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The Art of Flight giveaway
ESPNNovember 1, 2011

To do so, send an email to with your address change. 12. System Malfunctions. Additional entries beyond the specified limit from any one person, household or email address will be void. The name of the "authorized account holder" ...more »

Goldman buys real estate portfolio from Lehman
MSN MoneyNovember 1, 2011

The sale was previously approved by the bankruptcy court in August. The portfolio is comprised of 10 buildings representing 3 million square feet of space and 30 percent of all commercial real estate in Rosslyn, Va. Monday Properties, which originally ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Multiple pensions help maximize short-time judges' benefits
Chicago Daily HeraldNovember 2, 2011

Hitt said after California, Illinois pays its judges the most. Associate circuit court judges are paid $171762 a year. Full circuit court judges make $180802, according to officials at the state courts' administrative office. Similarly sized Ohio pays ...more »

Health Care Law
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Report: Universal health care system in Vermont could cost as much as $9.5B a ...
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

No final decision is expected until early 2013 — a date that critics of Vermont's health care legislation note comes after the 2012 elections. With or without the changes, spending on health care is expected roughly to double in the current decade ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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GPS Inventor Tells Supreme Court: GPS Tracking Without A Warrant Should Be Illegal
Fleet GPS News (press release)November 1, 2011

Jones case. Easton wants the Supreme Court to take a closer look at how GPS tracking technology works and act to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans. The Jones case will set the precedent for the legality and limitations of GPS tracking ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's immigration law continues to make an impact
Alabama's13.comNovember 3, 2011

The mood somewhat changed in Alabama following the passing of its immigration law. Workers left the fields, and some students left the classroom. Lari Valtierra, Jefferson County School District's English as a Second Language Supervisor said, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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EDC committee postpones possible action on future of CEO Chavez
Clarksville Leaf ChronicleNovember 3, 2011

The EDC is an umbrella agency that houses and provides support staff for a combination of four public and private entities that have community development missions. The Industrial Development Board and Convention & Visitors Bureau are county agencies ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Public ServiceNovember 1, 2011

•Parental mediation is still important: when parents explicitly restrict SNS use for their children, the children are less likely to have a profile, especially when young. However, as the children grow older, they are less likely to obey their parents; ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Hawaiian Helicopter Tours: Some allowed to operate with no insurance
Examiner.comNovember 11, 2011

Turned out they were unable to pay for insurance premiums on both machines, so they would rotate coverage. That is, “musical helicopters.” Transferring the liability coverage from one machine to the other periodically, trying to keep the uninsured ...more »

Animal Law
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Fur Free WeHo wins – for now
WeHo NewsNovember 10, 2011

West Hollywood's acceptance of PETA's and other animal rights agencies' point of view infuriated the Fur Information Council of America (FICA), ironically located in West Hollywood and run by a long-time WeHo resident, Keith Kaplan. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Pfizer, Occupy Wall Street, Oliver Smith: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekNovember 2, 2011

(This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Pfizer Inc. will try to introduce a nonprescription form of Lipitor, its top-selling drug, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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All About Malignant Mesothelioma and Saville & Flint Join Forces
PR Leap (press release)November 2, 2011

Saville & Flint is a premier law practice with an impressive track record representing victims of asbestos exposure and their families. Saville & Flint is staffed with skilled attorneys who specialize in taking the time to listen to each client's story ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The Amicus Briefs on Affirmative Action
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)November 2, 2011

Texas, the latest legal challenge to affirmative action that may wind up on the US Supreme Court's docket. Opponents of affirmative action have filed briefs urging the High Court to take the case, while supporters have just been invited by the Court to ...more »

More downside risk seen for hard-hit EU carbon market
ReutersNovember 4, 2011

LONDON (Reuters) - Prices of European Union carbon permits have shed a third of their value since the start of the year and could fall further as the euro zone crisis, a glut of carbon permits and an aviation spat depress market ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Navy vet told: Take US flag down or face eviction
KVALNovember 2, 2011

"Landlord tenant law is very specific. If you're going to live in a situation where there's lots of other tenants, you need to follow the rules that are set up," McDonald said. According to the notice of termination of his lease, Zivica has until ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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San Diego Bankruptcy Lawyers Offering Free Initial Consultation to Growing ...
PR Web (press release)November 1, 2011

The San Diego bankruptcy lawyers at the law firm of the Golden State Law Group hereby announce that the firm is offering a free initial consultation to the growing number of seniors who may need bankruptcy protection based on statistics provided by the ...more »

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On the Move
Jackson Clarion LedgerNovember 6, 2011

•Ed Simmons recently joined the firm as a manager in fraud, forensic and litigation services. He specializes in litigation support, expert witness services, forensic accounting, fraud investigation and business valuation services. ...more »

Business Law
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For the Second Straight Year, Sidley Receives the Most First-Tier National ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

NEW YORK & CHICAGO, Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Repeating its performance in the inaugural USNews -- Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" survey, Sidley Austin LLP has once again received more first-tier national rankings than any other US law firm, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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St. Cloud man pleads guilty to stealing veterans' benefits
St. Cloud TimesNovember 4, 2011

Mitchell George Pederson, 52, admitted to improperly receiving benefits paid to the surviving spouse of a veteran who died in military action. He pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds. He was indicted Aug. 17. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Syria Crackdown Aided by US-Europe Spy Gear
BloombergNovember 4, 2011

“Any company selling monitoring surveillance technology to the Assad regime is complicit in human rights crimes,” he says. Privately held Area, which got its start in 1996 furnishing phone taps to Italian law enforcement, has code-named the system ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Attorney Andrew J. Smiley: a 2011 "New York Super Lawyer"
U.S. Politics TodayNovember 1, 2011

The New York City personal injury law firm of Smiley & Smiley, LLP is a Midtown Manhattan family owned and operated firm which has provided personal injury legal representation to thousands of individuals and families since 1968. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Election could jeopardize Iowa marriage law
Washington BladeNovember 2, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal (D) has vowed that a state constitutional amendment overturning marriage equality — instituted in 2009 in Iowa by order of the state Supreme Court — won't come up as long as he remains leader of the chamber. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Cepac Lawyer Marketing Presents Internet Business Plan at FJA Masters of Justice
NewYorkInjuryNews (press release)November 2, 2011

The three seminars will cover the topics of medical malpractice, insurance bad faith claims and jury selection techniques. The meeting is also an opportune time to network with the top attorneys and legal experts from across Florida and legal service ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bar Harbor Bankshares Releases 3Q 2011 Earnings [Health & Beauty Close - Up]
Insurance News Net (press release)November 1, 2011

While these results are most gratifying, the future prospects for the financial sector and our Company continue to be overshadowed by the final outcome of regulatory reform legislation known as the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more »

Real Estate Law
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Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP Attorney Alan J. Reyner Selected as ...
PR Web (press release)November 2, 2011

Alan J. Reyner has been selected by Greater Columbia Business Monthly as a Midlands Legal Elite in the tax law category. Mr. Reyner's selection was published in the magazine's October 2011 issue. A reception was held at Saluda River Club's Chickawa ...more »

Construction, er make that CONTRACT, Administration services: a primer (law note)
JD Supra (press release)November 3, 2011

One of the Architect's responsibilities on a construction project is that of contract administration (“CA”). While not every contract contemplates the architect performing a CA role, most commercial construction projects do. What, exactly, should be ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment...
KXNet.comNovember 2, 2011

Police chief Keith Ternes said at a Tuesday news conference that he is working with law enforcement in Cass and Clay counties to take a proactive approach to the recent robberies. The Fargo Forum reports that Ternes called the recent string of four ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Connecticut DUI Defense Lawyer Jay Ruane publishes Reckless Driving E-Book
PR Web (press release)November 1, 2011

"With over 250 people going to jail for reckless driving last year alone, you cannot cut corners when defending these cases," says Ruane. Ruane is a member of Ruane Attorneys, Connecticut's largest criminal defense firm with 6 attorneys handling DUI, ...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 »

JOB TALK: Demands of yesteryear creates culture of today
GoDanRiver.comNovember 6, 2011

There are payroll, tax and retirement laws varying from state to state concerning garnishments, child support payments of wages or bonus money and tax liens. There are laws that tell the employer how to pay vacation pay if you resign. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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MF Global Exposes Prop-Trading Risk That Volcker Aims to Curb
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

It was the most profitable securities firm in Wall Street history before converting to a bank holding company in 2008, when smaller rival Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. “Jon Corzine made his bones at Goldman Sachs by going big,” said Cohan, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Rep. Bill Flores wants to repeal Bush law to encourage autos that run on new ...
Houston Chronicle (blog)November 2, 2011

Ever since the public controversy over a $535 million loan guarantee to now-bankrupt California solar-panel maker Solyndra, Republicans have heightened scrutiny of the Obama administration's efforts to develop alternative energy. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Beat
Corsicana Daily SunNovember 4, 2011

Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, tax issues, bankruptcy, and foreclosures. The clinic is open to any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran free of ...more »

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

As a result, they have little time to take care of their own families. A recent law improves working conditions for domestic workers, but many say the new law is difficult to enforce and will increase employment costs. by Stella Ndugire-Mbugua Reporter ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Check-cashing scheme hurts workers' comp rates, group says
The News-PressNovember 2, 2011

Bogus policies, little centralized oversight and an increasingly elaborate network of fraud is permeating the workers' compensation insurance market and sapping millions in state revenue, a House panel heard Tuesday. But a workgroup said meaningful ...more »


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