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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of China Organic Agriculture, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) despite indicating otherwise, China Organic had received no initial payments for its September 2008 sale of Jilin ...more »

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of Commercial Metals Company
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP is a national law firm which represents investors and individuals in class action litigation. The firm is focused on providing exemplary legal services in complex litigation in the areas of securities, shareholder, antitrust and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Wayne Hills football case to be subject of Newark hearing today
NorthJersey.comDecember 1, 2011

A state administrative law judge will hear arguments Thursday for a petition by attorneys seeking to lift suspensions for nine Wayne Hills High School football players charged with aggravated assault. Ronald Ricci, left, one of the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Bring Health Care Home
New York TimesDecember 5, 2011

The good news is that last year's health care reform act included provisions for the creation of Independence at Home Organizations — groups of doctors and nurses who treat patients in their homes — and incentives to make that work appealing. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Reviewing Counterterrorism Training Materials, Biased and Not
American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog)December 1, 2011

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the ACLU of Northern California and the Asian Law Caucus show that FBI use of these erroneous and biased materials spans from at least 2003 to 2011, and has been an integral part of the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration plan isn't hurting Gingrich bid
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionDecember 7, 2011

Joe Wilkinson of Sandy Springs, one of Gingrich's longtime friends, supports his immigration proposal, saying it could help American farmers who need legal workers. Farmers in Georgia have complained the state's new immigration law — House Bill 87 ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Snyder Creates Talent Investment Board
Insurance News Net (press release)December 2, 2011

David Brule II of Iron Mountain , is president of Boss Snowplow Division of Northern Star Industries , Inc. He is also the director of Industrial Development Corporation and the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame . Brule earned a bachelor's degree in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dayton mulls options after judge blocks child care union vote
Minnesota Public RadioDecember 6, 2011

A Ramsey County judge on Monday halted a unionization vote by state-subsidized child care providers, just two days before the state Bureau of Mediation Services was set to send out the ballots. Judge Dale Lindman issued a temporary restraining order ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Walker Sewell LLP Wins Judgment for Client Maverick Industries, Inc. Against ...
PR Newswire (press release)December 7, 2011

Walker Sewell LLP specializes in the litigation, arbitration and appeal of complex commercial and insurance disputes. The firm regularly advises and assists clients with their most sensitive contract, insurance and business tort claims. ...more »

Animal Law
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Should animals be stunned before slaughter?
BBC NewsDecember 1, 2011

Both faiths put great emphasis on animal welfare, and adhere to a one-cut method of slaughter, intended to ensure the animal's rapid death. Under Jewish and Islamic law, animals for slaughter must be healthy and uninjured at the time of death, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Lines Of Global Enforcement Debate Surface at WIPO Meeting
Intellectual Property Watch (blog)December 5, 2011

The WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE), which met on 30 November and 1 December, saw presentations and case studies, as well as some discussion about regulatory issues, according to participants. The future work of the committee included ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Albany Area Law Firm Has Proven Record in Defective Smoke Alarm Cases
U.S. Politics TodayDecember 1, 2011

Other injury cases handled by the firm include motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and products liability. Hacker Murphy LLP continues to accept cases involving injuries caused by defective smoke ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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DA bunch of fakes
News24December 19, 2011

So the DA believes in affirmative action after all. Surprise, surprise. As the party that prided themselves on appointing people on merit rather than skin colour, Madam Zille chose 12 men to her cabinet in 2009. Read: no women capable in all of the DA ...more »

Avianca Brasil Aviation Selects airRM as Its Revenue Management System
MarketWatch (press release)December 6, 2011

SEATTLE, Dec 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Revenue Management Systems, Inc. ("RMS, Inc.") is excited to announce that it has been selected to provide Avianca Brasil ("Avianca") with state-of-the-art revenue management, inventory control, and reporting ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant vs. landlord: laws to protect renters could go unnoticed
KKCO-TVDecember 16, 2011

She says the judge believed her landlords claims that she caused damage, and refused to accept her pictures. "The owners claimed that they did not recognize the pictures," says O'Dell. A new law to protect tenants was passed in recent years by the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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US House panel subpoenas MF Global's Corzine
ReutersDecember 2, 2011

"It is this committee's responsibility to shed light on the facts and circumstances surrounding the bankruptcy," said Frank Lucas, the Republican chairman of committee. A spokesman for Corzine and his lawyer, Andrew Levander, declined immediate comment ...more »

Litigation
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Nine Saul Ewing Attorneys In Five States Recognized In Benchmark Litigation 2012
Citybizlist (press release)December 3, 2011

Saul Ewing LLP is a full service law firm with 240 lawyers in 10 offices in Pennsylvania,Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and the District of Columbia. The firm serves businesses throughout the United States and internationally, ...more »

Business Law
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Sparboe Farms Faces False Advertising Claims Following Undercover Animal ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

MFA's investigation and the FTC complaint clearly show that Sparboe's animal welfare claims are patently untrue and amount to blatant false advertising. Hidden-camera footage recorded by an MFA investigator at Sparboe facilities documents:more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Ghana: Angry Soldeirs Call for Probe...into Operations of 37 Hospital
AllAfrica.comDecember 14, 2011

... after rejecting the earlier proposal by the FWSC, but the management of the 37 Military Hospital was preventing them from also enjoying the same benefits, although they all go to the same markets to buy food to feed their families. Col. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Local Man Charged with Exploiting Children Online
Patch.comDecember 2, 2011

DeKalb County Police detectives from the Internet Crimes Against Children unit executed a search warrant at 1147 Hunters Dr. on Nov. 29, in reference to a proactive online child exploitation investigation, police said in a release Friday. ...more »

Personal Injury
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The City of Unbrotherly Torts
Wall Street JournalDecember 2, 2011

Philadelphia plaintiffs are less likely to settle than plaintiffs elsewhere and show a marked preference for jury trials, according to a report for the International Center for Law and Economics by Joshua Wright based on data from Administrative Office ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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NPRI has political motive, but is right on the law
Las Vegas SunDecember 2, 2011

The notion that somehow Denis' duties repairing computers for the Public Utilities Commission somehow conflicts with his legislative duties is far-fetched. He has no power in the executive branch with that — let me think of a word — ministerial job, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Capili: Taking a second look at RESA (II)
Sun.StarDecember 4, 2011

Allowing an unqualified person to advertise or to practice the profession by using one's COR or professional ID Card. 4. Malpractice or violation of any of the provisions of this Act, the IRR and the Code of Ethics and Responsibilities for real estate ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Citizen consumer clubs started in 30 schools
The HinduDecember 2, 2011

The initiative of the citizen consumer clubs reflects in conduct of periodic awareness exercises. Each club, with a minimum of 50 members, is expected to organise monthly meetings to explain the rights that the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Freshfields to cut back partners in London real estate practice
Legal WeekDecember 1, 2011

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set to cut a number of partners in its City real estate practice as a result of the continued difficulties in the property market. The magic circle law firm is planning to ask around two partners to leave the firm over ...more »

Non-arbitrable public procurement disputes: on the right track?
International Law OfficeDecember 1, 2011

The dispute related to a construction agreement that was concluded following public procurement procedures. The claimants were the construction contractors under the contract. They brought an action against the procuring entity and the customer under ...more »

Sports Law
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Mike Leach is the perfect coach for Washington State
The Seattle TimesDecember 1, 2011

Earned a law degree from Pepperdine and a Master's in sports science/coaching from the US Sports Academy. Assistant coaching career: Coached as an assistant at Cal Poly (1987) and College of the Desert (1988). Offensive coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal file in death penalty case will stay open
The StateDecember 5, 2011

Instead, those documents that Johnson or defense lawyers think shouldn't be aired in public will be submitted to a judge for review to see whether some or all of them should be kept secret, Judge Thomas Cooper Jr. ruled in a hearing at the Richland ...more »

Grove City still waiting on forensics report
ThisWeekNewsDecember 14, 2011

“It's just a matter at this point in time of the (attorney general's) forensic auditor concluding his investigation,” Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said Nov. 1. He advised in a meeting last week it would be within the next three to four weeks. ...more »

World AIDS Day: HIV Laws And Policies, New Online Tool
Medical News TodayDecember 1, 2011

Legal changes, such as anti-discrimination laws and confidentiality laws, have strengthened the response to HIV prevention, but there is no evidence that the criminalization of HIV transmission can be used as a prevention tool. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Brightpoint Facility Receives Prestigious TAPA Classification "A ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 6, 2011

Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is a unique forum that unites global manufacturers, logistics providers, freight carriers and law enforcement agencies with the objective of reducing losses from international supply chains. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Senate backs military custody of terror suspects
The Associated PressDecember 1, 2011

It would apply to foreign central banks only for transactions that involve the sale or purchase of petroleum or petroleum products. The sanctions on petroleum would only apply if the president determines there is a sufficient alternative supply and if ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Midstate Correctional CO accused of workers comp fraud
WKTVDecember 6, 2011

By WKTV News NEW YORK MILLS, NY (WKTV) - A Corrections Officer from New York Mills is facing fraud charges after authorities say he wrongfully collected workers compensation benefits from the State. According to New York State Police, Frank Caporale, ...more »

Family Law
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Are Contradictory Immigration Laws Leaving Families in Legal Limbo?
AlterNetDecember 1, 2011

PHOENIX, Az. – The contents of Maria Teresa Fuentes' immigration file take up an entire table. Legal appeals, government letters carrying bad news, attorney advertisements clipped from newspapers, technical explanations of cryptic immigration laws, ...more »

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