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New law would revamp Illinois School Report Cards
Chicago TribuneNovember 1, 2011

Organizers held more than 60 focus groups statewide, said Robin Steans, executive director of the nonpartisan education policy group Advance Illinois and the co-chair of the committee that oversaw the redesign project. "If we do our job right," Steans ...more »

Johnson County commissioner case could soon go before grand jury
Fort Worth Star TelegramNovember 1, 2011

The grand jury will likely hear the case then, according to a source who asked not to be identified because grand jury proceedings are secret. Matthews did not return phone calls seeking comment. His attorney, Tim Evans, could not be reached for ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Maplewood candidate's flier distribution to go before judges' review
Pioneer PressNovember 5, 2011

John Nephew, who is seeking re-election to the council, filed a complaint about the activity with the state Office of Administrative Hearings on Oct. 7. Among other things, Nephew alleged the mailing was a contribution - in violation of the campaign ...more »

Health Care Law
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Negotiate healthcare tariffs: SA Med Association
Times LIVENovember 8, 2011

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) had asked the court to rule on regulation eight of the Medical Schemes Act 131 of 1998. The regulation states that medical schemes must pay for the diagnosis, treatment and care of all PMB conditions in full, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Van Jones' Hopes (And Fears) for Occupy Wall Street
TIMENovember 10, 2011

Jones has argued that the Occupy protesters are analogous to the Greensboro sit-ins of 1960, when four black students sat down at a whites-only Woolworths lunch counter. Those students did not lead the movement that would result in the Civil Rights Act...more »

Immigration Law
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Property taxes coming due, immigration law applies
Dothan EagleNovember 17, 2011

“The difference we have this year is the new immigration law,” said Houston County Revenue Commissioner Starla Matthews. “In our office, if you're claiming any type of exemption -- a homestead exemption, a current use exemption, a disability exemption ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Long Island kicks off eco dev presentations
Long Island Business NewsNovember 28, 2011

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council got the ball rolling today for the state review committee, being the first council to present its strategic plan with the hopes of getting funding. Council co-chairs Kevin Law and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Prairie BusinessNovember 30, 2011

One trend is the increasing use of alternative dispute resolution. “More civil cases are being settled and fewer cases are being tried,” Boschee says, adding that only 10 percent of civil lawsuits are tried today, which is down from about 25 percent ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Penn Millers Completes Sale to ACE
Insurance News Net (press release)November 30, 2011

Some of the statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” ...more »

Animal Law
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SUPREME COURT: Ramos defends anti-animal cruelty law
Press-EnterpriseNovember 1, 2011

The footage showed that the plant was operating in violation of federal regulations, prompting the unprecedented recall of 143 million pounds of beef. Ramos' office convicted a pair of workers on animal cruelty charges; and California's Legislature ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Ittiam leverages intellectual property for creating value
Economic TimesNovember 30, 2011

It leverages intellectual property (IP) to develop technology for product companies worldwide. Ittiam's IP is primarily in silicon design and embedded software. It has three sources of revenue: licence fee, customisation charges and royalties. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Los Angeles TimesNovember 19, 2011

He is a member of the coveted 10 Million Dollar Annual Rainmaker circle reserved for attorneys who generate $10 million in annual attorney fees. Darraslaw is the nation's top disability and long-term care insurance litigation firm. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Collection of Applicant Flow Data, Data on Hiring Process Flow, and Use of it ...
Nature.comNovember 30, 2011

This 90-minute webinar on creating an Affirmative Action Plan will show how you can collect Applicant Flow data, track information from the hiring process and use it to build Affirmative Action Plans. The federal government requires Affirmative Action...more »

Carbon Trade Wars: Why US Should Accept EU Rules on Aviation Emissions
Huffington PostNovember 11, 2011

Such measures would -- most likely -- be in line with international trade law. It should be in the interest of the US not to discredit measures that address competitiveness concerns and leakage by fighting them internationally. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Lease Up: Chrysler To Increase US Facilities Investments to $4.5 Bil
CoStar GroupNovember 8, 2011

The company will also be entitled to an allowance of $3.3 million from the landlord for tenant improvements. one of the nation's largest independent hotel management companies, will open a new headquarter office in Atlanta, GA. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Airlines files for bankruptcy
ReutersNovember 30, 2011

Bankruptcy gives AMR a chance to pare less profitable operations, and could result in the sale of flight routes. The process also gives AMR more flexibility, according to Jack Williams, a professor of law at Georgia State University. ...more »

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Local attorney part of litigation team in Penn State abuse scandal
Main LineNovember 29, 2011

“If that happens, I expect to apply my significant experience in class actions and complex litigation to at least be a member of the team to work on these cases.” The attorneys who have been hired to represent the person identified as victim one in the ...more »

Business Law
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Lawyers make a case for advertising
Tampabay.comNovember 25, 2011

In the same way Morgan was inspired to advertise after seeing it work inside other law firms in the late 1970s, Culpepper and Kurland learned about advertising over five years working for Morgan & Morgan before heading out on their own. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Why the Military Needs Our Top Students
PolicyMicNovember 29, 2011

Opposition to military recruitment on these campuses should recognize the benefits of an officer corps with a liberal education that can better work to bridge the gap between the public and the military. Since their founding, many elite American ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police search home of child porn suspect, seize property
KSL-TVNovember 30, 2011

Immediately, both the Massachusetts and Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force groups were notified. "We have been involved in the investigation into Professor Smith since before the plane landed in Massachusetts," said Ken Wallentine, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Getting Your Life Back After an Injury
Above the LawNovember 29, 2011

It's no accident First Personal Injury is one of the United Kingdom's leading personal injury law firms. If you're in the UK and have suffered personal injury, whether through an auto accident, medical malpractice or any other cause, get in touch with ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'OCCUPIED' Constitutional Amendment Would Eliminate Due Process for Corporations (blog)November 30, 2011

The amendment would also exempt media companies and their corporate parents. Under pre-Citizens United law, news outlets enjoyed a monopoly among private companies on free political speech, meaning companies that owned those news outlets – General ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Wiley Rein LLP | Prior Knowledge Exclusion Bars Coverage for Legal Malpractice...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)November 29, 2011

A Connecticut Superior Court has granted summary judgment in favor of an insurer, holding that there is no coverage for a legal malpractice claim against an insured pursuant to the policy's prior knowledge exclusion where, prior to the policy period's ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Over $1 Billion in Consumer Rebates at Risk as NAIC Shifts Stance
Kansas City infoZineNovember 23, 2011

Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, strongly opposes yesterday's decision by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to weaken a new consumer protection that brings value to health insurance. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Nine in 10 US Lawyers Now Using Smart Phones for Work Tasks, According to ALM ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 28, 2011

ALM Legal Intelligence offers detailed business information for and about the legal industry, focused on the top US and international law firms. The division's online research Web service, , provides subscribers with direct ...more »

Kathleen Sebelius' Gruesome Moral Calculus
National Catholic RegisterNovember 29, 2011

But under federal law, every juvenile who is exploited in commercial sex is also a victim — period. A juvenile cannot consent to engage in commercial sex under the law. Commercial sexual exploitation is not Pretty Woman (the unrealistic movie with ...more »

Sports Law
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AK Party deputy asks Gül not to approve match-fixing law
Today's ZamanNovember 27, 2011

Former journalist and new Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy Şamil Tayyar sent a letter to President Abdullah Gül on Saturday, asking him not to approve an amendment to a law covering sports crimes that will reduce prison terms for those ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeffrey Feiler Achieves Martindale-Hubbell "AV ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 21, 2011

MIAMI, FL, Nov 21, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Feiler Law Firm is pleased to announce that Martindale-Hubbell, esteemed legal reviewer, has awarded Miami criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Feiler the coveted "AV Preeminent" rating. ...more »

Tax notices needn't ruin your holidays
OCRegisterNovember 28, 2011

Here is the link:,,id=243822,00.html. This program has a lot of paperwork to complete, but it may be a good option if you can't pay your full tax liability, or if doing so creates a financial hardship. For tax audit...more »

'Employment law proposals will help to address culture of non-management of ... 24, 2011

Undoubtedly, employees involved in such conversations with their employer will need to be sheltered from any potential discrimination relating to their age, gender and sexual and/or religious orientation. Employers also have a duty of dignity and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Locke Lord Continues Global Growth: Announces Plans To Expand London Office
MarketWatch (press release)November 7, 2011

Roger G. Abrahams is a well-regarded solicitor and businessman in the UK and has extensive international law firm management experience. He has decades of experience advising clients in the real estate, automotive and banking and finance industries. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Ecology and Safety Symposium
Nature.comNovember 30, 2011

Alternative energy sources for reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Biofuels. Geophysics. Atmospheric physics. Physical oceanography. Meteorology and hydrology. Satellite applications in the environment. Ecology, philosophy, sociology and law. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Lawyer selling North Stamford 4BD
BlockshopperNovember 29, 2011

Ms. Ripegno is an associate at the Law Offices of Seth J. Arnowitz LLC, where her areas of practice include real estate, probate, guardianship and conservatorship and wills. She earned her bachelor's degree from Boston University and her law degree ...more »

Family Law
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Sacramento judge's role in divorce of his future wife raises questions
Sacramento BeeNovember 27, 2011

The judge said he accompanied his future wife to proceedings at the courthouse to provide moral support only, not as her legal representative. Several family-law experts, however, said that any hint of unequal treatment is especially problematic in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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House expected to pass federal workers' comp bill
GovExec.comNovember 29, 2011

The House is expected to vote Tuesday evening on legislation that aims to provide greater support for some feds injured on the job and to make the workers' compensation program more accountable. ...more »


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