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Latinos Call for Immigration Reform, Not Record Deportations
Inter Press ServiceNovember 1, 2011

NEW YORK, Nov 1, 2011 (IPS) - In his campaign, President Barack Obama promised to make comprehensive immigration reform a top priority – a pledge mainly directed at Latino voters. But in his nearly three years in office, ...more »

Jury selection begins in Delgado trial
MyFox Tampa BayNovember 1, 2011

In a case like this, Criminal Defense Attorney Jeff Brown says the process could be lengthy. Brown is not involved in the Delgado trial. "It's really going to be difficult, one, to find people that will be willing to sit on a death case and impose ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Congressional hearing on health care law, conscience protection
Catholic CultureNovember 2, 2011

Joseph Pitts for scheduling a November 2 hearing entitled “Do New Health Law Mandates Threaten Conscience Rights and Access to Care?” Pitts, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, is an evangelical Protestant. Scheduled to testify in favor of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Analyst: Health insurance overhaul law needs a hard look by Legislature
Bangor Daily NewsNovember 1, 2011

PORTLAND, Maine — The head of the Maine Center for Economic Policy said state lawmakers are due for a “gut check” on the controversial health care law passed during the last session. Garrett Martin, executive director of the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'Like Crazy' will touch your heart
Eagle TribuneNovember 6, 2011

In "Like Crazy," Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones have their best moment together when they aren't even in the same frame. Talking on the phone and slowly emptying tears from their eyes, these two young actors stamp an indelible impression of young ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's immigration law continues to make an impact
Alabama's13.comNovember 3, 2011

The mood somewhat changed in Alabama following the passing of its immigration law. Workers left the fields, and some students left the classroom. Lari Valtierra, Jefferson County School District's English as a Second Language Supervisor said, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Cable: Senators predict massive US withdrawal from international organizations
Foreign Policy (blog)November 1, 2011

Membership in UNESCO also grants the Palestinians membership in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The United States is not a member of UNIDO, but will be forced to ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Justice Court Docket: ADR helps court get the job done
Willcox Range NewsNovember 3, 2011

If an answer is filed and the case is not otherwise resolved, we refer the case to the Cochise County Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, where a hard-working ADR volunteer hears the case and makes a non-binding decision. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Butler Rubin Named Among Best Law Firms in US News Media Group and Best ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

US News also ranked Butler Rubin as a Tier 2 "Best Law Firm" in the areas of arbitration, commercial litigation and bankruptcy/reorganization. Best Lawyers named eight Butler Rubin attorneys as leaders in their fields: Louis J. Aurichio (Insurance Law) ...more »

Animal Law
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Rep. Wynn proposes animal abuse law
Royal Purple NewsNovember 2, 2011

State Representative Evan Wynn, R-Whitewater, introduced a new bill Oct. 27 that would create harsher penalties for abuse to animals. According to a press release from Wynn's office, the bill, named “Casey's Law” is named after a ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Mobile Patent Wars: A Closer Look at How Everyone Loses
PCWorldNovember 7, 2011

Previously, patents primarily served to help companies protect their intellectual property; now, however, Apple, HTC, Microsoft, and smaller companies are using patents as leverage, suing one another in attempts to gain the upper hand. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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McDermott More than Doubles its Share of National First-Tier Rankings in US ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

With these results, McDermott is also among the top 20 law firms in terms of its total number of Tier 1 national rankings. Specifically, McDermott was awarded Tier 1 rankings across a wide variety of practice areas, including Antitrust Law, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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AAG confronts Chinhoyi municipality over $2,9m tender
NewsDayNovember 6, 2011

Cllr Owen Charuza alleged poor workmanship of the two firms in previous contracts with a named non-governmental organisation, which carried out rehabilitation of Chinhoyi's water reticulation system in 2010. Destiny Ventures and JDI were shortlisted to ...more »

KHL plane crash investigation puts blame on pilot error
Washington Post (blog)November 2, 2011

The Interstate Aviation Committee said the Sept. 7 crash was caused by a pilot inadvertently applying the wheel brakes during takeoff and then pulling up on the control wheel too sharply in order to get the plane off the ground. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Sale of 1812 East Palo Alto apartments to one landlord almost complete
San Jose Mercury NewsNovember 11, 2011

Since more than 90 percent of those units are rent-controlled, tenants and city officials have been worried about Equity's acquisition because its chairman, Samuel Zell, has challenged rent laws in other cities. Dell also financially supported a 2008 ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Where Was the CFTC?
Wall Street JournalNovember 1, 2011

This follows a report from futures exchange operator CME that MF Global was not complying with federal rules on segregating client funds. In bankruptcy court yesterday an MF lawyer said "To the best knowledge of management, there is no shortfall" in ...more »

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ELD Mobile App From Wolters Kluwer Facilitates Labor and Employment Litigation
InfoToday.comNovember 7, 2011

“The litigation of employment-related issues necessitates immediacy of access to critical content,” explains Lisa-Milam Perez, JD, CCH Employment Law Daily managing editor. “The ability to gain up-to-date information, including same-day news coverage ...more »

Business Law
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Businesses react to concealed carry law
Milwaukee Small Business Times (blog)November 2, 2011

Wisconsin's concealed carry law goes into effect today, and businesses must decide whether to allow employees, customers and vendors to carry handguns and other small weapons. Wisconsin businesses that take no action will by default ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Staff of military vets offers support for student veterans
Arizona State UniversityNovember 3, 2011

ASU's student body includes 1603 veterans and 483 veteran dependents who are receiving VA benefits. For many it can be a rough transition, leaving a very structured military life for a looser, less defined campus experience. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Computer hijackers charged in US
BBC NewsNovember 10, 2011

Domestic ISPs are also being told about the people that were infected to give them a chance to clean up. The defendants have been charged with five counts of wire fraud and computer intrusion crimes. If found guilty they face heavy jail sentences. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Social media sites like Facebook being used to spy on injured workers
Examiner.comNovember 8, 2011

In another personal privacy case, this month the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in United States v. Jones, a case which could (in the words of Jeffrey Rosen of the NY Times) “redefine the scope of privacy in an age of increasingly ubiquitous ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Rule of law fully founded
China DailyNovember 4, 2011

It is the premise and foundation for comprehensively implementing the basic strategies for governing the country according to the law, and is also the institutional guarantee for China's development and progress. The socialist system of laws is a ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Emergency Medicine And Internal Medicine Expert Witness Alan Genicoff, MD, JD ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)November 2, 2011

While attending school, he served as a Law Clerk in the Medical Licensing Section of the Office of the Attorney General in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a wealth of experience in both the medical and legal fields, Alan Genicoff, MD, JD is uniquely ...more »

Consumer Protection
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National Consumer Commission wants answers from banks 3, 2011

Mohlala pointed out that she will pursue the matter in line with section 48 of the Consumer Protection Act which deals with unfair, unreasonable or unjust pricing. She said those found to have been in breach of the legislation would face fines and be ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP Attorney Alan J. Reyner Selected as ...
PR Web (press release)November 2, 2011

Alan J. Reyner has been selected by Greater Columbia Business Monthly as a Midlands Legal Elite in the tax law category. Mr. Reyner's selection was published in the magazine's October 2011 issue. A reception was held at Saluda River Club's Chickawa ...more »

Barnstable elects town councilors Nov. 8
Wicked LocalNovember 5, 2011

I decided with almost half the Town Council to offer the Town Manager an amended contract. I do not regret that decision. What I regret is that my opponent has chosen to run for office on that sole issue. He has accused me of “ethical wrong doing”, ...more »

Sports Law
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Governor Christie Now Pushing for Legalized Sports Betting in New Jersey
Off Shore Gaming AssocationNovember 5, 2011

The other issue on the table that sat in the governor's lap was sports betting. New Jersey is prevented under federal law from offering sports betting as a result of the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which was passed ...more »

Criminal Defense
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APNewsBreak: PSU official's lawyer shapes defense
Boston.comNovember 6, 2011

In this photo provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky, center, is placed in a police car iin Bellefonte, Pa. to be taken to the office of a Centre County ...more »

PAL center funds up for vote
The News JournalNovember 5, 2011

Wasserbach said he was asked by a member of Clark's administration to not release the audit until the negotiations between the county and PAL were complete, but wouldn't identify the official. Gregg Wilson, the county attorney and acting chief ...more »

Sears Settles EEOC Race, Age, Sex Discrimination and Retaliation Suit
Kansas City infoZineNovember 8, 2011

Sears denies that it discriminated against Johnson. Race, sex and age discrimination and retaliation violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit in US District Court for the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Holiday Theft And Fraud Prevention: A Q&A With NRF's Joe LaRocca
Retail Solutions Online (press release)November 7, 2011

Recently, I caught up with Joe LaRocca, senior asset protection advisor at NRF, about thwarting theft and fraud this season. LaRocca has some great tips for retailers as they make last-ditch efforts to prepare for the onslaught of holiday shoppers. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Rep. Blackburn: We Should End All of These Programs
Fox NewsNovember 1, 2011

Stuart, what we don't want is the federal government micromanaging all these alternative energy programs and ideas. If they are good ideas, take them to the marketplace. Secure your investors. Then make it a profitable venture. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Vail Daily column: What to do when someone dies
Vail Daily NewsNovember 2, 2011

“Probate” is the legal process that is used to transfer title of property from the decedent to his or her heirs. All wills and intestate estates must be probated, but the degree of the court's involvement and the complexity of the process ranges from ...more »

Family Law
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Subsidy for early retirees tapped by Texas state programs, Huntsman family ...
Washington PostNovember 3, 2011

Two Texas public employee programs are among the top 25 recipients of the federal subsidy despite Texas Gov. Rick Perry's opposition to the law Republicans derisively call “Obamacare.” And records show the Huntsman family business, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp exclusion in UIM policy unenforceable, says Pennsylvania Supreme ...
Insurance News Net (press release)November 1, 2011

An exclusion for those covered by workers' compensation in an employer-provided underinsured motorist policy violates state public policy and is therefore unenforceable, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled. A police officer was severely injured in ...more »


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