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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 »

Many of state's Friendly's franchises won't be hurt by bankruptcy
Danbury News TimesOctober 1, 2011

While unlikely to threaten their ice cream places, customers and business experts saw the potential bankruptcy as an indication of the economy's state. "You'd think a place like this would be OK with its moderate prices," Furrer said. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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2G trial doubles as law classroom
Business StandardOctober 2, 2011

We have all become adept in our knowledge of the telecom sector, which is very technical,” a lawyer from the team of Vijay Agarwal, one of the senior counsels, told Business Standard. Agarwal is representing Shahid Balwa, a promoter of the DB Realty ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term
eTaiwan NewsOctober 2, 2011

The Obama administration's request last week that the justices resolve whether the health care law is constitutional makes it more likely than not that they will deliver their verdict by June 2012, just as Obama and his Republican opponent charge ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Constitution of the United States
The Moral LiberalOctober 1, 2011

... the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority; — to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls; — to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction; — to Controversies ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Law Creating Long Lines At Montgomery Tag Offices
WAKAOctober 1, 2011

The state's new immigration law taking effect caused major headaches at probate offices in Montgomery for folks renewing their car tags. Lines were out the door nearly all day at several probate offices in Montgomery. Some even stayed open until past ...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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Cypress Says Talks Break Down With GSI Over Patent Dispute
Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2011

(CY) said its negotiations with GSI Technology Inc. (GSIT) over alleged patent infringement ended without resolution. The chip maker is involved in a series of legal disagreements with GSI and other competitors over its patents. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Korein Tillery Once Again Only Midwest Firm On Elite National Litigation List
MarketWatch (press release)October 7, 2011

... award-winning law firm with offices in St. Louis and Chicago that has recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in a variety of cases across the country involving pension funds, insurance, securities, antitrust, telecommunications, ...more »

Animal Law
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Charles Short Insurance Says New Law Is Good News for Horse Lovers with Texas ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 2, 2011

The new law aims to protect barn operators and other industry professional from claims of equine-related injuries, and requires that business owners post signs around their property outlining the regulations. The markers will draw attention to the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Kilopass Non Volatile Memory XPM Intellectual Property Core Holds ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)October 4, 2011

Kilopass Technology, Inc., a leading supplier of embedded NVM intellectual property, leverages standard logic CMOS processes to deliver one-time programmable (OTP) and many-time programmable (MTP) memory. With 58 patents granted or pending and more ...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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Affirmative action no longer reflects needs of society
the InkwellOctober 6, 2011

The group contends this type of affirmative action proposal should not be tolerated by any person of any race. This raises the question: As it stands, does affirmative action still serve its original purpose? The answer may not be as black and white as ...more »

Goodrich buys aviation life-raft business, (NYSE: GR), (NYSE: UTX)
Takeover ChatterOctober 3, 2011

Goodrich Corporation (Goodrich) is a supplier of aerospace components, systems and services to the commercial and general aviation airplane markets. Shares of GR remained unchanged at $120.68. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $72.93 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SL Green Teams with Stonehenge Partners to Acquire NYC Retail/Residential...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Ofer Yardeni, managing partner and co-founder of Stonehenge Partners, said, "The Stonehenge footprint in New York City continues to expand and this venture with one of New York City's pre-eminent real estate companies further enhances our presence and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Expert Q&A: On the Hook for Deceased Mom's Debt?
Credit Card Guide NewsOctober 3, 2011

I was going to move off campus this summer, but when I applied for an apartment I was rejected because I had bad credit. When I looked into it, I found out I was an authorized user on my mom's credit card before she passed away, but I had no idea. ...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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Chronicle wins several Michigan Press Association awards
Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.comOctober 2, 2011

Muskegon Chronicle editorial and advertising staff won several top awards in the Michigan Press Association's 2011 contest. Sports Editor Tom Kendra won two first-place awards for sports column and sports writing, including an article about Muskegon ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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FINRA Foundation Supports First Lady's "Joining Forces" Initiative with ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 6, 2011

"Only someone from within the military community can truly understand and appreciate the distinct financial benefits and challenges the military lifestyle brings," said Joyce Wessel Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association ...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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Ballard Designs Step Stool Recall: Falls, Injuries Reported
AboutLawsuits.comOctober 5, 2011

Two users reported falling and suffering a personal injury as a result of the step stools. The CPSC said in the recall notice that the problem is linked to plastic tabs on the feet, which can cause the stools to become unstable. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitution not sole issue on agenda of new Parliament
Today's ZamanOctober 1, 2011

While Parliament was in recess, Çiçek did not lose time but gathered 24 leading constitutional law experts in Parliament to discuss proposals for the new constitution. He will be forwarding the proposals to party leaders to prepare the ground for ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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PERSONNEL FILE: 11 Jackson Kelly attorneys named Best Lawyers 2012 Lawyers of ...
West Virginia RecordOctober 6, 2011

Jackson Kelly is a national law firm representing global corporations, national companies, entrepreneurs and individuals in areas of law such as environmental, business, labor and employment, federal and state workers' compensation, civil litigation ...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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Upcoming power of attorney Florida law update webinar for pro bono attorneys
Jacksonville Daily RecordOctober 10, 2011

Morgan's lectures are clear and concise as he explains the likely pitfalls and proper ways of dealing with changes in Florida law. Morgan has written numerous articles and conducted seminars on real property, probate and estate-planning issues. ...more »

CSC Reports Status of NHS Memorandum of Understanding and Advance Payment
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

All statements in this press release and in all future press releases that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. ...more »

Sports Law
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Netwon's AFL law earns Junior Sports Star nod
Cumberland Courier NewspapersOctober 6, 2011

DUAL regional representative Alex Newton could go all the way in his tennis and Aussie rules careers as he continues to stamp his class in both sports. Alex, however, is focused on Aussie rules at the moment, being fast-tracked into the code's talent ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Haggerty Defense Grills Mayor Over Campaign Spending
NY1October 3, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the witness stand in Manhattan criminal court today in the trial against a former political aide accused of stealing $1.1 million intended for ballot security. Former political consultant John Haggerty is charged with grand ...more »

IRS announces the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program
Lexology (registration)October 4, 2011

To be eligible for the VCSP, employers must (1) consistently have treated the workers as non-employees, (2) have filed all required 1099s for the workers for the prior three years, and (3) not currently be under audit by the IRS, Department of Labor or ...more »

The forced marriage law was simply symbolic
The GuardianOctober 13, 2011

SBS believes that forced marriage is being used, "in a cynical way to create a moral panic to justify the government's immigration agenda". Women's organisations believe this act is working well. In the three years since the act came into force, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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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 »

Environmental Law
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SOLAR ENERGY SEMINAR FEATURED EXPERT PANELISTS
RealEstateRama (press release)October 3, 2011

Still, alternative energy and energy tax incentives are an important part of the solar equation. Among other tax benefits, “the federal energy income tax credit amounts to 30 percent of the cost of equipment using solar energy to produce electricity or ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Week of candidate forums starts Monday evening
Meadville TribuneOctober 9, 2011

The register of wills is responsible for filing all papers in reference to the probate of wills and estates and all other related documents. The recorder of deeds division records all documents pertaining to land and property transactions, ...more »

Family Law
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Sothern Poverty Law Center Urges Lawmakers To Boycott Values Voter Summit
Talk Radio News ServiceOctober 7, 2011

“What we're trying to do is bring attention to the fact that both the host of this Values Voter's Summit of the Family Research Council, and one of it's major co-sponsors, an organization called the American Family Association, regularly lie about ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Call for a fair go for older workers
The Canberra TimesOctober 1, 2011

The Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, wants age restrictions on workers compensation and income insurance scrapped and a national standard introduced. ''Most people in their 60s and 70s would like to be in work, probably part time, ...more »

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