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Federal judge dismisses part of fraud case against Citi
Thomson Reuters News & InsightOctober 1, 2011

For plaintiffs: Stuart Grant and Megan McIntyre of Grant & Eisenhoffer. For Citi defendants: Brad Karp, Richard Rosen, Susanna Buergel and Karen King for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. (Reporting by Nick Zieminski) REUTERS / Lucas Jackson.more »

A federal takeover of education
Washington PostOctober 1, 2011

Such federal aid to education came in 1965, the year of liberals living exuberantly, which produced Medicare and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The latter completed the long repudiation of the idea that some sectors of life are ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Racing law as the trainer responsibility rule
HarnesslinkOctober 18, 2011

While the trainer's licensing history is checkered with numerous violations of racing regulations over the course of a decades- long career, Dutrow denies the instant allegations lodged against him, and alternatively takes issue with the severity of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Gloves Come Off During Heated GOP Debate
Wall Street JournalOctober 19, 2011

"Getting the health care costs down in this country is something I think we've got to do at the national level. I intend to do that,'' Mr. Romney responded. The attacks on Mr. Romney's health-care law were only one element of a debate that had multiple ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Columbia County, developers sued over Jones Creek stormwater erosion
The Augusta ChronicleOctober 18, 2011

Columbia County and several developments near Jones Creek golf course were sued Monday in US District Court over allegations that poor engineering design, lax enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act and other misdeeds have allowed ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Law Robs Citizens of Their Own Future: View
BusinessWeekOctober 20, 2011

As governor of a border state with more than 9 million Hispanic residents, he signed into law a Dream Act enabling undocumented immigrants to attend Texas state schools at in-state tuition rates. “We need to be educating these children because they ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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California board OKs cap and trade for carbon emissions
MiamiHerald.comOctober 21, 2011

Dubbed the economic equivalent of "a moonshot" by its backers and a "job killer" by detractors, the "cap and trade" system adopted Thursday sets limits on the amount of carbon dioxide that can be produced by 350 of the state's largest industrial...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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LightSquared and Openet Partner to Deliver Real-Time Subscriber Controls
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

Through the partnership, Openet provides its Convergent Mediation and Convergent Charging offerings to LightSquared's LTE network and supports its service offering to the operator's growing base of customers. Through Openet, LightSquared will provide ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Appeals court decision in Hannaford data breach case could signal new approach
Business InsuranceOctober 24, 2011

BOSTON—An appeals court's decision to permit negligence and contract putative class action litigation to proceed in a grocery store chain data breach because of the alleged damages incurred could signal a change in courts' approach to this issue, ...more »

Animal Law
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Transgender law, others go into effect
Las Vegas Review - JournalOctober 1, 2011

ANIMAL CRUELTY: "Cooney's Law," named after a Reno beagle killed last year by an owner who cut her stomach open with a box cutter, makes it a felony, punishable by at least a year in prison, to "willfully and maliciously" commit cruelty against pets. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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BorgWarner, Apple, BT Porn-Filter, Ward & Smith: Intellectual Property
BloombergOctober 27, 2011

Kodak takes its fiduciary duties “very seriously” and shares bondholders' desire to obtain fair market value for the sale of its intellectual property, the company said in an e- mailed statement responding to the creditor letter. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Released Documents Disclose Secrets Behind Canada's Opposition to US Asbestos Ban
Asbestos.comOctober 31, 2011

However, with this newly-released information, the public may now have a better perspective on how Canada and the United States negotiated about asbestos regulations two decades ago. Asbestos, a toxic mineral that causes diseases like mesothelioma and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Invitation to a Dialogue: Affirmative Action
New York TimesOctober 18, 2011

“College Diversity Nears Its Last Stand” (Sunday Review, Oct. 16) offers insight into the legal status of race-based affirmative action in college admissions. Given the good possibility that the Supreme Court will further limit that form of affirmative ...more »

China to become key market for aviation industry: Airbus chief
XinhuaOctober 15, 2011

TOULOUSE, France, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- China will take center stage in the development of the global aviation industry, Airbus President and CEO Thomas Enders said here Friday. The global aviation industry would expand at an annual rate of over 5 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SL Green Teams with Stonehenge Partners to Acquire NYC Retail/Residential...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Ofer Yardeni, managing partner and co-founder of Stonehenge Partners, said, "The Stonehenge footprint in New York City continues to expand and this venture with one of New York City's pre-eminent real estate companies further enhances our presence and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Harrisburg council approves bankruptcy filing
USA TodayOctober 12, 2011

(AP) – Pennsylvania's financially distressed capital city is seeking Chapter 9 bankruptcy, citing overwhelming debt, but Harrisburg's mayor and top city lawyer said the filing signed by a City Council member was not legal. The petition docketed by US ...more »

Litigation
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Mintz Levin's Nancy D. Adams Elected Officer of Prestigious Chartered Property ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 31, 2011

BOSTON, Oct 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nancy D. Adams, CPCU, a member of the Insurance/Reinsurance Group, Insurance/Bankruptcy Group, and Product Liability and Complex Tort Litigation Group of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC, ...more »

Business Law
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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for October 5
Sacramento BeeOctober 5, 2011

The comic strip was the idea of Chester Gould, and was the first to deal in graphic violence, usually part of a rough morality in which crime did not pay. When Dick Tracy first appeared, there were just over 1900 daily newspapers with a circulation of ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military benefits could face the chopping block
My Edmonds News (registration)October 3, 2011

As Washington looks to squeeze savings from entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare, another program — the health and pension benefits of military retirees — is growing rapidly; this makes it a prime target for cuts. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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35 men arrested in Florida underage sex sting
WTSP 10 NewsOctober 20, 2011

"Law enforcement cannot do what parents can do to keep children safe from online predators." According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are 3668 cases reported to the center's tip line every week involving child sexual...more »

Personal Injury
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What Types of Personal Accident Are There?
gethampshire.co.ukOctober 27, 2011

Many of us have heard of personal injuries or accidents, and about personal injury claims. However, few of us actually know what these are and what sort of accidents count as personal injuries. So how do you know if you have received a personal injury? ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'No' to ballot amendments
Monroe News StarOctober 2, 2011

Voters should consider these amendments carefully, and part of that consideration should be whether these items actually belong in the state's constitution. A constitution is the basic, fundamental law that establishes governmental organization, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Abortion reclaims center stage
The Hill (blog)October 12, 2011

Messing with Texas: The advocacy group Public Citizen charged Wednesday that limits on medical malpractice suits have made the healthcare system worse in Texas. The state's alleged success with tort reform is the major component of Gov. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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You can never be too thorough about home inspection
Independent Online (blog)October 31, 2011

The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) gives you recourse if something you buy fails in some way within six months. But when it comes to probably your biggest purchase – your home – who would you hold responsible if the roof was found to be unsound a month ...more »

Real Estate Law
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San Leandro Real Estate Company, The Beverley Group's Sunny Thiara, Announces ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 29, 2011

Soon after the project was complete, his career took off with the handling of residential and commercial mortgages and real estate. "I developed relationships with banks, learning about their needs and consumer needs, said Sunny Thiara. ...more »

Oil ministry signs 2 contracts
Business Today OmanOctober 31, 2011

Dr Amer bin Awadh al Rawas, chief executive officer of Omantel, said, “The approval of the general meeting of the company for the planned merger proposal between Oman Mobile and Omantel is a legal requirement according to the Commercial Companies Law...more »

Sports Law
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Coaches preview season expectations
Purdue ExponentOctober 28, 2011

"Each and every day I'm challenging (Penn) to be the best of the best, not just the Big Ten but the best in the country," Law said. "I'm raising the bar with her, and she's accepting the challenge thus far." Law also discussed her team's determination ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Florida author knows her subject: murder
Tbo.comOctober 2, 2011

As a defense attorney in Cleveland, the beautiful Corrigan had a reputation for being a little bit promiscuous and a whole lot unethical. She would lie to jurors, accuse law enforcement officers of falsifying ...more »

Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment...
KXNet.comOctober 15, 2011

TAX DEADLINE Tax-filing deadline nears for many in Dakotas BISMARCK, ND (AP) The IRS says time is running out for people who requested automatic six-month extensions on filing their federal income tax returns. The deadline is Monday. The IRS says many ...more »

Mendon-Upton School Committee calls for specifics from disgruntled ex-member
Milford Daily NewsOctober 19, 2011

He said he would file an age-discrimination complaint against the school district and pointed to the district's policy against discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, religion or sexual orientation for admission to programs and activities. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New boutique law firm opens in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Small Business TimesOctober 5, 2011

Walny Legal Group provides counseling to protect multi-generational family wealth, including drafting wills, revocable trusts, and irrevocable trusts designed to mitigate the effect of taxes, leverage wealth, and minimize the risk of creditors' claims. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Notice of Availability of Joint Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkOctober 24, 2011

By this Notice the BLM is also segregating the public lands within the Tule Project application area from appropriation under the public land laws including the Mining Law, but not the Mineral Leasing or Material Sales Act, for a period of 2 years. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Taxpayers forked out €1bn last year to cover the cost of illness claims
Irish IndependentOctober 9, 2011

A retired doctor, Eileen Brooks, of Monkstown, Co Dublin, who died on November 15, 2008, has left €2820518 in her will, which went to probate last week. Other Wills: Kathleen Jones, a farmer of Toberultan, Kells, Co Meath who died on December 26, 2010, ...more »

Family Law
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Growing Role of Obesity in Child Custody Battles
Fox NewsOctober 31, 2011

Family-law practitioners and legal experts say mothers and fathers in custody lawsuits are increasingly hurling accusations at each other about the nutrition and obesity of their children, largely in attempts to persuade judges that their kids are ...more »

Workers Compensation
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AG: Don't ask workers' comp applicants about residency status
Arkansas NewsOctober 26, 2011

LITTLE ROCK — Inquiring into applicants' residency status may be outside the regulatory scope of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an opinion today. McDaniel issued the opinion in response to a ...more »

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