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Are city's pot co-ops still legal?
Record-Searchlight (blog)November 1, 2011

The closed-session agenda for tomorrow night's City Council meeting includes some discussion of "significant exposure to litigation": Closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(b)(3)(A): CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - ANTICIPATED ...more »

Suntech CEO Appointed First Chief Chairman of Asian Photovoltaic Industry...
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the US Private Securities ...more »

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Administrative Law
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: Statement of Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer Before the Senate ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkNovember 1, 2011

The defendants were charged with engaging in numerous frauds, including sophisticated schemes to defraud Medicare and insurance companies by submitting fraudulent bills for medically unnecessary treatments or treatments that were never performed. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health insurance costs rising more slowly
Kansas.comNovember 6, 2011

Health insurance premiums for next year are still rising, but the rate of increase may be starting to slow, according to experts in the insurance field. And the effect of some new benefits under the new federal health care law , which ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Judge in charter-school case questions whether court has jurisdiction
Columbus DispatchNovember 1, 2011

But, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the meetings of the group are closed because it is not a public body and therefore not subject to open-meetings laws. "The task force is a diverse group of stakeholders invited by the director of ODNR ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama bosses going to school to learn immigration law
Gadsden TimesNovember 7, 2011

The new law requires businesses to use a federal system known as E-Verify to ensure that new employees are in the country legally and not in violation of the new law. Alabama NFIB state director Rosemary Elebash told the employers she is often asked ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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TVS Motors to invest in demerged co of Mahabharat Motors
Hindu Business LineNovember 5, 2011

Permission has been granted by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation Ltd for the demerger of the two-wheeler business of Mahabharat Motors Manufacturing Co into a separate company through the court process of demerger. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation may solve councils' river dispute
Stuff.co.nzNovember 3, 2011

"I'm very pleased with Horizons' quick response, and I have also responded quickly to the invitation to mediation. "If we can get a resolution through mediation, that would be good for all." An independent mediator would be appointed to oversee the ...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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Are Sea World's Killer Whales 'Slaves'?
The AtlanticNovember 2, 2011

He teaches courses in constitutional law and creative writing for law students at the University of Baltimore. He lives in Washington, DC Garrett Epps, a former reporter for The Washington Post, is a novelist and legal scholar. He lives in Washington, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Copyright Overhaul Pushed to Protect US Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekNovember 2, 2011

... music and television industries added more than $930 billion to the US economy in 2010, almost 6.4 percent of total gross domestic product, according to a report released in Washington today by the International Intellectual Property Alliance, ...more »

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

Lawyers responding to the Robert Half survey said they expected general business and commercial law and litigation to experience the greatest growth over the next three years, followed by health care and labor and employment. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Factions lining up for battle on affirmative action proposal
Tulsa WorldNovember 6, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - Several organizations are forming a coalition to oppose a state question that would abolish affirmative action in the public sector. The measure, State Question 759, is expected to appear on the ...more »

TGI Beats, Raises EPS Guidance
Daily MarketsNovember 1, 2011

Of late, Triumph Group Inc. announced the acquisition of the assets of Aviation Network Services, LLC, a leading provider of repair and refurbishment of aircraft interiors, primarily for commercial airlines. The acquired business is expected to add ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord Evicting Rent-Control Tenants To Build Luxury Chelsea Duplex
GothamistNovember 7, 2011

Landlord Gary Brown is reportedly trying to use the same loophole the Eckonomakis family used to clear out some rent-stabilized tenants in his building at 221 West 16th Street, so as to create a luxury duplex for his family. By the law he appears to be ...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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Glaxo, AT&T, Visa, Facebook, Rajaratnam in Court News
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., the world's biggest payment networks, put any potential settlement of price-fixing litigation by merchants at about $4 billion. MasterCard “extrapolated an estimate of a reasonably possible loss of at least $500 million ...more »

Business 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 »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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New threat to GI Bill: A limit on tuition increases
AirForceTimes.comNovember 1, 2011

Caps on benefits have been used before, and even when they start small, their effects can build over time. For example, caps on military pay raises that began in the Reagan administration led by 1993 to a 13.5 percent gap between military and ...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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Holidaymaker suffers head injuries after steps plunge
Stoke & StaffordshireNovember 2, 2011

A CARE worker has launched a claim for compensation after he suffered serious head injuries when he fell down promenade steps at a popular seaside resort. Chris Brown is pursuing a personal injury claim after he sustained a broken eye socket, ...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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Emergency Medicine And Internal Medicine Expert Witness Alan Genicoff, MD, JD ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)November 2, 2011

While attending school, he served as a Law Clerk in the Medical Licensing Section of the Office of the Attorney General in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a wealth of experience in both the medical and legal fields, Alan Genicoff, MD, JD is uniquely ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Dodd: Dodd-Frank is 'working' [VIDEO]
Daily CallerNovember 11, 2011

On GOP efforts to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the former senator from Connecticut was not worried. “I think it's campaign season. And I worked hard to pass the bill, with a lot of other people, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Huntingdon Real Estate Investment Trust Prices $40 Million Public Offering of ...
Canada NewsWire (press release)November 3, 2011

... applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the 1933 Act and applicable state securities laws. HREIT is a real estate investment trust which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols HNT.UN (Trust Units) and HNT.DB. ...more »

The Commercial Space Age Has Begun
Wall Street JournalNovember 16, 2011

His next novel is "Crater," to be published in April 2012. 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 ...more »

Sports Law
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Voters to tackle sports betting
Shore News TodayNovember 2, 2011

The question asked if gambling on sports should be legalized at casinos in Atlantic City in addition to racetracks and former racetrack sites throughout the state. Even if the voters approve the referendum, sports betting would only be allowed if a law...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal Defense Attorneys Greenberg and Greenberg to Teach CLE on How to ...
U.S. Politics TodayNovember 5, 2011

The goal of the course is to provide tools for presenting evidence effectively in a criminal defense case. To contact Daniel Greenberg or Philip Greenberg, please call 951-329-9300 or visit www.greenberglawgroup.com. The "Evidence in Real Life" seminar ...more »

Lopez's Group Under Scrutiny
Wall Street JournalNovember 17, 2011

The report said the group filed a 2010 IRS tax returns that inaccurately asserted that the group's board members had reviewed the forms and approved Ms. Fisher's increased pay. Prior-year returns were also riddled with inaccuracies, the report said. ...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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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 »

Environmental Law
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Ohio vote shows unions still a political force
Wall Street JournalNovember 9, 2011

Unions are looking to channel that energy into other states — including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri and Florida — where they believe voters are rejecting GOP policies that have threatened unions. Ohio voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Justice Ministry Expediting Disposal of Applications for Probate
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceNovember 3, 2011

Pointing out that debt duties have also been reduced from seven to 1.5 per cent, the Minister said what this means is that the families can now have their properties/wills probated and letters of administration addressed, allowing their capital to be ...more »

Family Law
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Obama health care law has unexpected beneficiaries
The Associated PressNovember 3, 2011

Employer-sponsored health insurance for retirees has been shriveling for years, ever since companies were required to report the estimated liability to investors. Democrats who wrote the new law wanted to provide an incentive for employers to keep ...more »

Workers Compensation
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AMERISAFE Announces 2011 Third Quarter Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

We remain cautiously optimistic concerning the direction of the workers' compensation marketplace. Further, we are confident that AMERISAFE is poised to take advantage of opportunities that may arise." -- Gross premiums written increased in both the ...more »

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