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Haley wants Occupy Columbia suit sent to fed court
Myrtle Beach Sun NewsDecember 1, 2011

In court papers filed Wednesday, attorneys representing the governor and other top state officials say the issues around the arrests of protesters involve constitutional rights to free speech, assembly and unreasonable search and seizure and should be ...more »

Food poisoning cases haven't cut appetite for 'yakiniku' raw meat cuts
The Japan TimesDecember 1, 2011

Even the risk of fatal food poisoning isn't enough to stop some diehard customers of "yakiniku" grills from ordering raw meat dishes. Handle with care: An employee at a "yakiniku" grillroom shows a plate of "yukke" shredded uncooked beef ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Fate of Honolulu Rail Project Up in the Air
Courthouse News ServiceDecember 1, 2011

The defendants want no interruptions in the planned construction schedule, with construction to begin in February 2012. The plaintiffs said in the Joint Case Management Statement: "(I)f defendants (1) cannot finalize the administrative record so as to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Committee advises SC wait for a federal health care exchange
Myrtle Beach Sun NewsDecember 4, 2011

The committee, funded in part by a $1 million federal grant, examined the feasibility of establishing a state health insurance exchange under the federal health care law. Exchanges are designed to detail costs of various alternatives and allow ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The exciting escapades of Mr. Beane: Douglas Carter Beane enlivens Broadway ...
Greenfield Daily ReporterDecember 2, 2011

These days are good ones for Beane: "Sister Act," one of the musicals he helped write has been playing for more than 250 performances, and he's about to watch his new offering "Lysistrata Jones". In the pipeline for next season is another play called ...more »

Immigration Law
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Speaker: Georgia immigration law is fine as is
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionDecember 8, 2011

House Speaker David Ralston said Thursday he is pleased with Georgia's new immigration law and does not plan to seek changes to it in the upcoming legislative session despite several unintended consequences that have emerged in recent ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100
Financial Post (blog)December 6, 2011

Davis also chairs the Women@Loblaw network, a career development and networking program for the company's female leaders and is active in the President's Choice Children's Charity as an executive sponsor of the annual colleague campaign, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Task force recommends increasing funds for civil legal services
Thomson Reuters News & InsightDecember 2, 2011

Lippman directed the task force to focus on legal services related to the "essentials of life," including housing, health care, education, income and family issues. Last year, the panel outlined a four-year plan to gradually ratchet up funding for ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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JDA Settles Lawsuit With Dillard's Over i2 Software
IT JungleDecember 5, 2011

JDA had already posted a $25 million bond to cover the costs of the Dillard's suit and had expected $3 million to come from its insurance, so when you add all that up, JDA is still coming out ahead. (Well, the lawyers did.) "While we remain confident ...more »

Animal Law
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Lifting of horse slaughter ban reignites debate in Texas, nationwide
Fort Worth Star TelegramDecember 1, 2011

Animal rights activists were dealt a blow two weeks ago when a ban on USDA horse meat inspections was quietly slipped out of an agricultural appropriations law, meaning that horse slaughter can resume in states that don't have their ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Openwave Fortifies Intellectual Property Position with Strategic Appointments
MarketWatch (press release)December 5, 2011

Mr. Robbins holds a BA in business/economics from the University of California Los Angeles and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. Ms. Rushforth brings more than 15 years of legal expertise with an emphasis on corporate, securities, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rutgers law students say NJ high school officials ignored request for latest ...
NJ.comDecember 1, 2011

By Nic Corbett/The Star-Ledger Star-Ledger file photoRutgers law professor Penny Venetis, right, seen in 2007, led a group of eight students at the Constitutional Litigation Clinic in updating a 2008 report. That paper had found most high schools in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Wisconsin Gov. Wants Protesters To Pay For Security, Clean Up
NPR (blog)December 2, 2011

Scott Walker started the process of passing a law that severely limits collective bargaining for public employees in the state. Yesterday, the Walker administration took a step that is likely to antagonize protesters further. ...more »

Aviation expert discusses American Airlines bankruptcy
UMSL Daily (blog)December 2, 2011

Rust is an aviation expert who specializes in the history of commercial air travel in the United States. His May 2009 book, “Flying Across America: The Airline Passenger Experience,” chronicles the history of air travel from 1927 through 1978. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Orland Plaza tenants await word on lease case
SouthtownStarDecember 3, 2011

The plaza owners, however, want to calculate payments based on what surrounding rental rates are now, which presumably would be lower than those in 2008, before the commercial real estate market fell into a deep trough. The tenants involved in the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Prosecutors: Blagojevich should get 15 to 20 years
CBS NewsDecember 1, 2011

But Blagojevich's attorneys argued that Rezko did deserve more prison time than the former governor because his crimes were greater and led to profit, while Blagojevich "made nothing." During Rezko's trial, prosecutors said he raised more than $1 ...more »

Litigation
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Program to cut costs, length of patent cases
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewDecember 4, 2011

The judge noted that visiting attorneys hire local counsel from Pittsburgh law firms to stay abreast of case developments, which should add to local firms' patent attorney ranks and revenue. Patent judges oversee the process of attorneys asserting ...more »

Business Law
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Do counterfeiting crackdowns do any good?
GCN.comDecember 1, 2011

The National Crime Prevention Center is at least looking to raise awareness, launching a anti-piracy blitz, including TV, radio and Internet messages, warning people about the consequences of counterfeit goods. Until demand drops there can be no real ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Armed Forces furious as their pay rises are capped at 1% while benefits...
Daily MailDecember 1, 2011

The squeeze for the military comes despite the Chancellor hiking benefits, including unemployment benefit and disability living allowance, by a record 5.2 per cent. Military campaigners blasted Mr Osborne for 'decimating' morale among troops at a time ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Skiatook man arrested for child pornography
kjrh.comDecember 14, 2011

Agents tracked Tinsley's internet activity to a room rented at a motel in Taloga, Oklahoma. Officials seized a laptop computer containing more than 100 child pornography images and videos. Tinsley has been booked into the Dewey County Jail with a bond ...more »

Personal Injury
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BISNAR CHASE Files Two Nissan Auto Defects Lawsuits for Catastrophic Injuries ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 7, 2011

Brian Chase, the firm's lead trial attorney, is the author of the most up-to-date and comprehensive auto defect book available today, "Still Unsafe at Any Speed: Auto Defects that Cause Wrongful Deaths and Catastrophic Injuries. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Incline Village board chair threatened with legal action over open meeting law ...
The Record-CourierDecember 5, 2011

Incline Village General Improvement District Chairman Ted Fuller violated the Nevada Open Meeting Law this past summer, according to the state Attorney General's Office. File photo The chairman of the Incline Village General ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Book Reviews
WisBarDecember 6, 2011

Second, while the book does a good job explaining the relevant provisions of both onshore and offshore asset-protection law, it would be helpful to know which jurisdiction(s) the authors prefer to use and why. Third, there is substantial overlap ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Testimony on Dodd-Frank Act Implementation
Insurance News Net (press release)December 3, 2011

... 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").1 (http://www.sec.gov/news/testimony/2011/ts120111mls.htm#P11_518) As you ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Occupy San Francisco Targets Wells Fargo - Dec 05
Beyond ChronDecember 5, 2011

Whether it's predatory lending that resulted in foreclosures, or risky schemes that financed Ellis evictions and CitiApartments' empire building, Wall Street banks like Wells Fargo have directly led to the mass displacement of the 99%. ...more »

Non-arbitrable public procurement disputes: on the right track?
International Law OfficeDecember 1, 2011

The dispute related to a construction agreement that was concluded following public procurement procedures. The claimants were the construction contractors under the contract. They brought an action against the procuring entity and the customer under ...more »

Sports Law
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LSU locks up its title spot, Okla St makes it case
Seattle Post IntelligencerDecember 4, 2011

Houston's Case Keenum (7) is pressured by Southern Mississippi's Cordano Law (49) during the third quarter of a Conference USA championship NCAA college football game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Houston. Southern Mississippi defeated Houston 49-28. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Feds quit case against Chosen Few
Buffalo NewsDecember 4, 2011

Defense attorneys speculated the new information was more damaging evidence against David Ignasiak, a former Chosen Few member turned government witness in the probe against 20 club members and associates. While the government's case alleged criminal...more »

State Chamber to hold environmental forum
Press HeraldDecember 1, 2011

7, will include an overview of changes in environmental laws, including the new environmental audit law, changes to the procedures of the Board of Environmental Protection and revisions of the state's chemical regulations. ...more »

Deitrick Complaint: Mayor Descriminated Against Secretary's Age
Patch.comDecember 8, 2011

In a lawsuit filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Sally Deitrick claims that Mayor Susan Drucker fired her because of her age and that her firing is "part of a pattern and practice of age discrimination against older and senior employees of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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SIGTARP Aims to Protect Homeowners from Loan Modification Scams
LoanSafeDecember 1, 2011

SIGTARP will work with the CFPB and Treasury in this joint task force and with other law enforcement partners to shut down these scams and to ensure that the perpetrators pay for their crimes.” “Mortgage scams harm not only homeowners but legitimate ...more »

Environmental Law
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Two key Republicans backed bankrupt manufacturer's bid for DOE loan
Environment & Energy PublishingDecember 5, 2011

"Funding will allow Aptera to establish US manufacturing facilities for the commercial production of its plug-in and hybrid electric cars," Issa wrote. "Aptera Motors plans to purchase and equip manufacturing facilities to begin commercial scale ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Financial planning for later-life marriages
Dominican TodayDecember 5, 2011

You also might want to draft a prenuptial agreement (prenup) – a written contract that basically outlines who gets what if you divorce or one of you dies. Having a prenup might prevent your spouse from challenging terms of your will or preexisting ...more »

Family Law
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HIV positive boy denied admission sues Hershey school
ReutersDecember 2, 2011

"Like Ryan White, this young man is a motivated, intelligent kid who poses no health risk to other students, but is being denied an educational opportunity because of ignorance and fear about HIV and AIDS," said AIDS Law Project Executive Director ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Seminar Friday to focus on new Illinois workers compensation rules
Quincy Herald WhigDecember 4, 2011

The Quincy Area Safety Council (QASC) will sponsor a workers' compensation update seminar from 1 to 4 pm Friday, at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. Illinois lawmakers approved legislation this year that Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law. ...more »

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