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Latinos Call for Immigration Reform, Not Record Deportations
Inter Press ServiceNovember 1, 2011

NEW YORK, Nov 1, 2011 (IPS) - In his campaign, President Barack Obama promised to make comprehensive immigration reform a top priority – a pledge mainly directed at Latino voters. But in his nearly three years in office, ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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44 judges face internal probe in UP
Indian ExpressNovember 8, 2011

The list, titled 'Data Regarding Administrative/ Disciplinary Action Against Judicial Officers', covers the period between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011. The authorities in charge of the investigations against the judicial officers are either the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Employers Consider Dropping Insurance Plans Once Health Law Provisions Take Effect
Fox NewsNovember 1, 2011

AP October 20, 2011: Patients receive free dental care at a free health clinic sponsored by CareNow at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Three years before the new health care law takes full effect, a survey of employers has found 30 percent ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Bouhan, Williams & Levy selected as "Best Law Firms" by US News ...
CarriageTradePR.com (press release)November 1, 2011

The firm was also selected for the 2010 US News & World Report's Best Law Firms Rankings, the first year of the rankings. Bouhan Williams & Levy LLP was selected in Savannah for the “first tier” for the categories of Admiralty & Maritime Law; ...more »

Immigration Law
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Where are investigative journalists when you need them?
Opelika Auburn NewsNovember 9, 2011

One of the favorite complaints of the new Alabama law had to do with local law enforcement asking for immigration status when lawful contact is made. No journalist to date, that I know of, has researched this issue or reported on the legality of this ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Full text: White paper on rural poverty reduction
China DailyNovember 16, 2011

It has taken comprehensive measures to reverse the trend of desertification in Karst areas to realize the integration of industrial development and development-oriented poverty reduction by closing off hills for the growth of trees and grass, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Senecas to seek arbitration to resolve casino funds dispute
Buffalo NewsNovember 3, 2011

If the state puts up no obstacles then an arbitration process — which involves both sides picking arbitrators, who then would pick a third member of the panel — could be resolved in three months, Porter said. Porter also expressed concerns that Cuomo ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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US government sues mortgage broker in NY, alleging lending fraud on $834M in ...
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

According to the lawsuit, nearly 32 percent of the 112324 home loans originated by Allied between Jan. 1, 2001, and the end of 2010 have defaulted, resulting in more than $834 million in insurance claims paid by HUD. The lawsuit said the default rate ...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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Reflect Scientific, Inc. Strengthens Liquid Nitrogen Cooling Intellectual...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Reflect Scientific continues to build a strong intellectual property portfolio around the liquid nitrogen cooling technology that is used in refrigerated trailers for the transportation of perishable goods. The regeneration system described in the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Baron & Budd, PC Supports National Lung Cancer Awareness Month
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, PC has a more than 30-year history of "Protecting What's Right" for asbestos sufferers and their families. As one of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New Issue 2 campaign slogans and other missed opportunities in 2011: Mark Naymik
Plain DealerNovember 6, 2011

Thanks to a fight over a new collective bargaining law, the Buckeye State is filled with misleading slogans, ridiculous recorded phone calls and commercials that cater to the extremes. So, as a public service before Election Day, I'm writing a few ...more »

KHL plane crash investigation puts blame on pilot error
Washington Post (blog)November 2, 2011

The Interstate Aviation Committee said the Sept. 7 crash was caused by a pilot inadvertently applying the wheel brakes during takeoff and then pulling up on the control wheel too sharply in order to get the plane off the ground. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Mayor Ed Lee backs Malia Cohen's health care fix
San Francisco ChronicleNovember 2, 2011

Legal aid: San Francisco would offer eligible low-income litigants involved in custody battles, tenant-landlord disputes and other civil cases access to free legal counsel - a constitutional right now reserved for criminal defendants - under ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Alleged truck thief faces 10 charges
Toronto StarNovember 1, 2011

Records show Meadus declared bankruptcy in 2000. Since then, he has been charged with at least 20 criminal offences and several others under the Highway Traffic Act. Most of the charges occurred in Brampton, with the rest in Toronto or Mississauga. ...more »

Litigation
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Goodwin Procter Selected for 19 Top Tier National Practice Rankings in US News ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Goodwin was ranked in 71 metropolitan practice categories overall in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, DC The firm was honored for excellence in Corporate Governance, FDA Law, Public Finance, ...more »

Business Law
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David Williams' father-in-law gives another $1.5 million to political committee
Louisville Courier-JournalNovember 1, 2011

The father-in-law of Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams has contributed $1.5 million more to a political committee that is paying for most of the broadcast advertising advocating Williams' election. Terry Stephens, a Russell Springs ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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F-35s don't benefit community
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineNovember 2, 2011

But we should cease defending a policy of massive Pentagon spending, simply in order to protect existing military contractor jobs. Federal job creation can generate positive benefits for our community, but producing more F-35s will not.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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7 Charged with Using Malware to Rack Up $14M in Fake Ad Revenue
PCWorldNovember 10, 2011

The alleged scheme, which ran from 2007 to 2011, was first discovered at NASA, where 130 computers were infected. The defendants are being charged with 27 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and computer-related crimes. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Time for No-Fault Reform
PropertyCasualty360November 1, 2011

In an effort to hold down costs, the state adopted a fee schedule limiting the amount insurers have to pay for common medical treatments associated with car accidents. The state's medical society took issue with the change and sued to stop its ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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APNewsBreak: NH rep drops gay marriage amendment
Boston.comNovember 1, 2011

David Bates, the Windham Republican who also is sponsor of the repeal bill, told The Associated Press on Tuesday he wants to let the Legislature consider repealing the law enacted under Democrats two years ago before debating a constitutional change...more »

Professional Malpractice
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ABA loves Big Labor, but not rule of law
Washington ExaminerNovember 8, 2011

They help make the legal mess, then hire themselves out to navigate you through it. This is the moral equivalent of legal malpractice.” So that nobody misconstrues that the ABA is officially against the rule of law, it has its own Rule of Law...more »

Consumer Protection
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Debit Fees and Deceit: Bank of America's Fake 'Grassroots Campaign' Exposed
Berkeley Daily PlanetNovember 2, 2011

When the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 was signed, the country's financial giants knew it posed a threat to a host of "transaction fees" that helped banks and credit card companies rack up $16 billion in profits in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Security Concerns Limit Law Firms' Use of Cloud Computing, The American ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Respondents were all among the 200 largest US law firms. Full survey results are available from ALM Legal Intelligence at www.almlegalintelligence.com . ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news and ...more »

Glaxo, AT&T, Visa, Facebook, Rajaratnam in Court News
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., the world's biggest payment networks, put any potential settlement of price-fixing litigation by merchants at about $4 billion. MasterCard “extrapolated an estimate of a reasonably possible loss of at least $500 million ...more »

Sports Law
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Texans OLB Williams feels good less than a month after surgery
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

Williams grew up around military families in North Carolina, and his brother-in-law served in the US Army and was killed in Iraq in 2003. Williams says he's considering a career in law enforcement after his playing career is over, an aspiration that ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Taxpayers Pay Billions for Dysfunctional Criminal Justice but Senator Webb ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)November 3, 2011

Mandatory sentencing laws are stark and cold and do not allow judges to consider the facts of each case say LibertyBell Law Group's criminal defense attorneys. In effect, mandatory sentencing shifts power from judges to prosecutors as it gives ...more »

Obama audits me. Who will audit him?
WND.comNovember 8, 2011

That's just the way it works in recent Democratic Party administrations – the IRS is used as a political attack dog against its "enemies." During Bill Clinton's administration, my news organization was singled out for a nine-month-long IRS...more »

Vicious act against a marginalized sector
Inquirer.netNovember 13, 2011

No ordinary man can grasp the idea of how much mentally impaired people struggle to keep their sanity intact, how to deal with discrimination and social bigotry, and how to lead normal lives despite our condition. Most of those afflicted with mental ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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10-Q: M&T BANK CORP
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkNovember 9, 2011

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act") was signed into law on July 21, 2010. That law has and will continue to significantly change the bank regulatory structure and affect the lending, deposit, investment, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Rick Perry in Des Moines defends his work opposing ethanol
DesMoinesRegister.comNovember 4, 2011

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association on Tuesday issued a stinging assessment of Perry's stand on energy. Perry is the only candidate for the Republican nomination campaigning in Iowa that has not opposed an effort by Texas Congressmen to ban a 15 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Most boomers don't have living wills
The Associated PressNovember 16, 2011

For baby boomer William Walsh in Petersburg, Va., drafting a living will hasn't crossed his mind. "I just haven't really thought about it to tell you the truth," said Walsh, 61. "You always think something is going to happen to the other guy, not you. ...more »

Family Law
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Demand rockets for free legal aid
Limerick PostNovember 3, 2011

DEMAND for free legal advice on debts and marriage crises have doubled in Limerick, to the extent that a clinic dedicated to dealing with family law has been set up. A spokesperson for the Citizens Information Centre praised local ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp plan administrator responds to comments
Little Falls Evening TimesNovember 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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