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Premier Service Bank Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2011
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

In the Bank's lawsuit against the FDIC, as receiver for 1st Centennial Bank, and against certain former officers of 1st Centennial Bank and 1st Centennial's director and officer liability insurance carrier, the Bank negotiated a settlement, ...more »

Gray, others ordered to testify in DC Lottery lawsuit
Washington TimesNovember 1, 2011

A federal judge has compelled Mayor Vincent C. Gray and two council members to testify about a controversial lottery contract awarded in 2008. The order by US District Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson means Mr. Gray and member ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Federal judge unlikely to approve SEC, Citi settlement
Housing WireNovember 1, 2011

Should Rakoff not get the answers he wants and rejects the settlement, the SEC and Citi could go back to the table, reach an administrative settlement or go to trial. But coming back with a higher dollar figure, as BofA did, may not placate Rakoff ...more »

Health Care Law
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US argues against quick review of Virginia's challenge to health-care law
Richmond Times DispatchNovember 5, 2011

Virginia's lawsuit challenging the new federal health-care law does not merit immediate review by the US Supreme Court, lawyers for the US Department of Justice contend in a response brief to the high court. Instead, federal lawyers argue that Attorney ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The real anti-Catholic bigots
WND.comNovember 1, 2011

The 1965 Voting Rights Act struck down state impediments to black access to the ballot. The 1968 act forbade discrimination in the purchase and sale of housing. While these laws restricted the freedom of state officials, restaurateurs, bar owners, ...more »

Immigration Law
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New immigration law brings in not just illegal residents but legal ones, too
Anniston StarNovember 6, 2011

But last month a federal appeals court overturned that decision, stating that it is unlawful to charge someone for being in the state illegally because being in the state illegally is already a federal crime. Still, that decision on appeal didn't ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The PBS host talks about his Obama problem and Occupy Wall Street VIDEO
SalonNovember 7, 2011

The bank's latest act of arrogance — announcing a new monthly fee on debit card users — was the tipping point for many customers. Sure, bank officials finally blinked, canceling plans for the new fee and explaining that they had “listened to our ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Monolith Software Selected For Cloud Vendor Showcase
PR Web (press release)November 1, 2011

"Monolith is uniquely able to help ensure the elasticity and flexibility of cloud services by offering one mediation layer, one database, unified operational intelligence and a multi-tenant visualization interface that increases operational efficiency ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Callahan & Blaine Alleges Racketeering and Corruption in Lawsuit Filed Against ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Improperly accessing patient records violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"). The suit alleges that Chaudhuri's management company, KM, also sent more than 6000 unauthorized letters to elderly patients telling them ...more »

Animal Law
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Help a puppy, not a lobby
Washington TimesNovember 8, 2011

While national organizations such as HSUS have often not explicitly declared their animal-rights agenda, they lobby for changes in the law that will move us all toward animal-rights goals. These include eliminating the use of animals for any reason, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Merck, Teva, Movie Downloads, Web Poker: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

(This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The US Supreme Court left intact a ruling that lets Merck & Co. block Teva Pharmaceutical ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Pfizer Reports Third-Quarter 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

... (pre-tax) related to certain intangible assets acquired in connection with the Wyeth acquisition and a $701 million (pre-tax) charge for asbestos litigation related to our wholly owned subsidiary, Quigley Company, Inc., both in third-quarter 2010. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The Amicus Briefs on Affirmative Action
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)November 2, 2011

Texas, the latest legal challenge to affirmative action that may wind up on the US Supreme Court's docket. Opponents of affirmative action have filed briefs urging the High Court to take the case, while supporters have just been invited by the Court to ...more »

US Travel urges aviation security reforms
etravelblackboard.usNovember 2, 2011

After a decade of enhanced aviation security post 9/11, US Travel Association president Roger Dow is set to testify in a Senate Committee Hearing on 2 November, claiming current security procedures are hampering travel and US economy growth. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jim Porter: Landlord's right to enter a house
Sierra SunNovember 4, 2011

The law recites that the landlord may not abuse the right of access to harass the tenant. Whether a residence has been aban doned may depend upon whether the power is on, whether the tenant has given notice or returned the keys, whether there are ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lockout villains: A lot of blame to go around
SportingNews.comNovember 1, 2011

Stern has repeatedly patted himself on the back for getting owners to make “concessions” on those issues, but as union officials repeatedly point out, he shouldn't get credit for making concessions on an impossible proposal. In the bigger picture, ...more »

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Consero Announces the 2011 Corporate Litigation Forum
MarketWatch (press release)November 8, 2011

NEW YORK, Nov 08, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Consero Group LLC, a leader in creating industry-specific events for senior-level executives, today announced its Corporate Litigation Forum, which is taking place November 13-15, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Lost ...more »

Business Law
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DeWitt Ross & Stevens: Ranked First-Tier Best Law Firm in 25 practice areas
Wisbusiness.comNovember 1, 2011

... responses from thousands of law firm clients and lawyers across the country. Rankings are determined based on criteria such as expertise, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, civility and whether a client or lawyer would refer business to a firm. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Column: What military service means for Social Security
Wausau Daily HeraldNovember 12, 2011

It is important that they -- and other American service personnel -- know just what retirement benefits they can count on from Social Security as they make their future financial plans. Like most of the civilian workforce, all current military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Undercover police arrest Anne Arundel man on child pornography charges
WJLANovember 17, 2011

Members of the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested Robert J. Hudson II, 24, of the 1000 block of Christmas Lane in Gambrills in Anne Arundel County . Tuesday, a state trooper assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children ...more »

Personal Injury
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Officials blast auto insurance 'fraud tax'
Orlando SentinelNovember 1, 2011

... Cabinet blasted auto-insurance fraudsters and marginal health-care providers Tuesday for driving up the costs of personal-injury protection auto coverage, which they say is sticking drivers with a $910-million "fraud tax" built into their premiums. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Bought Justice and the Supreme Court
Business InsiderNovember 4, 2011

The breakdown is becoming so severe that banks can commit rampant foreclosure fraud against debtors and the court system, without consequence. What good is a system of justice that protects the property rights of banks, but not the property rights of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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"Best Law Firms" Rankings by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® Lists Gair, Gair ...
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

... limits its practice to a select group of serious and substantial tort cases in the specialty areas of general negligence, professional and medical malpractice, labor law, construction law, premises liability, product liability and aviation law. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Many parents help kids lie to get on Facebook
CBS NewsNovember 1, 2011

In 1998, Congress passed the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that requires Web sites to "obtain verifiable parental consent" before collecting personal information from children under 13. This very well-intentioned law--enacted long ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Woburn lawyer accused of mortgage fraud
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (blog)November 2, 2011

According to Lawyers Weekly archives, Braese is a real estate and family law attorney, who graduated from New England School of Law. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each of the bank fraud charges.more »

Craig J. Coughlin, Democratic incumbent
MyCentralJersey.comNovember 3, 2011

Public officials should be required to disclose when a family member is about to be hired, or where a family member or where a former or current business associate directly or indirectly benefits from a public contract not awarded through a process ...more »

Sports Law
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You still can't beat the 1960 Series
Pasadena Star-NewsNovember 1, 2011

In fact, if you remove Vernon Law and Harvey Haddix (a combined 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA in the series) from the stats, Pittsburgh pitchers were 0-3 with a 12.75 ERA. Game Seven easily was the most exciting series-decider ever. Pittsburgh led 4-0 after four ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Opening statement still haunts Baez, Casey Anthony
Chicago TribuneNovember 14, 2011

The opening statement defense attorney José Baez delivered during Casey Anthony's criminal trial continues to shadow the lawyer and haunt his client. Lawyers attending a recent Orange County Bar Association forum ...more »

Official alleges illegal meeting
The Daily News of NewburyportNovember 8, 2011

By Jennifer Solis Correspondent WEST NEWBURY — Selectman Tom Atwood has filed a complaint with the Massachusetts attorney general's office alleging his colleagues violated the state Open Meeting Law in their handling of a forensic audit of the town's ...more »

Leagle.comNovember 7, 2011

... give rise to an inference of age discrimination. 2 They do not. Skalafuris contends that the DOC violated various civil service rules, but fails to demonstrate any connection between these alleged violations and his allegations of age discrimination.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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National Family Caregivers Month Time To Applaud Caregivers and Help Them ...
ForbesNovember 16, 2011

New York law firm Littman Krooks LLP assists caregivers and their loved ones to plan for medical needs, estate planning and asset protection, and preservation of government benefits. Our New York City, White Plains or Fishkill elder law and estate ...more »

Environmental Law
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EU faces growing row over jet carbon plan
Reuters UKNovember 2, 2011

A working paper due to be discussed there Wednesday, seen by Reuters, urged the UN's aviation standards body to tell the EU to abandon unilateral proposals and back ICAO efforts to come up with a global alternative within two years. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Sound Bite Q For November 2, 2011
SouthFloridaGayNews.comNovember 2, 2011

With Smith's extensive expertise by his side, it is reasonable to assume that Castrataro will significantly expand its presence in the areas of wills, trusts, and probate. Good luck to both of you. I want to tell you about a special World AIDS Day ...more »

Family Law
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State passes autism coverage law
liherald.comNovember 2, 2011

He has continually stood up for my family and every other family with autism, and we will never forget what he did for us.” New York joins 28 other states that have enacted similar autism insurance reform laws. The law was supported by Autism Speaks, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Colorado Workers' Compensation Loss Cost Rates To Go Up In 2012 (press release)November 1, 2011

Denver, CO ( - Colorado employers will see a small increase in the premiums they pay for workers' compensation insurance in 2012. The Colorado Division of Insurance has announced that the “loss costs” component of workers' ...more »


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