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Rockford Man Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud
eNews Park ForestNovember 1, 2011

Rockford, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A Rockford man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to bankruptcy fraud. The defendant, Shane Mathew Berry, 39, admitted to making a false statement in documents he signed under penalty of perjury in his 2007 bankruptcy ...more »

Court: School was Right to Ban "Islam is of the Devil" Shirts
Opposing ViewsNovember 1, 2011

... policy banning “clothing or accessories that ... denigrate or promote discrimination for or against an individual or group on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, race, religion, or gender” was constitutional. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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The Promenade is coming to the zoning board
phillyBurbs.comNovember 2, 2011

Revised plans for The Promenade development at the old Acme site on Sycamore Street will come before the Newtown Township Zoning Hearing Board next week, according to a notice posted at the township's administrative offices. The site owner, 200 North ...more »

Health Care Law
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America's One-Stop Shop for Health Care: Health Insurance Exchanges
HealthNewsDigest.comNovember 3, 2011

( - The Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) system, legislation enacted under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), is designed to act as a marketplace that gives consumers access to a variety of insurance plans from ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Stripped of licence
Standard FreeholderNovember 3, 2011

The law society also found that Jones failed to co-operate with an investigation into her conduct, contrary to the society's act, when she failed or refused to produce her current books or records, failed or refused to attend an in-person interview in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Jan Brewer On Arizona Immigration Law: 'We Are Not Racist, We Are Not Bigoted ...
Huffington PostNovember 1, 2011

Jan Brewer (R) appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday and defended her state and its strict immigration law from ongoing criticism that the legislation was motivated by prejudice. Brewer, whose memoir, Scorpions For Breakfast, was released on ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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UK court backs HGS over Lilly in key patent legal fight
Pharma TimesNovember 3, 2011

The case revolved around the concept of 'industrial application', which is the basis for patentability under European law. In its patent application, HGS did not provide data confirming a particular medical use for neutrokine alpha, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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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 »

Insurance Litigation
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Reportage: LEI's future in the balance
Insurance AgeNovember 1, 2011

... even when some of Jackson's proposals pass into law, forward-thinking companies will continue to thrive. Andrew Parker, head of strategic litigation at Beachcroft, says: “There has been so much focus on personal injury claims with ATE that this ...more »

Animal Law
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Purse non grata: Reese Witherspoon is slammed for having $4000 python skin ...
Daily MailNovember 1, 2011

But Reese Witherspoon's most recent personal acquirement has landed her in hot water with animal rights groups, as she was spotted with a $4000 python skin purse illegal in California. While the Oscar-winning actress,35, will not be in ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Mintz Levin Adds to Intellectual Property Litigation Capabilities in New York ...
BioMedReports (subscription)November 1, 2011

By Business Wire Health: Biotechnology News NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC has announced that it is expanding its Intellectual Property practice with the addition of John A. Bauer. Mr. Bauer, an experienced ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Reportage: LEI's future in the balance
Insurance AgeNovember 1, 2011

... even when some of Jackson's proposals pass into law, forward-thinking companies will continue to thrive. Andrew Parker, head of strategic litigation at Beachcroft, says: “There has been so much focus on personal injury claims with ATE that this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Secretary Chu Reaffirms Argument Against Affirmative Action
Canada Free PressNovember 20, 2011

And let us not forget the name of Dr. Steven Chu, alleged Secretary of Energy, when citing the dangers of using affirmative action quotas for recruiting purposes. Indeed, in testimony before Congress on November 17 concerning the Solyndra scandal, ...more »

Q+A-What issues are at stake in the EU-U.S. carbon spat?
ReutersNovember 2, 2011

It declared illegal the EU plan to make all flights buy carbon permits under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) from January 1 to offset their emissions. The proposed US legislation could mark the beginning of a trade war, analysts and lawyers ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Evictions over smoking specious
WeHo NewsNovember 7, 2011

In his WeHo News article “Where there's smoke, there's Heilman/Land (11/3/11),” Martin incorrectly states that a recently passed state law, SB 332 (Padilla) will allow landlords to evict West Hollywood tenants who are smokers. Martin, no doubt, has his ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Are big banks now in the clear for allegedly aiding Madoff?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightNovember 2, 2011

Irving Picard has given the bankruptcy laws one hell of a workout. As trustee in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Bernard Madoff's securities firm, Picard, a partner at Baker & Hostetler, has been more aggressive and creative than any bankruptcy trustee in ...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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Yahoo Buys Interclick for $270 Million
Wall Street JournalNovember 1, 2011

Yahoo Inc. said it plans to acquire online-advertising technology company Interclick Inc. in a deal valued at roughly $270 million. Interclick designs tools to help marketers target online customers. Under the proposed deal, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Same sex couple suing for military benefits
KOLD-TVNovember 9, 2011

The 37-page complaint states that the government's Defense of Marriage Act violates their constitutional rights, and asks the military to recognize their marriages and provide spousal benefits. @ "It's hard to describe the frustration. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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7 Nabbed in Global Internet Scam
GovInfoSecurity.comNovember 10, 2011

Authorities in the United States and Estonia have broken up one of the largest Internet crime schemes that infected more than 4 million computers with malware, which redirected users to websites that generated at least $14 million in fraudulent ...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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Judge blocks law on cigarette pack warnings
CNNNovember 8, 2011

Thus, this Court must -- and will -- act to preserve the status quo until it can evaluate, on the merits (and without incurring irreparable harm to those companies genuinely affected), the constitutionality of the commercial speech that these graphic ...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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Microsoft offers free 7-day trial for Mango phone apps in Taiwan
Focus Taiwan News ChannelNovember 1, 2011

1 (CNA) Microsoft Taiwan Corp. is offering consumers a seven-day refund policy for purchased apps in accordance with the country's Consumer Protection Act, a government official said Tuesday, the day handsets running Microsoft's new Mango OS went on ...more »

Real Estate Law
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HunterMaclean receives 21 'first tier' awards from U.S. News & World Report
Savannah Morning NewsNovember 1, 2011

In the survey, HunterMaclean was recognized with first-tier rankings in the following categories: commercial litigation, construction law, employee benefits (ERISA) law, employment law – management, environmental law, health care law, immigration law, ...more »

DigitalGlobe Reports Third Quarter Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Included in third quarter revenue is $6.4 million of amortized revenue related to NextView, the predecessor to the EnhancedView contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Not included in third quarter revenue is $23.2 million of ...more »

Sports Law
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Disgraced Ryan Tandy deserved jail, says former top boss Malcolm Speed
Herald SunNovember 4, 2011

Speed said it was far easier to charge sportsmen with corruption in Britain because of sport-specific laws. In Australia, laws vary from state to state and are not specific to sport. Uniform criminal laws against match-fixing, including possible ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cellini defense files motion in response to juror's criminal history
WBEZNovember 15, 2011

Then, last week, the Chicago Tribune revealed that one of the jurors on the case lied about her own criminal history. Cellini's defense attorneys said those lies polluted the first trial, making a new one necessary. They made that argument in a motion ...more »

Billionaires avoid reporting gains to IRS
The Seattle TimesNovember 24, 2011

The arrangement enabled McCombs to defer paying capital gains tax because he hadn't sold his shares, lawyers for the billionaire said. The IRS deemed the transaction a sale since the bank paid McCombs cash and got the use of his stock almost ...more »

Amazon: IMDb Ageism Lawsuit “Frivolous”
Deadline.comNovember 14, 2011

Soon after, AFTRA and SAG panned IMDb for promoting age discrimination. Today, in two motions filed to dismiss the case, Amazon's lawyers said the suit was “frivolous,” and the actress not identifying herself violates court rules. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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'Flip' clause in swap violates US bankruptcy law, Lehman says
Thomson Reuters News & InsightNovember 7, 2011

The clause gave Lehman a priority right to Topaz' assets if Topaz defaulted. But if Lehman defaulted, the clause handed the priority right to the noteholders. Lehman filed for Chapter 11 protection in September 2008 in the Southern District of New York ...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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Irishman who moved to Australia for work dies in fire after gas-bottle blast
Irish IndependentNovember 6, 2011

Former international showjumper Iris Kellet of Daffodil Lodge Stud, Rathmore, Nass, Co Kildare, who died last March, left an estate worth €1748481 in her will, which went to probate in Dublin last week. Other wills: Colin George Wilson, farmer, ...more »

Family Law
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An Update on the Sam Friedlander Family Murder-Suicide
Above the LawNovember 1, 2011

In mid-October, we brought you news of a tragic family murder-suicide that took place in Westchester County, New York. The perpetrator, solo practitioner Sam Friedlander, an alumnus of Western New England University School of Law, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Progressive Medical's Tron Emptage to Provide Insight on Rising Cost of ...
Insurance News Net (press release)November 2, 2011

“Expenses attributed to medical foods are becoming a significant issue for payors of workers' compensation claims,” Emptage said. “Putting proactive strategies into place to educate claims professionals on the role medical foods play and ways to ...more »


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