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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 »

Sizing up the Supreme Court
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

I happen to have been in Court the day that the bankruptcy case [Ransom v. FIA Card Services] came down and she delivered it as though she was talking to some friends about it and made it very accessible to people in the audience. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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High Court hearing on petition against Schalit deal ends
Jerusalem PostOctober 17, 2011

According to Israeli law, the government must provide citizens 48 hours to appeal the release of the prisoners. The first group of 477 prisoners, whose names were published Sunday, are expected to be released on Tuesday at the same time that Hamas ...more »

Health Care Law
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W.Va. still pursuing health insurance exchange
NECNOctober 16, 2011

Most involve research and planning, and largely have been funded by a series of grants including some that pre-date the overhaul's passage. "It's a mammoth project," acting Insurance Commissioner Mike Riley told a House-Senate interim subcommittee. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Offshore workers sue after bridge collapse; Five plunge into Gulf
The Louisiana RecordOctober 14, 2011

Five offshore workers have filed a Jones Act lawsuit after the bridge they were attempting to remove broke apart and they fell approximately 80 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. Josue Olvera Armijo, Jose Luis Ponce-Zuniga, Kyle Ivy, Derrick Picou and ...more »

Immigration Law
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Before Regents' DREAM Act endorsement, momentary dissent
GothamSchoolsOctober 18, 2011

Ultimately, Tilles joined Tisch and other Regents in endorsing the law. Among the other pieces of legislation that the Regents considered endorsing were Congress's effort to renew the federal education law and a state law that would let education ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bank of China's Hong Kong Unit to Remain Sole Yuan Clearing Bank
Wall Street JournalOctober 31, 2011

HONG KONG—Bank of China Ltd.'s Hong Kong-listed unit will likely remain the city's sole yuan clearing bank after China's central bank signs a new deal with the lender, a person familiar with the situation said Monday, closing the door for ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mayer Brown | Arbitration in Ghana - the Alternative DIspute Resolution Act 2010
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)October 5, 2011

ARBITRATION IN GHANA— THE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION ACT 2010 KWADWO SARKODIE Senior Associate, Mayer Brown International LLP (London) Ghana's abundant growth potential1 is expected to attract and promote substantial levels of foreign investment ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Law of Cards: Only Upper Deck Could Make Insurance Litigation Interesting
The Cardboard ConnectionOctober 20, 2011

The determination of whether you need legal services and your choice of a lawyer are very important matters that should not be based on websites or advertisements. Law of Cards : Only Upper Deck Could Make Insurance Litigation Interesting.more »

Animal Law
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Animal-protection legislation could factor in domestic disputes
MetroWest Daily NewsOctober 6, 2011

Kara Holmquist, advocacy director for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told State House News Service in April the law is unclear as to whether judges have the authority to include pets, which are considered property, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Louisiana Tech University recognizes innovators, inventors
EurekAlert (press release)October 24, 2011

Louisiana Tech University's Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization and Research Foundation have honored a number of the institution's faculty and researchers for technologies they have patented, licensed, submitted applications for ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Fear of mesothelioma prompts suit against Illinois Central Railroad
Madison County RecordOctober 27, 2011

A former railroad employee alleges he developed a non-cancerous disease after working near asbestos throughout his nearly 40-year career. Donald D. Hongsermeier claims he worked as a hostler, fireman and engineer for defendant Illinois Central Railroad ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What Happened to Post-Racial America?
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

Few government policies have had the reach, immortality and consequences of affirmative action. A policy that could be justified at its start, affirmative action has now become yesterday's solution to yesterday's problem. ...more »

UPDATE 1-Brazil sets minimum bid for airport auction
ReutersOctober 13, 2011

BRASILIA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Operators interested in running Brazil's largest airport will be required to make a minimum bid of $1.3 billion, Brazil's aviation authority said on Thursday. Brazil, which has seen double-digit annual growth in air traffic ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Buyouts Making Comeback
Mission LocalOctober 2, 2011

For tenants, the buyout has more contradictions. Cash can be a lure, and in some instances, landlords will give tenants more than the law requires, but the money can also fail to cover the costs of replacing what are often rent-controlled units in San ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Reduction in bankruptcy term to five years begins
Irish TimesOctober 10, 2011

Alan Shatter announced that the new measures, contained in the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011, came into force yesterday. Other, mainly technical, improvements in bankruptcy law have been in force since the beginning of August. ...more »

Litigation
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CHUN LAN CI v. HOLDER
Leagle.comOctober 21, 2011

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Jennifer Paisner Williams, Senior Litigation Counsel; Margaret Kuehne Taylor, Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondents. ...more »

Business Law
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FTC's Vladeck: 'We Need To Clean Up Commerce On The Internet'
Mediapost.comOctober 3, 2011

"We have a lot of work to do in this area," he said in a keynote address at the Better Business Bureau's National Advertising Division annual law conference. "We need to clean up commerce on the Internet." Vladeck added that ridding the Web of false...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay and lesbian military members sue US for rights
Florida CourierOctober 31, 2011

"It's about justice for gay and lesbian service members and their families in our armed forces rendering the same military service, making the same sacrifices, and taking the same risks to keep our nation secure at home and abroad," executive director ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Naked suspect arrested on child porn charges
Cincinnati.comOctober 28, 2011

Deputies were acting on a tip they got from Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), a Cleveland group, Barnett said. Officers seized computer evidence and are conducting a forensic examination of the contents. Anyone with information regarding the ...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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DOMA Fails Under Any Level of Constitutional Scrutiny
JURISTOctober 29, 2011

In general, a court evaluating the constitutionality of a law considers only whether the law has some rational relationship to a legitimate governmental interest — which, as a shorthand, is termed rational basis review. Virtually all laws pass ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Criminal Charges Filed Against Tennessee Vet
VetPracticeNews.comOctober 22, 2011

The board suspended Baber's license because his actions were by law considered fraudulent, deceptive, dishonest and illegal in connection with the practice of veterinary medicine, the board said. Baber's “gross malpractice,” the board found, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Report: Obama nominee, some AGs too close to plaintiffs bar
Legal News LineOctober 25, 2011

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act created the CFPB. "Dodd-Frank expressly gives state AGs power to enforce state laws against national banks, as well as to enforce federal laws against state and federally chartered banks ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Joint Ventures Mishandled, Experts Say
NuWire InvestorOctober 26, 2011

Leyva, who has represented firms on both sides of sponsor/developer arrangements that have gone bad, says he noticed an uptick in fraudulent transfers in joint venture partnerships in 2008 to 2009, when the capital markets crashed and the ability to ...more »

Armstrong's CEO Discusses Q3 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Seeking AlphaOctober 31, 2011

Sales and efforts have been focused on regions where we have competitive share positions, primarily Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Scandinavian countries and on products where our offering is competitive will know them, commercial sheet and ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports wire
Columbus DispatchOctober 18, 2011

Patrick Gallaway, spokesman for the state Education Department, said officials haven't decided yet which portions of the law they hope to bypass. "We want to hear from stakeholders what they would like to see and how they feel the waiver will help ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer takes plea in Vegas-area HOA fraud probe
Ventura County StarOctober 24, 2011

Testimony by Amesbury, a lawyer in Nevada for 21 years, is expected to help prosecutors prove cases against higher-ups in the conspiracy. The investigation became public three years ago with raids of Las Vegas-area law firms, homeowners association ...more »

Two US Army Corps of Engineers Employees and Two Others Indicted in $20 ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)October 4, 2011

According to the indictment, Kerry Khan and Alexander helped funnel more than $45 million in payments to a favored company through a federal government contract they oversaw, with plans to steer hundreds of millions more to the business. ...more »

A retirement policy that's past its prime
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteOctober 2, 2011

When federal lawmakers first addressed age discrimination more than 40 years ago, they carved out exceptions, including one for top executives in both the public and private sectors. Purdue's policy applies to that group – administrators in high ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Take the luck out of estate planning
Cleveland Jewish NewsOctober 20, 2011

Before 2013 the federal government will pass a law changing the federal estate tax laws. If no new law is passed, the amount you can pass free of federal estate tax will drop to $1 million starting in 2013. • None of your children will get divorced ...more »

Environmental Law
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Upendra Chivukula, Democratic incumbent
MyCentralJersey.comOctober 30, 2011

How will you establish laws and practices that promote sustainability? I have been working on sustainability for quite some time and many pieces of legislation that I supported have been signed into law. I am also a strong proponent of renewable energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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Key Questions for Your Legacy Conversation
Morningstar.comOctober 7, 2011

For people with extensive assets, you may need to draft proper documents such as a living trust. The major details of your legacy plan should be worked out before you instruct the lawyer on your intentions. Questions will arise. ...more »

Family Law
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Bankable family films will dominate holiday season
USA TodayOctober 28, 2011

Jude Law (right) and Asa Butterfield star in 'The Invention Of Hugo Cabret,' an adaptation of Brian Selznick's prize-winning book. Jude Law (right) and Asa Butterfield star in 'The Invention Of Hugo Cabret,' an adaptation of Brian Selznick's ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Bureau lowering Ohio workers' comp rates
BusinessWeekOctober 29, 2011

Ohio's bureau of workers' compensation says it will lower rates next year, saving taxpayers and estimated $22 million. The bureau voted Friday to lower the rates for Ohio's 3900 public employer taxing districts by 5 percent beginning Jan. 1. ...more »

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