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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 »

Listeria outbreak: Victims file lawsuits, but will they receive damages?
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

It wasn't long after officials linked a listeria outbreak with cantaloupe from a Colorado farm that wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits began to be filed. The outbreak, which is the deadliest food crisis in more than a decade, has killed at ...more »

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Administrative Law
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2 Wappingers board of ed trustees deny wrongdoing
Poughkeepsie JournalOctober 2, 2011

The allegations of misconduct involving trustees Marilynn Shultz and John Lumia do not involve money or criminal activity, but are related to administrative matters involving state and federal education law, according to board member Aziz Ahsan. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Someond has to pick up the health care insurance bill
Lexington DispatchOctober 5, 2011

If a state does not act in advance, the law authorizes the federal government to set up and run the exchange. A few of the larger corporations are taking steps now to move toward implementing some of the facets of the health care act that will be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Supreme Court begins new term Monday
NECNOctober 3, 2011

(NECN/CNN: Athena Jones) - Monday kicks off a new term for the Supreme Court, and health care tops the list of big issues the nine justices could take on. The Obama administration has asked the nation's highest court to rule on the constitutionality of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lawmakers Praise Impact Of Immigration Law, Dismiss Critics
WHNTOctober 5, 2011

Alabama's new immigration law has only been in effect for less than a week, but those who pushed the bill through say it's already making an immediate and positive impact. An untold number of illegal immigrants have reportedly left the state since the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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State laws regulating toxic emissions may change
RenewablesBizOctober 18, 2011

The Southern Environmental Law Center recently released a statement calling for state politicians to consider keeping the current rules and regulations in place for industries that emit air pollution. According to information from the Environmental ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Hawaii introduces foreclosure dispute resolution program
Bizjournals.comOctober 4, 2011

Hawaii on Monday introduced a mortgage foreclosure dispute resolution program that will allow owner-occupants with homes in nonjudicial foreclosure to have the opportunity to meet directly with their lenders. The program will give those owners the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Can events like Reno Air Races and Street Vibrations continue amid concerns ...
Reno Gazette JournalOctober 2, 2011

The question now is how, or if, the events can continue amid concerns over insurance costs, litigation and, for Street Vibrations, violence. Officials for both organizations have said any talk of their respective futures is months away. ...more »

Animal Law
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Why Animal Rights Campaigners are Wrong About Shark Fin Soup
Huffington Post UKOctober 4, 2011

As someone who has worked for Understanding Animal Research I am aware of the activities of animal rights groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who campaign to stop all medical research involving animals. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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LES-AC organizes intellectual property role in economic development seminar in ...
AME InfoOctober 17, 2011

HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh receives the Shield of the Higher Colleges of Technology from His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan during "Intellectual Property Role in Economic Development" seminar - Abu Dhabi, October 12, 2011. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Litigation Fears Nix Proposed Land Swap
Patch.comOctober 4, 2011

"That has nothing to do with what the attorney said other than the attorney told us getting into litigation is just not useful," she added. Councilman Matt Kilroy, who was also on hand for the Sept. 26 joint meeting, commented that he believes it the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Cheating? That's affirmative
WND.comOctober 3, 2011

The bill says the University of California and California State University systems "may consider race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin, and household income, along with other relevant factors, in undergraduate and graduate ...more »

Gasping Punjab aircraft engg college in its last lap
Times of IndiaOctober 2, 2011

For the last 30 years, the Punjab Aircraft Maintenance Engineering College (PAMEC) in Patiala, that shares its premises with the famed aviation club, has enjoyed a pride of place in India. Its students brought laurels to the college each year after ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Free legal help offered by VU Law School
nwitimes.comOctober 16, 2011

The Law Clinic represents low-income residents of the region in matters such as debt collection defense, consumer issues, landlord/tenant disputes, guardianships, adoptions and tax concerns involving the Internal Revenue Service. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Kodak stock rallies after 'no bankruptcy' announcement
ProPrintOctober 4, 2011

Leave your comments below. Your opinions are welcome but please stay within our Forum Rules. Comments do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of ProPrint, Haymarket Media or its employees. If you feel any comments breach these rules, ...more »

Litigation
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IGT Reaches Agreement with Aristocrat to Settle Patent Litigation
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

This settlement ends all present patent litigation between IGT and Aristocrat and their subsidiaries. "IGT is pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Aristocrat and put these disputes behind us," said Robert G. Melendres, ...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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Whither the Egyptian Revolution?
Straits TimesOctober 6, 2011

Nonetheless, the potential for constructive influence remains considerable, and it should be responsive to those in Egypt who favor liberal ideas, democratic institutions, and broad distribution of the benefits of economic development. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Recession sparks bank scam boom
NEWS.com.auOctober 2, 2011

UNEMPLOYED computer programmers and IT experts are behind a surge in internet finance scams and cyber attacks. These new white collar criminals are hooking up with international crime gangs to steal millions of dollars from customer accounts and bank ...more »

Personal Injury
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Charleston Personal Injury Lawyer Says Speed Is Contributor to Nation-Leading ...
Benzinga (press release)October 7, 2011

South Carolina personal injury attorney Ken Harrell of Joye Law Firm says his experience indicates that negligence is a bigger factor in fatal traffic accidents than road and bridge conditions. Charleston personal injury lawyer Ken Harrell today ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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PREVIEW-Obama's healthcare law tops new US high court term
ReutersOctober 2, 2011

N), ruled for telecommunications firm AT&T Inc (TN) and ended a global warming lawsuit against utilities. Robin Conrad, head of the US Chamber of Commerce's legal arm, told a briefing that fewer business cases were on the docket now, compared with the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Neil McKelvey headed the International Bar Association
Globe and MailOctober 5, 2011

The case is now studied in law schools because it involved determining whether the burden of proof of causation in a malpractice case is on the plaintiff. Practising in Saint John meant that McKelvey delved into marine law on several occasions. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Trouble with a brand-new car
SowetanOctober 3, 2011

PASSING THE BUCK: Consumers are still saddled with defective and unsafe cars. Photo: Elizabeth Sejake Though the Consumer Protection Act states that consumers have the right to fair value, good quality and safety, some dealers sell vehicles with ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The John Marshall Law School Leverages Law Practice and Courtroom Technology ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

"We are the only law school in the region to supply iPads as part of a course curriculum, and moving forward we will continue to integrate other law practice and courtroom technologies to improve our law students' educational experience. ...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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Part 1: State's Concussion Law Aims to Protect Student-Athletes
Patch.comOctober 4, 2011

The MSHSAA is now outlining the regulations and procedures with the new state law regarding sports-related concussions. By Justin Phelps Long before NFL players were exhibiting the long-term symptoms of concussions, MICDS had an eye out for its ...more »

Criminal Defense
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McCabe: Contradictions equal perjury.Or not.
The Idaho StatesmanOctober 2, 2011

... continuing to employ someone who has been found to be a perjurer by the highest court in the state? Tom McCabe has been a criminal defense attorney for 30 years and is the founding president of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.more »

Virginia Beach: For City Council
The Virginian-PilotOctober 31, 2011

Sherrod, who owns an engineering technology consulting firm, owed the state and federal governments nearly $400000 and twice in the past decade has had IRS liens against him. Sherrod says he learned of the underpayments through a government audit and ...more »

Q & A Session – Personal Liability for Age Discrimination
Federal Times (blog)October 4, 2011

Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience. If an employee feels that his supervisor is guilty of age discrimination, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Miami Office of McDonald Hopkins Law Firm Expands, Adding Intellectual ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 22, 2011

During her career, Spagnole has served as a partner in a prominent New England law firm and was the vice president and general counsel for a sports entertainment company. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University Law School ...more »

Environmental Law
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Biofuels losing government loan option
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 2, 2011

The USDA didn't require companies to have purchase contracts for the fuel, relying instead on the fact that the government has required use of the biofuels. The mandate “is a huge underpinning for our whole industry,” said Bolsen. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Free senior legal planning workshop
Wicked LocalOctober 24, 2011

In order to make informed decisions, seniors must be aware of issues such as wills, nursing home planning, Medicaid, trusts and probate. Learn about the obstacles, so you can better understand your needs and make good decisions to keep you and your ...more »

Family Law
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Tough immigration law leads to Ala. exodus
CBS NewsOctober 6, 2011

The impact of the Alabama Immigration Law will prevent Smith from being able to fully harvest his crop, costing his family nearly $200000 in revenue and may put them out of business permanently. (AP Photo) MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama's strict new ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Business Insurance Recognizes Safety National as a Best Place to Work
MarketWatch (press release)October 10, 2011

LOUIS, Oct 10, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Safety National, the leading provider of excess workers' compensation insurance in the United States, has been once again named one of the Best Places to Work in the insurance industry by Business Insurance ...more »

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