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MF Global: The gamble that didn't pay off
The IndependentNovember 1, 2011

The ambitious investment bank MF Global, one of 22 elite "primary dealers" licensed to trade with the Federal Reserve, has collapsed into bankruptcy after disastrous bets on eurozone government debt, marking the humiliating end of a Wall Street ...more »

Extant law: New Sebi takeover code to benefit shareholders
Economic TimesNovember 1, 2011

By exercising their fiduciary duties diligently, a target's directors will help protect the company and themselves against litigation. Under the business judgment rule, courts will generally look for evidence that directors have acted (i) on an ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comNovember 29, 2011

Eagle West thereupon obtained review by an administrative law judge (ALJ) with the Office of State Administrative Hearings, asserting that the plain language of OCGA § 32-6-75 (a) (18) prohibited erecting and maintaining signs only near an "existing ...more »

Health Care Law
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9 GOP-led states receive new money to implement health law
The Hill (blog)November 29, 2011

Nine Republican governors received grants Tuesday to help implement the core component of President Obama's healthcare law. The Health and Human Services Department awarded 13 grants, totaling almost $220 million, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Accused navy officer admits behaviour
Sydney Morning HeraldNovember 30, 2011

But Jones does not concede that behaviour was non-consensual or that it amounted to an indecent act. In his opening address, Flight Lieutenant Whybrow said Jones had initially developed a relationship with the female sailor, who cannot be named for ...more »

Immigration Law
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Legal Immigrants Against the DREAM Act
Town HallNovember 29, 2011

Nobody seems to have a valid and fair solution to dealing with illegal immigrants who are already here, children of illegals brought here by their parents at a young age and more. One piece of legislation that has been thrown around for awhile now is ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Doe Run Company Promotes Matt Wohl to Vice President of Law
PR Web (press release)November 4, 2011

He will also oversee all other legal matters, including permitting, the interpretation of regulations and statutes, compliance and internal and external counsel for company operations. The Doe Run Company is pleased to announce that Matthew Wohl has ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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US, China face off over sea dispute; Wen Jiabao rebuffs Barack Obama
Zee NewsNovember 19, 2011

"Another dog that didn't bark was when he went on to say that China believed that the disputes should be resolved between the states or the interested parties directly. What he didn't say, and that -- what we invariably have heard from the Chinese, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Event: The Court's approach to insurance fraud and the ways in which claimants ...
TrethowansNovember 11, 2011

The next lunch time event will be held by Kelvin Farmaner, Partner & Head of Insurance Litigation Team at Trethowans, alongside Vanessa Winspeare, Associate Director of Forensic Services at Smith & Williamson. Kelvin qualified as a Solicitor in 2000 ...more »

Animal Law
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Circus abuse of animals is well-documented
Washington TimesNovember 18, 2011

Charles W. Stenholm's objections to a law that would prevent elephants, tigers, zebras and other animals from being hauled around the country like freight makes sense when one considers his agenda (“Wrong approach to animal rights,” Commentary, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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US, China Agree to Deepen Ties on Intellectual Property Rights
BusinessWeekNovember 21, 2011

21 (Bloomberg) -- The US and China agreed to strenthen cooperation on addressing intellectual property rights violations after two days of trade negotiations, Deputy Minister of Commerce Wang Chao said. Wang, speaking at a briefing today at the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Horizon Lines Reaches Settlement With Opt Outs in Puerto Rico Antitrust Litigation
Sacramento BeeNovember 29, 2011

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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HOLDRS Conversion Begins: Investor Action Required
ETF DatabaseNovember 14, 2011

The exchange requires affirmative action on the part of investors, meaning that advisors or individuals with positions in existing HOLDRS must take action in order to receive shares in the new ETFs. The exchange offer is expected to remain open until ...more »

Aviation ministry to look into the proposal for dedicated bus shuttle to the ...
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineNovember 30, 2011

Now to find a solution to this issue, the aviation ministry has agreed to look into the proposal. Experts on transportation point out that it should be immediately started. Surprisingly, even the Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) is enthusiastic ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Las Cruces judge retires to avoid discipline
Washington ExaminerNovember 29, 2011

It is alleged that this is not the first time you have committed clear legal error in misapplying this law in other landlord/tenant cases." The commission said Garcia also made "disparaging remarks" about the hearing loss of one of the parties in the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Vallejo Police Have Fewer Officers Than Cities of The Same Size
KTXLNovember 22, 2011

The Departmetn has shrunk to 92 officers since the city filed for bankruptcy in 2008. By comparison, Santa Clara with 116000 residents has 131 officers. Berkeley with 113 residents has 167 officers. Richmond with 103000 residents has 193 officers. ...more »

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Long-serving Wyre Forest litigation lawyer dies
Kidderminster ShuttleNovember 30, 2011

WYRE Forest's legal community has reacted with sadness following the death of a litigation lawyer who served the district for nearly 50 years. John Foxall died, aged 63, early in November following a long battle with cancer. Mr Foxall was the longest ...more »

Business Law
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The US Government has no regard for the People or Freedom of Speech
NUG MagazineNovember 3, 2011

Taxes – taxation without representation – Harborside Health Center just got hit with a $2.4 million tax bill after an IRS audit of their 2007 and 2008 tax returns. The government ruled that the dispensary could not make normal business deductions, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military protects sexual predators (blog)November 18, 2011

The military convicted him on 14 counts. He will serve 90 days in jail and will retire with full benefits. He was not required to register as a sex offender. Speier finds the military culture protects sexual predators. “The vast majority of men and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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computer crime
CNET (blog)November 15, 2011

You're responsible for securing the private information you store on your computer or transmit over the Internet. But what about your personal data that's in the hands of some organization you've trusted with it? From the IRS to your local florist, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lawmakers will try again to curb phony car accident claims
Tampabay.comNovember 17, 2011

But many have tried before and failed and as a result, fraud in personal injury protection (PIP) is worse than ever, and insurance premiums are higher than ever. The latest reform effort began in earnest this week as Senate and House committees tackled ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Huffington PostNovember 3, 2011

This dissonance between the law-in-the-books and the law-in-action is endemic in virtually all liberal societies, and may prove to be an unfortunate precedent for Libya. In redefining its positive constitutional order, will Libya continue to take the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Are fitness to practise panels treating doctors too leniently?
The GuardianNovember 25, 2011

The final decision is theirs alone operating within the relevant legislation, of which they are advised by an independent legal assessor, and the framework set out by the GMC's indicative sanctions guidance. Panels are composed of lay and medical ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Congressman Announces Constituent Meetings
Patch.comNovember 16, 2011

Tim Scott said Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was one of the many legislative items holding back economic recovery for the nation. First District Congressman Tim Scott will hold constituent meetings in his Charleston District ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Empire State Building on Track for IPO
New York TimesNovember 29, 2011

Each of the buildings that will be placed into the real estate company has separate owners with multiple partners, a legacy of the real estate syndication model pioneered Lawrence A. Wein, Peter Malkin's father-in-law, and Harry B. Helmsley. ...more »

People in the news: Nov. 7
Knoxville News SentinelNovember 7, 2011

Jerry Truitt has joined Ensafe as program manager of the Tennessee Department of Transportation environment services contract. He was previously senior compliance specialist and environmental compliance officer for SAIC in Oak Ridge. ...more »

Sports Law
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State Sen. Bennett seeks refunds from sports team owners
Bradenton HeraldNovember 4, 2011

Mike Bennett, R–Bradenton, filed legislation Thursday to require counties and sports franchises in Florida to obey a current law that requires professional sports franchises receiving Florida taxpayers dollars to allow their stadiums and arenas to be ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Sandusky charges bring focus on Pa. sex crime laws
The Associated PressNovember 27, 2011

Gary Asteak, a criminal defense lawyer in Easton, prefers the term rape to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse for clarity's sake. "Let's call it what it is," Asteak said. "IDSI is kind of a long term. ... It's a whole lot easier to say rape. ...more »

: Former Massachusetts Scientist and Businessman Sentenced to Prison for ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkNovember 30, 2011

The case was investigated by IRS-CI and the DOT-OIG. The Defense Contract Audit Agency also assisted with the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Steven H. Breslow for the District of Massachusetts and Trial Attorney ...more »

A small victory for the TransCommunity
Rainbow TimesNovember 28, 2011

During which she outlined the facts in her case and the discrimination she faced while in the custody of law enforcement. According to Ms. Kay, the State Attorney's office stated to her attorney Kevin Alvarez that they concede that her case was ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Dominion Chief Urges More Time to Comply With EPA Air Rule
BloombergNovember 30, 2011

FERC, which regulates the interstate transport of electricity, is examining the effect on the grid's reliability of rules planned by the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency will issue power-plant standards for mercury and air toxics by Dec. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Key to Boost NZ Free-Market Drive After Winning New Term
BusinessWeekNovember 28, 2011

If we can get the economy growing strongly then the accounts will naturally repair themselves.” Key, 50, has secured support from two smaller parties to ensure a majority in parliament. He plans talks today with the ACT and United Future parties, ...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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Family ties prove thorny for Tierney
The Boston GlobeNovember 28, 2011

“Frankly, when you look at some of the family history, it's remarkable the life she's lived,'' Patrice Tierney's lawyer, Donald K. Stern, told a judge at her sentencing earlier this year. “It is remarkable that she has lived the law-abiding - and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Kasich promises talks on new workers' comp plan
Columbus DispatchNovember 17, 2011

Kasich doesn't want the same thing to happen with potential changes to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation. The governor has cooled months-long speculation (fueled in large part by his own rhetoric) that he would seek changes in workers' compensation...more »


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