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Income-paying funds: How to find the right fit
Globe and MailOctober 1, 2011

So, what does Mr. Hallett see as an ideal mix of investments for an income-paying fund? “I don't think it needs to get too fancy – a mix of domestic and foreign stocks, some preferred shares for the higher yield and on the bond side a mix of government ...more »

Ecopetrol S.A. Announces Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting
Sacramento BeeOctober 1, 2011

In all events, shareholders' representation shall be subject to the rules set forth under Colombian Corporate Law and Securities Regulations, concerning illegal, unauthorized and unsafe practices by the issuers of securities. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Misconduct allegations against Wappingers school board members to be made ...
Poughkeepsie JournalOctober 1, 2011

The allegations of misconduct involving trustees Marilynn Shultz and John Lumia do not involve money or criminal activity, but are related to administrative matters involving state and federal education law, according to Board of Education Member Aziz ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

The Obama administration's request last week that the justices resolve whether the health care law is constitutional makes it more likely than not that they will deliver their verdict by June 2012, just as Obama and his Republican opponent charge ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Supreme Court begins new term Monday
NECNOctober 3, 2011

(NECN/CNN: Athena Jones) - Monday kicks off a new term for the Supreme Court, and health care tops the list of big issues the nine justices could take on. The Obama administration has asked the nation's highest court to rule on the constitutionality of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Theresa May cat flap should not detract from serious issues at stake
The GuardianOctober 5, 2011

But what did he make of May's promise to change the immigration rules? This would be done, she had said, "to ensure that the misrepresentation of article eight of the European convention on human rights – the right to family life – no longer prevents ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Land Acquisition Bill - Short of expectations
Hindu Business LineOctober 1, 2011

... for their massive investments, without entirely altering their payback estimates. While no law can be expected to be a panacea for all evils, the new Bill appears to leave almost everyone disappointed with corporates being the most dissatisfied. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Board members want more authority
Burbank LeaderOctober 1, 2011

Arbitrators usually have professional backgrounds in mediation, labor relations or human resources. It could also be more expedient, Doyle said, as opposed to attempting to schedule a hearing with an appointed commission. Councilman Dave Golonski said ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Rouge trader case shows serious risk management flaws
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

UBS has $200 million of directors and officers liability coverage—$70 million of which is Side A, covering individual directors and officers—with Zurich-based ACE Ltd. leading the program on the primary side, a source confirmed. ...more »

Animal Law
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New state initiatives range from animal rights to workers' rights
Verde IndependentOctober 2, 2011

... what laws the initiative would repeal. As crafted, the proposal would amend Arizona statutes to say there is no criminal liability "for conduct that did not harm, or will not bring harm to, another person, another person's property, or animal.'more »

Intellectual Property
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Newspapers to disappear by 2040: UN agency chief
AFPOctober 3, 2011

GENEVA — Newspapers will disappear and be replaced by digital versions by 2040, the UN intellectual property agency's chief said in an interview published on Monday. Francis Gurry, who heads the World Intellectual Property Organisation told the daily ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Thomas hearing: Attorneys warned about testimony
AZ Central.comOctober 1, 2011

Throughout the hearing, the attorneys have been questioned about their dealings with the Board of Supervisors on issues ranging from contracts dealing with construction of a $340 million court tower and the board's desire to maintain a civil litigation...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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City's affirmative action officer retiring
Journal TimesOctober 1, 2011

Jerry Scott, Affirmative Action/Human Resources Officer with the City of Racine. Photographed September 30, 2011. / Scott Anderson scott.anderson@journaltimes.com RACINE - After a decade, the city's Affirmative Action Officer Jerry Scott is retiring. ...more »

Navy Test Flies Fire Scout UAV on Biofuel
Ottawa Citizen (blog)October 3, 2011

The biofuel blend reduces carbon dioxide output by 75 percent when compared to conventional aviation fuel. “Today's flight marks a significant milestone with Fire Scout being the Navy's first unmanned aircraft to use biofuel technology,” said Rear Adm. ...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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Land contracts can help people with poor credit buy homes
Michigan Business Review - MLive.comOctober 2, 2011

“You don't have land contract police,” Leyrer said. “They're having a hard enough time with fraud on a large scale, let alone a smaller scale.” Leyrer recommends investing in a real estate attorney. “It's really worth the $200 to $400 to get some ...more »

Litigation
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Actos Attorneys for Takeda Support Consolidation of Bladder Cancer Litigation
AboutLawsuits.comOctober 3, 2011

In June, an Actos recall was issued in France after a review of public insurance data identified an increased incidence of bladder cancer with Actos use. The European Union's European Medicines Agency (EMA) also conducted a review and confirmed the ...more »

Business Law
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Finance firms welcome new tight laws
Sunday Times.lkOctober 1, 2011

78 of 1988, the current law relating to finance business. Sri Lanka has 37 legal finance companies with a total of 376 branches and assets running to Rs 234 billion, according to the regulator. The new law effectively curbs unauthorized deposit taking ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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With military's help, Mission Creek inmates hope to repopulate threatened ...
Kitsap SunOctober 7, 2011

"We like to think of it as a win-win, win-win-win," she said, noting the benefits to the military, local biologists, the inmates who gain a unique skill set, and of course, the butterflies themselves. The prison's greenhouse, erected by inmates at the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Escatawpa man faces child porn charges; deputies seize laptop from pawnshop
Mississippi Press (blog)October 4, 2011

30 as a result of a 2-week investigation with the Internet Crimes Against Children system. The system is used to catch anyone downloading and saving child porn on computers. The method uses advanced technologies to track down suspected child predators, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawyers opposed to three special-session bills
WSAUOctober 3, 2011

MADISON (WSAU) Personal injury and consumer protection lawyers are upset with three bills proposed in the state's new special legislative session on job creation. Senate Republican Rich Zipperer of Pewaukee is sponsoring a bill to reduce interest rates ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Issue 3 called symbolic
Cincinnati.comOctober 2, 2011

In short, it would allow Ohioans to opt out of the so-called "individual mandate" of President Barack Obama's health care law. The Affordable Health Care Act requires that all Americans have health insurance by 2014, either through keeping their ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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'No timetable' for medical error law
Macau Daily TimesOctober 10, 2011

[But] for now, there's no timetable': Lei Chin Ion Director of the Health Bureau Lei Chin Ion said there is no timetable for launching the bill covering medical malpractice, because the government needs to study the issue carefully. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Durbin Amendment and debit card fees
Kingsville RecordOctober 8, 2011

On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. Contained in the voluminous financial reform bill was a last-minute addition, the Durbin Amendment, which capped debit card fees below ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Fallston residents sue Jones Junction, BGE and County
Baltimore Sun (blog)October 6, 2011

Three Fallston couples have lawsuits pending against Harford County, the Jones Junction auto dealership, BGE and a real estate company over lighting on a Jones Junction Property near Fallston that they say has ...more »

New York Fed May Demand Liquidity Reports From European Banks
BusinessWeekOctober 2, 2011

US-based money funds, which buy short-term commercial paper, have been shunning securities issued by some banks based on the continent, and European Central Bank Governing Council member Yves Mersch said Sept. 28 that liquidity shortages pose the main ...more »

Sports Law
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Explore Colorado in autumn months
Daily News - Galveston CountyOctober 2, 2011

DENVER — Although most folks think snow sports when thinking of Colorado, I find it most delightful in warmer months, particularly now in autumn when plane fares remain relatively low and leaves morph into beautiful colors. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defending Driving on Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked License Cases
PR.com (press release)October 3, 2011

Offering two Continuing Legal Education (CLE) General Credits, the course will be held in October 2011 in Franklin and Lawrenceburg, TN. The seminar will take a comprehensive look at the state of the driver license law in Tennessee. ...more »

Low Interest Rates Can Be a Boon to Taxpayers
Smartmoney.comOctober 3, 2011

"The opportunity is tremendous for wealth transfer, especially with asset values low," says Richard Behrendt, a former IRS estate-tax specialist now with Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee. For example, low interest rates make intrafamily loans ...more »

Linklaters LLP | Age discrimination
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)October 17, 2011

The Government has released the final draft of regulations on age discrimination for approval by Parliament. The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 will mean that employers (including partnerships) will need to review many of their policies and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Better With Age: Change in Medicaid recovery rules highly troublesome
Times Herald-RecordOctober 9, 2011

Most troublesome is the loss of protection for your home, often your most valuable asset. Over the years, it has been very common for people to transfer their homes to their children while retaining the right to live in their home for their lives. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Open land tempting for solar projects
Boston GlobeOctober 2, 2011

(Producers of energy from renewable sources such as solar earn “renewable energy credits'' that can be sold to big energy companies, Lusardi said. A state law requires power companies to acquire a certain percentage of their total energy from green ...more »

Wills & Probate
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What To Do When a Family Member or Loved One Dies
Cape May County Herald (press release)October 3, 2011

Robert Poserina and Andrea McHugh can help guide you through the legal issues of Medicare/nursing home planning, estate planning, wills, trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney, probate, estate administration, estate litigation and contested wills. ...more »

Family Law
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Legal Eagles: Award-Winning Firm Protects Interests of the Vulnerable
Patch.comOctober 3, 2011

The Begley Law Group—which has a Moorestown office—specializes in elder and disability law. By Catherine Laughlin Tom Begley Jr. is no stranger to legal victories. In mid-August, Begley and his firm, Begley Law Group PC., were lauded as one of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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LATIOLAIS v. BELLSOUTH TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Leagle.comOctober 6, 2011

Employer and its workers' compensation carrier appeal judgment on their intervention in employee's third-party suit for damages. For the following reasons, the judgment is reversed in part, affirmed in part, amended, and affirmed as amended; ...more »

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