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Connecticut Man Sentenced for Role in $4 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
LoanSafeDecember 1, 2011

... Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General; and State of Connecticut Department of Banking. To report financial fraud crimes, and to learn more about the President's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, please visit »

The Enron cast: Where are they now?
Financial NewsDecember 1, 2011

The leading characters in the Enron saga have had varied fortunes since the disgraced trading giant collapsed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy a decade ago this week. A few went to prison, a couple have since died, while another employee went on to become a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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State Judge Upholds Suspension of Wayne Hills Football Players
Patch.comDecember 1, 2011

An administrative law judge upheld the suspension of nine Wayne Hills High School football players, barring them from playing in the team's sectional championship game on Saturday. Judge Elleen Bass denied a motion for emergent relief filed by ...more »

Health Care Law
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VT Health Care Efforts Hinge On Supreme Court Decision
Vermont Public RadioDecember 7, 2011

Cheryl Hanna is a constitutional law professor at Vermont Law School. (Hanna) "If the Court were to strike down either part or all of the health care legislation it could really have significant consequences for the state of Vermont in its desire to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Supreme Court takes case on pilot's privacy
USA TodayDecember 1, 2011

Cardozo argued that the government's narrow interpretation of the law's remedies "would mean that the very individuals Congress sought to protect in this act would have no remedy at all for the primary form of harm" that occurs when private information ...more »

Immigration Law
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UNA Group Holds Immigration Law March
WAAYDecember 1, 2011

The University of North Alabama's Hispanic Culture Organization along with several community members marched through the streets of Florence on Thursday to voice their concerns about the state's immigration law. South American native Diana Wilmes, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Statoil closes tender offer for Brigham Exploration Company and announces ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

Other factors include levels of industry product supply, demand and pricing; price and availability of alternative fuels; currency exchange rates; political and economic policies of Norway and other oil-producing countries; general economic conditions; ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Family Arbitration: An Introduction
Family Law WeekDecember 7, 2011

1. Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution. The parties enter into an agreement under which they appoint a suitably qualified person to adjudicate a dispute and produce a result which will bind them. In England the process of arbitration is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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States damaging their own case with insurance-exchange moves
Arizona Capitol TimesDecember 2, 2011

The Goldwater Institute argued in its lawsuit challenging the act that the establishment of health insurance exchanges and increases in Medicaid eligibility are also linked to the act's overall reform scheme and that the entire act must be stricken. ...more »

Animal Law
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Appeals court: NJ bear hunt can go on as scheduled
NECNDecember 1, 2011

TRENTON, NJ (AP) — New Jersey's black bear hunt can go on as scheduled, a state appeals court ruled Thursday in rejecting a challenge by animal rights activists that the state's bear management policy is flawed. Two animal rights groups sued the state ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Ampio Pharmaceuticals Awarded European Patent that Strengthens Intellectual...
Sacramento BeeDecember 7, 2011

By Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMPE) ("Ampio" or the "Company"), a company that discovers and develops new uses for previously approved drugs and new molecular ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Town attorney looks into Hampton Bays shelter
Newsday (blog)December 3, 2011

Click here Town attorney looks into Hampton Bays shelter 1 m ago By Stacey Altherr At a special meeting Friday, Southampton's town board voted to give the town attorney authorization to look into litigation against the county, state and federal ...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 »

CAA Hires Firm to Advise on Thomas Cook, Sunday Telegraph Says
BusinessWeekDecember 4, 2011

4 (Bloomberg) -- The UK's Civil Aviation Authority has hired Alvarez & Marshal, a US restructuring firm, to advise it over Thomas Cook Group Plc, the Sunday Telegraph said. The aviation regulator has enlisted the firm over concerns surrounding the tour ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Erlanger Announces Health Law Partnership
WDEF News 12December 19, 2011

The Erlanger Health Law Partnership will help low-income patients with legal problems that affect their health...issues like education, the Family Medical Leave Act, Powers of Attorney, Public Benefits and Housing. Emily Lay, Legal Aid Attorney, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Money Managers Make Their Distress Your Problem: Susan Antilla
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

No matter the state of the economy or the stock market, it's in your interest to find out if your financial expert has liens, big loans from an employer or a history of bankruptcy. When bad times hit, you forsake that sort of investigating at your ...more »

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Attorney fees in BP litigation are disputed
NOLA.comDecember 5, 2011

By Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune No judgments have been rendered in the massive litigation over last year's Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, and the trial doesn't start until Feb. 27, but the committee of plaintiff attorneys pressing the case have ...more »

Business Law
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Securing Nebulous Privacy Rights in the Cloud
Miller-McCune.comDecember 1, 2011

This would be especially so in the world of Web 3.0, which builds on the social media of Web 2.0 by utilising intricate personal user data to drive online business. (To address this, some advocate universal laws to thus govern levels of privacy ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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TriWest Urges Other Businesses to Join in Health Promotion Leadership
PR Newswire (press release)December 5, 2011

TriWest—the company which manages the military healthcare benefit, TRICARE, for 2.9 million service members and their families in 21 western states—offers many health promotion programs for its own employees, as well as the military families it ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Salem child porn suspect wants confession tossed
Eagle TribuneDecember 7, 2011

Pellegrino was arrested in September 2010 on seven felony counts of possession of child pornography following an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. His attorney, Nicholas Howie, told McHugh that Pellegrino was never read ...more »

Personal Injury
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Admiral eyes legal sector to replace referral fee profits 10, 2011

Admiral must move quickly to replace the loss of income from the fees paid by lawyers to insurers for information of potential personal injury claimants. By Jamie Dunkley The Cardiff-based group is exploring plans either to set up its own personal ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitution is cornerstone of national statehood
Korea TimesDecember 7, 2011

Within the past few years the principle of separation of powers into a legislative, executive and judicial branch have been set in the Constitution. In particular, the Constitutional Law with regard to the formation of a bicameral legislature has been ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Osborn Machler Files Claim Against Wenatchee School District on Behalf of ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 5, 2011

The attorneys at Osborn Machler represent plaintiffs in personal injury, products liability, and professional malpractice cases. Osborn Machler is noted for taking difficult cases and successfully taking them to settlement or trial. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)December 2, 2011

Thank you for inviting me to testify today regarding the implementation of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act" or "Act") by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). n1 As you know, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Provides Update on Recent Acquisition ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

... environmental matters, legal matters, reliance on key personnel, unitholder liability, income taxes, the investment in the United States of America ("US"), US currency and RioCan's qualification as a real estate investment trust for tax purposes. ...more »

County violating own law by approving Barley Mills rezoning
The News JournalDecember 1, 2011

... under construction or under contract for construction. For land uses that became nonconforming when the UDC became law, a "Nonconforming Situations" article allows lawful continuation of prior lawful uses without full compliance with the UDC's ...more »

Sports Law
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18 months later, PSC files case against Harry
MalayaDecember 12, 2011

3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Law, in relation to Republic Act 9184, or the Procurement Act. In a press briefing at the PSC building, Garcia said Commissioner Salvador Andrada, authorized by the PSC board, filed the suit last Friday. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Phyllis Seesengood: Lawyer tackles high profile case in Connelly novel
Joplin GlobeDecember 5, 2011

Criminals can't afford to hire LA attorney Haller since the downturn of the economy; consequently, his criminal defense practice had dwindled dramatically. Haller is now defending homeowners from fraudulent or unethical foreclosures from unscrupulous ...more »

Recent IRS Guidance on the Tax Treatment of Excessive 1603 Grants
Novogradac Company LLPDecember 6, 2011

However, the IRS' view is that the excess payment, being taxable income, doesn't cause a basis reduction. Of course, the recipient presumably did reduce basis when its original tax return was filed, thinking that the entire payment received from ...more »

World AIDS Day: HIV Laws And Policies, New Online Tool
Medical News TodayDecember 1, 2011

Legal changes, such as anti-discrimination laws and confidentiality laws, have strengthened the response to HIV prevention, but there is no evidence that the criminalization of HIV transmission can be used as a prevention tool. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Canadian banks too small to copy?
Toronto StarDecember 5, 2011

As well, the recent Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010, adds a further layer of protection with the creation of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Senate backs military custody of terror suspects
The Associated PressDecember 1, 2011

It would apply to foreign central banks only for transactions that involve the sale or purchase of petroleum or petroleum products. The sanctions on petroleum would only apply if the president determines there is a sufficient alternative supply and if ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Week in Vienna
Vienna/Oakton ConnectionDecember 13, 2011

9, 2012 from 10 to 11:30 am at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street, SE Join attorney David G. Hoffman for a discussion of Virginia will law, organizing your assets, when to change your will, talking to your executor, reducing probate, will...more »

Family Law
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Are Contradictory Immigration Laws Leaving Families in Legal Limbo?
AlterNetDecember 1, 2011

PHOENIX, Az. – The contents of Maria Teresa Fuentes' immigration file take up an entire table. Legal appeals, government letters carrying bad news, attorney advertisements clipped from newspapers, technical explanations of cryptic immigration laws, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyers Unveil New Blog Website
PR Web (press release)December 4, 2011

The Boston law firm of Kantrovitz & Associates, PC, has launched the Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Blog to keep injured and ill workers informed. With this blog, we're hoping to engage in a dialogue with Massachusetts workers or those who are ...more »


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