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Kodak denies bankruptcy plan but shares plummet
Economic TimesOctober 1, 2011

Eastman Kodak Co shares lost more than half their value on Friday as the company hired a law firm well-known for bankruptcy cases, triggering speculation that the photography pioneer could file for bankruptcy. Kodak, which delivered the first consumer ...more »

A federal takeover of education
Washington PostOctober 1, 2011

Such federal aid to education came in 1965, the year of liberals living exuberantly, which produced Medicare and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The latter completed the long repudiation of the idea that some sectors of life are ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Car dealership worker's firing over Facebook post upheld by NLRB
Business InsuranceOctober 3, 2011

WASHINGTON—A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge has ruled a Chicago-area BMW car dealership did not wrongfully terminate an employee for his Facebook postings, the agency said in a statement released Friday. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Asthma Home-Care Plans Shouldn't Affect Payments, Study Finds
BusinessWeekOctober 4, 2011

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- A common measure of how well hospitals treat children and teens with asthma is statistically meaningless and shouldn't be used to determine federal quality payments under the health-care law, a study found. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Al Qaeda Figure Killed; Listeria Toll Rises
Wall Street JournalOctober 1, 2011

Reebok International, a unit of Adidas, agreed to pay $25 million in customer refunds to settle charges of false advertising brought by the FTC over the shoemaker's claim that its "toning shoes" could work better than normal footwear to whip muscles ...more »

Immigration Law
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Suspect from Yemen turns out to be legal in Alabama
Gadsden TimesOctober 5, 2011

A man charged with violating Alabama's new immigration law has been released from jail after his attorney provided documentation showing he is in the United States legally, Sheriff Todd Entrekin said. Mohamed Ali Muflahi, 24, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bentley works on immigration law's 'job-related opportunities'
Montgomery AdvertiserOctober 8, 2011

The statement went on to say that Bentley's plan to address the labor shortage will represent the areas of agricultural industry, forestry, construction and trades, small business, manufacturing. The Alabama Development Office, Department of Industrial...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Minister Raitt Applauds New Agreement Between Algoma Tankers Limited and the CMSG
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

The dispute was settled with the assistance of a conciliation officer and a mediator from the Labour Program's Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service provides dispute resolution and prevention ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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The Washington Woes Of Michael Mastro And Friends
ForbesOctober 1, 2011

... who practices in the areas of creditor-debtor law, including creditors collections and debtor asset protection, and business planning including captive insurance company planning and litigation involving captive insurance arrangements. ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal protection laws have unintended results
The TennesseanOctober 1, 2011

Many fear well-intentioned animal protection laws could have unintended consequences for farmers / Sanford Myers / The Tennessean Darwin Newton of Ashland City was investigated after police were told one of his horses was being abused. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Lee Tran & Liang (LTL) Announces New Partner and Opening of Silicon Valley Office
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

He will focus his practice on complex business and intellectual property litigation, "white collar" criminal defense, and trials. Kevin was formerly associated with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where he specialized in complex commercial ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Eversheds appoints FSA heavyweight to litigation practice
Eversheds Press Office (press release)October 3, 2011

International law firm Eversheds has appointed Greg Brandman, a Manager in the FSA's Enforcement and Financial Crime Division, as a Partner in London, beefing up its contentious regulatory practice. Greg joins the fast growing Financial Services ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Anti-SB 5 tour stops in Valley
Youngstown VindicatorOctober 7, 2011

If approved by voters, the law would place limits on collective bargaining, changing the way more than 350000 public workers have negotiated contract terms for nearly three decades. The law would prohibit strikes and enables state and local governments ...more »

Aviation Biofuels a Big Opportunity for Asian Business and Governments
ASIATravelTips.comOctober 2, 2011

Now, the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), an organisation representing parties from across the aviation industry, says that governments across Asia could be getting a slice of that by kick-starting development of a new source of energy for flights. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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BREAKING: City officials respond to 'Brothel law' allegations
Daily NorthwesternOctober 3, 2011

If construction work has been done without permits, a "stop work order" will be posted on the property and letter sent to the owners. Many Northwestern University (NU) students live in multi-family dwelling units and some encounter unsafe living...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Authorized user's bad credit won't hurt primary cardholder
CreditCards.comOctober 4, 2011

If someone with a credit score of 750 puts me as an authorized user on their credit card -- when my score is 542 -- will it affect their credit negatively? -- Tonianne Your poor credit history alone won't hurt the primary ...more »

Litigation
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Doubts over telecom policy success as probes, litigation shroud sector
Financial ExpressOctober 9, 2011

Though no one was willing to go on record considering the sensitivity of the issue, several analysts pointed out that since most of the new licences are under litigation and investigation, there is little reason to hope that the new policy could make a ...more »

Business Law
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Conference aims to break cycle for inmates' children, siblings
Sacramento BeeOctober 2, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Revising military pensions stirs debate
The TennesseanOctober 9, 2011

“I don't think it has much traction with the military, but it's going to have to come under the microscope,” Brack said. “I, for one, don't see how they can get the cuts they need without touching benefits, namely pensions and health-care costs. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Thailand team cleanses net of royal insults
Hindustan TimesOctober 3, 2011

The technicians work in what is called the Office of Prevention and Suppression of Information Technology Crimes. The government prefers to call it the "war room," the headquarters of a vigorous and expanding campaign to purify the Internet of royal ...more »

Personal Injury
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After the Fire: Claims for Injuries Caused by Defective Smoke Detectors
U.S. Politics TodayOctober 1, 2011

This is especially important because, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, most fatal fires happen at night, when people are asleep. We are all at our most vulnerable when sleeping. That's why it's terrible when a defective smoke alarm ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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New constitution historic opportunity that should not be missed
Today's ZamanOctober 4, 2011

Dr. Yusuf Şevki Hakyemez, head of the Association of Constitutional Law Experts, stated that for the first time in the history of constitutional reforms during both the Ottoman and Turkish republican eras, representatives of the people are about to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Life Lodge wants mother's lawsuit thrown out
The TennesseanOctober 11, 2011

CRC's attorney, Nashville-based Reid Leitner, also argued that all of the care Poteet received was provided by licensed medical professionals and that any claims would be covered by the malpractice law. Poteet was the second New Life Lodge patient to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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#1 Complaint Received by FTC in 2011 Involves Collection Agencies and Bad Debt...
News Junky JournalOctober 3, 2011

Weisberg & Meyers, LLC, Attorneys for Consumers, is a national consumer protection law firm dedicated to fighting bad debt collectors and their allegedly unscrupulous collection efforts, one debt at a time. By utilizing the Fair Debt Collection ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Winstead Appoints Steve Drenner Group to the Austin Office
Citybizlist (press release)October 3, 2011

The Burton group is a well known real estate team who represents national, regional and local clients in the acquisition, development, operation and administration of residential and mixed use, condominium and master planned communities. ...more »

Cuomo open to deal in PEF layoff standoff
Wall Street JournalOctober 7, 2011

Andrew Cuomo says he's open to shortening a contract with a public labor union to avoid layoffs if concessions remain to give the state the savings it needs. Cuomo says talks with the Public Employee Federation are aimed at avoiding 3500 layoffs ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports roundup
Concord MonitorOctober 2, 2011

Rob Law threw three touchdowns passes, two to Jacob Szultz and one to Jay Stone. The defense was anchored by Tyler Kukla, Adam Marston and Stone, who notched an interception. The Henniker Community School boys' cross country team placed fourth in a ...more »

Criminal Defense
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North trial: First scheduled in August, 'road rage' case starts Tuesday
ReporterNews.comOctober 9, 2011

A former prosecutor with more than 35 years of experience, Moore is the second Abilene attorney to join the Board of Certified Criminal Defense Lawyers. He takes criminal, family and personal-injury cases. A Wylie High School graduate, ...more »

IRS hits Oakland pot shop with $2.4M tax bill
The Associated PressOctober 4, 2011

DeAngelo has until Dec. 22 to contest the audit in tax court. The IRS has told him it is now reviewing Harborside's returns for 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, a handful of state officials have written House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, ...more »

Age-old issue goes online
Financial PostOctober 4, 2011

Three weeks back, Chris Garner, a 58-year old employee at the Bank of Nova Scotia filed a statement of claim against the bank, his employer for 35 years, alleging age discrimination. Garner, a branch manager at the time and based in Nova Scotia, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Elizabeth Warren Pictures
ZimbioOctober 10, 2011

She is also the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she has taught contract law, bankruptcy, and commercial law. In the wake of the 2008-2011 financial crisis, she became the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to ...more »

Environmental Law
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Government adviser defends Solyndra despite ethics agreement
Washington PostOctober 9, 2011

The collapse of California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra raises new questions about President Obama's push for alternative energy--and whether White House pressure played a role in a loan guarantee that has taxpayers on the hook for millions. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Managing Workers' Compensation Costs
JD Supra (press release)October 6, 2011

When the workers' compensation system was first instituted, it was devised as a cost-saving mechanism. Job safety was deteriorating, leading to an increase in accidents and injuries. Employers increasingly found themselves in court defending civil ...more »

Family Law
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Eau Claire family liked apples, so they made them their business
Pioneer PressOctober 2, 2011

It's what our family does now," he said. "I'm not sure how the law degree will play into this." The Fergusons took over the Galesville orchard 11 years ago, added the Lake City store last year and this year bought the former Eau Claire Orchards from ...more »

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