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Federal judge dismisses part of fraud case against Citi
Thomson Reuters News & InsightOctober 1, 2011

For plaintiffs: Stuart Grant and Megan McIntyre of Grant & Eisenhoffer. For Citi defendants: Brad Karp, Richard Rosen, Susanna Buergel and Karen King for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. (Reporting by Nick Zieminski) REUTERS / Lucas Jackson.more »

RCMP cautions YK renters to beware of scams
HQ YellowknifeOctober 1, 2011

The Yellowknife RCMP's commercial crime section is warning people about fraudulent ads popping up on on-line classified sites offering apartment rentals. Two such incidents have been reported in Yellowknife this month. Corporal Jarret MacDonald with ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judges' war gets new ammo from analyst
Korea TimesOctober 3, 2011

While not overtly taking sides in the power struggle between the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the rebellious Alliance of California Judges (ACJ), a lengthy report by Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor's office seems to side with the former ...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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GPS inventor slams GPS tracking
TG DailyOctober 5, 2011

"This is the first case where the Supreme Court will consider automatic, persistent, passive location tracking by law enforcement," says EFF senior staff attorney Marcia Hofmann. "The government can use location information over time to learn where you ...more »

Immigration Law
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Ala. immigration law marked by Hispanic school absences
USA TodayOctober 3, 2011

We're in the business and have the obligation to educate all students. For us, it's just data collection." Tuscaloosa City Schools reported at least 10 Hispanic parents withdrawing their children from school late last week, while other parents ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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CenterPoint Properties Announces the Completion of Its CEO Transition
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

He is a past Chairman of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. Mike leaves a legacy of unparalleled achievements including such Chicago landmarks as the O'Hare Express airport development and the nation's largest inland port ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Obama Administration Announces Selection of 14 Infrastructure Projects to be ...
MMD Newswire (press release)October 11, 2011

This time savings will be achieved through an agreed upon schedule for document reviews and establishing a process for dispute elevation and resolution. The Baltimore Red Line is a 14 mile rail transit line connecting the suburban areas west of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Harbinger Group Inc.'s Insurance Subsidiary Update on $20mm Dividend and ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

Forward-Looking Statements"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Some of the statements contained in the Press Release may be forward-looking statements based upon management's current expectations that are ...more »

Animal Law
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Chinese American food purveyors object to law banning shark fins
Los Angeles TimesOctober 10, 2011

Betty Tsang, president of the Asian Food Trade Assn., said organized petitions and protests were not fairly heard. "Say if in the US and California, nobody can eat shark-related products, yes, we are for it. But if you only target shark fin, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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losing intellectual property
China Law Blog (blog)October 8, 2011

I love it when I read something that tells me what I already knew, but simply had not realized. That happened to me today when I read a post on the Asia Healthcare Blog by my friend and fellow-Seattleite, Benjamin Shobert, entitled, "Life Sciences ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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10 Questions: The Pekin Daily Times news quiz
Pekin Daily TimesOctober 1, 2011

What local nursing home is under scrutiny for allegedly failing to follow legal guidelines for asbestos removal? 4. Who was sworn in as a Pekin City Councilman following the resignation of John Neumann? 5. What percentage of the Pekin Community High ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Sara Goldrick-Rab: Wisconsin's economy needs affirmative action
Capital TimesOctober 8, 2011

This is why affirmative action works for Wisconsin. It helps extend educational opportunities to those who will reap the biggest benefits, which spill over to us all. Without some attention paid to a student's ability to benefit from college, ...more »

Customers help redesign Tampa airport terminal
MiamiHerald.comOctober 6, 2011

The Aviation Authority at the airport said Wednesday it has opened a website allowing users to take a survey making their preferences known for everything from signs and elevators to lounges, restrooms and art. It's all part of a $30 million ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Top 5 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Problem Renters
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 5, 2011

This money is collected to give you leverage in case the tenant decides to abruptly leave, or doesn't want to repair damage, beyond normal wear and tear, at the end of their lease. At the end of the leasing term, state law gives you, the landlord, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Professor of law to speak at AAUW meeting
nwitimes.comOctober 2, 2011

Professor Stuart practiced law for 11 years in Indianapolis after a three-year clerkship with the Indiana Court of Appeals. Her practice focused on education, labor and employment law, but also included commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. ...more »

Litigation
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Massachusetts AG prepares litigation against mortgage servicers
Housing WireOctober 6, 2011

A few days after California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced plans to explore robo-signing and foreclosure issues at mortgage servicers independent of other states, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley signaled her ...more »

Business Law
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Law enforcement says it's business as usual as realignment unfolds
KGET 17October 1, 2011

Worried about an influx of new felons. Some are taking self protection literally into their own hands. Jenn McKenna is assistant manager at 2nd Amendment Sports. She says she's had two recent gun customers specifically cite the prison realignment. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military benefit plan may change
Omaha World-HeraldOctober 4, 2011

A federal advisory committee, the Defense Business Board, released a report over the summer suggesting a significant overhaul of the current military retirement system. The report noted that military benefits are more generous than those in the private ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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High-Tech Device Helps Martinez Police Track Down Child Pornography And Other ...
Patch.comOctober 3, 2011

Criminals are no longer using guns and masks to rob banks – instead, they use computers and wireless Internet connections. To combat this new wave of criminal and crime, police need good old-fashioned vigilance and footwork, but they also need ...more »

Personal Injury
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Pre-existing conditions: Do they ruin my car crash case ?
InjuryBoard.comOctober 13, 2011

Well, that same phrase can have a bad ring to it in the context of personal injury lawsuits as well, although it doesn't automatically mean bad news for your claim. Similar to the health insurance context, it is not uncommon for a defendant in a ...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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Zero dollar jury verdict did not bar plaintiffs' recovery of costs, appeals ...
WisBarOctober 24, 2011

Meet and network with lawyers who share your professional background - State Bar sections. More Get confidential support for coping with the stress of practicing law. More Fee Arbitration program - helping lawyers and clients resolve fee disputes. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Wall Street Reform
Prairie FarmerOctober 18, 2011

The House Agriculture Committee held the seventh in a series of hearings Wednesday to review proposed amendments to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., told those gathered that with ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Goodwin Procter Boosts London Office With Private Equity Hires
Wall Street JournalOctober 11, 2011

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Boston, US-based law firm Goodwin Procter Tuesday said it was launching its London office expansion with the hire of David Evans and Samantha Lake Coghlan as partners in its real estate and private equity and funds practices. ...more »

Chadbourne FCPA Study Reveals Six-Year Trend in Anti-Corruption Enforcement ...
PR Newswire (press release)October 4, 2011

... of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, project finance, private funds, corporate finance, venture capital and emerging companies, energy/renewable energy, communications and technology, commercial and products liability...more »

Sports Law
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Ghana GOC Congress: Baba & Appiah Initiate “Operation Elimination”
GhanaWebOctober 3, 2011

The removal of the suspension was in response to Parliament modifying the existing sports law. Given the calm on the airwaves and in the print media since the announcement, Ghanaians can be forgiven for expecting peace and progress on the sports ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge tosses out murder case, blaming district attorney's delay tactic
NOLA.comOctober 1, 2011

What's different, defense attorneys gripe, is that the DA also has pushed to try far more cases in criminal court. The number of new felony cases entering the court system rose 64 percent in 2010 from three years earlier, before the DA took office, ...more »

State auditor: former Grove City payroll clerk must repay more than $67000
Columbus DispatchOctober 25, 2011

The audit was requested by the city's former police chief, after the city could not account for more than $1 million in past-due payroll taxes. Much of tax withholdings have been returned to the Internal Revenue Service. In April, the IRS waived about ...more »

4 fire companies to pay $441K to settle lawsuit
FireRescue1October 5, 2011

As a result, the senior firefighters kept working but did not receive credit for their service once they reached the maximum age. The EEOC said the age restriction violated the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, a federal law protecting workers 40 ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Corporate Social Responsibility: A Rapidly Changing Landscape
EHS TodayOctober 10, 2011

The GRI was formed in 1997 by two US-based non-profit organizations, Ceres and Tellus Institute, with the intention of making it an instrument of change for corporate governance. More than 1800 companies filed GRI reports in 2010, a small but growing ...more »

Environmental Law
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Treasurer Lockyer defends clean-energy tax break
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 20, 2011

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority has approved 33 applicants for $104 million in sales tax exemptions under the roughly year-old program, according to the state treasurer's office. The law allows ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Update your will regularly to ensure peace of mind
BusinessLIVEOctober 15, 2011

You should expect to pay for the will drafting service and separately, at a later date, for the estate administration process. Various professionals or organisations may offer will drafting services for free. This is generally on the understanding that ...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 »

Workers Compensation
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South Hadley Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Insurance Company of Workers...
Citybizlist (press release)October 13, 2011

NORTHAMPTON - The owner of a South Hadley roofing company pleaded guilty to charges he defrauded his insurance company of workers' compensation premiums by misclassifying his workers on insurance policies, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced ...more »

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