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New law would revamp Illinois School Report Cards
Chicago TribuneNovember 1, 2011

Organizers held more than 60 focus groups statewide, said Robin Steans, executive director of the nonpartisan education policy group Advance Illinois and the co-chair of the committee that oversaw the redesign project. "If we do our job right," Steans ...more »

Roosters costing taxpayers a fortune
KRQENovember 1, 2011

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) - Some roosters are evidence in a misdemeanor cockfighting case, but keeping them alive so they can be presented in court is costing taxpayers a small fortune. The total is more than $100000 so far. On Monday, a Santa Fe judge ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge defers to education commissioner on Wayne Hills suspensions
NorthJersey.comNovember 30, 2011

A state administrative law judge will hear arguments Thursday for a petition by attorneys seeking to lift suspensions for nine Wayne Hills High School football players charged with aggravated assault. Ronald Ricci, left, one of the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Reform law a mixed bag for docs, AMA president says
ModernHealthcare.comNovember 29, 2011

As well as providing mechanisms to work toward increasing healthcare access, improving quality, investing in prevention and decreasing costs, Carmel said that the health system reform law has removed coverage restrictions on pre-existing conditions, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Officer 'stripped and spanked' female sailor
Sydney Morning HeraldNovember 29, 2011

Jones, who has since been moved to the HMAS Kuttabul base in Sydney where he remains on duty, yesterday pleaded not guilty to nine charges of an act of indecency without consent. Jones stated ''not guilty'' as the Judge Advocate, Lieutenant-Colonel ...more »

Immigration Law
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Sailing Round Immigration Laws
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 29, 2011

In the 1960s off the coast of Britain pirate radio ships provided a commercial alternative to the BBC's legal monopoly. They were eventually forced off the air by a law which made it illegal to supply or advertise with the stations. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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TVS Motor to expand its business in Eastern India
SteelGuruNovember 21, 2011

The Commerce and Industry Minister, government of West Bengal, Mr Partha Chaterjee handed over to TVS Motor Company and Mahabharat Motors Manufacturing Company, the in principle permission granted by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Seven Taylor English Attorneys are Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for ...
Citybizlist (press release)November 21, 2011

Mr. Hopkins was selected in the area of Corporate Law and is a member of the firm's Business Transactions, Corporate and Taxation practice group. John's practice has focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and insurance regulatory and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Latham & Watkins Announces New Partners, Counsel
Main JusticeNovember 7, 2011

She received a JD from New York University School of Law in 2001. William Reckler is a litigator whose practice focuses on white collar defense and investigations, and securities litigation. He has notable expertise in conducting internal ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Activists File Lawsuit To Free Lolita
NBC MiamiNovember 18, 2011

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and another group have filed a lawsuit to try to free South Florida's most famous whale. PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed the lawsuit Thursday against the National Marine Fisheries ...more »

Intellectual Property
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European antitrust regulators: Global patent battle could be 'used as tool for ...
ZDNet (blog)November 22, 2011

European regulators investigating both Apple and Samsung over their ongoing patent dispute are worried that intellectual property rights could be used as weaponry by companies, in order to subdue their ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Texas Redistricting, Kohn, Google, Wal-Mart in Court News
BusinessWeekNovember 28, 2011

(Adds Texas Redistricting Map in top section and South Korean law offices in Litigation Departments.) Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry asked the US Supreme Court to block the use of state legislative election districts ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Positive discrimination – a good way for the elite to keep out the poor
Telegraph.co.uk (blog)November 14, 2011

Affirmative action in the States has been an unmitigated disaster wherever it has been applied, lowering the standard of whichever institution has introduced it, and harming high-achieving minority students. As I've written before, if you wouldn't fly ...more »

Russian lawyer attacks top aviation authority
CBS NewsNovember 30, 2011

(AP) MOSCOW — A prominent Russian lawyer said Wednesday he will challenge the powers of a regional aviation watchdog following a crash that killed an entire Russian professional ice hockey team and other recent air disasters that have raised concerns ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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West Fargo landlord accused of running over tenant with Hummer drops federal ...
In-ForumNovember 25, 2011

FARGO – A West Fargo landlord convicted last month of running over an ex-tenant with his Hummer has dropped a federal lawsuit against police and prosecutors, but he said he may file another one. FARGO – A West Fargo landlord convicted last month of ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Who's on the Line? Increasingly, Caller ID Is Duped
New York TimesNovember 23, 2011

And think the IRS is on the line? Think again. Caller ID, in other words, is becoming fake ID. “You don't know who is on the other end of the line, no matter what your caller ID might say,” said Sandy Chalmers, a division manager at the Department of ...more »

Litigation
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Goodwin Procter Selected for 19 Top Tier National Practice Rankings in US News ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Goodwin was ranked in 71 metropolitan practice categories overall in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, DC The firm was honored for excellence in Corporate Governance, FDA Law, Public Finance, ...more »

Business Law
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Ep. 99: The RIAA defends SOPA in the fight over content rights
CNETNovember 4, 2011

Criminal activity and that the standard is the same as the standard in the US if you're not a -- right now and US to invest -- our domestic law. Then you -- certainly shouldn't be afraid. Because it's going to be applied offshore. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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A troubling trend in military service
TheDay.comNovember 26, 2011

Yet these are the same representatives who can declare war, and whose budget authority determines military pay and benefits. Speaking of politics, the Pew survey also found, not surprisingly, that those in the public connected through a family member ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Parents warned of Internet dangers
Springfield News-LeaderNovember 30, 2011

Tom Durkin, public education director for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, urged parents gathered Tuesday to do more to keep kids safe online if they know little about computers or smartphones. "Technology is complicated; Internet safety is not ...more »

Personal Injury
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CIVIL FILINGS: Lincoln County
West Virginia RecordNovember 27, 2011

* Personal injury suit contends School Board did not follow its own bylaws and policies leading up to a motor vehicle accident May 2006 on WV Route 3 near Danville, Boone County, where driver David E. Owens, Sr., was fatally injured and passenger ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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George Will: While Teaching Constitutional Law GOP Congress-Blaming Obama ...
NewsBusters (blog)November 6, 2011

As NewsBusters observed last month, the media, possibly with marching papers from the White House, have regularly been blaming all that ails the nation on "The Republican Congress" despite the fact Democrats ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Conrad Murray Sentenced to Four Years in Death of Michael Jackson
International Business TimesNovember 29, 2011

He also made it clear that the case was one of criminal negligence and criminal homicide, not simply medical malpractice. He noted the recklessness and knowledge of risk that distinguished criminal negligence in this case. "His or her act [in criminal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Verizon, AT&T Under Pressure Over Conflict Minerals
GreenBiz.com (blog)November 18, 2011

Even before the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act mandated that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) require companies to disclose whether they use conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Greg Erwin Named Best Lawyers' 2012 Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate
Citybizlist (press release)November 8, 2011

Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." Erwin is co-chair of Winstead's well-known real estate development & investments practice group. Board certified in commercial real estate law and ...more »

Back From the Dead in Ohio
FireEngineering.comNovember 5, 2011

The Republican-passed "reform" law empowers management, if both sides reached an impasse, to impose its last offer on a three-year contract. This provision inspired Republican state Sen. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati, an opponent of the law, to compare it ...more »

Sports Law
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Today on Sky Sports.com
SkySportsNovember 6, 2011

Sky Sports has announced it's new Scholarships scheme which supports Britain and Ireland's most exciting athletes. 56 Casley feeds the ball to Law in the box. He is unmarked and only has Forster to beat from 12 yards but the keeper is quickly off his ...more »

Criminal Defense
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County attorney denies accusations of misconduct in homicide trial
The MissoulianNovember 23, 2011

The prosecution provided the defense with a copy of a 47-minute DVD that demonstrates Van Valkenburg told Strebig the state would have to provide a copy of his statement to defense attorneys, he wrote. "If the state were trying to deliberately suppress ...more »

Rules of the Game: Campaign Finance Rules Too Lax, Some Say
Roll Call (subscription)November 5, 2011

In Arizona, Secretary of State Ken Bennett has asked the state attorney general to investigate several tax-exempt groups that he argues are violating the state's disclosure rules. Bennett has also launched an audit of a trio of randomly selected ...more »

CHINA - Study finds PS discrimination rife
PS NewsNovember 29, 2011

... China University of Political Science and Law, the survey showed that while they never publicly acknowledge any form of discrimination, PS employers in China didn't hesitate to hide their preferences on age, gender, education and state of health. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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ND needs to take care of fly ash business
Bismarck TribuneNovember 29, 2011

The waste from one industry becomes an asset to another. By using common sense and being responsible, the recycling of fly ash can be productive and safe. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering branding fly ash as "hazardous" in the context ...more »

Environmental Law
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Giant new utility poles spark controversy in Chino Hills
Los Angeles TimesNovember 28, 2011

The flaring controversy has forced state energy regulators to backtrack on the utility project. The Southern California Edison transmission line, which is under construction, will deliver renewable energy to the region from wind farms in the Tehachapi ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Relatives of late heiress Huguette Clark file will that left them everything ...
New York Daily NewsNovember 29, 2011

The dueling documents — the stuff of mystery novels — will be the centerpiece of a probate battle between the late recluse's family and her lawyer and accountant. A motion filed in Manhattan Surrogates Court by the descendants accuses the attorney ...more »

Family Law
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AP Newsbreak: Medicare's drug coverage gap shrinks
The Associated PressNovember 27, 2011

But thanks to discounts and other provisions in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, that cost fell to $901, according to Medicare's Office of the Actuary, which handles economic estimates. A 50 percent discount that the law secured from ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Compensation board told to improve privacy record
TheChronicleHerald.caNovember 19, 2011

Just like its ideal that "one Nova Scotian injured on the job is too many," the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia must change its culture and adopt a policy that one breach of privacy is too many, says a review of the board's privacy practices ...more »

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