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Colts hope to regain their confidence in three-game homestand
WSBT-TVNovember 1, 2011

Those are, and have been, the watch words for a highly successful Colts franchise over the years. Now, the same franchise is struggling along with an 0-8 record at the midway point of the season. The Colts are one of two NFL franchises still without a ...more »

Madoff Family Book's Profits Spark Anger from Victims
KBOINovember 1, 2011

But Catherine Hooper, the woman who's been engaged to Andrew and living with him for the past three years, will profit from the project, which angers some of the victims of Bernie Madoff's multi-billion-dollar investment fraud. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Pflugerville holding second water hearing tonight
Austin American-StatesmanNovember 1, 2011

SouthWest Water Co., which operates Windermere, plans to consolidate Windermere and seven other water and wastewater utilities under the name of another one of its utilities, Monarch. On at 10 am Nov. 8, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Week ahead: Supreme Court announces review of healthcare challenges
The Hill (blog)November 11, 2011

The tax issue matters because federal law prohibits challenges to taxes before they go into effect. The House on Tuesday initiates a bitter partisan fight to eliminate the healthcare law's long-term-care CLASS Act with a subcommittee markup of repeal ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Why Senate should screen NHRC council members
VanguardNovember 1, 2011

One must note that it appears the civil society has also gone to sleep, perhaps after ensuring that the law comes into force. It is time that members of the society, the same way they persuaded the President to sign into law the Act, to also nudge him ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alien law vs. ethics
The Decatur DailyNovember 2, 2011

Allen Stoner, a Decatur lawyer who represents many immigrants seeking citizenship, said the law creates an obstacle to the attorney-client privilege. “This directly confronts attorneys and their clients' rights to confidentiality,” Stoner said. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Duke Sells Three Offices for $27M
GlobeSt.comNovember 7, 2011

“The existing tenant mix, coupled with the development's size and location, make this an ideal space for industrial users in the Detroit area.” Located at the intersection of the I-94 Interchange and Goddard Road, Metro Airport Center is an industrial...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Resolving workplace disputes without legal action
PersonnelToday.comNovember 1, 2011

ADR may be imposed by the courts in all sorts of civil and commercial disputes, not least of which are employment issues, family matters, personal injury and clinical negligence. The courts rely principally on mediation as the legal-bypass route. ...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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Veterinary malpractice lawsuits may rise as pet owners spend more on care
Sun-SentinelNovember 3, 2011

There could be more legal action over pet medical treatments in the future, say attorneys who specialize in animal law. "People's expectations of the quality of care they should receive from veterinarians has gone up with the amount they spend," said ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Dr. Harry J. Guttman, Patent Attorney, Coordinates Small Chemical Business ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 7, 2011

Dr. Guttman coordinated two half-day sessions, "What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know about Patents, Trademarks, and Intellectual Property: Parts 1 and 2," for the Division of Small Chemical Businesses at the Joint Regional ACS meeting. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney to defend county, commissioner
Culpeper Star ExponentNovember 2, 2011

Culpeper County attorney Roy Thorpe will be representing Culpeper County and the Culpeper County Commissioner of the Revenue, Terry Yowell in pending litigation filed by a local bus company. Thorpe made the announcement during the Culpeper County Board ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Comic Book MovieNovember 9, 2011

This article is not about race or creed, it's about superheroes that need the same treatment as any other being made into a movie. It's been almost eight years since Blade: Trinity hit theaters, and Wesley Snipes is famously indisposed at the moment. ...more »

BTC considers cutting aviation program
Janesville GazetteNovember 4, 2011

4, 2011 On the agenda: The board could vote to suspend the college's aviation program. Current students would be allowed to finish, but no new students could enroll in the program. ROCK TOWNSHIP — Members of the Blackhawk Technical College Board in ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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San Francisco's Prop. M legacy will be a bill for $122K
San Francisco ExaminerNovember 1, 2011

... damages if a landlord committed any one of 15 listed offenses, including, “interfere with a tenant's right to privacy” and “threaten the tenant, by word or gesture, with physical harm.” The law already prohibited the actions on the list, but Prop. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Judge rejects both Tribune bankruptcy exit plans
Los Angeles TimesNovember 1, 2011

In a 126-page opinion, US Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey said neither plan was confirmable under the Bankruptcy Code and threatened to appoint a bankruptcy trustee to resolve the case if the company and its warring creditors can't come up with a ...more »

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GSI Technology Reports Developments Related to Pending Patent Litigation with ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GSI Technology, Inc. /quotes/zigman/92694/quotes/nls/gsit GSIT +3.40% today reported on recent developments related to its pending patent litigation with Cypress Semiconductor Corp. ...more »

Business Law
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Theft of game hens could cost Ark. sheriff his job
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland filed a petition Monday asking for Searcy County Sheriff Kenney Cassell's removal from office. Hiland says the theft of Cornish game hens is "an infamous crime" that bars Cassell from holding office. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military widows forced to remarry to get benefits
MarketWatchNovember 8, 2011

This is compensation or reparation to widows and widowers for the death of their military spouse. Most surviving spouses receive $1154 a month. But when she turned 57 in September 2010, Wersel became eligible for another monthly benefit under one ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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NPIA pilot scheme will help police gather vital evidence 17, 2011

Every year hundreds of computers and other communications devices are seized by the police as computer crime increases. Every force now has a backlog of these devices waiting to be examined in order to get evidence that can absolve or convict a person ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Attorney Andrew J. Smiley: a 2011 "New York Super Lawyer"
U.S. Politics TodayNovember 1, 2011

The New York City personal injury law firm of Smiley & Smiley, LLP is a Midtown Manhattan family owned and operated firm which has provided personal injury legal representation to thousands of individuals and families since 1968. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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SWF, Unprovoked Assault On Rule Of Law — Tinubu
Leadership NewspapersNovember 2, 2011

“Second, the structural flaws in the law that provide the administering Authority the unfettered right to set up an unlimited number of shadow companies worldwide, to hire any number of outside consultants, to incur unlimited debt and to invest in all ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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American Board of Trial Advocates Names Seattle Attorney Sim Osborn "Trial ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 10, 2011

The attorneys at Osborn Machler represent plaintiffs in personal injury, products liability and professional malpractice cases. Osborn Machler is noted for taking on difficult cases and successfully taking them to settlement or trial. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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House discusses mobile telemarketing bill
Washington Post (blog)November 4, 2011

The House subcommittee on communications and technology discussed updating a bill prohibiting mobile telemarketing, to allow businesses to make robo-calls to mobile phones in certain cases. In his opening statement at the hearing ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Fugitive lawyer's saga leaves colleagues wondering why
Thomson Reuters News & InsightNovember 4, 2011

Douglas Arntsen, a 33-year-old real-estate lawyer at Crowell & Moring, quit his job on Sept. 12, just as one of the firm's clients, Regal Real Estate, was discovering that about $4 million was missing from an escrow account maintained by Crowell. ...more »

GovWin Recon: Nov. 3: Reactions to OFPP Head Departure; DOD Industry
govWin (blog)November 3, 2011

OFPP's Gordon says goodbye to government service [Washington Technology] - Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Administrator Dan Gordon is leaving his post at the end of the year to become associate dean of government procurement law studies at ...more »

Sports Law
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Memo: Legal challenge of BCS unlikely
ESPNNovember 3, 2011

Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican and BCS critic who had asked for a DOJ investigation to determine if the BCS violated antitrust laws. In last year's memo, Hancock wrote that the BCS attorneys "have advised that in the unlikely event that the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Crime victims seek more say in judicial process
Morris Daily HeraldNovember 10, 2011

Jack King, staff attorney for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, based in Washington, DC, agreed. “We have no place for a three-party criminal justice system,” he said. It's the government versus the accused. ...more »

The US Government has no regard for the People or Freedom of Speech
NUG MagazineNovember 3, 2011

Taxes – taxation without representation – Harborside Health Center just got hit with a $2.4 million tax bill after an IRS audit of their 2007 and 2008 tax returns. The government ruled that the dispensary could not make normal business deductions, ...more »

Department of Human Rights picks up pace
Coon Rapids ECM PublishersNovember 10, 2011

By law, the EOC is restricted from taking action in businesses smaller than 15 employers, and in allegations of age discrimination, smaller than 20. “So, very clearly, there are some cases the EOC would never be able to take from the Minnesota ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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You Are Not Alone: Minimizing the Adverse Effects of Probate
The Open Press (press release)November 5, 2011

Michael Wild, the managing partner of Wild Felice, and Partners, PA., a firm specializing in Estate Planning ( ), Asset Protection, and Probate explains, “The process of Probate ( ) is a very complex area of law...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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CD options are matter of principal
Pocono RecordNovember 7, 2011

Can a legal assistant create wills and living trusts legally under Florida law? DEAR JW: You can write your own will, and as long as a legal assistant or some other person doesn?t hold themselves out to be an attorney, they can help you draw a will or ...more »

Family Law
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New Oklahoma law allows families to challenge medical examiner
KXII-TVNovember 3, 2011

ELMORE CITY, OK - The Chanda Turner Reform Act went into effect in Oklahoma yesterday and the new law allows families, like Chanda's, the chance to appeal the medical examiners cause of death ruling. After ten years of waiting, the parents of a Garvin ...more »

Workers Compensation
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From cop shop to crock shop as police sick leave goes viral, costing state a ...
Sydney Morning HeraldNovember 7, 2011

WORKERS' compensation sick leave in the NSW police force has increased five-fold during the past seven years, a government review has found. On a weekday, the number of officers off sick is almost a fifth of those rostered on duty. ...more »


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