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Failed Solar Company's Auction Draws Bargain Hunters
New York TimesNovember 1, 2011

To some people, the bankruptcy of the solar-module maker Solyndra shows the folly of government trying to pick winners in technology markets. To others, the furor over its $535 million federal loan guarantee represents an attack on the solar industry ...more »

Dispute delays revenue-sharing payouts
USA TodayNovember 1, 2011

The money involved is substantial because the league collected roughly $200 million (12.4% of each contract's face value) from players, and probably three-quarters of that money will be returned to players. Ten teams qualify for revenue sharing, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Bear hunt in appeals court judges' hands
New Jersey HeraldNovember 30, 2011

Lin also accused the DEP of violating the Administrative Procedure Act, the law that governs how administrative agencies formulate regulations, by disregarding many concerns brought by the public. About 9000 public comments were submitted to the DEP ...more »

Health Care Law
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Louisiana won't get waiver on health care law requirement
BayoubuzzNovember 29, 2011

File photo State Insurance CommissionerJim Donelon had requested that the threshold be reduced to 70 percent in 2011 and 75 percent in 2012. The provision was designed to lower health care costs by requiring insurance companies to spend less on ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Come for "Breakfast," stay for the bad girls at Naples Players play reading
Naples Daily NewsNovember 25, 2011

The one-act show will be directed by Randy Jones and feature a cast of Carole Fenstermacher (Dorothy Parker), Cera Gomez (starlet Ashleigh Ames), Peggy Dunnagan (fellow ghost Edna Ferber) and Brad Goetz as a hotel worker with a crush on the starlet. ...more »

Immigration Law
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House votes to end country limits for skilled workers seeking green cards
Washington PostNovember 30, 2011

The Obama administration in its first two years failed in several major efforts to change immigration law, and this year the issue has largely been off the table, with Republicans making clear that anything suggesting amnesty for those in the country ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Talent dearth stifles China's auto industry
People's Daily OnlineNovember 2, 2011

... the following four kinds of talent will be required: advanced inter-disciplinary enterprise management with a background in the automotive industry as well as knowledge of international trade, law and marketing; senior research and development...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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US HOT STOCKS: Gilead Sciences, Pharmasset, Chevron, Regeneron
Wall Street JournalNovember 21, 2011

Freeport agreed to pay higher rates even though its massive Grasberg mine in Indonesia remains hamstrung by a labor dispute. "This increase was a marginal upside surprise," says Barclays, adding that the deal is supported by expectations of a ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance Claim
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineNovember 14, 2011

According to public interest litigation by Gaurang Damani, TPAs were given financial incentives for reducing claims ratio which hurt ordinary consumers. The three ways to reduce claims ratio are: increase premium, reduce hospital charges and reject ...more »

Animal Law
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Advocates say 'pioneering' NJ tiger registry bill may protect animals from ...
Washington PostNovember 30, 2011

She said the law would help give enforcement officials a needed tool to help capture criminals who deal in wild animal products by being able to identify the dead animal's origin. “Having the DNA evidence would give enforcement officials the tools to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Affymax settles peginesatide patent litigation with Janssen Biotech
pharmabiz.comNovember 11, 2011

... agreement with Janssen Biotech, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and certain of its affiliated companies to end the arbitration and litigation related to certain intellectual property emerging from a 1992-1995 research collaboration. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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MF Global, Lehman, AMR, Solyndra, LA Dodgers: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekNovember 30, 2011

The Act prevents a federal court with diversity jurisdiction from making any order affecting rates charged by a state rate-making body. Bennett likewise ruled that the Act doesn't apply in a bankruptcy context. Bennett gave the contending parties an ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What Should Obama Do on Affirmative Action?
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)November 21, 2011

President Obama, facing high unemployment and a sluggish economy, may soon encounter a new obstacle in his quest for re-election: the re-emergence of affirmative action in higher education as a political issue. ...more »

Australian air safety bureau probes iPhone
The Borneo PostNovember 30, 2011

SYDNEY: Australia's aviation safety watchdog said yesterday it was investigating after an Apple iPhone apparently began glowing red and emitting smoke after a flight to Sydney last week. Australian carrier Regional Express (Rex) said a passenger's ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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ACT renters shame file
The Canberra TimesNovember 12, 2011

As the ACT Government prepares regulations to allow Canberra tenants to be added to blacklists for the first time, some of the country's largest private rental database operators have revealed the scale of the problem that landlords are facing. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Macey Bankruptcy Law's Own Marla Tate Named Paralegal of the Quarter
DigitalJournal.com (press release)November 23, 2011

“Marla serves as the only non-attorney staff member in a high-volume office, yet manages to provide excellent service to every client that walks through our doors,” said the team of bankruptcy lawyers at Macey Bankruptcy Law in Indianapolis. ...more »

Litigation
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Thomas P. Ogden Joins Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP
Sacramento BeeNovember 4, 2011

At Wollmuth Maher, he will continue his career in litigating major securities, bankruptcy, and other complex commercial matters. David Wollmuth, a co-founder of Wollmuth Maher, stated: "Tom and I have known each other for over 25 years and, ...more »

Business Law
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KOWB Official Contest Rules
KOWBNovember 3, 2011

Eligibility: KOWB Giveaways (the “Giveaways”) are open only to individuals who are legal residents of the 48 contiguous states who are 18 years of age or older. Employees of Townsquare Media LLC, their advertising or promotion agencies, those involved ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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ThanksUSA launches online game to help military families
Examiner.comNovember 26, 2011

The online trivia game is an interactive puzzle about American and military history, culture and values. The “Treasure Hunt” attracts attention and collects donations for ThanksUSA's annual scholarship fund which benefits children and spouses of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cybercrime as widespread as accounting fraud: PwC report
StartupSmartNovember 30, 2011

Almost a quarter of companies around the world were the victim of computer or internet-related crime in 2011, a new report reveals, with cybercrime almost as widespread as accounting fraud. According to a global report by ...more »

Personal Injury
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Several injured in
The Morning SunNovember 22, 2011

Police were looking for an erratic driver of a minivan on West Sidney Road Sunday afternoon when they were dispatched to a personal injury accident involving that vehicle. "Investigation revealed the minivan had crossed the center line and struck a red ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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PETA draws on slavery law to free whales
ABC OnlineNovember 6, 2011

"It's the first case in the history of the US that seeks to extend constitutional rights to living, breathing, feeling beings who happen not have been born human," PETA's legal counsel Jeff Kerr said. Mr Kerr will be taking the case before a judge in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Doctor database restored with severe restrictions
STLtoday.comNovember 9, 2011

The investigation inspired a new law that gives the state healing arts board more power and gives patients more information about their doctors. The Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Senator Scott Brown endorses Richard Cordray for consumer watchdog bureau
The Boston GlobeNovember 14, 2011

Brown, who bucked his party in supporting the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that created the consumer bureau in 2010, did not sign the letter and said today that he would support the nomination. “The senator supports the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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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 »

Construction underwriting tightens as insurers eye project losses
Business InsuranceNovember 13, 2011

But private companies may have liability that extends beyond the project construction, since they often agree to operate or maintain projects for a period of time after their completion, Ms. Schwartzkopf said. “Unique to every contract, ...more »

Sports Law
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Interview — Sports labor analyst Michael McCann discusses NBA's hardline ...
Salt Lake Tribune (blog)November 6, 2011

Excerpts from an interview Sunday with Michael McCann, director of the Vermont Sports Law Institute and legal analyst for NBA TV and SI.com. McCann on his reaction to the NBA's ultimatum: We're going to see pressure during the next few days. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Michelle Parker suspect Dale Smith has ties to Casey Anthony case
Examiner.comNovember 30, 2011

Dale Smith, the ex-fiance of missing woman Michelle Parker, has hired a criminal defense attorney who was once retained by Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony. Attorney Mark NeJame began representing Smith after police announced at a news ...more »

Ballard Spahr Partner Kimberly C. Betterton Elected to the Board of Directors ...
Citybizlist (press release)November 7, 2011

... reissuance, Schedule K and IRS audit and review activities. She was chair of the American Bar Association, Committee on Tax Exempt Financing, Subcommittee on Arbitrage from 2009-2010 and was chair of NABL's Bond Attorneys' Workshop in 2010. ...more »

ALMOND v. UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #501
Leagle.comNovember 30, 2011

The Age Discrimination Employment Act ("ADEA") provides that "no civil action may be commenced" in federal court unless the would be plaintiff first files a grievance with the appropriate administrative agency — and does so "within 300 days after the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Well-known Attorney, Richard B. Comiter spoke recently for the Professional ...
TCPalmNovember 15, 2011

Mr. Comiter's practice is focused on federal income and estate tax planning, partnership and limited company state law, structuring of business transactions for passthrough entities, succession and wealth transfer planning, probate and asset protection...more »

Environmental Law
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With help from Jen Martinez, Michelle Quinn and Kim Hart
PoliticoNovember 29, 2011

John Otto; Tod Cohen, eBay's vice president and deputy general counsel of global government relations, intellectual property, regulatory and asset protection; Indiana state Sen. Luke Kenley on behalf of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board; ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Katy VFW to offer free legal clinic for veterans
Ultimate KatyNovember 23, 2011

The new Veterans Legal Initiative will provide legal advice or legal assistance to any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran. They can receive advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, ...more »

Family Law
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Despite New Law, Domestic Workers Struggle to Care for Their Families in Kenya
TrustLawNovember 1, 2011

She gets two days off a week, is paid very well and often gets gifts to take to her family. The Africans keep changing house girls every few months. I have met so many new ones in my three years of working here." Jane Muchiri, 34, a banker from Nakuru, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Compensation board staff suffer after hostage episode
CTV.caNovember 17, 2011

EDMONTON — Some of the nine people held hostage two years ago by a gunman at a Workers' Compensation Board office building say they have been anxious, depressed and fearful ever since. "I'm still nervous to go to work," wellness assistant Kyla ...more »

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