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Feds challenge S. Carolina immigration law
Fox NewsNovember 1, 2011

The Justice Department holds that the South Carolina law imposes "significant burdens" on federal agencies and will divert funds from priority projects such as the fight against terrorism, drug smuggling, gangs and apprehending people wanted for other ...more »

Countries agree to secure Mekong River shipping
China DailyNovember 1, 2011

The meeting took place nearly one month after two cargo ships were attacked on October 5 which resulted in the murder of 13 Chinese sailors. "The participants agreed to take effective measures to step up efforts in joint investigation so as to uncover ...more »

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Administrative Law
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City Council schedules ward remap hearings
Chicago TribuneNovember 1, 2011

The law says the city must approve a new map by Dec. 1, but aldermen can agree to do it later in the month, as they did 10 years ago, city officials said. If any group of 10 or more aldermen proposes an alternate map, the proposals go to referendum. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Daily Show Asks Why the AHA Killed a Bill Encouraging Healthy Behavior
ForbesNovember 1, 2011

Last night, The Daily Show featured a segment that portrayed the American Heart Association as working against Bill 3472, which was described as providing incentives through health care premiums for people who exercise. We appreciate the focus the show ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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In Re Wells Fargo Mortgage Lending Discrimination Litigation
The American LawyerNovember 1, 2011

(Prisbe is in Baltimore; the others are in Towson, Maryland.) —Tania Karas For breaking litigation news, read The Am Law Litigation Daily. Go to A browser or device that allows javascript is required to view this content.more »

Immigration Law
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Feds Make Statistical Strides Curbing Illegal Immigration But States Pass ... Legal News CenterNovember 2, 2011

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced in October that it set a new record for deportation in the year that ended Sept 30. ICE deported 396906 people by setting enforcement priorities and executing the plan, according to director John Morton. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Patel punts public-interest bias in competition cases
Business DayNovember 4, 2011

He warned against a situation developing where competition law became so conflated with industrial policy that it was impossible to distinguish between the two. Mr Patel is one of three Cabinet ministers opposing the R16bn takeover of Massmart by US ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Two-day workshop organized by WM Office
Pakistan ObserverNovember 3, 2011

Islamabad—A two-day workshop on 'Mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism' was organized by Wafaqi Mohtasib Office / SPGRM project of UNDP in collaboration with Karachi Centre of Dispute Resolution (KCDR) on October 31and November 1, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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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 »

Animal Law
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After stray pit bull's death, city is pushed to change policies
Detroit Free PressNovember 12, 2011

Facebook BY GINA DAMRON Local animal rights advocates say they are hoping the City of Detroit will change its policies on dealing with stray pit bulls after one was euthanized despite efforts by rescue groups to save the emaciated pooch. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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iPhone-compatible porn sites targeted by Apple in domain name dispute
Apple InsiderNovember 3, 2011

That process is known as the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy, and it applies to top-level domains including .com, .net, and .org. Apple has turned to WIPO before for domain name disputes. This July, the organization ordered that the ...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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What Ohio's vote means for labor's influence
OneNewsNowNovember 11, 2011

On Tuesday, Issue 2, the state's new collective bargaining law that would have limited the bargaining abilities of 350000 unionized public workers, was defeated in a vote that marks one of the biggest victories in decades for a labor movement that has ...more »

World Fuel Services (INT) Announces Quarterly Results, Beats Estimates By ...
LocalizedUSANovember 1, 2011

World Fuel Services Corporation is engaged in the marketing and sale of marine, aviation and land fuel products and related services on a global basis. The Company operates in three business segments: marine, aviation and land. In the marine segment, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Evicted Tenants Suspect Landlord Converting Space to Hotel Rooms
NBC New YorkNovember 8, 2011

An existing loophole in state housing law allows a building owner to reclaim one or more apartments, even from rent-controlled tenants, for their own use. But elected officials like State Senator Tom Duane don't believe the landlord, Gary Brown, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Pennsylvania Court Rules Against Distressed Munis
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 1, 2011

The “opinion was to me signaling that the Supreme Court is not going to construe Act 47 broadly,” University of Pennsylvania law professor and bankruptcy expert David Skeel said in an interview Monday. If the state wants arbitration awards to be ...more »

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Vornado Declares Quarterly Dividends on Preferred Shares
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Certain statements contained herein may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors ...more »

Business Law
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Schwabe Receives National Recognition as Law Firm of the Year in Timber Law
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- US News -- Best Lawyers magazine, one of the nation's leading publication in the rankings of law firms and attorneys, recently named regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt "Law Firm of the Year" in ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Coming home. Okay, now what?
Kansas City StarNovember 1, 2011

We've heard a lot about all the benefits that are supposedly available to veterans and their families, but how do we find out about them? A: When I got out of the Marine Corps I started looking into this, but the process was so cumbersome and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Sheriff's IT worker faces porn charge
Hattiesburg AmericanNovember 20, 2011

Byrd said Trehern's home computer was flagged Thursday by the Internet Crimes Against Children system, which uses advanced technologies to track down suspected child predators. "We had a problem, and we handled it," Byrd said. "We police the county and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Gov. Scott To Tackle Auto Insurance Fraud
WESH OrlandoNovember 3, 2011

Scott spoke about growing concerns regarding personal injury protection and auto insurance in Florida. Personal injury protection compensates the policyholder for bodily injury damages occurring in an accident by providing payment for medical and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A New Warren (Buffett) Supreme Court?
ForbesNovember 2, 2011

In a recent opinion upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (colloquially known as “ObamaCare”) Judge Sutton cited Buffett's investment strategy as evidence that the PPACA did not violate the commerce clause of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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How reforms are changing health care risk management
Smart Business NetworkNovember 1, 2011

Third, the provider community did a good job managing the perception of there being an availability-of-care crisis because of malpractice costs. Those have contributed to a downward pressure on health care professional liability claims. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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White House: Military families at risk by leaderless Consumer Financial ...
CNN (blog)November 3, 2011

"The way the statute works, until such time as the CFPB gets a director it will not have the authority to supervise and enforce all these various consumer protection laws, with respect to payday lenders, debt collectors, etcetera, etcetera, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Why you should get a lawyer for a land contract
Business Daily AfricaNovember 13, 2011

Back to your query, the case highlighted above can either be legal or illegal depending on the drafting of the agreement entered into between the parties. There is little room for illegality in the agreement between you and the company as you were the ...more »

Local Business Owners win Entrepreneur Awards
BCLocalNewsNovember 3, 2011

They practice in the areas of personal injury, general civil litigation including collections, immigration, and basic corporate/commercial law including contract disputes. With three lower mainland locations, they look forward to continually serving ...more »

Sports Law
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Gov. Corbett: McQueary didn't 'meet a moral obligation'
NBCSports.comNovember 13, 2011

“We have to make sure the change in the law is one that is effective,” the governor said. Corbett also spoke on McQueary specifically, saying that while the then-graduate assistant met “the minimum obligation… [he] did not in my opinion meet a moral ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge recuses herself from prosecutors' hearing
Houston ChronicleNovember 8, 2011

Defense attorneys said Brown was right to recuse herself from the hearings. "Today was high-stakes poker," said Todd Dupont, a criminal defense attorney who watched the hearing. "I am confident she wanted to make sure she was doing the right thing. ...more »

The IRS debunks 5 popular tax myths
Examiner.comNovember 2, 2011

Almost all IRS audits are conducted via the mail, and most are initiated due to income that was reported to the IRS from one of your payers, but was left off your tax return. If you have been the subject of an audit, this does not mean that somehow ...more »

The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerNovember 1, 2011

Wiesel's practice covers those areas as well as international arbitration, regulatory and criminal investigations, antitrust cases, and actions involving the interests of foreign sovereigns. As Wiesel puts it: "I'm not the end of this process, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Sri Lanka takeover bill may hit rating, investor sentiment-Moody's
ReutersNovember 14, 2011

"The government's seizure of assets creates ambiguity around the protection of private property in Sri Lanka," Moody's said in its Weekly Credit Outlook. "Despite authorities' statement that this is a one-off move ...the measure may undermine the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Scaling clean energy innovation
Renewable Energy FocusNovember 1, 2011

The investment required for the full development of renewable energy in the mainstream market is immense, with hundreds of billions of dollars required. Ryan Law, managing director of Geothermal Engineering and chairman of the Deep Geothermal Group in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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A Guide To Election Day in South Orange
Patch.comNovember 8, 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. Stephens is a former Orange Municipal Court Judge while ...more »

Family Law
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Health care law has surprise beneficiaries
The Detroit NewsNovember 6, 2011

The trust started paying bills in January 2010, before Congress passed the health care law. The calculations by Enzi's staff also list AT&T, Verizon, General Electric, General Motors, Qwest, Caterpillar and other private companies in the top 25, ...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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