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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 »

The law of unintended consequences
The Canberra TimesOctober 1, 2011

... taxes and contribute to the economy and the society in myriad ways, will begin to demand better access to government services, greater political representation and, eventually, access to the franchise and other rights that come with citizenship. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Legal experts: Loughner's only defense is insanity
The Associated PressOctober 1, 2011

Mike Black, a former federal defender who argued four death penalty cases and is now in private practice as a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, said the Hinckley verdict caused an outcry and drew nationwide reform that limited the insanity defense ...more »

Health Care Law
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What an ACA ruling could mean to SCOTUS
PoliticoOctober 4, 2011

Could a ruling against the health care law actually help President Barack Obama by giving him something to run against? Or, conversely, would upholding the law put the court in the Tea Party's cross hairs? Would it be a waste of the court's time, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Preseason Closes With Question Marks
Oil On WhyteOctober 2, 2011

I'm hoping the club makes a roster move (or two) between now and then in an effort to bolster the blue. You guys: watch the waiver wires. I'll be busy sending letters to Tambellini cleverly hidden in donair wrappers in the hopes he'll open one and read ...more »

Immigration Law
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SCOTUS Cases Could Affect Presidential Race
NPROctober 3, 2011

But there are certain criteria in immigration law, and immigration law's incredibly complex and complicated, but that says that once you're granted legal status - in another words, you're a green card-holder - that if you commit a crime, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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NY doctors want health study of gas drilling
Wall Street JournalOctober 5, 2011

The DEC environmental analysis contains "glaring omissions with respect to human health," said Dr. Adam Law, an endocrinologist from Ithaca. A board member of the group Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy, he signed the letter. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Labor dispute threatens Philly theater productions
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Theater stagehands in Philadelphia have gone on strike after contract negotiations ended without a resolution, Kimmel Center officials said Saturday. A contract between the Kimmel Center and the local chapter of the International ...more »

Insurance 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 »

Animal Law
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CA governor signs animal protections bills into law
Examiner.comOctober 11, 2011

The passage of these laws represents an important step in the direction of animal rights, but ultimately it is the tip of the iceberg. I urge readers to familiarize themselves with the animal protection laws in their own state and to write to their ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Canadians are an inventive lot, but have trouble making it pay
Globe and MailOctober 3, 2011

But almost without notice, Canada is losing something far more valuable than fertilizer or hockey talent: knowledge and intellectual property. These are the natural resources of Canada's future, and they're slipping from our grasp at an alarming rate, ...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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Ohio Collective Bargaining Law: Who's Who In The Fight Over Senate Bill 5
Huffington PostOctober 6, 2011

Teachers, Sanitation workers, Public utility workers, Firemen and Police should never have the ability to strike. The citizens of Ohio have gathered enough signatures to hold a referendum on the new law and put it to a public vote. ...more »

Air India seeks Finance Ministry's letter of comfort
Economic TimesOctober 3, 2011

MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: In a move intended to restore the confidence of lenders in debt-laden and loss-making national carrier Air India, the ministry of civil aviation has asked the finance ministry to issue a letter of comfort to banks. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Evicted Shogun tenants take legal action
Northwest Cable NewsOctober 4, 2011

The Northwest Justice Project and Gonzaga Legal Services in Spokane are working to help these displaced tenants, and filed a civil suit on September 30th against the Shogun Plaza's owner Jong Lee. Under the Washington Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ford spends $1.7m on 2Q lobbying
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

The company lobbied on a bill that requires automakers to provide repair and diagnostic information to independent car repair shops. It also talked to lawmakers about Defense Department appropriations for military vehicles and legislation that would ...more »

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Louisville's Transportation Committee Says End Litigation Against Bridges Project
WFPLOctober 6, 2011

Louisville Metro Council's Transportation, Bridges and Public Works Committee is asking River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to drop its suit against the Ohio River Bridges Project, as it continues to narrow down the options to ...more »

Business Law
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Global Crackdown on Online Peddlers Nets $6.3 Million in Drugs
PCWorldOctober 1, 2011

In August, for example, Google, in one of the largest settlements of its kind in history, agreed to pay the US government $500 million to settle a case against the company involving the use of its advertising platform, AdSense, to facilitate the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Egypt's ruler vows military will step down
CBS NewsOctober 5, 2011

However, there are lucrative benefits the military could gain by holding on to power or at least have one of its men grab the country's top job. There has been intense speculation that a civilian with a military background, like a retired general, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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ATTUS Technologies, Inc. Launching Its Enhanced WatchDOG® Wire Regulatory ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 6, 2011

Computer Services, Inc. (CSI) delivers core banking, payments processing, Internet, card services, risk assessment, fraud prevention, network management, regulatory compliance and document delivery solutions to financial institutions and corporate ...more »

Personal Injury
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Anadarko Doesn't Have to Face Some BP Spill Cleanup Claims
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Anadarko Petroleum Corp. won't have to face personal injury claims arising from exposure to oil and other chemicals in the cleanup campaign following the 2010 BP Plc spill in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Time For A Constitutional Convention? It's the Integrity, Stupid, Part 2
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

His work has recast the very terms of discussion and debate in multiple areas of law, ranging from intellectual property to constitutional theory. His new focus on questions of governance and corruption will be similarly transformative. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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PIAA: Medical Liability Reforms Ripe for 'Supercommittee' Picking
Insurance News Net (press release)October 1, 2011

Trial attorneys and consumer groups are opposed to the changes, saying they take away the rights of victims of medical malpractice but leave insurers unaccountable. The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures opposes HR 5, calling it an ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Pennsylvania Credit Union Association Statement On Debit Card Fees (press release)October 3, 2011

New fees being imposed by large banks on debit card holders is a result of the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed earlier this year. However, consumers can avoid high fees related to debit cards by ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Polunsky & Beitel Partners Highlighted on Texas Super Lawyers List
MarketWatch (press release)October 5, 2011

Mr. Polunsky and Mr. Beitel were among the first attorneys in Texas to earn rare dual certifications from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Residential Real Estate Law and Commercial Real Estate Law. The latest edition of Texas Super Lawyers ...more »

Women to Watch: Change of jobs let attorney apply law in new ways
Memphis Commercial AppealOctober 2, 2011

Pam Skelton relaxes at one of her favorite spots, Otherlands coffee shop in Cooper-Young. "This is the perfect time of year in Memphis," the attorney says. Pam Skelton, a former litigator and assistant ...more »

Sports Law
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Redesign the IRS Web Site
ForbesOctober 4, 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 »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney Asks Separate Trials For Pair Charged In Pastor's Murder
The ChattanooganOctober 3, 2011

A defense attorney is asking for separate trials in the case in which two people are charged in the slaying of a minister at his Glenwood home last Oct. 10. Attorney Dan Ripper said Antonio Henry, 25, and Brendan Barnes, 16, "are both pointing at each ...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 »

Age discrimination in nation's workplaces has only worsened in the tough economy
msnbc.comOctober 3, 2011

3M's issues started with a mass reduction in force, or RIF, and that's often where issues of age discrimination can arise, according to Gavin Appleby, an attorney for the employment law firm Littler. “When we get involved in a RIF we typically do a ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Protection Partnership
SecurityInfoWatchOctober 14, 2011

He has 20 years of experience in loss prevention, asset protection and physical security, having served at Walmart and The Home Depot. He has been awarded Fellow status for innovative work and leadership in the private sector and serves as Chair for ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy secretary in GOP crosshairs for loan debacle
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 4, 2011

The idea was that a cap-and-trade climate law would put a price on carbon, creating a huge market for alternative fuels. When that failed, the administration was left with what Severin Borenstein, an energy economist at UC Berkeley's Haas School of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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A career in law: It's not all court battles and cross-examinations
The IndependentOctober 3, 2011

Likewise solicitors may well pursue personal injury claims for those involved in accidents at work, but this is far from their only function. In fact, the legal profession is very broad and there is often a crossover between the work of solicitors and ...more »

Family Law
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Grim news from pair of LA crashes provides closure
The Associated PressOctober 2, 2011

No clues emerged from separate investigations by a Los Angeles police detective who was "terrific" and a private detective who was "equally good," Gelfand's son-in-law Will Matlack said Saturday. Then came a bizarre twist. The family of another missing ...more »

Workers Compensation
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New Jersey Workers' Comp Attorney Says Rise in Workplace Fire Deaths Indicates ... (press release)October 7, 2011

New Jersey workers' compensation and personal injury attorney Samuel L. Davis today expressed concern about new government statistics showing more than a doubling of the number of deaths resulting from workplace fires from 2009 to 2010. ...more »


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