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Moody's Cuts Argentine Oil Companies on Capital Control Law
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

The foreign currency rating of Pan American Energy LLC's Argentine unit was reduced one step to Ba3, three levels below investment grade, according to a statement. Moody's also cut Petrobras Argentina SA, a unit of Brazil's state-controlled oil company ...more »

A blanket policy on drug patents isn't necessary
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

But it failed to point out that such a move would be unprecedented in both patent law and antitrust law. Moreover, by casting a pall on an important tool for protecting intellectual property, it would chill all settlements and stymie innovation in the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Walters: Calif. courthouse expansion is a boondoggle
ScrippsNewsNovember 1, 2011

One of the minor gimmicks is a suspension of the multibillion-dollar courthouse construction program being managed, or mismanaged, by the Administrative Office of the Courts, headed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. The suspension gives Brown and ...more »

Health Care Law
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Cuomo to sign bill to expand health coverage for autism
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleNovember 1, 2011

Cuomo plans to sign the bill in a ceremony at the state Capitol. Former Gov. David Paterson vetoed similar legislation last year that would have required expanded health care coverage, saying it could cost the state and municipalities $70 million a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Chop Government Money Meeting - CHOGM [analysis]
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkNovember 2, 2011

Can you imagine that they went to CHOGM - Chop Government Money Meeting- to act as time keepers? If not that their teacher, Rooben Harbaty was also there, we would not have known that President Jones may not have been physically present; but he was not ...more »

Immigration Law
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The Man Behind Arizona's Immigration Law Could Lose His Job Today
GawkerNovember 8, 2011

Russell Pearce, the Arizona state senator who drafted the state's infamous "papers, please" immigration law last year and was rewarded with the title of Senate president, may, impossibly enough, lose his job today, in the first recall election of a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Strategic relationship with Japan to be consolidated
Viet Nam NewsNovember 1, 2011

PM Dung also hoped that the Japanese government would study the feasibility of two major mechanical engineering and electrical industrial zones in Hai Phong and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and suggested that the Japanese government should encourage Japanese ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SunGard Links to Billtrust's CompleteBilling Service to Help Deliver Holistic ...
Bobsguide (press release)November 1, 2011

... collections and dispute resolution to electronic invoice presentment and payment (EIPP), including auto-cash processing. Corporations are commonly challenged by the high costs, inefficiencies and inaccuracies associated with the billing process. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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PERSONNEL FILE: Jackson Kelly only firm in US to receive mining law recognition
West Virginia RecordNovember 3, 2011

... Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Project Finance Law, Public Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Tax Law, Water Law and Workers' Compensation Law - Employers. ...more »

Animal Law
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Humane Society files complaint against Smithfield
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

Federal securities law prohibits companies from making false or misleading statements. The complaint says the video series detailing Smithfield's pork-producing process at its Murphy-Brown subsidiary in North Carolina suggests humane treatment of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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LG signs deal with patent giant
BBC NewsNovember 8, 2011

LG will be able to access IV's patents to threaten counter-attacks against any firm planning an intellectual property lawsuit. Industry watchers say other businesses are likely to strike similar deals over the coming years. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Most Highly Regarded Firms: Commercial Litigation 2011
Who's Who LegalNovember 2, 2011

Alongside her, Martin Bernet is well known as former chair of the international litigation committee of the International Bar Association's section on business law, and scores very highly in this year's research. Markus Meier of Hengeler Mueller is the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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4% of govt purchases will have to be from dalit, tribal-run firms
Times of IndiaNovember 1, 2011

The 'purchase quota' follows affirmative action in the US where 30% of federal contracts give preference to minorities which include African-Americans and Latinos. The idea has held a serious pull with dalit activists who see it as an antidote to ...more »

BCC's Aviation Report receives strong support from BAR UK
CharterXNovember 1, 2011

In full support of today's aviation report issued by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) urges the Secretary of State for Transport to utilize the findings of the BCC report in formulating its ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Bill to make landlords, tenants legally unequal
UW Badger HeraldNovember 8, 2011

Everyone is not treated equally in the justice system, unfortunately, and everyone does not have the same bargaining rights in contractual relationships, like that of a landlord to a tenant. We students, and most renters, do not stand on equal ground ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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'Castle,' Season 4, Episode 7, 'Cops and Robbers': TV Recap
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 1, 2011

Those are the code names for the dressed-like-doctor bad guys on tonight's “Castle.” Castle and his mother are at a bank together because she's trying to get a loan to fix-up her acting school. She has bad credit history so it is a challenge, ...more »

Litigation
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Increase cost on frivolous litigation to Rs 1 lakh: Supreme Court
Times of IndiaNovember 1, 2011

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has suggested a 3000% hike in the cost imposed on a person indulging in frivolous and vexatious litigation, saying unless it is raised from the current Rs 3000 to Rs 1 lakh, the system will fail to control false cases being ...more »

Business Law
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Security Concerns Limit Law Firms' Use of Cloud Computing, The American ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Respondents were all among the 200 largest US law firms. Full survey results are available from ALM Legal Intelligence at www.almlegalintelligence.com . ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Group protests for military benefits
Niles Daily StarNovember 11, 2011

The Occupy Southwest Michigan group gathered at the Four Flags Memorial in Niles Friday to rally against proposals by federal legislators in the Super-Committee to privatize military retirement. Event organizer and military veteran Matthew Rosenhagen, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Hartford Man Faces 15 Years After Child Porn Plea
Hartford CourantNovember 8, 2011

Hartford police tracked him to the library in 2009 after learning he had failed to register his address with the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry. An examination of the laptop computer Van Wyk had at the library showed that it contained more than 500 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Top Litigators Team Up to Achieve Largest Personal Injury Verdict in History ...
ReadMedia (press release)November 2, 2011

by O'Connell and Aronowitz Law Firm A New York State Supreme Court jury in Franklin County, New York awarded an unprecedented $2.9 million dollar verdict to a Fort Covington couple for injuries that Kathryn Brethour sustained when an X-ray keypad fell ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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APNewsBreak: NH rep drops gay marriage amendment
Boston.comNovember 1, 2011

David Bates, the Windham Republican who also is sponsor of the repeal bill, told The Associated Press on Tuesday he wants to let the Legislature consider repealing the law enacted under Democrats two years ago before debating a constitutional change...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawsuit targets clinic, doctor
Ottawa CitizenNovember 4, 2011

The city's top lawyer, Rick O'Connor, told councillors in a memo last Friday that legal staff reviewed the possibility of taking legal action "such as professional negligence and/or malpractice type claims," but determined that would not be supportable ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Nexidia Ensures Collections Agencies Comply with New Consumer Protection ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)November 9, 2011

... upcoming webinar demonstrating how debt collectors can analyze all of their recorded phone interactions in order to meet the rigorous requirements of the new Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Nexidia ESI Collections Edition ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Attorney accused of mortgage loan fraud
Eagle TribuneNovember 3, 2011

By Mark E. Vogler mvogler@eagletribune.com NORTH ANDOVER — A Woburn real estate attorney, who serves on the town's Zoning Board of Appeals, faces allegations of misappropriating mortgage loan funds from real estate closings. ...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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Olympian Hogshead-Makar to Keynote 2011 NFCA Convention
NFCA Home PlateNovember 8, 2011

Hogshead-Makar is a tenured Professor of Law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, where she currently teaches sports law courses. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is an honors graduate of Duke University. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Budelmann, Strods clash in DA contest
Auburn CitizenNovember 6, 2011

After working for a private law firm, Strods said he decided to open his own practice in Auburn. As a private attorney, Strods said he handles criminal cases, civil and marital litigation and family court hearings. Strods said he supported Budelmann ...more »

Tax Rules Allow an Array of Givers to Be More Generous
New York TimesNovember 1, 2011

IF you, like most charitably inclined people, wish you could afford to give more, the good news is that you probably can, simply by taking advantage of the tax code's provisions that effectively make Uncle Sam your partner in giving. ...more »

Assessing age discrimination: the golden oldies need not be a costly affair
International Law OfficeNovember 2, 2011

Furthermore, the arbitrator noted that on application of the Act on Prohibition Against Discrimination in Respect of Employment, it is important first to look at the total number of employees being dismissed, and not only at how the dismissals are ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Long Island Foreclosure & Bankruptcy Lawyers at the Law Offices of Kyle Norton ...
Insurance News Net (press release)November 11, 2011

Our Seminars cover, in detail, bankruptcies (chapter 7, 11 & 13), debt consolidation, asset protection, foreclosure defense (modifications, forbearance, partial claim) and exit strategies (short sales, deed-in-lieu, pre-foreclosure sales). ...more »

Environmental Law
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Graham Corporation Awarded $4.3 Million in Contracts; Appoints Robert A. Platt ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 3, 2011

Petrochemical markets are expanding in Asia and, in the US, there is renewed activity in the refining markets along with continued advancement of alternative energy projects. Moreover, we have identified significant opportunities at existing nuclear ...more »

Workers Compensation
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GOP-led Michigan House OKs workers' comp changes
Chicago TribuneNovember 2, 2011

Republicans say the measure updates Michigan's workers' compensation laws and could help crack down on fraud while encouraging injured workers to seek some type of employment when they're able. Democrats say it could become harder for employees to file ...more »

Family Law
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Case That Reunited Mother, Daughter Spanned 3 States, 2 Continents
The American LawyerNovember 1, 2011

When the sister-in-law refused, the woman was left with few options in the Ivory Coast, which, according to Leidholdt, has a legal system favoring fathers. "The Ivory Coast has a completely broken justice system," said Leidholdt. "Family law is very ...more »

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