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Listeria outbreak: Victims file lawsuits, but will they receive damages?
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

It wasn't long after officials linked a listeria outbreak with cantaloupe from a Colorado farm that wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits began to be filed. The outbreak, which is the deadliest food crisis in more than a decade, has killed at ...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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State House hearing on "Caylee's Law'' set for Wednesday
MetroWest Daily NewsOctober 3, 2011

"This legislation is not aimed at those who properly deal with a traumatic situation involving their child, by calling for emergency services or otherwise notifying law enforcement or medical personnel. This legislation is aimed at those who conceal ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health Care law debate injected into mayor's race
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)October 5, 2011

8 mayoral election stood on the steps of City Hall this morning and called on him to back off his threat to veto legislation aimed at closing what they describe as a loophole in San Francisco's landmark health care law. The quartet of mayoral aspirants ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Instant Impressions: Week 4
ESPNOctober 3, 2011

But Ridley had 10 carries for 97 yards and showed pretty good speed for a 225-pounder on a 33-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter, speed that the Law Firm just doesn't have. Like Shanahan, Belichick is never going to make it easy on fantasy ...more »

Immigration Law
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The inside story: Univision's war with Rubio over immigration, drug report (blog)October 2, 2011

If Rubio appeared on Al Punto —Univision's national television show where the topic of immigration would likely be discussed — then the story of his brother-in-law's troubles would be softened or might not run at all, according to Univision insiders ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Fiat Pulls Out of Italian Business Lobby
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

From January, neither company will be obliged to adhere to the terms of a national labor contract, to which Confindustria is a signatory. Mr. Marchionne has repeatedly said that the terms are outdated and prevent him from imposing new working ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Alternatives to litigation
Irish TimesOctober 2, 2011

A joint reception with the American Bar Association International Law Section, sponsored by Matheson Ormsby Prentice, follows the conference's close. For further information contact Mandy Sawier at »

Insurance Litigation
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Judge ends SemGroup lawsuit
Tulsa WorldOctober 7, 2011

The company settled its bankruptcy lawsuit for a reported $30 million. The money was paid from an executive insurance policy. Another lawsuit, a class-action petition brought by investors in the former SemGroup public entity, now called BlueKnight ...more »

Animal Law
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Protect dolphins from slaughter
MiamiHerald.comOctober 3, 2011

This new paradigm offers hope of making the dual stains on our legacy of dolphin captivity and dolphin slaughter a thing of the past. Ira Fischer is an attorney-at-law in Delray Beach. He devotes his retirement to the cause of animal welfare through ...more »

Intellectual Property
[read all news], Vinum, Righthaven, Astrolabe: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekOctober 11, 2011

The company also asked for awards of Oenophilia's profits related to its alleged infringement, together with money damages, attorney fees and litigation costs. Oenophilia didn't respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Goodwin Procter Names 17 New Partners
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Michael T. Jones (Boston, Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement). Jones represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of regulatory, civil and criminal investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Employing Individuals with Disabilities—Understanding the Latest Requirements ...
PR Web (press release)October 18, 2011

With the announcement of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regarding updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the agency has made its focus on affirmative action...more »

FAA workers to get back pay for furloughs
The Hill (blog)October 1, 2011

Federal Aviation Administration employees who were furloughed for nearly two weeks this summer during a congressional impasse over the agency's funding will receive back pay for the time they missed, officials have ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Sacrificing jobs to protect landlords is plain wrong
Irish IndependentOctober 5, 2011

That said, it is still clear that the overwhelming victims were the small tenant farmers, who were crushed by a legal system that supported the rights of landowners over all others. Legal inflexibility and political inactivity led to revolution where ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Pelican Pools forced into bankruptcy
St. Augustine RecordOctober 1, 2011

Under personal bankruptcy law, a homesteaded home, one automobile and some other assets cannot be seized in personal bankruptcy. “Debtor estimates that, after any exempt property is excluded and administrative expenses paid, there will be no funds ...more »

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Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

This matter is before the Court upon the Motion for Summary Judgment made by Plaintiffs Arbor Farms, LLC, Jaswinder Grover, Monica Grover, MacDonald Stables, LLC, Nelson Breeders, LLC, and West Hills Farms, LLC [DE 482]. ...more »

Business Law
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How to avoid a liability insurance nightmare with the right coverage
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

But then the insurer tells you that your general liability insurance policy only covers claims for bodily injury, property damage and something called “advertising injury.” None of the claims in your lawsuit fall into those categories. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans enjoying benefits of Operation Baby Shower
Deseret NewsOctober 1, 2011

Marine veteran Diaz never thought of the VA for her pregnancy until they contacted her to tell her about her benefits and her services. She was surprised to learn the VA offers prenatal and maternity care. Military veteran moms and expectant moms ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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House Cybersecurity Task Force Wary of Rules on Network Defense
BusinessWeekOctober 5, 2011

The Obama administration released cybersecurity proposals in May that would create a national standard for companies to report data breaches, toughen penalties for computer-related crimes, and direct Homeland Security to work with operators of critical ...more »

Personal Injury
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Denver Injury Attorneys Hull & Zimmerman, PC Extend Service to Nearby Communities
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

DENVER, Oct 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Denver personal injury attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, PC, are excited to announce the extension of their services to Denver's surrounding communities. In addition to the capital city, the firm will now be ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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PREVIEW-Obama's healthcare law tops new US high court term
ReutersOctober 2, 2011

N), ruled for telecommunications firm AT&T Inc (TN) and ended a global warming lawsuit against utilities. Robin Conrad, head of the US Chamber of Commerce's legal arm, told a briefing that fewer business cases were on the docket now, compared with the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act: No Captive Insurance Impact ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 14, 2011

Captives are typically used for corporate lines of insurance such as property, general liability, products liability, or professional liability. Growth sectors of the captive insurance industry include securitization, professional medical malpractice ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Conflict Minerals: An Assessment of the Dodd-Frank Act
Brookings InstitutionOctober 3, 2011

US companies' and local miners' concerns are well founded; however, the law is intended to force a paradigm shift in the cost-benefit assessment of mining and thus induce the desired behavioral change in the players. By forcing beneficiaries of mining...more »

Real Estate Law
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Home raffles sometimes cross legal lines
Kansas City StarOctober 6, 2011

Drive south of Chicago, for example, and find a raffle for a $1.2 million luxury home with four bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, three fireplaces, a wine cellar and a "stunning living room and dining room." Tickets cost $150 and proceeds support the Hope ...more »

House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)October 7, 2011

Yet, this is the route that is most available to women owned businesses when it comes to the federal contracting arena. Many of us are happy for the work, but frustrated when it comes to the limited rights our small businesses have with respect to ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports, Business, Law And The First Monday in October
Press BoxOctober 5, 2011

The event brought together some of the best and brightest legal advocates, scholars and media personalities to discuss and debate the top issues in sports business and law today. The list was impressive and included Stan Kasten, the only person ever to ...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 »

USDOJ: Niagara Falls, New York, Financial Advisor Sentenced to Prison for ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)October 4, 2011

According to the plea agreement, Muto also counseled clients to submit frivolous correspondence to the IRS in response to audit notices as a way to intimidate IRS revenue agents and thwart IRS audits of the trusts he was promoting. ...more »

No more forced retirement at 65. How employment change affects you
This is MoneyOctober 2, 2011

There is no upper or lower age limit on entitlement to redundancy. Employers will have to pay the statutory minimum to those over 65. Little progress has been made in tackling age discrimination in the workplace – five years after new laws were ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LAW: Hemet, Indio courthouse projects up for review
Press-EnterpriseOctober 5, 2011

The 32{+n}{+d} annual Inland Empire Estate Planning Seminar for attorneys, CPAs and professionals is scheduled to start at 1 pm Nov. 9 at Orton Center at the University of Redlands. Topics for breakout discussions include asset protection in California ...more »

Environmental Law
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MOEA regularly reviewing timetable for nuclear-free homeland goal
eTaiwan NewsOctober 4, 2011

Shih said the key to the question lies in whether alternative energy sources can become more productive, saying that if the supply of alternative energy such as solar, wind, hydro and thermal power can be increased, the ministry will find follow-up ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Truths about Estate Planning -- Fort Myers Estate Planning Attorney Barbara M ...
PR Web (press release)October 23, 2011

Ms. Pizzolato represents clients by reviewing current estate plans, establishing new estate plans including Wills and Trusts, Probate and Trust Administration, and Business Planning. Ms. Pizzolato is committed to establishing long-term relationships ...more »

Family Law
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Alabama immigration law sends Hispanic families fleeing
Washington PostOctober 9, 2011

"I don't even want to talk about this law,” Angel said. “It is so sad." A statue of St. Jude in Foley holds photos of parents who remained in Mexico. The family that owns the statue was leaving Alabama. Praxedis Teran, 50, left and Angel Coronilla, 53, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp claim frequency rises
Business InsuranceOctober 2, 2011

Several Great Recession factors may have caused a sudden halt in the trend of decreasing frequency of workers compensation claims, according to NCCI Holdings Inc. research. Modest increases in employment since the recession formally ended in mid-2009 ...more »


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