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Congress Questions the IRS About Delays in Its Oversight of Nonprofit Hospitals
New York TimesNovember 1, 2011

In particular, Mr. Boustany asked the IRS to explain its plans for monitoring the so-called community benefits that nonprofit hospitals provided. He also wanted the agency to outline how it would comply with requirements for filing annual reports to ...more »

Mayor Vincent Gray feels vindicated by House report on Sulaimon Brown's claims
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

... according to the mayor's staff. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that Brown appeared to receive money-order contributions from people with ties to a Gray campaign consultant and found circumstantial evidence that Brown ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Attorneys: Rockford abortion clinic suspension close to resolution
Rockford Register StarNovember 1, 2011

Attorneys Eva Byerley of the Illinois Department of Public Health and Harold Hirshman of SNR Denton's Chicago office told administrative law Judge Cynthia Ramirez that they could return before her in a matter of days with a settlement. ...more »

Health Care Law
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FACT CHECK: The myths of Obamacare in GOP campaign
The Associated PressNovember 3, 2011

Finally, a state has to enact its own health law setting up the system envisioned in its waiver request. Romney's assertion also implies that all states would want to get out of the health care law. That's a doubtful proposition for Democratic-leaning ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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GPS Inventor Tells Supreme Court: GPS Tracking Without A Warrant Should Be Illegal
Fleet GPS News (press release)November 1, 2011

Jones case. Easton wants the Supreme Court to take a closer look at how GPS tracking technology works and act to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans. The Jones case will set the precedent for the legality and limitations of GPS tracking ...more »

Immigration Law
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Feds Make Statistical Strides Curbing Illegal Immigration But States Pass ... Legal News CenterNovember 2, 2011

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced in October that it set a new record for deportation in the year that ended Sept 30. ICE deported 396906 people by setting enforcement priorities and executing the plan, according to director John Morton. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Doe Run Company Promotes Matt Wohl to Vice President of Law
STLtoday.comNovember 1, 2011

During his tenure with Doe Run, Wohl has been involved in proposed plans to repurpose the company's property in Herculaneum into an industrial park, which could support port development. He has also been instrumental in providing legal counsel in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SunGard Links to Billtrust's CompleteBilling Service to Help Deliver Holistic ...
Bobsguide (press release)November 1, 2011

... collections and dispute resolution to electronic invoice presentment and payment (EIPP), including auto-cash processing. Corporations are commonly challenged by the high costs, inefficiencies and inaccuracies associated with the billing process. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Atwater: PIP fraud is taking drivers 'to the cleaners'
Orlando Sentinel (blog)November 1, 2011

Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers, are singling out Florida's PIP law for lawsuit reform in the coming 2012 legislative session. Atwater tapped Robin Westcott this summer to serve as Florida's insurance consumer advocate, and she has led a working ...more »

Animal Law
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Los Angeles Dog Barking Law Approved By City Council
Huffington PostNovember 2, 2011

11/ 2/11 11:54 AM ET AP The City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that fines owners of excessively barking dogs $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second and $1000 for a third if a Department of Animal Services hearing officer decides the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Next Smart Start Workshop to cover intellectual properties
nwitimes.comNovember 10, 2011

HAMMOND | The Hammond INnovation Center and the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center will present their next Smart Start Workshop, "Intellectual Property Made Simple," from 7:30 to 9 am Nov. 17 at 5209 Hohman Ave. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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December 1, 2011 Perrin Conferences hosts Litigating Asbestos Cases in Today's ...
PR Web (press release)November 3, 2011

... New York, NY, co-chair the one-day conference, Litigating Asbestos Cases in Today's Economic Environment, debating the economic challenges in Asbestos Litigation that are confronting litigators, Insurance providers, and corporations. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Lifestyle Features Rare find
CitizenNovember 16, 2011

Diamond In The Rough is a TV reality model search show that is a bit like affirmative action. Well, sort of. It was designed to redress past discrimination against women who do not quite fit the “model type” description, to set up measures to improve ...more »

1 hurt after battery discharges at O'Hare
ABC7Chicago.comNovember 1, 2011

The Chicago Department of Aviation says luggage was being unloaded in a ramp area when an industrial battery packed in a checked case accidentally discharged. The owner of the luggage, who may be an engineer, was questioned by authorities, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Stark County landlord faces federal discrimination complaint
New Philadelphia Times ReporterNovember 1, 2011

The complaint alleges that property managers, at John Ruth's instruction, have limited the number of black tenants at those complexes, misrepresented the availability of units to prospective black tenants and treated black applicants and tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The Impact of Divorce on Cosigned Poor Credit Car Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)November 1, 2011

If you cosigned for terrible credit auto loans with an ex spouse you need to understand your responsibilities. We've come across this issue a number of times because we've been engaged in bad credit auto ...more »

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Visa, Facebook, Deutsche Bank, Dynegy, Lehman in Court News
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

3 (Bloomberg) -- 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 ...more »

Business Law
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Pizza war gets out of hand as Lake City police accuse Domino's managers of ...
Florida Times-UnionNovember 1, 2011

He said he had taken down some of their local advertising at intersections.” Papa John's owner Jake Wilkes said he was “dumbfounded over how somebody could go to those lengths over pizza” when he spoke with Times-Union news partner First Coast News. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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US Honors Military Personnel on Veterans Day
Voice of America (blog)November 12, 2011

Mr. Obama called for ensuring that military personnel who do come home receive adequate care, benefits and opportunity. The president highlighted steps he has taken to help, including ordering the federal government to hire more veterans and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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UK conference seeks cooperation on cyberspace
msnbc.comNovember 1, 2011

In September, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan proposed to the United Nations a global code of conduct including the principle that "policy authority for Internet-related public issues is the sovereign right of states". ...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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Health Reform Law to Face Constitutional Test in Supreme Court
PBS NewsHourNovember 15, 2011

Today, the justices agreed to hear arguments next spring on the constitutionality of the Patient and Protection Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010. It's been challenged by 26 states. At issue is whether Congress has the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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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 »

Consumer Protection
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NCC handling 7800 complaints monthly
BusinessLIVENovember 3, 2011

The National Consumer Commission is handling 7800 complaints on average per month from consumers regarding goods and services rendered since the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) came into force in April this year. Addressing the consumer rights conference ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New Canaan's New Openness to Affordable Housing
New York TimesNovember 11, 2011

But it was a likely factor in the town's development of 60 units of subsidized housing in the interim. Avalon's suit against the town in the '90s was closely watched because it was only the second ever filed under the state's affordable housing law, ...more »

Software Finds Place in Posse
Wall Street JournalNovember 3, 2011

Law-enforcement and intelligence agencies are increasingly relying on information from the Web and electronic records to help solve crimes and evaluate threats, producing a stream of new business for companies that can ...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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Former NJ Gov. Corzine steps down from collapsed securities firm, hires ...
Washington PostNovember 6, 2011

MF Global's implosion, which came after Corzine made a big, risky bet on European debt, revived memories of the 2008 banking crisis and the ruin of the much bigger Lehman. As Corzine, 64, stepped down as chairman and CEO, he said he felt “great sadness ...more »

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The Associated PressNovember 15, 2011

The players responded Monday by vowing to file an antitrust lawsuit. The owners are continuing legal action of their own. So, after months of hard feelings, contentious negotiations and downright ridiculous claims (did a union attorney really say ...more »

Business Q&A with Daniel Johnson
NewsOK.comNovember 1, 2011

Examples of such limitations include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New York Medicaid Changes Affect Estate Plans
ForbesNovember 2, 2011

Our New York City, White Plains and Fishkill estate planning attorneys and elder law attorneys are accomplished in comprehensive estate planning including these new regulations, probate matters, and asset protection. To learn more about New York estate ...more »

Environmental Law
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A Letter from Assemblyman Mike Feuer
Patch.comNovember 2, 2011

This law brings a new level of transparency and accountability to California's public pension funds, while helping ensure that taxpayer dollars do not go toward investing in companies that do business with Iranian energy interests. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Beat
Corsicana Daily SunNovember 14, 2011

Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, tax issues, bankruptcy, and foreclosures. The clinic is open to any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran free of ...more »

Family Law
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Carry on with the cuts and good divorce reforms will fail
The GuardianNovember 6, 2011

For those of us working daily with families facing the emotional upheaval of separation and divorce, it is painfully apparent that too many aspects of family law are not fit for 21st-century purpose. Organisations such as Resolution have long argued ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Compensation fund should privatise admin - Ian Ollis
PoliticswebNovember 2, 2011

Most importantly, this will aid the Fund in extending its coverage to domestic workers. In September, I announced a comprehensive plan to extend Compensation Fund coverage to domestic workers. Domestic workers are currently the only category of ...more »


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