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Putting an end to corruption
Management TodayNovember 1, 2011

'It's surprisingly common in international construction contracts, but a kind of bribery. These "sponsors" are often connected to the ruling elite and you're expected to pay them a retainer to make "connections".' Darby declined and didn't get the ...more »

Phila. would lose, Chesco would gain in redistricting plan | Philadelphia ...
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 1, 2011

HARRISBURG - Philadelphia would lose a state House seat while Chester County would gain one under a plan tentatively approved Monday by a legislative commission charged with redrawing the state's House and Senate districts. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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NASA Advisory Council; Meeting
Space Ref (press release)November 1, 2011

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces that the meeting of the NASA Advisory Council scheduled to be held at NASA Goddard Space Flight ...more »

Health Care Law
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Piece by piece, will Obama's health-care reform law be dismantled?
Christian Science MonitorNovember 1, 2011

Critics see beginning of the end for Obama's health-care reforms. By Gail Russell Chaddock, Staff writer / November 1, 2011 President Obama listened as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke about the Affordable Care Act at a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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James Henry, General Duncan McNabb and Robert Somerville Receive 2011 Admiral ...
The Journal of Commerce OnlineNovember 2, 2011

He played a particularly key role in protecting the Jones Act when it came under attack in the mid-1990s. Mr. Henry is also Chairman of the National Defense Transportation Association's Military Sealift Committee and Chairman of the United States ...more »

Immigration Law
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U.S.-born children take fight over tuition to court
USA TodayNovember 3, 2011

Michael Hethmon, director of the Immigration Reform Law Institute, has assisted states like Arizona and Alabama write laws that crack down on illegal immigration. He said an illegal immigrant parent cannot be considered a legal resident because their ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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SOPA: Hollywood's latest effort to turn back time
CNETNovember 1, 2011

Legislation has been introduced that would apply or adapt a vast corpus of industrial-age laws to online behavior, including not only copyright and trademark abuse but also privacy, crime, antitrust, net neutrality, spam, spyware, data retention and ...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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Butler Rubin Named Among Best Law Firms in US News Media Group and Best ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

US News also ranked Butler Rubin as a Tier 2 "Best Law Firm" in the areas of arbitration, commercial litigation and bankruptcy/reorganization. Best Lawyers named eight Butler Rubin attorneys as leaders in their fields: Louis J. Aurichio (Insurance Law) ...more »

Animal Law
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Tragedy calls for animal law reform
Binghamton University Pipe DreamNovember 4, 2011

Sadly, Mr. Thompson sought to let his animals roam free just before he took his own life. This tragedy of nearly 50 dead beautiful creatures began with the death of Mr. Thompson and the extremely lax laws of Ohio. The sheriffs and deputies of the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Commissioner for Patents Bob Stoll Retires After 29 Years
IPWatchdog.comNovember 2, 2011

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has announced that he will nominate current Deputy Commissioner for Patents Margaret “Peggy” Focarino (left) to the position of Commissioner for Patents once ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Keating Muething & Klekamp Receives National Recognition in "Best Law Firms ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

CINCINNATI, Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- US News Media Group and Best Lawyers(R) released the 2011-12 Best Law Firms rankings in which Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK(R)) received three national rankings and 28 first tier metropolitan rankings. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supa used like condom as Chiyangwa completes AAG take over
The Zimbabwe MailNovember 8, 2011

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe's nephew, controversial Harare businessman Phillip Chiyangwa has completed the takeover of the empowerment terror group the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) according to his sidekick AAG Chief Executive Officer, ...more »

Probe says hockey team crash caused by pilot error
The Associated PressNovember 2, 2011

The Interstate Aviation Committee said the Sept. 7 crash of the Yak-42 plane near the city of Yaroslavl in central Russia occurred because one of the pilots accidentally activated the brakes during takeoff and then pulled the plane up too sharply in a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Vote yes on Nov. 8 to reject Z-88 and defend tenants' rights!
The Hudson ReporterNovember 6, 2011

This is obviously not true: Z-88 only benefits landlords who violate the law and harms their tenant victims and does not address the alleged misadministration which motivated the RC hearings in the first place. Mr. Simoncini also suggests because I and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lockout villains: A lot of blame to go around
SportingNews.comNovember 1, 2011

Stern has repeatedly patted himself on the back for getting owners to make “concessions” on those issues, but as union officials repeatedly point out, he shouldn't get credit for making concessions on an impossible proposal. In the bigger picture, ...more »

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Kramer Levin Named Law Firm of the Year in Bankruptcy Litigation
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

1, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is pleased to announce that the firm was named the first "Law Firm of the Year" in Bankruptcy Litigation 2011-2012, by US News & World Report - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms survey, ...more »

Business Law
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Businesses react to concealed carry law
Milwaukee Small Business Times (blog)November 1, 2011

Wisconsin's concealed carry law goes into effect today, and businesses must decide whether to allow employees, customers and vendors to carry handguns and other small weapons. Wisconsin businesses that take no action will by default ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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UnitedHealth Group Salutes America's Veterans, Expands Commitment to the ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 10, 2011

"Americans who serve in the military bravely make sacrifices that benefit everyone, and UnitedHealth Group wants to honor their service and provide their spouses with access to meaningful employment through this innovative partnership with MSEP," said ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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No wonder people are confused by security…
PC Pro (blog)November 2, 2011

Other tips it offered are rather confusing — and gathered bewildered laughs from the PC Pro team. “Disconnect your computer from the internet when you're not using it.” This one raised some eyebrows. By all means switch the PC off when you're not ...more »

Personal Injury
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Time for No-Fault Reform
PropertyCasualty360November 1, 2011

In an effort to hold down costs, the state adopted a fee schedule limiting the amount insurers have to pay for common medical treatments associated with car accidents. The state's medical society took issue with the change and sued to stop its ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Dumbing down Constitution for Obama's sake?
WND.comNovember 7, 2011

But what happens when the national debate is systematically stifled by these gatekeepers is that we allow Barack Obama's clear lack of basic qualifications for office dumb down the rule of law, set a new lower standard of constitutional eligibility and ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Legal Events Calendar
Brooklyn Daily EagleNovember 4, 2011

Subjects include: civil evidence, municipal liability, disclosure, no fault/serious injury, ethics, premises liability, labor law, product liability and medical malpractice. Speakers include Michael Ross, John Bonina and others. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Why Parents Lie to Let Kids Join Facebook
New York Times (blog)November 3, 2011

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was designed to protect children from that kind of exposure. Enacted by Congress in 1998, it limits the amount of information any site can collect from kids under 12. Among other things, it requires ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Doodie bags and "the bird” (blog)November 9, 2011

I love when constitutional law intersects with real estate law. It's rare, and usually full of drama. A recent decision by the Appeals Court considered a condominium unit owner's unalienable right to complain, moan and kvetch about condominium ...more »

Yanks' Sabathia Gets Contract Extension
Wall Street JournalNovember 1, 2011

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law. For non-personal use or to order multiple copies, please contact Dow Jones Reprints at ...more »

Sports Law
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MANVILLE: Tuesday's vote could put state on path to allowing legal sports betting
Packet OnlineNovember 2, 2011

“The court noted that sports gambling is illegal in New Jersey, hence, there is no imminent threat that anyone will seek to enforce the federal law in New Jersey,” the LWV paper said. If the constitutional amendment is approved, the federal courts may ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney denies pot-growing raid was on hand doctors land
Houston Chronicle (blog)November 7, 2011

Criminal defense attorney Dick Deguerin, left, with client Michael Brown, and criminal defense attorneys Catherine Baen, and Brian Wice, right, Sept. 20, 2011, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle ) After a ranch foreman in Leon County ...more »

Ask the Experts: Bank has good advice for IRA beneficiary
Sacramento BeeNovember 2, 2011

This audit trail provides documentation for the IRS or other potential third-party challenges. It is important that you take this practical step to avoid any errors that could be challenged in the future. My mother had a living trust prepared in ...more »

Religious group that evicted families to house sex offenders violated federal ...
Palm Beach PostNovember 4, 2011

In what civil rights lawyers called the most blatant act of discrimination they've seen in years, Matthew 25 Ministries and property owner Alston Management evicted families from the isolated complex near Pahokee so convicted sex offenders could move ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Hearing
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkNovember 2, 2011

Together with the United States Attorneys' Offices and our many law enforcement partners, the Criminal Division, whose fine lawyers and staff I am privileged to lead, investigates and prosecutes cases involving transnational organized crime all over ...more »

Environmental Law
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America Is Not Prepared to Safely Drill in ANWR
U.S. News & World ReportNovember 3, 2011

IF we had a readily available and reliable alternate energy that was cheap it would be in use I believe,but until then oil is king.I hate to see oil spills(I live on the Gulf Coast,Pensacola,Fl) so yes,the oil spill affected me,but the ban on drilling ...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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Penn State Scandal Shakes the Happy Valley Family to Roots
New York TimesNovember 7, 2011

The grand jury did not implicate Paterno in any wrongdoing, but Paterno did not contact law enforcement authorities himself. Spanier, who the grand jury said had been made aware of the 2002 incident, said in a statement that he stood behind the two ...more »

Workers Compensation
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EK Health Adds Medicare Set-Aside Services to Its Workers's Compensation ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 9, 2011

By law, carriers and other parties in workers' compensation cases have significant responsibilities under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) laws to protect Medicare's interests when resolving workers' compensation cases that include future medical ...more »


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