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Miami cop innocent of reckless driving on turnpike, lawyer says
MiamiHerald.comNovember 1, 2011

Officer Fausto López's lawyer, William Matthewman, said in a statement that López client is innocent of the charge of driving recklessly, a second-degree misdemeanor, on the morning of Oct. 11, when Florida Highway Patrol Trooper DJ Watts stopped him ...more »

Israel touts 'advanced legal structure' to fight terror
Jerusalem PostNovember 1, 2011

Terror financing, which relies heavily on legal funding sources, often uses funds raised by nonprofit groups and NGOS, including charities. Landes told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that the Counter-terrorism Bill, which the Justice Ministry's ...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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Care for a Poor Bill of Health?
Daily Reckoning - Australian EditionNovember 2, 2011

We've already seen how zombieism overtook the education industry. Now let's look at another one — health. The health care industry is demonstrably unproductive. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jefferies Fires Back as Investors 'Shoot First'
BloombergNovember 4, 2011

Trading in Jefferies's stock was halted twice yesterday and the shares plunged as much as 20 percent, the most ever, after Egan-Jones Ratings Co. downgraded the investment bank's debt, citing large “sovereign obligations” relative to equity. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Utility company PROHIBITING illegal immigrants from obtaining electric, gas ...
Daily MailNovember 8, 2011

The Decatur Utilities company is now one of many in the state that follows the newly signed immigration law which prohibits business with illegal immigrants in the state or its subdivisions. 'We did not [originally] document or confirm whether or not ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bank of China's Hong Kong Unit to Remain Sole Yuan-Clearing Bank
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 3, 2011

China's central bank will sign a renewed contract with BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) Ltd. as early as this week to continue its yuan-clearing role, said the person. "The terms will likely remain the same as in the last contract," the person said, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Resolving workplace disputes without legal action
PersonnelToday.comNovember 1, 2011

ADR may be imposed by the courts in all sorts of civil and commercial disputes, not least of which are employment issues, family matters, personal injury and clinical negligence. The courts rely principally on mediation as the legal-bypass route. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Allied Home Mortgage sued for lending fraud
ReutersNovember 1, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors sued Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp and two top executives for at least $2.5 billion, accusing the company of fraudulently misleading the government into believing its risky loans ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal abuse: Stiffer penalties needed
Free Malaysia TodayNovember 12, 2011

The DVS is not playing its part as it should, hence to use the excuse that the law is archaic and the penalty an insult will not absolve it from wrongdoings in reaching out to pets abused by their owners. The Animal Act 1953 gives the veterinary ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index (OTPAT) Announces New Constituent Companies in ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)November 1, 2011

Ocean Tomo, LLC, the Chicago-based provider of diversified intellectual property-related services, announced the reconstitution of the Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index (OTPAT), the only index based on the value of corporate intellectual property. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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December 1, 2011 Perrin Conferences hosts Litigating Asbestos Cases in Today's ...
PR Web (press release)November 3, 2011

... New York, NY, co-chair the one-day conference, Litigating Asbestos Cases in Today's Economic Environment, debating the economic challenges in Asbestos Litigation that are confronting litigators, Insurance providers, and corporations. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action employer: iLIVE
Times LIVENovember 1, 2011

The DA has become an affirmative action employer. Years ago, Zille told us she would not accept university admission on merit if that meant UCT medical school would be populated mostly by whites and Indians. One wonders what differences remain between ...more »

UN aviation body weighs in against EU carbon plan
ReutersNovember 3, 2011

By Allison Martell and Barbara Lewis (Reuters) - The United Nations body responsible for civil aviation weighed in against the European Union's emissions trading scheme on Wednesday, increasing pressure on the EU to back down in what threatens to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Flintshire landlords and tenants of Shotton letting agency Eazy Let take legal ...
Flintshire ChronicleNovember 3, 2011

His website – www.eazyletvictims.co.uk – is now up and running and Simon wants tenants and landlords who have been left out of pocket to get in touch so he can try to recoup some of the tens of thousands of pounds they have lost. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Facing state takeover, Harrisburg officials talk
ReutersNovember 1, 2011

Harrisburg became one of the most-high profile cities to opt for the little-used Chapter 9 of the US bankruptcy code, notably used nearly 20 years ago by Orange County, California. Municipal bankruptcies are rare. But if Harrisburg is successful in ...more »

Litigation
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Goldcorp declares eleventh monthly dividend payment for 2011
MarketWatch (press release)November 7, 2011

This press release contains "forward-looking statements", within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business, operations and financial ...more »

Business Law
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Craig Law-Smith Joins Amobee
Asia Media JournalNovember 1, 2011

SINGAPORE – Amobee, the company defining mobile advertising, today announces the appointment of Craig Law-Smith as Strategy and Business Development Director of the Asia Pacific. Headquartered in Amobee's APAC headquarters in Singapore, Law-Smith will ...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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Guilty plea after hotel workers report Web activity
USA TodayNovember 9, 2011

... and then alerted authorities, leading to an investigation by agencies including the Hartford Police, FBI and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force. That investigation on Tuesday led to a guilty plea from the suspect who had been using Internet...more »

Personal Injury
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Price Benowitz LLP Announces its New Virginia Personal Injury Website
DigitalJournal.com (press release)November 2, 2011

Price Benowitz LLP, a leading law firm serving Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, announces the launch of its Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer website. The new website connects injured people with the firm's personal injury practice in Virginia. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Court Rules Health Law Is Constitutional
Wall Street JournalNovember 9, 2011

... Tuesday unanimously rejected a challenge to the 2010 health-care overhaul, handing the Obama administration a significant legal victory days before Supreme Court justices are set to consider whether to settle the law's constitutionality themselves. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Medical Malpractice: Filipino Nurses Get Cut
Spot.UsNovember 8, 2011

Yet their apparent success as white-collar professional belies their collective vulnerability. Since the 1980s, when hospitals began recruiting nurses in large numbers from the Philippines to alleviate US nursing shortages, Filipino nurses have earned ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US Consumer Bureau to Streamline Rules From Other Agencies
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

1 (Bloomberg) -- The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will begin a “targeted review” of regulations it inherited from other agencies to eliminate unnecessary rules, according to prepared congressional testimony from Raj Date, the de facto head ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Dallas Intellectual Property Law Firm Adds Partner, Changes Name
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

His experience also includes Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis, where he was Partner, and Occidental Chemical Corporation, where he served as Vice President and General Counsel. "Keith's experience in high-stakes commercial litigation is unparalleled," ...more »

Business Profile: Charlotte Lloyd of Howarths Employment Law Ltd
Huddersfield ExaminerNovember 1, 2011

After leaving sixth form, she went on to study law at the University of Birmingham before going on to further her legal studies at the University of Wolverhampton. She says: “I always wanted to be a lawyer. I quite liked the Ally McBeal-type lawyer and ...more »

Sports Law
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Rules to handle youth concussions nears law in Pa.
Yorkdispatch.comNovember 1, 2011

The state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the Safety in Youth Sports Act, which would require coaches to remove students from games if they show signs of a concussion or traumatic brain injury. A coach also would be prohibited from ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Jeff Hammerschmidt's 'Forensic Evidence And Child Abuse Cases' Published in ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)November 1, 2011

Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, a Fresno criminal defense attorney with the Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation, has authored a chapter in the popular "Inside the Minds" series by Aspatore Books titled "Forensic Evidence and Child Abuse Cases. ...more »

Peden Case Instructive, Frustrating
Memphis Daily NewsNovember 23, 2011

US, 512 F.2d 1099 (1975) was a Court of Claims suit to review the Board of Appeals and Review's (BAR) affirmance of the Civil Service Commission's (CSC) upholding of the IRS's discharge of Gerald Peden. For a three-judge panel, Judge Philip Nichols Jr. ...more »

Defining Bullying in Greenwich
Patch.comNovember 8, 2011

The new law was crafted to strengthen the previous statute, but also expands the definition of "bullying," incorporates significant revisions aimed at strengthening the existing statute and imposes additional obligations on school employees and school ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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CFTC Gensler testifies to Senate on derivatives markets
Futures MagazineNovember 3, 2011

In the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress broadened the CFTC's position limits authority to include aggregate position limits on certain swaps and certain linked contracts traded on foreign boards of trade, in addition to US futures and options on futures. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Researchers Seek Place for Coal in Clean Energy Movement
State JournalNovember 8, 2011

"It's so important to advance clean coal projects, which is why I am also a sponsor of the American Alternative Fuels Act to allow the federal government to use alternative fuels like coal-to-liquids," said US Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Exit Strategies: Last wills, estate-planning and life insurance
GMANews.TVNovember 1, 2011

Executors handle the estate of those who died leaving a valid will authenticated in "probate proceedings" where interested parties can contest the will. In the Philippines, only three types of wills are recognized. The Civil Code provides for notarized ...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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MATTER OF WILLIAMS v. CITY OF NEW YORK
Leagle.comNovember 4, 2011

... to avoid having these claims dismissed as untimely (see Workers' Compensation Law § 28), twice registered as a "participant in [the] World Trade Center rescue, recovery and clean-up operations" (Workers' Compensation Law § 162). ...more »

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