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Expert liability for ratings agencies
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

Noting this concern, the staff advised that they would not recommend enforcement of Regulation AB's requirements for prospectus disclosure of ratings. The enforcement position was initially effective for six months, and by replacement letter made ...more »

How to ensure your electronic information will be ready for litigation
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

The process of discovery — when the parties involved in litigation exchange information relevant to the case — has adapted to fit the way business is done today. Is your company ready for e-discovery? “Times have changed,” says Melissa Evans, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge steps down from case against former DA Crumley
Kingsport Times NewsOctober 4, 2011

A status hearing was set for Oct. 13. The court will seek a substitute judge to stand in for Nidiffer from Tennessee's Administrative Office of the Courts. Washington Co. DA's office steps aside in Crumley case The Washington County District Attorney ...more »

Health Care Law
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Political Blotter: Oakland medical pot case might predict Supreme Court's ...
San Jose Mercury NewsOctober 3, 2011

This, Rodriguez and McCarter seem to believe, indicates Scalia might feel the same way about the Affordable Care Act's individual health insurance mandate. Five Bay Area House members were among 20 House Democrats who urged the Judicial Conference of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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LSAC settles test taker's ADA complaint
Law.comOctober 7, 2011

It's been a mixed bag of late for aspiring lawyers with attention deficit disorder seeking special accommodations when sitting for the Law School Admission Test. In June, a New York judge declined to compel the Law School Admission Council to grant a ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law cutting Latinos in schools
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

Latino students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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State supports development of science in Kazakhstan
CaspionetOctober 1, 2011

Representatives of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies believe that this measure will assist the real sector of the economy in creating more competitive products. «As part of the law on state support for industrial and innovative development, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Nagra and Sigma Systems Partner on Advanced Advertising
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

The company's award-winning solutions include order management, provisioning and activation, and active mediation of residential and business VoIP, broadband, video, and triple-play and quad-play services. NGOs around the globe -- including Bell Aliant ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Towers Watson Expands Investment Services for Insurers and Reinsurers With ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

This document contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements and other forward-looking statements in this document by words such as "may," "will," ...more »

Animal Law
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New Florida Laws Kick In Saturday
Local 10October 3, 2011

HB 75: The law creates the crime of "sexting", the transmission of sexually explicit pictures, often by cell phone. But it reduces the penalties from what they would be for teens charged with doing that now, which would brand them a sex offender for ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Two held for intellectual property theft
Deccan ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

The two are charged of intellectual property theft by stealing the drawings, designs and other data. According to police, Mr Rao and Mr Patel, as promoters of SMSIPL, had entered into assets purchase agreement with AESSEAL worth Rs 17.2 crore on ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Open Beaches Act litigation to continue
Daily News - Galveston CountyOctober 1, 2011

GALVESTON — In a short order issued Wednesday, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion by the state's attorney general to end part of some long-running litigation over enforcement of the Texas Open Beaches Act. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action plan set for approval; Human Right Commission has requested ...
Quincy Herald WhigOctober 7, 2011

To fulfill the requirement of a federal grant application, the city of Quincy is set to approve an affirmative action plan that has been sought by the city's Human Rights Commission for eight years. Doug Olson, director of Human Resources, ...more »

Aviation Heritage Center at Sheboygan County airport gets a piece of history
The Sheboygan PressOctober 3, 2011

Crews mount a Lockheed T-33 jet fighter outside the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport last Saturday. The 1950s-era plane was restored over the last six years and will be formally unveiled Saturday in a ...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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Image Credit: Ursula Coyote/AMC
Entertainment Weekly (blog)October 3, 2011

...Bad, in which a desperate Walt turned to Saul for help after Gus brought the hammer down. Also moving into the top ranks: the season premieres of Friday's sci-fi freakout Fringe, and Sunday's lawyer-cum-political-cum-domestic drama The Good Wife. ...more »

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Merck reports fourth win in Fosamax litigation
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

AP , 10.03.11, 04:56 PM EDT WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ -- Drug maker Merck said Monday it won a fourth court case brought by a patient who blamed the company's osteoporosis drug Fosamax for jaw and dental injuries. A jury in New York ruled in the company's ...more »

Business Law
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Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term
STLtoday.comOctober 2, 2011

Presidents of both parties have directed the State Department to ignore the law, saying it wrongly interferes with the president's powers. Just over a third of the 48 cases the court has so far agreed to hear are of interest to the business sector, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Afghanistan's energy war
Asia Times OnlineOctober 6, 2011

... agenda is moving rapidly forward that may not only deny Afghans the much needed economic benefits their energy resources could provide, but may also exacerbate insecurity and instability, ensuring a prolonged US and foreign military presence. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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As criminal gangs get smarter, retailers find tools to fight back
Arizona RepublicOctober 1, 2011

Sometimes the merchandise is returned for gift cards that are resold through similar channels. Other times, the stolen goods are sold back to the retailers through crooked distributors. Retailers and law-enforcement agencies note that metro Phoenix is ...more »

Personal Injury
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Judge says backlog of personal injury cases 'unacceptable'
Irish TimesOctober 19, 2011

A HIGH Court judge has called for measures to tackle the “unacceptable and embarrassing” waiting list for the hearing of personal injuries actions, including cases involving “catastrophic” injuries. Mr Justice John Quirke made the comments yesterday ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Second arrest for UM law professor
MiamiHerald.comOctober 1, 2011

His UM website bio says he joined the faculty in 1988, teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Employment Discrimination, has written commentaries for The Miami Herald and The Miami Times, and has appeared on national television programs. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Combine Solicitation - Dental Services at Spirit Lake Health Center in Ft ...
Insurance News Net (press release)October 7, 2011

SE, Room 309 Aberdeen, SD 57401 Or fax to 605-226-7669 or email Contractors intending to conduct business with the Federal Government must register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database prior to award. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Suite justice at last for fobbed-off furniture customer
Independent Online (blog)October 3, 2011

I spend most of my work week investigating reader complaints about companies failing to honour their Consumer Protection Act (CPA) rights. The complaints pour in – from bus and train coupons and pre-paid data expiring within a short time, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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SunHerald.comOctober 2, 2011

He is a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and former chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Blackwell practices in the Gulf Coast office with focus on gaming law, construction, ...more »

Roman Abramovich paid oligarch to be his political godfather, court hears 5, 2011

But on only the second day of what is expected to be a two month case involving two of the richest men in Britain, the Commercial Court in London was again provided with an extraordinary insight in to the life of the super-rich in post-Communist Russia ...more »

Sports Law
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Afghan Stadiums Now for Sports, Not Violence
Voice of AmericaOctober 8, 2011

During Taliban rule, hundreds of Afghans would fill the Ghazi Stadium in Kabul, but just not always for sports. The Taliban used the stadium as a venue to punish and even execute those accused of breaking the law. It did not matter if you were a man or ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Distinctly Oklahoma Magazine Recognizes Hunsucker Legal Group
PR Web (press release)October 8, 2011

John is a Director of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, a Fellow with the Litigation Council of America, and the State Delegate ( one of fifty) and Member of the National College for DUI Defense.more »

Understanding greed
Cal Coast NewsOctober 11, 2011

I just attempt to follow the byzantine tax rules as best as I can hoping I don't make a mistake and find myself on the receiving end of an IRS audit. I work hard, spending a great deal of time looking for write-offs trying to make that 'taxes owed' ...more »

ECJ rules on retirement age of German pilots
International Law OfficeOctober 5, 2011

The ECJ therefore concluded that a general work ban, as determined by the collective agreement, constituted undue age discrimination which was not justified by the provision's aim (ie, to ensure air safety). This ECJ decision should not be construed as ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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TriNet Leverages Symantec Security and Information Management Software to ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 20, 2011

Symantec Endpoint Protection secures endpoints such as employees' laptops and desktop computers against the constant threat of external malware authors attempting to steal information. TriNet also uses Symantec Brightmail Messaging Gateway to keep spam ...more »

Environmental Law
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Ryfa to Powers: Show evidence of financing for trash-to-ethanol plant
nwitimes.comOctober 9, 2011

A Valparaiso University contract law professor told The Times the county's contract with Powers could leave taxpayers open to liability as they would own the trash-to-ethanol plant under the agreement. A public debate ensued that lasted for several ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Supreme Court Hears Case Of Man, Committed Against His Will, Who Wants Redress
Hartford CourantOctober 24, 2011

The long-running Gross case has become a battleground for probate court, Connecticut's separate judicial system that handles wills, estates, adoptions, name changes — but also very delicate and controversial questions such as whether an elderly or ...more »

Family Law
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Family minister clarifies aspects of Law on Domestic Violence
AngolaPressOctober 4, 2011

Benguela – The minister of Family and Promotion of Women, Genoveva Lino, last Monday started a three-day work visit to the central Benguela Province, having on top of the agenda the national campaign to divulge the Law on Domestic Violence, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Police officers charged in alleged workers compensation fraud
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserOctober 5, 2011

Prosecutors allege the officers falsified a workers compensation claim in 2009 after Tojio injured his wrist. The prosecutor's office said the officers were working at a speed and fitness clinic at the Kalihi Valley District Park gym on Nov. 8, 2009. ...more »


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