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Goldman buys real estate portfolio from Lehman
MSN MoneyNovember 1, 2011

The sale was previously approved by the bankruptcy court in August. The portfolio is comprised of 10 buildings representing 3 million square feet of space and 30 percent of all commercial real estate in Rosslyn, Va. Monday Properties, which originally ...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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Uganda's Kill Gays law will get parliamentary hearing
Gay News NetworkNovember 1, 2011

The passed motion allows for bills tabled but not made into law during the previous Eighth Parliament to be saved and retained in the Ninth Parliament, New Vision reports. representative Sarah Mpabwa and seconded by Oyam North MP Krispus Ayena of the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Analyst: Health insurance overhaul law needs a hard look by Legislature
Bangor Daily NewsNovember 1, 2011

PORTLAND, Maine — The head of the Maine Center for Economic Policy said state lawmakers are due for a “gut check” on the controversial health care law passed during the last session. Garrett Martin, executive director of the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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More states want federal government's OK to grow hemp
USA TodayNovember 2, 2011

Ron Paul, R-Texas, has introduced a bill that would effectively legalize hemp-growing by excluding low-THC cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act each of the past four legislative sessions, including this year, but the measure has not yet ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration-law seminar educates local officials on E-Verify program
Hilton Head Island PacketNovember 2, 2011

South Carolina's new immigration law will take effect in less than two months, and state authorities held a seminar Tuesday on Hilton Head Island to educate local business owners about the change. The seminar, sponsored by the Hilton ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Telestone Chairman and CEO Daqing Han Interviewed by the Economic Observer
MarketWatch (press release)November 7, 2011

The interview also discusses Mr. Han's rationale for choosing Gu'an, a county in Hebei Province, as the site for Telestone's new TIPS Industrial Park research, development, manufacturing and training facility. He also offers his expectation that the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Golder Markets goldermarkets.com expands in New Zealand – licensed and ...
WebWire (press release)November 2, 2011

GML Golder Markets (NZ) Limited (registration number 3621811) is a member of the Financial Dispute Resolution Service (NZ) and is registered in the Financial Service Provider Register of New Zealand (FSP181044) as obligated by law. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Seeking Compensation for Unpaid Holocaust Era Insurance Claims
US Department of State (press release)November 15, 2011

This voluntary process, with evidentiary standards sensitive to the realities of the Holocaust and with a proven record of success, is a better and more efficient way to ensure payment of Holocaust-era policies than is litigation. ...more »

Animal Law
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Legal Exposure Might Not be Worth the Savings
VetPracticeNews.comNovember 4, 2011

Using a compounded drug instead of an FDA-approved animal medication could open a veterinarian to legal exposure if the animal has a bad outcome. By Marie Rosenthal, MS Some veterinarians believe they are helping clients reduce costs by ordering ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property rights must for a vibrant economy
PakistanToday.com.pkNovember 9, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO) of Pakistan Hameedullah Jan Afridi has said that a series of activities have been planned for implementation during the next year, while the process of developing the infrastructure of IPO is in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Hiring of lawyers is rising slowly, survey shows
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 1, 2011

Lawyers responding to the Robert Half survey said they expected general business and commercial law and litigation to experience the greatest growth over the next three years, followed by health care and labor and employment. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Oklahoma Gears Up For Fight Over Affirmative Action
TPMMuckrakerNovember 9, 2011

Oklahoma is gearing up for a fight over a 2012 ballot amendment that, if passed, would ban affirmative action in the state. Barbara Hoberock of The Tulsa World reports that State Question 759 will likely appear on the ballot in November 2012, ...more »

Sen Moran Leads Bipartisan Effort to Oppose User Fees on General Aviation Aircraft
PoliticalNews.me (press release)November 5, 2011

Moran Leads Bipartisan Effort to Oppose User Fees on General Aviation Aircraft WASHINGTON, DC – US Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) led a bipartisan effort with 22 of his colleagues to voice strong opposition to the Obama Administration's efforts to impose ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Mass. landlord agrees to disability policies
Legal News LineNovember 3, 2011

"Massachusetts law requires landlords to engage in an interactive process with their tenants with disabilities and to do so quickly. Undue delays and failing to follow up can have significant negative consequences. Landlords have to follow through in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Follow From the Wires
SalonNovember 2, 2011

Since then, FirstPlus has filed for bankruptcy, blaming the alleged criminals for wrecking the firm. Fishman said the alleged conspirators were planning one more “piece de resistance:” They wanted to pump up the stock price of FirstPlus and sell off ...more »

Litigation
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The enactment of the America Invents Act brings a variety of post grant ...
Lexology (registration)November 4, 2011

There is no US litigation style discovery permitted, and there can be no “continuation” after final rejection as is the norm in regular patent application prosecution. The final rejections of the claims can be appealed by the patent owner (not the ...more »

Business Law
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Yelp Class Action Dismissal Bolsters Web Publisher Immunity
Corporate CounselNovember 1, 2011

New US District Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California has dismissed a class action against Yelp alleging the online review site extorted advertising from businesses in exchange for favorable treatment. In dismissing the suit with ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Triple S Harley Davidson "Honors the Brave" Through Collections for USO
WBOY-TVNovember 2, 2011

... counselors come and they help veterans submit for their benefits, file claims for their benefits, understand the benefits they're entitled to,” Saffron said. “It's an absolutely free service for anyone who has questions about their military benefits.”more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Meet TPD's latest internet crime tool
KVOA Tucson NewsNovember 8, 2011

What once was a prisoner transport vehicle is now transporting detectives to crime scenes where they're able to work smarter by having the forensics area handy. Giving them the ability to take a computer out of someone's home looking at the hard drive ...more »

Personal Injury
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Watch Out for Winter Perils, Warns First4lawyers
PR Newswire UK (press release)November 7, 2011

Personal Injury law specialists First4lawyers sees the number of reported falls due to slippery dead leaves, snow and ice increase dramatically throughout November and December. November's the month when dead leaves pose the biggest danger, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama Administration Challenges South Carolina Immigration Law
The New AmericanNovember 1, 2011

In fact, the wording of Article I, Section 9 is precisely worded so as not to be confused with any other article of the Constitution. With all this in mind, it is a curious thing to consider how so many men and women trained in the law generally and in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Advocacy Group Seeks Full Access to Doctor Malpractice Database
iHealthBeatNovember 18, 2011

The database was required by law to be confidential and accessible only to certain health care providers and entities. However, the database included a section that was stripped of personal identifiers and accessible to the public, researchers and the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Kids still lie to get on Facebook
msnbc.comNovember 1, 2011

More specifically, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Enacted by US Congress in 1998 (practically the Paleozoic era of the Internet), COPPA requires commercial websites to obtain parental permission before collecting the personal ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Dallas Intellectual Property Law Firm Adds Partner, Changes Name
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

"Keith brings a wealth of trial experience covering federal securities, corporate governance, antitrust, unfair competition, lender liability, commercial contracts, toxic tort, bankruptcy, real estate, environmental law, employment discrimination, ...more »

Streets' use a sweet deal for Red Sox
Boston.comNovember 7, 2011

The BRA's unusual action has gone largely unnoticed, save for a 2008 article in the New England Law Review. Brian Mahler, who is now an attorney in the Massachusetts Superior Court Department, wrote that the BRA had “stretched the definition of ...more »

Sports Law
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Penn State abuse scandal chilling in details, reach
USA TodayNovember 7, 2011

Neither administrator notified law enforcement or child protection officers as required by law. Paterno, 84, also can't escape the fact that 20 of the charges against Sandusky date to the period from 1995 to 1998, when Sandusky was Paterno's defensive ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Jeff Hammerschmidt's 'Forensic Evidence And Child Abuse Cases' Published in ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)November 1, 2011

Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, a Fresno criminal defense attorney with the Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation, has authored a chapter in the popular "Inside the Minds" series by Aspatore Books titled "Forensic Evidence and Child Abuse Cases. ...more »

Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop On Herman Cain (The Note)
ABC News (blog)November 2, 2011

“The IRS has actually gone from a tax collection agency to a taxpayer harassment agency,” Perry said. “On top of the high taxes, Americans pay almost $400 billion to just file their taxes each year. The word, or I should say the phrase, 'IRS audit' may ...more »

Recession Leads to Rise in Employer/Employee Abuses Says Employment and ...
Emailwire (press release)November 15, 2011

The firm has developed a strong knowledge base and experience in workplace issues surrounding race, gender, age, religious and disability discrimination as well as those surrounding breach of contract, unfair competition and fraudulent business ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Morris, Hall & Kinghorn, an Estate Planning Law Firm, Announces Public ...
U.S. Politics TodayNovember 4, 2011

The estate planning law firm of Morris, Hall & Kinghorn will be offering free seminars on living trusts in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Mesa and Tucson, Arizona on November 8th, 9th and 10th. November 04, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The estate planning ...more »

Environmental Law
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Another View: Fast action required on bill to restore the state Low Income ...
The Saginaw News - MLive.comNovember 6, 2011

By Community Voice | Saginaw News Letters By Stacy Erwin Oakes As the chill of winter fast approaches, many area families are already struggling to keep current with their energy bills. During these trying economic times, there are alternative sources ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Follow the paper trail to minimise IHT
Financial TimesNovember 11, 2011

If a will did exist and was admitted to probate, but cannot now be found, copies of the will, any codicils and the grant of probate can be obtained from The Postal Searches and Copies Department, Leeds District Probate Registry, York House, York Place, ...more »

Family Law
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Questions About Family Law
U.S. Politics TodayNovember 2, 2011

Family law can be very complicated, and many people who find themselves embroiled in a family dispute find the legal twists and turns make them feel powerless to act as they feel best for themselves and their family. HUDSON COUNTY, NJ, November 02, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Failed workers comp trust delivers pain to contractors
OregonLive.comNovember 5, 2011

By Jeff Manning, The Oregonian When Lisa Buchan, CEO of Alliance Industrial Group in Portland, opened the letter last month from her company's former workers comp insurer, she "just about flipped." The Oregon Contractors Workers Compensation Trust ...more »

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