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Proposal would eliminate Dallas antitrust enforcement office, send work elsewhere
Dallas Morning News (subscription)November 1, 2011

Unlike federal prosecutors who work for the US attorney's office, antitrust prosecutors investigate their own cases, rather than relying solely on law enforcement such as the FBI.Some local cases: In 1999, a Dallas investigation into international ...more »

Internet privacy tools said failing
UPI.comNovember 1, 2011

The privacy tools are meant to be a response to the growth of online behavioral advertising, which targets Internet users with advertising based on their online activity, a Carnegie Mellon release said Monday. "The status quo clearly is insufficient to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Unions, Labor Advocates Sound Off Before City Council Hearing On Living Wages
NY1November 22, 2011

"It's a very difficult way to make a living." Meanwhile, rank-and-file union members voiced their opposition to the living wage law on the steps of City Hall. The group, made up mostly of painters and construction workers, said the law would drive away ...more »

Health Care Law
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A Portrait of Elena Kagan as a Young Justice
Above the LawNovember 29, 2011

By the end of Kagan's first term, conservatives like former Bush solicitor general Paul Clement (who will likely argue against the health-care law this coming spring) and Chief Justice John Roberts were giving Kagan high marks as a new justice ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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When spouse trumps heir
Vancouver SunNovember 29, 2011

Like many other jurisdictions, including Ontario and Manitoba, the new law will give a deceased person's husband or wife the right to make a claim for division of property under the family law legislation; that is, a claim for what he or she would have ...more »

Immigration Law
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Justice Department: Alabama Immigration Law Complicating Enforcement
Fox NewsNovember 29, 2011

The administration contends federal law prohibits states from enacting immigration laws, but Republican supporters argue the federal government has failed to enforce immigration statutes for years.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lopsided growth
FrontlineNovember 29, 2011

The government's claim is that it has recorded major gains in five areas: collection of revenue, enhancement of infrastructure, industrial development, strengthening of the agricultural sector, and empowerment of the weaker sections of society. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Retail lease bonds and dispute resolution options
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)November 13, 2011

Section 69 of Retail Leases Act 1994 provides that any statement or admission made in the course of mediation of a retail tenancy dispute is not admissible at a hearing or in any other legal proceedings. What other Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Bermuda's Conyers Receives Top Rankings
BernewsNovember 25, 2011

Bermuda's Conyers Dill & Pearman has recently received glowing reviews from clients and peers in international law firm league tables as the island remains a jurisdiction of choice for global cross-border transactions. “Legal 500″, a directory of law...more »

Animal Law
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SPCA proposes increasing fine, jail term to curb animal abuse
TODAYonlineNovember 4, 2011

The last time the law was amended to raise the maximum fine and jail term for animal cruelty was in 2002. The non-profit organisation also wants the sale of pets to those below the age of 16 to be prohibited, unless they have their parents' express ...more »

Intellectual Property
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UN sees boom to $180 billion in fees paid on intellectual property
Washington PostNovember 14, 2011

The World Intellectual Property Organization said Monday the pace of growth since 1970, when fees fetched $2.8 billion, surpasses that of global GDP. WIPO reported Monday that France, Germany, Japan, Britain and the United States file the most patent ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US Law Firms Plan South Korea Offices as Free-Trade Pact Boosts Business
BloombergNovember 27, 2011

(PXPLY) sell shares to the public for the first time, Paul Hastings LLP may become the first foreign law firm to establish an outpost in Seoul. South Korean lawmakers last week ratified the free trade agreement first negotiated with the US government ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action and the OFCCP - An In-depth Primer
Nature.comNovember 30, 2011

This 3-hr training will provide a comprehensive primer on affirmative action, its key principles, and current framework for developing compliant programs. It will discuss current OFCCP enforcement strategies and trends, and what it means to be a ...more »

SAC supports New York Aviation Jobs Act
Mid-Hudson NewsNovember 30, 2011

General aviation authority and advocate of the bill Fritz Kass, who is the retired director of the Orange County Airport, told the commission Tuesday that if approved in Albany, the bill would translate into hundreds of jobs for the state. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Pace Law to launch incubator for recent graduates
Westfair OnlineNovember 28, 2011

She said the law incubator also fulfills a local need for affordable legal services for Westchester residents who are dealing with evictions, foreclosures, other landlord-tenant disputes, domestic violence and immigration concerns. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ex-boyfriend of Herman Cain accuser Sharon Bialek goes public
Los Angeles TimesNovember 14, 2011

He said that due to a series of events out of his control, he had declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is current on all his reorganization payments. He also said he has never committed a crime or malpractice, and there are “no actions against me. ...more »

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Insurers Win First Round of Climate Change Coverage Litigation
Insurance JournalNovember 29, 2011

As a result, it is unclear how helpful the decision will be to insurers facing coverage issues in future climate change litigation. From 2007 to 2009, several cases were decided that appeared to be setting the table for an explosion of climate change ...more »

Business Law
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Accountant: Library billing 'didn't pass the smell test'
Sacramento Bee (blog)November 30, 2011

"Just look at the numbers, sir," the accountant, former state Department of Justice financial crimes auditor Edward Hudson said, when asked by defense attorney Robert Saria what didn't seem right with the amount. Two firms controlled by defendant Janie ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans turn out for benefits session
South Bend TribuneNovember 10, 2011

SOUTH BEND - More than 90 local veterans headed to Indiana University South Bend on Wednesday evening to learn how to better access benefits they earned serving in the military. US Rep. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Fib on Facebook? US Law Calls It Criminal, Critics Warn
Fox NewsNovember 17, 2011

... groups like FreedomWorks and Americans for Tax Reform. While defending the law, Downing pressed for increasing maximum penalties on some violations. He claimed cyber-crimes are still treated more delicately in US law than related physical crimes. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fighting injury claims is key to cheaper car insurance, says MP
Larne TodayNovember 21, 2011

SAMMY Wilson, MP, has urged insurance firms to contest personal injury claims more rigorously and help to reduce motorists' premiums. Speaking after a Westminster debate on vehicle cover costs, the DUP representative also demanded sterner penalties for ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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State's high court rebuffs Brewer's request
Tucson CitizenNovember 24, 2011

1 removal letter to Mathis “does not, as a matter of law, identify conduct that provides a constitutional basis for removal.” The order also punched holes in the hopes of some GOP lawmakers, who believed the governor's letter simply needed to be ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New York Law School Announces Partnership with the Center for Justice and ...
PR Web (press release)November 30, 2011

New York Law School's renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School's strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Dodd-Frank Act Rulemaking — SEC and CFTC Release Joint Final Rules Relating ...
JD Supra (press release)November 10, 2011

... 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) jointly released final rules implementing Sections 404 and 406 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Mountain Law: Risks with buying bank-owned real estate
Summit Daily NewsNovember 30, 2011

The title company will issue the policy on standard “ALTA” forms (that are generally acceptable to real estate practitioners) and agree to provide “extended coverage” for common title risks such as unrecorded easements, mechanics' liens, ...more »

LEGAL NOTICES: Provincetown Banner Oct. 27, 2011
Wicked LocalNovember 1, 2011

Please contact us before 1pm EST Thursday for publication in the following Thursdays' edition The Town of Province-town is accepting sealed proposals for the Commercial Street Reconstruction Project - Water Improvements. The sealed proposals will be ...more »

Sports Law
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London 2012 Olympics: stadium row costs taxpayer £1.3million in legal fees 23, 2011

... Kelso The legal bills were racked up defending the decision to award West Ham preferred tenant status on the stadium, which was challenged by Tottenham and Orient on the grounds that a £40million loan from Newham breached European state aid rules. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer: Sandusky bail may increase if new charges
The Associated PressNovember 22, 2011

Central Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney Bill Costopoulos said Tuesday any additional charges would likely translate into a second arrest for the man accused of sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky maintains his innocence. ...more »

Billionaires avoid reporting gains to IRS
The Seattle TimesNovember 24, 2011

The arrangement enabled McCombs to defer paying capital gains tax because he hadn't sold his shares, lawyers for the billionaire said. The IRS deemed the transaction a sale since the bank paid McCombs cash and got the use of his stock almost ...more »

Classic Act of the Elite
MorungExpressNovember 26, 2011

The acts of social discrimination has become a trend and the doers of it are the leaders of our nation. It is sad that these elected representatives of the people has not only become a blot to the democracy of our nation but they have also defamed the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Republicans Want to 'Protect' Wall Street, Levin Says
BusinessWeekNovember 11, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has called the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted last year, a “killer” of small banks. The other Republican hopefuls -- Texas Governor ...more »

Environmental Law
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Blogging the Solyndra hearing
Washington Post (blog)November 17, 2011

Chu concedes that the department has to balance both interests, but noted that, by law, taxpayer-protection had to take a high priority. “We take a green eyeshade approach to this,” Chu said. 1:10 Boiling down the scandal. The hearing is on a short ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Attorney At Love: Solving a problem with will or creating one?
Green Valley NewsNovember 29, 2011

When people try to insert bequests in their wills with forfeiture provisions like the one you're proposing, probate courts will usually declare them invalid. Requiring a would-be beneficiary to get divorced as a condition of receiving her inheritance ...more »

Family Law
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Media, PA Divorce Law Firm of Dolores J. Varga Celebrates Career Milestones
PR Web (press release)November 30, 2011

Varga is a certified family law mediator and has played a leading role in several professional organizations associated with the Pennsylvania and Delaware County, PA bar associations. She served as former committee chairperson of the Delaware County ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Health care games
Kansas City StarNovember 15, 2011

...Disability coverage and the social system takes the responsibility that rightfully belongs to the workers comp system. I think that some of this shifting of responsibility could be resolved by putting teeth in the laws that govern workers comp. ...more »


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