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WCBI Investigation results in arrest of McDonald's employee for theft
WGMD RadioNovember 1, 2011

A month-long investigation into an internal theft at the McDonald's on Racetrack Road in Berlin has resulted in the arrest of an employee. The Worcester County Bureau of Investigations began investigating the theft in late December. ...more »

European venture deals hit 11-year low
Financial NewsNovember 1, 2011

European venture capital investment has fallen to its lowest quarterly level since the dot-com crash, according to Dow Jones VentureSource, despite hopes that the region's venture industry is set for a growth spurt. The number of venture deals in the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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State retirees face increases in health premiums
DesMoinesRegister.comNovember 1, 2011

If they were going to do this, they could have phased it in over time,” said Renegar, 66, who is a retired administrative law judge. He went to a meeting where a state administrator explained that the retirees had been taken out of a pool that included ...more »

Health Care Law
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Federal health plan will reduce strain on providers
NewsOK.comNovember 2, 2011

BY DAVID BLATT Leave a comment Under the new national health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one major strategy for providing health insurance coverage to the 50 million Americans who are currently uninsured is an expansion of Medicaid, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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A Letter from Assemblyman Mike Feuer
Patch.comNovember 2, 2011

This law brings a new level of transparency and accountability to California's public pension funds, while helping ensure that taxpayer dollars do not go toward investing in companies that do business with Iranian energy interests. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Father Jon Pedigo and Richard Konda: Community trust in police is crucial to ...
San Jose Mercury NewsNovember 6, 2011

The way to fight crime is not Immigration and Customs Enforcement collaboration but, rather, investment in local programs to prevent crime. Our tax dollars should be spent on county services and improving the criminal justice system. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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District 14: Douglas Armstrong
Baltimore SunNovember 2, 2011

It will also instill more confidence among our residents, who tell countless personal stories of insensitivity, neglect and incompetence by law enforcement. In my 32 years in Baltimore, residents have always told me they distrust the Police. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Qantas Grounding Forces Action On Labor Dispute
Aviation WeekNovember 1, 2011

An act of high-stakes brinksmanship by Qantas has set the stage for the near-term resolution of a protracted labor conflict that has been clouding the airline's future. Following two days of emergency meetings, Fair Work Australia ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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BDO Appoints Schweers Head of Insurance Claim Services Practice
ClaimsJournal.comNovember 8, 2011

BDO Consulting, a professional service organization providing litigation, investigation, insurance claims, business restructuring and risk advisory services, named Clark Schweers as managing director and head of its insurance claim services practice, ...more »

Animal Law
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Louisiana judge pulls permit for truck stop tiger
Seattle Post IntelligencerNovember 3, 2011

The Animal Legal Defense Fund contends it's dangerous holding a big tiger at a business. It recalled last month's episode when an owner of exotic wildlife in Ohio released wild animals before taking his life. "Louisiana has a law designed to protect ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Martins: Intellectual property protection condition for EU
EMportalNovember 11, 2011

Protection of intellectual property rights is one of the preconditions for Serbia's accession to the EU and World Trade organization (WTO), and a basis for economic development and attracting foreign investments, it was stated at the 9th annual ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Hiring of lawyers is rising slowly, survey shows | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 1, 2011

The demand is for lawyers with several years of experience in litigation, commercial transactions and health care, reflecting a modest uptick in work in those practice areas, the survey said. "Signs of a tightening talent market are becoming more ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ivy League legacies due for court scrutiny?
CBS NewsNovember 15, 2011

The issue of alumni favoritism is bound to resurface in the coming months if the US Supreme Court goes ahead, as expected, and reviews the constitutionality of affirmative action at colleges and universities. I wrote about this likelihood here: Is the ...more »

Development Authority works with aviation company
Great Falls TribuneNovember 13, 2011

St. Nick will arrive in the shopping center's parking lot near the south entrance door on the lower level. Joining him will be Mrs. Claus and a few elves. He will be in the shopping center's lower level, near the Montana Law Enforcement Museum.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Ask Amy: Freezing, sneezing tenant wages rent strike against parents
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

I know that they are landlords but I don't see why I should be paying for my sister to be living in a nice on-campus apartment while I am freezing here at home. -- Cold and Breathless DEAR COLD: Your parents are telling you through their actions that ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Allied, FirstPlus, News Corp., Transocean in Court News
BusinessWeekNovember 2, 2011

3 Degrees Asset Management, ordered by Singapore regulators to shut down over allegations that founder Moe Ibrahim diverted assets, sued former lawyer Ng Wee Chong, claiming breach of duties. 3 Degrees claims Ng, 37, failed in “handling all legal ...more »

Litigation
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Dallas Intellectual Property Law Firm Adds Partner, Changes Name
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

"Keith brings a wealth of trial experience covering federal securities, corporate governance, antitrust, unfair competition, lender liability, commercial contracts, toxic tort, bankruptcy, real estate, environmental law, employment discrimination, ...more »

Business Law
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Yelp Class Action Dismissal Bolsters Web Publisher Immunity
Corporate CounselNovember 1, 2011

New US District Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California has dismissed a class action against Yelp alleging the online review site extorted advertising from businesses in exchange for favorable treatment. In dismissing the suit with ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military pay, benefits have been well-earned
Hilton Head Island PacketNovember 2, 2011

In reference to the bureaucrats' and politicians' latest rumblings about reducing the pay and benefits paid to members of our all-volunteer (professional) military, he and I think that to be a bad idea. Let's mull this over. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Six Estonians arrested in 'cyber-infestation'
Washington TimesNovember 10, 2011

The first-of-its-kind court order highlights the kind of novel legal tactics federal authorities are using to fight Internet crime. FBI Assistant Director Janice K. Fedarcyk said at a news conference in New York that the bureau had, “with the flip of a ...more »

Personal Injury
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U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Marks & Harrison Among the Nation's 'Best Law...
PR Web (press release)November 11, 2011

The Virginia law firm receives the highest ranking in the area of personal injury litigation. Marks & Harrison, a Virginia personal injury law firm that has served the state's accident and injury victims for more than 100 years, has earned the highest ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Insurers Seek to Avoid 'Worst of All Worlds' in Health-Care Case
BloombergNovember 3, 2011

In a challenge to the health-care law brought by 26 states, a federal appeals court took exactly that approach, declaring in August that the mandate is unconstitutional while saying the rest of the law could stand. The Supreme Court may say later this ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Baker Donelson Achieves High Rankings in 2011 US News – Best Lawyers "Best Law...
Citybizlist (press release)November 2, 2011

Baker Donelson also earned the most Tier 1 rankings in the US in four practice areas: Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants; Non-Profit/Charities Law; Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants; and Transportation Law. Additionally, Baker Donelson ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Survey: Many parents help kids lie to get on Facebook
CNETNovember 1, 2011

In 1998, Congress passed the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that requires Web sites to "obtain verifiable parental consent" before collecting personal information from ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Albany real estate law firms combine
Albany Business ReviewNovember 4, 2011

“This type of work can only be done if you have volume and efficiencies in the process,” says Sciocchetti. ommercial and residential real estate merged to cut costs and consolidate services. Ianniello Anderson & Reilly PC merged with Sciocchetti ...more »

Yanks Lock Up the Architect, a Day After the Ace
Wall Street JournalNovember 2, 2011

Last winter, talk circulated that Cashman would not return to the Yankees when his contract expired Oct. 31. In the past year, the Yankee GM became more and more outspoken, often coining interesting phrases, as when he told reporters to "smoke the ...more »

Sports Law
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Preti Flaherty Ranked Among 2011-2012 “Best Law Firms” by US News & World ...
Insurance News Net (press release)November 1, 2011

... than 90 attorneys, the firm counsels clients in the areas of business law, energy, environmental, estate planning, health care, intellectual property, labor and employment, legislative and regulatory, litigation, technology and telecommunications. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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2 Harris County prosecutors face contempt charges
Houston ChronicleNovember 2, 2011

"If it is proven to be true, it is absolutely a flagrant violation of the sanctity of the secrecy of the grand jury," said Murray Newman, a defense attorney and former Harris County prosecutor who writes a blog on the Harris County Criminal Justice ...more »

Personal Finance: Marriage is taxing for same-sex couples
ReutersNovember 10, 2011

--Income (eg interest, dividends, capital gains) may be shifted to the partner with the lower income, while deductions (eg mortgage interest, real estate taxes, capital losses) may be claimed by the partner in the higher income tax bracket. ...more »

Age discrimination – but no compensation
Lexology (registration)November 8, 2011

Although an employee was discriminated against by not being paid statutory redundancy pay, he was not entitled to compensation under the Danish Anti-Discrimination Act. The EU Court has previously ruled that the prohibition on age discrimination...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Don't die in New Jersey
InvestmentNewsNovember 6, 2011

Florida is especially attractive, not just because it doesn't have an estate tax but because it also has several other kinds of asset protection strategies available to residents, he said. Unlike Connecticut and Illinois, Ohio and Maine are moving in ...more »

Environmental Law
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerNovember 15, 2011

Tsang, based in New York, was last at Kaye Scholer, though she most recently took time off from legal practice. She will work on commercial real estate finance transactions involving mortgage securitization programs, mezzanine financing, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Meet Democratic Surrogate Candidate Theodore "Ted" Stevens II
Patch.comNovember 3, 2011

The Essex County Surrogate's Office is responsible for the probate of wills, the processing of adoptions and estate matters and the appointments of administrators, trustees and guardians. Ted Stephens has been a corporate, public sector and privately ...more »

Family Law
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Bachmann slams Obama, GOP candidates as socialists at Family Research Council ...
Minnesota IndependentNovember 7, 2011

At a speech Monday hosted by the Family Research Council—a conservative Christian organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a hate group—US Rep. Michele Bachmann said she would defeat socialism, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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WOLFGANG v. WEST VIRGINIA OFFICE OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
Leagle.comNovember 3, 2011

This appeal arises from the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Board of Review Final Order dated September 2, 2010, in which the Board affirmed a March 18, 2010, Order of the Workers' Compensation Office of Judges. In its Order, the Office of Judges ...more »

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