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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 »

Kodak reported to be considering filing for bankruptcy
The GuardianOctober 1, 2011

After 131 years in business, Kodak finds itself on shaky ground largely because of the popular embrace of digital cameras, forcing the company to mine its patent portfolio for additional cash. Gerard Meuchner, a spokesman for Kodak, told the Wall ...more »

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Administrative Law
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How's this for a hostile work environment?
msnbc.comOctober 3, 2011

Administrative Law Judge Susan D. Ackerman ruled that Misty Shelsky, who worked at the QC Mart convenience store chain for two years, was eligible for unemployment insurance after quitting her job because her employer held a contest offering $10 to the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama gambles on health reform before Supreme Court
American Medical NewsOctober 10, 2011

The 26 states challenging the law also have asked the Supreme Court to review the case. "This health care law is an affront on Americans' individual liberty, and we will not allow the federal government to violate our constitutional rights," Florida ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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WILLIAMS v. HOBBS
Leagle.comOctober 10, 2011

Several Arkansas prisoners on death row challenged the state's Method of Execution Act (the Act) under 42 USC § 1983 arguing that it violates the ex post facto clause and their due process right to access the courts. The district court 1 dismissed the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law affects car sales
WALA-TV FOX10October 3, 2011

WALA - Small business owners say Alabama's new immigration law is already affecting business. Sam Gerges said his profits are literally being driven away. “We have people out of state trying to run away from the law and our cars and our money is with ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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North Dakota grants permits to all compliant wells
Bismarck TribuneOctober 2, 2011

Josh Fershee, a University of North Dakota law professor who specializes in energy issues, said that he thinks the state Industrial Commission has the authority to limit the rate of permitting if it decided it was necessary to their job of industry...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Beachwood City Council Election 2011: Mark Wachter
Patch.comOctober 4, 2011

My practice also includes serving as a mediator and arbitrator of commercial, business and construction disputes. This January, I will begin a term as Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Genworth Closes the Sale of its Medicare Supplement Business for $276 Million
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to our plans, objectives, expectations and ...more »

Animal Law
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Humane Society Applauds California Ban on Shark Finning
Opposing ViewsOctober 11, 2011

The broad and diverse coalition supporting AB 376 included animal protection, Asian Pacific American, environmental, conservation, law enforcement, culinary, celebrity and political leaders. “Finning” is an abhorrent practice that involves slicing off ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Unlocking the mysteries of patent valuation
Financial PostOctober 7, 2011

But determining what that intellectual property is worth once the patent is approved, is anyone's guess. The mysteries of patent valuation was one of the topics discussed at a two-day conference here on Canada's IP policy, hosted by the Canadian ...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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Fordham Holds A REAL Affirmative Action Bake Sale
Care2.com (blog)October 11, 2011

The controversial “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” was intended, said its organizers, to be a (sarcastic) comment on the University of California's plan to adopt affirmative action policies, thereby creating a “double standard”: Thus, “White/Caucasian” ...more »

Aircell Satcom Equipment Receives FANS Qualification
MarketWatch (press release)October 9, 2011

"FOI is the latest reminder of what a transformative impact the Iridium service has made in the aviation industry. As fully-certified, end-to-end FOI solutions reach the market in the coming years, an increasing number of aircraft operators will be ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Screening renters
Detroit Free PressOctober 2, 2011

Michigan law limits the deposit to 1.5 times a month's rent. The lease. You need a good lease, not a generic one from an office supply store. Research them online. You can also place your house with a Realtor specializing in leasing. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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A trail of accusations and fear
The StateOctober 2, 2011

A Gulf Breeze, Fla., insurance saleswoman filed bankruptcy in 2008 in part because she had purchased a 2007 Mercedes CLS 550 for Hawes. The car has a base price of $68000. • A Michigan woman who works in financial services and met Hawes through the ...more »

Litigation
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Allstate and Progressive Settle Litigation
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

By Allstate Insurance Company NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire & Casualty Insurance Company and Progressive Casualty Insurance Company have agreed to settle litigation involving usage-based ...more »

Business Law
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Fourth-straight majority within grasp of Manitoba NDP
CTV.caOctober 2, 2011

The reason, according to analysts, is a combination of a positive economy and negative advertising, the latter aimed squarely at Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen. "During the winter, we saw the NDP launch ... a whole series of advertisements called: 'Who is ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Another step taken, but a long road ahead
COS The CampusOctober 5, 2011

Yet, a heterosexual couple has rights and benefits if one or both are in the military that homosexual couples are not given. In an article by Associated Press, it states that when a Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual (LGB) person enlists in the military, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Forsyth Co. Man Faces Multiple Child Porn Charges
My Fox 8October 11, 2011

Willard was placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $250000 secured bond. Deputies released no other information, citing the ongoing investigation. The SBI and the state Internet Crimes Against Children task force are also helping in the ...more »

Personal Injury
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CAPITOL BRIEFINGS: Hearings open battle on no-fault changes
Crain's Detroit BusinessOctober 3, 2011

House on legislation that would, among many things, end the state's lifetime unlimited injury and rehabilitation benefits and allow Michigan drivers to choose different coverage levels for personal injury protection. Pete Lund, R-Shelby Township, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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With Bad Behavior, Two Ex-Am Law 200 Associates Put Law Licenses At Risk
The American LawyerOctober 10, 2011

Philip Prothro, who specializes in litigation work, was accused of falsely presenting to his employers doctored transcripts that stated he had received an "A" in constitutional law from Rutgers Law School, when in fact he had actually received a "C+. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Personal Injury Attorney Who Can Put Law To Work
AddPR.com (press release)October 1, 2011

The practice area for litigation includes real estate transactions, real estate disputes, legal malpractice, and professional liability. The practice area for civil rights includes police brutality and misconduct, prison guard abuse and municipal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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NFSF short-term loan regulation proposal
Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 19, 2011

NFSF chairman Mark Redmond said that while the organisation supported major regulatory changes under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act, "the government's latest amendments diverged significantly from the recent course of regulation" and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Mullin as lawyer targeted in suits
The Detroit NewsOctober 10, 2011

Lawyers avoid so-called conflicts of interest to ensure clients have their "undivided loyalty," said Larry Dubin, a University of Detroit Mercy law professor. "It's so that clients get adequate loyalty that is not compromised by a lawyer's obligations ...more »

Upcoming WPL Webinar to Focus on Negotiation Techniques for Construction Contracts
Insurance News Net (press release)October 1, 2011

Preparation of a comprehensive construction contract is the best protection against time-consuming and costly construction claims and disputes. Construction projects succeed or fail as a direct result of terms and conditions in the contract. ...more »

Sports Law
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Running to keep AHS sports in shape
Attleboro Sun ChronicleOctober 3, 2011

These children need sports and activities. I'm here to support my daughter-in-law's (Lombardy) amazing efforts and also do my part," Joyce Lombardy of Smithfield, formerly of Attleboro, said. Jane Swenson of Cape Cod agreed that her daughter is helping ...more »

Criminal Defense
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New Orleans defense attorneys sue sheriff, citing lack of private consult,
NOLA.comOctober 4, 2011

Its lawyers represent more than 80 percent of the defendants in 13000 state cases brought this year in the parish's Criminal District Court. "Collectively, these conditions waste countless hours of valuable attorney time and disproportionately affect ...more »

Cain's 9-9-9 Tax Plan Continues to Attract Interest
ForbesOctober 12, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. ...more »

GONCALVES v. PLYMOUTH COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
Leagle.comOctober 10, 2011

... race, and national origin in violation of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151B ("Chapter 151B") and Title VII 42 USC § 2000e, and her age in violation of Chapter 151B and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") 29 USC § 623. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Property is the right way to build your SMSF's assets
The AustralianOctober 11, 2011

...laws and act against their own interests when making ill-advised property investments. He says the main problem SMSFs strike with direct property is to become involved in questionable related-party deals involving residential real estate. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Clean-Tech Companies Should Get 10-Year Tax Breaks, Hundt Says
BusinessWeekOctober 6, 2011

Hundt, who was chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997, is working with the government as well as Silicon Valley venture capital and private equity firms to ensure that money is still available for clean-energy projects ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Register of wills rips challenger's claims
Reading EagleOctober 6, 2011

"You cannot probate wills online. You can fill out some paperwork, but original documents still have to be turned in to me, and the formal naming of an executor must occur before the register of wills or his deputy." In all, Medaglia said, ...more »

Family Law
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Corboy & Demetrio Releases Powerful PSA Videos about Danger of Unsecured ...
PR Web (press release)October 7, 2011

The law firm made the videos in partnership with Anchored for Safety, a non-profit group started by the family of Zachary Tran, who died when an unsecured soccer goal fell on him. "Eight years ago, the worst nightmare of every parent happened to us ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp fraud charged against Sapulpa woman
NewsOK.comOctober 14, 2011

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com A Sapulpa woman has been charged with workers' compensation fraud on allegations she faked a job-related injury by bulldozing into a cleaning cart. The charge, filed Tuesday by the state attorney general's office in ...more »

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