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Fannie, Freddie Spend $640000 on Conference
Wall Street JournalDecember 1, 2011

Fannie and Freddie dominate the US mortgage market, purchasing and guaranteeing about 70% of new loans from mortgage lenders. Though lenders have few other outlets to purchase their mortgages, Fannie and Freddie say they value face-to-face meetings ...more »

Arizona Cardinals team report: Kevin Kolb likely to start Sunday
SportingNews.comDecember 1, 2011

(AP Photo) In his three last starts, Kolb completed 52 percent of his passes and didn't look like a franchise quarterback. His protection wasn't great, he was antsy in the pocket and it didn't appear he trusted that receivers were going to come open. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Lawsuit challenges taxes on Medicaid benefits
Lehigh Acres News StarDecember 1, 2011

That case, which was filed in September in the state Division of Administrative Hearings, centers on a requirement that mental-health providers spend 80 percent of the money they receive on patient services --- a requirement known as a "medical loss ...more »

Health Care Law
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Court can fix health-care reform
Greenville NewsDecember 1, 2011

... Inn (Palmetto Mortuary); George Dawson [...] The US Supreme Court's decision to hear a case regarding the constitutionality of the federal health insurance mandate in President Barack Obama's health-care reform law comes at an appropriate time. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Illinois trends ahead in cracking down on sex trafficking
Northwest HeraldDecember 4, 2011

A national study has given Illinois a “B” grade for its handling of human trafficking cases. Illinois, for example, is among just four states with laws that allow the judicial system to expunge the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Economists: Job effects of Alabama immigration unclear, may take years to ...
The RepublicDecember 3, 2011

Economists say it may take years and extensive research to determine whether Alabama's new law clamping down on illegal immigration helps or hurts the state's job market. He says those factors include the continuing recovery of the financial industry. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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APNewsBreak: Ala. AG says change immigration law
The Associated PressDecember 6, 2011

The alliance voiced its opinion one day after Republican Gov. Robert Bentley said he is concerned the law might be affecting industrial recruitment. Bentley also said Monday the law needs simplifying, but it shouldn't be repealed. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Lehman, Dynegy, Solyndra, Madoff, AMR, Friendly: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekDecember 2, 2011

The plan pays creditors in the order of priority outlined in bankruptcy law. There are three secured creditors with claims aggregating about $13 million. West End believes the security interest for a $5 million claim is invalid, according to the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Walker Sewell LLP Wins Judgment for Client Maverick Industries, Inc. Against ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 7, 2011

About Walker Sewell LLPWalker Sewell LLP specializes in the litigation, arbitration and appeal of complex commercial and insurance disputes. The firm regularly advises and assists clients with their most sensitive contract, insurance and business tort ...more »

Animal Law
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Trial will address pets' legal status
MyFox Tampa BayDecember 12, 2011

Liza is now suing the vets and Noah's Place Animal Hospital where they took Cody. It was October 2007 when Liza says she first took Cody to Noah's Place. He was diagnosed with a tumor on his tail. She says treatment didn't work, so in November, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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BAT challenges Australia cigarette packaging law
AFPDecember 1, 2011

SYDNEY — British American Tobacco on Thursday launched a High Court challenge against a law that will require plain packaging on cigarettes in Australia, claiming it infringes intellectual property rights. Days after fellow global tobacco giant Philip ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Johnson Law Group Awareness Campaign Looks at the Stages of a Mesothelioma ...
Benzinga (press release)December 1, 2011

... review of medical records, issues pertaining to work history, and possible or probable ways in which asbestos exposure occurred. The information is then evaluated and assessed to ensure that a lawsuit is the appropriate direction in which to head. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative-action foes urge Supreme Court to take Texas case
Washington PostDecember 19, 2011

Foes of affirmative action have been hoping the court would take the Texas case in order to reconsider its last major decision recognizing that states could consider race in some circumstances. In the 5 to 4 decision in Grutter v. ...more »

Florida Tech unveils new $350K aviation simulators
Florida TodayDecember 2, 2011

Two new Frasca 242 Piper Seminole Level 5 Flight Training Devices were formally unveiled Thursday at the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research at Melbourne International Airport. The flight simulators will complement the aviation...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Gentilly landlord accused of sexual harassment
NOLA.comDecember 3, 2011

The suit identifies the tenant as Jane Doe, because, although she no longer rents from Duckworth, she fears for her safety, said Fair Housing Action Center lawyer Morgan Williams. Federal housing law protects individuals against sexual discrimination, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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PRESS DIGEST - CANADA - Dec 1
ReutersDecember 1, 2011

Lawyers for Rob Ford will usher in the new year by asking an Ontario court to set aside a decision by Toronto council's compliance audit committee and instead hold a trial, complete with new evidence, to probe allegations that the mayor violated ...more »

Litigation
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EU Says It Has Complied With WTO Ruling on Airbus Subsidies
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

... “on all models that are the topic of this litigation.” The EU's compliance report was submitted to the US and the Geneva-based WTO today in the seven-year legal battle over aid to Airbus and Boeing, the world's two biggest commercial planemakers. ...more »

Business Law
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Council urges residents to get advertising advice
Droitwich AdvertiserDecember 1, 2011

This follows a case recently when a man who knowingly flouted planning laws pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday, November 24 to displaying two illegal advertisement signs in the Green Belt in a case that rumbled on for over a year ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy partners with Duval schools to mentor students
Florida Times-UnionDecember 7, 2011

I'm really excited about this collaboration and the benefits it will provide.” The program was initiated by Forrest High School Psychologist Freedom Reid who approached the Navy school liaison officers about having Sailors come into the schools to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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49-year-old man arrested on juvenile sex charges
WHIO DaytonDecember 2, 2011

Deputies said they arrested Stevens at his Fruit Street home on Thursday after receiving information from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The sheriff's office said it seized several computers from the home. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Best Places to Work 2011
Above the LawDecember 6, 2011

The point is that lawyers aren't invincible. When something unexpected goes wrong, it's your legal and civil right to make an accident claim and get your life back on track as soon as possible. That's where First Personal Injury comes in. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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George Will: Supreme Court should hear racial preferences case
GoErie.comDecember 5, 2011

It struck down the undergraduate policies as too mechanistic in emphasizing race but upheld the law school's pursuit of educational benefits from a "critical mass" of certain approved minorities. The details of the Texas policies are less important ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ron Paul Campaign Announces 'Attorneys for Ron Paul' Nationwide Coalition
Insurance News Net (press release)December 8, 2011

His trial experience includes more than 60 criminal and disciplinary jury trials in the Air Force and dozens of complex business litigation matters ranging from construction, insurance, surety, securities, fraud, product liability, deceptive trade...more »

Consumer Protection
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Spammers still a law unto themselves
MarkLives.comDecember 5, 2011

The National Consumer Protection Act would provide some recourse if it actually implements its national opt-out database – something the legislation caters for but which for now doesn't exist. There has been some discussion as to who should operate the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New Nevada law spurs big drop in homes entering foreclosure
Los Angeles TimesDecember 10, 2011

The new law was an attempt "to close any loopholes that a criminal element likes to find," Nevada Atty. Gen. Catherine Cortez Masto said. But it also has forced banks and other companies in the foreclosure business to back off, at least temporarily. ...more »

Combine Solicitation - FULL SERVICE PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE & INSPECTION ...
Insurance News Net (press release)December 9, 2011

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

Sports Law
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New Jersey ski helmet law takes effect this season
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comDecember 12, 2011

By Phillip Molnar | The Express-Times View full sizeCannonball Winter Sports in Phillipsburg has stocked up on 150 helmets. Express-Times Photo | BILL ADAMS Cannonball Winter Sports picked a good year to get into the ski and snowboard business. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Experts: Jerry Sandusky's defense will question credibility of new alleged victims
Patriot-NewsDecember 7, 2011

By JEFF FRANTZ, The Patriot-News That, said criminal defense experts, is where Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola will likely fight the new charges filed Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Attorney General. Since several of the other alleged victims are ...more »

2 sentenced in Ark. tobacco tax fraud probe
KTVU San FranciscoDecember 4, 2011

AP Owners of wholesale tobacco businesses in Texarkana and Van Buren have been sentenced in a $1 million scheme to dodge taxes on tobacco products. The Thursday sentencing capped a three-year investigation in which federal prosecutors allege that ...more »

PROVENZANO v. LCI HOLDINGS, INC.
Leagle.comDecember 16, 2011

... Inc. Provenzano contends LCI discriminated against her based on her age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), 29 USC § 621 et seq., and the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act ("ELCRA"), Mich. Comp. Laws. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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VLADIMIR ANTONOV PUTS THE UK GOVERNMENT IN A HOT SPOT – WHAT FUTURE IN MERRY ...
Business InsiderDecember 12, 2011

By the end of that year, however, Investbank was on the verge of bankruptcy, and the Central Bank had started its procedure for withdrawing its banking licences. Again, Antonov survived, and held the business together long enough for him to be able to ...more »

Environmental Law
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BAF Secures CARB Certification for 2012 Ford Transit Connect
MarketWatch (press release)December 13, 2011

BAF is the leading provider of natural gas vehicle systems and conversions in the United States and supports clients with alternative fuel systems. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, BAF's alternative fuel vehicle up-fitting ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Washington County probate judge sanctioned for not dealing with cases fast enough
The RepublicDecember 2, 2011

Probate judges are elected. They handle adoptions, wills, guardianships, estates and name changes. Holmes has been the probate judge in Washington County for 22 years. The Bangor Daily News (http://bit.ly/udG3RE) reports that the sanction order says ...more »

Family Law
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Family extend ties to the law
The Dominion PostDecember 2, 2011

On Mr McLellan's father's side of the family, William Reeve Haselden arrived in New Zealand in 1860 and settled in Westport, where he was mayor for five terms and a Crown prosecutor. He later moved to Wellington where he specialised in patent law and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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'Good news' for business, Gregoire says
The Spokesman ReviewDecember 2, 2011

OLYMPIA – Most Washington businesses will see lower unemployment taxes and many will have no increase in their workers' compensation rates in 2012. In announcing the new rates for next year, Gov. Chris Gregoire said they represent “real reform” ...more »

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