit on Marriage." But Brown's new title and summary of Proposition 8, posted on the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Appeals court affirms sentences for two border patrol agents
Jul. 29--WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court upheld lengthy prison sentences Monday for two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler, prompting renewed appeals from their supporters for leniency from the White House. Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean have been imprisoned for more than a year. They were convicted in a Feb.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

War-crimes tribunal: Injustice, for all to see
The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday, July 28: ___ Since when has a trial in an American courtroom opened with the prosecutor voluntarily screening a video of the accused, bound, hooded and being grilled by armed and masked government agents? What happened last week at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the Bush administration's first terrorism war-crimes tribunal, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Same-sex area couple wins health care benefits fight
Jul. 29--The day the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit seeking spousal health care benefits for a legally married Buffalo lesbian couple, the organization's director claimed the case seemed like a "slam-dunk." Turned out, she was right. Nineteen days after filing the lawsuit against BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the NYCLU announced Monday that the health insurance ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Pugh: Virginia prayer case similar to his cause
Jul. 29--HIGH POINT -- High Point City Councilman Mike Pugh offered to join the Fredericksburg, Va., non-sectarian prayer case settled Wednesday by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled Fredericksburg's City Council had the authority to require non-sectarian prayer and keep one of its members, the Rev. Hashmel Turner, from the prayer rotation because he used Jesus' name.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Pepper-spray burns blamed for jail death: In trial of deputy, medical examiner's official says windpipe injuries occurred while inmate restrained
Jul. 29--An array of autopsy photos in the case of Summit County Jail inmate Mark D. McCullaugh Jr. showed his windpipe was so badly burned from inhaling streams of pepper spray that it "clearly resulted in respiratory impairment" and, ultimately, led to his death, a medical examiner's official said Monday. George Sterbenz, the county's chief deputy medical examiner and the man who performed the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

OPINION: Legal picture muddled in game of budget chicken
Jul. 29--Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he'll slash wages for as many as 200,000 state employees and lay off 22,000 temporary workers until the state has a budget -- but he'd better keep a few lawyers around because he may find himself in an epic legal battle. Schwarzenegger's melodramatic act, which first surfaced last week and was tentatively scheduled to happen on Monday, now has been ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Correction officer claims discrimination: American Indian man plans to sue Albany County over alleged treatment at jail
Jul. 29--COLONIE -- An American Indian correction officer intends to sue Albany County, alleging systematic discrimination by co-workers and supervisors, his lawyer said Monday. Robert Hunter, 36, contends he was the target of derogatory comments and racial slurs for three years at the Albany County jail, and that his supervisors were not only aware but "frequently engaged in" them, his attorney ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Microtune Announces Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results
News PLANO, Texas-(Business Wire)-July 28, 2008 - Microtune(R), Inc. (NASDAQ: TUNE) today reported preliminary unaudited financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2008. Net revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2008 was $26.6 million, a 7% increase compared to net revenue of $24.8 million for the second quarter of 2007, and a 5% increase compared to net revenue ...
DiGiTAL50 - Jul 29, 2008

Lawmaker's actions on gay-nuptial vote probed
Jul. 29--PHOENIX -- Last-minute legislative action that led to placement of a constitutional ban on gay marriage on the November ballot has triggered a rare state Senate Ethics Committee investigation. On a 3-2 vote, the committee agreed Monday to hold hearings on whether Sen. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, intentionally broke the Legislature's rules by cutting off a filibuster attempt last month, a ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Special-interest lobbies pour millions into judicial races
CHICAGO _ Sixty-six percent of Americans can name at least one judge on the popular TV show "American Idol," while only 15 percent can identify John Roberts as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. That's according to a poll showing Americans are largely clueless when it comes to knowledge of the nation's judicial system. Yet special-interest lobbies _ from business groups to labor unions and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Zimmermann's parents drop federal lawsuit over 911 call hangup
Jul. 29--The parents of slain UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann dropped their federal civil rights lawsuit against Dane County and a former 911 dispatcher on Monday, about a month after the county's attorneys moved to dismiss the case. Monday was the deadline for Kevin and Jean Zimmermann to respond to the county's motion to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds it has no duty under the U.S. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

EDITORIAL: Gun control laws now under fire
Jul. 29--Felons want guns. Now there's a no-duh. But since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a citizen's right to own guns last month, the line is long of those saying "me, too." The 5-4 decision struck down Washington, D.C.'s ban on gun ownership one of the toughest gun-control laws in the country and a prime target for gun-rights activists. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia ruled ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Local officials fight pact with MILF in Court
Jul. 30--Officials from North Cotabato province went to the Supreme Court on Tuesday to block an agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the contentious issue of ancestral domain. The officials said they want the agreement to be made public, before it takes effect. In a media briefing Tuesday, Press Secretary Jesus Dureza said, "If there is a case filed ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 30, 2008

Supes back S.F. in labeling battle: Restaurant industry suing to block requirement
Jul. 29--San Mateo County supervisors are supporting San Francisco in its legal battle with the restaurant industry over a plan to require chains to post nutritional information on menus. The board of supervisors voted in closed session last week to file an amicus curiae -- or "friend of the court" -- brief backing the authority of San Francisco to establish a menu labeling law.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

McCain promotes drilling for oil off US coast
Republican John McCain said Monday that drilling for oil off the U.S. coast is an essential part of any plan to lower gas prices and reduce dependence on foreign sources, and he criticized Democrat Barack Obama for opposing it. 'We all know that a comprehensive solution is wind, tide, solar, all the other things all of us believe in,' McCain told reporters after touring San Joaquin Facilities ...
Anchorage Daily News - Jul 29, 2008

Tennessee: Cable appeals EPB case dismissals
Jul. 29--The cable industry has appealed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals a Nashville judge's dismissal of its lawsuit against EPB's fiber to the home project. "This preserves our legal rights," said Stacey B. Briggs, president and executive director of the Tennessee Cable Telecommunications Association. "Hopefully this will allow the merits of the case to be heard." The lawsuit claims EPB's ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

BRIEF: SC notice to Centre on landfill site
Jul. 29--NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from Union of India on Municipal Corporation of Delhi's plea seeking permission for land in Bhatti Mines to establish a landfill site there. A bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan issued notice to the Centre and Delhi Government after senior advocate Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed on behalf of the MCD that the corporation ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Court Declares Reuters Messaging May No Longer Use FaceTime Technology
The United States District Court for the The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York today entered judgment in favor of FaceTime Communications, Inc. in a contract dispute with Thomson Reuters Inc. over Reuters' use of FaceTime's intellectual property. According to the court, Thomson Reuters must cease use of FaceTime technology effective August 1, 2008.
MarketWire - Jul 29, 2008

Canada Revenue Agency: Former Football Canada CEO Fined $100,000 for Tax Evasion
John "Jack" Jordan, of Ottawa, pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa on July 28, 2008, to two counts of tax evasion. Mr. Jordan was fined $80,000 for evading federal income tax and fined $20,000 for evading GST. These fines are in relation to actions occurring from 1999 to 2004. The fine is in addition to any taxes and interest owed, as well as any civil penalties that may be ...
MarketWire - Jul 29, 2008

Attorney: Pool safety law not well known
An attorney for a swimming pool company president charged in the drowning of a Greenwich boy said Monday that there was a general lack of awareness about a safety law his client is accused of breaking. Shoreline Pools President David Lionetti of Stamford was arraigned on a second-degree manslaughter charge Monday in Stamford Superior Court. He did not enter a plea, but intends to plead not ...
Hartford Courant - Jul 29, 2008

Council takes time to Redflex
Jul. 29--LIMA -- The largest red light enforcement company in the country made its pitch Monday to contract with the city. Redflex is an Arizona company, but Joe Moore, customer service manager for Ohio, is based in Dayton. Redflex provides photo enforcement of red light violations for 200 communities across the country including Toledo, Columbus, Dayton, Springfield and others in Ohio.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

EDITORIAL: More good lawyers needed
Jul. 29--The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Nichibenren) has made an emergency proposal to slow down the government's plan to increase the number of successful applicants in the annual national bar exam to 3,000 by around 2010. Nichibenren said that since the current system of nurturing legal professionals is still in an evolving stage, attention should be paid to maintaining the quality ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Joining the party: State, groundwater group spread word for pumpers to join mitigation plan
Jul. 29--Creating a water mitigation plan is all well and good. But someone has to provide the water. And state officials want to make sure no one's left handling the pump all alone. On July 11, Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Dave Tuthill issued his final order in a water delivery call made by two Magic Valley trout farms, finding that two of their rights had been damaged and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

EDITORIAL: Gov. Perry should halt this execution
Jul. 29--All eyes are on Gov. Rick Perry regarding the Aug. 5 execution date for Jose Medellin, a Mexican who confessed to the 1993 gang rape and murder of two Houston teenage girls. Although this newspaper opposes the death penalty, no one doubts the governor's prerogative under the law to permit the execution of convicted murderers. In this case, though, an international court has ruled that ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

Left on the sidelines
Jul. 29--When it comes to wolves, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game was just getting used to calling the shots. Now, Fish and Game officials are relegated to the sidelines, cheering frantically for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service but unable to do much else. At least, that's the feeling Fish and Game Commissioner Wayne Wright has. Just months after the Canadian gray wolf was removed from ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 29, 2008

EDITORIAL: Undo-it-yourself: Couples who wish to divorce without attorneys might need extra help
Jul. 28--Judges in the Franklin County Domestic Relations Court say they're seeing a big increase in the number of couples seeking divorces without the help of lawyers. It's a sign of the uncertain economic times, and it's also part of the do-it-yourself movement evident in everything from real estate to home-improvement. The problem is, pro se litigants (Latin for "for self") usually don't know ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Bush approves execution of soldier who terrorized Fort Bragg area in 1980s
WASHINGTON _ President Bush on Monday approved the execution of an Army soldier who terrorized Fayetteville, N.C., for months in the late 1980s and was eventually convicted of raping and killing four women, and raping and attempting to kill another. Bush signed off on the death penalty for Ronald A. Gray, who grew up in the Liberty City area of Miami and was stationed at Fort Bragg at the time ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Special-interest lobbies pour cast into judicial races
Jul. 28--Sixty-six percent of Americans can name at least one judge on the popular TV show "American Idol," while only 15 percent can identify John Roberts as chief justice of the Supreme Court. That's according to a poll showing Americans are largely clueless when it comes to knowledge of the nation's judicial system. Yet special-interest lobbies -- from business groups to labor unions and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Wired tells us how to gain fame, feign sincerity
Jul. 28--The third annual "How To" issue of Wired may fall short of the high standards it has set in offering real-world advice on matters such as getting a real operator when calling consumer hot lines (yelling something rather nasty can work). But, once again, it is worth a gander. It leads with a bit more than one needs to know about getting Internet famous, profiling quasi-celebrity Julia ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Crimes Against Nature
The DA s office uses a 203-year-old law to jail prostitutes Editor s Note: The final story in a three-part series on police and prosecutors seeking harsh penalties for non-violent, low-level criminals. Night falls on Chef Menteur Highway and with the darkness come the prostitutes broken and addicted women willing to sell their bodies for cash to score their next fix.
New Orleans CityBusiness - Jul 28, 2008

Long arm of law chases Sonny Bill
SONNY BILL WILLIAMS could face proseccution for contempt of court if the Bulldogs backrower pushes ahead with his plan to switch codes and play rugby union in France. The NRL and Bulldogs yesterday applied to the NSW Supreme Court to start injunction proceedings that would stop Williams playing for any other club than the Bulldogs. Despite having another four years to run on his contract, ...
The Australian - Jul 28, 2008

Banking Department to Require Licenses for Internet Payday Lenders
Secretary of Banking Steve Kaplan announced today that Internet payday lenders and other out-of-state companies that make consumer loans to Pennsylvania residents will need to be licensed by the Department of Banking and comply with state laws. 'Pennsylvania consumers should be protected by Pennsylvania laws regardless of where the company they're doing business with is located, whether it's down ...
Portland Business Journal - Jul 28, 2008

More woes for Thai gov't as court accepts new graft case (AFP)
News - [New User? ] 7 VIDEO More woes for Thai gov't as court accepts new graft case July 28, 2008, 6:38 pm AFP [] BANGKOK, (AFP) - Thailand's Supreme Court dealt another blow to Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's struggling government Monday, accepting a fresh graft case which could force three more ministers out of office. The court said it would consider a case accusing ...
Yahoo! News Australia - Jul 28, 2008

For athletes accused of taking drugs, a Perry Mason of their own
Attorney Howard Jacobs, who has defended athletes from Marion Jones to US swimmer Jessica Hardy, believes the system is tilted too much toward antidoping agencies. RSS Staff writer Christa Case Bryant discusses the process of appealing doping convictions. Christa Case Bryant Christa Case Bryant Tilted justice? Howard Jacobs, a lawyer who specializes in defending athletes accused of doping, ...
Christian Science Monitor - Jul 28, 2008

Prosecutor warns of risk of return to Islamic intolerance
A SENIOR Turkish prosecutor has raised tensions on the eve of a landmark court case that could leave Turkey deeply divided and without a government by warning that it is in danger of an 'intolerant' Islamic takeover. In an interview with The Guardian, Omer Faruk Eminagaoglu, the chairman of the association of judges and prosecutors (Yarsav) and deputy to Turkey's chief prosecutor, said the ruling ...
Brisbane Times - Jul 28, 2008

BRIEF: Missouri ready to replace high court judge
Jul. 28--With Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr.'s recent appointment as a federal judge, applications are being accepted to fill the vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court created by his departure. Limbaugh, a judge on the high court for 16 years and a circuit judge for nearly five years before that, was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Federal agency plan makes a comeback with Patil
Jul. 28--NEW DELHI -- Conceived by former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, adopted by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and aborted by states afraid of losing power, the concept of federal offences bounced back on Sunday with the Centre announcing its intention to convene a string of meetings with chief ministers, police chiefs and chief secretaries. At these meetings, the Centre not only ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

BRIEF: Detroit Council holds closed session on Kilpatrick forfeiture effort
Jul. 28--Detroit City Council is to meet in closed session at 9 a.m. today with its legal counsel, William Goodman, and other attorneys in the council's research and analysis division about the forfeiture proceedings involving Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The council had previously voted to initiate forfeiture proceedings to remove Kilpatrick from office for allegedly violating the city charter in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

BRIEF: Kilpatrick attorney: 6-year-old could defend potential charges
Jul. 28--Potential assault charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are so ludicrous, one of his attorneys said, that a 6-year-old could successfully defend the mayor in court. Jim Parkman, a private defense lawyer from Alabama, went on to tell Frankie Darcell of WMXD-FM (92.3) on Sunday that he wants Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox to bring charges against the mayor.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Text messaging charge spurs class-action suit
MONTREAL -- As a former mobile telephone salesman, Eric Cormier knows just how complicated contracts can be. 'I know exactly how it works,' Mr. Cormier said Monday, after announcing he is launching a class-action lawsuit against Bell Mobility Inc., his mobile service provider. Mr. Cormier is suing over Bell's plans to charge 15 per incoming message to customers who do not pay a monthly fee for ...
Windsor Star - Jul 28, 2008

U.S. Chamber Exposes Breadth of Trial Lawyers' Earmarks in Congressional Bills
A Web site and media campaign exposing the vast number of liability expanding provisions slipped into key legislation by the plaintiffs' trial bar was launched today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). The site, http://www.TrialLawyerEarmarks.com, illustrates the breadth and scope of the trial lawyer agenda through a tangle of vines overtaking the U.S. Capitol Building.
PR Newswire - Jul 28, 2008

Point of no return
Jul. 28--NEW DELHI -- An increasing number of bureaucrats in Delhi hailing from Jammu and Kashmir are refusing to go back to their home state after retirement fearing threats to life and property. Going by the number of petitions in the Delhi High Court, filed by such officials against the Government Estate Officer's order to vacate their official accommodation, the trend seems to be on the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

UNC researchers link genes, criminal behavior: The study's authors say parenting, social factors can override the genes' effects; they're careful to limit theory's application
Jul. 28--Maybe some boys really were born to be wild. Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill announced this month that they have found three genes that appear to affect the probability of a life of crime. The study looked at roughly 1,100 boys in middle and high school, ages 12 to 18. In 1996 and again in 2002, the participants were asked to take a 12-question survey to gauge their delinquent ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Kmart sued by ex-Laurel Mall workers
Jul. 28--HAZLETON -- Eight former employees of the Kmart store in the Laurel Mall have filed federal age discrimination lawsuits against the corporation, alleging they were terminated so that the company could hire younger, lower paid employees. The employees, all of whom were women over age 40, were fired in or around January 2006. Kmart maintained the action was part of a downsizing of the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Scientists find link between genes and boys' bad behavior
RALEIGH, N.C. _ Maybe some boys really were born to be wild. Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill announced this week that they had found three genes that appear to affect the probability of a life of crime. The study looked at roughly 1,100 boys in middle school and high school, ages 12-18. In 1996 and again in 2002, the participants were asked to take a 12-question ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

State's business lobby wants labor laws adjusted along with budget
Jul. 28--Last of two parts on special-interest influence on the budget. Companies like UPS would like their California truck drivers to decide when to take their lunch breaks. The world's largest package delivery service has spent $804,169 lobbying its cause at the Capitol since 2004. Now, business groups and like-minded Republicans have added relief from the meal and rest period rules to the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Santeria's animal sacrifices are legal, Florida police told
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ Although Santeria has been widely practiced in South Florida for decades, the Afro-Cuban religion, which at times includes animal sacrifices, remains cloaked in mystery and sensation. Just last year, police staged an armed raid on a Coral Gables, Fla., home where several goats, chickens and pigeons were being slaughtered in a ritual.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Proof relationships can last, what they say
Jul. 28--A relationship can be tough, but if it's meant to be, it will indeed be worth it. I was a senior in high school when this tall boy with beautiful blue eyes sat down in the empty seat in front of me in government class to run the projector. By the end of the first film on the Supreme Court, we were trying on each other's class rings. That was Oct. 30. Our first date was Nov. 4.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Congress Confronts Final Week of Work
In both the House and the Senate, lawmakers are engaged in an increasingly bitter fight over how to address the high price of gasoline a recognition that some very unhappy constituents are waiting for them back home in a major election year. A member just has to go home to know what is the No. 1 economic issue in a country where people are concerned right now about what to do about the ...
New York Times - Jul 28, 2008

USANA Health Sciences and Barry Minkow settle defamation, stock manipulation lawsuit
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Nutritional supplement and skin care products company USANA Health Sciences Inc. said Monday it settled a long-standing dispute between the company and investor Barry Minkow over defamation and stock manipulation accusations. USANA will withdraw its lawsuit against Minkow and his Fraud Discovery Institute in the U.S. District Court for the district of Utah.
Canadian Business Magazine - Jul 28, 2008

Secure Computing Reports Q2 2008 Results
Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading enterprise security company, today announced second quarter GAAP revenue of $61.7 million. This represents a 7% increase in revenue compared to $57.6 million in the same quarter last year. Second quarter non-GAAP revenue was $69.2 million. This represents a 9% increase compared to the same ...
MarketWire - Jul 28, 2008

Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. Announces Court Decision
Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: APNT) Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: APNT) announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its opinion in its litigation with Canon, Inc. The appeals court in part affirmed, and in part reversed, the rulings of the district court. While the appeals court accepted, without deciding, the district court's decision that SED, Inc. ...
MarketWire - Jul 28, 2008

Energizer Holdings, Inc. Files Patent Infringement Complaint in Federal Court Against Spectrum Brands
ST. LOUIS, July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Energizer Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: ENR), and the Eveready Battery Company, Inc. have filed a Complaint with the United States District Court Western District of Wisconsin. The Complaint is against Spectrum Brands and alleges patent infringement of patents owned by Energizer. Energizer believes that Spectrum Brands infringe Energizer's US Patents ...
PR Newswire - Jul 28, 2008

Kastner's many claims eventually collapsed: His stories, and his behavior, started shifting, his principal says.
Jul. 28--It was about mid-December when Webster High School's principal started seeing some changes in English teacher and coach John Kastner. Kastner began having over-the-top reactions to people and situations that irritated him. His stories about money he planned to donate began shifting. He announced he was probably going to be deaf within a year. "At that point I thought 'too much drama, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Arroyo: 'We need VAT to survive global crisis'
Protesters who converged along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City Monday gave President Arroyo a failing mark during their own people s State of the Nation Address (SONA). abs-cbnNEWS.com (7/28/2008 6:06:03 PM) In her eighth State of the Nation Address, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called on Congress to pass the bill that would extend the 20-year Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law ...
ABS-CBN News - Jul 28, 2008

Researchers link genes, criminal activity
RALEIGH, N.C. _ Maybe some boys really were born to be wild. Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill announced this week that they had found three genes that appear to affect the probability of a life of crime. The study looked at roughly 1,100 boys in middle school and high school, ages 12-18. In 1996 and again in 2002, the participants were asked to take a 12-question survey to gauge their delinquent ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 27, 2008

Texas Supreme Court's ruling didn't settle raging debate on exorcism
Jul. 27--When the Texas Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit against a former Colleyville church involved in a traumatic exorcism, did the justices properly defend everyone's religious freedoms or simply get it all wrong? Opinions about the court's 6-3 decision in the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God vs. Laura Schubert are as sharply divided as those displayed by the justices themselves.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 27, 2008

Family resolves to take its fight over exorcism to U.S. Supreme Court
Jul. 27--Laura Schubert Pearson was an impressionable 17-year-old when friends in her church youth group thought demons possessed her. Repeatedly, over two days, the youth pastor, his wife and others held the girl down on the floor of the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God Church in Colleyville, even as Pearson screamed, fought and begged to be released. They cast it as wrestling with the devil.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 27, 2008

Debate rages on over IIRA
Jul. 27--It has been two years since Hazleton City Council passed an ordinance aimed at imposing financial penalties on landlords and businesses that knowingly provide housing or jobs to illegal immigrants. But the city still hasn't been able to enforce the ordinance known as the Illegal Immigration Relief Act. Mayor Lou Barletta remains optimistic that will someday change.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 27, 2008

South Florida malpractice victims have fewer options
Jul. 27--GROWING RANKS OF UNINSURED DOCTORS -- plus new laws and court decisions -- are discouraging attorneys from taking medical malpractice cases, leaving some South Florida victims of medical errors with few options. Attorneys, insurance officials and doctors said the number of new malpractice lawsuits has tumbled in recent years. The state does not count lawsuits when they are first filed, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 27, 2008

Schiavo debate relived in Valley: Sanger woman in coma center of wide dispute.
Jul. 27--Three years after the fight over Terri Schiavo pulled the nation into the end-of-life debate, the case of a comatose Fresno County woman is reopening old wounds -- and could prove even more inflammatory. The family of Janet Rivera, 46, wants to keep her alive in a Fresno hospital. The county, acting as her legal guardian, wants the issue decided in court.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 27, 2008

Trial set for Sand Dunes' water right: An investors group opposes feds' claim.
Jul. 27--ALAMOSA -- The federal government will try to secure its right to groundwater beneath the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve on Wednesday, when a three-week trial is scheduled to open in the Water Court for Division 3. Attorneys with the Department of Justice filed a claim to a right that would entitle it to all unappropriated water in the unconfined aquifer needed to maintain ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 27, 2008

US racketeering law is tested in Moscow
Russian authorities are hoping to make legal history by applying an American racketeering law in a Moscow court as they seek to recover billions of dollars in damages from the Bank of New York Mellon. Hearings resume Monday in the Russian Federal Customs Service's $22.5 billion lawsuit against the New York-based bank, which was at the center of a major money-laundering scandal in the late 1990s.
Newsday - Jul 27, 2008

Nigeria's Fragile Democracy
How sick is President Yar'Adua of Nigeria? In May, he admitted during a live television broadcast that he suffers from a kidney ailment, but sought to quell speculation that he was terminally ill by insisting that fears for his health are greatly exaggerated and politically motivated. There are plenty of world leaders in less-than-perfect health. But the stakes are especially high in Nigeria, ...
The New York Sun - Jul 28, 2008

Open courts vs. privacy: Move toward online access...
OTTAWA - The judges on the Supreme Court of Canada will decide this fall whether to post court documents online, the culmination of years of debate on whether throwing open the electronic doors threatens privacy rights in an era of Internet stalkers and identity thieves. Courts in several provinces are also considering the prospect of e-access to court files, with British Columbia being the first ...
Times Colonist - Jul 28, 2008

Small firms want input on greenhouse gas rules: Regulations could prove costly, critics contend
Small-business advocates want to make sure the gets their input before the agency imposes regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on July 11 that seeks public comment on the advantages and disadvantages of using the Clean Air Act to regulate stationary and mobile sources of greenhouse gases. The EPA was forced to address the issue ...
Business Journal of Milwaukee - Jul 28, 2008

SolGen asks SC to dismisscases vs. lawmaker: Devanadera maintains that the legal issues against Rep. Limkaichong are moot and academic
Jul. 28--THE House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) has the exclusive jurisdiction to resolve cases relating to the election and qualification of congressmen, according to the Office of the Solicitor General. Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera made this manifestation even as it asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss, for being moot, all cases challenging the citizenship and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

BRIEF: Missouri ready to replace high court judge
Jul. 28--With Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr.'s recent appointment as a federal judge, applications are being accepted to fill the vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court created by his departure. Limbaugh, a judge on the high court for 16 years and a circuit judge for nearly five years before that, was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Federal agency plan makes a comeback with Patil
Jul. 28--NEW DELHI -- Conceived by former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, adopted by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and aborted by states afraid of losing power, the concept of federal offences bounced back on Sunday with the Centre announcing its intention to convene a string of meetings with chief ministers, police chiefs and chief secretaries. At these meetings, the Centre not only ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Santeria leaders hope tolerance of faith's rituals spreads: Humane animal killings in ceremonies are permitted under U.S. Constitution
Jul. 27--Although Santeria has been widely practiced in South Florida for decades, the Afro-Cuban religion, which at times includes animal sacrifices, remains cloaked in mystery and sensation. Just last year, police staged an armed raid on a Coral Gables home where several goats, chickens and pigeons were being slaughtered in a ritual. Several worshipers were held at gunpoint and detained for ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 27, 2008

Turkish court prepares judgment on ruling party
Leading prosecutor wants Islamist party shut down EU officials condemn move as anti-democratic A senior Turkish prosecutor has raised tensions on the eve of a landmark court case that could leave Turkey without a government and deeply divided by warning that it is in danger of an 'intolerant' Islamic takeover. In an interview with the Guardian, Omer Faruk Eminagaoglu, chairman of the association ...
Guardian Unlimited - Jul 27, 2008

Groups support Layshock lawsuit: Say students have right to free speech
Jul. 27--HERMITAGE -- Three civil liberties organizations have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the Justin Layshock vs. Hermitage School District case, saying an appeals court's decision will have far-reaching effects. Layshock, then a Hickory High School senior, created an unflattering profile of his principal, Eric W. Trosch, on his grandmother's computer in December 2005, and posted the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 27, 2008

New battles erupt over gun laws following Supreme Court decision
ATLANTA _ Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a ban on handguns, gun opponents are fighting to preserve or expand gun-free zones, igniting battles over whether civilians should be allowed to carry loaded weapons to places such as airports, public parks and even the Magic Kingdom. The same day a new law went into effect in Georgia allowing people who have obtained a legal ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 27, 2008

S.C. House attempted to go too far with reform
Last month, our state elected leaders took the right step in crafting a legislative compromise to protect the public's ability to stand up for its interests when industries and developers unlawfully pollute our clean air and clean water. Under long-standing law, an individual or group can challenge an unlawful state Department of Health and Environmental Control permit that would allow injury to ...
Spartanburg Herald-Journal - Jul 27, 2008

Lawsuit dropped over Calif. congresswoman's home
The Associated Press Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., center, arrives for her fundraiser in Washington, in this Wednesday, June 25, 2008 file photo. A man who paid $388,000 for the congresswoman's home dropped a lawsuit that claimed she got special treatment when a bank rescinded the foreclosure, it was reported Saturday July 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson) TORRANCE, Calif.
Augusta Chronicle - Jul 27, 2008

Point of no return
Jul. 28--NEW DELHI -- An increasing number of bureaucrats in Delhi hailing from Jammu and Kashmir are refusing to go back to their home state after retirement fearing threats to life and property. Going by the number of petitions in the Delhi High Court, filed by such officials against the Government Estate Officer's order to vacate their official accommodation, the trend seems to be on the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Development groups weigh impact of verdict: High court says Beaver Dam meetings should be public
Jul. 28--A state Supreme Court ruling that a Beaver Dam economic development group is a quasi-governmental organization and must obey the state's open meetings and open records laws has been hailed as a victory for open government and criticized as a threat to economic development. The Beaver Dam Area Development Corp. secretly negotiated for months in 2003 with Wal-Mart to build a $55 million, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 28, 2008

Japan court upholds guilty verdict of former Internet mogul accused of securities violations
TOKYO (AP) _ A Japanese appeals court upheld the conviction of flamboyant former Internet mogul Takafumi Horie on Friday in an ongoing case that has come to symbolize this nation's effort to deal with white collar crime at emerging dot-coms.The Tokyo High Court rejected Horie's appeal of a lower court conviction of securities laws violations. He was found guilty in March last year of ...
Chicago Tribune - Jul 25, 2008

Wedemeyer pioneered cameras in courtrooms
Jul. 24--Appeals Court Judge Ted E. Wedemeyer Jr. died Wednesday, five months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 75. Wedemeyer's death surprised most of the legal community. "I know that his death may come as a shock to most of you, as many of you did not even know he was sick," wrote Patricia S. Curley, the presiding judge in the 1st District Court of Appeals that sits in Milwaukee. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 24, 2008

In Texas: grand jury and not so public records
I am sitting outside the Schleicher County Courthouse once again, trying to piece together what is going on from afar. The word is that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will be here today. If so, he has not yet arrived.The panel entered a smaller building a few minutes ago. Apparently, the proceedings will take place in an auxillary building that has air conditioned.
Salt Lake Tribune - Jul 24, 2008

State to address criminals in mortgage industry
MIAMI - The head of a state agency that allowed thousands of criminals to sell home loans in Florida has acknowledged that his office did not follow a screening law, but blamed legislators for failing to provide money to enforce it. That's one of the explanations in a 40-page response to a Miami Herald investigation, which found that more than 10,000 people with criminal records were permitted to ...
Florida Today - Jul 24, 2008

Bob Barr Says: Maintain Economic Growth, Find New Energy Sources, Confront Global Warming
Bob Barr, former member of Congress from Georgia and Libertarian Party Candidate for President, today issued the following statement on energy and global warming: As America confronts a variety of domestic and foreign challenges in the future, it is essential that we preserve our prosperous, productive, and innovative economy. Without a strong economic foundation, it will be impossible for ...
PR Newswire - Jul 24, 2008

The "Fairness" Doctrine: America In The Balance
Even the most superficial understanding and regard for the critical importance of free speech and expression should generate nearly universal opposition to the Fairness Doctrine from across the political spectrum. After all, if the rights of any segment of society can be abridged, the rights of all others are threatened. Lurking in the gloom of the Democrat agenda is a resuscitation of the ...
Web Commentary - Jul 24, 2008

Top state court backs Christian group in hate-crimes case
Jul. 24--The state Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling that tossed out language expanding Pennsylvania's hate-crimes law. The justices Wednesday upheld a November ruling from Commonwealth Court. The ruling handed a victory to conservative Christian group Repent America, which filed a lawsuit in 2005 challenging the amendment of the state hate-crimes law three years earlier.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 24, 2008

The Setu story
Jul. 25--NEW DELHI -- While MPs made their interventions on the confidence motion, the government was -- even as late as 11 pm on Monday -- working out the finer nuances of its new stance on the Ram Setu. A senior government official said the "government's latest position" was finalised in "a series of hasty meetings" late on Monday, when the DMK, which had been pressing for the speedy ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 25, 2008

Brussels Criticises Bulgaria and Romania on Anti-corruption Drive
The European Commission criticised Bulgaria and Romania yesterday for insufficient efforts to root out corruption but defended their inclusion in the European Union before they had seriously tackled their problems. The Commission announ-ced the suspension of EUR 486 M (USD 763 M, GDP 382 M) in EU funds to Bulgaria but emphasised this money had not yet been paid and all of it would be released if ...
Sofia News Agency - Jul 25, 2008

A Good Kid Gets a Day in Court, Again and Again
By the cold math of his police record, Yiskar Caceres already had at least three strikes against him. In seven months, he had been arrested three times on cocaine charges and had pleaded guilty to each one. And that came after four arrests for marijuana. But the judge saw something different when he looked over Mr. Caceress school transcripts and read the letters praising him as an intelligent, ...
New York Times - Jul 25, 2008

Emmett executed for '01 killing: Man loses final appeals and dies by injection for bludgeoning co-worker
Jul. 25--JARRATT -- Christopher Scott Emmett was executed by injection last night for the 2001 beating death of a co-worker in Danville. Emmett, who dropped his appeals over the legality of lethal injections for executions, became the 102nd person executed in Virginia since 1976. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine declined to intervene in the case yesterday evening. Emmett, 36, a construction worker and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 25, 2008

Ecuador's draft charter favors leftist president
MONTECRISTI, Ecuador A proposed new constitution grants Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa broad powers including the ability to dissolve Congress and set monetary policy, and would let him stay in office through 2017. The charter, up for initial approval Thursday, would help wrest power from Ecuador's widely discredited traditional political parties and more equitably distribute wealth, ...
SignOn San Diego - Jul 25, 2008

Very happy Arroyo tours NAIA 3, greets passengers
MANILA, Philippines-NAIA 3's most important passenger Thursday liked what she saw-never mind the six-year wait. A beaming President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo spent a leisurely hour touring and power-lunching with aviation VIPs at the newly opened terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA 3). She even took time to bid bon voyage to other passengers.
Philippine Daily Inquirer - Jul 25, 2008

Schultz files motion to split Sonics suit
SEATTLE _ Howard Schultz admits his lawsuit to reclaim the Sonics is a potential legal quagmire, which is why he wants the case against Clay Bennett divided into two parts _ a liability phase and a remedy phase. Schultz's Seattle-based attorney Richard Yarmuth filed a motion Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle asking Judge Marsha Pechman to "bifurcate," or divide, the case. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 25, 2008

Scholars slam government claim on Ram Setu
Jul. 25--NEW DELHI -- Did Lord Rama destroy Ram Setu, the bridge over which his monkey army invaded Ravana's Lanka -- as the government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday? India's leading authorities on the Ramayana want to throw that claim into the sea. With anger growing in India's right-wing parties over plans for a controversial multi-million dollar canal through the Palk Straits, research ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 25, 2008

Julie Steinberg | A low-carb energy diet
If you thought the Bush administration had finally woken up, smelled the CO2, and decided to do something about global warming after discussing it with the G-8, you are sadly mistaken. Two recent decisions concerning greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions not only affirmed the White House's typical reluctance to act on this issue, they have signaled an absolute refusal to engage with it at all.
Daily Pennsylvanian - Jul 24, 2008

Nearly a quarter of BP production at stake in Russia
The dispute that has come to symbolize the challenges of producing oil in an era of high prices and short supplies boiled over in May. That's when BP Plc, the world's third-largest oil company by sales, faced off in a private meeting with its billionaire partners in a 50-50 Russian joint venture called TNK-BP Ltd. at the beachfront Four Seasons Hotel near Limassol, Cyprus.
Houston Chronicle - Jul 24, 2008

FEMA seeks immunity from suits
NEW ORLEANS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency asked a federal judge Wednesday for immunity from lawsuits over potentially dangerous fumes in government-issued trailers that have housed tens of thousands of Gulf Coast hurricane victims. Lawyers for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita accuse FEMA of negligence for sheltering them in trailers with elevated levels of formaldehyde, a ...
Erie Times-News - Jul 24, 2008

Nokia, Qualcomm settle long-running dispute
SAN DIEGO - The legal salvos between Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. stopped months ago, part of what officials at the wireless industry heavyweights described as a truce in a long-running battle that spanned three continents.Peace came Wednesday as the two sides prepared for a courtroom showdown. Nokia, the world's largest handset maker, and Qualcomm, the world's largest maker of chips that run ...
Maysville-Online - Jul 24, 2008

Motorola settles in $10 billion trade-secret suit against it
Jul. 23--Now-defunct SPS Technologies Corp. has settled its $10 billion trade secret case against Motorola, the world's second-largest cell-phone maker, for an undisclosed sum, lawyers representing SPS said Tuesday. Motorola and the former Fort Lauderdale-based tech company represented by prominent lawyer Willie Gary settled with a retrial set to start Monday.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Court siding with corporate interests, Exxon Valdez plaintiff tells Senate panel
WASHINGTON _ It's getting harder for ordinary people to sue big corporations in an effort to hold them accountable for gross misconduct, one of the plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez lawsuit told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The committee was examining the fairness of several recent Supreme Court decisions, including its opinion in the lawsuit filed by 32,000 fishermen and Alaska ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Schwarzenegger plans to cut state worker pay to cope with late budget
Jul. 23--Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to sign an executive order next week that will temporarily reduce pay for more than 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour to preserve cash in the midst of a month-long budget standoff, according to a draft copy of the order obtained by The Bee. But a spokeswoman for Democratic state Controller John Chiang, who pays the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Why courts matter
Late last month, the Colorado Supreme Court released a little-noticed decision that is the very embodiment of what is wrong with the state's highest court. Put simply, the four-member liberal court majority is all too eager to bend the law and prior court precedent if it can reach what may seem like a desired result. The case that most recently illustrates this tendency is not really ...
Denver Post - Jul 23, 2008

EDITORIAL: Come on in: Public can play on private stream beds
Jul. 23--The Utah Supreme Court has decided that the public has the right to walk on privately owned stream beds in order to enjoy the recreational benefits of public waters, that is, to fish, wade, swim, float and hunt. That's an expansive victory for public recreation, but it comes as a terrible shock to private property owners in Utah who thought their property was, well, private.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Texas authorities begin pursuit of indicted sect members
AUSTIN, Texas _ Authorities began their pursuit Wednesday of five members of a West Texas polygamist sect accused of committing crimes against children, but acknowledged the men _ some of whom are believed to be influential elders who married underage girls _ could be difficult to find. By Wednesday evening, no arrests had been made, and state and county law enforcement officials said they had ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

EDITORIAL: Water challenges: A Douglas County water dispute raises issues that illustrate on a small scale why wars someday may be fought over water.
Jul. 23--Our part of eastern Kansas always has been blessed with an adequate -- plentiful, compared to much of the state -- supply of water. A dispute now playing out in the Eudora area, however, raises a number of issues that may become more urgent as population and the demand for water grow. The Kansas Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that challenges a new water district's right to use ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

No new trial for '88 killing, but no clean record, either
Jul. 23--Charles Ray Walters won't be able to erase a past sin from his record, but his future is a bit more secure after a ruling by the state Court of Appeals for Division II. In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, a three-judge panel has ruled that the state cannot re-prosecute Walters for first-degree murder in the 1988 death of Michael Coon. Such a prosecution would violate Walters' ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Mississippi executes condemned inmate Bishop
PARCHMAN, Miss. Bishop wore a goatee and a red prison jumpsuit with flip flops to his execution by lethal injection. He was pronounced dead at 6:14 p.m. His attorneys had argued his life should have been spared because he did not swing the hammer that killed 22-year-old Marcus James Gentry in 1998. Both Mississippi's governor and the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals to avert the execution.
Fort Mills Times - Jul 23, 2008

Stanford Environmental Law Clinic Announces Ninth Circuit Upholds Case Requiring U.S. EPA to Regulate Invasive Species Pollution
ET STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford Law School today announced that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of environmental organizations seeking to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate ship discharges under the Clean Water Act. Dealing a setback to the shipping industry, the decision follows a 2005 lower court ...
Yahoo! Canada - Jul 23, 2008

Drug conviction thrown out on constitutional grounds: Search warrant used by police overstepped bounds
Jul. 23--A jury conviction of a man on drug charges was reversed in a split decision by the 1st District Court of Appeals on Tuesday after the majority found that the search warrant used by police did not meet standards protecting the man's constitutional rights. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Wall had sentenced Michael Anthony King, 35, of West Allis, to nine years in prison and five ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Charges dismissed in Martin Tankleff murder case
Jul. 23--Martin Tankleff is a free man -- for good. Seven months after an appellate court threw out his conviction in the murders of his parents two decades ago, a Suffolk judge yesterday formally dismissed the charges against the Belle Terre man who spent 17 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit. "It's 20 years overdue," said Tankleff, 37, speaking about his 1988 murder ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Quebec gas price-fixing scheme may have been widespread
Wire-tap evidence used to obtain search warrants that led to charges in an alleged Quebec gas price-fixing scheme suggest discussions about prices took place in several regions beyond those targeted in a Federal Bureau Competition crackdown last month. According to documents obtained by the CBC's French-language network, several gas retailers in Montreal, Trois-Rivi res, Valleyfield, Sorel, Le ...
Northern Ontario Business - Jul 23, 2008

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce faces multibillion - dollar class - action investors' lawsuit
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce faces multibillion-dollar class-action investors' lawsuit TORONTO (AP) - A group of investors launched a multibillion-dollar class-action lawsuit in an Ontario court Wednesday against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, alleging misrepresentations about the bank's exposure to the plunging U.S. subprime mortgage market. Toronto legal firm Rochon Genova LLP ...
Canadian Business Magazine - Jul 23, 2008

Employers too often pay for stress
Lawyers retained by damaged or troubled employees too often issue lawsuits without analyzing whether any legal wrong was committed by the employer. Increasingly, we are seeing claims issued by the more left wing members of my bar based on disability, gender and other forms of purported discrimination, which should be more vigorously defended than they are now.
National Post - Jul 23, 2008

A look at key parts of congressional housing bill
The housing bill Congress is preparing to send President Bush would: _Give the Federal Housing Administration $300 billion in new lending authority and relax standards to provide affordable, fixed-rate mortgages to debt-ridden homeowners. Any losses would be covered by an affordable housing fund financed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored companies that finance mortgages. ...
International Herald Tribune - Jul 23, 2008

SC new battleground ofwarring political families: Former lawmaker Jacinto Paras says issues raised against Rep. Limkaichong are better left for the Court to settle
Jul. 23--THE Supreme Court (SC) is now the new battleground of two powerful political families fighting over the first congressional district of the province of Negros Oriental. Incumbent Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong, following the conflicting decisions of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on her proclamation and disqualification as representative of the first district of Negros Oriental, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Amerigroup payment to end lawsuit
Jul. 23--Amerigroup Corp., a manager of government health plans, agreed to pay $225 million to the U.S. and Illinois to settle a lawsuit alleging the company wrongfully denied coverage to pregnant women eligible for Medicaid. The Virginia Beach, Va., company also will pay legal fees of $9 million and enter a corporate integrity agreement, it said Tuesday. A federal judge in Chicago had ruled ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Lawsuit targets Farmingdale's 'gentrification'
Jul. 23--Legal experts say a federal judge's decision to give the go-ahead to a housing discrimination lawsuit filed by Hofstra Law School and Latino tenants against the Village of Farmingdale shows how disputes about "gentrification" are expanding from cities to the suburbs. Hofstra and the plaintiffs, who include some day laborers, allege the village engaged in a deliberate campaign to drive ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Hugo Chavez invites Russia to be protector against US
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has asked Russia to align itself with the Venezuela as protection from the United States. The call came as Chavez met his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev on energy matters. Russia and Venezuela have agreed to bilateral cooperation on energy, with Russia being allowed to explore new oil and gas territory in Venezuela's Orinoco basin.
Kazakhstan News - Jul 23, 2008

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce faces class-action lawsuit from investors seeking billions
TORONTO: A group of investors launched a multi-billion-dollar class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, alleging misrepresentations about the bank's exposure to the plunging U.S. subprime mortgage market. Toronto legal firm Rochon Genova LLP said Wednesday that the claim indicates the bank alleged that its total exposure to U.S.
International Herald Tribune - Jul 23, 2008

Judge holds off on ruling for Marlins stadium financing: Judge waits for Supreme Court results
Jul. 23--MIAMI -- A Miami judge hearing the lawsuit targeting the financing for a Florida Marlins ballpark and other Miami projects said Tuesday she will not rule on whether a public vote is needed on a portion of the funding for more than a month, until the Florida Supreme Court makes a decision on two similar cases. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeri Beth Cohen, who said without the Supreme Court ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Complaint targets initiative: Court asked to send I-1029 to Legislature instead of to ballot
Jul. 23--Initiative 1029 critics filed a complaint with the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking it to require that the long-term care measure be sent to the Legislature, rather than the Nov. 4 ballot. Petitions circulated by the Yes on 1029 campaign declared the measure was an initiative to the Legislature. But its sponsors at the Service Employees International Union filed it as a petition ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

S.D. official sues to block foreclosures, wants 'foreclosure sanctuary'
Breaking news, from Reuters: San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre said Wednesday that he filed a lawsuit against Bank of America Corp. and its Countrywide unit to prevent the mortgage lenders from foreclosing on homes in his city, which he aims to make a 'foreclosure sanctuary.' More: 'Aguirre plans to file similar lawsuits against Washington Mutual Inc., Wells Fargo & Co.
Los Angeles Times - Jul 23, 2008

10 Years After State Street Decision That Transformed Patents, Appeals Court May Reverse Field
Ten years and thousands of business-method patent applications later, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is considering whether to undo that decision in part or completely. In State Street Bank & Trust Co. vs. Signature Financial Group Inc., the Federal Circuit -- the nation's top patent court -- ruled in favor of Signature, upholding its patent for a data processing ...
Calibre Macro World - Jul 23, 2008

Debate over war crimes courts should wait
Another concern is the value of a court system that makes it more difficult to force a dictator from power when he knows he faces jail instead of retirement to a friendly country. These are legitimate questions, ones that should be discussed as the notion of permanent international judicial institutions develops in a world where borders are becoming less meaningful every year.
Portland Press Herald - Jul 23, 2008

Court Approves SemGroup's Essential Initial Motions in Connection with Company's Chapter 11 Restructuring
Motions Allow Use of Cash, Employee Wages and Benefits, Supplier Protection Program and Other Essential Relief TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SemGroup, L.P. announced today that it has received Bankruptcy Court approval of its essential initial motions requesting relief, including authorization to use cash collateral. The use of cash collateral will enable SemGroup to utilize existing cash and ...
Business Wire - Jul 23, 2008

Because 'Dark Knight" needs more publicity
Jul. 23--Christian Bale, star of the box-office smash "The Dark Knight," is denying allegations he assaulted his mother and sister at a London hotel. Bale, 34, said the allegations were false on Tuesday, hours after the Welsh-born actor was arrested, questioned by London police and released on bail. The actor spent four hours talking with authorities but was not charged.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Prisons to desegregate: Lode facilities first in state to comply with court mandate
Jul. 23--JAMESTOWN -- Inmates and staff at two California prisons in the Mother Lode face the prospect of turmoil and possible violence this summer as they take the state lead in complying with a court-mandated effort to desegregate prison dormitory bunk assignments and prison cells. "This is a big change for everybody," said Jerry Vasquez, 38, a member of the Fresno Bulldogs gang who is serving ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

POM Wonderful Announces Purely Juice Found Guilty of Deceiving Customers With Adulterated Pomegranate Juice and False Advertising
POM Wonderful announced today a legal victory for consumers when a US District Federal Court in Los Angeles found in favor of POM Wonderful in its lawsuit against Purely Juice, Inc. for false advertising and misleading marketing. In 2007, POM Wonderful filed a federal lawsuit against Purely Juice claiming it was deceiving consumers by selling adulterated, imported pomegranate juice.
PR Newswire - Jul 22, 2008

Judge nixes some evidence in bin Laden driver case
Judge nixes some evidence in bin Laden driver case By MIKE MELIA - Associated Press Writer GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba The judge in the first American war crimes trial since War II barred evidence that interrogators obtained from Osama bin Laden's driver, ruling he was subjected to "highly coercive" conditions in Afghanistan. AP Photo Salim Ahmed Hamdan is seen in this undated file photo.
Centre Daily Times - Jul 22, 2008

Movement seeks to skirt Electoral College
NEW YORK _ A measure that would push the Electoral College to the fringes of American politics has been an unlikely beneficiary of this year's protracted presidential primaries. Buoyed by a long presidential primary season that focused attention on states that usually are overlooked in the calculus of winning a nomination, states as far-flung as Massachusetts and Hawaii have passed or are ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

High Court tells PALto reinstate 2,000 workers
Jul. 23--As they say, you win some, you lose some. The Supreme Court upheld a suit filed by some 2,000 former employees and cabin crew of Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) who were retrenched 10 years ago when the airline downsized. The decision came a day after the same court ruled in favor of Lucio Tan, who owns the airline. On Monday, the Court said the government owed the Tan-owned Fortune ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Warren Jeffs, five others indicted in polygamist sect case
ELDORADO, Texas _ Six men from a West Texas polygamist community _ including incarcerated sect leader Warren Jeffs _ have been indicted by a grand jury on charges including felony sexual assault of a child. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who announced the charges against members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Tuesday evening, would not reveal the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

Yolo court lockout prompts demand for written rules
Jul. 22--Responding to what she called "a shocking" incident last month in Yolo Superior Court, the majority leader of the state Senate has proposed rewriting the state's rules governing courts to ensure that criminal proceedings remain public. Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, wrote to William Vickrey, the administrative director of the state court system, late last week and urged that changes ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

Supreme Court denies Klose's request for new hearing
Jul. 22--The North Dakota Supreme Court Monday denied convicted murderer Timothy Gene Klose's request that it overturn the Southeast District Court's decision against granting him a second post-conviction hearing. In October 2001, Klose was found guilty of shooting and killing Raymond Schultes on March 22, 2001, in Jamestown. The two men lived in the same apartment complex.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

Fight over couple's smelly farmland goes to higher court
Jul. 22--A Macomb Township couple told the Free Press a judge's order to send them to jail over the stench of their farmland flat-out stinks -- and they're hoping the state Supreme Court will agree with them. Ronald and Dolores Michaels are spared jail time until the higher court decides whether to grant an emergency injunction. The Michaels have been in and out of court since 1995 over their ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

Judge in Florida Marlins stadium suit: Let's roll the tape: Judge plans to show arguments in 3 related Florida Supreme Court cases before ruling
Jul. 22--MIAMI -- Still struggling with whether a public vote is required on a financing plan for $3 billion in Miami projects, including a Florida Marlins ballpark, a Miami judge is taking an unusual step. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeri Beth Cohen said Monday she plans to show video of the Florida Supreme Court hearing arguments in three related cases, including the re-hearing in the case of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

Supreme Court mulls dirty words
Supreme Court mulls dirty words By: RANDY DOTINGA - For the North County Times Wednesday, March 5, 2008 12:48 PM PST Maybe it's happened to you.You're trying to tell a co-worker to stop dithering, and into your brain and out of your mouth comes a pithy saying about getting off a pot. If you were in the funny papers, a bubble above your head would read %#$*@!Someone might complain to human ...
North County Times - Jul 22, 2008

Wachovia posts $8.9 billion quarterly loss and cuts dividend
NEW YORK: Moving quickly to bring an end to its troubles, Wachovia, the U.S. banking giant, reported an $8.9 billion loss Tuesday and sharply reduced its dividend for its first quarter under new leadership. Investors had expected large losses since the bank named Robert Steel, a former under secretary of the U.S. Treasury, as chief executive to help steer it through the housing crisis.
International Herald Tribune - Jul 22, 2008

White House nixed Calif. emissions rule, ex-EPA official says
WASHINGTON _ The Environmental Protection Agency told the Bush administration that by law California should be able to set air-quality standards that were tougher than federal law, but President Bush rejected the advice and made clear that he wanted a single national standard, a former EPA official said Tuesday. The testimony from whistleblower Jason Burnett came as the Senate Environmental and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

Housing authority wants to buy disputed property
Roanoke's housing authority wants to buy a building that sits at the edge of a growing business and medical park -- and under the cloud of a possible condemnation. The board of the city's Redevelopment and Housing Authority voted Monday to offer $1.78 million for two parcels in the 1200 block of Williamson Road for development as part of the Riverside Center.
Roanoke Times - Jul 22, 2008

Planned bill targets Wisconsin Supreme Court decision on lawsuits by homebuyers
Jul. 22--State lawmakers say they plan to introduce legislation next year that would reverse a state Supreme Court decision blocking home buyers from suing sellers for punitive damages when they lie about the condition of a house. "Buying a home is a big investment, and when you do that you should have civil protections if the seller perpetrates fraud against you," said Sen.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

Whither federalization of Delaware corporate laws?
The question to be addressed is the extent to which there will be further intrusions by Congress into the international prominence of Delaware corporate law. That question should not be approached solely from a parochial and self-interested viewpoint. Rather, it requires a broad, rational and historic analysis. James Madison, the 'Father of the Constitution,' initially advocated at the 1787 ...
Delaware Online - Jul 22, 2008

BRIEF: Next Missouri execution set for September
Jul. 22--The Missouri Supreme Court today announced a September date for the state's first execution since 2005. The court previously stayed a scheduled July 30 execution for John Middleton, a northern Missouri drug dealer convicted of killing three people in two separate cases. On Friday, the court granted the state's motion to reconsider the stay, and announced that it would issue a warrant to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

Consumers will share $25 million settlement for unauthorized credit card charges
Jul. 22--EDWARDSVILLE -- A class-action lawsuit in Madison County has been settled for $25 million for consumers who never requested services or reports connected with their credit or debit cards, and the plaintiff's lawyer said the company also will have to change its business practices. Trilegiant Corp., based in Norwalk, Conn., settled the lawsuit earlier this month.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

The Lawyer as a Brand...in Nigeria
Managing the image of lawyers and law firms has always presented a challenge, given the constraints imposed by the profession's rules in many countries. In Nigeria it is even more so, given our peculiar environment. 'Lawyers are liars' is the catchphrase one often hears bandied about by members of the Nigerian public who view lawyers with great suspicion. They are also viewed around the world as ...
This Day Online - Jul 22, 2008

UnitedHealth income off 73%
Jul. 23--UnitedHealth Group reported sharply lower second-quarter earnings because of several unusual events, including a big payout for a shareholder settlement and costs related to recent job reductions. For the quarter ending June 30, net income for the Minnetonka-based health insurer fell to $337 million, or 27 cents per share, from $1.23 billion, or 89 cents per share, a year ago.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

EDITORIAL: Lessons still being learned: Virginia's newly unveiled Civil Rights Memorial is a historical marker with lessons for all.
Jul. 22--A private, nonprofit foundation unveiled the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial Monday in Richmond's Capitol Square. Now, among the statues of Virginia heroes of the Revolutionary and Civil wars that dominate the square, stands a memorial to an entire people and the battle they engaged to realize the finest ideal of the Founders of a new nation: All men are equal under the law.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

Roanoke rezones historic home: Civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill's childhood home will become a center for legal aid.
Jul. 22--The Roanoke City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a rezoning request to turn civil rights pioneer Oliver Hill's childhood home into a legal aid center and museum. Washington and Lee University law students will use the house to provide legal aid services for clients age 60 years or older who are referred through Blue Ridge Legal Services, said Mary Natkin, assistant dean of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

JOY FORD Insists she doesn't want to sell">Music Row owner fights eminent domainA Music Row property owner has asked a Nashville court to stop an attempt by Metro government to seize her property, but the city agency and the development firm behind t
Nashville's attempt to seize property violates law, court filing says Share this article: A Music Row property owner has asked a Nashville court to stop an attempt by Metro government to seize her property, but the city agency and the development firm behind the effort said they have no intention of changing course. Lawyers for Joy Ford, owner of an independent music business, asked the Circuit ...
Tennessean - Jul 22, 2008

Former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Employee Pleads Guilty To Disclosing Sensitive Procurement Information
A former employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pleaded guilty to providing sensitive contract information to a bidder seeking to win a multi-billion dollar government contract, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division announced today. David M. Honbo, 60, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of ...
PR Newswire - Jul 22, 2008

Love your saggy pants? ACLU explores lawsuit over city ban
Jul. 22--Saggers unite: The ACLU wants to talk to you about possibly being part of the first lawsuit of its kind nationally. Flint Police Chief David Dicks has said he will not back down from his policy of filing disorderly conduct or indecent exposure charges against those whose saggy pants allow too much underwear or their bottoms to show on city streets (see diagram, below).
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

FEMA seeks immunity from trailer suits
FEMA seeks immunity from trailer lawsuits Victims accuse agency of negligence, say they were exposed to toxic fumes Alex Brandon / AP file A FEMA trailer in the Broadmoor area of New Orleans on Feb. 14. U.S. health officials urged Gulf Coast hurricane victims out of their government-issued trailers after tests found toxic levels of formaldehyde fumes. FEMA wants immunity from a series of ...
MSNBC - Jul 22, 2008

Judge dismissed suit against Northampton County
Jul. 22--A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Northampton County and its coroner filed after death scene photos in a 2006 case fell into the hands of a deputy coroner's son and were placed on the Internet. James Werner Sr. of Lower Nazareth Township had claimed he became the object of scorn and ridicule, and had his privacy invaded, through the posting of death scene photos involving ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

SC new battleground ofwarring political families: Former lawmaker Jacinto Paras says issues raised against Rep. Limkaichong are better left for the Court to settle
Jul. 23--THE Supreme Court (SC) is now the new battleground of two powerful political families fighting over the first congressional district of the province of Negros Oriental. Incumbent Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong, following the conflicting decisions of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on her proclamation and disqualification as representative of the first district of Negros Oriental, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 23, 2008

Lawsuit challenges immigrant services
Jul. 22--A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court seeks to stop the city of Lexington and some other government agencies from providing some benefits to undocumented immigrants. The lawsuit names the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. It argues that documented residents are suffering ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 22, 2008

Law Reinforces Montgomery as a Nanny State
From Marc Fisher's 'Raw Fisher' blog: Montgomery County, the government that brought you bans on trans fats, smoking and any sales of liquor except by the county's own stores, last week added a new kind of regulation, becoming probably the first place in the country to require residents who hire nannies to do so via a written contract. The move has the usual do-gooder genesis, a reflection of the ...
Washington Post - Jul 22, 2008

Gitmo trial begins for bin Laden's driver
The judge in the first American war crimes trial since World War II barred evidence on Monday that interrogators obtained from Osama bin Laden's driver, ruling he was subjected to 'highly coercive' conditions in Afghanistan.But Judge Keith Allred, a Navy captain, left the door open for the prosecution to use statements Salim Hamdan made at Guantanamo, despite defense claims that all his ...
Hendersonville Times News - Jul 22, 2008

Knife wife 'had recurring rage'
SMASHED glasses, slashed upholstery, shattered windows - this was how accused murderer Danielle Stewart allegedly took out her temper on her husband before fatally stabbing him. As newly released photos show Stewart's wild state when Chaim Kimel was killed with an antique knife, his daughter yesterday told a court about her stepmother's recurring violent rages.
Daily Telegraph Australia - Jul 22, 2008

Quebec gas price-fixing scheme may have been widespread
Wire-tap evidence used to obtain search warrants that led to charges in an alleged Quebec gas price-fixing scheme suggest discussions about prices took place in several regions beyond those targeted in a Federal Bureau Competition crackdown last month. According to documents obtained by the CBC's French-language network, several gas retailers in Montreal, Trois-Rivi res, Valleyfield, Sorel, Le ...
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Jul 21, 2008

National security observers explain FISA ins and outs
The amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that President Bush signed on July 10 may be the most significant rewrite of the government's spying powers in a generation. But you might not know that from reading the legislation. It is a dense, often opaque, and patchworked set of new authorities that has puzzled even the few people who can actually call themselves FISA experts.
Government Executive - Jul 21, 2008

The Democrats & National Security
Since the Vietnam War the Republican Party has developed a reputation for having a superior approach to national security. Americans have long trusted the views of Democrats on the environment, the economy, education, and health care, but national security is the one matter about which Republicans have maintained what political scientists call 'issue ownership.' Partly, this is for particular ...
New York Review of Books - Jul 21, 2008

Lieberman touts McCain credentials to South Florida's Jewish voters
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ Eight years after running as the first Jewish American on a national political ticket, Sen. Joe Lieberman, a self-described "independent Democrat" from Connecticut, was in South Florida on Monday to prod Jewish voters to back Republican John McCain for president. Lieberman's first order of business in talks with a handful of Jewish residents at the Bon-Ami Cafe in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 21, 2008

ACLU Applauds Federal Court Decision To Toss Fine In "Wardrobe Malfunction" Case
FCC Cannot Leverage Random Fines For Fleeting Images Of Nudity NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded a federal appeals court decision to uphold free speech by throwing out a $550,000 indecency fine leveraged against CBS for the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction that exposed her breast at the 2004 Super Bowl. Whatever ones view on what constitutes indecency, the government ...
American Civil Liberties Union - Jul 21, 2008

INDIA'S SUPREME COURT STOPS US$47 MLN REFUND ORDER AGAINST GAIL
(AsiaPulse via COMTEX News Network) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the Gujarat High Court order directing state-owned GAIL (India's largest gas transmission and marketing company) to refund Rs 200 crore (US$47 million) it had collected from IPCL towards gas transportation charge. The Gujarat High Court had asked GAIL to refund the money to Reliance Industries, the new owner of IPCL, as ...
Quote.com India - Jul 22, 2008

Lying officers put court cases at risk: Some cases might be dismissed, officials say
Jul. 20--Police officers lying, getting fired and then being put back to work by a merit board is a "big problem" for prosecutors and police, said U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling. State and federal prosecutors say they can't use such an officer as a witness in a criminal case, so some important cases might have to be dismissed because the officer's testimony is deemed unreliable.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

Across Midwest, interest in medical marijuana grows
CHICAGO _ The move to legalize medical marijuana is advancing in the Midwest, with Michigan poised to be the first state between the Rockies and New England to sanction the use of the illegal drug by terminally or seriously ill people. Michigan voters will decide in November whether to authorize marijuana use, if a doctor determines suffering could be eased by the drug from such diseases as ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

A key moment in the struggle: Statues honor pivotal role that 1951 student walkout in Va. played
Jul. 20---- Herbert and Roma Allmon went to Capitol Square in yesterday afternoon's heat in hope of getting a glimpse of the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial. They got lucky. Sculptor Stanley Bleifeld, foundry owner Dick Polich and a cluster of volunteers had raised the covering to rub off a few spots -- part oxidation and part soot -- and to polish the 18 statues that make up the memorial.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

Wisconsin case gives Peterson supporters hope for new trial
Jul. 20--DURHAM -- The long and nationally televised Michael Peterson homicide trial was in full swing and approaching its midpoint at this time five years ago, producing many memorable moments as it slogged toward a conviction and life prison sentence for the successful novelist accused of killing his wife. One particularly eyebrow-raising event occurred in September 2003, a month before ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

Appeals court: 2nd policy covers accident injuries
Jul. 20--A man who suffered devastating injuries in a head-on collision with a semitrailer is entitled to collect on a second insurance policy, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. That decision, handed down last week, provides an extra layer of coverage for victims of truck accidents. According to court records, Tymer Yeates was a passenger in a car hit in May 2003 in Box Elder ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

Special assistant attorney general requested in suit against Blunt over e-mail records
Jul. 20--JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri attorney general's office Friday asked a judge to appoint a special assistant attorney general in the pending lawsuit against Gov. Matt Blunt over e-mail records. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Richard Callahan recently dismissed the suit, ruling that the plaintiff, former Missouri Highway Patrol chief Mel Fisher, did not have standing.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

EDITORIAL: New Wrinkle In D.C. Gun Ban
Jul. 20--Last month, a divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Washington, D.C., gun ban -- one of the strictest in the nation. The court ruled that the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to own and keep firearms in their homes -- even those who live in the District. The ruling was applauded by many in this region, where gun ownership is something of a proud tradition.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

Annexation law hot topic for session
Jul. 20--Election-year caution, a tradition that tends to make lawmakers avoid controversy like a plague, has put West Virginia's disputed annexation law in limbo for now. Come February, all that could change. In some counties, unrest is simmering over a law that some critics say emasculates the ordinary citizen's right to contest land grabbing by municipalities.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

OPINION: A plot to rule state
Jul. 20--So now you know. The Reform Michigan Government Now! proposal should really be called Hand It to the Democrats Later. It's carrot-and-stick politics -- chew on this smaller-government carrot and we'll stick you with one-party rule in Lansing for years, maybe decades, to come. No wonder so many are so cynical about politics. They don't see it anymore as the process for doing the things ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

Federal Lawsuit Filed to Halt Florida's Toxic Algae Blooms
Algae blooms are fouling Florida's beaches, lakes, rivers, and springs, threatening public health, and closing swimming areas. Last month, a water treatment plant serving 30,000 Florida residents was shut down after a toxic blue-green algae bloom on the Caloosahatchee River threatened the plant's source water supply. The public interest law firm Earthjustice is representing the Florida Wildlife ...
Environment News Service - Jul 20, 2008

EDITORIAL: Justice for all? Not if you're poor: Editorial
Jul. 20-- The legal profession's image took a beating from the fen-phen travesty. The state budget crunch gives lawyers a chance to lessen that taint. How? By stepping up and relieving Kentucky's overworked public defenders. Outrageous caseloads and $2.3 million in budget cuts are forcing them to refuse some indigent clients. The need is most acute in Fayette County, where a public defender ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

State falling behind in water planning: Architect of the Statewide Water Supply Initiative sounds an alarm as he leaves the job.
Jul. 20--Colorado may find itself playing catch-up if the state cannot plan for anticipated water shortages in the coming decades. That assessment was given to the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board last week by the architect of the Statewide Water Supply Initiative. "We should be doing strategic planning for 50 and 100 years out for our water reserves," said Rick Brown, who ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

Bellingham author Martini shares his latest thriller 'Shadow of Power'
Jul. 20--Bellingham author Steve Martini shares his new legal thriller "Shadow of Power," about the ramifications that ensue after a law professor who has written a best-selling book announces that he has a previously unpublished letter written by Thomas Jefferson that portends a deep secret about slavery at the nation's founding. Question: What was the spark that led to this novel? Answer: The ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

State budget threatens bill giving foster kids a bigger say in court: BIGGER SAY AT HEARINGS FOR FOSTER KIDS AT ISSUE
Jul. 20--SACRAMENTO -- Child-welfare advocates fear last-minute funding concerns will cause Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto legislation that would permit foster children a greater role in dependency court hearings. Their worries stem from the administration's finance department analysis that put the cost of the measure at about $500,000 next year, and $900,000 the following year -- costs that ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

La. doctor cleared in patient deaths recalls storm
NEW ORLEANSDr. Anna Pou wasn't worried as she made her way to Memorial Medical Center that sultry August weekend in 2005. Hurricane Katrina appeared headed to Florida. Even when warnings were issued for New Orleans, the respected cancer surgeon never thought of leaving. She stayed with her patients in what would become a personal and professional hell. Katrina struck Monday morning, Aug.
York Daily Record - Jul 20, 2008

2009 mayoral election draws big crowd of potential candidates: Message scandal prompts early, widespread interest
Jul. 20--More than a year before Detroit's mayoral election, many high-profile candidates are strongly considering a run for the job, unusually early because of the text message scandal. Nearly all of the likely candidates, who hail from backgrounds as diverse as business, law enforcement and civil service, say they may run because they want to restore integrity in city government.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

Madison psychiatrist is a big Web hit
Jul. 20--Amy O 'Connor, executive editor of the newly launched Time Inc. Web site Health.com, admits she scoffed at the notion of a psychiatrist from Wisconsin being the key expert for her site 's section on depression. In fact, she confessed her response was: "Oh please. Why would we want him? " Most of Health.com 's medical experts are from New York City, where Time is based.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 20, 2008

Court lets stand initiative on same-sex marriages: NOW LOOKS LIKE VOTERS WILL SETTLE CONTROVERSY
Jul. 17--With perhaps the last legal roadblock removed, it appears the fate of gay marriage in California will be up to the voters in November. The California Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a bid by civil rights groups to remove a measure from the November ballot that would restore the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Without comment, the justices unanimously refused to hear the legal ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

Top court limits employers' duty to accommodate
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada placed new limits on the duty of employers to accommodate sick employees in a ruling Thursday that found Hydro-Quebec was justified in firing a mentally ill woman who missed almost 1,000 days of work in the seven years before she was sacked. 'The employer's duty to accommodate ends where the employee is no longer able to fulfil the basic obligations associated ...
DOSE - Jul 17, 2008

Rape victims' testimony sufficient: SC
Jul. 18--NEW DELHI -- In an extraordinary judgement, the Supreme Court has said that a man accused of rape can be convicted solely on the basis of the victim's testimony even without any evidence to corroborate the allegations. A bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and P Sathasivam went to the extent of saying that a victim's testimony "does not require corroboration from any other evidence ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 18, 2008

Resolution of Exxon interest payment issue may be soon: FINAL JUDGMENT: It's normal to wrap up details in 32 days.
Jul. 17--JUNEAU -- The U.S. Supreme Court could decide by the end of the month whether Exxon Mobil Corp. owes $488 million in disputed interest to fishermen and other plaintiffs for the 1989 oil spill. A lawyer for the plaintiffs, as well as a spokeswoman for the high court, said the justices always issue what's known as a final judgment after rendering an opinion in a given case.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

5 people, Latino group join suit against MCSO sweeps: Plaintiffs claim profiling, mistreatment
Jul. 17--A class-action lawsuit alleging racial profiling is aimed at ending Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's much-publicized immigration sweeps. Four American citizens, a valid U.S. visa holder and a Latino activist group filed an addition to a lawsuit against Arpaio, the sheriff's office and the county Wednesday morning. They allege the Latino community is being unlawfully stopped and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

AZ court: Immigrants subject to smuggling law
PHOENIX - The state appeals court has upheld the conviction of an illegal immigrant prosecuted as a conspirator under Arizona's human-smuggling law. In its ruling, the court found that the law's wording is clear and unambiguous - illegal immigrants can be convicted for conspiracy to smuggle themselves into the country. The defendant, Juan Barragan-Sierra, argued that the Legislature didn't ...
Arizona Daily Star - Jul 17, 2008

Democrats obstructing U.S.'s energy plans
To the Editor: The Democratic Party is holding the country hostage by facilitating high oil prices in its continued refusal to permit the development of domestic supplies. The Democratic Party's stubborn obstructionist stance to place the country's energy needs above ideology is unforgivable and is beginning to be apparent to the common man. Despite Nancy Pelosi's false claims, oil, like any ...
Tennessean - Jul 17, 2008

Holding their liquor: Lawsuit threats, high insurance premiums and potential loss of licenses are incentives for bar owners to serve responsibly.
Jul. 17--This story is part of a series on DUI offenders in York County. For additional coverage and an interactive presentation with stories, photos and videos, click here. On Dec. 20, 1996, Rodney Burkholder ended the lives of Barbara Elaine Heaps and Anthony James Haefner. Burkholder, described later in probation reports as a chronic and belligerent drunk, had been drinking earlier that day ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

Press Gaggle by Scott Stanzel, FEMA Administrator David Paulison, and Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment Mark Rey
REDDING, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Aboard Air Force One En Route Redding, California 1:55 P.M. EDT MR. STANZEL: Good afternoon, everyone. As you know, we're on our way to California to view some of the devastating fire damage that's occurred over the course of the past few weeks. I'll go ahead and go through the President's schedule, and we're joined today by FEMA Administrator David Paulison, ...
Business Wire - Jul 17, 2008

Supreme Court clears way for mad cow suit against Ottawa to proceed
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada won't stand in the way of a proposed multibillion-dollar class-action lawsuit on behalf of some 100,000 cattle farmers hurt by the 2003 mad cow scare. The high court declined Thursday to hear an appeal by the federal government and Winnipeg-based feed company Ridley Canada, who sought to derail the lawsuit. As is usual, the top court provided no reasons for ...
Brandon Sun - Jul 18, 2008

1st Court Holds Law License Can't Be "Restored"
Houston's 1st Court of Appeals has ruled against a disbarred attorney seeking to have his law license 'restored,' rejecting the attorney's argument that the judgment disbarring him is void because the conviction underlying it was set aside after he completed three years of probation. In a July 3 decision in Goldberg v. Commission for Lawyer Discipline and State Bar of Texas, the 1st Court ...
Texas Lawyer - Jul 17, 2008

EDITORIAL: Parting words that speak volumes
Jul. 17--"Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter." Those were President Bush's parting words to his fellow leaders as he left a private meeting during the Group of Eight summit in Japan last week. The leaders of the world's richest nations were discussing ways to cut carbon emissions. Even after years of watching President Bush's sophomoric behavior at these summits, they were a bit shocked ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

Parents eyeing education proposals: Virginia seeks to revise special-education rules to align with federal law
Jul. 18--As a vote nears on changes to the state's special-education regulations, one Virginia Board of Education member said yesterday that he would not support a measure that is under heavy fire from parents. The proposed change would transfer the administration of the "due-process" system to the Department of Education from the Virginia Supreme Court. Officers are trained through that system ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 18, 2008

Enrile lauds High Court decision on JPEPA
Jul. 18--The Supreme Court decided correctly that a detailed information on the negotiations of the Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) constituted executive privilege, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile said Thursday. "When you are dealing with a foreign government, you should be cautious in giving data, especially when it concerns national security," he said at the weekly Kapihan sa ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 18, 2008

Tubman exhibit highlights Brown v. Board verdict
Jul. 17--State Attorney General Thurbert Baker was in Macon on Wednesday to speak at the Tubman African American Museum, the site of a summer exhibition by the Library of Congress chronicling the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision overthrowing segregation in public schools. The exhibit, With an Even Hand, includes an extensive collection of documents, artwork, photography, multimedia and other ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

Lawmaker appeals for SC intervention: Rep. Limkaichong of Negros Oriental says there is no factual or legal basis for claims that she is Chinese
Jul. 18--A lawmaker from Negros Oriental has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petitions seeking her disqualification from office for not being a natural-born Filipino citizen. In a 40-page memorandum, Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong of Negros Oriental, through lawyer Pete Quirino-Quadra, asked the High Tribunal to reverse and set aside a resolution of the Commission of Elections' (Comelec) ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 18, 2008

SC slams Govt for delay in notifying Food Act
Jul. 18--NEW DELHI -- The government's inability to notify the Food Safety Act invited the Supreme Court's wrath on Thursday. The court came close to passing an order to direct the Health Ministry to implement the Act by the end of August. A bench headed by Justice AK Mathur expressed anger on learning that the government was implementing the Act in a phased manner.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 18, 2008

BRIEF: Mukesh begins arbitration over Anil-MTN talks
Jul. 18--MUMBAI -- The fight between Ambani brothers is moving into a new arena. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) has decided to "commence arbitration" against Anil Ambani controlled Reliance Communications (RCom) over the latter's merger talks with Johannesberg-based telecom firm MTN. Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group's (ADAG) negotiations for a potential merger deal with MTN hit a ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 18, 2008

RIDLEY Inc.: Update on Ontario BSE Lawsuit
Ridley Inc. (TSX: RCL) learned today that the Supreme Court of Canada has denied the application of Ridley Inc. and the Government of Canada for leave to appeal the June 21, 2007 decision of the Court of Appeal of Ontario that refused early dismissal of the proposed BSE class action lawsuit filed against Ridley Inc. and the Government of Canada by an Ontario dairy farmer.
MarketWire - Jul 17, 2008

Attorney general candidate Morganelli opposes sludge: John Morganelli said the issue is important to the York area.
Jul. 17--In a purely metaphorical sense, it's pretty common for political candidates to accuse their opponents of siding with excrement spreaders. But on a visit Wednesday afternoon to York, Democratic state attorney general candidate John Morganelli evoked the concept quite literally. He accused incumbent Tom Corbett of siding with agribusiness against public health on the issue of whether ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

Report: Danger from inferior work by private contractors on Iraq bases worse than acknowledged
Text Size : Inferior electrical work by private contractors on U.S. military bases in Iraq is more widespread than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to a published report. A Senate panel investigating the electrocutions of Americans on bases in Iraq was told last week by former KBR Inc. electricians that the contractor used employees with little electrical expertise to supervise ...
International Herald Tribune - Jul 18, 2008

Lawsuit accuses FCStone of defrauding investors
Jul. 17--A 41 percent plunge in the price of FCStone Group's stock last week has triggered the filing of a securities class action alleging that the company defrauded investors. The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City, comes after the company on July 10 announced earnings per share of 28 cents, or 19 cents less than analysts expected.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

No charges for cop in fatal crash
A Boston patrolman will not be criminally charged for killing a woman while racing to help imperiled fellow officers last year, but Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley still wants Hub cops to put the brakes on speeding cruisers. I am deeply troubled by this case and conclude that it was an unnecessary and avoidable tragedy, Conley said yesterday in a letter to Commissioner Edward Davis, ...
Boston Herald - Jul 17, 2008

SCO loses another round in Unix fight, to pay Novell $2.55M
At the beginning of its , imagined a day when companies like IBM, Novell Inc. and others would pay it large amounts of cash for alleged infringements on SCO-owned Unix code. Instead, even as those legal fights meander through U.S. courts, the tables were turned and SCO Wednesday was ordered to pay US$2.55 million to Novell for collecting Unix licensing revenue from that it wasn't entitled to ...
ITworld.com - Jul 17, 2008

Woman sues blogger Perez Hilton over posted e-mail
Perez Hilton over posted e-mail ' *To: <--TO Email REQUIRED! *From: <--FROM Email REQUIRED! CLEVELAND (AP) _ A woman has sued celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, saying she was fired from her job as a nurse after the gossip maven posted an e-mail she sent him that contained gay slurs. Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, posted Diane Wargo's full name and work e-mail address along with ...
East Liverpool Review - Jul 16, 2008

Justice Is Swift for Novice Korean Jurors
SUWON, South Korea - When Park Kwang-rual received the summons to court, he immediately started wondering what he had done wrong. I tried to remember, Did I ever hit someone? Not repay a debt? Was someone suing me? said Mr. Park, a 41-year-old human resources manager. Only when he answered it did he realize it was a jury summons. Jung Hae-young, 30, left her summons in a heap of junk mail and ...
New York Times - Jul 17, 2008

Dismissal of lawsuit against two Catholic dioceses upheld: Claim too broad
Jul. 17--The state Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against two Catholic dioceses, ruling that the Madison Diocese did not have a broad duty to warn potential future employers of a teacher's past sexual abuse of children. However, the court split 3-3 on whether to let the suit proceed against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, where church officials had begged parents not ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

Ken Starr to help Vision Service Plan fight IRS
Jul. 16--Rancho Cordova-based Vision Service Plan has added Kenneth Starr, the former Whitewater investigator, to the legal team fighting to restore the mammoth eye care insurer's federal tax-exempt status. The announcement adds a well-known litigator to VS.'s stable of attorneys who will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the company is a "not-for-profit" business.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 16, 2008

Court upholds Missouri's revised execution process
Jul. 17--Missouri's newly implemented lethal-injection plan and the team assembled to carry it out are a step closer to their first test. A federal judge late Tuesday dismissed a challenge to Missouri's execution process filed last year by some of the state's 47 death-row inmates. For now, the ruling by U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. in Kansas City clears the way for the state to resume ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

STEVEN GREENHUT: Supreme Court sends mixed 'freedom' messages
Last week, I argued that the Republican Party deserves to suffer severe electoral losses this November because it has largely abandoned the limited-government philosophy it claims to advocate. Many of us are less-than-thrilled by the prospect of a Democratic president with a solid Democratic congressional majority, but we know that it's better to lose an election than to lose one's soul.
Bellingham Herald - Jul 17, 2008

BRIEF: Federal ruling should let Missouri resume executions
Jul. 16--A federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge to Missouri's lethal injection process, apparently clearing the way for the state to once again resume executions. U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. in Kansas City had previously denied a request by the state to dismiss the case brought by a number of men on death row in Missouri. But Gaitan ruled Tuesday that he had reconsidered ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 16, 2008

EDITORIAL: Reform the system: The state Supreme Court's ruling in the Menasha case highlights the need to update the sales tax codes ? and to take politics out of judicial races.
Jul. 17--At its heart, the state Department of Revenue's case against Menasha Corp. always was about fairness. Did Menasha owe sales tax on the software it purchased, or was this non-taxable custom software -- more of a service than a product -- because it required extensive modification? A divided state Supreme Court ruled it was custom software in a 4-3 decision that will cause a major hit to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

Richmond mayor's race close fiscally: Jones, Pantele, Grey on top in fundraising, reports show, followed by Goldman, Williams
Jul. 17--Richmond's race for mayor quickly has turned into a contest between the haves and have-nots. Dwight Clinton Jones, William J. Pantele and Robert J. Grey Jr. each have raised close to or more than $100,000 for their bids for mayor, according to campaign-finance reports released yesterday. Meanwhile, Paul Goldman has brought in $3,500 in donations, followed by Lawrence E.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

At Supreme Court, no one rushes into retirement
WASHINGTON (AP) - John Paul Stevens still plays tennis at 88. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, works out regularly in the Supreme Court gym.The oldest two justices - half the court's liberal wing - top the list of those considered likely to retire during the next presidential administration. Despite Stevens' and Ginsburg's apparent vigor, change on the Supreme Court is more likely than not over the next ...
Klew 3 - Jul 17, 2008

Ruiz gets four years in state insurance office corruption case: Former insurance regulator also must pay state $102,000 in restitution, $3,000 fee
Jul. 16--ALBUQUERQUE -- Even as he faces four years in prison, former state deputy insurance superintendent Joe Ruiz of Santa Fe continues to claim he was only following the orders of his former boss, Eric Serna. U.S. District Judge William "Chip" Johnson sentenced Ruiz on Tuesday -- six months after a federal jury convicted him of 30 charges in a scheme through which Ruiz got insurance firms to ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 16, 2008

15 of 20 officers to lose vehicles live in suburbs; average pay is $106,000
Jul. 16--Fifteen of the 20 Buffalo police officers who would lose taxpayer-provided take-home vehicles under Mayor Byron W. Brown's cost-cutting plan live in the suburbs, The Buffalo News has learned. One officer makes a 70-mile round-trip trek from a home in Springville each day and drives a city-owned Chevrolet Blazer. What's more, the average salary of the 20 officers is nearly $106,144 when ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 16, 2008

Malaysia's Anwar likely to be bailed
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim is likely to be released on bail on Wednesday, a police source said, after he was arrested on allegations of sodomy. Anwar's arrest earlier in the day had prompted supporters to warn of massive street protests, setting the stage for a political showdown that could further alarm foreign investors. 'He will probably be released on police bail ...
International Herald Tribune - Jul 16, 2008

EDITORIAL: EPA delays the inevitable on greenhouse gases
Jul. 16--Americans apparently will have to wait for the next president to see any responsible action on regulating greenhouse gases. The Bush administration seems to be crossing its arms, closing its eyes and holding its breath until the bitter end to avoid doing the right thing on climate change. More than a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court told the Environmental Protection Agency that ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 16, 2008

EDITORIAL: Assessment ruling won't serve state well
Jul. 16--Monday's state Supreme Court decision striking down an assessment by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority was one more nail in the coffin of California's quality of life. Not that the court was unreasonable. The justices were interpreting Proposition 218, as convoluted and mean-spirited an anti-tax law as California voters ever passed. The 1996 initiative aimed to tighten the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 16, 2008

Oakland will pay $2 million settlement in police groping suit
Jul. 16--OAKLAND -- The city will pay $2 million to settle a federal lawsuit brought by 16 Asian-American women who said a former Oakland police officer groped or sexually harassed them, under a deal approved by the City Council on Tuesday. It will be the second payment Oakland has made to settle claims involving former Officer Richard Valerga, who resigned from the department in 2005.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 16, 2008

Court aide hears debate on tax amnesty's legality
Jul. 16--OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City lawyer argued Tuesday that new legislation granting amnesty to "deadbeat taxpayers" is illegal because it forgives penalties that are really taxes. But Guy Hurst, representing the Oklahoma Tax Commission, said the state can forgive penalties and interest because they are not part of the taxes but are assessed as a means to collect those taxes.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 16, 2008

Issue is ripe for ruling, expert says
A battle between ranchers and the state over coal-bed methane water discharges has festered for nearly 10 years in the Powder River Basin. Now the controversy has spilled over into the Wyoming Supreme Court.'I think it's an important issue. If it's not decided in this case, it will have to be decided down the road in another court,' said Reed Benson, a professor at the University of New Mexico's ...
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune - Jul 16, 2008

Sunflower takes fight for coal-fired power plants to court
Jul. 17--TOPEKA -- Because state lawmakers couldn't help, a western Kansas utility has taken its fight to build two new coal-fired power plants to court. Sunflower Electric Power Corp. hopes the Kansas Supreme Court will overturn a state regulator's rejection of its project. But that may be too late to head off another fight in the Legislature next year. A judge in Finney County on Tuesday ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

Federal Court Orders Missouri Department of Social Services to Comply Immediately With Federal Voter Registration Law
Finds Widespread Violations of Rights of Low-Income Persons under The National Voter Registration Act KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United States District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey issued an order yesterday, July 15, 2008, directing the Missouri Department of Social Services immediately to comply with a federal law requiring agencies to provide voter registration ...
PR Newswire - Jul 16, 2008

Widow's appeal against turnpike commissioner denied
Jul. 16--SOMERSET -- The state Supreme Court has denied an appeal filed by the widow of a former Tribune-Democrat editor killed four years ago when his Jeep was hit by a stolen SUV. The high court upheld a Somerset County judge's ruling that absolved J. William Lincoln, a former state senator and member of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, of negligence for leaving his keys in the SUV the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 16, 2008

Collective Brands suffers another legal setback
Jul. 17--Collective Brands Inc., hammered recently by a series of trademark infringement actions, received another blow with American Eagle Outfitters winning a preliminary injunction against the Topeka-based footwear retailer. The injunction granted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York requires Collective to clearly state in a disclaimer that its American Eagle ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 17, 2008

Even with criminal probe closed, Jobs still faces legal hurdles over Apple stock options
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A criminal probe of Apple Inc.'s co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs over stock options tampering is now over, but the potential legal shadow over him and the company isn't going away just yet.Although Jobs is not being indicted for his role in Apple's backdating of stock options grants, he will likely be called to the stand in at least two other cases.
Newsday - Jul 16, 2008

Stull, Stull & Brody Announces Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Investors in Fifth Third Bancorp
Attorney Advertising. Notice is hereby given Attorney Advertising. Notice is hereby given that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, on behalf of all persons who purchased the securities of Fifth Third Bancorp ("FITB" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: FITB) (NYSE: FTB-PA) (NYSE: FTB/PA) (NYSE: FTB-PC) (NYSE: FTB/PC) from October 19, ...
MarketWire - Jul 16, 2008

Milberg LLP Announces the Filing of Class Action Lawsuit Against MRV Communications, Inc. -- MRVC
Attorney Advertising. Prior Results Do Not Attorney Advertising. Prior Results Do Not Guarantee a Similar Outcome. The law firm of Milberg LLP ("Milberg") announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against MRV Communications, Inc. ("MRV" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: MRVC) and certain of MRV's officers and directors for ...
MarketWire - Jul 16, 2008

EBay wins ruling against Tiffany in lawsuit over counterfeit goods
Jul. 15--A federal judge Monday came down on the side of eBay, the dominant online marketplace, in an epic battle with one of America's leading luxury brand names, Tiffany. The court handed eBay a crucial victory in a trademark case that could help settle how far an online marketplace need go to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods on its Web site. Tiffany, which has cultivated an image of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Penalty the same when cops get caught: The state supreme court ruled police, judges and others can't be held to higher standards for DUI.
Jul. 15--Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tim Barker calls it the only crime where someone can honestly say it was a mistake. "You can't say, 'I didn't mean to rob you,'" Barker said. "But you can say, 'I thought I was OK to drive.'" That's why some first-time drunken drivers might qualify for the York County District Attorney's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Exxon balks at paying interest for oil-spill damages
WASHINGTON _ Exxon Mobil has balked at paying $488 million in interest on punitive damages that plaintiffs say it owes for its role in the 1989 Prince William Sound oil spill in Alaska, saying "there is no good reason" for the Supreme Court to assess interest. Last week, the people who are owed money from the Exxon Valdez lawsuit asked the Supreme Court to make it clear that they should receive ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Horizontal wells will let BP tap hard-to-reach oil field: LIBERTY: Crews can work from existing drilling pad in Arctic waters, company says.
Jul. 15--Imagine a bent straw made out of steel extending 8 miles long and 2 miles deep, plunging through icy water and miles of undersea rock. That's how the next major oil field in Alaska probably will be developed. BP announced Monday that it will spend $1.5 billion -- drilling the longest wells in the world -- to develop the Liberty oil field under the Beaufort Sea.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Europeans say trial of bin Laden's alleged chauffeur would harm human rights
WASHINGTON _ Hundreds of European legislators are supporting a man that U.S. officials accuse of being Osama bin Laden's personal driver and bodyguard. In a much-anticipated hearing Thursday morning, attorneys for Yemeni native Salim Hamdan will try to convince a federal judge to postpone Hamdan's trial by military commission. The first-of-its-kind trial is supposed to start next week in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Viacom allows Google to conceal YouTube usernames in court case
Google to conceal usernames in court case (!self.ord) ord if 0) if 0) More Resources ------------------ Quickstudies Manager's Journal This Week in Print ------------------ ------------------ Research E-mail letters ------------------ Industry - Automotive - Defense/Aerospace - Energy/Utilities - Financial - Health Care - Retail - Transportation - Travel - Manufacturing - Small ...
Computerworld - Jul 15, 2008

BRIEF: Keep the Commandments group pays City of Boise legal fees plus interest
Jul. 15--The City of Boise said Tuesday that Brandi Swindell, Bryan Fischer and Generation Life paid more than $10,000 in attorney fees ordered by Federal Judge Edward J. Lodge in connection to a 2004 lawsuit surrounding the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from Julia Davis Park. The $10,702.55 check covers $10,131 in attorney fees and $571.55 in interest accrued through Tuesday.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

23 troopers file lawsuit against N.J. State Police
Twenty-three black and Hispanic troopers filed a civil rights lawsuit today against the State Police, accusing the agency of routinely discriminating against minority troopers when it comes to promotions, training, special assignments and discipline. Filed in state Superior Court in Middlesex County, the lawsuit alleges the State Police has ignored complaints of racial discrimination dating back ...
Star Ledger - Jul 15, 2008

It's Uncivilised but still in practice
Jul. 15--NEW DELHI -- It seems certain banks have scant regard for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines and have not learnt any lessons from the Supreme Court's orders against employing goons to recover loans. According to the RBI Guidelines, "In the matter of recovery of loans, the lenders should not resort to undue harassment viz. persistently bothering the borrowers at odd hours, use of ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Domestic Surveillance: Who's listening in?
The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, July 13: ___ With Senate approval and President Bush's signature this week on an overhaul of federal surveillance rules, it's open season again on Americans' privacy rights. Federal agents will have virtual carte blanche to run broad antiterror sweeps on messages and calls to and from this country.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Court reduces award in lesbian corrections officer's harassment case
Jul. 15--A state appeals court has cut the $850,000 award granted to a Wende Correctional Facility officer who contends she was persistently harassed by coworkers because she is a lesbian. The State Supreme Court's Appellate Division, 3rd Department, ruled that the original award for compensatory damages -- one of the largest of its kind in state history -- was "excessive" and reduced the award ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Body part claim rejected: Federal judge says coroner acted properly by keeping dead man's heart
Jul. 15--A federal judge has rejected a Daly City woman's claim that the San Mateo County coroner violated her civil rights when he kept her deceased son's heart after an autopsy. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Conti won't end the case, though, because he declined to rule on three other charges Selina Picon filed against the county and the coroner.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Response: Federal civil rights lawsuit by parents of Brittany Zimmermann should be dismissed
Jul. 15--A federal civil rights lawsuit filed against Dane County and a former 911 dispatcher by the parents of homicide victim Brittany Zimmermann should be dismissed because the county has no constitutional obligation to protect individuals from the acts of others, a response to the lawsuit states. The response, written as a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, was filed late last month by private ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

BRIEF: Planned Parenthood hearing delayed
Jul. 15--A preliminary hearing in the Planned Parenthood criminal case has been postponed indefinitely in Johnson County District Court. The two-day hearing had been scheduled next week, but both sides have agreed to wait the outcome of an appeal filed by District Attorney Phill Kline, who has asked the Kansas Court of Appeals to review various rulings made in the case thus far.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

California parole board denies release for Manson follower
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Maybe it was the 16 rips with the knife on 8 {-month pregnant Sharon Tate. Maybe it was tasting the victim's blood and then using it to write the word "pig" on the front door. Maybe it was telling the woman who begged for mercy that there would be no compassion for her or her unborn baby on a night nearly 40 years gone that defined a quintessential California nightmare.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

As California looks to expand death row, a flap over where to build it
By Randy Dotinga Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor (AXcess News) San Quentin, Calif. - If Methodist pastor Liza Klein had her way, no one would be executed in the US again. But for the moment, she has another goal: keeping California's death row in her own backyard. Despite the estimated $400 million price tag for its expansion, Ms. Klein and other death-penalty opponents want the ...
AXcess News - Jul 15, 2008

Special anti-corruption courts are now imperative - by Femi Okurounmu
She was reported to have opined that the establishment of special courts for corruption cases would assist her commission to be more effective in the discharge of its duties. I am in complete agreement with her. I am one of those who received her appointment with a lot of skepticism, bordering on disgust, given the circumstances under which her predecessor, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was removed from ...
Nigerian Tribune - Jul 15, 2008

State charges Allen County judge with misconduct
Jul. 15--Allen Superior Court Judge Kenneth Scheibenberger learned this morning he faces charges of judicial misconduct from the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications. In a filing with the Indiana Supreme Court, the commission said Scheibenberger suspended his court session to attend a sentencing hearing in Judge Fran Gull's courtroom. According to the commission, Scheibenberger, while ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Another skirmish over Omaha's smoking ban
Jul. 15--A judge today repeatedly questioned whether there's more smoke than fire to a pool hall owner's challenge of Omaha's ban on smoking in workplaces. Douglas County District Judge Mark Ashford pointed out that a statewide smoking ban will take effect in June 2009 -- and questioned whether that would essentially make Big John's Billiards' challenge to Omaha's smoking ban moot.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

GOTTA HAVE IT: Toilet paper declares what you think of politicians
Jul. 15--Maybe you're disgusted by what you see in Congress, and think all those lawmakers are skirting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Or you're riled because you think the Supreme Court has a penchant for making, not just interpreting, laws. Perhaps you are simply disgusted overall with everyone and everything in Washington, D.C., and want to wipe your hands clean of the whole darn ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Justices overturn murder conviction: Ruling: Self-defense should have been considered in fatal shooting in Pelion
Jul. 15--The state's top court Monday reversed the murder conviction of a Pelion man accused of killing his girlfriend in 2001 in Lexington County and hiding her body in Alabama. In a 4-1 ruling, the S.C. Supreme Court said the judge in Michael Light's 2003 trial should have told jurors they could have considered whether Light acted in self-defense. The majority of justices also said trial Judge ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 15, 2008

Law Office of David R. Chase, P.A. Files Two FINRA Arbitration Claims Against Charles Schwab & Co. Seeking Expedited Hearings for the Benefit of Two Elderly YieldPlus Fund Investors
The Law Office of David R. Chase, P.A. The Law Office of David R. Chase, P.A. (the "Firm"), headed by former Securities and Exchange Commission Prosecutor and Special Assistant United States Attorney, David R. Chase, announces that it is has filed two FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) arbitration claims against Charles Schwab & Co. ("Schwab") seeking expedited hearings for the ...
MarketWire - Jul 15, 2008

Sierra Systems Launches Court Case File Management Solution
NACM 2008 Annual Conference, Anaheim California, Booth 211 - July 16, 2008 - NACM 2008 Annual Conference, Anaheim California, Booth 211 - July 16, 2008 - Sierra Systems, a leader in innovative information technology and consulting services, announced the release of its Court Case File Management Solution. The solution is based on Sierra's 14 years of experience serving courts across the US and ...
MarketWire - Jul 15, 2008

Indonesia expresses regret over ETimor atrocities
The wife of a man killed by pro-Indonesia militia cradles her infant daughter as she mourns over her husband's body in May 1999. Indonesia is set to accept the findings of a truth inquiry which blames it for crimes against humanity during East Timor's independence vote in 1999 (AFP/File) Indonesia is expected on Tuesday to accept the findings of a truth inquiry which blames it for crimes against ...
Turkish Press - Jul 15, 2008

Horsetrading & the law
Jul. 16--NEW DELHI -- What is politically correct need not be legally correct as well. This is what former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao said about his government surviving a no-confidence motion in 1993 and the subsequent prosecution of several politicians, including him, in the JMM MPs bribery case. Fifteen years after Rao saved his government by allegedly bribing Opposition MPs, PM Manmohan ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 16, 2008

Attorneys in Microsoft antitrust case to get $1.44 million more
Jul. 14--Attorneys who brought an antitrust suit in Milwaukee County against Microsoft Corp. will get an additional $1.44 million, bringing their total fees to $5.64 million. The lawyers had been awarded $4.2 million for their work on a lawsuit that resulted in a 2006 settlement of $224 million for Wisconsin customers of the software giant. The legal fees award was far less than the $22 million ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

N.C. eager to snuffneighbors' pollution: Court trial begins today in the battle against TVA and its power plants. The N.C. attorney general says the emissions hurt Tar Heel residents.
Jul. 14--The claim, buried in the dry prose of a lawsuit, is in-your-face aggressive: the Tennessee Valley Authority prematurely kills N.C. residents and sickens thousands a year. Pollution drifting from its coal-fired power plants, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper says, makes the nation's largest public power company a public nuisance. Cooper gets his chance to prove it today in a federal court ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

"Black Site" Survivor Relates Horrific Tale: Enforced disappearance and torture at several CIA "black sites"
NEW YORK, Dec 19 (IPS) - As human right lawyers sought to block U.S government efforts to stop a lawsuit against a Boeing subsidiary accused of flying detainees to 'black sites' where they were tortured, a legal advocacy group published the first testimony of a victim of the Central Intelligence Agency's 'enhanced interrogation' programme. In the first-ever report of its kind, the Centre for ...
Global Research - Jul 14, 2008

Court mum on CRAs: Summer recess began Thursday; next round of opinions to be released Aug. 28
Jul. 14--TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court released its last opinions before summer recess on Thursday, and Bay County's challenge of the Parker and Cedar Grove community redevelopment areas was not among the decided cases. Court spokesman Craig Waters said recess will last July 14 through Aug. 15, with the next round of opinions to be released Aug. 28.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

High court will honor Lackey: Judge helped snare Scruggs, other lawyers
Jul. 14--The judge whose cooperation brought down Dickie Scruggs and other corrupt lawyers will be honored by the Supreme Court. Circuit Court Judge Judge Henry L. Lackey of Calhoun City will receive the 2008 Chief Justice Award, the court's highest honor, on Saturday at an awards presentation that concludes the Mississippi Bar's annual convention in Destin, Fla.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

Brutality in police custody
The use of brutal force and third degree methods on suspects and undertrials remains one of the primary weapons of the Indian police. The enforcers of the law are among the major perpetrators of crime against humanity. The torture often results in grievous injuries, even deaths. Indeed, to be imprisoned in India can by itself amount to a death sentence. The number of custodial deaths almost ...
The Statesman - Jul 14, 2008

Greening the Bar
Life and lawyers are intertwined. It is a fact of life, in fact. Members of the Bar protect and defend the welfare and interest of their clients - on pivotal issues involving their rights, livelihood, transactions, to name a few. Because of the intrinsic nature of the lawyer-client relationship, which is based on trust, lawyers are held to a high standard of responsibility and accountability. ...
Philippine Daily Inquirer - Jul 14, 2008

California high court strikes down Santa Clara County open space tax
Jul. 14--The California Supreme Court today struck down a special fee on Santa Clara County homeowners used to pay for open space acquisition, wiping out more than $50 million collected over the past seven years for parks, trails and other services. In a unanimous ruling, the justices found that the 2001 special assessment by the county's Open Space Authority violated Proposition 218, a ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

MoneyGram settlement to help fight wire transfer fraud
Missouri is among 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach an agreement with the Minnesota money-transfer company A $1.1 million national consumer awareness program is being funded by an agreement announced July 2 between Minneapolis-based MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc. and several states, including Missouri. According to a news release from Attorney General Jay Nixon, 44 states, including ...
Springfield Business Journal - Jul 14, 2008

Additional Judge Sought In Chicken Litter Lawsuits
The Morning News Local News for Northwest Arkansas By Ron WoodTHE MORNING NEWSFAYETTEVILLE --Attorneys for 138 people in nine lawsuits claiming chicken litter caused cancer and other health problems in Prairie Grove, ranging from autism to webbed toes, want an additional trial judge assigned to the cases so they can be heard more quickly.Defendants are opposed to the measure.The motion, filed ...
The Morning News - Jul 14, 2008

Governments in Wisconsin, Amish clash over religious freedom
Clark County brothers who were cited for not wearing blaze orange clothing, they said, that was against their Amish religion. Proof and Hearsay All about crime, justice and legal affairs in the Milwaukee metro area and Wisconsin. Members of the religious sect noted for their black felt hats, dark trousers, long dresses and bonnets are barred from wearing bright clothing.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Jul 14, 2008

U.S. Mercenary Company Implicated in Mexican Torture Videos
Two videos of a torture-training session with the police force of Len, Guanajuato shocked the Mexican public last week and raised serious questions about human rights under the Calderon offensive against organized crime. For readers with strong stomachs, the videos can be found here. The videos leaked by the local paper El Heraldo de Len hit the media just one day after President Bush signed ...
AlterNet.org - Jul 14, 2008

Credit Rating Agencies Fending Off Lawsuits from Subprime Meltdown
Battered by critics who blame them for helping to foment the U.S. subprime mortgage meltdown, credit raters are now trying to fend off lawsuits -- including fraud claims brought by their own shareholders. Many financial companies, including banks and lenders, have been sued following the housing market bust; but the cases against ratings agencies may be among the most closely watched.
Insurance Journal - Jul 14, 2008

Island woman appeals to high court
GALVESTON In her last legal shot, an island resident is asking the Texas Supreme Court to decide whether the city and Port of Galveston four years ago gave adequate public notice about leasing land to BP Energy for a controversial liquefied natural gas terminal. Nancy Saint-Paul in May petitioned the nine-member Supreme Court to review a civil case that began as an attempt to stop ...
Galveston County Daily News - Jul 15, 2008

Dismantling Democracy, Science And The Public Interest
The genetic engineering industry, in particular Monsanto, which controls 95% of all GM seeds sold worldwide, first tried to by pass India's Biosafety Law when it started field trials without approval of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, the statutory body for Biosafety regulation. The rules clearly state - 9(i) Deliberate or unintentional release of genetically engineered organisms / ...
Counter Currents - Jul 15, 2008

Ex-Haitian paramilitary leader on trial
Trial for former Haitian paramilitary leader He's accused of a mortgage fraud scheme after fleeing his country NEW YORK - A former Haitian paramilitary leader once widely feared in his own country was accused at trial Monday of becoming a common white-collar criminal once he fled to the United States. Emmanuel 'Toto' Constant helped hatch a mortgage fraud scheme that cheated lenders out of $1.7 ...
MSNBC - Jul 14, 2008

Court hearing set in dispute over Kan. coal plants
TOPEKA, Kan. The issue for Judge Philip Vieux in Finney County is whether to dismiss lawsuits by , based in Hays, and a Colorado partner, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., against the and Secretary Rod Bremby. Sunflower wants to build the two coal-fired plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County. But in October, Bremby denied the utility an air-quality permit, citing the ...
Wichita Eagle - Jul 14, 2008

John McCain's honesty about computers is coming back to bite him.
John McCain has confessed he doesn't know as much about economics as he should. He has acknowledged that his divorce was his own fault. But it's his admission that he doesn't know how to use a computer that has earned him the most scorn by far. Especially from people who do know how: It's hard to pinpoint, but there's something very unpresidential about online tutorials.
Slate - Jul 14, 2008

'Concerned' gov't to respond to USTR review of labor rights
USTR review of labor rights Immigration Consumer Opinion Entertainment July 14th, 2008'Concerned' gov't to respond to USTR review of labor rightsMANILA, Philippines -- A "concerned" government is preparing an inter-departmental response to the country's remaining "under scrutiny" by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for possible ...
Asian Journal - Jul 14, 2008

BRIEF: If dacoits rob train, Rlys must pay: SC
Jul. 14--NEW DELHI -- Ruling that failure to provide proper security to passengers during journey amounts to deficiency in service, the Supreme Court has ordered the railways to compensate a couple who lost their luggage in a train dacoity in 1999. A bench of justices BN Aggarwal and GS Singhvi dismissed the appeal of the Centre against an order of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

Appealing rejected patents is costly, time-consuming
By Mike Scott Challenging a patent application that has been initially rejected can be a time-consuming process and attorneys report mixed results. But the potential reward still has attorneys busy working with clients on cases and on attempting to make applications more bulletproof. There is debate as to whether it is harder to successfully challenge a denied patent application today than in ...
Crains Detroit Business - Jul 14, 2008

SPECIAL: Clearing the Air: CAIR Rule Thrown to the Wind
By Karen E. Burchardt, Senior Environmental Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering kburchardt@burnsmcd.com On July 11, 2008, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) in its entirety. The associated Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) was also vacated. The NOX SIP Call, which was set to expire under CAIR at the end of the current ozone season, will ...
Power Engineering - Jul 14, 2008

The Use of Executive Privilege Must Be Reined In: Problematic Claims of Privilege Regarding the U.S. Attorney Firings and Torture Policies
White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove refused to honor the subpoena of a House subcommittee looking into whether or not wrongful pressure was brought upon U.S. Attorneys in connection with the prosecution of a former Democratic governor of Arkansas. The subcommittee had subpoenaed Rove in May to explore what, if any role, he played in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman or in ...
Find Law - Jul 14, 2008

A Green Crossroads for the Supreme Court
John McCain and Barack Obama are clearly divided on a number of issues - the economy, the war in Iraq, health care, abortion rights. But on the environment, it can appear that there's not much difference between the candidates. McCain has strong bona fides on climate change: he became convinced of its dangers well before many of his Senate colleagues, and is on the record for supporting a carbon ...
Time - Jul 15, 2008

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Becomes Chairman of National Governors Association
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell today became the new chairman of the National Governors Association and announced that the organization's annual 'Chair's Initiative' will focus on strengthening infrastructure investment. 'It is an honor to serve as NGA's chair,' Governor Rendell said during the NGA's Centennial meeting. 'Out-going chair, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, deserves a ...
Breitbart.com - Jul 14, 2008

Blumenthal: Rell Proposal Illegal
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has blasted as illegal a proposal from Gov. M. Jodi Rell to include consumer rebates in a plan to control emissions from power plants. Rell responded by saying she was 'disappointed' by the attorney general's 'legalistic view' and said she would keep looking for ways to soften the plan's possible impact on electric rates.
Hartford Courant - Jul 14, 2008

Levy aims to ease Conn. opposition to Islander East
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is hoping that a little Long Island hospitality will soften Connecticut's opposition to the Islander East pipeline that would bring more natural gas across that state and the Sound to Levy's constituency. He received acceptances from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and an array of New York state and local government officials for a regional ...
Newsday - Jul 14, 2008

Cdn-based porn site pays Facebook $500,000 to settle alleged hacking suit
A Canadian Internet porn company has agreed to pay Facebook half a million dollars after it allegedly hacked the popular social networking website's computers. The lawsuit against the numbered Ontario company, which does business online under the name SlickCash, has been settled in a U.S. court. In addition to the $5,000 payout, SlickCash and several people associated with the site also agreed ...
Yahoo! Canada - Jul 14, 2008

Repeal would let out-of-state gays marry in Mass.
Now an effort is gaining momentum to repeal a 1913 state law that has banned most out of state gay couples from getting married. The law says couples cannot be married in Massachusetts if their unions would be illegal in their home states. The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and Gov. Deval Patrick support a repeal, which could come up for a vote as early as Tuesday in the Senate and ...
News-Times - Jul 14, 2008

Vatana latest politician to skip supreme court verdict
Former public health minister Rakkiat Sukthana was the first national politician in recent history to disappear the day the Supreme Court was to read its ruling against him, in September 2003. Rakkiat was accused of taking a Bt5-million bribe from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for allowing them to sell their products to state hospitals at inflated prices.
The Nation - Thailand - Jul 14, 2008

Ga. Supreme Court rules on death penalty in Whitehead case
Jul. 14--The Georgia Supreme Court said Monday that cop killers are eligible for the death penalty even if they didn't know they were attacking a law enforcement officer at the time. The 5-2 decision stemmed from a local death penalty case and the shooting death of Bibb County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Whitehead. The state is seeking the death penalty against two local men, Antron Dawayne Fair and ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

EDITORIAL: Millionaire protection
Jul. 14--The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't completely gutted the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Yet the majority's reasoning in striking down the so-called Millionaire's Amendment, a part of the law intended to level the playing field for candidates facing wealthy opponents, provides another sign of a court increasingly skeptical of efforts to blunt the influence of big money in elections.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

Arbitration Works Better Than Lawsuits
Congress is taking up legislation this week that will wipe out arbitration provisions in hundreds of millions of consumer contracts -- for everything from credit-card agreements to cell phones to health-insurance policies, even a contract for the purchase of a kitchen sink. The bill is so sweeping that it wouldn't apply just to contracts consumers may sign in the future.
Wall Street Journal Online - Jul 13, 2008

OPINION: Next case
Jul. 13--Gun-control debate in America is far from over Imagine being awakened at 3:30 a.m. by someone outside your house, someone whose identity and intentions are unknown to you. Imagine that when ordered to identify and show himself, the stranger stays still and silent. Imagine the next-door neighbor's enraged rottweiler charging at you from the bushes as you try to tend to your own injured ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

OPINION: Constitutional reform plan tampers unjustly with court
Jul. 13--Maybe this should be a rule of thumb for judging ballot proposals: When the title reads more like a teenager's text message than a serious proposal for change, be worried. And so it is with Reform Michigan Government Now! (Why didn't they just stick "OMG!" at the end?) This proposal, if it survives legal and technical challenges to make the fall ballot, would be constitutional change by ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

OPINION: Electoral College exam
Jul. 13--Can you pass the voter test? A few weeks ago, I wrote about ideas for improving the way we elect a president. I said we should make the political parties pay for their own primaries, have one national primary, and eliminate the Electoral College. That column really seemed to get people thinking. Several wrote to say that they agree with propositions one and two.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Receiver a dire fix for ailing prisons: Broken healthcare leads to drastic, costly remedy
Jul. 13--SACRAMENTO -- Moving further into largely uncharted legal territory, the man acting under a federal judge's order to fix California's abysmal prison healthcare system last week committed state taxpayers to spending $2.5 billion. The money would be the first installment on a $7 billion plan to build the new healthcare facilities he believes are necessary.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Scandals ingrained in state government history
Jul. 13--When state Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer killed himself during a televised news conference in 1987, witnesses were shocked by the bloody ending to a scandal that rocked Pennsylvania's capital. Dwyer, 47, chose a bullet from a .357 Magnum revolver over a prison term on a bribery conviction for accepting a $300,000 kickback on a state contract. While his crime fell far short of fantastic, ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Schwarzenegger slams Bush administration on global warming
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email CLIMATE SCIENCE by Staff Writers Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said the Bush administration's decision to delay a decision on regulating greenhouse gases showed that it did not believe in global warming. Schwarzenegger, in an interview with ABC television broadcast Sunday, said it would have been insincere for the ...
Terra Daily - Jul 14, 2008

Video campaign to curb ragging
Jul. 14--NEW DELHI -- For students, teachers and freshers of Delhi University, the message against ragging might be given through a video this session. Packed with images of youth and fun and backed with statistics on the dark side of ragging, the video has been made by NGO CURE (Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education). CURE has been working closely with the Raghavan Committee, set up by the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

Woman jailed for filing false rape case
Jul. 14--NEW DELHI -- A woman has been convicted for filing a false rape case against two persons 15 years ago. The Supreme Court found Mahila Vinod Kumar guilty of perjury (misleading the court with false evidence) and refused to accept her defence that she was illiterate. Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice P Sathasivam ruled: "Courts should strive harder to tackle the evil of perjury.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

EDITORIAL: State Court Bungles Porn Ruling
Jul. 14--For years Floridians have benefited from a state Supreme Court that has been level-headed, fair and well-reasoned, with rulings right on the mark far more often than not. The court truly is one of the best in the nation. But Thursday's decision allowing sexual deviants to possess pornography can best be summed up with one word: absurd. The ruling was in the case of a Miami man who ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

'Proposal to merge courts undermines judiciary'
An ANC proposal to merge the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court was yet another attempt to undermine the judiciary, the Democratic Alliance said yesterday. DA justice spokesperson Tertius Delport was reacting to a news report that the 'super court' was one of a number of proposals for restructuring the judiciary under discussion in the ANC. The Sunday Times reported that according to a ...
Cape Times - Jul 14, 2008

Governments in Wisconsin, Amish clash over religious freedom: Collision might be due to growth in municipalities not accustomed to lifestyle
Jul. 14--Among the 600,000-plus hunters heading out for last year's gun-deer season were three Clark County brothers who were cited for not wearing blaze orange -- clothing, they said, that was against their Amish religion. Members of the religious sect noted for their black felt hats, dark trousers, long dresses and bonnets are barred from wearing bright clothing.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

Top jurists seek high-level probe
Jul. 14--NEW DELHI -- The Chief Justice of India should immediately order a high-level probe by a competent investigative agency to examine the truthfulness of charges against 36 judges, alleged to have financially benefited in the Ghaziabad multi-crore provident fund scam, top jurists of the country have said. Making public their views ahead of Monday's crucial hearing in the matter in the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

EDITORIAL: At the OK Corral
Jul. 14--Prior to the recent Supreme Court ruling, Barack Obama said he supported the District of Columbia's ban on individual gun ownership. After the court threw out the law as unconstitutional, Obama said he was glad to see the Second Amendment interpreted as applying to individuals -- not merely to vaguely defined militias. Only a presidential candidate or a Dadaist could reconcile the two ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

BRIEF: If dacoits rob train, Rlys must pay: SC
Jul. 14--NEW DELHI -- Ruling that failure to provide proper security to passengers during journey amounts to deficiency in service, the Supreme Court has ordered the railways to compensate a couple who lost their luggage in a train dacoity in 1999. A bench of justices BN Aggarwal and GS Singhvi dismissed the appeal of the Centre against an order of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 14, 2008

Supreme Court finds history is a matter of opinions
WASHINGTON In 1985, President Reagan's attorney general, Edwin Meese III, criticized the Supreme Court's decisions and called on the justices to decide cases based on the 'original intent' of the Constitution. The justices were wrong to rely on contemporary views of liberty and equality, Meese said; instead, they should rely on the understanding of those concepts in the late 18th century, when ...
Los Angeles Times - Jul 13, 2008

T-shirt trial stretches with complexities
Jul. 13--TOPEKA -- A federal jury must weigh complex legal issues and hundreds of pieces of evidence in a lawsuit pitting Kansas University against a Lawrence T-shirt seller. "Something dangerous is going on here," warned attorney Jim Tilly in his closing statement last week after a seven-day trial. Tilly represents Larry Sinks, owner of Joe-College.com, 734 Mass., and Clark Orth, a T-shirt ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

OPINION: Prince is composed, direct -- and wrong about The N&O
Jul. 13--Seven months ago in this space, I urged Blackwater's principal owner, Erik Prince, to talk with two of our reporters who had been trying to interview him for years. Blackwater is the private security and training company based in northeastern North Carolina. Its guards in Iraq often have been in the news. We've reported extensively on the company, but after four years of trying, we'd ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Understanding a new way of voting
Jul. 13--Washington voters have a new system this summer to winnow out candidates for the general election. The first "top two primary," on Aug. 19, will pare a long list of partisan and nonpartisan offices. Some races are overflowing with candidates. The governor's race has 10 candidates, although most voters would be hard-pressed to name more than incumbent Chris Gregoire and the man she edged ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Malpractice suit yields $9 million in damages: Pioneering surgeon failed to see cancer
Jul. 13--A Niagara County jury of six women, including two nurses, has awarded $9 million in a malpractice suit against a pioneering breast cancer surgeon who has spent decades operating in area hospitals. Dr. Nancy J. Stubbe, an Amherst physician, has been ordered to pay damages to the family of a 33-year-old mother of two in what is believed to be among the largest civil lawsuit awards in ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Doctors-insurers confrontation heats up
Jul. 13--Doctors complain of shrinking payments from health insurers, pointing to insurance companies' fat profits and seven-figure CEO salaries. Insurers say doctors provide uneven care, overtreat patients and push up costs for everyone. It's a decades-old confrontation. But it's gotten more heated recently, as insurers squeeze doctors' payments as one way to bring down soaring health care ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

EDITORIAL: A principled stand: League of Women Voters' lawsuit on state voter ID law to be commended
Jul. 13--It must be interesting to be Todd Rokita these days. While the photo identification voter law he keeps calling "exemplary" has managed to disenfranchise a group of elderly nuns, the latest legal challenge to it comes from the non-partisan, roundly respected League of Women Voters in Indiana. Might the secretary of state pause to wonder whether the nation's strictest voter ID law -- ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Inmate author's sales violate policy
RALEIGH, N.C. _ Victor Martin has been writing since he was a child, but he didn't realize it could be a career until he became a convict. A few years ago, Martin became a published author, writing four novels while lying in his bunk in a state prison in Elizabeth City, N.C.. His books, which feature a high-rolling criminal named Unique, have a following among readers of what is known as "urban ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Is McCain a maverick, moderate or just a mystery?: Voters work to understand the man unwilling to be bullied into the rank and file
Jul. 13--WASHINGTON -- He goes right, he cuts left, he darts up the middle. Catching John McCain flat-footed in a single spot on the political gridiron is a little like tackling Barry Sanders: It'd be a lot easier if you had any idea where he was going to be. But at a time when self-styled progressives and conservative politicians often seem to follow each other in packs, McCain -- the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Anatomy of a campaign: Washington's Initiative 1000
Jul. 13--In February 2006, a month after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Oregon Death With Dignity Act, right-to-die activists from Seattle and Portland met at an east Vancouver hotel to lay the groundwork for a Washington initiative modeled on the Oregon law. "Everybody agreed that we needed our friends and colleagues from Oregon," said Dr. Tom Preston, the retired Seattle cardiologist who ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Candidates' views clash on detainees
For months now, John McCain and Barack Obama have peppered their campaign speeches with pledges to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camps. Both have cast the detention center as harmful to U.S. foreign policy and a source of international alienation. Both say they would move the terrorism suspects to U.S. soil. But delve a little deeper, and that's where the harmony ends.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Surface irrigation rules moving toward a solution: A committee tries to balance farmers??? needs, obligations to Kansas.
Jul. 13--From the state's point of view, pending rules for Arkansas River basin surface irrigators who improve their systems by installing sprinklers are primarily aimed at preventing depletions to Kansas. For farmers, with long memories of more than 100 years of disputes with Kansas that led to the Arkansas River Compact and a subsequent lawsuit, the rules and their cost seem like more ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Balance of aging Supreme Court hinges on next president
WASHINGTON - John Paul Stevens still plays tennis at 88. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, works out regularly in the Supreme Court gym. The oldest two justices - half the court's liberal wing - top the list of those considered likely to retire during the next presidential administration. Despite Stevens' and Ginsburg's apparent vigor, change on the Supreme Court is more likely than not over the next ...
Newsday - Jul 13, 2008

No rush to retire black robes on Supreme Court
WASHINGTON - John Paul Stevens still plays tennis at 88. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, works out regularly in the Supreme Court gym. The oldest two justices - half the court's liberal wing - top the list of those considered likely to retire during the next presidential administration. Despite Stevens' and Ginsburg's apparent vigor, change on the Supreme Court is more likely than not over the next ...
Chicago Daily Herald - Jul 13, 2008

AZ probes complaints vs. Wildcat Mitsubishi: Company lawyer says owners are fixing problems he calls oversights, mistakes
Jul. 13--Selling damaged vehicles. Breaking rules. Calling cops on customers who complain. A Tucson car lot managed by ex-convicts did all those things and now is under state investigation for unlawful business practices. Regulators are probing reports that the dealership sold a wrecked vehicle that was legally unfit to drive, and that staffers repeatedly put inaccurate vehicle information on ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 13, 2008

Lesbian couple sues BlueCross: Married in Canada, school psychologist, spouse say they were denied their rights
Jul. 10--When a Buffalo lesbian couple was denied spousal health care benefits in February following their marriage in Canada two years ago, BlueCross BlueShield denied their human rights guaranteed under state law, a civil liberties group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The New York Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of Jeanne Kornowicz, a school psychologist in the ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

Pentagon, judge tries to dissuade detainees from representing themselves
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba _ Reputed al-Qaida kingpin Khalid Sheik Mohammed complained Thursday that he couldn't get a pad of paper to prepare for his capital-crimes court appearance. His nephew, Ammar al-Baluchi, asked a day earlier for access to a law library. The alleged Sept. 11 co-conspirator, a computer engineer, complained to his military judge that he prepared a motion but his ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

Christie Brinkley settles divorce case: She gets full custody; Ex-husband Cook gets $2.1 million
Jul. 10--The nasty divorce trial of Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook has ended with the former couple reaching a settlement in which the ex-supermodel gets full custody of their two children. Under terms of the settlement, Cook gets $2.1 million and parenting time while Brinkley gets full custody and keeps all their properties, Brinkley's attorney, Robert Cohen, told the judge Thursday morning ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

Videotaping of protesters by B.C. power line corp. legal: privacy office
The BC Transmission Corporation was within its legal rights when it videotaped Tsawwassen residents protesting its plans to construct new power lines through their yards, the Office of the B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner ruled Thursday. Residents had told CBC News they were troubled by video crews who were taping them after they learned of the practice in early June.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Jul 10, 2008

Questions abound on casino issue
Jul. 10--WASHINGTON -- So you think a judge can't stand in the way of an Indian tribe's right to open a casino? Don't bet on it. U. S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny this week proved otherwise, in a ruling in a court case that raised as many questions as it answered. What follows is an attempt to answer some of those questions, even though some remain unanswerable: Q.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

Drs. McCain and Gramm Put the U.S. Economy on the Couch; Gramm Diagnoses a "Mental Recession" Among U.S. "Whiners"
Drs. McCain and Gramm Put the U.S. Economy on the Couch; Gramm Diagnoses a 'Mental Recession' Among U.S. 'Whiners' Is there a doctor in the house? A top economic adviser to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., -- former Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, now vice chair of Swiss banking giant UBS -- tells the Washington Times that the US economy is being weighed down by the belief by Americans that the economy is ...
ABC News - Jul 10, 2008

Casino stays open, Senecas say: Expert on constitutional law hired for expected court battle
Jul. 10--If the Seneca Nation of Indians seems concerned about a federal judge's ruling that it can't legally operate a casino in Buffalo, jeopardizing a $333 million casino now under construction, you wouldn't know it from the nation's reaction Wednesday. Both the Senecas' president and the chairman of their gambling operation said that it was business as usual.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

Judge rules he can't stop Seminoles from dealing blackjack
TALLAHASSEE - A federal judge says he doesn't have the authority to stop blackjack and other expanded games at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, rejecting a Pompano racetrack's lawsuit by pointing out legal hurdles anyone would face by fighting the tribe. The decision handed down by U.S. District Judge Stephan Mickle on Wednesday put another twist in the fate of table games at the seven ...
Naples Daily News - Jul 10, 2008

Montreal companies sued for allegedly building settlements in West Bank
What's this By Jonathan Montpetit, The Canadian Press MONTREAL - Two Canadian construction firms are being sued for war crimes by a Palestinian village that claims its land is being swallowed by settlements the companies are helping to build. The West Bank town of Bilin filed a lawsuit in Quebec Superior Court this week seeking $2 million in punitive damages from Montreal-based companies Green ...
Yahoo! Canada - Jul 10, 2008

A look at key parts of House, Senate housing bills
Comparison of major elements of housing relief bills in the Senate and House. They would: _Give the Federal Housing Administration $300 billion in new lending authority and relax standards to provide affordable, fixed-rate mortgages to debt-ridden homeowners. Any losses would be covered by an affordable housing fund drawn from the profits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored ...
International Herald Tribune - Jul 10, 2008

Rebels with a Lost Cause
Rebels with a Lost Cause. VICKI BEHRINGER movement of property-rights lawyers emerged from the sagebrush in the 1970s to fight a wave of environmental regulations. They are still fighting in courtrooms across the West, but their role remains ambiguous. Bill Jennings, a veteran fisheries activist in Stockton, Calif., remembers the Christmas season of 2004 as "a nightmare." He adds: "It was ...
High Country News - Jul 10, 2008

Senate approves telecom immunity
Sprint is off the hook.

After an often bitter debate, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed and sent to the White House a bill that would help immunize Sprint — and other phone companies — from lawsuits accusing them of illegally helping conduct terror surveillance after Sept. 11, 2001.

President Bush said he would sign the bill, which passed the House in ...
Kansas City Star - Jul 10, 2008

Appeals court upholds acquittals in tax case
The Svea Court of Appeal today upheld the acquittals of all current The Svea Court of Appeal today upheld the acquittals of all current and former Ericsson (NASDAQ: Eric) employees who faced charges of evasion of tax control, filed by the Swedish National Economic Crimes Bureau. Henry Sténson, senior vice president and head of Corporate Communications, Ericsson, says: "We are pleased that ...
MarketWire - Jul 10, 2008

South Korean prosecutors seek 7 years for Lee
Prosecutors asked a South Korean court to sentence former Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee to seven years in prison for tax evasion and other charges, saying the country's powerful business conglomerates should not be immune from the law. Prosecutors also demanded that Lee be fined 350 billion won ($350 million) for the charges that led him to resign as head of Samsung Group, the most prominent of ...
San Francisco Chronicle - Jul 10, 2008

For Obama, McCain, varied paths on women's issues
NEW YORK - It's women's week on the presidential campaign trail, judging from the attention that Barack Obama and John McCain are lavishing on female voters and issues especially important to them.Obama, campaigning here Thursday with former Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, criticized McCain's opposition to an equal-pay Senate bill, his support for conservative-leaning Supreme Court ...
Rhinelander Daily News - Jul 10, 2008

Business Digest: Changes OK'd for Nebraska Beef
Federal officials have approved changes that Nebraska Beef Ltd. proposed after it recalled 5.3 million pounds of beef last week. USDA spokeswoman Amanda Eamich said Thursday that the company's plan satisfies concerns raised after the meat was linked to an E. coli outbreak. At least 41 illnesses in Michigan and Ohio have been tied to Nebraska Beef's products.
Omaha World-Herald - Jul 10, 2008

Districts, not state, must pay teacher funds: AG says benefits approved in 2006 as part of revised finance system are local burden
Jul. 10--AUSTIN -- School districts across the state will have to pick up the $100 million annual cost of benefits related to a teacher pay raise enacted two years ago, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has ruled. Districts had argued that the state should cover the extra payments into the Teacher Retirement System because it was the Legislature that mandated the $2,500 salary hike.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

Legal services reform safe in a first Tory Parliament
The Conservative Party has confirmed that it is planning to support radical reform under the Legal Services Act if it gets into power, despite having reservations about key measures. The commitment comes as the party looks increasingly likely to defeat Labour and make it into Government in the next general election. Shadow Justice Minister Henry Bellingham MP told Legal Week: We would not ...
Legal Week - Jul 10, 2008

Colby Cosh celebrates the end of the margarine ban
This week, the government of Quebec has finally removed the last major regulatory restriction on the retail sale of margarine in Canada by allowing it to be coloured yellow. In my career I ve written a number of columns about the ancient, bitter struggle that margarine has faced in the Canadian food market, and there is always a temptation to wax comic about the subject: After all, who ...
National Post - Jul 10, 2008

Marriage licenses were hot in June
Jul. 11--It's been a busy month for the Marin County Clerk's Office. Marriage license applications spiked in June after the state Supreme Court ruling that struck down the statutory ban on same-sex marriages. Marriages surged on June 17, the day the ruling took effect, and several days afterward, reflecting a race to the altar by same-sex couples who wanted to enjoy the same legal rights as ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 11, 2008

Kurdish Official: Iraqi Oil Deals "Illegal"
The rush to sign oil contracts with foreign companies is 'anachronistic' and happening in a legal vacuum, argues Mahmoud Othman. Tools Share and save this post: Also in War on Iraq Nick Turse Robert Dreyfuss Patrick Cockburn Bill Moyers, Michael Winship <span='smalltitle'>More stories by Bassel al-Khateeb War on Iraq RSS Feed Main AlterNet RSS Feed Get AlterNet in your mailbox! The oil ...
AlterNet.org - Jul 10, 2008

DUI O'Shane's future uncertain
HIGH-PROFILE magistrate Pat O'Shane pleaded guilty to drink-driving yesterday but a decision about her position on the bench is unlikely to be made until after she is sentenced. O'Shane was charged with low-range drink-driving after being pulled over by police at Linley Point on March 8. She allegedly returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.08, but had a lower reading of 0.05 when tested again ...
Daily Telegraph Australia - Jul 10, 2008

Thai government in disarray as foreign minister resigns
Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's five-month-old government was in disarray Thursday after the foreign minister resigned following a series of bruising court defeats for the cabinet. Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama became the third top official in the ruling People Power Party (PPP) forced out of office in less than 48 hours. The party's deputy leader Yongyut Tiyapairat, who was a former ...
Yahoo! UK and Ireland - Jul 10, 2008

Former envoy to UN faces graft case at Ombudsman
Jul. 10--Criminal and administrative charges were filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Lauro Baja, the former Philippine permanent representative to the United Nations, for alleged corruption. This case before Ombudsman Merceditas Navarro-Gutierrez is different from the one that was filed in New York recently by Baja's former domestic helper. In a complaint-affidavit, Jaime Jacob, a ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

Superior court upholds sex-crime conviction
Jul. 10--Three state Superior Court judges have upheld the conviction and sentence of a West Mahanoy Township man who was convicted of sex-related crimes. The three-judge panel ruled county Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin properly concluded that Apolinar Ramirez-Briones, 43, of Lost Creek, understood the Miranda warnings given to him in English, and that subsequent statements he made to police were ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

Republican lunch: Pioneering Texas Supreme Court justice on the program
Jul. 10--Justice Dale Wainwright, a member of the Supreme Court of Texas, will be the keynote speaker Monday at the Ector County Republican Women's luncheon. In 1999, then Gov. George W. Bush appointed Wainwright to the District Court bench in Harris County. After serving as a district judge for two years, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Wainwright to a temporary commission on the Texas Supreme Court. ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

Munck Carter Adds Michael A. McCabe to Labor and Employment Section
The Dallas-based technology law firm of Munck The Dallas-based technology law firm of Munck Carter, P.C. is expanding its labor and employment section with the addition of attorney Michael A. McCabe, who joins the firm as a shareholder. Mr. McCabe defends businesses in complex business and employment litigation matters. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of ...
MarketWire - Jul 10, 2008

OPINION: Constitutional rights aren't cheap, nor should they be
Jul. 10--Now we know that Texas judges can't deny appointed lawyers to poor defendants who can scrape up enough money to bond out of jail. A June 23 U.S. Supreme Court ruling should put an end to a practice that's persisted in some Texas counties despite a 2001 law designed to expedite the appointment of lawyers for criminal defendants who can't afford their own.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

NBA seeks say in Schultz lawsuit
Jul. 10--The NBA has asked to join the legal fight to keep the former Seattle SuperSonics team in Oklahoma City. The team's former owners signed away their legal right to contest the move to Oklahoma City when they approved a release and indemnification agreement as part of the team's sale in July 2006, league officials say. Because of the release, "former owners are prevented from taking future ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

The Heron's Nest: Shields gunning for city again
Yesterday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced the city would move ahead with enforcement of a new ordinance targeting those those who fail to report a lost or stolen handgun. Those who fail to do so are looking at a fairly stiff fine, a cool $1,900. But not if Shields get his way. This comes despite the recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that recognized the right of citizens to own a gun for ...
Delco Times - Jul 10, 2008

BRIEF: Sex offenders don't have to move, court rules
Jul. 10--LANCASTER, Ohio -- Four convicted sex offenders who are violating state law by living within 1,000 feet of elementary schools don't have to move because they committed their crimes before the law took effect in 2003, a state appeals court ruled. The 5th District Court of Appeals ruling conforms with an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that declared the state's sex-offender residency ...
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

City drops lead-paint suit: Court rulings elsewhere lead to decision; Ohio will pursue its case
Jul. 10--The city of Columbus has dropped its lawsuit against former lead-paint manufacturers after the Rhode Island Supreme Court last week shot down the legal argument the city was pursuing. Columbus sued Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams and eight other companies in December 2006 to try to force them to pay to remove lead paint from the city's older homes.
McClatchy Tribune Business News - Jul 10, 2008

Appeals court hands setback to attorney who sued twin doctors
Jul. 10--A Seattle attorney entrenched in a years-long, acrimonious battle with other attorneys over civil lawsuits he filed against twin doctors was dealt a blow this week by the state Court of Appeals, just a week after another appellate decision came down partially in his favor. A three-judge panel found that a King County Superior Court judge did not err in 2006 when impo