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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 »

U.S. Scores Victory in H&R Block Merger Case
Wall Street JournalNovember 1, 2011

US District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington said the merger can't proceed because it would violate US antitrust law. Details of the judge's ruling aren't publicly available yet because Ms. Howell sealed the opinion temporarily to protect the parties' ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comNovember 2, 2011

Mr. Bodily requested a contested case hearing before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) to challenge Division's denial of benefits. Before conducting the hearing, OAH granted Division's motion for summary judgment against Mr. Bodily. ...more »

Health Care Law
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CLASS Act tackles problems of aging
PoliticoNovember 2, 2011

... by suspending the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, was met with predictable jubilation by opponents of health care reform. Yet even as my Republican colleagues hail this as proof that the Affordable Care Act will not work, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kasich glad SB 5 hubbub kept focus off budget
Columbus DispatchNovember 1, 2011

The administration of Gov. John Kasich is not keen on legally justifying its case for government secrecy. In the wake of the escape and deaths of dozens of exotic animals near Zanesville, the public and press are understandably interested in the ...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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12 Glen Cove City Council Candidates for 6 Open Seats
Glen Cove Record PilotNovember 4, 2011

I currently serve on the City's Industrial Development Agency. As your Councilman, I will focus on quality of life and economic development. We need to continue to pursue illegal and overcrowded housing conditions and provide important tools for law...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Former Alberta politician appointed to lead process to improve rail freight ...
CanadianBusiness.comNovember 1, 2011

Jim Dinning's job will be to bring together shippers, railways and other key players to develop a template for service agreements and a streamlined commercial dispute resolution process. Transport Minister Denis Lebel announced Dinning's appointment on ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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How to protect your company from copyright and patent infringement
Smart Business NetworkNovember 1, 2011

This type of policy covers the insured's costs in bringing and prosecuting litigation against alleged patent infringers. Infringement abatement policies typically cover 75 to 80 percent of the litigation costs but do not cover liability for judgments ...more »

Animal Law
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Couple jailed over 'very shocking' abuse of dog
Toronto StarNovember 17, 2011

A Milton couple is going to jail in what animal care workers are calling a “very shocking” animal cruelty case. The Oakville and Milton Humane Society said incarceration is very, very rare in animal law. “The sentencing is one of the most severe in our ...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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Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Welcomes Caroline Hollingsworth
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

Caroline's practice focuses on representing individuals in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Alabama and a 2011 graduate of Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Let the cameras roll
The National Law JournalNovember 11, 2011

NLJ Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro wrote about the Court's objections to camera access in a recent article in the Reynolds Courts & Media Law Journal. A condensed version of the article appears below. The Supreme Court has never allowed the ...more »

UN aviation body weighs in against EU carbon plan
Reuters IndiaNovember 2, 2011

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 become ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Slumords Stiffed Banks—& Raked In Sec. 8 Bucks
New Haven IndependentNovember 2, 2011

“Having properties owned by a landlord, whether a good one or a mediocre one, can often be better than being owned by the bank.” No tenants interviewed described Dawson or her affiliates as even “mediocre.” The tenant at 176 Dover also dealt with ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Corzine and regulator worked together at Goldman
The Associated PressNovember 3, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lead regulator investigating the collapse of Jon Corzine's securities firm, MF Global, worked alongside him for 18 years at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The two later collaborated to pass a law intended to prevent accounting scandals ...more »

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PERSONNEL FILE: Nelson Mullins ranked as top tier firm in eight Charleston areas
West Virginia RecordNovember 3, 2011

HUNTINGTON -- US News Media Group and Best Lawyers have ranked Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a Tier 2 law firm nationally for its corporate law, tax litigation, and mass tort litigation/class actions - defendants, and a Tier 3 in venture ...more »

Business Law
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Group backing same-day voter registration ban fined for late reporting of ad buy
Bangor Daily NewsNovember 1, 2011

During the last 13 days leading up to an election, Maine law requires political action committees to file reports on any expenditures of $500 or more within 24 hours of the expenditure. PACs are not required to report contributions received in that ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Don't add benefit cuts to troops' sacrifices
CNN InternationalNovember 11, 2011

In the US, politicians propose cutting military pensions and health benefits. Overseas, veterans see the potential reduction of military benefits and conclude that their service and their sacrifices -- over many years and multiple deployments -- are ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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James Wilson arrested again on child porn charge
Mississippi Press (blog)November 1, 2011

Wilson's computer was seized by detectives as evidence, which led to the discovered of child porn stored on the desktop. The arrests was made using the county's Internet Crime Against Children system. The computer system uses advance technologies to ...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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Editorial: Anti-Shariah group learns hard lesson on freedoms
The Daily News JournalNovember 2, 2011

Zelenik contends the conference's goal is to "expose and disclose the differences between constitutional and Shariah law" and argues that it will recognize the freedom of every American, including Islamic women, under constitutional law. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Viewpoints: Conservative Legal Path On Health Law; Romney's Plans For Medicare ...
Kaiser Health NewsNovember 14, 2011

We follow all local, state and federal laws and comply with all regulations applicable to the receipt and use of federal and state funds. ... (Rep. Cliff) Stearns' probe has been widely criticized by abortion-rights supporters. ...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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Seven Branscomb PC Attorneys Named on “The Best Lawyers in America's 2012” List
PR Web (press release)November 2, 2011

We would like to congratulate each Branscomb PC attorney that was selected as Best Lawyers 'Lawyer of the Year' for 2012.” Branscomb PC is an 18-member business law firm with offices in Corpus Christi and Austin, Texas. The firm works collaboratively ...more »

Atlas Air Worldwide Reports Third-Quarter Earnings
MarketWatch (press release)November 3, 2011

Our strong ACMI segment results reflected a reallocation of 747-400 freighter capacity from Commercial Charter to meet increased ACMI customer demand in 2011. "Over the last several years, we have transformed our business and we believe that our modern ...more »

Sports Law
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News On 6November 3, 2011

The nearly 8-minute video, which has been viewed more than 600000 times on YouTube since being uploaded last week, shows Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams violently whipping a girl in the legs more than dozen times and growing ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Volunteer attorneys steer Occupy protesters through the legal system
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerNovember 2, 2011

Criminal defense attorney Daphne Pattison Silverman of Houston was watching a television interview with a guild lawyer for the Wall Street protesters when she decided she wanted to help. "I just felt completely energized and I could just tell this was ...more »

Rosetta Stone Translates International Frameworks into Data Privacy
Corporate CounselNovember 2, 2011

That audit is essentially a self-certification that a company has reviewed their contracts involving data transfers according to the Safe Harbor checklist. APEC's privacy framework offers law departments several key advantages, says Charters. ...more »

JOB TALK: Demands of yesteryear creates culture of today
GoDanRiver.comNovember 6, 2011

There are payroll, tax and retirement laws varying from state to state concerning garnishments, child support payments of wages or bonus money and tax liens. There are laws that tell the employer how to pay vacation pay if you resign. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Dallas Elder Law Firm Launches New Website
Law Firm Newswire (press release)November 1, 2011

Both attorneys are members of the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. They are well-versed in designing estate plans that protect beneficiaries, preserve assets, minimize taxes, and take in the special needs of each family. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Solar projects in Fresno County raise concern
Fresno BeeNovember 13, 2011

A little-known provision in the Williamson Act, however, allowed PG&E to nullify these conservation contracts under the threat of eminent domain, penalty-free and without county consent. The law gives utilities this right when they're doing energy work ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Law Offices of Lee A. Drizin, Chtd. Announces the Launch of Their New ... (press release)November 9, 2011

A website designed specifically for ease of use; a place where people can receive expert advice on Business Law, Litigation, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Real Estate, Probate and more. The Drizin Law website conveniently features an Inquiry/Comment form ...more »

Family Law
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Despite New Law, Domestic Workers Struggle to Care for Their Families in Kenya
TrustLawNovember 1, 2011

She gets two days off a week, is paid very well and often gets gifts to take to her family. The Africans keep changing house girls every few months. I have met so many new ones in my three years of working here." Jane Muchiri, 34, a banker from Nakuru, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp plan administrator responds to comments
Herkimer Evening TelegramNovember 2, 2011

Comments made by Herkimer Deputy Mayor Gary Hartman regarding the Herkimer County Workers' Compensation Self-Insurance Plan have drawn a response. Steven Billings, county personnel officer and plan administrator, said in a statement ...more »


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