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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 »

Germany returns stolen Namibian skulls
Sky News AustraliaOctober 1, 2011

Researchers determined the region from which the skulls came as well as the sex and age of the victims but say there is no hope of learning their identity or cause of death. The Namibian representatives will return home on Tuesday with a memorial ...more »

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Administrative Law
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UAE Trial of Activists Enters Home Stretch
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 3, 2011

... where they gather at every hearing, have described the defendants as un-nationalistic. State prosecutors said the men sought to foment a revolution, accusing them of instigating to break laws, committing acts that threaten state security, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Baucus bets big on supercommittee success
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

But with approval ratings still stinging from the controversial health care law he helped craft, Baucus is taking a gamble that constituents back home will reward the latest work in the spotlight. Success for the committee could result in changes that ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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MATTER OF COMMISSIONER OF GENESEE COUNTY DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVS. v. JONES
Leagle.comOctober 3, 2011

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously reversed on the law without costs and the matter is remitted to Family Court, Genesee County, for a new hearing. Memorandum: Respondent father appeals from an order confirming the ...more »

Immigration Law
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GA new immigration law could affect us all
WALB-TVOctober 7, 2011

If you think Georgia's new immigration law doesn't affect you, you might be in for a surprise. Business and government leaders think the changes will affect us all. Starting next year, some employers will have to use the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Tory Nimbies: The ministers backing planning law changes who have opposed ...
Daily MailOctober 4, 2011

A swathe of other ministers have backed him, declaring that Britain must build its way out of recession, regardless of an outcry from countryside and green groups, including the National Trust. Meanwhile, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Judiciary's services need funding
Pacific Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

The Judiciary has consistently demonstrated its commitment to enhancing and expanding its operations by offering specialty therapeutic courts, family violence counseling, mediation services, alcohol education and anger-management programs. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance companies told they were 'pushing open door' over legal aid bill
The GuardianOctober 10, 2011

The papers, obtained under freedom of information laws, record discussions between insurers, the NHS and government officials working under Jonathan Djanogly, the justice minister. They show that Djanogly, who faces conflict of interest allegations ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activists demand new law
The Asian AgeOctober 16, 2011

It was a congregation of sorts when animal lovers gathered at the Ramlila Maidan on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The volunteers who came dressed in white clothes, wearing animal masks protested against the delay in passing of the new Animal Welfare Act...more »

Intellectual Property
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Newspapers to disappear by 2040: UN agency chief
AFPOctober 3, 2011

GENEVA — Newspapers will disappear and be replaced by digital versions by 2040, the UN intellectual property agency's chief said in an interview published on Monday. Francis Gurry, who heads the World Intellectual Property Organisation told the daily ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Clean-up time for messy law
Indianapolis StarOctober 1, 2011

Among the many objections that were raised to Indiana's sweeping new immigration law was the prospect of costly, protracted and risky litigation. The warning, sounded by the state's own attorney general among others, came to fruition quickly with a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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UT, affirmative action head back to Supreme Court
Fort Worth Star TelegramOctober 6, 2011

The case potentially isn't just about one disappointed would-be Longhorn but about the undoing of affirmative action in higher education. Are enough justices ready to walk through this minefield again after just eight years? In 2003, the court took up ...more »

Turbulence rocks EU airline pollution scheme
Financial TimesOctober 3, 2011

Airlines face being caught up in a global trade war as opposition grows to the European Union's controversial plan to make carriers pay for their pollution, the aviation industry's main representative body warned on Monday. ...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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Ontario wind power bringing down property values
CBC.caOctober 1, 2011

"I had to get out," said Armstrong. "It was getting so, so bad. And I had to disclose the health issues I had. I was told by two prominent lawyers that I would be sued if the ensuing purchasers were to develop health problems. ...more »

Litigation
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Desert Hot Springs City Council looks at litigation Tuesday
The Desert SunOctober 2, 2011

The Desert Hot Springs City Council will consider two pieces of litigation in closed session Tuesday. One is a workers' compensation claim, and the second is an unspecified “initiation of litigation.” The council has previously said it is considering ...more »

Business Law
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How we pick judges is good for business
The TennesseanOctober 1, 2011

Both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly agreed, and the Tennessee Civil Justice Act today becomes the law of the land. However, now is not the time to relax in our quest to make Tennessee the No. 1 state in job growth. Our new tort reform law 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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London Man Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charges
NBC4i.comOctober 5, 2011

Back in June, an investigator from the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force came across Allen's ad looking to share his interest of "taboo" things with others. Following an exchange of emails between Allen, ...more »

Personal Injury
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ANADARKO PETROLEUM SAID IT WILL NOT HAVE TO FACE PERSONAL-INJURY CLAIMS (APC)
Zacks.comOctober 3, 2011

Oct 03, 2011 (SmarTrend(R) News Watch via COMTEX) -- Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC - Analyst Report) said it will not have to face personal-injury claims arising from exposure to oil and other chemicals in the cleanup campaign following the 2010 BP ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Ron Paul attacks 'unconstitutional' Obama after Anwar al-Awlaki death
Daily MailOctober 2, 2011

Writing in the New York Daily News, the outspoken Republican contender said the President Obama was acting outside 'the Constitution or the rule of law' when he ordered Friday's drone strike on the American born terrorist leader. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Defending Accounting Malpractice Claims [CPA Journal, The]
Insurance News Net (press release)October 25, 2011

The first instinct of conscientious auditors who have been unfairly accused is to focus on the details of the auditing and accounting that is under attack, to justify their professional judgments, and to rely upon their workpapers and checklists to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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NCC vows to crack down on retailers
Independent OnlineOctober 7, 2011

A crackdown on retailers selling contaminated food and defective electronic goods to unsuspecting rural consumers was announced yesterday by the consumer commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) would investigate and draft ...more »

Real Estate Law
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US commercial property investors are more bearish
ReutersOctober 4, 2011

Oct 3 (Reuters) - An overwhelming majority of US commercial real estate investors are bearish on the outlook for the sector over the next 12 months due to a lack confidence in the Obama administration, poor job growth and gridlock in Washington, ...more »

Lehman, Auto Loans, LA Dodgers, Madoff, Ambac: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekOctober 6, 2011

The pension fund is now after documents from donors to see how they intended for their gifts to be used. Not-for-profit institutions that end up in bankruptcy court sometimes learn that money they thought was restricted isn't in the eyes of the law...more »

Sports Law
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Dorfman: Sports belong in our schools
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comOctober 5, 2011

The bulging high school program in this state has a new legal attorney named Steve Goodell, a member of the same law firm as his predecessor, the late Michael Herbert, who played an important role with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Association. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Nevada Supreme Court Justice Cherry honored for work with indigent
The RepublicOctober 7, 2011

The Washington DC-based National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers named Cherry the 2011 winner of its Champion of Indigent Defense Award. Cherry is a former public defender who chairs the Nevada Supreme Court's Indigent Defense Commission. ...more »

ADL Audit: 1239 Anti-Semitic Incidents Reported Across the US in 2010
Anti-Defamation League (press release)October 4, 2011

The ADL Audit tracks incidents of vandalism, harassment and physical assaults against Jewish individuals, property and community institutions across the US, using reports and data gathered by the League's 30 regional offices and law enforcement. ...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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It's important to be aware of asset transfer laws
The Prairie StarOctober 5, 2011

It is important for individuals to be aware of these changes in the law for asset transfers as it pertains to their personal situation. Financial planning is a complex process that should involve your financial advisor and an Elder Care attorney who ...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 »

Wills & Probate
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Community calendar (Oct. 9)
Las Cruces Sun-NewsOctober 9, 2011

•The Doña Ana County Genealogical Society will meet at 2 pm Wednesday in the Roadrunner Room, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave. The program will be about wills and probate and the wealth of information that can be found in both. ...more »

Family Law
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Family: Justice is served by verdict
Greenville Daily ReflectorOctober 6, 2011

David Sutton said that Michelle Pollard's bankruptcy status could require further legal action to collect compensation. Any further legal action, the lawyer said, would center on delays in the investigation caused by what a “cover up” by former Sheriff ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp lawyer Richard Bell assails tax credit transferability
Tulsa Today (blog)October 15, 2011

In an interview with CapitolBeatOK after his presentation, Bell said he had, with others, saved about $300000 in state income tax liability, with $62000 of that still to come in the current year. In his speech, Bell said, “It's the transferability ...more »

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