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Many of state's Friendly's franchises won't be hurt by bankruptcy
Danbury News TimesOctober 1, 2011

While unlikely to threaten their ice cream places, customers and business experts saw the potential bankruptcy as an indication of the economy's state. "You'd think a place like this would be OK with its moderate prices," Furrer said. ...more »

DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine (Reuters) - The US Department of Justice is seeking to give control of Solyndra's estate to a bankruptcy trustee, citing the refusal by executives at the solar power company to answer questions about its operations. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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House bill worries California wineries
The Desert SunOctober 3, 2011

It's been assigned to the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee. The beer wholesalers, in a statement, depict it as an attempt to rescue state and local control over alcohol sales from “some online ...more »

Health Care Law
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What it's about: Health care
Cincinnati.comOctober 3, 2011

... child support orders and the licensing of doctors. The amendment states that no law "shall compel ... any person, employer or health care provider to participate in a health care system." It also states that no law "shall prohibit the purchase or ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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International Arbitration in Australia: What US Business Needs to Know
MarketWatch (press release)October 7, 2011

By inserting an arbitration clause into their agreements with trading partners, parties opt to have disputes arising out of or in connection with the contract decided by private tribunals ('arbitral tribunals') rather than litigating them in national ...more »

Immigration Law
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More questions than answers for immigration law
Times DailyOctober 2, 2011

Montgomery - Sheriffs and their chief deputies from across Alabama will be in Montgomery on Wednesday for a training session on the new illegal immigration law that a federal judge allowed to go into effect last week. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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What ails asset reconstruction firms?
LivemintOctober 2, 2011

Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) followed suit by merging itself with IDBI Bank and creating a stressed asset stabilization fund (SASF) to alienate Rs 9000 crore worth of bad assets from its books. But two other development finance ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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ICC Produces New Arbitration Rules
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)October 3, 2011

The aim has been to make theICC a more attractive dispute resolution forum for international businesses andgovernments. Which Arbitrations Will the new Rules Apply to? It appears to be the case that they will apply to ICC arbitrations commenced on or ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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You Should Cancel Your Employer Provided Health Insurance Coverage
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

Employer health insurance is covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Initially passed by Congress as a simple and comprehensive way to reduce employee benefits litigation and protect employees, it has now become a ...more »

Animal Law
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FBI keeps activists' items
Salt Lake City WeeklyOctober 6, 2011

That's likely because these were terrorists lite, ones whose suspected acts of terror are what the feds call “animal enterprise terrorism.” The suspected terrorists are the types of “extremist” animal-rights activists who, at worst, trash research labs ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, Kodak, Intel, Zenimax: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

According to the database of the US Patent and Trademark Office, the named inventor on all the patents is Michael L. Obradovich of San Clemente, California. The database indicated he has been issued 65 US patents. The patents had previously been ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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United Foreclosure Attorney Network (UFAN) Seeks Highly Qualified ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 3, 2011

UFAN is also giving consumers a voice in the development of its public forum. Borrowers and property owners can communicate about the problems they are facing and the actions they have taken. Attorneys who are part of the private attorney forum are ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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LaMalfa visits Corning Tea Party Patriots
Corning ObserverOctober 8, 2011

Doug LaMalfa said the state redistricting "was like affirmative action for certain candidates," and accused Democrats of manipulating the process for political gain. Hands were raising like a classroom of enthusiastic students as LaMalfa, R-Richvale, ...more »

People in Aviation: October 2011
Aviation International NewsOctober 2, 2011

John Reimers, CEO of Seattle-based Aviation Partners Boeing, has resigned. Mike Stowell, the company's chief technology officer and executive vp of engineering, will assume the role as acting CEO. Marc Viggiano, previously senior vp and director of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Medical marijuana or employment?
The Morning SunOctober 3, 2011

Medical marijuana users are not allowed to be under the influence of the drug "when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice," as is stated in the law. Continued... There are also prohibitions against using or being under ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Kodak shares rise after bankruptcy denial
ReutersOctober 3, 2011

N) rose more than 35 percent on Monday after the company said it had no intention of filing for bankruptcy. The company issued a statement on Friday saying it hired the law firm Jones Day which specializes in restructuring, but that it "is committed to ...more »

Litigation
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Funds Spring Up to Invest in High-Stakes Litigation
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

... general counsel of chemical maker DuPont Co., who cites the rising cost of litigation in the US The business is gaining cautious backing from some partners within major US law firms, including Latham & Watkins LLP, Patton Boggs LLP and Cadwalader, ...more »

Business Law
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Bernstein Liebhard LLP Announces Investigation of Pharmaceutical Product ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. (C) 2011 Bernstein Liebhard LLP. The law firm responsible for this advertisement is Bernstein Liebhard LLP, 10 East 40th Street, New York, New York 10016, (212) 779-1414. The lawyer responsible for this advertisement in the State ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Supercommittee May Seek Commission on Federal Pay and Benefits
BusinessWeekOctober 5, 2011

McCain said in a short interview that savings in the “area of military health care,” will be part of the discussion with the supercommittee. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that increasing health-care costs are “eating us alive. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Hackers set sights on search engines
Brisbane TimesOctober 4, 2011

Mr Ducklin, of computer security firm Sophos, spoke about search engine poisoning at the National Identity and Hi Tech Crime Symposium on the Gold Coast today, hosted by Queensland Police's State Crime Operations Command Fraud and Corporate Crime Group ...more »

Personal Injury
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Anadarko Wins Dismissal of BP Spill Cleanup Injury Claims
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

30 (Bloomberg) -- Anadarko Petroleum Corp. was dismissed from personal injury claims arising from exposure to oil and other chemicals in the cleanup campaign following the 2010 BP Plc spill in Gulf of Mexico. Anadarko, based in The Woodlands, Texas, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Online law firm in Bar fight
News & ObserverOctober 5, 2011

"My client has been very patient," Carlton said. "They have tried to go along to get along." The lawsuit is asking that a Wake County Superior Court judge with an expertise in complex constitutional and regulatory law be appointed to handle the case ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Corizon chooses new chief HRO
Nashville Ledger newspaperOctober 13, 2011

His legal practice focuses on commercial, contract and tort litigation as well as employment, domestic and government relations matters. Conner has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America for the past 20 years. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Will plain language laws have an impact on the way businesses and Government ...
Bizcommunity.comOctober 4, 2011

Much has been made of the new plain-language requirements of the Consumer Protection Act, National Credit Act, Companies Act, and other laws and regulations. However, we have not yet seen any rulings on cases specifically involving plain language. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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FHFA Knew About Robo-Signing Issues in 2009
Bryan Ellis Real Estate LetterOctober 5, 2011

... don't know if the borrower has been offered… [a loan modification], service has been cancelled, etc.” What do you think should be done about the ongoing issues with the robo-signing fiasco? Thank you for reading the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter!more »

Midsize firms face risk management challenges overseas
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

Mid-market firms also should take note of local laws and customs governing their foreign partners, as well as domestic regulations for international trade. Many countries do not permit transactions with firms covered by nonadmitted insurers, ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment...
KXNet.comOctober 5, 2011

Law officers from around the state attended Sleeper's funeral at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck and burial at Fairview Cemetery. Members of the public were invited to line the streets from the church to the cemetery. Gov. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prosecutors Concede Morton Did Not Murder His Wife
Texas TribuneOctober 3, 2011

... who agreed today in a legal filing that DNA evidence revealed Morton almost certainly was not the killer. "Because new DNA evidence, previously unavailable at trial or at the time of Applicant's prior writ applications through no fault of either ...more »

Business / In Brief • October 14, 2011
Maui NewsOctober 14, 2011

Isaac W. Choy, CPA, will speak on "IRS Circular 230 - Responsibilities," the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Code of Professional Conduct and AICPA Statements on Standards for Tax Services. The cost, including lunch, ...more »

An especially ugly kind of lawsuit
Las Vegas Review-JournalOctober 2, 2011

It's easy enough to establish the age of people who bring age discrimination lawsuits. Same goes for gender, racial and weight discrimination cases -- you're a black woman or an Asian man. You're heavy or you're not. It takes a little testimony to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Expert liability for ratings agencies
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

Noting this concern, the staff advised that they would not recommend enforcement of Regulation AB's requirements for prospectus disclosure of ratings. The enforcement position was initially effective for six months, and by replacement letter made ...more »

Environmental Law
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Jatropha as alternative fuel a bust
MalayaOctober 4, 2011

The official said that the remaining amount could be used to develop other forms of alternative fuels. The Biofuels Act of 2006 mandates mixing of 1 percent of biodiesel in diesel and 5 percent of ethanol in gasoline for the first four years of the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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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 »

Family Law
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Obie Anthony released after 1995 murder conviction overturned
89.3 KPCCOctober 5, 2011

Along with family and friends, a gaggle of law school students surrounded Anthony as he came out of jail. They worked on his case through Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent and under the tutelage of Professor Laurie Levenson, a former federal ...more »

Workers Compensation
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State reduces opioid prescriptions in workers comp cases
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

Medical experts say Washington state's guideline for chronic, noncancerous pain could serve as a model for other states looking to reduce deaths and addiction among workers compensation claimants and the general population. They say such guidelines are ...more »

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