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Time Warner Trims Its Excesses
New York TimesNovember 1, 2011

To him, the company's corporate headquarters in the gleaming towers of the Time Warner Center is an “indulgence,” a giant reminder of past mistakes made by one of the world's largest media companies. “There was a burgeoning overhead reaching $500 ...more »

Dispute delays revenue-sharing payouts
USA TodayNovember 1, 2011

The money involved is substantial because the league collected roughly $200 million (12.4% of each contract's face value) from players, and probably three-quarters of that money will be returned to players. Ten teams qualify for revenue sharing, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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2 ex-State Street executive cleared of charges
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

Two former executives of State Street Bank & Trust Co. have been cleared of federal civil fraud charges of misleading investors about their potential risk from subprime mortgage investments in 2007. The chief administrative law judge at the Securities ...more »

Health Care Law
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Insurers Seek to Avoid 'Worst of All Worlds' in Health-Care Case
BloombergNovember 3, 2011

In a challenge to the health-care law brought by 26 states, a federal appeals court took exactly that approach, declaring in August that the mandate is unconstitutional while saying the rest of the law could stand. The Supreme Court may say later this ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Former law enforcement lawmakers team up to end speed traps
HollandSentinel.comNovember 2, 2011

Rick Jones and Mike Nofs, both former law enforcement officials, introduced Senate Bill 795 Wednesday to ensure speed limits posted in Michigan are scientific and safe. “The intent of Public Act 85 in 2006 was to stop under-posting. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comNovember 4, 2011

Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Billionaire Navajos Rated Above California Plan First Bonds: Muni Credit
BloombergNovember 1, 2011

Photographer: Laura Segall/Bloomberg Raymond Nopah, chief financial officer of the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development, at the site of a proposed entertainment complex in Window Rock, Arizona. Raymond Nopah, chief financial officer of the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Justice Court Docket: ADR helps court get the job done
Willcox Range NewsNovember 3, 2011

If an answer is filed and the case is not otherwise resolved, we refer the case to the Cochise County Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, where a hard-working ADR volunteer hears the case and makes a non-binding decision. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Beware of information from social media when hiring: PLUS conference
Business InsuranceNovember 4, 2011

She was among the speakers participating in a panel titled “EPLI Litigation: One Degree of Separation Between Employees' Use of Social Networking and Employers Exposures?” Also speaking was Sarah K. Goldstein, a partner with law firm Kaufman Dolowich ...more »

Animal Law
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Judge revokes permit for truck stop tiger long an attraction for motorists ...
Washington Post (blog)November 3, 2011

The Animal Legal Defense Fund contends it's dangerous holding a big tiger at a business. It recalled last month's episode when an owner of exotic wildlife in Ohio released wild animals before taking his life. “Louisiana has a law designed to protect ...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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U.S. News - Best Lawyers Ranks Akerman Senterfitt Among "Best Law Firms ...
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

As part of this year's Best Law Firms rankings, Akerman was named US News - Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in Litigation - Real Estate. For the first time, one law firm in each of the practice areas ranked nationally received the prestigious 2011 ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Race and Occupy Cal - A personal journal as the 'movement' heads to Berkeley ...
Oakland LocalNovember 18, 2011

“We are going to talk about getting rid of Prop 209, the affirmative action ban.” Now, I'm really down with that. At the entrance of Barrows Hall, I see the chair of the African American Studies Charles Henry, and three of his colleagues, ...more »

Youths have an admiral for air show guide
Florida Times-UnionNovember 9, 2011

Retired Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, a docent for local US Navy Sea Cadets, talks to Navy Junior ROTC students from area schools about aircraft that performed at the “Centennial of Naval Aviation” air show Nov. 4. It's time for the annual air show. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Ask Amy: Freezing, sneezing tenant wages rent strike against parents
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

I know that they are landlords but I don't see why I should be paying for my sister to be living in a nice on-campus apartment while I am freezing here at home. -- Cold and Breathless DEAR COLD: Your parents are telling you through their actions that ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Reputed mobsters charged with taking over company
The Associated PressNovember 1, 2011

Authorities say the plot started in April 2007, when the younger Scarfo and his associate Salvatore Pelullo, who has previously been convicted of financial crimes, decided to take over FirstPlus Financial Group, a publicly traded mortgage company based ...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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Los Angeles Traffic Ticket Lawyers at Your Ticket Doctor Now Assist Commercial ...
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Transition Benefits: Navy Programs Provide Benefits for Separating Sailors
Insurance News Net (press release)November 8, 2011

Navy assistance programs for separating Sailors, as well as some enhanced transition benefits unique for Sailors not selected for retention by the Enlisted Retention Board, are outlined in NAVADMIN 332/11, released Nov. 4 . ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Security firm: Hacking attacks traced to China hit chemical, military-related...
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

BEIJING — Cyber attacks traced to China targeted at least 48 chemical and military-related companies in an effort to steal technical secrets, a US computer security company said Tuesday, adding to complaints about pervasive Internet crime linked to ...more »

Personal Injury
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California Supreme Court Rules Against Personal Injury Plaintiffs
U.S. Politics TodayNovember 10, 2011

The California Supreme Court narrowed the collateral source rule and ruled that defendants in personal injury lawsuits should be able to reap the benefit of a plaintiff having invested in health insurance. November 10, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In ...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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Leagle.comNovember 17, 2011

We hold that the circuit court was correct in determining that appellant's claims are barred by the two-year statute-of-limitations period set forth in the Arkansas Medical Malpractice Act (the Act). Ark. Code Ann. § 16-114-203(a) (Repl. 2006). ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bumped off, blown off – and ticked off
Independent Online (blog)November 2, 2011

One customer-unfriendly practice that the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) is intended to discourage is one that airlines worldwide routinely do. It's called overbooking and it works like this: they deliberately overbook their flights to compensate for ...more »

Real Estate Law
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U.S. News - Best Lawyers Ranks Akerman Senterfitt Among "Best Law Firms ...
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

As part of this year's Best Law Firms rankings, Akerman was named US News - Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in Litigation - Real Estate. For the first time, one law firm in each of the practice areas ranked nationally received the prestigious 2011 ...more »

NY group seeks local government mandate relief
Wall Street JournalNovember 2, 2011

—Add factors that include a local government's ability to pay in a labor contract arbitration and making the process more transparent. —Eliminate some state provisions in public construction that drive up the cost by assuring more union work. ...more »

Sports Law
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N.J. voters to decide on legalizing sports betting | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 8, 2011

Christie said he would support such legislation if Tuesday's referendum question passes. But gambling legal experts cautioned that it could take months, even years, for the process to play out in court. The main sticking point for New Jersey and other ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney suggests evidence withheld in Richter case
Fort Dodge MessengerNovember 3, 2011

Jurors were removed from a Fort Dodge courtoom for more than an hour while attorneys argued over whether Scott Bandstra and the rest of Richter's defense team were given a Division of Criminal Investigation report that former Sac County Attorney Earl ...more »

Can a tax attorney guarantee results?
Tax Law Home (blog)November 19, 2011

While a tax attorney can help you resolve your tax issues, they cannot guarantee a specific result. Each case is unique. Although a tax attorney will know the tax law applicable to a given situation and how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) generally ...more »

Defining Bullying in Greenwich
Patch.comNovember 8, 2011

The new law was crafted to strengthen the previous statute, but also expands the definition of "bullying," incorporates significant revisions aimed at strengthening the existing statute and imposes additional obligations on school employees and school ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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MF Global Exposes Prop-Trading Risk That Volcker Aims to Curb
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

It was the most profitable securities firm in Wall Street history before converting to a bank holding company in 2008, when smaller rival Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. “Jon Corzine made his bones at Goldman Sachs by going big,” said Cohan, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Ghana needs Renewable Energy Authority -Kofi Adda
Modern GhanaNovember 2, 2011

Kofi Adda explained that because of the expensive nature of renewable energy, private sector participants will just flock the sub-sector and begin investing, because of the passage of the Bill into law. As such, the country needs a dedicated agency ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Initiative to help St Michael's Hospice
Basingstoke GazetteNovember 9, 2011

Sheila Glyn-Owen, head of the wills and probate team at Phillips Solicitors, in Basingstoke, said: “Many people are worried by the thought of setting down their wishes in a will, but once they have done so they are immensely relieved. ...more »

Family Law
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Room to breathe in family court
phillyBurbs.comNovember 6, 2011

PFAs, by law, require a judge's participation. Even if the parties reach an agreement, the settlement must be placed on the record and the people involved must state their positions under oath. "It's a different procedure that must be done properly," ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comNovember 9, 2011

This appeal arises from the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Board of Review Final Order dated April 26, 2010, in which the Board affirmed an November 2, 2009, Order of the Workers' Compensation Office of Judges. In its Order, the Office of Judges ...more »


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