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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of China Organic Agriculture, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) despite indicating otherwise, China Organic had received no initial payments for its September 2008 sale of Jilin ...more »

Vegas notary found dead in was fraud case witness
CBS NewsDecember 1, 2011

(AP) LAS VEGAS — A notary public found dead at her home after missing sentencing on a misdemeanor charge would have been a key witness against two Southern California title officers accused of orchestrating a massive mortgage foreclosure "robo-signing ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Subcommittee Hearing Reviews US Coast Guard Arctic Operations
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkDecember 2, 2011

"This opening is already providing significant economic opportunities for the energy and maritime transportation sectors, but has also exposed a new set of risks and challenges to our national security and sovereignty. "The Subcommittee has been ...more »

Health Care Law
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New federal, state rules for health care insurance rattle businesses
vtdigger.orgDecember 1, 2011

Aside from the restriction on advertising designed to eliminate fraud, the other criteria are similar to current Vermont law. If the Affordable Care Act was determined to be unconstitutional, she said, Vermont could still enact its own individual ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'Phonics tribute act lands O2 gigs
Lutterworth TodayDecember 2, 2011

Among their highlights have been playing on stage with the former Stereophonics bass player Richard Jones. They also once played alongside late Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable at a gig in the band's hometown of Cwmaman. The gigs at the O2 Academies ...more »

Immigration 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 »

Industrial Development Law
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Drayton Richdale Corp. Appoints New Members to Its Board of Directors
PR Newswire (press release)December 6, 2011

6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Drayton Richdale Corporation (OTC:DRYN) welcomes the following individuals as new members of its Board of Directors. The new appointees will enhance the company's capabilities and complete the development and operation of the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Settle holiday consumer complaints online
News1130December 4, 2011

It's called an Online Dispute Resolution and it's run by Consumer Protection BC. If you unhappy with your shopping experience and want to follow-up with a complaint you go online or give the group a call. If the business you're complaining about ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP Bolsters IP Practice With Addition of Partner ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 6, 2011

With offices in Oakland and Modesto, California, the 101-year-old firm advises clients on transactional and civil litigation matters in several related fields of law, including real estate; business/corporate; construction; creditors' rights/bankruptcy ...more »

Animal Law
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Horse slaughter in Texas needs revisiting
Fort Worth Star TelegramDecember 5, 2011

Before Congress cut off funding for inspections and the 5th Circuit ruled on Texas' law, three horse slaughter plants operated in the US: two were in Texas, one of them in Fort Worth. They processed meat mostly for consumption overseas. Animal-rights...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property lawyer selling Lake Bluff 5BD
BlockshopperDecember 3, 2011

Daria Andrews, Prudential Rubloff Properties is the listing agent of the home. Mr. Burns is a founding shareholder at the law firm Greer Burns & Crain, an intellectual property law firm in Chicago, where his practice is focused on patent prosecution ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes Investigates Claims on ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

The partnership interests were not suitable investments for Kleck's clientele, given their age and investment objectives." Further, Oregon determined that, "LPL Financial, a licensed firm in Oregon, violated several securities laws, such as failing to ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Obama administration in favor of affirmative action, against equality of ...
Tucson CitizenDecember 5, 2011

05, 2011, under Desert Lamp Today in backwards progress, the Obama administration has issued a guidance asserting the importance of affirmative action in education, including college admissions decisions. The guidance is a reversal in White House ...more »

Airbus Expects United To Place A380 Order
Aviation WeekDecember 2, 2011

Airbus Chief Operating Officer-Customer John Leahy, speaking with Aviation Week yesterday after a market forecast presentation in Washington, asserted that United President and CEO Jeffery Smisek has changed his previously held view that the widebody ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Business Law: Process of renewing lease not always straightforward
Otago Daily TimesDecember 4, 2011

Commercial tenants wishing to exercise a renewal option must generally give the landlord written notice not later than three months before the end of the lease. If the tenant fails (or chooses not) to give the renewal notice before the deadline, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Developer Garnaas lists liabilities of $458 million in bankruptcy filing
DesMoinesRegister.comDecember 1, 2011

Under federal bankruptcy law, all litigation seeking collection of debts is delayed until a final determination of the petition. Three banks — First American Bank, Northwest Bank and Ames Community Bank — recently filed lawsuits claiming that ...more »

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Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP Bolsters IP Practice With Addition of Partner ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 6, 2011

With offices in Oakland and Modesto, California, the 101-year-old firm advises clients on transactional and civil litigation matters in several related fields of law, including real estate; business/corporate; construction; creditors' rights/bankruptcy ...more »

Business Law
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Crimes of fashion: gangsters turn heads again
Coastal TimesDecember 2, 2011

The billionaire American has purchased the rights to a series of police mugshots of Kelly and other Sydney thugs, conmen and criminals to adorn his flagship stores in New York and London and help inspire a new advertising campaign. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Houston vies for a big military prize
Houston ChronicleDecember 2, 2011

Republican congressmen from Houston, Pete Olson and John Culberson, are drafting a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that will outline the benefits of Houston hosting AFRICOM. They're hoping to get the entire Houston delegation to sign it. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man gets 6 years for seeking sex with teen
Journal and CourierDecember 13, 2011

Hogsett said the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force seized Epperson's computer as part of the investigation, which revealed other sexual relationships with 10 underage girls in Indiana and Illinois -- including at least one from Lafayette ...more »

Personal Injury
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When prescription drug patents expire, the market is flooded.
InjuryBoard.comDecember 7, 2011

About the Editors: The Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, whose attorneys work out of offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, Eastern Shore ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Welfare drug testing law's future in question
The HawkeyeDecember 1, 2011

Referencing the 4th amendment and citizen's rights against unlawful search and seizure, the likelihood of a successful lawsuit is probable. Governor Scott recently suspended a planned policy requiring state workers to also provide drug samples after ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Rogue Physicians' Impact on Medical Malpractice Claims
ClaimsJournal.comDecember 6, 2011

Another example Jones cited is a medical malpractice case alleged as a breach in the standard of care. If enough patients complain, the claims could become a class action matter, Jones said. Medical malpractice cases are costly, especially in the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Source: Horwitz, Horwitz & Paradis, Attorneys at Law
GlobeNewsWire (press release)December 2, 2011

CARRIER iQ, Inc. Sued in Class Action for Violation of Federal and State Privacy Statutes and Consumer Protection Laws by Horwitz, Horwitz & Paradis, Attorneys at Law and Kiesel Boucher & Larson LLP NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New York ...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 »

Automatic cuts could drive smaller defense industry firms out of business
The Hill (blog)December 5, 2011

“Right now they contract out a fair amount of what they do to smaller, second tier or third tier companies,” Harrison said. “If you start cutting back significantly on their business, they're going to try to in-source more of that work rather than ...more »

Sports Law
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England hopeful of slashing Rooney ban as FA lawyers prepare for Euro 2012 verdict
Daily MailDecember 4, 2011

'We have spoken at length with our own internal lawyers on this, and also we have been working with an external legal firm as well, who have a great deal of expertise in sports law. 'As everyone knows, we have submitted an appeal. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal defense attorney: 'They tormented her'
NECNDecember 8, 2011

(NECN: Melissa Toupin) – There is newly obtained video in a charges-dropped murder cases in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 2008, a then-16-year-old girl was charged with suffocating her baby son. We told you in August that those charges were dropped ...more »

Congress Asks IRS to Investigate AARP
The New AmericanDecember 27, 2011

For example, in 1994 the AARP paid the IRS a piddling penalty of $135 million “in lieu of taxes” following an audit of its activities from 1985 through 1993. And the AARP paid the US Postal Service a puny $2.8 million for using its tax-exempt status to ...more »

Jenkintown Creates New Anti-Discrimination Law for LGBT
NBC PhiladelphiaDecember 1, 2011

28 the Jenkintown Borough Council passed a new anti-discrimination bill for Jenkintown residents. In an 11-0 vote, the new bill outlaws discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents in housing, commercial property, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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States failing to stop child sex trade
Washington TimesDecember 1, 2011

She praised Maryland authorities for being aggressive in prosecuting child sex trafficking cases but said the state needs to toughen its asset forfeiture laws so traffickers do not “walk away with all the money they have earned by selling children. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Regulators approve Dominion standby charge; solar advocates worry
Daily PressDecember 2, 2011

Dominion asked the commission to approve its standby charge in July after a new state law took effect that allows the power company to charge the fee on residential customers who produce 10 kilowatts or more of electricity using alternative energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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Leagle.comDecember 8, 2011

Attorney CL represented VC regarding the probate of her parents' estates in California. Under the terms of the decedents' wills, their property located in Wisconsin was to pass to a family trust. ¶ 5 Attorney Pierski agreed to handle the matter. ...more »

Family Law
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Lord Wilson emphasises benfits of resolving family disputes outside of court
Family Law WeekDecember 2, 2011

In a keynote address, delivered at a reception hosted by Collaborative Family Law, Lord Wilson of Culworth, a justice of the Supreme Court, has reiterated his commitment to finding alternative methods to court-based litigation for the resolution of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Illinois attorney general's office to review repetitive trauma workers comp cases
The RepublicDecember 4, 2011

AP BELLEVILLE, Ill. — The Illinois attorney general's office is launching an effort to challenge repetitive trauma injury cases with workers' compensation claims. The Belleville News-Democrat reported Sunday ( that chief of staff ...more »


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